Derek Dean

Derek Dean

Lives in United States Monterey, CA, United States
Joined on Jul 14, 2003


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On Canon 7D mirror box filmed at 10,000fps article (175 comments in total)

Thoroughly enjoyable, and quite informative. Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 10:35 UTC as 29th comment
On rapax1 in the Monopod Challenge challenge (5 comments in total)


Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 23:19 UTC as 2nd comment
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (252 comments in total)

mosc, maybe he didn't want to have to add that 2x converter while out in the pouring rain. Photography is full of choices and compromises. He simply chose the longer range over the faster f stop. You, obviously, would make a different choice. Neither is right or wrong. It's nice to have choices.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 21:02 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply

Very cool.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 20:50 UTC as 16th comment

I like to think I'm pretty open to new stuff, but I just don't get this. Maybe I AM getting old. Oh well.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 20:18 UTC as 39th comment

Not as stable looking video as I've seem from some of the larger drones with 6 or 8 motors, and I'd be curious to see how well it handles wind, but over-all, a cute little thing.

I've been following drones since they first appeared, and I love the wonderful imagery they make possible, but I'm also troubled by some of the reports I've been reading about their misuse, which I guess is inevitable with any new technology.

Still, imagine when these become the size of a bee. Hmmmm...

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 05:49 UTC as 14th comment
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)

I think these are incredibly beautiful images. I've noticed that no matter what, there are always folks who can't see the beauty because they are so caught up in their own drama. That's their loss.

And thank you, Nordin, for posting a bit about how you shot these. I'm a big fan of Photoshop, and your use of it here is inspired.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2014 at 07:10 UTC as 57th comment | 2 replies

That's pretty amazing for $6k. Of course there are things that many folks will deride having been included or not, but wow, I'm continually impressed with Blackmagic's innovative designs. I'd love to get my hands on one of these.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 21:19 UTC as 15th comment
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! article (258 comments in total)

I thought this was neat. A bit of lighthearted fun, and a worthy piece of gear to boot. I'll look forward to the review.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 07:20 UTC as 54th comment
On Stunning 360-degree view from One World Trade Center article (69 comments in total)

A truly historic photo. Stunning, breathtaking, and credit to the efforts of all involved. Bravo!!!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 08:04 UTC as 23rd comment
On Meet 'The Archivist' at National Geographic article (35 comments in total)

Yes, a nice video, but I was hoping to see a bit more in depth of what they are doing to preserve those photos and make them more accessible.

It was pointed out that most of them hadn't been published. Kind of a waste. I'd love to while away a few hours browsing that collection.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 09:19 UTC as 25th comment

Absolutely gorgeous images.

I would think most on this forum would be able to appreciate the technical skill involved, but more than that, the true essence of photography (for me) is being able to express and share the emotion that the photographer felt when taking the shot, and on that level these excel, giving us a loving look at a mother's view of her children roaming wild and free.

Beautiful use of light, selective focus, and those sumptuously soft colors.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 06:31 UTC as 137th comment
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Jim Salvas: If you want weird bokeh, you can just put a coarse diffraction grate in front of a longish lens and shoot with a wide aperture. I did this pic by poking holes in a piece of black foil with a pencil. I then mounted this in a spare filter ring and put it on the front of a 100mm f2.8 lens and shot wide open.

The in-focus parts of the image stay relatively sharp and the out of focus stuff breaks up into as many images as you have holes in the grate. In between, you get beaucoup bokeh.

Jim, I really like that image, and a great idea. The bokeh of the brass lens makes me dizzy.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 07:52 UTC
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DanielFjall: I can only imagine how much time, effort, patience and talent it took to make this video. This really pushes the limits of what is possible with lightpainting and stopmotion.

I'm almost speechless at how beautiful that was....almost. The only word I can up with is supercalafragilisticexpealidocious.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 05:33 UTC
On Delicate Beauty in the Luminous Beings Are We challenge (11 comments in total)


Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2013 at 18:57 UTC as 3rd comment
On 1351 photo in david6785's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

A really nice set of photos, David. You certainly captured the flavor of the party. I just love looking at Fuji-X photos. I can't quite put my finger on it, but they almost always have a decidedly non-digital look, so natural and clean. Yours made me smile, thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 05:56 UTC as 1st comment
On Canal Dawn in the Creative Autumn challenge (2 comments in total)

Beautifully soft and muted tones, and yet still vibrant enough to make me go "wow". Really, it's the wide tonal range and palette of this image that grabs me and won't let go. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2010 at 08:39 UTC as 1st comment
On In the woods in the Creative Autumn challenge (1 comment in total)

Oh, I love a dark image like this. The quality of the light comes through, letting me experience the feeling of that moment. This may sound funny.... but I can "taste" images like this. Mmmm..... good!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2010 at 08:28 UTC as 1st comment
On Autumn in Slow Motion in the Creative Autumn challenge (1 comment in total)

I like everything about this shot. The composition grabs my attention and then pulls me completely into and through the image. The lighting is wonderful, giving it that deep-in-the-forest feeling, yet allowing the leaves in the foreground to really shine.

This kind of photo shows the ability to not only visualize the final image, but to also follow through with the quality technical execution needed to achieve that vision. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2010 at 08:22 UTC as 1st comment
On Country Lane - Bedford County, Virginia in the Quintessentially Home challenge (3 comments in total)

What a gorgeous image, and what a lovely place for somebody to call home. Wide dynamic range with rich deep black, excellent composition, and perfect exposure. A good choice for first place!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2009 at 06:18 UTC as 3rd comment
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