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#259209 Studio Portrait

Posted by Art on Today, 12:01 AM


Coming from you, Art, that is a very nice complement.  Thank you.


I have confess that I'm enjoying this a lot more than I thought that I would.  And I think that I have barely scratched the surface!  :)  :)


I love Studio work, Mark.  Very satisfying!  You should check out that book from Rocky Nook on poses, if you haven't already.

And, if you can find a book on different lighting effects, that is also very helpful. Lighting is everything!

#259172 Interesting Mirrorless Article

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 12:11 AM

That's true, if I buy an old Fender Strat I can play just like SRV!  :D



Exactly!  :lol:


Just like you will be able to hit a golf ball a mile if you use a Brand Name Gold Ball with an expensive brand name set of clubs!  Same idea.

#259148 Interesting Mirrorless Article

Posted by Art on 19 January 2019 - 10:12 PM

Nikon is making excellent products that work well and I can understand they would like more Pros out there using Nikon, so they're catering to the Pros. But if they want someone like me using one of their new mirrorless cameras it needs to be priced under $1500, but even that is steep for a non pro.



The reason (well, in my opinion only .... ), they launched to the pros is because ....

1) Pros get lots of exposure

2) Nikon has Ambassadors who are all primarily Pros, they are high profile photographers .... and they easily (and biasedly) get the word out that there is something NEW and "GREAT" from Nikon.

- why biased? When was the last time you heard an ambassador say something BAD about a new product?

- I saw some really credible pro-ambassadors choke on their own words schilling KEYNOTE or KEYWORD or what ever that hemorrhage of a product was called.  It was so bad I don't even remember it and I am sure, neither does Nikon

3) Pros spend money on gear, cameras are their tools of the trade

4) They hype and prep the market for the rest of us

5) Pros take really nice pictures and make you think you can too, just like them! ;) So buy the gear and you too will take these killer images .....  :rolleyes:


Some time this year, expect to see Z for the Masses! Nikon has to get this moving quick because it will cannibalize their line if they don't and faltering could kill their camera business.

-- DSLR people on the fence about mirrorless will wait and see, but stop investing in DSLR gear

-- Z does not have critical mass, so not enough return to carry the business

-- do they make lenses for DSLR or Z?  Z does not have return, DSLR will wait and see for Z

-- The Business Spiral of Death!

They need to move fast to get critical mass for Z.


So, expect to see and hear a lot more in 2019.

#259145 Flowers.... roses apparently :-)

Posted by Art on 19 January 2019 - 09:56 PM

I commented on this FB post, Peter.  The image is stunningly sharp and the colors are very intriguing.  You also did a very nice job on cropping.


Well done!

#259122 Interesting Mirrorless Article

Posted by Art on 18 January 2019 - 03:22 PM



An opinion piece grounded in whining......


I will be the first to rip into Nikon if and when I feel they have shot themselves in the foot but this article is off the mark.


1) Nikon laid out their future road map with Z.  The financial future of the company is riding on its success.


- this is like the migration from Film to digital DSLR to Mirrorless.... 

- Milestone moment


2) the technology behind this move is not like the Nikon 1 line.  That was flawed from the get go. This technology is extremely well thought out.


3) The 2 Z cameras are top notch, maybe not the best on the market, but for the Nikon base, they are pretty bang on.  Not what I like, but I fully expect there will be more to come and they will be even better. This was a solid start.


4) The lens offering could have been better, but SO WHAT?  Really, who cares, buy the adapter and use what you have.  Like, we DON'T HAVE ENOUGH LENSES in our kits?  This is a moot point because there is really NO IMPACT.  There is glass-a-plenty to be used just by buying an adapter.  So, who cares, this isn't even a consideration for me.  I have all the glass I need at the moment.


Why .... would Nikon design a NEW 500mm Z lens when they just recently introduced a brilliant fresnel lens that is perfectly functional ACROSS THE LINE, including Z?

A Z only 500mm lens would sell ZILCH.  There is no saturation of cameras with a Z mount yet, give it some time.


The article is just whining to me.

I think Nikon has done the launch properly. The .95 is most likely a marketing piece... the stuff legends are made of and to talk about ... MIND SHARE.... We can do it, so we did!  I would never buy one at that price, but I don't care, it is all about what the Line can do... and it looks like it can do an awful lot. When the time comes, I will very likely own one...not now.  My D850 is a ton of camera still and I have a long way to go with it around my neck.


Just me 2 cents.

#259065 WHOI

Posted by Art on 16 January 2019 - 10:24 PM

Impressive quality.

#259018 Editorial Portrait

Posted by Art on 14 January 2019 - 11:17 PM

See your watermark, my left, above the watermark.  Too much black space.  Move him move over into it.

#258995 Ice changes the way we look at things

Posted by Art on 14 January 2019 - 11:24 AM

It certainly does.  May plan a trip north, about a days drive, to get some really frozen looking things! Just have to psych up for it....

#258980 The Windmills Of Your Mind...

Posted by Art on 13 January 2019 - 04:33 PM

Very nice, Herman.  Nicely composed.

#258913 Eurasian Robin

Posted by Art on 12 January 2019 - 12:34 AM

A very attractive bird, Herman, nicely done.

#258786 What is it with Pentax and their ISO?

Posted by Art on 04 January 2019 - 06:29 PM

Sorry, Mark ... :lol:


My first SLR was a Spitmatic F, then went to MX.

#258768 What is it with Pentax and their ISO?

Posted by Art on 03 January 2019 - 03:33 PM

It’s unfortunate because I remember them as a serious camera brand for serious amateur photographers. They also had an impressive lens selection in my day. It was a very well respected brand.

Their current line up is convoluted and has an extremely dated and unappealing look. Their website is Ricoh, not Pentax...
and, this is part of the problem. This company, in my books, lost its identity and its loyal followers.

#258743 What is it with Pentax and their ISO?

Posted by Art on 01 January 2019 - 10:04 AM

I've been having these Adorama ads on Facebook recently, today it was a Canon 80D they were flashing around for $999, 24 MP and around 25,600 ISO. I then look at the Pentax K70 $594 for 24 MP and 102,400 ISO, and the Pentax KP for $796 at 24 MP and an ISO of 819,200. Even the Nikon top of the line DSLR's listed didn't come close. My question is why do the Pentax have such high light sensitivity, yet so unpopular?

I used Pentax longer than I have been using Nikon, albeit, with film.  Asahi Pentax made an excellent product.  From my personal experience, they seemed to disappear from the "Marketing" scene many years ago and lost prominence and brand awareness.  From my perspective, they lost their mojo with me when they merged with Hoya and later sold to Ricoh, a company to me that has no luster.  Being in the computer industry, any product I came across from Ricoh was "inexpensive" and lacked "wow" factor.  Again, these are my personal observations.  Take them for what they are worth.

I remember the Asahi brand being strong and well respected.  Their K series cameras seem reasonable at the low end but over all, the specs (in my books) are unimpressive, especially when you get to their top end cameras and their offerings are limited.  The overall impression of the company, and again, just take this with a grain of salt, is they are a fringe player in the market.
I have only ever seen one photographer in all of my journeys using a Pentax and that was years ago. I honestly can't tell you the last time I saw someone using one.
At the top end, at 36MP, they have been smoked by most of the top brand players. Their frame rate does not make them attractive for most if not all sports or action photographers.  ISO at the low end, isn't horribly impressive.  So, who exactly is their target audience and, any savvy sales person in a camera shop will most likely push the top 3 if someone goes in shopping and not knowing what to buy.  The safe bet and future growth path for body and gear isn't putting your money on Pentax.

#258671 Great Horned Owl in Flight

Posted by Art on 30 December 2018 - 11:48 AM

Great Horned Owl.  


These are beautiful as well.  I love the look of most Owls. Again, these are shot in high ISO.  It was very heavily overcast.







#258670 Barred Owl Portrait

Posted by Art on 30 December 2018 - 11:45 AM

Another gorgeous owl, he is perched inside a wooded area with some light coming through the back. Almost gives it a stained glass effect.  The sessions at CRC include a number of Raptors you can shoot perched and a number that they fly.