Valiant Thor

Valiant Thor

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On article Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes with 16MP OIS front cam (25 comments in total)

OK, but does it make good phone calls?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 04:41 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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biza43: I am glad that there are still human beings that place themselves under danger and harsh conditions to document wars and suffering. It requires courage to go there and take pictures, period.

To those who say are tired of this same BS, or whatever, keep hiding your head in the sand, and go shoot rosy photojournalistic stories. War, conflict, human suffering, gloom, despair, agony ,depression, and misery, are unfortunately part of the daily life of many millions of human beings in the 21st century in the so-called civilized world... it is a lot easier to shoot beauty and wonderment subjects that uplift the spirit...

I'm glad you appreciate the war and suffering however there's not as much out there as you may think. A few years ago, a group of us took off about 18 months and visited every country in the world on a trip that was years in the planning.

Bottom line: all that were on the trip agreed that the world in general is a ~99.7% beautiful and peaceful place. All were shocked to realize that the mainstream media as well as photo-journalistic awards such as this managed to take that tiny .3% and rub the public's nose in it in a never ending stream of sheeple programming. The media attention and these awards always seem to go to the .3%, which judging from your comment you have been well conditioned to appreciate and defend.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 14:12 UTC
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Valiant Thor: Congratulations! As expected, award goes once again to depictions of war, conflict, human suffering, gloom, despair, agony, depression and misery. I can't decide which is better, these awards or the Sony acid in the face awards.

I guess good ole photography that uplifts the spirit with beauty and wonderment just ain't the "in" thing anymore.

Photojournalism is my bag. My comment is about what subject matter gets the awards. There's a lot of other photojournalism besides war, terror, and human suffering.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 03:38 UTC

Congratulations! As expected, award goes once again to depictions of war, conflict, human suffering, gloom, despair, agony, depression and misery. I can't decide which is better, these awards or the Sony acid in the face awards.

I guess good ole photography that uplifts the spirit with beauty and wonderment just ain't the "in" thing anymore.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 02:50 UTC as 7th comment | 6 replies
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tkbslc: f6.6? I guess it's good for outdoors in the afternoon.

Yes, and perfect for my next trip to the surface of the sun.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 04:55 UTC
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Aaron801: Frankly all of the criticism of the "suffering and misery" shots here is pretty depressing. It seems to me that a competition like this is in a sense about telling stories about the world around us. Since the world is unfortunately full of suffering and misery a collection like this is going to reflect that. With these documentary categories being all about documenting the world around us, do folks thing that this is all going to be pretty? I think that perhaps there a re a lot of folks who are really clueless about how much of the world lives. Those of us on a site like this are mostly a very privileged few and we need to realize that much of the rest of the wold is living in much more dire circumstances...

Actually the misery and dire circumstances you mention comprise but a minute percentage of what is happening in the world at any given time, most of which is wonderful. The media loves to take that small, ugly percentage and rub the public's nose in it as much as possible and then honor it with contests like this. Most of the shots are terrific.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 22:37 UTC
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graybalanced: What is it with people in the thread blaming Nikon incompetence for this? Do you have any idea how bad the Kumamoto earthquakes were? The video coming out of it was shocking...4-lane highways wiped out by landslides, bullet trains derailed, hundreds of thousands homeless due to destroyed buildings... and this is in a country with excellent earthquake preparedness as you can see in the much higher death toll in comparable earthquakes in other countries.

Remember the 2004 Asian tsunami? Hard drive production was severely constrained by factories knocked offline, and prices went way up for a while. This is that type of situation.

I have no vested interest in defending Nikon other than being interested in the DL. My SLR is Canon and my compact is Panasonic.

There will be a slight delay in the arrival of your new toys, cranky Westerers with disposable income. You'll live...

No one "deserves" it. We live in an energetic universe of cause and effect. And no, it's not just the pesky Asians. The Pacific Ocean has been decimated by mass commercial fishing from many countries. The Japanese are just especially pathologically wicked in their disregard.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 01:54 UTC
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graybalanced: What is it with people in the thread blaming Nikon incompetence for this? Do you have any idea how bad the Kumamoto earthquakes were? The video coming out of it was shocking...4-lane highways wiped out by landslides, bullet trains derailed, hundreds of thousands homeless due to destroyed buildings... and this is in a country with excellent earthquake preparedness as you can see in the much higher death toll in comparable earthquakes in other countries.

Remember the 2004 Asian tsunami? Hard drive production was severely constrained by factories knocked offline, and prices went way up for a while. This is that type of situation.

I have no vested interest in defending Nikon other than being interested in the DL. My SLR is Canon and my compact is Panasonic.

There will be a slight delay in the arrival of your new toys, cranky Westerers with disposable income. You'll live...

The Japan earthquakes may be mother earth's retribution for their horrific crimes like killing over 300 whales just this spring (over 200 of which were pregnant) and their recent bloody mass dolphin slaughter; not to mention their mass radioactive poisoning of the pacific ocean from Fukushima.

Not to mention their mass killings of sharks where the fins are cut off while the sharks are alive then they toss the poor finless creatures back into the ocean to die a horrible death, just so the slimes can sit around and enjoy their shark fin soup.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 13:27 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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Valiant Thor: Does anyone have an opinion regarding this camera compared to the recently announced (but not yet released) Nikon DL18-50 F/1.8-2.8 Compact? Right about the same price. Thanks.

I thought that the DL has a 1-inch 20.8 MP sensor while the GX85 is 16MP?

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 14:23 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)

Does anyone have an opinion regarding this camera compared to the recently announced (but not yet released) Nikon DL18-50 F/1.8-2.8 Compact? Right about the same price. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 13:58 UTC as 53rd comment | 7 replies
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brazzy: DO NOT FLY DRONES ABOVE CROWDS. NEVER.
I do not know about FAA rules, as I don't live in the US, but this is the first unwritten requirement that every operator should have in his mind.
Mr. Johnson did something very good by going at dawn on Friday to take his footage, then something very wrong by flying above people on Saturday afternoon. He has been unlucky he couldn't get what he wanted on the very first time, but hey, this happens to all landscape photographers.
I am not against drone photography and I appreciate his work. I fly my Phantom 4 in Tokyo area and I get the same smooth videos - it works just great. But it's just too dangerous, you never know what may happen: Phantom 4 is reliable but the unexpected is always behind the corner.
I do hope that watching this beautiful video and picture won't stimulate other people to do the same. Dpreview should be careful about promoting this kind of footage.
DO NOT FLY DRONES ABOVE CROWDS.

Paranoia reigns.

According to available statistics, last year 0 people were killed by a recreational drone.

According to available statistics, around 636,000 people were killed by iatrogenic medicine (inadvertently being killed by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment, prescription drugs, or diagnostic procedures).

Flying drones over crowds is child's play compared to what a doctor can do to you.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 02:10 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2078 comments in total)

Most reviews on this camera including Gordon at Cameralabs indicate this model to be nothing exceptional.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2016 at 01:24 UTC as 272nd comment | 8 replies
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2456 comments in total)
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facedodge: Do skin tones still look plastic?

Yes, I took some shots of department store mannequins and they all look "plastic", almost wax-like.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 00:41 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (895 comments in total)

Well, all-righty then!

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 15:25 UTC as 138th comment
On article Action packed: Shooting the Sony a6300 in Miami (241 comments in total)
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mosc: Really not trying to troll here (I know, great preface) but would it have been possible to hand the model a pencil or a lolly pop or something to replace the cigarette? I did notice and it did bother me. Sorry if this stirs trouble.

Not a lolly pop. They're actually called "suckers" and there's a cleverly subliminal reason that banks hand them out by the bowl full to their customers.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 02:24 UTC
On article Ona launches Clifton leather backpack (120 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This might be a really nice bag, but it sure looks like crap.

It looks like it is made of fake leatherette vinyl from 1968, the same kind that was used for the free bags that came with Kodak Instamatics and Polaroid One Step cameras. It looks like something you carried a bowling ball around in, around four decades ago.

Perhaps it will be a big hit with Hipsters who crave the retro look? It certainly isn't "my cup of tea" but hopefully it will be the right bag for someone.

I agree totally. Very ugly bag. I prefer the classical designs with much better organization capability such as Boconi, Tumi, and Col. Littleton.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 20:49 UTC
On article Ona launches Clifton leather backpack (120 comments in total)
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justinwonnacott: Steal me. Loot inside.

You create your reality by what you think about and focus on. Your obvious paranoia, previous violent incidents, and now the revelation of your true personality characteristics of anger and profanity prove my point perfectly. I rest my case.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 20:42 UTC
On article Ona launches Clifton leather backpack (120 comments in total)
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justinwonnacott: Steal me. Loot inside.

"I was talking in reference to the value. A leather back pack is always going to be worth stealing, a nylon one not so much."

Another paranoid schizophrenic. They're everywhere. I've had my nice Tumi Leather Bags over 15 years and never had a problem. I guess if you focus on theft paranoia, you'll eventually end up creating it.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 20:21 UTC
On article Ona launches Clifton leather backpack (120 comments in total)
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justinwonnacott: Steal me. Loot inside.

"Steal me. Loot inside."

Paranoid schizophrenic.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 20:18 UTC
On article Sony introduces Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 30x travel zoom (79 comments in total)

It's a yawner.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 03:02 UTC as 15th comment
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