SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

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On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (247 comments in total)
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SirSeth: Looks like a nice camera. I'd like to try one. The cost is more than my net financial worth, but heck, I'll take two. ;) Do they make one with a Brazillion Rosewood grip? This sure makes the Pentax 645Z look like a deal to me if I were really wanting medium format.

Yep, I purchased a new K5iis recently because it was sub-$700 but felt like my old E-1 which was love at first touch a dozen years ago. Such class in a sealed rugged body that doesn't cut corners to protect an entry level FF. Body replacements really drive the prices down--it makes spending 50k on a body that will depreciate very quickly a little foolish unless you're making bank with your photography and get a tax write off for your business.

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On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (247 comments in total)

Looks like a nice camera. I'd like to try one. The cost is more than my net financial worth, but heck, I'll take two. ;) Do they make one with a Brazillion Rosewood grip? This sure makes the Pentax 645Z look like a deal to me if I were really wanting medium format.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 22:19 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
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SirSeth: Why the cost? Just curious. It seems like a good lens but I thought Ricoh was trying to bring affordable medium format to morals.

Thanks for all the generous replies to my inquiry. I get that production run is small, and R&D is expensive. The sticker still was a bit of a shocker. I'm not looking into the 645z, and prices like these would keep me from doing so I suppose. I had also not looked at Phase or Hass lenses to compare. I suppose there is some of "well people expect to pay" and "what the market will bear" attitude with a lens like this and if so, I hope it goes well for Pentax and the sell a lot of them. If no one else is really making new value lenses for medium format, then this may be a winner at the asking price. Still gave me a start though.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 21:38 UTC

Why the cost? Just curious. It seems like a good lens but I thought Ricoh was trying to bring affordable medium format to morals.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 23:29 UTC as 9th comment | 13 replies
On Readers' showcase: Landscape photography article (107 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Seems like you need an ultra wide angle lens to win awards these days. I guess people just love those distorted-reality images. Soooo... off to the store I go to buy me a 3 mm lens and start snapping away. By next week I should be super famous.

No you won't. Super wide lenses are harder to use than wide or normal walk around. But by all means, everyone should dabble with lenses that interest them and give the look that they enjoy. Then maybe in a couple of decades dedicated to landscape--getting up earlier than 99.5% of other humans you'll be super famous.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 15:43 UTC
On Readers' showcase: Landscape photography article (107 comments in total)
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FMagalhaes: I found something to like in each of the photos. Congratulations to all of you who were selected.
I was wondering if anyone else noticed the peculiar artifacts in the strip of bright reflection that divides the mountain from its reflection in the water in photo #14. The part I'm referring to can be seen between the posts holding up the dock, and it's only easily noticed in the enlargement. There seems to be a discontinuity in that strip of bright reflection that doesn't look quite real. I like the image very much, but I'd like to know what's going on in that part of the water. Since it's DannH's photo maybe he can tell me what's up.

Step back and it looks good. The photographer did some work to eliminate distractions I'm guessing. Up close, it's looking pretty chopped.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 15:37 UTC

I think it's a good concept. If you are rolling with the OEM strap that came with the camera, a nicer detachable strap would be an upgrade imo. I have a wrist strap made of parachord from SF hobby shop that is quick release. It's much better than the OEM strap for my uses. Little things make a difference.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 11:27 UTC as 7th comment
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)

Really great vision! I love them. But wait, where are the comments like "That's not real photography." "Too photoshopped for my tastes." "I'm sick of these anti-russian posts. DPR is so prejudice"?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 11:20 UTC as 53rd comment
On DPReview Reader Showcase: The beautiful game article (47 comments in total)
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zsedcft: Don't tell anybody, but number 5 is doing it wrong. Maybe they are doing some kind of epic back-header.

I've seen many goals scored by the defense too--that doesn't mean we should feature those moves in a picture show. ;) There is no lack of understanding here. That's simply not a safe or accurate way to place the ball.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 14:18 UTC
On DPReview Reader Showcase: The beautiful game article (47 comments in total)

Was there an opportunity to submit photos! I missed it if so. I would love to get in on the action!

Yes, Paulski66, the US made the final 16, and so did Costa Rica! (first time since 1990 I believe). You can watch on univision in Spanish. You have to have cable to watch on ESPN.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 13:23 UTC as 11th comment
On DPReview Reader Showcase: The beautiful game article (47 comments in total)
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zsedcft: Don't tell anybody, but number 5 is doing it wrong. Maybe they are doing some kind of epic back-header.

I know right, way to break a neck. :) Maybe it was a setup picture, but it looks more like she is getting clocked by a free kick than heading the ball.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 12:00 UTC
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SirSeth: As others have said--very predictable. 1. Lightroom will move toward subscription only. 2. People without high speed internet (even honest people) are shafted. 3. Forced upgrades rather than running with one version through many upgrades to save cost.

But that last one is much less bad now that Adobe is creating a more affordable subscription just for photographers. At $10/month, it would take years to equal the cost of the full programs which may work out to be the same as waiting a few generations to run a massive upgrade. All of what photographers need and none of what they don't. That's more customer friendly than when they first started subscription services. Personally, I think Adobe botched the introduction of CC and there was a backlash from certain segments of the community. If they had done this from the start, it may have gone smoother. Personally, I'll use my full LR5 untill I can't and then I'll see who has entered the market that Adobe left wide open.

A better question is "what Adobe statements do I trust." ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 23:53 UTC
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SirSeth: My dream is that someone with brute force, like Amazon or Google will make a smart phone that allows a true choice against expensive cell carrier data allowing me to dispense with redundant mandatory data purchasing (I live in Wifi). I will buy that phone. True freedom = choice to not be force to pay for services I don't want. Let me choose my own network.

Excellent advice. Page plus has a $12.99 basic service with 250min/250txt that I think I could live within if I used my wife's iPhone when I really needed it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 20:11 UTC
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SirSeth: My dream is that someone with brute force, like Amazon or Google will make a smart phone that allows a true choice against expensive cell carrier data allowing me to dispense with redundant mandatory data purchasing (I live in Wifi). I will buy that phone. True freedom = choice to not be force to pay for services I don't want. Let me choose my own network.

Thanks G1Houston, Currently our cell phones are subsidized by work ($15 non-smart phone), but we are moving to Bozeman, MT where Verizon rules and will have to buy our own services. I'm looking at PagePlus which is owned by Verizon and has less expensive plans (but you have to buy phones retail). I'm considering getting a Droid 3 for me and iPhone 4 for my wife. Or just a dumb phone for me and iPhone for her.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 23:07 UTC
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SirSeth: My dream is that someone with brute force, like Amazon or Google will make a smart phone that allows a true choice against expensive cell carrier data allowing me to dispense with redundant mandatory data purchasing (I live in Wifi). I will buy that phone. True freedom = choice to not be force to pay for services I don't want. Let me choose my own network.

Thanks Adrian. That's pretty helpful. It just proves that where there is a will there is a way. With CDMA network that may be more difficult and they don't like to allow this. I'm glad Apple puts a switch for cell data and roaming into their OS. Someday I just want to go into the store and say, "Hi, I'll take that smartphone without a data plan because I have my own network thanks" then turn off data as you have shown and rock on.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 21:12 UTC
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SirSeth: My dream is that someone with brute force, like Amazon or Google will make a smart phone that allows a true choice against expensive cell carrier data allowing me to dispense with redundant mandatory data purchasing (I live in Wifi). I will buy that phone. True freedom = choice to not be force to pay for services I don't want. Let me choose my own network.

Thanks Lars. Having a GSM with sim flexibility would be nice, especially for international use. They try to make that as difficult as possible by locking as many GSM phones as they can. Yes, you can unlock some phones (often against company policy) if you know what you are doing. I just think there is a huge market for Amazon or Google to make a smartphone that has voice and text services and wifi only and very straight forward hardware data-blocking that is actually customer focused. I'm mean really---who actually likes and trusts a cell provider to be consumer oriented rather than gluttonous empires of greed and villainy? This could go a long way to win some loyalty--a provider that actually cares about saving customers money without sacrificing service.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 13:06 UTC
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SirSeth: My dream is that someone with brute force, like Amazon or Google will make a smart phone that allows a true choice against expensive cell carrier data allowing me to dispense with redundant mandatory data purchasing (I live in Wifi). I will buy that phone. True freedom = choice to not be force to pay for services I don't want. Let me choose my own network.

Verizon is the only game in town. There is no easy way to get out of a data plan on CDMA. Probably the best option is PagePlus I guess, but I'm scared of their customer service if I do have a problem.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:41 UTC

My dream is that someone with brute force, like Amazon or Google will make a smart phone that allows a true choice against expensive cell carrier data allowing me to dispense with redundant mandatory data purchasing (I live in Wifi). I will buy that phone. True freedom = choice to not be force to pay for services I don't want. Let me choose my own network.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 01:49 UTC as 32nd comment | 14 replies

As others have said--very predictable. 1. Lightroom will move toward subscription only. 2. People without high speed internet (even honest people) are shafted. 3. Forced upgrades rather than running with one version through many upgrades to save cost.

But that last one is much less bad now that Adobe is creating a more affordable subscription just for photographers. At $10/month, it would take years to equal the cost of the full programs which may work out to be the same as waiting a few generations to run a massive upgrade. All of what photographers need and none of what they don't. That's more customer friendly than when they first started subscription services. Personally, I think Adobe botched the introduction of CC and there was a backlash from certain segments of the community. If they had done this from the start, it may have gone smoother. Personally, I'll use my full LR5 untill I can't and then I'll see who has entered the market that Adobe left wide open.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 18:01 UTC as 62nd comment | 5 replies
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CameraLabTester: What a refreshing feeling to see a photography awards event devoid of war photos, conflict dramas, human atrocities, suffering and unhappiness.

Call it whatever you like, Sony has got it right.

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I'm looking at the first image by Lewkowicz and trying to see any evidence of domestic violence. What am I missing? Maybe there are more pictures in a series?

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 09:56 UTC
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