Phil Lowe

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    Photography, Videography, Editing, Tennis, SCUBA Diving
  1. My First Grandchild!

    Congratulations, Paul!
  2. My First Grandchild!

    Beautiful! Congratulations!
  3. Tamron 27-70 g1 or G2? Note the following from the link... Optically, they're the same. The G2 updates firmware, compatibility with their Tap-In Console, and better build quality.
  4. Need to vent...

    Man, I'm sorry to hear that, Allen. Thank you for the encouragement. I may have found a new place to live a couple miles down the road from where I live now. If I can get approved, I can probably start moving my stuff in this weekend. At least that clears one hurdle.
  5. Tamron 18-400 lens

    Agreed: too slow to focus and max aperture at f/6.3 not fast enough without over cranking the ISO. One of my favorites images that hasn't sold once was shot with my 5D4 and EF 100-400L MkII on a misty, gray afternoon. ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/2000 at 400mm. But this IS a $2,000 lens!
  6. Tamron 18-400 lens

    I'll just add that not every lens is made strictly for professional use. Not every lens has to be. There are lots of soccer moms and baseball dads who don't need a $2,000 lens to shoot Suzy or Johnny playing Pee-wee League sports. That's the niche lenses like the Tamron 18-400 are meant to fill. And if the image quality is good, it's good enough for stock. Would I shoot a wedding with it? No. But shooting pictures to sell here at $.25-$.38 a pop? I wouldn't have a problem with that. IMHO.
  7. Tamron 18-400 lens

    Lots of sample images here: My wife uses the Tamron 16-300 on her D500. It's the lens I used on one of my trips to Florida on my mom's Nikon D5200 and got shots like this: Is the 18-400 a good lens? I don't know. But any distortion or CA it has can usually be corrected (as is the case with most lenses) by a single click in Lightroom. I dare say if it's at least as good optically as the 16-300, there's no reason you couldn't use it for stock. When I go for long hikes, I prefer an all-in-one zoom. Carrying one lens and one body on some of the trails on Mt. Rainier is much easier than schlepping 2 bodies with multiple lenses. Gravity is not kind to old backs and legs. Test shoot it if you can and let us know what kind of results you get.
  8. amazing drop in sales

    Twice what I've made so far.
  9. Need to vent...

    Thanks for the words of encouragement everyone. Don't know where all this is going, but I'll let you know when I get there.
  10. Need to vent...

    I may very well be moving to Florida much sooner than I thought.
  11. Need to vent...

    As most of you know by now, I have been at home in recovery for radical nephrectomy surgery. I was released from the hospital on December 12, just one month ago. Now, here is some news you probably haven't heard (mind you, I'm still in recovery from a surgical complication that arose having to do with my left rib cage.) On January 1, 2018, my wife left me. She was supposed to be helping me through this tough recovery. My youngest daughter is currently living with me but tonight I got the word that my landlord wants us out of the house within 30 days. So between the pain of post-op recovery, my wife of 34+ years leaving me, and getting booted from the only house I have known since moving to this god-awful state, is it at all possible for 2018 to start any worse??? Probably not an appropriate topic for this forum, but that's MY "contributor experience" for 2018. Later all.
  12. Photo retouching don'ts!

  13. Photo retouching don'ts!

    Personally, I don't think they're over processed at all!
  14. This was passed along on my Facebook feed by my daughter. Seriously, read the brief article then look at the pictures a so-called "pro" delivered to these people. Don't really know if it's fake news or real, but it is both horrifying and hysterical at the same time! These are three of the six that were uploaded to Facebook. I redacted the photographer's name (who would put their name on this kind of work???) so as not to hold them up to further ridicule. Enjoy!
  15. I've been spending a lot of my down time these last few weeks reading user groups on Facebook. I belong to both Nikon and Canon groups, as I own both types of cameras. Recently, on the Nikon side, we've been getting a lot of questions about the D500. "Is it only good for sports and wildlife?" "Can I shoot landscapes and portraits with it?" "Will it shoot weddings?" Of course the answer is "Yes. Yes. and Yes." A D500, or any other crop sensor camera can shoot anything any other camera can, it's just that the D500 (and Sony A6500 and Olympus OM-D EM 1 MkII) excel at action, sports, and wildlife (ASW). But the underlying misunderstanding to all these questions, largely by people who know little to nothing about photography, is that somehow the camera is what makes or breaks shooting these other types of photography, as though a Nikon D850 will create incredible landscapes, while a Canon 5D MkIV will shoot stunning portraits; all the while completely ignoring the role the photographer plays in photography. So to show some of these people on FB that yes, you can actually shoot portraits with a Nikon D500, I busted out a single strobe with 16" beauty dish, and shot some photos of my youngest daughter in my favorite chair (a La-Z-Boy!) Shot with a Nikon D500, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G at f/2.5, ISO 50 and 1/250th hand held. And to anyone else wondering whether that Nikon D3400, Canon Rebel T6i, or Pentax K5 is good enough for stock, the answer is "Yes, yes, and yes." Because it ain't the camera! IMHO.