Lives in United States D.C. Metro, VA, United States
Works as a Rock & roll photog, computer geek
Has a website at
Joined on Feb 2, 2013
About me:

Goal: develop the proper shooting techniques and technical skills that allow for the most unusual and hard to obtain shots. This necessarily involves using equipment "incorrectly" and modifying or ignoring many accepted shooting styles.

A good deal of my current effort is directed at musicians on dimly lit stages:


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Albert Valentino: Interesting that the “Sony” sample image is essentially a static composition so no motion blur can occur over the time from first to last capture. Yet, the article other day about the high resolution pixel shift mode of the “Panasonic” G9 was all about moving elements which resulted in blurred area and artifacts. Apple and Oranges articles which make on brand look great and the other a bit flawed

The article on the "G9" made a point that it was, in "part", an experiment of the feature "with" moving parts of the scene. Apples to oranges and presented "as" such.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2017 at 16:15 UTC
On article Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 sample gallery (214 comments in total)

These are very nice LensBaby Twist60 photos :)

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 15:26 UTC as 88th comment
On article First samples: Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 (223 comments in total)
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Albert Valentino: Looks like a fun,must have lens for $199. But for over six grand, i just don’t get it. A Lens Baby might be a better deal 😉

I was thinking about Lensbaby as well. I like my Twist60 and Edge80, neither cost more than $150. Neither have "Thambar" in their name, so there's that...

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 18:39 UTC
On article Demo: Sony a7R III's impressive Eye AF (134 comments in total)
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Stigg: learn to focus by eye and there's no need for eye auto focus. the camera companies are enfeebling the photographer rather than enabling him with so much automation.

I've taken photos of active bands on stages, manually focusing lenses of a variety of different focal lengths. It does take a little time to develop the skill, and is (for me) fun. Nonetheless, I would prefer to have the *option* to AF on the eye or face so I can concentrate my efforts on other aspects of the shot. Content specific AF can be a game changer, but you really need to try it to fully appreciate it :)

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 17:45 UTC

"...under iOS 10 and older operating systems data has to be transferred to cloud servers."

Sounds good to me, what could go wrong?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 17:07 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop (302 comments in total)

I've been using it for a while. It does everything I need, which is overlaying text and creating composites of multiple photos (for concert promotions). I have no doubt it can handle more than what i am throwing at it. I have an older (2012) Mac Mini and am using 41Mp files exported out LR. The performance is pretty peppy, but I have not yet used it to open raw files.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 13:48 UTC as 100th comment
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MediaArchivist: "...focus and aperture controls are all handled manually."

If the aperture is fixed at f/8, what controls are there for "aperture controls"?

I don't see anything that looks like a transmission control, and the link to the "news page" is, in fact, to the Kenko home page.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 17:56 UTC

"...focus and aperture controls are all handled manually."

If the aperture is fixed at f/8, what controls are there for "aperture controls"?

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 14:11 UTC as 12th comment | 11 replies

"There's no right way to be a photographer"?

Obviously written by someone who has not spent much time reading posts in the forums!

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2017 at 19:48 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply

The problem with migrating to a new cloud is similar to the problem with getting started with cloud based storage: the initial seed. This varies per person and per need, of course, but it is not unusual for a DP user to have many TB of storage they want to back up (I have about 5TB and I doubt I am extreme).

Most (consumer) internet providers still have asymmetrical speeds: the ingress (download) speed is higher than the egress speed. Since most (consumer) use is downloading, this makes sense. I have a run-of-the-mill 25Mb/s service, but that is ingress. Egress is only 5Mb/s. Thus seeding a cloud based storage will take over three months for me, assuming I am using my internet connection for other things at the same time.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 21:57 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On article Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead (336 comments in total)
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thinkfat: Heh, for parties at home I made it a habit to place one or two off-camera flashes somewhere in the room that fire against the ceiling. On the camera I have a flash controller to trigger the remote speedlites, usually I have set them up in TTL mode. It works quit well and allows for good quality informal portraits or group shots without disturbing conversations too much.

Great idea!

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 18:33 UTC
On article Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead (336 comments in total)
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Brian Homer: In the past many of the great music photographers like Herman Leonard used flash but these days at many gigs you would be chucked out for using flash. So its good that cameras like the D750 and others are very good in low light. But flat no contrast light is a killer even for great cameras- it messes up focus and increases noise. So there is a place for flash, carefully used.

I do quite a bit of concert photography, and in a variety of rooms (size & lights). Unless the band *and* venue specifically ask me to, I won't dare use a flash. Watch a flash photographer at a show, and look at the faces of the fans, performers, and security staff nearby right after the flash goes off. Do you want them making that face at you? For these types of shots, I really don't like the look anyway. And I really, really do not like someone bouncing their flash off my face!

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 18:32 UTC
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (252 comments in total)
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Edmond Leung: The IQ may be ok for CCTV.

It may have a non-flat focal plane, particularly at f/1.1. I have a number of older wide aperture lenses with curved focal planes. Normal tests of flat charts result in "poor corners" but that is often due to the focal plane and not the corner performance itself (or both, of course). I am finding that with focus peaking I can often get excellent results with my subjects at edges and corners.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 17:13 UTC
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (252 comments in total)
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Swerky: Good move to introduce a manual focus large aperture lens on mirrorless. Because of focus peaking. Also good they left Fuji for last cuz there's already the 56mm 1.2.

Agreed. With focus peaking, I can get very sharp shots from my Rokkor 58/1.2. I can even get my subject sharp at the edges or corners if I want to compose for that.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 17:08 UTC
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (252 comments in total)
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RaghavBaijal: I hope they make a version with an APD (Apodization Filter) like the Sony 100mm STF or the Fuji 56mm 1.2 APD. This is Manual Focus anyways. Even if you loose a couple of stops of light that would be still ok since its a f1.1 lens. If they could improve the Bokeh with that APD Filter, that would be awesome.

The further an apodization filter is from the aperture, the more it will affect vignetting rather than bokeh. The effect of such a screw on filter, while perhaps artistically pleasing, will not be "80-90%" of one properly placed. The only manufacturer I know of with such a filter for sale is Reynard and they are not cheap.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 16:47 UTC
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FuhTeng: I don't know what's wrong with the LA-EA3 adapter route - if Canon and Nikon throw it in the box (yeah right, we'll pay extra for that I'm sure) and it allows the complete and uninhibited use of the current EF/F-mount glass, and then you can take it off to put on new small lenses, I think that's the best of all worlds.

LA-EA3 sounds terrific to me if I had A-mount glass and any of the IBIS E-mount bodies.

I'm not so sure that is correct. Glassless adapters eliminate anything in the optical path, so the only thing left that could affect IQ is the tolerance of the flange. What's left are features such as focus and aperture control. Do you have any reports or tests you could link to? If there is a degradation in IQ I'm curious to see how.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 20:42 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)
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joe_leads: Why is always Adobe software used to edit the RAWs? Capture One is Sony's preferred software, CO has a strong emphasis on good color calibration, and when people complain about "bad Sony colors", my impression is that it always comes from Adobe software, but not Capture One.

C1 is great and has lots of options, but it operates very slowly and the menus are not exactly intuitive. I agree that the default processing by Adobe (e.g. LightRoom) is not great, but in LightRoom I can select the "Camera Standard" color profile and it is much better IMHO. Something to try.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2017 at 22:25 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1909 comments in total)
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rjx: 20 fps? geez. Quality vs quantity. Timing is everything imo. 20 fps is ridiculous. Hell, even 10 fps. If you're experienced in what you're shooting, you should have good timing. Even with spray n pray it doesn't mean you'll get the frame that mattered. But with good timing, all you need to do is fire off a shot or two and getting the shot at the exact moment you needed.

You don't have to shoot twenty frames every second, it is an option and not an imposed shooting technique. It is also possible that your experience does not include situations that benefit from such a feature. I suppose you have an issue with the low light capability as well? And who needs such a wide AF range, focus and recompose folks!

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 20:05 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (890 comments in total)
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jalywol: When I had my first SLR, a Pentax MX, which had a huge, bright, OVF, I always struggled to get sharp focus. When I got an AF film Nikon about 20 years ago, I no longer had to MF, but realized that OVF was even worse for MF. That held true for my D200 and D90 too...but, before I got the D200, I'd had a Sony DSC-F717, which had an EVF. By today's standards it would have been laughable, but I fell in love with it. I could see actual exposure, and it made getting exactly what I wanted in my image much easier.
Somewhere during my tenure with the D90, I bought an M43 camera, and re-discovered my preference for EVF. I ended up going entirely mirrorless since, with both M43 and A7 bodies. I find that looking through an OVF now feels like going back to stone knives and bearskins. There is so much information, both in terms of the image and the settings, in the EVF that I really feel like I am shooting blind when I use an OVF now. Another added bonus, too; MF is super easy with EVFs!

I've been using focus peaking with f/1.4 lenses and tend to get my subjects in focus, including eyes if that is what I am going for. The strength of the highlighting depends on many factors, both in the scene and the "peaking level" setting in the camera. I would not be surprised if certain lenses also affected accuracy. Regardless, in my opinion (and experience) peaking is more accurate than using a split screen and focus-recompose... but I could see how that could work with a lot of practice and experience with a particular lens and its specific field curvature.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 11:47 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (890 comments in total)
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BruceB609: Not overlooking Live View on any camera, I enjoy OVF and EVF but the later is a great tool for previews and information. I'm truly hooked on a black and white EVF display when that's my greyscale objective anyway. Black and white always seems to compose differently from colour. Great for infra red converts. In the end, it comes down to the camera I'm using and what I'm shooting for.

On many cameras, both DSLRs and mirrorless, there is a neat trick you can do with live view on the LCD screen (and with an EVF). Set the camera to record raw, and set it to B/W mode with focus peaking turned on. The peaking is much easier to see (if it is in color), and the raw data will be in full color (which you can convert to B/W if desired).

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 06:58 UTC
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