Gerard Hoffnung

Joined on Oct 17, 2011

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solarider: Just in case things go downhill and I need a backup to what I have on flickr... I'd appreciate very much knowing if there is an easy way to copy everything I have on flickr to say google+/former picasa or another free service? Thanks in advance.

Before you try moving to Google Photos (Google's Picasa replacement) check it out carefully. It is essentially a very basic photoshare app. You cannot even arrange images in an album as you can in flickr. The only way I have found is to go into Picasa, arrange the images the way you want and that arrangement will be reflected in Photos. That will all go away when they pull the plug on Picasa in May and you will not be able to upload to it. Google has really messed up by dumping Picasa.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 16:21 UTC

3,000,000 ISO is pretty useful if you want to take unrecognizable images of a black cat in a coal cellar at midnight. As Nikon has offered this feature I assume that there is someone, somewhere, that needs to do that :)

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 15:38 UTC as 107th comment | 4 replies
On photo Windmills at Kinderdijk, The Netherlands in the Windmills challenge (4 comments in total)

What a beautiful atmospheric image. I've paid a brief visit to Kinderdijk but the light wasn't like that. Great place to visit though.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 00:09 UTC as 1st comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Christopher Michel (72 comments in total)
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Alex Efimoff: The first photo hurts my eyes and brain - such a bad example of HDR.

One of the problems I have with HDR is that sometimes shadows are presented in an unnatural way. I think #1 is an example of this as in real time the side of the balloons nearest us would be in deep shadow given the position of the sun on the horizon, same for the trees below. My brain struggles a little to deal with the unreal way the lighting is but then again my brain struggles with a lot of things these days :)

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 02:40 UTC
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davids8560: I just don't know what to do. Fuji. Sony. Lumix. Coopix. All that's clear is that without the right camera, that Pulitzer just seems farther away than ever. And sure can't dodge the fact my accounts render all these reviews irrelevant. Money's been kinda slow. Yeah, sure - daydreamin' is free. So I shut her down and went to the park. Deserted. Took a picture of a crushed Mountain Dew can on a bed of dry leaves with my iPhone. God, it was windy! Wonder if Sharice is ever coming back. So much wasted time! Not enough Friends. Not enough Likes. Nothing when I Google my own name. (Sigh.)

Nicely done. One of the best comments I have read on DPR

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2015 at 16:27 UTC
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happypoppeye: There is very little benefit shooting in RAW these days and its easier for a company to handle jpegs. Plus, jpegs are almost just as editable.

"compared to reality than a properly edited RAW!"
Yes, but whose reality are we talking about when you allow RAW editing.
@happypoppeye
You have apparently never rescued an incorrectly exposed but otherwise great image using RAW. Yes, I occasionally do make mistakes :)

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 16:24 UTC
On article JPEG Committee contemplates adding DRM to image format (186 comments in total)
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Digitalis32: I Nominate the EFF for a Darwin award.

How many publishers have used DRM in the area of gaming,cinema,audio - only to realize how easy it is to circumvent.

Perhaps you should reaad the article more thoroughly.
"The EFF argues that adding DRM to images 'would not be effective at protecting intellectual property rights in images and would have unwanted side effects.'"

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 02:11 UTC
On article Rough and ready: Olympus Tough TG-4 review (280 comments in total)

I like the "freeze proof to -10C". Around my part of the world that's an average winter day and both my G16 and Ti3 function perfectly well at that temperature.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 15:20 UTC as 73rd comment | 7 replies
On article Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors (178 comments in total)
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vaclav1: In Canada people with University education often earn less money than people with Union jobs. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has enormousness power. My postman at my previous address in Vancouver owned a new Porsche.
No wonder that I ship to Europe every package from USA and I get all packages to my US address, it is much cheaper and much faster.
This is a victory of sick socialism over freedom.

Neez,
I agree. I am Canadian and up until the recent exchange rate drop I bought a lot of stuff from the US. I always look for sellers that will ship USPS as UPS rip you off with outrageous broker fees which USPS doesn't. I've never had an item go missing or damaged and delivery times have always been reasonable. Most items are delivered to my door by Canada Post. I have no complaints.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 15:02 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)

I read the first 2 paragraphs of this article and thought "this is going to to be a Canon hate fest in the comments", I wasn't disappointed. Apparently many commenters here are the only true arbiters of what is acceptable for the rest of us. I hope there are plenty of buyers for this camera, I certainly would love one if my budget ran to it.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 17:23 UTC as 263rd comment | 1 reply
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dudewithcamera: Check out the Domke F803. Truly low profile - no brand names and definitely doesn't scream "camera bag". Has more of a vintage look than most camera bags. Five good pockets including one which might fit a Surface/Air (not sure). Non slip strap, handle, great size for mirrorless.

That Domke looks really nice, a lot like the shoulder bags I saw a lot of men carrying on a recent trip to Europe. Much more stealth than some shoulder camera bags.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 14:16 UTC
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Elmos: Wow.. so much hostility against the UK. What is being proposed doesn't seem unreasonable to me. Nothing is being destroyed or hidden or faked. The images were made in the UK by someone living in the UK and are now considered culturally valuable what is the issue here ? do we have too much time on our hands folks ?

Nicely put Dave.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 19:41 UTC
On article Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 (163 comments in total)
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minzaw: The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed what many people thought all along: taking ‘selfies’ is a mental disorder. The APA made this classification during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago. The disorder is called selfitis, and is defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy. APA said there are three levels of the disorder:

Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day

I read it on the internet so it must be true.
Actually that extract is from a spoof article from the Adobo Chronicles a "creative news" web site which claims everthing on it's web site is the truth except for the lies.
Sadly this is now being passed around the internet as being real.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 16:04 UTC
On article Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses (368 comments in total)
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tongki: I keep 17-40mm for extra 5mm reach
and don't need stupid IS

if you can not handheld your camera in wide angle,
then hire a photographer that can do it

Excellent comment. This 70 year old photographer needs all the help he can get when it comes to reducing camera shake. I use a monpod almost all the time and a tripod when I can but sometimes handheld is the only way to go and then IS is of paramount importance to me.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 04:17 UTC

I love classic cars and these shots capture the feel of the era of the models.
Almost as impressive is that there are no whining complaints about something or other (so far).

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 04:16 UTC as 27th comment
On article Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2013) (236 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: I did try it, loved it, bought it and am having a jolly good time using it. The EVF could be better but is a huge improvement over the typical optical viewfinders (I had the G12 for 2 years). With a $24 8MP UHS-1 card, write time for 12MP Raw + jpeg is about 1.5sec/frame or 9sec for a 6 frame sequence. I don't understand the issue of interface sluggishness. Yesterday, I photographed the sunset jumping from 5 frame exposure bracketing for HDR rendering to manual series of 5 shots for panorama stitching, everything without taking my eye off the EVF and/or appreciable complications. The articulated LCD with Manual Frame Area is great for basic product photography. The lens range up to 200mm is definitely a unique plus for me.

BTW, I am a part-time pro with over 40 years of experience with all kind of film and digital gear shooting many different subjects. I normally work with pro-level equipment but carry the P7800 with me everywhere to be ready for any unexpected photo opportunity

Presumably the Nikon P7800, it's the only one with a 200mm zoom length.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 02:41 UTC
On article Niki Feijen's haunting images of abandoned houses (218 comments in total)

HDR or not, I find these images very evocative. In the first image it appears as though the occupants simply dissapeared leaving behind their belongings such as the suit hanging on the wall. What happened to them, why did they leave? My imagination can fill in a few scenarios but would any of them be close to reality? Enjoy the images for what they are.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 02:17 UTC as 31st comment
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Braxton7: Top one reminds me of a Dali painting. Haven't looked at the website. I do often wonder about the clothes and shoes you see on the side of the highway sometimes. Where do they come from and why?

Interesting point. I was out riding my bicycle recently and noticed a sports bra lying in the ditch alongside the road. Kept my imagination going for quite a while as I tried to figure various scenarios as to how it got there :)

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2013 at 01:08 UTC
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Optimal Prime: Artsy stuff is great. But not at the expense of camera reviews. That's not why I visit this site.

Given the prodigious backlog of reviews, shouldn't DPR put more effort into clearing it and finally be as current as other major review sites?

You apparently believe that it's a one or the other system. I'm sure that dpreview is more than capable of showing other photographers artwork without sacrificing the technical nitty gritty so beloved of some commenters. Isn't the whole point of photography to create an image. Some of photography's most iconic images have been created using equipment that doesn't hold a candle to the quality even a modern point and shoot can do. One of the reasons I really like this web site is that it inspires me with some of the images created by brilliant photographers as well as keeping me up to date with the latest technology. Most modern high quality cameras can produce images far beyond the needs of the imagination of most of us and definitely beyond my limited capabilities.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2013 at 01:04 UTC

I guess I am in a minority in that I find that very often, I learn something from a comment that I probably wouldn't have learned otherwise. Discussion in comments sections, particularly on very technical issues will either clarify something for me or drive me to further research on the internet. I read at least some of the comments on any article I read and find it easy to skip the nonsense and focus on the good comments. On more than one occasion, some very funny comments have been posted that give me a belly laugh that just makes my day. I'm OK with comment sections.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 15:44 UTC as 65th comment | 2 replies
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