Paul Farace

Paul Farace

Lives in United States Cleveland, United States
Works as a photographer/writer
Joined on May 21, 2007
About me:

Camera collector/scrounger facing the horrors of the digital
evolution -- the nullification of all his film cameras! Now, two
years into digital and loving it... still, all these film cameras do
not make good door stops or paperweights.
Other work: curator of a WW II submarine, USS COD,
www.usscod.org

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If a drone with this baby falls out of the sky into my yard I will claim salvage rights ... is there a tripod mount? He heee heeee....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 23:56 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Canon 7D mirror box filmed at 10,000fps article (175 comments in total)

Long live mechanical shutters!
The maximum flash synchronization speed is the fastest speed the shutter moves WITHOUT have to resort to the moving slit to achieve the set speed. It used to be about 1/60 for horizontal travel cloth shutters and 1/125 for vertical travel metal shutters. The latter are faster because the distance top to bottom is less than across the horizontal axis. Since the digital SLRs use smaller crop formats and mechanical technology has improved we can get sync speeds up to about 1/250 ... but the flashes today can fire stroboscopically achieving sync speeds as fast as the shutter allows, just at reduced power, a limitation of the flash.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 07:55 UTC as 35th comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic reveals Lumix DMC-GF7 with tilting LCD article (78 comments in total)
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aris14: No matter if this or any other camera offering an easy way for selfy pix have the best IQ ever or whatever whatsoever...
Selfies is the depiction of an ill egoism and selfism thus depicting the problems of a rather significantly ill culture... Or should I say civilization..?

Looks like someone went to a leftist seminary, I mean college and took a bunch of pointless 100-leve intro psychology and social science classes. Lighten up comrade, sometimes a selfie is just a picture.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 18:45 UTC

Some folks have too much money and not enough street sense. Great photo and worth at least $500.00. But millions? I'd rather donate that money to cancer research or invest in some promising start up.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 02:42 UTC as 132nd comment | 1 reply

The chubby girl tries to use bling to hide her weight problem. She should go on a diet and exercise regimen to get into shape. She once was the bell of the ball... 25 years ago. I fit that bill too, sadly.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 06:43 UTC as 93rd comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)

This is the perfect "forgive me" gift Richie Rich would buy his wife Zaza Gabor if she caught him in the golden bathtub with Little Lulu ...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2014 at 19:14 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On P1000650 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

That's the problem with great photography... I'm looking at great photos of two very lovely women ... and I forget that I am supposed to be looking at the technical details of the camera rendering ... time was it took a Nikon with a 105 f 2.5 to get this kind of shot... today these marvels can pull it off in spades!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 18:56 UTC as 1st comment
On First Hasselblad in space goes to auction next month article (84 comments in total)

Astronaut John Glenn purchased an Ansco/Minolta 35mm at a local drug store to become the first space camera (personal photography was NOT on the mission schedule!)... the Mercury capsule had sequence cameras to photograph the pilot and a periscope camera to photograph the earth, but nothing in the hand of the man inside! The Ansco/Minolta had to be modified with the addition of a Polaroid camera viewfinder glued to the body!!! How's that for a joint effort? The Hassy was likely purchased the same way and if so was NOT public property. And yes, the only "original" part is likely the body... the lens and magazine are likely later versions.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 16:09 UTC as 9th comment
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)

In 1977 Pentax stormed the camera world with a simple SLR, the K1000, that only came in black leatherette and chrome. It dominated the lower level camera market for years... now they only seem to make pretty collectibles... sad in a way. I love my art deco box cameras but these seem to be way beyond that!

I like the one that looks like a bowl of sherbet!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 02:31 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (471 comments in total)

No OVF, no like... no purchase!

-- owner of XPro1, X100, XT1

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 17:17 UTC as 49th comment | 4 replies

Aahh for the simple days when monsters were hairy creatures that lived under the bed or in the closet... now as adults we see real monsters every day... in the office, in our government, and beheading folks for the sake of their new caliphate!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 16:58 UTC as 16th comment

I just got back from London (work & vacation)... visited the Abbey Rd. site last week and made the crossing with about 50 fellow Beatle fans on either side of the road. It's a working street and I have only to say "thank God for the patience of London drivers!" If it were in New York there would be incredible death tolls weekly :o) ... some of the locals make a few quid by wearing yellow traffic vests and risking their lives to snap pictures of fans in the crosswalk with their various cameras and cell phones. The recording studio just a few yards behind the "Zebra" as the locals call these crosswalks has to endure the graffiti of thousands of fans who mark their tributes to the Fab Four. Rest in peace John and George!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 01:53 UTC as 22nd comment

Rather than take the suggestions literally, they serve to help us think outside the box... improvisation is a major accessory that never takes up space in your camera bag!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 03:13 UTC as 13th comment
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)

The last image transcends the ordinary and becomes a political statement of Obama's NASA... our nation left to play on a toy shuttle...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 04:49 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

Micro SD? Really? How frikken small do these cards have to be? I purchased one with SD adapter to directly load images to my tiny tablet... fine, as long as I don't sneeze and send the teeny tiny card flying into the air!
And I was impressed with the date density of CF cards!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 01:44 UTC as 53rd comment | 2 replies
On 1991 Nikon-Kodak hack was first DSLR in space article (67 comments in total)

It's the first "civilian" digital camera in space... I'd love to see what the NRO engineers used in those days...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 17:03 UTC as 3rd comment
On Lost 1960s moon photos recovered from analog tapes article (43 comments in total)
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CanonKen: Developing film in space!? Cool! I know they would do satellite recon, then drop the film back to earth, but didn't know they developed in space.

He was brilliant... but he also nearly bankrupted the company with Polavision when video based products were already hitting the market. After all he was human... we could use a few folks like him today!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2014 at 18:41 UTC
On Drone films SpaceX rocket launch and landing article (73 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: So - what is that rocket doing?

Lifting a little and then landing?

When is that capability useful?

Yes but the amount of fuel needed for a soft landing pretty much halves the booster's capability... or makes it twice as large... this has its uses, but it is not the ultimate technology. I don't see this technology being used in a Saturn V-type booster... But maybe a way to recover the crew module... just like in Buck Rogers! No parachure (unless emergency) and no runway!! But a big rocket needed to slow down the terminal velocity to a soft touchdown.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 20:02 UTC
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InTheMist: I miss the old birds. Private companies are getting it done faster and cheaper tho.

InTheMist, appropriately named... you're lost in the mist of wishful thinking... we need the government to create bold initiatives and provide the funding and let private industry accomplish the goals... privatizing space is never going to take us to the moon or create the next Shuttle. No private company could build the Hoover Dam, the Interstate Highway System, win WWII, or put us on the moon! As a former NASA staffer I saw what had become of the great Moon program in the early '80s and it made me sick... what that morphed into today breaks my heart. We need a space-equivalent of Edison's workshop, not a limited route truck hauling system limited to a couple of pickup trucks with Russian-built engines!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 00:04 UTC
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Vaughn T.Winfree: I miss the birds and what they were capable of doing.. They built the ISS and NASA was a great place to work for when I was there. I sat in that very comanders seat before at Launch Pad 39A in the vertical position of course. It was a great era and I was sad to see it go... I feel like we have fallen behind on space exploration and what we could be accomplishing now. I can only hope that private companies can get things going in the right direction in a much faster pace... Space X is doing a fantastic job thus far. I am glad I was a part of it....

No private company in it right mind will ever fund something on this scale... not in our New Amerika... dollars to social program blackholes, not to study stellar blackholes! I fear for our Nation when we turn our backs on bold space initiatives that actually RETURN money to the coffers... not drain it and cause more debt. America once dominated high-tech... no longer... and underfunding NASA was one big nail in that coffin.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 23:57 UTC
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