Model Mike

Model Mike

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Joined on Jan 18, 2005

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On The Wild Southwest: Jory Vander Galien's landscapes article (60 comments in total)

I was going to plead "landscape-fatigue" as it's a subject which has been done almost to death and as presented here they don't look particularly special. That was, until I visited his web site. It's only there that you appreciate the depth of his work - it's a treat. Thanks DPR for a worthwhile addition to your landscape portfolio.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 13:29 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
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sebastian huvenaars: Ah flickr, the site that used to harbor photographers... Most of my flickr friends have left the scene by now, maybe i should do the same. Hardly ever visit that train wreck...

Which train wreck do you use now?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 23:56 UTC
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SirSeth: No full frame! Well I'm going to be avoiding the Pentax forum for a while. I don't want to chewed on by all the gnashing of teeth.

Why wait for a Pentax FF body, just to use a couple of decent lenses amidst a sea of second-hand third rate dross? I don't get it, when there are already affordable FF systems around from the likes of Sony and Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 19:25 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (101 comments in total)
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Mal69: @PhotoKhan

I know what you say and i get your point, i think you miss my point, i am not a snob and i know how to use Photoshop.

Anyone can take a photo and manipulate it but there comes a point when you are not seeing what the eye sees and instead you are seeing a fantasy, nothing wrong with that, some of these photoshopped images look superb, some look overprocessed, as another example i am not keen on supermodels that get all their imperfections photoshopped away, beauty is of course in the eye of beholder and we all have different tastes.

Photography is all too often manipulated after the fact and done so aggressively, a little photoshop is fine but i think people go overboard with it these days, tools can be used for good but can also be used for bad and i prefer to see as little manipulation as possible.

Unless you happen to be a one-eyed gorgon you're never going to see what the camera sees. Why not just enjoy the fantasy?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 23:29 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (873 comments in total)
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Erik Hecht: Here's my first real world experience with the camera in Iceland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkvoptWnkxQ

Bravo, lovely work.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 15:57 UTC
On Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II article (191 comments in total)

Splendid video.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 00:58 UTC as 97th comment
On Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps article (137 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Back in the good old days of rocket research, we used to rely on a high fps rate camera called a GSAP to study rocket engine firings. It's total running time was a matter of seconds. It cost a fortune then.

Now there may be one for less than $700? What possible use can an amateur
photographer have for such a device once he has taken a picture of a hummingbird in flight or a bullet shattering a light bulb? It's a marvelous achievement in price vs. performance, but it's long term use to the average photographer will be in bragging rights only.

Someone said he'd pick one up in a heart beat. And do what with it? Do you have any idea how quickly it will fill a 32GB card at 18.500 fps @ 2560 x 2048 pixels per image? I would imagine we are talking in terms of seconds.

It has a profound scientific future and I cheer for the inventor, but aside from that who in amateur photography needs it? Who will want one is another matter.

I agree, though the intended market is clearly much wider than just 'the average photographer' - there's support for users to customise the firmware.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:21 UTC

In contrast to the bag, the camera looks slightly ever so slightly ridiculous. A small mirrorless cam would surely be more appropriate.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 07:19 UTC as 94th comment | 1 reply
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Michael Ma: Samples overall look a generation or two behind the latest smartphones. Sacrifice that for refocus, dof, 3d....maybe worth it for some, not worth it for others.

Refocus is the least of it - it's the depth-aware editing that's the real killer.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 10:51 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom article (195 comments in total)
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Hubertus Bigend: With all the effort they put into making such a camera (which I find nicely designed, by the way), I wish they'd strive more to find a more useful balance between versatility (i.e. zoom range) and compactness on one hand and image quality and low-light capability on the other, until by some miracle someone invents a 1/2.33" sensor with acceptable image quality some day. With a slightly larger sensor and a slightly smaller zoom range I might even become interested in a camera like that XG-1. As things are, I'd rather use this older camera that was named XG-1, too: http://www.rokkorfiles.com/photos/XG-1-image.jpg (via http://www.rokkorfiles.com/XG%20Series.htm).

I doubt Ricoh put any significant resources into designing this camera, let alone making it. It shows all the signs of being an 'add your own logo' deal.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 11:54 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom article (195 comments in total)
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D1N0: Looks to be the same camera as this one:
http://www.kodakcamera.jkiltd.com/Americas/cameras/astroZoom/az522.php

kodak az522

Too true, and would explain the stupidly low price.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 11:44 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2291 comments in total)
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Will Taylor73: God Leica are tedious! They bring out these hyped-up 2nd rate cameras and the mindless Leica fan-bois come out in droves to clap their hands and congratulate a dying company on it's paltry efforts to make itself relevant. Leica are simply irrelevant to modern photography. When I see someone with a digital Leica I know (from experience and making an effort to chat to these folks) that they are cashed-up pretenders who care far more about the credence the brand 'lends' their photography than just about anything else. Let Leica dye I say.

"Let Leica dye I say". I'm sure they'll paint you a red dot if you ask them nicely!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 16:59 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2291 comments in total)
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jkokich: Do the pictures justify the price? No.

Yes the sample shots are awful. Looks like the photog about 5 minutes to spare and sandwiches in both hands.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
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Stephen787: if you want to ask that much money and deliver such sloppiness.You german deserve to lose your job by eastern european migrant. What disgrace, you might as well shift your plant to China.

Read the post properly before criticising - the omission was by the PR guys who sent the camera, not the Leica factory.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 22:40 UTC
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (182 comments in total)
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mwgnz: "Overwhelming positive feedback..." I must be on a different planet, because it sure as hell ain't in this neck of the woods. But it's of little relevance anymore. With the introduction of the subscriber model, the longtime commitment I had made to successive upgrades of PS over the years (since 1998) came quietly to its end.

Nope... people who actually like - and use - CC don't waste their time moaning on forums.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 22:30 UTC
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (182 comments in total)
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Joe Mayer: I must be a dino. I have no interest in manipulating any images on my i-anything. I don't see the point in using Photoshop AND Lightroom. LR is simply PS-lite and if you have PS, the "free" LR is of no use unless you really have poor cataloging skills and need a program to keep track of your stuff. As for the new features of PS, well, Adobe has always introduced new touch-feely stuff to attract people to update. In this case, they are giving it to those subscribed and are trying to tempt the hold-outs. I don't need to blur my photos and selecting according to sharpness is something I don't get. If I have a shot with great bokeh, I want to select the sharp part? Most people want to select the model so they can create fake bokeh. I'm sure there's a use for it but I can't figure any for my use so for those who can, enjoy. The only use I've seen for sharp masking is in the selection of a group of photos where you can immediately see which ones nailed focus.

"LR is simply PS-lite".... do a search for 'non-destructive editing' and you'll see this is really not the case. They are two entirely different types of product, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Having said that, for most photographers, LR + a cheapo bitmap editor - preferably but not essentially 16-bit - would be perfect combo. PS is overkill.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 16:00 UTC
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (182 comments in total)
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PicOne: How do upgrade fees (to eg. LR6) get calculated if the upgrade becomes available somewhere in the middle of your 1yr contract?

IOW, to say this $9.99/month cost structure is "permanent" doesn't mean much if LR5 is about to be replaced, and this pricing is only valid for LR5 +CC (and no other future version of LR).

Just do a search for 'lightroom' and click on anything which says 'buy for $, £...' (substitute your own doolally currency). Well, Adobe never said they'd make it easy, did they...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 15:45 UTC
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Stephen787: if you want to ask that much money and deliver such sloppiness.You german deserve to lose your job by eastern european migrant. What disgrace, you might as well shift your plant to China.

Has the world totally lost its sense of humour?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 01:29 UTC
On National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite article (170 comments in total)
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mrschmo: The direction this is heading is banning drones everywhere.

I don't think so. Neither is it unreasonable in my view, and I say that as a keen RC sailplane flyer.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 13:25 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (208 comments in total)
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fengchun: I guess the author forget one thing, RAW doesn't have any color information.

Basically this just create a custom profile of white balance plus some tone adjustment at most... not a bad way for lazy people though.

@badi Indeed I have some old Pentax lenses with a severe cast - I'd been wondering about profiling the camera for these lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 11:41 UTC
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