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Forum: Photography General Interest 12-18-2012
Replies: 91
Views: 4,377
Posted By Pickett Wilson
"Many photojournalists seem to like it,...

"Many photojournalists seem to like it, e.g.,"

And many photojournalists are now out of work. How's that working out for them?
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-16-2012
Replies: 53
Views: 2,851
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Using a grain focusing device to focus the...

Using a grain focusing device to focus the enlarger gave me a real understanding of how badly slow, handheld shutter speeds and wide open apertures destroyed sharpness in photos. Kind of the same...
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-16-2012
Replies: 53
Views: 2,851
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Certainly it has become easier. But is it as...

Certainly it has become easier. But is it as personally satisfying? It is broader than just digital. The Nikon F6 or Canon 1V are sophisticated, computer controlled film cameras. Has the increasing...
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-16-2012
Replies: 53
Views: 2,851
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Exdsc, there is no agenda. I'm always interested...

Exdsc, there is no agenda. I'm always interested in hearing what people think about photography.
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-16-2012
Replies: 53
Views: 2,851
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Damaso, my intent isn't to prod anyone to say...

Damaso, my intent isn't to prod anyone to say things are worse than they used to be. I was an early adopter of digital. I was always frustrated with film's weaknesses. After decades of film, digital...
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-16-2012
Replies: 53
Views: 2,851
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Has digital made photography too easy?

No, this isn't a cheap shot at amateur photographers. I'm actually talking to serious photographers - amateur or otherwise.

Has the ease of digital photography decreased the pleasure you get from...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-14-2012
Replies: 1,247
Views: 105,870
Posted By Pickett Wilson
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Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 12-13-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 4,842
Posted By Pickett Wilson
How many M8s would still be within two years of...

How many M8s would still be within two years of warrenty?
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-13-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 1,324
Posted By Pickett Wilson
To get really sharp 40x40 prints from 6x6 you are...

To get really sharp 40x40 prints from 6x6 you are going to have to very carefully control every step of the process from camera to final print. You can do it the hard way with 6x6 or the easy way...
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-13-2012
Replies: 51
Views: 3,042
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Dedicated Digital cameras are already heading...

Dedicated Digital cameras are already heading over the cliff. Articles I've read say 44 percent of photos shot last year were shot on smart phones. That's going to kill off the compact digital...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-13-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 588
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Depends on what you want to shoot. If you shoot...

Depends on what you want to shoot. If you shoot primarily people I'd go longer, rather than wider for my next lens. But it's a pretty personal choice. The basic kit is often 35, 50 and 90 for the RF....
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-13-2012
Replies: 73
Views: 3,993
Posted By Pickett Wilson
"what would you do in that situation?" Send the...

"what would you do in that situation?"

Send the police report to the insurance company, like we've done for decades. Insurance companies generally base their decisions on the police report. The...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-13-2012
Replies: 73
Views: 3,993
Posted By Pickett Wilson
I think some of the angst is because of the...

I think some of the angst is because of the inevitability of rapidly accelerating technology. Because technology is so successfully being driven by marketing, there is no real popular effort being...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-13-2012
Replies: 73
Views: 3,993
Posted By Pickett Wilson
"My real concern is not importance but longevity....

"My real concern is not importance but longevity. The vendors will all promise that the images you take will be there but they're ephemeral and can disappear in an instant."

Longevity is a red...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-12-2012
Replies: 51
Views: 2,626
Posted By Pickett Wilson
I hate wedding photography, and hate is too mild...

I hate wedding photography, and hate is too mild a word. I shot a few weddings for family members who would not be put off by my hostility to doing so, but even that doesn't get me to do it anymore....
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-12-2012
Replies: 73
Views: 3,993
Posted By Pickett Wilson
So, which is which?

So, which is which?
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-12-2012
Replies: 73
Views: 3,993
Posted By Pickett Wilson
So you believe that all technology is benevolent?

So you believe that all technology is benevolent?
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-12-2012
Replies: 51
Views: 3,042
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Any particular film's demise has been, for...

Any particular film's demise has been, for consumers, precipitous, because we are not privy to the trajectory the producer plans for it. When Tri-X is discontinued, for example, it will seem to us...
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-12-2012
Replies: 51
Views: 3,042
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Most photos have likely been lost, thrown out in...

Most photos have likely been lost, thrown out in the trash after the owner dies. I suspect that, considering the billions of photos created each year, few will be at all interested in five year old...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-12-2012
Replies: 73
Views: 3,993
Posted By Pickett Wilson
"His point is that people use their cameras...

"His point is that people use their cameras instead of their brains to record events."

Yes, and I think that distinction is important. I always use a recorder when I do an interview, but I also take...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-12-2012
Replies: 73
Views: 3,993
Posted By Pickett Wilson
The underlying enabler of all of this photo...

The underlying enabler of all of this photo excess is social networking. Once that fades, so will the interest of the masses in cell phone photography. One thing I've learned in 62 years of living is...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-12-2012
Replies: 73
Views: 3,993
Posted By Pickett Wilson
They are collecting moments. Ten thousand moments...

They are collecting moments. Ten thousand moments occupies so little space these days and costs nothing.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-12-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,123
Posted By Pickett Wilson
The modern day "thing" seems to be a tendency...

The modern day "thing" seems to be a tendency toward wider and wider lenses, but my observation is that 35mm is about as wide as most people can control in an environment with a lot of elements in...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-11-2012
Replies: 73
Views: 3,993
Posted By Pickett Wilson
I stopped shooting photos on vacation many years...

I stopped shooting photos on vacation many years ago. Besides annoying my wife with constant photography, I realized early on that I never looked at the photos (primarily slides in those days) I had...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-11-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
I can only speak personally, but I want them to...

I can only speak personally, but I want them to see that a human being shot the photo, that the unseen hand pressing the shutter was attached to someone that understood and cared about the human...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-11-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Despite the fact that camera bags are...

Despite the fact that camera bags are ridiculously overpriced, bag threads rarely devolve into acrimony.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 1,495
Posted By Pickett Wilson
I think technology has devalued photography in...

I think technology has devalued photography in general.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 1,495
Posted By Pickett Wilson
"I'm bored with this art gallery. What's the big...

"I'm bored with this art gallery. What's the big deal with all these photos hangin' up here. All they had to do was put a filter on 'em. I can do that."
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 1,495
Posted By Pickett Wilson
My friends, knowing my dislike of Instagram, are...

My friends, knowing my dislike of Instagram, are flooding my email with links to this. :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 1,495
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Look at this Instagram

http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6853117/look-at-this-instagram-nickelback-parody
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-10-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Yeah, Instagram. Pick a filter, avoid all this...

Yeah, Instagram. Pick a filter, avoid all this angst! :bang:
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-10-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
"As soon as someone talks about "great...

"As soon as someone talks about "great photographers", my immediate reaction is "according to who's opinion"?"

I agree with you on this. Opinions of "greatness" depend too much on what criteria we...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 12-09-2012
Replies: 112
Views: 7,370
Posted By Pickett Wilson
So what is it that is so lacking with the M9 that...

So what is it that is so lacking with the M9 that will cause so many to upgrade?
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-09-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Johan, that is exactly it.

Johan, that is exactly it.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-09-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Yes, of course. It's the personal stuff I'm...

Yes, of course. It's the personal stuff I'm working to change.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-09-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
I've had thousands of photos published in...

I've had thousands of photos published in newspapers over the last 40 years. While I have a clearly consistent technique, I don't think there is recognizable style in my photos. I've always worked to...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-09-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
What I'm talking about, I guess, is a combination...

What I'm talking about, I guess, is a combination of authorship and emotion, with intent thrown in for good measure. Kind of a "I took this photo on purpose, it was made with intent to convey this...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 12-09-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 7,517
Posted By Pickett Wilson
That Kontur finder looks huge on the Pentax!

That Kontur finder looks huge on the Pentax!
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-09-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
I'm going the opposite direction, Roger. I've...

I'm going the opposite direction, Roger. I've always tended to frame tight, isolating content. Probably because of the "crop their ears off" newspaper world I live in. Now I find myself reaching for...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 12-08-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 7,517
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Today's configuration for my mirrorless...

Today's configuration for my mirrorless kit:

Pany G2
Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 (on the camera)
Canon FD 28mm f/2.8
Jupiter 8 (A Christmas Giveaway Thread gift)
Domke...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-08-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 1,356
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Lomo, huh? That should raise prices on the film!

Lomo, huh? That should raise prices on the film!
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-08-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Keith, my feeling is that the only way forward...

Keith, my feeling is that the only way forward for photography is for photographers to communicate a very personal point of view. There are billions of photos that stand on their own.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-08-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Greg, as a newspaper shooter, I've spent my...

Greg, as a newspaper shooter, I've spent my professional life creating artifacts. But it is windows I want to create in my personal stuff. To do that effectively means I constantly struggle to say...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-08-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Exdsc, no matter how long you've been at this...

Exdsc, no matter how long you've been at this photography thing, you keep pushing the limits, trying to get closer to your vision. The increments get smaller and harder to achieve. But, for me,...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-08-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Great shot, Damaso. Definitely captured the...

Great shot, Damaso. Definitely captured the emotion there.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-08-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Too funny. U.S. Sitcom. 1960s. :)

Too funny. U.S. Sitcom. 1960s. :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-08-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 347
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Yeah! We old guys can still pick up on some of...

Yeah! We old guys can still pick up on some of this stuff. :p
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-08-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Jamie, one thing I have come to understand as I...

Jamie, one thing I have come to understand as I have gotten older is the rapidly diminishing number of people who understand my cultural and art related references in photos. It's hard to believe...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-08-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
Well, I agree it is easier to photograph emotion...

Well, I agree it is easier to photograph emotion than to convey the photographer's emotion through a photograph. But as you suggest, photos of emotion often feel cheap.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-08-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pickett Wilson
I see some photos where i believe the...

I see some photos where i believe the photographer is trying to convey emotions by reference, an approach that may work with some viewers, but is not certain. Photos of children, for example, stir...
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