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Has a website at http://ferling.net
Joined on Jun 12, 2008
About me:

Been shooting for 30 years. Everything from MF to whatever fits in the hand, (including video). Ran an in-house commercial studio for 12 years. I currently do limited freelance work, (choosing those assignments that don't involve cheapskates). I prefer DSLRs, shoot MF film on occasion, and don't mind compacts. I don't care what you shoot with, so long as you have appreciation for shooting.


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In thirty years of shooting I've found that when trying to achieve the ultimate goal of the perfect device to capture the perfect image, despite all my efforts and investment, that content will always remain king.

Therefore, it's no surprise that the shortest path to that goal is exactly what a cell phone delivers.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 00:27 UTC as 68th comment
On article Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 (335 comments in total)

Uhm... (grabs nearly worn out 7D and heads out to the next job).

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 01:40 UTC as 88th comment
On article Want to remember something? Don't take a photo (183 comments in total)
In reply to:

neo_nights: One more thing: did anyone actually read the WHOLE study?

Anyone who has done an academic research knows how frustrating/infuriating it is to spend months/years reading, reasearching and such, write pages and more pages about something and then the press just publish a couple of lines about it, about its conclusion, and then everyone starts b*tching about it.

Be careful with pre-judgements, people.

Properly done, a published report has a summary for declarations of findings (which is general the free part), with the body of the document detailing the research and references that gives factual evidence to prove those findings. Paying for this portion of a document is nothing new. Publishing those portions of the document by third parties requires approval of the author(s).

Therefore, it's very likely those quotes are what the authors approved as their summary.

In my opinion, the act of photography trains one to focus on their surroundings and thus form the basis of memories from which the image recalls. It's not rocket science. I have over 30K images I've bothered to keep over the years and I recall things from each one of them.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 15:19 UTC
On article Want to remember something? Don't take a photo (183 comments in total)
In reply to:

neo_nights: Funny how people are getting so defensive here :p

No one said that you (we) should stop taking pictures. Only states that (as some people already said here), when you are too focused on getting a photograph, you don't really pay attention to everything else around you. Thus, it's harder to remember details of the scene.

This also reminds me of those parents so obsessed in "recording" every moment of their babies' life that they (parents) actually forget to LIVE the moment with their kids. Or people who go to a concert and are so focused on photographing their favorit artists that end up forgeting to enjoy the show. And so on.

The act of photographing means that you are paying attention to the surroundings in hopes to capture something you've noticed.

The real issue is the constant distractions of our current technology in total, (i.e. cellphones, texting, Facebook, tablets, etc.). Unlike my generation, growing up in the analog era, we are decades away from seeing the real effects of this.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 14:02 UTC
On article Homemade rig captures extreme macro shots of snowflakes (186 comments in total)

A very nice body of work, and I'm glad to see a little creativity in overcoming technical feats and budget.

I've mounted manual primes using reversal rings, (attached to an old Canon Bellows adapted for EOS) to photograph things like blade and needle edges for medical devices. My most challenging was special knots tied onto fine suture threads. Fun stuff.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 11:19 UTC as 94th comment

Seriously, when it comes to being social at a party, whom has the room to pocket and bother with a dedicated camera? It's all about content and IQ takes a back seat. The cell phone is the 'swiss army knife' equivalent of all things social and easily managed without spilling a drop. :)

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2013 at 16:24 UTC as 5th comment

Ah, damn. Credit card declined... maybe next time.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2013 at 05:35 UTC as 44th comment
On article Leica invites entries for 2014 Oskar Barnack Award (63 comments in total)
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Plastek: You can see it's gearhead website right away. Majority of people whine about Leica or god-knows-what-else and just one (!) person mentioned how great photographs were out there in previous years.

It's something definitely worth tracking and one of most prestigious photography awards one can get these days.

Plastek. Judging by the comments of these trolls, I doubt many of them actual know anything about cameras, period. After all, a Leica would be a true challenge for any gearhead to use.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 18:16 UTC
On article Leica invites entries for 2014 Oskar Barnack Award (63 comments in total)
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Julian: A shame its only open to "professional photographers".

Join us... :)

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 13:46 UTC
On article Rare photos of Rolling Stones emerge from estate sale (106 comments in total)
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Amnon G: Any reasons why this is on a website with a D as the first letter of its name?
Digital Photography Review?
I don't get the connection.

Uhm. The photos were "D"igtally scanned in lieu of posting here? :)

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 18:40 UTC
On article Rare photos of Rolling Stones emerge from estate sale (106 comments in total)

Ah yes. The days before digital sharing. When it was easy to forget or misplace photos in a small envelope, (I'm sure that was the case here). Speaking of which, how of many of you have done the same, even finding unprocessed canisters? (raises hand). :)

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 18:39 UTC as 15th comment
On article Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' (143 comments in total)

It's not rocket science. Today's generation, raised in times of quick, instant and easy, want to shoot with tools that fit their lifestyle, (I've raised five teens, and I've seen it first hand).

They have little patience in lugging gear, and having to go home to load and process. That's boring. They want to live in the moment, while it's "fresh". Shoot, tag and share. Then bask in the glory for 10 minutes with likes, comments and tweets. Done. On to the next.

Then the likes of DPR post articles about pros shooting with phones. Many are decent and framed well. Then someone complains about the obvious noise at the pixel level, everything's in focus and other small sensor issues. Well, too bad. These kids don't care. They are the drivers of the trend, and vendors are listening. As future clients, I also need to listen and consider their wants if I wish to get paid. I won't fully surrender my DSLRs, but I will adopt tools and methods that respect these new trends.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2013 at 16:24 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article In Photos: Portraits of the living legends of blues (36 comments in total)

What's more popular, the photograph or the man? When it's the man, then you've succeeded as a photographer.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 12:19 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On article Classic photographs recreated in Lego (117 comments in total)

That looked like a fun project. I like them.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2013 at 21:13 UTC as 37th comment
On article Canon Korea teases new camera, EOS M2 or SL1/100D? (253 comments in total)

"You can have any colour as long as it's black." - Henry Ford

If I could fathom a guess, (based on a desire) I'd like to see a FF response to the Sony A7r. Assuming that additional hump on image right is to accommodate a larger magnesium frame, and maybe it's taller, (not on a pedestal) to suggest a vertical grip/shutter? Oh, built in wifi would be nice for tether free shooting.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2013 at 20:32 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
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DaveE1: Every company should have someone like him! A lot of innovation is held back for reasons other than technical challenges.

You got it. Companies are not just bricks and motar. It's about the people within. Canon did themselves a favor by hiring Colani when they designed the T90, which formed the baseline for the EOS going forward.

Nikon decided to go retro with the Df in attempt to reminisce the old days, and while a cool toy, it's nothing more than that, and for a limited market.

Canon has yet to respond, and I'm wondering if they have someone like-minded whom will influence the correct response? Otherwise we might see a refitted F1?

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 18:48 UTC
On article Niki Feijen's haunting images of abandoned houses (218 comments in total)

The 'overdone' HDR is his style for the subject matter, and I like it.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 21:26 UTC as 61st comment
In reply to:

nikkei121: it's canon's fault in not warning the users, not the slim filter's fault.
(i.e. Nikon had a warning for its 14-24mm can't take filters)

Well. There was time that filters were a necessity, and common sense dictated to be careful of what and how to attach things to the front element of any given lens. Anyone remember working with an FD35-105? Then again, I remember the habits of old where one always used a lens cap, which was tethered lens via a stretch cord.

The same thought process also works for things like never set the lens element side down on the ground or table.

I never liked filters for wide angle lenses (except for NDs), the hoods themselves being also thin and wide, barely provided enough glare protection and the filter would only contribute to flare/contrast issues.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 17:31 UTC
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