Lives in United States Carlsbad, CA, United States
Works as a Photo Editor
Has a website at http://www.jphotog.com
Joined on Apr 6, 2003
About me:

Photo Editor for the Gemological Institute of America. If you shoot gems - why haven't
you called me? (Or mines and factories, and other stuff related to gem/jewelry industry.)
I use a 1Ds Mark II at work, but thinking about getting a D200 or D2X for myself.


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Just sold my Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR (first model) because I've passed up taking it to Alaska twice because of size and weight. (Family up there, not into cruising.) Now I have an Olympus 40-150 2.8 to replace it.

It. Is. Glorious.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 16:25 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies
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J A C S: "If successful the algorithm may have serious consequences for the flexible rubber lens hood market..."

That was a joke, right?

That would be dumb to assume lens hoods are used to remove these kinds of reflections. This is not light coming in at an oblique angle outside the frame (non-imaging light).

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 19:42 UTC
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41mm: Foveon Inc. is based in California and Apple do not support the new SIGMA quattro RAW-standard ! Sorry, but shame on you, Apple !!

Shame on Sigma for not licensing it to Apple.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 22:14 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (796 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Looking at results, the camera is junk, and the formayt is junk: focus is no better than full-frame or APS-C and if you look at the samples the grain is huge on the sports shots and degrades portraits completely at 800, and here I'm talking about reworked from RAW jpegs, by Dpreview.

At lower ISOs OK, fine, but frankly when there is just so much more leeway and resolution available at the same price in other formats elsewhere, I feel that m4/3rds customers of all brands are being cheated out of their own photography, the image quality is so poor.

Thankyou to Dpreview for helping me avoid the format completely!

You simply don't know what you're talking about. Maybe you should take up bowling? That way you can stay inside the lines?

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 20:11 UTC

When I sell my house, I'm going to be sorely tempted to pick this up with a 35 Summilux ASPH and a 75 Summilux. My favorite combo when I was a photojournalist with an M6. Shot about 80 percent of my stuff with that combo. The rest being sports with an SLR.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 14:48 UTC as 33rd comment
On Accessory Review: Western Digital My Passport Wireless article (71 comments in total)

I think Nexto is a better solution, if hard to find and with a minimal user interface. At least it tells you if the copy was successful.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 17:42 UTC as 25th comment

Apple didn't sell enough copies of Aperture to justify the support it requires to keep it ahead of Lightroom.

But I won't use Lightroom in any case. I have tried it several times. I don't like it, and it's not appropriate for a multi-user environment where more than one photographer works on photos. Same was true about Aperture, mind you.

I always used iPhoto as well as Aperture or Lightroom. To make calendars, books, etc. So I suspect I will use Photos for that kind of thing. And to put photos on Facebook and share with friends and family.

But let's face it. I have 18 TBs of space at work, and about 10 TB of space at home. That does not translate to having everything online in any case!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 20:49 UTC as 125th comment | 2 replies

After reading this, my worst fears are confirmed. Nikon is so out of touch with reality that I'm going to sell all my Nikom gear and either go Canon or Olympus, with those amazing lenses, as I wind down my career and retire to a photo amateur again.

Can there be any justification for their clueless responses to the need to junk the N1 and its ludicrously tiny sensors? I don't think so. It's the typical Nikon executive "we know better than the customer" attitude that makes them seem so backwards and obtuse. Seem? No, are!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 19:08 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (244 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: Ok we get it, you like the crappy iPhone when there are tons of better smartphones( hello Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung) with camera or simply a real and dedicated camera. =D

Irrational hate. Knee-jerk anti-Apple rant alert!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 20:11 UTC

So, I can store my 10 TB of photos in this? I'll retire before I can upload them all!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 19:57 UTC as 56th comment | 2 replies

Keep in mind that the Mohs scale is logarithmic. So diamonds are much harder than sapphires by way more than 10 percent. Only diamond and moissanite are harder than corundum (sapphire and ruby are corundum) in nature.

Natural moissanite only occurs as tiny particles in meteorites. Synthetic moissanite (gem-quality carborundum) is pretty cheap and is used as a diamond imitation. (It is doubly-refractive, and it has a green cast, so it would not be good for filters.)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 22:35 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On World Press Photo revokes prize from Giovanni Troilo article (100 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Nothing new. Anything for power, reputation, money etc. I know one member of Magnum who exhibited and published a photograph claiming it was from a hospital in Nigeria when it emerged later that it was taken in a UK hospital in the west Midlands!! Following in a great British tradition of staged fakes from everyone including Hopkins and Brandt right back to the pics that helped demolish slums in London (Thompson) and in New York (Jacob Riis)
Then there are all the staged famous ones, like the Iwo Jima flag-raising and the victory embrace. I rather think that today people generally are better as things are more obviously self-consciously staged (in order to- ha, ha,- "deconstruct" the genre, comment on it, and make it "relevant" to viewers today).An excuse for mediocrity that doesn't have the technical need to pose and stage stuff that early photographers experienced as necessary, because it was.

Iwo Jima was NOT staged. You are misinformed. A little bit of research would prove that. My journalism professor was a friend of Joe Rosenthal. I saw a signed copy of that photo on his wall at school.

What happened was two different flags were put up. The first one was too small, so they decided to put up a second one that was bigger so it could be seen from further away. Joe Rosenthal saw the second one going up, after being disappointed he missed the first one. He piled up some rocks (or something) to get a bit higher, climbed up and shot the photo as the second flag went up.

Then he did a group photo of the men who put the flag up. He sent both photos to the AP wire, and when an editor on the other end asked him if the photo was staged, Rosenthal, thinking he was talking about the group photo, not the flag raising, said, "Yes."

He was an honest photojournalist, and would have never staged a photo and passed it off as real. This mistake has haunted him ever since.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 15:36 UTC
On World Press Photo revokes prize from Giovanni Troilo article (100 comments in total)
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Esign: Fake or not, doesn’t matter att all, as long as the picture is fit for use and reinforces the story. If not, don’t use is, even if it's NOT "fake".

Nonsense. What about words? Can you make up words about something as long as it makes the point you want, even though it isn't true? There is no difference between words a photos in journalism. The camera never lies, but photographers do sometimes.

If one doesn't understand that statement, that's their problem. Cameras faithfully record what they see. They don't add telephone poles, or remove warts from noses.)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 15:30 UTC
On World Press Photo revokes prize from Giovanni Troilo article (100 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Faking the film of the Moon landings was necessary because in those days there was no way to get a good enough signal back to Earth.

Think how bad mobile coverage is now at times- and it uses satellites in space.

So, according to this idea they went, but the photographs and the filming was done on Earth, so that we would have something good to look at, at the time. It worked, looked really good and everyone was happy.

As a kid I was thrilled, just like in the movies!!

But you cannot be allowed to get away with it in photographs, because evidence depends on facts, not facts modified or fabricated. Press pictures are EVIDENCE, to get which men risk their lives frequently, so he is definitely NOT worth a prize at all.

i don't know what you are smoking, but you need to follow the rule of not posting when high. The moon landings were not faked. The picture quality was horrible, and they were very easily transmitted back from the moon. Ever see an antenna? That's the thing on top of some homes that lets them get wireless signals from TV stations. Same thing. The speed of light means the moon video was what, just over a second in transit?


Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 15:26 UTC
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Papi61: Why would GoPro be afraid of a cheap knockoff? Call me when Xiaomi releases something capable of taking 4K video and/or 240 fps @ FHD.

Oh, and BTW, stop with the thinly-veiled anti-Chinese racism: every tech company steals ideas from others. You don't think Apple invented the phablet, now did they?

Thinly-veiled anti-Chinese racism? Sorry, the truth is they are very well practiced copycats. Has nothing to do with racism to point out the truth.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 00:41 UTC

"...perhaps best known for copying Apple obsequiously, right down to presentation slides with "One More Thing" on them...

There. Fixed that for ya.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 00:39 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
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Couscousdelight: usb2 in 2015 ?
Seriously Nikon ?

As he should be. Or how about WIFI that's quite the sick joke. It only works with mobile devices to upload to social networks? Good thing that has a 100 image buffer. Facebook needs to see everything I see!

I'm done with Nikon. They are clueless. I should turn my NPS card in at renewal time.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 21:22 UTC
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Leo "Zoom": If they seek for truth - then it is impossible. Even straight from the camera picture can lie - it can be staged, can be framed to hide unwanted things, etc. IMO contests should seek evaluate the photos, not the event behind them. That's why manipulation shouldn't be disqualified.

The camera never lies. But photographers do.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 17:49 UTC
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papa natas: One should NEVER take part or send images to contests.
One will only gather sour grapes, since ONE has no idea of the state of mind of the so called judge panel. That jury is generally composed by very instable geeks, fragile of mind people. Must of them are veggies, believe in reincarnation, were exposed to abuse during childhood, harbor social grudges, hurry home before dark, use their lunch hour to go home and use THEIR bathroom, have erratic social skills, hold the highest score of Face book friends, live at mom's or she comes to do the weekly cooking and cleaning, are unequivocally convinced that sex is a human aberration (not a celebration, like yours truly)..Get the picture? So...Don't send them your pictures!!!
What was LAB WORK when we used film to record images, is now called EDITING. What was ART WORK back then, is now called IMAGE MANIPULATION.
Go figure where the fine line is, and PLEASE...DEFINE IT, Geeks!!

And people shouldn't comment when under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs, either.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 17:48 UTC
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Mr Birk: Sounds like the world of the press is somewhat lacking behind the rest of the world.

Photos should underline the point of the written story, preferably in an artistic and gripping fashion.

Who cares if its has been altered with, so long as the key parts of the picture is relatively unaltered.

Actually, stories ought to fill in the holes that the photos don't cover.

How about them Apples, word herder? :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 17:47 UTC
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