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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  • Replied in Maybe?
    The a99 will recognize Sony lenses that are APS and automatically "crop" the shot. There is also a setting for other lenses, you may have that set. Go to page 3 of the wrench menu and double check.
  • The Gutenberg press also killed calligraphy. Or saved it, depending on your point of view. Now get off my lawn!
  • Some years ago I went from an a77 to an a99, both 24Mp and of similar generation of sensor technology. The former being APS and the latter FF. Most of my work is in very low light, where a flash is ...
  • Replied in Health effects!
    Let us not forget that many peer reviewed studies have demonstrated how FF sensors disrupt the blue spectrum balance present in humans' cognitive dissonance. It's science, so you really can't ...
  • Replied in Dishonest?
    Not at all, if you had bothered to read the entire thread. Try reading it again.
  • Replied in Noted.
    I don't think anyone was questioning that you like your photos, or that you have assumed the role of "arbiter of shadow lifting." There is no case to rest.
  • Replied in Noted.
    Does it matter? Indeed, does it matter if I even looked at it, insofar as your point? I think boosting the shadows made the image look better, but my tastes are not universal. I am glad that my ...
  • Replied in Noted.
    That makes sense. You think other people should delete photos you don't like. QED
  • Replied in Distance?
    135mm (equivalent) is considered the ideal portrait focal length by many, so I don't think you should be so quick to rule it out. How much distance will you have between you and your subject(s)? ...
  • Replied in It can be nice!
    I would say "yes" but it depends on what you shoot and your style. My bag usually has four primes, selected from: (1) 24/2 (2) 35/1.4 (3) 50/1.4 (4) 85/1.4 I will substitute in a ...
  • Replied in 100/2
    Thank you. The 100/2 is on my "short list" and I think it will work very well for my purposes :)
  • Replied in The best
    I agree that it is the bokeh beast (IMHO, of course). It is not 50mm though, or even close. It is also not AF, and it needs a lot of light. Some other awesome bokeh lenses from my experience: (1) Sigma ...
  • Replied in Older Sigma?
    I have the older Sigma 50/1.4 EX, this is the model that the Art lens replaced. It might be exactly what you are looking for (if you can find it). It has the best overall bokeh of any of my lenses ...
  • Replied in True!
    This is a true statement. I believe that you, in fact, have no idea why people still buy FF DLSRs. You probably have no idea why people still buy MF and larger cameras. In fact, my guess is that ...
  • Replied in Zeiss rock!
    Taken at the legendary 9:30 Club in Washington, DC: Zeiss 24/2 + a99ii I had the camera held as far above my head as I could, standing on a barricade with my other hand on a pole for balance. Gotta ...
  • Replied in Compromise
    I want a large sensor for maximum flexibility with DoF and low light capability. The larger the better. I want a lightweight camera for ease of use. The lighter, the better. I want to be able to ...
  • Replied in Why not?
    Indeed there are. If you ask someone why they drive a three wheeled car, you are likely to get an interesting answer. However, if you ask someone why they drive a four wheeled car, you are likely ...
  • Replied in Why not?
    That's like asking "Why do you drive a car with four wheels?" or "Why do you eat pizza with cheese on it?" A more interesting phrasing might be "Why do you not shoot on film?"
  • Replied in Why wait?
    We already know. No competent professional uses anything other than film or wet plates.
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