Gary Dean Mercer Clark

Gary Dean Mercer Clark

Lives in United States Miami Beach, FL, United States
Works as a Pro Photographer
Has a website at www.precioussunshineinc.com
Joined on Feb 29, 2004
About me:

Photography is my life's passion. Visit my website.

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On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (543 comments in total)

Sigma bests all other lenses in this glass except a $4000.00 Otus? Sigma has stepped up its game. Good Job Sigma! Make a $1000.00 lens that competes with the sharpest ever tested lens? Great! Been using Sigma lenses for professional work for years and this lens is going benefit my work even more! Yeah!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 16:31 UTC as 112th comment
In reply to:

tinzi1: I would buy Sigma lens over Nikon anytime now, and yah, Nikon could earn my share of money through Sigma as long as i am not being hugely rip off.

Nice that you pointed out how superior Sigma's Art and Sports glass lines are! best lenses that I've shot with beyond my overpriced OEM lenses. So you are correct with part of your statement. sigma top of the line lens are superior.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 12:44 UTC

Makes the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens look like a bargain comparing the optical tests. Zeiss lenses are overrated and overpriced in my humble opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 19:04 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies
On Adobe releases subscription-only Photoshop CC article (408 comments in total)

Why do I need to verify my subscription every 30 days? If I buy a years subscription up front---you mean to tell me that Adobe can't figure that I have purchased the right to use their software for a year?
New coveted bells and whistles that I just can't live with? LOL. There are plenty of third party photo editing programs that do a VERY good job.
I prefer to buy something--not rent it, just like I don't lease cars long term as well. Adobe can do whatever it wishes. It doesn't and will not affect my studio because we are moving away from photoshop anyway. Who cares? Photoshop is becoming irrelevant.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 13:03 UTC as 84th comment | 3 replies
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Preview preview (352 comments in total)

Sigma once again innovates and brings something new to the photography market,just like the fact that they introduced the first fixed lens APC sensor sized mirrorless compact---the others followed. Introduced the worlds first three layer sensor---the others are following and now prepare to introduce the worlds first 18-35 mm f1.8 lens at a below $1000.00 dollar price and people are still complaining about Sigma's effort. Complaining it isn't optically stabilized etc. Well just put it on a Sony Alpha mount DSLR or DSLT or any of the lovely Pentax DLSRs and you will automatically have a optically stabilized lens.
I'm so thankful that this site exists--so it give miserable and unhappy people a place where they can complain about things anonymously. Myself and every other pro photographer that I've spoken too--including world class model photographer John Fisher can't wait to get their hands on this new lens. Small privately held Sigma does it again!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 12:31 UTC as 32nd comment
On Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Zoom camera/phone hybrid article (222 comments in total)

This will not replace my tiny Sony RX100 or my iPhone. Both slip into my pockets comfortably and are paid for......

Always happy to see new technology and innovation.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:48 UTC as 40th comment
On Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Zoom camera/phone hybrid article (222 comments in total)
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dylanbarnhart: Time has changed. Photography isn't just about the absolute image quality anymore, just like cars aren't just about horse powers anymore. There's a threshold where megapixels are enough and low light performance is adequate. Today, most people usge photography as a way to communicate rather than as an art. As a communication device, the GALAXY S4 ZOOM is king.

How do most people use photography today? They snap what's happening, add some descriptions, optionally perform post processing, upload to facebook/instagram to share with their friends, then read friends comments on the picture. Can a D800 do that? Sure, but it's a lot more klunky. The amazing D800 doesn't have 3G/4G connection, nor does it have facebook built-in. Can an iPhone do that? Sure, but headshots look bloated and bird shots look like a dot in the sky.

Thus is the raison d'être for this hybrid camera. It's not about 2 devices in one, it's the one device that works best for today's typical usage of photography.

Yeah--give a journalist a crappy point and shoot and call him a photojournalist---thanks Sun Times!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:39 UTC

Control the Press and content and you control the world.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 19:28 UTC as 103rd comment | 2 replies
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roy5051: Will Canon be paying Sigma for licensing the idea?

Good point. The AVERAGE photographer wants good color out of the camera? All photographers want good colors out of the camera. So you are saying that there isn't an insane amount of heavy guesswork and math going into those bayer mosaic pattern cmos sensors? I can look at color charts at all the testing sites and see that the Sigma has decent color accuracy. So why is it that bayer sensors get a pass all the time and something is inherently wrong with the Foveon sensor? Have you even every shot with a Sigma SD1M DSLR or DPMerrill series compact camera? I'd like to know because you sure have some very strong opinions that it isn't color accurate enough and myself and others that shoot with it---I even use these to photograph works of art for museums and art catalogs and haven't found ANY problems with color accuracy--EVER.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2013 at 00:30 UTC
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mr.izo: canon should just buy sigma (or at least foveon, sigma ideonst making money with it) and thats that..

Organized Crime and arson? Thats a good one Joseph. How do you guys know that Sigma isn't making money with their Sigma foveon sensored cameras? Once again---IT IS A PRIVATELY HELD COMPANY, NOT A PUBLICLY HELD COMPANY. IT DOES NOT DISCLOSE ANY NUMBERS REGARDING HOW MANY UNITS IT SELLS OR LENSES---EVER. You can speculate all you want but guess what? YOU DON'T KNOW JACK! LOL.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2013 at 00:14 UTC
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Gary Dean Mercer Clark: Sony and Canon had the opportunity to buy Foveon when it was for sale. Foveon had spent millions targeting its designs for use in cell phones. Toshiba was one of the cell phone manufacturers interested in this sensor for it's phones but at the last moment pulled out and went with I believe Sony for its camera phones. At the time, Foveon was desperate for more investors seeking financial backing, promising huge returns at the time, discussing its development of the cell phone camera sensor for toshiba. Toshiba went with Sony cell phone sensors instead & Sigma bought Foveon. The rest is history. The current 46 MP (28-30MP bayer) sensor miniaturization effort foveon aimed towards cell phone market has been incorporated into the current foveon APC sized sensor found in the DPM compact and SD1M DSLRs. The image quality and size rivals full frame cameras like the Nikon D800 which amazes me. If you can stand the humor watch this video on youtube.com http://youtu.be/f3VjyHQiqdE

Imaging Resources? You've got to be kidding me--Right? Dpreview.com's comparison images are better quality and you can download the RAW files and do your own comparison.
You are entitled to your opinion, but since you don't own or shoot with the Sigma SD1M----its like being an expert about a race car without ever having driven one. You just parrot what others say and look at crappy .jpeg images on a low resolution screen at 100 percent and believe that that is what image quality is all about.
Image quality is about how good the image prints out. You can't really truly judge a camera until you've shot a thousand frames or more with it in my humble opinion. Just go to youtube and watch camera shop video titled D800 Vs DP2M which has the same sensor as the SD1M. The video is very honest and telling regarding this technology. Let me put this politely. You are absolutely wrong about your comments regarding the SD1M. :)

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2013 at 00:02 UTC

I have 6 terrabytes of images so far---so in answer to the fellow that wonder's if pros need unlimited storage--I only wish I'd known about the unlimited pro storage option on flickr in the first place. At $25.00 a year, that would be the worlds greatest deal.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 21:19 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply

Sony and Canon had the opportunity to buy Foveon when it was for sale. Foveon had spent millions targeting its designs for use in cell phones. Toshiba was one of the cell phone manufacturers interested in this sensor for it's phones but at the last moment pulled out and went with I believe Sony for its camera phones. At the time, Foveon was desperate for more investors seeking financial backing, promising huge returns at the time, discussing its development of the cell phone camera sensor for toshiba. Toshiba went with Sony cell phone sensors instead & Sigma bought Foveon. The rest is history. The current 46 MP (28-30MP bayer) sensor miniaturization effort foveon aimed towards cell phone market has been incorporated into the current foveon APC sized sensor found in the DPM compact and SD1M DSLRs. The image quality and size rivals full frame cameras like the Nikon D800 which amazes me. If you can stand the humor watch this video on youtube.com http://youtu.be/f3VjyHQiqdE

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 20:55 UTC as 44th comment | 6 replies
On Review in Progress: Pentax K-5 II and K-5 II S article (70 comments in total)

Its time that all of the camera makers install the GPS inside the camera like Sony is doing with the Sony A77 and A99. That optional GPS receiver is huge and takes up the hot shoe? BandAid add ons to systems that could be incorporated into the body of the camera make no sense to me. That being said, my friends shooting with the k5 II having nothing but huge praise for this camera. I'm sure that the k5 IIs will make some very happy photographers out there.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2013 at 13:17 UTC as 4th comment

All digital files have published dates when they were created or posted. It would seem to me that a standard 20 years copyright date should be extended to so called orphaned photos may not be exploited by corporations. Just because you find an image that you can't find the owner of doesn't give you ANY rights to it.
You didn't produce it. It isn't your right to steal it and use it. Thats my thought on it. Want to use a so called " orphaned photo?" if the right law protecting photographers was in place, you'd have to wait 20 years before you can exploit the " Unknown" photographers. Corporations have no respect for individuals rights or property. Just because you find an image on the web--doesn't mean you have ANY right to it.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 01:32 UTC as 24th comment | 5 replies
On Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction article (1879 comments in total)

Thank goodness for DXOmark software. I find myself even using Adobe Lightroom less and less. Have you ever dealt with Adobe customer support? That is another nightmare to behold. HORRIBLE! Adobe---please stop outsourcing your tech support to countrys that don't speak intelligible English. Cracks me up when I have to ask the rep to repeat themselves 6 times in a row the same word and it sounds exactly the same as the first time they mispronounced it. You can do better Adobe. However, my question is this.....Is Adobe still relevant?

The sound of a pin dropping.....

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 01:21 UTC as 784th comment | 1 reply

Adobe Phototoshop is still relevant? Don't see any need to upgrade . Plenty of other alternatives out there.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 23:39 UTC as 113th comment
On Nokia rumors bring hope for new camera hardware post (26 comments in total)

I think the camera with multiple tiny lenses makes sense for camera phones. Very cool idea.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2013 at 23:35 UTC as 8th comment
On Roger Cicala compares Zeiss and Canon 135mm f/2 lenses article (87 comments in total)

In order for me to use a manual focus lens, I'd have to use the lens peaking on my Sony A77. Otherwise, it is a futile effort as there are not manual focusing screens on the DSLRs today, so unless your camera has lens peaking, shooting with a manual lens could be a problem.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2013 at 17:06 UTC as 5th comment
On You'll have to wait a "year-ish" for Google Glass post (76 comments in total)

simple--Have a red led illuminated when the user is recording just like the ones on the top of TV studio cameras that let the newscasters know they are live and being recorded. No big deal. Then you know when you are being recorded.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 04:57 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
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