Denis of Whidbey Island

Denis of Whidbey Island

Lives in United States Whidbey Island, United States
Works as a photography
Has a website at www.whidbeypanoramas.com
Joined on Oct 5, 2002
About me:

More than 50 years into photography, professional experience started in early '70s at Stock Car Racing Magazine.
More interesting past gear has included a new Nikon F back in the day, Widelux 1500, Art Panorama, Roundshot 65EL, Roundshot Super 220VR, Fuji GX617, Noblex 150U, Canham 5x7, Sinar P, Toyo field, Fuji Texas Leica, Rollei SL66, Hasselblad 500C ...

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Vlad S: The horizontal angle of view is 117.8 deg, and vertical is 94.6. It means that if one takes a picture from the corner of a rectangular room, then even in the portrait orientation both adjacent walls would be visible in the frame. I imagine the real estate photographers will go gaga over this.

Frankly, I am very upset by real estate pictures that look like a palatial ball room in the photo, and like a broom closet in real life.

Real estate photography is part of my business, and the balance of showing the space vs. distorting the size of the space is something serious RE photographers consider. With the Nikon 14-24mm, 14mm is often not the appropriate FL. But composition is just as critical to the creation of a realistic image of a space.

I don't feel a need for wider than 14mm, but it could be useful for auto, aircraft and boat interiors, bathrooms and a variety of specialized photography in seriously confined spaces.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 17:01 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Please do your part to keep Ken Rockwell-isms out of DPR. If you're going to use the term "coma" please also use the right term for sunstars.

It is my understanding that the correct term is "diffraction spikes."

Do the name calling, misuse of ampersand, poor punctuation, screaming capitalization and hubris come naturally, or are you expressing irony?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 14:39 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Please do your part to keep Ken Rockwell-isms out of DPR. If you're going to use the term "coma" please also use the right term for sunstars.

It is my understanding that the correct term is "diffraction spikes."

"No one cares," is false since someone does care. It remains false even if s/he who cares is not the ultimate arbiter of correctness you are, GlobalGuyUSA.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 03:39 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Please do your part to keep Ken Rockwell-isms out of DPR. If you're going to use the term "coma" please also use the right term for sunstars.

It is my understanding that the correct term is "diffraction spikes."

I care ... about slowing the "living language" down so it can be understood. It's one thing for usage to evolve to adapt to a changing world or to communicate more clearly. It's another matter to allow incorrect usage to become the norm due to sloth.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 21:57 UTC
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RichRMA: "Easily corrected" in ACR or post-processing. Does anyone enjoy having to do that? Let this be done in-camera automatically when possible.

So the only undegraded image is an in-camera JPEG with all lens correction and color/contrast/curves turned off ... and don't do any tweaks in your computer; everything degrades image quality?

Seriously, folks, many working photographers rely on ACR lens profiles or DXO body:lens corrections to earn a living. Perhaps the best lenses are perfect and get mounted on perfect bodies, with perfect photographers at the controls. Pat yourselves on the back while the rest of us happily use the tools it takes to get the jobs done.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 21:54 UTC

I'm thinking a Tamron may have to join the 14-24mm in my bag. 15-30mm would be a pretty nice walk-around lens for me.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 04:37 UTC as 64th comment
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (826 comments in total)

I'm not surprised that many Nikon models seem too incremental to inspire all owners of the last models to run out for replacements. But each incremental model just needs keep the product fresh enough to appeal to people who don't already own the last model. If every other new one is enough of an upgrade to spur a replacement sale, that's pretty good.
In early DSLR days, I was hungry for each update: Fuji S2 Pro, D200, D300, D700. Now I've slowed down, still making good use of a D800. I might add a D750 one of these days, or an A6000 (or a D7300 with articulated screen) ... something do add different capabilities to my kit. A D820 might get me back to the sales counter in a couple of years, but for now I'm glad Nikon has not made it too compelling to shell out more dollars.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 15:38 UTC as 122nd comment | 2 replies
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (366 comments in total)

I guess many here have dropped PS, but remain tethered by some emotional thread. But if you "bought" a version prior to CC, you still have it. And there are many other (far cheaper) options, including LR and Elements, usually with all of the functionality a photographer needs and stripped of the graphic design capabilities that bloat PS. PSCC is important to my earnings and I've adjusted to the subscription model.
I long ago abandoned MS Office and have never felt the need to use fora to lament that program or the business model. I just don't care about it any more.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 16:59 UTC as 56th comment
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Anastigmat: Fuji is making the same mistake Olympus made with the 4/3 standard. They straight-jacketed themselves with a sensor smaller then FF, and therefore they will always have the disadvantage of fewer megapixels. Canon has just announced a 50mp FF camera. No micro 4/3 or APS-C sensor camera can come close to that many pixels for the foreseeable future. Canon can also increase pixel density further in the future because 50mp still has much larger pixels than their 24mp APS-C models. A FF sensor with the same size pixel as a 24mp APS-C sensor can pack 63mp.

There are many reasons for less than FF cameras. I own one FF, two APS-C and one 1"; I use each appropriately to its capabilities.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 14:56 UTC
On Canon introduces 11-24mm f/4L USM wide angle zoom article (51 comments in total)

What? No filter thread? ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 05:01 UTC as 18th comment
On Readers' Choice Awards 2014: The Winners article (141 comments in total)
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Denis of Whidbey Island: "...results were two close to call..." !?!?!?! Where's the copy editor or is this supposed to be cute?

Ah, outsourcing copy editing to your readers; we peep at more than pixels.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 20:17 UTC
On Readers' Choice Awards 2014: The Winners article (141 comments in total)

"...results were two close to call..." !?!?!?! Where's the copy editor or is this supposed to be cute?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 18:12 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (208 comments in total)
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Scotts Photographs: The reason jpeg alternatives have such a rough time, IMHO, is that the majority of casual camera buyers (even those who buy DSLRs) and smartphone owners understand and like jpeg. They're happy with it... it does the job well enough. You can chatter at them all day long about lossless compression and bit depth and they just don't care. They can't tell the difference between a jpeg and another file format, just as most people can't tell the difference between 100/200/300 dpi prints. So, kudos to the programmer for developing something superior, but good luck getting it adopted as a replacement to the very popular, non-threatening, familiar jpeg, which is part of a whole universe of devices and software dedicated to it.

There is a niche where an improved compressed file format would be welcome and could be adopted pretty quickly. It would be welcome for image uploads to the online labs we use.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 16:51 UTC
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JGarnish: It is a shame that it has come to this. Our National Parks, are treasures that we have set aside for future generations to enjoy, and yes photograph. We already pay a fee to cover the parks cleanup, and maintenance. Generations of people have photographed these lands from end to end, without incident. Permits are required for those outdoors minded people. Hard to believe that you can be labeled a criminal, for taking a picture in a National Park!!! I might have to get my Whisper Drone ready for some quiet shooting! Nope Scratch that...Drones are illegal now too! America...Home of the .....Sheesh can't even get free out any more. We all know where this is headed right! This says nothing to those guy phone snapping does it. =)

This is not about national parks ... different agency. NPS actually has a pretty rational policy, widely circulated about a decade ago when some rangers needed education after getting overzealous.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 14:56 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Wikipedia does not need this bad press.

Someone in charge should see the possible negative impact on an organisation that counts heavily on our collective goodwill and order the photo to be removed ASAP.

PK

Actually, when I first read about this I decided I would stop my annual donation to Wikimedia Foundation. If others take similar action, Wikipedia may find—legality aside—this was a bad business move.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 14:31 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1591 comments in total)
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lacikuss: Hey Nikon D800 owner, how do you feel about loosing 30% of the value of your not two year old camera in one day? I've got lucky when they fully replaced my D600 but you can{t say the same...

A company that keep churning nonsense upgraded cameras (read Thom Hogan) instead of passing on improved functionality with newer firmwares is a company that is only interested in milking their loyal customer base.

I wonder how many of the D810 upgrades could have been done with only a firmware update for the D800?

Well, I've been a D800 user for some time and can't say that the D810 introduction will in any way reduce what I earn with the D800 (the D800E also failed to diminish my income). I may or may not upgrade, but the depreciation is not a big deal.

The three interesting features that might drive me to upgrade are not the sort of thing that can be done in firmware ... certainly two cannot. What interests me are improved mirror mechanism, 5FPS and sRAW. I'll wait for reviews to determine if that last one is a major advantage; Thom seems to think not.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 23:49 UTC
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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Barney Britton: Sorry about that - we like to keep you in suspense. The system for scheduling homepage stories is separate from that which schedules articles - hence the snafu.

Hopefully you can see the article now, sorry about the break in service.

A comment seemed to vanish, but reappeared. Regarding SNAFU, arguably "glitch" adequately communicates the disconnect between processes sans residual overtones. However, I make that argument admitting to limited appreciation for a generational tendency rely on a dose of Sriracha to animate writing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 04:35 UTC
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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Barney Britton: Sorry about that - we like to keep you in suspense. The system for scheduling homepage stories is separate from that which schedules articles - hence the snafu.

Hopefully you can see the article now, sorry about the break in service.

What is appearing then vanishing?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 14:50 UTC
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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Barney Britton: Sorry about that - we like to keep you in suspense. The system for scheduling homepage stories is separate from that which schedules articles - hence the snafu.

Hopefully you can see the article now, sorry about the break in service.

Do you actually know what the acronym SNAFU means? If so, is it really appropriate?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 14:03 UTC
On HTC One M8 Camera Review post (54 comments in total)
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Denis of Whidbey Island: Remind me why these phone reviews appear on the front page of DPReview. Were the readers of that site interested, they would be watching this one.

This is not entirely dissimilar to saying that it's fine to put links to TV reviews on the DPReview home page because some people who read DPReview are also interested in televisions. Really, what percentage of DPReview readers go to that site to find phone camera reviews?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 16:11 UTC
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