Jim DE

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About Jim DE

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    Fly fishing since 1963 SOL Member #42
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    Motorcycles, saltwater surf fishing, photography, firearms, and traditional archery
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    Retired from real work..... work for fun now

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  1. June 2020 Assigned Subject will be "anything that interest you". As in previous Assigned Subject threads these pictures should be taken during the Month of June 2020 and not archived pictures. Please keep in mind our intent to be a family friendly forum when posting your photographs. With every State at different stages of reopening and all the other stuff going on plus I am a bit late I figured this month would be a sort of open smorgesboard of images of anything around you taken this month that creates the urge for you to capture and share it......... Be safe and lets see the pic's on this topic! Have fun!!!!
  2. May 2020 Assigned Subject will be "Macro". As in previous Assigned Subject threads these pictures should be taken during the Month of May 2020 and not archived pictures. Please keep in mind our intent to be a family friendly forum when posting your photographs. These images can be close up or Macro images of anything around you taken this month......... Be safe and lets see the pic's on this topic!
  3. Getting that time again...need a May subject....... being as most are in a lockdown existence I was thinking that May might be a good time to photograph the small world around our homes and do a Macro month for May.
  4. I think you already answered your question in your question You’ll be fine for your needs and wants. Personally I avoid shooting wide open on all lenses because usually it is a lenses optically worst setting showing any and all optical flaws. Now these may be extremely minor and very acceptable but it usually is one of any lenses lowest individual optical quality as is sometime full stopped down with the optical issues inherent up there too. Most lenses sweet spots are f 5.6-f11 but depending on users needs and wants for a image we cycle out of these optically best apertures
  5. April 2020 Assigned Subject will be "Thing's that mean Spring is here to you". As in previous Assigned Subject threads these pictures should be taken during the Month of April 2020 and not archived pictures. Please keep in mind our intent to be a family friendly forum when posting your photographs. Anything associated with Thing's that mean Spring is here to you pics taken this month will work......... lets see the pic's on this topic! **** I have some issues coming up the next few months so I took the liberty of putting up April's assigned subject early on my own while I could... hope this is a enjoyable subject for everyone as Spring offer's so many options for photography...
  6. March 2020 Assigned Subject will be "GREEN". As in previous Assigned Subject threads these pictures should be taken during the Month of March 2020 and not archived pictures. Please keep in mind our intent to be a family friendly forum when posting your photographs. Anything associated with GREEN pics taken this month will work......... lets see the pic's on this topic!
  7. Seadog the issue you are seeing with the fly shot is due to a shallow depth of field which is a common issue with macro photography. the closer one is to a object with magnification makes the depth of field in some cases as shallow as a knife blade. There are ways around it that vary in quality and cost. That said you can get further away (I know this sounds dumb but stick with me) and take the image then crop it in post processing to allow more depth to be in focus. OR you can go full blown Macro and get a micro adjust macro tripod head and take 20-100 images moving the head .5mm per shot and stack these images together in a program called Helicon or similar and everything is in focus from front to back. Its like slicing the image into pieces like a MRI and combining them all together. It make excellent images at the expense of time and money. For your purpose I suggest getting back and cropping into the subject... but there are solutions for every problem in photography one might have if they are willing to pay the price and want it bad enough.... Helicon stacked 36 separate images with a sony A7R2 and 90mm macro on a macro micro adjust twin rail head
  8. Used is a excellent suggestion especially if you are able to go there and handle the equipment you are considering and the sales person is knowledgable on the genre of photography you plan on doing. Another viable solution are Bridge super zoom cameras. These are fixed lens super zoom cameras that can exceed 12x (600mm) or more optically with surprisingly good and fast lenses. I have recommended people go handle some of these from top name manufacturers and usually they buy one and love it. There are pluses and minuses with these but for those looking to get into long distance wildlife photography with good results it seems to fill a niche. Some even have fast Zeiss optics and older versions are discounted and still offered by manufacturers but will have some disadvantages that current Bridge camera have improved. A good bridge camera can pretty much do what Dslrs do but without the issues with sensor dirt or carrying a suitcase full of lenses. Take this from someone who has tripped shutters for over a half a century to shoot with a interchangeable lens camera means your camera bag is loaded and your wallet is empty. In wildlife photography you never have enough optical power and speed and some company is always offering something that is just a little stronger or faster and they feed one’s wants far more than their needs. A Bridge camera avoids this scenario because you are unable to change the glass and you have to actually work to improve your techniques and post processing skills to produce great images. I have closets and storage boxes full of photography gear and have made some good money over my lifetime with them. What do I use now? A friggin cellphone mostly because it’s with me, convenient, produces pretty good images, and I don’t have to get a hernia or have a heart attack lugging a bunch of photo gear to distant locations. Now wildlife is different and one must carry equipment to reach out and grab the images but if I was starting out today in wildlife knowing what I know and not interested in doing it for a living I would buy a Bridge camera with a lens with over a 12x lens and relatively fast lens and focus speed and perfect my photographic skill sets to get images that pop. I see a bunch of these at known wildlife photo locations being used skillfully today. One camera that feels good in the hand, the controls are comfortable and make sense to the user, and you have confidence in. Remember capturing the image is only 20-40% of making a great photo. The other 60-80% comes in ones post processing skills as it has always been even Mack in the old black and white film days. That roll of film you or your parents dropped off at the local drug store and got the prints back the next day were not all yours the people in the lab had a lot to do with what you ended up with. Photography is great and is enjoyable! We choose on just how deep or involved with imaging we want to go or not and the results mirror these commitments.
  9. February 2020 Assigned Subject will be "Tree's". As in previous Assigned Subject threads these pictures should be taken during the Month of February 2020 and not archived pictures. Please keep in mind our intent to be a family friendly forum when posting your photographs. Anything associated with Tree's pics taken this month will work......... lets see the pic's on this topic!
  10. Getting to that time again when we need a new assigned subject for next month.... any suggestions?
  11. When I got the suite the price was much lower than today...
  12. As you move them most transfers ask low, med, or high resolution. Just use low or medium that is the easiest way for your resizing needs