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 "Leea rubra" in the In The Style of ANNA ATKINS challenge (8 comments in total)

Beautifully captured and presented. Congratulations on a well deserved win : )

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2022 at 16:07 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

Very cool.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2022 at 21:41 UTC as 21st comment
On photo Shell. in the My Best Photo of the Fortnight challenge (11 comments in total)

Beautiful image. Congratulations on a well deserved win.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2022 at 08:20 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Slideshow: 2022 Audubon Photography Awards (53 comments in total)

Some beautiful shots. Congratulations to all involved : )

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2022 at 08:15 UTC as 2nd comment

I've got to admit, those were some mighty fine choices. Kudos to the photographers.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2022 at 00:14 UTC as 8th comment
On article DPReview TV: The most expensive camera in the world (140 comments in total)

Beautifully shot video. Very informative and enjoyable to watch. It looked like you guys had a great time, and it was fun to join in with your adventure of shooting the M6. By the way, I thought the B&W M6 shots were amazing. Well done and hats off to both of you.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2022 at 01:53 UTC as 41st comment

So many fantastic shots. A wonderful way to showcase that camera and all those lenses. Mighty fine shooting.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2022 at 23:22 UTC as 48th comment

Cool, thanks for posting these classic films.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2022 at 20:11 UTC as 30th comment
On photo Anna's Hummingbird-6836 in the A Big Year - Birds 2022 challenge (10 comments in total)

Man, that's a winner for sure. Great shot. Congratulations on a well deserved win : )

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2022 at 17:09 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

Absolutely beautiful images, combining the fortitude to capture a wonderful original file with the skill to artfully edit that file into a compelling final masterpiece. Very enjoyable.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2022 at 17:54 UTC as 89th comment
On photo Snowy Walk Along the Canal in the Winter walks challenge (14 comments in total)

An incredibly beautiful scene, perfectly captured. Congratulations on a well deserved win!!!

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2022 at 09:43 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On photo Pursuit in the A Big Year - Birds 2021-2022 challenge (14 comments in total)

Fantastic capture. Congratulations!!!

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2022 at 05:02 UTC as 7th comment

My feeling is that this idea would have been better served with a one minute video rather than 30 seconds, as it's just trying to cram so much into that short time frame that there's not enough time to appreciate what we're seeing.

Oh well, that seems to be the de ri·gueur these days, as I've noticed a similar approach for the ads touting the upcoming super bowl.

I must be getting old, as I much prefer a more romantic approach that weaves beautiful imagery with a short story to capture my attention.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2022 at 02:38 UTC as 26th comment
In reply to:

Derek Dean: Honestly, it made me queasy. Just because you can go super fast and twist upside down, etc., doesn't mean you should.

I could think of a better use for a drone:
Shot 1: Quarterback throwing long pass
Shot 2: Drone perspective of the ball flying through the air and approaching the pass receiver, as if you had placed a camera ON the ball. Maybe slow motion, and looking around, down at other players on the field as you fly by, and fans on the sideline, etc.
Shot 3: Receiver catching ball.

MIchael, both of your points are well stated. I'm probably just showing my age, a bit old school.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2022 at 01:34 UTC

Honestly, it made me queasy. Just because you can go super fast and twist upside down, etc., doesn't mean you should.

I could think of a better use for a drone:
Shot 1: Quarterback throwing long pass
Shot 2: Drone perspective of the ball flying through the air and approaching the pass receiver, as if you had placed a camera ON the ball. Maybe slow motion, and looking around, down at other players on the field as you fly by, and fans on the sideline, etc.
Shot 3: Receiver catching ball.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2022 at 09:13 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On a photo in the Leica M11 pre-production sample gallery (DPReview TV) sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Love the composition, but would have preferred a stop or two darker.

I find the noise at ISO 2500 totally acceptable, and man, I do like that lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2022 at 04:03 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Leica M11 pre-production sample gallery (DPReview TV) sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Another really cool shot. I'm extremely curious if this is the actual exposure the camera set, or if there is any exposure compensation or spot metering going on?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2022 at 03:59 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Leica M11 pre-production sample gallery (DPReview TV) sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Beautiful.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2022 at 03:56 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Leica M11 pre-production sample gallery (DPReview TV) sample gallery (1 comment in total)

A great reason to shoot RAW. I might not have lifted the shadows quite this much. Just enough to barely see the buildings would have been perfect, but that is, of course, purely subjective.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2022 at 03:55 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Leica M11 pre-production sample gallery (DPReview TV) sample gallery (1 comment in total)

It's funny, but I really like this image too. I just love the subtle gradations of exposure, and who else would think to capture this kind of image. It's really out-of-the-box thinking.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2022 at 03:52 UTC as 1st comment
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