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blurmagic

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blurmagic last won the day on 16 September

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About blurmagic

  • Birthday 1 August

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    Bokeholic

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  • My Real Name
    Dave
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    Male
  • Photographic Interests
    Bokeh, Bokeh, Bokeh
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    Ask Me
  • My Favourite Camera
    Vintage CCD sensor bodies
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    Zeiss primes
  • My Favourite Image Editor
    Luminar 4
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    USA
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  1. . Similarly... Here's a link to daily podscasts ("Here's A Thought") on the photography art life. https://www.lenswork.com/
  2. "Wild Dahlias" Created with a custom adapted, reversed, old Zeiss projector lens...
  3. . Dallas, I currently shoot 7 different camera systems (including Fuji X). Two things I like about my Fuji: 1. Best focus peaking - makes nailing manual focus lenses a breeze. 2. Love the "Q" menu. More than once I've had people claim my Fuji X body was a Leica camera. So if making a pro appearance is important, you could do worse...
  4. Dallas, just thought of another option... I shoot MFT, Nikon, Fuji X, and Pentax camera systems these days. I enjoy hanging out at the following blogs that specialize in these systems: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums https://nikongear.net/revival/ https://www.fujix-forum.com/ Unfortunately, I have never found a good photography blog that specialized in MFT. Maybe your new and improved site could specialize in MFT camera systems? You already have lots of high quality content on MFTs, AND I consider you extremely knowledgeable on everything MFT. To make this new site the talk of the MFT world, you'd probably want to invite to join you established experts in both Olympus (https://www.youtube.com/c/robinwong) and Panasonic MFT systems (I don't have a name for this one). Good luck, Dave
  5. . I'm into a very specialized niche of photography, namely creating/building/adapting fast vintage film era lenses (and even non-photographic lenses) for use on either full frame digital cameras, or MFT bodies with .64x Metabones Speed Boosters to create ultra shallow DOF bokeh images. There are only a handfull of people in the world who can teach me anything in this very unique and specialized area. The last thing I learned of value was from an in-depth discussion I recently had with an expert in Mamiya Sekor 645 medium format lenses. Based on what I learned from him, I decided to purchase some Mamiya 645 lenses, and will be conducting a medium format "bokeh shoot-out" of these new-to-me Mamiya lenses comparing them to similar medium format lens made by: Pentax, Bronica and Carl Zeiss Jena. General photo blogs out there and gear review blogs are numerous and well established. I believe that the demand for new photography blogs will likely be in highly specialized areas (like my experimental bokeh niche), especially in those areas that are not served by smart phones. Also, I've always believed that teachers should only teach what they are expert in. I could never teach a photography class that involved the use of auto focus lenses, because I have not shot an auto-focus lens in years. Dallas, teach what you are an expert in (real estate photography, wildlife safari photography, etc.). Specialize, and don't have a website with images that could just as easily been taken with a smart phone.
  6. very organized and "professional" looking!
  7. . I've tried/owned/used many image editing software's over the years. Heck, 10-20 years ago I even taught PhotoShop classes at a technical college. Since Skylum came out with Luminar, I've been using it. Earlier versions were OK, but didn't meet all of my needs. Then, a week or two ago Skylum released an update to Neo that had "AI Masking". Revolutionary! I now like Neo so much that I've deleted/purged both PhotoShop and Lightroom from all of my computers. If you want to buy Neo, get it using Jim Nix's discount link. Jim does an outstanding job of developing free Neo training programs on YouTube ( https://www.youtube.com/c/JimNix ).
  8. blurmagic

    Aftermath

    Not surprised to see the "plastic jetsam" had washed up on shore in such large quantities. My wife is "nuts" about recycling everything, including plastics. She doesn't know that very little of it gets reprocessed here in the USA. Most gets loaded on large ships and is transported to the Vietnam area where unscrupulous companies are paid to process the plastics. Being that processing plastics costs more than it's worth, much of it gets clandestinely hauled out to sea and just dumped into the ocean. I contend it's better to just bury one's used plastics (with the other garbage) near where you live; that way it does not pollute the oceans. I truly believe that the majority of mankinds problems are caused by greed.
  9. blurmagic

    The Old Place

    Your furniture looks so comfortable! Nice....
  10. I currently own many systems, and in the past have owned/tested most everything from the tiny Pentax Q/Q7 to medium format. Being a confirmed "Bokeholic" my choice is easy - micro four thirds (preferrably 20mp sensor) with a fabulous .64x magnification Metabones Speed Booster. Such a set up enables me to shoot inexpensive/fast vintage, premium, manual-focus, full-frame glass (mostly Canon and Nikon) and realize sharper results and better/thinner bokeh than that lens produces on a full frame camera body.
  11. . Excellent video. What's a "stacked sensor" do? Have you tried it? Does it noticeably improve your photos?
  12. blurmagic

    Golden Beach

    I agree, your silhouettes are outstanding!
  13. $2,200 USD for this MFT body - CRAZY. I just purchased a used (but truly like new) Panny GX85 for just under $200, and it does everything that I need from a MFT body!!
  14. Frankly, I see nothing that this new MFT Oly body has to would prompt me to purchase it. I am perfectly happy with my 16mp GX85's!!!
  15. blurmagic

    USS Midway

    Nice composition. Is this an HDR image? Looks like one to me.
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