Mike Ronesia

Mike Ronesia

Lives in Northern Mariana Islands Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Works as a Tech
Has a website at www.underexposed.us/prints
Joined on Sep 30, 2009
About me:

Just keep livin' the good life

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On Nature's Carpets challenge (12 comments in total)
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RuthC: I wish to acknowledge my very sincere thanks to my husband, Steve. I've been in hospital for over a week now, and unable to do all the detailed work of organizing this challenge. I've had an IPad here, but it can't all the extra work which my Big Mac can do.
So, I've been able to assess the size of entries, etc, and Steve has then gone home to DQ'S the miscreants, with appropriate messages.
This is not an ideal situation, but if there are any entries which should have been DQ'd and weren't, then I take full responsibility for this. It was the best we could do in the circumstances.
Cheers, Ruth

Ruth, your dedication and husband are both to be admired. I hope whatever has you in the hospital is minor and you are well on your way to a speedy recovery. You have my thoughts and prayers.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2013 at 23:32 UTC
On Sunset in the beach IV challenge (6 comments in total)
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The Mick: Bummer! No east coast shots allowed! ;o)

No lakes with beaches or bays/ inlets that look west? Half the entries don't even show a beach???

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 02:20 UTC
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Gregm61: Panasonic definitely needed to be doing something. Their sensors s....., well....they're not good.

They are not that far off the Sony sensors being used in M4/3's right now. Not sure what "not good" means to you but I sell plenty of work done with Panny sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 03:03 UTC
On Underwater challenge (7 comments in total)
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HGFGKM: Are photos from aquaria allowed in this challenge?

It says from sea and ocean so in my mind that means no.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 04:55 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review article (306 comments in total)
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yabokkie: it's a massive camera for the small sensor but many customers don't even know the sensor size. many may think a heavier camera will worth more, why Pana made it excessively big.

btw, for lenses, average street price for Canon and Nikon lineups should be about 1 USD per gram.

I had a "bridge" camera with a tiny sensor that was as big as the GH3 with it's much larger sensor. Just because the sensor is a little smaller then a crop SLR and can fit into a tiny body doesn't mean everyone wants that. I have a lens system that works on the comfortable to hold GH3 as well as the easy to carry GF3 and I'm very happy to be able to use them interchangeably.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2013 at 20:52 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 hands-on preview article (83 comments in total)
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Tim F 101: It reflects the relative health of m4/3, and NEX, that both systems have bodies (and lenses) for everyone from a semi-pro to point-shooters who want to update their Facebook wall. That said, for me, no hotshoe no sale. It makes no sense that Panasonic has bodies with no hotshoe but Olympus has the wireless off-camera flash protocol. The GF series would make so much more sense if they had that.

I read somewhere it does work with one of the remote flashes from Panasonic. I never had an EVF for my GF1 and got by just fine for what it is.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 22:32 UTC
On I Call This Real Freedom ! challenge (9 comments in total)
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camcom12: Not sure I on should vote for the quality of the photo, or the quality of the message (or intent) composed in the photo. In many images submitted, they appear in stark contrast to each other. So this time my votes are simply raw, initial reactions, no more. (puns intended).

If a challenge is run properly then the host will have DQ'ed any photo's that don't meet the rules. So I vote on how I like the image, not on how it relates to the theme. Freedom can mean just about anything so for me they all work on some level.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2013 at 04:36 UTC
On Wild-life challenge (25 comments in total)

Is a cow or other farm animal wild life? They are not pets, but they are domesticated so note really wild.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2013 at 03:34 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies

Any idea if or when we will see a full review?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 04:51 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (419 comments in total)
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PC Wheeler: I'm currently using a GH2. From the studio samples I see little to recommend the GH3 vs. the GH2, so I await the full review before pulling the trigger on a GH3.

Of course, IQ isn't everything and the GH3 has many other things to recommend it (larger grip, likely faster performance, etc.) -- and certainly more video flexibility. Still the GH3 IQ, based only on the studio samples, is not promising and looks poorer (jpegs only) than the OM-D.

Alas, I far prefer Panasonic GH ergonomics over the Oly mft bodies I've used. So it's stay with my GH2 or upgrade to the GH3 at a non-trivial expense. The DPR review of the GH3 will be a major deciding factor. Considering the GH3 price is about the same as the 35-100 f/2.8 OIS lens, there are definitely priorities to consider.

I have both and I will tell you IMO that if you make large prints then it matters. The GH3 has much less fine noise at base ISO and this really shows in blue skies and water on larger prints. It also is a nice step up in low light, high ISO work which is not part of the DPR test.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 04:15 UTC
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motionfull: It is so exciting! I didn't use my GH3 yet and waiting my 12-35 to arrive to start. Should I do the firmware update immediately before usage?

I tend to not upgrade FW/SW on anything unless it addresses a specific issue I have. So if you have a mac, use time lapse or have any of the 3 lenses mentioned, it's no rush. Maybe the next update will address issues with features I use, but until then I'll follow the adage, if it's not broke, don't fix it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2013 at 02:52 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D7100 Hands-On Preview article (311 comments in total)
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Vitruvius: So the 16MP, 7FPS, with 1.3X crop factor would be almost exactly the same crop and resolution as a Micro 4/3 camera, except slower frame rate than the M43 cameras.

I noticed that too. Seems like an odd approach to improve burst shooting. It seems to only gain 1fps from what I can tell. Should be a great camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 05:01 UTC
On CP+ 2013: Panasonic interview article (202 comments in total)
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duartix: What a load of BULL!!!:

"We haven't been able to offer it - because of the limits of resources and of the Venus Engine processor"

Who do they think they are fooling?
Any camera engine that can do lens correction in FullHD could do Focus Peaking (FP) at the same resolution 10x as fast. FP can be trivially implemented by building a contrast map with a first order filter (like sharpening) and a saturation XOR with the original picture. You don't even need memory bandwidth for that as this is easily done locally.
Before anyone calls me on this, I have to say I've put it in terms that any layman understands about 4 years ago: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/32667860

My point is: This is BULL and there is no FP because Panasonic DOESN'T WANT it to be there. They have an upper market to protect. Even the OMD users have already found an artisan path to FP on a camera that has a much less powerful engine.

That or these guys are technically clueless, which I find very hard to believe.

Maybe because of the Venus the code rewrite would be complicated and require much more time and manpower then some might think.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2013 at 04:34 UTC
On Bentley in the One person and one car. challenge (7 comments in total)

Congrats, great angle.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2013 at 00:06 UTC as 6th comment
On Yellow and Blue make.... challenge (7 comments in total)
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chj: If you want green, just say green. Is saying "yellow and blue make ..." somehow more creative? All it does is increase the chance of a blue and yellow entry.

That's not as much fun and with the extra DQ's people will have more time to enter. At least I gave a sample for the people to lazy to read the instructions.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2013 at 11:21 UTC
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tkbslc: Where are all these weirdos when APS-C lenses get released?

LOL, those don't seem to count for some reason. It makes for entertaining reading though.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2013 at 01:10 UTC
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Naveed Akhtar: shouldn't it be 85mm and f/2.4?

Depends on if your talking low light shooting (1.2) or DOF (2.4)

I shot my GH3 with 25 1.4 tonight at dinner with no flash while the person across from my with their Canon DSLR used a flash because their lens wasn't fast enough.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 12:44 UTC

I have a feeling this lens will be very sharp at 1.2 and be priced to match.

For exposure and focal length - M43's 42.5 f1.2 = FF 85 f1.2
For DOF - M43's 42.5 f1.2 = FF 85 f2.4.
Same settings gives same exp but shallower DOF with FF.

It's that simple... I think???

I for one like the deeper DOF, sure it takes more skill to get a good shot when you can't blur out everything else but in low light I can shoot wide open and have more DOF to work with. Bottom line is there are times when both can be used to your advantage and we all have to work within the limitations of the system we have.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 03:29 UTC as 59th comment | 8 replies
On Two orange for you... challenge (19 comments in total)
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NPW UK: I didn't think anything rhymed with 'orange' ;-).

Neil.

Orange is tricky at times and I do agree some were on the edge. Even an orange doesn't always look orange, but how do you say it's not orange when it is an orange? I felt they were all close enough and would have preferred the shade not be used against photos when judging. I did DQ one that was not orange enough for me.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 01:47 UTC
On 2 Orange Lobster Picks in the Two orange for you... challenge (1 comment in total)

Very cleaver and was in second for a long time. Definitely worthy.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 01:43 UTC as 1st comment
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