GaryJP

GaryJP

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong
Works as a TV Production, Directing, Shooting, Editing
Joined on Mar 11, 2006

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On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (168 comments in total)
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MPA1: No OVF or EVF? No thanks.

I love seeing people bash Canon for something they had no problem with when Olympus and Panasonic did it on Micro Four Thirds.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 09:38 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II real-world gallery news story (130 comments in total)
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camerosity: How about a real world sample gallery from the Nikon 1 V3?? Cmon dpreview, stop flaunting your overt bias toward Canon and against Nikon!

You're using LOGIC?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 05:37 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II real-world gallery news story (130 comments in total)
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bzanchet: Seems a pretty decent camera. But I think that 100% crop images are very soft and grainy (reminded my old S100), not much detail as I hoped for a camera with this sensor. RX100 is smaller, cheaper and has better 100% crop details, and more mega pixels to crop the image.
Even with the crappy image from the studio scene from dpreview, I bought a RX100. Not one of my shots are like the studio scenes, real life pictures are much much better. I was thinking of buying a GXmkII, but now I`ve changed my mind.

I mostly shoot aperture priority raw. They still suck. And I find their colours are less flexible in raw processing than most brands I have tried. They still beat my old Fuji though, I'll give them that.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 13:27 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II real-world gallery news story (130 comments in total)
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Mikael Risedal: there is nothing new with this camera, same old sensor tech, inferior color resolution and dynamic range compared to modern sensors from Sony,Toshiba,Panasonic, Aptina etc

I've been away from here for a year, I come back and there is nothing new with Risedal's obsessive Canon bashing.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 23:45 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II real-world gallery news story (130 comments in total)
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bzanchet: Seems a pretty decent camera. But I think that 100% crop images are very soft and grainy (reminded my old S100), not much detail as I hoped for a camera with this sensor. RX100 is smaller, cheaper and has better 100% crop details, and more mega pixels to crop the image.
Even with the crappy image from the studio scene from dpreview, I bought a RX100. Not one of my shots are like the studio scenes, real life pictures are much much better. I was thinking of buying a GXmkII, but now I`ve changed my mind.

I am selling my RX100 Mk II for the G1X Mk II.

Clearly that varying mileage. The original G1X was marred for me only by limited close up ability and speed. This one solves that. And I don't get on with Sony colours, particularly in skin tones.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 23:40 UTC
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' news story (331 comments in total)

All I needed to read was the date and the camera name.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2014 at 00:17 UTC as 7th comment

With mature technologies, sales decline. The PC sales decline because many of us don't get a new PC every year now. Software sales decline because the software already does more than we need (which is why they push the rental model). My cameras are probably already beyond my abilities. I already spend more on them than I should, so I probably need a more compelling reason to upgrade. Sometimes a turn down in sales does not signal doom but maturity.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 02:42 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (456 comments in total)
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GaryJP: I sometimes wonder what has happened to photographers' eyes. Look at the demonstration videos of 4k you see, designed to show the highlights of the medium, and they render people's skin as robot like and plastic. They are great for plastic, glass, reflections, and metal. We have got to a point where we accept digital artefacts unquestioningly, including the rather inhuman quality they impart to humans.

We always recognised film stocks had a quality. We now kid ourselves it's about "reality" rather than the intrinsic qualities of the medium. Electronic is not necessarily better than dye and light.

Years ago, I filmed a love story for television and faced immense pressure not to shoot it on film but video. I fought back and chose film. It makes skin look like something you would want to touch. Which helps love stories.

It's too late now. That ship has sailed. But it is saddening to me that all we can do is throw about big numbers and not actually LOOK at the mess they give us.

I am using hi-def airbrush style make up for TV production these days. Still doesn't make skin look as appetising as film. I still feel the re-education of our eyes to think digital "qualities" are better is not necessarily a boon.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 10:15 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (456 comments in total)
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GaryJP: I sometimes wonder what has happened to photographers' eyes. Look at the demonstration videos of 4k you see, designed to show the highlights of the medium, and they render people's skin as robot like and plastic. They are great for plastic, glass, reflections, and metal. We have got to a point where we accept digital artefacts unquestioningly, including the rather inhuman quality they impart to humans.

We always recognised film stocks had a quality. We now kid ourselves it's about "reality" rather than the intrinsic qualities of the medium. Electronic is not necessarily better than dye and light.

Years ago, I filmed a love story for television and faced immense pressure not to shoot it on film but video. I fought back and chose film. It makes skin look like something you would want to touch. Which helps love stories.

It's too late now. That ship has sailed. But it is saddening to me that all we can do is throw about big numbers and not actually LOOK at the mess they give us.

And yes, I undoubtedly WILL have to end up shooting on the GH4 at some point.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 05:06 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (456 comments in total)

I sometimes wonder what has happened to photographers' eyes. Look at the demonstration videos of 4k you see, designed to show the highlights of the medium, and they render people's skin as robot like and plastic. They are great for plastic, glass, reflections, and metal. We have got to a point where we accept digital artefacts unquestioningly, including the rather inhuman quality they impart to humans.

We always recognised film stocks had a quality. We now kid ourselves it's about "reality" rather than the intrinsic qualities of the medium. Electronic is not necessarily better than dye and light.

Years ago, I filmed a love story for television and faced immense pressure not to shoot it on film but video. I fought back and chose film. It makes skin look like something you would want to touch. Which helps love stories.

It's too late now. That ship has sailed. But it is saddening to me that all we can do is throw about big numbers and not actually LOOK at the mess they give us.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 05:05 UTC as 36th comment | 7 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (456 comments in total)
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raztec: The more I read about what Panasonic, Fuji, Olympus, Sony and Pentax are doing, the more I dislike CaNikon with their incredible greed and pretentiousness and lack of innovation.

These two companies are riding on their name only and either charging ridiculous amounts of money for their high end products or putting out consumer oriented crap.

I can't wait to sell all my Nikon gear and invest completely in another system.

"The fact that they have 70 million cameras before hitting 100 million lenses says so much about who buys canon cameras." I can't believe you could say something as dumb as that. Canon has more lenses than EF lenses, and most lenses on the entry level cameras are not EF. So try again.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 02:46 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (456 comments in total)
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ArchiDeos: Nice Camera.. but still a comparable size compared to DSLR rig. Well this is just only the first quarter of the year, expect new Camera will be release soon and this model will be the least to consider. CANIKON new model will rock the show as always.. Happy shooting guys..

But 4K is a niche, and way beyond what broadcast TV is currently capable of. Not everyone plays their video off of computers.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 02:43 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (456 comments in total)
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raztec: The more I read about what Panasonic, Fuji, Olympus, Sony and Pentax are doing, the more I dislike CaNikon with their incredible greed and pretentiousness and lack of innovation.

These two companies are riding on their name only and either charging ridiculous amounts of money for their high end products or putting out consumer oriented crap.

I can't wait to sell all my Nikon gear and invest completely in another system.

Well, I have worked in TV for more than thirty years and still do and among the pro video cameraman I know, it is either dedicated video cameras or the most expensive Canon or Nikon. Not one serious shooter is shooting Micro Four Thirds.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 09:33 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (456 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: DSLR is just a transition technology from film to digital. Mirrorless (or better CSC) is the only future, even Canon and Nikon have to admit that sooner or later.
In 2013 mirrorless already took the crown in picture quality and equaled in sensor size (A7r) and 100% replaced the OVF (A7, E-M1).
In 2014 video and AF are the last things that mirrorless will fully catch up and overtake the DSLR (actually I think AF is already better today because accuracy is more important than the last 1\100 of second a DSLR might be quicker).
In 2015 CSC will surpass DSLR in market share, in another 3 years the DSLR as it exists today will probably be reduced to one pro FF body and one crop body per brand for some people who still prefer an OVF. The actual only other reason to do that is to serve people bodies for all the the lenses they still have. But most will adapt then to a CSC (without the advantage of having a smaller system).
Finally in 2050 Nikon is going to release the DF mkII. It's basically the same thing but it has a video button to record 1080/30p.

"A7R is just an oversized smartphone made by a manufacturer that might not have a future in the photography market."

Given that Sony's shares are rated junk right now it may not have any future in ANY market.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 09:31 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (456 comments in total)
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ArchiDeos: Nice Camera.. but still a comparable size compared to DSLR rig. Well this is just only the first quarter of the year, expect new Camera will be release soon and this model will be the least to consider. CANIKON new model will rock the show as always.. Happy shooting guys..

Well for me the main reason to use a camera of this kind for video (the GH series' strength) is sensor size. And this does not have the size I want. So in that sense, Canikon WILL rock it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 09:30 UTC
On Tamas Dezso offers glimpse into post-Communist Romania news story (238 comments in total)

What makes some photographs interesting is that they are different from our everyday experience. To complain he does not photograph young people on cellphones and Macbooks is absurd. If that is what you want to see go to your nearest Starbucks and support your capitalism.

Local flavour tends to be better captured in the old, the traditional, and, yes, the relatively poor. Wealth tends to take on an international face that changes little from country to country. An old rundown two star pensione is almost certainly going to make a better photograph than a five star centrally air conditioned Hilton Hotel that will look the same from New York to Novokirsk.

And poverty is picturesque, as all those of you who have shot a snot-nosed kid while on your hols in a third world country know only too well. (And many of you have posted those images here.) Shame on idiots for politicisinig these images.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 01:18 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On Tamas Dezso offers glimpse into post-Communist Romania news story (238 comments in total)
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viorel: First of all, I'm Romanian. From artistic perspective, these pictures are good. Not astoundingly good, I have seen better though. But for this reason they are better fit on a dedicated photography artistic website. This is a technical website. Because of this, there are a lot of folks that view these not from pure artistic perspective but mixing with other rationals.
And as a rule, mixing art and politics is not good.
Also the intent matters most. I have read more about this guy, with this occasion and also seen his similarly subjected photos from HU (check his website and Koch gallery). Nothing to worry about, I don't think it is propaganda as some believe.
But it is also a true fact that sensitivities run high in the area, the reason for some reactions.
All the best and good shooting! Viorel

They are looking through political eyes, not technical eyes.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 01:11 UTC
On Adobe adds Perspective Warp and 3D printing to Photoshop CC news story (158 comments in total)
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HBowman: After years of neglect and abuse by her parents, Adobe begins practising a form of psychoplasmic therapy (i.e. letting go of trauma through changes to the physical body). However, in the process, Adobe unknowingly creates a group of dwarf-like children through asexual reproduction in an external womb - children that, bonded to Adobe through a psychic connection, attempt to kill anyone who upsets their mother.

Adobe - by David Cronenberg,

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 11:07 UTC
On Adobe adds Perspective Warp and 3D printing to Photoshop CC news story (158 comments in total)
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Stefanie: No perpetual license, no business.
No service, no business.

For me Adobe is no viable business partner for the forseeable future.

We'll see. And you'll be ticked off.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 00:32 UTC
On Adobe adds Perspective Warp and 3D printing to Photoshop CC news story (158 comments in total)
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Boomanbb: These look like great additions and maybe I'm in the minority but I am enjoying the Photoshop CC.

"You can hardly call what they are doing money gouging." Yeah you can actually.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
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