jeffcpix

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On article Annie Leibovitz teaches photography in new MasterClass (175 comments in total)

Learn how to rent equipment, hire an army of assistants, contract the best in hair/make-up/styling and adhere to the wants of the art director representing the client -- and press the shutter release. And then send the file off to 'post'. But for $90 -- it's a bargain. How much was tuition at Trump University? Can't wait to learn how to be an architect from Frank Gehry. Inspiration without perspiration.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 12:38 UTC as 18th comment | 6 replies

Why bother aspiring to produce an image that's as technically perfect as the technology allows when all the audience seems to care about is how pretty it is?
Tools matter -- except for those who can't tell the difference.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 13:01 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
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mxx: What I don't understand: If the problem is that photos of slim models create unrealistic expectations for young girls, why are photoshopped models being targeted? Shouldn't all photos of slim models be forbidden, whether achieved by natural slimness or by photoshopping?

"French law just asks that photoshoped model pictures are labelled so no one ignore they are not real."

As though any images in fashion magazines are 'real'!
How could 'consumer societies' persist without women buying
fashion, cosmetics, interior decor etc. -- and throwing away or replacing
them with ad influenced regularity. Maybe 4th Wave Feminism will free them
from being so readily influenced,

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 06:48 UTC

It's Photography -- not Art.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 06:07 UTC as 56th comment
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Bing Chow: If this image didn't have Weston's name attached to it, would you think it is anything special? Often times, I wonder how much the audience is biased by attaching a famous name to the work. Whether it's a song by Pink Floyd, a movie by Chris Nolan, a work by Renoir....it's as if once your name reaches a critical point, you'll garner praise even if the work is mediocre.

The image here is somewhat interesting. The shape of the pepper and the shadows makes it look like two figures embracing. Maybe that's the genius of it. I don't know if this image helped make Weston famous, or people just give it more attention than it deserves.

Your appreciation might be enhanced if you knew something about the history of photography from a 'fine art' perspective. Check out what kind of work was being done in the late 1920s both in photography and painting/sculpture in the US. Weston didn't make the transition from Pictorialism to this more abstract/modernist approach in a vacuum; the sensual rendering of the object was in keeping with the liberation of American image making from traditional Puritain/Victorian standards.
From a technical point of view, it may seem like a piece of cake -- try replicating it (or doing any vegetable) on a plain background -- and in BW.
Just remember to use Channel Mixer rather than desaturate when you convert. As for the image being more interesting than what generally appears here on DPr, that's because most of what is shown has nothing to do with Art and everything to do with hobbyists' and working professionals' results.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 05:05 UTC

"It was a bright idea, a perfect relief for the pepper and adding reflecting light to important contours. I still had the pepper which caused me a week's work, I had decided I could go no further with it, yet something kept me from taking it to the kitchen, the end of all good peppers. I placed it in the funnel, focused with the Zeiss, and knowing just the viewpoint, recognizing a perfect light, made an exposure of six minutes, with but a few moments' preliminary work, the real preliminary was on in hours passed. I have a great negative, ‒ by far the best!"

Daybooks ,II, 180

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 06:22 UTC as 23rd comment

From the Dept of Labor's webpage on the case

https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/20160225-2

"If B&H fails to provide relief as ordered, OFCCP requests that all its government contracts be canceled and that it be debarred from entering into future federal contracts. Headquartered in Manhattan, B&H has supply contracts with the General Services Administration and the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation valued in excess of $46 million."

Do the math.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 05:54 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies

Now that f11 has received a publicity boost from being
mentioned by DPr they'll attract sufficient audience to
continue.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 06:47 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies

Just making more jobs for the Deplorables

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 05:57 UTC as 66th comment | 4 replies

The camera owner should have given the monkey a banana -- then it would have been 'work-for-hire'.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 06:29 UTC as 76th comment

They're not real; "Water was taken from 100 different water sources in Taiwan and turned into frozen toxic popsicles before Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti from the National Taiwan University of Arts recreated them using transparent polyester resin."
Much easier shooting resin-pops than ice-pops.
Sewer water is gross -- no surprise.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2017 at 06:47 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (506 comments in total)
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hatem95: I am a Sony fan, and I owned 4 previous mirrorless Sony's and I will get the A9 but please stop this media hype. A9 may have super AF, etc.... but the form factor is incompatible with using it as a sports camera in the field. A sports camera needs Sports lenses and these lenses are Huge , I have totally abandoned using my Sony 80-400 with the A7rII not because of AF issues but because it feels very awkward and imbalanced in my hand. if Sony is that clever they should design a small superfast sports lenses to match. otherwise, the A9 is not a sports camera

The ergonomic problem I have with the a7 series (and probably the a9) is that when I take hold of the grip, my fingers aren't fully wrapped around the grip. I can't extend them because there's so little space between the grip and the barrel of the lens. And it doesn't matter whether I'm tripod mounted or not -- holding the camera so my finger falls over the shutter release becomes painful quite quickly. When not on a tripod, most of the weight is taken by my left hand placed under the lens -- but I still like to keep a firm grip on the body.
Maybe the grip extenders will help -- but from the looks of them, they don't
make the grip 'chunk-ier' ... just a bit longer.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 10:42 UTC

I am the only one who thinks that the A7/A9 bodies are too small (even with the grip) to be comfortable for long shoots? I want a body I can get a good hold on -- not one that's so small I have to hold it with my fingertips. Awful ergonomics for me. And if Sony is going to force EVFs on us, why not make 'em bigger -- like the Nikon F Sports/Action finder? Better still -- now that the pentaprism is a gone -- how about interchangeable viewfinders like the ones made for the Pentax LX?

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:44 UTC as 225th comment | 2 replies
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jeffcpix: I've been shooting with it for 9 years. Yes, it's big and heavy (more so with the grip and a 70-400 or any of the CZ lenses) -- but that's what I like about it... so comfortable to hold. But for the a99 every Sony body produced seems designed for small hands. I shoot stills -- no video is OK with me. I have aquired a full set of A mount lenses at bargain prices when everyone thought A mount was dead including the 16mm 2.8 FF fisheye, 500mm AF, 17-35 G (replaced with the CZ 16-35 Z2) and both macros. No Live View or EVF -- fine,.. great battery life. And the OVF is outstanding. Yes, I wish it had a hinged LCD. Yes, I wish I could adapt the Canon 17TS to it but check out Leitax for all the great glass that can be adapted. Wish it had 'mirror lock up' but at least no SLT. The RAW files I get are as good as I need and the 24MP has turned out to be the sweet spot in terms of needed processing power. Bayer filter -- no moire surprises. It was a great camera in 2008 -- and still is.

Ralf's correct. I never scrolled down the drive menu
far enough to find the mirror-up function.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 10:32 UTC
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jeffcpix: I've been shooting with it for 9 years. Yes, it's big and heavy (more so with the grip and a 70-400 or any of the CZ lenses) -- but that's what I like about it... so comfortable to hold. But for the a99 every Sony body produced seems designed for small hands. I shoot stills -- no video is OK with me. I have aquired a full set of A mount lenses at bargain prices when everyone thought A mount was dead including the 16mm 2.8 FF fisheye, 500mm AF, 17-35 G (replaced with the CZ 16-35 Z2) and both macros. No Live View or EVF -- fine,.. great battery life. And the OVF is outstanding. Yes, I wish it had a hinged LCD. Yes, I wish I could adapt the Canon 17TS to it but check out Leitax for all the great glass that can be adapted. Wish it had 'mirror lock up' but at least no SLT. The RAW files I get are as good as I need and the 24MP has turned out to be the sweet spot in terms of needed processing power. Bayer filter -- no moire surprises. It was a great camera in 2008 -- and still is.

Thanks Ralf, are you referring to the 10sec timer setting?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 17:26 UTC

I've been shooting with it for 9 years. Yes, it's big and heavy (more so with the grip and a 70-400 or any of the CZ lenses) -- but that's what I like about it... so comfortable to hold. But for the a99 every Sony body produced seems designed for small hands. I shoot stills -- no video is OK with me. I have aquired a full set of A mount lenses at bargain prices when everyone thought A mount was dead including the 16mm 2.8 FF fisheye, 500mm AF, 17-35 G (replaced with the CZ 16-35 Z2) and both macros. No Live View or EVF -- fine,.. great battery life. And the OVF is outstanding. Yes, I wish it had a hinged LCD. Yes, I wish I could adapt the Canon 17TS to it but check out Leitax for all the great glass that can be adapted. Wish it had 'mirror lock up' but at least no SLT. The RAW files I get are as good as I need and the 24MP has turned out to be the sweet spot in terms of needed processing power. Bayer filter -- no moire surprises. It was a great camera in 2008 -- and still is.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:47 UTC as 77th comment | 4 replies
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skanter: Outside of their pay scale - The NY Times remains the preeminent newspaper in the US. Right wingers confuse editorial content with news. The sheer volume of research and clarity of writing in their news stories and features is peerless. It has always been an invaluable resource for those who actually read and think, and remains so.

Those without critical thinking and reading ability watch Fox News on TV.

Aaron801 Wrote:
"I don't really disagree with you about the more popular right wing media outlets being more about opinion than fact"

Watch MSNBC or CNN -- then watch Fox Business News (FBN). The former are filled with shrill hysterical mud slingers -- the latter, measured, good humored
reporting. The king of opinionated misrepresentation is MSNBC's garrulous Chris Matthews followed by Chris Hayes and the insufferable Rachel Maddow. As for the quality of writing in the NYT, it was dumbed down about 40 years ago to accommodate the diminished capacity of those educated by the US public school system and who prefer 1 picture to a 1000 words. As for FoxNews -- it's not about news at all -- just entertainment and eye candy.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 11:00 UTC
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Alex Permit: Website quotes Color Rendering Index ≥96, but what about R9? Whether your shooting a model or shooting food, CRI is not the whole story.

Thanks for mentioning R9

http://www.leapfroglighting.com/why-the-led-r9-value-isnt-important/

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 11:44 UTC

Wow, she sure worked hard on her lighting -- such subtlety! And
the poses -- INSPIRED!!! I wonder how much time was spent deciding
on whether to use make-up or shoot them au natural? How about those backgrounds -- she must have spent weeks doing location scouting. And the
camera positions -- view camera dropped front from phtotgrapher eye-level? I haven't seen such beautifully bored expressions since Diane Arbus.
My, my -- what sophisticated aesthetic judgments. The jury must have had a such a difficult time reaching it's decision given the chairman's underlying concept:
"At a moment when the portrait image dissipates itself in an economy of narcissism and fractal celebrity, Rineke Dijkstra reminds us of the photographic portrait’s public potential,’ said Duncan Forbes, Chair of the Jury."
Yup -- economy of narcissism and fractal celebrity -- that's what we're all about.
But wait "Rineke Dijkstra pursues an existential photography," -- maybe that's
what my images are lacking

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 12:09 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (214 comments in total)

The A2 was the last and best version. Two auxilliary lenses were available a tele which gave 300mm at 2,8 and a wide which was about 21mm -- both were big, heavy and inconvenient -- but they were the best aux lenses I've ever used. If Sony were to re-issue this camera with the latest/greatest sensor, OLED EVF and RAW+jpg I'd be interested. Unfortunately 'the mind of Minolta' didn't seem to be part of the Sony organization's inheritance -- groundbreaking designs like the Minolta Spot Meters, Color Temp Meter and Beseler/Minota 45A were abandoned. People forget that before Sony teamed up with Zeiss, Minolta had a fruitful relationship with Leica.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 12:27 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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