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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On Readers' showcase: Landscape photography article (87 comments in total)
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fmian: Quite disappointed to see such bland choices. Number 6 being the one exception.
Most of them leave me with a 'Nothing much to look at here' feeling and a lot of technical nit picks.
I'd really like to be able to say otherwise.

"but an image should hold its own in any context."
I hope you realize this is an impossibility.
Could you fully appreciate the Sistine Chapel if you only saw miniature plastic recreation of it?
Scale is an important thing to consider when outputting an image. As is how the light is meant to be cast on the final print. And how it is framed. And it's viewing height/distance.
Not to forget whether the image is part of a series or not. As some images don't have impact on their own, and only make sense when seen together.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 04:27 UTC
On Readers' showcase: Landscape photography article (87 comments in total)
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fmian: Quite disappointed to see such bland choices. Number 6 being the one exception.
Most of them leave me with a 'Nothing much to look at here' feeling and a lot of technical nit picks.
I'd really like to be able to say otherwise.

RunStrom
Have you seen Rhein II as it was intended to be seen? ie. printed 1.9 x 3.6 meters?
Or just on a tiny low DPI LCD screen?
It's difficult to appreciate something when you are seeing it without the correct context. And it's kind of sad that these days almost everyone expects an image to be normalised to be viewed on a computer screen as the final product.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 02:57 UTC
On Readers' showcase: Landscape photography article (87 comments in total)
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jl_smith: Wow, all these haters, you'd imagine they could do such a better job.

Yet, you click on 99% of their names:

Gallery Stats : Photos Uploaded - 0

Challenge Stats : Entries - 0

Website : none listed

I propose DPR give many of them a new profile stat:

Credibility - 0

:D

I gave praise to image number 6 in my comments below.
It really stands apart from the others and is an awesome shot.
And I'm not 'hating' because I'm jealous or can't give praise.
I'm just not the type of person to blindly jump on to a bandwagon and follow everyone elses suit if I don't agree with things. I'm not afraid to say what's on my mind and many people seem to find that kind of frank critiquing refreshing.
Don't like my comments or opinion? That's fine. I really don't mind. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 02:49 UTC
On Readers' showcase: Landscape photography article (87 comments in total)
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jl_smith: Wow, all these haters, you'd imagine they could do such a better job.

Yet, you click on 99% of their names:

Gallery Stats : Photos Uploaded - 0

Challenge Stats : Entries - 0

Website : none listed

I propose DPR give many of them a new profile stat:

Credibility - 0

:D

I see it as the complete opposite jl_smith.
DPreview, whether it likes it or not has the responsibility of setting some sort of standard when it posts a showcase like this. It's representative of not only the readers talents but the acuity of the people who run the site.
I would much rather see no images compared to the uninspiring stuff chosen here. So if you can't see the photos taken by the naysayers, count your blessings. It's probably a good thing.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 23:10 UTC
On Readers' showcase: Landscape photography article (87 comments in total)
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fmian: Quite disappointed to see such bland choices. Number 6 being the one exception.
Most of them leave me with a 'Nothing much to look at here' feeling and a lot of technical nit picks.
I'd really like to be able to say otherwise.

stevo23: For which image?
RunStrom: I respect your opinion, however I don't see much that is done well here in regards to colour, tone, content, bloom/highlight control.
Of course, just my opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 07:02 UTC
On Readers' showcase: Landscape photography article (87 comments in total)

Quite disappointed to see such bland choices. Number 6 being the one exception.
Most of them leave me with a 'Nothing much to look at here' feeling and a lot of technical nit picks.
I'd really like to be able to say otherwise.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 23:02 UTC as 26th comment | 8 replies

Perfect for that flat synthetic lifeless look that is all the rage these days.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 23:55 UTC as 23rd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (476 comments in total)
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JanMatthys: This should be a very popular camera with parents videotaping their kids at baseball, soccer, football games etc. Being able to record 4k video at 30fps, with continuous AF and picking out individual 8mp Stills for print up to 8x10! for $900? Wow, great set of features for sure

BubbaHotepUK wrote:

'I think of these features as future-proofing your digital acquisition.'

Digital...Future-Proofing...?

Now there's an oxymoron if I ever heard one! :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 23:47 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (125 comments in total)

Why would people be moving around so much within a studio?
Surely an assistant with a boom pole would do the same job..

And c'mon... this tech must REALLY be designed for the military right?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 04:53 UTC as 61st comment | 5 replies
On VSCO launches artist initiative fund article (10 comments in total)

Would it be too ironic to submit images shot on film?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 01:47 UTC as 2nd comment

I think it would work much better as an educational video.
Telling us where mirrors were used in the early days of photography (Nadar), explaining the refractive properties of glass shapes, showing SAFE ways to incorporate fire into a shot. Other types of filters to modify the image....
As it is it's a bit too low brow.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 01:16 UTC as 14th comment
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RichRMA: According to some reports, their film is inconsistent. How does it compare to Fuji's?

The colour impossible film I have used developed terribly and inconsistently under the same lighting conditions. And then got worse even when kept in the dark.
By comparison the Fuji/Polaroid branded 300 emulsion is worlds better. Colour is very precise, skin tones look natural and even after several years sitting under light it looks good.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 00:47 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (1828 comments in total)

What is the 4/3 equivalent in 110 format?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 00:59 UTC as 201st comment | 1 reply

Some great environmental portraits here and a great read!
Good to see where the photographer gets motivation and inspiration from :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2014 at 23:16 UTC as 5th comment

Do we really need another one of these?
Kickstarter pledges are getting out of hand..

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 05:54 UTC as 13th comment
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)
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SammyToronto: Typical example of a company charging an exorbitant price for a camera not based on merit, but because they can. They were one of a kind in the market, so, to Sony, that meant ripping off their customers is fair game. Thank God for Panasonic, and competition in general!

'Thank God for Panasonic, and competition in general!'

Yes, let's forget the whole exorbitant price gouging Panasonic does with their batteries and Leica branded products.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 06:29 UTC
On A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens article (163 comments in total)

Needs matching wet plate collodion back...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 02:09 UTC as 43rd comment
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forpetessake: How is Sigma's "try before you buy" any better than buy and return for full refund if not satisfied most vendors offer? In fact it's worse, Sigma offers just one week, while most vendors allow 30 days of use.

Speaking from experience (in Australia), yes, the item usually gets resold.
Although it is only refunded on the condition that it is returned in a resellable condition. This includes the product and packaging and all contents.
I've only known personally of one manufacturer who would take back opened products for repackaging.
In the case of the wrong item being purchased and returned with torn etc packaging the item is resold at a cheaper price.
This may or may not be in accordance with the law. It's just what I've experienced when I used to work in retail.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 00:16 UTC
On Samsung announces tiny NX mini mirrorless camera article (79 comments in total)
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ybizzle: This is truly an act of robbery. Samsung stole the Fuji XF-1 design and made into an interchangeable lens mount. What they couldn't steal was the feeling of holding a magnificent photographic tool with a manual zoom twist lens. The XF-1 along with higher end X cameras take us back to pure photography. Think Leica M6 Titanium if you have the tan XF-1. Truly a masterpiece in design with image quality to match!

Lol, the XF-1 has terrible handling. That lens is a pain to use turning the camera on and off and feels really cheap. Especially knowing how good the the X10/X20 feels.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 06:31 UTC
On Samsung announces tiny NX mini mirrorless camera article (79 comments in total)
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SETI: Welcome to loosers club.
Sincerely yours
Nikon

I literally laughed out loud.
You're mean :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 06:25 UTC
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