Chuck Lantz

Lives in United States San Francisco, CA, United States
Works as a Internet content management, photography,
Has a website at chucklantz.com
Joined on Aug 7, 2003
About me:

Specializing in yacht racing, auto racing, motorcycle racing and surfing photography.

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On photo Thunderheads With Egret in the Wings challenge (33 comments in total)

For the doubters here: There's a term used whenever there is doubt about the authenticity of an individual's work product, whether it be a photo, graphic art, an essay, etc. It's called "body of work", and it essentially means "is the quality of the single work in question similar to all other work produced or presented by the individual?" In Buzz Lightyear's case, the body of work in his gallery should erase all doubt about the Thunderheads With Egret image.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 19:08 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On photo Thunderheads With Egret in the Wings challenge (33 comments in total)
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Buzz Lightyear: Thanks all for the votes and your comments. Yes, this is a rare image for a couple of reasons: being able to photograph an Egret with wings beautifully spread in flight like this right in front of my camera is amazingly lucky timing to begin with - but the appearance of such dynamic Thunderhead clouds, without rain involved, in the area where I live (Monterey Bay, California) is an impossibly rare occurrence. I have seen such clouds maybe twice in the 36 years I have lived here.

Buzz: Amazing shot!

I have to ask: ... right after you hit the shutter button, did you say to yourself; "Please, please, PLEASE! let this one be in focus!" ?

PS: Ain't that D7100 a truly great camera? I loved the one I had. It was recently stolen, and I can't wait to either replace it or get a D7200. I noticed that you have a D810, too. That sounds like the perfect combination. The best of both worlds.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 18:52 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (296 comments in total)
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Fujica: There is no reason to upgrade from the D7200 to the D7500.
It would make no sense. It will not make you a better photographer and it just has nothing to offer that makes the upgrade really necessary.

I do not see the target audience for Nikon with the D7500.
In more then a few ways its a downgrade from the D7200.

Such a pity to see Nikon fall so hard as if they loose all grip on how to run a camerabusiness.

I think Nikon should really reconsider its line-up.
All that is needed is:

1 low end APS-C Model
1 Mid end APS-C Model
1 High end APS-C Model

1 Mid end FF
1 Mid end High Res FF
1 High end model.

So that makes 6 camera models in total instead of 13.
You could even ask yourself if it is worth to even make a low end model these days.

Also I think its about time to move to mirrorless.
Even though some still think it is not the future - I am personally convinced that DSLR are on the end of their life cycle. The next innovation in this market will be global triggered shutters.

"If Nikon think most people who have paid £1000 for their previous camera are just going to drop nearly twice that much for a D500, then they are badly mistaken." - Tbolt47

Apparently then, I'm not "most people", since I went from a D7100 to a D500, with absolutely no regrets. While the D7100 is a great camera, the D500 is definitely worth the extra money. It's not a step up, it's a giant leap up.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 04:53 UTC
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skanter: Does the photographer have a family? If it were me, I'd be thinking about them losing me before my role as a photographer. Is the photo so important?

stevo23: A lot of very brave photojournalists have done that very thing; ... gotten the shots and died trying to get more. I can't speak for you or anyone else, but I have the deepest respect for them for doing so.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 02:59 UTC

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was puzzled why manufacturers like Nikon didn't seem to react very much, if at all, to comments in camera forums. After all, isn't that the best place to check the pulse of the consumer side of the market?

But lately, I am far less puzzled, since almost every comment I've been seeing lately is flat-out, full-bore negative. I could understand this if I was hearing the same negativity, or anything even close to it, from photographers in the "real world." But I don't. Nary a single peep about a "dying market", or the "stupidity" of _______ (any company name goes here) management."

The only possible explanation I can come up with is that prolonged exposure to some sort of emissions from computer screens is interrupting that part of the brain that controls logic. But that's just a guess. As for me, I'm still happily firing away with my (apparently) already obsolete brand-new Nikons.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 04:19 UTC as 123rd comment | 2 replies
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skanter: Does the photographer have a family? If it were me, I'd be thinking about them losing me before my role as a photographer. Is the photo so important?

If you have to ask the question; "is the photo so important", then you don't get the point of good photojournalism. Photos are often the best evidence of actual, important events. Please notice that I wrote "evidence" rather than "proof", since as we all know, photos can be manipulated.

But without photos such as this one, questions remain unanswered and gaps are left in the historical record.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 21:51 UTC
On challenge Skiing and Snowboarding (1 comment in total)

This Challenge has the absolute best selection of photos that I have seen here in a very long time, maybe the best ever. There isn't a weak shot in the entire bunch. Maybe it's because of the subject, since the shooters have already made quite a commitment, dragging their gear into the cold snow to get the shot. Whatever the reason, thanks to the Challenge host for picking such a great subject!

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 21:26 UTC as 1st comment

Rishi: Can you comment on the rumor that every one of the D500 and D5 Beta testers have discovered that, after learning how to operate all the buttons on these new models, they have now somehow become expert accordion players?

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 17:33 UTC as 9th comment
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raztec: Kudos to Nikon for continuing to develop the AF module. However, too complicated for me.

Is this level of customization and complexity in AF something that was genuinely demanded by pros? Or is Nikon's marketing department simply trying to use it as a selling feature to distinguish it from the competition?

DSLRs last remaining advantage is in AF, so it's good to see them pushing that envelope and trying to stay ahead of mirrorless.

raztec: I can't think of anything more absolutely vital in photography than being able to control focus, and getting the most realistic sharpness - or softness - when and where you want it in a photo. As far as I know, the only component of a photo that cannot be realistically and adequately corrected using currently available post-process systems is sharpness.

While there are sharpening programs that can come very close to perfect, in most instances "very close" is not good enough. So being able to have as much control over AF as possible is a huge plus, especially for pros.

On the other hand, among those people whose job is selecting which photos "work" and which don't, there is a growing number who are now accepting shots that were once considered too soft, or, worse yet, accepting shots that have been sharpened in very goofy and physically improbable ways.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 03:36 UTC
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GeorgeP71: Crazy! By the time one learns all the possible combinations and when to use them the camera will be superseded
.i would rather get the D750

If you don't need to use most of the features for certain shots, you just ignore them. But I guess some people drive around worrying about all the features that control their car's heater on a hot day; ... "Ohmigawd! I paid for that heater but I can't use it right now!"

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 03:13 UTC
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Dazed and Confused: I have to admit to not really understanding why you'd want to do this:

>when I got the composition I wanted, and there was no more subject movement, I'd often want the camera to stop tracking in the X-Y plane, but continue tracking in depth (refocusing if the subject or photographer approaches or recedes).

What is the disadvantage of just leaving it in AF-C - it'll still track for depth, as you want? Why would you not want it to track in the X-Y plane if the subject moved, as surely you'd need that in order to regain your desired composition?

Dazed and confused: This type of selective tracking is very useful when shooting motor racing, especially at or near corners, when there are a group of cars or motorcycles, some moving X-Y, some visually stable and moving towards or away from you (depth only), and others doing both as they approach or recede.

It can get very tricky, especially when you're trying to track a specific point on a specific vehicle, all while the other half your brain is constantly calculating and recalculating your ever-changing escape route should things go wrong.

But it's still safer than shooting weddings. ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 23:38 UTC
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paulbysea: I don't need to know about these features. It might be helpful or useful to know about them if you are a Nikon shooter or considering a change of system. For the rest of us it would be more useless information and I for one have enough of that thank you;)

paulbysea: Gentle humor and sarcasm are not easily recognized on the internet, since we can't see your raised eyebrow and/or wink. It's like listening to a French comedian on the radio; ... how do we know he's being funny if we can't see him shrug his shoulders? (Stolen from the Graham Norton show)

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 23:22 UTC
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MANZURul: A built in flash in D500 would be very useful.

According to the Nikon reps at the launch event that I attended, the primary reason that the D500 does not have an onboard flash is that the flash mechanism takes up space Nikon would rather use for the prism assembly.

It was also mentioned that the samples of the D500 and D5 we were shown and allowed to handle did not yet have the complete new AF systems installed, and a quick menu search confirmed that the samples had the same AF fine-tune controls as the D3 and D4 cameras. It was hinted that minor glitches in the new AF system is the likely cause for the slight delay in getting the D500 released.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 10:19 UTC
On article Behind the camera: Beauty photographer Lindsay Adler (29 comments in total)

The first time I saw Adler's work was on the Sigma Corporation website, where she's one of the Sigma Pro shooter staff, which includes an excellent lineup; Jennifer Rozenbaum, Roman Kurywczak, Robert O’Toole, David FitzSimmons, Judy Host, Kevin Ames, Ryuichi Oshimoto, Steve Chesler, Liam Doran and James Schmelzer. A very strong team to be on.

Adler has done some excellent work with the Sigma SD1M, some of which can be seen on her website at http://www.lindsayadlerphotography.com/

What stands-out for me about her work is the clean, uncluttered, yet rich and imaginative look of her photos. She's also refreshingly open about her shooting style, technique and settings, and since she's one of very few fashion shooters using the Foveon-sensored Sigma SD1M, she's obviously not afraid to push the envelope a bit.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 05:19 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
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Aroart: I personally know quit a few photographers and videographers here in NY. Every time they use a Sony camera they all complain about the terrible battery life over priced lenses and ocassionall crashes. They either return them in a week or use them for a side kick and family gatherings. While the image quality is there I don't think it would be able to take the physical abuse and demands of a pro that shoots weddings or in extreme weather... So technically this camera realy should not be on best overall list...One more issue Sony doesn't even have the most used lense in there system lineup the 70-200 2.8.......

One very important aspect of camera - and lens - ownership that is rarely mentioned in reviews is customer service. Even the best cameras can develop a minor or major case of the hiccups, requiring a trip to the manufacturer's service center.

Over the past few decades I've dealt with the service departments at four major camera gear makers, and from best to worst I'd rate them as follows:

Sigma (yes, Sigma) has been the best, with Nikon a very close second. Then Canon, and far, far back in (very) dead last place; Sony. Which is why I could never even contemplate buying an A7RII, even if the thing produced perfect images, every shot. No matter how good the Sonys are, having to constantly battle their service department over every issue simply is not worth it.

Obviously, my experiences with Sony may not be typical and could just be a long series of coincidental bad luck. But as the old mobster said in the film Casino; "Why take chances?"

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2015 at 11:05 UTC
On challenge High key PhotoGraphy (1 comment in total)

I have the opposite opinion of ConanFujiX. Of all the Challenges that I've seen over the past few years here, the entries in this one are the best work I've seen on DPR. Some truly brilliant art, most of which would fit into any high-end photography exhibit.

And the order of finishing, from top to bottom, looks very reasonable when compared to many of the Challenges here.

One of the parameters I use when judging art, including photos, is to ask if I would buy and display the work being judged. In this Challenge, I would say "yes" to maybe 60 to 80% of these entries.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 21:18 UTC as 2nd comment
On challenge Jet Engine Aircraft (2 comments in total)

I took a look at this Challenge after seeing that, so far, it had only one vote. What stunned me was seeing how truly great the entries are! I often photograph aircraft on assignment, so I see lots of professional photos of planes, and almost every one of the fifty entries here can stand up to the pro shots in quality. Nice work! (And I will definitely vote)

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 08:00 UTC as 2nd comment
On challenge Surfers (27 comments in total)
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Bhimaprasad Maiti: In consonance with the last item on additional rule, will Mr.Host will please explain the odd additional colours appearing some shots of weaves which are unnatural as a global colour of weaves.Does he feel that the photographers have not adhered to Shot Integrity of the photo.Does those abnormal photos demand any special treatment by him ,before throwing those shots for voting by voters cum viewers.

Could the colors on the waves that some people are seeing simply be reflections of clouds or other objects? I've gotten that effect when photographing surfers beneath the Golden Gate bridge, which resulted in orange reflections on the waves.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2015 at 09:36 UTC
On challenge Surfers (27 comments in total)

According to the rules, which are fairly open-ended - "...and anywhere in between." - these can all be called "surfing shots."

Besides that, and as one who has shot thousands of surfing images and has learned the hard way, what constitutes a good "surfing shot" depends heavily on who's looking at it. The girlfriend, the mom, the sponsor, and the surfer themselves all seem to want a different look. I have never taken, or even seen, a single shot that will please them all.

So, with that in mind, every entry in this Challenge can be called a valid surfing shot.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 07:49 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo FLY in the Sport Action challenge (1 comment in total)

Excellent capture!

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 02:17 UTC as 1st comment
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