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Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 2 Days Ago
Replies: 78
Views: 5,819
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
The problem with Epson as a brand is that they...

The problem with Epson as a brand is that they are the antonym of Reliability --Customer Service included.

I think that Cosina is smart to stick to the lens-churning business rather than floating a...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 2 Days Ago
Replies: 78
Views: 5,819
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Considering "all variables" for a totally...

Considering "all variables" for a totally absolute answer for Infinity and Beyond, I think the only answer is "none of the above. ever." Nikon included.

I know: mortal sin ever.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Days Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,109
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Is it ethical to answer "who cares!" to an...

Is it ethical to answer "who cares!" to an ethical question posed by someone who cares, yet doesn't know like what the word "ethical" means totally ever?
Forum: The Business Of Photography 2 Days Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 923
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Avoid View Camera magazine like the plague. ...

Avoid View Camera magazine like the plague. Noted. Helping spread the word.
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Days Ago
Replies: 165
Views: 6,543
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
It's comical in an "America's Funniest Videos"...

It's comical in an "America's Funniest Videos" kind of way: some people really just tripping and some of us having a guilty laugh.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 3 Days Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,219
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I had no clue about this. I've seen it on...

I had no clue about this. I've seen it on shelves regularly here in Frons. I even picked up a few new boxes a few weeks ago -- and it was on sale, 2x1!
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 3 Days Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 4,452
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I enjoyed that area as well -- it was too chilly...

I enjoyed that area as well -- it was too chilly to enjoy when I was there last year in May, hopefully I'll get a chance to go back and maybe spend at least one week. The traditional dishes and the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Days Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,865
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I believe that is missing the point...

I believe that is missing the point --although...maybe underlining the issue. I doubt they (Mann, Morell et al) didn't ogle about so, which would then be right on the nose: great looks inside the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Days Ago
Replies: 165
Views: 6,543
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
When people are too lazy to fire up their neurons...

When people are too lazy to fire up their neurons about or simply get too confused about "ethics", they need morality to be hard-written into (and imposed upon others via) laws, and you get this:...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Days Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,865
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
That is one of the most Dalailamaish thoughts I...

That is one of the most Dalailamaish thoughts I have seen typed/uttered on the subject; I like to give people the benefit of a doubt, but I guess it's true that one's words grow less dovish as time...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Days Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,865
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Very, very interesting; thanks for bringing this...

Very, very interesting; thanks for bringing this up.

In my view, I do find it lacking a bit in taste, to say the least. The visual salivation over "dirty tourism", as put in the article, is very...
Forum: Photography General Interest 5 Days Ago
Replies: 165
Views: 6,543
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Oh, Frank Frank Frank...

Oh, Frank Frank Frank...
Forum: Travel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 2,487
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I love Vienna, and Lisbon sounds very attractive,...

I love Vienna, and Lisbon sounds very attractive, but I don't think many people are being inspired by any of the choices presented so far.

What about Rome? Or something a little bit more exotic,...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,010
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I think that the so-called "Rule of Thirds" is...

I think that the so-called "Rule of Thirds" is more of a guide, and is taken to heart by the unimaginative; specially those so-called viewers that are very easily distracted by the real world...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 4,467
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I've been reading a lot of Leica-related gloom...

I've been reading a lot of Leica-related gloom for many years. The introduction of the M8 was the last nail in the coffin; then the other last nail in the coffin was the lack of IR filter in M8's...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 563
Views: 14,964
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Interesting how the use of abstract photography...

Interesting how the use of abstract photography needs different concrete settings to be appreciated accordingly.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,308
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I handled one of these about nine or eight years...

I handled one of these about nine or eight years ago; the 'lux wasn't mounted. My sales-friend/gear-monger gasped when I wound the film lever (just wanted to check if the action was the same as the...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 217
Views: 5,146
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Personally (of course), ethics are very...

Personally (of course), ethics are very important.

I believe it is grotesque to say that the end result is all that matters, and "who cares" about ethics on how the end result was achieved.

Anybody...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 563
Views: 14,964
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I must be brutally honest with the critique of...

I must be brutally honest with the critique of those who think they're being brutally honest with their critique: you have sucked the air out of this thread, and therefore you suck.

However, the...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 4,452
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Colo(u)r street photography is to Street...

Colo(u)r street photography is to Street Photography what espresso is to Starbucks: clients of either outlet's traditional store fronts think of the other as exotic -- making hipsters' heads...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,129
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I think that if a photo of my beautiful latté...

I think that if a photo of my beautiful latté can't fill a 1 TB hard-drive, then the camera manufacturers aren't trying hard enough.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,007
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I have a handful long-term "themed"...

I have a handful long-term "themed" projects.

Although Vivaldi and Beethoven had it spelled out for their "Four Seasons" and "Pastoral", respectively, I am confident people can figure out those two...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-23-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 2,676
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Oh, and the Bessa R2; I owned it, didn't quite...

Oh, and the Bessa R2; I owned it, didn't quite ever warm up to it. I still own the original "R" -- can't think of letting that one go.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-23-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 2,676
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
The Leica MP. Among the Leica rangefinders I...

The Leica MP.

Among the Leica rangefinders I have used (II, IIIc, IIIf, M3, M4, M4-P, M5, M7, MP, M9) and still own (M2, M6, M8), I have to say the MP is the most disappointing.

After knowing and...
Forum: The Business Of Photography 02-22-2015
Replies: 65
Views: 2,804
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Close enough.

Close enough.
Forum: The Business Of Photography 02-22-2015
Replies: 65
Views: 2,804
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
The skills required to sell certain oils are...

The skills required to sell certain oils are underrated.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-22-2015
Replies: 400
Views: 11,509
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Modern Street without relying on the frozen...

Modern Street without relying on the frozen gesticulation formula minus "not old world" is extra-ordinary

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3912/15222150852_86341b4587_c.jpg...
Forum: Photo Software 02-10-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 476
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
And there you have it...something along these...

And there you have it...something along these lines could happen too. But sponsored.
Forum: The Business Of Photography 02-10-2015
Replies: 122
Views: 2,537
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
The inherent Disposable Culture of digital...

The inherent Disposable Culture of digital cameras --one must upgrade every two or three years, right?, or fall horribly behind-- is pushing people towards more stable equipment.

I agree, why buy...
Forum: Photo Software 02-10-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 476
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I think it's not a bad idea, but...I am concerned...

I think it's not a bad idea, but...I am concerned too about a software maker pushing their product over actually helpful advice and that rubbing some people the wrong way. Even if that doesn't...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-10-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 369
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Some are rather "conservative" for the tilting...

Some are rather "conservative" for the tilting crowd (and disturbing for the Anchoring Camp)

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8645/15690954550_3f555fa011_c.jpg...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-10-2015
Replies: 2,781
Views: 345,939
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
And now for something (completely?)...

And now for something (completely?) different:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7527/15852578777_dfc4cc5b1c_c.jpg...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-10-2015
Replies: 2,781
Views: 345,939
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7510/15887104147_17...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7510/15887104147_1725e6dd80_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qcTyyK)
Place des Vosges, Paris, Frons
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-10-2015
Replies: 218
Views: 8,505
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
One discipline helps master the other. People...

One discipline helps master the other.

People who dismiss things because either a) they don't understand/know them and/or b) they can't bring themselves to understand/know them...know less when they...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-10-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 135
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I don't think I've ever ventured into scanning a...

I don't think I've ever ventured into scanning a print to make it "good enough", scanning a negative properly and post-processing it properly is already a pain. Some people opt for a fixed...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-09-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 142
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
My experience developing a B&W C-41 film (Kodak's...

My experience developing a B&W C-41 film (Kodak's 400CN or whatever they had changed the labelling to that year) with "traditional" B&W chemicals was immediately disappointing --orange mask, which is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-09-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 1,144
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
A yellow car. Won't somebody please think of the...

A yellow car. Won't somebody please think of the children.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 02-09-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 618
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Ahhh, yes, a little like banks not giving loans...

Ahhh, yes, a little like banks not giving loans to people who need money, only to those that already have the money. Excellent system, keeps it nice and tidy and cliquey. :rolleyes:
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-08-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 369
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7571/15672649939_89...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7571/15672649939_89f93df591_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pSWqNp)

It's for the adventuring adventurous.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-08-2015
Replies: 64
Views: 416
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Soitenly, most...

Soitenly, most def'n'tly.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7384/16233487259_7d8e31877b_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qJuScn)


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3832/10332897865_65c9c33964_c.jpg...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-08-2015
Replies: 64
Views: 416
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Why, merci bien.

Why, merci bien.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-07-2015
Replies: 64
Views: 416
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Hello Frank -- well, I could go into a long rant...

Hello Frank -- well, I could go into a long rant into what makes a "Street Photograph"™ good to me, but it's one of those things that is easier done than said, and even then it's hard to get it done...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 02-07-2015
Replies: 61
Views: 382
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I agree that a limited run of handmade stainless...

I agree that a limited run of handmade stainless steel can of Beluga caviar etched with blue diamonds is worth a slight markup compared to the more industrial run.

The rationale may fall on starved...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-07-2015
Replies: 218
Views: 8,505
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
The artsy borders?!

The artsy borders?!
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-07-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 910
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Some nice shots. As a side-comment: interesting...

Some nice shots.

As a side-comment: interesting to see how now watermarks are accepted; over a decade ago people would go into a fit when they'd see them; some still do, but it's not as rabidly as...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-06-2015
Replies: 77
Views: 354
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I think it all started with the silly notion of...

I think it all started with the silly notion of taking photographs while on the street.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-06-2015
Replies: 2,781
Views: 345,939
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7369/16222583630_3f...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7369/16222583630_3f7c931a26_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qHwYVL)
OM-D E-M5 + Lumix 14mm f/2.5
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-06-2015
Replies: 86
Views: 684
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
Ditto. Most of the "street" photography that is...

Ditto. Most of the "street" photography that is deemed to be "street" by the "street" curating maf...err...tight circles...is a highly-distilled set of gesticulating individuals glorified under a...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-25-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 28,409
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
What I don't understand is why my fountain pen...

What I don't understand is why my fountain pen doesn't have green, red and blue inks when I use black ink on it. I paid far more for the fountain pen, so it should do at least as much as the less...
Forum: The Business Of Photography 01-20-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 2,352
Posted By Gabriel M.A.
I must agree, there is fault on both sides. ...

I must agree, there is fault on both sides. Asking for $150 (margin included, probably) on a $6,000 gig is tacky at best. Ditto on the couple making a stink about it. The couple deserve the stress...
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