larrytusaz

larrytusaz

Lives in United States Tucson, AZ, United States
Works as a Database Design
Joined on Aug 20, 2005
About me:

Equipment:
Nikon D40 (6-2007), D200 (3-2009)
Nikon 18-55mm DX AF-S
Nikon 70-210 f/4-5.6 AF non D
Soligor pre-AI 135mm f/2.8 (11-2007)
52mm & 62mm Circular Polarizers (2004 & 2005)
72mm Polarizer (5-2008)
ML-L3 remote (11-2007)
WT(re)B: D40x

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larrytusaz: Again with the "slideshow" design with numerous "next, next, next, next, n..." clicks required, except on the mobile version of the page. One page would be better--and no, I don't care that advertisers want that design. Make it one page ANYWAY--and yes, I ask for it WITHOUT offering to pay for it. Do it ANYWAY.

Yes, I sure don't like it, and tact aside, it's the truth. We do enough "sugar coating" things, I find bluntness refreshing sometimes.

In other words--look, I get that advertisers pay the bills, but I'm tired of their interests always being catered to almost exclusively, almost to the point of cow-towing, and then we readers, who are the ultimate targets I would imagine (else we'd be seeing ads for tampons and football jerseys), are told "pay or zip it." It's an awful format and the most excellent format for reading should be the priority. It's fine that we have to acknowledge who pays the bills to a reasonable extent, but when it's taken this far, it smacks of things like advertisers plastering their logos all over every place they can find such as basketball floors or the backs of people's heads or the like.

Besides, you still end up with this even when you do pay for it, like the locked-in previews on DVDs & even Netflix has advertising, and these are things you PAY for.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 02:53 UTC

Again with the "slideshow" design with numerous "next, next, next, next, n..." clicks required, except on the mobile version of the page. One page would be better--and no, I don't care that advertisers want that design. Make it one page ANYWAY--and yes, I ask for it WITHOUT offering to pay for it. Do it ANYWAY.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 23:47 UTC as 34th comment | 8 replies
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: Are you kidding me? You are taking a trip to another country, with all of the photographic opportunities that presents, and you use a PHONE? What next, a Casio Swatch Watch? Be real. Okay, a Canon 1DX and L glass perhaps would've been a bit heavy to lug everywhere, but would using something like an Olympus E-PM2 or Sony A6000 have killed you?

It should be REQUIRED by a licensed photography governing body that if you call yourself a professional photographer, you MUST use a real camera for every single professional pursuit you engage in and publicize as part of your "brand," or your license to practice photography professionally will be revoked. This is a bunch of nonsense, and people like that should be MADE--yes, MADE--to do otherwise, or run out of town on a rail.

Yes, not pros, or not acting like pros, if they use a phone. Simple as that.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 11:44 UTC
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: Are you kidding me? You are taking a trip to another country, with all of the photographic opportunities that presents, and you use a PHONE? What next, a Casio Swatch Watch? Be real. Okay, a Canon 1DX and L glass perhaps would've been a bit heavy to lug everywhere, but would using something like an Olympus E-PM2 or Sony A6000 have killed you?

It should be REQUIRED by a licensed photography governing body that if you call yourself a professional photographer, you MUST use a real camera for every single professional pursuit you engage in and publicize as part of your "brand," or your license to practice photography professionally will be revoked. This is a bunch of nonsense, and people like that should be MADE--yes, MADE--to do otherwise, or run out of town on a rail.

We are all nobodies really, so what. I have my opinion, you have your opinion. As stupid as I think that opinion is, you have as much right to recite your stupid opinion as I do my smart opinion.

I stand by what I said, and will keep on saying it as long as is necessary. To wit: if you call yourself a photographer, you use a REAL camera, just as a real golfer uses real golf clubs and you don't see professional swimmers practicing in Intex pools, even though they could outdo us even if they did. It's ridiculous and downright mentally insane. I don't care what your results are, you use a PHONE or a Holga or whatever when you have better equipment available, especially with small tools like an Olympus E-PM2 or Sony RX100, you're a pathetic excuse of a photographer and you ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 17:16 UTC
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: Are you kidding me? You are taking a trip to another country, with all of the photographic opportunities that presents, and you use a PHONE? What next, a Casio Swatch Watch? Be real. Okay, a Canon 1DX and L glass perhaps would've been a bit heavy to lug everywhere, but would using something like an Olympus E-PM2 or Sony A6000 have killed you?

It should be REQUIRED by a licensed photography governing body that if you call yourself a professional photographer, you MUST use a real camera for every single professional pursuit you engage in and publicize as part of your "brand," or your license to practice photography professionally will be revoked. This is a bunch of nonsense, and people like that should be MADE--yes, MADE--to do otherwise, or run out of town on a rail.

I'm a person with a BRAIN and taste, frankly. You don't have to, say, be a chef to know that someone who fancies themselves a chef and attends culinary arts school but serves Chef Boyardee as an example of their "work" is a total joke. Do you see Tiger Woods playing golf with broomsticks? Do I have to be Tiger Woods to know how silly that would be?

I learned how to work a 35mm SLR in the 80s when I was a teenager, without the benefit of anyone's help or Internet forums etc. I used to have a Kodak but it took no time to realize that if I wanted to be taken seriously even as a hobbyist that wasn't going to cut it. This sort of thing is a mockery of the pursuit of excellence and taste.

Now we have digital, no more constraints of film etc, and models like the Sony RX100 and Olympus E-PM2 giving you tremendous abilities in light packages, if portability is a concern. If toting something like that is too much of a burden, who should take such a person seriously? They're a stain on the art.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 16:27 UTC
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: Are you kidding me? You are taking a trip to another country, with all of the photographic opportunities that presents, and you use a PHONE? What next, a Casio Swatch Watch? Be real. Okay, a Canon 1DX and L glass perhaps would've been a bit heavy to lug everywhere, but would using something like an Olympus E-PM2 or Sony A6000 have killed you?

It should be REQUIRED by a licensed photography governing body that if you call yourself a professional photographer, you MUST use a real camera for every single professional pursuit you engage in and publicize as part of your "brand," or your license to practice photography professionally will be revoked. This is a bunch of nonsense, and people like that should be MADE--yes, MADE--to do otherwise, or run out of town on a rail.

I am glad that "stock" photo agencies have those requirements, if they still do. If they've changed that, they should be forced out of business. People who call themselves "photographers" should be MADE to use a real camera, even if just a Sony RX100 or Olympus E-PM2, or else be MADE to shut down. Period.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2014 at 20:13 UTC
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)

Are you kidding me? You are taking a trip to another country, with all of the photographic opportunities that presents, and you use a PHONE? What next, a Casio Swatch Watch? Be real. Okay, a Canon 1DX and L glass perhaps would've been a bit heavy to lug everywhere, but would using something like an Olympus E-PM2 or Sony A6000 have killed you?

It should be REQUIRED by a licensed photography governing body that if you call yourself a professional photographer, you MUST use a real camera for every single professional pursuit you engage in and publicize as part of your "brand," or your license to practice photography professionally will be revoked. This is a bunch of nonsense, and people like that should be MADE--yes, MADE--to do otherwise, or run out of town on a rail.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 15:00 UTC as 55th comment | 11 replies

That's like giving Kool-Aid the option to come already poured into crystal champagne glasses.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 03:47 UTC as 13th comment
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1531 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: Why does anybody care about the video specifications of this high-grade stills camera? If I had $3000 to drop on this I'd do so for the amazing pictures it can take, not the Vimeo or YouTube clips it can record. It's an SLR, not a camcorder.

I still say SLRs are NOT meant for video, I don't care if 10,000,000 other people say otherwise, I alone am right and they are all wrong. If they want video so bad let them buy a RED or the like. Show some respect for tradition.

In fact I place this as an item on my "if I were king for a day" list. To wit: if I were, I would FORCE the manufacturers of SLRs to no longer allow video, a la the Nikon Df, even if it meant doing so via legislative fiat. Maybe "the horse is already out of the barn," well then maybe the horse should be shot. You want a video camera, GET a video camera, quit corrupting SLRs with YouTube modes they were never meant to utilize.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 21:40 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1531 comments in total)

Why does anybody care about the video specifications of this high-grade stills camera? If I had $3000 to drop on this I'd do so for the amazing pictures it can take, not the Vimeo or YouTube clips it can record. It's an SLR, not a camcorder.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 16:42 UTC as 263rd comment | 13 replies
On 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced article (102 comments in total)
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jonrobertp: Phones as photography....let's be serious.

I didn't realize that a CAMERA was capable of lightening up.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 16:35 UTC
On 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced article (102 comments in total)
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jonrobertp: Phones as photography....let's be serious.

The scary and pathetic thing is they ARE serious. I guess I should head over to a golfing site and in the forums discuss using broomsticks or a mop instead of clubs, because "they're always with you" and "the tool doesn't matter."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 16:09 UTC
On 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced article (102 comments in total)

(Manah) is right. I think it is extremely lazy to be of the frame of mind that "lugging" a camera where you go is too much work. Gee whiz, you have models like the Olympus E-PM2 and Sony RX100 to choose from, models that are very small yet do well, certainly way better than a smartphone. In the case of the E-PM2, it practically matches a Nikon D7000 and newer models like the Sony A6000 do even better.

I'm sorry, but if "lugging" an Olympus E-PM2 or Sony RX100 is more than a person can "bear," that's just pathetic and to me such people just don't rate. No one's saying you have to lug 4x6 film plates or a Nikon D4s, but come on already. Enough of this "the best tool is the one you have with you." My child has a Fisher Price camera with a pop-bottle lens, it's always around--I suppose Nikon, Canon and Sony E-mount gear just isn't necessary anymore? Yeah, right.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 15:58 UTC as 10th comment
On Sony a6000 Review preview (739 comments in total)

Having shot with the NEX-6 before I would miss the level gauge. I can't shoot a level landscape without one if my life depended on it. There's always a Joby aftermarket spirit level, but then you can't see it if you're using the EVF. Why in the WORLD was this left off from the NEX-6?

However, I love what they'e done with having so many AF points covering so much of the frame. This is something that DSLR makers still don't seem to get--we don't want to have to "focus center and recompose," we want to compose as-is and then be able to place an AF point pretty much wherever on the screen with our current composition already accounted for. Even models like the D7100 don't provide enough coverage, to say nothing of the D3000 and D5000 series. Whenever you say "I want about 150 AF points covering the WHOLE screen" they look at you like you're asking for the moon or something. Sony proves that in fact you're not asking that at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 17:37 UTC as 128th comment | 4 replies
On Never forget a Photoshop or Lightroom shortcut again article (70 comments in total)

I like the idea, very much, but I could hardly read anything on it. The ones I can remember in Photoshop CS2 (yes, CS2)--M turns on the normal cursor that it opens with, making it a quick way to exit out of the cloning or healing brush. CTRL-0 returns the image to its normal "fit to screen" size, CTRL + zooms in CTRL - zooms out. I am sure I would benefit from many others.

Also, I would LOVE a way to "lock" the adjustments palette on the right-hand side in Lightroom 4. I am CONSTANTLY accidentally clicking that "collapse" section on it while trying to make an adjustment (exposure compensation, white balance etc). I don't want that palette to EVER go away, EVER.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2014 at 14:42 UTC as 20th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: The existence of quality "always with you" options like this, the 3rd version of the RX 100 III, is why there's no excuse for EVER using your freaking PHONE for photography pursuits because "the best camera is the one that's with you." As small & potent as this is, using the smartphone's camera is so lame. (As for price--you can now get the 1st RX100 for a relative song.)

I stand by my assertion, even if 30 award-winning "photographers" disagree, they are STILL wrong. If it were up to me, that photographer would have been MADE to use a real camera or not be allowed to practice professional photography again, and if he did so anyway, be jailed for practicing photography without a license. I am absolutely serious. Quit mocking the art form by being a stupid retarded buffoon.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2014 at 20:37 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: The existence of quality "always with you" options like this, the 3rd version of the RX 100 III, is why there's no excuse for EVER using your freaking PHONE for photography pursuits because "the best camera is the one that's with you." As small & potent as this is, using the smartphone's camera is so lame. (As for price--you can now get the 1st RX100 for a relative song.)

The integrity of the art should be respected, and when violated in this manner, protected. To wit--I think pro photography, that which one is paid for as an advertised public service thing, should be licensed by a governing body, and one should have to pass an exam given by this governing body to be able to practice pro photography, much as lawyers/accountants do.

Among the requirements--knowledge of composition, white balance, f-stops etc, and yes--no phone photography allowed. I'm absolutely serious--for your pro work, any usage of a phone as a camera would be completely banned 100%. Get caught doing it, NO MATTER the results you achieved, and your license to practice pro photography is revoked. Just as your license to practice law or be a doctor can be revoked for behaviors the governing body doesn't agree with, and how basketball for a period didn't allow any dunking, same thing.

If that is what is takes to MAKE people stop this phone camera nonsense, so be it. I would LOVE it.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 12:02 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: The existence of quality "always with you" options like this, the 3rd version of the RX 100 III, is why there's no excuse for EVER using your freaking PHONE for photography pursuits because "the best camera is the one that's with you." As small & potent as this is, using the smartphone's camera is so lame. (As for price--you can now get the 1st RX100 for a relative song.)

"Dropped as a child," sure, that's an intelligent rebuttal. I'm not the one advocating using a "fruit phone" for photography.

There's nothing wrong with having a strong opinion about something in this way. Heck John Wooden in college basketball disliked dunking, Dean Smith didn't think freshmen should be able to play on the varsity. Not that I'm in their league of greatness, heck no, but sometimes there will be strong opinions about what's right/wrong for a given endeavor.

There's no excuse for using a toy camera, the type the soccer moms use for "kiddy clicks" & college frat boys use for "strip bar selfies," in your PHOTOGRAPHY pursuits, especially with options like this readily available. That's just tasteless. It's an insult to the art form, so much so, that I think something should be done about it. Continued....

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 11:55 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: The existence of quality "always with you" options like this, the 3rd version of the RX 100 III, is why there's no excuse for EVER using your freaking PHONE for photography pursuits because "the best camera is the one that's with you." As small & potent as this is, using the smartphone's camera is so lame. (As for price--you can now get the 1st RX100 for a relative song.)

Ha ha, don't make me laugh. A phone? Heh heh heh. The only people who use phones for pictures aren't photographers, but college frat boys taking selfies at strip clubs. If you have talent, you don't use a toy for attempting to product it, especially when there are so many vastly better options like this.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 22:16 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: The existence of quality "always with you" options like this, the 3rd version of the RX 100 III, is why there's no excuse for EVER using your freaking PHONE for photography pursuits because "the best camera is the one that's with you." As small & potent as this is, using the smartphone's camera is so lame. (As for price--you can now get the 1st RX100 for a relative song.)

I like landscape photography too, and starting 2 years ago transitioned to mirrorless. First it was the Olympus E-PL1, then ultimately the NEX-C3 as its image quality was the same as the D5100 I had. Now it's the NEX-3N and NEX-6.

So I understand about portability, else why would I've used the Olympus E-PL1 instead of the D5100 that had higher image quality? Then again, when a situation transpired that the E-PL1 couldn't handle but the D5100 could, I went Sony NEX so I'd have the size advantage but the same image quality. Thus, I understand portability, yet the pursuit of higher image quality is a GOOD thing.

Regardless, I never DREAMED of using a phone for any of that, nor would I now. I take my Sony 3N practically EVERYWHERE I go, ALWAYS, even if it's just the grocery store. Given their small size and capabilities, why would I mess around with a phone?

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 17:38 UTC
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