ManuelVilardeMacedo

ManuelVilardeMacedo

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On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (81 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I don't know how anyone could buy a tripod called '3 Leeged Thing Eddie'. Come on, it's ludicrous! If I had one of those, I'd never even mention I had a tripod to my friends. I'd be the laughing stock of the group.
I have a Triopo carbon fibre tripod (OK, I admit it isn't a very serious name either...) that is a clone of the Sirui, save for having only one neoprene grip. I suspect there's a lot of OEM going on here, as the spiders of all tripods (bar the Gitzo) look very much alike. This is not a bad thing, as carbon fibre tripods have become quite affordable while retaining the properties of this material.
I find, however, that the weight advantage evaporates somewhat when the head is mounted. Ball heads can be quite heavy, though they're very practical.

Let me refresh your memory, then: "Good for you. Since this forum is about the Beatles, would you care to share how you fit your Rega Planar 3 etc. into your VW Beatle and play your records while cruising on the freeway?" Do you recognize it?
...On the other hand, you did well to forget it. It was a rather moronic reply, as I pointed out back then, but you can't do without a good argument, can you? Well, you know what they say: "arguing on the internet is like taking part in the paralympics; you might win, but you're still a retard".

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 20:22 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (81 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I don't know how anyone could buy a tripod called '3 Leeged Thing Eddie'. Come on, it's ludicrous! If I had one of those, I'd never even mention I had a tripod to my friends. I'd be the laughing stock of the group.
I have a Triopo carbon fibre tripod (OK, I admit it isn't a very serious name either...) that is a clone of the Sirui, save for having only one neoprene grip. I suspect there's a lot of OEM going on here, as the spiders of all tripods (bar the Gitzo) look very much alike. This is not a bad thing, as carbon fibre tripods have become quite affordable while retaining the properties of this material.
I find, however, that the weight advantage evaporates somewhat when the head is mounted. Ball heads can be quite heavy, though they're very practical.

That little argument about turntables is still haunting you, huh...? Get a life. Move on. Anyone with a brain could have deduced I changed my avatar in the meantime. (Except you, of course.)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 14:10 UTC
On Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod article (110 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: 1,23m tall with central column down, basic construction despite the carbon fibre, suspicious head quality. There are better, cheaper options out there.

You really should stop. Not because I say so, but for your own sake. You are making a fool of yourself.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 23:10 UTC
On Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod article (110 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: 1,23m tall with central column down, basic construction despite the carbon fibre, suspicious head quality. There are better, cheaper options out there.

This is the stupidest argument EVER! Beats "equivalent aperture" debates everytime. I'm stopping here; I think you should too.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 18:24 UTC
On Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod article (110 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: 1,23m tall with central column down, basic construction despite the carbon fibre, suspicious head quality. There are better, cheaper options out there.

Don't be silly. It's in my first reply. Read again.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 17:20 UTC
On Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod article (110 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: 1,23m tall with central column down, basic construction despite the carbon fibre, suspicious head quality. There are better, cheaper options out there.

HowAboutRaw: I said it: "at least in my book". I thought I was making myself clear. Apparently, not enough...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 16:26 UTC
On Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod article (110 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: 1,23m tall with central column down, basic construction despite the carbon fibre, suspicious head quality. There are better, cheaper options out there.

I meant with the legs stretched and the central column collapsed, which is the most common use of a tripod (at least in my book).That's the information in the leaflet I downloaded from Manfrotto's website.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 12:35 UTC
On Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod article (110 comments in total)

1,23m tall with central column down, basic construction despite the carbon fibre, suspicious head quality. There are better, cheaper options out there.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 21:43 UTC as 26th comment | 12 replies
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Loraine Arnold: I still have the album. Have nothing to play it on but I can't bring myself to get rid of my old Beatle albums.

ecube, thank you! I hadn't realized this was about the Beatles. As a matter of fact, I thought this was a comment box and failed to even realize I was in a forum, silly me...
Ignoring as much as possible the sheer stupidity of your question, I'll begin to say I don't have a VW Beetle (not "Beatle", mind you). When I'm cruising on the freeway in my Peugeot I mainly listen to radio, though I sometimes play CDs too.
You see, there are people who actually listen to music (rather than simply hear it). Some even do it at home. Some still love vinyl (can you believe it?), even though they have a CD collection and are capable of finding music videos on YouTube. I guess that must sound terribly strange to you, but who cares?
I also thought Loraine was expressing her sorrow for not being able to listen to her LPs. Unless you show me how to play (or record) an LP without a turntable, I'll just deem your reply as ridiculous.
Now, other than making a fool of yourself, what exactly was your point?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 22:21 UTC
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Loraine Arnold: I still have the album. Have nothing to play it on but I can't bring myself to get rid of my old Beatle albums.

I am the proud owner of a Rega Planar 3, Ortofon 2M Blue and Musical Fidelity X-LP. A combination that eats all but the most expensive CD players for breakfast. I use them as my primary source of listening. Digital music has made no progresses in terms of sound quality - on the contrary, the sound is getting more and more compressed and plain awful.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 19:42 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Flames of the North article (67 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Have you happened to watch one Mr Bean's episode in which R. Atkinson plays a janitor at an art gallery who accidentally drops some paint over a canvas and instantly becomes a famous painter? And then he works hard and produces a perfect, ultra-realistic painting of some cute kittens and everybody turns their back on him after seeing that painting? Well, Mr. Marom's pictures never fail to bring me that episode to mind. They remind me of the painting Mr Bean thought of as "perfect". And, just like the purported painter's audience, I turn my back on them. This is beautifully executed, but hollow and uninteresting. At least that's how I find it. I know I'll get negative replies for this, but hey - it's my opinion.

That'd be my kind of landscape, Greg. Thanks for the links. The one with the barn really communicates with me: the perspective, and the condition the barn is in, tell a lot about solitude and emptiness (in the sense of absence of life, that is). However, my favourite is the cal_ls one featuring the travel agency ("agencia de viajes"). That's the thing for me: love the composition and the nostalgic impression it produces. Great stuff!
Curiously, I see today's proliferation of photography the other way round: I find it increasingly more difficult to see real talent in the midst of the melée of pictures we have access to nowadays.
What a constructive talk we are having here...! ;)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 16:38 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Flames of the North article (67 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Have you happened to watch one Mr Bean's episode in which R. Atkinson plays a janitor at an art gallery who accidentally drops some paint over a canvas and instantly becomes a famous painter? And then he works hard and produces a perfect, ultra-realistic painting of some cute kittens and everybody turns their back on him after seeing that painting? Well, Mr. Marom's pictures never fail to bring me that episode to mind. They remind me of the painting Mr Bean thought of as "perfect". And, just like the purported painter's audience, I turn my back on them. This is beautifully executed, but hollow and uninteresting. At least that's how I find it. I know I'll get negative replies for this, but hey - it's my opinion.

Don't get me wrong: Ansel Adams is an all-time favourite of mine!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 15:14 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Flames of the North article (67 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Have you happened to watch one Mr Bean's episode in which R. Atkinson plays a janitor at an art gallery who accidentally drops some paint over a canvas and instantly becomes a famous painter? And then he works hard and produces a perfect, ultra-realistic painting of some cute kittens and everybody turns their back on him after seeing that painting? Well, Mr. Marom's pictures never fail to bring me that episode to mind. They remind me of the painting Mr Bean thought of as "perfect". And, just like the purported painter's audience, I turn my back on them. This is beautifully executed, but hollow and uninteresting. At least that's how I find it. I know I'll get negative replies for this, but hey - it's my opinion.

My mistake, really, Greg. I thought your initial reply carried an unfavourable opinion. Turns out I was wrong after all.
Ultimately it's all relative, isn't it? Some will find pictures like these fascinating, others won't. And nobody will be right or wrong. That's OK with me.
However, I must say that I thought the analogy with Mr Bean's sketch was eloquent enough. "Perfect" doesn't always translate as 'interesting', or 'thought-provoking'.
Some time ago I engaged on an argument about 'Derrière la Gare de St. Lazare' with a nephew of mine. I'd insist it was the most important picture of all times, he replied it was just a Gendarme leaping over a pool, so what? It went on for over twenty minutes, and finally my nephew said: "what's so important about this picture, anyway?" I just replied: "have you noticed how long we've been debating it?" He understood the importance of that picture immediately.
I'm sure the debate wouldn't have taken place if the subject were one of these pictures.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 14:41 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Flames of the North article (67 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Have you happened to watch one Mr Bean's episode in which R. Atkinson plays a janitor at an art gallery who accidentally drops some paint over a canvas and instantly becomes a famous painter? And then he works hard and produces a perfect, ultra-realistic painting of some cute kittens and everybody turns their back on him after seeing that painting? Well, Mr. Marom's pictures never fail to bring me that episode to mind. They remind me of the painting Mr Bean thought of as "perfect". And, just like the purported painter's audience, I turn my back on them. This is beautifully executed, but hollow and uninteresting. At least that's how I find it. I know I'll get negative replies for this, but hey - it's my opinion.

By the same token it would useful if you told me why you disagree with my viewpoint, Greg!
Although there is arguably no 'why' when it comes to personal preferences, I'll say that, if I saw these pictures some four years ago or so, I'd have found them to be the best I'd ever seen. And there is much to like about them, not least the understated colours. I like colours that don't shout at me. However, these pictures fail to cause me an enduring impression: there are zillions of pictures of aurorae and, more to the point, they say nothing to me about life. They're all about aesthetics. As I said, it's all a matter of personal preference: I've evolved to an appreciation of other kinds of photography, especially the ones that depict people's life and convey sensations beyond the mere visual pleasure.
Lest someone will imply I shouldn't criticise these pictures because I've got nothing to show on my "gallery", I'll just say you don't have to be a chef to appreciate food - do you?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 13:00 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Flames of the North article (67 comments in total)

Have you happened to watch one Mr Bean's episode in which R. Atkinson plays a janitor at an art gallery who accidentally drops some paint over a canvas and instantly becomes a famous painter? And then he works hard and produces a perfect, ultra-realistic painting of some cute kittens and everybody turns their back on him after seeing that painting? Well, Mr. Marom's pictures never fail to bring me that episode to mind. They remind me of the painting Mr Bean thought of as "perfect". And, just like the purported painter's audience, I turn my back on them. This is beautifully executed, but hollow and uninteresting. At least that's how I find it. I know I'll get negative replies for this, but hey - it's my opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 10:20 UTC as 29th comment | 9 replies
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Valant: I recall buying this album on the Saturday after its release and playing I want you (she's so heavy) over and over..The late great John Peel had played it in his radio show the evening before: I had to get it. The cover seemed to reflect and sum up something of the feelling of the previous 6 years and the end of an ERA.
For the annalists:
Significantly, Paul (or the stand-in) is the only Beatle on the shot not wearing flares and his cigarette is pointing downwards, the joker is laughing at him!! and not at the other 3. However it may not be a stand-in. Look at Paul.
The left hand side of his suit Jacket appears to be being blown aside whilst the jackets of Ringo and John remain unruffled or blow backwards: Obviousy a manipulated image. How did they do that without P.S.?
28 if and all that.

You've got too much time on your hands, Valant...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 23:22 UTC
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Loraine Arnold: I still have the album. Have nothing to play it on but I can't bring myself to get rid of my old Beatle albums.

Loraine, do yourself a favour and buy a turntable. There are some fantastic, inexpensive record players out there by Music Hall, Pro-Ject and Rega. You can make an even better deal if you shop for second-hand turntables. Unlike CD and MP3 players, they last a lifetime. Who knows, you might be surprised at the sound quality you can extract from your albums...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 23:17 UTC
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Prairie Pal: 6 identical pictures of kids pointing weapons with the same unbelievable "green-screen" open mouth expressions, and fanged monsters added in post. I wouldn't say this is a new DPreview low, but really don't you have better things to with your time than repost crap like this? Don't you have camera reviews to catch up on? Looking at this is like Canadian Tire money; the second after you exit the store you throw it away.

Prairie pal, I'm with you. These things remind me of the appalling things Dave Hill does.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 19:21 UTC
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venancio: URBAN LEGEND: It isn't Paul in the picture, because Paul's dead... the car plate of the VW Beetle at the back reads 28IF, that Paul would have been 28 at the time the photo was taken, 28 IF he didn't die... so the funeral procession reads as: John is the leader of a religion, garbed in white for a funeral, Ringo is your guy from the funeral home, Paul's dead - barefoot, and out of sync in the march, and George is the grave digger...
But, boy... the music still hits hard...

Misha, don't be silly. When you play the record upside down, you'll hear the B-side...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 18:52 UTC
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EssexAsh: and you report it with some crap webcam image. are webcams the next step up or down from phone cams?

Barney, that's no excuse. You could have used a drone ;)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 23:01 UTC
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