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webco last won the day on 12 June 2017

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    Wilderness of northern Wisconsin USA
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    Pentax K1
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    Zeiss ZF 100mm f/2 (Leitax converted to Pentax K mount)
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  1. . Vimeo is not a good option for me. Vimeo charges the content creator $200 per year for the privilage of uploading videos. Vimeo has no subscriptions for visitors or ads, so content creators don't get paid. Yes, Vimeo does have a paywall, it's called vimeo-on-demand. It's similar to Netflix, and contains indie movies and other original content that's more entertainment related (not instructional). Dallas, thanks for the advice, but Vimeo is not a platform for educational tutorial video creators like me. Especially if you intend to make money from the videos.
  2. . Like it or not, DSLR and Mirrorless cameras are in competition with smartphones - and smartphones are winning - bigtime. For a website like this to flourish, it needs to focus on one (or all) of the 3 things a big camera can do that a smartphone camera can not do (my book is on one of these things)...
  3. I was an old school photographer who didn't care about video. Now I'm just as interested in video as stills. I've written a photography book on a speciallized area of photography. Initially I was going to make it a Kindle e-book. Then, after research, I found that these days the majority of people prefer to learn via videos. So, I decided to explore making videos rather than an ebook. I originally considered YouTube, but most of the the content creators over there are complaining about lack of revenue from Adsense and Google's invasive sensorship of videos with them demonetizing those videos they don't like. Most are now pushing their Patreon channel. I considered Patreon, but decided that it's not for me. So, I'm now in the process of turning my book into a series of videos that I'll be putting on Udemy.com. They've got 17 million subscribers and I like their model better than Lynda.com. The outlook for me to make some decent money at Udemy.com is promising. Dallas, why I should put my videos here on this website, instead of Udemy.com?
  4. For about two years now, I have regularly shot Pixel shift images my 2 Pentax K1 cameras. The Pentax version of pixel shift hugely improves the color and resolution of the 36mp images taken with my K1's. The only improvement that I would look for from newer versions of pixel shift would be the ability to use it on moving objects (without extra steps to address the motion artifacts in post that's required now).
  5. I use NIK collection all the time. I'm happy about this. Maybe it means NIK plugins will be continuously improved and updated. Frankly, I have no problem paying for new and improved NIK plugins!
  6. I too am tired of overly technical modern lenses. In the last 3 years I've tested a few hundred lenses, new and old. Here's where I'm at now... Only a very low percentage of really old lenses (1940's - 1960's vintage) that I've tested are good enough for me to keep and use. I need to test 6 or 8 older MF lenses (including Eastern bloc lenses) to find one keeper. While most of the modern lenses produce lifeless/sterile looking images, there is a modern lens maker that does a good job of combining the vintage "character" of older lenses with modern day technical superiority - Zeiss. I have no experience with Zeiss Otus lenses, but have owned/tested most of the Zeiss "Milvus" and older Zeiss "Classic" lenses. The best of such modern day Zeiss lenses that have it all include: Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 (Classic), Zeiss 85 f/1.4 (Milvus), Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar (Classic & Milvus), and the Zeiss 135mm f/2 (Classic & Milvus).
  7. You might want to buy DVD copies of the stand alone version of Lightroom before they are all gone. A year or two after Adobe stopped selling their stand alone version of Adobe Photoshop, new DVD versions of the last stand alone Photoshop version were selling for crazy high prices on Ebay. I just bought 5 of the current version of Lightroom stand alone.
  8. Mike, I just don't care for your continual overly negative photo critiques. You need to be more positive in your reviews. You are not the ultimate authority on everything photographic. Do realize that others have opinions also? Lighten up a bit, OK??
  9. webco

    Rural Mail Carrier

    Northern Wisconsin USA rural mail carrier making his daily deliveries.
  10. webco

    North Woods Lupines

    Editor's note: A truly magical scene shown to us by Dave here. Reading what Dave went through to get the shot makes it even more worthy to join the Inspiration gallery.

    © Dave Weber

  11. I did not "spot this" image. Saying I simply "spotted" this image implies that I was driving by and noticed the scene and took a quick shot. Nothing could be further from the truth. I planned this photo shoot for months. I drove 400 miles and spent 5 days exploring/hiking/searching out the perfect patch of lupines in a large and very rugged forest. This trip to make this photo cost me hundreds of dollars. I was at this particular site for two days, crawling on my knees and exploring different angles, and times of day. I was eaten by mosquitos, biting flies, and of course wood ticks. I took over 60 photos of this same scene, and the photo I posted here was the worst of the lot ( I never post my best on the Internet because it invariably gets stolen ). It was through great effort and expense that I "created" this image, I didn't just stumble upon it.
  12. Last week I was hiking in the forests of northern Wisconsin. Late one afternoon, I came upon this clump of lupines in a clearing. Took the photo with my Pentax K1 and a Zeiss ZF 28mm f/2 lens that I had adapted from F to K mount. The sun star was created by closing down the aperture to f/11. While taking this photo, I heard the howls from a wolf pack not half mile from this spot. Sunset Lupines by Dave Weber, on Flickr
  13. I switched from years of Nikon, Canon, and Fuji use about 2 years ago to Pentax. I made the move because I was excited about their unique "pixel shift" shooting mode available on the K3II and now the K1. It took me over one year and thousands of shots and experimentation to fully embrace my new Pentax system. The long and painful learning curve were well worth it as I'm now making images with my Pentax K1 that I could not make with any of the other camera systems that I'd previously owned. I suspect that one reason of Lloyd Chambers unhappiness with the new Fuji GFX system is he has little prior experience with Fuji cameras and lenses. Also, his workflow now has been changed. Chambers is emotionally reacting to the unpleasantness of change, and his inability to intuitively and quickly figure out a complex new camera system. Mike E., I read your reviews last year of the Pentax K1. I felt that you, for these same reasons, may have bailed too soon on the K1. The K1 disrupted your normal workflow, and was a whole new platform with completely different menus and ergonomics. Had you hung in there longer and soldiered through these uncomfortable changes, I expect you too would be exceedingly happy with the K1 and may not be feeling the current need to again switch to the latest and greatest new thing... It's not fair for a reviewer (or photographer) to condemn a whole new camera system that's radically different from what they're used to using after giving it only a relatively brief and half-hearted trial. My switching from Nikon to Canon was easy because they have many similarities. But take a Nikon or Canon person and give them a Fuji or Pentax camera and they'll be bewildered, confused and totally uncomfortable with the Fuji/Pentax system for months! Mastery of a new camera system takes patience and time.
  14. Thanks for posting. Nice review of the features, but would have loved to see some photos with it. Also, they had their hands on 3 lenses, but said almost nothing about the lenses themselves.
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    Morning light

    I agree, lovely light. I love the depth in the photo!
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