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Forum: General Photography 8 Hours Ago  
Wildlife photographer who lost it all
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 25
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Your story reminds me of a man who came up to me at a small, local craft show. He opened with "Photographers really hate me." I asked why, and he told me he was a painter with his own gallery. I probed him on why photographers should hate him and he didn't have much of an answer, waffling about how photographers envied painters and other 'real' artists. He then proceeded to tell me he was heading to a small shop with an art wall who had asked him if he had an interest in putting some work up. He continued to explain how accomplished he was and how beneath him such a small local showing was, but he was meeting them to 'be polite'. I then understood why photographers would hate him and that perhaps it wasn't limited to photographers. I also got in some smiling and nodding practice.

Yes, impulse shoppers like a "buy, buy, buy!" lineup;)
Forum: General Photography 9 Hours Ago  
Wildlife photographer who lost it all
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 25
Views: 1,040
Absolutely! The ones chosen from his book are for the most part awesome!

Look, my point is he didn't build his business on the types of art images he was referring to in the first article (creativity for the sake of his own inner satisfaction, bordering on complete abstracts, heavy digital manipulations, with sales not the main goal, etc), but on more literal representations of Australia's nature & scenery that are designed to have broad public appeal.

Absolutely many of them belong on walls next to any sort of "art" a person can muster, but likewise much of his image library can be described as more functional than "awesomely creative stories contained in a single frame" (he definitely runs the gamut!). What's art and what isn't? I don't know or care to put things in strictly defined bins, but his intent and approach has definitely changed.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 9 Hours Ago  
Remote Control delay above 3s?
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 11
Views: 331
In the drive mode menu, select "Remote Control" then pick either the single shot remote control or the single shot remote control with the "3s" beside it - this allows you to either take a photo as soon as the remote is triggered, or have the camera wait 3 seconds to start the exposure. These settings have no effect on the duration of the exposure.

Now set the mode dial to "M" ot "Tv", then set the exposure time to 12 seconds. Trigger your camera with the remote. Did it do what you wanted it to do?
Forum: General Photography 20 Hours Ago  
Wildlife photographer who lost it all
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 25
Views: 1,040
He's had a paradigm shift from recording salable images recognizable as real landscapes or wildlife to heavily manipulated fine art.

I'm not saying his earlier body of work wasn't well done, but it's pretty clear to me his aim in the past has not been "I am not into recording what I see, I want to create art." Look under fauna > reptiles. It's filled with documentary, stock style, somewhat repetitive images of snakes (and I love snakes)*. Ditto the frog one. Or "perching birds". The bulk of it looks like a stock compilation of Aussie wildlife, not something a pure creative would be proud of based on its artistic merit but something a craftsman produces to pay the bills (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that and I greatly envy his business acumen!). Compare with his "fine art section" which looks to be his most recent work (the "As One" collection is 2016?). Which approach did he build a multi-million dollar business with?

I thoroughly applaud his new approach for the simple reason that periodically re-inventing yourself and challenging your previous views and goals is a crucial part of growth as an artist and a human being.


edit- some much nicer examples of his old works are here- We’re for Sydney | Daily Telegraph, all talented nature photography, a handful of them are outstanding.

*(edit ii) In no way do I mean to diminish the value of collections like the ones on his website. They are great nature photographs, invaluable for illustrating wildlife, represent countless hours of searching, a love and knowledge of the animals, etc. They are definitely distinct from his recent fine art images that he says he's creating for himself.
Forum: General Photography 23 Hours Ago  
Wildlife photographer who lost it all
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 25
Views: 1,040
You said that he made his millions using this "I am not into recording what I see, I want to create art." viewpoint. It wasn't, and I didn't think it was irrelevant to point this out. Following your creative artistic drive first and foremost while still managing to bank serious coin at the same time would be grand, but that wasn't the case here.



Absolutely. Follow your creative vision.
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
Wildlife photographer who lost it all
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 25
Views: 1,040
The article made it sound like his business was built on traditional landscape and wildlife photography and that creating art (and the digital processing he's using) is a recent dramatic shift in his approach, and was not his massive money making technique.

Not that this should stop anyone from pursuing their creative vision...

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Interesting article, thanks for posting! Seems like quite a turnaround in his life and re-calibration of his approach.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 3 Days Ago  
In the Garden Again
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 7
Views: 323
For this lighting problem, we will assume our subject is a uniform sphere of radius 1...

:D

Nice work!
Forum: General Photography 3 Days Ago  
10 Years On: How the iPhone Killed Big Camera
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 129
Views: 2,147
Yup:

Flickr - Apps on Google Play

First feature is "Put your free 1000GB to work - auto-upload all your photos and videos, privately storing them in your Flickr camera roll." I'd assume the auto-uploading could be turned off, or could be set to upload with privacy settings so you aren't showering the world with kitten photos. Of possible interest- it says this app has been downloaded 10,000,00+ times.

It also looks like third party apps are available to auto-upload to flickr.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 Days Ago  
Type of Lens for Bald Eagle?
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 34
Views: 1,162
When I was first getting serious about photography, I wanted to be a birder. I initially thought throwing $10k at a lens would be what I had to do. Eventually I realized that the best bird photographers threw anywhere from $1k to $10k at a lens, ~$100-300 on a blind (there's no beating close proximity!), countless hours learning about birds and their habits, and $???k on the patience required to wait for birds. I could not afford the patience aspect when it came to birds so now I mostly limit myself to tame backyard opportunities or random chance encounters.
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 13,154
Views: 892,620
Vegetatively, as in cutting off a chunk and sticking it in moist soil so the chunk grows into a new plant. Some plants can be propagated by taking cuttings of roots, some you can have success by chopping off an above ground growing tip and convincing it to grow roots and eventually become a stand alone plant of its own. Next willow you see, cut off a handful of ~10" tips from the ends of the branches. Stick the cut off end in a glass of ~5" of water and watch the roots grow (it will take a few weeks, so have a good book on standby:)).

Mass propagation can be done via tissue cultures where, in labs, they can grow new plants efficiently from very small parts of the mother plant. It can be a problem when your entire crop is genetically identical though, the wrong disease could potentially wipe out all your bananas. We're trading genetic diversity for a fruit that's a sure thing.

I don't know much about apples, but I don't think any apple varieties come true to their parents via seed. In other words, if you want a tree to produce Crispins, you'll have to propagate it from another Crispin vegetatively. You can make more apple trees via seeds, but they might end up even more horrid tasting than the apple you started with (or possibly better).
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 3,678
Views: 316,568
I can't tell you how amazing that would be! Alas, I had a quick google, and it looks like she's never even covered Metallica:(.

Conversely, Metallica also has not covered Cindi. At least nothing they've recorded and released. I can only assume that, when circumstances dictate, the Metallica boys have belted out Girls Just Want to Have Fun. If they haven't, they are better men than I.
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 3,678
Views: 316,568
The past few days I've been letting YouTube choose what I listen to. What it knows about me is based on random times a song pops in my head and I have a hankering to hear it so I head to the 'Tube. The range it's been feeding me is broad, I just heard Cindi Lauper's Time After Time, and now I'm onto:
















You Tube




It's pretty awesome.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 Days Ago  
Type of Lens for Bald Eagle?
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 34
Views: 1,162
They're big birds, but that's really far. What kind of quality are you hoping for? e.g. a 'record' of the birds existence, or some large gallery worthy print? Action shots? Any chance you can setup a blind closer to the birds?
Forum: General Photography 4 Days Ago  
10 Years On: How the iPhone Killed Big Camera
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 129
Views: 2,147
Mine doesn't, but it might pre-date the iOS flickr app (iphone 4 that was a cast-off from my teenage nephew).

Another possibility - whatever apps android people are using to send stuff to flickr could be stripping the data needed to properly id the source device.

Also, I hear there's an app on Google Play that makes the user more physically attractive, so android users may just be happier in real life and spend less time on social media sites and don't worry so much about arguing over random statistics with random strangers on the interwebs.
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 13,154
Views: 892,620
Have you never seen a watermelon helmet? That's the most fun you can have with a watermelon. Plus you'll blend in with Saskatchewan Roughriders fans, and they know how to throw a good shindig.
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 13,154
Views: 892,620
It's kinda like a mule, the sterile offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.

I believe they are hybrids between parents with different numbers of chromosomes, which result in a viable but sterile plant. You need to have fertile watermelon plants around to produce pollen to get pollinate the blooms of the seedless variety so they produce fruit, inside which it attempts to produce seed but isn't quite up to the task.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 4 Days Ago  
Nikon 1 Series officially dead
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 25
Views: 641
I'll have to watch the used market more closely for a back up. I picked up a J1 with the 10-30mm and 10/2.8 pancake along with the underwater case (B&H was clearing the cases out @$50). There are a few design decisions that make me go WTF?, but the performance for its size it's easily been worth the price I paid used. With the pancake it's a fantastic pocketable camera.
Forum: General Photography 07-09-2018, 11:44 AM  
Is great kit a mixed blessing?
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 150
Views: 3,397
Great lighting, direction, prep work, vision, models, location, etc ... are often the great equalizer when it come to lens & camera combos;), but they are so much more work than plunking down the credit card on a new lens...

In my university days, I had a few art students as roommates and was often drawn into their critiquing sessions. Near as I could figure, the purpose of art school critiquing is to make keen observations about a work while making the artist cry but not looking like you were trying to make the artist cry. My skin was thickened during those years.



True. Of course "You must use a Canon!" should be taken as the ultimate compliment:D.
Forum: General Photography 07-09-2018, 04:50 AM  
Is great kit a mixed blessing?
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 150
Views: 3,397
But, but, but being able to put "50mm/1.4 @ f8" instead of "50mm/1.8 @ f8" on an info plate doubles the artistic and monetary value of a photo!



Thanks for the kind words:). But without a fancy graph or pie chart to back it up, your values are unfortunately subjective:p. I figure that when I started going out with deliberate plans and ideas in the manner of your Cartier-Bresson example, my "Photo Goodness" increased by 112%. When I started working artificial lights into things, it only increased 74%.

We need an objective way to measure Photo Goodness so we can accurately measure our progress and growth as photographers instead of the typical metric how much our cameras cost. I'm thinking an aggregate of "likes" from sources such as Flickr, 500px, Twitter, Facebook, Pentax Forums, and my mom should work:D.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-08-2018, 01:58 PM  
Thematic Cocoons, chrysalis, caterpillars and grubs.
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 86
Views: 4,499
This thread should not be allowed to fade away....

I was lucky enough to have not one, but TWO female Polyphemus moths (Antheraea polyphemus) get stuck in our greenhouses and lay eggs all over (the moths were safely released!). I gathered up the eggs and am happily raising some caterpillars.

DFA100mm + Raynox DCR250 combined for good times, with such large caterpillars (they should clear 6cm), no cropping was required here.



Plz sir, I can has birch leaf? by Brian Robin, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-08-2018, 01:02 PM  
FA 50 F1.4 or A 50 F1.7?
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 18
Views: 628
Sadly no quick shift- SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 Reviews - DA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database. I always thought that was an annoying design decision.

The FA50/1.4 doesn't have it either of course.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-08-2018, 08:57 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 4,559
Views: 266,544
Many moths are diurnal. Most of the characteristics used to differentiate moths from butterflies have exceptions, but a resting posture that holds the wings flat and gives it an arrow or tent shape plus the antennae that lack clubs on the end are good indicators it's a moth. A sure way to tell is familiarize yourself with the butterflies in your region, and go by elimination, eg. my province has a scant ~170 butterflies (including skippers) and over 2200 moths. Knowing roughly what the butterflies are, I know which guide book to pull out.

I've found the website below handy to narrow moth species down, you can select your province/state and enter features you know into a key and it will show you the possibilities that fit.

Identification, Mothing -- Discover Life
Forum: General Photography 07-08-2018, 07:00 AM  
Is great kit a mixed blessing?
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 150
Views: 3,397
Buying new stuff definitely has an increase in something quantifiable - more fps, megapixels, wider aperture, etc. This has an instant appeal. Actively spending 2-3 hours per week for the next year working on creativily photographing things should have a positive effect on your photos, but it's not one that's easily quantifiable. Are you 10% more creative now? 15%?

I think it's the guaranteed, measurable, and instant improvement of something that has appeal, even if that something does not necessarily correlate to better or more interesting photos.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-08-2018, 06:37 AM  
FA 50 F1.4 or A 50 F1.7?
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 18
Views: 628
I have both. As above, manually focusing the Pentax-A 50mm f1.7 is much nicer than the SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4, which has a fairly small rubber ring to turn.
The AF may be worth the extra $130, but I wouldn't say the small increase in aperture is. Nearly triple the cost might seem crazy now, but also consider the many years of service either lens will give you. I've had my FA50/1.4 for 10 years now, it's given me at least $20 worth of fun each year:).

The A50/1.7 is prone to a small mechanical failure that looks easy enough to fix (link below). Mine has this problem, which is why I have it (it was insanely cheap). With the aperture ring in the "A" position you can let your DSLR control the aperture value and you won't even notice it's broken. However, if I accidentally move the aperture ring my copy takes plenty of fiddling to get it back to the "A" setting, so I mostly use my FA50/1.4. One day I'll get around to attempting the repair:

Pentax-A 50mm f1.7 Aperture ring repair - PentaxForums.com
Forum: General Photography 07-08-2018, 05:00 AM  
Plastic - Why so much shy-away, hatred?
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 36
Views: 995
I blame Tonka, and the toys from my youth:
















You Tube




(I realize the real truck isn't plastic, this video is to commemorate my childhood perceptions:P)

The metal toys of the time would dent your brothers head when thrown with enough force. The cheap plastic toys of the time would bust apart upon impacting said head. We recently excavated a tonka truck that my GF's brothers had buried over 30 years ago. It was rusty as hell, but intact. Any plastic toy from that era that had been outside for that long (or even a few months) disintegrates at the touch. The perception that metal was universally better than plastic was drilled in during my formative years.

It took several years as an adult to reprogram my brain away from the grossly overgeneralized metal >> plastic mentality and understand that the right material for a given application could be plastic, metal, ceramic, mithril, unobtanium, or other material.
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