luxborealis

luxborealis

Lives in Canada Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Has a website at http://www.luxborealis.com/
Joined on Jul 5, 2004
About me:

Now back in Canada, I have lived for 4 years in Tanzania followed by 3 years in the UK.

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On Ethics of prize-winning photo debated article (151 comments in total)

Crap like this happens ALL THE TIME. Photographs are acclaimed more for a cutsey or gritty title or the backstory of the image or the backstory of the photographer rather than the image, itself. Vivian Maier comes to mind. Her recently found photographs were acclaimed all over the world yet didn't amount to anything terribly original if you took away the backstory. So, once again, is it the art or the story?
Be that as it may, photography is only following what has been done forever with all other media. Painters have been doing set-ups for centuries.

You see, we are victims of our own delusions in that we still believe photographs are real when they are nothing more than constructs of the artists mind. What we need to do is to STOP BELIEVING PHOTOGRAPHS ARE REAL in the first place!!!!!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 02:30 UTC as 97th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm introduces FinePix SL1000 50X superzoom article (35 comments in total)

We certainly live in an amazing era of technological wonder. I am constantly amazed at how far we have come in such a short time...

I started in digital 10 years ago with a Minolta similar to this camera but only 5mp and a 28-200 zoom. It made quite good raw images that I can still process today to surprisingly good quality. I'm now shooting with a D800e BUT this camera really has to turn a few heads: 1200mm at ƒ6.5 - and 60fps Full HD. Despite what jcmarfilph says, I'd like to take this on safari with me ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 03:44 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... article (1412 comments in total)

Wow - reading through the comments, I am surprised at the vehemence surrounding jpeg vs raw files. It's quite simple: people who take pictures shoot jpegs...people who make photographs shoot raw. There is a world of difference between taking and making.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2013 at 03:06 UTC as 180th comment | 3 replies
On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... article (1412 comments in total)

I must admit to being rather surprised the OM-D EM-5 came out on top. Except for those few of us who prefer detail in our landscapes to go with dynamic range, maybe the pixel war is truly finished. The OM-D EM-5 certainly has the quality both in sensor and optics and 16mp seems to be a sweetspot. However, given that it's 4/3s - that sweetspot is also its greatest limiting factor. Congratulations Olympus - you've hit a home run!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2013 at 03:01 UTC as 181st comment | 2 replies
On Hands-on with the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR article (258 comments in total)

My initial reaction was "What a rip-off" $224 more for the tripod collar/mount - that make the total package over $1600. To compare it to the $2100 ƒ2.8 - the extra $400-500 is worth it.

If they were to just make the tripod collar included in the lens, economies of scale would drop the price well below $200. It tells you that in this case, Nikon is more about marketing and price points than photography. I know they are in competition with Canon, but really, this is petty.

HOWEVER - The lack of a collar is also a general comment on photography. Fewer photographers these days are willing to go the extra mile by using a tripod. By far, most who buy this lens will never use a tripod or monopod. Are VR and higher really that good that a tripod is no longer needed? For some work, yes. For most, photography is a weekend hobby that doesn't warrant the additional quality possible with a tripod - so why bother including a tripod collar when most won't really need it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2012 at 21:21 UTC as 24th comment | 7 replies

About 10 years ago, I put out an internet plea for the following modelled on the style of a 4x5 view camera mostly for landscape photography. Being a 4x5 user, it's the sensor that is most important and virutually all other bells and whistlers superfluous:
• Sensor size of 7200 x 9600 for a 4:3 ratio, 20x26"x360ppi - or better yet a 9600x9600 square senor with various "crop" options: 7200x9600 H or V, fill square 4x5, 2x3 etc.)
• large, 3x4" LCD (or larger! with no viewfinder but decent battery life for Live View)
• no Mirror would be ideal (and one wouldn't be needed with this design)
• Nikon or Canon mount
• A-priority with Exposure Compensation and Maunal
• Matrix/Evaluative metering with optional spot metering with the ability to vary the location of the spot
• muli-spot metering with built-in user-customizable Zone calculations
Amazingly enough, aside from the multi-spot, we are almost there as the D800 comes close these specs in some ways.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2012 at 15:17 UTC as 145th comment
On Nikon D800 preview (1110 comments in total)

Pretty amazing. Check out the feathers near the bottom right. The D800 sure puts the Sony A900 to shame, but the Canon 5D Mark II stands up amazingly well (although i note some zig-zags in the raw at ISO100). I suppose, given the price difference of the Pentax 645D, it should be better (and is, but not by $5000 worth!).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2012 at 00:58 UTC as 110th comment
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)

I've been an Olympus user from the OM-1 in the 1970s right through to the E-30 but will soon be saying bye, bye. Olympus stopped innovating years ago. Same stuff, different body.

The landscapes I loved shooting with my OM-4T and Provia are still not possible even with this latest iteration. Goodbye Olympus, hello Nikon.

Email me if you're interested in purchasing an E-30 w/ 12-60, 55-200 and FL-36r flash, 72mm POL, ND8x and batteries.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 03:54 UTC as 404th comment
On Nikon D800 and D800E 36MP full-frame DSLRs announced article (271 comments in total)

Wow - what a camera!

Finally 35mm digital is coming of age, especially with 800E option. Landscapes need to be big when printed and this is seems to be the 35mm camera to do it. (I know - someone will try to tell us that they printed a 40"x60" print from their 5mp camera but really, let's be serious here!). I've canoed and backpacked with 4x5 and 6x7 gear - I'd take the 800E over those any day!!

Thanks Nikon!!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2012 at 23:42 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On Elk, Banff National Park in the Deers challenge (1 comment in total)

Just so we're clear, elk are members of the deer family. After moose they are the second-largest. To quote Wikipedia: " Elk (Cervus canadensis)...In the deer family (Cervidae), only the larger moose (Alces alces), which is called an "elk" in Europe, and the sambar (Rusa unicolor) rival the elk in size. Elk are similar to the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) found in Europe, of which they were long believed to be a subspecies. However, evidence from a 2004 study of the mitochondrial DNA indicates they are a distinct species."

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2012 at 02:24 UTC as 1st comment
On Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact article (778 comments in total)

Almost the perfect camera - tweak the wideangle to 24mm and the telephoto to 120mm (6x zoom) and I would likely ditch my DSLR for street photography. Oh - and for aesthetic and feel, make it slightly more ergonomic and less boxy.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 16:06 UTC as 194th comment
On Lytro Light Field Camera first look with Ren Ng article (225 comments in total)

Amazing technology - I am so looking forward to the full potential of this being realized. We are on the brink of an entirely new way of imaging - much closer to Star Trek and holodecks than we could have ever imagined a couple of years ago

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 12:31 UTC as 19th comment

Brilliant - thank you! You have hit on exactly what many have been advocating for years - use a framing card as a visual tool! I used one back in the 4x5 days and still use one today with digital.

I use LiveView today in much the same way as my 4x5 ground glass. Wouldn't it be great if we could convince camera manufacturers to include an option to "View Image Reversed and Upside Down" on the LCD screen.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2011 at 22:40 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On Photo Tip: Five for Five article (111 comments in total)

I am really dismayed by the number of negative comments, often by people who feel they could have done better themselves. If you feel that way then rather than being an armchair critic, click on the link at the bottom "Write for us".

I've been shooting for 30 years and teach workshops and course throughout the year and I still got something helpful from the article - a small little trick to help newcomers to photography beyond simply saying "slow down". I think the idea of "Five for Five" is brilliant and will help others to learn photography by suggesting it to them.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2011 at 22:29 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
On Lower Lewis Falls, WA in the Waterfalls challenge (5 comments in total)

I received a complaint about this image being over-processed. While I agree, it does appear to be overly saturated and the some of the streams of water appear to be painted brighter, I've given the photographer the benefit of doubt as it was "taken just before sunset" which can have an overly-dramatic effect on lighting and colours.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2010 at 14:03 UTC as 5th comment
On Flase Creek Vancouver in the Canada: Western Canada challenge (2 comments in total)

It's False Creek.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2010 at 18:08 UTC as 2nd comment
On Lake Mourine after sunset in the Canada: Western Canada challenge (1 comment in total)

You could, at least, get the name right. It's Moraine Lake, as in the glacial moraine that blocks the outflow.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2010 at 18:06 UTC as 1st comment
On Bromo and Semeru, Indonesia in the Volcanoes challenge (3 comments in total)

This is exactly what the Art of Earth series is all about. Nicely done and thanks for entering!
--Terry
www.luxborealis.com

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2009 at 00:27 UTC as 1st comment
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