CAClark

CAClark

Lives in United Kingdom Peterborough, Cambs, United Kingdom
Works as a CG Artist
Has a website at http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/
Joined on Nov 27, 2004

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Rob: It's a nice effort, but at that level of attempted realism, the CGI work is subpar. She's lacking some fundamental knowledge of visual art, such as how to cast shadows properly in perspective according to light source's angle relative to the subject and vanishing points. That is first year concept art/illustration/industrial design stuff in a good art school.

The creatures themselves are also a bit flat and unconvincing. A much better choice would have been using 3D and doing photorealistic renders that look more like the kind of realism we'd see in movie special effects (which is totally doable with cheap, off-the-shelf 3D software these days if you have the skill). If you guys want to see this type of work done at the professional level, go to cgsociety.org and look in the galleries--all are works done at the level of Hollywood blockbusters, but often by young CG artists who specialize in this type of work, and many are not even pros but hobbyists.

There is a lot of presumption here that because the skills were present to tackle the subject in the way it was, that 3D should have been a viable alternative. There is absolutely no logic that dictates the 3D was even an option. I know it seems like 3D artists are coming out of the woodwork, but I am a 3D artist working in films, but have also done games, TV, and music videos, and I think it would be much more difficult to achieve this result with 3D, let alone photo realism. Modelling a creature, texturing it, rigging it, adding fur, posing it, and then rendering it. I think the route chosen was probably best.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 16:45 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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ohiobio: I am a career city manager, and it's my opinion that any attempt to bring fun and imagination to a milieu that is generally devoid of humor, is to be applauded. What does it have to do with photography? How about re-imagining the mundane?

Fully agree with DStudio!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 02:54 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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EricAotearoa: They're all good. Some are better than others, but nonetheless all are there in the name of fun and creativity. To those grumpy old stick in the muds complaining, just relax and try to enjoy the moment. Have a look under the cushions of your couch, or maybe down the sides of your seat, you might find that your lost sense of humour is around there somewhere. For those that ask what these have to do with photography, well, duh! It's pretty blooming obvious. Now smile and say weez.

Its refreshing to see there are a few others here that are not the usual opinionated self important DPR commenters.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 02:53 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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Todd Ka: This the dumbest thing ever featured on DPR.

Does everything have to be high art? Does your definition of art have to be the benchmark that DPR operates to?

Heaven forbid that something should just be a moment of fun.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 02:51 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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Joe Pineapples: I like these, but I can't see them going down well with the usual dpreview grumpy grouches...

Ain't that the truth!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 02:49 UTC
On Samsung NX30 First Impressions Review preview (357 comments in total)
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Meuh: Looks like an interesting camera but I'm not a fan of the canon style control dials :/

I much rather have the front and back dial as in pentax/nikon where the front dial is in front of the shutter and the rear dial behind it instead of the front dial being behind the shutter and the rear dial around a dpad.

I know its a silly thing to not like but its how I'm used to shooting :).

My first DSLR was infact a samsung gx10 (a pentax k10d clone). which I still enjoy to this day due to its lovely 10mp ccd.

I'm not convinced that the dials are an issue on Nikon cameras like that. I've always found the click action to be robust enough to require a definite specific action to turn them, and never accidentally moved them. That said my current camera has it in front of the shutter button, but less forward facing than my Nikon was, and never jogged it accidentally either. Of course I may just be subconsciously careful!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 12:56 UTC
On Best Digital Cameras for Kids article (141 comments in total)
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tkbslc: I disagree with the crummy toy camera. They take awful pictures and kids can see it is a toy, not a camera like mom or dad use. 5-8 year olds especially wouldn't be caught dead with a camera that looks like a toddler toy.

The S31 is an excellent recommendation for this category, though, as are the rest of the list.

The advantage of crumby toy cams is that they are reasonably robust, and cost very little. If photos is a passing phase, no big shakes.

I personally wouldn't entertain spending £400 let alone £700 on a camera for a child. If they hoever stick with and become frustrated by the toy camera and its crumbiness, then you've at least worked out that spending a bit more on a nicer camera isn't going to be a wasted outlay.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2013 at 18:06 UTC
On Best Digital Cameras for Kids article (141 comments in total)
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Picturenaut: I'd not recommend a 1.2 MP toy camera such as KidiZoom even for 5 yrs old children, because its IQ, in particular of its LCD screens is ways too bad for kid's eyes. My experience is that even very young kids are quickly bored and dissapointed by such bad cameras and abandon them. With their sharp eyes and fresh minds they see so much more than we adults, and they are fond of small things and tiny details. A camera must meet this challenge.

So I think it is much better to start early with a rugged compact with much better IQ and LCD screen . IMO a camera such as a Coolpix S31 is a much better entry even for very young kids. They are smart and quickly discover how to use it.

My ex-girlfriends 6yo had one of the vtech kids cameras, and contrary to your evaluation, it was perfect. Kids can be rough and clumsy, so something of decent size was ideal, and I don't believe many 6yo are so discerning that a small LCD screen is of any concern. And that's before you get to the often fleeting attention spans for such things as cameras and other toys/gadgets. That said, all children like people are different, but it's not as black and white as rubbishing a basic kids camera as poor quality. Often that's more than enough.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2013 at 18:00 UTC
On Just posted: Pentax MX-1 Preview Samples article (55 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: We all tend to judge cameras by its peers. If the newcomer is somewhat different, we tend to nag about it. However, my experience with the MX-1 was revealing insofar. MX-1 has something cameras in its class have missed for a long time (maybe never had): a great shooting balance. Which I think is due to its retro inspired design, materials and — proportions.
Having it tried side by side with Leica X2 and RX100, I felt both X2 and MX-1 simply cling to your hands. You're not tired of them. RX100 is slippery, like a soap, can't really use with one hand. MX-1 you can operate with one hand, and won't lose balance. It stands firm. It's not heavy as they describe it, but the feeling is that of stability, quality and comfort. Not lens heavy like many P&S cameras, even with the lens fully extended.
Anyway, I suggest anyone to go and try, and never ever judge a camera based on paper specs alone; you'll be sacrificing something specs cannot tell.

Photoguy, shooting with two hands is fine, but do you hold the camera with two hands between shots? You'd agree that you'd like a camera to feel like it will stay in your grip at all times, even when walking without keeping a hold being a second by second battle?

It's easy to forget it seems sometimes that the camera has to be designed to be carried as well as operated.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2013 at 14:30 UTC
On Service lets you order prints of any Facebook photo post (115 comments in total)

Is this really a shock? You have allowed x number of people on facebook to look at your photos, does it realistically change if they look at it on a mouse mat? Ok, I grant it would be a bit creepy if the photo was of your or your wife lol

Anyone who can view the photos you put on Facebook can save and print them anyway.

I wish people would calm down on the hysteria around privacy. If it bothers you that much, don't put them on the interwebs, it's pretty simple stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2013 at 15:24 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On We put the HTC One's ultrapixels to the test post (172 comments in total)
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CAClark: It always seems to me that photos from phones are never fantastic, and only look decent when down res'd to go on the interweb.

It seems this kind of in-depth camera analysis of a phone is slightly tragic. Sure it's harmless throw away info to band around in conversation, but every photo ever from a phone looks great until you see it at 100%, and then it looks like hell.

Anyone sufficiently interested in this level of technicality of a phone camera should really go and buy an actual camera. They'll have some fighting chance of actually good 100% photographs.

DpLarry

That's my point, I don't really know who this pointless pixel peeping of a phone camera is aimed at :-) People who pixel peep like this are unlikely to care much as long as a photo us presentable on a phone screen or in a web browser, on account of their 1 at least actual camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2013 at 15:20 UTC
On Tamrac Evolution 9 Photo Backpack Review article (106 comments in total)
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daddyo: I notice that the guy in these images is a 25 Yr. old, Gold's Gym fitness instructor.
I, unfortunately am a 66 yr. old with a frog body -- ditto on the mirrorless camera system.

"66yo with a frog body" is the funniest thing I have read for ages!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 14:24 UTC
On We put the HTC One's ultrapixels to the test post (172 comments in total)

It always seems to me that photos from phones are never fantastic, and only look decent when down res'd to go on the interweb.

It seems this kind of in-depth camera analysis of a phone is slightly tragic. Sure it's harmless throw away info to band around in conversation, but every photo ever from a phone looks great until you see it at 100%, and then it looks like hell.

Anyone sufficiently interested in this level of technicality of a phone camera should really go and buy an actual camera. They'll have some fighting chance of actually good 100% photographs.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 14:20 UTC as 44th comment | 3 replies
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gl2k: Nice that Panny gives customers a feature that Canikon users already enjoy for many years now. LOL.

Well done, you should feel proud of yourself.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2012 at 10:15 UTC

I think it's easy to forget the target market. I'm not so sure that all the whining about the low res evf and feeling daft carrying around a fake K5 is going to concern the people who just take snaps, but fancy having a slightly more serious go at it than a pocket P&S.

i think people need to keep it real a bit.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 09:11 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Canon EOS 650D / EOS Rebel T4i review article (232 comments in total)
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robbo d: Another good and fair review. If you go into the various categories you find that its no class leader. There's a lot of catch up with other brands like pancake lenses, HDR, photo stacking and "not quite up to its peers" in some areas.
I like the feel and constant evolution of the Canon's and one can only assume that its the sum total of all the parts that makes it what it is, with a nice touch screen (which wont help photo image quality).
Theres no going away from the fact that they have a huge marketing campaign and build solid performers that tend to be treated as the benchmark........but still like to see the K30 review please Dpr !!

I think on the whole the reviews are pretty fair, though some of the cons can be annoying and petty IMO, but non the less the bottom line is generally good. Not that I intend to ever buy the K30, I am quite interested in seeing it's review as well.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2012 at 07:51 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon EOS 650D / EOS Rebel T4i review article (232 comments in total)
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Shakens: don't like the idea of a touchscreen on my DSLR
its bad enough keeping the screen on my phone clean.
don't what greasy finger marks allover my camera too

Oh I don't know, I used to keep cleaning the screen on my G2 LOL but I rarely used the touch screen on it to be fair, so it's not such a big deal anyway compared to a non touch screen.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2012 at 07:50 UTC
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Camediadude: I expect more from you guys..

Seriously, 200 words about Hipstamatic isn't going to be stopping anyone doing the reviews.

I get that some people look down on stories about mobile device related stories, and I personally don't care that much, but I don't see the point on whining about it lol

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2012 at 23:33 UTC
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Camediadude: I expect more from you guys..

Like?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2012 at 14:35 UTC
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Griffo 155: This comment is for all the negative commentators on this site, with reference to the Nikon 1 cameras...
You just don't know what you are missing until you USE these camera's - I have the Nikon 1 V1 with 10-30mm kit lens - It is without doubt the best camera I have ever bought.. Better than the NEX cameras (and yes I've used those as well).. Just stop looking at the specs and the sensor size just get out there and try the cameras...
No matter what negative comments that people make Nikon are on to something with this series and you wont know what that is until you use the camera...
The whole series is awesome... Hopefully more to come...

Well said. There are too many 'pocket experts' (aka ass-hats) who comment all over this site because they know everything about everything, rather than having hands on experience of what they are talking about. Commenting has been a massive negative step to DPR because of it (IMO).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:43 UTC
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