rick decker

rick decker

Lives in United States Kailua-Kona, United States
Works as a retired
Has a website at www.lightreflection.com
Joined on Jul 4, 2001
About me:

Equipment Used: Sigma camera and lenses.

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On article Adobe launches Lightroom Ambassador program (227 comments in total)

It would be great if they would offer LR with an option to bypass the catalog.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2020 at 17:38 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Best online printing services (140 comments in total)

I have used Elco Color Labs for years. Their very large format stuff has an option called "Posters" and the quality is excellent. There are multiple (2 or 3) paper types.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2020 at 01:47 UTC as 29th comment
On article Why Leica's M10 Monochrom is more than just a gimmick (667 comments in total)

Probably biggest reason is advertising revenue

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2020 at 17:28 UTC as 69th comment | 3 replies
On a photo in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 III sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Turret Arch

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2019 at 17:43 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 III sample gallery sample gallery (2 comments in total)

South Window?

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2019 at 08:44 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On a photo in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 III sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Nice scale of North Window using the guy

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2019 at 08:40 UTC as 1st comment
On article DPReview TV: Sigma 70mm F2.8 Macro Art lens review (133 comments in total)

A good review. I have shot it somewhat and am very pleased. Great across all apertures. A few samples here:

http://www.pbase.com/sigmadslr/70mm_art

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2019 at 22:23 UTC as 16th comment
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jbroehl: I had a native Chinese colleague who explained to us that in China it is culturally acceptable to cheat to get ahead. Among many Chinese it is in fact considered smart and clever to get ahead by cheating. It's an unfortunate cultural shortcoming.

BTW, that ex-colleague went on to leave us and try and sell our proprietary data, just proving exactly what he'd told us earlier about a Chinese cultural norm of cheating. So, sorry, yes, others do it, but not to the degree the Chinese do

Yes we all know that the Chinese are big cheaters...just look at Jian Yang and among other things his "New New Internet".

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2018 at 17:12 UTC

Looks a lot like the Sigma and appears to have an IQ that may be comparable to the Sigma. One nice thing they did was to put a collar on it. I have the Sigma (I shoot Sigma cameras) and this lens is my go to telephoto, replacing my 70-200, 150-500 and 120 -300

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 17:32 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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Boeing skipper: I wonder how many of these people who care only about sharpness actually use super high resolution screens and print their picture in 40 x 60?
When it comes to portrait lenses, I personnally care a lot more about the overall look of the picture, the transition from in-focus to out-of-focus areas, the bokeh and the 3D pop.
I own the Canon 85 f1.8 and the 135 f2. My copy of the 135 isn't significantly sharper than my 85 but the overall look of the image is so much more pleasing to my eye. It has this dreamy look only a few lenses can create, and from this Sigma gallery I can't find any of that here.
I would much rather get the 85L than the Sigma Art because of this. Sure, it is slow, has lots of CA, isn't nearly as sharp. But it's almost twice as small and the images it creates have a lot more of character to them.

Also, in Christopher Frost Photography's review on Youtube, he mentions that 30% of his pictures are miss-focused with the new 85 Art. Good luck with that.

You probably or maybe not remember the Nikon 43-86 soft focus lens that was out around the 80's or 90's. It was marketed as a portrait lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 05:33 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (472 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: also re the quattros .... why does sigma have to create bizarre boomerang shaped bodies , and skimp on batteries .... power requirements are understood for this sensor ... so why they dont put a 8000 mah battery in a special grip or design the base to take 4 18650 "texas AA" rechargable lithiums ?
out the box thinking is missing at the r and d labs lots of cool solutions waiting for a company with complete and utter courage and forward thinking

i could design a better camera, just by making a larger battery across the board , for all these cameras ... i will have left all the designers in the dust ... also pop off lens modules to simplify sensor cleaning .... the achilles heel and dirty little secret for all fixed lens cams

dust WILL happen .... design fixed lens cameras with this in mind

Well if you could you should and the question is "Why aren't you". As they say down-under "Where's the beef"?

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 19:17 UTC
On photo manta_riding in the -My Best Fish Shots- (Full Colours Only + Border) challenge (4 comments in total)
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Mushmich: This photo is disgusting, no respect for the marine creature whatsoever!

Oh yes and also camels, yaks, elephants, donkeys, burros, and mules to name a few more.

Jesus rode a donkey into Nazareth. What do you have to say to Jesus?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 20:25 UTC
On photo manta_riding in the -My Best Fish Shots- (Full Colours Only + Border) challenge (4 comments in total)
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Mushmich: This photo is disgusting, no respect for the marine creature whatsoever!

Well this manta liked to be ridden and he didn't have to be trained like horses and he lived in the wild. When he got tired of being ridden he left.

So if you don't think riding horses and camels is disgusting, you are being hypocritical and you are in effect saying that the end justifies the means.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 03:03 UTC
On photo q3 in the Q like Quattro challenge (2 comments in total)

sending you new image

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 04:25 UTC as 1st comment
On photo P1010273 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (12 comments in total)

Most of the mountain shots have halos or other digital artifacts from over-sharpening. This does not look like a very good camera for landscapes.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 03:32 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On a photo in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Samples Gallery sample gallery (13 comments in total)

Most of the mountain shots have halos or other digital artifacts from over-sharpening. This does not look like a very good camera for landscapes.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 03:32 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On photo The Old Mill, rev. in richardsealane's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Nice shot..brings back memories of 20+ years in Mill Valley before moving to Hawaii 17 years ago.

Rick

Link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 06:44 UTC as 1st comment
On photo elderly in the Using these Letters Only - II challenge (1 comment in total)

Wow..here is another one. Maybe I am misunderstanding? I understand that you can only use.

O E I A K P X R L V C 9

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 00:15 UTC as 1st comment
On article New anamorphic adapter lens for iPhone 5/5s (37 comments in total)

I will stick with panos..not because I am philosophically opposed...just because it is another piece of hw/sw to deal with. I don't do any video to speak of so that doesn't matter.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 16:59 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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