Beshkno

Beshkno

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Works as a Guide, Naturalist, photographer
Joined on Nov 3, 2018

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On article NPPA publishes Best of Photojournalism winners in book (69 comments in total)

Interesting photos, some of them, but photojournalism? I don't think so. I don't consider posed portraits, a street parade, heavily edited photos or a basketball game photojournalism.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2023 at 16:31 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
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John Koch: Eagles in action are difficult to photograph. One must hide near a spot where they must linger in order to feed. Often that may be along a frozen river where the birds perch and wait for fish to appear at an opening in the ice. Tree branches or sun backlighting can challenge a proper view. Or a clear view may require being rather far upstream or downstream from the birds. They may be most active at frigid daybreak, when light is low. The birds may sit idle for a very long time, then lunge quickly and without warning. Subramaniam's prize pic certainly required lots of patience and repeat efforts.

The nine photos that won "honorable mention" would also be nice to see, except that the NG site requires one enter an email address, something my crowded in-box suggests I have furnished too often.

John, Have you ever been to Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Alaska? If you have you could have easily seen dozens or hundreds of bald eagles in a matter of a few hours. It's a place where as many as 5k eagles hang out. It's one of the most popular bald eagle locations in North America where there's 100 bald eagles for ever crow. Those eagles walk into the water and drag the fish ashore because the fish are too big to flyaway with. It's not a very inspiring sight.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2023 at 17:36 UTC
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Windeguy: Just curious. How many of you that were critical of this photo have won an international photo contest? Please post links to your winning photos.

@mcshan, very true. The " show me your winning photo" is so juvenile but always present when contrary opinions are made. Indeed art is subjective, however, these kinds of images can also be viewed objectively. In my case I worked in that area and I know what surrounds the crop of that photo. This place is home to several thousand bald eagles and unlike the pairs or solitary bald eagles who hunt fish on most rivers & lakes, here the eagles cannot catch & lift those heavy salmon instead, they wait on shore for a salmon to come nearby then the eagle walks into the water and drags the fish ashore. Wildlife? Sure, but so is a bald eagle sitting atop a roadkill deer having an easy meal. In that case the bald eagle is no different than a buzzard and I haven't seen an award winning photo of an eagle on a roadkill.

To watch the patience & skill of a bald eagle scanning a lake or river from distance then diving to snatch a fish is dramatic and exemplifies the majesty of this great bird!

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2023 at 16:56 UTC
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Beshkno: The place this photo was taken is much like taking photos at a zoo. The river nearby has thousands of salmon in inches deep water exposed to predators much like an injured animal or a school of fish in a bowl. Often there's more eagles than you can count. To me, understanding the location (a baited photo), this photo does is not technically great and for all intents and purposes is a poor representation of wildlife imo. I've seen cellphone photos which were more dramatic!

I worked for the park service for decades and I've seen at times over a hundred photographers fighting for a vantage point. Sorry, this is not an award winning photo.

You're clearly being defensive for no good reason. It does not matter who took it, it's essentially a staged photo. Btw, I don't take zoo or bird feeder photos.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2023 at 23:53 UTC

The place this photo was taken is much like taking photos at a zoo. The river nearby has thousands of salmon in inches deep water exposed to predators much like an injured animal or a school of fish in a bowl. Often there's more eagles than you can count. To me, understanding the location (a baited photo), this photo does is not technically great and for all intents and purposes is a poor representation of wildlife imo. I've seen cellphone photos which were more dramatic!

I worked for the park service for decades and I've seen at times over a hundred photographers fighting for a vantage point. Sorry, this is not an award winning photo.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2023 at 23:44 UTC as 33rd comment | 8 replies

The last thing most countries need to worry about is wether cameras are made in China. China's world wide ambitions in dominating manufacturing and cultivating regional influence in places like Africa (already a major player there) along with a military which is very close to becoming #1 and it's claim to Taiwan should make not only companies but countries wary.

USA led the migration of its manufacturing into China after giving China the same trade designation as third world developing countries allowed China virtually unrestricted exports to USA and China laughed all the way to the bank! The reasons some companies exit China is not necessarily important as leaving is good and better yet that all major players get out of there. There's also other scenarios which are not good namely China's backup plan to shift trade and manufacturing into Africa. China thinks in centuries while the west thinks in days.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2023 at 20:00 UTC as 40th comment
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Beshkno: Camera, camera, camera... If the photos posted in the forum sections of this website represent the best work from the gear used then clearly any camera from the past 20 years would suffice. Very few people know how to shoot a good landscape and that applies to most genres. For the majority of the people the camera makes no difference other than ownership rights and perceived improvement.

@ Astro, and the lens...

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2023 at 22:16 UTC
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Beshkno: Camera, camera, camera... If the photos posted in the forum sections of this website represent the best work from the gear used then clearly any camera from the past 20 years would suffice. Very few people know how to shoot a good landscape and that applies to most genres. For the majority of the people the camera makes no difference other than ownership rights and perceived improvement.

A friend of mine is an outstanding photographer and creates artwork with his camera. His photos are displayed everywhere from hospitals to performing art centers. He still uses a pair of well used D800's and three lenses and tells me he has all he needs.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2023 at 14:13 UTC

Camera, camera, camera... If the photos posted in the forum sections of this website represent the best work from the gear used then clearly any camera from the past 20 years would suffice. Very few people know how to shoot a good landscape and that applies to most genres. For the majority of the people the camera makes no difference other than ownership rights and perceived improvement.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2023 at 13:29 UTC as 44th comment | 22 replies

Rather disturbing to see that old lady pulling a leash attached to a fox! I think there's better subjects to photograph.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2023 at 01:44 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies
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SimonUK5: Isn't this just a list of stuff that no one wants to buy?

Very useful data for Lens rentals business models but otherwise doesn't really tell you much.

Camera makers would probably rather that the rental market wasn't there at all, then all those rentals might become sales instead.

@ SimonUK5 I agree. I don't think what lens rentals rents represents anything other than rentals and not an indicator of camera market share. Car rentals do not represent much either as one report said most popular was a Hyundai family sedan and other cars most people do not buy like mustangs, which are cool but hardly a top seller.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2022 at 18:53 UTC

" The fire burned uncontrolled for three days and effectively destroyed the entire factory"

I find this very puzzling. Was there no fire suppression system? With a proper fire suppression system most fires are either extinguished or significantly muted. Hard to imagine three days of "uncontrolled." With a properly installed wet pipe sprinkler system 100% of the floor area is covered.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2022 at 16:05 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies

This is a nice little film camera. Cheap & fun to use. I dare say to the naysayers questioning the plastic lens that its likely far better than their skillset!

Sadly, far too many in these forums are consumed with specifications & mostly useless details, however, have nothing to show for themselves photographically. Compulsive keyboard critics. I can't confirm this but I've heard through reliable sources that all the naysayers have yet to take a photo worthy to mount on the side of a fridge never mind the front door. Could that be true?

Link | Posted on May 27, 2022 at 14:09 UTC as 36th comment | 5 replies
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Beshkno: As remarkable this telescope, it's a product of decades of evolution in technologies. Perhaps far more impressive was our (USA) space program which started in 1961 and in less than 10 years we put men on the moon a feat which no other country has even attempted (in any meaningful way) in 6 decades! This telescope could be duplicated if not already by other countries.
Digital cameras of today with the ability to record images in virtual darkness, store tens of thousands of images in a memory card the size of a postage stamp, insane frame rates and IQ!!, etc. Yes, many younger people take most of current tech for granted but I grew up in the 50's & 60's. I thought the compact portable AM radio I bought with money earned from a paper route (newspapers for youngsters) was incredible! Size of a pack of cigarette w/earbuds! I was able to afford it by saving a few weeks of route money, about $15.00. Computers? Whats to say how they have evolved to become so normal.

Easily? Of course it would not be easy but within the capability of the Chinese? Very likely. The point I made about USA Moon landing-it was so incredibly technologically difficult and costly no country in over half a century has even attempted it. The telescope is entirely different and very much an eventuality for some countries as there are others who do posses the knowledge but perhaps not the interest..They are much more pragmatic and practical in their developmental strategies. Besides why spend the money when USA shares most of its exploratory equipment? They [that other country] do things which benefit them and in ways the USA often does not.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2022 at 15:27 UTC
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Beshkno: As remarkable this telescope, it's a product of decades of evolution in technologies. Perhaps far more impressive was our (USA) space program which started in 1961 and in less than 10 years we put men on the moon a feat which no other country has even attempted (in any meaningful way) in 6 decades! This telescope could be duplicated if not already by other countries.
Digital cameras of today with the ability to record images in virtual darkness, store tens of thousands of images in a memory card the size of a postage stamp, insane frame rates and IQ!!, etc. Yes, many younger people take most of current tech for granted but I grew up in the 50's & 60's. I thought the compact portable AM radio I bought with money earned from a paper route (newspapers for youngsters) was incredible! Size of a pack of cigarette w/earbuds! I was able to afford it by saving a few weeks of route money, about $15.00. Computers? Whats to say how they have evolved to become so normal.

The first USA manned spacecraft, the Mercury capsule was the size of a 55 gal drum with a few instruments and some toggle switches. The Apollow Saturn V rocket with, Apollo capsule, command center capsule, Lunar rover etc., etc., was 365 feet tall, weighed 2.8 million kilograms (6.2 million pounds), the weight of about 400 elephants. The Statue of Liberty is 305 feet tall and weighs 450,000 pounds. You can only fully appreciate this space ship when viewing it at the Space center. I was fortunate to have watched 4 launches!

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2022 at 13:57 UTC

As remarkable this telescope, it's a product of decades of evolution in technologies. Perhaps far more impressive was our (USA) space program which started in 1961 and in less than 10 years we put men on the moon a feat which no other country has even attempted (in any meaningful way) in 6 decades! This telescope could be duplicated if not already by other countries.
Digital cameras of today with the ability to record images in virtual darkness, store tens of thousands of images in a memory card the size of a postage stamp, insane frame rates and IQ!!, etc. Yes, many younger people take most of current tech for granted but I grew up in the 50's & 60's. I thought the compact portable AM radio I bought with money earned from a paper route (newspapers for youngsters) was incredible! Size of a pack of cigarette w/earbuds! I was able to afford it by saving a few weeks of route money, about $15.00. Computers? Whats to say how they have evolved to become so normal.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2022 at 13:39 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies

Apple isn't shamed nor intimidated by litigating lawsuits virtually every day of their existence nor will they worry about 100 pros. They abandoned photographers without any guilt and may do the same with FCP. It's the Apple way.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2022 at 23:49 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies

Andy Warhol's daughter?

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2022 at 11:56 UTC as 12th comment
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AstroStan: Expanding the top image reveals likely Bahtinov mask diffraction patterns.

Bahtinov masks are used by many amateurs to focus astro-images. They produce a distinct X with a bar thru it, The bar moves with focus changes. Best focus places the bar at the intersection of the X. The Webb image suggests that most of the mirrors are near correct focus, though obviously need to be tilted to a common focal point.

Boris Badenov and his wife Natasha were the ones who created the Badenov mask not Bahtinov.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2022 at 17:08 UTC
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MagicCH: Sorry. And it makes you try and seek subjects where it works best.

Thats the case for every lens. Point a $12k lens in the wrong direction and...

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2022 at 13:32 UTC
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