showmeyourpics

showmeyourpics

Lives in United States New Rochelle, NY, United States
Works as a instructor
Joined on Aug 29, 2011
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On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1413 comments in total)
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Carlos Taylhardat: I wonder when we will have a full frame medium format camera or 8X10 sensor's with hundred of thousands of megapixel's?

Wow, careful there. They will be around by the time we build the first real Enterprise and cost like a current compact camera. What are they going to use for lenses though ...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 17:24 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1413 comments in total)

I appreciate these articles because they highlight some realities that should help with the choice of camera gear. On the other hand, it's practically impossible to establish firm ground rules for non-pro photographers. Our purchases don't need to look good on a P&L statement or balance sheet, they just have to make us happy. It is well known that people make purchasing decisions more emotionally than rationally. I think that the most ephemeral conclusion here is about FF being (or not being) the final target of every (serious) photographer. I don't care about FF (144MB 16bit Raw files?) and am very happy with my advanced compact, M4/3 and APS-C cameras, but would not argue with anyone wanting an FF system. I do resent being treated like a 2nd class photographer because I don't have one though. My 24x36" self-made prints tell a different story.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 17:19 UTC as 169th comment
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norman shearer: Question is, how long will you be satisfied with the sensor/body before it begins to look like old tech? As nice as the LX100 body is now, will you still find it so appealing in 2 years time? Better extend that warranty too because if the camera develops a fault your lovely lens will be going in the bin with the body.

With the GX7+12-35mm F2.8 you can sell on the body and attach the good optics to new body and hey presto, state of the art again!

LX100 is the choice if you are content with short term gains and don't mind taking a greater loss later on. Fixed lens cameras invariably plummit in value as sensor tech etc evolves.

Right, you won't get many because few are into it due to true love for photography. I have been making and selling fine art quality 24x36" prints for years beginning with modest digital cameras (after happily using the same four OM2n bodies, Zuiko lenses and Fujichrome 100 for a bunch of years). Both my Oly E-M10 and Pentax K5 systems are technically light years ahead of "photographers" for whom a new camera is a "must have" otherwise they get bored. The idea that these cameras can lose their value as competent photographic tools is ridiculous. Anyway, how can you have a meaningful conversation with anyone who really does not give a hoot about the subject?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 16:02 UTC
On Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think article (198 comments in total)

Like every other process, the creative process of photography is validated by its output. What do you do with your captures? Pixel peeping only (on an Adobe RGB calibrated monitor)? Web sharing? Presentations? Magazine sells? Your own prints? In principle, there is never too much image quality (color depth, DR, high ISO noise, etc.). In practice, there are very clear limitations due to ergonomics and budget and, mostly, operator's technique. In order of priority, the photographer's ability to see a compelling subject in a beautiful light, and compose, expose, develop and print the (now Raw) captures masterfully is by far job # 1 (Ansel Adams again). Technology-wise, lenses are significantly more important than camera bodies. After 45 years of experience, for a long time I have been printing and selling (part-time) 24x36" fine art prints, done gallery shows and being invited to talk at camera clubs and even art societies. Most of the captures come from my beloved 4/3 and now M4/3 gear.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2014 at 14:00 UTC as 62nd comment

In favor of advanced compacts. Most of my photos produce very tangible outputs. Beyond sharing jpegs on the web with family and friends, I make fine art prints up to 24x36" and sell them as a part-time fine art photographer. An energy efficiency trainer and auditor, I take pics of buildings indoor and outdoor including close-up scenes. I use the pics for my reports and for producing PowerPoint presentations. Many are taken in tough locations and light conditions. I own a Pentax K5 + DA* lenses, 2 Oly e-m10 and a Nikon P7800. I use them all but it is the Nikon that goes with me everywhere, especially to work. It's the only one that fits in my cargo pants, has a good lens with a killer zoom range, a more than usable EVF and fully articulated LCD. Raw + jpeg write in 1.5sec with a fast card. I always get the necessary DR in one exposure. Last Winter, I got many great pics in below zero temps and 3"x hour snowstorms with it. Up to ISO400, it makes impeccable + sellable 16x24" prints.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 02:55 UTC as 122nd comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (335 comments in total)

I have been using the camera for about 2 weeks now shooting almost every day outdoors and indoors, mostly with the honest Pana 14-45mm lens. My brain has no doubt that it is a great camera, especially for its price and size. My gut is taking its time to get used to it. It is simply hard to believe that this little thing can be so absolutely brilliant and fun to use. My main camera has been a Pentax K5 and, hey, that's a real camera, right? I have a ton of part-time pro experience and know what I want from my gear. So, as soon as I got the camera I checked out all the controls, fixed and customizable, and set them up just right. Now I can change settings without taking my eye off the more than decent EVF. I just ordered a second body, will sell my APS-C gear and buy a few of the M43 pro line lenses. Between the Sony A7 and this camera, there is no doubt in my mind that the future is mirrorless and EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 19:40 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (342 comments in total)
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rob579: Funny how cool these cameras look except for that that ugly lens out front. I had a Pentax in the film days. I wish so much pentax would make something a little smaller with a touch screen. PLEASE compete with the big guys.

Hi, all the Pentax K series cameras are top quality photographic tools at VERY competitive prices. No touch screen, just glorious pentaprism optical finders. The K5 for a long time had a best-in-class sensor with a 82 DxO score. The K3 is the 1st camera on the market with a switchable AA filter effect.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 20:47 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (342 comments in total)

I own and love Pentax (and Olympus) cameras.
Rational reaction: let's wait for the tests
Gut reaction: AAAAAAARGH!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 15:35 UTC as 33rd comment
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (310 comments in total)
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LarryLatchkey: i went on a trip with my mom last w.e. and we took a series of photos from the same position in order to compare our cams. I wanted to show her that she really should take my GF2 to replace her 11 years old kodak 4MP 10x zoom.

Later at the pc she said she can't really see a difference and that she was happy with her camera. and tbh, i was surprised to see in bright sunlight the (to me obvious) difference was smaller than expected.

The adverts will praise the X30 as superior to small-sensor cameras and rightly so. 80% of camera users don't know what bokeh is and simply don't SEE a difference, their eye doesn't recognise sharpening artefacts or mushy shadow texture. If the colours seem right, the camera works for them. They have heard that digital cams don't work well in dimly lit places, so they don't expect great images from church visits.

sorry, just thinking aloud.

Words of truth, viva cell phone cameras

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 21:52 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (310 comments in total)

Amateurs do not NEED new cameras but it surely is a lot of fun to squabble over them. It is easier to judge a camera that serves a clear-cut niche, more difficult if it is a cross-model like this one: too large to be a true pocketable and in competition with small mirrorless models. There are applications though where a similar camera, and not a CSC, is the best there is. I develop building energy efficiency courses, teach them and perform building audits with heavy use of photographic documentation. I find my Nikon P7800 to be (almost) perfect for the job: it is small enough to fit in my cargo pants pockets, has a sharp lens with a great range, a useful EVF and fully articulated LCD monitor, and enough DR to cover the lousiest of light conditions with fill flash but without HDR. A properly exposed and developed shot up to ISO400 can be printed impeccably up to 16x20". Just the larger sensor and the addition of a high quality EVF makes the X30 worthy of consideration.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 21:49 UTC as 66th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (814 comments in total)
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CMurdock: The Sigma Merrill cameras have the best image quality of any pocketable camera, but DPR won't review them. I wouldn't dream of buying a camera (like this one) that has aggressive sharpening of JPGs that can't be turned off.

Hi ChapelThrill23, I am a seasoned part-time fine art photographer and shoot Raw + jpeg, develop my Raw pics for printing and use jpegs for web posting. My personal experience shows that there is no in-camera jpeg processing engine that can come reasonably close to a well developed Raw file in term of absolute IQ (i quickly reprocess even my jpegs before publishing them). Squeezing all the potential IQ out of a Raw file requires not only a mastership of camera technology and software capabilities but also a clear understanding of human visual perception. I interact with NYC professionals on a regular base and find that VERY few are familiar with the latter. Just one example is the exceptional influence of local contrast. In my experience, the algorithms built into camera processing engines do not take these key IQ drivers into consideration and are not able to properly differentiate between the different processing needs of diverse subjects (often presenting similar histograms).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 17:48 UTC
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (148 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: Hi, I find many of these pics to be fascinating because of the strength of the subject. At the same time, I can't help being annoyed by this nonsense about smartphone photography. In ideal conditions of subject and light one can take interesting pictures with the lousiest of cameras but for consistently good photography smart phones are simply pitiful. There is plenty of people who are not interested in investing time and money in photography, and for them smart phones are just right. Like many others who truly love photography, I take pictures of Nature, landscapes, cityscapes, travel and people. I try to balance technology with technique (not to go crazy about gear) but should be out of my mind to visit a remarkable place like Thailand and rely exclusively on my smartphone camera. I don't buy the portability issue either because there is a choice of little cameras on the market that can do amazing work and fit in your pocket.

Hi, I do carry my Nikon P7800 with me everywhere and photograph in the New York City area anywhere without any problem whatsoever (in places where they do not allow photography you should not use your smart phone either). You just have to get into the habit of having a (smaller) camera with you all the time. There is nothing wrong if you do not, it just means that you don't have that level of dedication. As I already said, for a lot of people smart phone cameras are just right but they do not cut it as a consistently capable photographic tool. This is supposed to be a site for people who truly love photography and articles like these, while fashionable, should not be taken into consideration

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 12:27 UTC
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (148 comments in total)

Hi, I find many of these pics to be fascinating because of the strength of the subject. At the same time, I can't help being annoyed by this nonsense about smartphone photography. In ideal conditions of subject and light one can take interesting pictures with the lousiest of cameras but for consistently good photography smart phones are simply pitiful. There is plenty of people who are not interested in investing time and money in photography, and for them smart phones are just right. Like many others who truly love photography, I take pictures of Nature, landscapes, cityscapes, travel and people. I try to balance technology with technique (not to go crazy about gear) but should be out of my mind to visit a remarkable place like Thailand and rely exclusively on my smartphone camera. I don't buy the portability issue either because there is a choice of little cameras on the market that can do amazing work and fit in your pocket.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2014 at 14:07 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (182 comments in total)

I am a part-time pro and mostly work in fine art, reproductions of artwork and restorations of old photos. I shoot mostly in Raw and have been using PS for a bunch of years. For a time, it was great to be a NAPP member and participate in various Adobe's events. The feeling of "belonging" was good. Like many photographers, I was royally annoyed with the onset of the subscription-only formula. I updated from CS5 to CS6 and decided to stick with it for as long as possible. After the initial annoyance abated, I realized/accepted the fact that Adobe is a for-profit business whose main goal is to maximize stockholders' value. Their marketing and finance decided to go that way ad there is nothing to complain about, excluding the hassle of changing platforms if one does not want to subscribe. Even the model of a low intro price and subsequent increases was not invented by them. The somewhat bitter lesson is: we are not a large happy family of creative people, profit is the name of the game.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 21:31 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (236 comments in total)
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dwm2020: I fail to see how the RX10 is considered a 'compact' camera, beside it having a small sensor.

Why is the sony different from other Bridge cameras and not considered one?

Disrespectful, misguided comment that disregards the feelings of most of our fellow commentators. I do not not know who the "us who understand this art" are. I have been a successful fine art photographer for decades, have worked with more film and digital gear that I can shake a stick at, have a truckload of awards, write about and teach the art but still agree with dwm2020 100%. Please stay out of this forum if you cannot maintain a civilized discourse.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 13:18 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (236 comments in total)

While offering a unique and excellent feature set in a relatively small body, this is not a camera that most of us would call a compact. By size and price, I think that comparing it to a small MFT would be more realistic. Now the problem is wrapping your head around a camera that is so capable but has a fix lens. But the EVF and LCD are great and the zoom is a magnificent 24-200mm f/2.8, a range that encompasses most photography, and try to buy it as an interchangeable lens ... The body is weather-resistant too ... It looks to me that this camera, while clashing with a generally accepted camera design, offers a tremendous bang for the buck for landscape, travel, family and associated photography. It warrants a trip to B&H and some playtime.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 02:31 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (335 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: For a long time as an outdoor photographer I could not find a better balance of features, ergonomics and price than with the Olympus OM2n and its Zuiko lenses. I am happy that with their E-M camera system Olympus is back to that level of quality. I love exploring and my photography is always challenging, requiring getting up at some ungodly hours, a well supplied backpack and being ready for some tough weather. I am lucky to live close to B&H and visit monthly to check out the new toys. Last week, I had the E-M10 in my hands for a while. I left asking myself how it was possible not to fall in love with it. Minimum size and weight but excellent build quality, beautiful EVF and LCD, good control layout, awesome features and customization, and a sensor that can give you fine-art quality poster prints through a good ISO range. If I compare my beloved Pentax K5 with the two DA* f/2.8 zooms to the E-M10 (or the weatherized E-M1) with the equivalent M43 pro zooms at comparable prices ...

For me, Pentax is in the APS-C system what Olympus and Panasonic are in the M43: a winning combination of features, ergonomics and prices. I find it difficult to give up my Pentax gear - I would get the K3 in a heartbeat if I could afford it - but handling the E-M cameras with the available selection of M43 lenses makes it really tempting. If I had the budget for it I would keep them both just for the pleasure to shoot with such amazing tools.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 12:00 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (335 comments in total)

For a long time as an outdoor photographer I could not find a better balance of features, ergonomics and price than with the Olympus OM2n and its Zuiko lenses. I am happy that with their E-M camera system Olympus is back to that level of quality. I love exploring and my photography is always challenging, requiring getting up at some ungodly hours, a well supplied backpack and being ready for some tough weather. I am lucky to live close to B&H and visit monthly to check out the new toys. Last week, I had the E-M10 in my hands for a while. I left asking myself how it was possible not to fall in love with it. Minimum size and weight but excellent build quality, beautiful EVF and LCD, good control layout, awesome features and customization, and a sensor that can give you fine-art quality poster prints through a good ISO range. If I compare my beloved Pentax K5 with the two DA* f/2.8 zooms to the E-M10 (or the weatherized E-M1) with the equivalent M43 pro zooms at comparable prices ...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 21:26 UTC as 69th comment | 4 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1645 comments in total)

It looks like another jewel of a camera to me. If we accept the fact that different people have different shooting styles and favorite subjects, then the proper question for judging this or any other camera would be: what is it good for? As a "mature", fine art photographer, I like to "sip" my photography. I also love the look of mechanically refined gear which gives me a sense of fine craftsmanship. I appreciate the functionality of button and dial controls but still enjoy the feeling of older-style controls. This camera would not be my first choice for fast action photography but there are caveats here too. I do take publication-quality action photos of animals with slower cameras because I spent the time to learn and predict animal behavior, and "be there" at the right time and place with the camera ready for the shot. It seems like the X-T1 can offer high IQ together with a very enjoyable shooting experience for my kind of photography. It needs a good set of weatherized lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 15:17 UTC as 79th comment | 2 replies
On Readers' Choice: Best Gear of 2013 Awards article (194 comments in total)
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Frank C.: m4/3 = poor dof control. I would never buy m4/3 just because of that, FX is ok, DX is borderline, m4/3 is plain ol' bad

Dear JB, Frank C. forgot to explain that shallow depth of field, which gets shallower and blurs the background more with the increased size of the sensor, is paramount to him personally. Millions of photographers (including me with my award-winning fine art photography) are very happy with the other side of the coin: increased dof for the same f/stop, the ability to stay closer to the lens IQ sweet spot (f/5.6, f/8) and avoid extreme f/stops (f/16 or f/22) were diffraction rules and kills sharpness. If I need shallow dof with my m4/3 and APS-C gear, I do not mind just using a longer lens. The E-M10 looks like an excellent first camera to me (quality/size/weight/price balance), and it comes with a comprehensive selection of dedicated lenses which you would greatly appreciate as your technique grows.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
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