Derek Dean

Derek Dean

Lives in United States Monterey, United States
Joined on Jul 14, 2003
About me:

Both my parents enjoyed photography, with my Mom teaching me darkroom work around 1968. I was my high school newspaper and yearbook photographer and shot sports photos for the local newspaper. I got my BFA in Photography/Video Art at University of Oklahoma in 1982 and then moved to Monterey, CA where I lived since.

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On photo Dolomites in the Best Iconic Landscape Shot challenge (4 comments in total)

Beautifully captured and presented. Congratulations : )

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2024 at 22:41 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Window Break in the Portraits Shot In Natural Light challenge (5 comments in total)

Absolutely beautiful shot. Framing, timing, posing, processing, all just right. Congratulations on a well deserved win : )

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2024 at 01:13 UTC as 5th comment
On photo On Milford Sound in the Waterfall challenge (2 comments in total)

Lovely image. Congratulations : )

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2024 at 19:07 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article Apple Vision Pro now available for preorder (136 comments in total)

Take the tour:
https://www.apple.com/apple-vision-pro/guided-tour/?afid=p238%7CsTHXpRf18-dc_mtid_%5Btracker_id%5D_pcrid_688073483223_pgrid_150826790596_pexid_121451867029_&cid=wwa-us-kwgo-VisionPro-slid-LKWx2G4K--productid--Brand-Avalanche-Preorder-

Man, this thing is pretty awesome. I want one.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2024 at 01:58 UTC as 30th comment
On article Apple Vision Pro now available for preorder (136 comments in total)
In reply to:

Reilly Diefenbach: Short version of why I would never buy anything Apple.

Your loss.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2024 at 01:53 UTC

Very interesting, thanks for the behind the scenes peek : )

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2023 at 04:13 UTC as 33rd comment
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JO-films: is there a good reason for this form factor? It has always looked ridiculous to me. I bet its sales suffer from it too.

That's funny, I actually thought it looked very cool and functional. I'd love to get my hands on one.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2023 at 00:42 UTC
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Derek Dean: It's a bit hard to understand the thinking behind this camera's release, especially at such an absurd price. The Super 8 "look" can be easily duplicated in post production using current state of the art tech, giving any creative the choice between a pristine 8k or vintage "look" (or anything in between), so why would any production team choose to be limited by this old school technology?

Ha, well, I suppose this could be open for debate. I grew up shooting with my Dad's Nikon Super 8 camera in the late 1960s, which I took with me to art school in the mid 1970s, so I know the super 8 "look" well, and what I've seen of today's emulations nail the feel of that, at least for me, but as with many things, this is a purely subjective observation and I can certainly accept that you aren't quite as impressed.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2023 at 15:11 UTC

It's a bit hard to understand the thinking behind this camera's release, especially at such an absurd price. The Super 8 "look" can be easily duplicated in post production using current state of the art tech, giving any creative the choice between a pristine 8k or vintage "look" (or anything in between), so why would any production team choose to be limited by this old school technology?

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2023 at 04:04 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies
On photo délicatesse in the Bird with its Prey challenge (14 comments in total)

I have to agree with everybody else, an absolutely stunning shot. Congratulations on a well deserved win!

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2023 at 11:54 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On photo Lily in the Flower - macro/close-up challenge (6 comments in total)

Very nicely captured. Congratulations on a well deserved win : )

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2023 at 18:11 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo 20211105_P1050590_DxO-3_ in the Animal Silhouettes (Not birds) challenge (6 comments in total)

Nicely shot and processed. Congratulations on the win : )

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2023 at 09:54 UTC as 4th comment
On photo Botswana-0036 in the Red sky at night...shepherds delight challenge (1 comment in total)

Wow, that's the kind of shot that makes whole trip worth while. Congratulations on a well deserved win.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2023 at 20:28 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Young Lion in the Anything goes challenge (12 comments in total)

Great shot. Congratulations on a well deserved win : )

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2023 at 01:32 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On photo Past Lives in the In The Style of Environmental Portraiture challenge (4 comments in total)

Beautifully captured and processed. Congratulations on the well deserved win : )

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2023 at 01:37 UTC as 4th comment

Mr. Yang, thank you for that thoughtful explanation of current events. I especially appreciated the photos that you included, since photography is so much part of our lives. Nicely done.

And thank you too, for taking on the responsibility of keeping this wonderful site going. It's been a resource I've turned to daily for both gear reviews, discussions, and inspirational photography.

Best wishes moving forward : )

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2023 at 05:25 UTC as 36th comment
On photo Red-breasted merganser in the A Big Year 2023 challenge (6 comments in total)

A beautiful capture and wonderfully processed. Congratulations on the well deserved win : )

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2023 at 11:51 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Sony announces FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS II (266 comments in total)

I loved the image quality of the older version of this lens, but it had the unfortunate habit of breaking in half, a clear design defect since it happened to many people, including me, and I'm quite gentle with my gear.

I'm just wondering if Sony fixed the design with this new version, especially since they would never admit to the defect with the last version?

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2023 at 01:22 UTC as 5th comment
On photo Wave Perfection in the Water in motion challenge (2 comments in total)

Fantastic shot, Mark. Congratulations on a well deserved win!

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2023 at 08:45 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Leica Q3 pre-production sample gallery (67 comments in total)

Beautiful images. Lovely colour and excellent contrast, nice skin tones. Seems like a nice little point and shoot : )

Link | Posted on May 31, 2023 at 07:24 UTC as 5th comment
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