gordzam

gordzam

Lives in Malta Malta
Joined on May 9, 2013

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On photo An ant nursing aphids in the Ants challenge (2 comments in total)
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RuthC: Another fabulous capture by you, gordzam, and another well-deserved top place in this 'Ants' challenge. This picture shows life as it really is in the small world of insects, where ants have been able to 'milk' the aphids of their sticky sweet nectar, so it is a win/win for both parties. A great image, with amazing details throughout.
RuthC :-)

Thanks again RuthC and everybody. This is one of the first shots I took after purchasing the MP-E65mm. It's not any easy lens, but surely very rewarding if you love macro!

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 05:32 UTC
On photo Cleaning the antennae in the Ants challenge (2 comments in total)
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RuthC: This is a wonderful capture of an ant, gordzam, and it deserves second place in this 'Ants' challenge. Through your lens, we can see amazing details of this one small ant: the hairiness, the different colours of the head, thorax and shiny abdomen, the long probing antennae, and the bright searching eyes. A real beauty!
RuthC :-)

Thanks RuthC! It's really amazing how insects are in real life, but we can only appreciate them with such high magnification photography. Thanks to everybody who voted on my 2 entries.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 05:30 UTC
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Jim: A fair amount of the shots seem to show blown highlights...or is it just me?

As an aside, aircraft photography is my hobby as well and I was considering the RX10 III for those chores vs a Nikon or Canon DSLR with a 100-400 lens (aka bazooka). It sounds like you were very happy with the results from the RX10 III.

This might be ok for a prototype first flight. It will surely struggle on military aircraft at airshows. For these occasions I think the DSLR still has a huge advantage.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2017 at 18:53 UTC
On photo Caterpillar in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 3, C challenge (6 comments in total)

Thanks everyone for the compliments! It is a really stunning creature, and even more when it turns into the Swallowtail.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 19:33 UTC as 2nd comment

Has the second prize winner ever heard of "composition" in a photo?

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 20:19 UTC as 100th comment | 2 replies
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2141 comments in total)
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gordzam: "The lower pixel count and inclusion of a low pass filter means it can't match the Nikon D810, especially if you're looking at the native output size". Here is a grab from comparing the 5DIV with D810 at 6400ISO:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2ntHcjy-l6iNjNKZjE3WWlHY0U?usp=sharing
I think, that the 5DIV is showing LESS noise than the D810. Anyone agrees with me?

It seems that CMOS technology has reached its limit, and unless a new technology is developed, there will be no huge advances from any manufacturer. At this point, picture quality is surely not a decisive factor to chose a brand, even more so to switch from a brand to another. We need to take more pictures with the gear we have and enjoy our hobby!

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 14:09 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2141 comments in total)

"The lower pixel count and inclusion of a low pass filter means it can't match the Nikon D810, especially if you're looking at the native output size". Here is a grab from comparing the 5DIV with D810 at 6400ISO:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2ntHcjy-l6iNjNKZjE3WWlHY0U?usp=sharing
I think, that the 5DIV is showing LESS noise than the D810. Anyone agrees with me?

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 11:26 UTC as 138th comment | 7 replies
On photo 22-spot ladybird in the Interesting Insects challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks RuthC! It was a great challenge with a great winner.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 08:12 UTC as 1st comment
On photo P51 Mustang in the Aircraft challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice!

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 11:14 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

The VC was useless for panning on the original version of this lens, and was the main reason I sold it. For steady shots it could not be faulted, so probably this lens would be very competitive in its G2 form.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:56 UTC as 56th comment
On photo Flying egret in the A Tribute to Sir David Attenborough challenge (2 comments in total)
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RuthC: Congratulations, gordzam, on placing second in this Tribute challenge, with your beautiful capture of a snowy white egret, displaying all its beautiful plumage as it lifts off from the water below. This is a great example of the different types of feathers the bird has developed, for its own particular needs and styles of flight. Really beautiful, and oh, so elegant!
RuthC :-)

Thanks RuthC! I am very pleased to have 2nd and 6th places, especially among such a wide range of excellent photography from most of the entries.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 04:57 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (505 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: The pictures of the wedding shot and the motorcycle on the page 1 have a lot of noise for ISO 400 and ISO 200. Even the shot below in evening light at 12800 ISO is very noisy. My old Oly E-M5 has less noise. I would expect much better from this. Perhaps a firmware update will fix some of this.
If the reason is because it's optimized for much higher ISO's that's fine, but most shooting, at least for me, is not going to be higher than 3200. Therefore, I can't imagine it would appeal to too many photographers.

I'm getting confused.....sometimes in most reviews, it is stated that pros mostly shoot JPEG, and here you state that pros will mostly perform pulls and pushes in post processing! I think that finally the pros interest in these cameras are more towards the fast action and getting the precise moment than pixel peeping at actual pixels, and mostly don't care about noise levels and dynamic range, which have reached enough good levels in any DSLR on the market, especially if you will go to print in a newspaper, magazine or website.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 05:04 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (502 comments in total)

600mm shots shot with the Canon G3 X clearly show a lot of heat distortion when viewed at full res that the Sony pics don't show. Are these shot deliberately much later in the day to degrade the perceived better quality of the Sony? Honestly, I can only spot a very slight advantage at full aperture of the Sony lens, which will not be visible when viewing the whole photo. All 3 cameras are on par, and very good, and I would not make a decision on image quality if I had to choose between these 3 cams.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 07:17 UTC as 64th comment | 4 replies
On photo Solitude in the Your City - Urban Cats and Dogs challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice one!

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 05:03 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Egret's graceful flight in the What Do You Not Like About This Picture - # 2 challenge (11 comments in total)
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JerryShots: There is no composition here, so although the focus is fine, the exposure OK, (the contrast is a little high)...It takes more to create an interesting or compelling image.
Perhaps had you discussed different posing techniques before you began your shoot? (kidding of course) but the 'regularity' of the shot (centered both vertically and horizontally, directly 'on axis' to the wings and lens) really reduces the 'gee whizz' factor.

Being in focus, being well exposed, having an interesting/attractive subject just isn't enough.
We need subject engagement, interesting behavior, environmental placement yielding composition bliss!!
What you have here is a little 'clinical' - Perhaps it was stuffed and shot on Green screen after all ;)
Keep shooting, keep sharing.

Hi JerryShots,
Thank you for your critique! I agree with you that the shot is just a "plain bird flying shot", without much originality. And that's one of the differences between living in a place were taking a bird shot is a rarity, and living, say in Florida or Africa, where taking a bird shot is just like shooting portraits!
Regards.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 05:01 UTC
On photo Egret's graceful flight in the What Do You Not Like About This Picture - # 2 challenge (11 comments in total)
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Frenchfx: Looks good to me. Not much to critique here. Wonder what it is the author doesn't like?

Hi FrenchFX! I am really pleased with the result, but there is always a room for improvement ;-) And sometimes I find myself so pleased with my results that I may miss where it can be improved. That's the scope of this challenge! Thanks for your comments.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2016 at 19:21 UTC
On photo Egret's graceful flight in the What Do You Not Like About This Picture - # 2 challenge (11 comments in total)
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ackebous: Focus looks like it is spot on, so that can't be a problem. The only thing I would say is that it raises the question how the bird appears to be on nearly the same plain as the camera with only blue sky in the background.

Hi ackebous! Thanks for your comments on my photo. The bird appears level with the camera as it is banking to the right, i.e. flying on an arc of a large circle. Still its left wingtip feathers are lower than the right ones, so it is higher than the camera.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2016 at 19:17 UTC
On photo low fly over in the What Do You Not Like About This Picture - # 2 challenge (12 comments in total)

The angle isn't the best, and exposure could have been better.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 05:28 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On photo Wise Eyes in the What Do You Not Like About This Picture - # 2 challenge (14 comments in total)

I personally think the WB is incorrect and the picture needs more yellow and red shift.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 05:27 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On photo Take off! in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)
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RuthC: What a fantastic picture, gordzam, and it is a worthy second place-getter in this week's challenge. This is perfect timing on your part, to capture the ladybird's takeoff, with its bright red hard outer wings which protect the transparent wings beneath until they are needed for flight. Clean colours and anticipated movement in the whole image add an element of surprise and magic. A very popular entry, and deservedly so.
Ruth :-)

Thanks Ruth, I am very pleased that I got second, as 1st place is awesome!

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 05:26 UTC
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