Sirandar

Sirandar

Lives in Canada Guelph, Canada
Joined on Oct 29, 2004

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This reminds me of the human performance industry with the double dichotomy of natural/steroid use and amatuer/professional.

Raw photos capture the moment, modified photos focus on mood and imagination. How much effort should we expend separating these two.

Personally I think this particular photographer was way out of line, as he pretended to capture a difficult to capture "moment". But many situations are far less cut and dry, especially considering how maluable raw files are. A raw file is your camera's interpretation of a scene. I can remove detail by just adjusting the black level.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 15:50 UTC as 16th comment

Interesting ... I don't understand how any free rail focus system could be as accurate as a tightly controlled helical gear. Faster yes, more responsive yes, but accurate?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 18:22 UTC as 29th comment | 10 replies

Amazing what you can patent today ..... pretty soon we will have to pay licensing fee just to say the words "circle" and "square" in public

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 03:23 UTC as 27th comment

I have to admit the zebra pic is pretty sharp for 300mm, I wonder if it was handheld.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 22:52 UTC as 7th comment

Actually this is precisely the lens I would like from Oly

My current 40-150mm does the job well but I would sometimes like longer reach. Most of the current affordable oly and pana lenses >150mm are just too slow to be useful. Even the slightest movement ruins the picture because shutter speed it to low (or ISO too high).

But I already know the price is going to be way too high to justify those few times I need this lens AND it only partially works on my EM5 mk1.

But well done anyway .... if I had an extra 2 grand I would buy, or use that to switch system

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 16:50 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

What are the dark areas? Dust clouds?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2015 at 01:46 UTC as 1st comment
On article Western Digital announces plan to acquire SanDisk (70 comments in total)

Since there has been no news of this from Sandisk I am guessing this is a predatory takeover.

Since Sandisk seems like a perfectly viable company I would see this as a bad thing specially for all the employees at Sandisk who will became "redundant".

Sandisk actually has manufacturing capability (rare for a brand name these days) so I guess it could be a win win if WD injects some cash for R+D and upgrading so that Sandisk can remain competitive. Will this happen though?

Currently Sandisk seems to always get beat out on price by Adata, in Canada at least. And I have found products from both reliable. I have SSDs and microSD cards from both.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 14:42 UTC as 8th comment
On article JPEG Committee contemplates adding DRM to image format (186 comments in total)
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danieljcox: I wonder how many of you so called photographers, who are against DRM, have actually made your living by way of selling your photography. I'm guessing few if any. If you did depend on selling rights to your images you would understand that something has to be done for professional photographers to get paid for their work. Just like the music industry has done. Your answers are to just give up, it won't work? Spineless with lack of vision comes to mind over this issue.

In the end there are only two choices:

1) The cultural wasteland of free state and corporate controlled music.

2) Artists get paid close to directly for their work by the end user so they can live and create.

In terms of music Western nations are pretty much a wasteland with about <0.000000001% of the population being able to make creative music that has real creative spirit that can actually reach public ears. There are probably 20,000 people in Canada and the US who are elite pianists. Ever heard any of them?

Interestingly, China which is state controlled and embraced the free music philosophy has a much much better hit rate for musicians and a flowing music scene, but they are have the finances to support them.

500px has a million downloads on Android, but I have a feeling that even the elite photographers are making too much money.

Video seems to be where its at, and photography has been too associated with advertizing and thereby tuned out.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 15:59 UTC
On article JPEG Committee contemplates adding DRM to image format (186 comments in total)
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danieljcox: I wonder how many of you so called photographers, who are against DRM, have actually made your living by way of selling your photography. I'm guessing few if any. If you did depend on selling rights to your images you would understand that something has to be done for professional photographers to get paid for their work. Just like the music industry has done. Your answers are to just give up, it won't work? Spineless with lack of vision comes to mind over this issue.

Sorry Jtan .... I was only referring to this part regarding philosophy.

"The real problem is just like everyone else photographers have been replaced by machines that can do "good enough" if not artisanal work in the hands of most anyone." Few like shooting weddings especially for free so based on the above statement these may be the only people who get paid.

Actually I agree with everything you said except that the end user is not central to the problem. When you can steal or use "free" alternative they simply don't pay. It is almost impossible to make them pay, as enforcement and poorly working DRM costs more the the money it saves. If you took the enforcement money and DRM costs and paid the photographers more people would probably be happy ;)

In the end it is up to the end user to pay or not. As long as we have a culture that thinks stealing is OK and music and photos are free, we will have the musical and photographic landscape we have today, pretty much a wasteland.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 15:48 UTC
On article JPEG Committee contemplates adding DRM to image format (186 comments in total)
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danieljcox: I wonder how many of you so called photographers, who are against DRM, have actually made your living by way of selling your photography. I'm guessing few if any. If you did depend on selling rights to your images you would understand that something has to be done for professional photographers to get paid for their work. Just like the music industry has done. Your answers are to just give up, it won't work? Spineless with lack of vision comes to mind over this issue.

500px already has a good system for selling photos .... nobody will use it

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 15:51 UTC
On article JPEG Committee contemplates adding DRM to image format (186 comments in total)
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danieljcox: I wonder how many of you so called photographers, who are against DRM, have actually made your living by way of selling your photography. I'm guessing few if any. If you did depend on selling rights to your images you would understand that something has to be done for professional photographers to get paid for their work. Just like the music industry has done. Your answers are to just give up, it won't work? Spineless with lack of vision comes to mind over this issue.

@jtan: Your philosophy pretty much means the only photographers who will make money are wedding photographers.

I agree with danieljcox that something should be done so excellent photographers can make money, but DRM probably isn't it.

The sad fact is that the end user is central to the problem. They simply don't want to pay, whether they are corporate or personal. We don't want to support photographers then we don't deserve photographers. We don't want to support musicians then we don't deserve musicians. When was the last time you saw a musician playing in a park or street? I do it, and I see one or two people a year who can actually play in a city of 2 million people.

Music is already gone, photography is almost gone too.

People don't want to pay for either music or photos. They think "The Man" will pay instead .... he isn't. In Canada the only viable source for music is Itunes. Amazon is barred from the market. It is a monopoly, Itunes never says how $ is split

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 15:50 UTC
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Sirandar: My first digital camera was the Oly CZ-730.

In some ways it was an abomination with abysmal low light focusing and performance. But is good light it took surprisingly beautiful pictures as long as wide dynamic rage wasn't required. I still have some CZ-730 prints on my walls.

My next camera was a Pana FZ20. It was a great cam with a great lens, but when the FZ30 came out it was pretty much a no brainer. That was a great camera and I would probably be using it still if it wasn't for its limited dynamic range and poor low light performance. Gave it to a friend and she still uses it and surprisingly the OEM battery still works. Skipped the FZ50 as it just didn't seem worth the upgrade.

Next camera was the Oly EPL2 and it opened up a new range of shooting options as it actually had decent dynamic and reasonable low light performance. Used it for a while, but never fully satisfied with it as I came to realize a viewfinder was pretty much mandatory for my shooting style.

My experience with the EPL2 lead me to decide to pay more for a camera so I got a Oly OMD EM5 when the price dropped enough and eventually bought a few lenses that could benefit from such a camera. It is a camera that I can say I was fully satisfied with, except that Oly seem to not be supporting it with any new features with firmware and it suffers from shutter shock which is usually avoidable.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2015 at 16:12 UTC

My first digital camera was the Oly CZ-730.

In some ways it was an abomination with abysmal low light focusing and performance. But is good light it took surprisingly beautiful pictures as long as wide dynamic rage wasn't required. I still have some CZ-730 prints on my walls.

My next camera was a Pana FZ20. It was a great cam with a great lens, but when the FZ30 came out it was pretty much a no brainer. That was a great camera and I would probably be using it still if it wasn't for its limited dynamic range and poor low light performance. Gave it to a friend and she still uses it and surprisingly the OEM battery still works. Skipped the FZ50 as it just didn't seem worth the upgrade.

Next camera was the Oly EPL2 and it opened up a new range of shooting options as it actually had decent dynamic and reasonable low light performance. Used it for a while, but never fully satisfied with it as I came to realize a viewfinder was pretty much mandatory for my shooting style.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2015 at 16:12 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Connect post Google announces Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones (87 comments in total)
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Sirandar: Still no microSD, but if the 128GB model is actually available and really only 150$ more, this isn't as much of an issue as it usually is.

I still like microSD better as when you drop your phone in the toilet or on the ground and it doesn't boot, you don't have to pay $$$$ for data recovery, you just pop it out and put it in a new phone. Android does have backup, so if you have enough data or WiFi access (which all do) they may be safe there. Never actually tried it though.

If sync is on all the time, you can get some pretty nasty data charges. I moved a Dropbox folder on my PC, and Dropbox decided to resync a lot of files without me knowing on my data plan = data charges.

I don't allow any automatic sync of many types of data on my phone.

@tedoman: yes I know but I turn Wifi on rarely so things aren't synced when I want them. I have no home Internet, only mobile ....I pulled that plug a long time ago.

@tkbasic: Agreed 100%, but Apple and Google are in the data business and hate microSD .... yes of course it is a huge cash grab and usually the 128Gb versions aren't even available. HTC did a lovely about face on microSD and they are now an option for me. Samsung removed microSD on the S6 but actually do offer the 128GB version ... which unless you are into video, is good enough.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 16:16 UTC
On Connect post Google announces Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones (87 comments in total)

Still no microSD, but if the 128GB model is actually available and really only 150$ more, this isn't as much of an issue as it usually is.

I still like microSD better as when you drop your phone in the toilet or on the ground and it doesn't boot, you don't have to pay $$$$ for data recovery, you just pop it out and put it in a new phone. Android does have backup, so if you have enough data or WiFi access (which all do) they may be safe there. Never actually tried it though.

If sync is on all the time, you can get some pretty nasty data charges. I moved a Dropbox folder on my PC, and Dropbox decided to resync a lot of files without me knowing on my data plan = data charges.

I don't allow any automatic sync of many types of data on my phone.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2015 at 19:41 UTC as 21st comment | 4 replies
On article Super Raw? DxO ONE added to studio test scene (165 comments in total)

The test image isn't bad from the DXO One, but suffers from general fuzziness, which is fairly extreme in the corners. The images also seem to have a lot of blown highlights, which shouldn't be happening in a test image.

It is certainly better than my Note 4 camera, but that has a panorama feature and the ultimate in portability.

If DXO made it for Android and could connect and control by NFC or WiFi, and sold for <150$ it may be worthwhile.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2015 at 16:00 UTC as 32nd comment

It is usually Lightroom quite a simple manner to reduce haze in Lightroom without a special tool. Somebody was bitching about no tool in Lightroom

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2015 at 17:09 UTC as 6th comment

Shutter shock sometimes rears its ugly head with my camera. Usually I can prevent it with the right settings, but sometimes .... there it is.

Even with CS6, I have found that very little that can be done to fix blurry pictures from shake or shutter shock. An electronic shutter is pretty much the only thing missing on my camera.

Sure you can try oversharpening, cranking the clarity and upping black clipping ..... but that really isn't fooling anyone, and usually looks hideous.

I am curious how Adobe claims to fix shake when shake inherently results in huge informational loss throughout the image. Anyone have ideas?

Haze is much easier to deal with and can be fixed by changing black clipping and doing channel by channel histogram tweaks. Seems hard to automate considering picture variability. Anyone know how well it works? I think Photoshop already has it, but I don't leave Lightroom much these days.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2015 at 17:03 UTC as 7th comment

Absolutely fascinating!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2015 at 12:23 UTC as 48th comment
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Sirandar: It's embarrassing that none of this made it to the OMD 5 mk1.... and no explanation why not.

My first picture with the OMD EM5 was taken March 2014 and I bought the camera new, so it is not a 3 1/2 year old camera. Oly was selling them 1 1/2 years ago.

You may be happy with lack of support after 1/1/2 for a 1000$ product ... I am not.

All Oly would have to say is they tried and found every single new feature was not portable to the Mk1.

The truth is that the OMD Mk1 is still a major contender and the stiffest competition for Oly .... for me to drop another grand on any camera it would need to be 1000$ better than my mkI. Sony almost pulled that off but the convenience of a single lens wasn't enough to justify the loss in image quality when I already have a EM5.

Olympus would be better served to invest some effort keeping their brand name in my mind until they do come out with a camera 1000$ better than the OMD EM5 mk1

This self competition effect is taken to extreme in the gaming industry where PC games are released so broken they barely play and never fixed.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2015 at 02:40 UTC
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