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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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KonstantinosK: I'm sorry about the toning down of the K-50's design compared to the K-30. Was it really too much for potential buyers to swallow? I can understand it up to a point for the K-01, but the K-30 looked fabulous, in my opinion. There are enough melted soaps coming out from CanoSonyKons. Other than that, I love the gazillion color combinations on offer. I wished I had that option for the K-5... (I'm not commending on specs as I'm sure they will both be excellent stills cameras in their categories).

I completely agree with you. I was surprised they mentioned it because I always felt the K30 was a very stylish and good looking camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 02:39 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)
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electrophoto: Just lovely....
When most every low budget DSLR with a Kit Lens has a brighter lens that comes along and the option to buy whatever lens later on...
When most of the high end EVF are at 2+Mpix... Leica introduces an OPTIONAL one with 1.4
And the accessory prices: typical Leica.

But it has a RED DOT!!!

And what exactly is the novelty about the SLOW FIXED zoom Lens?
So you essentially would pay 2+k$ for a camera with a crappy slow lens, that you can't even change, mediocre specs in general...
When you can get just any other good thing for LESS money with a better brighter lens (not to mention: you can CHANGE it.).

Just One example: Fuji XE1 + 18-55Kit... 1199$
so you save (2800-1200$) 1600$ over the "leica", get the MUCH nicer lens... built in high res EVF, probably the better handling... and 1600$ to spend on something else.

In all fairness, you don't know whether or not this lens is crappy. Yes, it is a bit slow, but we don't yet know just how good the optics are. My guess is that it will be not really that much better if at all than other optics in the same range and type of camera, but I don't know that. Neither do you or anyone else here.

If this lens turns out to be some optical giant n the industry, outputting a beautiful rendition and razor sharp at all apertures edge to edge, people might be willing to pay so much for what otherwise are mediocre specs. We'll just have to wait and see.

Personally, I think it's an average looking retro look which mimics a rangefinder the same as some of the Fuji models and some other camera. They feed on people who want that M3 rangefinder look without having to really learn more than what a typical medium sized digital automatic camera offers.

I don't care about a slow lens without IS. One can adapt one's technique if the IQ is marvelous. I doubt it, though.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 16:10 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)
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JayEm Photos: 18-46mm 1:3.5-6.4 at that price plus about $500 to get a decent viewfinder... Really?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing at Leica... I was a longtime user of their M System (started with the M6 back in the film days and ended with the M9P). It always was my first choice for travel and documentary photography... but times have changed.

Technology moved on and e.g Fujifilm shows how to build innovative cameras based on an older concept. I recently sold all my Leica gear and switched to the X Series. The X-Pro1 plus the 14mm, the 35mm and the 60mm lens costs less than a new M Body... add a X100S and you have a great lightweight 2 camera set for travel... and I recently got a X20 as my new "always stays with me camera" (the X100S is not really that compact) for about $600 ... I know, the X20 has "only" a 2/3-inch sensor but the image quality is really good for a small compact camera...

I think people who say "Fuji is the new Leica" are right...

Other than looking retro like an older rangefinder, Fuji is no more innovative in this respect than any other digital camera. Claiming it's the new Leica is a bit over the top. Really, have you actually owned a Leica? I know you claim to have, but it's an entirely different ballgame using a real rangefinder and not something that sort of looks like one and mimics one.

Nothing at all wrong with the Fuji, mind you, but just this over the top comparison based on a retro look is all. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 15:37 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)
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Tape5: German Porsche GT3 - genius
German music or German sausages- No thank you
German vario zoom compact- You must be kidding

Hey what's with the negative about German sausages? Have you ever pulled off the autobahn in your GT3 to a Bratwurst stand? A hard crusty roll and delicious weisswurst with mustard. Add ein liter of Lowenbrau, bitte. Priceless!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 15:32 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon EOS 700D / EOS Rebel T5i review article (178 comments in total)
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stevo23: About time this review came out. I don't even look here for reviews any more because it's just too late by the time they come out.

But to this camera - I like it. My friend at work got one and I'm impressed with the image quality and function for the price. I'm using Nikon now, but this camera almost made me look at the 6D and almost switch. Then there was this killer promotion on the D600...

Let me tell you something. If your friend with this camera produces better images than you can with your Nikon, it isn't because of anything this 700D has to offer... or a 6D or D600 either. You can't buy good photography. You can buy good photographs, however. So, save your money and don't upgrade or downgrade until you've learned to produce compelling images with your current model.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 04:09 UTC

I wonder if Hasselblad really thinks they can market a joke like this. Even a rich novice photographer would probably shun it if he knew it was a Sony Nex shoehorned into a wooden case using rather pathetic (at this price) Sony lenses.

The only possible bright side is if Sony or Cosina designed a couple of really high end built Carl Zeiss designed lenses for it. The bright side would be that Sony Nex owners could take advantage of them, and it would add a very small bit of credibility to the camera body, but not much.

It would be something I'd maybe hide under my jacket, hoping no real photographers saw it. I mean, spending this kind of money on this kind of camera really says something not so good about its owner, don't you think? Normally, things don't bother me much, but the perception of being this dumb might be different. :-/

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 19:34 UTC as 207th comment
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micahmedia: Any word on the lenses? Just re-badged or will they be bringing anything new to the mount?

Normally, they outsource it, but in this case it's rebadged Sony kit type lenses it looks to be for two of them, the 18-55 and the 18-200. So if you want a new lens, you just buy a Sony Nex lens. We're not looking at quality here, but marketing. I wouldn't have thought Hasselblad would stoop so low.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 19:21 UTC
On Adobe releases Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 article (15 comments in total)
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Guidenet: Yep, downloaded this morning and installed ACR 8.1 and it looks to be the last one, even though they said they would continue to support both cameras and lenses for CS6. It's actually a bit vague here in that is this the final download or the final since the release candidates? Read it a second time and see what you think.

Andy, I hope you're right, my friend. I hope so.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 17:59 UTC
On Adobe releases Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 article (15 comments in total)
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nathansmith: Interesting, the updater said it was installing camera raw 7, when I got done, I checked it in Photoshop, and it is version 8.1.

Mine said both. I think the ver 7 was for Lightroom 4 while the 8 was for CS6.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 17:57 UTC
On Adobe releases Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 article (15 comments in total)

Yep, downloaded this morning and installed ACR 8.1 and it looks to be the last one, even though they said they would continue to support both cameras and lenses for CS6. It's actually a bit vague here in that is this the final download or the final since the release candidates? Read it a second time and see what you think.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 12:03 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies
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Blackraven: where are they made? Germany? Japan? Should be at least Japan right?

Plastek show me any reliable information to what you say. Zeiss has been licensing out their name for years. The basic designs have changed a great deal over that time, but show me more than some Zeiss or Sony rep in a booth talking about it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2013 at 19:59 UTC
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21s: There is no reason to buy these lenses for FUJI users :>

Why would there be no reason for Fuji owners? Wouldn't Fuji owners desire to own a lens that may optically perform better. Also, Consina made lenses with the Zeiss label tend to have the finest build levels of any current lenses except maybe Leica. I don't know about these, but I would assume it would still hold true.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2013 at 12:32 UTC
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Blackraven: where are they made? Germany? Japan? Should be at least Japan right?

Zeiss stuff is generallly made by Cosina in Japan these days and licensed by Carl Zeiss in Germany. I think the Zeiss lenses Sony have are designed and made by Sony with the licensed Carl Zeiss name. Cosina also makes a line of Rangefinder film cameras called Voigtländer Bessa in Leica mount. In fact, I believe Cosina now has the full rights to the name Voigtländer. They make a lot of manual focus lenses for Nikon and Canon in either the Zeiss or Voigtländer name.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2013 at 12:20 UTC
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rtogog: This announcement is refreshment to Pentax users, as many lenses is disappear from third party company. What are the main reason to support K-mount? Does Pentax still leading with high quality fixed short focal length with their Limited lenses ? As far as no confirmation for Pentax to go FF, their new Sigma 18-35 1.8 DC HSM lens (dedicated APS-C sensor camera) will be more welcome and interesting. Does it sign Pentax will plunge to FF development?

D1NO, I'm not sure I'd want anything designed reluctantly or vaguely. ;-)

I would hope Pentax puts in the effort full frame deserves. I'd also hope Pentax has enough full frame capable lenses left. I don't know.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 11:28 UTC

We Nikon and Canon owners have had the luxury of owning this lens for a few months now, and I can say this 35 f/1.4 Sigma might be the best 35mm, optically, made by anyone, period. It's a great acheivement for a third party manufacturer to be able to design and build something this good for under $1000. I'm glad our Sony and Pentax brothers and sisters get to take the advantage of this optic now. I hope it performs equally well on their platform. It is truly amazing. If your sensor resolves 24 mp, you really need something like this.

Other than not being weather sealed, its build quality is also exceptional and those who get it will notice. If you want the very best in optics, you'll do no better in this focal length than this Sigma. This is not your father's Sigma wide angle. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 11:15 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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RobertSigmund: I am happy with my Sony 1,8 35. It is cheap, and it is light, and the pictures it makes are nice, and it already has fallen of the floor without damage. Why should I spend money for the difference between 1,8 and 1,4?

Robert, this is not about the entry level Sony 35 f/1.8 lens. That's a good lens for the money. This Sigma is not only full frame capable and not only a little faster, but is in a totally different league altogether. This is a professional grade build level and optics. It might be the best 35mm lens out there right now by anyone and a great acheivement by Sigma.

I'm glad Sigma has decided to release it for Sony and Pentax users. We Nikon and Canon users have had this for a few months now to enjoy. Now our Sony and Pentax brothers and sisters get this quality optic to try out.

As far as you dropping that Sony on the floor, you might want to have it looked at. Elements can become misalligned and you may not know. I've been lucky in not having dropped a lens in almost fifty years of photography, but if I did, I'd want it callibrated by the service center to be sure.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 11:03 UTC

The Nikon 1 system has entry level models and higher end models like the V2. Just like the owners of higher end full frame Nikon bodies, many demand high end glass to go with the body. Nikon's 85 f/1.4G is they're full frame portrait flahship and sells for around $1600 or so. Nikon's F/mount 35 f/1.4 sells for around $1600 as well.

This little 32 f/1.2 is a fast Nano coated high end to provide the same FOV to the Nikon 1 system. $900 is quite reasonable at this level. It's not designed as a general purpose or entry level lens.

Personally, I appreciate the fact that Nikon is expanding this line into specialty high end glass. I'm glad it isn't stagnating like some mirrorless lens lineups.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2013 at 08:54 UTC as 108th comment | 1 reply

I'd love to be locked into CS6 and the current version of Adobe Camera RAW. Do it to me, except one big thing. Let me be able to buy camera modules for new cameras over the years.

You see, this is what Adobe has held over us in the past and still with this new rental agreement. When you get a new camera and unless you have the latest version of ACR and Photoshop, ACR will fail to recognize your RAW files. If you try to upgrade ACR to a version that will, it will often not work with your current version of Photoshop.. most often. So, you must upgrade Photoshop in order to be even able to upgrade your ACR to be able to convert the RAW files on your new camera.

So the idea that we can lock into some version really doesn't mean much. If you buy a new camera, you'll be forced to get on the wagon, same as now. There is just no choice under this rental scheme. It's a complete scam. ;-(

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 20:24 UTC as 845th comment | 8 replies
On Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction article (1853 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: So where are the free market people trumpeting the choices they have as an alternative to Adobe?

So far it is just lots of ranting about price.

After the rants will people really change? Do they really move like the free marketers say they will?

I am waiting to hear the joyous shouts from the new users of PaintSHop Pro.

For one thing, it is a huge price issue. Secondly, many of us have been using Photoshop so long, changing workflows comes as a huge issue with moving to alternative software. There is also a very reasonable issue with quality concerns. ACR has been working with camera makers to get the RAW conversion pretty accurate. I use composites for focus stacking and other reasons. It's not so simple as just moving to Corel Paint Shop Pro. I might have to, but it won't be easy.

I wouldn't mind if Adobe just let me buy Photoshop CS7 then if they want more money every now and then, charge be for new additions to ACR or modules for a new camera as I need them.

I'd even consider Lightroom if it had the tools I'm used to at a pixel level. I don't care or need the organizational part. Content aware tools, composite blending and good layer support.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 19:37 UTC
On Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction article (1853 comments in total)

The problem is these arrogant Winston Hendrickson types think seasoned amateurs and small business professionals think we should be using LightRoom. This whole thing is made up garbage. They claim they have had a butal time trying to support two products if also garbage. It's two types of licensing schemes, not two products. It needs only be one product with cloud access limited on the perpetual license and access enabled on the rental license.

What kind of lazy nonsense is being pushed on us anyway? They want to move me from $200 per upgrade to $240 per year.

I think they are running out of useful features so want everyone on a rental program so they don't have to come up with meaningful upgrades to lure our cash. They've been using the new camera needs new ACR to work in order to scam your upgrade cash. Now, it's this requred rental scam. Either way it's been more of a scam so they didn't have to come up with much in the way of serious features.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 19:01 UTC as 300th comment | 2 replies
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