Lives in Canada Manitoba & NW Ontario, Canada
Works as a Customer Service Manager
Joined on Apr 15, 2005
About me:

Outdoor enthusiast: Enjoy Sailing,Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Cycling,Snowmobiling etc. Enjoy both 35mm and Digital photography but it takes a big lever to pry the 35mm gear out now. Shot professionally some years back (location and studio) and am getting back into it now as an avocation.


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On Nikon D7100 In-Depth Review preview (63 comments in total)

I had focus problems on my D7000 for 2 years. Sometimes perfect, often not, The auto focus fine tune adjustments would disappear whenever the camera shut down. It was finally replaced a month ago under warranty with a D7100. What a difference. The sharpness is already well covered here so I'll comment on dynamic range. I shot an event recently and didn't compensate for back-light on some quick shots of the participants. Those color photos looked like silhouettes ...black on white. When I processed them in LR5 though, they actually turned out fine. Even though shot at ISO800 the images had enough range and contained enough data to generate good skin tone and eyes and even fine peach fuzz on arms and cheeks turned out. I could not have saved those from the D7000 even in RAW, because it clipped too hard at both ends ...highlights and shadows. It would also have 'hunted' focus in that situation. So to me the D7100 is excellent and shows what 2 years of technological improvements can do.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 06:22 UTC as 18th comment
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SHood: Great Review. It would be interesting to see how this lens compares to say the FZ200 and m43 100-300 at the long end.

Responding to the 'thread' generally here ..not to a specific message. I have the 18-105, 70-300 and the Sigma 70-200 2.8 for zooms. All pretty good, but for 'super zoom' I still grab my Fuji s100fs w/18-400 IMHO good bridges do 'super' better. In good light bridge images are clear and crisp the entire range. Reduced weight, great ergos and macro to touching the lens ...and I just use it when light weight and great range are needed. I love my other gear but everything has a purpose. PS and LR have come so far now that in post the bridge's images can easily be tweaked to rival the DSLR. Admittedly not small ...same as my D7000 with 18-105. About 'right' for my hands. So for 'superzoom' I'll stick wth the 'bridges' until something really steallar comes along. You can buy used for a fraction of a super zoom lens and the more use ...the more appreciation. Even a sync socket. As a backup I can pickup up where I left off with a DSLR almost any time Unless 3200+ iso is needed.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2012 at 18:47 UTC
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hoggdoc: What about the Asus line of Tablets, with the ability to add their dock adds flexibility and battery life.

I got Asus TF101 last Dec & next prob free 10 min will be the 1st prob free 10 min. I got it back from 4th 'fix' a month ago and still haven't opened the box asit is so hard on the brain to fight with something that just wants to fail. I have the keyboard too & despite good shutdowns it nearly always opened dead. Junk IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2012 at 18:14 UTC
On Leaving my DSLR at home: An iPhone experiment post (171 comments in total)

Wonderful idea and wonderful series.
Just to back up the usefulness of these new gagets ...here's a link to a photojournalistic set of photos that gave me a reality check and a lot to think about in terms of things we take for granted and the resiliency of the human spirit.

The photographer who posted those, and you, are both to be commended for your ability to 'see and capture' with whatever tools you have at your disposal.


Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2012 at 18:17 UTC as 34th comment
On Review: Nokia 808 PureView article (354 comments in total)

so from what I can tell everything is captured at full rez then 'cropped' since the number of pixels is reduced with each larger pixel output size. Am I reading that right?

This kind of reminds me of the digital zoom on my Fuji s100fs but it doesn't 'crop' as such and delivers full rez 11mp images even when digitally zoomed. No doubt these guys will master that soon too.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 17:43 UTC as 80th comment | 2 replies
On Photoshop CS6: Top 5 Features for Photographers article (98 comments in total)

What are they doing? They made Lightroom wonderful and affordable. I'm a photographer first and pixel diddler second so of course I got LR4 and absolutely love and praise it. I have CS5 and it is good. I've hardly scratched the surface and out comes CS6 ...at great ongoing expense.
I simply can't spend that kind of money monthy on something I only use to edit 2 or 3 % of my work. It seems like the Lightroom group got their development and marketing acts together while the CS team came up with a money extraction machine.
The price structure, cloud system and lack of support for older versions (sure I can buy a new camera AND new Photoshop to edit the photos) tells me they are setting themselves up for a big fall. Some of the inexensive low cost programs are going to suddently become practical through performance improvements and a groundswell of rejection and adoption of those programs will leave the CS team asking themselves "why did we choose to bite the hand that feeds us"

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2012 at 18:08 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On ISO 12800 compared photo in 5tve's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Why not crop the same for a clearer comparison? If that was a face instead of a wine cork, it would be good to compare at equal observed sizes.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 18:17 UTC as 1st comment
On Bride burning - South India in the Public Health challenge (16 comments in total)

Why would you jump on the poster as a propagandist? Every news service or documentary film maker or photographer could be so labelled regardless of what motivated them to take their photos.

I applaud Werli for the photo and respect him for for his simple statement ...devoid of judgement or incitation.

He isn't the problem, the photo isn't the problem. You labelling him a propagandist ...is a problem.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2012 at 17:51 UTC as 2nd comment
On Leica M-Monochrom preview (449 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: I will hold out on this one...

Waiting for the Leica model next year called Glass Plate.

Now that really takes you back...


I'd wait for the Leica Pinhole or perhaps one that's just "like a" Pinhole"
Meanwhile I may have to get some sweet b&w film and fire up my Konica Auto S2. It still works flawlessly and that Hexanon 1.8 on it is nice glass. That can be my "Like a Leica" :)

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2012 at 18:13 UTC
On Leica M-Monochrom preview (449 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Nothing that a D800 or 5D MKIII couldn't produce...At less than half the cost!

Those who 'want it' will no doubt be a great market for it. I shoot a D7000 and really can't see where that, with good glass and LR4 processing can't satisfy the needs of most. Certainly the D800 goes further yet.
Were my pockets extremely deep and the importance of my 'image' extremely high ...I might be tempted ..but then it would need "Leica" showing where the people I'd be trying to impress ...would see it.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2012 at 17:57 UTC
On Just Posted: In-depth Nikon D800 review article (541 comments in total)
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Weyskipper: Many people have commented that you need a tripod, cable release etc. to get the best out of the camera. This is also true for Hasselblad, Leica, Canon etc. It is a valuable comment, but nothing unique. Have a look at my Sahara gallery for hand-held pics under extremely difficult lighting conditions. The D800 performed superbly in extreme conditions.

Looks like you can get enough detail in sand and mud to prospect with it.
I like the ones you took falling off the camel ...and when heading out past the candles for an early morning constitutional. :)
The WB in the first one seems odd to me but all the other are great.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 18:26 UTC

with a patch cable involved it sounds like you'd have to leave your phone there to do time lapse. Hmmmm.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2012 at 17:28 UTC as 5th comment
On DSC_0170 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (4 comments in total)

well look at that ...finally located my stolen wheels!
Thanks dp.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2012 at 17:46 UTC as 2nd comment
On Processed_0190 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

not sure what was being attempted here ...a zoom blur?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2012 at 17:44 UTC as 2nd comment
On Processed_0189 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

arrggghhh ..I hate that effect! :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2012 at 17:42 UTC as 2nd comment
On Paola in the The beautiful eyes of a woman..... challenge (15 comments in total)

Eyes and Soul ..beautiful!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2012 at 18:19 UTC as 7th comment
On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (162 comments in total)
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Mescalamba: Did same ages ago (back in CS2) it looks fake no matter what you do. Rather save on CS6, buy latest LR for improved RAW development and buy yourself fast lens. Or course "how to take photos with shallow DOF".

I've tried their limited time offers and found that on the same photos I could do just as well using photoshop as I described in another post a few minutes ago. When shooting a bridge cam that kind of post processing is second nature to me now since the DOF at 5.6 on a bridge cam puts everything in focus from the end of your nose to the next area code.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 18:15 UTC
On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (162 comments in total)
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Digitall: Don't like the results. Anyway, buy a 1.4 or 1.8 lens and you have a natural and beautiful DOF.

to an extent. I use a 35mm 1.8 on a D7000 and if the subject is at the distance illustrated there, the DOF won't be great.
I normall select the subject ..put it on its own layer then blur the underlying layer and apply a gradient to it. Works somewhat the same as this filter and its been a year or two now since i've been asked f I created the DOF in post.
I also shoot a lot with a Fuji s100fs bridge cam and with its smaller sensor the only way to get nice DOF is in post. Very hard to get bokeh though ...so the bokeh filter might be great.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 18:02 UTC
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GaryJP: Interesting case.

To me the idea of making the rest of the image monochrome but the London bus red is kind of obvious, even banal. So is the use of a well known landmark.

But I guess the clincher might be the fact that he was familiar with the original image.

I guess what's bothering me is that if any judge were to slap infringement on something like that ...how about every photo of the 'tower' being broadly interpreted as similar to another.
Is there any proof the second shooter was influenced by the first other than the color on B/W ...which even I would have been tempted to do if I'd shot that scene from one of those or a different vantage point. That infringement is even being considered here is evidence that as a community of people ...we're really losing it. It's like saying we can't do anything at all like someone else does. "Don't succeed as a photographer ..another person already did that and has the rights to it!!"
Lamentably ridiculous! Don't kick a goal with your shoelace undone ..that's infringement because it was done before! Hey ..your camera is pointing at the moon ...you're going to be in a lot of trouble if you press that shutter buddy!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 18:49 UTC

Greybalance wrote:
I don't care about face detection but it's obvious why other people do. Sure, you can recognize a face. But did you want to spend your free time recognizing 1000 faces? People want face recognition because it speeds up keyword tagging with names.

In other words, same reason as any other reason you use a computer to develop pics: Efficiency in production.
Perhaps that's why its so slow. Maybe LR is researching the names and addresses of all the faces it recognizes and adding that to the metadata. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 19:38 UTC as 15th comment
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