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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 peek-a-boo challenge (2 comments in total)

Hypothetically, if one were to submit a photo in which the subject (a person) was seen to be peeking around/through something in order to look at something that cannot be seen in the frame, would that be acceptable?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 04:29 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Airman Walter Huges in the Airman portrait challenge (4 comments in total)

The comment was to correct the gentleman's name: Walter Hughes, not Huges - I am not the submitter, merely one who made the comment in order to give true credit to his service.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 22:17 UTC as 2nd comment
On Simple Joy in the Birthday challenge (15 comments in total)
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RedFox88: Surprised no one pointed out the lack of dynamic range in this.

I understand your concern; after all, has no one noticed that Mona Lisa has no eyebrows!? ;-)
Other than that, no one seeing this shot could doubt the joy and excitement the birthday boy was feeling - it just works.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 04:18 UTC
On Old time airman in the Airman portrait challenge (2 comments in total)

I absolutely agree. I doubt very much if the "aircraft" shown is a real-life, three dimensional thing, but rather a large photo backdrop. Also, no part of the ostensible "uniform" has seen much if any seat time.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2015 at 22:02 UTC as 1st comment
On Taxi In in the Airman portrait challenge (5 comments in total)

I was way wrong. On closer inspection I now believe this is a P-51 Mustang, which, indeed, could have achieved the kills credited. I completely missed how the canopy mates with the fuselage and the evidence that the aircraft is likely to be a tail-dragger, which the F86 was definitely not. My apologies to those who fly these birds and especially to those who keep them flying.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2015 at 18:48 UTC as 2nd comment
On Taxi In in the Airman portrait challenge (5 comments in total)

No, compare the canopy to that of any F86 iteration.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2015 at 18:28 UTC as 3rd comment
On Airman Walter Huges in the Airman portrait challenge (4 comments in total)

Hughes

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 23:23 UTC as 4th comment
On Taxi In in the Airman portrait challenge (5 comments in total)

This is a very evocative image and well deserving of credit; my only ding goes to the liberties being taken with the plane itself. It is an F86 Sabre that didn't go into service until 1948 (its first flight was October 1947), well after the end of WWII in Europe and Germany's surrender in May 1945. It could not possibly have had 6 confirmed kills of German aircraft.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 23:22 UTC as 5th comment
On Week in Review: Sony FTW article (302 comments in total)

Sometimes a debate is not a debate: if no new thought has gone into a response other than to take greater pleasure in the other guy being wrong than in uncovering new knowledge, there are no winners. "Not so - yes, too!"

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 19:14 UTC as 27th comment
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (576 comments in total)
In reply to:

topstuff: For some inexplicable reason, people like to attack Leica because of its prices, seemingly immune to the fact that the same people probably willingly pay "premium" prices for other items like cars and clothes, even though often it is the brand they are paying for. It is a strange irony.

This Leica looks like it stands up on its own merits. It really does seem to be a beautifully designed, high quality item that performs very well.

Leica haters have nothing to hate here. They aren't going to like that ! :)

Given historical perspective and memory lets me recognize the value in the introduction of the Leica Q. It not only offers thoughtful technology but in a package that very neatly reminds us of where we came from in photography. The 35mm as a still format grew out of a need to make better motion pictures; 35mm supplanted 120/620 as a film format largely because of cost of goods and the availability of a wider range of equipment capabilities. My first camera was a Brownie Hawkeye (620) in 1949, the next and first 35mm was an Argus C3 in 1954. This was followed by a Bolsey B2 in 1957 and from there a succession of Exactas and a Contax. My first SLR was a Nikon F in 1965 which grew into several bodies and many lenses and other stuff that I carted through many countries for several years doing what I had to do. So, I can relate to and take joy in what new technology allows, the money and time saved, and the weight taken off our backs - but only because I remember what got us here.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 18:43 UTC
On Mammals B&W (Non human) challenge (9 comments in total)
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JimW-203: What are the chances you would expand the limit to something like 80 or so to allow those who were DQed an opportunity to correct their error and get back in?

I admit I must have gotten lazy in reading the rules. I obviously let my esthetic ego overwhelm my ability to comprehend - and obey. I shall endeavor to try to do better in future.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 21:54 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (576 comments in total)
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Don Sata: Lens is huge for a fixed focal lenghth compact, it beats the purpose.

Given that the macro control has to physically change the relationship of the lens elements, where would you put it that would allow the lens size to shrink? The change from f1.7 to an f2.0 would reduce the diameter a bit, but by how much? Would the sacrifice of the half stop in speed not be felt most shooting early in the morning and late afternoon in dense urban settings where light is always at a premium. It would definitely be a serious loss if shooting in darkened venues where stage lighting results in mixed lighting and dense shadows and often rapid movement that demands a fast lens and high ISO to bring the short shutter speed into play. Check the sample image gallery for several good examples - especially Dan-LeicaQ-9-ISO6400 and Dan-LeicaQ-10-ISO200.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 21:45 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (576 comments in total)
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Don Sata: Lens is huge for a fixed focal lenghth compact, it beats the purpose.

I take it that you value carrying convenience over performance and flexibility - correct? If so, what characteristics would you suggest sacrificing in order to shrink the lens size and why?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 16:58 UTC
On Mammals B&W (Non human) challenge (9 comments in total)

What are the chances you would expand the limit to something like 80 or so to allow those who were DQed an opportunity to correct their error and get back in?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 16:32 UTC as 2nd comment | 3 replies
On Street photography - Black and White challenge (16 comments in total)

What are the chances of expanding the limit to 25?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 16:29 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (576 comments in total)
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Don Sata: Lens is huge for a fixed focal lenghth compact, it beats the purpose.

What is the physically smallest full-frame 28mm 1.7, 1.8, or even f2.0 prime you can you can find that has a similar range of controls and complexity of design?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 16:13 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (576 comments in total)
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Don Sata: Lens is huge for a fixed focal lenghth compact, it beats the purpose.

It is only compact in the physical size of the box, not the sensor area the lens must cover. The lens is sized very compactly for its task, specifications and the complexity of its design.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 06:17 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (576 comments in total)
In reply to:

topstuff: For some inexplicable reason, people like to attack Leica because of its prices, seemingly immune to the fact that the same people probably willingly pay "premium" prices for other items like cars and clothes, even though often it is the brand they are paying for. It is a strange irony.

This Leica looks like it stands up on its own merits. It really does seem to be a beautifully designed, high quality item that performs very well.

Leica haters have nothing to hate here. They aren't going to like that ! :)

mais51
True enough, that is if it had stayed fixed on its original usage intention: as a very portable and resource-sparing means of making test exposures for motion pictures, much the way Polaroid backs were (perhaps still are in a few cases) used in film studio photography. Rather, it was moving from its intended use that created the overwhelming acceptance of the format for still photography - such that this miniaturized format has come to be called "full frame."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 06:07 UTC
On Dan-LeicaQ-10-ISO200 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

I think this shows the true milieu for this camera: unobtrusive documentary street-shooter. It captures the full context of the environment and the poignancy of the moment with full clarity and rich, faithful colors.
My title: "Failed Flowers."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 05:52 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo in sample gallery (2 comments in total)

I think this shows the true milieu for this camera: unobtrusive documentary street-shooter. It captures the full context of the environment and the poignancy of the moment with full clarity and rich, faithful colors.
My title: "Failed Flowers."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 05:52 UTC as 2nd comment
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