Scales USA

Scales USA

Lives in United States Spokane, WA, United States
Works as a Electrical Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2007

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On Flickr Wall Art removes Creative Commons prints article (44 comments in total)
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DavidKennard: There are a variety of CC licenses, some allow commercial use of images, and some don't.

The main issue I would think with this service is that all of the general CC licenses require attribution of the copyright owner, and that the type of CC licence used is given as well. So presumably to run this service legally, each print would have to include a line of text at the bottom giving the name(s) of the copyright owner(s) and the type of CC licence it was licensed under.

Or maybe this info would be OK just included on the back of the print? The CC licence terms aren't too clear on this point.

Using that Logic, I could take any image, and sell prints, since I'm only charging for the printing service and the image has no value - Yea!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2014 at 17:05 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (206 comments in total)

I remember when jpeg replaced gif images. It was painful.

Changing over the web browser infrastructure will be much more difficult than it was in the early 1990's. It was a clear choice due to very limited bandwidth, but the image quality suffered due to artifacts.

I'd go for a new standard, but likely won't live long enough to see it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 06:59 UTC as 39th comment | 6 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1180 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: Bring it on trolls 'n fanboys! :-)

It certainly makes it unpleasant to read the comments by Trolls and Fanboys. Some of them post the same thing multiple times. I don't have a issue with the review, its well done.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 00:07 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (242 comments in total)

I enjoyed reading both viewpoints, I've been interested in the camera, but I'm not deliberate, and like fast AF, so I identify with Sam. My results would likely be like his at first, although I tend to first take very controlled shots just to prove to myself what a camera is capable of. Then, I can teach myself to duplicate those results in less controlled situations.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 04:34 UTC as 26th comment

I think its a good idea, and I'm sure his recent bout with Cancer makes him feel very mortal. What better way to help photographers while ensuring that his legacy continues than to start up the endowment.

good for you, Michael!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 19:22 UTC as 7th comment
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (356 comments in total)

I enjoyed seeing the video, I lived in Western Washington and got to see salmon running out my front window as a kid.

I also managed to do a lot of fishing in the ocean and around Puget sound over the years.

Its been a struggle to keep salmon runs going, they are just a tiny shadow of what they used to be.

Getting those shots in the heavily shaded areas along the creek is difficult.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 06:28 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies

Google also has facial recognition, so it can name the persons in a photo, and even inform the FBI if a wanted person is found.

The potential, as noted sounds both wonderful, and also frightening. Snapping a candid photo of a person and having them named? Its possible now for millions of people, but so far, Google is holding back due to potential privacy issues. (big $$$$$$$$$ lawsuits)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 02:07 UTC as 9th comment | 5 replies

I've pre-ordered. I like my sharp version of the MK I, and this one has exactly the improvements I wanted.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 11:28 UTC as 43rd comment

I've started using my G1X II for casual travel shots where absolute image quality was not the highest priority. There is always a trade off, but there is less of a trade off with this camera than many point and shoots. I was at the EMP Museum in Seattle this weekend, and took some shots in very low light situations (No flash is allowed). I did not use raw, since I was just taking some snapshots. I'll be interested in seeing how they come out, a first look was encouraging, considering that some of the lighting was so low that I could not see details.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 03:41 UTC as 20th comment
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1659 comments in total)
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Kabalyero: Timer just reached zero...nothing happened. Am i missing something?

The timer is a simple thing, programmed by a kid at the ad agency. It does not take into account other time zones, so depending on the time zone, you see a different time. Poorly Done! I hope what they are advertising is better!!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 02:40 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1659 comments in total)

In that Canon interview, here is what they say:

"Currently no Canon camera offers more than 22MP. Do your DSLR customers ask for higher resolution?

Yes. We know that many of our customers need more resolution and this is under consideration. In the very near future you can expect us to show something in terms of mirrorless and also a higher resolution sensor.

The very near future is only 13 hours and 22 minutes from now here on the West Coast.
"

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 02:37 UTC as 597th comment
On Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' article (127 comments in total)
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///M: complete with ashtray

It was a financial hit for the airlines to allow smoking, but they were afraid of passenger reactions if they banned it. It was easier to wait and let the FAA do what they all wanted.

Air from the passenger cabin was circulated thru the electronics boxes to provide cooling. The innards of the boxes became coated with tar and debris that stuck to it so that it made repairs either very expensive, or impossible. Those electronic boxes are very expensive, so it was a big money saver when smoking went away. The entire airplane interior eventually became coated with the gunk and they installed new interiors periodically.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 03:53 UTC
On Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' article (127 comments in total)

I worked at Boeing right across from Boeing Field when the first 747 came in, and got to see it frequently and go thru it extensively.

Then, many years later, RA001 was fired up again with a 777 engine replacing one of the regular engines to verify that there were no issues in real world flight, and to find them before the first 777 flight. That test had been demanded by Boeing and resisted by the engine maker who thought enough testing had been done. It turned out to be a good thing, because the engine surged on takeoff, which means it made a huge backfire, something completely unacceptable. The issue was determined, the engine beefed up around the fan, and the problem was fixed in time.

One goal was to have the 777 certified for ETOPS, which meant long trips over water far from land. With only two engines, they had to be ultra reliable, and went thru numerous torture tests.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 01:34 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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David Hull: What is with that fold out screen? At least that is one thing that Canon does right.

My Canon G1X MK II has a similar fold out screen. It is definitely better than the kludge swing out screen on my G1X MK I and other older Canon bodies like the 70D. Its stronger and faster to use, and it can be made larger since it does not require so much supporting tsructure. I don't think the Nikon screen is quite as versatile, but its close.

Expect to see the swing up screens on more cameras. They really are bigger, better and stronger.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 18:43 UTC

I stopped shipping from my small business to Canada long ago. There were too many packages that ended up disappearing. I could track them as far as Ontario then no more.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 02:00 UTC as 2nd comment
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joeybob: Did Ian shoot that with a D800 or a 5DMKIII ?

Huh? What? - Film?

What the heck is that?!?

I was shooting about that time, and slide film was either ISO 5 or 10. It was a struggle to get a fast enough shutter speed to stop motion. Amazing how we have selective memories.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 02:13 UTC

I worked (For Boeing) right across the street from the Flight Center when it first flew down from Everett. Naturally, I made several trips across the street to look it over, inside and out.

I remember that they had built a ramp for the nose to run up on as it pulled into the B-52 Hangar. By raising the nose, it lowered the tail enough to be able to clear the hangar doors.

There was some black plastic pipe routed in the ceiling, that said "Sears Best" on it. It might have been added by flight test.

It had a lot of flight test equipment as well as ballast tanks so that water could be pumped around to shift the weight.

Electronic equipment was still less than reliable then. On one of the first flights, the New Inertial Navigation system shut down (all three systems) while out over the Olympic Peninsula, and the crew had to use the "Whisky Compass" which was a ordinary magnetic compass that folded down from over the windshield. Obviously, they found their way home to Everett.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 20:52 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Did Amazon just patent the seamless background setup? article (133 comments in total)

So, can I patent using f/8 to take photos? How about all the other apertures?

I have my own product photography light table setup, maybe I'll file for a patent.

The precedent set is that we could have almost every aspect of photography lighting patented, since it does not seem to matter if its been done for 50 years, or 100, for that matter.

A certain patent examiner needs to find honest work.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 16:18 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply

Are any of them now tall enough to use without putting the center column up and losing most of the anti vibration effects needed in a tripod?

I guess that when all cameras have tilting lcd's, we won't need tall, but for now, I want something to bring my camera to eye level and still be stable enough to use for a long exposure.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 02:54 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
On Welcome to our studio test scene article (275 comments in total)

I like the new scene, it gives me the option to compare so many parameters of the cameras.

For example, the colors and saturation of the Fujii X-M1 are darker except for the blues where they are lighter. I'd think this could be fixed in post processing, so its a question as to just how much correction of the image is done.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 15:46 UTC as 113th comment
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