John M Roberts

Lives in United States Portland, OR, United States
Works as a Professional Photographer
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Joined on Dec 21, 2007


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snapa: Some people simply have more money than sense. If you have nothing better to do with $400k then to spend it on an almost useless camera, you have more money than you deserve to have. Will the person who bought it actually use the camera, or just put it on a shelf to admire it? Either way, what a complete waste of money.

If you feel they don't deserve it then be happy that some of it was conned away from them by offering a stupid little old camera. Now others have some of the wealth.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 07:15 UTC
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Sirandar: It is not very clear from this article.

Did these people enter the restricted area with the premeditated intent to induce significant damage to Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic hot spring or to photograph it illegally? Some natural areas are so fragile that it is impossible to not do significant damage, but even then intent and result are important.

Also, was significant damage done?

This information is worth reporting.

In the last case highlighted by Dpreview in Pacific City, Oregon, the persons involved trespassed a natural zone with the expressed purpose to destroy a natural landmark because they had previously trespassed there and injured themselves. Repeat offenders with intent. They also thought their destruction was so important they filmed it

Please take advantage of the links provided in this thread which will show the callous disregard these individuals have to further their fame and gain. Their egos need to be humbled and and the least is a huge fine to wipe out any gain the have received. Just check out their wake boarding behind their huge RV in Berlin. These guys need to be checked and those supporting their cite need some education. Life isn't all about "look at me man."

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 20:18 UTC
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badi: "The filmmakers" .... common DPR, i know you are just trying to make headlines sound impressive, but some jerks recording their irresponsible acts or their acts of vandalism, in my book at least, are definitely not filmmakers. Also i don't think you should credit them with such a title, even if that attract more clicks on the article.

Many who don't have English as their native tongue will frequent this cite. I consider this when I see incorrect phrasing and spelling. I was born into the English language and I'm far from being grammatically correct and can't imagine if I were to participate in a forum foreign to my language. Nothing wrong with politely pointing out a correction though.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 20:06 UTC
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Suntan: Last time I was out on those boardwalks I noticed quite a few sets of buffalo hoof prints through the differing colored bacteria slurry. Does the park service fine them $8K each?

I'm conflicted on this. On one side, the kids were being pricks and deserve punishment, basically just for acting like pricks. On the other end, basically everyone is mad because they walked somewhere that people would prefer they not walk... nothing more.

That link proves they should be prosecuted and sued for their narcissistic pursuits. It's sad they have been supported enough to gained monetarily from such abuse.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 19:53 UTC
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Conan: This is the reason that you stay on the board walk:

Any penalties that the Park Service could assess toward these foolish young men pale in comparison to the penalties that the park itself could levy upon them. Stay on the board walk, it's for your safety and the enjoyment of all those around you.

That said, I don't think jail time is the right answer, but I'd certainly support banning them from all National Parks for a period of ten years. That'd curtail their activities in the States, and probably drive home the seriousness of this sort of violation to any other idiot film makers that believe the rules don't apply to them.

That wouldn't have as constructive impact as having to devote physical labor to improving the parks as already suggested. You'd think common sense would prevail beyond the warning signs. One time in while in Yellowstone a man was positioning his young child way to close to a bison just for a photo. I remarked that can be very dangerous and that they are unpredictable. He told me to mind my own business. To bad this kind of stupidity can maim the innocent.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 19:39 UTC
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lightandaprayer: Great landscape photography is having the technical skill combined with the patience to wait in the right place to catch the great light when it reveals itself.

Frankly, I couldn't care less what gear was used or the settings. (Wow- He used f11? I've never heard of that aperture setting!) It's the image that matters and how it makes me feel. It's ironic that the top image was made with a D600, not a D810. And that other winners were made with "consumer" gear. Just goes to show that all the time spent obsessing about gear is better spent actually using it. . .

I'm would guess your winning image might gather you some funds to upgrade should you desire. As far lightenedprayer comments. Overall I agree though I do appreciate knowing the stats. Some may benefit in realizing what ISO's and f stops and shutter speeds were used to render their affect such as astro images. Years ago I asked the owner of my photo stock agency which film format was preferred and the reply was, it didn't matter. The content is what sells.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 21:28 UTC
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Angrymagpie: Truly excellent photos. It's a shame that we can't view them in higher quality files.

Alex N. I don't think you need to provide anything but your reference to your beautiful website. The angle at which you shot the two tufa was inventive and what great conditions. "Hibernation" shot is etherial. I too am from P'town. Maybe we have crossed paths. Fantastic work and congrats!

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 21:12 UTC
On article Macphun announces Luminar photo editing app for Mac (36 comments in total)

It's tough for me to consider pre-order without some review or trial though your gift tagged onto it would be interesting,. Will is quite impressive. I usually shoot Nikon but also use Fuji so I have not read how this might do with X-Trans files that can be finicky.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 19:39 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
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Golfhacker27: I have Aurora HDR Pro and four other Macphun products.
But I certainly will NOT buy this upgrade.
1. I have to pay more than half the standard purchase price to upgrade?!?!
2. Aurora is a disaster with skies - purple banding. Has this been fixed in this update? Who knows. The only way to find out would be to buy it, because....
3. Macphun is just about the only company selling such products who don't have a user forum and technical support forum.

Robin's replies of concerns are a plus for considering the program. Not many others bother to enter these type of public forums.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 19:11 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (378 comments in total)
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Glen78: I am thinking if you do not already know which one is best for you before reading this article then probably neither is best for you.

What a clever statement. 7 likes. Yikes. May as well have not posted the article.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 18:24 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)

Why the duct tape on the right of body? Odd for a demonstration.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 19:03 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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SmilerGrogan: DSLR with no mirror shake? Awesome!

Oh, I was reminded of the old Canon Pellix camera but I see this is completely different other than a stationary mirror.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 18:58 UTC
On photo Jean_Bruneau.jpg in the over/under shots challenge (7 comments in total)

Great shot! Curious about your iso setting and ss? I would assume the strobes were submerged.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 18:28 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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steven8217: On Fisherman on the Dam, I wonder why there are light reflections on the water when the light source (perhaps street light?) are behind the dam? Unless the light source are right on top of the dam?
An interesting light source that can illuminate the face of all 3 fisherman?
Also interesting for all 3 fisherman to spread their leg that far apart at the same time in normal walking posture?
Is there an additional layer of texture on the upper part of the photo?
Overall it seems like a stage outdoor type of stage <studio light> shot.

Just by looking at the composition, positioning of the fishermen and the light sources combine with seeing the stop action of the water, this had to be a well executed staged setup with strobes. Well done but a bit stiff in the posturing. I would have directed the fishermen's position differently for a more believable natural feel of movement. If I'm wrong and this was achieved through high iso then that would be very impressive as well yet I doubt it.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 21:17 UTC
On photo Last voyage in the Dramatic skies challenge (10 comments in total)

I think it's well balanced. Has a bit of a butterfly affect yet offset nicely. Lucky to pull off a one second exposure of the floating boat. Well done.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 06:43 UTC as 5th comment
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (814 comments in total)
In reply to: Interesring camera, I wish them well. I owned a lot of Hassie equipment at one time.
Medium Format is not a road I'm going down again, though:
Too limiting in lens choices and lens speed
Too large, heavy, cumbersome
Too expensive
Ultimately I found I was getting more photos I was happy with more easily with 35 mm equipment.

To reply to brownie "why not just get pro studio..." Think of how many film landscape photographers hauled LF view cameras and MF. Their love was not for the weight and bulk but the results. I know. I hauled around a Wisner 5x7 and various MF equipment. Had there been comparable, lighter options I would have jumped on them. Hasselblad offering up this option over studio is a plus in helping reduce bulk. It seems similar to my Mamiya 7ll as far size which is more compact than my Nikons.

You are probably correct that not many will be able to drop 9K any more than you see doing so for the Pentax but you will see some non photo pro yet career successful pros who can afford such items so I do imagine there will be a market for it. I've seen many businessmen in the field through the years boasting about their Leica and Hasselbalds. We might see the likes of Fuji stepping into this realm which could bring prices down. I'm thankful that technology has allowed me to let go of my old ways.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 16:56 UTC
On article 8 creative tips for shooting waterfalls (160 comments in total)
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Starkiller: Just don't let water in motion look like gelatin.

Why not in certain cases? If I find that the long exposure will direct the balance of the image as I see fit, then it's a good thing. I'm not photographing waterfall scenes just to document "Oh that's what a water fall needs to look like in reality." I may find the surroundings to be a major feature to which the busy clutter from fast shutter capture of the water may completely compete severely with how I want one's eye to travel through my image.

Don't get me wrong, there are many times when it's the beautiful patterns within the movement of the cascading water itself that takes the show but I have found capturing those in a still image with the correct shutter speed to be very challenging.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 06:21 UTC
On article 8 creative tips for shooting waterfalls (160 comments in total)
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whyamihere: Hi Chris,

Great article! The only item I'd take issue with is using the bag of rice as a drying agent, which is a lingering urban legend from the early days of mobile phones. Rice doesn't really absorb moisture all that well unless it's cooked and then re-dried, so unless you're using instant rice, you're not doing much of anything to rescue your camera and/or lens. Silica seems to outperform rice by a fair margin in terms of moisture absorption. (Also, don't leave wet items in a sealed bag where the moisture will be trapped, which doesn't help with drying at all.)

Still, a drying agent doesn't do much unless you can get at the water logged parts of the camera. In short, to properly rid your camera equipment of invasive water, you'll probably have to disassemble it. Since I don't think most people are willing to do that, the only thing to do is let everything air dry and hope for the best.

I would think carrying a bunch of the small silica packets would be way more effective and maybe even lighter.

A tip. I had a camera body get a heavy dose from a hose to which the LCD fogged when I tried a hair dryer on it. I got small pie tin filled it with silica packets, placed my camera body on that, battery out of course and all covers open. I placed that on top of a heating pad set on low all inside a paper bag. I set up a small fan for circulation, monitored it with a thermometer at around 80 degrees F for less than 24 hours. That was 3 years ago and camera is working great.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 05:59 UTC

Does anyone know the location of that lake in #1? I recall seeing that same location shot by David Muench years ago and I thought it was from the Trinity Alps which is in the Mt Shasta area. I'd love to visit there.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 21:29 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
On photo The Grand Canyon in the Landscape - Colour #1 challenge (1 comment in total)

What a dramatic shot! Love the clouds.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 05:38 UTC as 1st comment
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