PhotoKhan

Lives in Portugal Cascais, Portugal
Works as a Airline pilot
Joined on Mar 22, 2003
About me:

A good photograph shows what you saw.
A superior ones conveys what you felt.

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M1963: It's appalling to think of everything these refugees went through, from fleeing their countries on account of the war to falling prey of greedy smugglers - only to arrive in Europe and be treated as they if they were terrorists and criminals.
Hungary, a member state of the EU, is actually under a fascist rule; all member states seem to regard refugees as an embarrassment at best; Denmark passed laws to confiscate the refugees possessions; and they're the subject of prejudice and racism all over Europe.
Yet when I watch the news, all the EU cares about is that Greece and Portugal pay their debts and submit to Herr Schaeuble's whims.
Sometimes I feel ashamed of being an European.
On a more positive note (if there's anything positive about this refugee crisis): this is indeed a great picture. I believe it carries on with the best photojournalistic tradition. Robert Capa and W. Eugene Smith would certainly approve it.

So, the factual irritates you.

It figures.

E essa sempre pronta deriva para o insulto que não dicussão inteligente, onde é que já vi isto?

O " Insulting 'ad hominem' doesn't garner you any respect, or validate your opinions", está visto, é só para vender à estrangeirada...

Tão triste...

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 14:47 UTC
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RStyga: Just keep in mind an alternative reality based on news that certain photojournalists/videographers where caught paying refugees who had just reach the shores of Greece to enter momentarily back into the water and come out again in order to take dramatic shots/videos of them. We live in a "wonderful" world...

Oh, so sorry...my bad.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 12:20 UTC
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RStyga: Just keep in mind an alternative reality based on news that certain photojournalists/videographers where caught paying refugees who had just reach the shores of Greece to enter momentarily back into the water and come out again in order to take dramatic shots/videos of them. We live in a "wonderful" world...

I don't need to Google. You're not "revealing" me anything.

I followed the story then and, contrary to you, I actually got what her sinister instinct-driven motivations were, both from her bio and the accounts of the incident.

She was a reporter from a Hungarian right-wing outfit that was covering the authorities actions and instinctively reacted with her inner core beliefs when a stampede issued.

She was NOT trying to create a "photo op", as you implied.

...and the "other photographer's photo op" that was actually a legitimate one, because that, all by itself that suddenly turned into "news" under its own logic.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 11:38 UTC
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M1963: It's appalling to think of everything these refugees went through, from fleeing their countries on account of the war to falling prey of greedy smugglers - only to arrive in Europe and be treated as they if they were terrorists and criminals.
Hungary, a member state of the EU, is actually under a fascist rule; all member states seem to regard refugees as an embarrassment at best; Denmark passed laws to confiscate the refugees possessions; and they're the subject of prejudice and racism all over Europe.
Yet when I watch the news, all the EU cares about is that Greece and Portugal pay their debts and submit to Herr Schaeuble's whims.
Sometimes I feel ashamed of being an European.
On a more positive note (if there's anything positive about this refugee crisis): this is indeed a great picture. I believe it carries on with the best photojournalistic tradition. Robert Capa and W. Eugene Smith would certainly approve it.

(continued)

This must have been a first in international relations (ambassadors are summoned by governments or heads-of-state, not parliaments.) and has made me now anxiously wait for the time the Danish parliament will summon our ambassador over there for him to explain why are so many children starving and generally ill-supported in my country.

The Danish ambassador, being Denmark the great nation it is, complied with the request - something he should never have done - and the explanation above was the one he gave, to the sheer shame of my nation's representatives that should have written an apology letter right on the spot.

...They didn't and, with that, made me transitorily profoundly ashamed of being a Portuguese.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 11:20 UTC
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M1963: It's appalling to think of everything these refugees went through, from fleeing their countries on account of the war to falling prey of greedy smugglers - only to arrive in Europe and be treated as they if they were terrorists and criminals.
Hungary, a member state of the EU, is actually under a fascist rule; all member states seem to regard refugees as an embarrassment at best; Denmark passed laws to confiscate the refugees possessions; and they're the subject of prejudice and racism all over Europe.
Yet when I watch the news, all the EU cares about is that Greece and Portugal pay their debts and submit to Herr Schaeuble's whims.
Sometimes I feel ashamed of being an European.
On a more positive note (if there's anything positive about this refugee crisis): this is indeed a great picture. I believe it carries on with the best photojournalistic tradition. Robert Capa and W. Eugene Smith would certainly approve it.

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It is symptomatic of the political-correct disease taking over this complex problem we are living that some, like yourself, are propagating this absurd libel against an European state - Denmark - who has always been a model in what respects to social awareness and kind, integrational treatment of immigrant minorities.

How do I know all this?

Because some dilettante left-wing representatives from my own country's parliament convinced the remaining ones, by mean of the very same feel-good "indignation" you tried to convey in your comment, to call the Danish ambassador to our parliament for an "explanation".

(continued)

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 11:20 UTC
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M1963: It's appalling to think of everything these refugees went through, from fleeing their countries on account of the war to falling prey of greedy smugglers - only to arrive in Europe and be treated as they if they were terrorists and criminals.
Hungary, a member state of the EU, is actually under a fascist rule; all member states seem to regard refugees as an embarrassment at best; Denmark passed laws to confiscate the refugees possessions; and they're the subject of prejudice and racism all over Europe.
Yet when I watch the news, all the EU cares about is that Greece and Portugal pay their debts and submit to Herr Schaeuble's whims.
Sometimes I feel ashamed of being an European.
On a more positive note (if there's anything positive about this refugee crisis): this is indeed a great picture. I believe it carries on with the best photojournalistic tradition. Robert Capa and W. Eugene Smith would certainly approve it.

Please don't propagate misinformation to support your cozy-feel-good, political-correct simplistic approach to such a complex problem.

Denmark did not "passed laws to confiscate the refugees possessions".

Denmark passed a GENERAL law that affects BOTH their citizens AND the refugees whereas, if you request financial support ABOVE 1300 EUR from the Danish state and only in that case, mind you, you are liable to have your financial possessions (...not your personal belongings, as it systematically implied by the expression "confiscate possessions"...) appropriated by the Danish government.

This is perfectly acceptable and even recommendable in any society that strives for fairness and was clearly instituted to make people think twice before hopping on the hand-out wagon only because they want to take advantage of very advanced, social-conscious state regulations.

If you are going to live off the state, your fellow citizens, why should you have significant wealth?

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Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 11:19 UTC
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RStyga: Just keep in mind an alternative reality based on news that certain photojournalists/videographers where caught paying refugees who had just reach the shores of Greece to enter momentarily back into the water and come out again in order to take dramatic shots/videos of them. We live in a "wonderful" world...

The Hungarian camera woman that was tripping refugees was not doing so for a "image op". It was for even more sinister reasons.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 10:30 UTC
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QuarterToDoom: Now only if it was 4:3 photo size format i'd be right in.

4:3...?...Why...?
To play slideshows in 1960's TVs?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 23:45 UTC
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PhotoKhan: (continued)

I really hope Fritz tells his models "the freckles will come out with a preponderance they really don't have" because he is running the risk of making a false, damaging reinforcement on the perception these women already have about themselves.

If not adamantly assured of the contrary, they will assume those are accurate representations because their psyches already see themselves like that.

Exactly.
"knowing what they're getting into".
In your particular case WANTING to get into and fortunately so because your photography is just awesome.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 19:04 UTC
On article Newly enthused: hands on with the Canon EOS 80D (708 comments in total)

One good news about this combo release regarding something I've been seeing as inevitable progression while running the risk of making photography subsidiary to video on DSLRs - making heavier/bulkier lenses by inclusion of zoom motors and gears - seems to have not materialized, courtesy of the ingenious external drive solution.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 17:50 UTC as 85th comment
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(This was quick :) )
Not very enthusing...but the light conditions in most scenes may have worked against this first set. I'll reserve my opinion until after seeing other material.
The skin colors show promise, though.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 22:47 UTC as 22nd comment
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Most excellent proposal.
Congratulations Pentax users.
Now, on to image scrutiny...

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 22:42 UTC as 260th comment
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PhotoKhan: (continued)

I really hope Fritz tells his models "the freckles will come out with a preponderance they really don't have" because he is running the risk of making a false, damaging reinforcement on the perception these women already have about themselves.

If not adamantly assured of the contrary, they will assume those are accurate representations because their psyches already see themselves like that.

Enjoy your lazy portraiture of beautiful women.
Myself, is back to work with and occasionally photograph, both the ones that already know they are beautiful and the ones I make a point of demonstrating how wrong they are, believing they are not.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 15:35 UTC
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PhotoKhan: (continued)

I really hope Fritz tells his models "the freckles will come out with a preponderance they really don't have" because he is running the risk of making a false, damaging reinforcement on the perception these women already have about themselves.

If not adamantly assured of the contrary, they will assume those are accurate representations because their psyches already see themselves like that.

(cont.)

Myself, I will always be keen on good advice and am always eager to further amplify my perspective on things, shed new lights over subjects I already considered well perceived.

If you find it in your heart and photographic status to not also consider it as patronizing, maybe you can take a look at this and meditate how this little apparently extraneous piece fits a specific space in this larger puzzle we've been discussing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-TyPfYMDK8

All the best!

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 23:18 UTC
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PhotoKhan: (continued)

I really hope Fritz tells his models "the freckles will come out with a preponderance they really don't have" because he is running the risk of making a false, damaging reinforcement on the perception these women already have about themselves.

If not adamantly assured of the contrary, they will assume those are accurate representations because their psyches already see themselves like that.

Marcin,

I apologize if I sounded patronizing to you.

That was intended as advice to someone that, by his hasty replies to half-read comments and then short-logic comeback to a complex problem, sounded like he might be taking first steps not only in photography but also life, in general.

If it is not the case, I can understand how you might feel that the said advice is obnoxious, patronizing and/or redundant.

...but, if that's the case, you have to admit, it was impossible for me to know, given the fact that there are no "beautiful women only" stemming from your "lazy portraitist" post internet-meme-like phase to be seen.

(cont.)

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 23:18 UTC
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PhotoKhan: I feel ambivalent about this freckles project.

The end result, photographically-wise is certainly beautiful and it only endorses Fritz as a talented photographer.

However, I hope the pictured girls know what they're getting into. This is important because of the psychological impact freckles have on women who have them, on account of what Fritz, himself, so aptly laid out.

Photography is treacherous to people with any kind of facial blemishes, freckles or scars.

Because it compresses the dynamic range of "normal observation", it accentuates those features by contrast.

Whereas we can talk with a person with a significant mole on their face and be unaware of it for minutes in a row, if we see the very same face of this person in a photograph, because of the said dynamic range compression and the conversion from 3D into 2D, if the mole has not be addressed, it will immediately become the main focus our visual scanning of the image.

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It is exactly what I've written, gravelhopper. Thank you.

Others seem to read what they want to read...Which is not THAT uncommon, I might add. ;)

I would only add, because it is not contemplated in that brief synthesis, that I also pointed out that the medium, itself and by its own nature, WILL accentuate those and other facial traits, by default, if the photographer doesn't take certain steps.

Not only do I NOT rate them as "bad", I actually find them extremely endearing and beautiful.

As I mentioned elsewhere, one of the reasons I invited a specific colleague of mine for our latest photo shot was, precisely, because she has freckles.

Unfortunately, having done the session in he winter, they didn't came out as prominently has they would have had if it was summer time.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 19:15 UTC
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PhotoKhan: (continued)

I really hope Fritz tells his models "the freckles will come out with a preponderance they really don't have" because he is running the risk of making a false, damaging reinforcement on the perception these women already have about themselves.

If not adamantly assured of the contrary, they will assume those are accurate representations because their psyches already see themselves like that.

Marcin,

I can't help you understand the importance of "bothering with it".

Either you already understand it (...or, hopefully, will come to understand...) or you don't.

I can, however and if I may, give you a piece of advice, one that articulates with what's being discussed and one of the few important tools I already gathered in a very long path trying to be an eclectic photographer, one that can take some feeble attempts at portraiture:

The most important moment in a portraiture session is the one when you seat down with your subject, well in advance, photography equipment not even present and listen to he/she has to say.

All the best.

PK

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 18:55 UTC
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PhotoKhan: I feel ambivalent about this freckles project.

The end result, photographically-wise is certainly beautiful and it only endorses Fritz as a talented photographer.

However, I hope the pictured girls know what they're getting into. This is important because of the psychological impact freckles have on women who have them, on account of what Fritz, himself, so aptly laid out.

Photography is treacherous to people with any kind of facial blemishes, freckles or scars.

Because it compresses the dynamic range of "normal observation", it accentuates those features by contrast.

Whereas we can talk with a person with a significant mole on their face and be unaware of it for minutes in a row, if we see the very same face of this person in a photograph, because of the said dynamic range compression and the conversion from 3D into 2D, if the mole has not be addressed, it will immediately become the main focus our visual scanning of the image.

(continued)

Pure (intentional?) distortion of what has been written.
A fight it was, I see.
Be well.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 17:42 UTC
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PhotoKhan: (continued)

I really hope Fritz tells his models "the freckles will come out with a preponderance they really don't have" because he is running the risk of making a false, damaging reinforcement on the perception these women already have about themselves.

If not adamantly assured of the contrary, they will assume those are accurate representations because their psyches already see themselves like that.

If it sounds like that to you, I can't help because is NOT what is written there.

What is written there is "if the gal doesn't like freckles, let's show them how their freckles actually look, not an contrast-underlined version of them"

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 17:40 UTC
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PhotoKhan: I feel ambivalent about this freckles project.

The end result, photographically-wise is certainly beautiful and it only endorses Fritz as a talented photographer.

However, I hope the pictured girls know what they're getting into. This is important because of the psychological impact freckles have on women who have them, on account of what Fritz, himself, so aptly laid out.

Photography is treacherous to people with any kind of facial blemishes, freckles or scars.

Because it compresses the dynamic range of "normal observation", it accentuates those features by contrast.

Whereas we can talk with a person with a significant mole on their face and be unaware of it for minutes in a row, if we see the very same face of this person in a photograph, because of the said dynamic range compression and the conversion from 3D into 2D, if the mole has not be addressed, it will immediately become the main focus our visual scanning of the image.

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1.You REALLY should listen to what Fritz has to say about the subject.
THEN re-read what I've wrote.

2. Freckles, were referenced together with "moles" and "scars" in the context of my comment only in the sense of "skin features". It could have been "wrinkles" for that matter. Don't try to make it otherwise only because you want to pick up a fight.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 17:27 UTC
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