Guidenet

Guidenet

Lives in United States Orlando, US, FL, United States
Works as a Retired Corporate Photographer
Has a website at http://faithartsvillage.com/
Joined on Sep 27, 2007
About me:

I'm a 63 year old retired corporate photographer who has also been a software engineer. My academia is largely based on Vision and my dissertation was on Fluids. I have a small studio and gallery which I enjoy on occasion. My specialty is bird photography, and I've been lucky to have had a few attempts published over the years. For the past twenty years, I worked for a large Fortune 500 company as their in-house photographer for the communications, publicity and care departments. I’ve also done their corporate meetings and events. As the company owns several television stations, making the opportunities endless.
I had to retire because I suffered a massive right side stroke in the spring of 2013. My small portrait studio and gallery are doing better than ever.
I have a daughter who is a successful Wedding Photographer. As I’ve embraced retirement, I've taken more and more shooting contracts, but only those I enjoy like the local little league baseball teams. I occasionally act as a cruise photographer for some of the cruise lines here in Florida when requested by organizations.
I also spend more and more time teaching basic photography for several resources locally as well as out of my studio located at FAVO (Faith-based Art Village of Orlando). As well as Photography, I am also a Water Color and Acrylic painter and enjoy recreating some of my favorite work in those mediums. Learning how to create art is a lifelong passion.
I'm seriously passionate about people learning exposure and the Zone System of Photography before considering themselves sufficiently astute in this craft. I’ve held several Zone System Workshops over the years as well as one Cruise based workshop. I’m also passionate about Ansel Adams’ ideas about pre-visualization. Pressing the shutter button and the camera are just one small part of the image creation process.
I started at eight years old in 1959 when my dad and I built a darkroom, him more than me. My father taught me the Zone System at a very young age. I continued as a youthful photographer, buying glass with lawn mowing money through my high school and then into college with odd jobs. I paid most of my tuition as an undergraduate shooting weddings and baby pictures as well as for the university newspaper. Many of those years I shot 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10 field cameras and sheet film. In small format, I shot Pentax until 1968 when I switched to Nikon, needing a better more professional system tool. I still shoot Nikon today as well as Nikkor lenses for some of my large format gear. I also mostly shoot digital but still maintain a darkroom for up to 5x7 format. 8x10 is stored in the attic and is only black and white. I even have a Nikkor enlarging lens. Over the years, I believe Nikon has been instrumental in the creation of truly great glass.

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On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2976 comments in total)
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Deardorff: Still can't match Nikon for Dynamic Range. What are you Canon engineers doing?
As for "more DR is useful for people who can't expose their shots correctly in the first place" - those who can do so benefit from the files in many ways. Shooting one off productions/sports/wildlife and having the extra leeway in the shadows is more than welcome. Even more so in rapidly changing light conditions - like a player running in and out of shadow areas.

@fmian I refused to get political there or here either. Sorry, but you're calling out in vain. A failure to understand the political nature of this shows a little more chlorine might be needed in the shallow end of the gene pool. ;-)

The discussion is on the importance of dynamic range in today's offerings. There's a forum for off topic left or right leaning political rants.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 17:16 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2976 comments in total)
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Deardorff: Still can't match Nikon for Dynamic Range. What are you Canon engineers doing?
As for "more DR is useful for people who can't expose their shots correctly in the first place" - those who can do so benefit from the files in many ways. Shooting one off productions/sports/wildlife and having the extra leeway in the shadows is more than welcome. Even more so in rapidly changing light conditions - like a player running in and out of shadow areas.

@fmian When you say people look too hard at the sensor, it's you who don't seem to understand. The sensor is the film and part of the processing. It's of huge importance, maybe the more important aspect other than being a light tight box to mount the lens.

You say, "instead has a puzzling glance at the commentators extremely limited scope of understanding basic logic, then I'm going to call them out on it." Unfortunately, if you keep calling others out in such a manner, you'll continue to look not so credible. I've tried to see it from your point of view, but I just can't bend my back that far.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 03:48 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2976 comments in total)
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Deardorff: Still can't match Nikon for Dynamic Range. What are you Canon engineers doing?
As for "more DR is useful for people who can't expose their shots correctly in the first place" - those who can do so benefit from the files in many ways. Shooting one off productions/sports/wildlife and having the extra leeway in the shadows is more than welcome. Even more so in rapidly changing light conditions - like a player running in and out of shadow areas.

Poor dynamic range qualities is not a "minor deficiency." It's also not a "slight DR disadvantage." On the contrary, it a bit of a big issue and is why DPR and DXO spend a good bit of time and resources on this subject. Trying to minimize this importance by using terms like "minor" and "slight" just looks like a Canon apologist or fanboi response.

On the other hand, this means high end Canon users will have to continue being more careful with exposure and possibly use other dynamic range enhancements like HDR. They will continue to need to use the ISO controller as well because there will not be a way to lower noise in post in the way a non-variant sensor can. This also doesn't mean the camera or sensor is junk. It's not. It's still a superb camera I'd be proud to own. It means Canon's engineers have additional research and development in store.

None the less, I've changed my workflow to include the advantages of a non-variant sensor and I'd hate to go back.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 03:25 UTC
On Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future article (137 comments in total)

By obvious necessity this Lytro design is tied completely to the software, whether Web based or your computer. Therefore, one must consider that computer to be an integral part of the camera. Personally, I think this is why it fails and will continue to do so.

Secondly, I see very little real want or need for refocusing after the image is captured. Any camera can do this prior to the capture and that's the important time. That's when you decide how you want the scene to be imaged. I personally could care less if the next viewer wants to change my composition. Moreover, I doubt few would.

I think the design plays mostly to non-photographer techno minded individuals who are more interested in the unique technology rather than creating compelling imagery. Once they show their friends and get the obligatory ooos and ahhhhs, the game is over. Now you have a dust collector. Next time you upgrade your computer, you probably won't bother to load the required software.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 22:30 UTC as 2nd comment
On Canon issues product advisory for Rebel T6i/T6s article (139 comments in total)
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Guidenet: It's certainly not just Canon nor just Nikon but all companies in this global economy who have let their quality control slip below the bar, in my opinion. Do we forget Fuji's X10 wonderful white orbs, as an example. Took a while to iron that one out. We can't reward these type failures, I believe.

Even as a Nikon loyalist, I'm probably never considering a D6xx line of cameras and there's other cost cuttings I won't support. I'd never buy a Nikon lens where the hood was optional. Not going to reward them, period. Fixed or not, T6 cameras should maybe be ignored for a while. The only way we can protest is to vote with our wallet to let these companies know we're not interested in beta testing their gear and don't like the idea of gouging us $30 for an optional hood which costs 85 cents to make or $25 for an optional $2 lens pouch which should be in the box. I wish Fuji owners hadn't purchased X10s to reward the white orb issue. I certainly would not have.

We have short memories.

@AbrasiveReducer Good points all. Lens hoods really are a constant pet peeve of mine. Even going back to the 1970s I used to write Nikon when I purchased a new lens, asking where my hood was, unless it was built in. LOL

I feel a hood is an integral part of any lens, not an options and I've made myself a minor pest with NPS forums and Nikon care for many years, also suggesting others to request the free included lens hood which was obviously accidentally left out of the box. I act shocked when told it's optional. This approach has never worked, but it gives me some pleasure and hope it might have some small impact. Nikon now tends to include a hood. Don't need but expect the pouches because I use custom knitted socks for that purpose or a padded belt pouch which I'd not expect to be supplied.

With shrinking profits, camera stores have probably requested hoods to be optional especially with fewer people falling for the UV protection filter sales pitch. I don't like it though. :-)

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 21:55 UTC
On Canon announces 50mm F1.8 STM lens article (309 comments in total)
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Canon EOS 60D: Canon sold its old 50mm 1.8 Mk II design to Yongnuo because China has been longing to manufacture its very own Chinese brand lenses. For sure after Yongnuo's release of 35mm f2, Canon would release a 35mm f/2 STM.

@otto k Spot on with your remarks. I agree. As a "gateway drug" I really think Canon needs an EF-S version of Nikon's ubiquitous 35 f/1.8 DX which they sell for $199. Canon's 40 f.2.8 is almost there but with Canon's slightly smaller sensor, comes out a tad too long looking. For Canon, a sub-$200 30 f/1.8 EF-S with a similar to Nikon's build level would sell off the shelves to APS-C owners, would be my guess. I wager they will release this soon. It would fit so neatly with this new 50mm making it a high volume, high profit venture.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 21:31 UTC
On Canon announces 50mm F1.8 STM lens article (309 comments in total)
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Canon EOS 60D: Canon sold its old 50mm 1.8 Mk II design to Yongnuo because China has been longing to manufacture its very own Chinese brand lenses. For sure after Yongnuo's release of 35mm f2, Canon would release a 35mm f/2 STM.

@halfwaythere I've read that as well. No serious tests though.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 12:12 UTC
On Canon issues product advisory for Rebel T6i/T6s article (139 comments in total)

It's certainly not just Canon nor just Nikon but all companies in this global economy who have let their quality control slip below the bar, in my opinion. Do we forget Fuji's X10 wonderful white orbs, as an example. Took a while to iron that one out. We can't reward these type failures, I believe.

Even as a Nikon loyalist, I'm probably never considering a D6xx line of cameras and there's other cost cuttings I won't support. I'd never buy a Nikon lens where the hood was optional. Not going to reward them, period. Fixed or not, T6 cameras should maybe be ignored for a while. The only way we can protest is to vote with our wallet to let these companies know we're not interested in beta testing their gear and don't like the idea of gouging us $30 for an optional hood which costs 85 cents to make or $25 for an optional $2 lens pouch which should be in the box. I wish Fuji owners hadn't purchased X10s to reward the white orb issue. I certainly would not have.

We have short memories.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 12:09 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
On Canon announces 50mm F1.8 STM lens article (309 comments in total)
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beavertown: Budget users should forget about Nikon from now on. This lens makes the Nikon 50mm 1.8 prime lens look exorbitant.

And therein lies the problem. If you're worried about the minor price difference between the AF-D and AF-S, then you probably have a body which can't autofocus the AF-D. If you're buying a D7100 or better camera and need a 50 f/1.8, you'll probably be able to afford a couple of hundred for the AF-S lens.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 09:25 UTC
On Canon announces 50mm F1.8 STM lens article (309 comments in total)
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Canon EOS 60D: Canon sold its old 50mm 1.8 Mk II design to Yongnuo because China has been longing to manufacture its very own Chinese brand lenses. For sure after Yongnuo's release of 35mm f2, Canon would release a 35mm f/2 STM.

Yongnuo 50 f/1.8 at Adorama for $84.95 but backordered.

http://www.adorama.com/YN5018CAEF.html

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 09:11 UTC
On Canon announces 50mm F1.8 STM lens article (309 comments in total)
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beavertown: Budget users should forget about Nikon from now on. This lens makes the Nikon 50mm 1.8 prime lens look exorbitant.

Not only that, but it isn't a hundred bucks. This new Canon will probably sell at $129 for a while. The Nikon sells for around $215. Now considering the Nikon comes with a hood and lens pouch which don't seem to come with the Canon, and the gap narrows. Canon will probably sell the hood for $25 and a pouch would be maybe $25 for their cheaper soft case, so now the Canon 50 f/1.8 costs $180 equivalently equipped. So at $35 difference, I think the Nikon 50 f1.8 with its superior optical formula and what still looks to be a more solid build level, makes it look the bargain here. Of course you could buy an off brand hood and pouch, but the Nikon uses Nikon so that's how I matched them, based on B&H pricing. Never the less, we won't know about these things until we try it out in hand and camera.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 08:56 UTC
On Canon announces 50mm F1.8 STM lens article (309 comments in total)

Well, this will certainly be a welcome improvement, I hope. The older model used double sided tape in its manufacturing, plastic mount, and a focus ring which was useless. You couldn't even mount a hood without an adapter.

This new model seems to cover most of those bases, but I still don't see screws so I hope they're not using that double sided tape still. I like the real bayonet hood connection, but they really should include the hood. Making you pay for what I think is a necessary part of a lens is unfortunate, and raises the price. Buy a hood and a pouch which are included with the competition and you're no longer so attractive, price-wise.

I also like the 7 blades over 5 and the closer focusing over the previous model. The overall build quality also looks better, whether or not it is. Overall, a nice offering for Canon users. Next, they need a 35 f/2 along the same lines and under $200 for their crop cameras.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 04:45 UTC as 64th comment
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Dimit: Canon sensor...Rebel body...would anyone expect something outstanding???
We live in 2015,in a reasonable consumer world Rebels shouldn't sell over 1k pieces..totally..worldwdle !!

fmian One is fun playing around and the other is a heated political statement where both sides can back up with evidence, but I'm not going to restate this anymore. I'm only contributing to the furthering of political remarks.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 02:23 UTC
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Dimit: Canon sensor...Rebel body...would anyone expect something outstanding???
We live in 2015,in a reasonable consumer world Rebels shouldn't sell over 1k pieces..totally..worldwdle !!

@Azurael "And neither point is really relevant to faulty filters on Canon's sensors." And is why a hot political view has no place when I was just teasing about the word Rebel. Whether true or no, even your contribution is politically argumentative at the best and highly contentious at the worst. There are many intelligent, cultured, and educated individuals on both sides of this issue, each with reams of supportive statistics, regardless of your personal viewpoint.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 11:29 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: While I agree that there is an issue with these cameras I cringe at the fact that some people think that shooting at F32 is an essential aspect to their A-PSC photography. The earliest reports were only reporting that it was an issue at focal ratios past F20.

I suspect that most people shooting at Focal Ratios that high on a regular basis with an A-PSC camera have no clue what the depth of field actually is at that focal ratio. In addition I bet they have no clue what focal ratio yields the greatest detail across the entire frame for their particular lenses. I guarantee F32 is not the most detailed focal ratio.

@Azurael I agree. Many are making excuses with things like, you don't need those apertures, or you're hurting the Canon employees, or other companies also have issues, when that's all irrelevant. As you say, a faulty camera is indeed a faulty camera.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 14:26 UTC
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Dimit: Canon sensor...Rebel body...would anyone expect something outstanding???
We live in 2015,in a reasonable consumer world Rebels shouldn't sell over 1k pieces..totally..worldwdle !!

@fmian Regardless of where you got it and what some other op-ed you quote, it still is irrelevant and a personal opinion which doesn't match the rest of what you said. Many US citizens on both sides of that issue are intelligent and cultured individuals. Regardless of not wanting to discuss politics, that remark was more political rather than cultural. Note, your article is under politics, if you look at the URI. OP-Ed at best, flame bait, at worst.

In recent years, The National Journal has been criticized for hiring left-leaning journalists. I don't know or care. This really shouldn't be a political forum. My teasing about the word Rebel was in no way politically motivated.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 12:47 UTC
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Dimit: Canon sensor...Rebel body...would anyone expect something outstanding???
We live in 2015,in a reasonable consumer world Rebels shouldn't sell over 1k pieces..totally..worldwdle !!

@fmian You had me nodding in agreement, until you tossed in that last little piece of irrelevant op-ed personal opinion to what otherwise might have been a good point. :/

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 01:58 UTC
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Dimit: Canon sensor...Rebel body...would anyone expect something outstanding???
We live in 2015,in a reasonable consumer world Rebels shouldn't sell over 1k pieces..totally..worldwdle !!

LOL. I know, but underneath that tape, I'd still be a Rebel, by Gawd. YeeHaw! Chew tobaccee, spit. ;-)

What was Canon thinking?

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 00:53 UTC
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Biowizard: And while Canon tries to add a celestial touch to its latest sensor, covering it with a veritable constellation of physical artifacts which, brilliantly, make noise at high ISO settings irrelevant to its owners (and, apparently, renters), and while Nikon continues to lubricate its sensors with shutter oil, so as to save the user buying their own can of WD40 to create the desired effects ...

... like a silent goddess from the eponymous mount, Olympus slides in to place to give those of us with faith and love for such things, the finest of all cameras.

CANIKON? No, it can't. Olympus can.

Brian

I agree. I want a camera with a small noisy sensor too. Let me buy it from a company who abandons its eponymous mounts every so often so I can reinvest in my glass. I love that, as well. I love telecentric lenses... no wait, that was their last lens mount. Maybe heliocentric this time around. It all revolves around Olympus. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 22:58 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: While I agree that there is an issue with these cameras I cringe at the fact that some people think that shooting at F32 is an essential aspect to their A-PSC photography. The earliest reports were only reporting that it was an issue at focal ratios past F20.

I suspect that most people shooting at Focal Ratios that high on a regular basis with an A-PSC camera have no clue what the depth of field actually is at that focal ratio. In addition I bet they have no clue what focal ratio yields the greatest detail across the entire frame for their particular lenses. I guarantee F32 is not the most detailed focal ratio.

That was my point. I do a lot of product photography where small apertures come into play. Also, some landscapes where you want a fence to frame a distant scene or a field of flowers with one up close and mountains in the background. There are many instances where I want something very close to be as sharp as possible and the same with the background. A 4.85 foot hyperfocal distance may not be enough. I've needed 12-18 inches sometimes. I admit, I do shoot full frame, but none the less.

I didn't say you were wrong so much as painting with too broad of a brush. Just like too many novice photographers excessively stop down, not understanding how to isolate, too many novice photographers over-use shallow depth of field too. Note how many over-use aperture priority, getting stuck there for life, never learning much more. :-)

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 22:25 UTC
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