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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Coliban: I´m so sad.

Anja Niedringshaus was a german photographer, i try to translate and would like to share some quotes with you, she gave in one of her last interviews for a german magazine.

About Afghans:
"I see their (warm) characters, which doesn't exists (in the west) anymore. How often i slept on the ground in houses from normal afghan families. They share all their belongings and they even don´t know me!"

About war:
"We (in the west) believe that we can bring peace with militia and weapons. But with that you achieve nothing. I became the greatest pacifist, since i work (as a war photographer). You don´t solve problems with tanks."

About dead:
"Dead is coming to me when colleagues are dying. Then i ask, if is it worth it. But no one of my (now dead friends) would say: Stop your work. As long as I do not get tired and about what I see every day, do not feel normal, I will continue."
...

Anja, RIP... and remember her legacy

(forgive my bad english)

typical European leftist response... you don't solve problems with tanks??? How about how the Allies ended the nightmare of Nazi butchery in WWII with Sherman Tanks??? How about how NATO tanks defended you Europeans from the horrors of Soviet oppression during the Cold War??

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2014 at 23:58 UTC
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (334 comments in total)

As a write/editor for the last 40 years, I can say that not everyone should be producing "FUNNY" things on April 1... and especially something as stupid as this... beyond the name OM-G, it's not funny! Just because the writer watched Monty Python TV shows and thinks he/she is the life of the party when drunk or high... you shouldn't try to be funny in print!!! I would have liked something more "in your face funny" for April Fools, if you absolutely have to do something... but here you have a lot of folks thinking that Olympus may have really hit on something great.

This is about as funny as the April Fool's article that appeared in a heating and air conditioning trade magazine published by a company I worked for... saying that R-12 refrigerant would be replaced with R-13 1/2 was the rib tickling highpoint of that disaster... now this...

DP Review... BAD ON YOU!!!! You could have done something REALLY FUNNY!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 01:16 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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MichaelIsGreat4: These pictures would be SO MUCH BETTER IN COLOR!!!

There is this false idea (sometimes even snobbish, falsely "hip" idea) that quality pictures ought to be in black and white! Wrong!! It is much worse when a good picture is in black and white than if it would have been color.
Why? We live in a world full of colors, WE DO NOT LIVE IN A WORLD THAT IS BLACK AND WHITE!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing anyway these pictures.

True, our world is full color (unless you're colorblind)... but photos are NOT REALITY!!! They are two-dimensional representations of that reality and BW images are a way of emphasizing content, what is happening, rather than the totality... just as you might darken boarders to bring the viewer to the main subject... BW says LOOK AT THIS DETAIL... and not the totality! NOW GO SIT IN A CORNER AND FACE THE WALL while you look at all the work of great photojournalists of the last 160 years!!! :o)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2014 at 22:36 UTC

Numbers 9, 10, and the last one... WOW!
The child trough the rainy window is a masterpiece IHMO!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2014 at 22:32 UTC as 7th comment
On Camera from NASA's moon missions sold at auction article (110 comments in total)
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Ergo607: seriously, some people have way too much money....

I think that every time I see someone buy sporting event tickets, most concert tickets, RAP album downloads, etc. To each his own... at least somebody has the cash for reinvestment!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 17:49 UTC
On Camera from NASA's moon missions sold at auction article (110 comments in total)
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Nukunukoo: The Chinese, with their current lunar missions would definitely love to expose the USA of staging the missions, but nothing. The Russians, would love exposing the hoax to the world about those fake missions, nothing would boost them more during the Cold war, but nothing. The Indians with plans to land an unmanned lander close to the Apollo 11 site and will show pictures someday but the conspiracists will scream "props!". The LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) have been taking Landing Site pictures since 2008 but NOOOOO... those are obvious fakes.

Need Proof? Take it from a master Cinematographer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_loUDS4c3Cs

Wow, an intelligent space-savvy gal who stands her ground... I'd ask you to marry me if I weren't already married, old, fat and falling apart! -- a former NASA PAO

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 17:47 UTC
On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (144 comments in total)
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samfan: I pity anyone who uses the original strap that came with the camera and doesn't know better. Those straps prove the camera manufacturers have just contempt for their users. So uncomfortable they might as well be made of chains and poison ivy, but of course, with a huge colorful logo or several.

No wonder my head keeps getting severed! And my arm fell off twice in the last month! Thank God there are hipsters like yourself who understand the true nature of the universe and keep the accessory strap manufacturers in business! :o)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 17:44 UTC
On 900MP portraits show human face in extreme detail article (285 comments in total)

God, we are all hairy beasties! I checked out the young lady...don't think I have the guts to zoom in on the grannies... Sure does help you understand the work of dermatologists!!!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 15:26 UTC as 12th comment
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! article (258 comments in total)

I played this photo sequence with "strip tease" music... I am so hot right now... :o)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 01:09 UTC as 73rd comment
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Tom_A: The XT-1 with its wonderful clasic Contax-like styling is gorgeous. Having great experience with an XE-1, I am lusting after this.
And it must be said that the Lomography Petzval, here shown as a tangible object, is an interesting experiment. The idea of re-creating these old lens formulas is appealing to me, to unique look of the nervous bokeh does not make it universal but it can be interesting.

I agree... thank God I didn't get rid of my custom-made focusing cloth! I may drape it over my next camera with one of these glass, brass, and chrome gems!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 02:29 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)

So in 1983, after a really terrible winter, I was visiting the inlaws (of my first wife) and hit some very deep (as only Cleveland can make them) potholes... one claimed a hubcap even! When I discovered it missing I decided to go find it... on the way out of the house I spied a Winnebago playset with some Barbie dolls... I got them loaded in a box and found the "Grand Canyon-sized" pothole, and my hubcap, and had a blast photographing the folks vacationing at the rim of the Grand Canyon... shot with my Nikon FM on Tri-X... now if only I could find the negatives! I guess without the internet, it was just fun...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 00:09 UTC as 41st comment
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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(unknown member): This the dumbest thing ever featured on DPR.

Take a chill pill... Dave... it's just the thing for us snow-sickened drivers who read DPR! I really think you should reconsider your decision. I have the fullest confidence in the mission Dave... I can feel my mind slipping... Can I sing a song I learned from my programmer Dr. Chandra... it's called "Daisy..."

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 00:05 UTC
On Nikon D4s: CP+ Hands-on and interview article (54 comments in total)

I know this is like a non-driver criticizing the color of a Rolls Royce's hubcaps, but how many of you Nikon fans think the display screen on the back is a bit small? Beautiful camera though...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 14:49 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1656 comments in total)
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Francesco De Lorenzo: I much like the very good sensor and camera features. But it is worth to invest in a camera that could get old very quickly due to the spread of the full frame?

Don't overrate full frame. Having both types of cameras I can say that for 98% of general shooting, the crop sensor camera competes with FF. I don't see a huge market for a FF X-series... I might be wrong, but after 35 years of studying the photo market, I have yet to be snookered.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 22:39 UTC
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Bill Bentley: Looks like Kai Wong from Digital Rev wearing the white gloves in pic #5?

Maybe David Hobby did convince him that X100s is a great cam after all. ;-)

"They all look alike!" :o) Kai would not go to Japan... the bloody producer would never approve the expense!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 17:56 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II article (200 comments in total)

Butt Ugly is calling... it wants its camera back NOW!!! I love Canon and its line of great SLRs, and I long lusted after the G-series... but Fuji showed up to the party and stole my "rangefinder" heart... I was hoping that they could provide some kind of competition to Fuji, but it seems they can't and should stick to SLRs (hear that as well, Nikon??) ... Rube Goldberg seems to be alive and well, living in the Canon design office.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 06:12 UTC as 45th comment | 2 replies

What??? No optical viewfinder? Canon, say it isn't so!!! Thank God for Fuji! My Canon SLRs will have to continue to live in peace with their Fuji step brothers! Nice lens though (24mm equiv.)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 14:23 UTC as 36th comment
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags article (105 comments in total)

it comes to the party late with not a lot of goodies... but still it will be tested and it's all in the finish and fit... but what does it offer that its five or six competitors don't? That's your job DP Review!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 06:20 UTC as 43rd comment

The days of the 500C in the hands with a 250 mm lens and a magazine filled with Ektachrome or Fujicolor are long gone... and this is the final nail in the coffin. It was a fantastic ride and it came to an end, thanks largely to technology that we could not have imagined back in the day. Still, its a lovely camera for a new digital world...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 06:16 UTC as 152nd comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1656 comments in total)
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historianx: Are there dual card slots?

I saw two card wells in some photos!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 05:36 UTC
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