photophile

photophile

Lives in United Kingdom UK, United Kingdom
Works as a Science/Technology
Joined on Nov 10, 2004
About me:

To live & learn. Then live some more :-)

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TheEulerID: I wish people would not use 3-D and stereoscopic almost interchangeably. I note Brian May's website does not do that, as I'd expect from a trained physicist. (I was fortunate enough to attend the same establishment as he did, and narrowly missed Queen performing on the college circuit as Seven Seas of Rhye became their first UK hit in my first year).

3-D provides perspective change as the observer moves his/her head. Stereoscopic images can't do that. What they provide is an illusion of depth, but the observer can't see around the image. When TV manufacturers, film producers and the like come up with a holographic system, then they can call it 3-D. In the meantime it's stereoscopic and I'm going to be forced to rant at those abusing the term like a crazy person.

On a similar vein, spiral staircases are not spiral. They are helical, but nobody will listen to me on that either.

nb. some would call me a pedant, but I prefer Lynne Truss's term "stickler".

Chapter 1 - spirals, helices and corkscrews...

mathphobe's nightmare!! ;-)

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 10:37 UTC

Always did think Brian May was a spitting image of Sir Isaac Newton.

What a career - Astrophysicist, inventor....and something about a rock band too ;-)

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 07:51 UTC as 14th comment

Just downloaded the trial version of this - and put it through its paces for highlight recovery. I have a set of varying degrees of over-exposed (RAW) pics which I use for these purposes - where highlights are far to the right - or just clipped. This software doesn't even come CLOSE to recovering detail when compared to Light Room 4 - or even RawTherapy for that matter. In fact, if you do nothing more in LR4 and just press the Auto button, you get considerably better highlight recovery than Aftershot Pro3. Really disappointed.

So far, the best software I have used for recovering highlights are LR4 and DxO pro 10.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 12:43 UTC as 4th comment

"it will help photographers concentrate on the important elements of image making rather than getting distracted with the camera functions."

Now if only they could strip away the remaining fidgety distractions such as manual focus, aperture selection, shutter speed selection etc then we could really be back to basics. (Hang on - I think I've just re-invented a compact!)

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 08:06 UTC as 167th comment
On photo I love a parade in the Film on the street challenge (8 comments in total)

Lets see....Renault 12, Citroen 2CV...and I think Vauxhall/Opal Victor. Definitely 1980! What a great day to go for a waddle :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 10:15 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies

Very exciting news. I'm not that interested in cinema, but if ever the technology translates over to TV, just think of the quality of wildlife films that would be possible! You could get a lion's eye view of an entire herd of wildebeest and actually roam among them! Or you could start from a tree canopy and make your way down to the undergrowth, stopping anywhere to examine entire ecosystems. I'd pay half my monthly salary to have a TV channel that like that :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 08:26 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On article Student takes 2016 Zeiss Photography Award top prize (223 comments in total)
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Brotherbill: Be it war photos, street photos, poor people photos, it all seems to be about the fine art of someone else's misery. Maybe it's about time to put down the stupid camera and actually make a difference. Join the Peace Corps. Join the Marines. Or whatever. But enough with the "oh so sensitive me" crap photos.
Well anyway, that's my opinion.

@Brotherbill: LOL! Have you ever seen morning commuters on the London underground - or the Berlin Metro ?? They look even more miserable (despite being some of the highest wage earners in the world). Besides, I'm not sure everyone shown in the photo is in misery. You'll be surprised how content people are with their lot - even if it appears small by other standards. In many cultures, material wealth isn't a measure of happiness.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 08:21 UTC
On article Swirly bokeh: Lensbaby announces Twist 60 lens (121 comments in total)

The dog picture made me feel like I had just just fallen off one of those playground roundabouts - which some older kid had started to turn really fast! So yep - the effect is a bit stomach-churning. Wonder if you can control the extent of swirl.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 15:52 UTC as 30th comment | 4 replies

Why didn't the Lytro guys go down this route ?

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 12:56 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply

hmm...OK, I understand the protracted rationale (for leaving the stills camera business) in his blog. It does read like a huge apology and a way to allay self-doubt. The very last sentence regarding the new venture and the current Team reads:

Hardly a day passes without one of them stopping me in the hallway and uttering my five favorite words: “Want to see something cool?”

But surely that was also being said (and done) a few years a go with the original Lytro field camera!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 16:39 UTC as 48th comment
On article Picasa will be phased out in favor of Google Photos (156 comments in total)

What a pity! Been using Picasa for 11 years now. Never was there a (free) program that was so user friendly. The straightening tool, and resize tool were unmatched by even high-end fee paying software for ease of use. I even think its auto WB was pretty accurate - for a one-button correction! As for photo management - you could do it with your eyes closed! It just worked.

Sad to see it go.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 09:19 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies

Why is that "grittier reality" can only be demonstrated in B&W ? Whatever calamity (man-made, or natural) has only ever been witnessed by Man in colour. Show me your true colours.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 18:12 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On photo Macro - Amphibian in the Best of 2015 challenge (6 comments in total)

wow! Stunning colour rendition - that green looks special - and the glazed look of the gold/yellow in the eyes - all very good.

ED glass :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 11:54 UTC as 2nd comment

bit confused - when they say it "increases the F number" - I presume they mean it increases the size of the aperture - in other words it decreases the F number - so that an f2.8 becomes an f 2.0 (hence speed "booster"). Or is it the other way round ??

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 09:25 UTC as 8th comment | 8 replies
On article Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera (367 comments in total)

Sorry DPreview - I just can't resist:

Mersedez Benzz announced today a new vehicle - one designed to allow potential new drivers to experience "real, grass roots level driving."

The vehicle is a small sized all-wooden carriage, fitted with two wagon wheels. The shafts at the front allow the driver to harness an animal - perhaps a horse, or donkey, or similar beast of burden (not included) to provide propulsion.

That is not all. A tractor, or lawn-mower may be attached in place of a horse, thus allowing motorised transport.

The CEO commented "More and more drivers are choosing to have less convenient transport - and we would like to fill that gap in the burgeoning market."

Retail price of the all-wooden carriage (horse not included): Approx double that of a modern hybrid car.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 16:19 UTC as 79th comment | 1 reply
On article Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera (367 comments in total)

eh ?!??!?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 09:14 UTC as 127th comment | 1 reply

Virtually all photos of me (except school photos) from the 1970's - were taken on our then Polaroid camera - and I too can still remember the smell of the chemicals as you pulled the paper out, waved it about in air for a minute or so, then peeled back the two layers to reveal the photo.

by the mid 1980's those same photos had become faded - and by the mid 1990's, you had to look hard to see who's picture it was. I managed to scan some of the better ones during the 2000's - and even then it took quite a bit of PP to get them to look anywhere half decent.

So...memories of childhood ? yes! - but go back to instant photos ?? No thank you. If it wasn't for my school photos, I'd have a hard job telling my kids what I looked like as a kid myself. I'd like to leave 1976 firmly in....1976.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 15:27 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On article PIX 2015: Kiliii Fish on Living Wild (94 comments in total)

Didn't Grizzly Adams already do this....?

;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 12:14 UTC as 4th comment
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Steve in GA: My goodness. Look at the comments below.

I'm not interested in any kind of non-adjustable strap that is made of a hard-stiff material, but these comments are over the top, animal gestapo-ish.

Perhaps. But materials science has come along in leaps and bounds since the 19th century. There are a multitude of naturally occurring biopolymeric materials (and blends thereof) that are every bit as durable as bison leather. I have looked at Holdfast Gear's website - no mention of sustainability, or renewable resources, or any involvement in bison conservation projects - but they do sell a camera strap called Money Maker. Feel free to visit their website - you'll get a good laugh of out all those staged photos of butch men kitted out with "practical" luxury leather goods.

Somewhat poor judgement from Dpreview IMO.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 16:01 UTC

...and there was I thinking its not the Victorian Age anymore - people are protective of the wilderness now. Looks like there's still a few pith-helmet topped, khaki clad moustachioed colonials about. Thank you Dpreview. If you were that cash-strapped, I'd have organised a whip-round.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 13:15 UTC as 35th comment
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