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.

EOS 5D mkIII
EOS 6D
Nikon D800E
Nikon D3x
Pentax 645Z
EOS M3
TS-E 17mm f4L
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
smc-D FA 645 55mm f/2.8 AL[IF] SDM AW
EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS
EF-M 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)

Comments

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On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (182 comments in total)

Like many, I dutifully paid $199 every two years to upgrade thusly: CS2-CS3-CS4-well you get the idea. Since last September, I began paying $10 per month for PS CC & LR plus I have a license to use it on two computers plus I get 20 GB of cloud storage. This costs $240 every two years. That price is good for as long as I am subscribed or until Adobe raises the price of the plan in general. The $199 every two years was never a guaranteed price. You get a lot more with CC.

My price will not increase (nor was it ever supposed to increase) to $20/month after the first year as so many were misinformed. Yes, I checked with Adobe before posting this.

Now there are those folks who only upgraded every other time or only when a must-have feature was released, then I can see the frustration but OTOH, these folks can also be seen as dead weight in terms of the future of PS.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 19:18 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On Adobe teases new 'Focus masks' feature article (58 comments in total)

CSx used to cost me $199 every 2 years for upgrades and the CC version costs me $240 over the same time period and it has produced several features and enhancements not available in CS6 that I can't work without.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 02:32 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)

Using the Studio comparison tool, I see no reason to own this or any camera with a one inch sensor especially if one's primary format is FF. I was drawn here yesterday because of the hubbub over the RX100 III. Same reaction today. IQ is too compromised especially when fine detail is necessary.

Of course, the RAW isn't available yet but I downloaded the jpegs of this and the 5D3 (as I did with the RX100 III) and even on this modest laptop, viewing at "Fill the Screen" size in PS (making it a relatively small image), The differences are quite plain to see.

The FZ1000 and the RX 100 III images look nearly indistinguishable significant in the sense that the lenses are this super zoom versus a relatively moderate 24-70.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 11:56 UTC as 294th comment | 13 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: So, I believe f5 = f10 approximately (2.7x mag. factor). There are some landscape shots at f5 in the Samples which have very poor edge/corner sharpness for f10, though consistent with Zeiss' 24-70 lenses in other formats. If f5 were actually f5 in terms of DoF, then the images aren't bad. :)

Thanks EcoPix for reading and understanding what I wrote. I have little interest in any system with a sensor smaller than FF so I may not speak with the same command of the jargon others might. I am only here to check this camera out because Luminous Landscape gushed so hard in their review. Their stock fell a few hundred points in my eyes by suggesting that this camera is "pro level". uh uh Not with a Zeiss 24-70.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 02:17 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)

So, I believe f5 = f10 approximately (2.7x mag. factor). There are some landscape shots at f5 in the Samples which have very poor edge/corner sharpness for f10, though consistent with Zeiss' 24-70 lenses in other formats. If f5 were actually f5 in terms of DoF, then the images aren't bad. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 11:06 UTC as 55th comment | 6 replies

When does the 2014 contest kick off? I couldn't find any mention of it on the site.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 20:51 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1042 comments in total)

Am I reading this correctly? The 5D3 beats the D800 in the dark end.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 11:13 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1042 comments in total)
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RRJackson: Here's something I don't understand at all. Metering on modern cameras can break the frame down into thousands of segments for complex metering calculations...but nobody can seem to make a metering system that prevents highlight clipping. No way at all to reduce the exposure if the highlights are clipping? Really? In 2014 we can't make that happen? The system can analyze 91,000 segments of the frame, but can't tell if one of them is clipping?

if one studies shadows carefully, most cameras render them too dark. Nikon cameras render shadows less dark than Canon cameras i.e. more realistically. I compared the two systems in controlled conditions with settings designed to produce optimum exposures (I don't like the under-expose by 3 stops on purpose testing) and the results validated what I had been seeing during normal shooting. I agree that the key is to render the shadows realistically, not remove them altogether via HDR or high ISO abuse.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 11:08 UTC

Wondering why Sony won't release a FF version of the a77 while releasing a 36 MP A7r with much poorer AF performance?

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 10:57 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue article (175 comments in total)

It took a totalitarian country like China to do what every other country on the planet should have done, stood up for their citizens' consumer rights.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 18:06 UTC as 60th comment | 6 replies

This is heavier than the Canon version and just as white.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 09:55 UTC as 5th comment
On 2014 Sony World Photography Awards finalists revealed article (66 comments in total)
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Zoron: I have seen very similar photos 1000 times....

LOL. These critics are in "review" mode, not "self-actualization" mode.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 11:57 UTC
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mick232: Full-frame has reached the consumer market. If there was still any doubt about that, here's the proof.

LOL, good one Mick232.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 03:38 UTC

Promises promises: i.e."State-of-the-art optical design technology delivers superior image quality".

I'll take one for my D800E.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 03:36 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

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 (503 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 51st 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
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