vetsmelter

vetsmelter

Lives in Belgium Ghent, Belgium
Works as a 80% bored at some office
Joined on Jan 29, 2006
About me:

Mouth watering toys, and a view beyond horizon. It’s portable and perfectly complementing any thinkable activity..

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They key is in "one of the monkeys he was photographing grabbed his camera".
This means the human photographer entitled to copyright did not intend to (ab)use the monkey as an extension tool to his shutter finger.
This excludes drawing similarities to remote triggered camera's by the animal subjects in animal photography where there is creative intention by the human camera owner.
It was the monkey's initiative and the monkey's creativity that lead to the pictures.
And frankly on those 2 shots he looks more intelligent and "into his work" hence entitled to copyright than some of the (iPad) photographers I observe in the street who show no hint of having a clue what they are observing or why they are photographing. :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 06:53 UTC as 218th comment | 2 replies

Seen the relatively small diameter of the hat she must be a green recruit.
Zorg: do you really believe what you just wrote? If so the said official must come up with quite a good excuse to visit capitalistic toy centered websites. Let's hope no evidence may be required or he/she may need some re-education camp and while they are on it, his/her family as well.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 21:24 UTC as 3rd comment | 3 replies
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JustFred: Soon we will have artificial eyes. Expect artificial eyes in the near future which will eliminate the need for smartphone's with screens altogether. We will all have our natural eyes removed and have artificial 4D electronic robot eyes installed. We will have smart chips implanted in our brains which will be Wi-Fi enabled and have build in smartphone technology. We will be able to upload and download directly into our brains which will in essence become our main computer thus eliminating all cloud technology at the same time. Camera's will become obsolete as we will be able to photograph with our robot eyes. These robot eyes will be insect like with millions of little receptors. TV screens will become obsolete as we will be able to view TV programs directly with our new eyes. It will be like we are really there because the images are transferred directly into our brain. What we see will be like we are really there. That will be called 4D or total reality.

no need for removal, your robot eyes will automatically not project known privacy campaigners. :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2013 at 10:27 UTC
On The Tunnel to the North Sea in the Street Art challenge (8 comments in total)
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Mirrorless Crusader: Great photo but you should have flipped it horizontally. The human eye moves naturally from left to right, which is the opposite direction this photo is leading us.

Interesting remark this: is that for all human's , brain defined, regardless the habitual reading direction?
My eyes first get attracted to the right coloured side with the head first in this small picture.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2013 at 08:17 UTC
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Paul Guba: I don't buy a phone because its a good camera. I buy it because its a good phone. It won't be a deciding factor for me. Does it sync my calendar and address book correctly. Is the connectivity good. Is there support for it with other desktop functionality. Is it secure.

The big news really was Apple entering the China market and color may be more for them then our 10 year old kids.

"is it secure" --> good criterium.. last time I checked one needed to Jailbreak the device to run a decent firewall (Firewall IP for iOS) I 'd call it an awesome program which I would like to see on other platforms as well. It's somewhat like little Snitch on OSX and notifies about the phoneing home of many naughty apps.
However, I would never call iOS Secure. It is a honeypot by the NSA most likely and the availability of programs like Viber that send your whole address book (possibly including many contact data of people who prefer secure phones) to a misty location in a single slip of the mind does not add to the security)
If you want not to play part in the fingerprint collection operation by the authorities you have to coop with Nokia Lumia style colors. :D

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 13:12 UTC

"When the iPhone 5 was released last year, Apple was the leader in smartphone photography"

You must mean "leader" by sheer number of users?

Some better informed journalists may argue that the iPhone 5 never beat the photographic quality obtained by the 2010 Nokia N8.

A clear insight on how history is written (sigh)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 07:43 UTC as 66th comment
On Sample gallery: Sony's 20.7-megapixel Xperia Z1 post (58 comments in total)
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OvinceZ: The market research must have told the phone makers that people didn't want thick phones. So gone was the 808 effort to install a decent camera in a phone. Sony offers more pixels but not stellar IQ. The images look ok in the middle but not on the sides or corners.
There is no way to get quality photos from such tiny cameras.
I guess enthusiasts will have to buy phones for qualities other than the cameras.

Agree.
Besides, I 'd hardly call the 808 thick, rather ergonomic.
It fits in most of my trousers' coin pocket.

Can't understand this tendency to flatness keeps continuing ... it seems that people are not productive enough to know how to benefit from a keyboard and true multitasking to honour that quad core and 2GB RAM.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 07:44 UTC
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Peter62: "Video killed the radio star"

Smartphones killed the digital camera...

Now you mention Smartphones. Nokia the early king of smartphones virtually killed itself by over using the same strategy that is blowing back to Nikon with the 1.
Before MS took the lead Nokia was its own biggest competitor never to combine the best of their tech in one uber device even hordes of users were ready to throw the double than usual purchase cash at it. Noka N8, camera but no keyboard. Nokia E7 keyboard but no autofocus camera, lack of RAM to assure early obsolescence etc..
Nikkon should re-allign, stop thinking we need their little marketing fantasies and bring out some stuff people want.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 07:36 UTC
On Girl lovers... in the Spy: Female challenge (7 comments in total)

Or man lovers that are girls. The girl on the right is intending to photograph the sexy but of the vital young man in front of the wild waves and her friend just jokes about her friends' intentions.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 08:37 UTC as 1st comment
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nikanth: boring.. average composition... over-exposed

Nikanth, easy to say, but y ou don't want to hang around for hours around Fukushima Daichi NPP these days to get a perfect composition. :D

Cute pictures, they drew my smile.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 07:27 UTC
On Sample gallery: Nokia Lumia 1020 post (74 comments in total)

"Our first sample gallery using the 41-megapixel smartphone. "

Make that "a" 41-megapixel smartphone. What where you guys doing when the rest of the world was enjoying THE 41-megapixel smartphone since half 2012?

Worshipping iPhone 8mpix generic camera's + instagram techniques :D

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 08:31 UTC as 14th comment
On Nokia pushes out its own YouTube Upload app post (1 comment in total)

.... is just another indication that the hardware maker is taking imaging seriously. -- ok and how many indications the world needs to finally acknowledge that?
A peer to peer review of current smartphones with old Nokia models like the N95 and N8 would do so well as a refreshment.
Too bad Nokia blew it as a software maker. RIP true Linux phone with superior camera and full user control.
Or not, as the title indicates they just came to release a software update to the Youtube part of their hardware?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 19:16 UTC as 1st comment
On Nokia's 41MP Lumia 1020 looks impressive post (227 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Unless someone comes along and puts an APS-C sensor in a phone, the 808 will always be the true king of smart phone cameras.

For the time being the 808 still is. So is the 2010 Nokai N8 in some aspects.
With this website being photography oriented , I wonder why there is no 808 included in the comparative tests... In the simplest of terms: why no compare iPhone 4S to iPhone 5

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 09:36 UTC
On Nokia's 41MP Lumia 1020 looks impressive post (227 comments in total)
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Jostian: the IQ is impressive and way better than other smartphones but the biggest problem with the 1020 is that its a Windows phone... if it was Android, then wow! but still way too many compromises using Windows, Nokia missed an opportunity (should gone with Android).

I can understand that you know and love only Android but in fact they (Nokia) had something better than Android before MSFT came along. Maemo (Linux using normal debian repository, no need to root anything and superior multitasking interface).
We were even shooting RAW on the N900, 5Mpix car Zeiss monster.
Incompetent management is taking Nokia 1 step forward, 2 steps back.
Nokia should think about producing rubber boots again to wade out of the swamp they put themselves in http://www.flickr.com/photos/zisa/146097733/

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 07:46 UTC
On Nokia's 41MP Lumia 1020 looks impressive post (227 comments in total)

"Nokia's second attempt at a 41-megapixel camera phone" ->
Ok the actual image size is only 38MPix but I think you should not call this an attempt since "attempt" is the action of trying at something.
What they aimed at is to use a large sensor's excess pixels to create a cleaner digital zoom and small 2, 5 or 8MP (808)
And while we are at the sensor: the first "attempt" had a larger sensor. The 808 measures 1/1.2” in size, and the 1020 has a 1/1.5” .
The price of making it thinner and cheaper I guess.
Photography wise, the only added value of the 1020 over the 808 is the shutter control.

808 over 1020:

Larger 1/1.2 sensor
ND Filter
Stronger flash
8MP supersample mode = best format on 808 in good light
Natural colour reproduction
MicroSD card expansion & swappable battery , like a self respecting cam
OS

1020 over 808:

Better F2.2 lens (w/o ND filter!)
OIS & 6 elements lens (vs 5)
Dual image capture & newer algorithms
Configurable audio
Better camera UI?
Camera grip (Optional)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 07:20 UTC as 58th comment | 7 replies
On Nokia teases 'BIG' announcement tomorrow post (5 comments in total)
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vetsmelter: No update yet? I guess they must have meant 9.00 AM MSFT time instead?
My guess it is just going to be a windows tablet. Nothing like the good old NIT (Nokia Internet Tablet) that made you feel like carrying the power of a desktop office PC in your pocket. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_Internet_Tablet

I hope Nokia would bundle their camera knowledge to enter and take over the true P&S market with excellent camera's that call and surf.
Sharp camera core tech updates could be announced only spring 2014.

It is the Lumia 625. Big screen, low res, no keyboard , no camera worth mentionning.
Back to sleep..

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:07 UTC
On Nokia teases 'BIG' announcement tomorrow post (5 comments in total)

No update yet? I guess they must have meant 9.00 AM MSFT time instead?
My guess it is just going to be a windows tablet. Nothing like the good old NIT (Nokia Internet Tablet) that made you feel like carrying the power of a desktop office PC in your pocket. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_Internet_Tablet

I hope Nokia would bundle their camera knowledge to enter and take over the true P&S market with excellent camera's that call and surf.
Sharp camera core tech updates could be announced only spring 2014.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 09:25 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

@Zilk: Whereas my former Nokia N9 (same design as the lumia series) and my brother's lumia 920 got/get a ton of praise for their design.
Strange that, nobody ever praised me for my N9 during the 3 months I have used it.
At least some people demanded to know what model I am using when they spot the 808, but maybe that has to do with my shooting style, climbing or hanging over :)
Beauty of it is not my point, usability is more important imo.
I guess Nokia also realizes that and while riding the current wave of thin-thinnest, they are now offering "the BulgeTM" sold separately for those who are more into action and would hate to see their Lumia tumbling down a cliff, into a sewer, under a car, into the wild waves or from a castle dungeon during including all holiday pictures. Here is the huge bulge you have to attach to a Lumia to get a firm grip on it:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7142/some-thoughts-about-the-lumia-1020-camera-system

other than that, the Lumia camera interface , OK!!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 07:49 UTC as 2nd comment
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vetsmelter: "Lumia 1020's Pro Camera app coming to other PureView devices" -> but not the greatest, largest sensor Pureview device, the Nokia Pureview 808, oh no let's just forget it ever existed. Thanks Microsoft for keeping this MS Pureview.

"People knew full well that the 808 wasn't going to be supported, even before it was launched." Actually it is supported by continuous OS updates and updates to camera essential applications such as the galery and picture sharing mechanics.
I am just annoyed by reading 808 left out in the row of "other ¨Pureview devices" , but that is not Nokia's title is it, so there is still hope for the shutter priority control to be coming to the 808.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 07:35 UTC
On saigon Notre - Dame (Viet nam) photo in phucthang's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

French colonial era church in a sea of Vietnamese blockbuildings and Chinese/Korean/Japenese project based urban "development".

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 07:03 UTC as 1st comment
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