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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On challenge Konica Minolta Challenge (5 comments in total)

Will a Minolta lens qualify? :)

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2019 at 03:48 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Gear of the Year 2018 - Barney's choice: Nikon Z7 (365 comments in total)
In reply to:

CanonSharpShooter: I haven't seen a photo taken on a MILC that can't be taken with a DSLR. MILC seems to be the industry's lastest hope to stay afloat. #NightSight

Have you seen a photo taken with a DSLR that could not have been taken with a MILC?

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2018 at 07:07 UTC
On article Sony a7 III vs. Canon EOS R vs. Nikon Z6, which is best? (1234 comments in total)
In reply to:

RubberDials: "The Sony can be expected to offer around twice the battery life of the Nikon and nearly three times that of the Canon."


Doesn't really matter that you have a higher resolution rear screen when the battery's dead and and it doesn't like your USB battery pack and your XQD card is full and the shop only has SD cards...

Always remember, and never forget: every time a battery is changed in the field, a kitten dies. Think about that the next time someone suggests "can't you just carry another battery... or use a VG?"

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2018 at 04:44 UTC
On article Video: Shallow depth-of-field is overrated (146 comments in total)
In reply to:

DJohnny: I don't get it... It seemed like he used the same lens in all the photos. Shouldn't the bokeh quality be the same?

Yes. He is using "bokeh" interchangeably with "shallow DoF" because it sounds cool to use the term bokeh. To DPR's credit, the title has been corrected.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2018 at 08:46 UTC
In reply to:

Rensol: And it works whooping 60 seconds before you need to recharge it!

30 minutes at half power. Not particularly impressive.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2018 at 04:58 UTC
On article Video: Shallow depth-of-field is overrated (146 comments in total)
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hertz: Yes, bokeh is overrated. It looks fascinating on light emitting displays like computer monitors, tablets etc. But printed on paper it is like "what the hell is it?" Even more weird on b&w prints.

I disagree. First, it depends on the nature of the bokeh, some does not look good in any medium and some looks good no matter what. I regularly make medium size prints (12x18") with ample areas (foreground and background) out of focus. I use lenses and techniques that (IMHO) yield excellent bokeh, of course the exact nature of which is subjective. The prints more than live up to my standards, and I think look even better printed than they do on screen.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2018 at 05:28 UTC
On article Video: Shallow depth-of-field is overrated (146 comments in total)

I think this would been more informative if different lenses were used that represented a spectrum of consensus on their bokeh. At the very least, include some well regarded fast primes as well as some reflector lenses and kit zooms. Surveying what people think about amount of blur and/or shallowness of DoF is interesting on its own, but such a survey should be titled "Shallow DoF is overrated".

"Bokeh"... you keep using this word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2018 at 02:24 UTC as 19th comment
In reply to:

paulfulper: I would be more worried if it penetrates the fuel tank in the wings , it would drain quickly , or it could ignite .
Otherwise such strike filmed will not destabilize the flight.
If it penetrates the engine then the plane will be able to do an emergency landing with just the second engine. Am I wrong ?

The pilot will have little time to prepare for an emergency landing if it is already about to land, or has just taken off. If an engine is lost mid-flight, however, that is more manageable (but obviously not ideal).

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2018 at 01:52 UTC
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Arca45Swiss: What's the attraction to a 50mm lens? I don't even own or want one

I own two 50/1.4 lenses, as well as an old 58/1.2. Don't knock what you haven't tried.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2018 at 10:34 UTC

Does this mean I will have to pay Adobe a monthly fee to keep using the camera?

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2018 at 22:43 UTC as 290th comment | 7 replies
On article Photokina 2018: Zenit and Leica collaborate on new 'M' (489 comments in total)
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zerlings: I'd love to try the Zenitar 35/1.0 on my A7iii with a Techart adaptor.

That was my thinking as well (despite not owning an a7iii).

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2018 at 04:50 UTC
In reply to:

DamianFI: I've got three 150's and used a half dozen more, I've never found one with any significant distortion, so not sure how this is a point of difference worth noting in the marketing.

Or is that all it has going for it?

Also of note: zero carbon monoxide footprint (measured in parts per trillion), and zero beta particle emissions.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 04:00 UTC
On a photo in the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens for Sony E-mount sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Ah, the lights. The smoke. The contrasts you see at a live show. Wouldn't a forum to discuss the specifics of concert photography make a lot of sense?

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2018 at 17:08 UTC as 2nd comment

I think it's great that folks are doing this. There is nothing wrong with "more options" for outside the box lenses, not mention where people can spend their money.

Not that it matters, but I have no interest in this particular lens. I have had a mild interest in a few of the other, similar lens promotions... but not this one.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2018 at 17:30 UTC as 104th comment
On article Shooting live music with the Panasonic Lumix GX9 (143 comments in total)

I'd like to see what would happen with this camera in a dark venue with typical LED super saturated stage lighting. It probably would do quite well, but that environment can reveal other shortcomings due to flicker, hot spots (extreme DR), low (or no) light, etc. In fact, this touches upon a glaring omission from this site— a sub-forum just for live performances. There are many issues (photographic and other) that are unique to shooting a staged performance.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2018 at 18:12 UTC as 11th comment

I will be making an announcement soon about my impressions of this video.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2018 at 04:24 UTC as 293rd comment | 3 replies

I'd want to try a walkaround with a fake camera to see how easily and often I miss the standout mount lock. Ah, it's patented! The dealbreaker (for me) is I would have to give up gripping my VG, and gripping (for me) is the reason I use a VG.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2018 at 04:11 UTC as 37th comment
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tedolf: Who needs 48mp resolution?

8mp works fine.


I do. 8Mp is not nearly enough for me. About a year ago I had to shoot with my old 10Mp camera and I really, really missed 24Mp. Now I've got 41Mp and I don't want to go backwards. Gimme all the pixels, more more more! I'm not sure about such resolution on a phone, but I am sure there are sufficiently clever people who can make use of that.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2018 at 21:07 UTC
In reply to:

Ilia Snopchenko: So the 80s vogue is coming back? What next, a Mötley Crüe reunion? :)

Where and when are they playing?

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2018 at 01:28 UTC
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Marc dbr: As a photographer I don't want to be noticed all that much with these white lenses. So what I do is I cover my white lenses with tape so they don't stand out any more. I really don't get why canon even considers making the lens WHITER as part of an UPGRADE...

One of the key target markets for this lens is outdoor sports. A white lens does not get as hot in direct sunlight. There may be other reasons (e.g. "it looks cool") but I don't think the heat issue can be dismissed.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 05:55 UTC
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