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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Calumet Store Closing Sale
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:57:45 PM »
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Given what I read here, I don't know that I'd be hurrying off to a store immediately:

http://blogs.wsj.com/bankruptcy/2014/04/08/calumet-photographic-finds-a-buyer/


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Pricewatch Deals / Calumet Store Closing Sale
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:36:07 PM »
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Just got a notice of Calumet store closing sale:

wt.dlisys.com/hilcotrading/HI124726.asp?


Philadelphia store is not listed here; perhaps they've consolidate inventory.


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Lenses / Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« on: April 15, 2014, 11:24:41 AM »
But but what about the people who want a good quality 50mm and are willing to pay appropriate money?

And don't you think lots of people will buy the Sigma?

"Appropriate money"?

I'd suggest, like beauty, appropriate money is in the eye of the beholder.


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Lenses / Re: a 50mm dilemma.
« on: April 10, 2014, 01:21:08 PM »
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I don't really see a dilemma.

You choose either to live in the past or the future.


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Photography Technique / Re: What if we were still shooting slide film?
« on: April 09, 2014, 01:01:20 PM »
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For me, it has little to do with the capture medium. Call me a sniper in a world of machine gunners, if you like, but I think you either have the discipline and skill and thoughtfulness to set up a capture correctly or you do not. Film or digital sensor doesn't change that for me.

A good thing about the digital sensor is that it can sometimes save what would otherwise be wasted film in some situations. No matter how good or thoughtful you are, some people are very difficult to shoot (with a camera!). I came across one the other night at an event I was shooting. She was speaking from the audience, and I wanted a shot of her speaking as part of the audience. But every time I took a shot something was off -- her eyelids half closed, her mouth twisted, etc. So I turned to 6 FPS (5D3) to get one acceptable shot. With a film camera (my old 1V HS, e.g.) I'd have burned up most of a 36x roll just to get one shot of her. That's one of the few instances I can think of where digital makes a real difference. Folks talking about moving kids have the same issue.

A big part of my satisfaction in photography comes from a picture derived from well planned composition, exposure, etc. I wouldn't get nearly the enjoyment from an accidental good picture that came from a haphazard approach.

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Thanks, NS. Wonderful images; make me nostalgic for my Tucson days!

I appreciate you letting us know how things worked out. So many folks come here asking for guidance, and you never hear from them again. So, as my Brit friends would say, good on you!


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This isn't a religious forum... but I think many of us know people who go to Church... not for the god... not for the bread... not for the circus... but for the presumption of being a god fearing person.

Having followed this thread and contributed once or twice I think the whole scenario has stemmed from an amateur  photographer being excited and flattered about someone being prepared to pay for his work and so the moral standards have slipped a bit.

Reminds me of a saying in different circles - "There's nothing so reckless as a standing p**** "  ;D

Call me cynical, but...

I lean toward Spor -- fundamentally I see a big, "LOOK at ME -- I'm so good they want my pictures instead of the ones done by a professional photographer!!!" Look, ma, no hands!! All the business about price and selling and blah, blah, blah are just window dressing.

As for the "god fearing person" (sic), I can't imagine why anyone would offer fealty to a "god" who needs to be feared.

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There seems a bit of the tall tale in the background of this thing.


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If you're going to do it, do it quick and all at once...

before Canon lawyers can have the courts shut you down.


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Photography Technique / Re: California Travel Advice
« on: April 02, 2014, 11:53:28 PM »
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I'd pretty much agree. There's much that's image-worthy in CA, but 395 really is an embarrassment of riches. And in Sept., it's almost like CA before all the people got there.




In my humble opinion, Highway 395 may well be the greatest "photography road trip" in the country; I try to do at least a portion of it every year... It runs almost the entire length of the state on the eastern slope of the Sierras. You can hardly drive 50-miles without going by some famous photographic opportunity... And the tourist-crowds are barely a fraction of what is typical on the west-side of the state.

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Seems pretty lame for April 1 tomfoolery.


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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting and model release form use
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:10:59 AM »
I can't resist making a horrible photography pun, but the issue is model releases and privacy is not black and white.  ;D

Yes, B & W it is not -- but a defining color is green.

If you have money, someone will use the law to try to take it away from you. If you don't have substantial amounts of money, you're largely irrelevant in the U.S.

As for bullies with badges, they will always be with us. There are more now that we have a police state and perpetual fear-mongering. Deal with them as you will.


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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting and model release form use
« on: March 31, 2014, 10:56:03 PM »
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I know nothing about other countries, but agierke pretty much sums things up for the U.S.

The distinction is public vs private spaces. You can image anyone in public (or visible from a public space) with complete impunity. You can use those images for any non-commercial project -- share over Internet, print and hang in your house or exhibit in galleries, coffee shops, etc. Once you get involved in commerce, as ag said, you'll be required to provide documented, signed releases.

I'm not sure what you mean by "an expression towards something" or how your photography would be different than other so called "street" photographers you mention like Kim. I'd like to see some of your work.

And my usual disclaimer -- I'm not a lawyer, and I'm not providing legal advice. If you want the facts, go see a lawyer who specializes in communication/First Amendment law.


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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting and model release form use
« on: March 31, 2014, 05:27:05 PM »
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What country??

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