tex

Lives in United States baltimore, MD, United States
Works as a Artist, visual arts professional
Has a website at www.texandrewsart.com
Joined on Nov 22, 2003
About me:

Working artist [photography only one aspect], MFA. Began photography 1978 (1967 as a kid), 35mm, MF and LF photography, darkroom. Independent curator, art wrangler, fine arts repro photographer, appraiser; former collegiate gallery director, former program director for an alternative space, 10 yrs undergraduate teaching, 2 yrs chair of the department; Exhibits specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Former supermoderator of the late Lightcrafts' LightZone forums. Co-founder and webmaster of The LightZone Project, www.lightzoneproject.org

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Well, I for one know that booze always makes my images look better to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 19:29 UTC as 1st comment

As others have noted, a rather incomplete and idiosyncratic list....

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 17:05 UTC as 61st comment | 9 replies
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tex: I am curious if Aurora in any way relates to the Aurora from the old Lightcrafts company led by Fabio Riccardi that created LightZone. It's looking like a further development of that idea, which was ahead of its time when it came out around 2008-9. Unfortunately it also led to the demise of the commercial version of LightZone through neglect (it's now free as open source software, and I'm a small part of that project).

Fabio went over to Apple's iOS division, and some of his thinking went into the iPhone's photo upgrades. LightZone got orphaned, and Aurora went....where? I wonder ...

Oh, and I forgot: HDR is great in the hands of skilled users. But every word in that statement is important....

One-click methods don't leave much room for skill, though. Just saying'....

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 16:27 UTC

I am curious if Aurora in any way relates to the Aurora from the old Lightcrafts company led by Fabio Riccardi that created LightZone. It's looking like a further development of that idea, which was ahead of its time when it came out around 2008-9. Unfortunately it also led to the demise of the commercial version of LightZone through neglect (it's now free as open source software, and I'm a small part of that project).

Fabio went over to Apple's iOS division, and some of his thinking went into the iPhone's photo upgrades. LightZone got orphaned, and Aurora went....where? I wonder ...

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 16:24 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (406 comments in total)

I feel like this is actually a "pro" camera (I am not a Canon guy, btw...), in the sense that it would be a very capable machine in the hands of events and action photography pros who already know what they are doing. Which means that understanding how to properly use the machine, its AF, burst rate, etc., and dialing it in for one's own shooting style/parameters, would be a "well, of course" sort of thing. So, having to dial that in shouldn't be seen as a negative, IMO. This as opposed to other outstanding cameras, and now we have many of them, that have a broader appeal to pros and "prosumers" and dedicated amateurs. This doesn't seem to me to be the sort of device that amateurs would ever want or need, and few prosumers. One tip off to that is the file size, big enough for its true purposes, not so large as to be overkill, and right sized for throughput speed.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 17:29 UTC as 94th comment | 1 reply

Sad day, my "favorite" living street photographer---favorite in this case meaning buoyant, fun, and "artless", even though the work both had a lot of art in it (subject matter) and was beautifully done in so many cases.

There are others whose work I would rather have on my walls, but Cunningham's work always brought a smile to my face, every Sunday.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 00:00 UTC as 18th comment

I have had SunSniper and Carry Speed sling straps. Liked them both. I'd sort of like to try this new SunSniper Pro----except I now wonder not about the strap or strap mounter but the stress on the tripod mount area itself on the camera body (Mine is a 645Z---a robust, tank like camera, but I don't think that screw mount was designed for slings). Any thoughts from readers?

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 23:39 UTC as 17th comment

It will be interesting to see how this is disseminated to cultural institutions. There are many more worthy ones than most people realize....

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 21:53 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Primer: What is VR, and why should photographers care? (143 comments in total)

An interesting aspect of this technology is its potential use in museums. I work in a major one in the U.S., and we are seriously investigating use of the technology to help comply with ADA requirements for installation art that doesn't allow for ADA compliant access.

We also see real potential for using the technology to help in the installation design/curatorial interface, so that we can see how an installation can "feel" to viewers (and the curators) without physically moving the art around---which is often non-trivial, due to size/weight/fragility issues, not to mention monetary ones.

Our AV people are already working on this for a major upcoming exhibition, and I have no doubt the photography department will be closely involved.

I also have no doubt that artists---not just time-based media sorts, but also more "fixed" installation ones---will be rapidly making use of the technology. As it becomes easier and cheaper, it will become ubiquitous in the fine arts.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 01:58 UTC as 45th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Sheila Murphy (64 comments in total)

Well done, Sheila. We've exchanged pleasantries on the forums over the years, and I've admired your work before this. very happy you are getting more significant recognition.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 23:49 UTC as 1st comment
On article Nifty fifty: Hands-on with the Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi (133 comments in total)

So, um, it would be kinda cool if DPR finally did reviews of the current crop of digital medium format cameras, starting with the Pentax 645Z....the one that is the most "affordable" (actually, after just recently dropping the price down to $6,999.00, getting even closer...). It's pretty pertinent now especially, with the current crop of high mp FF cameras , with more undoubtedly coming. I hope DPR doesn't wait until it's all irrelevant...

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 00:10 UTC as 26th comment | 6 replies
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Teila Day: It's hard to make a compelling case for Hasselblad today, even this "deal" isn't a deal when Pentax offers practically the same performance sans sync speed (which can matter a lot on location using strobes... not that 1/800 is earth shattering but it's better than 1/125); true focus and also a host of menu nuances.

I would have a very hard time (mentally) ordering a Hasselblad today for portraiture/landscape with the Pentax 645z as an option that is probably better made, more reliable (did I say more reliable?), and weather sealed. To add insult to injury, the 40mp Pentax (645D) can be had for under $4k.

With only $15k you can have a Medium Format Pentax 645z (50mp CMOS), 90mm macro lens with stabilization, and two Profoto b1 strobes which are perfect for location and can be used TTL./HSS with your favorite Nikon or Canon.

If Pentax its bottom, offer premium leaf shutter lenses (shame on them!), clean up the menu/buttons, etc.. and Hasselblad will left in the dust.

Clearly, nicolaiecostel, you clearly have not had much time with the Pentax. I happen to know from experience falling off a ladder on a location that it is pretty bomb-proof. The Hasselblad doesn't feel nearly as solid, imo, much more plastic-y by comparison.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 00:14 UTC
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Luke Kaven: They had room to move on the price for this model. This is the same Sony sensor that is in the Pentax 645Z, at way under $10k.

As in, $6,999.00 usd currently on the Pentax website, down from the $8,500.00 usd when released in 2014.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 22:38 UTC
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Teila Day: It's hard to make a compelling case for Hasselblad today, even this "deal" isn't a deal when Pentax offers practically the same performance sans sync speed (which can matter a lot on location using strobes... not that 1/800 is earth shattering but it's better than 1/125); true focus and also a host of menu nuances.

I would have a very hard time (mentally) ordering a Hasselblad today for portraiture/landscape with the Pentax 645z as an option that is probably better made, more reliable (did I say more reliable?), and weather sealed. To add insult to injury, the 40mp Pentax (645D) can be had for under $4k.

With only $15k you can have a Medium Format Pentax 645z (50mp CMOS), 90mm macro lens with stabilization, and two Profoto b1 strobes which are perfect for location and can be used TTL./HSS with your favorite Nikon or Canon.

If Pentax its bottom, offer premium leaf shutter lenses (shame on them!), clean up the menu/buttons, etc.. and Hasselblad will left in the dust.

I believe there are now HSS options for the Z. And, although they only synch up to 1/500, the 2 older LS Pentax lenses, the 75 and the 135, can still be found, if you look hard enough. I know, I found and have both.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 22:36 UTC
On article Lumu Power meters light, flash and color temperature (21 comments in total)
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tex: WHYYYYYYYYYY????????? is this only for iPhone? The iPhone is hardly ubiquitous. I see as many Galaxy's now as iPhones.

I live in Baltimore, work in DC. Travel to Philly and NYC relatively frequently. Just sayin', not like I'm in some little rural area---pretty major population centers. In Europe and Turkey when last there, saw more other devices than iPhones. Same in Japan this Fall, Ecuador this past summer

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 23:36 UTC
On article Lumu Power meters light, flash and color temperature (21 comments in total)

WHYYYYYYYYYY????????? is this only for iPhone? The iPhone is hardly ubiquitous. I see as many Galaxy's now as iPhones.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 11:52 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On article 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100 (10 comments in total)
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tex: LumoPro LightSwitch is flippin brilliant, AFAIC. Those I'll buy (or have on my list for Yule gifts).

The difference being that the LightSwitch converts to and from a zippered flash pouch. That's the brilliant bit---it's not something extra, but something you'd use anyway that turns into something else dead useful.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 23:43 UTC
On article 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100 (10 comments in total)

LumoPro LightSwitch is flippin brilliant, AFAIC. Those I'll buy (or have on my list for Yule gifts).

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 14:41 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
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