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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On article First shots: Pentax K-1 pre-production sample gallery (37 comments in total)

(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
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (992 comments in total)

Most excellent proposal.
Congratulations Pentax users.
Now, on to image scrutiny...

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 22:42 UTC as 266th 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.

(continued)

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.

(continued)

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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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.

Quite possible, Aaron801, quite possible...

The facts remain that, as Fritz told himself, some freckled girls have a negative image of what can be construed as a beautiful, beautiful trait, on account of absurd social stimulus.

I didn't come out of the blue with this. In fact, just last year I asked a colleague of mine if she could join a photography session I was planning.

Me and another colleague of mine who acts as my PA for these little "friend session" both come up with her name, when assessing possible candidates precisely because of the freckles.

However, I had the sense and sensibility to ask how she felt about them. She told me she loved she had a freckled face, so I conduct the session accordingly.

...but you are right, though, when you mention we would have to have first hand testimony to correctly evaluate the issue.

...in the meanwhile, we have these great photos :)

Thank you for that alternative perspective.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 16:56 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.

Sure, it is.
Where do you derived from my words, in context, that it should ever be done?
You did understand that what I said is that the contrary - accentuating them - may be also wrong (altough for different reasons), right?

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 16:40 UTC

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)

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 15:17 UTC as 23rd comment | 4 replies

(continued)

How can features like that be addressed?

Firstly, by a professional make-up job and, secondly, in PP, by removing the facial mark all together and then, through the use of opacity layers, bringing it back in an "attention seeking" proportion that mimics, to best of our abilities, the real-life relevance of said feature.

In this project, clearly, Firtz goes in the opposite direction, because all the portfolio photos have their contrast accentuated, not reduced.

This is, obviously, an artistic option, an understandable one, since the freckles are the feature the photographers wants to mark the image with, for very valid conceptual purposes.

But, inevitably, it may work against the self-esteem of the portrayed women, since it brings their freckles relevance to a level they probably don't have, in real life.

(continued)

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 15:16 UTC as 24th comment

(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.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 15:15 UTC as 25th comment | 17 replies

What, no "Oh Wow" camera for this?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2016 at 13:21 UTC as 141st comment

I've been advised (...through a rather informal channel...) that the interjection that precedes this simple product announcement is just the forerunner of a new titling system adopted by DPR for every single new release.

Although the lexical meaning of this particular first one can be immediately derived, my sources are a bit worried that the following ones might be lost or misconstrued.

As such, I have been requested to provide the following link that, hopefully, will make all future interjections equally clear.

Please be advised that the interjections, themselves, can be further expanded by particles like "Ah", "Eh", "Errr" or "Oh", as in the present case and, as such, the whole grammatical, perceptional and laudatory envelope may also be further amplified as a result.

Any further inquiries regarding the actual significance of the full expressions should be addressed by regular post to DPR's editorial desk.

http://www.vidarholen.net/contents/interjections/

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 18:54 UTC as 58th comment
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (617 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: I can't understand how these fidgety, tiny AF point selections joysticks keep flying with pros.

I know AF point selection may alternatively be controlled with the quick dial but why does Canon keep including a dedicated control that is so difficult to...well...control.

I wonder how many more 1D/5D interactions we must have before it is finally realized that a track-ball with a "click-in-to-select" is the obvious way to go.

(Eye-tracking, of course, would be better still but I am not holding my breath over it.)

I am glad you do but, then again, each of us have different requirements.

Myself, I hate having to go through, minimum, 8 clicks of my 1DMKIV AF control puny joystick in order to go from, say, the lower right AF point to the top left one, sometimes even going beyond those 8 clicks because a couple of them resulted in nothing, on account of the "dry", short travel of that minuscule control.

In an action-packed scenario it becomes the only instance where an otherwise ergonomically-transparent design works against me.

I never used a 1DX, so I don't know if things have already improved in this regard.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 15:21 UTC
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Xentinus: What is wrong with the articulated LCD?..If you don't like it,you don't have to use it...It doesn't make a camera less professional!
Sony's LCD on A99 is pretty darn useful.
Why do you need live view in this camera segment?
Why do you need video mode in this camera segment?
Why hybrid autofocus and dual pixel?
Since the LCD doesn't compromise on build quality and weather sealing,then why not?

No offense taken.

All I can say to you is that I missed a tilt screen on all my previous Canon DSLRs and use it a LOT with my EOSM3 and I can only but pray that Canon follows Nikon and includes it on the 5DMKIV.

These are getting something at an higher level.
Can you stretch your imagination as much as conceptualizing that the focus of interest might be at a lower level?

http://www.readingeagle.com/storyimage/RE/20150802/AP/308029717/EP/1/7/EP-308029717.jpg&q=80&MaxW=550&MaxH=400&RCRadius=5

I promise I won't go "I told you so" when, in a couple of years, I come a across a post of yours saying how great it is having an articulated screen on a DSLR :)

Have fun!

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 10:44 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (617 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: I can't understand how these fidgety, tiny AF point selections joysticks keep flying with pros.

I know AF point selection may alternatively be controlled with the quick dial but why does Canon keep including a dedicated control that is so difficult to...well...control.

I wonder how many more 1D/5D interactions we must have before it is finally realized that a track-ball with a "click-in-to-select" is the obvious way to go.

(Eye-tracking, of course, would be better still but I am not holding my breath over it.)

I don't understand it either but it is a "so-obviously-lacking-already-existing-tech" shortcoming, one that could be included as a FURTHER option, not a REPLACING one, that I am giving them the benefit of the the doubt and assume that maybe there's some strong, insurmountable technical limitation in what comes to applying the tech to modern AF systems.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 10:37 UTC
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