Biowizard

Biowizard

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On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)

Given that each so-called (and mis-named) "pixel", on a regular digital camera, only records 1/3 of the available information, by filtering out two of the three RGB colours, SURELY the obvious way to get better imagery (forgetting Sigma's Foveon experiment for a moment) is to LOSE the BAYER MASK, expose all the CCD/CMOS cells to RAW light, and use some kind of rotating physical filter (as used in many projectors) to exposures of different light wavelengths as separate exposures, for subsequent amalgamation? Sensor SHIFTING, while still using a Bayer Mask and interpolating, sounds to me like a lot of unnecessary math.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 18:46 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On LensRentals looks into the Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS article (62 comments in total)

What is a "soft rubber water weal"? Not sure I want one of those near my camera!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 17:03 UTC as 4th comment
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (218 comments in total)

Lovely bucket of glass, horrible bucket of non-English ...

"A copy of one of the largest interchangeable lenses for SLRs ever produced has emerged for at a UK retailer."

Surely this is not a COPY of the lens, but an EXAMPLE of the ORIGINAL?

And what does "... has emerged FOR AT ..." mean?

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 17:00 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies

Kudos to the ESA - grabbing all the interesting space headlines this summer!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 10:22 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies

oh YUCK. While the city-scape bike rides looked smooth enough, the mountain climbing/hiking sequences seemed totally artificial. The way entire blocks of landscape morphed, or appeared suddenly in piecemeal fashion, reminded of all that is wrong with Microsoft Flight Simulator, when whole weather systems appear or vanish in a twinkling, completely destroying the immersive experience.

In short, there is still only one way to create decent time-lapse, and that involves tracks, servos, tripods and more, in a carefully planned fashion. Please keep this pseudo-realism away from me.

Brian

[Edited for a typo]

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 19:41 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
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Valiant Thor: As I observe people and society I am 100% convinced that the smartphone is the worst invention in the history of the world, bar NONE. It has turned a once observant and interactive society into pathetic, electronic addicted, anti-social zombies who walk around with their glazed empty eyes affixed to those crappy little LCD boxes glued to their hand, their thumb frantically pushing stupid little chicklets around the screen with the look of a meth addict on their face and mortal fear in their mind that they would accidently miss one non-essential, meaningless message from an emotionless fellow zombie doing the same thing. They roam the malls dressed in jackass attire of distasteful, offensive, or sports related t-shirts, baggy silk exercise pants, bright Nike clown shoes, tattoos, and all the while radiating themselves with dangerous levels of packet-data microwave energy. The corporate illuminati puppet-masters must be laughing their billionaire butts off. Other than that, nice phone!

Hahaha! That is a BRILLIANT piece of grumpiness, and I LOVE it - you should get that published in the national papers!

Made my morning!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 08:41 UTC

Photoshop CS6 is the ONLY version I will use hereinafter, apart from my beloved PS 7 which still runs on everything from Windows 98SE to Windows 8.1

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 22:09 UTC as 20th comment
On Quick Review: That Steady Thing article (68 comments in total)
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grasscatcher: I'm waiting for an ultralight gyrostabilized gimbal mount that I can put on my monopod. THAT would be something!

Just check the quadcopter/"drone" forums - a 3-axis gyro handheld gimble has just been released. Meant for Gopro, it could probably be adapted to any camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 21:58 UTC
On Quick Review: That Steady Thing article (68 comments in total)

Carbon Fibre Manfrotto or Leitz Table Tripod - I have both, one lives IN my camera bag. The former is so light, I can take it anywhere - except where SPACE is an issue, in which case I have the latter.

Don't need a heath-robinson monopod adapter ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 10:07 UTC as 42nd comment
On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (144 comments in total)

C'mon guys - this is a PHOTOGRAPHY website, NOT one for TOYS. All three quads you have tested are just that - TOYS. The MINIMUM for aerial video of any vaguely acceptable standard has to be something which can carry at least a GoPro 3, with a stabilising gimble - for example, the DJI Phantom II you mentioned in the prelude. This, versus other similarly priced quads, including perhaps the 550 hexacopter - WOULD have been an interesting article. This one is pointless.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 23:49 UTC as 4th comment
On A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher article (168 comments in total)

Well that's ONE way to get the seawater off your GoPro after a day's surfing or diving! :-)

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 22:54 UTC as 25th comment

Apart from the niggling ongoing fees, the problem with CLOUD computing of ANY kind (not just Adobe, but let's include Facebook as an example) is that YOU, the USER, lose control of your environment.

For example, FB routinely "updates" its user experience. YOU, the USER have no say whether you want to take the update, or stick with what workds for you.

Again, Cloud services can go "down", whether for maintenance or system failure: not much help if YOU, the USER, is on a tight deadline and need cloud access to locate your work or re-authorise your software.

Then, as in the case of Adobe recently, a cloud service might suffer a successful hacking attempt, severely compromising YOUR, the USER'S security, IP and possibly financial details.

The WHOLE reason I (the USER) want the DESKTOP model is that I (...) can control my versions, I (...) can make sure I am secure.

Sorry, but CLOUD means that you CAN'T SEE WHERE YOU ARE GOING and HAVE NO CONTROL. Give me BLUE SKY ANY TIME: my DESKTOP.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 09:19 UTC as 14th comment | 7 replies

I'm sticking to my two fave versions of Photoshop: 7 (which runs on my legacy computers) and CS6. Not going ANYWHERE near CC.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 09:05 UTC as 15th comment | 10 replies

Bleugh! Someone is being paid too much to do nothing useful.

Weird, though, how my PC monitor looked like it was rotating clockwise the moment the movie finished.

There were many scenes in which the cameras evidently did not fire simulateously, with a number of peoples' heads and hands jittering.

Time for Apple to do it properly, I think. Microsoft, that was rubbish.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 08:48 UTC as 69th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 and E-M1 get firmware updates article (50 comments in total)

Perfect Timing! Bought my E-M1 from Park Cameras in Burgess Hill just yesterday; today, I charged the battery and started playing, wondering about the 1.0 firmware in the system - and then here comes this! Serendipity, you are my love!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 20:52 UTC as 17th comment | 6 replies

Brilliant! Am I the only one looking forward to "iPad Pro" - now about 99% more likely this year than before!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 21:42 UTC as 59th comment | 7 replies
On Lenovo introduces 10-inch ThinkPad pro tablet post (38 comments in total)

Why is there no mention of whether this uses the Canon or Nikon lens mount? ... ;-)

Brian

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 10:23 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK article (165 comments in total)

Nice thought - but this needs KICKSTARTER? You can buy strong tiny neodymium magnets by the hundred for a few quid, and use Araldite to fix them to most anything - including lens caps, pieces of wood, tie clips ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 21:32 UTC as 100th comment | 1 reply
On Blood moon eclipse: Night of April 14-15 article (64 comments in total)

Lovely clear weather for once ... just happen to be in the wrong time zone! :-(

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 18:17 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On Photographing bubbles, one bubble at a time article (76 comments in total)

Only just seen this - ABSOLUTELTY BL**DY BRILLIANT!!! Lovely photos anyway, but just WOW! Such a cool idea, some amazing technique, and so well executed!

Serious Kudos!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2014 at 18:31 UTC as 5th comment
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