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Friday, October 29, 2010

Shout-outs

(1) My dear friend Sov, an amazing photographer and delightful blogger, is now selling prints of his photography online. I simply have to give him a shout-out. Please click that photographer link and look at his portfolio. He has quite an eye for composition. I was with him when he took several of those shots, and some of them were shots I also tried to take, but his versions are heads and tails above mine. His photography shows the quiet beauty of solitude/desolation that is very indicative of the mountain-west. Among his catalog is a shot that is one of my very favorite portraits of myself. It's gritty and real in a way that a lot of portraiture isn't. I will be ordering a print of it. Perhaps there is something there for you too.

(2) Zenni Optical is an online eyeglasses retailer featuring glasses as cheap as $7.  I have ordered several pairs of specs from them in the past. They have recently revamped their website so that you can upload a photo of yourself and "try on" each of the frames with the click of a button. Since I own quite a few pairs of Zenni specs, I can vouch that the try on feature is pretty true to what the frames look like in real life. Sometimes the frames you think would look most ridiculous actually look pretty good when you try them on, and vice versa, so it's nice to be able to try before you buy.




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5 comments:

heidikins said...

Dear Sov, you're awesome. Love, heidi

xox

Sovknight said...

YOU ARE AWESOME!!

Thank you so much! I love taking pictures, and I love sharing them, and I hope people like them too. I'll be revamping the website very soon, and hopefully make it a little more aesthetic in the process. You'll also be seeing some new pictures as well.

I keep meaning to purchase some glasses from Zinni. I need some prescription sunglasses for the blinding white snowy drives this winter, and I'd like a couple of new frame styles as well, so I can pretend I'm occasionally cool. I still need to go to the eye doctor and get my information. Who did you go to? I see that Zinni asks for some pretty specific information in order to fulfill your prescription. Did you have any problem with eye doctor giving you this?

Thanks for the tip!

Sra said...

You know I love your work. I am so tempted to get a print on the canvas, because I saw how nice they looked in your house, but I'm not sure I can justify the expense. But I really love that photo of me, so I'm still considering it. I'll probably just get a nice paper print instead, but I'm sure it will still be great.

As for eye stuff, I liked going to Eyemasters when I was in Salt Lake. It is cheap to get a prescription, especially if you are only doing glasses and not contacts (they charge you like an extra $40 for the contacts prescription, which is bullocks -- I'm sure you can find a way to convert it online, unless you have astigmatism, like I do). Just call them up or walk in to set up an appointment, and tell them you just need to get an exam and a copy of your prescription. Then when they charge you at the end of the exam, you may have to remind them to give you a copy of your prescription (you are entitled to it, of course). They will measure your sphere, cylinder, and axis for each eye. The other measurement you need for Zenni is the pupilary distance, which a lot of eye doctors fail to note on your prescription, so you might want to remember to ask them for it. Even if they don't give you that information, you can measure it yourself, or with the help of a friend, and Zenni's website tells you how to do it. The measurement is the distance from the bride of your nose to the middle of your pupil when you look straight ahead, and it's in millimeters. Mine is 67, which is I think about average, and I just had Ian measure it for me. You will need your PD measurement to use the Try On feature with any accuracy, so it is actually a rather important measurement.

I have gotten several pairs of sunglasses from Zenni. I like the 50% shade, as opposed to 80% which comes out rather dark, but I guess it depends on whether you care if people can see your eyes or not (they can at 50%). You can choose shades in many different colored tints.

For regular non-sun glasses, I recommend paying the extra $5 per pair to get the anti-reflective treatment. Remember that photo where I asked you to remove the glare from my glasses? That was a pair without the AR treatment, and I have learned my lesson since then.

Shipping is a flat $5, so stock up!

Sra said...

You know I love your work. I am so tempted to get a print on the canvas, because I saw how nice they looked in your house, but I'm not sure I can justify the expense. But I really love that photo of me, so I'm still considering it. I'll probably just get a nice paper print instead, but I'm sure it will still be great.

As for eye stuff, I liked going to Eyemasters when I was in Salt Lake. It is cheap to get a prescription, especially if you are only doing glasses and not contacts (they charge you like an extra $40 for the contacts prescription, which is bullocks -- I'm sure you can find a way to convert it online, unless you have astigmatism, like I do). Just call them up or walk in to set up an appointment, and tell them you just need to get an exam and a copy of your prescription. Then when they charge you at the end of the exam, you may have to remind them to give you a copy of your prescription (you are entitled to it, of course). They will measure your sphere, cylinder, and axis for each eye. The other measurement you need for Zenni is the pupilary distance, which a lot of eye doctors fail to note on your prescription, so you might want to remember to ask them for it. Even if they don't give you that information, you can measure it yourself, or with the help of a friend, and Zenni's website tells you how to do it. The measurement is the distance from the bride of your nose to the middle of your pupil when you look straight ahead, and it's in millimeters. Mine is 67, which is I think about average, and I just had Ian measure it for me. You will need your PD measurement to use the Try On feature with any accuracy, so it is actually a rather important measurement.

I have gotten several pairs of sunglasses from Zenni. I like the 50% shade, as opposed to 80% which comes out rather dark, but I guess it depends on whether you care if people can see your eyes or not (they can at 50%). You can choose shades in many different colored tints.

For regular non-sun glasses, I recommend paying the extra $5 per pair to get the anti-reflective treatment. Remember that photo where I asked you to remove the glare from my glasses? That was a pair without the AR treatment, and I have learned my lesson since then.

Shipping is a flat $5, so stock up!

heidikins said...

Dear Sov, you're awesome. Love, heidi

xox

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