Lives in United States D.C. Metro, VA, United States
Works as a Rock & roll photog, computer geek
Has a website at
Joined on Feb 2, 2013
About me:

Goal: develop the proper shooting techniques and technical skills that allow for the most unusual and hard to obtain shots. This necessarily involves using equipment "incorrectly" and modifying or ignoring many accepted shooting styles.

A good deal of my current effort is directed at musicians on dimly lit stages:

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  • Yes, in larger arenas it accomplishes nothing. I lean towards smaller clubs where it annoys everybody. A lot.
  • I never, ever, ever use a flash at a concert, no matter how crappy or non-existent the lights are.
  • Replied in Deluded?
    Anyone? Wow. I'm curious, what is the largest sensor size someone could claim to need and not be delusional?
  • Replied in Yes
    He does, as of last week :)
  • Replied in What...
    There are no ironic questions, only ironic answers. What advice were you seeking?
  • Replied in Yes.
    I started with an a77 and a zoom. That was insufficient for most of the work I do (low light concerts). I "upgraded" to a fast prime (50/1.4), and that helped quite a bit. Then I got the FF a99 ...
  • Replied in Yes.
    Put me down as a "yes".
  • Replied in Hillarious!
    I found him to be very measured, mature, and polite. Just kidding. He called me names, I toyed with him (politely), he called me more names, then he blocked me. I think that effectively prevents ...
  • Replied in Hillarious!
    Mr. Angry just contacted me on FB to express his anger at my post :)
  • Replied in My top 2
    "Low gain inter-tonal details" "Einstein was a moron"
  • Replied in More...
    Venues can't have live indoor music, but their parking lots can provided distancing is observed and masks are worn. Looks like a job for my Zeiss "holy trinity! Zeiss 24/2 Zeiss 50/1.4 Zeiss 135/1.8
  • Added 3 photos to their gallery
    Elizabeth II: @roXplosion #dcrocks #a99iiElizabeth II: @roXplosion #dcrocks #a99iiElizabeth II: @roXplosion #dcrocks #a99ii
  • Replied in My list
    Cleaning: (1) Pack of 3M microfiber wipes (2) KimTech task wipes (3) Edmund Scientific Tech Spec lend cleaner (4) Rocke ...
  • I have! I also enjoy some of his photography after he became a famous director:
  • Replied in Agreed.
    Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and Sofia Coppola also have, IMHO, quite notable cinematography in most of their films. I think many of the Monk episodes have a few spectacularly shot scenes. Kubri ...
  • Replied in Duplicates
    I have a number of duplicates (1) Zeiss 135/1.8 + Sony 135 STF (2) Minolta 85/1.4G + Tamron 85/1.8 (3) Zeiss 50/1.4 + Sigma 50/1.4 EX (+ Rokkor ...
  • Replied in Yes!
    One of my favorite combinations as well. I also have the 135 STF which makes me some kind of weirdo.
  • Replied in Yes
    The question in the OP began "do you think..." which is a perfectly valid question about people's subjective opinion. I answered truthfully, honestly, and completely. One could combine the ...
  • Replied in FF + prime lens
    When I meandered to a FF camera and a 50/1.4, my photography (ie my results) were demonstrably better. I do mostly low light scenes (dive bar concerts) where a flash is frowned upon. The combo ...
  • Replied in Yes
    An example of what I think? It's in my brain, where I think. The example is my brain. The only links to my brain's thoughts are my posts. So what you are reading right now is my link.
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