Lives in United States Portland, United States
Works as a Retired
Has a website at mikeoregon.zenfolio.com
Joined on Apr 22, 2004
About me:

As I start to feel more confident about operating gear and software, I am paying more attention to creativity and intuition--wonderful yet mystifying.


Total: 26, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12Next ›Last »
In reply to:

Deliverator: So, the green auto setting on consumer DSLRs isn't simple enough? I know more than a few people with consumer DSLRs who use this setting almost exclusively to their complete satisfaction. A few of them might stray off into the scene modes, but that's it. They have no desire or need for anything else, and that's just fine with them.

In my dotage I realize my photos are not going to survive into the future unless i turn them into books--more accessible by far, and much better than a photo album. I don't know how big the photo book industry is, but I see lots of vendors offering the service.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 21:21 UTC
In reply to:

Simon Elwell: I've found that fewer people want to see good photos of events and places. I was at a wedding recently. For many years I've taken a camera to weddings, shooting the things that the official photographers don't - the people watching, the children playing etc. But everyone at this recent wedding had a smartphone - everyone was snapping away. Everyone had their own record.
I posted my pictures on Flickr and the bride and groom were delighted with the alternative perspective - as is often the case; but I can't help feeling that most of the guests already had a smartphone version of what I'd shot - not as well composed, not as high res, not as ... well you name it. But enough to mean they're not interested in someone else's pictures.

I've had a similar experience shooting school plays--most parents go away thinking they have the play in their phone or tablet. When I publish a book documenting the play, only a few buy it, but they always say they never organized or edited their phone photos so they don't have a usable coherent record and are happy to have the book.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 21:16 UTC
In reply to:

Cihangir Gzey: Let me give some of my thoughts as well (after a 10 year DSLR experience):
1-P&S business is dying quickly. Because new sensors demand high power and new cameras have terribly short battery life especially during FullHD video (knowing the exact left battery life on a P&S is like rolling a dice; even the cheapest smartphone give you exact percentages and in year 2015 as much as I know not many P&S offers it). WHY? Industry even couldn't solve this battery issue. NO POWER=NO PHOTOS!!!!
2-Bugs, subtracted features, lacking firmware make you sick on a P&S (or even an expensive DSLR). You desperately wait for a firmware update but once the manufacturer comes with a newer model, it NEVER happens. You try to use a creeping P&S (or sometimes worsely an expensive DSLR and feel like a screwed up idiot). NO AFTER SALES SERVICE=NO NEW CUSTOMERS!
3-Smartphones do almost everything with the photo you took (message sending, manipulating, emailing, social sharing, etc. etc.). My previous P&S of Canon S120 had terrible communication reliability with smartphones. I tried some other dedicated specialty like Sony QX1 but again no success. We can't wait to fill up memory card and connect it to PC. Sometimes we need the photo INSTANTLY. NO COMMUNICATION=NO USAGE
4-Check out the price of RX100 MK4 (I am still thinking about pulling the trigger for this P&S which has all NEGATIVE points on my above items). HIGH PRICE=NO CUSTOMERS
5-My 50D (I refuse to upgrade as every new iteration adds something but also subtracts another) & EF-S 10-22 sits inside the car while travelling. If I have it, I use it. If I don't, I use my old P&S or my smartphone. EOS M1 was not having internal flash and M3 has terrible battery life. NO FRESH MINDS=NO INNOVATIONS=NO SALES TO ADVANCED AMATEURS
Just my f..king 2 cents (as an upset photographer). IMHO those Japanese photo giants need to retire those old R&D guys (who proved to fail more than enough times; enough is enough!) and hire fresh and innovative people who understands the current generation's needs.

All good points...one reason I really like my Fuji XT-1 is the free firmware that improved focus--it was like a free camera upgrade. Hope this will be a trend!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 21:05 UTC
In reply to:

instamatic: My iPhone 6 really takes nice pictures. They are automatically well exposed and sharp like 99% of the time with pleasing color and contrast. This continues to hold in low light as well, though grain appears. Still, on-screen even this grain is a non-issue.

The camera is quick and responsive, and the built in HDR actually looks natural.

Additionally the photos are instantly available to share, or to be viewed on a flat screen TV via the inexpensive Apple TV.

What else can I care about for quick take and go snapshots that record life moments worth recording, seriously what else?

I also use an iPhone 6+ for snapshots, it mostly works well but has its limits--blown highlights and color temperatures are the most common issues. I wonder if it would be possible to use Siri to quickly set up or alter settings on the camera?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 20:55 UTC
In reply to:

SwissRapha: HowaboutRAW, I think you are wrong here. Besides light transmission (T-stop), the lens does not impact the shot noise. How could it?
A better lens can not magically improve the shot noise of the incident light. Similarly, a bad lens (with the same T-stop) does not add shot noise.

BTW, what do you mean with a 'better lens'?

Could you post those image files to illustrate...?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 17:12 UTC

Please excuse a dumb question, but how do monthly plan subscribers upgrade from 5.x to 6? Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 19:52 UTC as 114th comment | 9 replies
On article Cold War camera: 1950s Berlin in color (part 1) (120 comments in total)

Interesting to see the Reichstag as it was after the war--today it has been rebuilt and fitted with a transparent glass dome that contains a detailed exhibit about Nazism. I appreciate the efforts Berliners make to repudiate the past of divisions and hatreds, rather to be inclusive and tolerant of differences, because the wars have shown that peace and prosperity depends on it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2014 at 17:13 UTC as 25th comment
On article Apple to cease development of Aperture (425 comments in total)
In reply to:

mikeoregon: I used Aperture for a few years (free copy--don't ask) and then realized Lightroom was much better, so switched. Getting edited files out of Aperture's vault and into accessible file folders was a challenge.

Yes, a single edited image file can be exported readily, but not thousands.

@marco, I didn't steal it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 21:53 UTC
On article Apple to cease development of Aperture (425 comments in total)

I used Aperture for a few years (free copy--don't ask) and then realized Lightroom was much better, so switched. Getting edited files out of Aperture's vault and into accessible file folders was a challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 22:06 UTC as 87th comment | 4 replies
On Connect post Centr captures 360-degree video at 4K resolution (37 comments in total)

A different way of seeing, somewhat disorienting and yet really intriguing. The story about a child watching a clip 16 times is totally believable!

The microphone(s) could definitely use a wind screen to make this an outdoor camera like the GoPro Hero.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 21:23 UTC as 7th comment
On article onOne Software's Perfect Effects 8 available for free (117 comments in total)

Thank you!

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 05:59 UTC as 26th comment
In reply to:

JPR.lda: Where is WIFI?????
Nikon is still milking the cow the same old way.
Where are the new features?
I will not upgrade my D3s until Nikon makes something that makes my work easier.

I'd like to be able to operate my Nikon from a tablet to have a better live image view, and to have smarter controls that respond to a particular scene or task. For example if one shoots HDR, one has to remember to lock in all the adjustments to maintain consistent frames; why can't a camera figure that out for itself?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 21:55 UTC
On article Backstory of Phantom Flex4K video shot at 1,000 FPS (91 comments in total)

I've been making high-speed single frame captures of water in a stream here in the Oregon mountains, and a moment from the flow is beautiful--I would love to make a similar slow-motion film to reveal the form of the water!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2013 at 22:52 UTC as 19th comment

My first camera was a twin-lens reflex purchased in 1956. Today I use a digital SLR. The functional difference is like going from a Ford Fairlane to a BMW. However, esthetically I would prefer the reflex, it had a gleaming metal finish, bright viewfinder, simple and straightforward design I could understand. Ditto my 4x5 camera later on. Most of what goes on in my SLR is a mystery to me, so the design feels capable, but not friendly. The viewfinder and LCD are hard to use in low light, tiny buttons are fiddly, the menus are crazy complicated--a worthy tool but still needs improvement for practical usability. The all-black color seems intended to impress that the user is a Very Serious Photographer, and to harmonize with very serious black outfits. I appreciate the artist surfacing this discussion!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2013 at 07:07 UTC as 62nd comment
On article Photoshop CS6: Top 5 Features for Photographers (98 comments in total)
In reply to:

Khizer: Need some advice. I am planning on buying either the Canon 5D Mark iii r Nikon D800 very soon - not because I am a pro but really because I don't want to upgrade for a few years. Can someone tell me if software choice is dependent on the hardware, or are application like Adobe Photoshop CS6 suitable for workflow of either of these cameras? Thanks

D800 image files will be big so you might want to add memory to your computer to process them, and they will fill up hard drive space more quickly.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2012 at 15:02 UTC
On article User Review: Gura Gear Kiboko 30L Backpack (113 comments in total)
In reply to:

CarstenKriegerPhotography: I'd like to follow up on some of the comments. Yes, the Kiboko 30L comes with a raincover and it works very well, quick to put on and off and it does what it's supposed to do.
For longer hikes (6 hours or more) I use a belt bag for food and water goes into the side pockets of the Kiboko. Alternatively I only take basic equipment (1 body, 2 lenses) and assign one half of the Kiboko to food, water and other necessities.
As for the weight... I like my SLR and as long as I can I am happy to carry the weight.

Hi, Carsten-- What do you do with your tripod? Tx, Mike

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2012 at 17:14 UTC
On article User Review: Gura Gear Kiboko 30L Backpack (113 comments in total)

Thanks, Carsten, hope you will keep looking and letting us know what you find. I hike and shoot in the mountains here in Oregon with a day pack carrying camera gear, food, a rain jacket, headlamp, etc. and I still haven't found a lightweight pack that can carry it all, plus a tripod.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2012 at 01:06 UTC as 59th comment | 4 replies
On article First Impressions: Using the Nikon D800 (307 comments in total)
In reply to:

Artistico: The samples show what we already could have conjectured: under the right conditions - low ISO, perfect exposure, perfect focus, good-quality lens, no camera shake - you get better detail levels with the D800 than with any other 35mm SLR, but it doesn't take much before the tables are turned in the favour of the lower pixel count sensors with their better high ISO capabilities and lower sensitivities to user error.

I am a little bit torn between this and 5D MkIII for my next camera purchase. I would have liked the ultimate quality of those perfectly made photos with top-notch glass and a tripod, yet it would limit me when I often need the higher ISO capabilities of the MkIII for handheld shooting in low-light conditions. And I do prefer Canon's selection of lenses in the focal lengths I require.

Oh, but that extra bit of texture the D800's higher pixel count gives in perfect conditions...

I will still await more and better comparisons, and bide my time a bit longer before deciding.

Right on, Paul! I'm looking forward to honing my skills to match the capabilities of this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2012 at 18:48 UTC
In reply to:

boffin44: Possibly among the costs she should have included events like this....


My heart goes out to that guy, he was doing his job. Hope the weathersealing really worked!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 17:56 UTC
In reply to:

Photomonkey: I can see the "whine list" already developing....
It's not FF, It isn't pocketable, it's not waterproof, it's not got GPS,it's not got (your favorite obscure video feature here),it's not got hand warmers, it backfocuses, it's not got five f1.2 primes at intro, it's not got IBIS, it's not got in lens IS,it's not got 28 stops of DR, it's not got ISO 256,000, it has noise at ISO 102,000, it has too much res, it doesn't have enough res, etc.

I am never surprised by the number of self appointed experts at engineering, manufacturing, accounting and marketing that surface here to critique products that have yet to see the light of day.

Maybe DPR should create a forum where they can collaborate to create the ideal camera and show us how it really should be done.

What's all this fuss about "small"? Why, Edward Curtis hauled glass plates and a view camera all over the West in a horse-drawn wagon, fer Pete's sake!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2012 at 18:02 UTC
Total: 26, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12Next ›Last »