Paul Richman

Paul Richman

Lives in United States Boulder, CO, United States
Works as a Photographer - mostly retired
Has a website at http://PixelsByPaul.COM
Joined on Apr 29, 2005
About me:

BACKGROUND: BS and MS in Mathematics and Biometrics from the University of Cincinnati, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. Graduated in their 2nd PhD graduating class way back in 1968. Worked at Bell Labs first in Murray Hill NJ (publishing further results from my PhD thesis for 3 years) and then for another 30 years at the Denver Branch Labs, in advanced development. Retired in 2001 (with 23 patents) to focus on photography.

PHOTOGRAPHY: I’ve enjoyed photography since my early teen years. I’ve had a B&W dark room and much later, a color darkroom. Being a computer nerd, I’ve never been comfortable with chemicals. So the digital age of photography was tailor made for me. My photography was amateurish until I retired. Since then, I’ve been published in National Geographic Magazine and elsewhere. I’ve sold many many fine art prints at my gallery in the Millennium Hotel in Boulder Colorado. I closed that gallery several years ago. Now, at 76, I’m fully retired from business related activities, and doing photography just for fun, just for me. (Of course, if others like some of my photographs that is a terrific bonus!)

As you can see from my website here, I enjoy a variety of photography venues: nature, landscape, wildlife, birds (I love birds!), travel, architecture, “tiny planets”, fisheye, abstract, macro, etc.

I’ve come to enjoy the social aspects of photography as well. Having friends who are passionate about photography is great fun. We share in photographic outings and/or in enjoying each others photographic works. We grow each other’s skills and find new subject matter for each other.

EQUIPMENT: In the past, I’ve used Nikon (F, D100, D3, D3x, D800e, D810 and now z7), Canon, Leica (M9), Pentax, Olympus (E-M1ii, Pen-F), Panasonic (GH-5, G9) and Sony (AR 1 and 2) cameras. My current camera is the Nikon z7. I’m as much a technologist (gear-head) as photographer, and so greatly enjoy using the latest and greatest gear. I shoot only RAW and use Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop CC for post processing, along with many plugins (Topaz, NIK, Imagenomic, ….)

I no longer make large prints. I mostly want to see my new images in large print size, but printing is costly especially if one keeps swapping out pictures. So now I view my images on my iPhone XS Max, iPad and especially my huge (for a Mac monitor) 55” NEC monitor. I WOW myself (and sometimes, friends) when I zoom in on high Rez files. And I love the crop-ability of a 46MP sensor.

The S lenses now coming out for the Nikon Z mount are compact and excellent, although the selection will be scant for quite awhile. Thankfully, all the latest Nikon F mount lenses, even those from 3rd parties, work extremely well with the Nikon z cameras with the Nikon FTZ adapter. The Nikkor 300mm PF F4 lens offers incredible image quality, lightness and compactness, and works extremely well with all the latest Nikon teleconverters. The Nikkor 500mm PF F5.6 lens is so very light, compact and sharp (for its focal length and aperture). The Nikkor 8-15mm Fisheye lens is superb, really two lenses in one for me (circular full-180° fisheye, and also a full-frame fisheye). With it you can take fun images almost anywhere. The Nikkor 600mm F4E is a superb long telephoto lens. The Sigma 14mm F1.8 is a big and heavy but superb ultra-wide lens.

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  • Impressive! Thanks for posting.
  • Thanks Peter. These are for personal and client use and also possibly for eBay. Lighting Opals properly is a very difficult subject. They react wildly differently to different lights. Light boxes ...
  • Created discussion thread z7 + 24-200mm + T6 Sample Videos
    Thanks to Leonard Shepard in a previous thread, I'm using this combo to do opal jewelry videos, and I'm quite pleased with how well it works. FYI, here are a few samples: https://youtu.be/yOi8rGLjKfw ...
  • Got mine from Amazon US a week ago.  Love it.
  • Mine is finally coming.  It arrives tomorrow from Amazon. It’s about 12 days late, but not bad. I’m excited!
  • Yes, I’m using a JJC stacking filter cap there.  Works fine. Yes but I need something for the exposed 67mm end, right. I’ve tried one 67mm lens cap, by it wouldn’t squeeze enough to grip.  Close ...
  • I just ordered this set: https://www.ebay.com/itm/NiSi-NC-Close-Up-Lens-Kit-67-72-77-82mm-Adaptor-The-Macro-Lenses-2-3days-by-DHL/174078817297?hash=item2887e7f411:g:ZtUAAOSwlTBd-z4L At least from ...
  • Thanks for this excellent and informative reply Leonard. Much appreciated. There are less expensive tight fitting extension tubes for the z mount, the $40 Meike MK-Z-AF1 Metal Auto Focus Macro ...
  • Good luck with your hip surgery. I look forward to your results with great anticipation. My 24 - 200 mm lens was due from Amazon on August 20, but it has been delayed and there is no delivery date ...
  • Replied in 24-200 Z
    I used to buy from B&H all the time, but I had a very bad time with then over returning a 55" monitor that they recommended, and since then I avoid them. I bout my stepup ring on Amazon.
  • Thanks for your reply, Macromind.  (I've always liked your handle.;-)) I've never like the Promaster line.  Generally cheaply made stuff.  I'll be curious about the quality of this set, so let us ...
  • Sorry, I was confused.  A 62mm stacking cap does fit on the front. Since I've got the 62-67mm sept up ring on the back, what I need is a JJC 67mm stacking cap, which I've now ordered from amazon.
  • Created discussion thread Nikon 6T for z24-200mm
    In another post here Leonard Shepard talks about this. Seems like a really good idea as I hate having to unmount a lens to put on a close-up adapter. So I got one on eBay. But I don’t like having ...
  • Replied in 24-200 Z
    Thanks for posting this. Most interesting as I should get my copy of the 24 Dash 200 in a week or two. Is it possible that the difference in sharpness between the best and worst corners here is due ...
  • Thanks Guy. Funny how I do like having  my photography looked at, so I appreciate your efforts and I’m glad you enjoyed them. In these Covid times, I am re-processing many of the images and making ...
  • Replied in Impressive!
    Thanks for sharing. I have been missing my Olympus 12 - 100 mm lens now that I’ve fully switched to the Z7, and so I can’t wait to get this Nikon zoom. I’ve had one on order at Amazon for awhile ...
  • Thanks for your reply, Guy. I agree with everything you said here. I to use this lens freehand, on tripod sometimes with a gimbal and sometimes with a gearhead. Depends on what I’m shooting. Thanks ...
  • I did upgrade to it, and sold my 150-600. The newer lens is a great piece of kit. I don’t get to use it that much, now especially with COVID-19, but when I do get to use it I love it. There are ...
  • Your comment that "I like that the clouds dominate" got me thinking.  So I did a little more cropping on my 16x9 version, which I like better, so thanks!  Here it is: A small difference perhaps, ...
  • Macromind, since we're sharing, here are some other kinds: Macky Auditorium on the CU Campus, Boulder, Colorado The Boathouse at City Park, Denver, Colorado Viele Lake in Boulder, Colorado There ...
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