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GaryJP

GaryJP

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong
Works as a TV Production, Directing, Shooting, Editing
Joined on Mar 11, 2006

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GaryJP: Not everyone's priority, but if the overheating reports for video shooting are true this camera has just been ruled out for me completely. It was otherwise going to be my next camera.

I think you are missing the point. I shoot documentary and extended interview programmes. It really is not rare for a particularly intense or probing interview to last more than half an hour. Apart from which it is not as if stopping and starting automatically prevents the overheating problems, at least according to reports I've read. The fact is you might shoot a 12 minute shot, then a two minute one, then a fifteen minute one and so on, and your camera may bail out on you any time. You won't know until it happens, and apparently this camera has stopped when temperatures did NOT seem to be at their highest. We have shot with the A7S which did not do this, so it is hard to see this as anything but a retrograde step. My GH4 does not do this. For example, we filmed the opening of the Venice Biennale which involved several long speeches on A7S, and with A7RII you are never going to know which one you fail to get.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 22:02 UTC

Not everyone's priority, but if the overheating reports for video shooting are true this camera has just been ruled out for me completely. It was otherwise going to be my next camera.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 10:41 UTC as 32nd comment | 4 replies

God, that's going to annoy some people.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 07:10 UTC as 72nd comment
On The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff article (233 comments in total)

I think people will find that for full teen fan girl effect the word should be "haterz". Not "haters".

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 00:02 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff article (233 comments in total)
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tom graham: We see in HDR. Our brain makes what the eye gives it into HDR. Learn about our eye brain system. For example, how much of what we "see" is actually in focus/sharp at any given instant? Hold out your arm, stick up your thumb - that (angle) is how much we focus on.
Tom

Not with the non-saccading eye we don't. We don't "see" HDR. We interpret HDR from fragments of related information. But we ALSO maintain an awareness of the full dynamic range or chiaroscuro. HDR does not.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 23:11 UTC
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aris14: Photography is art. Stop.
The tools of this art are sophisticated devices called cameras and in nowadays tons of software. Stop.
The easiness of producing an image using a camera (its main tool) is colossal compared to other arts. Stop.
Furthermore this image may not require any particular education, culture or skills. Stop.
The aim of photography as art is common with all other fine arts. Stop.

Ι respect everyone's opinion for what he likes or not. Stop.
I do not pay any respect to all those who consider their opinion as an expert or specialist opinion just because they shoot some pix, the same way I would not pay any respect to the guy who paints my room and feels that he has an authoritative opinion for the work of Leonardo, Picasso, Dali, Turner (to name but a few), just because he can use a brush. Full stop.
Full stop.

Thanks. I too stopped the first time you suggested.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 23:10 UTC
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JCFan1979: Looking at all the negative comments all I can conclude is that many photographers (or wannabe photographers) are all a bunch of childish snobs. There's no right form of photography, there's no right way of painting, there's no right way of dancing. Art is art and you don't have to talk about how it ruins the picture for you if it's HDR. When you take a perfect photo with absolutely no modifications in Lr or some other software and no technical flaws period you let me know.....and also sell me your magic camera.

I met and chatted with John Cage years ago, alongside Merce Cunningham, and liked him immensely. He had the twinkle n his eye of a cosmic jester.

However, the theory of John Cage is a lot better than actually sitting through much of his work.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 23:01 UTC
On The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff article (233 comments in total)
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RudivanS: HDR is ok in small doses - like junk food .. Pity the average Joe.

Anyne who uses the word "hater" is already someone for whom "Comic Con" is the highest aspirational achievement and has ruled themselves out of serious consideration.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 22:56 UTC
On The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff article (233 comments in total)
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ThirstyDursty: Haters going hate!

Internet is full of armchair anonymous experts.

The dude has been successful, because people like his work...and he got it in front of their faces.

Putting him down because you don't like his work or worse are jealous of his success...what kind of person are you? And what kind of world are you making this? Very negative!

Trey! Good on you! I'm glad you found success in something you love! And want to share that with the world!

"Haters going hate!"

Teenagers gonna teenage.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 22:54 UTC
On The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff article (233 comments in total)
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Viva Santo Nino: Hates are just pure of hate. Trey is one of the most successful photographers in the world. To each his own. I like his style of photography. He switched from Nikon to Sony few years ago. ‘To take an interesting photo, some may choose to carry around a lot of metal and glass and mirrors and silicon. I choose to carry around less metal and glass and silicon. Oh, and no mirrors.’ – Me, quoting myself.” – Trey Ratcliff"

Whenever I see the "haters" word I feel I am dealing with a twelve year old Miley Cyrus fan.

And Joe Ogiba sounds a lot more Sony obsessed than Trey Ratcliffe.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 22:53 UTC
On The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff article (233 comments in total)
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GaryJP: I guess for me part of the problem is that under the obsession with high dynamic range or extended dynamic range seems to lie the belief that this

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/7773014596/photos/3266368/richard-dadd-dadd-richard-the-fairy-fellers-master-stroke1

is automatically better than this

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/7773014596/photos/3266369/supper_at_emmaus

I guess it's A vision, but it's not the only one. It's a belief I have the temerity not to share.

Most HDR looks like my dog threw up, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go to someone's website to insult it.

dash2k8 Columbus WAS wrong. He thought he was finding his way to the East Indies, which is why he named the inhabitants "Indios". It got him into a fair bit of trouble with the Spanish royal family.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 05:04 UTC
On The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff article (233 comments in total)
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GaryJP: I guess for me part of the problem is that under the obsession with high dynamic range or extended dynamic range seems to lie the belief that this

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/7773014596/photos/3266368/richard-dadd-dadd-richard-the-fairy-fellers-master-stroke1

is automatically better than this

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/7773014596/photos/3266369/supper_at_emmaus

I guess it's A vision, but it's not the only one. It's a belief I have the temerity not to share.

Most HDR looks like my dog threw up, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go to someone's website to insult it.

It probably did, particularly as I said "I wouldn't go out of my way to go to someone's website to insult it" and I have not been to Trey's website to insult his work.

It was in answer to Trey's own comment about HE and HDR getting so much hate. If I don't like photographers I just don't go to their websites. This is a more general purpose website than that and can take opinions. I don't bang my head against brick walls either. Except sometimes here.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 04:58 UTC
On The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff article (233 comments in total)
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dash2k8: All commercial forms of photography today are heavily edited. That perfect skin on the perfect body of the perfect supermodel? The skin is fake, the body has extra fat removed, and areas unevenly lit are brightened. I think TR's HDR work is very realistic-looking, not the canned and automated results that come from Photomatix presets. If people are going to slam his work for being over-processed or fake, then they can just go to the mall and start blasting the huge ads everywhere. 99% "fake," all of them.

It's one thing to dislike the HDR style, it's another to outright slam it as garbage or crap or fake. By the same standard, Picasso couldn't paint worth a crap.

Picasso could draw "straight faces" as well as many "old masters" by the age of eleven. In fact it came so easily to him he got bored with it. Hence the development.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 01:02 UTC
On The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff article (233 comments in total)
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GaryJP: I guess for me part of the problem is that under the obsession with high dynamic range or extended dynamic range seems to lie the belief that this

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/7773014596/photos/3266368/richard-dadd-dadd-richard-the-fairy-fellers-master-stroke1

is automatically better than this

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/7773014596/photos/3266369/supper_at_emmaus

I guess it's A vision, but it's not the only one. It's a belief I have the temerity not to share.

Most HDR looks like my dog threw up, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go to someone's website to insult it.

To me many of these are awful. Images three and four are okay. Nine trashes a beautiful landscape I have seen shot much better.

Remember the Tretchikoff green lady or those nudes on velvet? Not everything is Columbus.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 00:52 UTC
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Joe Ogiba: I see DSLR shooters are getting all bent out of shape over Trey Ratcliff because he dumped DSLRs for mirrorless like millions of others.

If you think that's why you are not paying attention.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 00:24 UTC
On The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff article (233 comments in total)

I guess for me part of the problem is that under the obsession with high dynamic range or extended dynamic range seems to lie the belief that this

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/7773014596/photos/3266368/richard-dadd-dadd-richard-the-fairy-fellers-master-stroke1

is automatically better than this

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/7773014596/photos/3266369/supper_at_emmaus

I guess it's A vision, but it's not the only one. It's a belief I have the temerity not to share.

Most HDR looks like my dog threw up, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go to someone's website to insult it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 00:21 UTC as 47th comment | 7 replies
On Opinion - Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn't Take article (190 comments in total)
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micksh6: The second shot, 'High on Ice' clearly shows the lack of dynamic range in Canon cameras. And that was HDR according to "hdr7" in JPEG name, which JPEG "cannot be displayed because it contains errors".

Moral of the story - get Sony or Nikon, as later shots with Sony A7R are definitely better, even without HDR.

I can tell.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2015 at 10:48 UTC
On Opinion - Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn't Take article (190 comments in total)
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GaryJP: Hmm. Kind of true, but there are a few valid counterpoints to that. Many provided by the images you use and the trips on which you take photographers. But I'd say this:

1: Many easy to reach spots have been photographed to death or seen so often that the images are hackneyed, and it becomes hard to see beyond the cliché to the art. Even more, if those spots are everyday spots for you, you lose the freshness of vision in responding to them. You also have to edit out the garbage and Coke cans left by previous visitors.

2: I've always thought that one of the joys of travel is it turns us back into children, seeing for the first time. It helps us to appreciate the Ïs-ness"of those places in ways we don't appreciate our backgrounds. It's freshness of vision. We shoot things in those areas the locals don't even SEE any more.

3: I just rejected a trip to Iceland partly because I thought the admittedly beautiful scenery is turning into one of those hackneyed topics in its own right.

That is not what I argued though.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2015 at 10:39 UTC
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micksh6: The second shot, 'High on Ice' clearly shows the lack of dynamic range in Canon cameras. And that was HDR according to "hdr7" in JPEG name, which JPEG "cannot be displayed because it contains errors".

Moral of the story - get Sony or Nikon, as later shots with Sony A7R are definitely better, even without HDR.

There's a huge amount of nonsense and assumption in that post but I really can't be bothered to go into it again. And I shoot Canon, Sony, Olympus, AND Panasonic at the moment.

I am currently about to go on a trip to Europe and have spent days deciding which system to take. I have pretty much equally good lenses for each. I will probably take the 5D MkIII even though it is the heaviest. One day you might realise why someone might make that decision. Here's one hint. Much of my shooting is above ISO 400.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2015 at 10:35 UTC
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micksh6: The second shot, 'High on Ice' clearly shows the lack of dynamic range in Canon cameras. And that was HDR according to "hdr7" in JPEG name, which JPEG "cannot be displayed because it contains errors".

Moral of the story - get Sony or Nikon, as later shots with Sony A7R are definitely better, even without HDR.

As you have ZERO idea what effect he was processing for, your comment is nonsense.

I guess your entire photographic career was total garbage until you saw the light and converted to Sony's latest sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2015 at 05:02 UTC
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