Mike Gerstner

Lives in United States Downeast, ME, United States
Works as a Photography, Web Design, Kayak Guide
Joined on Aug 26, 2003
About me:

Find Yoda.

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On photo Female Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) in the Fear of Flying challenge (4 comments in total)

Nice composition, lighting, etc. When I first saw it I was impressed with the detail, & said "what camera took that?"

I was surprised that it was a 7D. Seems like in good hands it's still a nice kit.

Congrats, Mike

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2016 at 00:23 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (596 comments in total)
In reply to:

Rosember: I like the new design - except for the white background (and somewhat grey text). There is too much brightness to the eye to make reading comfortable, especially with grey instead of black text (judging from viewing on a computer screen). A solution would be to turn down the white to 10% grey but to use really black text.

fwiw........ the text is black

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 13:34 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (596 comments in total)

Not good......all that "white" on a 16 x 9 monitor makes the pupil close up and shadow details in photos get harder to see.

People who work in digital labs work in darkened rooms with hoods on their monitors for a reason.

Great idea, having the option so the user can choose either black on white or white on black.

Kudos.........again

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 13:18 UTC as 240th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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Mike Gerstner: The current presentation/navigation/menu system/interactivity of DPR is among one of the best, if not the best, around. A lot of sites are going to a template based "responsive" design that is neither attractive nor functional. Be cautious of who you hire, and make sure they are capable of knowing when to use the "overrated" responsive design capabilities, and when not to. A lot of web developers these days are buying into the universal "responsive" approach because "someone" told them it was the best, and that "someone" may be great coder, but has no idea what is both functional and attractive.

thanks, Mike

a little bit of a follow up: the site on smaller devices (phones, pads, pod, etc.) is approaching the " less functional" territory mentioned above, but is at least usable.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 16:31 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)

The current presentation/navigation/menu system/interactivity of DPR is among one of the best, if not the best, around. A lot of sites are going to a template based "responsive" design that is neither attractive nor functional. Be cautious of who you hire, and make sure they are capable of knowing when to use the "overrated" responsive design capabilities, and when not to. A lot of web developers these days are buying into the universal "responsive" approach because "someone" told them it was the best, and that "someone" may be great coder, but has no idea what is both functional and attractive.

thanks, Mike

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 16:05 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Field Test: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV in Mexico (135 comments in total)

Some nice "natural" talent there. Very cordial, for lack of a better word ...and good photography/video/editing also.

(fwiw, not really interested in the camera, but you've created some interest, which I guess is the "subliminal" message.)

thanks, Mike

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 19:48 UTC as 46th comment
On photo Sunrise at Porters Lake in the Abstract Photo of a Sunset or Sunrise challenge (6 comments in total)

That is a beautiful image......care to share what you did to achieve the effect?

thanks, Mike

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 14:03 UTC as 1st comment
On article Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera (367 comments in total)
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daddyo: This is excellent! I can see where every owner of the Walley POS-86 would want this in their arsenal too. Serious videographers must surely be beside themselves with this announcement!

https://vimeo.com/93325163

Be sure to check out this promo for the Walley POS-86.
Alas, I'm sad that I'm stuck in the still photography rut.

Don't do a lot of video, but this made me laugh out loud, thanks for posting the link. Great chuckle for any geek/gear head, real or wanna be. love the name POS-86.

best, Mike

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 17:40 UTC
On photo MUTE SWAN and Cygnet in the Ducks, Geese & Swans challenge (14 comments in total)

A true money shot.....just beautiful.

Congratulations, Mike

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 23:55 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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NoMirror99: At long last!!! Finally! Now Sony Camera div. will feel free to buy Canon sensors!!!! Jestially speaking.

:)

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2015 at 21:42 UTC
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Mike Gerstner: Coma....If it has the coma of the Samyang 14mm I'm in, but I seriously doubt that's gonna happen.

Otherwise, looks like a very nice lens if you need/want the speed.

I do use the samyang 14mm, but the edge resolution on the newer lenses (Canon & Sigma) at f2.8 is so much better, but the coma is not good on those lenses. I don't lose any sleep over it, but I do wonder why these newer lenses fall short in the coma dept?

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2015 at 18:57 UTC

Big Brother is watching...with more resolution than ever, but the same DR, shadow noise, harsh highlight clipping, & less than optimal tonal gradation (all based on their track record).

Technologically an achievement for sure, but it really only benefits the military/law enforcement industrial complex, which is a very scary, out of control environment.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2015 at 12:36 UTC as 81st comment | 1 reply

Coma....If it has the coma of the Samyang 14mm I'm in, but I seriously doubt that's gonna happen.

Otherwise, looks like a very nice lens if you need/want the speed.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 18:53 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
On photo Rocky in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (11 comments in total)

Very nice...one of the better wide angle ocean/foreground shots I've seen.

I read about the ND filters used, very helpful.
Was there any other "out of the ordinary" processing done?

thanks, Mike

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 17:56 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

Canon DPP........

It would be interesting to see a couple of the images processed in DPP to see if the native software deals with the shadow lifting any differently/better(?) than ACR........or supply the raws to allow a couple of the users to have a go at it.

Thanks, MIke

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 23:28 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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Mike Gerstner: From a layman's point of view:

I'm beginning to think that Canon hasn't figured out the technology yet to get lower shadow noise from their sensors, or that the only technology that is "usable(?)" is owned by sony & canon won't cough up the dough to get licensed to use it. Something's goin' on that makes no sense, to me anyway. I'm still hopin' that Canon does have a clue & is gonna show some progress in the very near future.............but the hopes are fading.

Otherwise, very nice photos. Resolution is very nice, but I'd rather have 24M images & better shadows.

Prof Hank & Badi.........thanks for 'splainin that. I don't pay enough attention to what's goin' on behind the scenes, just focus on the results I see here and elsewhere.

Danke, Mike

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 13:35 UTC
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Mike Gerstner: From a layman's point of view:

I'm beginning to think that Canon hasn't figured out the technology yet to get lower shadow noise from their sensors, or that the only technology that is "usable(?)" is owned by sony & canon won't cough up the dough to get licensed to use it. Something's goin' on that makes no sense, to me anyway. I'm still hopin' that Canon does have a clue & is gonna show some progress in the very near future.............but the hopes are fading.

Otherwise, very nice photos. Resolution is very nice, but I'd rather have 24M images & better shadows.

thx1138......Your "observations" could be debated (better than the 5dIII), but this is probably not the place. I'll keep an eye on the Canon Full-Frame forum, as a spectator, to see if there's a "rabbit in their hat"

http://tinyurl.com/CanonNoise

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 13:34 UTC

From a layman's point of view:

I'm beginning to think that Canon hasn't figured out the technology yet to get lower shadow noise from their sensors, or that the only technology that is "usable(?)" is owned by sony & canon won't cough up the dough to get licensed to use it. Something's goin' on that makes no sense, to me anyway. I'm still hopin' that Canon does have a clue & is gonna show some progress in the very near future.............but the hopes are fading.

Otherwise, very nice photos. Resolution is very nice, but I'd rather have 24M images & better shadows.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 02:55 UTC as 27th comment | 6 replies
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II (533 comments in total)
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Sean65: My inner geek has been aroused.

that''s about the only reason to be interested, a mild curiosity at best for most, something to "play around with" for the average/advanced enthusiast. Great for still life with continuous lighting, but that's about it........a new "gadget" for those afflicted with gear acquisition syndrome.

I would love to try the PS technology, but will have to live vicariously on this one. :)

Link | Posted on May 17, 2015 at 12:44 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5DS R added to studio test scene comparison (518 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Finally something comparable to the E-M5II in HR mode. More or less.

hmmm......seems to me the Phase 1 has the most accurate rendering of the actual scene/comparison you are talking about.
Granted the Canon & Nikon come up with some "manufactured" interpolation of what's really there, but the Olympus just smooths out the detail so there is no detail at all.

http://www.pbase.com/image/159975885/original.jpg

Link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 12:46 UTC
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