tar4heel2

Lives in United States Fresno, CA, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://philhawkinsphoto.com
Joined on Jul 9, 2005

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On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift: An update (96 comments in total)

ARRRGGHHH!! Make the RAW file available and let me run it through Capture One and DxO. I'll give you the run down on these files in 30 minutes.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 06:28 UTC as 35th comment | 3 replies
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (895 comments in total)
In reply to:

bernardly: Same 18 MP sensor
9 point AF,
only 1 point cross type
Digic 4+,
only 3 frames per second

I want you to get up, go your window, stick your head out, and yell:

"CANON, I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!"

Great performance, watch!

http://youtu.be/ZwMVMbmQBug

hilarious...and perfect!

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 23:36 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (895 comments in total)

snore

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 23:35 UTC as 11th comment

<yawn>

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 18:28 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon EOS 5DS real-world sample gallery (217 comments in total)
In reply to:

Just a Photographer: Are you sure these images are taken with the new 5Ds?
Looks like they come straight from an old 40D.

Much messed up and smeared details, blurred and mediocre in sharpness. Not something you would expect to see from Canons top of the line camera.

Amen, Just, I was thinking the same thing. Plus, tons of noise even at 100ISO. Chromatic aberration is everywhere. I'll pass. This is shaping up to be Canon's big failure. I would like to see some RAW images for download. Freaking DR never gives us the RAW files to download. They are large files, so what? I want to see the RAW files.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 19:06 UTC
In reply to:

Robgo2: Since upgrading from DxO 9 Elite to DxO 10 Elite costs only $69, I felt that I didn't have much to lose and went for it. Right off the bat, I can see that tonal adjustments are improved with white and black points being more stable, i.e. they are less likely to shift with other tone adjustments. Highlight recovery seems better as well. Overall, I like the new version and think that it should serve most users well.

However, in head to head tests with Photo Ninja, PN is the clear winner, and that even includes Noise Ninja vs. Prime NR in super high ISO shots. Prime is hugely overrated (and overhyped), IMO. It may remove noise, but it does so at the cost of smearing detail and producing blotchiness. Neither program offers local adjustments. For that I use Perfect Photo Suite and get better results than are possible with raw convertors such as LR and C1. Sure, it means working on a converted file, but that's hardly a tragedy.

I'm not seeing any comparisons with Nik Software's dFine program. Very, very good noise reduction if you can't use DxO (as in with JPGs, etc). The thing I like about DxO is that if you boost the shadows, DxO automatically corrects for noise removal from those brightened dark areas. Other than glacial performance, DxO saves me lots of time in post for just this reason.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 15:26 UTC

Is anyone experiencing the incredibly slow performance of this software, especially when using an external HD? It's incredibly good software, but takes forever to load and load thumbs.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 15:16 UTC as 3rd comment
On article First Impressions: Using the Nikon D4 (183 comments in total)

WHY have you not done full reviews of the Canon 1Dx or the Nikon D4???

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 23:18 UTC as 18th comment
On article Canon EOS-1D X overview (379 comments in total)

WHERE is the full review???

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 23:13 UTC as 37th comment
In reply to:

Poweruser: Still not sure where the point is with wide-gamut screens?

95%+ of users cant see any difference because their devices run SRGB at best (often times uncalibrated), think of tablets, phones, all Macs, etc.

Also, you cant "print" Adobe RGB.

Usually when printing, but there's a garbage-in-garbage-out concept here as well. I want to see it all. When you do your post with the most possible image information, the final result will always look better when converted down to sRGB or JPG for printing.

And don;t forget to get the highest quality video card you can afford.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2013 at 22:20 UTC

what was the brand name of that memory card???

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2013 at 20:58 UTC as 16th comment
On article Phase One releases Capture One Express 7 (12 comments in total)
In reply to:

Nikonworks: Thanks for this article.

I always stayed away from Phase One and in my mind that spells 'alot of money', cameras, etc.

but I clicked the link and downloaded the 254MB file.

Ran Express and can clearly see the detail in my D5100 RAW files that I have been missing using other converters.
I compared several. I did not compare DXO yet.
The Express white balance tool is also remarkable.

When I get my D7100 I will likely buy the full program.

I just completed two shoots today and after my testing of express I reworked both of them to much better final images than I obtained with my current workflow.

Ditto...

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2013 at 06:11 UTC
On photo Photo 1 in jbrandy's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Another great composition... and another example of when to break the rules! This is one of the better reflections; the color is really saturated and looks VERY dramatic... A suggestion would be to darken the sky to bring out the color in the above-river area... but VERY well done! I love it!

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 15:51 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Photo 2 in jbrandy's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

This would be my 2nd favorite... Tremendous color, the light haze just under Half Dome... the composition... I REALLY love this shot... perfect saturation, this is a really tremendous photo. One of those that just hits me right.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 15:47 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Photo 3 in jbrandy's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

You did a GREAT job capturing those subtle colors... wow! Just the right amount of saturation, great composition, it;s level... My tiny suggestion would be to try to bring out detail in the trees, but you done GOOD! It's good you captured so much of the sky with those very subtle color variations. Excellent!

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 15:42 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Photo 4 in jbrandy's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

A GREAT example of when to break the rules! You have a left-facing element on the left side of the frame, but the line of trees behind it makes it work and is an excellent example of when to break the rules! I would boost the saturation a bit but that's all it needs. Very good!!

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 15:39 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Photo 5 in jbrandy's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Very good composition with the reflection... I would boost the saturation a bit to make the sunlight on Half Dome jump out a bit... No HDR which is a nice variation... The hovering campfire smoke gives it a nice aura... Well Done!

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 15:37 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Photo 6 in jbrandy's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

One of the more excellent tight shots of Half Dome. Very very good! Again, heavy HDR. The more prponounced this look, the more I like to see it as B&W. But overall an excellent shot!

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 15:35 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Photo 9 in jbrandy's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

I think this one is my winner...

Wow, wow, wow! Excellent everything! Composition, exposure, the black and white treatment... Whatever you did with it it looks like an old tin-type shot from the late 1800s. I think you did a great job in the field and a TREMENDOUS job in post. Well done indeed.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 15:33 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Photo 8 in jbrandy's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Oh man... A different shot of this view for sure! And it was rendered that way in post! This is obviously overdone processing, but it works!! You shifted the colors but it still has tremendous dramatic impact. Excellent job! I'd like to see this one in Black and White as well.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 15:30 UTC as 1st comment
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