contadorfan

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nikonosv: Flickr - A relic of the internet's past. It could have superceded many popular sites today, like Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, etc but now it's basically cast off in the same category as Myspace, Livejournal, Xanga, etc.

Here's how relevant Flickr is today amongst creatives: ZERO.
I've been a semi-pro/pro photog for the past three years and have interacted with hundreds of fellow professional/enthusiast photographers, clients, and creatives. Guess how many times the word 'Flickr' has been brought up? NONE.
That's right, I haven't heard the word Flickr in the real world in over three years, most people don't even know what it is/was.

I just looked over the site now and the community seems to have gone down drastically. Many photography groups are now ghost towns. It seems like the only people who use it now are just legacy carryovers who are too set in their ways to switch to anything else.

"Creatives" are the most sheep-like types I know, always flocking to the latest trendy thing and fearful of looking dated. Flickr is a fine site and still useful for serious photographers. I prefer Flickr's display to the big name social media's, which is why this "creative" (pretentious term, IMO) still likes to use it.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 13:40 UTC
On photo Nowhere in the The Illusion of Depth and Distance challenge (2 comments in total)

So beautiful!

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2016 at 01:46 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo No butts about it in the Show us SEATS! challenge (8 comments in total)

Terrific image!

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 17:50 UTC as 6th comment
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1230 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: Can you imagine if your cell phone had a rotary dial and a bunch of buttons the old phones had? Fuji is looking just as ridiculous.
Fuji is on a suicidal mission picking up long dead camera designs which were discarded by the camera evolution and trying to sell them at exorbitant prices.

I miss rotary dial phones.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 22:18 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1230 comments in total)
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noisephotographer: No touchscreen

I hate touch screens. So sick of jab, jab, jabbing at the d*mn things.

Even my year-old grandbaby starts tapping & swiping when he sees black glass. That's a sign of the times, I guess.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 17:38 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1230 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: You need a grip and three batteries to have the battery life of a DSLR. How much does all that combo weigh ? You could probably get a D750 for that ..

17,000 images over 2 days? It would take me years to cull & pp that many images. The most I've taken in a day is 240 pictures, so criticisms of short battery life has proven to be a non-issue for me. One back up battery is all I need.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 17:24 UTC
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ambercool: No photography means no photography. Why are some of you guys against this? If it's that big of a deal to take a photo we still have our cameras(existed way before cell phones) and film for press related things.

Can someone please explain the harm in photographing an art work? Flash degrades the paints eventually, so that much I understand. But taking a non-flash picture of a painting that strikes you -- so what? It's not a high quality reproduction suitable for commercial purposes.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 13:11 UTC
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (120 comments in total)
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Camera Newton: Sony had a bunch of old parts collecting dust in a warehouse from all the A77II cameras that never sold and some other parts from the old parts bin. So they stuck those 2.7 inch LCDs that were laying around since 2007 on a body with leftover A77II pieces.
In 2008 Sony held more than 13% of the DSLR market. Then they had this crazy SLT idea. Guess what their DSLR/SLT market share is down to now. (hint: a 3 toed sloth could count the percentage points on his toes and have toes left over).

Oh ok, Camera Newton, that LA EA4 adapter does have a tranlucent mirror in it. I didnt realize, thanks for the correction. Stiil, it's marketed as the a mount to e mount adapter, so your term was confusing to me, who puts old Minolta a mount lenses on my modern SLT camera (no adapter needed, all af points available, inexepensive -- sweet!).

I think your assessment of Sony's SLT line up is far too harsh. I've never had an overheating issue, & never run up against the supposed light loss problem. 400-480 photos per battery charge are more than I can shoot in a day, so no battery life issue for me. I have a nice Samyang wide angle, a decent Tamron tele & a fine Minolta f2.8 tele, a great Zeiss walk around lens, the Minolta 50mm f1.7, & a wonderful Minolta 100mm f2.8 macro. That lens collection covers all my needs just fine.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 02:04 UTC
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (120 comments in total)
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Camera Newton: Sony had a bunch of old parts collecting dust in a warehouse from all the A77II cameras that never sold and some other parts from the old parts bin. So they stuck those 2.7 inch LCDs that were laying around since 2007 on a body with leftover A77II pieces.
In 2008 Sony held more than 13% of the DSLR market. Then they had this crazy SLT idea. Guess what their DSLR/SLT market share is down to now. (hint: a 3 toed sloth could count the percentage points on his toes and have toes left over).

Camera Newton, no wonder I couldn't figure out what you wrote. You said SLT adapter. There is no such thing.

"Many A mount lenses (which are screw drive) will only focus with an adapter for E mount..." is what you should have written.

Don't blame me for not reading between the lines of your bad writing skills.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 18:03 UTC
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (120 comments in total)
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Matsu: I didn't believe that Sony would continue to support their A mount. I still don't really think they will, but perhaps I'm wrong...

Hi Tonkotsu Ramen, you could be right that the other Sony cams are getting all the good stuff. Actually, I'm jonesing for an a7 series someday. Perhaps Metabones, et alia, will perfect their A mount to FE mount adapters by the time I move on.

In the meantime, my a77ii has plenty of techno-wizardry to master. It will serve as a nice stepping stone to the more advanced a7 series.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 17:50 UTC
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (120 comments in total)
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Camera Newton: Sony had a bunch of old parts collecting dust in a warehouse from all the A77II cameras that never sold and some other parts from the old parts bin. So they stuck those 2.7 inch LCDs that were laying around since 2007 on a body with leftover A77II pieces.
In 2008 Sony held more than 13% of the DSLR market. Then they had this crazy SLT idea. Guess what their DSLR/SLT market share is down to now. (hint: a 3 toed sloth could count the percentage points on his toes and have toes left over).

"Many A mount lenses (which are screw drive) will only focus with the SLT adapter..."

What are you talking about? I have some old A mount screw drives, and I don't need an adapter at all.

"At least with Canon lenses one can use hundreds of AF points instead of only a few,"
??? I just put a Minolta 35-70mm AF lens* from the mid-80s on my a77ii to double check your statement: all 79 focus points are available. Not sure why I'd need "hundreds" of AF points anyway. 79 is overkill as it is.

*the Baby Beer Can, constant f4, that I got on eBay for $40. It's great getting really good lenses so cheap.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
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Matsu: I didn't believe that Sony would continue to support their A mount. I still don't really think they will, but perhaps I'm wrong...

Death of A Mount -- I've been hearing that for 5 & a half years now.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 13:49 UTC
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (120 comments in total)
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Camera Newton: Sony had a bunch of old parts collecting dust in a warehouse from all the A77II cameras that never sold and some other parts from the old parts bin. So they stuck those 2.7 inch LCDs that were laying around since 2007 on a body with leftover A77II pieces.
In 2008 Sony held more than 13% of the DSLR market. Then they had this crazy SLT idea. Guess what their DSLR/SLT market share is down to now. (hint: a 3 toed sloth could count the percentage points on his toes and have toes left over).

I don't have battery life problems with my a77/a77ii cameras. A charged battery lasts all day, and I keep a second charged battery at hand if I need it, but rarely do. I don't take videos longer than a few minutes, though.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 13:47 UTC
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Jerry McBroom: Bill Cunningham is a photo legend and a New York icon. I'm sad for the loss of this prolific photographer and kind man. The documentary about Bill is on Netflix. Definitely worth checking out.

"Bill Cunningham New York" is also available on Amazon video & is free for Amazon Prime members.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 10:31 UTC
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Terry Breedlove: I never understood the big deal with this image until March of last year when I saw the actual print for the first time. Then my eyes were opened. A beautiful and amazing print it was.

I saw W. Eugene Smith's jazz loft photos at the Center for Creative Photography in 2013. The prints were stunningly beautiful. In fact I was overwhelmed & had to leave the room to regain my composure. No art exhibit has ever affected me so. His blacks are velvety, there are several shades of white to lead your eye around the prints, and a range of fabulous grays. His prints have a tactile quality -- you want to run your hands over them -- and depth too. I was admiring a street photo, marveling at the gorgeous sensuous grays, when I realized it was a picture of *asphalt*, of all things. That's printing genius, to make even asphalt exquisitely beautiful, and that's when I broke out in a cold sweat & had to leave the room.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 01:34 UTC
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contadorfan: I was in Tucson last February & stopped by the Center for Creative Photography at Univ. Of Arizona to see a "Treasures of the CCP" exhibit where a large print of Hernandez Moonrise was on display. Near by was a metal print cabinet where one could open a large tray to see the original negative, an original working print, Adams's printing notes, & other pertaining papers. I was shocked at the dullness of the negative and by how flat and bland the straight print is. If it had been my negative & print, I probably would have tossed them, thinking I'd failed to get the exposure. I was also impressed by the detail and meticulousness of Adams's printing notes (seen in the video). It's a reminder that even the giants had to work hard to pull an excellent image out of the ordinary.

Funny that one so meticulous, exacting, & experienced as Adams couldn't find his light meter at the time!

In the new Arbus biography it says she didn't use a meter & rarely did printing manipulation. Interesting...

Yes, he printed with stronger contrast in later years. Perhaps a change in his tastes? Playing with different developing chemicals? Like Frank Lloyd Wright, he didn't ossify artistically as he grew old.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 00:51 UTC
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Photomonkey: That image would have been missed today by the "photographer" Mulling which lens would give the best bokeh, what metering pattern to use, what ISO to use, what aperture to use, JPG or RAW? (I'm scared of RAW but I hear its good), What Art filter to use? should I Instagram it immediately? etc.
It used to be fun to look at the world instead of the menu.

Also, perhaps he would have missed the shot because the lighting would have disapated by the time there was a lull in the heavy traffic. As for the telephone/electric lines, Ansel would have said, "Thank goodness for Photoshop!"

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 17:34 UTC
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garyknrd: Watching this made me go pull out some old prints I made years ago. I used to get rolls of Tec pan 2415 and Konica 1600. Pull them off the roll in a changing bag and onto a large spool and Hyper the film. Pulling a vacuum on the container then cooking it. Then back onto the roll and into the camera for a nights shooting. LOL. Then back home to the bathroom for processing. I still have an old Besler 23 C around somewhere. What a mess.
Makes you appreciate Digital.. But a lot of fun back then.
Did any of you old timers do any of this kind of processing?

Old timers?! I go to a darkroom class once a week at a local arts center. It's a lot more fun than sitting on one's butt staring at a computer screen.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 15:57 UTC

I was in Tucson last February & stopped by the Center for Creative Photography at Univ. Of Arizona to see a "Treasures of the CCP" exhibit where a large print of Hernandez Moonrise was on display. Near by was a metal print cabinet where one could open a large tray to see the original negative, an original working print, Adams's printing notes, & other pertaining papers. I was shocked at the dullness of the negative and by how flat and bland the straight print is. If it had been my negative & print, I probably would have tossed them, thinking I'd failed to get the exposure. I was also impressed by the detail and meticulousness of Adams's printing notes (seen in the video). It's a reminder that even the giants had to work hard to pull an excellent image out of the ordinary.

Funny that one so meticulous, exacting, & experienced as Adams couldn't find his light meter at the time!

In the new Arbus biography it says she didn't use a meter & rarely did printing manipulation. Interesting...

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 15:43 UTC as 48th comment | 3 replies
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nathanleebush: I tried to do this for half an hour before giving up. Apparently you need Internet Explorer to even do this, which doesn't run on Macs anymore. You shouldn't need an engineering degree to escape the half baked functionality of the camera itself. The store is a mess and Sony's photo upload implementation is an utter mess. Currently you can only upload a terrible compressed jpeg to your phone over WIFI. Come on Sony.. open the camera up to third party developers and give us some decent options!

Uploading a compressed jpeg to my phone is fine by me. I send the phone pic to friends & family who just want to see the picture. They dont care a hoot about image quality.
I dont have stg uploader, but my a77ii has NFC to connect with my phone. I love that feature.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 16:19 UTC
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