tscholent

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Marty4650: This whole concept is pure nonsense.

When it comes to business, talent counts most. No one buys inferior photos because the photographer happens to be a white male. It just doesn't work that way in the real world. If all the best photographers were Eskimos, then they would get all the work.

Yes.... the Eskimo photographers would "get more than their fair share." And only because they had the best photos.

I am amazed that anyone can be so vapid as to suggest racial quotas for hiring professional photographers.

Agree 200% and there is no other field where talent is more important !

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 18:24 UTC
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quietrich: I’m going to have another go at it, just because I think it’s important.

If I’m a white Caucasian in a largely white Caucasian society, I am privileged to always be included and represented by default. I am a member of several associations, which are all predominantly representative of the society in which I live.
For instance, if I’m a member of the British Institute of Professional Photographers, then (by default) I’m a member of the British Institute of white Caucasian Photographers.

Now if I’m a black female photographer, then I’m not represented at all, because I’m in a minority. I can choose to join the British Institute of white Caucasian Photographers, but that won’t help in terms of inclusion and opportunity. So, as all ‘minorities’ have always done, I’ll join the association that represents me, rather than the association that represents the majority.

It isn’t rocket science, and there isn’t any ‘racism’ here. It’s just an attempt at representation and inclusion.

So, as all ‘minorities’ have always done, I’ll join the association that represents me, rather than the association that represents the majority…sic
I’d say either association will “represent” you on paper but only that “big white” owned one will truly be able to “make” you into the artist you DESERVE to be.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 18:13 UTC
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Stigg: Here is Benjamin Franklin's take on this subject:

“Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our Language or Customs, any more than they can acquire our Complexion.”

https://qz.com/904933/a-history-of-american-anti-immigrant-bias-starting-with-benjamin-franklins-hatred-of-the-germans/

It looks like this deranged belief known as racism and its psychotic definitions of fictitious "races" was birthed in the Anglo mind and spread throughout the world and was so devastating that it encouraged the subjugation and destruction of "lesser races" throughout the globe - including the genocides of N & S America.

I thankfully live in NYC, the most diverse city of ethnicities on the planet, and I would not reside here if it were not that way. Its why I left my home country of England decades ago. I reject the concept of races. There is only the human race.

Thankfully you don’t have to worry about the “english world” having a monopoly on racism.And the cream will always go to the top no matter what color the skin.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 18:00 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Can't we just reduce saturation a little bit, instead of going total black & white?

Can’t we just all get etc.etc. ? B&W divide on this Continent alive and kicking !!

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 17:49 UTC
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jamesfrmphilly: saddens me to see how many racists there are in here......

Agree with you and it saddens me too.How ever racism has many forms and is mostly internalized and of course that includes every so called race.With regard to foster photographers of identifieable ethnicity I believe there is a certain amount of unnecessary pity involved that degrades the Artist.Perhaps the help should be directed towards poor neighborhoods ?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 17:39 UTC
On article iPhone X: What you need to know (408 comments in total)
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babart: All I need to know is that it costs too much.

Thinking about upgrading our 4S’s (Yes that old on Can $35 a month without data).Will have to cancel Landline and Cable to compensate (Can$250/month)for it..worth while ? Pitty to take street shots and selfies with a phone camera when I have Fuji xt1 and x100f…no?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 16:58 UTC
On article Canon G1 Review (13 comments in total)

Raw was the cat’s meeauw then…now folks ask for dual pixel sensors and 20 fps lol…

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 16:37 UTC as 8th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: the iPhone 4S (90 comments in total)

Hey …are you poopooing my 4S ? Yes based on the cost of running a 6 or a 7 up here in Vancouver I would have to unload Can$100 for a basic plan.Right now I pay around Can$130 for me and my wife but have no data.Yes we would like 7’s but can’t afford $300 extra a month…so welcome to Canada.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 01:23 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Photo of the week: The Purple Hour (121 comments in total)
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Arca45Swiss: My photo of the week

http://www.douglasdolde.com/m/-/galleries/recent-images/-/medias/845698f2-497c-4209-930c-06ee11aea7aa-desert-garden

Now that I find worthy of a exhibition.I’ve been there and you just given me ideas…thank you! (What a incredible place that is !)

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 00:37 UTC
On article Photo of the week: The Purple Hour (121 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Noah Placebo was one more victim of DPR censorship.
"When we don't like what you say we erase it "

My assumption (you can call me an idiot for assuming ..it’s ok) is that Erez is doing this for “free ad milage “ ? The money cannot possibly be the reason because he makes it from his Photo Tours.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 00:26 UTC
On article Photo of the week: The Purple Hour (121 comments in total)

Erez’s work fits DPR protocol . Considering he’s a professional his images are great but not exceptional.He gives lessons (tips) on his many (high end $$$$) tours. Why his images feature on DPR more than one time has to be answered by DPR. I second the desire by Commenters to feature images by outstanding pros and amateurs alike although would also understand DPR’s decline on account of the tech character of this site taking a back seat .

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 00:19 UTC as 8th comment
On article Photo of the week: The Shining (76 comments in total)

Much ado about nothing…

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 23:06 UTC as 2nd comment

Reminds me of the 50’s when I’d sneak out of my little village in Switzerland (around midnight) and meet the Paparazzi by the town sign for an exclusive…that’s why I had to leave (I’m alive in Canada)…just could not stand the “Fake News” anymore.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 05:14 UTC as 87th comment
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ABM Barry: As usual, ... the Broke mentality is out in force on this one! Highly amusing. LOL

Sounds like the “real” film makers pay double or three times the price for custom lenses. That would put your lordship back into the “Broke mentality” …why otherwise would you be looking at this forum ??

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 15:28 UTC
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CreeDo: Keep seeing the same exchange, over and over -

A: "this is bland / trash / boring / generic / kitschy / overrated"

B: "oh you can do so much better? / You just don't get it /
typical dpreview ignorance / it's not about your fancy gear"

I think it's shіtty to talk down to the unimpressed viewers like they're stupid or tasteless. It's the photographer's job to create impact. If she fails to do that for a lot of people, that's her fault, not theirs.

What are the viewers supposed to do, pretend to have a different opinion when the pics do nothing for them? Not speak because criticism is mean? Stare at them until they like them? I'm sure Mrs. Dijkstra will be ok, she just won $100,000.

You shouldn't need some sort of specialized education or backstory or explanation to understand why the photos are good, their quality should be self-evident. Not gonna apologize for saying it... only the last 2 do anything for me. Otherwise... meh.

Mr.Schroeder rehashing the same old template answers that people with academic background (but quite often have zero practical and commercial experience) do more harm to the education of the masses.Why most literature I have read about artists and their works quite invariably mention that the he/she had no intent of making a statement of any kind in their music,
painting,literature,sculpture etc.etc. Interpretation most unfortunately is left to people with academic background only, lest you be content (your words) with a “I like it” or “ I don’t” .The harm that is being done can also have fatal endings such as the 3.Reich where entire worlds of art and the artists that created them perished.Considering that fact I think I’m ok with uneducated people giving me their honest opinion…

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 21:12 UTC
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CreeDo: Keep seeing the same exchange, over and over -

A: "this is bland / trash / boring / generic / kitschy / overrated"

B: "oh you can do so much better? / You just don't get it /
typical dpreview ignorance / it's not about your fancy gear"

I think it's shіtty to talk down to the unimpressed viewers like they're stupid or tasteless. It's the photographer's job to create impact. If she fails to do that for a lot of people, that's her fault, not theirs.

What are the viewers supposed to do, pretend to have a different opinion when the pics do nothing for them? Not speak because criticism is mean? Stare at them until they like them? I'm sure Mrs. Dijkstra will be ok, she just won $100,000.

You shouldn't need some sort of specialized education or backstory or explanation to understand why the photos are good, their quality should be self-evident. Not gonna apologize for saying it... only the last 2 do anything for me. Otherwise... meh.

10 yrs ago my wife and I while in NY visiting my daughter we decided to see the Guggenheim. A lot of the exhibitions were contemporary and simplistic for our taste so I approached a curator and asked him as to why I could not “see anything “ other than the material involved. His answer was that the key was education with regards to the intent of the Artist in question.One exhibit had 5 small boulders on the ground with a marine rope between them. The Artist was paid US$750000 for it .Another 60’x 20” canvas had one red spot 6” in diameter on white background and the estimated prize was US$3.6 million…My wife and I agreed that we do not have enough education and anyway this was a rip off at $60 a person.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 21:11 UTC
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daowei: It seems to me that her work is somewhat of a celebration of the mundane-- or rather a juxtaposition between the simplicity of the exterior, and the complexity of the individual/subject.
It's a breath of fresh air. My own photography depends heavily on flashy visuals and effects (shallow depth of field, long exposure, unusual angles etc.) and misses entirely the context of my subjects.

I think most of us photographers that rely on gimmicks to capture attention could learn a thing or two from the simplicity of Dijkstra's work.

A thing ? Yes…but not two !

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 20:14 UTC
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Jacob the Photographer: This prize confuses me like no other prize ever has:

As said by another commenter: Take away the story and you're looking at a boring poorly executed set of amateur snaps.

$100.000 as an award for photos like those by Hasselblad,a Camera manufacturer that claims it stands at the forefront of innovation and quality.

This is mentioned a few times before- : If a photos or photo series needs a written explanation to make the observer value / enjoy the image it something is very wrong with that photo. In a newspaper article one reads that explanation by nature. But a photo competition by a Camera manufacturer should not need that - for $110,000.= the image itself should be so powerful that one never ever wants to take the eyes of it. ... Indeed like the famous portrait of the 1984 'Afghan Girl' by Steve McCurry.
I'm happy for Rineke Dijkstra but very sorry for Hasselblad - they just told us that we do not need a $20,000 camera to achieve top results.

Perhaps not unlike the Academy Awards (Oscars for you “Nordic” folks) Hasselblad should be thinking of splitting the $110K into appropriate categories.? Rineke might otherwise be a swell large format photographer in her own right (with pedigree to boot) but thousands of pros, pro ams think nothing of this exhibit because in their minds IQ can’t be “married” to the story .No Academy Award has ever been awarded twice in the same year for the same category but Hasselblad as well as the Nobel Prize Academy seems to have other ideas , why just last year we witnessed Nobel Reps hastily explaining away the bestowing of their Literature Nobel Prize to Bob Dylan. Love Dylan tunes but giving “two prizes” for one achievement? (Music and “Poetry”?

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 20:10 UTC
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odpisan: If you want to see realy the bests of bests photos of Croatia you must check photos of Vasja Pinzovski ... I never saw beter photos

http://www.pixoto.com/vasja.pinzovski

or

https://www.google.si/search?q=Vasja+Pinzovski&newwindow=1&espv=2&biw=1680&bih=920&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiyiJzpxd3RAhUCFSwKHXiuA2IQsAQIFw

or

https://www.facebook.com/vasja.pinzovski

Take HDR and other overdone PS and it’s good but not best …just saying !

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 02:38 UTC
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The Name is Bond: With the technology of lens design and materials having moved a generation forward, it does seem like a new, modern lens might actually go so far as to do justice to the sensor and the price.

Sharp wide-open with good bokeh and excellent resolution is a modern lens.

guess you’re on the wrong channel?

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 19:10 UTC
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