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A photograph should be in color. That's it.
Hey Mike, you should read "Jesus: My Autobiography." Apparently Jesus was channeled through a psychic and reveals his true story. Jesus claims to be an ordinary man who obtained enlightened, which is the potential of all human beings, plus he exposes the falsities in the Bible and the corruption of the church. Funny you mentioned Homer's Odyssey. I'm in the middle of listening to it on Audible.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2021 on Reader's Books (OT) at The Online Photographer
If there's a picture, you take it; if not, you don't.
Hey Mike, why don't you try to do a Eugene Smith-type of photo essay on the Amish?
Just as any art form, the photographer needs to have something to say, and he needs to put his efforts into soul searching and subject.
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2021 on Photo-Dawg Syndrome at The Online Photographer
Updike's "Rabbit" tetralogy.
This post seems to be a little bit behind the times. Nikon's flagship lenses have to be their Z-mount lenses. I'd love to see how the 35/1.8S lens stacks up. I don't see, however, an f/1.2 or an f/1.4 version in the pipeline on Nikon's Z lens roadmap. In any event, compactness is doubtful to be a criterion that will be met.
When color TVs became available, I never looked back and felt remorse. To me it was a huge improvement, a great leap forward. Same thing with photography. [I understand. But I felt the opposite...bought two B&W TV's after they became rare and hard to find. One for the darkroom, which I watched with a sheet of rubylith over it! I had an argument with my mother when I was six...I believed I could tell the colors things were supposed to be on our B&W TV. I was quite fierce with her about it. --Mike]
Nikon Z6; 50/1.8 S.
I prefer professional formats over amateur :-), so Sony. All things considered, bigger is better, plus you have more flexibility. Look at Hasselblad files, they completely blow away full frame.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2020 on A Sony-Fuji Comparison at The Online Photographer
With my Nikon Z6, and 24-70/2.8 S, I took a shot of the red disk sun through the wildfire smoke, just north of Bakersfield, California, on I-5. It was pretty eerie to behold, like I was viewing a sun in a different solar system. You could easily look at it without squinting.
Glad to hear the news Mike! Great writing is a staple of human communication that may wax and wane in popularity, but will always endure. I have an iPhone 11 Pro Max (my first ever iPhone) with the three lenses, but I hate using it to photograph except for scanning documents and the like. It’s an ergonomic nightmare, and the sensor is tiny. I like to think that the fewer people practicing “proper” photography makes me more exclusive, like your site.
Hey Mike, you’re like Thoreau with a camera. 😀👍
No, I hated them all; they were all beasts. 😀 But seriously, probably a pair of Leica M6s. One silver, one black.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2020 on Camera of Fond Memory at The Online Photographer
This may be presumptuous of me, but from my distant perch, you seem to check a lot of the boxes for what is currently labelled as ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), and was formerly known as Asperger's Syndrome, and still relevant, as a group, we just call ourselves Aspies.
Hey Mike, the thing I don't like about your personal Fuji lens kit is that you don't have a WR lens. My theoretical Fuji kit included the 23/2 WR for shooting in bad weather, and I'd always have the 35/1.4 for speed. FWIW. [Good point. I also have a 23mm ƒ/2 WR; I just haven't used it much yet. --Mike]
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2020 on Personal Lens Roadmap at The Online Photographer
I'm working on my Nikon Z lens lineup. Currently I have the 14-30/4 S, the 50/1.8 S, and I eschewed the kit lens in favor of the 24-70/2.8 S zoom. These lenses cover the focal ranges I work in most. Nikon is soon to release a 70-200/2.8 S, while splendid from what I understand, it's just too much lens for me, size wise, weight wise, price wise. I would probably only use that one-third Trinity zoom ten percent of the time. What would be ideal would be a 70-200/4, but it's not even on Nikon's roadmap. I'll probably just get the 85/1.8 S and call it a day.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2020 on Personal Lens Roadmap at The Online Photographer
After having exhaustively researched Fuji for myself, but ultimately deferring to Nikon, I came up with this lens lineup: Fuji XF 14/2.8 R Fuji XF 23/2.0 R WR Fuji XF 35/1.4 R Fuji XF 56/1.2 R Pretty much what you said about wide angles and maximum apertures, plus the extra two millimeters of width from the 14/2.8 is significant.
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2020 on Which Superwideangle? at The Online Photographer
That's easier said than done, but maybe Wolfgang was a sociopath.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2020 on Quote o' the Day: Mozart at The Online Photographer
Wow, splendid article by Bill Jay. I saved it for future prosperity. I reflect on my own photography and I realize that it has evolved from gear for some theoretical "thing itself," to gear for the thing itself. Without the thing itself, all you have is gear.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2020 on Reminder! at The Online Photographer
Maybe we all need to become hybrid shooters, moving seamlessly between the two formats. Everyone knows Leica is a dinosaur.
As James Carville said, "It's the lenses, stupid." Or was that the "economy"? I don't know, but Nikon's Z glass is so great, in another league really, that if a camera body can't mount Z lenses, who cares.
Reading reviews isn't shopping 😂👍.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2020 on Stopping Shopping at The Online Photographer
Being a long distance truck driver and all, and having gotten some fantastic landscape shots: the Sierra's in general, Mt. Whitney, Mono Lake, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Joshua Trees in fog, Great Basin in Nevada--too many to remember--I've decided to turn my attention to casual candid portraits of my fellow road Dawgs. It really is quite a cast of characters, and their faces tell a story. I think I'll switch from the Nikon Z6 to the Z50 with probably the 14-30 S fullframe lens (21-45mm equivalent). I like that the Z50 has a pop-up flash for daylight fill, and the crop sensor shouldn't be a liability for this application. Looking forward to it!
Yup, I'm still perseverating Z6 reviews long after acquisition, and I know I shouldn't be doing this. [One little snippet of quasi-poetry really helps me: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." Attributed to the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, who used it in talks and sermons for years before it was set down. Reading reviews of something after I already own it is something that I would slot in the "courage to change the things I can" category. --Mike]