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entoman: Fantastic shots, but I feel that several of them have been "done before" and are becoming a little bit of a cliche. The image that really stood out for me was "Out of the Blue" by Nick Blake. A great composition and stunning lighting.

ent, I get your point but do remember,
Just because you haven't seen it before doesn't mean it hadn't been done.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 13:49 UTC
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jennajenna: where can we see what cameras were used?

Nor do trees, rocks, waves, brides and your Aunt Sally.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 13:37 UTC
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Spectro: nice, basically what you really need is a powerful strobe that can do high sync and maybe a big space.

When the flash is the main light, shutter speed is irrelevant vis a vis exposure (unless deliberately dragging the shutter for blur)
Exposure time = flash duration.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 03:25 UTC
On article Instax goes luxury with Michael Kors collaboration (38 comments in total)

To All You Nay Sayers:

Apparently you have failed to notice:

This is a "limited edition"

It is a " Kors-branded camera"

It is finished in "metallic gold."

It has Michael Kors' signature on the back

It has the brand logo on the front.

Good God, what more do you want in a camera?!

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 00:48 UTC as 7th comment
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bluevellet: They have a 12-24 F4 lens too? Wow.

I would have been interested in their 85 f1.4 some years ago, but I bought the Nikkor 85 f1.8 long ago. It's fine for me. You took too long to deliver your new 85mm, Sigma

Damn you, Sigma!
You have botched a possible sale to "bluevellet" thanks to your own lethargy!

Heads will roll!

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:27 UTC
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chkproductions: I was taught the Zone System by an assistant to Adams, Stephan Gersh (who told me my rocks in a B&W print looked like rubber and quickly shredded my print in the paper cutter)

From my experience, visualization (or pre-visualization) was not so much the composition (nothing would save an ill compose image) but rather what it would take through choice of film, its exposure based on the scene's reflectance values and what it was you wanted to retain as detailed in the highlights and lowlights, development in what developer for what time (N=normal, thus n-1 for less contrast, n+2 for more contrast, etc); through to paper choice and paper developer.

It was a disciplined process, testing various films with a densitometer to find their limits.

Adams was amazing in developing this system so that when he set up his camera he knew beforehand (visualization) what he needed to do to portray the feeling that scene gave him at that time.

"I was taught the Zone System by an assistant to Adams, Stephan Gersh "

Hey, I too, had him when I was getting my M.A. in Photography at Goddard.

I've never encountered anyone before or since who could conduct a critique session as insightful and articulate as Stephan Gersh.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 12:32 UTC
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mailman88: I know one thing....getting that close to a rocket launch, took bigtime connections. Most likely illegal access, for a photo-op.
But the pics look great

Please Mr. Postman, look and see
"I know one thing..."
and yet, as it happens, the one thing you know is wrong.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2016 at 00:33 UTC
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RedFox88: meh. and how is lava "wildlife" ? It isn't.

Sullen teenagers roll their eyes and mutter "whatever"
Several years later, still sullen, they say
Not sure about the eye rolling.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 12:48 UTC
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Triplet Perar: Wake me up when some company delivers a set of lenses all at f/4: 24/4, 35/4, 50/4, 75/4, 105/4, all bijou and petite, optically brilliant, distortion free, excellent 3D rendering, and razor sharp. That will be the day when digital photography may celebrate real accomplishment and we clap that someone started using brains and delivered fully on digital promise.

I finally get a handle on "bokeh" and now need to seek lenses with good "bijou?"

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 21:46 UTC
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Yake: If I had money to burn, this is how I would burn it. :-)

Here's a plan:
In the unlikely event you get "enough money to burn", don't buy one.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 21:59 UTC

This is probably the cheapest, simplest, most easily understood and mastered equipment that the astronauts use.
Yet here we are grinding away on a website devoted to the selection, purchase and use of same.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2016 at 02:17 UTC as 18th comment
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Correction man: "Swedish medium-format camera manufacturer Hasselblad "

shouldn't this read "Japanese" Manufacturer (Fuji)" as that is where these lenses are Manufactured and by whom ????
as are the camera Bodies also

The shutter is a more important lens component than the glass?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 03:26 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (717 comments in total)
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Jerry Canon: It is totally beyond my scope of understanding why anyone in their right mind would shell out $7,500 for this very limited camera, other than it's a Leica. Sure it's a Leica but why would you want this thing with its big ugly screw right in the center of its face?

You could buy three Monochrome bodies for the price of that 200HP outboard motor on your neighbor's bass boat.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 21:15 UTC
On article Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed (201 comments in total)
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steve from indy: no picks for the average guy who hasn't got $100 for a mini tripod?

The nice thing about well made tripods is the "investment" is spread over many, many years. Unless you lose it, you won't have to replace it....
Tripod technology is pretty mature....unlike cameras, it's unlikely we'll be anxiously awaiting the release of "Tripod Mark III" next month to replace our soon to be embarrassingly outdated Mark II model.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 20:14 UTC
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Sannaborjeson: Thousands words with no single picture to support the point.

I wonder if anyone can spot the difference between DSLR image converted to BW in Lightroom and Leica Monochrom output.

"The average person probably can't tell the difference between a D7100 with fast glass and a Leica."

Thus, a dedicated, passionate photographer should look to this "average person's" perception as the high water mark of excellence?

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 21:33 UTC

Looks like the horse in pic #1 had just been informed what duties are expected to be performed by a stud farm's stallion.
Joie de Vivre, indeed.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2015 at 18:00 UTC as 7th comment

In before the usual "These photos are no good."
Oops, too late.

I do look forward to the far better pictures from the keyboard heroes who find these below their standards. Hope they don't get shot or worse while taking pictures of their cats.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 22:45 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography (108 comments in total)
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triplight: If I ever take a picture of someone walking by with a bag of groceries or checking their phone, my wife has been instructed to bludgeon me.

#8 and #13 are good moments, and I love #14 purely for the movement, color, light and shadow - reminds me of Saul Leiter.

" wife has been instructed to bludgeon me."
I'm guessing she has a list of her own. :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 16:48 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography (108 comments in total)

oops.....too late

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 16:44 UTC as 44th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography (108 comments in total)

In before the usual "these pictures stink" comments

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 16:44 UTC as 45th comment
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