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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:18:21 PM »
One of the most intense I've ever seen. Cape May-Lewes Ferry arriving at Cape May, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:27:50 PM »
Nice. Always a treat to see one of your images!! Thanks.

yes...of course I do...I do the best I can when I am shooting...but many times once I look at the final product in Photoshop, Lightroom, DXO...or one of the many...I make adjustments.  I have no shame in it and make absolutely no excuses for it!
  Oh..and I use B&W MRC, Clear, Nano  filters on ALL my lenses except my Canon Fisheye and 17mm TSE....so if you want to dice me up..you can now do it all at once!  :P
  ...oh..but ...wait...you have to show me examples of your photography BEFORE you say one word about MY preferences, so that I get to judge who is scolding me!!!!!!!   ;D ??? ::) :'(

(YES, I cropped the image!)

EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:21:33 PM »
Well, doctor, it makes me feel like when I was a child and mommy told me I was going to school and would have to stay away from her all day.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you say Nikon
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:26:14 PM »
Pronunciation, so fraught with danger, especially when gender politics are involved.

Many years ago I was on a date. In the Italian restaurant, she asked me how to correctly say "minestrone." I don't recall that night having a happy ending.

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:24:14 AM »
Coming out of the world of print media, this question is like asking if you breathe.

The most interesting "crop" I ever saw... A manufacturing company sent me a PR pic of their product mounted to a truck. They had used an X-acto knife to cut out the name of the trucking company on the side of the truck, leaving a hole in the print. Media relations had a long way to go in those days!

Photography Technique / Re: Finding your Specialty
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:17:29 AM »
I'm sounding like some esoteric douche there ;) )

I don't think esoteric douche is posting here anymore. His forum membership was suspended over a controversy related to flushing chemistry or some such thing. I could be wrong.

Anyway, sounds to me like somebody may be watching too much Scott Kelby. While I have great respect for Kelby and what he has created and done for photography, he has a tendency to go overboard. He seems to think even people who don't make a living in photography need to have a specialty area. I don't agree.

The first thing you have to do is take the kinds of pictures you want to look at. I like social documentary, candid portrait and such so I do a lot of that. Sometimes I like to look at pictures of flowers, so sometimes I'll take pictures of flowers. I have a whole gallery of boxcar graffiti. Some days I go over to the waterfront and take pictures of ships and boats. Sometimes I'll go out at night and see what I can see interesting in the contrast of dark and lights.

If you like a particular type of image, devote most of your time and energy to that. Do whatever it takes to satisfy your need for what you think is a good picture. Photography is not like marriage -- you don't have to wed a certain specialty and just look at all the others, you get to have them all!

Imagine how dreary the world would be if you didn't take a picture of your family on a beach in front of a glorious sunset because "My specialty is shooting stamp collections."

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 09, 2014, 09:04:32 AM »
Granger talks about it...


EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs DSLR Camera
« on: September 08, 2014, 03:07:22 PM »

I disagree with most of what you say, but thought you might like to know there is a ship with that name...

Thanks, Dustin. Looks helpful.

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:30:59 PM »
I picked up this one in Thailand last month:

I'm pretty sure I've seen this pose in several stereotypical photographer position lists.  I was excited to get one of my own.

Bayonet mounted!! Must be a volatile dangerous and violent place!

South Jersey, now. Philadelphia, PA metro area.

Although, like an old song, I've been everywhere, man.

Theater, Concert and Event / Re: Tall Ships Festival, Greenwich 2014
« on: September 06, 2014, 11:58:51 PM »
Tall ships may be coming into Philadelphia next summer. I'm looking forward to it.

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 05, 2014, 10:50:16 PM »
South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA a couple of years ago.

I saw him from the sidewalk, first shot. Then I went out into the street, second shot. Then I got discovered, third shot.

Don't sell any organs, wait for Sigma's 85mm Art... :)

I've been waiting...and waiting...and waiting....

My organs are wearing out while I'm waiting.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 04, 2014, 03:24:11 PM »
Sorry, B, couldn't resist. My friends in the community are the best folks I know!!

Glad to see you got that lens, by the way!! I'm still on the fence since I have the 35 -- don't know if it can make that much difference.

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