Jacob the Photographer

Jacob the Photographer

Lives in Australia Northern NSW, Australia
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://www.bataviaphotos.com
Joined on Jun 10, 2012
About me:

Increase Panorama Photo activity


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Very sensible article - Enjoy it !
Enjoy Life - that is actually what he tells us.
Last year I wanted to photograph a panorama with the supermoon - it was on a super panoramic spot high above the city overlooking the ocean and may people came to watch it. I had setup my gear and hoped the cloud would break open. They did not so I enjoyed the people around me even though I had the most professional setup. Next to me was a guy with even more gear - movie - stills - drone - he was stressing out:. "I travelled one hour and now this " - "Then a little boy cries out " The Moon the Moon " , high above the horizon the moon appeared through the clouds. It was magic - OK not what I had hoped for in my camera . But just that stressed out guy with all his gear and in contrast that excited little boy - it was quite possibly a better experience as when the Moon had been visible rising as big as ever out of the ocean.
And that is the message Tyler Nordgren wants to pass on : "Enjoy the Moment".

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 22:41 UTC as 20th comment
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Jacob the Photographer: So what's new ?
Just travel ebay and you'll find a plethora of similar brackets, also made in China !


Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 23:01 UTC

So what's new ?
Just travel ebay and you'll find a plethora of similar brackets, also made in China !

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 06:45 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies


Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 01:39 UTC as 11th comment
On article Ten ways to shake 'photographer's block' for good (89 comments in total)

Not so long ago I had that depression myself. After 40 years pure commercial shooting I had lost the 'Childish Joy in simple photography''
Solved it this way:
I set myself a 'self assignment per month'. It was not planned but just grew on me from coincidental to purposeful.
First was to photograph the Bees that came to frequent our place. I followed them with a macro lens like a little kid.
Second was shooting the Moon in all its stages with a long Tele lens.
Then a month long Panoramas from our scenic national park.
Currently hike to lookout points to shoot nice vistas with Night-skies.
In the book are 'Old Farm Houses , Working People , Australiana etc.'

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 23:16 UTC as 43rd comment

Jonathan you have done a fabulous job. In world that slowly gets choked in red-tape all over and in particular for photographers I developed a personal but not unique to me saying : "It's easier to ask for forgiveness as to apply for permission." me and apparently you and a few others apply this to our photography. And as long we keep it ethical - do not endanger others - that is perfectly legitimate. Because lets face it - most of those red-tape rules are not based on common principles of good versus bad , but invented by bureaucrats with to much highly paid time upon their sleeves. Great Photography mate - and thanks for sharing it with the world !!

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 22:43 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply

Great Job !

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 22:40 UTC as 7th comment
On article Ask the staff: wedding season weirdness (273 comments in total)

Part 1: Interesting to see times have not really changed. I did very intensive wedding photography between 1977 and 1996 - was a 'highly sought after photographer for weddings' YES!! Then deliberately drew a line - 'No More' - ... well only one : in 2013 for my best friend. Somewhere around 1990 it began to dawn on me how crazy my and Wedding photography in general had become. As if we the photographer were more important as say the Wedding officials. We created the most striking posed images. I won the Dutch national Wedding photo championship by Kodak 3 times (never repeated by any photographer) , yet I was not happy.
What was ( and still is ) wrong?
We photographers tend to milk every creative opportunity out of a wedding and bypass the real emotions of that day. Instead we create our own emotions and force those upon the innocent wedding couple & family.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2017 at 23:57 UTC as 46th comment | 4 replies
On article Ask the staff: wedding season weirdness (273 comments in total)

Part 2:
Towards the end of my wedding career I had noticed that most photos re-ordered where those with real intimate moments between Wedding couple and their family / friends , my creative poses in a park or crazy location where rarely if ever re-ordered. Yet I won prizes with just these images and thus thought 'I do well'. 
Slowly I changed my wedding photo strategy and focussed on the real emotions of the day. Made only a very few posed images of couple and family and friends. All in all I shot maybe 100 images (on film 35mm and 6x6 ) during a wedding. Out of it composed a wedding album with about 40 highlights all on large format. And tell you what: It was a runaway success. I could charge as much as I wanted.

Wishing you great success with my now 27 year old approach !

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2017 at 23:56 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
On article 2017 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts (170 comments in total)
In reply to:

kelstertx: I love the names of some of the Panasonic scene modes -- Silky Skin, Backlit Softness, Relaxing Tone, Sweet Child's Face, Glistening Water, Warm Glowing Nightscape, Soft Image of a Flower, Appetizing Food, Cute Dessert

Mine does 'Sexy' !

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 01:24 UTC

Welcome back Hy6 !
Although not in name it will bear the top quality of Rolleiflex from years by-gone.
For those who are not familiar with Rolleiflex: since the 1930's it was the number one professional camera brand in the world ( see rolleiclub.com ) , in 1966 they came with the most unique medium format SLR ever the Rolleiflex SL66 , followed in the '70's by the Rolleiflex SLX and later the still highly usable Rolleiflex 6006 , 6008 series. Another interesting site to go is sl66.com , I used the Rolleiflex 6000 series for about 20 and still would have had the mother company of Rollei not stuffed up their marketing and technical service so badly. Still : the exceptional craftmanship to build high quality cameras still resides in DW Photo of Braunschweig and I only can hope and wish then good luck !! Once a Rolleiflex fan always a Rolleiflex fan :-)

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 23:21 UTC as 12th comment | 5 replies
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (828 comments in total)

The Rollei35 with retractable lens. First made in 1996 and last made as the Rollei35 Classic but 95% identical until about 2015. Unfortunately the 'Classic' series was more targeted as a very expensive collectors item in a great variety of colors. But like its 1966 ancestor it was / is a extremely well made camera , the very first compact camera and even by today's standards a master piece of engineering. The cameras are 100% mechanical and only have a near for ever lasting battery for the light meter. More info can be found at the web site for historic rollei cameras : www.rolleiclub.com

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 10:32 UTC as 412th comment | 3 replies
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (342 comments in total)
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OlyPent: Anyone see the story in the Brit press about the town that wanted to force some poor guy to sell his car? Why? The car was bright yellow and was "ruining" people's photographs of the picturesque tourist village!!

Ha Ha , I can relate to that. Last year I needed an other car. After years of Land Rovers was a bit sick of it ( sorry Brits ) , a friend recommended a Nissan Patrol Safari from the late 80's early 90's - found one that same night on a classifieds site. But it was Yellow - to be more precise : Renault Liquid Racing Yellow. A pretty wicked color for such a 4WD . The ad was 4 months old. I rang the guy and he said I just started to prepare it to spay it white - nobody wants it. I instantly liked it as is in Yellow so made the 1300 km journey to buy it (we live in Australia mate - a big place) , and now have the most admired 4WD in town. In it my camera gear to make ---- Black and White photos ! :-)

Link | Posted on May 1, 2017 at 00:12 UTC

Given that the price of the body is very acceptable ( read competitive ) it sounds like a good deal to me. Hope they extend it to Europe and Australia as well.
But best is to carry a spare body at the very least. In my old film days I had what at that time was the very most expensive 6x6 camera system - a Rolleiflex 6008 professional , even in my home town I would not even dare to leave on a shoot without a spare body. Imagine : I'm shooting a group of national banking CEO's in a local 'chateau' at their annual meeting and the camera fails.... 'sorry guys , but I guarantee that I come back with a repaired body on only three days!' - bloody ridiculous idea isn't it ? If you can not afford a spare GFX at the very least carry a second hand full frame of a few years old. It will one day save your day !!

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 22:52 UTC as 1st comment

In my 'youthful' innocence ( I'm 60+ ha ha ) , I posted once , many many years ago , this request to Steve Jobs:
"Dear Mr. Jobs , please do not abandon the base of Apple Computers: the professional users ! Create a professional operating system side by side to the consumer version. The professional system should be stripped off all the consumer gadgets and be developed with a strong user feedback from especially graphics users. Couple that whit a user expandable hardware like the last real MacPro 4.1 and Apple may win back a dimishing share of the professionals market. Thank You ...... ".
Never received an answer , but the gist is still there.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 21:49 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply

Given Samsung's bad reputation with overheating batteries I wonder how Cool this fridge really can be ?

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2017 at 01:57 UTC as 24th comment

Every once in a while a clever Photographer comes up with something NEW,
While we dumbos thought everything had been done.
So cool - love it !!

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 21:48 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies

Coming from an old Film background I photographed in the 1970's with 2 cameras: a Leica with 90mm for head shots and a Rolleicord for groups. Later in my own studio I used a Rolleiflex 6008 with 80mm & 120 mm. Both equally 'popular' . On 35 mm the combo Nikon F3 with Angenieux 28-70 (if I remember the 70mm focal length correct) was my do-it-all lens. But now with Digital I have done a lot of 360 x 360 panoramas which involve stitching. I also found that in spite of ultra sensitive sensors a 1.4 lens still performs better as a 4.0 lens. So I would opt for a 1.4 50 mm as I can use it almost universal , for portraits with a little cropping , but with stitching for wide landscapes. But also for nice night-scapes or evening shots in the city. Yep : 50mm 1.4 for the rest of my life :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:34 UTC as 105th comment | 1 reply
On article The Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 is old-fashioned fun (189 comments in total)

I have a Fujifilm XT-2 with an adaptor for Leica. I own a Summarit 5cm 1.5 made in my year of birth , so yes about 60+ years old.
It is an interesting lens , about a heavy as the camera , incredible Bokeh , and for some portrait OK to use. But honestly I prefer a autofocus 50mm Fujinon , why would we / I torture myself trying to focus this lens I wonder , but I also enjoy it as a fun/toy (sorry Leica) . In the 1970's / 1980's I worked day after day subsequently with Leica M2 , M3 , M4 , M5 as in those days it was OK and lighter as say a Nikon F , but as soon I got a Nikon F3 I realised what an antique thing a Leica really was: not professional at all. To slow in every respect, to sensitive for internal damage , to sensitive shutter , to slow sync speed etc. A collectors brand nothing more nothing less.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 23:00 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies

THANKS to all Fujifilm Management & Engineers !!
Fuji writes Customer Care with big Capitals !!
I have just one little dream / hope for a future Firmware Upgrade:
Variable Bracketing:
Instead of a fixed series of by example: 3 x 1 stop over and 3 x 1 stop under something like this sequence:
1x normal , 1 stop over - 3 stops under - 5 stops under ... Totally free programmable presets. Often we do not need all the in-between steps but only the extremes in a bracketing series.
But for now : hats off to Fuji also on behalf of my XT-2 :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 23:45 UTC as 65th comment
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