Lives in United States D.C. Metro, VA, United States
Works as a Rock & roll photog, computer geek
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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 Yes
    At least, I assume so. I got a notice from B&H, and FedEx seems to think they will hand it over to me tomorrow (Tuesday Dec 6). Using the sample raw files from the review on this site, I confirmed ...
  • Replied in An alternative?
    If I may recommend:
  • Replied in I do
    I do (mostly) dive bar concerts. Very low light, and use of a flash is [ahem] strongly discouraged. My shutter can't be very slow, thus a shallow DoF is a purely accidental consequence. I decided ...
  • My main concern was if my "Sony only" version of C1 would import the files as TIFF, since I suppose I could take a Canon TIFF and just change the metatags. That turned out to not be a concern. ...
  • Try: exiftool -sonymodelid="ILCE-7RM4" -IFD1:Model="ILCE-7RM4" /Volumes/UNTITLED/DCIM/101MSDCF/*.ARW (assuming /Volumes/UNTITLED/DCIM/101MSDCF is the folder with your raw files)
  • One of the scariest products I have ever seen. While I'm (mostly) sure it works as intended, I don't think it would give me peace of mind. Ironically, I swear by their wrist strap.

  • Replied in US availability
    The a7Rv is expected to start shipping in the US on December 6th.
  • Replied in Good news!
    Capture One 23 supports the a7Rv! However, the technique outlined in my previous post will still work. "It's good to have options."— Tony Soprano
  • Replied in Yes
    Yes, and I think the technical name for it is "fisheye lens".
  • Submitted a challenge entry Open Mic of the Republic
    When I noticed the stage lighting... I had to give it a try.
    Placed 6th in the challenge. When I noticed the stage lighting... I had to give it a try.
  • Executive summary: Ta da! Gory Details: I downloaded the command line tool install package from and ran the install. Geeky note: I already had exiftool 10.5 installed, I think ...
  • Replied in Outstanding!
    I think such a review would be interesting to a universe of a99ii users. I am planning to do much the same with my bevy of A mount lenses. I do mostly concert photography, and mostly small dive ...
  • Replied in Outstanding!
    I was able to open a a7rv file (one of the samples from the DPR preview) with an older version of Affinity Photo, so there is probably not much difference in the file formats. Maybe there are ...
  • I downloaded one of the sample raw files from the DPR article. I confirmed via the Sony Edit program that it is a "lossless" ARW from a a7Rv. I then exported as a 16bit TIFF. I then opened the file ...
  • Replied in TIFF -> C1?
    I have the Sony specific edition of C1, my concern is that even after creating a TIFF (ultimately from a Sony camera), that the Sony edition of C1 won't recognize it— much like it won't recognize ...
  • Replied in TIFF -> C1?
    I have the Sony version of Capture One. It only recognizes Sony images. If I open a7Rv images using the default Sony software, and export as TIFF, will C1 (Sony edition) let me import them? If so, ...
  • Replied in Go small?
    Dip your toe into macro photography. When you go small, there's a whole universe of scenes seldom seen.
  • Replied in Lasers?
    I find myself mostly in dark dive bars, the most advanced effects might be smoke. And that's a whole 'nuther discussion :)
  • Replied in Good to hear!
    Thanks for this info. I use an old a99ii right now, I shoot concerts with (almost) exclusively fast primes and (almost) exclusively wide open. I don't have a solid choice right now for a fast 35. ...
  • Created discussion thread Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art?
    Anyone have real-world experience with low light AF performance using the Sigma 35/1.2 Art? I'm looking for a good lens for dive bar concerts, most likely on a a7Rv.
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