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  1. Jim Walczak

    Done with Adobe

    On the one hand, you're correct...I should not have to quantify or rationalize my own opinions or views, particularly on something like an internet forum. At the end of the day I do know that my opinions are no more or less valid than anyone else's. On the other hand - see Buckster's somewhat...
  2. Jim Walczak

    Done with Adobe

    First and foremost, I think you have tried to take this to some sense of the extreme...and based on your comments it looks like it's more or less a response to my own (at least in part). Your example of keeping a car "forever"...wow...just wow. Yea...sure, we recently junked my wife's Grand Am...
  3. Jim Walczak

    Newbie asking for suggestion for photo editing sw

    Hhmmm...where to start... Well, on the issue of software, personally I feel it depends on a great deal on how you work and your specific goals. In general, "editing" software and "photo album" software are going to be 2 different things, but in either case a lot of it comes down to personal...
  4. Jim Walczak

    Done with Adobe

    I can't speak for others, but personally I don't like CC because it's no different than leasing a car or renting an apartment...you're lucky to get your security deposit back when you move and you really have NOTHING to show for it. In the case of Photoshop, I actually still have all my older...
  5. Jim Walczak

    Done with Adobe

    These are simply my own opinions, so PLEASE take them as such... First and foremost, I would want to consider your work flow...how much editing do you do, what kind/how extensive, etc.. Using Adobe as an example, how you work in Lightroom and what most people generally use it for, is rather...
  6. Jim Walczak

    Done with Adobe

    These are simply my own opinions, so PLEASE take them as such... First and foremost, I would want to consider your work flow...how much editing do you do, what kind/how extensive, etc.. Using Adobe as an example, how you work in Lightroom and what most people generally use it for, is rather...
  7. Jim Walczak

    In the cold light of dawn

    I absolutely love the mood and feel here - some REALLY great "atmosphere", however I do have a few nitpicks. I have to agree with Light Guru in that I'd probably straighten the shot a tad and I do find the soft focus on the front of the bridge (lower right corner) to be a bit distracting...not...
  8. Jim Walczak

    Boating Sunset

    Nice shot and pretty sunset, but I think I'd crop it in just a bit...take a little off the top and go with the rule of thirds on the horizon. Just my own opinion...
  9. Jim Walczak

    d610 spots/oil on sensor too!?

    After reading through all the comments and looking at the pictures, I have to agree with the general consensus in that yea - dust happens. I recently acquired a used Nikon D7000 and it took me several days to get the stinkin' sensor cleaned...and the camera still has less than 6k clicks on it...
  10. Jim Walczak

    Nikon D200 - is it too much of a dinosaur?

    As with most things photography related, my opinion is that it really depends on your own needs. I honestly have nothing against a dinosaur...I still have my old Sony H1 (5mp) and I still use it on occasions where I won't bring my DSLR's (such as in a canoe). It goes without saying that the...
  11. Jim Walczak

    First attempt at the moon. CC

    As far as C&C, again for a first attempt, I think it's well done. Just looking at it this morning, the original does look a bit over-exposed and was lacking in sharpness, but the edit does look better. Looking at the exif data, it does look like the aperture was set f.6.7....I might stop that...
  12. Jim Walczak

    First attempt at the moon. CC

    Good job for a first attempt! Here's my contribution..... I shot this one back in 2006 and if I remember correctly, it's actually a "stack" of 6 images that I processed using AstroStack. The original images were actually shot thru my home made 60mm telescope...Bushnell tube, Simmons...
  13. Jim Walczak

    Color check please...

    The whites aren't quite as pink/yellowish as they were before, however to me, the dog actually looks a bit washed out in your edit. That was one of the problems I had in post...every time I tried to knock the reds down too much, a lot of the dogs (other than the huskies) didn't look right. Had...
  14. Jim Walczak

    Color check please...

    Tirediron, Astro and Designer... The white balance of the shoot itself was not my big concern. Perhaps I should have clarified this in my initial post, however the point of having gone out Saturday was to have some fun and get some time in with the new camera...except for chasing my own...
  15. Jim Walczak

    Color check please...

    Ok...that's good...pretty much what I was shooting for - just a tich of warm. Didn't want to clean that out completely because a lot of the dogs also had a lot of reds in them and they started to look a bit dull with too much adjustment. It's just that looking at my desk top right now, it...
  16. Jim Walczak

    Color check please...

    Not sure if this is really the correct portion of the forums for this...if not, someone lemme know and I'll repost elsewhere. Alrighty...just re-calibrated my monitor and as the post implies, I could use a second set of eyes or two. I guess it's been a while since I've calibrated as the...
  17. Jim Walczak

    some of

    This is just my own opinion as always, so please take it as such... Personally I try to use a great deal of discretion when using flash on critters. I don't believe it physically harms them (at least no more so than it does people), however I have seen situations where it CAN startle them...
  18. Jim Walczak

    Something I'm struggling with...

    Well, if you're looking for some place local, you'll have to check around in your own area...don't assume that what you see on the counter is all they offer - always ask a sales associate or a lab tech if they do custom. I've done some work with Dodd's here in Cleveland for example...I usually...
  19. Jim Walczak

    Something I'm struggling with...

    Depending on what you're looking to do with your prints...size, how you plan to use them, etc., I have to agree with the comments regarding just cropping the print. As far as the prints themselves go, it's not that hard to trim a print...all you really need is a straight edge, a good utility...
  20. Jim Walczak

    What's cuter than a portrait of a 6 month old kitten?

    I can do that! :tongue-new: Here's a shot of Louie as we first found him... We had been working in the backyard one day and my wife heard this little squeak of a meow, so she went to investigate...after she called me over for a look, I ran in the house an grabbed the camera. His Mom (or at...
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