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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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.

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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 (1570 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 (53 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
On HTC One M8 Camera Review post (53 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.

Clicked to complain, not to read.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 03:10 UTC
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vFunct: The bigger problem are the photographers that can't/don't get events to pay them for full usage rights upfront, so they don't have to deal with this kind of crap in the first place.

It really is only a problem for the n00b photographer that charges per image, instead of selling a package deal for the overall event itself.

The business model photographers should be using should only deal with the major client - the event organizer - rather than each individual attendee of the event.

It's pathetic that there are photographers that still exist with that kind of business model. It's not worth chasing pennies, so don't do it, and work your portfolio so that you can charge the big event organizers instead of every event attendee.

Anyone can choose to work for free, but unless we can all unilaterally decide to take work of any kind of others without paying, why should anyone be free to do that to photographers at any level?

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 03:05 UTC

Maybe the web needs some tutorials on how to subvert the IP of Facebook?

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 22:50 UTC as 107th comment
On HTC One M8 Camera Review post (53 comments in total)

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.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 22:46 UTC as 5th comment | 7 replies
On onOne Software's Perfect Effects 8 available for free article (117 comments in total)
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Denis of Whidbey Island: Well, it keeps crashing PSCC and PSCS6 on my fairly robust Win7 system ... but works standalone.

No Norton on my system. When I launch through File > Automate it crashes PS and hangs.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 13:57 UTC
On onOne Software's Perfect Effects 8 available for free article (117 comments in total)

Well, it keeps crashing PSCC and PSCS6 on my fairly robust Win7 system ... but works standalone.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 04:29 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! article (264 comments in total)

What? No shot of the UPS driver handing over the package? Let's hope this is not a harbinger of more unboxing sequences in the future.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 15:09 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon Df combines classic design with modern technology article (313 comments in total)
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Denis of Whidbey Island: Well, I own a D800 and am contemplating adding a second body. I just don't see why I would choose the Df over another D800 or D800E. And I'm probably the target audience, having owned the F, F2, F3, F5 when they were new.

The F4 seemed too much like a beta test. I knew a guy with one and used it but it had that neither fish nor fowl quality.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 16:38 UTC
On Nikon Df combines classic design with modern technology article (313 comments in total)

Well, I own a D800 and am contemplating adding a second body. I just don't see why I would choose the Df over another D800 or D800E. And I'm probably the target audience, having owned the F, F2, F3, F5 when they were new.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 15:55 UTC as 43rd comment | 3 replies

I'm seeing a slight, but discernible, noise improvement in the shadow area of a (overcast) daylight shot at ISO 500 with my RX100. A daylight ISO 125 shot with the Sony shows both cleaner shadows and highlights.

In a twilight shot with my D800 at ISO 800 at -2 EV, smooth highlight noise is dramatically better with prime, with no loss of detail in adjacent subject (a great blue heron against a background of water). In the same shot, textured driftwood has less noise but with a barely perceptible softening of detail, and dark shadows are cleaner with a bit of detail loss.

Have not had time to really explore this, but it appears that any softened detail is recoverable.

I like what they've done with prime sharpening; I don't think the lost shadow detail is useful anyway and the improvement in smooth highlight areas (with an already low-noise camera) is very promising.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2013 at 16:12 UTC as 58th comment
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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Denis of Whidbey Island: The A7R could be tempting when lenses that fit my needs become available. I'd love to lighten my D800 load, but can't work without 14mm.

Adapting Nikon G lenses? Is there an adapter for that?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 19:00 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)

The A7R could be tempting when lenses that fit my needs become available. I'd love to lighten my D800 load, but can't work without 14mm.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 16:05 UTC as 548th comment | 4 replies

The lesson is that photographers, like all artists, need to learn to create their own work. But this is a pet peeve of mine: photographers who photograph sculpture, then sell prints of their "art."

Denis

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2013 at 14:24 UTC as 83rd comment
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