Thorgrem: So politics win a photo contest. Such a shame. (not that I have anything against homosexuality)
Deductive reasoning would be a good starting point since we are not talking about matters of taste. Conclusion then comes thru logic with universal premises like all people are to be seen and treated equal.
ptox: The assertion by some here that even passive depictions of LGBTQ orientations are part of some devious agenda or propaganda is breathakingly disingenuous.
A minority, persecuted everywhere throughout history and still today in far too many societies, represented in this case in a gentle example of a medium whose participation by the viewer is about as optional as it gets - harming nobody, making the least aggressive statement possible - "we exist, here we are" - and yet here subject to scorn, ridicule, base degredation and outright hatred from members of the relatively safe, powerful, enfranchised majority.
How pathetically false are these cries of fear; nothing more noble than veiled hatred of The Other - other humans, trying like each of us to carve out a bit of peace and happiness in in lives that often (and for the subjects of this photo, in that country, far too often) seem to be nothing but anything else.
LGBT rights by country or territory
You pick your appropriate country for reference from the charts.
It will become neutral and invisible when there is equality. This verbal turmoil just proves the need for the active measures protecting fairness.
Raist3d: So sad to see Russia doing this. I hope the rest of the world can serve as a living example of why this is ridiculous.
When prejudice serves a social expressive function it can be deemed to be transferred thru cognitive processes, and therefore called as a manmade model.
If you really are interested in learning more on the subject, you could refer to the works of Ph.D. Gregory M. Herek, a Professor of Psychology at the UCD (University of California at Davis) and to psychologist and author Dr. Jim Cole. Of course, there are other notable authors too.
And meanwhile in reality Google "Occupy Pedophilia", digging enough will bring up also original information sources if you can read Russian. In 2014 BBC made a documentary titled "Cold Fear: Gay Life in Russia".
Danlo: Cant believe all the anti-gay comments here. When are people going to spend their energy on something more important than hating two adults loving eachother?When are people going to wake up and realise that religion just leads to hate? I hope and wish in the deepest depths of my heart that humanity will one day see a world full love, instead of religion and hate.
One can not blame the original poster, a large portion of the hatred in our world is motivated and induced by religion i.e. belief systems refined for the mass control of people.
I would like to write more about the very nature of religions from psychological viewpoint, but this really is not the right forum for this discussion.
There exists no foundation to be tolerant of irrationality in human and civil rights issues.
The category prize title is "World Press Photo of the Year 2014, First Prize Contemporary Issues”, should it be further opened for clarity? Some of us still have unfinished issues that prevent looking at the foreground; so nice curtains it shall be.
straylightrun: It should have an EVF.
My thoughts exactly, and no integrated mic anymore! Who really needs that micro flash... ambient light photography is the primary attraction for this type of a camera; a good EVF would greatly facilitate that.
Btw. It uses a new battery type but doesn't offer significantly improved battery life. I would guess that not many current EOS M owners are lured towards upgrading.
Don Colbert: I've sat in that flightdeck with the old three man crew hundreds of times during my troubleshooting career at Boeing. Now it's all glass and the P4 to the right is gone.
@DomWThanks for the insightful info. One more note, touchscreen control scheme is inherently more prone to erratic unintended user input, not a good thing in especially during stressful situations.
Chuck Lantz: I noticed a couple of interesting bits; ... an ashtray at the engineers station, and a panel where "gauge" is spelled "guage." Kinda makes me wonder what else they got wrong in all those goodies.
But then again, that would be just another cynical premeditated marketing exercise; something the tobacco industry has historically been exceptionally good at. I find the comment distasteful, considering the fact that Humphrey Bogart's death at age of 57 was, to a degree, furnished by it.
Nicotine is a potent psychotropic drug that alters its user's neurobiological functions and processes (like reward - reinforcement neurotransmitters) leading to conditioning towards its dose administration; making user's cognition more inflexible, and thus being unable to change behavioural patterns despite of adverse effects. Nicotine affects neuropsychological fundamentals like attentional control and stimulus conflict resolving, even though it seldom does induce strong euphoria or intoxication effect (dose and tolerance dependent). What this all and pending withdrawal mean to a person's ability to function well...
Addiction is a choice, but only as long as one is not addicted to. Choose wisely.
Lee Jay: I'm having a hard time understanding how this could not produce lots of astigmatism, coma, CA and so on. Also, it would seem that aperture would be constant leading to either a very narrow zoom range, some crazy fast f-stops at the wide end, or some crazy slow f-stops at the long end.
Couldn't this actually be, not aspherical lens elements in its traditional meaning, but more of like interleaved micro partial lens surface arrays? Certainly the stated micron-scale lateral movements suggest towards something like that.
beavertown: Airbus is better than Boeing.
@PlastekIf that was intended for me, no, I don't see myself that way at all.
Gaining understanding from where we have come from and how we got to this point, and appreciating the effort and even sacrifices of those who brought us here, don't have to mean that one craves for the past.
I guess one has to be a physicist, a romantic one I might add, to be able to relate... Cheers!
As much as I respect the enormous engineering effort and sophistication behind the contemporary Airbus offerings, I can not help myself not to somehow feel engineering science nostalgia when looking at these images.
These are echoes from the pioneering era; most of this stuff was basically a novelty in its time. Even those few digital seven segment plasma (not LEDs!) displays (time to dest, inertial nav system and some indicators) and the RCA navigation land radar screens are just wonderful. I would love to see those in full operation.
I'm not sure whether touchscreens are actually used or not, basically screen soiling is a problem that is further aggravated with touch sensitive displays.
I would say not used in commercial or military aircrafts; pad or trackball soft pointer based control, display side function buttons and actual dedicated physical manipulators are the best way for human to flight system interaction.
@mick232Only if he or she is on rehab, and on stable NRT… Let's not get into this, not here, shall we?
Yeah, it's so easy to forget how prevalent tobacco use has been in the 20th century. Luckily, nowadays we know better and are better too.
AlexBakerPhotoz: I totally gave up on stock photography sales and any commercial photography and now only do Fine Art work, my true love anyway. I do maintain a website and enjoy having it as a portfolio but know full well that internet sales are a pipe dream. Steal my work at alexbakerphotoz.com
@AlexBakerPhotozEnjoying Your Art was definitely worth my time! And while not stealing your images as binaries, I shall take time to absorb your ideas and technique to improve my creative process; you are that good. Therefore your willingness to share is an honourable thing.
What comes to Mr KJ Boorman's observations (to put it politely) on how operational environment has changed after the advent of the internet. We all need to adjust and evolve, developing new concepts for creating interest and sales. I would say that stubborn (jealous) guarding of copyright is more of counter productive than giving some leash to people for fair use.
Of course, people should learn good etiquette how to conduct fair use in the first place, always proper citation with linking to the place of origin. Mutual respect should turn to altruistic good and advance photography as an easily approachable art form.
T3: So whatever happened to all those yahoos who believed that the key to better high ISO performance was MORE pixels and HIGHER pixel density?
@ new boyz
Phantom Flex4K can do 1000 fps while D4 is 11 fps; speed is not the main factor here. The balance between different qualities is and Nikon obviously chose emphasis on high sensitivity.
@ AlmeidaAll things are never equal with practical sensor design; it's all about trade-offs and compromises poised by manufacturing process. Therefore e.g. Sony and Canon chose lower pixel density. Btw. RX10 has more pixels and also uses all of them for video, likely Sony had some room when making design decisions and went after maximal sensitivity.