wildplaces

wildplaces

Lives in United States NYC Area, NY, United States
Works as a Insurance Broker
Has a website at http://www.wildplaces.me
Joined on Apr 2, 2001
About me:

Proud Owner of an incredible Canon 70D and a small Canon S100 - street, outdoors nature & non-motorized recreation photography enthusiast & volunteer with environmental organizations

Comments

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On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)

On a hunch, I just bought a Travalo travel perfume atomizer (~$10) for lens solution - was a great idea! Perfect size, fits in pocket, airplane proof and no problem with security (women use it for perfume) - use it for eyeglasses, sunglasses, as well as SLR monitor and lenses. Have a refillable master container at home (unlimited lifetime supply of lens cleaner solution) which I use as as reservoir to fill up the Travalo.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2013 at 21:34 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies
On Photoshop Gradient Tool: Blending Images article (223 comments in total)

Thank you for explaining the basics of gradients used with masked layers...it is always helpful to see these techniques explained in simple terms using sample images this way.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 01:42 UTC as 38th comment
On The Lightroom catalog article (315 comments in total)

Truth is that if the LR Catalog were intuitive and useful for us, we wouldn't need to reminded to use it! I do use it, but find the GUI clunky and tedious to use, despite the remembered keywords and metadata sets. I think iMatch (mentioned by others here) was easier to use in some ways. I look forward to imrprovements in the database GUI in future versions of LR.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 23:22 UTC as 10th comment
On The 15 Minute Makeover: Photoshop Beauty Retouching article (169 comments in total)
In reply to:

Bart Roskam: "Skin needs to be retouched. Even beautiful skin with great makeup."
How can anybody write this without stopping and asking "Hey, what the hell did I just write?" I understand that people retouch their photographs, but stating that it needs to be done is ridiculous.

I think the arguments pro and con are not absolute, but a personal decision of the photographer, the client (or audience) and the subject. What I take away from a wonderful technical piece such as Jean's is a work flow and technique that I can apply to my own work, in my own way. I do not begrudge an author's point of view...or editorial license. The one sharing these valuable lessons has a right to that. He may or may not agree with how his techniques are used by you, by me or by others, but his teaching has definitely influenced how I approach editing in photoshop and has given me new insights into photoshop technique and a new arsenal of tools that I can apply in many situations, for portraits and beyond.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2011 at 04:47 UTC
On The 15 Minute Makeover: Photoshop Beauty Retouching article (169 comments in total)

Exceptional tutorial. Thank you for generously sharing your advanced knowledge in this area. I have been trying to do this for years using books and online tutorials, and this was the first that brought it all together in a compact, well-articulated and simple to follow tutorial. I've been practicing this technique all week in my spare time. As a former longtime classical piano student, I am a great believer in practice, practice, practice!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2011 at 16:02 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On Preview:canons100 (323 comments in total)
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wildplaces: Never seen so much gratuitous negativity in my life as I've read on these comments. I'm still using an old Fuji F10 and looking forward to the DPReview tests on the S1009. My first thought on the lens speed is that it will possibly be compensated for by the higher sensitivity of the sensor. Anxiously aqwaiting the tests and reviews here and elsewhere, as well as the first hand experiences of new users. I never buy a camera when it first comes out...the prices always drop post-introduction. This new mokdel seems to have many of the features I have been looking for in a pocketable enthusiast camera fortimes I cannot lug around my DSLR...thank you DPReview for posting what I think is an excellent first hands-on impression and feature comparison.

BigDadave, I've been here since I first looked into a Digicam (and ultimatelyi bouight a Canon G2.) I was not referring to the DPReview forums in general, where I find very helpful advice from a wide range of knowledgeable users...although there seems to be much more trolling here than when I first started to participate. What you say reinforces my view that many on this forum are saying "it stinks" without even reading a critical review or trying out the camera. Sometimes, patience seems to a lost virtue here.

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 06:56 UTC
On Preview:canons100 (323 comments in total)

Never seen so much gratuitous negativity in my life as I've read on these comments. I'm still using an old Fuji F10 and looking forward to the DPReview tests on the S1009. My first thought on the lens speed is that it will possibly be compensated for by the higher sensitivity of the sensor. Anxiously aqwaiting the tests and reviews here and elsewhere, as well as the first hand experiences of new users. I never buy a camera when it first comes out...the prices always drop post-introduction. This new mokdel seems to have many of the features I have been looking for in a pocketable enthusiast camera fortimes I cannot lug around my DSLR...thank you DPReview for posting what I think is an excellent first hands-on impression and feature comparison.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 18:21 UTC as 113th comment | 3 replies

Inexplicably, DPRewview has become a forum for many professional and advanced amateur photographers, but they are starting to trend to the mass merchandising area and headlining articles for novices, without noting their intent. I was awfully disappointed when I clicked on this headline article about composition, expecting material on a par with some of the other web sites providing insights for more advanced photographers. Please confine these articles in a section for beginners; otherwise, you will lose your core consitituency.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2011 at 12:51 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
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