SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

Comments

Total: 520, showing: 41 – 60
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »
On article Samyang goes Premium with MF lens range (58 comments in total)
In reply to:

Xentinus: Samyang...Sigma of the future! (maybe will be even better)

Sigyang works for me. Also sold under the name Rokinigma, Souwer, and Falcma...

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 01:26 UTC
In reply to:

Manti44: Admittedly I am out of the mainstream, but in spite of the fact that many of these images exceed my patience and ability most are heavily enhanced by software after the fact. This is a technique that I rarely use other than lightly and consider it to be an obvious crutch for otherwise mediocre images. It often results in images that look more like paintings than photos.

I don't see it that way. What seems much more obvious to me is that oversimplified viewpoints with one cause for each effect (and a single surface black and white meaning) makes for easy discussion and taking sides but rarely is balanced or approaching what is true. Truth is instead much more messy--which is all the reason I need to to keep chasing it rather than setting my perspectives in cement. My opinion of which picture may be over processed will undoubtedly be different than yours. And my perspective of "over processed" may be informed by artistic fashion, technology, my age, and information I may gather about the artist's work, the nature of the work, and the type of medium by which it is delivered.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 01:18 UTC
In reply to:

Manti44: Admittedly I am out of the mainstream, but in spite of the fact that many of these images exceed my patience and ability most are heavily enhanced by software after the fact. This is a technique that I rarely use other than lightly and consider it to be an obvious crutch for otherwise mediocre images. It often results in images that look more like paintings than photos.

How do you know how much each was enhanced? Maybe the patience and ability yielded great results with only light processing. Admittedly I'm guessing that all were shot in RAW which means very neutral baseline that requires software processing. Over processing is not a technique really or a crutch, it's preference. Beautiful subjective preference. Just like how much work one did in the darkroom and what filters and film was selected all contributed to obvious crutch type photography back in the film days. But I digress... how do you know how much processing was done?

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 04:20 UTC

Number 10! Wow!

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 04:08 UTC as 18th comment
In reply to:

SirSeth: Am I missing the manual aperture ring? Seems like most manual lenses have them and I'm not sure that this would work on my Sony with adapter without an aperture ring. Otherwise, I like the aesthetics and am curious about the IQ.

Agreed. Otherwise it looks good, but electronic aperture control won't work for me unless they make native FE mount with electronic contacts. I suppose I could get a Canon version and use a smart adapter, but I'd rather not.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 03:36 UTC

Yeah, I see the criticisms below. Lots of whining. Well, get your judgmental fix on some actual photographs I took. Then if I enter I can blame you for $20 wasted. ;)

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58310052

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 19:34 UTC as 25th comment

Am I missing the manual aperture ring? Seems like most manual lenses have them and I'm not sure that this would work on my Sony with adapter without an aperture ring. Otherwise, I like the aesthetics and am curious about the IQ.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 03:01 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

cgarrard: For any who criticize....

Remember that just being there, is one of the biggest hurdles for photographers. Getting off the bum - if you will. It's easy to forget how much work goes into just getting your camera in the right spot, let alone getting your timing and exposure and composition right. While some compositional elements could be nitpicked here, we are talking about a 16yr old with limited experience pulling of what most readers here wish they would get themselves off the couch to do. Perspective indeed. ;)

So many stunning moments go unnoticed--usually when the people are sleeping or watching TV. Many people were born in the right place to capture amazing pictures and just don't realize it. This isn't rocket science... but it does help inspiration a little to have actual rockets blasting off in your back yard. ;) Then again, more than one person lives in this town and probably many of them have cameras and are not being featured here.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 21:09 UTC
In reply to:

Howard: Another prime lens for FE? Maybe should divert some effort to making a decent and fast midrange zoom for APS-C E-mount?

I know apples and oranges, but Sony hasn't released any APS-C E-mount lens in 3 years!

@T3 Amazon's best selling "interchangeable lens" cameras list is not dependable data. For example, the #2 spot goes to an $88 digicam that is not interchangeable lens. The #4 spot goes to a FF camera that is not released yet. The 1,2,5,6,9... and more spots are all the same camera (Canon T5). So if you base your assumption of APS-C sales on this, then you could be very skewed in your perspective. You might at least question if people are preferring to purchase their more expensive gear from a different store front than where they buy their diapers. Also, why are Canon, Nikon, and Sony not acting like APS-C is selling by the boat load? By all accounts: lens development, product cycle, advertising, reception on the internet... they are doing very well with FF and APS-C not so much.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 02:18 UTC
In reply to:

Howard: Another prime lens for FE? Maybe should divert some effort to making a decent and fast midrange zoom for APS-C E-mount?

I know apples and oranges, but Sony hasn't released any APS-C E-mount lens in 3 years!

"It just so happens that Sony APS-C is only mostly dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dad. Now, mostly dead is slightly alive. Now, all dead... with all dead... there's only one thing you can do."
Buy a flagship camera by moving to FF or get a flagship crop camera from someone else. But, Sony won't make a flagship APS-C system because they have every incentive to protect, promote, and upgrade everyone to their FF line. Stinks, but I'd bet that's how it plays out. They will keep it alive for those who don't need to flesh out a lens system but want a capable camera with a few kit lenses. There are plenty of folks in that category. But what do you think the market is on top grade glass for E-mount when most of those looking for a flagship could/would/have sights on FF? Not that FF is everyone's salvation and ultimate end, but is plays to Sony's benefit and strengths to convince everyone that it is.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 19:24 UTC

I'd be interested to know how this new Canon fairs compared with the current best. At rolling shutter in general and at frame grabs from 4K. Are the other cameras that it tested against the best or just new 4K capable cameras? Is the GH4 or A7s II better? Was it just a hope that this new 5D IV would kind of solve a problem all other cameras up till now exhibited and sadly it doesn't?

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 05:58 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1916 comments in total)
In reply to:

Mbaris: Great outdoors, eh? Who will exactly thug that 900gr beast (before the lenses and tripod) to a hiking trip? The pros carrying around tens of kilos, and other support equipment, would they care about the "new" features? Aren't they redundant to a pro? The serious-amateur, wouldn't they prefer something much lighter for their personal trips? For someone doing studio, there are much better used Canons than this one. I think this camera is targeted for wedding photographers, which can burn cameras fast, and buy new to replace. This makes most of the new features just a marketing trick

Those zillion other photographers using DSLRs are also a demographic that are most at risk of heart disease and early onset Alzheimer. They can't find their car in the parking lot, but can reminisce all day about the film days and the greatest collection of native lenses of any system ever and the superiority of the OVF and how if the camera has video they don't want it. ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 13:22 UTC
In reply to:

Kaso: What's the value of this article? How can Lr be mentioned together with Ps? What about Capture One Pro and Corel Paintshop Pro, to name just two worthy competitors?

DPReview should stick to camera reviews. When doing so, DPReview should adopt a "suggestive" tone, not a "definitive" one. The serious (non-troll) comments tend to be more insightful than the articles themselves.

I'll chime in about PSP. I tried Serif and Elements before settling on PSP because the features & stability were there for the very reasonable one time price. Serif was slow and buggy back when I compared while PSP has a pretty fast and sorted platform that has been improved over the years. Other products may have improved, but PSP is still intuitive, stable, and not cutting back to protect a flagship product above it. I may use a version of PSP through a couple of upgrades which saves money greatly compared with subscription models and once you buy PSP, the discounts for upgrading are excellent, further reducing the bleed. The bottom line is that I'm saving 150-600 a year by using an alternative to Photoshop without suffering any loss in features I need.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 19:58 UTC
In reply to:

AbrasiveReducer: With all these alternatives, it's surprising that we get in the habit of using Photoshop and just keep paying. You can look at something like Affinity Photo and get an idea of what PS should sell for, if it was something you could own. No wonder Adobe loves, loves, loves subscriptions.

The thinking that "I can afford $20 to have it now" is why people are in debt up to their eyeballs. Payments that never end is a basic strategy for reducing the barrier companies have to hooking customers who stink at math. As a business expense for those turning a profit it may be a no-brainer, but I'd say the rest are paying exorbitantly for how they actually use the product when a much less expensive product would do nicely.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 19:33 UTC
On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (61 comments in total)
In reply to:

SirSeth: I've heard (but have yet to experience) that a tilt-shift lens can be a great gear choice for wild flower vistas. It lets you tilt the focus plane to include small foreground objects and distant mountains without needing to focus stack or use an f-stop that might bring in diffraction limitations.

Good feedback Rich. Thanks. Experience is so telling with these things and I see exactly what you mean from your description. So when it works it's golden and it's good to have other strategies.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 23:13 UTC
On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (61 comments in total)

I've heard (but have yet to experience) that a tilt-shift lens can be a great gear choice for wild flower vistas. It lets you tilt the focus plane to include small foreground objects and distant mountains without needing to focus stack or use an f-stop that might bring in diffraction limitations.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 13:55 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies
On article Gallery update: Nikon 300mm F4E PF ED VR (54 comments in total)

That obvious Canon bias coming through again. ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 19:42 UTC as 20th comment
In reply to:

PhotoKhan: "While the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II’s autofocus is very good, and leagues ahead of earlier-generation professional Canon cameras, the D5 leaves it in the dust".

..."leaves it in the dust" !?... Quick, there's still time to inform all Canon-PJs before the opening ceremony, so they call Nikon for a "blitz" supply.

See how, with grandiose editorial comments like this, your emotionally-based bias for Nikon is quite easy to spot?

...It's actually a bit cute and quite harmless as, otherwise, this is another "tour de force" of journalistic and technical competence.

It is possible to "hear" bias that is not intended--especially by us vs. them thinkers--and I don't think Rishi or Barney are blindly biased. Of course humans tend to be bias which can either be blind bias which is more of a prejudice or individuality which I highly value hearing. Reviews without passion can be written based off of spec sheets but those are incredibly dull. Having two authors is great and I felt that the article showed individuality and balance. But not blind bias. Great job.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 02:27 UTC
In reply to:

doady: This article is disturbing but hilarious at the same time. It reads like something from The Onion, like a satire of corporate overreach or something. Not only taking and selling thousands of public domain images without the photographer's permission and without giving either credit or compensation to her, but also threatening her and trying make her pay for posting her own public domain images on her own website. Very weird but unfortunately this the new normal. Public domain has increasingly become the corporate domain. This is something the people of the USA should keep in mind if they are thinking of voting for that corporate puppet Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election.

Or people of the USA could vote for who ever they want because not all corporations are evil and hey puppet shows.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 14:41 UTC

MindShift is trying to solve the same problem of access without removing and setting down the pack. I prefer their hands free solution after rotation and the possibility of carrying other stuff for longer outings (or my less used gear) in the top of my gear.

In the video he uses both hands to close the zipper and get the bag back on his back. This only worked out because he put the camera back in the bag; otherwise you would need three hands and that temps one to take a picture one handed and risks dropping your gear if you want to keep the camera out of the bag while you move. Basically the idea looks to cause more problems then solutions for the way I would use it. Maybe others see how they would use it differently.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 23:34 UTC as 21st comment
Total: 520, showing: 41 – 60
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »