Paul B Jones

Paul B Jones

Lives in Canada Ottawa, Canada
Works as a Union
Joined on Mar 4, 2012
About me:

My plan is to take interesting bird photographs.


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On Photokina 2014: Canon stand report article (69 comments in total)
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Jon_Doh: Canon continues to fall farther behind the competition. There will come a point in time when they can no longer rely upon "it's the entire system that matters" and their lens line up. True, the 7D II is a great upgrade, but the 5D III is long in the tooth and over priced and the rest of their line up simply stinks.

Canon remains tops in camera sales by most measures. How do the perpetually unhappy poutboys explain that?

Oh right, it's because not everyone is as clever as them.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 20:17 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1703 comments in total)
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NancyP: Looks like an excellent birding camera for those who are not buying the 1DX and longer lenses. Plenty of pixels on the small bird with this camera, and I do believe I will be able to get more mileage out of the EF 400 f/5.6L without and with 1.4x TC. The price is right for this focal-length-limited specialty application, and for many other sports shooters.

Always nice to hear from an actual photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 02:26 UTC
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)

For some folks every time a bear drops a deuce in the woods it's evidence that Canon is going belly up and toy cameras are the wave of the future.

I guess time will tell.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 02:15 UTC as 38th comment

I told you so (I very rarely am right so I am allowed to gloat).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 22:01 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On LensRentals looks into the Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS article (62 comments in total)

Canon - doing what it does best. Being Number One! Woot! Woot!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 11:29 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

A couple points before more punters weigh in:

One - The monkey WAS NOT given copyright in the image, so don't even go there.

Two - The law and right and wrong are two very different things. While you may feel badly for the photographer whose equipment was used by a monkey to take a picture, your sense of outrage won't get you very far as a legal argument. Read some statute and case law and see if you can construct an argument as to why copyright in a photograph you proudly acknowledged was taken by something else should belong to you. Good luck!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 22:08 UTC as 241st comment
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Jozef-S: Certainly it seems like a copyright loophole and Wikimedia took advantage of it. In cases like that the owner of the images should have first secured the ownership before releasing them.

It is not a loop hole, it is a fundamental principle of copyright law. Copyright protects human-authored original works demonstrating a modicum of creativity.

A monkey taking a picture of itself doesn't qualify.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 19:32 UTC

Some folks seem to be confusing right and wrong (as determined by their feelings as hard done by photographers) and copyright law.

Copyright does not reside in photographs taken by animals of themselves.

End of story.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 15:20 UTC as 304th comment | 2 replies
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Bokeh Monk: As a Canadian, I find this offensive! I would have thought that the RCMP would have set up a sting operation or something… but now that the the Federal Gov. has told all these Canada Post workers their all out of a job, it's almost what you'd expect to see, workers 'saving for their retirement!

Sad but true Bokeh Monk. Workers are increasingly treated like dirt, why should they have loyalty to anyone other than themselves? A logical outcome of the way economies are now organized.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 01:55 UTC
On Flickr launches image marketplace initiative post (37 comments in total)
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rowlandw: But flickr still sucks after their "upgrade" in May 2013. I abandoned it (5000+ images) and went over to 500px. If they had provided a "back to old flickr" button I would have stayed.

Flickr's new new layout is pretty good. You might want to check it out.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 14:22 UTC

Great video and helpful tips. And a good bear story!

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2014 at 18:54 UTC as 5th comment
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)

Manipulating animals to secure interesting images is morally dubious. On top of that the pictures just look really fake, kind of like the "amazing" owl photographs people get by tossing hundreds of live mice out into the snow.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2014 at 01:45 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
On MIT algorithm predicts photo popularity article (97 comments in total)

The popularity of an image on flickr depends more on one's online networking skills than on the content of the actual photo.

Mediocre photos that are properly tagged, titled, described, grouped and albumed and are uploaded into a photostream that attracts numerous comments and favourites (through the act of commenting on and favouriting the photos of others) can attract tens of thousands of views.

Brilliant photos uploaded devoid of data and into a sterile social environment will likely go nowhere.

I assume the researchers accounted for this but it is surprising that the article does not mention it.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 03:25 UTC as 7th comment
On MIT algorithm predicts photo popularity article (97 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: It was very generous of her to compensate all the photographers whose photos were used in this study. Some people think that images online are just there for the taking.

Fair Use. Look it up.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 21:35 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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Juraj Lacko: That brushed aluminium will pick scratches like crazy.

Umm hello, it's called a patina and we love it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 19:34 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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Retzius: Potential Leica Scene Modes:

Small Town in Germany
Oasis in Dubai
Selfie with the Queen
Springtime on the Rhein
Krystal with Diddy

The possibilities are endless. They could sell these as "apps" on the Leica store for $99 each

This is clearly a camera for the "more money than brains" crowd - so sign me up! Would love to see a picture of the black version.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 19:23 UTC

It always makes me very happy to read this kind of success story.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 16:44 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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bluevaping: This guy doesn't understand that marketing, adding a feature, removing a feature doesn't drive sales in different markets the same. The reason the Rebel SL1 is not selling more in the US. They wanted to market the smallest DSLR. People in US complained it's to small, but they likely meant that there not comfortable grip for shooting. So marketing got them marginal smaller DSLR that's uncomfortable to many models. And with same lens sizes. WIN/Lose. The competition is giving them marginal better image quality and better handling. Win/Win
It's like they need to do SWAT analysis on future products. Smartphones are threat. They have high resolution screens. A few have bigger sensors than most compact cameras. Most smartphones have faster glass and some have image stabilization. Like shooting with a prime lens compact camera that you like have with you. I have a canon point and shoot for ergonomics and shooting lots for work. Threat of substitution is real.

Other than being top dslr camera seller in the world, yes Canon knows nothing about marketing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 22:09 UTC

Informative interview. Thanks for posting.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 19:19 UTC as 90th comment

Pretty obvious what the real source of all the criticism is - the camera (Canon 5D Mark II) used to take these photos was released in 2008.

That's a cold shot to the gear heads who believe even the newest cameras can't take proper pictures.


Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 14:25 UTC as 231st comment | 1 reply
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