Teru Kage

Teru Kage

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong
Works as a Project Manager for Client Onboarding, Banking
Joined on Nov 27, 2005

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Aroart: All negative commenters are losers. It's simple , this will be better than the last and there will be better in years to come. Haters need to get a life...

Couldn't the same be said of blind followers? For every hater, there's an Apple fan(atic) that will defend the brand to the death. Canikon, Copepsi, Nididas...some people are compelled to Brand themselves.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 00:30 UTC
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Peter Bendheim: The Apple haters will be out in full force...bring on the popcorn.

It's not that Apple is doomed, but its market share is far from what it once was. Good for us as consumers; monopolies rarely lead to buyer benefits.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 00:23 UTC
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Horshack: P&S cameras, the bell tolls for thee.

Not unless phones start incorporating zooms (meaning thicker cameras, i.e. unlikely). My Pany 20x compact DC is perfect for taking pics/vids during wakeboarding.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 00:18 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (420 comments in total)
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zarabo: Ok, if this is intended for beginners, why not have a built in flash, while the more serious EM10 has one? I know they provide an external flash, but doesn't that make the whole thing bulky? I don't get it.
Also, if you have the flash installed, that means you can't install an EVF since the flash uses the hot shoe and the port?

I've been saying this for some time now: ever since the introduction of the OM-D line, Oly should have eliminated the E-PL series. The E-PM covers the entry level crowd and the E-P series covers those who want performance in a company PEN body. I'd rather Oly had released this as the E-P6 with a built-in flash.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2014 at 14:23 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (420 comments in total)

Based on the specs, the E-PL7 is basically the guts of the E-M10 stuffed into a PEN body, which is great news for us PEN users.

Have any tests been done on the focusing speed? The only reason why I considered upgrading from my E-PL5 to an E-M10 was because of the improved focusing speed. Also, I occasionally to studio shoot that require the hotshoe for the remote flash trigger, which means I can't use my EVF.

Also, I wonder if the E-PL7's LCD flips up? The problem with a down swiveling LCD is that it's useless on a tripod.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2014 at 08:37 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1529 comments in total)
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Blackraven: I owned a D800 for 18 months but sold it because the focussing couldnt be trusted. I used it primarily with a Nikon 20-70mm f2.8 and had the combo calibrated by Nikon. This improved the performance significantly but still only managed to produce in-focus shots around 90% of the time. I do a lot of travel photography and the mis-focussing caused many once-in-a-lifetime shots to be spoiled.
I have many other Nikon lenses and the only way that I could guarantee a high level of focus accuracy was when I manual-focussed with AI lenses using the green-focussing dot as an initial guide - but with final focus confirmation by eyesight. This got very tiring - especially as I am not a teenager any more!
As I have so many Nikon lenses - around 12 - I need to get another Nikon body. I was eagarly waiting for the D810 and with the supposed improved AF, I really hope that this time Nikon have got their AF act together.
I really hope that the D810 is what the D800 should have been in the first place

Or maybe the focus couldn't be trusted coz you were using a non-existent 20-70mm lens :)
Seriously though, did you notice a pattern in terms of the missed focus photos (i.e. was there a particular type of photo/composition that the D800 would often misfocus)?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 03:53 UTC
On Surf's Up: Clark Little's incredible wave photography article (54 comments in total)

Fantastic images! I love photography that takes us to places we otherwise wouldn't have the chance to see. If it wasn't for the tropical background, I'd have thought #3 was an ice formation.

First came yesterday's paint photos and now this; keep posting these great works DPR.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 15:00 UTC as 32nd comment

These photos are a fantastic example of how photography can be used to create magical moments from mundane materials. #4 would fit right at home in a Harry Potter movie and photos like #8 & #9 would make great foregrounds for fashion shoots.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 10:54 UTC as 47th comment

#5 was made by mirroring the trees, but regardless of how much PS manipulation was done this is a stunning picture. I could easily see this as a painting or an artsy movie poster.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2014 at 07:25 UTC as 13th comment
On In Photos: Iceland captured in infrared article (69 comments in total)

IR photography is a good match to the Icelandic landscape; the colors have a very End of Days feel.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2014 at 15:55 UTC as 29th comment
On Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg article (45 comments in total)

Let me begin by saying the following is in no way meant as a criticism on Simon Harsent's fine work.

Having read the background story to these photos, I can appreciate the muted approach that Harsent used to convey his ideas. However, I wonder how many people would have provided as much praise if they saw some of these photos with no frame of context. I posit that if someone posted photos like 2, 5 or 6 onto a critique forum, the majority of comments would be along the lines of "too flat/dull", "needs some punch".

It makes me wonder if we've become victims of an abundance of images. With everyone and their uncle taking and posting photos these days, perhaps our expectation of "good" photography has been set so high that we eagerly place photos into the Snapshot category if they don't grab our attention right off the bat.

In any case, I like that these photos make slow down a moment to think whether I find them average or there's something more to be discovered.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2014 at 02:12 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)
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DStudio: I think people are misunderstanding which ethics are important here. The treatment of the animals - while important - is a red herring. The real ethical issue is of deceiving viewers by making up stories, telling them that these fabricated pictures are journalistic in nature. Nordin used these tricks to become more popular, allowing these stories to remain in the popular press for years before saying anything.

Now that he's published a preponderance of similar images - too many to be coincidental and naturally occurring - he's got a new story. We can only presume that his "new truth" is in fact half-truths.

@b craw

Spot on, you addressed all the issues that I was going to respond to Pixnat2 with. It doesn't matter what Seruyan is saying now; the fact that he won't admit to fabricating his stories in the past is what many people are bothered with.

"Anyway, did you nerver made mistakes, M. Kage?"

That's an irrelevant argument. Should a thief receive less of a sentence if the person charging him had also stole before?

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 03:31 UTC
On Journey to the center of the Earth with Robbie Shone article (49 comments in total)

The sheer scale of these locations is mindblowing. I tend to think of caves as being claustrophobic but these photos remind us that there's a whole other world below what we call home.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 15:23 UTC as 2nd comment
On Photographing bubbles, one bubble at a time article (76 comments in total)

I once saw a man making those frozen bubbles in Japan. It was absolutely mesmerizing to watch the bubble slowly crystalize.

Did you need to use a special bubble formula for those?

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 15:18 UTC as 3rd comment
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)
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DStudio: I think people are misunderstanding which ethics are important here. The treatment of the animals - while important - is a red herring. The real ethical issue is of deceiving viewers by making up stories, telling them that these fabricated pictures are journalistic in nature. Nordin used these tricks to become more popular, allowing these stories to remain in the popular press for years before saying anything.

Now that he's published a preponderance of similar images - too many to be coincidental and naturally occurring - he's got a new story. We can only presume that his "new truth" is in fact half-truths.

"Defamation is much more unethical than all the things that you accuse M. Seruyan"

Defamation is a false statement that causes reputational damage. DStudio already provided the evidence of fakery (i.e. compositing a snail onto the floating seed) in a post below.

"Make an attack on the moral integrity of a person is a more serious offense than manipulating insects or telling stories."

Again, it's only an offense if it is unwarranted. But looking at Seruyan's past interviews, it's clear that he has fabricated stories about how he happened to come across such wonderful scenes by happenstance.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 15:15 UTC
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)
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nordin seruyan: Thank you for the comments, whether in form of appreciation or critics, which both are highly appreciated. I can clarify that none of the insects in my pictures are tortured nor killed to pose. No glue nor wire used. Most of the pose are natural pose of the insect/animal. I did carefully move the position of insect in some pictures to specific staged place such as leaves or water shallow surface or grass. The backgrounds are taken separately using manual lens which has bokeh character, by adding water spray in the back with natural light and compose two pictures in photoshop, by masking method and adjust the color saturation. It's not a controversial form of art in photography in my opinion. It's just a part of my art creation process to present the other side of macro photography.

"I did carefully move the position of insect in some pictures...the backgrounds are taken separately"

You did more than that. As mentioned in a post above, you have photos that are fabricated compositions done in PS. It's one thing to change the background and quite another to stick 2 separate objects from separate photos together (i.e. the snail and the seed).

Your photos are wonderful from an aesthetic perspective, but your insistance on claiming that these digital creations were scenes that you witnessed is what's garnering all this negative feedback against you.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 02:55 UTC
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)
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acongsb: I know nordin and I know how he created the outstanding mages, I think there is no indication of harm animals, and if you want to know how the process try to find nordin in Indonesia so we know the art process in his art work

Has anyone from Admin checked whether all these newly created accounts are from the same person/IP address? There seems to be a pattern emerging here.

www.dpreview.com/members/9078462069

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 13:55 UTC
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)
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Teru Kage: Most photographers could wait for a lifetime and not capture a moment that reaches the perfection of these shots, so for Seruyan to have so many of them really pushes the limits of credulity. I don't mind the fact that these are posed so much as the fact that A) Seruyan doesn't admit to it and B) The likelihood of cruelty to animals to accomplish these. I'd actually be much more comfortable if he told us that he staged these photos using dead insects and frogs that he found.

"your blatant lie and accusation about animal abuse is just too idiot"
The word you are looking for is "idiotic". And again, I suggest you go back and read what I've written before you start making accusations. If English isn't your first language, use an online translator to avoid further misinterpretation.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2014 at 15:21 UTC
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)
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Teru Kage: Most photographers could wait for a lifetime and not capture a moment that reaches the perfection of these shots, so for Seruyan to have so many of them really pushes the limits of credulity. I don't mind the fact that these are posed so much as the fact that A) Seruyan doesn't admit to it and B) The likelihood of cruelty to animals to accomplish these. I'd actually be much more comfortable if he told us that he staged these photos using dead insects and frogs that he found.

I should have known "Fahmi Bhs" was an account created to defend these photos:

Fahmi Bhs
Joined on May 11, 2014

www.dpreview.com/members/1798598692/overview

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2014 at 14:27 UTC
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)
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Teru Kage: Most photographers could wait for a lifetime and not capture a moment that reaches the perfection of these shots, so for Seruyan to have so many of them really pushes the limits of credulity. I don't mind the fact that these are posed so much as the fact that A) Seruyan doesn't admit to it and B) The likelihood of cruelty to animals to accomplish these. I'd actually be much more comfortable if he told us that he staged these photos using dead insects and frogs that he found.

@Fahmi Bhs
"Do you know what the hell you're talking about ?"

Before you blow your stack over my reply, I suggest that you go back and read it over again.

I made no implication that all staged macros are dead animals nor did I make any claim that Seruyan used dead animals. My statement was that I would have preferred that the animals were already dead, as I consider that much less cruel than someone purposely killing the animals for the sake of posing them in a photo.

Now my question to you is: do YOU know what the hell you were reading?

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2014 at 14:19 UTC
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