Eric Brody

Eric Brody

Lake Oswego, OR

Photographing since age 9 when my uncle showed me a print coming up in developer!

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  • Eric Brody
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    Filter recommendation?
    on: June 26, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Historically, I never used “protective” filters except when in potentially wet or dirty conditions. I’ve read Roger Cicala on the subject. Now I use them; they just make me feel better about my lenses which have gotten more and more expensive over time.

    I use filters from Breakthrough Photography in San Francisco, “protective,” neutral density, and polarizer, for some time. Early on, I did some test comparisons to see if I could see the difference and even shooting in high flare situations, I could not. Breakthrough filters are well made, easy to remove and put on and while expensive, certainly reasonable when compared to the cost of a lens or a lens repair. When I travel, I purchase trip insurance (especially these days) and consider it just a part of the cost of travel, like eating overpriced food in airports. I do not work for Breakthrough nor have they ever given me something for nothing.

    There are other excellent brands, I’m sure. I’ve used B+W in the past and they are fine. I’ve not done comparisons so would not want to get into a dispute about which are the best. Like Roger, I have avoided the “cheap” brands.

    I am also a lens shade “nut.” Lens shades also provide physical protection for my lenses and I almost never shoot without one. I have even gone up to strangers and politely suggested that they reverse their backward lens shades to both protect the lens and to decrease flare. Some people are eager to hear it, some not so much.

    Good luck to you on your quest.

    Eric Brody
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    Re: Problem with Master Drive
    Reply #1 on: May 23, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    Certainly frustrating but illustrates for all of us that ALL hard drives will fail eventually. Some fail sooner, some later but eventually all will do so. I’m glad you had a backup. With a proper backup system, the rule of three, one local, one elsewhere, and one in the cloud, a drive failure is an inconvenience instead of a disaster. Unfortunately, one must plan on these unpredictable events by having a spare drive ready to go should a drive decide to head south.

    Good luck.

    Eric Brody
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    Re: External Hard Drives
    Reply #2 on: May 23, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    External drives are a great reasonably priced choice for both external storage and backup. Andrew gave you good advice about drive reliability from Backblaze, a great backup system, along with local and offsite storage of backups. I’m not a shill for OWC  but they have an impressive array of ways to store and access data. I use two of their Thunderbay enclosures for my backups with a RAID 5 setup and it has worked well for quite some time, neither cheap nor simple but worthwhile. Along with Carbon Copy Cloner, I have backups of my important files daily. OWC also makes a drive “toaster” that holds two standard internal drives. If you don’t want to go all out with the Thunderbay, these are pretty useful.

    Good luck in your quest.

    Eric Brody
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    Re: Epson Printers
    Reply #3 on: April 10, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    At some point my nine year old Epson 3880 will pass on to printer heaven. Since I am an avid user of the QTR RIP for my black and white prints, I need a printer that will run QTR. Canon printers will not; the newer Epson printers, the P900 in particular will run it only with glossy paper. The P900 has been out for a while and Roy Harrington, the developer of QTR has for whatever reason been unable to adapt it. I am not currently in the market for a larger printer (eg 24″).

    Basically, this leaves the Surecolor P5000 as the only choice as the P800 is no longer made. Indeed, the P5000 has been out of stock at most places for some time. For reasons not clear to me the “Commercial Edition,” with the violet ink is available. On the B&H website, in the P5000 reviews, there are a few comments that, before firing it up for the first time, one can replace the violet ink with an LLK cartridge and essentially make the Commercial Edition into the Standard Edition. When I did a Google search on this, I did not find any evidence that this is possible, even the Epson site says it’s not possible.

    Has anyone here had any experience with this? I’d love to hear Mark Segal’s opinion on this.

    Thanks to all,

    Eric

    Eric Brody
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    Re: New Article Announcements & Discussions
    Reply #4 on: March 7, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Nice article. However, the author failed to mention the absolute best way to display photos in one’s home and that is with picture molding.

    We were fortunate to build our home about 10 years ago and our finish carpenter was a former professional photographer. He suggested we put picture molding in all our living areas. It’s terrific; there are no holes in the wall and whenever I feel like it I take a photo down and replace it in just a few minutes. The wires are all but invisible and I can hang the photos at whatever height I want, good for a couple of short people like my wife and I. I realize it doesn’t work everywhere and for everyone, but if it’s possible, it’s a wonderful solution.

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