Rick Knepper

Rick Knepper

Lives in United States Fort Worth, TX, United States
Works as a Computer Consultant
Joined on Oct 8, 2003
About me:

I think of myself as a hiker/traveler first, photographer second. The initial idea behind taking up photography was to record the details of my travels/hiking which fade from memory over time. One never knows when the next visit to a National Park or other interesting location will be the last. Photography keeps these memories fresh. Hiking especially allows me to better understand my place in the natural world on a practical as well as spiritual basis. Hiking alone, seeking solitude in remote areas has enhanced this experience.

Maintaining this order of priority admittedly has become a bit of a struggle. Being a gearhead, the activity of making images during a hike has its own appeal but can be disruptive to the meditative aspects of the hiking/communing experience. However, viewing and studying well made images after the hike is long over allows me to see detail that I didn't see or notice with my own eyes while I was actually on location. It can also bring back spiritual thoughts I had while I was there without actually being there. I use the best camera equipment I can afford in order to record these places with as much clarity and preservation of detail as possible and to make studying the images a more pleasant experience.

I primarily compose images in a way that documents a scene as I am naturally viewing it at that time. Of course, I also allow myself the freedom to compose in ways that I feel are interesting beyond simple documentation. What I like about photography as a pursuit of pleasure is that I can compose freely and that I am not confined to composing for what may be attractive to a tourist in a gift shop. I am committed to improving my skills and talent as a photographer so that my actions do not counteract the clarity and resolution this fine equipment provides.

By the way, turning professional isn't an option. At my age, I am seeking to retire, not begin another career.

Nikon D800E
Nikon D3x
TS-E 17mm f4L
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS
EFM 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
EF 24-70mm f2.8L II
EF 70-200mm f4L IS
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f3.5 ZF
Contax Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f2.8
Leica Elmarit-R 28mm f/2.8 (E55)
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f2.8 ZF
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f2 ZF
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f2 ZF
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f2 ZF
Canon 1.4x Teleconverter
Kenko 2x Pro 300 DGX Teleconverter
550EX Flash
EF 18-55mm kit lens (shelved)
EF 24mm f1.4L II (sold)
EF 35mm f1.4L (sold)
EF 16-35mm f2.8L II (sold)
EF 24-105mm f4L IS (Sold)
EF 50mm f1.2L (Sold)
EF 85mm f1.2L II (Sold)
EF 135mm f2L (sold)
EF 200mm f2.8L II (Sold)
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L (sold)
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L (sold)
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS (sold)
Canon 2x Teleconverter (sold)
Sigma 14mm f/2.8 (returned)
Olympus Zuiko 21mm f2 (returned)
Carl Zeiss 25mm ZF (returned)
EF 24mm f1.4L (returned)
EF 50mm f1.2L (2 returned)
Olympus H.Zuiko OM 24mm f2.8 (returned)
Nikon 14-24G (returned)
Nikon D700 (returned)
EOS 5D (Sold)
EF 100mm f2.8 Macro (Sold)
EF 17-40mm f4L (Sold)
EF 24-70mm f2.8L (Sold)
EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS (Sold)
Olympus OM 24mm f2 Zuiko MC (Sold)
Leica Elmarit-R 35mm f2.8 (E55) (Sold)
TS-E 24mm f3.5L (Sold)
Contax Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f1.7 (Sold)
Contax Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f2.8 (Sold)
Contax Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 35-70mm f3.4 (Sold)
EOS 5D mkII (Sold)
EOS 5D mkII backup (Sold)
EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM (Returned)


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C'mon Zeiss. Crank out a few more Otus FLs.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 19:55 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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B-rad: 50mm at $999.00 to do macro? I can see many insects leaving town with how close you will need to get to get a good close up of something small. What a joke.

How do you explain the Canon 50mm macro, Sigma 50mm macro, Sony A mount 50mm Macro & Zeiss 50mm Makro?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 19:54 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (495 comments in total)

I am visiting here only because I saw the article at Sony Rumors criticizing DPR's conclusions. Without reading SR or DPR's article, I already have a strong opinion about adapted lenses based on my experience over the years adapting many other brands' lenses to my Canon cameras. The OEM alignments for camera/lens combos have to be precise and it's a miracle that copy variation isn't a bigger problem than it is but introducing an adapter (3rd party or OEM) has to increase the incidence of copy variation even more.

I long ago divested most of my alternative lenses to be done with adapters.

I will not be interested in the A7r until a full range of native lenses become available and field results made known.

OT: I will probably wait until Sony produces a longer lasting battery.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 12:50 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply

Here's the thing we all want to know Mr. Hasselblad. Will CMOS help make the camera affordable?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 19:43 UTC as 56th comment | 7 replies
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (335 comments in total)

2013 was not a year for DSLRs that fit my needs. I'm looking at ya, 2014. Maybe Sony will jump back in.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2013 at 00:33 UTC as 30th comment
On Want to remember something? Don't take a photo article (183 comments in total)

I think the sudy has some validity after recognizing that my hikes became more about photography than about an appreciation of nature which it had been up until I began taking a camera with me. I have to consciously devote time on the hikes without thinking about cameras and settings and which lens to use. Having said this, trying to recall a hike later that evening or the next day is one thing and trying to remember abything about a hike several years later is another thing ( for an old fart like myself). I'm taking the long view in favor of the short term memory of the event.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 18:08 UTC as 81st comment | 1 reply
On In Photos: Portraits of the living legends of blues article (35 comments in total)

Portraits of the living legends of blues

Since 2008, photographer Lou Bopp has made regular trips down Mississippi's Route 61 — known as 'The Blues Highway' — to document the lives of unknown musicians who have made important contributions to the classic American musical genre.

These fellows are either living legends or unknown musicians. I don't think you can have it both ways. Since I own CDs of most of the Legends of Blues, living or otherwise, I was surprised to see these names mentioned under a title containing the term "Living Legends". DPR, you need to work a little harder on your editorial skills.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 11:33 UTC as 22nd comment | 10 replies

Depending on how one defines the word "stage" in photography terms, most photos are staged in one respect or another even in some so-called candid photography. In this case though, it appears unlikely that the subject was "pretend dying" for the camera which is the prevalent concern for PJ.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 09:17 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply

Some of the responses below indicate to me that folks either don't know what to look for or didn't look at all. This camera produces a tremendous amount of detail - exactly what any landscape shooter would want. The lens? meh. It has the typical Zeiss bokeh (non-Otus of course) but it does a fair job otherwise. It would help if DPR would find a suitable landscape site that is worthy of the sensor and in this case, the lens pedigree.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 01:56 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies
On Marco Bohr investigates 'hipster photography' article (105 comments in total)

Why is this image "hip"? It's a moron smoking a cigarette with a costume on.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 11:50 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Review preview (514 comments in total)

DPR, I know your staff is busy but if the samples don't include basic scenes from a variety of genres, what good is the rest of the review? For natural landscapes, you need to find a location that provides a grand vista. If the lens has a WA equivalent, and the location is high enough, the scene will produce infinity in every corner of the image creating a flat wall effect. Scenes like this tell us a lot about the lens used (in the case of compacts - should be ultra important) as well as the IQ of the camera. It should be a standard for samples like your studio test thingie is. I have a location in my home town that produces an inifinity landscape/cityscape all in one fell swoop. I have posted it many times in the Canon & Nikon forums for a variety of camera and lens comparisons.

Link to a sample of my special location:


You are in Seattle so finding a place that is even better than the one I have should be a breeze.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 11:09 UTC as 135th comment
On How many megapixels do you need? post (223 comments in total)

More MPs is always better if one likes to capture detail. Not sure why DPR felt there was a need for an article about MPs or why they decided to quantify a ridiculously low number for general purpose photography. The problem with cameras in cell phones is not the MPs, but the size of the sensor and the folks who use them and wouldn't know good IQ if it slapped them in the face.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 11:30 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies
On From Dusk Till Dawn in the My best picture this week challenge (8 comments in total)

Great shot!! It deserved a first place vote. This is a warehouse district but the balconies suggest homes or hotels.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 11:19 UTC as 6th comment
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)

If one looks toward the edges (Zone C), the iPhone 5s beats the others pretty handily but this is not saying much. Then it falls apart in the corners.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 02:42 UTC as 85th comment
On IMG_0281 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

PS CC Shake Reduction would not work on this image for whatever reason. Distortion at WAs and significant softness around the edges, infinity needs clarity. Overall, I am disapponited. The 1.7 sensor is just too small for detailed landscape images.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 13:07 UTC as 1st comment

Just use Google Earth and search for Coronado Feeders, Dalhart TX to see how much of an enhancement this art puts on the actual image.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 13:25 UTC as 6th comment
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Pixnat2: Disturbing. That should raise a debat about those feedlots.
Take a look in Google Earth, and you'll see more disturbing things in Texas.

Such as?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 13:05 UTC
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(unknown member): The problem with many forums today is that they are run and moderated by too many people that are politically correct lunatics that are biased, petty and immature. They like to portray themselves as liberal, fair and openminded but in fact they are the opposite of that. DPreview is guilty of that.

If DPR really believes in public commentary, they should allow public commentary on the actions of their moderators because the moderation is, to be kind, inconsistent. In lieu of this, every action their moderators take should be "moderated" by the management of DPR and reversible if need be. DPR seems to have no idea what is going on in their forums. I've had an entire post deleted for one "offending" acronym. That post took a considerable amount of time to think through and compose. Deleting the entire post and thus destroying my intellectual property was more than moderation. It was censorship on the part of the moderator. Bear in mind the acronym was a form of WTF which a search of the same DPR forum where my post was moderated/censored will uncover hundreds of posts using the form.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:56 UTC
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Mikhail Tal: Typical Canon - use the same sensor over and over and over and over...

People keep buying them. Why not?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 10:12 UTC
On Gorgeous color photos of America in the 1930's and 40's article (110 comments in total)
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Benarm: Interesting, but many of them look staged.

So, basically, many of you are confirming that the OP's observation was correct and astute, yet you are trying to belittle him. Now that's the typical DPR response.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2013 at 02:10 UTC
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