mcshan

mcshan

Lives in United States United States
Works as a firearms instructor and sales
Joined on Jul 27, 2007

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srados: Love the US special forces in pic #3.Well dressed in bullet proof vests...Last 3 street photos utter rubbish! I dunno why they are there, what criteria was used?

Not US.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 13:24 UTC
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Canyongazer: In before the usual "These photos are no good."
Oops, too late.

I do look forward to the far better pictures from the keyboard heroes who find these below their standards. Hope they don't get shot or worse while taking pictures of their cats.

Thanks for this positive post that added so much to the discussion.

I spent a part of my life with people who foughtand died for the simple right to have their own opinions and free will without being told what to think. It is fine with me if some DPR members don't love each photo in this story. Art is subjective.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 03:31 UTC
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koolbreez: This isn't the end of SI, far from it. This just means they no longer have to pay expensive medical insurance premiums, unemployment benefit payments, retirement programs (if they did in the first place), travel costs, yearly raises, and a few other expenses tied in with having staff employees. The most expensive part of most businesses is employee cost, and it doesn't go down. Hiring independently contracted staff (freelancers) has always been cheaper. In all likelihood the same photographers will still supply images to SI exclusively. The term contributing photographer will be used, instead of staff photographer, just as the bulk of National Geographic stories are credited.

There are lots of highly talented local photographers shooting every sporting event in the world, and a good post production expert can give you most any style you want in your publication if he has raw digital files to work with. I see this as jobs opening up, not going away.

koolbreez nailed this, SI will still get great shots from non staff shooters without having them on the permanent payroll.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 04:46 UTC

Sad for the staff photographers but SI will still have a choice among other good pro photographers at the games.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 04:43 UTC as 32nd comment
On Fujifilm releases XQ2 premium compact article (57 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Sony pretty much killed the premium compact market for anything with a lens smaller than 1".

I have to agree with you. I would guess most enthusiasts would want a bigger sensor. Small cameras have come a long way.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 21:17 UTC
On Fujifilm releases XQ2 premium compact article (57 comments in total)
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RedFox88: DPR: 2/3" is really 1/1.5". Use common nomenclature to make it not sound like a much bigger image sensor.

Good point. I never really gave it any thought. The sensor is slightly larger than the 1/1.7 sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 21:14 UTC
On Video Product Overviews article (14 comments in total)

Thanks for these and hope there are more coming.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2015 at 13:58 UTC as 6th comment
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gdfthr73: Good grief, all you posters are so pathetic. You should all find new hobbies. Or maybe if you started your own magazine and began your own "best photographs of the year" list than your taste in photography would be petter represented. The only problem of course is that no one would actually care about it.

Show me where I have been hateful. Sorry but you just don't get what others are trying to tell you. Reactions to photos, books and music among other things are subjective. People are entitled to their own opinions. It is okay that we don't all agree.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2014 at 05:02 UTC
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Colin Franks: I'm often perplexed at what wins in photo contests.

gdfthr73, Sadly you can't see or understand that you are guilty of exactly what you are accusing others of being. It is okay to have an opinion and express it. The reaction to photographs is subjective.

Take care.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2014 at 02:57 UTC
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gdfthr73: Good grief, all you posters are so pathetic. You should all find new hobbies. Or maybe if you started your own magazine and began your own "best photographs of the year" list than your taste in photography would be petter represented. The only problem of course is that no one would actually care about it.

Fall in goose-step line everybody and above all each of you must share the exact same mandatory opinion that these photos are perfection.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2014 at 02:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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chj: "A kit with the Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH lens has appeared in the UK for £950 but doesn't look to be available in the US."

To Panasonic:

I have a GM1, I love it. I also love all the improvements in the GM5; however, they are still not enough to trigger an upgrade purchase. I've also been eyeing the Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH lens for some time now, but I know I'll only use it in specific situations, so it may never get purchased.

If I could get the GM5 with the 15mm, it would be an instant purchase.

I agree 100%. Somebody isn't thinking.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 03:47 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Portraits and People article (249 comments in total)
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Shamsheed: There has been a lot of debates and there will be more: What is portraiture? IMO there is no better or best. When it comes to people, there mood is either there or not. The photographer composes and shoot. Even technically, we should avoid negative critiques as the photographer is expressing himself.

You cannot compare Rap music to Rock. Everyone has their own styles. If you don't like Rap music, you will not leave your radio on and keep on criticising the singer, you will just change the channel. Just like here, you do not like it, move on.

THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PRO AND AN NON-PRO. The pro will respect the work of others, and with positive criticism, will share their opinions on how they would have approached and executed the task.

Now question: what is a professional photographer?

Prixnobel...Your above post is exceptional. I could not agree more.

"Criticism is necessary to make someone grow, the absence of it would only encourage somebody to perpetuate mediocrity".

The above statement taken from your post is perfect and the best thing I have read all morning.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 16:35 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)

Hi DPR, For what it is worth...Image quality section, first paragraph reads "doesn't always shot" instead of shoot.

I enjoyed the review and find it balanced.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 17:43 UTC as 104th comment
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RedFox88: Iso 16000 looks like a water painting.

16000 at 3.5 and it looks like a "water painting". Hilarious!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2014 at 17:05 UTC

I wonder if the famous "selfie" monkey submitted any shots?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 00:17 UTC as 10th comment
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massimogori: Yes, amazing... example of journalism. Which Natural History museum? Imagine a newspaper writing an article about the murder of "John" rather than "Kennedy".

Dear God! Has John been murdered!?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 00:14 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)

Pentax has finally answered the often asked question on the DPR..."what camera do I buy my 10 year old daughter?".

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 12:33 UTC as 23rd comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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tommy leong: seems like Sony A6000 is consistently better at iso 6400

I have to admit the a6000 looks like the winner here. Okay, different size sensor size but just for fun I dialed in Sony's RX1r and admittedly it has the perfect lens for it's sensor but it too blows the Canon out of the water. Not a knock on the 7D which I am certain will be great in real world shooting but there are other choices. Maybe less aggressive noise reduction is why the Sony looks better.

Truthfully, while I enjoy these comparison tools I don't have full faith in them but I love the discussions it generates.

Thanks DPR for posting the test shot(s).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 12:10 UTC
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dtssounds: Your landscape photographs are great, but sorry to say, your people photographs are not on the same level as your landscape. Not that they are not good, they are just not great enough when compared to your landscape photos. But I admire your adventurous heart and wish to seem more of your next travels.

All great comments!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 22:29 UTC
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makofoto: The couple doing this last year was killed by a car in
Thailand. How romantic ...

What about staying alive doing things you like? Despise is a pretty strong word.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 22:25 UTC
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