Michael Firstlight

Lives in United States Raleigh, NC, United States
Works as a Enthusiast of Life
Joined on Apr 5, 2007
About me:

After more than 4 decades since I developed and printed my first roll of Tri-X using a cocktail of D76, Dektol, Stop Bath and Fixer, photography runs through my veins. Actually, little has fundamentally changed - the silver halide platelets are just digital now :-)

I majored in photography, film, broadcasting, and journalism in college in the 70's, worked as staff for ABC-TV out of college - one of the original big three US-based TV networks, then took a job as a corporate staff photographer for Big Blue until they shut down the in-house operation, after which I became a software engineer and have been for three+ decades since. I still design, develop, and support massive-scale enterprise software and systems. I still do photography on the side as an avocation, have had my own brick and mortar gallery, and get hired out on occasion for specialty commercial gigs just to stay active and relevant until I retire from the better paying job and can afford to return to my first love full time.

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  • I still use my D1x when I want a high quality, low-MP image quickly - superb camera. I have most of my digital and analog camera and maintain them in top condition I just shot a roll of Tri-X last ...
  • When you still have all of your film and digital cameras you've acquired over multiple decades, sill have and use your wet darkroom as well as your high-end digital lab, constantly strive to ...
  • Once upon a time, photography was a much different kind of craft. Dis analog all you want, but the process - immensely difficult, time consuming, and limited by comparison to digital, was a deeply ...
  • Nothing scientific, but over the last 18 years or so, digital SLR purchasing took off like a rocket among a population with deep pockets that grew up on film. We now can do with high-end prosumer ...
  • Nothing scientific, but ince the early 2000's I've always felt the look of Canon RAW images had a more plastic-like look (that's not negative - just different) than Nikon images, which seems more ...
  • I've been growing up with DSLRs since my first -  a 6MP Nikon D1x.  I don’t understand the need for more MPs these days over image quality for the next gen D8xx. I have a D800 with its 36 beautiful ...
  • So what? Who is claiming it would be anything other than a hobbiest niche?  Enough of a niche and you've got a market.  I don't understand what you are saying.  No one is even intimating that film ...
  • Fuji Provia 100F was spectacular for general use - rich, not over-saturated colors, low, and beautiful grain structure.  I also liked Velvia, but only for dramatic color saturation - not as a ...
  • Yes, but he spent YEARS shooting on glass - ever after film was common. Nevertheless, one shot, two  - still, you get my point; he wasn't firing off 10, 20, 50 frames hoping to get lucky.
  • For anything production, I can't imagine pulling out any of my film gear - I do still have two complete Mamiya 645 MF systems, my Nikon F2as and others, but they are for fun and art, not for ...
  • Well, honestly, Windows 10 - at least the initial rev - truly sucked. It was barely better than the big egg laid by MS with Win8. It has improved since, but for the life of me I can't understand ...
  • I've been on dPreview since '99 and don't get on too frequently for the same reasons - folks here can be brutal. I've got decades of hands-on experience with hardware down to the circuit and ...
  • Replied in DDR4
    The OPs question was implied and rather obvious, he was looking for opinions on memory (speed, type, maybe amount).  Respectfully, your post is rather pedantic and nit picky.
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    it is really pretty simple.... Based on your app usage, you can look at the Windows resource monitor to determine how much of your RAM is typically in use under heavy load (multiple apps). So say ...
  • Honestly, I love my D800 so much - maybe a got a great sample, that I was just never compelled to upgrade to the 810 and am waiting for the 810's successor (I usually skip one generation each ...
  • Replied in DDR4
    Humm, really now? And how do you make such a sweeping assessment? I am a system builder for more than 35 years, I've programmed (developed) operating systems for mainframes back in the 80's when ...
  • Replied in DDR4
    You'll appreciate the 32GB of RAM. 16GB is getting to be a bit light these days for longevity. I run 64GB of RAM, and although manyhave a knee-jerk reaction that's overkill, I run virtual ...
  • Replied in DDR4
    I pay a premium for Corsair Dominators, but I believe they are tested a whole lot better in QA and when pushed, are more reliable.  I don't mind paying a premium for greater QA and filtering out ...
  • Replied in DDR4
    Yep, that is what I suspect as well, but I read some can squeeze a few FPS out using fas RAM and OCing it, but that seems like a lot of cost and work for what amounts to just a 3-4 fps boost, but ...
  • Replied in Overclocking
    Best read up - a lot, before mucking with the BIOS. Maximum PC has a good current article on OCing, but I prefer to use a few good forums like the ones at Tom's Hardware and a few others already ...
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