Lives in United States Benton Harbor, MI, United States
Works as a Creative Director, Product Planner
Joined on Dec 27, 2009
About me:

I've worked in advertising agencies for over 30 years, as a writer, art director,
creative director, planner and analyst

I enjoyed photography as a child. After a prostate cancer dx, I made a
commitment to enjoy life more. I quit putting off what I enjoy, and I am here to learn
how to improve so I can enjoy photography more.

I have a very good design sense -- at least the awards in the books and on the walls
seem to confirm it. But I want to improve technically as a photographer.

I learned a lot with my companion Argus C-3 and a darkroom as a kid. Light, density
and that kind of stuff. But forgot a lot, too. Digital cameras baffle me. I put mine on
'M' and don't bother much with the tomfoolery. BUT, I love manual white balance.

I have friends who help me learn stuff. I read a lot. And I'm dedicated to working hard
to improve. I supervise shoots (studio and field) and sometimes I model, so I know
how hard photographers work.

I own a Nikon D90 and I'm learning and purchasing equipment. Recently I upgraded to a D810, mostly for professional build, pro control layout, and mirror up function. Needless to say, I'm dumbfounded by the step up. What this camera can do is quite remarkable.

When I enter challenges, I approach them as class assignments. I don't have a big portfolio of photos to rely on. I had a lifetime of photos, along with a few thousand taken from a year's
sabbatical on the road, stolen from me.

That is OK. I am here to learn. I always take constructive criticism well. Except when I

I hope to make a lot of friends here and share information and some good shots.


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obeythebeagle: This should be a no snark zone, even when the content concerns canine candids. My dog takes me to dog park daily, and I credit the Sony A33 for making me the Ace Ventura of dog photography. Specifically the seven shots per second setting. Add the 500mm autofocus mirror lens and blast away. Out of seventy shots in ten seconds, one usually approaches William Wegman status. Do not approach dog photography like Ansel Adams--waiting for the one perfect shot. Max out your frames per second, and erase the rest.

You've seen all his popular beagle calenders and posters on the wall of every 7th grade girl's wall haven't you?

And the coffee table book that's been on the best seller list three years running?

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2011 at 02:11 UTC
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petepictures: What I was expecting from Nikon was at least A full frame if not larger, mirorless system with a range of fast F 1,4 lenses. with a 30MP sensor maybe and combining those pixels by 2 and 3 to create a 10 MP image with great low light capabilities.
I was expecting of the shutter to be able to sync with flash up to 1/4000 for great daylight flash portraits.
Pity I was disappointed.
Lately I am enjoying film photography anyway.

No, with 3D, plus direct-to-video game recording, plus "Pulitzer Prize" mode for instant winning. And "I don't need talent with this camera" mode.

And for expert "Comic Book Guys" Diane Arbus, Annie Liebovitz, and Ansel Adams modes. Heck, Apple iMovie has Ken Burns mode, shouldn't every "Comic Book Guy" have these modes, too?

Oh yeah a money back guarantee for a "National Geographic" cover in your first 12 months of ownership!

Oh, and one more thing, free pixel upgrades any time another camera comes out and beats my camera's pixel count.

Sorry, missed the one essential extra: that vacuum pump that is guaranteed to make your ego 2 inches larger or your money back.

Make your ideas big and your budgets small.


Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2011 at 00:12 UTC
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MaxiMax: Just one of those impressive "completely new concept", and a strange large "1" and "V1" printed on the front of the camera - to impress the people with little technical knowledge: "Wow, if it is a V1, it must be really good, after all, a V6 car engine is very good...". Unfortunately, I just see a sales gimmick here. Nikon seems to be a bit desperate, so it is launching a new niche camera with a price tag that is probably much higher than what it is worth. Let's now wait for the real reviews.

The image quality on color images I've seen at ISO 6400 beats anything I ever saw on ISO 400 color or B&W 35mm film and somehow that whole format got published and popular.

Want a medium format camera? Wait a couple of years and they'll get cheap.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 23:58 UTC

The worst aspect of photography is the high percentage of camera enthusiasts who emulate "Comic Book Guy" on "The Simpsons". Never more has this been true as with this camera launch.

Idiots say, "It doesn't do what I expected it to do!" Creative people ask, "Wow, what can I do with this?" Interesting, polling shows enthusiast and pro sites like this camera two times more than the "Comic Book Guy" sites.

I was thumped by "Comic Book Guys" when I posted, "It's not just camera's that will get smaller with pixel-density increases, but lenses get smaller, too." The f 1.8 $200 50mm just became a 135 mm tele. How light are you packing that with larger format cameras?

My Sigma 150-500mm just became a 1,350mm equivalent lens on a 1" sensor $900 video camera. My 85mm f 1.4 just became a great 220mm tele. How much weight you packing with your Sony NEX to get that kind of video? Shoot HS football scholarship video?

There is a world outside of Mom's basement. Try shooting it.


Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 23:50 UTC as 116th comment | 2 replies
On photo Red Tail Hawk in the Birds Of Prey Part Two : Raptors At Rest [ *NO Owls ] challenge (4 comments in total)

Those .5 and 1. votes were from nasty people.

Yours is a lot better image than my Kestrel. I just want you to know how much I liked what you did.

Did you use fill flash for this image? And did the hawk take your head off for it?

I just love this shot. I'm in awe.


Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2011 at 00:05 UTC as 4th comment

I count three times so far just looking at your gallery. Got anything else special?

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2011 at 02:01 UTC as 7th comment
On photo It's all over. in the Lithium challenge (7 comments in total)

> 2RickBuddy:
> Get real. Do not slip into over-moralistic levels. Anyway, your opinion is your opinion, thanks. And your judgement driven by prejudice and anger does not insult me, really. I wish you a good luck.

It is not over-moral to point out that an insensitive hack reveals a stereotypical stigma of the disease.

Nor is it over-moral to point out that these stigmas make life immensely more difficult for those who suffer from bi-polar condition, and serve as a barrier to treatment.

I lost a job because the stigma over my bi-polar condition. Your portrayal of the condition reflects a few of the nasty prejudices that people hold against manic-depressives. I know the consequences of your ignorance. No. No. No. I am not over-moralizing.

I'm just pointing out a prejudiced, ignorant lout who doesn't care what people who suffer feel.

I have a great job now in the creative arts, make really good money, have a great counselor, have a wonderful support network.

Try sometime to see the beauty and majesty of the impact of those who not only suffer — but also harness the power of the bi-polar condition: John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Florence Nightingale, Ludwig van Beethoven, Alexander the Great, (Here's a link: http://www.mdf.contactbox.co.uk/info_packs/org/genius.htm).

Will you ever match that greatness?

And what do you do? You put them at the end of a rope and call it art.

Enjoying life one moment at a time.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2010 at 17:39 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo It's all over. in the Lithium challenge (7 comments in total)

I find this image morbid, disgusting, stereotypical and staged for shock value.

Suicide is the fatal result of a medical condition.

One would not create a shot and win with with of a person who had died of cancer, alzhiemers, or heart disease.

Suicide is a failure of treatment, failure of support -- and the success of vicious, ignorant people -- people like the photographer who shot it.

I suffer from BP-II. I find this shot insulting. I have cancer, too. I would find a shot of me passed away from that disease as insulting.

This shot is more insulting and offensive than any spread-eagle porno shot that could ever be posted here.

The person who shot this is a mean, ignorant and vicious person.

This shot should be pulled and the photographer banned. This is not art. It is an insult to the ill. It is a reason people do not seek treatment.
Enjoying life one moment at a time.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2010 at 02:09 UTC as 6th comment
On photo Blue in the Lithium challenge (1 comment in total)

So many of the photographs shoot an outside view of the bi-polar condition. This one seems like it was shot from the inside. It shows the loss of self and bearings that are so confusing for those with the condition, and it also shows the loss of feeling that lithium wraps a person with the condition. Very well done. The voters who did not place you number one are the ones who see the stereotypes.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2010 at 01:17 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Dream Sickle in the > The tale of a long exposure challenge (2 comments in total)

Thank you very much, Sig.

It was a fun one to take. I was up all night waiting for the moon to get in just the right position.

Me, my laptop, a USB cable, gravity lounger and a hip flask of bourbon ... sometimes it just comes all together.

Again, thank you.

Enjoying life one moment at a time.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2010 at 03:10 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Watching the clouds in the Day Dreaming challenge (24 comments in total)

doady wrote:

> Why should you actively give a neutral rating? A neutral rating means you go out of your way not affect the final outcome. Then why vote at all?


You do affect the vote.

My understanding is that the rating is a statistical interpretation of the results, which allows the scoring to account for the varying number of votes each photo gets.

In essence, the voting is a poll. The more votes a photo gets, the more accurate the poll is in representing the collective feeling on how the photo should be graded.

The form of statistics they appear to use (Bayesian Statistics) is based on a calculation that starts with an assumed value. I believe that value is 2.5 -- the mean between 0 and 5, middle of the Bell curve, it is what it is, a starting point. Scores above and below that score move the score up or down. Eventually, if votes show otherwise, the assumed score becomes practically irrelevant and final score appears.

A 2.5 vote could be considered an "endorsement" of the starting value (an assumption that all photos are average until proven otherwise).

If I understand Bayesian Statistics correctly (and it has been a long time since I took stat and its second cousin marketing research) the calculation is done on a running basis, where each vote is calculated against the original assumption to create a new value.

As for not having a zero vote, hmmmm, maybe it's because zeros do funny things in math calculations: zero times five equals zero, zero times a bajillion is zero -- forever.

And point-fives? In numerators they will half a value -- OUCH!

Enjoying life one moment at a time.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2010 at 16:50 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Watching the clouds in the Day Dreaming challenge (24 comments in total)

I could not edit the post, I meant it reduced the value of the confidence, which in turn reduced the score.

Enjoying life one moment at a time.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2010 at 02:09 UTC as 13th comment
On photo Watching the clouds in the Day Dreaming challenge (24 comments in total)

Steve Throndson wrote:
> Buckshot,
> I have read DPR's 'voting tips' - several times.
> What I still don't know is this - does the total number of votes affect the outcome?
> Seems a simple enough question - Anybody know?
> . . . Steve

Yes, according to the description, the total number of votes does affect the outcome. It is a variable that is described as a "confidence". Confidence is a term used in statistics that describes a variance from a predicted outcome.

(I believe somebody once commented the mathematics used is called Bayesian statistics -- wiki describes it)

For our purposes, I think I'm safe to say you can consider it form of a weighted average.

There may be a basic assumption that all photographs are weighted at the mean value of 2.5, and as a statistical formula proves otherwise, then the number moves either upward and downward from the mean.

In the recent Butterfly Challenge, the winning score was 3.457, but the average score tallied up to 3.478. A few low-value votes on the lower side of the mean value pulled the average down. They may be considered statistical anomalies but they were enough to reduce the "confidence" in the higher score.

As for my voting, average photos get the median score of 2.5. Outstanding photographs get a 5.0. Bad snaps from group tours to see wild animals get 0.5.

As for photos of cats. I am highly allergic to cats.


Enjoying life one moment at a time.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2010 at 01:58 UTC as 14th comment
On photo Light House at 6F in the Best of the Nikon D90 challenge (3 comments in total)

2thdr wrote:
> Congratulations on a beautiful picture. I took notice when we were commenting on the DQ competition. Will be looking for more of your shots.

Thank you, 2thdr very much for the kind words.

It's great to have a fan. If you are ever in the area, come over and visit. I'm new and I bet I could learn a lot from you.

I am working very hard. People are very generous here with valuable tips and photo inspiration (and sometimes B. S.!).

I'll admit, I read the forums in the days before this shot and learned a lot about how to shoot the moon. I did not sleep that night because I did not want to miss the opportunigy. I got there early, too. Kid at Christmas.

I think it is appropriate this photo did well in the "Best of the D90" just because the camera worked flawlessly for over an hour in 6F cold. I could not feel my fingers when I pressed the shutter to start the timer for this shot! Batteries did well, too.

This is a popular site. Right after I took the shot a dozen others showed up and started to set up their tripods. But the moon dove into the cloud and everyone else missed it.

Some things I learned is shooting takes hard work, warm mittens and showing up in time for the magic.

Like Sam Goldwyn said, "The harder I work, the luckier I get."

Have a great day!

Enjoying life one moment at a time.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2010 at 00:06 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Pier #1 in the Disqualified entries only! challenge (2 comments in total)

I think there were many good photos in there. I look at the good ones that did not place as well and smile and think I must be getting better.

I have the same feelings with this photo as you have with your bus stop photo (which I really like alot). Not many people like this as well as others, but I really do. The girl in the white jacket cracks me up.

I gave your photo a good grade. I like it, plus I added a grade to any photo that reflected the spirit of the challenge, but got DQd on a ticky-technicality. Your canyon photo was surely about walking.

Keep shootin' and keep smilin'!


Enjoying life one moment at a time.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2010 at 03:21 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Melt in the Winter details challenge (4 comments in total)

I appreciate the comment, bulldog.

I tried a few singles, and they bored me.

This shot reflected my mood and the day. We'd gone over a month without seeing the sun, it had been cold and it snowed heavily every day.

Then the sun came out and everything started to melt. The staccato of dripping was everywhere. Near, far, everywhere.

I wanted to catch that feeling and I really thought I did.

Thank you.

bulldog213 wrote:
> For what its worth I like the shot...maybe just just one with a drip coming off would have scored higher ...but again I think good overall pic...

Enjoying life one moment at a time.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:27 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo The Squad in the 'Birds Of A Feather Flock Together' challenge (7 comments in total)


You missed the tongue I had firmly planted in my cheek.

You may have also missed my commentary on the winner. It had two seagulls voiding themselves as they took of into, into what? Yes a sunset.

Nice photo, but I mark down for that kind of stuff, unless it's for a DPs funniest bloopers challenge.

Remember in first grade where all the girls drew v-shaped birds in the sunset? People still vote photos that way.


Enjoying life one moment at a time.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:20 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo The Squad in the 'Birds Of A Feather Flock Together' challenge (7 comments in total)

I'm going to have to disagree with you, respectfully.

After following the challenges for a while it very much fits the rules of the challenge and the way folks vote.

First the rules: There are some birds and they are together. Boom. Done.

Compare that to the migrating animals challenge, where the host wanted large groups of animals. The winning entry had three animals. THREE, Nice photo, but it's been a while since I regarded three as a large number.

Next Voting: Does it have a sunset or a landscape in the background? Those get big votes. Both this entry and the migrating animals had them.

Sunsets. Landscapes. Nothing else matter. Relax.

Enjoying life one moment at a time.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2010 at 00:40 UTC as 4th comment
On photo Melt in the Winter details challenge (4 comments in total)

I've had lesser photos place a lot higher.

I have objects over three feet apart on two different lines. I wanted to get some in and some out of focus.

I got a bunch of .5s, 1s, heck most under 2.5 here.

This was a detail challenge and landscapes placed higher.

I just don't understand it.


Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2010 at 00:13 UTC as 4th comment
On photo Seagull Sunrise in the 'Birds Of A Feather Flock Together' challenge (8 comments in total)

One of the problems I have with lens jockeys -- and I'm using this to differentiate them from photographers -- is that they don't know the subjects they are shooting.

This is an excellent example.

The subject is "Birds of a Feather"; people were allowed to draw outside the lines and include like things other than birds. But if you shoot birds, then you better know their habits.

Some behaviors cannot be prevented, but they can be predicted. And the behavior of gulls taking off is very predictable. Kids will say, "Get a room!" I say, "At least use clone tool."

People -- VOTERS -- at least look at the large view of the shot when voting. Understand what you are looking at. Resist the temptation to lose your mind over a pretty sun or moon, and really take a look at the subject matter. Ask yourself, "Can I see it? What do I see?"

I know this is going to hurt a lot of feelings at a lot of "camera clubs", but why don't you look past the f-stops, lens profiles and histograms and actually look at what people are seeing.

I see guano falling from the sky here.

Unless this is submitted to an article on the evacuation habits of sea birds, this photo is unpublishable.

Don, I don't mean to rain on your parade here; the birds are doing worse. The bird on the upper left, and a bird on the upper right: both are defecating.

There were some very good photos with birds in them in this challenge, and those did not have bird poop.

A spade is a spade. The king wears no clothes. Crap is crap.


Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2010 at 04:20 UTC as 8th comment
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