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
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On article Photokina 2016: Fujifilm Interview (116 comments in total)

In my Professional Film days , starting in 1977 and ending the early 2000's I always carried a 35mm slr for fast work (Nikon F3) and a 6x6 Rolleiflex 6008 and/or 6x7 Penatx. Reason being precisely as mentioned in this interview: the significant difference in total quality, not just sharpness. Larger format images have a huge creative advantage over small format lenses. And Fuji might very well be the only company to nail it perfect with their innovative sensor. Just as they were the only one in the film days to manufacture innovative films. Recently I learned the hard but happy way how good their sensor is. I had to make a Giga panorama and automatically took my Nikon D800E plus 300 mm but could not get what I wanted somehow the sharpness was not there. So went again with my Fujifilm X-Pro-1 ...... the resulting difference was stunning! So for me it will de a 100% tradition to Fujifilm , keep up the good work you Fujifim workers , I admire you !!!

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 22:13 UTC as 21st comment
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (338 comments in total)
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Jacob the Photographer: Vandalism is impossible to justify. BUT at the same time we have to be realistic , looking at that peculiar rock I can imagine it would not have ben long before it collapsed anyway. Fresh in my mind the not so long ago collapse of an other of the 'Twelve Apostles' off the South Coast of Victoria / Australia. Just Google "Collapse of Twelve Apostles Great Ocean Road". And very recent the collapse of a huge chunk of Sydney Harbor (Port Jackson) North Head. Let's be graceful no one got killed - in Oregon and here in Australia

daddyo , I did not mean to justify the vandalism , but want look at it from a broader viewpoint, soon enough that formation would have collapsed. Imagine the sheer weight of that rock , if it had been a bit more sturdy not even 10 strong man would have been able to rock it, apparently it had become a balancing act in recent times. And once eroded beyond a certain point it goes fast very fast. Again: let's be thankful no one got killed, no matter how stupid.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 01:34 UTC
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (338 comments in total)

Vandalism is impossible to justify. BUT at the same time we have to be realistic , looking at that peculiar rock I can imagine it would not have ben long before it collapsed anyway. Fresh in my mind the not so long ago collapse of an other of the 'Twelve Apostles' off the South Coast of Victoria / Australia. Just Google "Collapse of Twelve Apostles Great Ocean Road". And very recent the collapse of a huge chunk of Sydney Harbor (Port Jackson) North Head. Let's be graceful no one got killed - in Oregon and here in Australia

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 21:48 UTC as 32nd comment | 5 replies
On article Interview: Landscape photography master Charlie Waite (30 comments in total)

Charly YOU are such an Inspring man - THANKS !!

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 04:06 UTC as 12th comment
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cgarrard: For any who criticize....

Remember that just being there, is one of the biggest hurdles for photographers. Getting off the bum - if you will. It's easy to forget how much work goes into just getting your camera in the right spot, let alone getting your timing and exposure and composition right. While some compositional elements could be nitpicked here, we are talking about a 16yr old with limited experience pulling of what most readers here wish they would get themselves off the couch to do. Perspective indeed. ;)

@johnkrausphotos , regardless how close or how far you might be from the place of Photographic Action. You have to go and DO IT. Yes you are in a lucky position to be close but still have to GO OUT AND DO IT !!, I'm sure there plenty folks like you with plenty great cameras surrounding you, but John YOU DO IT, you follow your passion with the fabulous energy embodied in a young man. Having been a professional photographer for more than 40 years I know what it takes to get 'that shot': getting up at unholy times , prepare your gear, travel, carry it a long way and then waiting in hot, cold , wet, dry weather, just for that 'one shot'.
I honestly can not give much advise on composition you really nail it well. Just one idea: Once you have done all the obvious launch angles why not adventure in following a rocket at a slow shutter speed perhaps ?
Keep on going as you do my friend , follow your photographic heart for ever and you'll be right. Greetings from Australia :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 08:38 UTC

I hope you win Carol.
The fact that you shared your work for fee for all to enjoy does not give a 'company' like Getty Image the right to charge money at all. On top of that not crediting you as the creator of the images is wrong wrong wrong.

If need be the entire photographers community should chip in a few dollars each to assist you in the law suit. 'Kickstarter' - 'GoFundMe' ?
I hope you win - I'm on your side from Australia !

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 03:11 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

Being not the very youngest anymore I often deplored those 'fancy' grey text on darker background. But really like the classy appearance of this site with white on black. But I can understand that people less lucky with their eyes as I am (I still read without glasses) and with certain sensory difficulties prefer black on white.
There is however a known rule that tells that a little off-white with a not 100% black text is easier on the eyes.

In the mid 1970's I worked in a university photo studio in Amsterdam where we had to produce transparencies of black and white graphics and text. They were used in the Uni theatre for lectures. I had to make the transparencies in medium to dark blue with a white text. At the time there was a 'scientific evidence' that this combination was the easiest to read and never caused fatigue on the eyes.
Interesting to know is that the projector was a prehistoric machine with electric arc light. Like that from an electric welding unit.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 22:49 UTC as 330th comment
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)

I started professional photography in 1977, as such might have used many cameras. The best Film camera I had was the Nikon F3: it had only the essentials to make a photo, they lasted me 20 years+. When digital came I got 'lost', to complicated, to short battery life.

Most digital cameras can do with less buttons: why separate AF/AE lock buttons when pressing the release button half-way does it, why a separate preview button when pressing the + button could start the preview as well, why a OK button when holding the MENU button longer can do the same? etc.

A great accessory to all cameras would be a full width battery to be attached to the bottom of the camera integrated in the design - with maximum battery capacity - (not a huge battery grip for the same tiny camera battery), with enough capacity to last say 3000 exposures. That way the purpose of the smallness of a camera is not defied by having to carry extra batteries and a charger.

My bottom line would be: "less is more".

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 22:21 UTC as 101st comment | 4 replies
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cesaregal: It's a professional wide-angle lens.
We need a professional 4/3 camera
to balance weight and quality.

I hope Schneider give us a
professional wide-angle lens,
autofocus, for FF (Nikon/Canon).

PART 2: The results I make will sella as good as my other images. And believe me I sold, just look at my property at paradiseforsale.com.au or my photo site bataviaphotos.com for evidence. If you feel comfortable with a camera, if it makes you happy, than go for it. For example : I hated Hasselblad , could not work with it , loved Rolleiflex , same for Canon , recently won a Canon 5d MarkII in a photocompetion , could not sell it quick enough. Does that make those hated cameras bad or even unprofessional ? NO !! They are very good cameras , the combination me + Hasselblad / Canon was wrong. A professional camera is a camera that is a tool that makes you money. Undeniable , the camera should perform and last. Which makes an interesting point: A Nikon D4 is rated for some 300000 shots , the Olympus OM-D for 100000 ... at 1/4 of the price and less than half size and weight. So I carry two or three soon. Happy as a pig in the mud with my little pro. Cheers to you all ... happy shooting !!

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2012 at 23:17 UTC
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cesaregal: It's a professional wide-angle lens.
We need a professional 4/3 camera
to balance weight and quality.

I hope Schneider give us a
professional wide-angle lens,
autofocus, for FF (Nikon/Canon).

The definition of a professional camera: A camera that makes images that sell.... does that mean we can send our camera on assignment and stay in the comfort of our home ? ... Nope ... thus it is the combination of camera and photographer. If that combination sells we got the definition. Regardless if it is a Holga or a Sinar + person. Over my 40 years of making a living only with cameras I have lugged probably more kilos of equipment around as most of us. Started my career against all odds with Leica M3 in the early '70s. Made most of my money with Sinar and Rolleiflex 6006 and Nikon F3 , ditched all my big gear (Nikon D2x was nearly replaced by the Nikon D4 recently...) over the years, just bought a Olympus OM-D to which I mount a variety of lenses, the oldest my 1954 Leitz 50mm 1.5 , and a Olympus 300mm auto T 4.5 and some new glass, without reservation I dare to state : this is a professional camera! It is the combination of camera + person that sets the definition, nothing else.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2012 at 23:14 UTC
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