BartyLobethal

BartyLobethal

Lives in Australia Adelaide, Australia
Works as a Sturgeon Barber to the Stars
Joined on Apr 21, 2011
About me:

Has been shifting realities slightly to the left since emerging from a cocoon in the mid-15th century.

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On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (445 comments in total)

Why did it only get a Mauve award when it's the super bestest camera in the Milky Way Bar and should have got a Paisley award!?!?! It's pretty obvious that dpreview are only interested in Yak husbandry etc etc.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 11:34 UTC as 21st comment
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Zvonimir Tosic: Magazines like Communication Arts are full of stuff like this, and call this photography, but I don't agree with it.

This is actually digital illustration work, but done through elements of photography. So this is not photography per se.

It is staged, and unreal. Same as life in the movie set is not real life of a person, but staged. And we don't call movies real life.

Photography, likewise, is supposed to memorise elements of reality, or, the truth. And even then, when going through a mountain of negatives that showed truth, photographers would look at all of them to pick one where all nuances of truth were the most obvious and overwhelming.

Photography, like any other art form, can be any damned thing you want it to be.

You want your work to be some unimaginative representation of "the truth"? Well, good for you. Your desire that everyone else follow in your well-worn rut isn't doomed to failure - it failed a century before your birth.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 08:36 UTC
On Landmark of Turku in the Old Cranes challenge (4 comments in total)

Excellent shot. Great processing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 22:22 UTC as 2nd comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (677 comments in total)
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Tapper123: Perhaps the metallic awards system should be done away with? It just leads to contention. Seems the numerical scores are enough, not to mention the conclusion text, for people looking for a summation.

Personally I thought this was a fair review, and I own an EM5 II and enjoy it. Pair it with some really good lenses and it's as good as almost anything except for perhaps some extreme situations where a 35mm sensor has an advantage. I see it as a great all-arounder, a camera that does everything reasonably well, with world class IS, solid build and weather resistance. If you can't get a good image from this camera paired with a good lens, then I suspect the problem is not the camera.

Anyway, gold, silver -- it doesn't matter. It's a great camera, capable of great images, and has a remarkable lens selection. Enjoy it.

That's hilarious Joerg. (This being the internet I'd better explain that I mean just that, no sarcasm)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 20:18 UTC
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NancyP: I think that there is a market for a geared head that is lighter than the 410, for the users of mirrorless cameras. I have to say that my tiny Sigma DP2M (8 oz) looks a little silly on top of the Manfrotto 410/Hejnar adapter plus Manfrotto 055 legs.The only geared heads out there are Manfrotto, Arca-Swiss Cube and D series, and the Sunwayfoto knockoff of the Arca D4 (not available in US).

@NancyP - yes I think this could replace my ancient 3-way pan/tilt atop my old 190, for M43. I found the 200PL plates don't allow vertical positioning of a DSLR with 'heavy' lens (the camera rotates around on the plate no matter how tightly you do it up), but the lighter weight of my M43 gear shouldn't present that issue. I haven't used my E-M5 with my 405 head and plates as yet because it seems like 'overkill', although no doubt it would be a super-stable support.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 21:57 UTC
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babart: Problem being that standard Manfrotto camera plate, which, when the camera body is moved to vertical position, allows the camera to rotate on the mount screw. Especially if it has a heavy-ish lens mounted. In this case, of course, "heavy-ish" might be misleading :).

@babart - remove your non-QR head and replace it with one with QR. It's about the single best tripod-related thing you can do. My QR plates remain more-or-less permanently attached to my cameras and mounting them to my tripod head is simply a matter of snapping them in. Removal is a simple click of a lever. Treat yourself. Once you go QR you never go back. If your body/lens combined weight exceeds about 2kg, get a head that takes the 410PL plates (assuming you stay Manfrotto), the 200PL plates don't offer enough resistance to rotation with the camera in the vertical position (ie the lens will 'droop' groundward).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 21:41 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (366 comments in total)
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MnTony: OMG - this whining is still going on? Folks, the adoption rate for CC was much faster than Adobe predicted. They aren't going back. Buy into it or don't - you have the power of your choice. But whining every time Adobe is mentioned is getting very old. Alternatives may pop up, and competition is always a good thing.

That sucks, ThatCamFan! Why does Adobe hate Iceland? I can't think of any technical reason Icelanders couldn't just deal directly with Adobe, so there must be a bit of counter-free-market nastiness going on.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 21:17 UTC
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Jasko014: If it would be not written, that this is gay couple, I would not recognise it. Left person has a physiology of woman.

That's fair enough. I also thought the person on the left was female until I read the description.

Coupled with the fact that the bloke lying on his back could equally be dead as engaged in a moment of intimacy and I don't think the photograph has much storytelling power without accompanying text.

It's still an interesting photo though. The chiaroscuro evokes old Renaissance paintings.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 00:15 UTC
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Johannes Zander: DPR, did you delete some comments?

'Disguised' expletives doesn't seem to be the only reason. More than one set of sensitivities on parade here.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 23:53 UTC
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Raist3d: So sad to see Russia doing this. I hope the rest of the world can serve as a living example of why this is ridiculous.

@ogl, the heart is a muscular structure that has evolved for the purpose of pumping blood around the vascular system. It is neither a measurement nor sensing device.

The brain, of course plays a vital role in material analysis so you are definitely on to something there.

I haven't found the New Testament very useful in terms of answering pretty much anything new in the world over the last two thousand years. I couldn't, for example, find the part numbers for the windshield wiper blades for my Subaru in it anywhere. It also fails to either mention explicitly or even vaguely predict any of the patterns of the universe discovered and described over the last thousand years or so, including those that led to your ability to make these puzzling statements electronically from so far away.

I'm glad to hear that not everybody in Russia shares the point of view about gays expressed by your political or church leaders, or explicit in the actions of those who bash gays to death.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 06:29 UTC
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Raist3d: So sad to see Russia doing this. I hope the rest of the world can serve as a living example of why this is ridiculous.

@Peiasdf, "ego" is an idea. There is no sense in which an idea can be said to exist independently of the material world - all ideas are transmitted by physical processes and stored in material substrates. In that very literal sense ideas are subject to material analyses. That is of course true of any idea including "sin", but doesn't speak to the universality (or utility) of an idea.

Although self-awareness and the possession of a sense of one's place in the social order are likely universal, the concept of "ego" is not. It is a cultural phenomena with little to no conceptual authority outside its originating culture. It is not culturally independent in the way that hyrdogen or iron are. Nor is "sin".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 06:19 UTC
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Raist3d: So sad to see Russia doing this. I hope the rest of the world can serve as a living example of why this is ridiculous.

ogl, can you quantify this "sin" of which you speak? What is its frequency and wavelength? What is its molecular structure? Where does it sit on the periodic table? How big is it? What does it weigh? What device can I use to measure it? What theoretical branch does it derive from? I'm sure you will have a reasonable answer to at least one of those questions, otherwise it seems you are just making stuff up.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 05:33 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1393 comments in total)
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LarryLatchkey: looking forward to the EM-5's price falling. I love great deals for out-of-production cameras ^^

The E-M5 falling to AU$500 was all the stimulus I needed to get into mft.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 23:53 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1393 comments in total)

For some reason I haven't read all 663 comments below, so this has probably already been floated, but I'd be most interested in the 63MP output if it could be 2x2 binned in camera to a 16MP (15.75 for pedants) 12-bit file. Excellent colour with extremely low noise?

Who's up for that?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 21:54 UTC as 172nd comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2340 comments in total)
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Ronan_M: was someone screaming for 50Mp?

Yes. I only own one lens - a 24mm prime - and I'd rather have a 50MP camera so I can radically crop everything instead of buying longer focal-length lenses. Because an image taken at 24mm but cropped to an equivalent FOV as 300mm will be the same image as one taken with a 300mm lens, don'tcha know.

Of course that's a rubbish argument, but one that you see often enough.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 06:06 UTC
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)
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jwkphoto: It's only 3.2 gigapixel, a little better than the Hubble at 1MP, but what wonderful images that 1MP has given us!

Hubble's replacement, the James Webb, is overdue for launch. I look forward to its commissioning. Even the false-colour images derived from its infrared data should be amazing (never mind the science objectives that have little to do with keeping me entertained).

Adaptive optics has largely overcome the issue of atmospheric refraction at least for visible wavelengths. The more thermally stable and quiet environment of orbit might be a greater factor for imaging at longer wavelengths - one of the reasons WMAP & Kepler & others were sent to far more distant orbits.

The 24 hour operation is a bonus, but weighed against the cost of launch, payload restrictions and the enormous cost of servicing missions, restricted operational windows is the price paid in exchange for the ability to build and operate 'scopes of enormous objective size here on earth.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 20:56 UTC
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)
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jwkphoto: It's only 3.2 gigapixel, a little better than the Hubble at 1MP, but what wonderful images that 1MP has given us!

Despite the initial hiccup with the incorrectly figured primary mirror, Hubble was ultimately a revolution in astro-imaging. Each new hardware upgrade and advance in signal processing produced ever more breathtaking images.

However, the development of adaptive optics has undermined the case for orbiting 'scopes to some extent.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 10:15 UTC
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)
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(unknown member): From the producer of Avatar, Star Wars, 2012 and Terminator. And Kunta Kinte (known as "Roots").
And introducing the DPR multi-Gold/Platinum/other alien metals Award winner. A camera that represents the pure notion of "Sony". And eventually, Cher.
A camera with a DR that will redefine IMAX, IMIN, 40:9, and all other industry standards. Combined.
The camera you always wanted.

But will still find something to complain about...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 10:09 UTC
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)
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locksley: What? No built in flash? What were they thinking?

Yes, with a guide number of 8,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (at ISO 100 f1.4)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 10:08 UTC
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Papi61: So, the "generation selfie" will now have selfie "stamps" all over their body. Just when you thought nothing could top their narcissism...

It's OK. They will disappear up themselves entirely before too much longer. Problem solved.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 08:06 UTC
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