alatchin

alatchin

Lives in Canada Mississauga, Canada
Works as a Graphic Designer, Photographer (in that order)
Has a website at www.alatchinphotography.com
Joined on Oct 1, 2012
About me:

Owner of a design firm, I do a great deal of product photography for clients. My work has expanded to some commercial portraiture and location shooting. I have recently begun working on improving my editorial/fashion style shooting.

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On Did Sigma design the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8? article (200 comments in total)
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citizenlouie: Most lenses are based on Zeiss formulas, so it's not surprising many lenses designs are similar (but not identical, because that would patent fringing). This is especially true for telephoto lenses (not super telephoto) where elements are smaller in number.

Marty,
Germany and Japan lost the wars mostly due to being massively outnumbered and out-supplied. Both Germany and Japan were being strangled, and after a couple of poor decisions the war was over for both f them.

An extreme simplification, but a simple truth, empires overstretch from the Assyrians to the Romans,the British and so on. Generally a quick expansion is followed by a rapid contraction... wars work in a similar fashion.

Oh, as an edit, the work ethic in both Japan and Germany has been superb for many years, combined with a string sense of national pride and internal investment (like the USA did in the middle of the last century) and you have a recipe for success.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 15:58 UTC
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Deleted pending purge: If it wasn't for people with this urge and passion to collect, there would be a lot less museums now - so it's useful.
Then again, some say that "if you keep things long enough, you can throw them away". So, it's useless.
But there is the joy and feeling of accomplishment in anything we do, whatever it might be, as long as it makes us happy. And that's priceless.

Except maybe having to dust them off every so often... this detail looks more like a career than a job...

This should be stuck tot he top. Your point about nuseums didn't occur to me and was very perceptive.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 00:05 UTC
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Artistico: Nice photos in their genre, I suppose, but "new perspective"? Hardly an original concept. The originality in this - and many other works of both photographic and other kinds of art - is more a question of marketing than artistry.

The finest art, arguably, is of course to make people notice your photography and think it is original and interesting, regardless of whether that is true or not or whether it has any technical or artistic merit. Some artists master this and can make big money from stuff that other artists would bin in a heartbeat. A recent record selling price photo of the Rhein comes to mind.

At least this is more interesting than that.

Not everything has to be an original concept. As out time changes, applying concepts of old to the current today can be just as interesting, as in 50 years we may look back and make comparisons.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 13:26 UTC

I applaud their move in my comment :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 13:07 UTC as 99th comment
On Is the snapshot dead? post (70 comments in total)

I am going to say he has slightly missed the point... In fact to go out on a limb, most people discussing this seem to have missed it.

Traditionally photography was about documenting the now, but the very nature of the medium meant the sharing was delayed and volume was restricted by cost. Polaroid changed this to some degree but costs and transmission still played a limiting role in the sharing and created a delay.

Digital photography started to break this down, however cellphones have broken all the previous barriers to sharing and volume. We can share everything now, and do it immediately, we get feedback just as fast and right to the palm of our hand.

What this has done to photography, and this is the most important part, it has changed it from a view of the past (a week ago, a month ago, 50 years ago) to the vast majority of images being about today, now, this second... What have we lost? The nostalgia connected to the majority of our images, and a connection to the past.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 17:56 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
On Photo collages record passage of time in 'slices' article (33 comments in total)

Really quite lovely, very graphic.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 19:05 UTC as 22nd comment
On Just posted: Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm F8 review article (127 comments in total)
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Francis Carver: Wow, an F8.0 fixed lens, huh? Wow!

Wow, it is getting mighty embarrassing being a Micro 4/3rd shooter these days. Thanks for that, Oly. :-))

Why would this embarrass you? Quite the sensitive soul?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 13:41 UTC
On French student creates SLR using 3D printer article (156 comments in total)
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Mario G: This is interesting:
"compatibility for any lens mount (once the appropriate mount is created and attached"

So we could print lens adapters to use any lens on any camera (flange distance permitting) for just a few pence/cents, rather than the hundreds of £££ of the official adapters... obviously just in manual mode, but no complain for so little money...

Actually Olyflyer,
You can print in metal, plastic and ceramic to name a number of materials. They use a number of alloys for 3d printing in metals for medical purposes among others. And the plastics use in Laser Sintering for example are just as strong a molded.

Things have clearly come a long way since you looked into this industry.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2013 at 14:12 UTC
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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul: Nikon 200-400 not just a half price but all body that match a 200-400 have and built-in tele-converter that call 'high-speed crop'.

Ash, Actutually cropping the sensor you do lose light. As much as you have cropped off. Crop 50% of the sensor, you just lost 1 stop of light. Individual pixel performance then plays a part as you will be magnifying the pixels to get the same enlargement.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2013 at 21:00 UTC

So between the 17.5mm the 25mm and this new 43mm all at f0.95 there is very little a FF camera can do that m43rds can do :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 20:52 UTC as 15th comment | 9 replies
On Forum updates article (68 comments in total)

Superb, browsing by pictures is a great addition!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 00:40 UTC as 48th comment

Here is what needs to be remembered about this collection:

It is a collection.

Unlike all his clients who have smaller elements of this, he has the scope of the scene, he has a whole of their parts...

I hope someone does something with them :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2013 at 20:50 UTC as 30th comment
On Is this the new Leica 'Mini M'? article (370 comments in total)

Hmmmm... Rock and a hard place really.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2013 at 22:18 UTC as 122nd comment

Looks like Nikon and its 1 system are struggling with the equivalency gurus again. 43rds has been plagued by these guys for a while.
This IS a 32mm f1.2 and comes with all the issues of designing a 32mm f1.2 lens. m43rds had a 45mm f1.8 which is smaller, lighter and cheaper than this lens, but it is a 45mm, and it is 1.8. The challenges of each system reside at different focal lengths for offering VALUE, with FF systems their VALUE challenge reside at longer effective focal lengths, for smaller systems they reside at wider FL.

There is no free lunch.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2013 at 12:53 UTC as 84th comment | 1 reply
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Slynky: I have a different take on the images above and believe the "tweaking" has not crossed the ethical line.

I believe the camera can only capture an image--reflections of light--and therefore has no soul. In the examples above--especially the first one--the editing has allowed the viewer to not only see what was physically captured "on film" but to also "feel" the mood of the shot. This "mood" is what I feel the photographer has brought to the image that the camera failed to capture.

Often I have been at a location and been overwhelmed by what I was viewing but when I looked at what I captured at home later, I was underwhelmed. Editing allows one to recapture some of what it was really like.

However that mood is the emotional response the photographer has to the scene. SO in fact he is imposing his (the photographers) idea of what type of response the viewer should have.

An example, the first image, desaturating, and adding a great deal of constrast to make the shot moody and foreboding... This is putting negative feelings into an image and impacting the viewers opinion of the people in the picture.

If they say a picture is worth a thousand words, well processing the picture (as in the first example here) twists the thousand words to the message of the photographer (editor).

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2013 at 15:52 UTC
On Just Posted: Detailed hands-on Olympus PEN E-P5 preview article (315 comments in total)
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alatchin: 1/8000 of a sec, 1/320 sync speed, new smaller AF point, dual controls, tilt screen, WiFi, direct my mode access, greater flexibility with control setup, ISO 100 (even with a bit of highlight clipping), improved IBIS functionality...

I mean with all the whiners here you would think this was a paperweight.

In terms of price, the $1449 for the kit is a good deal, you get a great prime lens and superb EVF (which you can use on any older PEN models you have). In a few months it will be available for $100, a year later about $200 off.

Question is, do you need anything on that list right now, I can see three that would benefit me easily, 1/8000, 1/320 and smaller AF point would have an impact.

I on the other hand may want to benefit from all the extra features with my collection of m43rds lenses.

The x100s is not a substitution for the benefits of an ILC.

On the subject of the sensor, I am not sure it is really "much" better. It has poor support from software manufacturers and is riddles with artefacts. I will take a bit of noise over funny artefacts (personally).

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 16:38 UTC
On Just Posted: Detailed hands-on Olympus PEN E-P5 preview article (315 comments in total)

1/8000 of a sec, 1/320 sync speed, new smaller AF point, dual controls, tilt screen, WiFi, direct my mode access, greater flexibility with control setup, ISO 100 (even with a bit of highlight clipping), improved IBIS functionality...

I mean with all the whiners here you would think this was a paperweight.

In terms of price, the $1449 for the kit is a good deal, you get a great prime lens and superb EVF (which you can use on any older PEN models you have). In a few months it will be available for $100, a year later about $200 off.

Question is, do you need anything on that list right now, I can see three that would benefit me easily, 1/8000, 1/320 and smaller AF point would have an impact.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 16:13 UTC as 56th comment | 8 replies
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sean lee: too expensive. X-E1 is much better....

Or all their missed shots due to slow AF :) Truth is, given the choice between the quirks of the m43rds pen line,and the quirks of the Fuji line, I would go for the m43rds :)

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 14:07 UTC
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LeoG: You guys....Wow... 1500 posts to say the same thing.

"The CC model does not work for the hobbyist photographer". Most hobbyist I know really don't need anything more then picasa anyway, or at the very most elements. they think they do....but they don't. BUT if they want it.. well, who said any hobbies were cheap?
Pro's will pass this cost to the customers. End of story.ll
No matter how wildly used PS was never a program for the masses. That's even the ones who "got in early way back in 2.1"

True, Designers and video guys get the lion's share of the 30+ programs and are the ones who will not bat a eye at it.
As for photographers with a web presence, don't discount prosite. Its very good. I dropped my squarespace sites and moved my url's over to prosite and I am SAVING $30 a month. So CC is putting money back into my pocket.

Sure, I am worried about future price increases but that's at least a few years out.

Leo, it isnt just hobbyists, remember this to access your wor, your professional designs, working files for your images, illustrations, your websites, and video files etc. Every time you want to access them you have to pay Adobe, forever.

All your work from the day they upgrade away from CS6 compatibility every single item, every single project you have worked on will have a FEE just for you to revisit them, in a professional capacity or not.

Now this is great for the young designer who never plonked down $2000 for their software, but I have 8 copies of Design Premium CS6, that is $400 a month, and every time Adobe chooses to put it's prices up, my costs go up... And believe me, they will put them up.

So that $4800 a year will creep to $5200, will creep to $5700... etc. and to be honest in a huge global recession tying your ability to work to a monthly cost is risky... Being able to work and earn an income only if you pay Adobe is limiting. It is a bad move from Adobe.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 02:02 UTC

DP review has hit the nail on the head with their phrasing of the first options. "having to repeatedly pay to retain access" RETAIN access to past work as well as the software access, nevermind if you are creating new work... Simply accessing a previous project, picture, website, brochure, illustration etc. will cost you money.

No thanks. But when you earn your living from it, they know they have a gun against your head. While markets shift and competitors will respond Adobe is well aware of the fact that most earning professionals will have no choice. Eventually they will get a file they can't open as it was produced on an updated CC product, and they will have ha choice... Lose the income from the project or subscribe.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 15:18 UTC as 437th comment | 1 reply
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