Ben Raven

Ben Raven

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Joined on Apr 17, 2011
About me:

Incarnate . . . AGAIN !

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On Barney_DSC1986 in the Nikon D3200 challenge (6 comments in total)

CONGRATS !
A well deserved win.

Indeed, a tough capture to get, but you GOT IT !

A uniquely engaging shot, as viewer and subject Owl meet, eye to eye.
And the subtle motion blur of the wings, perfect !

ps
Adam F. -- agree with you totally.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2012 at 21:44 UTC as 2nd comment
On Centenarian in the The female form in black and white challenge (2 comments in total)

Beautiful.

You've captured an ironic innocent child-like sweetness .
Well done !

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 21:54 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Marlborough Sounds in the Mountain roads challenge (4 comments in total)

CONGRATS MATHIAS !

A most beautifully captured sweeping vista -- stunning !
almost a 3D effect.

Two Q'S
1. I assume (correct me if in error) it was shot at 14.
2. Where the heck were you ?
On an overlooking peak ?
In a balloon ?
In a flying machine ?

Or were you merely levitating ?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2012 at 04:39 UTC as 3rd comment
On Loch Tummel sunset in the HDR challenge (13 comments in total)
In reply to:

Mike Ronesia: I thought this challenge went very well. With 58 entries and 2024 votes there were about 35 votes per entry on average. I didn't see any major sandbagging though light sandbagging is always going to happen when people that entered can vote, but all in all very clean.
To me it's interesting to look at how people voted. Opinions on what makes for a good HDR image is varied and I was really interested to see what style came out on top. I personally am a fan of the more subdued style that increases DR in a more natural way like the one that won.
The top spot switched a few times a day between #1, #2 and #4 with #3 coming on strong in the last 2 days though it never had the lead. I liked a lot more of them then I thought I would and of the top 5 my favorite was #4, more for the comp then the quality of the HDR. I think it might have done better if the shadows could have been pulled a little more to look more like I picture the scene in my mind.

Mike,
Excellent analysis of the voting process, relating to this particular challenge and in general.

I've never followed the sequential voting tallies as closely, and I found your overview insightful.

Co-incidentally have similar view of what, to me, constitutes best use of HDR.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2012 at 15:45 UTC
On Sunset in Oxford in the Photography challenge (10 comments in total)

Bold composition.
The inter-play of golden light and shadow -- just wonderful !!

Congratulations on your win.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2012 at 03:51 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Loch Tummel sunset in the HDR challenge (13 comments in total)
In reply to:

Mostly Lurking: I see someone likes large amounts of over-saturation!

Remember, The specific challenge was:

"Give it your best shot at HDR and show the world what you got."

The very nature of these DP challenges is to submit your best shot AND HAVE IT VOTED ON TO DETERMINE A WINNER !

So, in this particular context, yeah, voting does matter.
But, as always, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and their vote.

In MY opinion, cfh25, you nailed it !
And it so happens that me, Mike Ronesia, and many other "someones" agree.

cfh25 nailed it !

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2012 at 22:49 UTC
On Loch Tummel sunset in the HDR challenge (13 comments in total)

Dazzling symmetry !!

Congrats on a well-deserved win.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2012 at 07:55 UTC as 4th comment
On Ring of Fire in the Strange but fascinating weather conditions challenge (11 comments in total)

Truly astonishing !

Your creative panoramic composition really captured this phenomenon !!!

You certainly deserved first place.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2012 at 06:02 UTC as 5th comment

Steve,
You hit the challenge bullseye with this shot ! The symmetry heightening the oppression. Good show !

Their Brochure:
Get away from it all !
You are assigned to live in the relaxing atmosphere (until early onset respiratory failure) and intimate diverse architecture of this small, delightfully quiet (or else !) seaside community.
Remember, China celebrates your individualism !

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2012 at 13:43 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Lake McKay sunrise in the Star trails and planets challenge (20 comments in total)

Magnificent !

As among other things, a serious amateur astronomer, let me say that this is the finest artistic star-trail photo I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.

Your remarkably creative technique and flawless (and painstaking) execution aside--
the result is nothing short of a triumph !

Congratulations on your first well-deserved win !
I, and I'm sure many others, await more to come.

PS
NZ, already high on my list of "must visits" just moved up !

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 13:35 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On Sagrada Familia in the World City Tour: Barcelona challenge (30 comments in total)

valenttin,

LITERALLY stunning !!

And handheld (!!) on top of that -- hats off to you, my friend !!

A bold and beautiful visualization, with brilliant execution.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2012 at 17:04 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Hiding Frog in the camouflage challenge (3 comments in total)

A great shot !

Super use of composition an DOF !

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2012 at 22:10 UTC as 3rd comment

The RAW MATERIALS cost of glass, materials, mechanics and electronics is merely the STARTING point.

The MAJOR cost of any high quality optics, photo or otherwise, really starts piling up with:
1. The creation, design, testing and optical engineering of a new lens formula that can achieve top levels in all the areas of optical image performance.

2. The expense of producing each element to the high tolerances and exotic shapes necessary, and precise application of multi layers of advanced anti-reflective coatings

3. Final assembly to, again, extremely high tolerances, alignment, centering and maintaining necessary super quality control.

As we go up and up in quality and performance so, PROPORTIONALLY, do the time and COST of all the above !

NOTE: The format is not a directly proportional factor in these

To think otherwise is like saying a Bugatti Veyron costs $3million just because the delivered metal, carbon fiber,and tires cost so much.

The Moral: You get what you pay for.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 18:30 UTC as 36th comment | 10 replies
On Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III review article (706 comments in total)
In reply to:

topstuff: Why do people care so much about a rating of a mass produced, inanimate piece of consumer electronics?

It does not define who you are. No pride or egos are at stake.

Yet people act as if they want validation over which "tribe" they feel they belong to. Its nuts and really quite pathetic.

And there are people here who spend a great deal of their time on this world collating and manipulating data to influence opinions. As if they are trying to cure cancer or something (sdyue -i'm thinking of you..!)

Maybe they are paid to this - in which case I advise you to look in a mirror, ask yourself why. Get a better job.

It does not matter if two different cameras get the same score. DPR has delivered the verdict that they are both very good and worthy of your cash, whichever on you choose. So they have done their job.

Are you all out of your minds !?

It is sunny outside. Take a walk. Get a life. Get some perspective !

Many points very well-taken topstuff,

But, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

There are also many people (not the fanboys bickering over a silly score, or knee-jerk defending turf) who read tech reviews in order to get preliminary, professionally conducted test evaluations of performance, in order to intelligently weigh that in determining the appropriate choice of the camera most suited for their desires and performance requirements, before laying down their hard earned money. (in fact, sometimes it is essential to their very livelihood, that is especially true of cams at this level)

And many of those people require SPECIFIC (NOT final score) test result information in order to make their personal judgement, and thus it is not enough for them that two same-tier cameras are OVERALL, IN GENERAL, very good and worthy - which these two obviously are.

Good as they both are (I would love to own either) they have many differences that may be critical to a potential buyer.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2012 at 18:19 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III review article (706 comments in total)
In reply to:

openskyline: HONESTLY , I THINK DPREVIEW SHOULD TURN OFF COMMENT SECTION !!!!

Why wait for DPREVIEW ?
Take your own advice.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2012 at 18:01 UTC
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Ben Raven: A MODEST PROPOSAL TO DP REVIEW:
Re: The 30 minute video time limit
(and the over-heating limitations)

Attention: Richard Butler, Andy Westlake, Amadou Diallo et al.,

To quote (and give proper credit to) Robbster (from a reply to me below):

" . . . until we can get the manufacturers to do the right thing, I think we
should request THAT THE RECORD TIME BE A STANDARD SPECIFICATION ITEM FOR EACH VIDEO FORMAT SUPPORTED BY A CAMERA."

This would require only a few characters in a preview and review.

This is a video performance spec of precisely the same parallel importance as the battery charge shot capacity spec for still shots !

It is information ESSENTIAL in evaluating a piece of equipment for one's particular video performance requirements.

And I know that I do not have to remind you Noble Gentlemen of DP REVIEW how EVER INCREASINGLY important the video abilities of virtually all still cameras are --from the lowliest P&S (and cell phone !) to PRO !

Well said, trevmar!!

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 18:34 UTC
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Ben Raven: A MODEST PROPOSAL TO DP REVIEW:
Re: The 30 minute video time limit
(and the over-heating limitations)

Attention: Richard Butler, Andy Westlake, Amadou Diallo et al.,

To quote (and give proper credit to) Robbster (from a reply to me below):

" . . . until we can get the manufacturers to do the right thing, I think we
should request THAT THE RECORD TIME BE A STANDARD SPECIFICATION ITEM FOR EACH VIDEO FORMAT SUPPORTED BY A CAMERA."

This would require only a few characters in a preview and review.

This is a video performance spec of precisely the same parallel importance as the battery charge shot capacity spec for still shots !

It is information ESSENTIAL in evaluating a piece of equipment for one's particular video performance requirements.

And I know that I do not have to remind you Noble Gentlemen of DP REVIEW how EVER INCREASINGLY important the video abilities of virtually all still cameras are --from the lowliest P&S (and cell phone !) to PRO !

Maloy,

With all due respect, you're still living in the 20th century.

The VAST majority of people (and growing every minute in proportion to the video capabilities of every single still camera) are not going out like they used to and expending $$ for, and dragging around -- ANOTHER CAMERA just to take videos, when their own camera can take 1080p (of again, ever increasing quality), that THEY find is more than good enough.

The biggest growing overall sales and use trend, even in still cams, is SMALLER and LIGHTER, and easier to carry kit. People, and photo enthusiasts, increasingly find a simple DSLR is too big, for God's sake.

Sure a dedicated Video camera of high quality can do better -- but still cams are now capable of doing it well enough for most people, without them paying for, and lugging another piece of equipment around.

Your overall point is of course very well taken, and I agree with your witty analogy, but dear Maloy --
The Masses are speaking -- LESS IS MORE !

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 16:17 UTC

A MODEST PROPOSAL TO DP REVIEW:
Re: The 30 minute video time limit
(and the over-heating limitations)

Attention: Richard Butler, Andy Westlake, Amadou Diallo et al.,

To quote (and give proper credit to) Robbster (from a reply to me below):

" . . . until we can get the manufacturers to do the right thing, I think we
should request THAT THE RECORD TIME BE A STANDARD SPECIFICATION ITEM FOR EACH VIDEO FORMAT SUPPORTED BY A CAMERA."

This would require only a few characters in a preview and review.

This is a video performance spec of precisely the same parallel importance as the battery charge shot capacity spec for still shots !

It is information ESSENTIAL in evaluating a piece of equipment for one's particular video performance requirements.

And I know that I do not have to remind you Noble Gentlemen of DP REVIEW how EVER INCREASINGLY important the video abilities of virtually all still cameras are --from the lowliest P&S (and cell phone !) to PRO !

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 13:31 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies
In reply to:

Ben Raven: So let me get this straight,

Because some people MIGHT video a movie with a STILL camera, the REST OF THE POPULATION OF PLANET EARTH are now considered convicted co-conspirators. And without due process, must be assessed a penalty AND have our right to video ANYTHING for longer than 30 minutes straight revoked.
Oh, and did I mention that this outrage is being imposed by a for-profit industry in conjunction with vulture camera manufacturers opportunistically using this pathetic excuse to attempt to squeeze more $$$$ out of their customers' pockets !!

One more important technical note--A quality HD video camera, unfettered by this limit, is capable of higher quality than the average still camera, and would be the obvious choice for intellectual property rights thieves.

Also, since more and more people are watching Blu-Ray level movies, the call for inferior video and wretched non-surround sound
(with coughs) knockoffs is diminishing.

And we're supposed to be alright with this ?!?

Robbster,

Re: Recording time limits as a standard spec to be listed.

A most excellent and LEGITIMATE idea !!

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 04:04 UTC
In reply to:

Greynerd: Looking at the feedback over time on some cameras it might be an idea to carry a compact fire extinguisher with you when taking extended videos on a camera designed for stills, just in case the heat cutout fails to trip. Just a little tip.

trevmar and Andy,

I do not at the moment own any Panasonic cams, but . . .

Since the 30 minute limitation appears to be newer, it seems perhaps your two cams, both of which came out some time ago,
pre-date it.

I might be a little leery, however, of any firmware updates from now on, and would check to see if they affect said video issue.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 03:57 UTC
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