Lives in Canada Sainte Anne de Bellevue, Canada
Works as a Retired
Joined on Aug 8, 2002
About me:

interested in travel photography (landscape and street).. also have (and sometimes still) done stock photography, which while pays pennies, has paid for all my equipment.


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BuckeyePhotography: I have been playing around with Luminar 2018. The company was a startup from some NIK guys that went through the buyout. So far I am pleased with the results and I can see it replacing NIK for me which I bought license for in the early years. NIK no longer works with Mac OS 10.12. Luminar is slated to have DAM in their software sometime in 2018. That is exciting to me as I am looking for a new way forward away from LR as it does not handle Fuji X-Trans RAW files all that well. If DxO's new SW is free for legacy NIK users that can produce receipt--highly unlikely, I will give it a try. I liked the U point technology when I worked with it in the NIK bundle. There's always hope that the Luminar folks will introduce something like that in their software, but at this point just hope and prayers. We all live in the good times and they will only get better in terms of options. Ready for the ride???

I agree. I have been using Luminar (purists are rolling their eyeballs up into their heads)... and happy with the quality of the filters and the customizations of said filters. I agree Silver FX was amazing.. haven't played with black and white yet with luminar.. but it is now my mail processing software.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 22:35 UTC

Post processing is now part of the art of photography. The objects/scenes you photograph are elements of the art itself. I am not going to frame a beautiful scene taken in a far-off land which had a featureless gray sky. Who cares if the sky was replaced except for the purists? HAve a look at the work of Sandra Cunningham. Plentyiof layers in some of her shots. ( She is a true photographer and artist. Scores of book covers carry her work. And Nikolina Petolis ( Her last work took 60 hours of manipulation to get the final result. Her work floors me. Another wonderful photographer. Replacing one space in a frame with another is not a crime. Maybe the final print is not exactly what was seen, but if the client is happy. WHO CARES and for news shots that some have complained about, that is different. Athat should be a truthful record of an event. I agree there shouldn't be any manipulation

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 11:53 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies

I see the lustre of a lens is more important than concentrating on a good photograph. I'll give you a heads up: If you go to a craft store, you can buy 'dulling spray' and turn this lens into something you will proud of.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 17:09 UTC as 3rd comment
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write2alan: Quality will suffer. No doubt.

this is the 21st century.. quality is obsolete

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 21:44 UTC
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lds2k: Current EM5 model is available at great price for a great camera

oops.. i guess i was thinking of the EM10. Anyway.. the rumored EM5II has some new tech which i imagine will migrate to the EM1II (with sensor shift i hope. i frequently only take my Em1/12-40 with me. it would nice to be able to crap the crop out of it.. i mean.. crop the crap..)
See what happens when your hair turns white ?

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 21:17 UTC
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dougster1979: Rumors are for rumor sites, you can do better!

Calling it would be dangerous ! In no time, the administrator would have to sneak off to Russia and go into hiding. And then they would have to get Benedic tCumberbatch to play his character in a movie.,, and maybe a spot on 60 minutes.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 19:54 UTC
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lds2k: Current EM5 model is available at great price for a great camera

at fmj1974, you have just described the EM1, not the EM5.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 19:43 UTC
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(unknown member): I hope the next iteration of the EM-1 gets much better high ISO performance and two card slots - then I can finally get my DSLR kit sold off.

what bothers me is the muddiness of some colors at higher ISOs. while the ISO on my EM1 compares with my D7000, i never recalled getting muddy colors with my nikon...

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 01:25 UTC
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PRohmer: I totally regret getting Olympus. I hate everything about this camera except for I.S. Olympus is a shitty company with shitty support. You're gonna tell me this is photographer's camera, so don't expect much of video features? Fujifim x-t1 is a photographer's camera, Em-1 is an angular camera. I only got it because i wanted to keep using my Panasonic lenses, but it was a mistake. I still don't get how this camera got its high ratings. Is it some kind of hipster camera? Who designed it?? It gets caught in my clothes all the time. Evolution in design is there for a reason.

i chose the em1 over the Fuji, because i wanted to downsize.. and the APC lenses are larger and heavier than the M4/3 versions. i put up with the lower IQ (for me this is a non issue. my 11x14 max prints are wonderful on the EM1. I doubt anyone can see the difference).. the IBIS is amazing as well, for quick street shots and travel where tripods are not allowed or cumbersome to use.. the fuji IBIS and AF is not as good as the EM1

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 13:46 UTC
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Steve: i slipped on rocks near a river bed and fell in.. someone was close by and pulled me out (the edge was quite high)..
i won't go NEAR a wet rock ever again...
unless its at the bottom of a glass of vodka

funny, i never gave that aspect of my daily life any consideration. The closest to water i get now is on a cruise ship.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 21:37 UTC

For those confused North or South Americans. These images are accurate.
There is NO COLOR in Europe. Any images or footage you see commercially, are colorized post production. I brought a box of Kodachrome to europe in '75
You should have seen the looks i got..
I asked where the mcDonalds was in Russia.. I asked for the Golden Arches resto with the hamburgers.. "OH," someone exclaimed "You mean the hamburger place with the Neutral Gray arches !!!!"

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 19:52 UTC as 7th comment | 5 replies

i slipped on rocks near a river bed and fell in.. someone was close by and pulled me out (the edge was quite high)..
i won't go NEAR a wet rock ever again...
unless its at the bottom of a glass of vodka

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 17:54 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On article A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher (164 comments in total)

reminds me of an XXX rated movie i once saw

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2014 at 00:35 UTC as 11th comment
On article Nikon Df Review (1620 comments in total)
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a score of 81.. no matter how much griping DP has about a camera, it usually comes up with a score near or above 80... so they rave about one cam with score of 85 and are disappointed with another camera and give it an 85.. i'm questioning this rating system now.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 17:07 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-P5 Review (500 comments in total)

A rating of 78 seems pretty high for a camera that is prone to blurry images...
In my ratiing world that would be a deal breaker.. and rating in the 60's... at best..

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 13:14 UTC as 132nd comment | 1 reply
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2083 comments in total)
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_P: Believe or not but I am still holding close to my old "grandpa" camera, E-1. This new OM-D is the one I have been waiting for... Meanwhile I got E-PL5 for my wife and D7000 for myself. D7000 is going on ebay now and the new OM-D body will pair with my 14-54. E-1 will go on display behind glass window as it deserved it well. Can you believe I never got a speck of dust from it for the last 8 years?

I think myd7000 Will join yours too.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 13:28 UTC
On article Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Preview (78 comments in total)
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BozillaNZ: As a long term Canon user, I already gave up on Canon's mirror-less attempts. I started looking at M4/3 gears for a long time and finally pulled trigger for a Panasonic GX1 for $229. The M4/3 lens ranges are far better than this and, oh, the GX1 can actually focus, FAST. Also guess where does the M4/3 fund come from? Selling some of the Canon lenses.

i think you got it backwards.. m43 (or a similarly sized sensor) will be the standard for advanced shooters.. and maybe for pro work, as technology gets better ..
p&S of the future will be ONLY phones.. already companies are beginning to ditch their point and shoots from their catalogs.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 12:02 UTC
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JohnyP: all of these "theoretical photographers" who sit in front of a monitor defending rights to their non-existent works of art is quite funny.

Abandonment of the copyright for all works posted on internet should be instituted. Patent and copyright trolling is a waste of everyone's time. This is the only way to make all these trolls switch to something else (hopefully more productive than arguing with people on-line over something).

Patent trolling is Not a waste of ever bodies' time. Ther was an article on it in Wired magazine. There are companies set up to do nothing but patent trolling. These companies are making millions doing this business. Unethical ..maybe in some cases . But this kind of time wasting are paying for a lot of Porsches.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2013 at 21:28 UTC
On article What's new @ CES 2013 (125 comments in total)
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AngryCorgi: "Polaroid surprised us at CES with semi-functional mockups of three new interchangeable lens cameras."

From what I read, the cameras themselves were entirely non-functional. The only thing that worked is the Android OS on one of them, but no indication that it was anything more than a plastic fake model with a cheap android phone pcb and screen glued in to look legit.

poloroid is known for bargain basement electronics. i'm sure any smartphone will outdo whqt poloroid produces. unless they are just looking for a 'malmart quality mirrorless camera for the masses'

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2013 at 16:56 UTC
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backayonder: Barney. Will you be returning there tomorrow? If so take a wet fish and slap the company reps around the head with it and repeat. " I want a viewfinder, I want a viewfinder" You might need more than one fish.

alot of people, like myself, like to immerse themselves in the scene via a viewfinder.. having all that extra info around you when you dont use a viewfinder can detract from the composition.
as. well.
3d viewfinder would be a no no.. photography 101 (or 102) teaches that elemments in a frame may merge together in a unappopriate way.. and you cant see this if you are composing the shot in 3d.. you cant see the merging when you have a real depth perception

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2013 at 16:54 UTC
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