Gary Leland

Gary Leland

Lives in United States Greenville, United States
Works as a Computer Sofware Developer
Joined on Jan 22, 2010

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On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (328 comments in total)
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Joseph Mama: My overall impression was "meh". Meh. Its decent enough compared to an RX100 mark 1. But, I am just not seeing anything exceptionally interesting. Neat sensor, but still relatively small compared to competition. Reasonably good aperture...doesnt fall off too hard at the long end. Pretty good reach.

It just doesn't seem to excel anywhere or have a compelling case for it, other than the "it looks cool" that the reviewer seems so excited about.

It looks cool? Wow. Thanks. I think it looks a lot like my Oly XZ-2 :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 17:14 UTC

Another fun "on site" experience with the DPR team! Thanks Barney. I very well remember my first time on roller skates at age 5. 60 years on I still cannot recall a time anywhere where I had as much as I had that night while my twin brother and I learned and terrorize the real skaters who had to do back flips to miss us every time we kissed the floor.
This was a really fun review. It looks like you had fun too!!! As it should be!.
Regards to DPR staff all, and I hope the arm mends perfectly.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 15:48 UTC as 40th comment
On Blizzard in Norway in the Severe Weather challenge (1 comment in total)

Certainly not as dramatic as some here but I love this shot! Apparently many others did also. Nice Job. Congrats!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 16:16 UTC as 1st comment
On Landmark of Turku in the Old Cranes challenge (4 comments in total)

Congratulations Ben! Nice to see you up there on top.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 16:05 UTC as 3rd comment
On mushr_nn2 in the Mushroom(s) challenge (3 comments in total)

Just looked it up. It was a HP Photosmart C200. Did you do any post processing on this?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 17:16 UTC as 2nd comment
On mushr_nn2 in the Mushroom(s) challenge (3 comments in total)

Lovely picture! You have captured the subtle ambience of the natural setting. This one rated much higher in my book. I had an HP Photosmart at one time. I don't remember the model number. Nice job.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 17:13 UTC as 3rd comment
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bluevellet: While nice to have this format, DPR's priorities are strange.

They've already reviewed this camera, why waste 3 days to sort of re-review it again? They have a backlog of written reviews to finish. Get back to the office for some real work. :)

@bluevellet
DPR seems to find value in producing an entertaining and informative video with good real world strategies and tips for this type of camera and this type of photography for their readers. I for one enjoyed it very much and appreciate there efforts on our behalf greatly. Thanks DPR!! Great Job. A spot on priority I think... don't you?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 15:52 UTC
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rfsIII: Beautiful photos. Samuel Spencer (and a couple of others) should do all the galleries. But honest to gosh, you people are very tough and brave to be living up there in the land without color. Looking at the galleries, it's nothing but gray, blue-gray, and brown-gray with the occasional red hat or orange sunset. I'd be so depressed I would never leave my bed but there you gals and guys are, soldiering on. Bravo.

But perhaps think about buying a couple of macaws to keep around the office as a reminder of what color looks like.

@Rishi,
Makes me happy too! Have a great day no matter what the weather looks like outside! I'm from Buffalo, NY so everywhere I go is beautiful! :) This set of posts had me smiling. Feels great.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 15:00 UTC
On Happy to see you in the Waking up challenge (1 comment in total)

Great shot! Priceless and so appropriate.
Good job Dad

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 23:16 UTC as 1st comment

Do you mean I could shoot my XZ-2 at 24 MP??? ;) Go Oly!!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 22:18 UTC as 31st comment
On Carew Castle in the Fortress challenge (2 comments in total)

Ditto on the comments by cjf2. This was a captivating image and was very effective in the choice and level of PP applied. Great Job.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 00:05 UTC as 1st comment
On Weeds challenge (3 comments in total)

Nice concept! I wish I had seen this. Enjoyable.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 21:58 UTC as 1st comment
On Girl With The Pearl Earring - 20th / 21st Century challenge (2 comments in total)

I think (imho) this was a nice topic for a challenge. I am dissapointed that there were not more entries. The few that there were it seems some did not get the point at all. I really liked the concept of this but I realize it required a good bit of work to really make a stab at this one. Congratulations to the top 2!!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 22:55 UTC as 1st comment
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)
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alfredo_tomato: I seem to do OK with the combination of iPhoto, GIMP, and LightZone.

Alfredo, I have seen the new OSX Yosemite demo. There is no iPhoto in the dock. I think that they are expecting everyone to use Photos going forward.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 18:54 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)

For the general DPR reader: It might be worth your while to go to the APP store and click on iPhoto and read a couple of hundred rants about what the Maverix upgrade did to iPhoto libraries. As far as the "conversion/upgrade" process I believe that you cannot assume that this is a safe and painless route. Also I think that the larger your libraries are the less chance you will have of completing anything successfully.
Sorry...I honestly hate to make negative posts (this is my third) but I will be quiet now.
Good luck my fellow DRP compatriots. (no matter what camera you shoot) ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 18:50 UTC as 44th comment
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)
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jaaboucher: I've never been super enamoured with Lightroom, but because I have Aperture I haven't had a chance to play with it. The main thing keeping me from jumping to Lightroom was it seemed like a pain to shift over my old libraries. Hopefully Apple will be nice and make a converter for all of our Aperture libraries.

I am afraid that if there is any conversion to be done it will be to unload your Aperture library by copying it to the "cloud" in a new proprietary format.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 22:29 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)

IMHO this is nothing more than APPLE's version of ADOBE's subscription announcement. The problem with Aperture (from Apple's perspective) was that it was not cloud based. They will not be satisfied till all of your personal data, music, photo's etc. is safely housed in their cloud. Quintessential Corporate Control Freak behavior.

I saw a demo of the photo software from their WWDC (world wide developers conference) and it did not look promising. It was after all, designed to run on an iPhone. The price for device compatibility is everything gets dumbed down to the weakest link. Do you want to edit your photos on an iPod?????

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:46 UTC as 90th comment

Absolutely beautiful image!!! Truly lovely! Congratulations.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2013 at 22:44 UTC as 1st comment
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nnowak: The engineering software I use for work requires an annual $1,500 maintenance fee. While I dislike the recurring fee, I must use this specific software for my work. Plus, the updates are regular and substantial. Also, if I ever stop subscribing, my software will still continue to function indefinitely. Just without access to updates.

Photoshop on the other hand is just one program in a crowd of competent and competitive programs. Photoshop CS6 will be my last purchase from Adobe, and that purchase was solely for the ACR updates. Even with the intro discount, the new cloud pricing scheme will cost me far more on a yearly basis, while reducing my capabilities. Since I live in a rural area with slow internet and also work in areas with no internet, cloud computing is not a viable option.

nnowak,
Thanks for your reply. I fully agree with your statements above. But here's a scenario. You develop on Win7. Yes it will run forever on Win7. You sell and install your software. Congratulations! in 12 months time MS actually comes up with a OS that is not hated on arrival. But you software will not run on it. Well your software runs of W7 and it has a fairly lengthy life expectancy. (because they killed XP) and everyone hated vista, and may W8 is hated more. So win 9 arrives and your clients move to it. Yes your software runs on w7 but your client has moved on. What to do? You cannot support your software and cannot install it on W9. Do you loose all of these clients or quickly pay up and try and retro fit your code to the new API and OS? It is a real viscous cycle designed to obsolete your hard work. You know what I mean? I am writing this on my companies XP. We still have machines with DOS on them. I am so embarassed!
thanks for chatting. Have a great day.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 18:17 UTC
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nnowak: The engineering software I use for work requires an annual $1,500 maintenance fee. While I dislike the recurring fee, I must use this specific software for my work. Plus, the updates are regular and substantial. Also, if I ever stop subscribing, my software will still continue to function indefinitely. Just without access to updates.

Photoshop on the other hand is just one program in a crowd of competent and competitive programs. Photoshop CS6 will be my last purchase from Adobe, and that purchase was solely for the ACR updates. Even with the intro discount, the new cloud pricing scheme will cost me far more on a yearly basis, while reducing my capabilities. Since I live in a rural area with slow internet and also work in areas with no internet, cloud computing is not a viable option.

I think you would find that should you stop subscribing, your software would become unusable quite quickly. It would certainly not run indefinitely. The changes in language constructs as they depricate code and modify DLL's, plus the rate of change that the OS's are undergoing, you would soon find that your stuff just doesn't run anymore.
Sorry you are shelling out $1,500.00 a year. IMO that's extortion and it's only for the reasons I gave above that anyone would pay it.
Just my opinion.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 17:25 UTC
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