Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash

Joined on Jan 11, 2012

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JRFlorendo: This is a SLAM DUNK class action law suit, an engineering flaw by Nikon engineers, can't get any easier than that. Nikon just needs to slow down, it seem like they are coming out with a new FF camera every six months, at that rate, something is bound to get neglected. Sony and Toshiba already providing you with top grade sensors, slooow down and get the engineering and quality control right.

Unfortunately, they don't have the luxury of slowing their engineering department down. With such keen competition, who can do so. They are forced to get their cameras out in the market to stay competitive. I recall talking to an engineer a number of years ago from Konica. Its very clear, from what he said, that they have to get them out, and any issues, even those known about, will have to be dealt with later. So who is really at fault? I would say both the manufacturer and the consumer. How many here can't wait for the next latest and greatest addition. It seems that so very few are content these days with what they have, and its this, in part, that fuels the problem. If there wasn't such a high demand for, as I mentioned, the next latest and greatest, then the manufacturer could slow down and focus selling more of a product that has had the time to be produced properly and not rushed.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 16:45 UTC
On Close up or Macro Shot of a Flower challenge (13 comments in total)
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Simon Dass: Dear host... can u increase the number of entries? i was about to upload, but its already full.

You're welcome Simon.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 22:31 UTC
On Head & Shoulder or 3/4 Portrait challenge (4 comments in total)
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Prague D Paul: Your sample shots are not complying to your set rules. Where is the solid white or black background in the sample?

You're right regarding the background. I put them there to show the poses only. I will remove them. I should have made mention of that in the write up.

Cheers
B&M

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 13:22 UTC
On Close up or Macro Shot of a Flower challenge (13 comments in total)
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Simon Dass: Dear host... can u increase the number of entries? i was about to upload, but its already full.

Yes, I understood what you meant. I just increased the limits this time as I was asked. This last few days have been a bit hectic, so I didn't have a lot of time to check each entry. I just finished going through the bunch and have DQ'd those that I felt necessary. Bare in mind that in future challenges I will stick with the total I set for reasons expressed.

Also in future, please address concerns regarding any discrepancies pertaining to the challenge in a personal message. I would greatly appreciate that. I do thank you for your observations though, as at times we hosts can miss things. :)

Regards
B&M

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2015 at 04:17 UTC
On Close up or Macro Shot of a Flower challenge (13 comments in total)
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Simon Dass: Dear host... can u increase the number of entries? i was about to upload, but its already full.

OK, I will do this one time. On any upcoming challenges, I will leave the total allowable submissions fixed.

Cheers
B&M

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2015 at 18:46 UTC
On Close up or Macro Shot of a Flower challenge (13 comments in total)
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Simon Dass: Dear host... can u increase the number of entries? i was about to upload, but its already full.

I'm sorry Simon. I'm setting the limits of my challenges at a lower number now because some have commented that they prefer it that way. Many don't like voting on challenges with numerous images that they have to browse through. I would like to honor their wishes because it would be nice if we have as many as possible voting on these challenges. Sorry to disappoint you. Hopefully you might be able to submit it in a another challenge. If I increase the limit for you, then I would be obliged to keep increasing it for others as the challenge progresses. I hope you understand.

Cheers
B&M

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2015 at 00:42 UTC
On Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II article (191 comments in total)

That was an awesome video. One of the best I've seen from dpreview. A good review/test of a new camera used in situations for what the camera is designed to do. Well done!!!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 13:00 UTC as 31st comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (501 comments in total)
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Timbukto: Gearheads will oh so hate this review. They want to know more about the dynamic range of shooting their stapler and random things strewn across their desk under fluorescent lights. Not personal pet peeves and pro NFL shots.
I suggest a DPreview staffer quickly insert a paragraph involving 100% cropped shot showing +5 EV exposure pull differences stat!

I agree. It really isn't a fare review. I mean, how may shoot pro football, and going on and on about voice recording. Who gives a you know what. What about birds in flight photography and how well the auto focus has improved for photographers in that discipline and others. Not a very good rounded out review at all.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 17:45 UTC
On Sky Diving From Airplanes challenge (4 comments in total)
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Djuks500: It is Skydiving not sky diving ;)

Ooops! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 10:52 UTC
On National Guard Jump in the Sky Diving From Airplanes challenge (1 comment in total)

Perfectly fine.

Cheers
B&M

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 02:58 UTC as 1st comment
On The Bicycle challenge (2 comments in total)
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gfa5775: Are trikes allowed or are you sticking with 2 wheels?

Trikes are fine. It certainly comes under the heading of "bicycle' in people's minds, even though the word in itself refers to a two wheeled device. The same would apply to a recumbent type bicycle. No motorcycles , scooters or mopeds please. They all must be pedal powered. I'll add that to the restrictions.

Thank you for bringing that up.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 13:53 UTC
On Street Photography challenge (14 comments in total)
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Gezzaroy: My God the host is SO confrontational. Is anyone forcing him to do these challenges?

Your kidding right. I'm the one on the receiving end of hostilities. What would you have me do, send them all a bouquet of flowers. Get real, and don't make judgemental comments on something you know little or nothing about. Good day to you.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 14:07 UTC
On Street Photography challenge (14 comments in total)
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pleytime: Tried a private message but was DQ'd (not allowed). ; )o

I looked through my PM's and none were found from you - sorry!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 12:22 UTC
On Street Photography challenge (14 comments in total)

By the way. Those of you who feel the need to complain about your image, I asked that you send a private message to my rather than airing your laundry here. Are you that much in need of attention. Why don't you do your part and pay attention to what I wrote in the challenge and stop belly aching here for the mistake you made.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 04:34 UTC as 3rd comment
On Street Photography challenge (14 comments in total)
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pleytime: I have several seen other entries without the 'proper' title. Have they also been notified and DQ'd?

Yes they have. I can't be online 24/7. I just got off again DQing more images for the same reason. I was on a three day vacation, and during that time I spent a morning DQing a lot of images. So is it OK by you that I take break. Thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 04:31 UTC
On Street Photography challenge (14 comments in total)
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mais51: Are you too busy watching the World Cup - now that Germany has won and the Cup is over for another 4 years - please come back and answer a few question -

Hey listen buddy. What do you expect that I should be online 24/7 for you. I spent a whole morning on a deserved vacation DQing images from people like yourself that cant either read or just simply ignore what I wrote in the description. I'll have you know smart A$$ that I missed the world cup. Now go back and check the challenge and you will see some room to re-enter - why, because i had to DQ more images for the same reason as your and others.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 04:29 UTC
On Street Photography challenge (14 comments in total)

So far I have had to DQ 25 out of a total of 62 submissions because of individuals failing to either read the challenge description or just simply failing to adhere to the outline. Could all of you who are submitting images PLEASE title the image with the location, with city or town where the image was taken.

Thank you for your cooperation.
B&M

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 15:56 UTC as 8th comment
On Glassware Photography challenge (6 comments in total)
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tasad: ... "Additional rules: Color ONLY! ..."
So , what the two B/W entries ( " zebra style " ) are doing here?

Thank you for bringing that to my attention, but would you mind sending the host a personal message regarding any issues with yours or, in this case, another's submission. Things can easily be missed by a host and the submitter. A personal message works much better, and besides, making public statements of this kind can reflect bad on the individuals concerned. We are imperfect, and make errors. No reflection on yourself, but many love to do this in order to bring attention to themselves. So it would be better to contact the host in these matters.

I have placed a comment in the additional rules section of my upcoming challenges about making comments regarding any individual’s submitted images. I hope people take the time to read it, because in future, any personal remarks about an issue with someone's image will be ignored. This is not the place for that. Any questions or comments about the challenge itself is welcome.

Cheers
B&M

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 15:43 UTC
On Capital City Series: Rome, Italy challenge (12 comments in total)
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Arahne27: Can You explain why have you disqualified this photo from the challenge? This is typical roman suburbs landscape. Have You ever been in Rome and do you know where this picture was taken?

They will, but I like to give the individual an opportunity to fix up their image and re-submit. Many a host did that for me.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 23:26 UTC
On Capital City Series: Rome, Italy challenge (12 comments in total)
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Arahne27: Can You explain why have you disqualified this photo from the challenge? This is typical roman suburbs landscape. Have You ever been in Rome and do you know where this picture was taken?

I understand where you are coming from, but I made a judgement call based on how I see things per say here. I look at areas outside the city as not being a part of it.

Now the beauty of these challenges, as I see it, is that there are those out there, like yourself, who can take the time to explain a few things us hosts are not quite clear of. I'm doing a series on capital cities around the world, but unfortunately I haven't had the time or money to visit each and every city that I make a challenge on. I don't think that visiting a city makes for a requirement in hosting this sort of challenge.

DQing images as we do is based on our knowledge, limited as it may be some time. So, I look forward to those out there that will take the time to clarify something of which I either miss or am not aware of.

So, based on what you are telling me I will reinstate your image.

Thank you for the clarification.

B&M

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 17:55 UTC
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