Erick L

Lives in Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Canada
Has a website at http://www.borealphoto.com
Joined on Aug 17, 2006

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On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (891 comments in total)
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Mac McCreery: I wonder if younger photographers are influenced by their experiences of using screens on phones, compact cams, tablets and so on. It seems that we are increasingly seeing the world through or on a screen.
I do hesitate when I see folk with dslrs handholding and using live view with the camera at arms length. But if it works, who cares! I just find it funny!

I started with film SLR and now use mirrorless and mostly compose at arm's length. I find it easier to make big and small adjustments while easily seeing what's outside the frame. I also get sharper pictures at arm's length, thanks to the 5 axis IBIS. It's quite liberating not being tied to eye-level compositions (or moving the whole body

I also zoom from wherever I'm standing. At least I seem to. I figured out that you don't need a camera to compose until you're ready to take the shot.

I even hold the camera the "wrong way" (shutter button down) in vertical composition because I find it more comfortable and stable.

So if saw me shooting, you'd think I don't know how to use a camera. Some people just try different things and figure out for themselves what works better.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 11:54 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (891 comments in total)
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Mac McCreery: I wonder if younger photographers are influenced by their experiences of using screens on phones, compact cams, tablets and so on. It seems that we are increasingly seeing the world through or on a screen.
I do hesitate when I see folk with dslrs handholding and using live view with the camera at arms length. But if it works, who cares! I just find it funny!

What is sad about it?

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 18:10 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (891 comments in total)

I mostly use the screen nowadays.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 22:27 UTC as 223rd comment
On article CP+ 2017: Hands-on with Sigma's newest lenses (198 comments in total)

How did you get the US president to hold the 5D and 14/1.8?

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 02:05 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies

The built-in Arca plate is a nice touch.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 23:56 UTC as 52nd comment
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Rick Knepper: I assume I am taking a risk every time I strike out on a hike. The NPS sets boundaries for a variety of reasons many of which benefit NPS and their budget.

I don't find the image with the tripod compelling enough to agree with the boundary set by whatever agency did it on the basis of safety. What would be a more compelling deterrent for me is the quality of the composition from that angle. Moving closer would probably set off alarms that I am not going to get anything really useful vs. the risk that I couldn't get back behind the boundary with a long zoom.

"And only you don't. Or it's the other way round."

Oh I do, like everyone else. I don't claim to be a saint though. Lots of hypocrites posting under this article, when they put everyone else's life in danger by driving over the speed limit several times a day.

Like Jesus said: let the one who never stepped off trail throw the first water bottle.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 16:41 UTC
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Rick Knepper: I assume I am taking a risk every time I strike out on a hike. The NPS sets boundaries for a variety of reasons many of which benefit NPS and their budget.

I don't find the image with the tripod compelling enough to agree with the boundary set by whatever agency did it on the basis of safety. What would be a more compelling deterrent for me is the quality of the composition from that angle. Moving closer would probably set off alarms that I am not going to get anything really useful vs. the risk that I couldn't get back behind the boundary with a long zoom.

I bet all of you disregard "safety rules" several times a day while driving.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 03:56 UTC

Reminds me of travel pics with Mr Potato: http://www.spudstravels.com/

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 15:28 UTC as 50th comment
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Pat Cullinan Jr: "a to-the-eye shooting stance gives a much steadier grip for hand-held shooting than holding the camera at waist level"

Got that? "MUCH steadier."

Thank you.

Not always true with IBIS.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 15:46 UTC

These were actually dug up from F-stop ridge and restored.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 00:06 UTC as 12th comment
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dmanthree: Just a great shot. For the photographer to maintain his cool during a live shooting and capture this image speaks volumes. The negative comments in this thread are pretty embarrassing, and likely posted by camera owners who have never faced any sort of adverse situation that required them to look, act, and *not* panic and run. I've seen many examples of technically poor photos that have won Pulitzer prizes, and this one is right up there with them, and technically very good, as well. Great job by the photographer.

Most negative comments are targeted at the DPR article, not the photographer.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 15:31 UTC
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techjedi: With great respect, the photographer helped the assassin glamourize the murder and this photo will serve as a recruiting tool for terrorist groups. How exactly does this serve as an encouragement for pro photography? It is a great picture, but I am fairly sure the civilized world would have been no less off without it.

"Any sane, rational person viewing this photograph will be repulsed by this scum's act and his perverted ideology"

It's not the sane people you have to worry about.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 05:02 UTC

"It's a stark reminder that the world needs well-trained photojournalist now more than ever."

How so? Security cam footage would've done the job. Maybe better since it wouldn't look like a movie poster.

If nothing had happened, would you have written an article on how photojournalists are wasted on mundane events?

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 00:41 UTC as 130th comment | 1 reply
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1150 comments in total)

It would be nice if you added a yes/no under battery specs for "USB charging" and "USB powered". Thanks.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 17:41 UTC as 194th comment | 1 reply
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T3: Camera bags that force you to take them off and put them down in order to get your gear out of them kinda suck. Very impractical and cumbersome. I call these "never-ready" bags, because with your gear so out of reach and inaccessible, these camera bags mean you're never ready to shoot. These kinds of bags are fine for transporting all your stuff to a shoot location, at which time you put down the bag and set up shop, so to speak. But they are terrible for travel or street shooting where you really want to be able to access any piece of equipment at a moment's notice.

"@Erick L- clearly you've never used a side-access bag. I used a photo backpack for years."

I've tried them but never bought one because they're a non-solution. All these years and you couldn't figure out how to dig in your pack without putting it down? I take one strap off my never-ready bag and swing it around and dig in while the pack is still on my shoulder, just like barely-ready bag.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
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T3: Camera bags that force you to take them off and put them down in order to get your gear out of them kinda suck. Very impractical and cumbersome. I call these "never-ready" bags, because with your gear so out of reach and inaccessible, these camera bags mean you're never ready to shoot. These kinds of bags are fine for transporting all your stuff to a shoot location, at which time you put down the bag and set up shop, so to speak. But they are terrible for travel or street shooting where you really want to be able to access any piece of equipment at a moment's notice.

"If you're carrying all of your stuff around your neck and in your pockets, then you aren't really using or needing a bag, are you?"

Yeah, I carry everything in my pockets at all time. The bag is just for show.

Side-entry bags are just as slow and on most bags, and you lose a side-pocket. The larger ones are narrow and deep so they aren't much easier to dig in. And whenever you put the bag sideways, the content of the pocket on the other side risks falling off (and it will when you don't notice). Some never-ready bags have a clip on top of the zipper so you can close it and still dig in. A skirt around the zipper make the bag looks like it's closed. My point is that side-entry bags aren't a panacea. If you're backpacking around Asia, I assume you'll have a bigger pack for your clothes and stuff. You might want to consider something other than a backpack for your photo gear (I'd lose the F100 grip for sure)

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 02:41 UTC
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T3: Camera bags that force you to take them off and put them down in order to get your gear out of them kinda suck. Very impractical and cumbersome. I call these "never-ready" bags, because with your gear so out of reach and inaccessible, these camera bags mean you're never ready to shoot. These kinds of bags are fine for transporting all your stuff to a shoot location, at which time you put down the bag and set up shop, so to speak. But they are terrible for travel or street shooting where you really want to be able to access any piece of equipment at a moment's notice.

I use a "never-ready" bag for hiking and I don't need to put it down to dig in. Bags with a side entry are "barely-ready". If I need to be ready, I carry the camera around the neck and lenses in my pockets or the bag's outer pocket. It doesn't get any faster with a backpack.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
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Piotr M: Another backpack without hip support. I'll pass.

A hipbelt on such a small bag is useless.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 18:07 UTC
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EduPortas: Just scanned the 50+ plus winners and finalists on National History Museum website and discovered just one mirrorless camera amongst the lauded pictures (Olympus E-PL1). Lots of "old" DSLR gear: Canon's original 5D, 7D, Nikon D300, Nikon D90 with good glass. Lion's share seems to be shot with the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III. Heck, there's even a Nikon F4 film camera! Surely mirrorless is the future, right? RIGHT?! (Edit: I only checked the "Adults" section of the competition. Lots of great shots in the younglings section also).

Mirrorless is still the future. Those images were all made in the past.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 15:57 UTC

- Be careful not to ruin a scene with your foot prints.

- Exhaling with your nose prevents the viewfinder from getting frosted.

- When you have to put your tripod through a layer of crusty snow, don't spread the legs all the way or they will spring back up, or break if you force them too much.

- Bring extra layers like a big mittens and a puffy coat because you might have to stand around waiting for the light. This is especially true for wildlife photography where you might have to stand still for long periods.

- Keep your tongue away from metal tripods.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2016 at 20:11 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
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