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On Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' article (126 comments in total)
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Joseph Black: Without engineers science is just philosophy.

Science turns money into knowledge. Engineering turns that knowledge back into money.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 12:14 UTC
On SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card article (160 comments in total)
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Jogger: I still have a 4 MB Memory Stick i keep around.

I have a piece of graph paper I sometimes scribble alternating '1's and '0's on.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 21:18 UTC
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Boerseuntjie: Canada Post is the example of how "union" workers kill a good thing, it's happening to all Unionized corporations around the world, I personally have had a few bad experiences with Canada Post and tend to avoid using them.

Right, because there's an axiomatic link between workers organising to ensure a decent return on their labour under decent conditions, and theft. Also, non-unionised labour is unfailingly honest.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 22:04 UTC
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G3User: The demise of pro paid photography continues. Now, any soccer mom can have out of focus backgrounds. Again, another reason not to hire a paid photographer. Pro photography, RIP.

If all "pro paid photography" has to distinguish itself (and I think it has much more) are some cheesy 'out of focus' backgrounds, then its demise is well overdue.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 22:28 UTC
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Steve Bingham: . . . it cycles! And the light value cycles with it.

Don't know about those circular tubes, but compact fluorescents contain electronic ballasts that switch them at between 10kHz and 20kHz. At likely shutter speeds there will be multiple cycles, and the average light values from shot-to-shot will be consistent.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 01:39 UTC
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Shiranai: No photoshop was used...? Really? I don't think so.
At a 3200th of a second you'd always see the source where the water came from, even if its fragments of a bursted balloon. So I'm pretty sure they edited the source out with a second photo of the background.

They look to me as if they have been thrown into view from outside the frame, rather than created within the frame. The ones that appear to be 'standing up' threw me for a bit, then I realised they have simply been poured down from above with the capture occurring synchronously with contact with the ground. I can't say whether or not PS was used, but I don't think it needed to be, other than perhaps for cropping.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 03:30 UTC
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peterstuckings: Ah yes, I recall the days as a photography student, when we used to mess around with all sorts of cool and fun concepts...

Did you stop doing that? If so, why?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 03:21 UTC

I think his role as the monstrous Frank in David Lynch's 'Blue Velvet' was his most powerful, but he was also excellent as the demented photographer in 'Apocalypse Now', appearing in his introductory scene with multiple 35mm Nikons slung about him. That scene will work even better now that I know he was actually a photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 21:14 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
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InTheMist: Wow, this is really a fantastic set.

He obviously has a patient family.


Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 01:36 UTC
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Danny: Very beautiful, but these kind of images could have been done much easier imho, studio shots with some wind and wires, then post processing, if done well no-one will ever tell the difference.

And soon after that they'll stop producing pictures of us, and start producing images of themselves.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 10:49 UTC
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Pat Cullinan Jr: Thou shalt not steal.


God: "Thou shalt not steal. Unless we're talking about people who hold ideas about the world other than those I dictate, in which case it's OK to steal their entire nations and subject them to enslavement and genocide in the process". This is the Canaanite experience in the Old Testament. So, if the photographer didn't think the right things, god would not only steal his own graduation photo, he'd steal all of the photographer's equipment and kill the photographer too. Oddly enough, this doesn't seem to have hurt his career at all.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 23:41 UTC
On Portfolio: Photography student Luke Evans article (172 comments in total)

Interesting images produced using interesting techniques, driven by curiosity.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 21:51 UTC as 33rd comment
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)

I think these new features are useful.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 09:13 UTC as 21st comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2302 comments in total)
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Serickmetz: Sexy! Hands down will blow away pathetic m4/3 and all current Aps-c cameras. Unfortunately you have to pay the price for perfection.

I appreciate irony, but be careful - many others will think you are being serious.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 03:28 UTC
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mumintroll: And the most important fact is MISSING as usually. This killer pronounced, that he was killing as a revenge of NATO bombing his village.

@mumintroll - the point is that he didn't attack NATO troops, he attacked a pair of unarmed journalists. He is a coward.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 21:24 UTC
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mumintroll: And the most important fact is MISSING as usually. This killer pronounced, that he was killing as a revenge of NATO bombing his village.

Right, so he chose not to kill NATO troops, but instead killed a couple of female journalists who were there to report on elections - the beginnings of a process that will potentially relieve Afghanistan of the horrors visited upon it by both Taliban and Western forces.

NATO did not turn that policeman into a misogynist murderer.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2014 at 22:24 UTC
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mrmut: Viewing war photos during exhibitions often makes me wander how in the world a photographer got out of that alive AND take a picture.

I am not sure if we should mourn war photographers, given that they accepted their faith in advance; mourning them seems a bit disrespectful. It makes much more sense just to appreciate photographer's work.

Apart from that, Afghanistan was not a very smart move for a woman photographer. Her presence there was insulting to locals on many levels (regardless of how that can be perceived by westerners - it is Afghans' country).

If her presence there was "insulting to locals on many levels" simply because of her gender, then our time and effort there was a violent, bloody waste.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 23:48 UTC

How about just "Massive Tool"?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 01:51 UTC as 89th comment
On 900MP portraits show human face in extreme detail article (288 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: Many of the comments seem to miss the point. What's interesting is that it's possible to take such detailed images of an object that's the size of a human head, plus or minus an order of magnitude. The technique and the robotic tool will certainly be put to use for purposes other than making this mildly repulsive yet intriguing demonstration.

A challenge: What do you think the technique & tool could be used for, either for art or for science?

Well, I can definitely see applications in science - ultra high resolution recording of type-specimens and museum objects come to mind. In art, I can see some curatorial processes such as restoration and authentication benefiting from this sort of imaging.

Also, although the images linked here are being dismissed as 'boring passport photos' by some, it's possible (probable even) that they will come to be seen as works of art at some point. I mean, Gursky's "Rhein II" is quite valuable now, so...

How about the creation of very detailed panoramas for teaching, study, or simple entertainment.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 05:04 UTC
On 900MP portraits show human face in extreme detail article (288 comments in total)
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skogredd: If it can be done with the face, it probably can be done with other body parts as well?


Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 02:48 UTC
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