Paul Farace

Paul Farace

Lives in United States Cleveland, United States
Works as a photographer/writer
Joined on May 21, 2007
About me:

Camera collector/scrounger facing the horrors of the digital
evolution -- the nullification of all his film cameras! Now, two
years into digital and loving it... still, all these film cameras do
not make good door stops or paperweights.
Other work: curator of a WW II submarine, USS COD,


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On article What just happened?! Looking back on last week (99 comments in total)

Oh that new Fuji X100 firmware update sure put the zing back into my little black treasure! Thanks Fuji! (and it surely did cost them a few tradeups to an X100s for the moment. But it also solidified some very important brand loyalty!

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2013 at 15:59 UTC as 29th comment
In reply to:

QuarryCat: I never liked the portrait with the peering eyes - i don't like the artificial green background - but I love his other, even more realistic picture with the hands and the living eyes - thanks a lot for showing it here!

artificial green background??? Unless you were there when it was taken, I think you might want to consider that background to be a scrap of Russian shipping container metal (that green is one of their favorite colors) that ended up as someone's living quarters in a refugee camp!

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2013 at 15:56 UTC

it is not only one of the most important images of the 20th century, but likely could become the photographic version of the Mona Lisa, IMHO. The shot of the girl with her mouth covered is a great image, but it leaves the viewer wondering if she is smiling behind her veil or frowning (the eyes can go either way) ... the cover shot leaves no ambiguity (and is very much like Mona Lisa's smile). To me in the 1980s it touched me as a girl suffering as a refugee from Soviet aggression... today we see the real horror... a girl photographed in the mid 1980s who is living in a world stuck in the very dark ages. This image and the later shot of Sharbat as a woman, printed 18 feet tall, is the centerpiece of the NGS 50 top covers traveling the world right now (currently in Singapore). It took my breath away when I saw it there, and caused a lump in my throat (again). If there were a dictionary entry for "the power of photography" this would be the illustration!

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2013 at 15:52 UTC as 30th comment

Thanks Fuji... the faster manual focusing is really appreciated! Really makes a great camera that much better! Gonna take my little black beauty out for a stroll in the fall colors!

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2013 at 03:06 UTC as 34th comment
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Paul Farace: I am living in a ritzy hotel room designed by decorators and architects who never had to LIVE in this uncomfortable and ill-designed place... try living with your "artistry" before unveiling it! Ditto for most special camera designs. It will not be the replacement for the M9 so go ahead and make them for rich folks to feel good about buying. Hey, how about a camera to raise money for cancer or Alzheimer's? You have not control over those problems... using a condom or avoiding needle-drug addiction will prevent AIDs.

Not really... the whole damn place is "designer" -- seen this problem in too many hotels trying to be "world-class" -- another guest at this hotel broke her fingernails trying to get the drawers to open and another had to call the front desk to find out how to use the faucets in the sink! Oh, and the shower built for two with six rain head/shower nozzles has a drain built for ONE! I actually found my recent stay at a Holiday Inn Express to be a bit more comfortable! I Still think the camera sucks ;o) -- and YES, I couldn't bring myself to bid on it even if I could afford it!

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 09:50 UTC

I am living in a ritzy hotel room designed by decorators and architects who never had to LIVE in this uncomfortable and ill-designed place... try living with your "artistry" before unveiling it! Ditto for most special camera designs. It will not be the replacement for the M9 so go ahead and make them for rich folks to feel good about buying. Hey, how about a camera to raise money for cancer or Alzheimer's? You have not control over those problems... using a condom or avoiding needle-drug addiction will prevent AIDs.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 03:19 UTC as 161st comment | 2 replies

Who's the tramp at the beach showing off her calves??? Absolutely disgusting! No proper female would dare to bare in such a shameless way!

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2013 at 12:55 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply

I am visiting Singapore and their art/science museum has a NG special exhibit of 50 best photos. The original image of Ms Gula and her image taken 17 years later are presented in a darkened galley all to themselves... the effect is absolutely stunning and heartbreaking considering the context of the image and the treatment of women by this faction of Islam. I will post an image of this part of the exhibit in Forum/Open Talk. When I first saw the cover in 1985 I fell in love with the raw, simple beauty of the young girl. When discovered later, all that the Taliban had done to Afghanistan was mirrored in her face. I left with a lump in my throat and a pain in my heart. BTW: the photog knew in an instant it was the girl. The photo sparked an immense amount of donations to refugee relief in the region. That should be enough compensation. Twits who think that news images should be considered the same as fashion photos are way off base.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2013 at 03:20 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article First Impressions Review: Using the Canon PowerShot G16 (353 comments in total)

I wanted a RF type Canon for so long... G7, G9, G11... they always seemed to fall short of what I wanted and those tiny plasticky peephole viewfinders... YECH! Then came Fuji with the X100 and XPro1 ... ahhhh

Sorry Canon... your SLRs are first rate and I have many, but I can't see any point in your G series.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2013 at 04:53 UTC as 66th comment | 2 replies

No eye-level viewfinder? Me no interested! Holding a camera out, away from your body, especially with a large zoom lens, is just not as stable as holding it to your eye... Long live the X100, Xpro1 and XE1!!!

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 15:47 UTC as 10th comment

Stylish and fashion-forward consumers? There is a line I don't want to see in a press release... I never saw a IIIg or M3 in the hands of anyone I'd call stylish and fashion-forward! In fact, most of the shooters with these cameras smelled of hypo, cigarettes and body odor!

How about marketing this to noobs with more money than brains?
Give me a Fuji any day!

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 02:56 UTC as 27th comment
On article Ten one-of-a-kind cameras from the 21st century (249 comments in total)

I wish someone (FUJI or Canon) would build a modern version of the OLY C211 Camedia... a non-Polaroid printer mated to an even better digital camera, maybe a bit smaller with prints a bit bigger? WOW that would be a fantastic machine! I enjoyed the original and was amazed by its capabilities. Time for version 2.0~!

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 01:27 UTC as 42nd comment
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review (45 comments in total)

This is the Erminox of the 21st century! Someday tyros will handle one in a camera show and wonder how a few folks could spend that kind of money for a bauble.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 21:34 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
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fpapp: I think the Olympus C-211 deserves mention.

A friend had one back in the day, and I remember thinking it was such a cool camera to have the ability to print instant photos from the digital files!

I agree!!! I purchased one of these landmark marvels at a thriftstore about five years ago for $15 ... used it (digital file only) for about a dozen shots (Polaroid was gone)... pulled it out a few months ago, shot a few more pics then tossed it into the trash... a great camera but I need to clean out my gear drawers. My friends purchased these marvels for $600 back in 2000!

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 02:54 UTC

I remember seeing these things in the trade publications, in some camera stores, and even in the hands of some early adopters. I knew this was the wave of the future and that film would be left in the weeds sooner or later (just didn't think it would happen as fast as it did!). I remember tuning them out for two reasons: they were so damn expensive for what you got, and they didn't have a flash hotshoe or PC contact so I couldn't use them in my studio... what I really wanted was instant feedback during shoots without the use of Polaroids. I remember having a deep sense of joy and anticipation when the early digitals began sporting hotshoes and maybe a PC contact... Like the Canon Sureshot G1 and G2 and Kodak 280 (I think). The price was still prohibitive. Then Canon with it's landmark D30, D60, 10D and finally 20D brought digital down to earth!

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 02:50 UTC as 36th comment
On article Gorgeous color photos of America in the 1930's and 40's (109 comments in total)
In reply to:

Benarm: Interesting, but many of them look staged.

ASA 10? Who are you kidding? Kodachrome movie film in 1945 was ASA 6 !!! Not that super-fast stuff at ASA 10! Makes you think twice when you switch to ISO 3200, doesn't it? We've come a long way baby!

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2013 at 23:24 UTC

any industrial recycling process can strip a PLASTIC shell from the unit in a fraction of a second... and recycle it! The metal rail and chasis will melt down to recyclable steel and aluminum too... sounds like someone is drinking the SUSTAINABILITY COOLAID again! This is fine for the Birkenstock wearing greenies who don't shave their armpits and don't flush their toilets until the neighbors call the health officials... but not for me!

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 21:53 UTC as 19th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5/FT5 (74 comments in total)

My TS4, purchased last August is sitting in a mailing box to be shipped to the Panasonic repair facility in Texas. On its second trip under water since it was purchased (and never more than six feet deep) it began to flash its rear panel display. Not a total flooding of the interior, but apparently a short in one of the control circuits. It didn't totally stop working but you couldn't do much with it ... I didn't pay $265 for this. Let's see what Panasonic says. I've used underwater cameras since my Nikon Action Touch 35mm in 1998 and I think I know something about maintaining O-ring seals... (I am skipper of a WW II submarine memorial!) All the Wi-Fi bells and whistles are fine, but if the camera fails at its primary mission, you have an expensive paperweight.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2013 at 04:11 UTC as 34th comment
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Paul Farace: My name is Paul... I am a camera gear addict... (Hello, Paul!!! is the response from the audience, amid various coughs and the random shuffles of feet among the metal folding chairs...)

Yes, I am hooked and the wonderful thing about this addiction is simply, we support a legit industry and when we go overboard, we go broke and can always sell our "addiction" for 85% of what we paid for it. Anyone every tried to sell "used" booze (in its various forms) or drugs?

We see other addicts on the street... and make fun of them... they're hauling L-glass zooms out at toddler play events, using multi-flash lighting rigs at high school plays, etc.

But we are still humans!

All these years later, yea... but if you decided within a short time, say a few months, you could get the 85% ... but yea, time robs us all! And as for only buying pro top-shelf stuff, you haven't seen my equipment drawers, have you? :o)

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 18:41 UTC

OK I read the article... yea this guy was hardcore. Yes, I too have purchased a 4x5 view camera (but for me at a bargain) took a few shots (still have yet to process the Tri-X holders!!!!) and then sold it. Yea, that is not good. But hell, it can be chalked up to the rapid progression of the technology. I sold the bargain 4x5 system for about 50% of what I paid for it... the loss was rent for the fun I had owning it... since I didn't really use it all that much. But I kept the RollsRoyce quality focusing cloth my wife made for me and my Ansel Adams kit. I will sometimes use it for viewing my digital camera backs outdoors at shoots or the laptop outdoors!

You have to have a business sense at some level... otherwise you hurt yourself like any obsessive compulsion.

Pass me that X100s dude... don't bogart it!!!!!

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 00:21 UTC as 40th comment
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