This monkey really likes bokeh. Hmmm... I wonder whether he's a DPR reader and takes part in those forums about "equivalent aperture".(Oh, forget it. He's too clever for that.)
Just another Canon shooter: Light polution causes serious problems! Really?
Graybalanced: that's what I call a crappy story! (Sorry, it was too good to resist...)Seriously now, we are aware of all problems light pollution can bring. It's just that some of us just want to relax and have a laugh. As for myself, I had a long, busy working day. I want to have some fun and leave all the problems of this stinking world behind for a while. They'll catch up with me next morning.
Yes. Light pollution can make you feel like singing Barbra Streisand's songs in the shower, among other serious health issues.
Diopter: Another laughable event in the long parade of imitations. Whoever shows a serious, creative shape for the new technologies will win, as the Leica did seventy years ago.(-)
Diopter, you're hilarious.
fabio riccardi: Isn't the adjective "iconic" a bit trite and overused this days?
Yes, a well-worn cliché and an irritating word.
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.
Please, man, I'm working, OK? Stop wasting my time.
Of course. Rankings tend to favour private universities and benefit the country where they're made. An american rating will favour american schools. What did you expect? Here in Portugal it's the same - rankings are usually established by companies held by financial groups that also hold participations in universitiies and private schools. Plus rankings don't meter the intelligence and erudition of their students, nor their professional skills, do they? It only takes a renowned prize winner to unbalance the rankings in favour of the university the winner graduated from. Rankings are mostly marketing. Nothing prevents one person graduated from a top university from being an a$$hole...
Three or four, which is not that bad for a country with 10 million inhabitants. One of them, incidentally, is Coimbra, the one I graduated in.
Thank you, but I'll have to decline. I don't want to visit a country where human rights are violated (death penalty? Com'on...!), crime rates are the highest in the world, there is no universal health service, no social security to talk about, public education is the poorest in the northern hemisphere and it's the country where the most hateful people in the world - i. e. republicans like John Boehner and Sarah Palin - live. Besides there is still too much racism and xenophobia. I pass. Why should I want to visit the USA? I am blessed to live in Europe!
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".
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.)
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.
This is the stupidest argument EVER! Beats "equivalent aperture" debates everytime. I'm stopping here; I think you should too.
Don't be silly. It's in my first reply. Read again.
HowAboutRaw: I said it: "at least in my book". I thought I was making myself clear. Apparently, not enough...
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.
1,23m tall with central column down, basic construction despite the carbon fibre, suspicious head quality. There are better, cheaper options out there.
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?
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.
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...! ;)