Klaus dk

Klaus dk

Lives in Denmark Virum, Denmark
Works as a IT developer
Joined on Oct 6, 2006
About me:

My main interest is making studio portraits in the living room, usually with a set of strobes. Making portraits has the advantage that at least one person (the model) is interested in the pictures.
I find the relationship between the photographer and the model the most intriguing part of portrait photography. Mastering the technique is important, but even more important is the human relationship you build with your model during the session.
For holiday and social photography I prefer a pocketable P&S.
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Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about time, masters worry about light. [Vernon Trent]

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On 1930 Stutz_MB LaBarron Convertible Coupe in the Old Tyme Wheels challenge (1 comment in total)

This reminds me of a story, I once read. In the 1910's and 1920'es, Stutz and Mercer were competing, and Stutz fans recited this verse:
There never was a worser
car than Mercer
- to which the Mercer fans replied:
You have to be nuts
to drive a Stutz.
I call on all fanboys to be as creative with "Canon" and "Nikon". No prize to be won though :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 17:06 UTC as 1st comment
On Canon Powershot S110 Preview preview (106 comments in total)

I could live with the Sony competitors larger size if it was equipped with a wider zoom. Having a 24 mm equivalent wide angle lens in a pocketable body is a must for holiday and social photography for me.
So I'll keep my S100 until the competition combines those two features with better IQ and better low-light capability.
If you think the S100 or the S110 sucks, then just don't buy it. How hard can that decision be?
Different strokes for different folks.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 17:19 UTC as 35th comment | 3 replies
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George Veltchev: There is no doubt that currently Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM II has received the highest possible rating between all competitors in that class, and when Tamron is claiming that the their new lens has ..."achieve leading-edge image quality" then we should really expect a phenomenal peace of glass indeed ... Hope they are right!

Will we ever have peace of glass? I mean - it must be like peace of mind, but with lenses ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2012 at 21:45 UTC
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Mark Roberts: Nikon has always designed their cameras to include proprietary connectors for shutter release cables, etc. Given how inexpensive digital cameras have become, so quickly, I'm constantly amazed that any of the manufacturers can stay in business. Making a relatively tiny profit on low volume accessories isn't much to complain about.

I've actually manufactured an accessory grip (for the D70). We had pretty nice comments about the quality, but it was still nothing compared to the quality from Nikon (luckily Nikon didn't make a grip for the D70). The amount of effort it takes to reverse engineer the connections, do the mechanical design with close detail to the surface feel, the way the dials move, match colors, design the firmware, fabricate the molds, develop a production process, test each unit, etc., requires an investment most people just don't comprehend. Frankly I can't conceive of even attempting to develop a grip like this, and then sell it for only $100. Amazing...

I remember a lesson taught to me in my childhood: If you can't afford to buy what you want, you must save until you can - or wish for Santa Claus to bring it for Christmas.
But no, we want instant gratification! Christmas every month of the year. For how long do we believe that will last?
And by the way: I have a knockoff grip for my 7D, it works fine at half the price of the original. But I worry nonetheless.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 20:29 UTC
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Mark Roberts: Nikon has always designed their cameras to include proprietary connectors for shutter release cables, etc. Given how inexpensive digital cameras have become, so quickly, I'm constantly amazed that any of the manufacturers can stay in business. Making a relatively tiny profit on low volume accessories isn't much to complain about.

I've actually manufactured an accessory grip (for the D70). We had pretty nice comments about the quality, but it was still nothing compared to the quality from Nikon (luckily Nikon didn't make a grip for the D70). The amount of effort it takes to reverse engineer the connections, do the mechanical design with close detail to the surface feel, the way the dials move, match colors, design the firmware, fabricate the molds, develop a production process, test each unit, etc., requires an investment most people just don't comprehend. Frankly I can't conceive of even attempting to develop a grip like this, and then sell it for only $100. Amazing...

I too have an unoriginal hood for my Canon 50mm f/1.8, bought at a fifth of the price of the original. It is thinner, the inside is slighty shiny as opposed to the velvet like surface on the inside of my original Canon hood. No way near the same quality.
I just ordered an original Canon hood for my 70-300 and the 50mm got an ancient Minolta hood made of metal with velvet inside, that I got from a friend.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2012 at 19:39 UTC
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JacquesBalthazar: When I buy stuff, I look at the price/performance ratio like everyone else, and price is important. But I try and add another dimension to the value equation, and put a high weight on the sustainability/CSR side of things. I am prepared to pay a higher price for items that carry brands that belong to companies who have a publicised policy on those matters. That includes production conditions, fair employment, sourcing policies, environmental impact, etc.

I try and avoid giving my money, directly or indirectly, to sweatshops and environmentally irresponsible producers.

Nikon has a CSR policy. The Nikon point of view is here:

http://www.nikon.com/about/csr/index.htm

I tried to find information on Pixel's supply chain and CSR policies, and found nothing. They might be a good outfit (their management is proud of their production lines) or they might be pirates, I do not know at all, but if I purchase a grip for my D800, I'll buy it from Nikon, partly for that reason.

I think that one of the reasons the west is rolling down hill and the east is gaining on us, is the attitude of Maloy here. If nobody seems to be willing to pay more for stuff which is made under decent working conditions, standards will decline and even more western industries will be shut down.
I am no saint in this matter, but I think the enormous import from China will affect our own conditions of living far more than we imagine, when we have no alternatives anymore.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2012 at 19:30 UTC
On After The Jog in the Sensuality ... At a Glance. challenge (3 comments in total)

But why did you cut off the feet then? Show, don't tell!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2012 at 20:41 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
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whyamihere: My response to all of this is about as mundane as the reason for this so-called fiasco:

The only people who even seem to give a darn are photo enthusiasts. I read a lot of news sites during the course of my day, and the first time I heard about this whatnot was when it appeared on the DPR site. (In fact, it's the top Google hit. Further down the results is Yahoo! Sports and Slate headlines that effectively read: "Should we care?")

To borrow the words of John Oliver, there's proper news, celebrity news, news about strange things that pets do to beat the heat (it's hot here in the States), a second look around just to make sure nobody missed any other news about celebrities, pets, or the heat, then comes the Olympics, and then - just maybe - someone might report about this silliness.

Really, nobody but a small handful of people actually noticed.

As much as you may be right about the lack of interest in the general public about this, I fail to see your point in pointing it out to those who /do/ care.
As Kodachrome200 wrote: "If your not intrested in photography this website is not for you". Despite the poor grammar, I think he's right.
As to the quality of the pictures, I can't see a personal style, only poor technique. There are so many talented photojournalists in the US, that I wonder why they chose this one.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2012 at 14:28 UTC
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ovatab: "Shutter speed < 1/Focal Lenght" rule does not work for u4/3 lenses without optical stabilisation, some pictures are good examples for this. I would suggest SS < 1/FLin35mmEquiv

It's a rule of thumb, not a guarantee.
Some photographers have a very steady hand, others will need even shorter exposures.
And the longer the exposure, the bigger the risk of the subject moving - if you shoot moving subjects, that is.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2012 at 18:34 UTC
On GalleryItem:2063221 (2 comments in total)

I think it's the subject who is moving, not camera shake. But sharp it is not.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 at 18:24 UTC as 1st comment
On Canon significantly improves EOS 7D with firmware v2 article (296 comments in total)

Sometimes you are just lucky. I bought a used 7D Sunday ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 09:18 UTC as 97th comment
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Jon Stern: I just got home from picking one up at a Best Buy across the other side of the San Francisco bay. That was the only store I could find with one in stock.

I've immediately found a problem with this lens. My wife's taken a fancy to it and has stolen it to put on her T3i!

The review didn't warn me about that!

Oh, the hazards we bravely face! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2012 at 17:37 UTC
On Potala Palace - Tibet in the China challenge (1 comment in total)

Tibet! China?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2012 at 15:36 UTC as 1st comment

Excuse me - this building in Copenhagen is know as The Round Tower (Rundetårn), not House. It was built 1637-1642 as an observatory and towered over the ancient city of Copenhagen with its' 34.8 m (114 ft).

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 17:18 UTC as 1st comment

Is this the Royal Palace, Madrid?

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 16:59 UTC as 1st comment
On Elliott Erwitt looks for fun in photo sequences article (34 comments in total)
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joe6pack: What I am most interested to know is how he managed to follow the entire family with a broken umbrella all the way home. They are interesting photos but if I am the person being photographed I would tell the photographer to f**k off.

Perhaps that is what makes Elliott Erwitt unique: he does not inspire that kind of behaviour.
-just sayin'-

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2012 at 23:07 UTC
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Helena777: -English is not my mother tongue-

I was very surprised by this news: a unknown French manufacturer far exceeds the Sony EVF... until I read the explanation: the military industry is behind.

Well, seeing that at the moment human beings need weapons to threaten and defend in an infinite loop, I hope that at least the outcome of the EVF is good and soon implement in consumer cameras.

I love the EVF, seem to me a more useful tool than OVF most of the times. But certainly I am not going to insult who likes OVF, sometimes this forums seems a schoolyard.

I, too, quite agree.
I am happy about the OVF of my low budget DSLR (Canon 550D) but if I could have similar quality and flexibility in a smaller package at the same price, I would not mind if it used an EVF.
BTW I think "Kindergarten" would be a more adequate description than "Schoolyard".

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2012 at 18:06 UTC
On Cover photographer in the Photographer at work challenge (1 comment in total)

Thomson, not Thomsen, sorry!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 17:24 UTC as 1st comment
On Photographer Profile - Brian Griffin article (19 comments in total)

St. Pancreas station in London????
I thought it was St. Pancras, but I'm just a silly foreigner.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 16:19 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On layton Station in the "Comments Required" challenge (23 comments in total)

In a minute, Ms. Marple will arrive and solve the mystery at the manor :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2011 at 18:20 UTC as 1st comment
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