therickman

therickman

Lives in United States Pittsburgh / / USA, PA, United States
Works as a Photographer / Web Marketing
Has a website at http://www.picsure.net
Joined on Oct 20, 2007
About me:

- Canon 5D Mark II
- Canon 7D
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS
- Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX
- Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
- Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
- Canon EF-s 17-55mm f/2.8 IS
- Canon EF-s 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS
- Canon 580EX II Flash
- Canon 430EX II Flash
- Canon 430EX Flash

On the wish list:
- Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II
- Canon 1DX

Comments

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Sigma is really impressing me lately. The first few lenses I bought 5 years ago had major QC issues and had to exchange a few times to get 'good' ones. The last 2 Sigs I bought were perfect out of the box.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2013 at 16:56 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On So That's Y!!! in the Implied Letters challenge (5 comments in total)

Ugh... another stink bug! I want to smash it!! We're inundated with them in Western Pennsylvania. Nice pic though.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 00:36 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact article (791 comments in total)

It's very boxy. It looks like they designed it in 1998. Has all the features I'd want, but it's ugly as heck.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 23:42 UTC as 99th comment | 3 replies
On Canon EOS-1D X overview article (364 comments in total)
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MP Burke: I haven't been able to find out how much this camera weighs. Will it set a new record for a 35mm dslr? Now, how about trying to make a digital slr (for those who want a 35mm sensor but don't want high speed motor drives) that is no bigger and heavier than the film slrs of the 1970's or 1980's?

It's a sports and studio camera anyway. It'll be on a monopod or tripod 99% of the time. Photojournalists, wedding pros and landscape shooters have the much lighter 5DII. Otherwise, hit the gym.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2011 at 13:01 UTC

That might just be the ugliest thing I've ever seen.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2011 at 19:04 UTC as 228th comment
On Article: Stranger on the Port Townsend Ferry article (34 comments in total)
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charliedid: That would be a much better photo in landscape orientation.

In landscape orientation, it would look nearly identical to Edward Hopper's famous painting, and then you'd be on here complaining that it's a "Nighthawks" ripoff.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2011 at 13:06 UTC
On Create your own articles - public beta launched today article (144 comments in total)
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therickman: You people just don't get it.

Would you spend 3-10 hours of your time writing, researching, re-writing, editing, proofreading, re-writing some more, and taking photos to submit an article to a major newspaper or magazine... and not get paid?

DPReview - as much as they want to label themselves simply as an online photography resource and discussion forum - is actually a magazine. It's a magazine in the form of a website. It's a webzine. Seriously, what's the difference between DPReview and "Digital Photo Magazine" other than that the latter is available in print form? They both carry news, product reviews, editorials, articles, contests and advertisements. It's just that DPReview isn't printed. That's it. That's the only difference, no matter how DPR markets itself. So again I ask you, would you spend your valuable time, talent and creative writing skills to contribute articles to "Digital Photo Magazine" and not get paid? There's no difference between the two.

Jezsik - if you want to learn how to drive a golf ball far and straight off the tee, would you prefer reading the advice of some amateur weekend golfer you've never heard of, or Jack Nicklaus, John Daly and Tiger Woods?

Yes, there are a lot of capable, even brilliant, photographers on DPReview offering advice and teachings. And I'm not saying their forum posts and/or articles won't be educational for some people just starting out in photography. A lot of people take photography classes taught by nobodies. But DPReview is the leading digital photography news and reviews website owned and operated by a multi-billion dollar company to add to its revenue streams. Amazon didn't buy DPReview as a noble venture to lose money. And while they're asking for free columns from anybody who cares to write them - without regard to level of experience or professionalism of the author - I'll be reading articles by/about top professionals in "Shutterbug," "Digital Photography Magazine" and Strobist.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2011 at 14:40 UTC
On Create your own articles - public beta launched today article (144 comments in total)
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therickman: You people just don't get it.

Would you spend 3-10 hours of your time writing, researching, re-writing, editing, proofreading, re-writing some more, and taking photos to submit an article to a major newspaper or magazine... and not get paid?

DPReview - as much as they want to label themselves simply as an online photography resource and discussion forum - is actually a magazine. It's a magazine in the form of a website. It's a webzine. Seriously, what's the difference between DPReview and "Digital Photo Magazine" other than that the latter is available in print form? They both carry news, product reviews, editorials, articles, contests and advertisements. It's just that DPReview isn't printed. That's it. That's the only difference, no matter how DPR markets itself. So again I ask you, would you spend your valuable time, talent and creative writing skills to contribute articles to "Digital Photo Magazine" and not get paid? There's no difference between the two.

I'm not going to contribute to your "unpaid-amateurs-who-think-their-insights-are-invaluable" article submission feature, nor am I going to read those articles because they're written by a bunch of nobodies. Now, if/when you "publish" articles from some esteemed travel photographers, or notable fashion photographers, or sports shooters who make a living at it, then I'll definitely read those, because those people are experts at the top of their fields and their insights are truly invaluable. And they won't give that education away for free, I'll tell you that much. Trying to learn the skill of photography from your uncompensated amateur article submission page would be like learning physics from a professor's undergraduate teaching assistant. But good luck with it. I'm sure DPR will earn lots more money off the works of willing suckers.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2011 at 20:58 UTC
On Create your own articles - public beta launched today article (144 comments in total)
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therickman: You people just don't get it.

Would you spend 3-10 hours of your time writing, researching, re-writing, editing, proofreading, re-writing some more, and taking photos to submit an article to a major newspaper or magazine... and not get paid?

DPReview - as much as they want to label themselves simply as an online photography resource and discussion forum - is actually a magazine. It's a magazine in the form of a website. It's a webzine. Seriously, what's the difference between DPReview and "Digital Photo Magazine" other than that the latter is available in print form? They both carry news, product reviews, editorials, articles, contests and advertisements. It's just that DPReview isn't printed. That's it. That's the only difference, no matter how DPR markets itself. So again I ask you, would you spend your valuable time, talent and creative writing skills to contribute articles to "Digital Photo Magazine" and not get paid? There's no difference between the two.

@Barney: "This new content system isn't a sinister ploy to... make money from your unpaid labour." If you're featuring how-to articles written by people you're not paying, which will draw traffic to your website and those pages in particular, which in turn increases your visitor log and lengthens time on the site, that will most definitely increase ad revenue and add to your bottom line. So I'm sorry to tell you, you're making money from unpaid labor.

You can say you're not making money from uncompensated article submissions, but you are. You're a business in business to make money. And I'm 100% positive the DPR execs had their usual "what can we do to increase revenue" meetings, and at that meeting they discussed ad revenues. "How can we keep people on the site longer?" "How do we add more members?" "How do we make our site more interactive?" "We need to increase ad revenues, so how can we accomplish all this at no cost?" Create Your Own Articles - Bingo!!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2011 at 12:00 UTC
On Create your own articles - public beta launched today article (144 comments in total)
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therickman: You people just don't get it.

Would you spend 3-10 hours of your time writing, researching, re-writing, editing, proofreading, re-writing some more, and taking photos to submit an article to a major newspaper or magazine... and not get paid?

DPReview - as much as they want to label themselves simply as an online photography resource and discussion forum - is actually a magazine. It's a magazine in the form of a website. It's a webzine. Seriously, what's the difference between DPReview and "Digital Photo Magazine" other than that the latter is available in print form? They both carry news, product reviews, editorials, articles, contests and advertisements. It's just that DPReview isn't printed. That's it. That's the only difference, no matter how DPR markets itself. So again I ask you, would you spend your valuable time, talent and creative writing skills to contribute articles to "Digital Photo Magazine" and not get paid? There's no difference between the two.

So, you're saying you take pride in stealing other people's work?

And, if you're a "no-talent hack" who isn't going to put 100% into composing an article for DPR and will be severly lacking, then why would you expect anybody to read it?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:48 UTC
On Create your own articles - public beta launched today article (144 comments in total)
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PETE ALEX: Great idea! Pity the "old school" thinks just don't get it! And it is often these long time guys who know the most. I guess that sharing is just something they don't do.

If you're a tax lawyer, with years and years of experience, and that's your livelihood, are you going to "share" tax advice with thousands of people, for free?

If you're a successful news journalist, with years of experience, and that's your livelihood, are you going to "share" your techniques and tricks of the trade, for free?

If you're an accomplished chef and restaurant owner, and that's your livelihood, are you going to "share" the ingredients and preparation of your dishes with thousands of wanna-be cooks, for free?

The truth is, accomplished photographers who are at the top of the photographic profession and make a good living at it are the very people who we should be learning from - not a bunch of amateurs and quasi-successful togs on DPReview. You're not going to learn anything new or be inspired by a novice who thinks he's David LaChapelle. You're going to learn and be inspired by David LaChapelle. And for that quality education and insight, LaChapelle needs compensated.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:43 UTC
On Create your own articles - public beta launched today article (144 comments in total)

You people just don't get it.

Would you spend 3-10 hours of your time writing, researching, re-writing, editing, proofreading, re-writing some more, and taking photos to submit an article to a major newspaper or magazine... and not get paid?

DPReview - as much as they want to label themselves simply as an online photography resource and discussion forum - is actually a magazine. It's a magazine in the form of a website. It's a webzine. Seriously, what's the difference between DPReview and "Digital Photo Magazine" other than that the latter is available in print form? They both carry news, product reviews, editorials, articles, contests and advertisements. It's just that DPReview isn't printed. That's it. That's the only difference, no matter how DPR markets itself. So again I ask you, would you spend your valuable time, talent and creative writing skills to contribute articles to "Digital Photo Magazine" and not get paid? There's no difference between the two.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2011 at 23:22 UTC as 21st comment | 11 replies
On Create your own articles - public beta launched today article (144 comments in total)

Unfortunately, this is how the internet and new 'social media' works. Get used to it.

It's funny, professional photographers in the DPR forums always complain about those cheap inexperienced Craigslist photographers undercutting the pros and bringing down the quality and value of the photography industry, yet they'll be more than willing to contribute free content to DPR, undercutting professional writers and bringing down the value of the written word.

People will always work for free, especially if they think it's an 'honor.' And it'll be seen/read/heard by thousands of people.

The world is full of untrained wanna-be journalists who blog away in their underwear thinking they're the next Pulitzer winner. Hence, you'll have thousands of sheeple creating and contributing intellectual property to for-profit media organizations absent any compensation other than having their names attached to uninteresting, unenlightening, uninspired glorified blog posts. Enjoy the noise.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2011 at 11:39 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
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