Biowizard

Biowizard

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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 21st comment
On Quick Review: That Steady Thing article (70 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 (70 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 43rd comment
On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (150 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 10th comment
On A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher article (167 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 15th 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 16th 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 (159 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 101st 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 (74 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 7th comment
On In photos: Swimming with jellyfish article (23 comments in total)

Beautiful pictures of amazing creatures ...

... but on a point of order re. the biology, "Since the jellyfish in the lake have no natural predators, they have lost their sting" is misleading and wrong.

Jellyfish don't have "sting" to ward of predators - they still get eaten freely by turtles, whales and others. They "sting" in order to paralyse THEIR prey, generally small fish. And without SOME kind of sting, they would simply starve and die. Even if that string cannot penetrate human skin.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2014 at 09:39 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (332 comments in total)

Good Spoof ... only one problem ... I would LOVE an OM-compatible Full-Frame digital Olympus model!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 16:20 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On Flashpoint 180 Monolight Review article (40 comments in total)

I really WISH people writing technical reviews would understand their units. If this flash REALLY produced just 180W of power - for the 1,000th of a second or so that it is illuminated, it would be of no use to anyone. What it DOES produce is 180Ws (Watt seconds), or 180J (Joules - same thing as Ws). And 180J in (say) 1,000th of a second is actually 180,000W.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 09:19 UTC as 20th comment
On Orion DVC210 DLSR Crane Review article (39 comments in total)

Interesting, if somewhat heath-robinson device. But this would frustrate me by only going about as high as you could the traditional way, with a small step ladder. If I want shots from up there, I'll buy a hexcopter drone!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 15:05 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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