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.

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Fazal Majid: Being made of 52 or 64 individual pieces is a bug, not a feature, as it compromises strength, and is usually a corner cut on cheap leather goods. A single piece of contiguous leather is more expensive than smaller scraps sewn together, but the single-piece construction is far more solid.

In other words, this is a piece of junk that is trying to spin low quality into a benefit with hipster marketing.

As b0k3h says, functional strength is not the bottom line here. We are looking at 2 points of failure here: price and if the strap is visually appealing.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 16:28 UTC
On article Why you should own a 135mm F2 lens (384 comments in total)
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Dan_168: Why? because it works for me, I own a few, the Samyang 135 F2 in Sony mount and Zeiss 135 F2 APO in Nikon ZF.2 mount. I also at one point own a Canon 135 F2L.

Why not? ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 00:33 UTC
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Fazal Majid: Being made of 52 or 64 individual pieces is a bug, not a feature, as it compromises strength, and is usually a corner cut on cheap leather goods. A single piece of contiguous leather is more expensive than smaller scraps sewn together, but the single-piece construction is far more solid.

In other words, this is a piece of junk that is trying to spin low quality into a benefit with hipster marketing.

Leather is strong and this is how some of the best aftermarket v-belts for table saws are made. I don't really see a problem in durability here and the strap could be comfortable. The price is outrageous and one could make a classy strap just like that out of leather scraps (and I may) for $20. I make my own leather wrist straps and nothing beats leather imo.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 00:30 UTC
On a photo in the Capturing Utah with Scott Rinckenberger and the Olympus OM-D E-M10 III sample gallery (6 comments in total)
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PAntunes: Are you sure this was ISO100?

It shows 4/3rds isn't best for those looking to maximize benefit in astro situations. This system is so good for so many other things and with stacking software it's possible to do great astro better with lower noise. It needs a f1.2 wide angle to get more light in imo. Still an improvement over older gen. 4/3rds gear but no match for a recent low light optimized FF sensor with f1.8 wide lens. Of course that would cost a lot more and the Olympus has some genuine strengths.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2018 at 19:27 UTC
On a photo in the Capturing Utah with Scott Rinckenberger and the Olympus OM-D E-M10 III sample gallery (1 comment in total)

This is such a great portrait of concentration and sportwomanship. Strength. Beauty. Character.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2018 at 19:23 UTC as 1st comment
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CallumG: Great! Still doesn't refund the millions of dollars spend by people getting a new phone under the illusion there device is no longer fast enough, instead of paying $50 (now $29). I hope this apology doesn't stop people from standing up to this. These huge companies need to be held accountable.

Escapewheel, I'm with you. I purchased a cheap, used, older HTC phone and really liked it. But battery started to fail just like previous iPhone and could not be replaced so I did a little research and purchased a LG G4 used for a net loss of $70. It's been fantastic for a year+ and I can pop off the back and replace with an OEM 2900mah battery for $10 or a 6500mah or even 8000mah battery for $29 in seconds. MicroSD expandable, great camera, headphone jack... Never going back.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 23:13 UTC
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CallumG: Great! Still doesn't refund the millions of dollars spend by people getting a new phone under the illusion there device is no longer fast enough, instead of paying $50 (now $29). I hope this apology doesn't stop people from standing up to this. These huge companies need to be held accountable.

People buy iPhones every two years under the illusion they "need" the latest and greatest. Swimming in debt... who cares! Planned obsolescence is one of Apple's most compelling skills, anyone incensed by their behavior is just naive.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 23:50 UTC
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esorensen: So will the replacement battery also signal the phone to stop throttling or is this just a bandaid?

People who had their batteries replaced already had their clock speeds automatically returned to normal. So a new battery should allow top speeds for another 2 years. This is as good a deal as you can expect to get from a company like Apple and my family members who use Apple I will advise in this direction. I will never buy a phone that I can not easily replace the battery myself.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 23:45 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for students (68 comments in total)
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Michiel953: Students of photography? Start with a fully manual, exposure meter equipped cheap analog slr with a nifty fifty and some rolls of B&W film.

Never start with digital to learn the basics of photography.

Good refocus Sop51. Indeed, deciding on what our goals are are quite essential. I'm not by any means anti-film and I thought print film was actually very forgiving compared with digital, but just harder to learn from mistakes in a timely fashion. I do feel that learning exposure basics, composition, and observing lighting is very important and I teach that too in my computer class, but it's all on digital because it's quicker to experiment and learn from mistakes in order to improve.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2017 at 00:00 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for students (68 comments in total)
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Michiel953: Students of photography? Start with a fully manual, exposure meter equipped cheap analog slr with a nifty fifty and some rolls of B&W film.

Never start with digital to learn the basics of photography.

Oh sop51, you have pressed some buttons here. Photography is just my hobby, but teaching math is my profession. It's not about students using calculators or not, it's about students snapping a picture of any math problem with their smartphone which in turn gives them step by step processes, graphs, and nearly unlimited resources they can consume rather than actually think on their own. I teach thinking with math as the context and life as the application.

Photography is not analogous to using technology to aid thinking in math. Digital technology fundamentally changed photography. Technology didn't fundamentally change math, it fundamentally changed cheating. The better analogy that may apply here is that technology made getting "a" result really easy in both math and photography, but turning all the available information into something formative in the brain resulting in anything like art still takes time and effort.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2017 at 14:39 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for students (68 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Students these days must be quite well off to be able to afford these cameras. I could barely scrape together $200 to buy a 2mp Kodak point and shoot during my school days in 2003.

I'll add that students these days are not well off (at least not in the USA). They are deeper in dept and more indoctrinated into debt culture than ever before. Just because they buy expensive things that they want (or their parents buy them expensive things) doesn't mean that it is not a house of credit cards.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:03 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for students (68 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Students these days must be quite well off to be able to afford these cameras. I could barely scrape together $200 to buy a 2mp Kodak point and shoot during my school days in 2003.

I agree and recommend my students look used and inexpensive to start on. E-M5 Mk1, G6, even E-3 or D300s or something similar. If they have the money, great, but many students don't and it's still accessible to them.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 14:23 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for students (68 comments in total)
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Michiel953: Students of photography? Start with a fully manual, exposure meter equipped cheap analog slr with a nifty fifty and some rolls of B&W film.

Never start with digital to learn the basics of photography.

Old people think students should learn on what they learned on.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 14:19 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for students (68 comments in total)
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digitallollygag: What if the student photographer is more into video than stills? I would think the premium point-and-shoot Panasonic LX-10 is far better suited to video than the Nikon D5600.

Maybe Panasonic G7 which is a good deal right now. Of course a GH4 also good.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
On a photo in the Flickr Top 15 Photos of 2017 sample gallery (12 comments in total)
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SirSeth: How long did he have to stay motionless in the boat?

I agree, the Child by Train is a great "image" that is strongly manipulated. I agree, but I am not sure that CGI is bad or even avoidable for any "photo" taken digitally. It seems that more skill goes into visioning and creating an image like the Child by Train than just being in a beautiful place.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 05:27 UTC
On a photo in the Flickr Top 15 Photos of 2017 sample gallery (12 comments in total)
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SirSeth: How long did he have to stay motionless in the boat?

SteveAnderson, have you never seen newly fallen snow. It's even more stunning than this where I live. Wait, are you only wanting to count film photography that hasn't been retouched in any way? That's hard to believe.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 06:42 UTC
On article Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (409 comments in total)
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Mateus1: Pricely, big glass with f2.4 depth of field and paired with tiny sensor in big (almost FF) body... Too many reasons to not buy it.

But not buying a premium FF with premium lenses could free up significant money for a nicer lens for those on a budget or those who value a smallish, durable, convenient package with great IQ. I use FF with legacy glass because of a few of my high priorities but at times I wonder if I would have been better off staying with a smaller format and buying nicer AF lenses. The cost difference for system "equivalence" is in the magnitude of nearly 6 grand for what I do. FF is just a lot more expensive when you price out the entire system that gives me similar equiv. focal lengths. I also have realized after a couple of years with FF that some make m4/3rds the disease and FF the cure. It's just not a panacea. Confirmation bias leads many to believe that it is.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 03:24 UTC
On article Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (409 comments in total)
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Triplet Perar: Let me explain the part people don't really "get" with these premium m4/3 lenses. An FF lens cannot keep look of its bokeh when stopped down to gain more workable DoF: you gain DoF, but kill the bokeh. And if you like bokeh, the DoF is so thin it is impossible to work with; or must move farther away, which, again, changes the composition and needed magnification.
Premium designs for m4/3 solve those problems, and such lenses deliver best of both worlds. (1) More DoF is better to avoid errors when shooting dynamically, with less focusing mistakes especially in portraiture. (2) Bokeh at f/1.2 is made NOT to match f/2.4 bokeh of a conventional aspherical design, which is very messy, but SURPASS it by far. The lens allows optical design (with more elements but with less thickness of glass) to render bokeh as if made with a much faster portrait lens of a classic design with fewer elements.
For those who really understand this, the m4/3 becomes best thing since sliced bread!

I won't explain how people don't really "get" confirmation bias. But, yes, the lens in it's own right is really nice and the body lens combo showed well in the gallery.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 03:11 UTC
On a photo in the Flickr Top 15 Photos of 2017 sample gallery (12 comments in total)
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SirSeth: How long did he have to stay motionless in the boat?

Jesus Cam?

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 01:04 UTC
On a photo in the Flickr Top 15 Photos of 2017 sample gallery (12 comments in total)
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SirSeth: How long did he have to stay motionless in the boat?

I mean to let the water return to mirror smooth. ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 03:00 UTC
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