vin 13

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On article Readers' Showcase: Luis dos Santos (53 comments in total)
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chj: Sorry, but this is similar to photographers who focus on shooting graffiti. The architects and graffiti artists may deserve praise, but unless you are really adding something more to it in your photo, it's not your art. In these photos, I don't see the photographer adding enough to call it his own.

I think that applies to the vast bulk of photography. Photography by it's nature is capturing what's already in existence. I think most of the featured photographs are excellent, and that the photographer can claim that they are their vision though not their creation.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 15:09 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Luis dos Santos (53 comments in total)

Very nice, I like 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 14:52 UTC as 9th comment

It's certainly a striking image. If I'd been lucky enough to have captured it, and yes a HUGE chunk of photography is luck, I'd also have gone for the apocalyptic effect, but I'd have brightened the shadows on the storm side a bit more. Hardly a criticism though. I understand it's not everyone's cup-of-tea, but I think some of the negative comments are a bit much.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 12:46 UTC as 11th comment
On article Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review (474 comments in total)
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kodakrome: Cameras keep getting better...and the complaints keep getting louder.
Someday someone will make a perfect camera, and everyone in the world will complain about it.

Aint that the truth!

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 17:10 UTC

Darren: Cheers, other than a tiny amount of perspective correction there's no post processing, no extra contrast or saturation etc., there was no need, and it's RAW not a JPEG. That's the look you get on a nice calm clear night with a slow shutter. I'd have expected the same look from slide film, which I wouldn't have post-processed at all!

petit58: Thanks, though I didn't know the bridge had soul : )

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 11:57 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article Sony Alpha 7S Review (496 comments in total)
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armandino: Question to Mirrorless experts:
I recently considered to add to my cameras collection a mirrorless but I could not find out how you can keep your lens wide open while setting a small diaphragm. In other words, when I work in studio, I do not want to preview the exposure but set the exposure for the flashes, to say f11 while having a bright image on the screen with the modelling lights. Can all mirrorless do that? which ones do?

I've wondered the same thing. Working with studio flashes is perhaps the main reason I still have a Canon kit in addition to my M43 gear. With mirror less, shooting products you can increase the ISO to see what you're doing and set the focus, then decrease it for the shot. It certainly wouldn't work for people though! With M43 you don't need the power so perhaps continuous lighting of some kind is better suited, but for a FF mirrorless it's another matter. If someone has a way around I'd love to hear.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 15:38 UTC
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1592 comments in total)

The people who are pointing out the progression from Canon 10D - 20D - 5D certainly have a point! I followed a similar path myself. As far as I recall EF-S lenses only appeared with the 20D and there was only the poor original 18-55 and a 60mm macro. However in today's context with sensors at the level they are now and M43 / APS-C systems having pretty comprehensive lens line-ups I tend to agree with the article.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 10:14 UTC as 210th comment
On article Panasonic unveils Lumix DMC-GM5 with EVF (45 comments in total)

I like the look of this, but not until the price comes down in.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:26 UTC as 7th comment

We knew this one was in the pipeline for some time so the main things to look at today are price and weight. IQ will come later, and I expect it to be top-notch. The price is what I was expecting, so no complaints there. At 880g it weighs more than I was hoping for, so I'm on the fence about it. My E-m5/grip with this would be almost as heavy as my 6D/70-200f4IS. I know the merits of each and don't want to start another debate, but for me the main reason to use M43 is to save on weight, so I think I may go for the panasonic 35-100 f2.8 instead.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 09:31 UTC as 27th comment

I'm not fond of the labels nor the long-winded nature of the piece, but I agree with the gist of it. It used to be easier to choose when there was less choose from.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 14:37 UTC as 30th comment

Not exactly a guarantee is it?

Link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 12:23 UTC as 88th comment | 10 replies
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shademaster: Who would choose this over OM-D???

The silver one kind of is, It was the I'd decided on, until I saw it close up

Link | Posted on May 12, 2013 at 20:08 UTC
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iaredatsun: I'm not clear whether a user has to keep updating* their software.

If you dont want to update what happens to your subscription. Will I end up paying more for the software after X years of use than if I had paid for it outright at the start?

*I generally hate updates as they rarely add anything useful and sometimes make interfaces worse (CS6, adobe!).

I don't give a monkey's about clouds. Take 'em or leave 'em.

As it stands, you only upgrade when you want to. Though not upgrading defeats the purpose of the subscription.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 12:34 UTC

I don't have to always have the latest versions in my line of work. But, if I fall too far behind it eventually catches me out. Not being able to open files supplied to me becomes an issue. This has been the case for the past 20+ years. I've gone from illustrator 3 to 6 to 8 to 10 to CS3 to CS6.

The most recent of which is as part of the cloud subscription. As others have mentioned the term cloud is misleading. You download the software and use it as before. The software isn't on the cloud nor do you have to save your files there. My internet is poor, so if it ever goes that way, I'll be in trouble.

So, as I upgrade every 2 or 3 versions anyway, it makes sense to me. I like paying as I go rather than shelling out the lot at once. Some are saying that they have us by the 'you know whats' but haven't they always? some of us anyhow, that's my point.

To sum up, I like the creative 'cloud' as it is now, but I'm a little uneasy about what lays ahead.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 10:48 UTC as 340th comment

Had this been available 18 months ago, I probably would have got one and not gone the M43 route (for a travel-light system). I'm not that bothered about the size, the weight is key for me. That being said, to take advantage of the light weight, I'd still have to leave my bigger Canon lenses at home, so for that purpose it may as well be a different system. Actually if Canon had a an EF-S prime in the region of 21mm that weighed under 200g, I'd have bought a 550D back then. I still think this will sell well though.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 10:23 UTC as 67th comment
On photo Storm is coming in the ~ The Beauty of light ~ challenge (11 comments in total)


Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 09:56 UTC as 5th comment

Function over form every time, though form isn't unimportant to me.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2013 at 15:53 UTC as 49th comment
On photo 20121025-_EM50341 ptgui in the Micro Four Third challenge (8 comments in total)

Nice Shot!

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2012 at 21:48 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM preview (149 comments in total)

Sounds good to me, I don't see how more choice is a bad thing, especially for those that don't already have a 24-70 or 24-105. I am surprised it's more expensive than its 70-200 equivalent though.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 13:17 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
On article Evolution of an image (123 comments in total)
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vin 13: The most important factor about photographing landscapes in the West of Ireland is luck with the weather. Assuming you know what you're doing of course.

I'm all for planning ahead, though I think this guy is thinking too much! From experience, I believe that you need to be prepared to get the shot at any time (at your chosen time of day), going back and getting ideal conditions is a luxury that usually can't be afforded.

Carsten, that's more or less what I meant. I'm saying that the weather in the west of Ireland is a less predictable than somewhere like say southern Utah. I've made the 4 hour drive, and had nothing but driving rain, despite met eireann predicting otherwise and not just once! However it can unexpectedly clear up for a few minutes without warning, you just don't know what you're going to get.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2012 at 13:14 UTC
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