Wally Brooks

Lives in United States Austin, TX, United States
Joined on Jan 15, 2011
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I live in weird yet humble town of Austin, TX

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Wally Brooks: If you look at multiple images of the same print done by Adams, you see differences. His post-processing would not allow for exact duplication. His vision of what he wanted to create falls into the graphic artist side of photography. A general theme he used was Big Sky, Big Fore-ground, Big Object- tree cliff face, mountain, etc. Everything Adams did was focused -yes, it’s a pun- on printing. Today in the digital era I think we should emphasize more on the outcomes, the finished print along with design. Too many images live on display screens of on a hard drive.

Simple zone system explanation. Meter the scene. Not enough dynamic range for the image you want? Increase negative development time. Too much dynamic range decrease development time. The exposure was tied to your light meter and where you wanted the shadows to be. Highlights were a function of development time. The work began in post.

Thanks for the note. When I started the zone system I carried 25 film cassettes with 50 sheets of film. later I carried a few cassettes and usually was looking for one image.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 11:22 UTC

If you look at multiple images of the same print done by Adams, you see differences. His post-processing would not allow for exact duplication. His vision of what he wanted to create falls into the graphic artist side of photography. A general theme he used was Big Sky, Big Fore-ground, Big Object- tree cliff face, mountain, etc. Everything Adams did was focused -yes, it’s a pun- on printing. Today in the digital era I think we should emphasize more on the outcomes, the finished print along with design. Too many images live on display screens of on a hard drive.

Simple zone system explanation. Meter the scene. Not enough dynamic range for the image you want? Increase negative development time. Too much dynamic range decrease development time. The exposure was tied to your light meter and where you wanted the shadows to be. Highlights were a function of development time. The work began in post.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2018 at 11:39 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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Wally Brooks: Didn't Adams also say something like "its the 12 inches behind the camera that are important!" forgive my paraphrasing.

:-)

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 15:17 UTC

Didn't Adams also say something like "its the 12 inches behind the camera that are important!" forgive my paraphrasing.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 20:37 UTC as 59th comment | 4 replies

It's a ruling that upholds the right of the courts to set precedent! It worked out for the photographer too as the law does not allow for the monkey or their Advocate (PETA) to litigate policy that PETA would like to have as a precedent.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 20:35 UTC as 81st comment
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BobT3218: It is said that perhaps this will breath life into Flickr. As a long time user of SmugMug, I hope this will breath life into it SmugMug. The vibrancy of old has gone in favour of stayed commercialism.

Spell check UGH!!

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 12:26 UTC

Some of the comments mentioned how online outreach is replacing traditional. Digital Transformation is changing everything! Companies need to adapt or go out of business. It's not a pleasant thought trusted dependable brands who don't adapt may not survive- I am not saying this will happen to Elinchrom- only that its a fact of modern business.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 19:05 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Sigma interview: 'This is just the beginning' (340 comments in total)
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LadislavCZ: Please can we put this great man into the Canon CEO position?

Just kidding but this interview and the answers form Sigma CEO is so refreshing, open etc. This is a day and night against the Canon guys. He knows what he wants to achieve and how, he has already his next plans and steps in head. He is obviously passionated for photography and I really liked that part where he mentioned that have once a year special project where they don`t care about sales. His new strategy obviously work great and he has so much improved the brand name in the last years.

Big RESPECT for Mr. Kazuto Yamaki !

This would be the man I would like to work under.

Nikon needs him more! ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2018 at 21:04 UTC
On article Sigma interview: 'This is just the beginning' (340 comments in total)

I always like reading Yamaki-Sans comments. My Sigma 17-50 on my Nikon D7200 is a stellar performer. So is my Sigma Merrill DP2 & DP3. I use the Merrils exactly like my 3 view cameras. Low ISO, Tripod, Cable Release, Show up a Dawn, & pray for no wind.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2018 at 21:03 UTC as 35th comment

I shoot Nikon D7200 for stills. I always shot Nikon, and don't do much video. That said this looks like a marketing gimmick. I know enough to ask about the T-Stops... Atmos has a great reputation. Is the Atmos model good? Let me know

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2018 at 20:56 UTC as 16th comment
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (461 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Hand-held pixel shift would solve the problem of the camera moving but what solves the problem of the subject moving? Maybe "anti-ghosting" software like what's used in HDR apps?

Start the thread with some good "Ghosting" humor and end with a serious discussion,,,

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2018 at 12:19 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (461 comments in total)
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BobORama: For me the camera is a tool, not a religion. Those for which cameras are a religion, are often tools. For me, the K-1 is there to do a job and solve problems. Things like catch-in-focus and pixel shift are easily dismissed as Gimmicks - until you start using them. Pixel shift is great for any static subject, so landscapes, still life, or product photography - I use it all the time. IF the K-1 II can deliver a similar capability handheld, that would be wonderful. Catch in focus allows you to use your camera as an automated wildlife camera. The camera waits for a subject to be in focus, and it takes the shot. You can combine that with continuous shooting modes. When that shy squirrel FINALLY pokes his head out, click-click-click ... while you drink coffee. When that humming bird approaches the feeder, click-click-click. Plus, if you like manual lenses, it makes using them very easy. IBIS makes lens, even one you made at home, usable handheld.

Wonderful comment on Camera as religion.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2018 at 12:14 UTC

Interesting because we keep hearing from photo blogs that cameras evolution is now occurring in very small steps.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2018 at 12:21 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies

Apple will offer and charge $2000 per device.....

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2018 at 12:05 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

If this is correct Nikon must do for Nikon lenses what Fuji did for their mirrorless camera line. Fuji announced a roadmap, built quality lenses, marketing - don't get me started Nikon marketing is terrible- show prototypes, etc.

Otherwise its another misstep for Nikon management.

I wonder if anyone at Mitsubishi - I think they are financing and telling Nikon management to get their act together these days - are reading these forums about Nikon miss management.

Nikon leadership is like President Trump. Step forward 2 steps fall back on your bum 40 steps... This is a metaphor for Nikon, not an invitation to make comments about Trump Stupid...

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2018 at 12:35 UTC as 43rd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1026 comments in total)

I have a GX7 for business travel and its touchscreen controls are excellent. Panasonic did their touchscreen right in terms of usability...

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 11:49 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply

The comment about the flash units not working while close together is invalid.

While the comment about close range transmitter and receiver is true for Godox it's also true for every other trigger and receiver.

A learning moment.

Radio receivers and transmitters will desensitize each other when in close proximity. This varies by design and manufacturer and affects all devices emitting radio frequencies.

The Fix: Separate the devices by an unknown amount- trial and error!

For handheld on a flash bracket, you would use a flash cable.

Hoping for a fix isn't likely to happen as the cause also deals with how much metal shielding is built into all devices, transmit and receive frequency, circuit design and gaps/holes in all the cases where radio waves slip through-they act like water!

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 12:31 UTC as 6th comment
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1095 comments in total)

We still have a well stocked and popular camera store in Austin. A local pro photo blogger-Kirk Tuck- polled the store sales team and 13 out of 14 now shoot mirrorless as their primary platform...

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 11:57 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply
On article Matthews unveils C-stand shoulder and roller bags (21 comments in total)

I get the impression this is needed for making the appearance of being professional. Show up, unload, and stack your boxes on set before setting up...

Functional yes. Expensive yes. Then again it says photography....

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 12:40 UTC as 4th comment
On article Matthews unveils C-stand shoulder and roller bags (21 comments in total)
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Nikon_Kyo: I just use a $50 utility wagon to carry my gear on location. Cheaper solution.

That and a bunch of bungee chords and your all set.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 12:34 UTC
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