poppyjk

poppyjk

Lives in United States Georgia, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Apr 13, 2012
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Tourist with camera

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On a photo in the Canon EOS RP sample gallery sample gallery (4 comments in total)

It would be nice to know where the focus point was and/or which focus mode was used. The apparent focus point is the leaves to the right of the statue face as everything in that plane is in focus -- but not the face.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2019 at 18:42 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm GFX 50R First Impressions Review (1110 comments in total)
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samfan: Wow talk about splitting hairs. I don't think I've ever seen image quality comparison between 2 cameras that's as close as these. The difference is completely non-existent. In a blind test I'd say the shots are made with the same camera maybe a few seconds apart.

That said night cityscape is not exactly the prime ground for MF. Some day landscape or fashion shots maybe?

While the 5DsR has an inferior sensor to these other cameras, it is also disadvantaged in the DPR studio scene by the 25+ year old EF 85mm f1.8 which has demonstrably poorer acutance, microcontrast and color rendering versus the more modern lenses on the same class of camera from other manufacturers. The shooting at f5.6 is not enough of an equalizer to overcome these deficiencies. This lens begins to noticeably disadvantage other Canon dslrs to pixel peepers at 30 megapixels like the 5D4. Since Canon's future high-res cameras will likely all be the mirrorless R versions with the modern native R lenses, the future studio image quality comparison 'fairness' takes care of itself.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2019 at 00:51 UTC
On photo Maggie Sunbeam in the Best of 2018 challenge (2 comments in total)
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Augustin Man: RIP Maggie! I was deeply impressed by the story.
Augustin

Thank you so much. I was grateful to have noticed and photographed that fleeting moment. I submitted the photo to honor her awesome spirit.
John

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2019 at 11:12 UTC
On challenge Challenge the host! (6 comments in total)
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tvstaff: This challenge is so much fun! :)

So this was so much fun that you withdrew your top ten entry and left an ugly black box. You gushed about the previous challenge of the same title but also withdrew your entry from that one.

In fact, you leave a trail of ugly black boxes routinely in challenges you enter just like some others who suffer the same affliction. There is no rule against it, but it can hardly be regarded as professional. If a photo is not good enough to keep. why was it good enough to enter?

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2019 at 21:38 UTC
On photo Clock Tower Works in the Challenge the host! challenge (2 comments in total)
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Dutch Newchurch: This challenger gave me a tough decision, with more than one very strong entry. The subject is one that I enjoy, with more than a whiff of steampunk to it. I like the composition. It’s superficially symmetrical, but more complicated when you look closely. I like the colours. Orange and blue tone well together. I like the lighting, with sense of depth enhanced with a carefully applied vignette. One criticism? Perhaps the soft front gear (but I bet it would have been difficult to find the depth of field to include it). Definitely one of the host’s choices. Thank you!

Thanks Dutch for your kind comments. This is one of my all time favorite shots because of the unusual complex subject well lit. Glad you liked it, and that it appealed to your steampunk fascinations.

Yes, depth of field was a compromise boxed in by shutter speed and 12800 ISO. Had to shoot from the waist with live view because of space limitations and had no tilt screen. The focus point is on the black vertical shaft. Tried to mask and sharpen, color, adjust contrast, adjust exposure, etc. the foreground gear. All attempts made it look worse to me so I just accepted it. Happy that I got the main set of gears in decent focus and the frame relatively plum and square which only took about 8 shots.

Happy New Year to you!

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2019 at 20:43 UTC
On photo Rocamadour in the Your City - NOT the City challenge (8 comments in total)
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Albert Valentino: Wonderful

Thank you.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2018 at 23:36 UTC
On photo Rocamadour in the Your City - NOT the City challenge (8 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: Nice!

Thanks.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2018 at 23:36 UTC
On photo Rocamadour in the Your City - NOT the City challenge (8 comments in total)
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Lawn Lends: Nice, I will take that little cottage on top.

I think you will have to take a number -- there is a long line.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2018 at 23:35 UTC
On photo Rocamadour in the Your City - NOT the City challenge (8 comments in total)
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Weegee: Yes, I remember it well. Too bad I had bad weather. The walk up ( the stations of the cross? ) was good exercise for the day. Shot from the cliff road across? The bad part......too many tourists ( and photographers....myself included ) during the summer months.

It is such a unique village, and yes shot from the pullout on the cliff road.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2018 at 23:35 UTC
On photo Lightbulb in the Creative light challenge (1 comment in total)

Really impressive work of art! Concept and execution are excellent! I can't comprehend how you did this, but that is not necessary to appreciate it.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2018 at 01:49 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Nikon Z6 sample gallery sample gallery (7 comments in total)
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Becksvart: I've been a fish and vegetable eater since 2001 and I still think fried bacon smells nice but what sort of abomination am I looking at here?

It is prosciutto.

This is a photo site not a health food site. You are entitled to your food preferences but not to negative hyperbole with respect to others' preferences.

Do you have any relevant observations on the technical abilities of this Nikon equipment being demonstrated?

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2018 at 22:02 UTC
On article The best lenses for Canon DSLRs (112 comments in total)

The Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art has the least reliable or consistent auto focus of any prime for Canon even when calibrated with the Sigma dock. This has been widely reported and discussed and is reason enough to disqualify it from this list. Copy variation is high.

Without a well lit high contrast subject the lens fails to AF accurately. Low light photography is a common use for a 1.4 lens. I sold it and bought the Canon 35mm f1.4 L II which is the best lens I have ever used.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2018 at 15:25 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies
On photo Harvest Mouse in the -Furry- (Mammals in Full Colours Only) challenge (2 comments in total)

This is really a great photo. Looks like a winner.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2018 at 17:55 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On a photo in the Sony 24mm F1.4 GM sample gallery sample gallery (3 comments in total)

Nice sunstar. Fwiw, f/16 also uncovers a few sensor dust spots.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2018 at 13:24 UTC as 2nd comment
On a photo in the Canon EOS R sample gallery sample gallery (39 comments in total)
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poppyjk: This pov and accompanying distortion has been popularized by smartphone selfie stick shots. You either like it or not.

Thank you for the additional explanation.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2018 at 21:57 UTC
On a photo in the Canon EOS R sample gallery sample gallery (39 comments in total)
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poppyjk: This pov and accompanying distortion has been popularized by smartphone selfie stick shots. You either like it or not.

Interesting commentary on the AF performance, thanks.

I have been frustrated with street shooting AF with people moving using the 5D3 and 5DsR. Not just with low light/low contrast but in good light/good contrast also. The 35 1.4L II helps. I had hoped the EOS R servo AF would be better than the 5DsR but doesn't look like it.

Am interested if the R photos are actually in focus where the camera records that it focuses. I guess that answer should be saved for the review.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2018 at 03:52 UTC
On a photo in the Canon EOS R sample gallery sample gallery (39 comments in total)
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poppyjk: This pov and accompanying distortion has been popularized by smartphone selfie stick shots. You either like it or not.

@Rishi - You are entitled to your preferences just like I am. And to be clear, I really do like the other photos of yours and from other staff in the gallery.
This portrait technique is seldom seen for a reason. Big heads and small bodies are generally regarded as a deformity in humans. On the other hand, big heads and small bodies are frequent in cartoon drawings since they are eye catching and comical.
This photo has critiques on focus, color, lighting, model's expression, and the perspective. It is difficult to determine what this sample is supposed to demonstrate other than than an unusual camera angle.
For me, this photo is not as useful as others in the gallery for evaluating the camera and lens because I would never take that kind of shot. That the technique is one of your favorites is interesting but irrelevant.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2018 at 03:19 UTC
On a photo in the Canon EOS R sample gallery sample gallery (39 comments in total)

This pov and accompanying distortion has been popularized by smartphone selfie stick shots. You either like it or not.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2018 at 15:23 UTC as 2nd comment | 7 replies
On photo Fog Wave Over Mt Tamalpias in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (14 comments in total)

I like the eerie beauty of this scene. I really admire all of your photography.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2018 at 16:05 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On photo Rio Cathedral in the Architectural Photography - Commercial Building Exterior. challenge (3 comments in total)
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Bangers and Mash: It would seem that I am starting to get complaints regarding churches being classified as commercial. As in a previous challenge regarding commercial interiors, the same will hold true on this challenge. Buildings are either residential or commercial in nature, and since a church is registered as a non-profit organization with local governments, and collects donations, whether on a voluntary basis or not, I for this challenge, deem them as commercial. I will not debate this.

I apologize for having caused any controversy with this entry. I understand and appreciate your very reasonable and broad interpretation which includes my entry in this challenge.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2018 at 14:21 UTC
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