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Joined on Apr 2, 2001
About me:

Proud Owner of an incredible Canon 70D and a small Canon S100 - street, outdoors nature & non-motorized recreation photography enthusiast & volunteer with environmental organizations


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I have seen the National Park Service enforce it is for a Russian expedition on Denali, where they were filming their ascent of the 7 Summits in 200 (or so) days...that is a commercial documentary film production on a mountain where an accident attributed to the production could have implications for the NPS land managers. I would be surprised if they try to enforce it at all for casual photographers or videographers, unless if poses a potential liability through injury to persons or property. Many of these confusing directives come down from Washington, D.C. administrators. I would not be surprised if some land managers eventually try to use the directive to prohibit photography/filming in the ways mentioned, unless the later clarification noted were included in writing.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 13:39 UTC as 14th comment
On article Ten items you should have in your camera bag (288 comments in total)

On a hunch, I just bought a Travalo travel perfume atomizer (~$10) for lens solution - was a great idea! Perfect size, fits in pocket, airplane proof and no problem with security (women use it for perfume) - use it for eyeglasses, sunglasses, as well as SLR monitor and lenses. Have a refillable master container at home (unlimited lifetime supply of lens cleaner solution) which I use as as reservoir to fill up the Travalo.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2013 at 21:34 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies
On article Photoshop Gradient Tool: Blending Images (217 comments in total)

Thank you for explaining the basics of gradients used with masked layers...it is always helpful to see these techniques explained in simple terms using sample images this way.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 01:42 UTC as 41st comment
On article The Lightroom catalog (299 comments in total)

Truth is that if the LR Catalog were intuitive and useful for us, we wouldn't need to reminded to use it! I do use it, but find the GUI clunky and tedious to use, despite the remembered keywords and metadata sets. I think iMatch (mentioned by others here) was easier to use in some ways. I look forward to imrprovements in the database GUI in future versions of LR.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 23:22 UTC as 13th comment
On article The 15 Minute Makeover: Photoshop Beauty Retouching (168 comments in total)
In reply to:

Bart Roskam: "Skin needs to be retouched. Even beautiful skin with great makeup."
How can anybody write this without stopping and asking "Hey, what the hell did I just write?" I understand that people retouch their photographs, but stating that it needs to be done is ridiculous.

I think the arguments pro and con are not absolute, but a personal decision of the photographer, the client (or audience) and the subject. What I take away from a wonderful technical piece such as Jean's is a work flow and technique that I can apply to my own work, in my own way. I do not begrudge an author's point of view...or editorial license. The one sharing these valuable lessons has a right to that. He may or may not agree with how his techniques are used by you, by me or by others, but his teaching has definitely influenced how I approach editing in photoshop and has given me new insights into photoshop technique and a new arsenal of tools that I can apply in many situations, for portraits and beyond.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2011 at 04:47 UTC
On article The 15 Minute Makeover: Photoshop Beauty Retouching (168 comments in total)

Exceptional tutorial. Thank you for generously sharing your advanced knowledge in this area. I have been trying to do this for years using books and online tutorials, and this was the first that brought it all together in a compact, well-articulated and simple to follow tutorial. I've been practicing this technique all week in my spare time. As a former longtime classical piano student, I am a great believer in practice, practice, practice!

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2011 at 16:02 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply

Inexplicably, DPRewview has become a forum for many professional and advanced amateur photographers, but they are starting to trend to the mass merchandising area and headlining articles for novices, without noting their intent. I was awfully disappointed when I clicked on this headline article about composition, expecting material on a par with some of the other web sites providing insights for more advanced photographers. Please confine these articles in a section for beginners; otherwise, you will lose your core consitituency.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2011 at 12:51 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
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