Derek Dean

Derek Dean

Lives in United States Monterey, CA, United States
Joined on Jul 14, 2003


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On article Video: Meet the world's fastest camera slider (34 comments in total)

Very cool. I'll look forward to seeing what he does with it.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 05:59 UTC as 7th comment
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV sample gallery updated (181 comments in total)

Beautiful photography, and wonderful at showing just how amazing this camera really is. Good job by both the photographers and Sony!

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 20:52 UTC as 7th comment
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Falvarez1968: This is a joke. Everthing from closest to a 10 miles away is in focus. I'm sorry but that is not cinematic.

A joke? Hmmmm.....

Personally, I was thrilled with the stunning quality that I saw presented in this "test" video. Many of the slow and deliberate movements added to the professional vibe. There were even a few shots included that made use of the camera's ability to provide selective focus (under the right conditions, of course), nice. No, it wasn't perfect, but from what I understood, it was a camera test, so I viewed it with that in mind.

Hey, it's a phone camera. Seems to me that the punch line for this "joke" is that not only can you make calls, access the internet, and do any of a zillion other things with it, but you can also make beautiful movies as well, limited only by your talent and imagination.

I remember back when folks laughed at the thought of editing "cinematic" movies on computers (yes, I'm an old guy). Times are changing, enjoy the ride : )

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 22:23 UTC

It's an interesting concept, but to be honest, I felt nauseous through most of the video, as in WAY to fast, with quick jerky movements. I can imagine that his adrenaline was racing throughout, but after the wow factor wore off, it left me feeling dizzy.

And, while I can understand the temptation to do these kinds of "ninja" videos, this is precisely the kind of behavior that gives drones a bad rap, and personally, I wouldn't consider anybody that does this type of unauthorized drone videography to be a "master".

Having said all that, obviously the sky is literally the limit, and I'll look forward to seeing what a serious, skilled drone production team can do with this concept.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 19:33 UTC as 87th comment
On photo Blue Dasher Eyes in the Features - eyes challenge (1 comment in total)

I can't even begin to imagine the patience, persistence, and technical skill it must take to capture a shot like this, but I can certainly appreciate the results. The composition is outstanding. Absolutely brilliant. Congratulations!~

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 23:17 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Belgian F-16 in the Inverted flight challenge (6 comments in total)

What a great shot, and you make it look so easy that I'll bet most folks don't realize how difficult it is capture a plane in motion, especially zoomed in like that. Congratulations on a well deserved win~

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 07:07 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On photo Muddus in the Wide open vistas challenge (8 comments in total)

Brilliant capture and lovely processing. Congratulations.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 05:46 UTC as 5th comment
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HeyItsJoel: Felony for that? BS.

I tell you these power-tripping pigs have nothing better to do. You give them a gun and they think they're Hitler.

Sactojim, I agree that HeyItsJoel's comment was way out of line, but with a little thought I think you could have gotten your point across in a nicer way. Personal attacks simply don't work, they serve only to inflame.

HeyItsJoel, please remember that this is a family forum, and while it's ok to disagree with your fellow forum members, the idea is to discuss the topic, not make personal attacks on each other.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 19:00 UTC
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OvinceZ: Well, in my opinion photographers should be allowed to go just about anywhere to record what is going on. Society and governments should give permission to people doing documentary photos.

OvinceZ "Individuals will use some sense re where to take photos". I'm not sure how to say this in a nice way, but I think you're giving the human race a bit to much credit : )

I've met a LOT of folks who don't seem to posses much in the way of common sense, and most of them have cell phones now, and they seem to be willing to throw away all the rules in pursuit of that perfect photo..... often putting themselves and others at great risk.

Freedom is a wonderful thing, but limits are put in place to help provide for the common good.

These guys took a silly risk, caused a major scene, and now have to face the consequences of their choices. Honestly, this should be a wake up call for other would be ninja photographers.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 05:49 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: I did something similar but for fun. I designed and 3Dprinted an iphone case that looks just like a Leica M8. So when taking photos, if someone who knows cameras sees it they'll think it's the real deal. Up close they'll see that it's just a phone case.

Hey Mike, that's a great idea! I'll bet there are plenty of DPR members who'd like one of those, wink wink nudge nudge : )

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 01:39 UTC

Cool, and a wonderfully new vantage point from which to see this incredible event. Well done.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 19:40 UTC as 20th comment

That was a lot of fun, thanks for taking the time to put it together. I thought all 3 cameras performed quite well, which leads me to believe it will mostly come down to ergonomics, feature set, and possibly available lens selection, as to which one is the best choice for a particular photographer.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 15:14 UTC as 31st comment

Ah yes, the never ending quest for finding the best ratio of light weight to high IQ.

A very nice article accompanied by some great photos. Thanks for weighing in (pun intended) with your personal experience related to this always interesting topic.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 19:39 UTC as 84th comment | 2 replies

Quite excellent. I always enjoying seeing photographers set challenges for themselves, and then how they managed to meet them. Congratulations.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 20:43 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply
On photo The sunset parade in the Safari animals challenge (8 comments in total)

Beautiful image. Congratulations!

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 20:48 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

Great news for those that still shoot film.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 20:23 UTC as 10th comment

Brilliant presentation.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 07:59 UTC as 11th comment

I've been a mac user since 1982. Personally, I found Mr. Ortiz's video to be thoughtful and well balanced.

I don't use a notebook, only a home computer, so I haven't had to face that decision yet, but it seemed to me that the points made were quite valid, and actually got me to thinking.

My one observation about the video was that I felt the jump cuts were a bit harsh, and distracted from an otherwise nice video.

And finally, you really do have to be a somewhat secure individual to put yourself out there with a video like this. Thanks for taking the time to produce and post this thought provoking piece : )

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 07:04 UTC as 189th comment
On photo Royal Albert Hall in the Fisheye lens challenge (19 comments in total)

Man, that's not an easy shot to get right, but you sure did. Fantastic! Congratulations.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 07:16 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On photo San Francisco Framed by Bay Bridge in the City Lighting challenge (11 comments in total)

Stunning image. Congratulations!

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 04:21 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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