Combat By Design

Combat By Design

Lives in United States Lowell, MA, United States
Works as a Graphic Designer/Artist
Has a website at facebook.com/kevinbyersart
Joined on May 15, 2013
About me:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/95804280@N04/

I was born in raised in Massachusetts, to parents who were never married, but that had no bearing on how i was raised. I have awesome parents, step parents, and family, the best friends and significant other anyone could ever ask for. I'm a beer enthusiast, who loves seafood... who am I kidding, I love foot all together. I love music... all music, so long as it's good. Original artists, writers. I think education is the most important thing in the world second only to arts endowment, and third to equal rights for all. The outdoors, and the wild life are where I prefer to be, and who I prefer to be with. I prefer animals over most people because they don't hold prejiduces. I'd like to be a wildlife photographer, but don't know how to go about doing it... I suppose I should find out.

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Ron Poelman: Anyone needing a definition of Art vs Photography
need look no further.
Complete command of the Surreal as a tool.
Enough to make you sell your camera.
As a body of work, it does not get any better than this.

@electrophoto

"I've seen better & more interesting, more challenging, mind blowing, etc. photography over the years..."

That's where personal preference comes into play... and I'd venture to say Ron's statement was pure hyperbole.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 13:06 UTC
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Deardorff: Anyone who posts images on facebook is an idiot.
Their terms of service say they can re-sell it and use it commercially (as well as your PERSONAL information) in any way they want. And YOU are the one legally liable if legal action is taken by someone.

I'd venture to say that you've never read facebook's TOU agreement.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 12:37 UTC

Can someone tell me what the point of Hasselblad is?

Honesty. Can anyone tell me what purpose this company serves (other than catering to the Trumps of the world) by existing?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 17:32 UTC as 44th comment | 15 replies
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)
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backayonder: mirror mirror on the wall who is the sexiest astronaut of them all

Slow your role, sparky.

It was a joke.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 13:14 UTC
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)
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backayonder: mirror mirror on the wall who is the sexiest astronaut of them all

Woah... Settle down Alec... We're talking Astronauts... Yuri was a Cosmonaut.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 16:51 UTC
On Going Professional, Where to Begin? article (30 comments in total)
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MichaelSpotts: Liya, I see what you mean, but... I have made my living for nearly ten years, almost exclusively with crop-sensor cameras. As you said, my work was "truly truly stunning" to you... with Canon 60Ds! I'd rather put the money into lighting and lenses, and only then a full-frame camera.

I also didn't realize that this article is almost two years old...scratch that! haha

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 14:45 UTC
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)
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backayonder: mirror mirror on the wall who is the sexiest astronaut of them all

I'm going with Harland Williams.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 14:42 UTC
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)

I love it, and I think the whole thing is hilarious....especially the Tang photo.

I don't really know why so many people have a hair across their rumps about it...whether it's 'original' or not doesn't take away from the creativity.

Kudos to you!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 14:34 UTC as 2nd comment
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)
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Paul Farace: The last image transcends the ordinary and becomes a political statement of Obama's NASA... our nation left to play on a toy shuttle...

Dude.

Shut up and enjoy the photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 14:30 UTC
On Going Professional, Where to Begin? article (30 comments in total)
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MichaelSpotts: Liya, I see what you mean, but... I have made my living for nearly ten years, almost exclusively with crop-sensor cameras. As you said, my work was "truly truly stunning" to you... with Canon 60Ds! I'd rather put the money into lighting and lenses, and only then a full-frame camera.

Now that I know you shoot an ASP-C, I'd like to talk shop with you if you don't mind a private messaging session.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 20:22 UTC
On Selfie with you and one other person challenge (16 comments in total)
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estero: Selfie challenge.
My entry was rejected because I did not state it was taken with a remote or timer????

Rules never stated that if a timer is used it had to make that point so not to be voted down. There are several other pictures entered that a timer was more then likely used by the looks of it. Where are the points made that they were taken using a timer?
Where would one stat that a timer was used. My Canon had a remote timer that I used many times for pictures. I had the camera mounted on a polling platform on the boat. The Canon remote was used.

I won't sit here and argue...but I will make a statement.

"Selfie" is slang for Self-Portrait
Your quote uses the terms 'typically' and 'often'... not 'always' and 'exclusively'...

So that said: If you want to see 'typical' photos...go start a challenge on Facebook.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 19:39 UTC

I have a shot from inside a dark Venue. Will that fly?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 23:52 UTC as 1st comment
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one man went to mow: Punks were British, no-one else has a clue what it was to be punk and the US just doesn't understand it either by the look of your so called punks. As the Sex Pistols once famously said on stage before being bottled off it "All cowboys are fags".

Telling people what's punk and what isn't...

You're either 14... or listen to the Varukers and Discharge religiously.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 13:15 UTC
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Joe Pineapples: Goths seem to have largely disappeared...

"real" goths...yes

these horrible "electronica" goths/"cyber" goths... unfortunatel they're still around

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 13:12 UTC
On 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced article (102 comments in total)
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Isca: Taking photos with a cell phone and with a dslr are different processes. The tool makes you see it differently, partly due to the limitations of the tool but also partly due to the nature of the tool. I have taken many photos on my dslr, rangefinder, micro four thirds and cell phone and entered all to camera club competitions. All have been well received.

It's not about lugging the camera, it's about horses for courses, in the simplest comparison I won't shoot landscapes with a rangefinder or street photography with a dslr. But what you see around the image border as well as the scene (and about a gazillion other things) are the constraints for me. Those constraints produce challenges but also produce opportunities. Go try it, it's actually quite fun to try a different tool.

"It's infinitely more engaging for street or candid photography in my experience"

I can see that... I'm fairly new at the entire world of Photography (especially digital)... so i'm always asking questions...it's the way we learn.

"I find it amazing that so many people are willing to discount an alternative view of looking at the world through the lens"

I am, to my own admission, a little bit of one of those people. I di find it incredible, however, the dynamic range that today's P&S Cameras are able to capture/create with a single shot.

I have a lot to learn about Landscape Photography, but I still have a difficult time focusing on a bright sunset, and still capturing any detail in the dark foreground...but as they say: Practice makes perfect, right?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 18:34 UTC
On 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced article (102 comments in total)
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Isca: Taking photos with a cell phone and with a dslr are different processes. The tool makes you see it differently, partly due to the limitations of the tool but also partly due to the nature of the tool. I have taken many photos on my dslr, rangefinder, micro four thirds and cell phone and entered all to camera club competitions. All have been well received.

It's not about lugging the camera, it's about horses for courses, in the simplest comparison I won't shoot landscapes with a rangefinder or street photography with a dslr. But what you see around the image border as well as the scene (and about a gazillion other things) are the constraints for me. Those constraints produce challenges but also produce opportunities. Go try it, it's actually quite fun to try a different tool.

I guess I can understand not being so "Obtrusive" but isn't the point of street photography to capture the image as you see it?

I mean, I understand that you could walk around with your phone on camera mode, or a point and shoot, but the focus speed of certain DSLR lenses, and the shutter speed are a MAJOR advantage.

i.e.: I have a friend who like to flip the camera off in EVERY picture... for what reason? I have no idea... but I hike with this friend all the time, and when we're hiking, I like to take pictures of him, and my camera focuses and snaps a shot before he even knows what's going on. A feat I highly doubt I could accomplish with a rangefinder, or point and shoot, and DEFINITELY not with a phone... so I capture his natural state, and quick enough that it's not disturbed until after the picture is taken.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 15:43 UTC
On 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced article (102 comments in total)
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Isca: Taking photos with a cell phone and with a dslr are different processes. The tool makes you see it differently, partly due to the limitations of the tool but also partly due to the nature of the tool. I have taken many photos on my dslr, rangefinder, micro four thirds and cell phone and entered all to camera club competitions. All have been well received.

It's not about lugging the camera, it's about horses for courses, in the simplest comparison I won't shoot landscapes with a rangefinder or street photography with a dslr. But what you see around the image border as well as the scene (and about a gazillion other things) are the constraints for me. Those constraints produce challenges but also produce opportunities. Go try it, it's actually quite fun to try a different tool.

Out of curiosity: Why wouldn't you shoot Street Photography with a DSLR?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 14:48 UTC
On -Jet Black Hair- (Faceshot in Full Colours Only + Border) challenge (18 comments in total)
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MarilynRadisson: Hi, will you disqualify a photo if you don't think the adult female is attractive?

Again: "If anyone that is voting is worth their salt, they'll vote for the photograph THEY think is technically the best regardless of how standardly good looking they are"

The point is to add an additional stipulation. I have hundreds of photos of my wife, who I obviously find attractive, and MAYBE three or four of them would be good enough to enter this challenge if she had dark hair. I have a dozen good photos of women i DON'T particularly find attractive, so out of those 16 photos GOOD photos of female subjects I might find the subject of three or four legitimately attractive... it narrows it down, effectively making the challenge more difficult for the photographer...If you can't reach that deduction on your own, again... find a new hobby.

And if you don't like the general set of rules, don't enter the challenge and be on your way.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 21:40 UTC
On -Jet Black Hair- (Faceshot in Full Colours Only + Border) challenge (18 comments in total)
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MarilynRadisson: Hi, will you disqualify a photo if you don't think the adult female is attractive?

I think his lack of answering your inane questions is pretty clearly caused by the fact that your questions are indeed just that: Inane.

He asked for one attractive, brunette female with a border.

Someone being attractive is subjective. If you think she's attractive, enter her. If anyone that is voting is worth their salt, they'll vote for the photograph THEY think is technically the best regardless of how standardly good looking they are. Whether someone is a 'regulation hottie' (Mean Girls) shouldn't matter.

And as far as the "Looks like you're not looking hard enough. That's your problem, not ours." comment... he's right. You know that whole picture worth a thousand words, and photographs capture the soul and so on and so forth?

No? You don't?...well then... I suggest you put your camera down and pursue a new hobby... and I don't suggest internet trolling because you suck at that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 17:23 UTC

I'm tending to think this is the best shot in the bunch...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 16:53 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
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