thenickdude

thenickdude

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Dunedin, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Joined on Dec 29, 2008

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On Focus Stacking in Macro Photography article (128 comments in total)
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chrisnfolsom: absolutely beautiful and informative - I am waiting for this feature to be automated as with the panoramic features now currently in most new cameras... I know to "purists" that would be wrong - I still make my own pans, but it is so damn easy working with the automatic tools and they get your pretty close. I even on occasion use my phone to take pictures/document *gasp* ;)

Magic Lantern firmware for Canon cameras can now do this focus stacking for you automatically.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2013 at 15:10 UTC
On Lightroom 4 Review article (480 comments in total)
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mjoshi: Does this thing have a capability to display focus point in RAW file same as Digital Photo Professional does for RAW files created from Canon camera ? It is important and comes handy when editing to see what was point of focus.

I doubt it, since this is extremely manufacturer-specific. Not to mention silently wrong if you've focus-recomposed.

EDI: Amadou Diallo bet me to it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 14:55 UTC
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III preview (922 comments in total)

Nice summary! I'd love to see a view through the viewfinder, however.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 05:38 UTC as 362nd comment | 1 reply
On Lightroom 4 Review article (480 comments in total)

Does soft proofing allow the result of converting the image to the sRGB colourspace to be previewed? In Lightroom 3, the histograms are unhelpfully based on the much larger ProPhoto colourspace, so images can be silently clipped in sRGB with no warning on the histogram to help you out.

EDIT: Tried out the beta. Yes, it does! Woohoo! No more clipped reds on my red flower photos!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 08:04 UTC as 187th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: In-depth Sony SLT-A77 review article (225 comments in total)
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sensibill: The high ISO (both JPEG *and* RAW) samples are quite noisy. I expected more out of this camera.

"Even when its files are downsampled to 16MP, images the A77's 24MP sensor still display slightly higher noise levels at ISO 12800 than the 16MP sensor of the A55"

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2011 at 06:21 UTC
On It's all about the details article (55 comments in total)
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thenickdude: The two Fly Geyser images were taken at different times (and the after has some quite curious cloning), which makes a before-and-after comparison a bit trickier.

Ellen,

I'm sorry that you're unwilling to even glance at the images you posted. The first image was shot 2010-05-08 16:52:51, the second image was shot 2010-05-08 16:52:56, this confirmed from the EXIF data. They don't even have the same exposure, the first one being shot at 1/45th of a second at f/20 and the "after" version being shot at 1/40th at f/19. The clouds have moved in the sky from wind. The geyser is at a radically different height. These are two different photographs.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2011 at 16:03 UTC
On It's all about the details article (55 comments in total)
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thenickdude: The two Fly Geyser images were taken at different times (and the after has some quite curious cloning), which makes a before-and-after comparison a bit trickier.

Ellen,

Have you actually looked at the image files that you have attached to the review? Do that now and flip between them. The wind-blown clouds move along slightly between the images, the signature has shifted, there is a dust spot cloned out in the cloud at the right and several in the cloud at the top, there are circular cloned areas at the bottom of the image, and the water has clearly moved. These are two different photos.

I don't doubt that you intended to upload a comparison of a single image (because there would be little point in faking this result), but that is not what you have uploaded to your actual article.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2011 at 06:09 UTC
On It's all about the details article (55 comments in total)

The two Fly Geyser images were taken at different times (and the after has some quite curious cloning), which makes a before-and-after comparison a bit trickier.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 00:15 UTC as 32nd comment | 9 replies
On Create your own articles - public beta launched today article (144 comments in total)
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RaptorUK: Can I create an article about how DPReview refuses to enforce it's own published rules ?

For example:

Images of children - We absolutely do not allow any nude / semi-nude / voyeuristic pictures of children or links to such galleries

You must only submit images that are safe for general public viewing, e.g. no nudity.

How do these rules allow this Challenge and it's Entries to remain: http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Challenge.aspx?ID=5270

Presumably this rule exists so that they can remove any images of naked people that they find offensive, without actually needing to give a rigid definition of what an offensive image is, which is pretty difficult.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2011 at 22:57 UTC
On sample18 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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dbateman: This photo is amazing! 24MP at 16000 ISO, there is only fine grain noise and no blochy color noise. This could be cleaned up with Topaz denoise. I am very impressed with the NEX7

If you can't see the blotchy colour noise, you're not looking hard enough. Regardless, this is a very impressive result at ISO 16,000 on APS-C

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 06:05 UTC
On Studio in the Wild article (24 comments in total)
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CarstenKriegerPhotography: It's not just you. The backgrounds are overexposed deliberately, it's the whole idea of this technique. It's all explained in the article.

There's a difference between achieving a white background, and having a background lit so hot that it destroys the edges of the subject.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 05:56 UTC
On The what and why of wildlife macro photography article (46 comments in total)

I've seen the foam of spittlebugs many times before, but I had never seen the bug itself, it's fascinating! Did you clear the foam by pouring water on the bug, blowing away the foam, or pulling it away with fingers?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2011 at 10:32 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On Five of the best tripods for under $450 article (83 comments in total)
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ozgoldman: The entire world, well almost, changed to the metric system of measurement almost 50 yrs ago, after a push by the UN. Consequently 95% of the world now works in the easy to use metric system.
Unfortunately, the USA has been sadly lagging behind the rest of the world in changing to this system. The old Imperial measurements for those who have only ever used Metric measurements is impossible to understand and thats a lot of people who read this forum.
Perhaps it's time the the US to wake up and join the rest of the world.
Don't get me wrong. US is a great place, but in weights and measurements they are almost 50 yrs behind the rest of the world now.

Amazon (and by extension, DPReview) couldn't care less. They're trying to sell tripods to Americans. They'll ship some units overseas, sure, but mostly they are spending their advertising money to ship inside the US.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2011 at 03:29 UTC
On Fujifilm announces X10 high-end enthusiast compact article (279 comments in total)

That leather case/lenshood combo is absolutely gorgeous

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:40 UTC as 141st comment

"A silhouette is the image of a person, an object or scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black."

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2011 at 22:46 UTC as 2nd comment
On Why is this happening? in the > Pollution's fingerprint challenge (1 comment in total)

I really like that accusatory look in its eyes.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2010 at 05:51 UTC as 1st comment
On Camera Shy in the Sunflowers! challenge (3 comments in total)

Tilted? It doesn't look tilted to me, it looks like the flowers are growing on a slope. You can see a level horizon in the distance.

I love the concept of shooting the reverse side of these flowers! The picture looks great, superb colours.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2009 at 22:54 UTC as 2nd comment
On InTheRace in the In Motion: Panning challenge (7 comments in total)

> Cool photo! How did you get the trees in the background blurred like that while the dirt and leaves in the foreground are not? Especially with such a long exposure time of 1/5 sec while panning? Again, nice shot! Thanks!

If you light a foreground which is reasonably darker than the background with flash, the short flash exposure freezes that part of the frame. You can try it out without any action at all - set your camera to manual with a slow shutter speed (like 1/4 - 1/5) and arm your flash, be reasonably close to your subject so your flash can light it without adding too much to the subject's surroundings. Release the shutter, then, while the exposure is happening, zoom in with your lens. Result: A sharp subject with wonderful motion streaks pointing to them. You can enable second-curtain sync to change the effect.

Wonderful shot, OP :).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2009 at 08:32 UTC as 3rd comment
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