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Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2013
Replies: 68
Views: 6,046
Posted By upceci
You do have a point there, for me images posted...

You do have a point there, for me images posted on the Internet has become a point of reference, when in fact most of online stuff is garbage. And you're correct, no serious photographer will post...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2013
Replies: 68
Views: 6,046
Posted By upceci
I'm simply a disgruntled B&W fan that has been...

I'm simply a disgruntled B&W fan that has been totally disappointed with anything out there. What I need is some good B&W images to make me feel that there is hope for B&W. I'm not going to get into...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2013
Replies: 68
Views: 6,046
Posted By upceci
Run an auto contrast on the first image in any...

Run an auto contrast on the first image in any photo editing software and see the difference. Right now the image looks like it has incorrect gamma.

The second image needs midtone contrast to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2013
Replies: 68
Views: 6,046
Posted By upceci
This picture's main issue is the horizon which is...

This picture's main issue is the horizon which is right in the middle and at the very center a tree, the image thus divided by four, a big no in any "art" because the viewers eye gets confused...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2013
Replies: 68
Views: 6,046
Posted By upceci
That is not a good excuse for incompetence......

That is not a good excuse for incompetence... People should only discard established standards if they have something better to offer.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2013
Replies: 68
Views: 6,046
Posted By upceci
with all do respect, that image is really a good...

with all do respect, that image is really a good example of what I was talking about, the sort of B&W which is more like gray&gray... this is not abut film and digital, infact some of the worst...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2013
Replies: 68
Views: 6,046
Posted By upceci
This is exactly my point, there are already...

This is exactly my point, there are already established standards for great B&W images and yet most people who make B&W images these days seems oblivious to that... This is disheartening because all...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2013
Replies: 68
Views: 6,046
Posted By upceci
The Murder of B&W

Why B&W photography has lost its charm? I got into photography because I liked the B&W images of certain photographers. Now, even despite all these years, those photographers and their B&W images...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-19-2013
Replies: 146
Poll: 28mm vs 35mm
Views: 23,358
Posted By upceci
Interestingly that way I see it focal length is...

Interestingly that way I see it focal length is the only objective aspect of photography.

The restrictions of a focal length and learning to work in that requires the same approach from everyone.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-19-2013
Replies: 146
Poll: 28mm vs 35mm
Views: 23,358
Posted By upceci
I never thought saying 35mm gets you more keepers...

I never thought saying 35mm gets you more keepers will generate so many :rolls eye: smilies. Perhaps :rolling eyes: is a good exercise for the 'lazy eye'..... someone needs to tell fuji to stop...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-18-2013
Replies: 146
Poll: 28mm vs 35mm
Views: 23,358
Posted By upceci
I have merely expressed an opinion that is shared...

I have merely expressed an opinion that is shared by many, 35mm is the main lens of many famous and no so famous photographers... in an open forum, you should know better not to tell anyone else...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-15-2013
Replies: 55
Views: 4,250
Posted By upceci
This article assumes human beings are rational...

This article assumes human beings are rational creatures who do things for rational reasons. People are emotional and the whole marketing field is based on exploiting that human thing, emotions......
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-15-2013
Replies: 136
Views: 10,107
Posted By upceci
The whole effort for me is a waste of time. And...

The whole effort for me is a waste of time. And when I say I don't care about image quality it does not mean I will make photos worse, I'm saying that let the camera be my photoshop, I'll try to be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-15-2013
Replies: 136
Views: 10,107
Posted By upceci
The argument that ends this thread for me is a...

The argument that ends this thread for me is a simple one, I no longer care for image quality.

If the images I produce appeal to me then that is the ultimate satisfaction I can get from photography...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-15-2013
Replies: 127
Views: 8,007
Posted By upceci
The more important question is are those photos...

The more important question is are those photos any good, do they make the viewer feel or think or what sort of reaction they produce in the viewer.

In my case, the reaction is complete indifference.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-13-2013
Replies: 136
Views: 10,107
Posted By upceci
you must be joking right? putting something out...

you must be joking right?

putting something out there and saying its not free but if you want it you can take it?

the reason they cannot say its free has to do with the simple fact that it might...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-13-2013
Replies: 136
Views: 10,107
Posted By upceci
Image quality is a marketing gimmick and also a...

Image quality is a marketing gimmick and also a convenient aspect of photography that anyone irrespective of their skill level can grab onto.

The postcard-conditioning of people since childhood is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-13-2013
Replies: 136
Views: 10,107
Posted By upceci
Since most cameras are able to shoot RAW+jpg, its...

Since most cameras are able to shoot RAW+jpg, its worth while to try and see if you can match the jpg files of the camera with your processing.


This is not one of those either/or arguments, its...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-13-2013
Replies: 136
Views: 10,107
Posted By upceci
http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index...

http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 03-12-2013
Replies: 17
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Views: 987
Posted By upceci
Leica's response to Google Glass... Looks like...

Leica's response to Google Glass...



Looks like an anti-personal mine.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-12-2013
Replies: 135
Views: 13,079
Posted By upceci
I'm sure people in fuji are doing exactly the...

I'm sure people in fuji are doing exactly the same thing as Colbert, watching Leica M240 being compared to their $1000+ cameras and losing in most cases.

Fuji killed Leica.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2013
Replies: 136
Views: 10,107
Posted By upceci
You can only improve the IQ of a photo, not the...

You can only improve the IQ of a photo, not the photo itself.

But even there, jpg files can be processed non-destructively in almost any software today - especially the free photoshop CS2.

With...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2013
Replies: 136
Views: 10,107
Posted By upceci
The only drawback of shooting jpg is finding the...

The only drawback of shooting jpg is finding the camera with a jpg engine that's suited to one's taste.

Fuji is the undisputed king of jpg but out there there are cheap and even forgotten cameras...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2013
Replies: 136
Views: 10,107
Posted By upceci
I have nothing against photoshopers, I was...

I have nothing against photoshopers, I was basically referring to photoshoper syndrome, if i can put it that way, a sort of situation where photos become RAW material for playing later on.

Dan...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2013
Replies: 136
Views: 10,107
Posted By upceci
Lets analyze some common objections to...

Lets analyze some common objections to jpg:

-White Balance

Instagram has made a billion$ business by screwing up the WB of photos. Slide film's charm was incorrect WB... WB accuracy is another...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2013
Replies: 136
Views: 10,107
Posted By upceci
Shooting RAW a waste of time?

I have no doubt RAW files will give better results with processing when it comes to IQ only, but processing also means a lot of time spent in pressing buttons and playing with sliders, the stuff that...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-12-2013
Replies: 135
Views: 13,079
Posted By upceci
People need positive reviews in order to...

People need positive reviews in order to reinforce their decision to buy a product, which they had decided to buy before hand, Huff's reviews are perfectly tailored to this group of consumers in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-08-2013
Replies: 146
Poll: 28mm vs 35mm
Views: 23,358
Posted By upceci
35mm will get you more keepers than any other...

35mm will get you more keepers than any other focal length. That is if you're only interested in what is in front of you.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-08-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 2,925
Posted By upceci
its almost inevitable where Leica is discussed...

its almost inevitable where Leica is discussed for Starbucks to be mentioned as well... One of those funny/sad things about the whole Leica fluffdoom.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-08-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 2,925
Posted By upceci
a camera becomes a dream camera only after at...

a camera becomes a dream camera only after at least a month of constant use.
Forum: Digital Compacts 03-07-2013
Replies: 244
Views: 22,879
Posted By upceci
Speaking of ninja, the real ninja dressed as...

Speaking of ninja, the real ninja dressed as discreetly as possible in order to blend in with the general populace. For them blending in was a matter of life or a sword to the back of the head.
Forum: Digital Compacts 03-06-2013
Replies: 244
Views: 22,879
Posted By upceci
Like an undercover cop working on the streets. I...

Like an undercover cop working on the streets.

I mean, as simple as that. Being one fish among all other fish. Anything shiny that can catch an eye makes the diff between a good shot where...
Forum: Digital Compacts 03-06-2013
Replies: 244
Views: 22,879
Posted By upceci
First of all someone should tell nikon that...

First of all someone should tell nikon that street photography is dead....... lol


Anyway, this ad is wrong on many levels. First of all it implies to leave all those DSLRs for coolpix-A, while...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-06-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 26,171
Posted By upceci
Just look at all the "hot" cameras in the market...

Just look at all the "hot" cameras in the market today, what they're all good at? Street photography... That might tell you something very dramatic that all other genres of photography are dead and...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-06-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 26,171
Posted By upceci
Annoying people while photographing is a clear...

Annoying people while photographing is a clear sing of incompetence and lack of experience as a photographer, it has nothing to do with street photography, the camera or anything else for that matter.
Forum: RFF Polls 03-05-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 26,171
Posted By upceci
Personally, I'd love for street photography to...

Personally, I'd love for street photography to die so I could be one of the few people doing street photography... So, yes, street photography is dead, please get off the streets so real street...
Forum: Digital Compacts 03-05-2013
Replies: 244
Views: 22,879
Posted By upceci
Great camera, IF, it was priced at $600. $1100?...

Great camera, IF, it was priced at $600.

$1100? Forget about it.


Nikon needs to stop smoking whatever they're smoking while pricing their products, Nikon 1 pricing was silly and this camera's...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-05-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 26,171
Posted By upceci
Nikon Coolpix A, a DX format fixed lens (28mm)...

Nikon Coolpix A, a DX format fixed lens (28mm) compact, the digital version of Ricoh GRV has been announced. I bet Moriyama had something to do with this camera being launched by Nikon.

A perfect...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-04-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 26,171
Posted By upceci
Even I was surprised that I could only think of...

Even I was surprised that I could only think of five great, and it is five, in order of merit:

1-Atget
2-HCB
3-Robert Frank
4-Daido Moriyama
5-Winogrand
Forum: RFF Polls 03-04-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 26,171
Posted By upceci
Everybody is writing as well, I mean we're...

Everybody is writing as well, I mean we're writing as we post to threads, is that mean we're a threat to novelists and professional writers?

Yes, everyone takes photos on the street, but how come...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-04-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 26,171
Posted By upceci
A person walking on the street is not the issue,...

A person walking on the street is not the issue, a person walking on the street and how that is interpreted by the photographer is SP... Lets at least get the basic grammar of SP before mourning its...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-04-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 1,481
Posted By upceci
I don't have the time to look at my own pictures,...

I don't have the time to look at my own pictures, secondly by being a baker of confectionery one loses the appetite for confectionery...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-04-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 26,171
Posted By upceci
Most street photographers of today are more like,...

Most street photographers of today are more like, walk, walk, stand in a corner and look confused, yet pretend to be concentrating.

Snap Snap is the mark of a street photographer who at least has...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-04-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 26,171
Posted By upceci
Street photography is an outdoor activity. Its...

Street photography is an outdoor activity. Its going out and strolling and taking photos. The main juice is in the strolling and photographing, the images themselves are secondary...... I also think...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-03-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 2,239
Posted By upceci
Me singing in the shower.

Me singing in the shower.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-02-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 2,196
Posted By upceci
Not only that photographers are not becoming...

Not only that photographers are not becoming famous for the quality of their work, even some of the past famous photographers are losing their standing...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-01-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,532
Posted By upceci
Imagine doing street photography in 1938...

Imagine doing street photography in 1938 Moscow... Soviet Union made some of the most visually stunning movies in history of films, so they knew a thing or two about photography.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-01-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 5,813
Posted By upceci
Gear bashing itself is a bit of cliche these days...

Gear bashing itself is a bit of cliche these days in photography circles, and one cannot blame people for escaping into gearography because photography itself has become too common and as a result...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-01-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 5,813
Posted By upceci
I'd say all cameras are perfect, its just that...

I'd say all cameras are perfect, its just that there are no perfect photographers.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 5,813
Posted By upceci
Actually Weegee is the original genius who's look...

Actually Weegee is the original genius who's look and subject approach inspired Klein and through Klein Moriyama.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 5,813
Posted By upceci
While Klein has inspired many including Moriyama,...

While Klein has inspired many including Moriyama, at the same time Moriyama is light years ahead of Klein, both in terms of body of work as well as the pure aesthetic and conceptual quality of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-25-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 473
Posted By upceci
Quality control

Photos of Oscar winners cropped right on the knees, from an awkward angle and yet still deemed fit for web publication in an organization which supposedly takes still photography seriously. Why...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-25-2013
Replies: 43
Views: 4,524
Posted By upceci
Of course, its my own bad luck that I have not...

Of course, its my own bad luck that I have not come across confident Leica users, but at the same time when I come across photographers, irrespective of what camera they use, I try to smile and make...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-25-2013
Replies: 43
Views: 4,524
Posted By upceci
The main motivation behind conspicuous...

The main motivation behind conspicuous consumption is showing off one's taste and of course bank balance, but taste is a far more important factor. Owning a Leica M, a digital one these days, is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-21-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 969
Posted By upceci
When reaching an interesting situation one can...

When reaching an interesting situation one can simply activate time-laps. The sensor being very small means the focus will not be an issue, it might even be set to infinity by default.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-20-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 969
Posted By upceci
Google Glass

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1uyQZNg2vE&feature=player_embedded#! The future of street photography, if there is a future in street photography, will most likely have a camera such as this as the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-17-2013
Replies: 118
Views: 9,267
Posted By upceci
I'd say the malaise is due to the fact that...

I'd say the malaise is due to the fact that photography has become everyone's game, and therefore it no longer feels glamorous and cool as it did before.

People like to feel cool and special by an...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-16-2013
Replies: 118
Views: 9,267
Posted By upceci
Human history is basically a history of...

Human history is basically a history of smartarses forcing their will on people.

In photography as well, while Ansel Adams had turned landscape photography into a sterile science with three...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-15-2013
Replies: 118
Views: 9,267
Posted By upceci
I have not used the M Mono but I'm sure its a...

I have not used the M Mono but I'm sure its a great camera. In my own personal experience of shooting film and digital, I have to say for me the end result really did not warrant shooting film...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-15-2013
Replies: 118
Views: 9,267
Posted By upceci
To add to jsrockit's reply which clarified my...

To add to jsrockit's reply which clarified my post, I should also add that chimping is a term coined by sports photographers because in their line of shooting constant concentration and always being...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-15-2013
Replies: 97
Views: 5,536
Posted By upceci
Sony RX1 or any camera for that matter is not an...

Sony RX1 or any camera for that matter is not an antidepressant, in fact they add to the tension and anxiety when too much money is involved.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-14-2013
Replies: 118
Views: 9,267
Posted By upceci
Hopefully you got delivery of your M Mono. Now...

Hopefully you got delivery of your M Mono. Now you will have a more involved photography experience because you can see the results right away. But of course there is no reason you cannot carry a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-14-2013
Replies: 118
Views: 9,267
Posted By upceci
Winogrand was a major figure in popularizing...

Winogrand was a major figure in popularizing street photography, he inspired many and produced many images. That is it.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-13-2013
Replies: 118
Views: 9,267
Posted By upceci
There is more to the world of photography than...

There is more to the world of photography than pure talent. Ansel Adams needed Alfred Stieglitz and the Winogrand myth was created by John Szarkowski. There are very few photographers who have...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-13-2013
Replies: 118
Views: 9,267
Posted By upceci
Photography is a demanding activity. It requires...

Photography is a demanding activity. It requires time, patience, physical effort, money and many sacrifices. At least with digital some of those aspects have been trimmed but not much in the larger...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-13-2013
Replies: 118
Views: 9,267
Posted By upceci
What is a photographer? Isn't a photographer...

What is a photographer? Isn't a photographer first and foremost someone who produces photographs? Winogrand was a producer of negatives... In one of his interviews he said, and i paraphrase that ...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-13-2013
Replies: 118
Views: 9,267
Posted By upceci
Shooting film and then leaving it there to age...

Shooting film and then leaving it there to age does not make sense, because if one loves the film-look then it means one craves to look at film prints? Maybe you're shooting film because you like...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-13-2013
Replies: 118
Views: 9,267
Posted By upceci
The idea of building a huge backlog and then...

The idea of building a huge backlog and then printing is usually a way to rationalize lack of interest in printing. But this not a bad reflection on the photographer, editing and printing are the two...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-13-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 2,162
Posted By upceci
Today celebrities are more than ever into...

Today celebrities are more than ever into photography. I don't think lack of celebrity attention is the reason analogue photography is diminishing.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-13-2013
Replies: 118
Views: 9,267
Posted By upceci
I think this Winogrand approach is essentially a...

I think this Winogrand approach is essentially a waste of time and precious film.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 2,162
Posted By upceci
There is not a single comment to this article on...

There is not a single comment to this article on lens blog, which pretty much sums up the interest people have in NYT's lens blog or articles such as this.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 02-11-2013
Replies: 324
Views: 43,469
Posted By upceci
The paparazzi are a good example but then being...

The paparazzi are a good example but then being people's paparazzi without any promise of reward seems a little strange. However, as someone mentioned above, the thrill of feeling empowered by taking...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 02-11-2013
Replies: 324
Views: 43,469
Posted By upceci
With street photography there is no reason to be...

With street photography there is no reason to be aggressive and annoying when the results are not going to make anyone any money or bring them fame and recognition. One might as well enjoy the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-07-2013
Replies: 115
Views: 6,877
Posted By upceci
Photography is the same medium as it was when it...

Photography is the same medium as it was when it first became ubiquitous. The medium of photography is basically a visual form of communication, some people who get into photography without actually...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-23-2013
Replies: 41
Views: 6,940
Posted By upceci
I agree. I was more distracted and annoyed by Mr...

I agree. I was more distracted and annoyed by Mr Gaumy's commentary, his still living in the 60s.
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