Luke Kaven

Luke Kaven

Lives in United States New York, United States
Works as a Researcher/educator, music producer, photographer
Has a website at http://www.lukekaven.com
Joined on Mar 11, 2004
About me:

Researcher/ Educator
President at Smalls Records | www.smallsrecords.com
Featured artist in the HDRI Handbook by Christian Bloch (2nd Ed)

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J A C S: Lenses?

I didn't suggest that there might not be more lenses in that category. I had intended to list Zeiss. I already did list Minolta. My only comment had to do with the availability of new lenses at a competitive price. Out of that list, I think only Leitz, Voigtlander, and Zeiss still make a selection of new lenses. Mitakon and SLR Magic offer one or two special lenses. None of this is bad news for Konost, and idea that I like.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 05:35 UTC
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J A C S: Lenses?

:-) Of course there is a steady supply of the most expensive camera lenses made.

There are a few options in the Voigtlander, Minolta CL, Elcan categories. There are a few Leitz lenses available used for under $1000. But it isn't exactly the same as a lineup of Nikon f/1.8 primes pricewise.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 03:34 UTC

Putting the sensor aside for a moment, I think a lot of this camera's potential rests on the implementation of the viewfinder.

I like a good optical viewfinder. Most important is the electronic rangefinder. My main difficulty with the historic rangefinder is that it is only a single focus point smack in the center of the frame. I would like to see a focus-assist that could be used to move around the entire frame, giving the photographer the maximum creative control over the placement of the subject.

I also wonder how many framelines will be implemented, and will there be parallax correction?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 03:05 UTC as 67th comment
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J A C S: Lenses?

Leica M mount. I'm not seeing a line of lenses in this company's future.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 02:59 UTC
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adr23: My kick starter company is making a new car. A true classic.
It'll be on leaf springs, with 2cyl 600cc engine, drum brakes, no powerlocks or powerwindows and no airbags. And it will look like a classic beetle, made out of stainless steel and accept standard sized tires from Bridgestone and Michelins via an adapter.
It will be priced competitively to current well established auto manufactures...

...lol, why?

I think the car analogy is overused. This is a camera concept that many people would enjoy, updated to include an optical-electronic view/rangefinder of the sort that Leica should have been developing themselves. There are plenty of stellar lenses available for this, new and used.

I actually have a thing for manual focus, which avoids the ridiculous focus-and-recompose routine. My only hope is that the electronic rangefinder allows for some focusing aid all across the image field, and not just in the center spot.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 20:57 UTC
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Papi61: Don't know if this will have a substantially different image quality than the regular Alexa. (I doubt it.) The price is definitely an improvement, but I'd still use a 6K Epic Dragon. When you're renting this kind of camera, the price isn't going to be dramatically different (about $600/day for a basic package: camera + couple of lenses + storage + touchscreen + rig etc.)

Given the choice, Hollywood cinematographers overwhelmingly go for the Alexa due to its "look", which means more to them than specifications.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 06:12 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (341 comments in total)
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Tom Hix: Wow. What a bunch of nabobs of negativism. If ya don't like Adobe products, don't use them and find something else or shoot film and work in the darkroom. Adobe must be doing something right as they are still around for 25 years.

[Quoting Spiro T Agnew of all people?] I always love the "must be doing something right" argument. Right for themselves? Right for users? At this point, it's about market mass and momentum, and the cost barriers to entry for the competition. You can use something and hate it righteously too. We're not in a "photoshop, love it or leave it" situation. Better ideas for the future are out there and have been for many years.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 16:34 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (341 comments in total)
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Luke Kaven: Photoshop is one of the worst-designed software applications in history. This is my favorite case study in bad applications design. Every conceivable rule is violated. And then there is Flash.

QuarkXPress was the best until there was better one. Photoshop is the best until there is a better one. Surely you are not arguing that "there cannot possibly be a better one made".

Where photoshop fails professionally is in compositing. If you want to see how industrial-strength compositing is done, look at Nuke. While Nuke is a video compositor, its principles can be used in still images as well, and should be.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 15:58 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (341 comments in total)
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Luke Kaven: Photoshop is one of the worst-designed software applications in history. This is my favorite case study in bad applications design. Every conceivable rule is violated. And then there is Flash.

Now you're going around in circle. It would cost, conservatively, $250M to create a successor to photoshop from the ground up. But you yourself admit that a better design (e.g., InDesign) could take the market from the market leader. Adobe developed InDesign because they had Illustrator DNA that they could utilize, which reduced the barrier to entry.

So you cannot argue that the fact that photoshop is the market leader at present is any argument for it being the best of all possible worlds.

As for particulars: Photoshop layers is a half-baked implementation of a dataflow machine in one dimension. The N-dimensional dataflow machines in Nuke, and even GEGL, provide far more powerful processing capabilities at every level.

If you've got $250M, I'd be glad to develop a better photoshop for you, and I'm sure several others could as well. I'd even be happy to throw in a photoshop compatibility layer for good measure.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 15:36 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (341 comments in total)
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Luke Kaven: Photoshop is one of the worst-designed software applications in history. This is my favorite case study in bad applications design. Every conceivable rule is violated. And then there is Flash.

Mass and momentum drive the software market in some cases more than power and capability. The cost barriers to entering this market are imposing, which stifles innovation. Better ideas for image processing software design have been around for 15 years or more. Protools is another poor software design that has only mass and momentum going for it, and nothing else.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 14:51 UTC
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Luke Kaven: Photoshop is one of the worst-designed software applications in history. This is my favorite case study in bad applications design. Every conceivable rule is violated. And then there is Flash.

@BadScience, I concede that it was not accurate to say "every conceivable rule is violated". I should have said that many of the most important rules were violated. There is a long thread at LuLa where I went into detail on these things.

One thing I'll say is that they should have paid more attention to the underlying VM in their data processing model. They should have used a node-based dataflow machine (as do now Nuke and GEGL). It is a more powerful model with more generative possibilities and greater consistency.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 13:01 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (341 comments in total)

Photoshop is one of the worst-designed software applications in history. This is my favorite case study in bad applications design. Every conceivable rule is violated. And then there is Flash.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 05:40 UTC as 91st comment | 14 replies
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ptox: The assertion by some here that even passive depictions of LGBTQ orientations are part of some devious agenda or propaganda is breathakingly disingenuous.

A minority, persecuted everywhere throughout history and still today in far too many societies, represented in this case in a gentle example of a medium whose participation by the viewer is about as optional as it gets - harming nobody, making the least aggressive statement possible - "we exist, here we are" - and yet here subject to scorn, ridicule, base degredation and outright hatred from members of the relatively safe, powerful, enfranchised majority.

How pathetically false are these cries of fear; nothing more noble than veiled hatred of The Other - other humans, trying like each of us to carve out a bit of peace and happiness in in lives that often (and for the subjects of this photo, in that country, far too often) seem to be nothing but anything else.

Well, well said. I've seen enough here (and at Yahoo, which is even more extreme) to understand how virulent anti-gay bigotry is. I've seen so many examples of "reasons" given for bigoted beliefs that would never earn more than a failing grade in a college freshman course in logic or argumentation.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 22:47 UTC
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ChicagoInPhotographs: I see nothing remarkable or noteworthy in the #1 photo. Why is it included in this review? it certainly wasn't because it was a good photograph.

I can see why it isn't your thing. But I do think it's closer to a Caravaggio in one part, and the Pieta in another. There is a solid artistic heritage behind it, and I think one should not be so quick to judge lest one be judged one's self.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 20:16 UTC
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Johannes Zander: DPR, did you delete some comments?

Yes they did. Some were violating posting guidelines by printing expletives made out of special characters to skirt the posting rules.

Considering the level of hate being posted here, DPR is showing remarkable restraint.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 19:10 UTC
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Stig Nygaard: In case someone wants something else but discussing if Mads Nissens winner photo is a political plot or stagged, you can find other examples of his work here:
http://politiken.dk/fotografier/ECE2543405/eskapister-guldgravere-indianere-og-homoseksuelle-i-eksil/
http://www.madsnissen.com/category/stories/
The first link is photos from his book "Amazonas".

@zigi_s, did you just say that people SHOULD be imprisoned for viewing or displaying this photograph all over the world? And people voted this up? That's dark.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 15:51 UTC
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Stig Nygaard: In case someone wants something else but discussing if Mads Nissens winner photo is a political plot or stagged, you can find other examples of his work here:
http://politiken.dk/fotografier/ECE2543405/eskapister-guldgravere-indianere-og-homoseksuelle-i-eksil/
http://www.madsnissen.com/category/stories/
The first link is photos from his book "Amazonas".

It is worth noting also that one would likely be imprisoned in Russia for displaying or viewing this photograph.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 07:55 UTC
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108: Naturally, the photo of the russian gay couple winning the contest has absolutely nothing to do with the current war in Ukraine and the western sanctions on Russia .

So the image has nothing to do with something that is irrelevant to it? Or is your message something else?

http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2015/02/world-press-photo-as-much-about-news-as-about-the-human-condition/

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 06:50 UTC
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Luke Kaven: Love in all its forms is a beautiful thing. The hate in this comment thread, full of dog whistles and innuendo, is the most malignant thing. That truly shows the power of the winning photograph.

I suppose I should thank you for saying something actually about photography. Though it seems more like it belongs to another subthread.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 05:40 UTC

Love in all its forms is a beautiful thing. The hate in this comment thread, full of dog whistles and innuendo, is the most malignant thing. That truly shows the power of the winning photograph.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 05:14 UTC as 69th comment | 6 replies
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