Day to Day News. A Celebration. More thoughts about the Sony a6300. And stuff.

Growing old writing this blog...
Image from the Battle Collection of Sculpture
at the Blanton Museum at the University of Texas
at Austin.

I'll forgo all the cutesy writer crap and cut to the chase. This is my 3,000th blog post. Here. Now. Today. I have been writing the blog since 2009. I've worn out a keyboard or two. We've gone from bleak economic depression to a financial recovery. We've ushered in an age of mirrorless cameras. We've transitioned from flash to LED to fluorescent and back to flash (more than once).  I've bought cameras seemingly by the 55 gallon barrel and sold them in almost the same quantity. I only tried to escape from blogging once!

But what does it all really amount to anyway? Well, according to Blogger, we are just about to crest 21 million direct page views. By that I mean (we mean?) people who have come here to this site directly to read what I've written (and what you've commented upon). But in a bigger picture, counting the people who read via RSS feeds, and other methods, Google tells me we have had 
76,342,794 total views.  That seems amazingly cool to me. And this doesn't even count the people who have read the work on (unauthorized) aggregating sites. 

The celebration: I think I'll crack open a bottle of Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Au Paradis to have with my pizza tonight. And maybe buy another lens....

I am happy to have had a number of brilliant and witty readers and collaborators along for the ride. It's made a tremendous difference to me. 

And now, on to some more blog writing....

After many years the snack bar at Barton Springs Pool is closed.
I have no idea what will replace it. 

Adventures with the new Sony a6300 camera: The day I bought the a6300 I used it on an assignment to shoot a theatrical rehearsal of actor, Holland Taylor as Gov. Ann Richards, for Zach theatre. During the course of the evening I shot nearly 2,000 (silent) images of Ms. Taylor using the Sony 18-105mm f4.0 G lens. Talk about breaking in a camera quickly...  On Tues. I posted a blog showing the use, in video, of the S-Log2 picture profile (paying attention mostly to the canoes because they represented such a big contrast range....) but now I am on my more typical, leisurely schedule of getting to know the camera. Not familiar with the a6300? You can go to the granddaddy of all review sites and learn as much as you want, or far more than you'll ever need, here: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-a6300  

You can also read comments from readers frothing at the mouth because....."the camera is too big." "Too small.""Too thick" "Too thin" "has the audacity to include unwanted video features" "is worthless because the video isn't 8K" "should have an optical finder" "needs a fully articulating screen" "should come in colors" and much, much more. According to the Sony forum anyone who doesn't rush right out and buy one is an idiot. According the Nikon full frame forum anyone who buys one is a delusional idiot. And so on. 

I'm kind of ignoring all of that because I'm cozying up to the idea that this camera reminds me very clearly of a camera I made good photos with many years ago; the Leica CL, with its little, 40mm f2.0 Summicron lens. They are about the same size and the viewfinder is in pretty much the same spot. That camera was a gem and made sharp photos. It was small and discreet. Not silent but closer to silent than most of the stuff on the market at the time. I am happily using the a6300 (and its predecessor, the a6000) in much the same way. While I've been shooting with the good, 18-105mm lens since I got the camera I looked through the amply stocked Olympus Pen-F (original) drawer and found a nice lens to cobble on to the front of the camera this morning. It's the 38mm f1.8 Pen lens, an all metal, manual focus only, lens from the 1970's. It's pretty much wonderful. 

Postcards from Austin.

I'm happy with the camera for a number of reasons. The 24 megapixel sensor is the current generation of copper tech which means faster processing, less heat and less energy use. It looks just like the results I've seen from the Nikon D7200. The sensor is competitive with the very best of all the APS-C imagers. As we've seen, the video can be very good as well. The camera is very small and its small size will hamper its use as a fully professional camera for some. Not enough space to put all the controls that we'd like to use directly on the outside of the camera, the size dictates the battery capacity, it feels very unbalanced with bigger and heavier lenses, etc. But what the camera does it does very well. 

While I'll be happy to use the camera's 4K video for personal projects I'm not thrilled with the idea of using the camera for most live, in the moment, client work. Why? Because I am certain (living in Texas) that it will overheat pretty quickly on exterior locations from April to mid-December.  There's no headphone jack and the cable ports are teeny-tiny. I'd rather use the RX10ii for video since I'm pretty well convinced that, other than narrow depth of field issues, they are, for all intents and purposes, equal in overall image quality for video (remember, video isn't about which camera has the most overall resolution...). If I get much more serious about video (and yesterday's out of town meeting points in that direction) I'll probably end up getting a dedicated video camera or renting to suit. Seems like every video project I get involved with is heavily oriented toward people speaking on camera and it seems like life would just be easier if I got a camera with XLR jacks for the microphones rather than routing things through a Rube Goldberg collection of boxes and connectors.

But none of this is to say that I won't use it often for video. I'm  working on a series of short, in the street, art pieces that are each two minutes or less. I love the idea of the little cameras but want them with my choice of lenses. And if I'm hot to get great audio I'll pull it into a Tascam or Zoom audio recorder and sync everything together in post. This, and the RX10s, are becoming my personal, snapshot video cameras. 

But, I know 80% of you probably don't give a rat's ass about video so I'll keep working on it but save up my hard won experiences for a different blog post. There are some things about the video features that also effect the camera's use and flexibility as a still camera. One set of features are the Picture Profiles and I'm playing with them right now.

A badly executed dive into Barton Springs. Yesterday. 

Playing around with the video profiles in still photography...
In the menu of the a6300 you'll find both Creative Styles and Picture Profiles. The Creative Styles are the typical settings you find on most digital cameras. Stuff like: Vivid, Standard, Neutral, Portrait, B&W, etc. But the Picture Profiles are a range of settings that adjust the  tone curve and color response of the camera, along with options to tweak every setting from black point to gamma, etc. These are controls that come from the video world.

In all there are nine preset profiles but every single one of them represents a starting point and can be modified. Most of these seem intended to be used in video. Some will generate good video that can be used straight out of camera but two three of the settings are intended for people who want to shoot very, very flat files and then spend time, effort and expertise to "color grade" them after the shoot. Kind of like shooting raw in terms of having files that want fine tuning but without the actual non-destructive nature of a true raw file. The dangerous three profiles are S-Log2, and two variants of the ultra flat S-Log3. I fear S-Log3 and haven't drummed up the courage to even give it a try...

But as a curious photographer I wanted to see how a couple of the less intensive profile settings might work in still imaging. After all, most are just flattening out the gamma curve a bit and placing the blacks at 16 or so, instead of zero.  All of the images below were shot in PP2 which is listed as the still gamma setting. After shooting the files in this PP, which also works in raw, I opened the files in Lightroom and adjusted the overall contrast using the tone curve tool. I also bumped up the mid-scale contrast with the clarity slider.

I am planning to try shooting some landscape work in S-Log2 to see if I can massage the files back into a pleasing tonal curve and preserve the advantage of working in S-Log2 but in stills. The benefits might be a much longer tonal range, akin to HDR but perhaps more subtle. Another benefit might be getting a longer tonal range but not needing to do the kinds of multiple exposures necessitated by a typical HDR workflow. Interesting, right?

After my first foray with video and the a6300 I did spend time earlier this morning trying PP1 in still photography (see all files from the museum). It's a much more subtle approach to subduing high contrast range than a Log files. It's akin to the Flat profile in the latest Nikon cameras. Some of these profiles seem like a perfect match for portrait work but, as I said above, more experimenting and experience will tell the tale....

Blanton Museum Windows.

Do you need to run out immediately and get one of these cameras?
In the grand scheme of things there's really no reason to own an a6300 over an Olympus OM-5ii or a Panasonic GX8 unless you really think the difference in the size of the sensor will buy you that much more depth of field control. Several people have written asking me to compare the overall subjective differences between the a6300 and the Olympus EM5ii and I am happy to do so now that I've spent some time with both cameras (much more extensive time with the Olympus...). 

The first difference between the two cameras is in handling. I have always used the Olympus EM5 cameras with battery grips attached and that's the configuration I will compare to the bare-naked Sony. 

The Olympus feels like a much better made camera and one really intuitively designed to feel nice in one's hands and to have a logical flow to physical operation. While the views through the EVFs are largely the same the Olympus EVF, is positioned to be much more comfortable. I find myself pressing the offset viewfinder of the Sony tightly against my eye socket to make it work well for me. Not so with the Olympus. Also, the knobs and switches on the Olympus feel better made and more robust. So much more attention seems to have been paid to tactile cues. 

For video shooters the rear screens are a wash but for the still shooter the different configuration of the screens is an advantage in Olympus's favor. There is more real estate for 4:3 ratio images and even 3:2 images. 

When it comes to image quality it's pretty much a given that the Sony will out resolve the Olympus but in this day and age of 16+ megapixel sensors it would only matter if you were in a hypothetical pissing match and each camera was fitted with the "ultimate" lens for its family. Both are well behaved where noise is concerned and, even though the science would indicate the bigger sensor should be the clear winner in the noise race, at least in Jpeg I find them to be close together for different reasons. While the Olympus has slightly more noise overall the noise is monochromatic and not intrusive. The Sony engineers, on the other hand, have made the choice to slam in excessive noise reduction in their standard Jpeg mix. At ISOs where the Olympus is still showing real detail the Sony is busy plasticizing large swaths of low contrast area. In my tests most of the Sony blurring is being done on thing like skin tone, which makes this heavy handed image butchering more obvious. 

Of course, in one quick spin through the Sony menu you can neutralize the Olympus advantage by setting Hi ISO NR to low; or even better, OFF, and then dealing with noise is Nik or Adobe or, even better, DXO. Once you neutralize the difference made by camera settings you might see a tiny advantage to the Sony but certainly not enough to be a deal breaker for the Olympus. It really mostly depends on how much heavy lifting you want to do in your post production. I just want stuff to be consistent, frame to frame, so I can batch my corrections.

When it comes to image stabilization the Olympus kicks Sony's butt all over the place. Nothing on the market currently beats the latest Olympus cameras with five axis stabilization. It's like having an invisible tripod at your constant beck and call. With most of my lenses (largely adapted MF versions) there's no I.S. at all on the Sony but I can dial it in for any ancient lens on the Olympus. If you are a savagely addicted coffee drinker, or just have trembly hands, run --- don't walk--- to get yourself an Olympus EM5ii. Your hit rate will climb. 

The Sony advantage comes in the video section. While the Olympus people made strides in the EM5ii video it's not in the same class as the Sony a6300. But take that with a grain of salt. Yes, the Sony wins in a head to head test at 1080p but ONLY if you shoot the Sony in 4K and downsample the files to 1080p. In a direct competition, shooting both cameras natively in 1080p I just don't see much of a difference. From my brief few hours of playing around with the Sony video I've decided that this is a camera I'll always shoot in 4K (UHD) and pretty much always downsample as I ingest it and convert is to ProRes in FCPX. It looks sharp and detailed there. 

Another chink in the armor for Sony versus Olympus is that the Sony has horrendous rolling shutter. Stuff just looks wobbly as hell if you move the camera too quickly. Much worse than the Olympus. (Every camera that doesn't feature a global shutter will have some rolling shutter, also in-affectionately known as "jello-cam."

It's a miracle! I can handhold a camera and lens with no I.S. and still 
get a recognizable image. Hurray. Same on all below.

To sum up the Oly/Sony comparison: The Sony is a faster focusing camera and will be a better selection for fast moving sports and stuff like that. The files from both are beautiful and, if you disagree with one maker's aesthetic perspective there is enough malleability in the controls to effectively match the cameras to one another. If your decision comes down to handling you'll have to decide for yourself because everyone's experiences over the years vary so much. The one thing I must say is that each camera has menus designed for different types of brains. I've shot with Olympus micro four thirds cameras since 2009 --- every generation --- and the menus, when accessed under work pressure, still piss me off and mystify me. Grrrrr. 

While the Sony menus offer an amazing array of choices they are laid out in a logical progression. Linear by big subjects from left to right; linear with choices from top to bottom. No menu items fall under the edge of the screen which might require you to first, know that there's more there, and second, require you to keep scrolling down. For the artist brain you might look at the Sony menus (such a big improvement from the days of the Nex-7...) and if you are an engineer, mathematician or accountant, then give the Olympus menus a gander. 

My suggestion? Pretend that camera buying is a buffet and get one of each. 

Since we took the time to compare this $1,000 Sony to the Olympus let's change tactics and compare it to my other popular camera, the Nikon D750. Unless you are a dainty child or weakened by disease or accident let's put aside all the nonsense about weight. It's the one argument I just don't care about. Slap a 70-200mm f2.8 on the a6300 and it's just as huge as the Nikon D750+similar lens. Lots of people buy smaller cameras thinking that they'll love em for the light weight only to buy big lenses in an attempt to get fast apertures, etc. and then realize that small and large are not that big of a deal. A bigger deal is the way the cameras operate. 

I'll tell you right off the top that I'm much more comfortable with an EVF even though I've shot with OVF cameras continuously since I started wielding cameras back in 1978. Live view through an eye level finder, with full setting effects on, is a much smarter, more effective and efficient way to shoot almost everything. So the first big nod goes to Sony's a6000. 

The sensors are from the same family but the one in the Nikon is twice as big. That means the pixels are bigger which might mean more dynamic range and less noise. Certainly the bigger sensor AND Nikon's software/firmware means that the D750 is a much better low light/high ISO camera. It's probably the second best in the consumer world right now, right after the Sony A7Sii. Points to the Nikon. 

But even at lower ISOs the Nikon has more dynamic range so they get a point for that too. 

Now we move to video and here you might be in for a surprise. If you go head to head between the Nikon D750 and the Sony a6300 using each camera's native 1080p settings (no magic downsampling) I like the lower bit rate ACVHD video files of the D750 better than the files from the Sony. What????? Sorry, but the D750 is very detailed, has nice colors and doesn't have much in the way of awkward moire or artifacting. But just as important, the D750's size and bulk make it much easier to handle in production. We get to use a much larger HDMI connector for our monitor or a digital recorder and the camera comes complete with .......  a headphone jack. The range of dedicated video features is not as extensive but that also makes the camera less complex and faster to use. 

And here's the added advantage: If you use a digital recorder, like a AtoMos Ninja 2, you can get the camera to output, uncompressed 8 bit 4:2:2 color files instead of the 4:2:0 files both cameras write to internal cards. That make the Nikon files beefier and easier to color correct without messing them up too badly. If Nikon had possessed the brains to include focus peaking in their camera I would never have investigated or bought anything else but would have just been happy to buy more D750s. Even though it lacks an EVF. It's head to head with a Panasonic GH4. I like the detail of the GH4 files but the handling (exclusive of focus) of the Nikon just a bit better. 

They each focus faster and better than my eyes and brain can follow. No real advantage to the D750 even though it is a current generation DSLR. 

The Nikon is a much better event camera if you must use flash. I can't even think, with a straight face, about using a big ole flash on the that dinky little Sony camera. I can't not think about how easy the Nikon is to use with flash, and how well a flash rides on the D750 hotshoe. 

These two cameras are from different tool boxes. The a6300 is like my Leica CL. It's a camera to wear over your shoulder all day and all night long as you walk down the streets of a visually alluring city and pause, from time to time, to make beautiful photographs --- just off the cuff. It's a decisive moment, part of your attire artist's camera. The Nikon is the camera you toss into the rolling case along with a big assortment of heavy lenses, sync cords and lights. When you get to your location you set up your shot, light it, shoot it, fine tune the whole scene a bit more and then shoot it again and again. It's the "work all day on the top of your tripod camera." It's the, "this interview may a while do you think the batteries will last?" camera. You'll get nearly three hours of intensive video shooting if you are using a digital recorder along with a Nikon battery grip. The same amount of time with some stops every 29 minutes without the recorder. 

And here's the kicker for 1080p video.....even without an external recorder.....I've never had the D750 overheat on a video shoot. Not once. Not even in August. In Texas. So, a different kind of use. Different as a pick-up truck and a Porsche Boxer. They both go the same speed at rush hour. One is more fun to drive out in the rural open spaces but the other can haul along function. 

My usual "test dummy" over at the Blanton Museum. Nice window light.

Well, that's all I have to say about the Sony a6300 right now. I've got it over my shoulder during the day and I take it with me in the car. It's fun to shoot, like a small rangefinder camera is fun to shoot. It's a powerful photographic tool and a fun, snapshooting video tool as well. It can be pressed into service for just about everything and, if you have the skill you can make files that are as good as any out there, but it's not a the end all, be all of cameras. 

Why did I buy one? I can rationalize it in any direction but the truth of it is that I wanted to see how my collection of older, manual Pen F lenses looked on a state of the art APS-C sensor camera. The result? They look pretty keen. I'm not selling Sony cameras so if you want to buy one you'll need to go somewhere else. I'm also not paid to be your personal camera shopper so you'll have to make up your own mind about whether you want one or not. If you already have a camera you like you might just count your blessings and put some more cash into that 401K. God knows you're probably going to need it down the line. But I'm not returning my a6300. It's pretty cool. With the right lens? Leica CL-esque. 

 Help me celebrate our 3,000th post. Write something in the comments. 


Some online classes that may be of interest to you:

One of the original Craftsy Photo Classes and 
still one of the best! 

I met Lance a couple of weeks ago in Denver
and found him to be really fun and knowledgeable 
this class reflects what he teaches in hands-on
workshops in Ireland and Iceland, as well as 
cool places around the U.S.

How to make what we shoot into a cohesive
train of visual thought.


Frank Grygier said...

I do not have the words to say how much the VSL has meant to me. I love reading this blog. The total amount of insight and knowledge you have shared is immeasurable. Above all taking the journey with you through your writing has been a privilege. Enjoy your pizza. You have earned it.

George Bishop said...

Congratulations on 3000 posts and on 21 million page views (quite a few of those are mine) !!!!

I will have a drink to celebrate on your behalf tomorrow; it's too late here to start drinking tonight!

TMJ said...

Congratulations on the three thousandths post!

Maybe I should buy a 6300 to go with my NEX-7. An improvement in AF performance would be welcome and better video would be useful to me for some work related content. Plus I have a lot of nice prime Zeiss and Sony/Zeiss lenses plus others to put on it.

Thank you for your illuminating insights and here is to the next three thousand posts Kirk.

Michael Matthews said...

Thank you for the 3,000 posts.

After stumbling into the blog somewhere in the middle of your Micro 4/3 phase I bought one and then went back and read every post from 2009 forward. Time well spent, and a daily shot of enjoyment of life.

Thanks, too, for the terrific A6300 / EM5 II comparison. Exactly what I and several others asked for. Hit every salient aspect of the question. It's wonderful to be able to take advantage of your experience without having to spend any of your hardware budget.

MO said...

I get more work n read less stuff on the net. but ur straightforward style n great writing skills keeps this blog in the back of my head. And i swing by and catch up on the blogs i have missed as soon as i get the time.

Thanks for sharing n congratulations.

Ps. i will make a pass on this camera. a pair of panasonic lx100 and a fz1000 will get me about the same result for a fraction of the cost. And they let me shoot both video n stills without any resistance at all or getting in the way. And i am married to my fullframe canon lenses for now and cant cope with 2 systems :D i am pressed u can juggle so many! Im just lucky panasonic features the same backbutton focus as canon or 2 different brands would already mess me up a bit.

That said the panasonic left me wishing for more in my canons in many regards after i got more into them.

Got ur book but did not have time to read it yet. still take me the time to swing by this blog now n then though. thanks again and excuse a Dane trying to express himself in english!

Daniel Walker said...

This is the best space on the internet, I try to read it everyday. You may not consider yourself a camera buying advisor, however your independent Insite is far superior to others who consider themself God's gift to photography.

Carlo Santin said...

Congrats on the blog, always look forwarding to reading and you never disappoint. I'm with you on the weight issue, I just don't care about it. In fact, many mirrorless cameras are just too darn small and fidgety to enjoy. With a good strap it really isn't an issue to sling a larger dslr across your body and walk comfortably for an entire day. If you are looking for lenses for the A6300, get the Sigma 60mm 2.8, it's an amazing lens for such little money. Worth at least twice what you pay for it. The new Sigma 30mm 1.4 looks like a good one as well.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your milestone Kirk. I really enjoy your insight and your honesty about the industry. Best of luck the rest of this year in your professional and personal world.

Robert Hudyma said...

I never owned the Leica CL but the Minolta CLE with the 28, 40 and 90mm Rokkor lenses. That camera went around the world with me during my days as a senior executive crossing a different ocean every week. I made thousands of Kodachrome slides. During those days every extra ounce in weight counted and the Nikons and Leicas were too heavy so they stayed at home.

I stay close to home these days, no more airplanes, and a Fuji X-T1 is my daily companion. I have a Panasonic GX7 and that reminds me of the Minolta CLE.

Mike Rosiak said...


What they all said, about your blog.

You keep writing, I'll keep reading. Every day.

Fred said...

Congratulations on the number of posts, number of hits and the length of time the blog has been in existence. I enjoy the posts that are only or mostly photographs but you have an engaging prose style that makes me want to read whatever you write.

Joe Reed said...

Congratulations on a really great milestone. Your blog is the first thing I read every afternoon. Getting an inside view of a working pro is very interesting to me. I worked in the protected world of a large corporation (Abbott Laboratories) until retirement and as such never faced the challenges of running my own business. In my view, it takes lots of guts to step into that world and to be successful all these years is really amazing. Thank you for sharing part of your life with us.

Gato said...

Congrats on 3,000. Keep up the good work.

Henk said...

3k posts. WOW!. Not just 3k but 3000 HIGH QUALITY posts.

Thank you! Please keep going, at 10000 I'll fly to Austin and buy you a drink :-)


Victor Bloomfield said...

I'll add my congratulations on your 3000th blog: an amazing feat. You and Michael Johnson on TOP are the two I read every day (except when you skip a day or two, which makes me anxious). Writing instructive and lively prose would seem sufficient, but illustrating them with excellent photos really makes a unique product. Many thanks.

Patrick Dodds said...

Thanks for all the words Kirk - I've been reading for years and hopefully will keep on doing so. BW from London,

dasar photography said...

congrats for your milestone.
I like the place very much and find always interesting what you write about life as a photographer.

Christine Bogan said...

Congratulations! Not only for the number of posts but also for this very helpful writing comparing cameras many of us are interested in!
For me as a daily reader it's a joy.


Joe said...

I'll add my congratulations to your milestone. This is the only blog that keeps my interest consistently. I'm not willing to pay to read - even if only a buck - and got tired of hearing about ultra this and ultra that.

I am surprised how frequently you change (or add) to your gear. As you said, best tool for the job.

Tim Arruda said...

Congratulations on your 3,000th post Kirk! Love checking in daily to see what is going on as VSL. Not enough pictures of Studio Dog though! LOL Keep on writing, and I'll keep on reading.



Anders C. Madsen said...

Huge congratulations on the 3000 posts - it's truly fantastic that you have been generous enough to share your knowledge with the rest of the world for so long, without ever getting any kind of return except a thank you in the comments now and then. Thank you so much!

Burdette said...

Congratulations, Kirk. Keep 'em coming.

Jimmy Reina said...

Around here, VSL is part of my morning coffee ritual.
I can only say "congratulations" and "thanks".

Unknown said...

Congratulations on reaching yet another milestone. As a former blogger myself, I truly understand how the enormous commitment it took to get to where you are. It's one I do not take for granted.

I also appreciate how well you explained why someone might prefer a Sony A6300 over another camera or vice-versa. Different tools for different situations. The tool you choose doesn't define you as a photographer, it only reflects the tasks you want to use it for.


Rob Vaughan said...

Hi Kirk,

congratulations on the milestone(s) for your blog, and many thanks for taking the trouble to write it. I've been an avid reader for a couple of years and really enjoy your style and topics.

Despite being someone who indulges in photography solely as a hobby, I like reading your insights into the professional world, even though I have no wish (or ability) to participate in it.

Also, I am always interested in reading about new equipment, but then I have a bad tendency to want to keep buying it. You are one of the writers I know I can read, who writes well about new kit, but will often remind me at some point that it's only a tool, and that mostly speaking, if I was to replace my 4 year old cameras with new ones tomorrow, my hobby pictures would not really improve in any way that really counts. Your post today is a good example. A lot of photography sites (not to mention forums...!) would seem to have me think that the Sony A6300 is the harbinger of peace in the Middle East and the death knell of several other camera companies...

Keep up the good work, being both interesting, enjoyable, and a voice of sanity!!!


PS - I enjoy that Studio Dog is a part of the blog, too.
Oh, and I liked your novel as well - will there be more?

jlemile salvignol said...

Kirk is a debunker of clich├ęs. Every day everything is challenged, and no question of resting on fallacious certainties. VSL? A makeover. But I confess that I miss Gordon Lewis' Shutterfinger: With Kirk AND Gordon, everything would be perfect in our little world of photography.

Don Karner said...

Like many others here, I look forward to reading your blog every day! Congrats on your milestone, and may you accomplish many more.

Eric Rose said...

I honestly don't know how you do it. A full time working photographic professional and still finding time to pump out TOP QUALITY blog posts on a very regular basis. You must be the master of time management! Your down to earth humanistic approach to blogging is a joy. This coupled with relevant insight makes for a truly rewarding morning read.


Russ said...

Kudos to you Kirk on another impressive milestone. I'm sure like many other readers out there, I live vicariously through your various and sundry camera acquisitions. Please keep posting and buying! ;-)

Thomas Rink said...

You may have grown old over blogging but at least you haven't lost your nose like the guy on the first picture ;^)

Keep blogging!

Best, Thomas

tnargs said...

Congratulations on making it to 3000! And to think that you nearly gave up because of a few annoying reader comments way back when. That would have stopped your tally at ....... how many posts?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your way of working and your feelings in 3000 posts. And thank you for not making it a technical site where people discuss theoretical micro contrast :)
Almost daily I check to see if you have a new post. And most of the time I am far from disappointed.
I hope you keep writing...have fun Kirk.

With warm regards,

terryrogers said...

Thanks for the 3000 Kirk. I hope and trust that there are 3000 more.
You are a regular and certain daily read for me, and you have cost me a few dollars (well spent) with some of your MF Nikkor lens suggestions.
Thank you for the time that you spend, and for your willingness to share your thoughtful and honest existence with us.
And thanks for turning me on to John Rebus!
Terry Rogers

Radu said...

Congratulations on reaching the 3000 posts milestone!

I've read your blog since about 2010, bought two of your books, learned a lot about photography and what is like to be a freelance professional photographer and enjoyed reading about you as a person, about Ben and your wife, about Austin and about your thought process and life in general.

Thank you for generously sharing all that and know you have many followers, some from places quite far from Austin - I live in Bucharest, Romania.

Spencer H said...

I rarely comment, but i read every post. Thanks for writing, you are one of a few photography writers I think everyone should read. Each of your posts is well thought out and presented well from your point of view. Its good to hear from people in the industry that are successful. The hobby bloggers have their place, but hearing a true professional talk is worth so much to me. Thanks for writing!

Steve Khris said...

Something. :)

thingo said...


Just caught up with your three thousandth post. Certainly a significant achievement.

All the very best,

Randall Ricklefs said...

Hi Kirk,

I just wanted to belatedly add my thanks to the torrent of comments. Your insights have been instructive and entertaining. I'll keep reading as long as you keep writing. Maybe I'll even run into you at Precision Camera again!

Take care,