James Bligh

James Bligh

Lives in Korea (South) Korea (South)
Joined on Dec 5, 2008
About me:

I admire the paintings of Goya, El Greco, Rembrandt, Gauguin, Courbet, Picasso, Salvador Dali… If only we photographers could create images as compelling as the masterpieces of them…

My present light-painting tools are: Nikon D700, AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D, Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED, AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, Nikon D80, AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF, Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH, Nikon Coolpix A, other compact digital cameras such as Canon PowerShot S110 and my SLR heritages.

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On A Mongolian Cowboy in the -The Life of a Mongolian- (Full Colours Only) challenge (3 comments in total)

A wonderful picture!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 09:37 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On A Mongolian Cowboy in the -The Life of a Mongolian- (Full Colours Only) challenge (3 comments in total)

Why isn't there no delete function?

I cannot delete it only to edit.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 09:36 UTC as 2nd comment
On D750-DSC_1434-ISO_100.acr photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (21 comments in total)
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James Bligh: I have seen this picture in original size (6016×4016). Definitely her face and upper torso is not in focus. Her left hand is more in focus. Looks like head and neck of horse is in focus. So I may say it is front focused unless main subject is the horse, not the lady. But the lens is 20 mm F1.8G and it was shot at F2, 1/800, ISO 100, is DOF so narrow in 20 mm wide angle lens even if aperture is wide open?

Anyway to shoot an action with wide angle and want to get a 3D like effect seems to be a little bit unconventional and quite challenging I think. Shooting telephoto lens in a distance may have been more appropriate I guess.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2014 at 12:04 UTC
On D750-DSC_1434-ISO_100.acr photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (21 comments in total)
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James Bligh: I have seen this picture in original size (6016×4016). Definitely her face and upper torso is not in focus. Her left hand is more in focus. Looks like head and neck of horse is in focus. So I may say it is front focused unless main subject is the horse, not the lady. But the lens is 20 mm F1.8G and it was shot at F2, 1/800, ISO 100, is DOF so narrow in 20 mm wide angle lens even if aperture is wide open?

Then you should have stopped down the lens one or two stop more and increased ISO I think.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2014 at 10:44 UTC
On D750-DSC_1434-ISO_100.acr photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (21 comments in total)

I have seen this picture in original size (6016×4016). Definitely her face and upper torso is not in focus. Her left hand is more in focus. Looks like head and neck of horse is in focus. So I may say it is front focused unless main subject is the horse, not the lady. But the lens is 20 mm F1.8G and it was shot at F2, 1/800, ISO 100, is DOF so narrow in 20 mm wide angle lens even if aperture is wide open?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 13:26 UTC as 4th comment | 7 replies
On The eye is the window to hold conversation with god in the Visible Faith challenge (20 comments in total)
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James Bligh: Behold. Who will say there is no God after seeing this picture? This old man must have experienced a solemn and magnificent moment in his prayer. Oh God, pity man.

What can a crusader accomplish if he has not a mirror to reflect his soul?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 05:09 UTC
On The eye is the window to hold conversation with god in the Visible Faith challenge (20 comments in total)

Behold. Who will say there is no God after seeing this picture? This old man must have experienced a solemn and magnificent moment in his prayer. Oh God, pity man.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 02:36 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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Ken Johnes: the best thing about the Df-600 is how sexy it really looks,dont worry about the missing functions and the pricetag . can you imagine all those unsold Dfs sitting lined up on the top shelf at the local cam store ?
it´ll be a great view ;-))

Sexy? The upper deck is crowded with oversized control dials and DF as a whole looks monstrous. It reminds me of the Bismarck which was sunk in her maiden voyage.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 19:01 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

I find nothing better than D700 in this camera whether it is Dust Free or Digital Fusion or whatever. BTW what fusion is there? Where are the people who have chanted hybrid viewfinder etc while I maintained silence through the whole hysteria? They should be ashamed of their silliness.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 06:42 UTC as 887th comment
On Desperation in the Mirror of the Soul challenge (1 comment in total)

Immensely powerful!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 10:08 UTC as 1st comment
On Grandama can't lay off the pipe in the Addictions challenge (4 comments in total)

Very nice! And I don't know why this picture reminds me of the movie The Man Who Would Be King. (Yes I know it is written by Rudyard Kipling.) Anyway is this picture as it was shot or cropped? I suspect the case may be the latter but I have no doubt this picture is a truly marvelous one whether it is either. You deserve to be proud of.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 12:34 UTC as 3rd comment
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brodgar: A comment to James Bligh.
Copyright has a time limit which varies with each country and is roughly 51-91 years, with a lot of exceptions. I think you would be safe to shoot the Parthenon.

On the other hand you will find bureaucracy everywhere. In Fife, Scotland, I was told I could not shoot pics of Pictish stones because the museum “owned the copyright”. The stones were 1500 years old !!

So it goes for the Pictish stones.^^ Who knows the Greek may make their own copyright law and declare perpetual copyright of Parthenon?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2013 at 15:28 UTC

This comment is for everybody but it may be especially relevant to the comments of dblues and whtchocla7e below.

It means that if somebody take pictures of something or someone of which someone claim(s) copyright and make money out of them they are liable to law suits. But the line is very thin, for example are someone who took the pictures of Parthenon and made money out of them liable? Who knows, they may be when the Greek claim copyright of it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2013 at 15:05 UTC as 75th comment
On My Trip in El Paso in the El Paso, Texas challenge (10 comments in total)

drag transition? I guess it is a mistyping of drug transaction. Correct me if I am wrong. BTW I had been in El Paso for a few days in mid nineties but the TV drama The Bridge is mediocre.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2013 at 10:27 UTC as 3rd comment
On Sheep Jam in the Stuck in a Traffic Jam challenge (4 comments in total)

Halo around sheep’s silhouette is too obvious. Damn digital artifact.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2013 at 08:34 UTC as 2nd comment
On sunset clipper in the Tall Ships challenge (1 comment in total)

This picture is oversharpened way too much. Whole picture is posterized.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2012 at 13:40 UTC as 1st comment
On Nikon D4 & D800: What do the Professionals Think? article (391 comments in total)
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Octane: I don't like the imposed question if Nikon 'got it right or wrong' with these cameras.
These guys have never touched these cameras. But more important: It really doesn't matter what a pro with a specific need thinks when it comes to my own camera decisions.

I have my own needs/requirements when it comes to cameras. I happen to be a pro as well, but that's irrelevant. Everyone has their own needs / budget / goals. No 'right or wrong', there is only a match or not a match of a camera and what you need.

Not that I find their opinion uninteresting, but it has no influence or weight on what I need. A Reuters news reporter is certainly a pro, but he shoots stuff I don't shoot, he works differently and doesn't have to worry about what his gear costs for the most part.

The D800 will sell mostly to non or semi professionals. Their 'needs' are much more driven my what they want rather what they really have to deliver, so they will decide more based on their gut.

A very good point well spoken by Caleido, I might add that the highest ISO of D800 sample photos in the official Nikon site was 640 and all of D800E samples were shot at F8. So this may imply that with D800/D800E you'd better shoot at below ISO800 and avoid small apertures. And of course tripod mounted for optimum results.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2012 at 08:08 UTC
On Ricoh GR Digital IV Preview Samples article (33 comments in total)

You may say color is natural but I find color is not punchy. The colors GRDIII produce were a bit faded. It seems that GRDIV is same in this respect.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:01 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Street kid in Mumbai, India in the Are you really gonna eat that? challenge (2 comments in total)

It's heart-achig to read the legend but warm heart like you may brighten the world.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2011 at 05:42 UTC as 2nd comment

MysticX, an excellent essay!

'Make sure you make him a present for Christmas, I think he will appreciate a glass of hot tea.

Tell him it's not poisoned, it's just because you won a challenge on Dpreview with a picture of his house.'

But Christmas is too far away. How about Easter?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2011 at 13:45 UTC as 1st comment
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