JosephScha

Lives in United States Suffern, United States
Works as a Software engineer
Joined on Apr 26, 2004
About me:

Former Pentax K1000 user, then Canon A70, then Panasonic FZ7 (an amazingly flexible camera), then Panasonic G10, now Panasonic G7.

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On photo American Kestral in the A Big Year - birds challenge (1 comment in total)

Interesting to compare the European Kestrel to this American Kestrel. Not sure I could tell the difference, especially if shown just one. Beautiful shot, in focus eyes.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 01:10 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Spread those wings in the A Big Year - birds challenge (3 comments in total)

It is, indeed, a cormorant.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 01:17 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Greetings in the A postcard from Middle Earth challenge (2 comments in total)

Ents?

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 05:35 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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stratman1976: I will and cannot ever understand this American "sue" culture. $500.000? Rediculous.

Explanation: in America as I understand it you cannot be granted a larger amount of money than you sue for. The judge can only decrease it. That is why (true story) some kid leaps a fence, falls and breaks his arm; his parents sue the condo that had the fence for $2M, they settle for $10,000. Now, why did they sue for $2M if they were willing to settle in advance for 10K? Because if it had gone to trial, it couldn't hurt them at all, that's why.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 13:16 UTC
On photo Looks like eagle in the A Big Year - birds challenge (2 comments in total)

looks like a nightjar, I think. Have to look it up in my bird book.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:32 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo City Lights Movie Theater in the Your City - Movie Theater challenge (26 comments in total)
In reply to:

Sdaniella: m43 low light winner = fail
1) shows a shot inside a theatre when no movie was being shown (room lighting is fully on)
2) shows projector running showing likely pre-show ads, previews, trailers, etc
3) confirmed by audience blur, evidence of ongoing audience talking/chatting before lights go off when movie actually starts (not shown; not captured)
4) this familiar non-low light scenario is easily recognized; except for m43 shooters who are too easily impressed

I own a recent micro 4/3 camera. If I had shot this - on a stable support, as the entry was - I would probably have used 0.5s at 1600. Much less likely to catch people moving, and still easy to noise reduce. Maybe even 1/4 sec at 3200.

I've looked at the RAW output of the Sony 42MP BSI sensor at ISO 6400, it's got just about the same noise as my camera at ISO 3200. If everything was the same there should be a 2 stop difference, but the way I see it there is only one. I kind of expected that. I'll happily accept that difference for the difference in price, size, weight with lens of equivalent view.

I'm glad you can take pictures in dimmer light than a theater, but let me comment on one thing: if we can see the light from the projector as clearly as we do, I strongly doubt the house lights were "up full" as you claim. Most theaters I've been in dim the house lights, they do not extinguish them, during the feature.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:26 UTC
On photo Ornsay lighthouse in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 12, L challenge (2 comments in total)

I think a crop to eliminate some of the dark sky and make the lighthouse relatively larger might have placed higher. This has a great photo in it. You certainly are welcome to a different opinion, I could be wrong.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 03:36 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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JosephScha: Completely in line with MY opinion of former President Obama, these pictures show an honest man who had self control leaving the whitehouse to someone who has demonstrated a lack of both of those qualities already. I hope our new president can do good things for our country, that does not mean I don't recognize falsehood and vindictiveness when it is shown.

Those are amazing accusations. Council on American-Islamic Relations: I believe it was President Bush who said that most muslims are peaceful and are not a problem, our issue was only with extremists. I'll bet you didn't post that he was an apologist for extremist organizations. Obama was continuing that line of thought. About wars: Due to Iraq not permitting us to stay US involvement in Iraq fell very sharply. Now they want our help to retake Mosul but there are far fewer U.S. troops there than there used to be. That war is going on without us. Afghanistan: Also far fewer U.S. troops there than there used to be. Yemen: no U.S. troops, but drone strikes. Syria: I can't keep track of all the combatants, but there are no U.S. troops there. Yes, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan lasted throughout Obama's presidency. But our role in those wars was greatly reduced.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 15:22 UTC

Completely in line with MY opinion of former President Obama, these pictures show an honest man who had self control leaving the whitehouse to someone who has demonstrated a lack of both of those qualities already. I hope our new president can do good things for our country, that does not mean I don't recognize falsehood and vindictiveness when it is shown.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 19:56 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
On challenge Sea at twilight (1 comment in total)

Most of the entries in this challenge are really beautiful. Makes it hard to vote!

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 06:14 UTC as 1st comment
On photo P1000719_edited-1 in JosephScha's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

"supermoon" rises over Westchester and the Hudson river.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 04:57 UTC as 1st comment
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)
In reply to:

Boeing skipper: I'm a Macbook user, I was eager to see what the new MBP would bring on the table.
I wanted ease of use, but this new laptop will require a dongle for every accessory I currently use.
No quad core i7 in the 13" model? Why Apple?
New butterfly mechanism? Tried it on the 12" Macbook, really disliked it.
Why not keep the USB3 and SD car reader along with the USB C ports? Where's the Magsafe port gone?
I really prefer Mac OS over Windows but that won't be enough to keep me buying Macs ... especially at that price point.

Don't dis the i5. I recently did some benchmarks of motherboards used in one of the products of the company I work for. I will summarize in normalized terms:
Current production: core i5 at 2.7GHz DDR3 memory is the baseline.
Core i7 at 4GHz, DDR4 memory: data movement intensive 2.67x faster; heavy math 2.61x faster.
Core i5 at 3.6 GHz, DDR4 memory: data movement intensive 2.40x faster; heavy math 2.55x faster.
Core i3 at 3.7GHz, DDR4 memory: data movement intensive 2.67x faster; heavy math 1.46x faster.
--- So, what we see here that speed up was greater than the increase in processor clock speed, core i5 at 2.7 basline to core i5 at 3.6GHz is only 1.3x faster, but data movement was 2.4x faster and math was 2.55x faster. The extra increase over 1.3x must be due to DDR4 vs DDR3 memory, the higher memory bandwidth makes the difference. The i3 did about as well as the i7 on data movement but not nearly as well as the i5 and i7 on math. Interesting.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 12:57 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)

About the gallery: the OOC JPEGs look good, but man, the latter comparisons of OOC JPEG to what you managed to pull out of the RAW file are a really strong demonstration of the benefits that you can (or might) get from shooting RAW and developing with care - on a calibrated monitor.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 02:42 UTC as 152nd comment | 1 reply
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Raist3d: Chroma life 100... Be warned if you print photos and don't put in an album- the inks will fade.

Geesh. Makes me happy to still have an HP photo printer. Of course all ink eventually fades but your comment implies that this happens quickly (within a year or so). Is that true?

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 00:40 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (368 comments in total)

Re: "So which one should you buy?" Really? Is that the purpose of the info presented on dpreview? I hope not. Using phrases like that will bring out all the people who think Amazon has influenced content, to say "see? See? I told you so!".

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 17:49 UTC as 53rd comment | 7 replies

Re: "when you travel thousands of miles every month and your gear puts the food on your table, getting everything there and home in one piece becomes secondary to things like leather accents or ventilated shoulder straps."

I feel certain that is NOT what you meant. Should say: "when you travel thousands of miles every month and your gear puts the food on your table, getting everything there and home in one piece becomes primary over things like leather accents or ventilated shoulder straps."

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 13:03 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On photo From ducklings in the From Little Things, Big Things Grow challenge (1 comment in total)

Perhaps this just due to language differences, but in English a Mallard is a particular kind of duck and this is not it.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 03:03 UTC as 1st comment
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (268 comments in total)

The new GF8 is still about $500, should have been included. And the G7 when on sale sells for $599, I wonder how close to $500 qualified.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 18:02 UTC as 45th comment | 5 replies
On photo Boston sunset in the Best FT or MFT Image of the week! challenge (3 comments in total)

This is art. Beautiful, striking. It was clear this was made from more than one photo to get everything in focus. Thanks for the explanation of what you did!

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 03:33 UTC as 1st comment
On challenge It Looks So Close - 200mm or Greater (10 comments in total)

200mm on full frame, on APS-C, and on 4/3? Different magnification (x4, x6, x8) but OK it's your challenge, 200mm it is.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 02:58 UTC as 8th comment
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