Lives in United States Los Angeles, United States
Works as a Fine Art Photographer
Joined on Jan 21, 2002
About me:

I’m interested in the creative process for what we experience and perceive as art. I
have a paradigm of a creative intent, sort of engine that powers art. It's a series of
jouneys whixh together form what I call 'The Arc of Intent'.

We start with the creator's vision, impulse, thought and imagination to go through a
process of embedding these motivations and stimuli into a physical form such that it
carries the potential for all those feelings to be reinvoked each time the work is
experienced by another person.

This way of defining art is something I am continuing to refine for my own use. If
others can see benefit in this approach, then I'm happy! Asher


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On article RX aeternus? Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II review (253 comments in total)
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Becksvart: Yes, "aeternae" appears to be a female adjective always.

Cool language to mix in though.

And those blue LEDs in the gig shot..

This reminds me of listening to a long joke by the chaplain of my university, waiting for the punch line, which for sure would be fantastic. Well it was delivered in classical Greek and 2 theological students laughed and the rest of us were rather put out.

The Acclamations of lent are discussed here and are quite interesting. The latin is indeed beautiful and there's a provided translation. However, it's very arrogant to use this description, as beyond the notion of "Tyranosaurus Rex" and "Oedipus Rex", we do not use the term in most of the English speaking world! The assumption the folk know or share kinship with those celebrating Lent or preparing for Ash Wednesday or whatever, is quite arrogant, however elegant thew Latin might be. It's like the custom of asking for one's "Christian Name" instead of First Name". Not everyone is Christian.

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On article Week in Review: Sony FTW (302 comments in total)
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Mike FL: SONY is not Leica.

SONY is trying make more money while Leica is trying not running into almost bankruptcy again.

I'm a devoted Canon user! But for the last year, I've used the A7 almost exclusively. So, how good might A7RII images be? Well I expect they'll be at least as good as from the A7R. I have extensive experience. Pop over to and look at my pictures under my name, Asher. All, except the one on the bed and the girl with the teapot, are with the A7R. All print to at least 50" high as impressive as the Phase One IQ280, but the resolution in the hair is finer with the Phase One prints at 10".

So I am sold on the Sony mirrorless systems and am convinced that anyone who actually prints from this camera will go for Sony unless one has particular lens needs as in birding or pro sports.

As it is, I use an array of fine lenses from Contax Distagons to Leica and Canon as well exotic East German lenses. I believe that the new A7RII with 5 axis image stabilization built in will prove this camera an ideal central base for anyone with a cupboard full of great lenses.


Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 02:26 UTC

I would love one of these new cameras, especially the benefit of leaf shutter lenses. However, I recently rented the 80MP Phase One with an 80 mm Schneider lens, for a weekend and shot side by side with a Sony A7R and the Sony 55mm.

The keepers with the A7R were more common, even though I focussed manually and looked at the magnified view! The Phase One shots have outstanding appeal too but are flatter and less dimensional and the colors less rich. In printing to 44" or 50" high portrAits of whole body shots, both gave magnificent prints.

The Phase One files are a tad more robust to manipulation, but the Sony A7R are also very well built. Recovery of highlights is nothing short of amazing!

Both sets of prints have amazing impact, but the Sony files, at least as processed by my workflow, are richer. But then one could say that Marisse's paintings I that richness too, but like the Phase One pictures, they have a subtle beauty in addition to being otherwise excellent.

If one looks carefully at hair, from up close, the finer resolution of the 80 MP Phase One sensor is obvious. But at a meter away, there's not noticeable difference in how the hair looks.

I have no doubt that with careful work in Capture One, the Sony images could be made to have the subtlety of the Phase One pictures and the Phase One files could deliver the bolder, higher impact Sony look.

For sure, I'd love to have the Phase One, but I suspect, I might get the added edge using the larger Sony Sensor in the Pentax 645Z.


(But, really, given the bulk of these MF systems, film seems awe dully attractive for small volume, detail-rich photography. None of these systems can improve on a studio picture made with an 8x10!)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 19:04 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
On article Roger Cicala investigates Canon's AF marketing claims (89 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Simon.... you need to hire this Cicala guy.

His tech knowledge is astounding, and he can write really well.


Is it really the case that the 5DII can't take advantage of the newer Canon lenses only because of some new hardware feature found in the 5DIII and the 1DX but not in the 5DII? Or is it that the 5DII focus motor is, for example, programmed to move in larger increments, so overshoot occurs. In the 5DIII, with smaller increments, then there would be less overshoot. IOW, I suspect that Canon simply denies features to lesser cameras just to distinguish the higher ranker models.

So I'm interested in whether the hacking community can attack the barriers to use of the new lenses for more accurate focus. I doubt that all of the differences are hardware related. more likely, I suspect rationing of features. Have you looked into this possibility?


Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2012 at 04:17 UTC
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