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.


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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 112th comment | 9 replies
On Cold War camera: 1950s Berlin in color (part 1) article (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 Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)
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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 Apple to cease development of Aperture article (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 Centr captures 360-degree video at 4K resolution post (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 onOne Software's Perfect Effects 8 available for free article (117 comments in total)

Thank you!

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 05:59 UTC as 26th comment
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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 Backstory of Phantom Flex4K video shot at 1,000 FPS article (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 Photoshop CS6: Top 5 Features for Photographers article (98 comments in total)
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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 User Review: Gura Gear Kiboko 30L Backpack article (113 comments in total)
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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 User Review: Gura Gear Kiboko 30L Backpack article (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 First Impressions: Using the Nikon D800 article (307 comments in total)
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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.

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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!

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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
On Landscape Photography Primer article (97 comments in total)

Thanks, Carsten, for your excellent primer; hope you will keep going.

I'm curious if you actually pack all your listed cameras, lenses and tripod when you hike? I've been using a Nikon D700 with 24-70mm lens--that plus a carbon fiber tripod is as much weight as I want to carry.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2012 at 01:08 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D4 overview article (840 comments in total)
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Sam Carriere: Looks lovely, but you know, at my age, the first spec I went down to wasn't the ISO or focusing system, it was the weight. Add a decent lens to this behemoth and you've got 6 to 8 pounds hanging from your neck. My Olympus EP3 and Sony NEX-5N are looking more attractive every day ...

Amen! Plus tripod! I'm starting to understand why Ansel Adams switched from an 8x10 to medium format in his later years. I love the features and the durability of my D700, but dislike packing the weight.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2012 at 06:14 UTC
On Roundup: Portfolio Apps For iOS article (29 comments in total)

@Ross-- Are you using Zenfolio as an app for iPad? Or as a site accessed with a web browser? I ask because I didn't know there was an app.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2011 at 01:11 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On NASA captures the earth at night with Nikon D3S article (159 comments in total)

Try watching the video while listening to John Lennon singing 'Imagine'.

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