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Question   Thanks
Thanks for good post

- Pavel Ivanov 12/18/2007 11:22:15 AM

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Question   Discovering other Photos.
Well of course like most I got led here by the VF article about the XP background.

However I must say you are an exceptional photographer. The images are clear. You almost want to step into them, much like other people have posted. You have a gift for photography. Keep it going!

- Martha Kinch 8/28/2007 6:27:44 AM

  Answer Martha: Thanks for your kind comment.

Peter Burian

- Peter B.  9/4/2007 5:48:23 AM

  Answer You must have some way to record yorlesuf. Record yorlesuf playing rhythm guitar, and then try to solo over it. Listening to your recordings is a great way to see your strong points and indicate areas where you need improvement. Scales are nice, but remember, scales are not music it's a technical robotic exercise. The most important scale is the pentatonic, so if you must work on scales, make it the pentatonic. Learn a least 4-5 different ways to play each chord. You'll improve 10 times as fast playing music with another than you will sitting alone in your room, so try to find a slightly better player willing to put up with you. Visualize the chords, solos, notes..etc in your mind when you're away from your guitar. Subscribe to a good guitar magazine your choice. Getting that magazine in the mail every month keeps the juices flowing. Read Rock Roll biographies always inspiring and they make you want to play. By music from other guitarists don't just stick to your favorite music investigate. Best of luck, have fun, and practice till those fingers bleed.

- Fatimata Fatimata  4/30/2012 5:42:42 AM

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Question   Autumn Alley
Hello Peter, Say I loved that article in VF and while I do not use Windows but Mac OS X, I have often found myself wondering where those images come from and if they were in fact meant to soothe the frazzled minds of computer users who can't get their machines to operate correctly. More than a dozen times I've stared blankly at some image of tree frogs or snow or an abandoned beach and wished myself there instead of hitting the reboot button. Cheers.

Matthew Rose/Paris, France

- MATTHEW ROSE 3/26/2007 10:46:05 AM

  Answer Thanks for your comment, Matthew.

And I understand. Right now, I would love to be back at the Grand Canyon OR the Loire Valley of France. Two of my favourite locations.

Peter Burian

- Peter B.  3/26/2007 10:56:23 AM

  Answer Matthew: Hmmm ... I had not thought of that.

(soothe the frazzled minds of computer users who can't get their machines to operate correctly)

Maybe you're right. Peter

- Peter B.  9/4/2007 1:02:24 PM

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Question   Autumn (and Vanity Fair Article)
Thanks for the wonderful photograph that we've all enjoyed for so long-- and for helping re-discover the beautiful allee of trees! Perhaps you'll know one more thing: I work at a botanical garden and we've often stood around discussing (arguing) about what species of trees those are. Any idea? Everyone was delighted by the article in Vanity Fair because I have your photograph up on my computer, right where everyone walking in the front door sees it (line of sight)-- now I'll be able to tell our garden visitors where it comes from. And ya, I know I should have a photograph from our own garden, but..nice shot, Peter. well done.

- Mary Burke- Curator, UC Davis Arboretum 3/24/2007 1:13:22 PM

  Answer Thanks for your comment, Mary. We have various species of maple trees here in Southern Ontario (generically called sugar maples) and this is one of them. Beyond that, I don't know.

Kind regards, Peter Burian

- Peter B.  3/24/2007 1:36:35 PM

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Question   Autum image
I have oftern wondered where the 'Autumn' place was myself. Thanks a ton for finding it out (again) for us.

- Srivatsan Parthasarathy 2/21/2007 8:28:12 PM

  Answer Thanks for your note. Another article was published about this photo, today, in a Toronto newspaper.

You can read that at

- Peter B.  2/22/2007 7:10:00 AM

  Answer Very cool photo. I've had it up on my desktop at home -- thank you!

- Ned t.  2/23/2007 11:35:20 AM

  Answer You're the graetest! JMHO

- Frenchy Frenchy  1/2/2012 5:11:03 AM

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Question   RE: Autumn
Bless you for taking time to find the location of the Autumn image referenced in the Vanity Fair article. I regularly escape into that amazing scene sitting on my computer wallpaper.

- Secret Santa 2/21/2007 12:18:08 PM

  Answer Re: Autumn photo ... Thanks for your note. Actually, it's only 20 minutes from my home although I had forgotten exactly where it was.

- Peter B.  2/21/2007 12:38:43 PM

  Answer It's all a bit vague, Steve. You speak of a sharp downturn in Arctic' temps for Autumn (lowest since 1996), but show a chart only of 80N+. Already there is cooiusfnn in your first post, and this flows into your current question, which is even more vague. Do I answer your question here for total Arctic area, or just by eye-balling the 80N graph?I'll take the latter course for now.There's a down spike in temps for the first few days of Autumn, north of 80N, that doesn't seem to be equalled since 1996, just from eye-balling the DMI charts. If your remarks had been as constrained as that, then none of the following criticism would have occurred. But you went on As you have indicated, summertime temps North of 80 don't rise much above zero. IIRC, you've explained why in the past (80N+ always ice-bound, temps hover around normal. Not being one of your familiars, I now ask myself if this remarking on the unremarkable was a jest or attention-getter, as suggested by Scott.But if I take it seriously, the last 5 months appear to above normal, just by eye-balling DMI charts. Summertime temps are mostly below the line for many of the preceding years to 1996. 2011 is on the line. If you're using a different metric for normal', it's not clear from the exposition in your original post.If you're just chatting to familiars who are going to get you' when you post, don't be surprised when interlopers misread you. Your blog is public, after all.BTW, I'm on the other side of the world. I've slept, gone to the beach and watched a film as well as posting here. And thanks for the brain-dead, mind-of-a-3-year-old and moron epithets. Classy stuff from the host. The option to explain where I erred is always available to you, but it seems you prefer the low road.

- Bilal Bilal  4/30/2012 12:25:11 PM

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Question   sigma 70/200 2.8 lens
I own both a minolta 7d and sony 100 digital cameras. Am having a hard time finding a sigma70-200 2.8 lens.
Help, do you have any suggestions.

- Roy Tompkins 1/27/2007 8:04:55 PM


- . BOB L.  3/11/2007 7:56:35 AM

  Answer Extremely helpful article, plesae write more.

- Lakisha Lakisha  8/9/2011 11:58:41 PM

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Question   polarization filter
You wrote in one of your books that the maximum effect of the polarization filter is when the camera points a zone wich is 90 degrees against (toward) the sun. I am afraid I don't understand. Can you explain?

- Pogingeanu Adrian 10/11/2006 9:04:57 AM

  Answer Here is a more straight forward explanation.

The polarizing effect is the greatest in side lighting. When the sun is to your side. (Not behind you or in front of you.)

Be sure to rotate the filter in its mount and watch the effect changing. Take the photo when the effect seems ideal.

Cheers! Peter

- . BOB L.  10/11/2006 5:37:44 PM

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Question   Minolta 5D/7D Book

Where can I obtain this book?



- Rick  Cochran 1/3/2006 1:33:54 PM

  Answer Rick: The Magic Lantern Guide to the Maxxum 7D was published long ago. You can get it at and most other stores.

The 5D book is at the printer right now. It should be at in about 30 days.

Thanks for your interest in my books.

Peter Burian

- Peter B.  1/3/2006 1:40:48 PM

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Question   Love your site
Like I said you have some awesome photos,and I will check back often to see what you may have added.
Thanks for checking out my website. And thank you for the nice compliments on my photography. That means a lot to me, too.

- Wanda-Lynn Searles 5/10/2005 7:38:53 PM

  Answer Hi Peter,

I will absolutely second what Wanda said simply excellent photography!

I came across your site on BetterPhoto (I am too a member of this community of photographers and friends) and I want to say that your work is truly inspiring it just so moving to these wonderful animals in all their glory! I very much enjoyed your Snowy Egret, Florida shot very-very professional and with great sense of presence and action, really great! How do you get that close to these creatures? Wow!


Philip Pankov
Fine art photograph, from Ireland

- Philip P.  9/19/2005 3:42:56 PM

  Answer Philip: Thanks for your kind comments about my Web site (

My wading bird photos were made in Florida, USA, with long lenses. But you should also know that in Florida, the birds are very acclimated to people. Not nearly as skittish as in other regions.

Kind regards,


- Peter B.  9/19/2005 5:51:25 PM

  Answer Pleasing to find seomone who can think like that

- Kaiane Kaiane  9/30/2012 10:00:40 AM

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