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I second this suggestion. It's great foundational work.

With limited mobility, keep shooting what you can -- maybe spend some time doing tabletop/macros kind of stuff. With the rest of the time, read what's available on the "Art" of photography. Lots of that stuff is also available in video format. Use that knowledge to analyze every picture you see, including your own. Keep shooting, keep analyzing, keep getting better!

Have fun!

What makes a photograph "art".  What are the visual elements that make up an acclaimed photograph?  Why do some photographs work, and others don't?

EOS Bodies / Re: More Photokina Chatter [CR1]
« on: September 07, 2012, 11:20:11 AM »

So, now I'll be an old fart using an S95!

Oh, how the children will laugh.


It's a nice size and look, but you'd have to get a few light years down the road to induce "drooling" for me.

While dpreview was talking about autofocus in this quote:

"We're not convinced it can yet match the very best of its mirrorless peers, but Fujifilm has made a step in the right direction, and that has to be applauded."

I'd suggest it's a good overall summary of the product.

It's just one more faltering step on the the industry's way to more useful picture making machinery.

EOS Bodies / Re: Pre digital days, please shed some light for me
« on: September 06, 2012, 08:35:23 PM »

Wow, this is the kind of discussion that could go on for hours -- on bar stools!

Since I'm a teetotaler, I'm going to make one point -- then head for the door.

Back in the film days, the "sensor" was a very mature technology. There are a few people around today who will suggest film chemistry could be dramatically improved, but really that's just picking the fly scat out of the pepper when compared with digital imaging.

Today's optical sensor technology is not mature technology. Over the last 10 years this upstart has evolved so fast (consistent with all new technological applications) that camera makers have had a dicey time keeping up with it well enough to formulate consistent product offerings. Development has slowed a bit now (and manufacturers have also gotten more control over the "development" so their engineering and marketing folks can get some breathing room to establish the kind of baselines that money-making entities like corporations so adore.

Almost overnight we've gone from a mature technology with limited possibilities to a radically new technology with almost unlimited (longterm) possibilities.

It's been a hell of a ride so far!

EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: September 06, 2012, 04:34:41 PM »

For the folks who are trying to define "street photography" by type of camera, the real world gives the lie to your assumptions.

Street photography should be defined only by the product -- either a picture is street photography, or it is not.

Good street photography images come from every conceivable type, size and quality of camera. I've seen good work from point & shoot cameras. I've seen good work from medium format cameras. Hell, there's even one person on this forum who does it with a 600mm lens on a Canon DSLR. It's simply a matter of style and taste.

People who lean toward street photography use as many different types of cameras as exist. There is no useful argument to be made that a mirrorless is or is not for street photographers.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Regrets -- Your One Missed Picture?
« on: September 06, 2012, 11:51:07 AM »
I wish there were more pics of me with my grandparents, but money wasn't abundant in the west of Scotland in the early 80s and film and printing wasn't cheap.

Moral, that cliff in your sunset will be there in 10'000 years, take more photos of and with the people you love.

Amen, brother!

If you were to take away every picture I ever made, the last one I'd give up would be one I took of the family in July, 1967 just before I went to Vietnam. There is nothing to recommend it photographically/artistically, but it's the best picture I ever took.


Here's what you do, sparky.

Take the $500 or so you might be willing to spend on your ultimate gear statement and donate it to Partners In Health:


They will use it to keep a few children from dying of tuberculosis or cholera, maybe provide some clean drinking water for a few people.

Then you go down to the local surplus store and get yourself a nice canvas backpack to throw you stuff in.

Your eyes may still hurt, but your spirit will fare better.

Finally, when (if?) you get to be 55, come see me and we'll talk about what's important in life.

What kind of people design camera bags? My guess is people who are 55 yrs old, who wear clothes from the early 90's With no eye in fashion. because 99.9% of all camera bags look really bad and they hurt my eyes when i look at them.

I use a lowepro classified 160, which is actually an ok looking bag but i need a smaller size backback or a really ergonomic shoulder bag/sling for my 3 month trip to Japan where i will walk up to 10 miles on some days.

I also want to be somewhat fashionable or at least have it be ok looking so i won't stick out as a stereotypical photog with a huge square looking thing on my back that could house a small person.

I want to fit one 1DX body, two primes and an ipad. (smaller size is also a good thing when i'm riding the metro in Tokyo at rush hour.

Maybe your suggestions and findings will be useful to many others too.

So have you found anything good? I've looked at many.. like lowepro, crumpler, kata etc... And they all look horrible.
Price is not an issue.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Regrets -- Your One Missed Picture?
« on: September 04, 2012, 09:41:14 PM »

"Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention "

-Frank Sinatra
My Way

I just looked at a picture of a saguaro cactus and suddenly realized I never took a picture of one. From 1996 to 1999, I lived in Tucson -- could have stepped out on my balcony anytime and got a picture. Sadly, I wasn't taking pictures during that period. I don't think I took more than one or two rolls of film pictures in those three years.

Anyway, it got me thinking about missed pictures, ones that good, avid photographers might regret having missed. What was a picture that, for one reason or another, you just didn't get -- one you could have but it didn't happen? I don't mean going to the moon and snapping one of Armstrong's footprints. I mean one you probably could have taken, one you missed, one that failed that will never happen again.

Mine may be a saguaro in a desert sunset, maybe up in the purplish light of Sabino Canyon. I'll have to think about it. I don't think I'll ever get back to the Sonoran Desert, so that's a regret.

I'm curious. How about you?

EOS Bodies / Re: The ultimate Photokina bet poll...
« on: September 04, 2012, 05:39:28 PM »

My secret source in Tibet tells me they will intro one special new camera.

It will be the EOS 4.5DDXray. With a special new lens [L, of course], this will allow pictures that see through clothing.

I'm told the marketing tag will be:

At last, the dream realized...

My secret source hasn't been wrong right yet.

EOS Bodies / Re: The ultimate Photokina bet poll...
« on: September 04, 2012, 01:27:46 PM »

If this is a "bet," what do I win?


4K is 8 megapix. 8K is a mere 30 megapix. But IMAX is 10x 8K. Anyone thinks we are still in digital infancy in terms of resolution? DR-wise it ain't even pretty. Film kills digital. Canon being the worst of all.

Wow! Thanks for telling me.

Where can I buy one? I want to start getting those great pictures as soon as I can!

Canon General / Re: Photokina September 2012 link
« on: September 01, 2012, 09:47:28 PM »
only 17 days to go now, isn't anyone excited yet?

For what?  Canon to announce a new product for us to buy in 18 months?  Not really.

What we've got here is failure to communicate.

I don't know if it's consumers or the "press" or what, but we seem to be mistaking Canon market forecasts for product announcements.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Structural Weakness
« on: September 01, 2012, 09:04:51 AM »

Why quit before finishing the experiment?

Keep throwing it off the golf cart until we know when it fails -- then we'll have meaningful data!

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Direct Instock Alert Tool
« on: August 30, 2012, 10:46:37 PM »

Sounds like you're doing a good thing for folks looking for something specific.

I'll try it out when I'm in the market for something.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung announces Galaxy Camera
« on: August 29, 2012, 06:15:02 PM »

Interesting. Looks like a test to me. Samsung is so big they can afford to throw something like this out there just to see what happens.

My understanding is Nikon is WIFI only. This Samsung is the first with real 3G/4G capability.

I'm not buying, but I'm sure watching.

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