Dan Wagner

Dan Wagner

Lives in United States United States
Works as a photographer
Joined on Jan 22, 2005
About me:

I'm shooting a lot of 120 film.

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On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (790 comments in total)

Looks like a nice camera. One thing that's very important to me as a consumer is knowing how long a manufacturer will stock parts for repairs. I have an earlier model G camera that I love, but cannot get repaired.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 00:54 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On Canon introduces new $78K 50-1000mm cine lens article (157 comments in total)

What a shame DP Review wasn't able to post a video with this lens zooming from 50 to 1000mm. One of Clint Eastwood's early western movies has a great zoom shot of a landscape, zooming in we see a rider on a horse who is then shot. To get this all in one take is cinematic. For sports, as the action moves closer to the photographer they can still shoot. I'd love to play with this lens on the streets of NYC. 78K -- yeah that's a lot of money -- but the broadcast equipment is a lot too. If your company buys one of these lenses, ask for a raise!

And if after 4 or 5 years Canon no longer stocks parts or services it, and gives you a piece of paper with a phone number to their loyalty program so you can buy a refurbished model prior to their current latest model -- well that's a different conversation. :)

Still, I'm always happy to see new items brought to market.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 11:50 UTC as 10th comment
On Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps article (137 comments in total)

Graham Rowan -- my new hero! Fantastic.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 10:46 UTC as 51st comment

NYC has a sensible permit system. The only time there is a $300 fee is when exclusive access to an area and various city services are needed -- such as a large film production with vehicles, parking, police assistance etc. However one could do a simple shoot for free. I've gotten many free permits in the past -- the primary reason was just in case I was asked to move, and in case there was an issue with another photographer wanting to or already shooting in a specific area.

The federal approach makes very little sense. If a photographer sells a print of a landscape, or makes tee shirts with an image taken in a park, the fed will receive a fee in the form of taxes.

Photography is a form of communication analogous to speech -- a photograph is worth a thousand words -- not a thousand dollars.

And just look at how well the government manages things -- they couldn't mess this up could they? :)

It's really anti fancy DSLR - shoot with a Leica and you're fine.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 13:50 UTC as 53rd comment
On Behind the Shot: Spot the Shark article (66 comments in total)
In reply to:

Dan Wagner: I think it's a pretty photo. What I find important is the photographer having a graduated nd and a .9 (3 stop) nd -- and imagining what the shot could look like if he used these, combined with a long exposure that took advantage of the location. So it's more than technical, but also applying experience. It's weird but the shot looks like a negative. Out of curiosity I opened the image in PhotoShop and inverted it -- nah -- then I tried converting it to black and white and played with the different filter choices and really liked the red and infrared filters -- looks really nice in black and white. Didn't save the result as it's not my photo -- just wanted to see what a black and white version would look like.

What would have been fun for the photographer is if he had a Fuji 690 wide film camera and shot some black and white 6x9 (120) -- that would result in a 200 mb plus 16 bit file and also provided an archive negative.

I know. My curiosity was satisfied by the experiment itself. Would've been cool to see the scene shot as a quick snapshot to more fully appreciate the photographer's efforts.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 13:15 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Spot the Shark article (66 comments in total)

I think it's a pretty photo. What I find important is the photographer having a graduated nd and a .9 (3 stop) nd -- and imagining what the shot could look like if he used these, combined with a long exposure that took advantage of the location. So it's more than technical, but also applying experience. It's weird but the shot looks like a negative. Out of curiosity I opened the image in PhotoShop and inverted it -- nah -- then I tried converting it to black and white and played with the different filter choices and really liked the red and infrared filters -- looks really nice in black and white. Didn't save the result as it's not my photo -- just wanted to see what a black and white version would look like.

What would have been fun for the photographer is if he had a Fuji 690 wide film camera and shot some black and white 6x9 (120) -- that would result in a 200 mb plus 16 bit file and also provided an archive negative.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 00:26 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies

50 prints for $20 is a good price point. I see a lot of girls 7-14 (emoticons :) ) wanting one of these. Hopefully the printing speed is around 45 seconds. Of course one wonders if purchasers will want this item for the prints or other capabilities, and if this is one of those things people use when they first get them and then quickly tire of. There is an advantage to having a way to get prints without much effort. Hopefully Polaroid will make money with this device, so it may evolve into a device for adults and perhaps with a 4x6 printing capability.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 11:43 UTC as 3rd comment
On Behind the Shot: Flames of the North article (67 comments in total)

Beautiful photo! It's not often one sees this type of scene in green. Usually one would see blues, or reds, magenta, orange, etc. So the green really sets it apart. And the photographer's presence of mind to see the shot and solve the technical issues so quickly is pro. I think Tanqueray Gin should license this shot -- it would be perfect for them, and could fund another trip or two for photographer. Grand slam home run! And I'm not a landscape lover :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 00:40 UTC as 12th comment
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)

On the DPReview home page for this feature it reads, "It would seem that a trip somewhere as exotic as Thailand would require a pro camera and a heavy bag of lenses." In my opinion this is an inaccurate statement. The phone was used to photograph one very photogenic location inhabited by monkeys. It was not used to photograph Thailand -- the whole country. And what is the end product -- files of a size and quality the phone was capable of producing. So, again in my opinion, the writer of the feature could have provided a more precise description such as: Here are some photographs of monkeys in Thailand taken with a phone. Of course framing it in a DSLR vs phone context it will garner more comments and views from the "There's something wrong on the Internet" crowd to which I guess I am a member as proven by this post.

One can travel light with a point and shoot, or even a small DSLR with a few small sized primes.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 17:11 UTC as 50th comment | 4 replies
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RichRMA: People don't get spam unless they are angling for praise.

Good work in every form is praise worthy. Should one angle for condemnation instead?

Encouragement is a from of praise. Often photographers are threatened by good work, and withhold praise or even acknowledgment. As such the highest praise can be being slammed or ignored.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 14:57 UTC
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offtheback: From a quick review of the comments,he may regret the photo being posted on DPREVIEW.

hahahaha -- I know I regret all my posts on DPR.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 14:50 UTC

I think the outcome was fairly predictable. I don't know if photographer put his name/copyright on the photo -- perhaps in the lower right corner. And If the photographer made the photo say 4" wide at 72 dpi and saved as a medium quality jpg, and also copyrighted the work. And for an e-mail contact, an address specifically for promotional usages would help.

What I have said to others, is that social marketing isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Translating 6,000 views into money is tough. And who are these anonymous 6,000 people?

Perhaps the photographer could have realized some profit by selling prints of the image in various forms in Japan, where it's my understanding that Mt Fuji is viewed as being holy.

I try to view the reward of sharing photos as just that -- sharing them. Very rarely I get what I prize -- a thoughtful intelligent reply.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 14:48 UTC as 32nd comment
On Registration Now Open for PhotoPlus Expo 2014 article (6 comments in total)

Second! I try harder :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 21:55 UTC as 3rd comment
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)
In reply to:

Dan Wagner: The photos are kind of 80's schticky. I think the idea is great -- if he had photos of himself in the suit walking in a crowd of people commuting to work -- but taken straightforward, or a photo at the breakfast table with his family, he in the suit with the family members dressed normally, or a wedding photo with him in the suit and the bride in gown and he's looking out a nearby window -- that kind of thing -- that to me would have taken the idea to a better place. Of the series, the shot on the playground shuttle was the one I liked best -- but he didn't need to have the shuttle touching ground -- just him sitting on the shuttle leaving the viewer to provide the story would have been enough. And before anyone goes ape on their keyboard believing there's something on the internet that needs immediate fixing -- this is just my humble opinion -- albeit one reflecting 30 years as a pro.

Well, Dpreview wants new articles to increase viewership and revenue, and there is a plenitude of subject matter that qualifies, however the production values and content need to be stepped up. First two replies to me are substance less. My background shooting conceptual assignments for ads and publications qualify my comments. And this style was often done in the early 80's -- it was schticky then and it still is. I also don't like the lighting -- and if it were a real space suit and not an orange high altitude suit, visually that would be a bit better. Whatever.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 22:44 UTC
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)

The photos are kind of 80's schticky. I think the idea is great -- if he had photos of himself in the suit walking in a crowd of people commuting to work -- but taken straightforward, or a photo at the breakfast table with his family, he in the suit with the family members dressed normally, or a wedding photo with him in the suit and the bride in gown and he's looking out a nearby window -- that kind of thing -- that to me would have taken the idea to a better place. Of the series, the shot on the playground shuttle was the one I liked best -- but he didn't need to have the shuttle touching ground -- just him sitting on the shuttle leaving the viewer to provide the story would have been enough. And before anyone goes ape on their keyboard believing there's something on the internet that needs immediate fixing -- this is just my humble opinion -- albeit one reflecting 30 years as a pro.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 14:28 UTC as 47th comment | 8 replies
On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (145 comments in total)

I wish the article on this topic was better written and more informative, and that the videos had any production value or creativity -- I think DPreview should keep the quality level higher on these features.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 22:39 UTC as 28th comment
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (152 comments in total)

Funny. First of all, how can anyone sport that goat beard and not expect to be noticed? He should just tell them he's a ZZ Top :) For what it's worth, I think Zack could hide a Fuji X-T1 in that beard. As for photography in an Islamic country -- my only experience was in Istanbul -- and the people were very friendly, no problems. I shot with a Rolleiflex and didn't try to hide what I was doing. On some occasions I made an effort to blend in or to shoot quickly -- to avoid posed shots. Sadly, I'll have to pass on photos in Germany -- I don't travel where I can't photograph -- which is a real shame because I'd like to go there someday -- ironically, my Rolleiflexes were manufactured there.

And I know this site worships the pixel, but controlling my camera with an iPhone and looking at preview screens, and using an exposure meter -- well to go to a place steeped in the old world like Morocco and shoot digitally -- where's the fun in that? :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 01:40 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On Portfolio: Photography student Luke Evans article (172 comments in total)

"In 'Inside Out', Luke and his creative partner Josh Lake swallowed pieces of unexposed 35mm film in perforated capsules, and let their digestive fluids act on the emulsion before developing the film and scanning it using an electromicroscope."

Maximus: "Are you not entertained?"

I could write more, but I wont :) Okay, one thing -- next month my doctor is having a show at MOMA -- he's a proctologist -- I'm hoping he features one of my portraits.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2014 at 00:22 UTC as 31st comment
On Journey to the center of the Earth with Robbie Shone article (49 comments in total)

Very cool. Love these photos. I have a stockpile of large flashbulbs, and would like to see some of his flashbulb photos. These bulbs are so powerful, I'm scared to use them :)

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 02:21 UTC as 3rd comment
On How Peter Hurley became a top portrait photographer article (49 comments in total)

Wow, so cool. After watching a few minutes of the video I clicked on the link to the website and it was exactly what I expected.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 11:29 UTC as 21st comment
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