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On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (387 comments in total)

An Alessi or Philip Stark toilet brush or can opener or pasta fork has exactly the same function as a (much cheaper) brandless toilet brush or can opener or pasta fork. What do you get for the price difference: well, it can bring a smile in your life while using such down-to-earth utensils.
Are they worth the extra price over a nondescript item?
That is a matter of opinion and depends on how much any person values function over style or vice versa.
The point is that the Alessi products look good AND perform their task. Whether or not to pay the price difference is a matter of priorities for any buyer.
In cameras, the better designed and nicer looking camera is not necessarily more expensive than the mundane sibling that also takes photos.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 16:24 UTC as 146th comment

I would settle for the experiences, with any camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 19:50 UTC as 43rd comment
On photo Waiting and Watching in the Bear(s) challenge (6 comments in total)

Great technique.
Excellent framing and composition.
Great shot.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2015 at 15:51 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Librawlian_QCRG in the Panning. challenge (8 comments in total)

Awesome panning technique

Probably one of the best I've ever seen.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 17:24 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On photo 20141015-EM1A8924-2 in the Rainy days challenge (13 comments in total)

A great lens put to great use!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 12:37 UTC as 11th comment
On article 2014 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People (24 comments in total)

The soldier in Kiyv is the big standout from this selection.
Some other good ones too, though.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 15:57 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Glass cutting scissors in the Old Cutters. challenge (2 comments in total)

Revenge of the Iron Frog!!
Great shot, BTW - a triumph of texture.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 20:48 UTC as 2nd comment
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soloryb: The logic displayed in Wikipedia's decision not to credit the photographer would mean that if a fellow uses a gun to shoot somebody, he should be found not guilty since it was really the bullet that did the dirty deed.

wrong comparison.
If I own a gun and someone else uses it to kill a person, the actual shooter will stand trial.
If a monkey grabs my gun and shoot somebody, there will not be a murder trial in which the monkey stands trial. But I may have to stand trial for negligence resulting in death.
The bullet has nothing to do with it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 15:10 UTC

saw this item only after having already writting in a forum discussion:

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 15:07 UTC as 311th comment
On article In photos: 'Paris in the Springtime' (71 comments in total)
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looker: One comment laments that similar photos are no longer legally possible. The greater lament is that these photos are only barely technically possible. When these shots were taken, Paris was a French city. Now, Paris is an African & Asian city.

I am sorry but that is racist remark. Pure and simple.
I would love to make a Doisneau hommage with an african man kissing an asian woman (or vice versa).
Society changes. Photography should just keep up.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 16:12 UTC
On article In photos: 'Paris in the Springtime' (71 comments in total)
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PedroMZ: Sad to say that in France((where it all started) these spontaneous photos are legally no longer possible.I gather the same is now true in Budapest. How long before it applies everywhere? That will just leave us with landscapes that have been copied a million times and macro,oh and of course Selfies! Hence the emphasis on phone cameras which nobody in the street takes any notice of.

It is still perfectly possible.
Here is a series I made a while ago in Paris:
Or if you prefer them in a slideshow with music:
I was never stopped by any policeman and never had any discussion with people I photographed.
I guess that the attitude of the photographer makes the difference.
Privacy rules are imposed because many people are fed up with a zillion cameras being stuck into their faces.
But if you work discreetly (and most of all : friendly) there is hardly ever an issue.
And I do NOT ask permission first.
It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 16:11 UTC
On Article:5391359433 (2 comments in total)
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bob81: The second book is available at Amazon
Creative Digital Photography by Christopher Gatcum (Oct 5, 2009)
$1,163.60 new (1 offer)
$930.88 used (4 offers)

Hardly what I would spend. It must be a grat book, but I would rather put that money towards some equipment.

That really must be a mistake.
I don't know how you came up with those ludicrous prices.
It is not an expensive book by any means.
I quickly checked amazon and found it at 10.24 GBP

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 17:05 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 (335 comments in total)

How can you seriously expect the readers to vote for "best" of several cameras.
Any reader probably bought only one of these in 2013 - if he bought ANY camera in the first place...
So everyone is just going to vote for the one they bought (or wished they could have bought), without on-hands knowledge of the others.
Such a poll does not search for "best" but for "most popular in sales/wishlists".

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 08:49 UTC as 39th comment | 3 replies
On article Classic photographs recreated in Lego (118 comments in total)
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JL Martin: In 2001, a Spanish photographer, Marcos Vilarino. who has long worked the same subject, published a book with Lego and famous photographs: Have a look

Seems like his are at least as good if not better

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 14:35 UTC
On Connect post Google is adding holiday cheer to your photos (1 comment in total)

I can see the fun in this.
Cheesy, but fun.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2013 at 12:28 UTC as 1st comment
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edu T: (what I'd like to know is) WHO's the soundtrack by...?
a nice juxtaposition of '70s-ish all-too-familiar elements --hence the integration with the cliche images-- but with the bonus of elaborate, haunting vocal harmonies (0'48").
thanks anyone!

The soundtrack is 'Gold on the Ceiling' by the Black Keys.
Here's the same (full) song used for a dynamic slideshow of volleyball images:

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 10:20 UTC

It's a testament to how un-original we all are .
But fun to watch nonetheless. At least once.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 17:24 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies

It's a revelation that rings true : many "best shots ever" must actually be lucky shots.
But that does not diminish the merit of the photographer : aiming and shooting blind is an art in itself (it requires intimate knowledge of camera and lens) and most of all: the photographer still had to be there and have the wit to make such a maneuver to get an interesting shot while staying with his head in the trench and camera to the eye would have resulted in an interesting photo of a wall of dirt.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 08:57 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply

At some points during the video, I think I see the silhouette of an obscured man behind the skeleton: could be the person who does the light painting with the small (probably bright LED) light.
But when the skateboarding skeleton is on his way from A to B and suspended in mid air in the frames that constitute that movement, I am still puzzled how the man behind can be there long enough to do the painting (must be at least several seconds).
I once tried it (much simpler) in a single shot and that was fun.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 18:31 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies

Nice to know a bit about this.
You can tell that Kubrick started out as a photographer (and actually a very good one too). Near the end the costume designer talks about his attention for the fabric of costumes, in order to recreate the light-reflection characteristics seen in period paintings.
Gotta love this if you are interested in available light.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2013 at 06:15 UTC as 17th comment
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