Lives in United States Portland, United States
Works as a Retired
Has a website at mikeoregon.zenfolio.com
Joined on Apr 22, 2004
About me:

As I start to feel more confident about operating gear and software, I am paying more attention to creativity and intuition--wonderful yet mystifying.


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chaos215bar2: ‘Some manufacturers have tried to enter the DSLR market with their mirrorless camera or something. Our standpoint is different. Because our product mix covers full-frame and APS-C DSLR and the Nikon 1, these three product categories mean we offer to the full lineup and we receive each customer’s good reactions.’

The attraction of replacing a large, bulky DSLR with a mirrorless camera (or something) whose size is largely defined only by the bulk of the lens attached seems obvious to me, but I guess Nikon still doesn't see this as a serious competitor.

I can say they've already lost me as a long-time customer, since I finally decided that after three years and no hint of a competing product, it wasn't worth waiting and continuing to not use the system I really wanted to be using. Even if Nikon enters the market now, how many more potential customers will they lose before they're able to come out with a complete and compelling lens lineup?

Me too--replaced my D equipment with Fuji XT-1, very happy with it.

I got my first Nikon F in 1965 from the PX in Korea, and have used Nikon for years. I love their IQ and reliability. But, now that I am 73, I just don't want to carry the bulk and weight, yet I want to keep the IQ and reliability. Enter Fuji, with a small yet high quality camera and lens system. Why couldn't Nikon have done something similar?

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 22:12 UTC
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (338 comments in total)
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AdamElliott: In addition to enforcement of already existing laws bystanders need to step up and stop people instead of just filming it happen. This seems to be an emergent culture among our countries youth, along with the proliferation of graffiti, and is something i used to never see 10 years ago. In Alaska some of my favorite places that are within a few miles of a dirt road have been ruined due to spraypaint, garbage and vandalism of structures. In Hawaii vandals have begun spraypainting ancient banyon trees. In Utah where i have returned to live after 20 years, countless rock formations have either been vandalised or destroyed, and pristine swimming holes are littered with garbage. I have written a blog for 10 years about remote places and it's finally gotten to the point that i have to be secretive about the locations to protect them.

And, someone's been shooting at pictographs in canyons near roads.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 23:50 UTC
On article Epson's 4K home projectors to go on sale next month (63 comments in total)

Is there a projector for still photos, that has accurate color and dynamic range? The one our photo group uses doesn't.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 23:26 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
On article 8 creative tips for shooting waterfalls (160 comments in total)
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win39: The flowing snow appearance of water was created by large format photographers because of the limitations of their equipment. They could not shoot fast. It seems to me that to slavishly continue to copy that distortion with modern equipment is an assault on the eye. It is like taking a buggy whip to your automobile to make it go faster. It has reached such universal acceptance that I have begun to wonder nonsensically if most people have defective vision. Water does not look like that on this planet.

Here's an example of a small waterfall where the water flow is stopped by a fast shutter speed--I think it is more true to the moving water than the angel hair effect. Granted, a still image will alter the reality of the water's continuous movement, but to me this is much closer:


Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 04:08 UTC
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Steve Bingham: OK. Just for grins I downloaded Dorothia Lange's most famous picture. I made a 2' x 3' print. So, Getty, sue me! Please.

I have a copy of the negative obtained from the National Archive, so me too!

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 03:59 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2176 comments in total)

specifications say no image stabilization--is that correct?

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 01:24 UTC as 273rd comment | 1 reply
On article Action packed: Shooting the Sony a6300 in Miami (241 comments in total)
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mosc: Really not trying to troll here (I know, great preface) but would it have been possible to hand the model a pencil or a lolly pop or something to replace the cigarette? I did notice and it did bother me. Sorry if this stirs trouble.

That photo is so wrong...a throwback to a 1930s Hollywood idea of glamour.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 22:54 UTC

Love to see how this is used and what the output looks like--?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 05:03 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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Deliverator: So, the green auto setting on consumer DSLRs isn't simple enough? I know more than a few people with consumer DSLRs who use this setting almost exclusively to their complete satisfaction. A few of them might stray off into the scene modes, but that's it. They have no desire or need for anything else, and that's just fine with them.

In my dotage I realize my photos are not going to survive into the future unless i turn them into books--more accessible by far, and much better than a photo album. I don't know how big the photo book industry is, but I see lots of vendors offering the service.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 21:21 UTC
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Simon Elwell: I've found that fewer people want to see good photos of events and places. I was at a wedding recently. For many years I've taken a camera to weddings, shooting the things that the official photographers don't - the people watching, the children playing etc. But everyone at this recent wedding had a smartphone - everyone was snapping away. Everyone had their own record.
I posted my pictures on Flickr and the bride and groom were delighted with the alternative perspective - as is often the case; but I can't help feeling that most of the guests already had a smartphone version of what I'd shot - not as well composed, not as high res, not as ... well you name it. But enough to mean they're not interested in someone else's pictures.

I've had a similar experience shooting school plays--most parents go away thinking they have the play in their phone or tablet. When I publish a book documenting the play, only a few buy it, but they always say they never organized or edited their phone photos so they don't have a usable coherent record and are happy to have the book.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 21:16 UTC
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Cihangir Gzey: Let me give some of my thoughts as well (after a 10 year DSLR experience):
1-P&S business is dying quickly. Because new sensors demand high power and new cameras have terribly short battery life especially during FullHD video (knowing the exact left battery life on a P&S is like rolling a dice; even the cheapest smartphone give you exact percentages and in year 2015 as much as I know not many P&S offers it). WHY? Industry even couldn't solve this battery issue. NO POWER=NO PHOTOS!!!!
2-Bugs, subtracted features, lacking firmware make you sick on a P&S (or even an expensive DSLR). You desperately wait for a firmware update but once the manufacturer comes with a newer model, it NEVER happens. You try to use a creeping P&S (or sometimes worsely an expensive DSLR and feel like a screwed up idiot). NO AFTER SALES SERVICE=NO NEW CUSTOMERS!
3-Smartphones do almost everything with the photo you took (message sending, manipulating, emailing, social sharing, etc. etc.). My previous P&S of Canon S120 had terrible communication reliability with smartphones. I tried some other dedicated specialty like Sony QX1 but again no success. We can't wait to fill up memory card and connect it to PC. Sometimes we need the photo INSTANTLY. NO COMMUNICATION=NO USAGE
4-Check out the price of RX100 MK4 (I am still thinking about pulling the trigger for this P&S which has all NEGATIVE points on my above items). HIGH PRICE=NO CUSTOMERS
5-My 50D (I refuse to upgrade as every new iteration adds something but also subtracts another) & EF-S 10-22 sits inside the car while travelling. If I have it, I use it. If I don't, I use my old P&S or my smartphone. EOS M1 was not having internal flash and M3 has terrible battery life. NO FRESH MINDS=NO INNOVATIONS=NO SALES TO ADVANCED AMATEURS
Just my f..king 2 cents (as an upset photographer). IMHO those Japanese photo giants need to retire those old R&D guys (who proved to fail more than enough times; enough is enough!) and hire fresh and innovative people who understands the current generation's needs.

All good points...one reason I really like my Fuji XT-1 is the free firmware that improved focus--it was like a free camera upgrade. Hope this will be a trend!

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 21:05 UTC
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instamatic: My iPhone 6 really takes nice pictures. They are automatically well exposed and sharp like 99% of the time with pleasing color and contrast. This continues to hold in low light as well, though grain appears. Still, on-screen even this grain is a non-issue.

The camera is quick and responsive, and the built in HDR actually looks natural.

Additionally the photos are instantly available to share, or to be viewed on a flat screen TV via the inexpensive Apple TV.

What else can I care about for quick take and go snapshots that record life moments worth recording, seriously what else?

I also use an iPhone 6+ for snapshots, it mostly works well but has its limits--blown highlights and color temperatures are the most common issues. I wonder if it would be possible to use Siri to quickly set up or alter settings on the camera?

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 20:55 UTC
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SwissRapha: HowaboutRAW, I think you are wrong here. Besides light transmission (T-stop), the lens does not impact the shot noise. How could it?
A better lens can not magically improve the shot noise of the incident light. Similarly, a bad lens (with the same T-stop) does not add shot noise.

BTW, what do you mean with a 'better lens'?

Could you post those image files to illustrate...?

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 17:12 UTC

Please excuse a dumb question, but how do monthly plan subscribers upgrade from 5.x to 6? Thanks!

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 19:52 UTC as 114th comment | 9 replies
On article Cold War camera: 1950s Berlin in color (part 1) (122 comments in total)

Interesting to see the Reichstag as it was after the war--today it has been rebuilt and fitted with a transparent glass dome that contains a detailed exhibit about Nazism. I appreciate the efforts Berliners make to repudiate the past of divisions and hatreds, rather to be inclusive and tolerant of differences, because the wars have shown that peace and prosperity depends on it.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2014 at 17:13 UTC as 26th comment
On article Apple to cease development of Aperture (425 comments in total)
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mikeoregon: I used Aperture for a few years (free copy--don't ask) and then realized Lightroom was much better, so switched. Getting edited files out of Aperture's vault and into accessible file folders was a challenge.

Yes, a single edited image file can be exported readily, but not thousands.

@marco, I didn't steal it.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 21:53 UTC
On article Apple to cease development of Aperture (425 comments in total)

I used Aperture for a few years (free copy--don't ask) and then realized Lightroom was much better, so switched. Getting edited files out of Aperture's vault and into accessible file folders was a challenge.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 22:06 UTC as 87th comment | 4 replies
On article Centr captures 360-degree video at 4K resolution (37 comments in total)

A different way of seeing, somewhat disorienting and yet really intriguing. The story about a child watching a clip 16 times is totally believable!

The microphone(s) could definitely use a wind screen to make this an outdoor camera like the GoPro Hero.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 21:23 UTC as 7th comment
On article onOne Software's Perfect Effects 8 available for free (117 comments in total)

Thank you!

Link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 05:59 UTC as 26th comment
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