Albert Valentino

Lives in United States PA, United States
Joined on Oct 25, 2012

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On article Chaos, color, and community: 10 days in India (134 comments in total)

Very nice series. My favorite is the last one, the monkey, but I am a sucker for a good monkey picture. Second favorite is superb composition of the guy rolling his orange turban ๐Ÿ‘

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 15:50 UTC as 6th comment
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Tazz93: I get they want to appear like they care... but they find illegal content and decide to put the onus on their users to fix it? WTH... package that crap up and send it to the local law enforcement.

Inmagine, it is easy to momitor millions of posts since the monitoring is done automatically with recognition technology.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 15:33 UTC
On photo No cards - cash only! in the Currency- Macro only challenge (4 comments in total)

Excellent. Much nicer to look at than a plastic card ๐Ÿ˜‰

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 17:17 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Croton Dam in the Your City - Water Supply challenge (9 comments in total)

Powerful composition ๐Ÿ‘

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 17:15 UTC as 1st comment
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Chris2210: I think I'm moving perilously close to the condition know as futsie in 2000AD [That's the shock of living in the future - is it me or does the impact of technology seem to be progressing at an increasingly frenetic pace?] I love some of it, some is astonishing and some is frightening. Genies are popping out of bottles all over the shop.

W5JCK, I do not think you get it at all. We can go to the moon and cure cancer but there is no profit in it. Secret space program with incredible technology is not for public eyes. Technology also filters information automatically. It has created a world of illusion and misdirection to serve the shadow group that runs things. You can google this stuff, but can you trust the results it shows you? That is the conundrum ๐Ÿ‘บ

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 18:43 UTC
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Chris2210: I think I'm moving perilously close to the condition know as futsie in 2000AD [That's the shock of living in the future - is it me or does the impact of technology seem to be progressing at an increasingly frenetic pace?] I love some of it, some is astonishing and some is frightening. Genies are popping out of bottles all over the shop.

It is not just you. Technology is progressing faster and faster. In some cases things are not better, just different and sometimes confusing (like moving controls from left to right...). Does Apple really need a new operating system every year? The young can keep up but some of us older guys are saying enough is enough and just stick to what works and what we know. By the time you figure out the new thing, we are on to the next thing.

I see no signs of tech slowing down

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 17:14 UTC
On article Panasonic G9 added to studio scene comparison (168 comments in total)
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PermitA38: Compared side-by-side, the G9 is probably the best MFT has to offer by now. I would say it slightly surpasses (by only 1/3 of a stop in some regions in the low light scenario) E-M1 ii and GH5, being on par with everything Canon has to offer in it's APS-C range.
But it definitelly can't rival the best of the best in APS-C, such as D500 and D7500.
But who really expected that?
There are just so many competitive cameras in this price range, that It's hard to justify the G9s price tag. You can get D500, X-T2, D750 for the same amount of money, all with better IQ.
As I'm invested in MFT, I do consider an upgrade from my G85. But I'm not sure, if Panasonic can make people switch systems with the G9.

Also, when looking at a new system one should consider BOTH camera and lens combo. I shoot Fuji for four years but the lenses did not have close focus ability like many m43 lenses including the 12-40, 40-150 pro lenses. My most used zoom, the Fuji 18-55 was a great lens but wish it was wider like the wide end FOV of the O 12-40 pro. Lastly, they did not have a good macro lenses option. My EM1 not only let me use legacy macro lenses - which became stabilized on the body, but also the O 60mm f/2.8 macro is so small and light and tack sharp. Fuji lenses were excellent but too limiting for my personal needs. All these things must be taken into account if considering switching systems. M43 has the widest selection of both lenses and bodies.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 17:09 UTC
On article Panasonic G9 added to studio scene comparison (168 comments in total)
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PermitA38: Compared side-by-side, the G9 is probably the best MFT has to offer by now. I would say it slightly surpasses (by only 1/3 of a stop in some regions in the low light scenario) E-M1 ii and GH5, being on par with everything Canon has to offer in it's APS-C range.
But it definitelly can't rival the best of the best in APS-C, such as D500 and D7500.
But who really expected that?
There are just so many competitive cameras in this price range, that It's hard to justify the G9s price tag. You can get D500, X-T2, D750 for the same amount of money, all with better IQ.
As I'm invested in MFT, I do consider an upgrade from my G85. But I'm not sure, if Panasonic can make people switch systems with the G9.

RfsIII, at the same ISO the larger sensor performs better. But superior IBIS one can shoot the same scene at lower ISO. Also, to get the same DOF, one can shoot at 2 stops wider aperture on m43 at the same shutter speed to freeze motion, and this can compensate for noise. However, if one shoots a lot at very high ISO and lives for shallow DOF, then larger sensor bodies are much better,

Personally, I shoot at low ISO and mostly nature or architecture so m43 with more DOF and lighter weight works for me. I switched from APS, after 9 years of use, to m43 a year ago and never looked back.

DXO is one of the better, if not the best raw converter for m43 and their Prime Noise feature making a slightly noisy image into a non-issue

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 16:52 UTC
On article Panasonic G9 added to studio scene comparison (168 comments in total)
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joelakeland: I like it, but, a few things about it stop me. Firstly, it is larger and heavier than the Sony a7II. Secondly, itโ€™s costlier. Thirdly, it has lower image quality.

Micro Four Thirds has jumped the shark when it comes to its size relative to sensor. And with it a key advantage of the system.

Size helps for heat dissipation for long video shoots ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 16:41 UTC
On photo Common Kingfisher Has Caught It! in the A Big Year - birds challenge (1 comment in total)

Excellent

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 00:18 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Cold sunrise in the Your best photo of the week... challenge (4 comments in total)

Breathtaking ๐Ÿ‘

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 00:17 UTC as 4th comment
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landscaper1: My sincere compliments to Mr. Shainblum for the incredible image.

However, I took particular note of the fact that he has a girlfriend who's not only a landscape shooter like himself, but is willing to endure the physical discomfort of that trek (most likely more than her partner) along with him.

I hope he realizes the real treasure of that night was the lady who made that trek up and down with him.

Wow, ptox, you took a nice compliment along with great appreciation, and found a way to spin it into the dirt.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 21:58 UTC

But wait, thereโ€™s more http://www.shainblumphoto.com/project/dolomites-photography-timelapse/

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 18:02 UTC as 60th comment

Superb

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 15:24 UTC as 76th comment
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laueddy: I think this lens overpriced for what it is, but consider the average household median income in the US is about $59,000. The household income for 2 person both above the top 10% income level = $160,000. That's 32.3 millions people. I think many can easily afford it in the US alone.

No turbo charged option for my Honda Fit. But like my Olympus EM1 mark I, it meets all my needs. Above โ€˜needsโ€™ are โ€˜wantsโ€™โ€™ Needs are the cake, which I can eat, and the wants are the cherry on top ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 15:55 UTC
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princecody: The ONLY thing that matters is if Ken Rockwell is buying one โ˜บ๏ธ

Well, he might not have or buy one, but that does not mean he will not review it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 15:41 UTC
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laueddy: I think this lens overpriced for what it is, but consider the average household median income in the US is about $59,000. The household income for 2 person both above the top 10% income level = $160,000. That's 32.3 millions people. I think many can easily afford it in the US alone.

a Leica is not a camera system for average households any more than a Porsche or Ferrari is. It is for enthusiast that can afford expensive stuff. Sadly, i a, not one of them but am happy with my Honda and Olympus ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 23:54 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1087 comments in total)
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Saintiwari: I just got my a7RIII. I am especially happy because it is my 100th camera body. I donโ€™t own many Sony bodies, just a7Rii, a9, rx1rii, a7sii, a few rx100s and now this. I like it so far, looks like my a9. I hope to shoot with it very soon, but my cat is not too well. I have been looking for an ideal camera for my cat shots for years, and this seems like it. a9 has low resolution and a7rii is too slow when my cat jumps about. a7rii also had just 12 bit files, not a big worry but now with 14 bit files, i plan to shoot RAW, incase i need to print big.
I will wait for a9R, till then i will keep it. Next week when my testing is over i will go to local zoo and try it with my Canon 300/2.8, 400/2.8, 600/4 ii and 800mm lenses with Metabones. I am sure it wonโ€™t be as quick as my a9 but let me report back anyway.
Great review doreview, you always do a great job. Serious photographers like me owe a lot to you.

Strange that a guy with so many cameras, and so much experience, has no fear at all listed in his profile. Just saying ๐Ÿ“ท

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 16:24 UTC
On photo Basilica Di Santa Maria in Aracoeli in the Religious challenge (11 comments in total)

Superb

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 00:32 UTC as 11th comment
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Albert Valentino: Portrait of a robot is not portrait photography. Techically it is product photography.

When I dabbled in learning lighting for portrait work I purchased a mannequin head to played with lighting and shadows.... this type of photogrpahy is no different other than the fake being more life like

Sylvain, a robot is a robot. A portrait of a human, especially something that is contest worthy, is about capturing some aspect of the persona. That is part of the job of being a good portrait photographer, waiting for the moment to capture an expression, or creating an atmosphere that illicits a look, or simply not inhibiting but capturing a mood. The first two pictures clearly do this very well. A feeling jumps out, whereas the robot is cold and expressionless - because it is just a product, and a living person. Put another way, think about how the guy who ranked fourth in the contest feels. If it was me, i suspect I would feel cheated โ˜น๏ธ

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 17:54 UTC
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