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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Ummm..."light" touch? Looks heavy handed to me, both in the processing and the humor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2015 at 17:23 UTC as 16th comment
On Elinchrom announces new ELB 400 portable flash system article (23 comments in total)

Why are these, and others, so no knock on Elinchrom per se, so doggone expensive? Considering what cameras are and can do today, and what they cost, I don't get it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 10:27 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On ACDSee Ultimate 8 introduces layer-based editing article (66 comments in total)


"Create, reorder, merge and manipulate layers individually"

"Manipulate individual parts of an image without affecting another area for more precise editing"

LightZone has been doing those 2 things since 2006

"Apply filters and effects to layers"

"Apply Pixel Targeting to layers"

And these 2 things since about 2009 (if I understand it correctly).

ACDsee does some things that LightZone doesn't do, of course, but those 4 above jumped out at me. BTW, LightZone has also been free and open source for 3 years now. We share a problem with ACDsee, though: reliance on another source for part of our raw demosaicing (dcraw).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 19:12 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (245 comments in total)

several counter points to the above "user reviews"

One, there are leaf shutter lenses available on the used market, and they work with the Z. in 645 there is the 75 and the 135, both sharp, and in 67 there is the 165. These aren't that hard to find, although the used 645 market is a lot tighter now than in was when the Z was released. Prices for used lenses have gone up, but used A and FA lenses are pretty cheap.

Tethering is coming.

Using this camera as an impromptu street shooter, well, of course there are going to be problems! It's not stealthy in any way, and the significance of the sensor size and resolution combined mean magnification of flaws (which were probably present in smaller formats but less evident in enlargement). Analogous to parking a crew cab truck on city streets---it can be done, with care, but it's easier to park that Fiat 500. I disagree about the viewfinder, it's the easiest OVF focusing I've done.

They both missed the biggest problem: the LCD auto gain

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 13:10 UTC as 67th comment
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AllOtherNamesTaken: LOL...Manfrotto announces....a KATA bag!

There's also no chest strap, which makes them less than ideal for long trips.

Look into F-Stop bags for the best of the best.

None of the F-Stop bags seem to be as flexible as the 3N1's. Been using them for a few years now, and I think THEY are the best out there , in terms of what they do.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 23:22 UTC

Looks like a Kata 3N1 to me...no surprise, since Manfrotto was the distributor...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 19:07 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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nicolaiecostel: The aperture is not equivalent for anything, it's a fixed value. The DOF equivalence is a different thing.

People thought that if Pentax brings a cropped MF sensor to the market, in a oversized DSLR body, at 2.5-5 times cheaper than a Hassy, Phase One, they found the chicken with the golden eggs. They forgot that MF glass is MF glass expensive and all things MF come at a price.

So here you are, having just spent 5000-8500$ on a "bargain" MF Pentax, wanting to buy a modern, bespoke wide angle and realising you have to shell out 5 grand on either this zoom or that other wide angle they anounced, and that you're stuck with a cropped MF sensor that you can't remove from the camera and use in other cameras, that has 1/125 flash sync and you shoot on SD cards with limited teathering.

Why didn't they put a central shutter in the lens ? It would have been much more usefull than that OS they put in, seen the ISO and the fact that MF users shoot in controlled, stabilised environments.

Yes, these new lenses are expensive. In the meantime, I've managed to purchase 3 FA lenses (2 zooms and a prime), 2 leaf shutter lenses, a wide prime, a macro, and a portrait prime, and a shift lens, all of which cover true 6cm x 4.5cm, for less than $3K. All of these lenses are very good to excellent on the 645D and will be on my 645Z. How is it that the availability and pricing of new lenses somehow precludes accessing the used market? And since all but 3 of my lenses are A series, there are hardly any electronics to go bad. And while we're talking about MF lenses, remember that these are built to pro spec, durability wise.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 11:56 UTC
On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (150 comments in total)

Canon, the top dog in camera market share has apparently had little to worry about for the past couple of years or so: the Canon faithful have hardly been stampeding away from the brand. The sturm und drang of certain doom und gloom posters has seemed mildly hysterical so far. To date they could afford their seemingly indifferent (to other makers) attitude.

But if Canon doesn't bring more than a lens upgrade or two, and/or a body tweak or two, to this year's Photokina, then it may indeed be time for the Canon faithful to begin to feel uneasy.

So, big should mean ...big.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 19:16 UTC as 65th comment | 2 replies

Last time I looked, at age 18 you're no longer a minor in the U.S., so (if he was 18 at graduation...) "barely 21" doesn't cut it AFAIC. I would also say his parents ofr guardian(s) have been a bit remiss in inculcating him with a more refined sense of right and wrong. I wonder how he'd feel if someone decided to just help themselves to his computer, smartphone, or car----or anything else that he owns. Sheesh.....

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 11:57 UTC as 64th comment
On National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite article (170 comments in total)

I think a better solution would be a permit process allowing for only so many permits per area of the park, maybe with some areas off limits, only on select days. It could be made very restrictive---such as one day a month, which could be posted for all to see on their web page and at the park entrances. Also, in the event of a crash, if the users don't retrieve, then they are billed the full amount of retrieval, not matter how much it costs. Decibel levels could be set, plus all sorts of other restrictions.

When I think of some of the other stuff that goes on in the parks, it seems to me a saner drone policy is called for---neither completely open or completely closed.

The very best thing to do in the national parks, btw, would be to close all the roads.....bike, foot, horse, mule, llama, and electric bus/trolley/tram travel only. I've been to more than a dozen, and motorized vehicles are by far the most deleterious and obnoxious things in the parks (besides humans, that is....)

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 08:13 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
On 1939: England in Color (part 2) article (171 comments in total)

Just wonderful, both parts. I spent a year in England (mostly Yorkshire, Harrogate for school, my mother at University of Leeds on a Fulbright) in 1966-7, when I was 10. This was also when I had access to my first camera. Still as vivid as yesterday to me in my mind. But even that England is long gone now...

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 20:35 UTC as 83rd comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2249 comments in total)

The iPhone of cameras.....beautiful design, feature set running behind the best offerings in the market.

Leica=Apple now?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 16:08 UTC as 600th comment

8th question down, on physical size and quality: That Nikon is doing focus groups with consumers that are this stupid is not a good sign for Nikon. Nevermind what it says about the idiocy of average American consumers....
As others have stated, if Nikon wants to stay where it is, #2, it needs to be thinking more out of the box and doing focus groups with a more refined set of consumers of their products---and their critics. Furthermore, they should be extremely circumspect in drawing conclusions about the mirrorless market in the U.S. There are a lot of moving parts to the U.S. market that I bet are not being considered here---and don't draw conclusions based on the Nikon 1 series, for starters. Does anyone really think that if Nikon had produced something like the A7r it wouldn't have been a smash hit? It's already a big hit (critically, and initial production runs were too small for the unexpected demand...) and it's a Sony!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 13:31 UTC as 165th comment | 2 replies
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (497 comments in total)

An exceedingly odd article. Rather surprised it got past vetting (if there is any). Far too personal to be of much real use to people. It's not just the funky lens bit; more troubling is the part about how difficult it is to manual focus. The article's comments about the difficulties strongly suggest someone who has spent more time with AF than manual focus in all its manifestations: viewfinder, rangefinder, ground glass, TLR, SLR with eyepiece or without (as in some medium format) . I am perhaps very wrong about that, but those of us who cut their teeth with cameras long before decent AF and can remember all sorts of problematic manual focusing (and with this camera it's truly easy to manual focus),and are probably all scratching their heads over this one; somewhat evident by the comments and "likes". The "criticisms" in this article read much more like a chronicle of personal ineptitude. I certainly hope something this idiosyncratic doesn't find its way into the real review.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 00:45 UTC as 134th comment | 4 replies
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (497 comments in total)
In reply to:

harold1968: Wait a minute, these are rubbish lenses (vivitar!) using rubbish adapters (except the Novoflex) on a sensor that gives Zeiss and Leica a hard time.
Is this article for real ?

Uhhh, not really Barney!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 00:06 UTC
On Classic photographs recreated in Lego article (118 comments in total)

DPR seems to be putting up some pretty questionable "news" items lately, like this one. Perhaps they need a separate column for this sort of thing, and the news feed roll can be kept more ....orthodox.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2013 at 12:51 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
On Site update: two new forums article (32 comments in total)

So, are we to assume there's now also a DPR drone (or the moderators, perhaps) working to exile...ahem, I mean properly situate...complaints/suggestions posts and "technical" posts to their respective forums now? Looks like some work has already been done there....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2013 at 03:58 UTC as 20th comment
On Ten one-of-a-kind cameras from the 21st century article (248 comments in total)

An interesting if, ...eccentric...list. But no question that there are some worthy picks here. And I'm very glad to see the Oly E330 here, the original "solution looking for a problem" per DPR's review of old. Notable in this list is the predominance of Sony and Oly---"outsiders" that needed to innovate relentlessly in order to compete with the big two---and we are all better for it now. As for omissions or changes---well, we all have our opinions I'm sure. I would have picked the Oly c8080, perhaps the first digicam to give startlingly good results, and a model for the R-1, and the end of the line in a way; and also the Epson RD-1, definitely a one-off, but a harbinger also. Honorable mention goes to the Oly E420/620, the first "pocketable" dslr's and harbingers of Oly's press towards mirrorless (as was the E330, in retrospect).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 13:02 UTC as 92nd comment | 1 reply

I've come to the conclusion that a high (higher than the general populace) percentage of "photo enthusiasts" are on the autism spectrum, probably Asperger's, and this accounts in large part for the intensity. I'm not being facetious.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 03:34 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies

Ummmm....not a super helpful gallery, imo. I have no real sense of how that 10-18 is performing at all. Please just let's have some dull, but instructive, test shots at all apertures. They don't have to be bench quality at this stage, but something more than this, surely. No offense or disrespect intended.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2012 at 13:37 UTC as 19th comment
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