JimW-203

JimW-203

Lives in United States Tarpon Springs, FL, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Jun 4, 2011
About me:

I have been doing photography since the early 50s while in school and later traveling the world in a variety of positions in the government and private industry. Moved from Boston to Florida in 1988; first, St. Petersburg then Orlando, and now, Tarpon Springs.

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On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (372 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I am not seeing a lot to dislike about this camera. They would sell a lot more of these if they advertised them more and also sold them in stores like Best Buy right from day one. As it stands right now Canon will sell many times as many T6s/T6i cameras as Panasonic will sell G7 cameras.

That is also despite the fact that the Canon cameras had a significant defect in a large portion of their initial shipments(Which they addresses quickly), the T6s only does 5 FPS vs. the 7 FPS for the G7, The G7 is cheaper, and the G7 does 4K @ 30 FPS video vs just 1080p @ 30 FPS for the Canon cameras.

Panasonic’s issue is not that they don’t make great cameras. There issue is that not enough people even know they make cameras.

Much of Best Buy's buying decisions are purely money decisions. Many camera manufacturers do not do spiffs, don't contribute the scale of ad dollars that Sony does. Nor do they contribute the level of placement support (buying shelf space). Many of the buyers for big box retailers are not particularly knowledgeable about the category they buy. If they were, the product mix in stores would be much more balanced. I.E. Best Buy carries a few models of Lumix cameras: in M43, they carry the G5 (but not the GH4 or the G6), they carry the GF 5 & 7 but no others. They only Panasonic lenses they carry ate two G X Varios ($1200 and $900, but none of the more popular lower cost lenses such as the 20mm f1.7 or the 14-140 zoom nor none of the highly regarded Leica co-branded lenses.) In P&S they carry the FZ1000 and LX100 but rarely carry the batteries. In DSLRs they carry Canon, Nikon, Sony (ne Minolta), but not Pentax. Their major push is in Sony throughout the store.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
On Stairs - Part 2 challenge (6 comments in total)

A clarification, please:
When you state "image of both indoor and outdoor stairs," do you mean any given entry/frame must contain parts of both indoor and outdoor stairs in the same entry/frame, or an indoor in one and an outdoor in the second entry? Could both entries contain either an indoor or an outdoor stairway?

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 18:46 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

Somehow I think a camera bag should be, ultimately, more flexible functionality and less hipster fashion statement. Although I give them credit for naming at least one of their bags appropriately: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Burzin

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 16:28 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On Around breakfast challenge (1 comment in total)

If anything, this challenge clearly illustrates the diversity of what constitutes 'breakfast' around the world.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2015 at 17:33 UTC as 1st comment
On - Canon vs Nikon : The Working Class - (in BW) challenge (3 comments in total)

Does the subject have to be selling something? What if they are digging ditches, for example or is the concept selling one's labor?

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2015 at 17:16 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On A walk in the rain: Lisbon in the Film, Black and White. challenge (15 comments in total)
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stax_: umbrella seems to be the huge block in the pavement... also perfect composition and processing... Why f 3,5 - it could be better to shot with f 8... but anyway it did not make any harm...! Is this hdr?

The question is: "why f3.5?"
The answer is in the math: Given the rain, overcast skies and relatively flat light and the film speed of ASA 80 and the fact that the subject was not stationary I chose to shoot to minimize movement blur in either the subject or the pattern in the terrazzo plaza. Consequently, if I had gone to f8.0 as suggested I would have had to shoot at 1/15 second - resulting in poor camera stability and blur in the background if attempting to pan to match the subject movement and more blur in the subject's legs during the time the shutter was open (they would have moved a lot in that time). Keep in mind, once the film is loaded you are committed to a ASA/ISO setting in that you can't arbitrarily push or pull development of isolated frames. So, you take the conditions the way you find them and accept the compromises you make for 36 shots. HDR? shooting HDR with film in 1966 was something I had never heard of and can't conceive of under the circumstances.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 18:57 UTC
On A walk in the rain: Lisbon in the Film, Black and White. challenge (15 comments in total)

Thanks for the kind comments. This was a particularly memorable afternoon shooting from my hotel room at the Avenida Palas on Restauradores Square in Lisbon. My plans had been tossed because of the pouring rain; I was thrilled by the life centering on the metro station in the plaza in front of the hotel. With the wealth of activity visible from my room, I settled in to make the best of the situation.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 05:03 UTC as 9th comment

Potentially insurmountable problems:
1) using multiple bags with a single brand of camera - do you need to replicate the lens caps in each bag?
2) using bodies of multiple camera brands/types (e.g. DSLR or mirrorless) in multiple bags - how does one outfit a bag that might be used with either a DSLR body and lenses or a M4/3 body and lenses or both?
Do you need to have several bags set up with caps to accommodate any possible configuration one might need?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 02:24 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On alireza in the A flower challenge (9 comments in total)

Pick any other entry in the top 20 at random - it will most likely be significantly better. Such uniformity in tone seems boring to me - zero contrast, tension, or drama. If anyone doubts the validity of those elements regarding photos of flowers, take a look at the runner-up for clear evidence of drama - then go to 6, 13, 14, and 16 (to name just a few) for confirmation. All exhibit the power of beautiful and dramatic images.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 23:37 UTC as 2nd comment
On Masque in the Industrial site – HDR challenge (1 comment in total)

What industry is being portrayed, pray tell?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 21:31 UTC as 1st comment
On Blown out Background challenge (13 comments in total)

I have just about given up! Trying to rank these entries according to any acceptable esthetic sensibility is ludicrous. How do you rank a photo that has a "blown out" background but is otherwise mediocre along side another that is exceptional but with merely a very out of focus background that is perfectly exposed? Which one gets the high score? Somehow, using the single criteria of "blown-outness" as the balance point of judgment flies in the face of any concept of judgment itself.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 21:03 UTC as 4th comment
On OslOperHouse in the Blown out Background challenge (2 comments in total)

How about manual?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 09:51 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Going Home in the The American Cowboy challenge (8 comments in total)

Very elegant image - nothing in the frame that is superfluous or not needed.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 01:20 UTC as 8th comment
On A Beach house - No people - Beach and Dwelling only. challenge (9 comments in total)
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JimW-203: Earlier a number of entries were disqualified because water was not visible in the picture. Several new entries have the same problem - has something changed to prevent them from being DQed?

1) Seaside - Discovery Park
2) Carmel 2
3) Beach House (taken 1 March, 2013)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 18:59 UTC
On A Beach house - No people - Beach and Dwelling only. challenge (9 comments in total)

Earlier a number of entries were disqualified because water was not visible in the picture. Several new entries have the same problem - has something changed to prevent them from being DQed?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 08:18 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies
On Shoes challenge (7 comments in total)

Does "any pair" exclude single shoes?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 21:41 UTC as 2nd comment
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (806 comments in total)

It strikes me that the belief that the "sensor is all" flies in the face of logic. If correct, that would lead to the conclusion that in pre-digital era cameras all one would have to do to get outstanding pictures would be to pick the right film.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 21:19 UTC as 167th comment | 3 replies
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (806 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I am starting to think that a Canon Camera, with a Sony Sensor, Nikon Processing, Panasonic Videos capabilities, Fuji Hybrid Viewfinder, and Olympus 5 axis stabilization would pretty be the end all be all.

If only they would all collaborate on one camera together the world would be a better place.

Whose mount for the lenses? Or, why not, a universal adapter that would allow full functionality for all lenses ever made from any manufacturer. Maybe even add "Chameleon Skin" surface for the body in order emulate any color scheme you desire.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 21:06 UTC
On Clean me please in the Dirty portrait challenge (1 comment in total)

Duplicate?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 23:23 UTC as 1st comment
On 3155305 photo in JimW-203's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Thanks for the kind comment; I understand what you mean. Life in Beirut in the sixties was often a mix of poignant and vibrant. Multi-generational families were common and very supportive - this, I think, illustrates that.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 06:51 UTC as 1st comment
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