JDThomas

JDThomas

Lives in United States Austin, TX, United States
Works as a photographer / author
Has a website at NikonDFG.com
Joined on Jul 2, 2012
About me:

Entertainment photographer for Corbis Images / AP Images, Nikon Digital Field Guide & Concert and Live Music Photography author, Gretsch guitar strangler.

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prossi: Is it cheating if all the pictures are on steroids? And what does it even mean?
Shouldn't HDR be considered as manipulation?

@papa natas:

I've got a degree in photography and a degree in fine art. I don't need to watch a YouTube video to teach me about art.

You interjecting Ansel Adams possible use of photoshop into my comment was pointless. I never said he wouldn't use it. I never brought up Photoshop at all. But it really doesn't matter what technique Ansel Adams would have used to create art because THAT WASN'T MY POINT.

All I said is that Ansel Adams would have gouged his eyes out if he had seen a horrible overly tone-mapped HDR piece of crap. I don't know any true artist or photographer that thinks over-processed HDR looks good. Every time I see one I want to gouge MY eyes out and stab the hack that created it. Trey Ratcliff should be crucified for unleashing this scourge among the masses. (I know he didn't invent it, but it's his fault you can't go onto flickr without seeing some disgusting clown-puke image)

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 19:50 UTC
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JDThomas: Is England going to require the return of all foreign works of fine art to their country of origin? What is the British Museum doing with Egyptian mummies and Greek statues?

Surely they should be returned to their rightful place in the world?

You know what? It was a light rhetorical response and you white supremacist idiots had to turn it political.

Oh yes, only Europeans can be trusted to ensure the world's art is safe. You people are stupid and blind. You think Britain is financially stable? You think the US is financially stable? CHINA has us all by the balls you idiots.

And @chris_j_l: Don't forget this country bailed Europe out of trouble in two world wars. Your lot would be speaking German right now if it wasn't for this country with a history "measured in weeks". Which is a typical response from a white racist that forgets that there were indigenous people living on this continent before the dirty Europeans came over and decimated them.

And what does my post have to do with ISIS @Peiasdf? NOTHING. Go cry about ISIS on a politico-religious website.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 19:37 UTC
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prossi: Is it cheating if all the pictures are on steroids? And what does it even mean?
Shouldn't HDR be considered as manipulation?

I didn't even mention the word Photoshop in my comment.

If you think that Ansel Adams would have thought Trey Ratcliff's gaudy over processed HDR photos were works of art you are out of your flipping mind.

Ansel Adams had a great eye and ear for aesthetics. Only the lowest common denominator of "photographers" find that horrible tone-mapping garbage as art. Ansel Adams would not see that as art.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 05:43 UTC
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steelhead3: the British have so little in the way of great Art through the ages, they thought it necessary to rob foreign lands of their treasures by military force.

The Brits have had lots of great artists through the ages, J.M.W. Turner, Francis Bacon, Henry Fuseli (though Swiss born), are just a few I can recall from my Art History classes.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 03:35 UTC
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JDThomas: Is England going to require the return of all foreign works of fine art to their country of origin? What is the British Museum doing with Egyptian mummies and Greek statues?

Surely they should be returned to their rightful place in the world?

Some knucklehead always has to throw in current politics in response to a rhetorical question.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 02:55 UTC
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prossi: Is it cheating if all the pictures are on steroids? And what does it even mean?
Shouldn't HDR be considered as manipulation?

I think Ansel Adams would gouge his eyes out if he was subjected to "clown-puke" HDR photography.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 01:20 UTC

Is England going to require the return of all foreign works of fine art to their country of origin? What is the British Museum doing with Egyptian mummies and Greek statues?

Surely they should be returned to their rightful place in the world?

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 01:13 UTC as 28th comment | 21 replies
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JDThomas: This isn't even a Leica and the Leica haters are already coming out in droves against it. First they complain the Leica cameras are too expensive, then someone tries to make an affordable alternative that's not an exact copy and people bitch about THAT.

What will make you people happy?

Yeah, he sure did. I lost sleep over that one.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 17:51 UTC
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JDThomas: This isn't even a Leica and the Leica haters are already coming out in droves against it. First they complain the Leica cameras are too expensive, then someone tries to make an affordable alternative that's not an exact copy and people bitch about THAT.

What will make you people happy?

Ok pal.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 02:33 UTC
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Franka T.L.: Unless there's something magical about that sensor I fail to see a point here

It's not magic dude. It's called TECHNOLOGY. You could put a Sony image next to a D750 image next to a D810 image and I bet you couldn't pick them apart in a blind test.

It's daft to think that any one CMOS sensor is in anyway different than the other. It's all processing. There is no "magic sensor". It's all just a silicon wafer.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 23:24 UTC
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JDThomas: This isn't even a Leica and the Leica haters are already coming out in droves against it. First they complain the Leica cameras are too expensive, then someone tries to make an affordable alternative that's not an exact copy and people bitch about THAT.

What will make you people happy?

I simply said that the Leica haters were all over this camera. My post was about how someone was trying to make a more affordable rangefinder option and was being met with same amount of hate as a Leica.

And you brought up something about Leica being too expensive. All I did was give you some data about price inflation. YOU are the one the one to make it about Leica. I was making a remark that this camera was suffering similar vitriol as Leica does by the people on this forum.

And now I'm a "fanboy". I was defending Konost not Leica. Again, YOU turned it into a 'Leica is for rich people" discussion not me.

What insults? "Thick skull" insults you? And more to the point, I didn't ask for your opinion. I simply made a statement followed by a rhetorical question.

You turned it into an argument. You're the one complaining you can't afford a Leica. The point of the post was not to defend Leica. Jam that into your thick skull.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 23:19 UTC
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Glen Barrington: I wish this company and this camera well. But is this REALLY gonna sell in numbers large enough to last more than a year and get a few collectors excited?

It might function well enough to spur other manufacturers to explore this quasi-rangefinder focusing mechanism, (I'd love to see something like this in m43s, it could revitalize the moribund Pen line, for example); but I would be very surprised if this particular camera was in any way successful.

If Lytro can dupe the public into buying their stupid camera then this has a better than good chance of succeeding.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 16:01 UTC
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JDThomas: This isn't even a Leica and the Leica haters are already coming out in droves against it. First they complain the Leica cameras are too expensive, then someone tries to make an affordable alternative that's not an exact copy and people bitch about THAT.

What will make you people happy?

Why do you really care WHAT a company puts on it's shelves?

Have you ever eaten ice cream? There's a company called Jeni's that makes ice cream that costs $12/pint. Next to it there's ice cream that $2/pint. That's a 600% markup.

Why aren't you on the Jeni's website bitching about how overpriced and elitist Jeni's ice cream is?

Ford owns Maserati. Why aren't you on a Ford forum bitching about how they are catering to the elite rich?

When will you people get it through your thick skulls that Leica owes you NOTHING. It's a privately owned company that does what they need to do to make money. If what Leica does is the biggest worry in your life you're in sad shape.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 15:53 UTC
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kty: This thing looks incredibly similar to the new Leica T.
I doubt that they can sell it as it is now.

And Canon DSLRs "look" like Nikon DSLR's. And the Fuji XPro and X100 looks like a Leica or a Nikon S, or a Canonet.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 15:41 UTC
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Franka T.L.: Unless there's something magical about that sensor I fail to see a point here

My answer was useless and arrogant? The original post was useless and arrogant. Not only that it was vague and of no value.

Name me one other company that is designing a "magical" sensor"? Canon's 50MP sensor that gives APS-C performance in a FF sensor? Sony's mushy and color-smeared 36MP oversized point and shoot? The Fuji X-trans, which nobody can seem to figure out how to implement a RAW processor for?

The completely boring way that Nikon, Canon, and Sony sensors all render images that look the same?

Every goddamn camera out on the market is pretty much "ordinary". Maybe we should take them all off the market until a great speckled bird in the sky shits out the "magical" sensor that makes everything look like unicorns, rainbows, and f*cking leprechauns.

So yeah, "If it were merely "ordinary" what would its appeal be?"
Don't ask ME ask the camera manufacturers that are foisting the same garbage on you year after year.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 15:35 UTC
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Glen Barrington: I wish this company and this camera well. But is this REALLY gonna sell in numbers large enough to last more than a year and get a few collectors excited?

It might function well enough to spur other manufacturers to explore this quasi-rangefinder focusing mechanism, (I'd love to see something like this in m43s, it could revitalize the moribund Pen line, for example); but I would be very surprised if this particular camera was in any way successful.

@Glan Barrington:
"I suspect the "product" is being developed to create enough interest in the technology so that the whole thing, company and all can be sold to someone with deeper pockets."

Is there something wrong with that? You think Zuckerberg developed facebook for the warm fuzzy feeling it gave him inside knowing he was connecting long lost people? Hell no. He did it because he thought he could make a profit. You think Henry Ford created the automobile for the greater good of mankind? Nope. He did it for profit.

So what if this team is designing something with their technical and creative know-how in order to sell off the rights to make a buck?

I don't create photos solely to create art. I do it to turn a profit as well.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 15:19 UTC
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JDThomas: This isn't even a Leica and the Leica haters are already coming out in droves against it. First they complain the Leica cameras are too expensive, then someone tries to make an affordable alternative that's not an exact copy and people bitch about THAT.

What will make you people happy?

Leica prices creep up with inflation.

Leica prices are below inflation prices in some cases. I have a 1969 50mm Summicron-M (non-ASPH) It sold new for $459 according to an old Leica price list.

Adjusted for 2015 inflation that's $2961. Retail price for a new 2015 50mm Summicron (non-ASPH)? $2350.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 08:51 UTC
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Franka T.L.: Unless there's something magical about that sensor I fail to see a point here

There's nothing magical about ANY sensor. It's a piece of electronic equipment.

I fail to see the point in your comment.

Did some magical fairy come down and sprinkle pixie dust on your camera sensor making it better than all and therefore the camera that's made with a point?

Here's the point. Someone decided to make a different camera concept, so they did. Simple enough.

When's the last time you invented a camera? Never? That's why you don't see the point.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 08:21 UTC
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J A C S: Lenses?

@Leiduown: What bias? Just because you don't understand the context of what I said doesn't mean I was degrading Russian lenses. I currently have a Jupiter 8 and I've owned lots of other Russian oddball lenses.

Maybe English isn;t your first language but don't come down on me because you visit a website that is based in English and you can't understand the vernacular.

Technically speaking those Russian lenses aren't great performers, but I like to use them sometimes.

I speak Spanish as well but I don't go to Spanish websites making claims about what people are saying because I don't have full command of the slang and local dialects.

So back off. I meant nothing bad.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 08:10 UTC

This isn't even a Leica and the Leica haters are already coming out in droves against it. First they complain the Leica cameras are too expensive, then someone tries to make an affordable alternative that's not an exact copy and people bitch about THAT.

What will make you people happy?

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 05:21 UTC as 80th comment | 12 replies
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