John M Roberts

John M Roberts

Lives in United States Portland, OR, United States
Works as a Professional Photographer
Has a website at www.jrobertsimages.com
Joined on Dec 21, 2007

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Jack Simpson: Cracking shot, Barney :) I never realised you were a concert photog :o

I imagine you obtained a signed release in order to get rich off of that or was it just sold for editorial use only? Great shot. What was the situation?

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RichRMA: Rather than these monsters, where is the collapsible medium format cameras of before, like the Fujis or Plaubels? Can you imagine a medium format camera smaller than a pro DSLR?

I still have my Horseman 69 ER which is solid, folds up nicely and has small lenses. If only a sensor back of equal size to benefit the lens's image circle could be affordably made I'd be thrilled. For now it's still film for that one thus not used do to the pleasure of shooting D800E.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 18:50 UTC
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John M Roberts: There will be many non professional shooters that will feel, “what the heck, I might make some money if I just invest in the join up fee. I’m not getting anything right now anyway.”

30% of a sale does not justify what work I put forth into creating my library of images. I put out all the expenses, time and effort to gather images with the speculation that the effort will pay off. The agency takes none of that gamble. Their gamble begins after selection. How cushy they can also charge for a contract. They are feeding off of the large arena of photographers that are not gambling their livelihood on photography.

It seems this trend of devaluing what the image creator receives for their work will be difficult to reverse mainly due to supply and demand yet I would encourage photographers not to settle for such a percentage.

I know all about the efforts of the agency. I first joined in the late 80's. They did all the categorizing, marketing, publishing thousands of hard copy inventory books to mail out to potential clients, billing, and got me connected with buyers I’d never would have done on my own. The cut was 60/40, in favor of the photographer, then shifted to 50/50%. It was a fair arrangement.

It is supply and demand that allows this current percentage to occur not the efforts the agency puts forth compared to the serious photographer. Websites are much easier and cheaper to maintain than hard copy, not to mention organizing and filing. With your expressed thoughts, all the agencies years ago should have received 70% for their efforts and the photographers were ripping them off. I'd guess that if you had been a professional photographer experienced with this type of business relationship you might have a different perspective on the equity of percentages.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 15:41 UTC

There will be many non professional shooters that will feel, “what the heck, I might make some money if I just invest in the join up fee. I’m not getting anything right now anyway.”

30% of a sale does not justify what work I put forth into creating my library of images. I put out all the expenses, time and effort to gather images with the speculation that the effort will pay off. The agency takes none of that gamble. Their gamble begins after selection. How cushy they can also charge for a contract. They are feeding off of the large arena of photographers that are not gambling their livelihood on photography.

It seems this trend of devaluing what the image creator receives for their work will be difficult to reverse mainly due to supply and demand yet I would encourage photographers not to settle for such a percentage.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 17:46 UTC as 32nd comment | 4 replies
On Split Rock Moonrise in the Light house challenge (9 comments in total)
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Ross Murphy: is this a composite image ? long exposure and the moon is not blown out is why I ask

Looks like the moon could be filtered by the haze. It wouldn't need to be blown out considering the rest of the environmental light.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 00:03 UTC
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John M Roberts: I hope this will motivate Nikon to upgrade. I don't place much weight on that though.

So the axis of the shift and tilt can be modified without having to pay Nikon to do it each time. Check out Canon's T/S. Canon's offering in this area is one reason why I would considered having both systems. I'd rather not.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 06:30 UTC

I hope this will motivate Nikon to upgrade. I don't place much weight on that though.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 22:09 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
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rurikw: It's nice that they still come out with these old wysiwyg things in spite of pp.

Unless you prepare for it before shooting. I have seen some very impressive focus stacking with conventional lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 22:06 UTC
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Tom_A: I have the XE-1 bought as a limited launch kit with the 35mm 1.4 lens.
This is such a nice combination, giving very convincing bokeh and perfect sharpness and colours, that I was a bit disappointed when trying the 18-55 in a japanese shop. Yes the quality seems to be good, but the speed and bokeh is lost.
I may eventually still buy the 18-55 as a good single lens for holidays.
But for now, I think I'll just stay with the 35mm and walk a bit more instead of zooming :-) There is something to be said for minimalism !
I am curious about the 23mm, it has the perfect angle of view for walking around like a classic full frame 35mm lens. However if I read the DOF charts well then at medium distances this 23mm f1.4 lens has a similar DOF as a classic 35mm lens at f2.8.

That's a tough one. My move would be to test with an object with more obvious contrast and various detailed shape and place first at a distance of success then start closing the gap. If you still have the X100 do the same. Those results may lead you to then try a portrait for the same test.

If none of this reveals anything that might be the cause and you have pretty well eliminated user error then at least you have clear samples to demonstrate when sending in the camera and lens for repair which is what I would do. If you could easily obtain another lens to compare that might narrow the source of the problem. Good luck.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2012 at 17:13 UTC
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Barry Fitzgerald: Woodford is a shining light in the culture of Japanese corporate corruption.
His removal as the "honest CEO" Is a stain that Olympus will never be able to move forward from.

I would not spend my money with a corrupt company.

I doubt it. I'm sure they will continue and this will be just a bump unfortunately. Now if they could get some pressure from the buying public that would cause them to change, great but like I said.

I was considering the OM-D E-M5 but maybe I'll hold out for Fuji.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2012 at 18:21 UTC

Yes Mono Lake is a great location to shoot. One thing I don't like about the 3 stop GND especially at these times is the obvious darkening in unwanted areas.
I would have preferred the 2 stop myself. Better yet would be the Reverse Graduate filters more effective for scenes similar so more balance and detail can be achieved in the darker areas, though the left tufa would still be affected but less so with the 2 stop and more detail could be viewed in the upper sky. Blending exposure could be a great option for this type of composition.

http://www.singh-ray.com/reversegrads.html

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2012 at 21:40 UTC as 1st comment
On Groovy Lil' Lizard in the Reptiles challenge (1 comment in total)

You used the effect nicely. I enjoy this shot greatly.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 18:36 UTC as 1st comment
On Preview:canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i (274 comments in total)

DPreview, I will say it here as well. Please include "MLU yes, no" in your specifications. I suspect it has it since my Rebel Xti does.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 at 17:08 UTC as 10th comment
On Preview:pentax-k-30 (244 comments in total)

Hello DPreview... Why no "MLU yes or no" listing? All the scrutiny of IQ I would think capturing images at prime times of dusk or using telephotos or macro to obtain sharpness MLU is more often a must and to know if it is a included in any dslr would be helpful.

I went to the Pentax site and no information to this other than it might be buried in their tech list Custom Function, available functions 23.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 at 16:58 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply

Great shot! A question regarding grad. Hard or soft and what size? I'm considering one for my 14-24. Lee, which doesn't offer reverse but uses 100x175 in regular grad while the Hitech is sized 100x125. If indeed you are using this size do you find you have enough movement with it or wish it were longer?

Thanks

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2012 at 14:36 UTC as 2nd comment
On TigaFight in the Tigers challenge (5 comments in total)

I'm puzzled by the green and blue colors in the background. What creates that? Looks like over saturation. It's a fun image.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2012 at 18:01 UTC as 4th comment
On REJ_4500 VSD in the Tulips challenge (3 comments in total)

I have seen this tractor countless times in photographs. Composing this with the monotone yellow followed by a thin colorful strip separating that fantastic multi-textured sky makes this one of the best images I have seen from there. Great eye, as usual Roman.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2012 at 22:36 UTC as 1st comment
On Príncipe Felipe Science Museum - Valencia in the Night at the Museum challenge (7 comments in total)
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Bright Angel: Thank you both.

Well I'm not a professional and I can't imagine I'll get any commercial exposure through this photo.
But, I'm available for employment, if anyone wants to hire me and buy my work.

I used a Nikon D700 and a Nikon 14-24 lens.
ISO 200, 8 secs at f16.

Great shot. Was wondering why the clouds do not appear in the reflection. They seem to be within the dynamic range to be visible. Were they added?

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2012 at 22:15 UTC
On Nikon D3200 preview (181 comments in total)
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grafli: Wow, the old Canon EOS 600D is as good with 18 MP!

If you want a tunnel vision forum then just skip ahead of comments that don't interest you rather than trying to control others interest. That comment you reacted to was indeed brief.

Some, as myself do like to hear of others viewpoints and limiting it just because of a brand name is not resourceful. Samples of brands other than Nikon's were included for comparison which seems reasonable to comment on in this particular discussion.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2012 at 20:10 UTC
On Checking iPhone exuberance article (13 comments in total)

"Too much exuberance can lead to the expectation by the public that indeed all anyone ever needed was an iPhone, so why hire a wedding photographer..." in the final part of you article seems overly concerned to me. If that were the case then point and shoots would have already established your concerns. Pros shooting with an iphone only along side the guests at a wedding will still greatly outshine in their results and that doesn't take much to realize.

"It isn't just the tool" does apply here. Not to worry.

I did enjoy your article though.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2011 at 19:21 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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