Sal Baker

Lives in United States Boston, United States
Joined on Jan 4, 2004

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Shamsheed: Photography was the art of telling stories, capturing moments and emotions. Photographers were the journalists of time.

It has become more of a fashion. The new trend is about style.

There is a line that should be drawn for when a photo remains a photo, and when it becomes an artwork. And called as such.

LET THE DEBATE BEGINS....

There is no accepted scientific definition of art, at least not one that many would agree on. A cat can be defined objectively, with scientific precision. Most people wouldn't call a cat art, but art can have almost any interpretation. My wife enjoys the "art of cooking." :)

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 13:15 UTC
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Shamsheed: Photography was the art of telling stories, capturing moments and emotions. Photographers were the journalists of time.

It has become more of a fashion. The new trend is about style.

There is a line that should be drawn for when a photo remains a photo, and when it becomes an artwork. And called as such.

LET THE DEBATE BEGINS....

I'm fairly proficient at watercolor and acrylic painting, and photography/printmaking. In my experience the photographer creative community is the only one that demands adherence to word definitions and insists on lines being drawn. Interestingly, I've never had any end-users or print purchasers raise these concerns. The work is what it is no matter how many words are throws at it.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 13:25 UTC
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Jennyhappy2: For a serious buyer, there is only ONE reason:

Reason to buy: You want the best image quality in the smallest pocketable package

The operative phrase was "best IQ" not prime vs. zoom. Clearly, something had to go to fit an APS-C sensor in a camera that's thinner than the RX100V.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 14:49 UTC
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Jennyhappy2: For a serious buyer, there is only ONE reason:

Reason to buy: You want the best image quality in the smallest pocketable package

That honor would go to the Ricoh GR IMO. Thinner than the Sony (actually fits in skinny jeans). APS-C sensor, ultra sharp prime, and much better ergonomics.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 15:37 UTC

I agree fatdeeman. It all comes down to the quality and accuracy of the mask. Most photographers sometimes encounter the huge DR difference between the ground and the sky in some lighting conditions. I'm sure they still consider themselves to real photographers if they bracket and use HDR, use graduated ND devices, or push raw files to the extreme in PP.

The ability to easily take a bracketed shot and replace a blown out sky with a shorter exposure (taken a fraction of a second later) would be very useful if the masking is done well.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 13:16 UTC as 2nd comment
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Alexander Raemer: The way it's going there won't be any real photographers around soon. I always thought the challenge in photography was to go out and get the shot in one photo.

Thankfully, at least for me, the target audience is not other photographers. I had prints in 10 shows last year, more this coming year. People looking at and purchasing art never, ever, talk about being lied to, or would even consider needing a list of edits made to a photo.

The only reason anyone here gets "agressive" is they are amazed that an artistic community is outraged by what tools, techniques, and philosophies are used and available to others.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 14:57 UTC

Isn't it nice that no one is forced to buy or use such software? So who cares?

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 14:36 UTC as 8th comment
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Jennysaurusrex: Lets just eliminate the picture altogether

Might be a good idea for many here. Software has been upgraded with new image manipulation tools, every year, for decades. Time to sell the gear, the train left the station a long time ago.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 13:44 UTC
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razadaz: Very few photographs have ever been a simple matter of record. Printing lighter or darker, altering contrast levels, and even cropping can dramatically alter the original image. People were air brushing and retouching images long before photoshop came along.

I've replaced seascape skies with the sky from the same series 5 min. later. My only issue with this software is that there was no talk about the "quality" if the mask itself. An instant, accurate mat edge would be a useful tool.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 13:27 UTC
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Snapper2013: That girl clapping and woohooing is a babe!!!!!

Ansel was part of the problem. Once he removed all color from the world he was dead to me. From what I hear, Photoshop will also remove all your color using their special software. B@st@rds!!

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 15:38 UTC
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Fishchris: Too many purists here. How do i type a big LOUD Fart sound ? :) Lol
This sounds awesome !
It's all about the end product ! How one gets there is completely not important.

Of course it's photography. The word "Photoshop" became a verb for a reason. It's up to photographers to decide how aggressively they wish to work on their own shots for artistic expression.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 12:54 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (372 comments in total)
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saeba77: i really can't understand why i need this camera or the ricoh?
i can buy the t10 or a6000 or a6300 or xa2 or ecc , mount a prime f2.8 and obtain the same image quality (well may be better) in a body more or less same spec

"Magic" is when Vogue photographers prefer to shoot with an X-70.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 13:05 UTC
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Aroart: Think this will win the "wait till the camera is half price award"... Hey at least we know Fuji can make a touch me screen... Hope the put it in the XT2...

Not 50 percent, but with the many less than stellar reviews the price will drop to the GR II price fairly quickly. Nikon tried overpricing the A at launch, and that didn't work out so well for them.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 12:48 UTC
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photo perzon: The GR JPEGs are horrible in color. Reds and oranges are all messed up. Most glowing reviews say it is best for B/W. If you look at GR samples people have a grey zombie skin color. Indoors it focuses really slowly. Nikon A has great JPEGs.

I shoot the GR II and Fuji RAW all the time. Other than sharpness the files are indistinguishable in large prints, color is great in both. But B&W is indeed rendered better from the GR.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 12:44 UTC
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John Gellings: I use both the GR II and the X70. Both are quality cameras for actual photography.

Yes, the last thing I want from a comprehensive pro technical camera/lens review is anyone looking too close to the images!

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 12:33 UTC
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turvyT: The review can be disappointing (for some) and the image quality test not satisfactory, and the sensor old, and the video crap, but the image gallery is very very nice, with more interesting images than many others taken by maybe sharper devices with newer sensors. I guess usability and fun of use makes you a better photographer too.

So it's true? The camera makes the photographer? Usually folks are ranting around here that a new camera won't make you a better photographer. It's a new paradigm!

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 12:16 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (372 comments in total)
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photo perzon: The GR JPEGs are horrible in color. Reds and oranges are all messed up. Most glowing reviews say it is best for B/W. If you look at GR samples people have a grey zombie skin color. Indoors it focuses really slowly. Nikon A has great JPEGs.

You clearly need to stop shooting portraits of zombies.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 12:10 UTC
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ItsHotInAZ: I love that Fuji is pushing outside previous boundaries by incorporating a touchscreen and fixed 28mm lens; however, as a Ricoh GR owner I can’t justify the purchase. The handling of my Ricoh GR is second to none, and my past experience with Fuji RAW files wasn’t pleasant. I’ve yet to encounter any issues with RAW DNG files produced by Ricoh. For me, maybe not you, the handling of the Ricoh GR makes up any differences in excluding a tilting lcd and touchscreen.

I purchased my Ricoh GR around Christmas and paid $599 for a package deal that included the Ricoh GR, 32GB Class 10 SD Card, Tough case, and GV-1 Viewfinder. The Fuji optical viewfinder looks like a replica of Ricoh’s GV-1 Viewfinder but priced $100 more.

I have a GRII and a GR for almost a year. No sign of dust. I carry them in my jeans/shorts pocket. I suppose the compact size of these cameras encourage stuffing them in tight places. I carry mine in the back pouch of my cycling jersey. But all fixed lens cameras can get dust inside eventually. The problem will always be the inability to clean the sensor. It will take a year or two before we'll know how the new X-70 will handle dust. The GR has been in the field for over 3 years.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 13:41 UTC

The best way to determine fine IQ differences is to actually use the cameras in various situations over time. Then the differences become clear.

I'm a Fuji fan, have an X-E2 and 4 Fuji lenses including 3 well regarded prime's. I added a GR II to the mix as a camera I felt safe taking anywhere in Europe and the US, and as my 18mm prime alternative when used with my Fuji.

The lens on the GR II is clearly at least as good as any of my Fuji prime's, edge to edge, wide open. It may be a touch sharper, but that may be because of X-Trans vs. Bayer. I love the overall look of the FUJI files but they need a bit of micro contrast added (IMO) to add texture and overcome the slightly smoothed-out look from the X-Trans. The GR has more natural crispness and bite (even RAW), so maybe this is being confused as a sharper look when it might be a Bayer issue.

If the X70's prime is the same quality as Fuji's other primes then it should be about the same as the GR.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 16:17 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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jvt: How were the 35 & 50 crop modes? That along with the upcoming 21mm adapter have me interested.

There have been samples posted around the forums. The Fuji "magic" is called interpolation. Fuji cautions about image degradation when using the digital zoom. From the images I've seen it looks like Fuji is using a simple nearest neighbor upsampling method due to the speed needed. You would be better off upsampling the crops with better software from the RAW file, but unlike the GR, Fuji disables RAW recording when using the crop modes.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 15:44 UTC
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