Well... Meh. (And it does not matter what he's using.)
thanasaki: A very good high key photo with an artistic value. IMO it deserved a much better place in this challenge.
Joan was/is an extraordinary woman with a heart that accepted all and gave place to all, old and young, relatives and strangers, with equal dignity and grace. I took this picture after we learned she had cancer and was hoping to show some of her character.Thanks again, man! It is difficult to think that next time I am in Edinburgh there wouldn't be a Victorian house with an unlocked door…
Thanks! Did not realise you replied.
Yeah… She died last week…
nordin seruyan: Thank you for the comments, whether in form of appreciation or critics, which both are highly appreciated. I can clarify that none of the insects in my pictures are tortured nor killed to pose. No glue nor wire used. Most of the pose are natural pose of the insect/animal. I did carefully move the position of insect in some pictures to specific staged place such as leaves or water shallow surface or grass. The backgrounds are taken separately using manual lens which has bokeh character, by adding water spray in the back with natural light and compose two pictures in photoshop, by masking method and adjust the color saturation. It's not a controversial form of art in photography in my opinion. It's just a part of my art creation process to present the other side of macro photography.
Lovely shots. Keep it up!
Dig it so far!
Now let's see what it can do.
VadymA: Beautiful work but the images would surprise me more if a typical mom who lives on a farm in rural Russia took them (most likely some time between long hours of farm work to support her kids and drinking husband). For a wealthy professional photographer, who Elena really is, they look rather standard IMO. She is definitely a talented artist, knows her gear and how to apply clever post-processing for dreamy effects but so as thousands of other professional photographers. So the article sounds more like an ad campaign to me than a true success story.
Heh-heh… Vadym has a point. Russian farm mothers don't just go waving a 5D and an L lens about. And their husbands do need support more often than not - literally.
HappyVan: OP has expressed a personal preference. That's fine.
Just got to remember that the majority of DPR regulars are enthusiasts, not opportunistic snapshooters.
Versatility over portability. Depth versus weight.
Marvellous, well-matured snobbery. The 8x10 crowd scoffed at Cartier-Bresson's puny little Leica along the same lines.
The claimed 1/2 stop seems to be in JPEG processing. RAW data puts the original RX100 well ahead of Mk2 at lower ISOs: http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/compact-cameras/sony-rx100-ii-1160503/review/5#articleContent
sdribetahi: You all need to get over the viewfinder. Believe it or not, not everyone takes pictures at eye level. You should try it once, it actually works without sticking the thing to your face.
Actually it is not a generational thing. Coming from the LF and MF tradition, I hate having to squint through a peeping-hole and only ever use the screen. In fact, the squinters were used to be sneered at for their puny negs.
JWest: At last, NEX has a comparable lens to the f2 30mm I've been using on my Samsung NX for years. And for only four times the price! ;)
Yeah... My only concern for NX 30/2 is its very harsh rendering of OOF highlights. Pehaps Touit is better in this respect.
This stuff bugs me AS A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE.They want to force me into it!? - @£*&(!! YOU!
Zig Ermeson: Lots of criticsism. People defending the Israeli site? This is sad. Why no women in the picture?
"Why no women in the picture?"
Women are busy at a different media event.
ogl: HAMAS puts the rocket launchers near civilians homes. They also make "human shield" from kids and women. HAMAS hates Israel more that they love their children. The winining photo is too much post processing. And too politically committed.
Our society is sick if the photos of dead children are at 1st place.
Yep. These images are cheap emotional fodder, and they reap first places with the predictability of the knee-jerk reflex. Ugh!
I am pretty sure it's COLOSSEUM, i.e. "colossal".