tex

Lives in United States baltimore, MD, United States
Works as a Artist, visual arts professional
Has a website at www.texandrewsart.com
Joined on Nov 22, 2003
About me:

Working artist [photography only one aspect], MFA. Began photography 1978 (1967 as a kid), 35mm, MF and LF photography, darkroom. Independent curator, art wrangler, fine arts repro photographer, appraiser; former collegiate gallery director, former program director for an alternative space, 10 yrs undergraduate teaching, 2 yrs chair of the department; Exhibits specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Former supermoderator of the late Lightcrafts' LightZone forums. Co-founder and webmaster of The LightZone Project, www.lightzoneproject.org

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Sad day, my "favorite" living street photographer---favorite in this case meaning buoyant, fun, and "artless", even though the work both had a lot of art in it (subject matter) and was beautifully done in so many cases.

There are others whose work I would rather have on my walls, but Cunningham's work always brought a smile to my face, every Sunday.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 00:00 UTC as 10th comment

I have had SunSniper and Carry Speed sling straps. Liked them both. I'd sort of like to try this new SunSniper Pro----except I now wonder not about the strap or strap mounter but the stress on the tripod mount area itself on the camera body (Mine is a 645Z---a robust, tank like camera, but I don't think that screw mount was designed for slings). Any thoughts from readers?

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 23:39 UTC as 17th comment

It will be interesting to see how this is disseminated to cultural institutions. There are many more worthy ones than most people realize....

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 21:53 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Primer: What is VR, and why should photographers care? (142 comments in total)

An interesting aspect of this technology is its potential use in museums. I work in a major one in the U.S., and we are seriously investigating use of the technology to help comply with ADA requirements for installation art that doesn't allow for ADA compliant access.

We also see real potential for using the technology to help in the installation design/curatorial interface, so that we can see how an installation can "feel" to viewers (and the curators) without physically moving the art around---which is often non-trivial, due to size/weight/fragility issues, not to mention monetary ones.

Our AV people are already working on this for a major upcoming exhibition, and I have no doubt the photography department will be closely involved.

I also have no doubt that artists---not just time-based media sorts, but also more "fixed" installation ones---will be rapidly making use of the technology. As it becomes easier and cheaper, it will become ubiquitous in the fine arts.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 01:58 UTC as 43rd comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Sheila Murphy (64 comments in total)

Well done, Sheila. We've exchanged pleasantries on the forums over the years, and I've admired your work before this. very happy you are getting more significant recognition.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 23:49 UTC as 1st comment
On article Nifty fifty: Hands-on with the Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi (133 comments in total)

So, um, it would be kinda cool if DPR finally did reviews of the current crop of digital medium format cameras, starting with the Pentax 645Z....the one that is the most "affordable" (actually, after just recently dropping the price down to $6,999.00, getting even closer...). It's pretty pertinent now especially, with the current crop of high mp FF cameras , with more undoubtedly coming. I hope DPR doesn't wait until it's all irrelevant...

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 00:10 UTC as 26th comment | 6 replies
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Teila Day: It's hard to make a compelling case for Hasselblad today, even this "deal" isn't a deal when Pentax offers practically the same performance sans sync speed (which can matter a lot on location using strobes... not that 1/800 is earth shattering but it's better than 1/125); true focus and also a host of menu nuances.

I would have a very hard time (mentally) ordering a Hasselblad today for portraiture/landscape with the Pentax 645z as an option that is probably better made, more reliable (did I say more reliable?), and weather sealed. To add insult to injury, the 40mp Pentax (645D) can be had for under $4k.

With only $15k you can have a Medium Format Pentax 645z (50mp CMOS), 90mm macro lens with stabilization, and two Profoto b1 strobes which are perfect for location and can be used TTL./HSS with your favorite Nikon or Canon.

If Pentax its bottom, offer premium leaf shutter lenses (shame on them!), clean up the menu/buttons, etc.. and Hasselblad will left in the dust.

Clearly, nicolaiecostel, you clearly have not had much time with the Pentax. I happen to know from experience falling off a ladder on a location that it is pretty bomb-proof. The Hasselblad doesn't feel nearly as solid, imo, much more plastic-y by comparison.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 00:14 UTC
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Luke Kaven: They had room to move on the price for this model. This is the same Sony sensor that is in the Pentax 645Z, at way under $10k.

As in, $6,999.00 usd currently on the Pentax website, down from the $8,500.00 usd when released in 2014.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 22:38 UTC
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Teila Day: It's hard to make a compelling case for Hasselblad today, even this "deal" isn't a deal when Pentax offers practically the same performance sans sync speed (which can matter a lot on location using strobes... not that 1/800 is earth shattering but it's better than 1/125); true focus and also a host of menu nuances.

I would have a very hard time (mentally) ordering a Hasselblad today for portraiture/landscape with the Pentax 645z as an option that is probably better made, more reliable (did I say more reliable?), and weather sealed. To add insult to injury, the 40mp Pentax (645D) can be had for under $4k.

With only $15k you can have a Medium Format Pentax 645z (50mp CMOS), 90mm macro lens with stabilization, and two Profoto b1 strobes which are perfect for location and can be used TTL./HSS with your favorite Nikon or Canon.

If Pentax its bottom, offer premium leaf shutter lenses (shame on them!), clean up the menu/buttons, etc.. and Hasselblad will left in the dust.

I believe there are now HSS options for the Z. And, although they only synch up to 1/500, the 2 older LS Pentax lenses, the 75 and the 135, can still be found, if you look hard enough. I know, I found and have both.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 22:36 UTC
On article Lumu Power meters light, flash and color temperature (21 comments in total)
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tex: WHYYYYYYYYYY????????? is this only for iPhone? The iPhone is hardly ubiquitous. I see as many Galaxy's now as iPhones.

I live in Baltimore, work in DC. Travel to Philly and NYC relatively frequently. Just sayin', not like I'm in some little rural area---pretty major population centers. In Europe and Turkey when last there, saw more other devices than iPhones. Same in Japan this Fall, Ecuador this past summer

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 23:36 UTC
On article Lumu Power meters light, flash and color temperature (21 comments in total)

WHYYYYYYYYYY????????? is this only for iPhone? The iPhone is hardly ubiquitous. I see as many Galaxy's now as iPhones.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 11:52 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On article 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100 (10 comments in total)
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tex: LumoPro LightSwitch is flippin brilliant, AFAIC. Those I'll buy (or have on my list for Yule gifts).

The difference being that the LightSwitch converts to and from a zippered flash pouch. That's the brilliant bit---it's not something extra, but something you'd use anyway that turns into something else dead useful.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 23:43 UTC
On article 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100 (10 comments in total)

LumoPro LightSwitch is flippin brilliant, AFAIC. Those I'll buy (or have on my list for Yule gifts).

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 14:41 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and... (562 comments in total)
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joyclick: thank God at last it dawned on Sony.Wish they listened more to people.

To Just a Photographer, above:
Wow. Just wow. Why even comment? You seem to be the exact, 180 degree opposite of a fanboy, which is just as bad. For my part I'm loving the ability to use legacy lenses from almost any manufacturer on my A7R. The only issues have been ultra wide RF lenses, as far as I've experienced. And as of now, there is a more than decent lens lineup for the Sony e mount FF cameras, with more coming shortly. T/S lenses are the only glaring gaps I can see. But of course you can mount the Rokinon, Nikon, or Canon T/S lenses on the A7 series....

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 16:53 UTC
On article Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test (148 comments in total)
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Top Dog Imaging: Lots of detail, "medium format" control of depth-of-field, fine dynamic range, archaic body. ...So?

To BorisK1 above: I'm not finding that at all true. In fact, I am struggling to get enough DOF for landscape shooting, going to f16 and f22. There's no trouble getting very shallow DOF with medium format, digital or film, so there's not a "significant advantage". In your example above, shooting an 85 at f1.8 gives such shallow DOF that focusing becomes difficult. It's a question how desirable it is to have, in a 3/4 portrait for instance, the one side of the near eye in focus and the other not. I have seen few great portrait photographers who work this way. Tiny DOF is a bit of a mania, imo.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 12:24 UTC
On article Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test (148 comments in total)

Well, I'm very glad to see DPR beginning to look at medium format digital more seriously. Here's hoping that an actual review is in the works for the 645Z and for this system, too. I think doing a bit of retro work, cooperating with Roger Cicala and Lensrentals, taking a look at the older 645D and maybe one of the higher MP backs, and doing a "state of digital medium format" hybrid semi-review concentrating only on the IQ gains(and much less the camera mechanics of button placements, menus, etc) might be very illuminating to the DPR readership, given the closeness in price of , say, a used 645D, and a new A7RII or the new Canon 5DS.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 13:08 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply

Absolutely well-deserved. I saw a show of here work in the U.S. in the last several years and was very impressed.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 22:33 UTC as 17th comment
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RichRMA: Think of a Leica lens like a medical grade sensor. It costs 10x as much as a commercial grade sensor because it is about 10% better in-terms of uniformity of pixel output. But that is what is required. The Leica is required by some people who value quality above everything, including price. But Leica is not alone. Nikon and Canon put a similar effort into the optics of their long, fast lenses, and they cost what it does for such optics. A Nikon 200mm f/2.0 is $5000 because it is a superior lens. No one whines about that. It is nice that those lenses are available for people who want that quality just as it is nice that Samyang primes can be had for $500 that have excellent optical quality for the price as well.

A sensible, reasonable remark? Where am I?

Link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 11:16 UTC
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