fmian

fmian

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer/Re-toucher/Consultant
Has a website at www.primephotography.com.au
Joined on Mar 28, 2010

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Gollan: Those are very interesting photos, mostly portraits. I wasn't expecting so many head and shoulders images. How long were the exposures when these were made? In any case, the subjects are displaying an admirable ability to keep still. A couple of the images appear to be post-mortem, but perhaps I am misinterpreting a classical pose.

Exposure time would have varied depending on whether it was direct sunlight or indoor window lit, and the sensitivity of the emulsion.
Typically would have been between 1 and 3 ISO.
I've had indoor window lit portraits taken on wet plate collodion and I had to sit still for 2 minutes.
Another one I had taken was outdoors in direct midday light (no clouds, was hard not to squint) and that was about 2-3 seconds.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 02:52 UTC

WOW WOW WOW WOW!!
As someone who has been collecting British glass plate photographs from the early 1900's I am just in an inspired awe. I really need to contact print some of mine and do the history some justice by making an album of them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 00:24 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (429 comments in total)
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fmian: Well if the new tech is for pro video, then what kind of resolution, frame rates and resulting file sizes will we expect? Special software to edit the proprietary files in a very limited manner?
What kind of a reception will a video maker get when their peers see that they don't even know what is supposed to be focused on while filming? It begs for the creativity to flow in post and for uncheckable errors to be made on set.
Video makers already use multiple cameras for different angles and focal points to edit together creatively. More control and it promotes a clearer understanding of what you are trying to do.
If it's for surveillance video, why wouldn't someone just use an ultrawide lens with an appropriate hyperfocal distance/setting?

Still... very limited application and I can only see this tech being used for scientific purposes rather than the consumer/pro market.

Lytro need to get their head out and figure out who their tech suits best.

Reliance on technology to overcome poor technique and skills.
You're right, that's a big market to cater to.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 22:57 UTC
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (429 comments in total)
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fmian: Well if the new tech is for pro video, then what kind of resolution, frame rates and resulting file sizes will we expect? Special software to edit the proprietary files in a very limited manner?
What kind of a reception will a video maker get when their peers see that they don't even know what is supposed to be focused on while filming? It begs for the creativity to flow in post and for uncheckable errors to be made on set.
Video makers already use multiple cameras for different angles and focal points to edit together creatively. More control and it promotes a clearer understanding of what you are trying to do.
If it's for surveillance video, why wouldn't someone just use an ultrawide lens with an appropriate hyperfocal distance/setting?

Still... very limited application and I can only see this tech being used for scientific purposes rather than the consumer/pro market.

Lytro need to get their head out and figure out who their tech suits best.

Lol.. you could shoot with hyperfocal settings or a better angle so everything is in focus anyway. People have been shooting tennis just fine with the ball in focus so far...
If you're talking about tracking focus while maintaining shallow DOF I think that's outside the current bounds of Lytro. Possibly something they can work towards with software. Having said that, hardware based automated follow focus solutions already exist.
http://nofilmschool.com/2014/04/cinema-control-laboratories-andra-motion-follow-focus-system

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 04:07 UTC
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (429 comments in total)
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fmian: Well if the new tech is for pro video, then what kind of resolution, frame rates and resulting file sizes will we expect? Special software to edit the proprietary files in a very limited manner?
What kind of a reception will a video maker get when their peers see that they don't even know what is supposed to be focused on while filming? It begs for the creativity to flow in post and for uncheckable errors to be made on set.
Video makers already use multiple cameras for different angles and focal points to edit together creatively. More control and it promotes a clearer understanding of what you are trying to do.
If it's for surveillance video, why wouldn't someone just use an ultrawide lens with an appropriate hyperfocal distance/setting?

Still... very limited application and I can only see this tech being used for scientific purposes rather than the consumer/pro market.

Lytro need to get their head out and figure out who their tech suits best.

HowaboutRAW: You're making a pretty loose connection there.
By thought process I am talking about design, script, storyboarding etc in pro video.
The only thing that todays action cams and drones have done is give the OPTION to people who couldn't otherwise afford to hire a helicoptor/crane etc and organise the red tape that surrounds those things. The thought process is still the same.
The Lytro concept however (this is my opinion) encourages people to preconceptualise less, and try to figure it out later. Which I think is a bad thing.
Perhaps you could give me an example of how a hypothetical Lytro video camera could be used to produce a result that would be otherwise impossible?
It's entirely likely that I'm just not using my imagination enough.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 03:27 UTC
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (429 comments in total)
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fmian: Well if the new tech is for pro video, then what kind of resolution, frame rates and resulting file sizes will we expect? Special software to edit the proprietary files in a very limited manner?
What kind of a reception will a video maker get when their peers see that they don't even know what is supposed to be focused on while filming? It begs for the creativity to flow in post and for uncheckable errors to be made on set.
Video makers already use multiple cameras for different angles and focal points to edit together creatively. More control and it promotes a clearer understanding of what you are trying to do.
If it's for surveillance video, why wouldn't someone just use an ultrawide lens with an appropriate hyperfocal distance/setting?

Still... very limited application and I can only see this tech being used for scientific purposes rather than the consumer/pro market.

Lytro need to get their head out and figure out who their tech suits best.

Higher resolutions? Higher bitrates? Higher framerates?
The way people make it is still the same. The thought process has not changed for pro video. Albeit being able to put smaller cameras on drones and helmets and stuff. But you could do that in the past anyway. You just needed the money and a good team.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 02:44 UTC
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (429 comments in total)

Well if the new tech is for pro video, then what kind of resolution, frame rates and resulting file sizes will we expect? Special software to edit the proprietary files in a very limited manner?
What kind of a reception will a video maker get when their peers see that they don't even know what is supposed to be focused on while filming? It begs for the creativity to flow in post and for uncheckable errors to be made on set.
Video makers already use multiple cameras for different angles and focal points to edit together creatively. More control and it promotes a clearer understanding of what you are trying to do.
If it's for surveillance video, why wouldn't someone just use an ultrawide lens with an appropriate hyperfocal distance/setting?

Still... very limited application and I can only see this tech being used for scientific purposes rather than the consumer/pro market.

Lytro need to get their head out and figure out who their tech suits best.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 02:35 UTC as 68th comment | 9 replies
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bgbs: It's amazing that these guys begin photography, but their photographs look better in composition and lighting than what most can produce today.

Absolutely!
It says a lot about the (lack of) importance of gear.
I look back at some of Nadar's work and see what he was able to create with such little at hand and it's inspirational.
Also some of Lartigues work when he was a boy using a box brownie is a wonderful example of how raw talent can totally supersede the need for the latest tech.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 01:01 UTC

Just shoot film already.
Why try and hark back to the simplicity of the olden days by creating something new, when the old stuff is still available and still works fine?
4" screen on the back? Please... people will spend more time looking at the photo they just took to make sure it's right rather than trust their instinct and connect with their subject/environment.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 00:13 UTC as 93rd comment
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RichRMA: I could care less about video, however it was only a matter of time before a carbon fibre body appeared. But I thought it might have been from Nikon. But they're still living in the DSLR-only Dark Ages.

What are you talking about?
Nikon makes mirrorless and compact cameras as well??

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 04:36 UTC
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fmian: I wonder how it would play with the users palm resting on the ipad while drawing with the pen. Found it really unintuitive to hover my hand while drawing when using other ipad pen options. I thought this was one of the main reasons people used dedicated drawing tablets.

Thanks, I'm not at all interested in purchasing this product since I don't have a MAC and I already have a graphics tablet. So downloading it would be pointless.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 02:24 UTC
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I wonder how it would play with the users palm resting on the ipad while drawing with the pen. Found it really unintuitive to hover my hand while drawing when using other ipad pen options. I thought this was one of the main reasons people used dedicated drawing tablets.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 22:32 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
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En Trance: Like the industry is waiting for a camera to define it! "THE" most popular image was, is, and always will be a semi-nude female so let's keep it real. If your camera is not superb for this subject, then it is a piece of trash!

You can't troll a former troll En Trance ;)

A. I don't have an iphone.
B. Using (predominately) painters as an example might further your limited argument but we are actually talking about photographs.
C. What's the heating like in your mothers basement?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 22:25 UTC
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En Trance: Like the industry is waiting for a camera to define it! "THE" most popular image was, is, and always will be a semi-nude female so let's keep it real. If your camera is not superb for this subject, then it is a piece of trash!

Actually En Trance, the most popular and well known photographs seem to be photojournalism shots that define a major event or portray famous people.
And the list of 20 most expensive photographs ever sold is not full of shots of half naked women.
While research from 2014 of British trends showed that the most shared photos online where those of cats, which more than doubled selfies.
I'll have to assume the rest of your posts are heavy sarcasm...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 05:03 UTC
On More things we found cut in half (CP+ 2015 edition) article (140 comments in total)

I like looking at these :)
There is one of the Leica Tri-Elmar lenses as well which look amazing.
Anyone have links to videos of cameras and lenses being cut in half?
The little boy in me would get a thrill out of that haha!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 23:39 UTC as 32nd comment
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J A C S: "With no mirror action and no mechanical shutter in electronic shutter mode..."

Does the OM-D E-M5 ll have a fully electronic shutter (2nd curtain) or his comments are about future cameras?

There is nothing preventing the mirror in the dSLR to stay up with similar high resolution implementations.

" He said that resolution lost to camera shake in DSLRs reduces the advantage of having more pixels."

Unless you shoot with an electronic shutter, which is what you do with the Oly anyway for higher res. That was a really cheap shot.

You don't think shutter shock is a limitation?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 22:56 UTC
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fmian: So... Don't buy the MKII cause something better is coming soon...
I see...

But not often do you hear that a camera is on the way that fixes the major limitations of another camera that hasn't been released yet.
They are kind of shooting themselves in the foot, but I'm sure Olympus loyalists will buy it regardless.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 22:51 UTC
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Gesture: Sensor manufacturers have concentrated mostly on providing high ISO settings that are not often used, he said, and had neglected low settings in their favor, but Olympus hopes this will change very soon.

Exactly. Do we really need 156,000 ISO.

This quote coming from a company that has minimum ISO of 200 on a lot of their cameras. Haha.. What BS.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 22:49 UTC

So... Don't buy the MKII cause something better is coming soon...
I see...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 22:43 UTC as 39th comment | 5 replies
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golfgti2012: no wifi = fail

WI-FI is near redundant in a model with these specs.
How long will it take to send a 50mp raw file? How much battery power will it use? And for people in the studio they are going to tether this anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 05:01 UTC
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