poppyjk

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Really great work on this with composition, timing, and processing technique!!

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2016 at 01:50 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Street Food in the Your City - Local Street Vendor challenge (9 comments in total)
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calson: The composition with the man in the left side of the frame and the outstretched arm going to the highlighted corn works very well. What detracts from the picture is the busy background that competes with the viewer's eyes.

This is the kind of scene that needs to be worked with different angles and heights and apertures and focal lengths and shifting to change the background. It also shows why a 35mm focal length is a bad choice for street photography with its excessive depth of field and limitations for excluding detracting/distracting elements.

@brockmo@photolando: thank you for your kind words and the acknowledgements of the difficulties of this kind of shot, especially for an amateur/enthusiast like me.

@brockmo: laugh of the day for me with your line 'pure chin-stroking pretentious gobbledygook'. If you don't mind, I may reuse that line in future responses.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 15:14 UTC
On photo Street Food in the Your City - Local Street Vendor challenge (9 comments in total)
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calson: The composition with the man in the left side of the frame and the outstretched arm going to the highlighted corn works very well. What detracts from the picture is the busy background that competes with the viewer's eyes.

This is the kind of scene that needs to be worked with different angles and heights and apertures and focal lengths and shifting to change the background. It also shows why a 35mm focal length is a bad choice for street photography with its excessive depth of field and limitations for excluding detracting/distracting elements.

Continued...

I purposely chose f2.8 expecting a 1.5-2.0 foot DOF in order to get the hand, the corn, the pot, and his face in focus.

So what focal length, aperture and focus point would your professional experience have chosen in a 5-10 minute opportunity? Or would you just take the best shot from an hour of shooting with four different lenses and hope you got lucky?

You may be a good professional photographer but you provide no tangible evidence of that. Why don't you post photos in some DPR forums or enter some challenges and win them so the rest of us can point out to you how they are not perfect either. You seem to enjoy nitpicking Challenge Winners. You know about 'the eye of the beholder' thing, right?

So I have to admit that your condescending comment actuated my petulant response, and I have now wasted too much time on this.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 03:46 UTC
On photo Street Food in the Your City - Local Street Vendor challenge (9 comments in total)
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calson: The composition with the man in the left side of the frame and the outstretched arm going to the highlighted corn works very well. What detracts from the picture is the busy background that competes with the viewer's eyes.

This is the kind of scene that needs to be worked with different angles and heights and apertures and focal lengths and shifting to change the background. It also shows why a 35mm focal length is a bad choice for street photography with its excessive depth of field and limitations for excluding detracting/distracting elements.

I am just a tourist with a camera and was walking with my family group of seven to enjoy the evening. I did take 16 different shots of this vendor and this was the best.

If I had taken an hour or two with 4 different lenses I might have gotten a better result, but I was not doing it for professional purposes as you seem to suggest I should have. Nor was the vendor for hire as a model willing to take direction to repeat the perfect hand motion when the background was sterile and devoid of people.

There was also the troubling common technical issue with inconsistent front/back focus of the Sigma Art lens. I had tediously calibrated it with the Sigma dock but it was still quite inconsistent. I have since sold it and purchased the Canon 35 f1.4 II which is wonderful. I was 6-7 feet away from the vendor, and this shot was focused on his hands and the lens clearly back focused.

continued...

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 03:43 UTC
On article UPDATED: Sony RX100 Mark V real-world samples (277 comments in total)

Please add photos taken in low light at ISO 3200+ and shutter speed 1/100 or longer.
Like museum, restaurant, evening, streetlight lit, candle lit, party, concert, etc. shots.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 20:01 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On article UPDATED: Sony RX100 Mark V real-world samples (277 comments in total)

These look promising for this sensor. Would like to see more actual low light/high ISO photos like #18 chef at work for evaluation. The well lit high shutter speed high ISO photos look very good, but actual low light with shutter speed of 1/100 to stop motion blur on average human subjects is of more real world interest to me.

I have the original RX100 and might upgrade to this one for all the accumulated improvements over the past 4 years which are really quite impressive in total. Seems like dynamic range, noise performance, and jpg engine are improved over version IV in addition to the advertised upgrades.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 19:43 UTC as 64th comment
On a photo in the Sony RX100 Mark V Real World Samples sample gallery (1 comment in total)

This looks promising for this sensor. Would like to see more actual low light/high ISO photos for evaluation. The well lit high shutter speed high ISO photos look pretty good, but actual low light with shutter speed of 1/100 to stop motion blur on average subjects is of more interest to me.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 19:40 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Hidcote Gardens in the Green Flowers challenge (2 comments in total)
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RuthC: These interesting flowers are Euphorbias. There are numerous varieties, some green like these ones, others are yellow, or they even come in red, as poinsettias.
RuthC :-)

Thanks for the ID RuthC. Wife and I thought the 'Euphorbias' were quite unique. Found Hidcote Gardens beautiful--maybe again someday.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 13:24 UTC
On photo fagervik in the Your City - Bricks challenge (1 comment in total)

Beautiful photo, no doubt. But a rural village in Finland is hardly the 'city environment' requested in the challenge rules.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 00:42 UTC as 1st comment
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nir-vana: Dear Tamron.
We, Sony FE system users have:
FE 50/1.4
FE 50/1.8
FE 55/1.8
FE 50/2.8 macro
Mitakon 50/0.95
Loxia 50/2
Samyang 50/1.4 MF
Samyang 50/1.4 AF
Slrmagic 50/1.1
But we don't have any decent telephoto option for E-mount.
I hope you realize that our system becomes much more popular than A mount.
I hope to have native Supertele for my A7RII
Nir

Ok, your example helps my dense logic. Sorry for taking your time.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 14:24 UTC
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nir-vana: Dear Tamron.
We, Sony FE system users have:
FE 50/1.4
FE 50/1.8
FE 55/1.8
FE 50/2.8 macro
Mitakon 50/0.95
Loxia 50/2
Samyang 50/1.4 MF
Samyang 50/1.4 AF
Slrmagic 50/1.1
But we don't have any decent telephoto option for E-mount.
I hope you realize that our system becomes much more popular than A mount.
I hope to have native Supertele for my A7RII
Nir

(continued)
-Causes your lens to focus more closely than it was designed.
-It may alter the designed distortion and aberration control of the lens since it is using a smaller part of the image circle
-Increased potential for light loss
-Variable impact on vignetting

It is true that none of these may be noticeable on any given lens for any given user or that some maybe used as advantages by a user. But it is also true that these are real considerations in the lens optical design.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 05:09 UTC
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nir-vana: Dear Tamron.
We, Sony FE system users have:
FE 50/1.4
FE 50/1.8
FE 55/1.8
FE 50/2.8 macro
Mitakon 50/0.95
Loxia 50/2
Samyang 50/1.4 MF
Samyang 50/1.4 AF
Slrmagic 50/1.1
But we don't have any decent telephoto option for E-mount.
I hope you realize that our system becomes much more popular than A mount.
I hope to have native Supertele for my A7RII
Nir

To JensR: Ok, so I overstated the impact on image quality, but I was not wrong that an extension tube (your basic suggestion) has potential negatives that can be ignored if you choose. I don't think that a quality lens manufacturer would intentionally compromise a lens' performance by simply extending the lens housing.

The list of real and potential issues varies widely by lens and significance:
-Changes magnification ( the whole point with macro photography and almost negligible on telephotos)
-Causes your lens to lose the ability to focus accurately on distant objects(infinity)
-F-stop set by your camera might not represent the effective f-stop using the extension
(Continued below)

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 05:09 UTC
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nir-vana: Dear Tamron.
We, Sony FE system users have:
FE 50/1.4
FE 50/1.8
FE 55/1.8
FE 50/2.8 macro
Mitakon 50/0.95
Loxia 50/2
Samyang 50/1.4 MF
Samyang 50/1.4 AF
Slrmagic 50/1.1
But we don't have any decent telephoto option for E-mount.
I hope you realize that our system becomes much more popular than A mount.
I hope to have native Supertele for my A7RII
Nir

JensR: Standard lens design intends to focus an image precisely on the sensor surface. I believe that physics indicates that simply changing the distance between the lens and the sensor by 25mm would keep the light thru the lens from exactly converging on the sensor resulting in a barely recognizable image.

With respect to the 'hugely successful' E-mount/ Betamax comparison. Panasonic invented the MILC category in 2008 and Sony has entered and competed well in that segment based on excellent sensors. MILC is about 25-30% of the ILC market and Sony is about 30-35% of the MILC market: a business success no doubt but only about 10% of the total ILC market. On the other hand, Sony created the VCR category and had a monopoly for a year until JVC entered the category with the cheaper, lower quality, and easier to use(fewer tape changes) VHS. Betamax maintained superior image quality but its usability and cost and 'good enough' competition' caused its death within about 15 years.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 15:48 UTC
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nir-vana: Dear Tamron.
We, Sony FE system users have:
FE 50/1.4
FE 50/1.8
FE 55/1.8
FE 50/2.8 macro
Mitakon 50/0.95
Loxia 50/2
Samyang 50/1.4 MF
Samyang 50/1.4 AF
Slrmagic 50/1.1
But we don't have any decent telephoto option for E-mount.
I hope you realize that our system becomes much more popular than A mount.
I hope to have native Supertele for my A7RII
Nir

Dear Sony,
The flange design on your E-mount would require us to completely re-design the lens' optical construction. We predict that is not economically feasible for us given the relatively low distribution of the E-mount cameras. It appears that while the cameras perform well for certain users, you have recreated another 'Betamax', but for this current generation. Maybe you can find an adapter.
Sincerely,
Tamron

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 23:50 UTC

Several reviewers have mentioned the 80D advantage over the a6300 for videobloggers. The 80D fully articulating screen with live view AF functionality overrides the a6300 4K image quality and possible overheating shutdown for their self video posts.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 15:53 UTC as 68th comment | 4 replies
On photo Road of Many Turns in the The winding road challenge (20 comments in total)

Wonderful. Can look at this one for a long time. So much to take in.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 19:25 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On photo La Font Màgica, Barcelona in the Your City - Fountain challenge (5 comments in total)

Really a great shot. Well conceived and well executed.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 19:22 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Junior Seward's Folly in the Burger Mania challenge (2 comments in total)
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cits: Did he get a free meal? Great expression and love this mega burger image.

Thanks. It was fun to watch, but no free meal. He could not finish it himself and he only got the "small junior one".

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2016 at 21:03 UTC
On photo Ringo Starr, still rockin' in 2016! in the Rolling Stone challenge (1 comment in total)

Where is your 'full story' on your photo's subject? Where is the 'genuine truth' you claim to own? Where is your condescending admonition to voters whose faux-worship of someone with a little musical talent seems to absolve him of socially destructive behavior?

It must be quite enjoyable to unconsciously wallow in the hypocrisy of harshly judging others motives and actions while continuing to gleefully skip down your own self justified yellow brick road.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 17:50 UTC as 1st comment
On photo 50th Annual Custer Buffalo Roundup in the National flag challenge (7 comments in total)
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drummercam: poppyjk's gallery shows that he is a world traveler who documents his travels nicely. I congratulate him on a 1st place. But this being selected as a 1st place means that many people probably voted in reflexive reaction to the most cliche notions of "American freedom." When the nation "America" established itself in North America, it nearly drove the bison in this picture to extinction through hunting, profiteering, and mere entertainment. Native Americans were harshly treated, driven from ancestral homes, murdered by the U.S. Cavalry (under the same flag), and generally decimated and corralled. The man on this horse also suggests the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge malcontents who illegally seized federal lands this year, with much conspicuous flag-waving on horseback and one death. If the flag is part of the story, as D.N. observes below, then the full story ought to be told. America's western legacy is a complicated picture that often includes little to be proud of.

To drummercam - some 'genuine truth': on THIS day pictured, THIS cowboy and friends volunteered their time to preserve and protect this herd of buffalo - a precious national treasure. This qualifies as a good and honorable contribution to our society and culture. Ponder this PRESENT DAY TRUTH instead of your reflexive negative thoughts.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 18:31 UTC
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