chrisnfolsom

chrisnfolsom

Lives in United States Folsom, CA, United States
Works as a Internet/Web Developer
Has a website at http://www.silvawebdev.com
Joined on May 25, 2011
About me:

Love photography for both documenting and art. Try to use photography to show a place, a time and mood and enjoy 3D, panorama, movies as well as classic portrait photography. A photo is worth a thousand words, or can bolster a revolution as in Tunisia and other countries - power. If you want to talk photography, computers, the internet, technology or politics - drop me a line.

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Hotahseh: welp looks like im selling my soul for this.

A few lenses as good flash some Sony shirts and bags....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 00:47 UTC
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ThomasH_always: I do not think that this is "newsworthy". We have had several jpeg variants presented in the past, with the same claim. For example Jpeg2000. All of these failed due to lack of support. And than we have the png these days, created due to the patent-scavenging practice of a Forgent Networks company, and prior to that, Unisys's attempt to monetize on the patent.

For me the deal breaker is the 8-bit color depth in jpeg. Whoever is used to work on 14bit, or the older 12bit raw files, will not use such file format. The difference in processing latitude is drastic and obvious. Size of the customary jpeg files on the web is these days almost meaningless.

Add animation to alpha and you have a deal - loooong overdue. People need to know that a "proper" site will have images of different sizes based on viewer needs such as cell phones, or just landscape vs portrait, and now with high resolutions screens 1:1 images might not fill some screens. Why would a developers go through all the trouble of re-sizing all those images if data usage, bandwidth (and page load) were not an issue?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 15:49 UTC

Just because you can see a difference means little - did the difference mean anything to you, or other viewers? Why don't we all just attach RAW files if we are so "worried" about quality - this is generally for the web folks, where quality is much less visible, or needed - who publishes full sized pictures? So if you are going to process them, why not use JPEGmini and save space, bandwidth and file space.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 15:41 UTC as 80th comment | 2 replies

You can see the photographer in the eyes btw - incredible resolutions, lighting and quality. Beautiful pictures btw. Thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 10:59 UTC as 9th comment
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Daryl Cheshire: Like Kolchak of the Night Stalker TV series where he takes a hurried picture with a 110 camera and later in the dark room is looking at perfect poster prints.
(who remembers 110 cameras?)

Nothing beats kodak's disc film... I have scanned some - what terrible quality although I guess still better then nothing... kids are so spoiled these days...

btw, has anyone used the new Epson's with the ink tanks? Any comments?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 01:46 UTC
On article Samsung introduces PM1633a, world's first 2.5" 16TB SSD (121 comments in total)
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dwill23: I read some comments and the same ol and ol comes up again and again. "Too much capacity is too risky to use". I call HOGWASH on that.

When I sold 32MB (yes mega byte) CF cards for $100 at Ritz camera NO ONE DARED to buy the 64MB cards and the 96MB cards for the exact same fear. "I might lose everything if the card fails".

Now a days we have photographers not wanting 128GB when they USED to be scared to dead of 64GB. This is an endless silliness that I'm so sick of.

There is a reason why pro cameras allow for duplicate card usage. We all are terrible at figuring out risk, and sure, people know about risk, but the tech industry has done a miserable job educating about risk - better to spend on selling.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 14:31 UTC
On article MIT proposes new approach to HDR with 'Modulo' camera (115 comments in total)
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Retzius: I applaud the technological advancements but this is really more of a matter of taking poorly composed photos in harsh mid-day light.

Yes, I often take out my pin hole camera from jr. high to keep my skills sharp, but I can't get my wife and kids to do it. Whatever works, I have a hell of a time getting my wife and kids to bring a compact camera, much less getting them to pose while I set up the SLR, flashes and lighting system...much less lug all that crap around.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 14:15 UTC
On article MIT proposes new approach to HDR with 'Modulo' camera (115 comments in total)
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Lassoni: I'm sorry to say this, but the results look terribly bad. Only the first image looked interesting, but the rest are terrible.

For a simple proof what in the hell do you expect, or are you joking?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 14:01 UTC
On article MIT proposes new approach to HDR with 'Modulo' camera (115 comments in total)

With sony stacking chips and putting processing on the CCD itself this might be easier then in the past where the circuitry for each pixel would take up quite a bit of the sensor well area.

Ultimately you wouldn't need a well at all as each pixel can just count photons and tally them up - perhaps using the Foveon technology you could eliminate color filtering and those artifacts....

The new Sony Tech seems to be a real game changer - and working well. it will be interesting to see what Samsung and other come up with to remain competitive.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 13:59 UTC as 12th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review (879 comments in total)

For the soccer mom or dad who wants full range, video with zoom and manual when needed it's so much better then the slr they all have and barely use. Yes it's big, but smaller then an slr with a 400mm lens and still flexible with great video support.

The only issue might be indoor sports and speed which I would like to see some examples of.

I could give this to my wife and have her take pictures and not worry too much - not so for an slr and two lenses, or even a long zoom lens and non with have power zoom which is much easier and similar to most compacts.

With the new Sony though - love that sensor..... Any chance on a FZ2000 any time soon?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 09:23 UTC as 18th comment
On Connect post Google to phase out Google+ Photos (36 comments in total)

No one has mentioned the new google photos also does searches based on OCR, objects and faces. I put 'cake' in and got images of cakes, and put castles in looking for images from a trip to Europe and I got those castles as well as others of my children building sand castles at the beach - quite a surprise. I also buy extra space at $10/mo for 1TB and have 500gb of images and videos. I have had a few problems sychin over the years using Picasa, but overall it's worked well.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2015 at 10:37 UTC as 5th comment
On Connect post Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter (73 comments in total)

Much better at kickstarter was the Ember which was a case with more light, battery and filters set at $79, but only funded 2/3 of the way and a bit big....

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1726454615/ember-the-night-photography-tool-for-iphone

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 00:41 UTC as 6th comment
On Connect post Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter (73 comments in total)
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Danny: Is there something wrong with me saying that the photo without flash is better?

NOTHING wrong at all - admittedly this is not the best example, although as mentioned there is no flash for the front camera (selfie) on most phones, but there are instances where there are few other options, and this can be useful - there are lights integrated into cases, and light's you can also use for flashlights, but will diffuse. You can also use this for help in video's. Is it perfect, no, and there are other options, but this will work for many and at $15 is not ripping anyone off.

To annoy more purist - http://iphonephotographyschool.com/ ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 23:48 UTC
On Connect post Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter (73 comments in total)
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Danny: Is there something wrong with me saying that the photo without flash is better?

NOTHING wrong at all, but there are instances where there are few other options, and this could be useful - there are lights integrated into cases, and light's you can also use for flashlights, but will diffuse. You can also use this for dark video's. Is it perfect, no, and there are options, but this will work for many and at $15 is not ripping anyone off.

As with flash in ANY situation you can use it incorrectly with a pro rig, but there are instances where it is invaluable.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 23:30 UTC
On Connect post Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter (73 comments in total)
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techjedi: Not a fan of these phone camera accessories, but I can understand why they could be more useful than a real camera. A smartphone is still the fastest way to take a picture and instantly share it online. A real camera is going to take better pictures, but sometimes using the phone is more convenient. If a pocketable accessory can improve the quality, it might be valuable to some.

I agree as many time we are not taking a portrait, but just a moment.... Are there any photographers with smart phones that have NO photo's on their phone? I guess most of you walk around with your full professional kit at all times to get the perfect shot - only to have no friends because they don't want to wait for you to set up your flash units tripods and gear to get the light just right to catch the moment at the starbucks the other day....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 23:25 UTC
On article Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory (194 comments in total)

Thank you for the article always nice to see what's behind the things that we use in our life - It would be nice to see the contrast with a Chinese manufacturing facility. Although I wish I could afford any lens I wanted I am still amazed at the quality and complexity of what we get - that can last yeast - for $1000 dollars (more/less) - THAT is magic.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 21:52 UTC as 20th comment
On article 3,200 megapixel LSST camera gets construction approval (257 comments in total)
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badi: 7 years to go....

Joke aside... it's a bit sad when you realize the pace these science projects advance... i mean, ok, it is a big project...but 7 years to build... is only one guy building and caring the bricks on the mountain or what...

Also, remember these are one-off applications which are subsidized as there is little chance of commercial scale profits. Also they are of much higher precision. I guess the "problem" is applying consumer time scales to something that is not consumer driven. It's strange as initially - generally - these one-off type projects create new technologies which are then picked up by consumer manufacturers and then goes through a "punctuated evolutionary" type growth - like the CCD, and then some of that technology "washes" back to the very projects that started them and will/has given us incredible pictures of the stars and almost everything else....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 19:35 UTC
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joe6pack: Why does the lens says ULTRASONIC?

Ultrasonic is quite and quick vs other systems - focusing will just "happen" with no audio noise.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 23:50 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor (255 comments in total)
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Renzokuken: 2.2 µm pixel pitch.... That's almost the same as certain smartphones in the market. Hurray ???

There are some applications where dr is not as important as resolution. You could do some incredible meteor searching, or for surveying - it is huge though as far as raw pixel data goes 4k/8K at 60fps is probably more data per second - and again, are there any lenses that can resolve that kind of detail?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 23:34 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor (255 comments in total)
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rj conklin: 120 mp matches the human eye!

Yes, but we only see a narrow spot at a time and do and insane amount of processing to make it look good. Of course we tend to spend more time on the subject of the image we see - which of course a camera might do for focus, but of course the CCD treats each pixel the same.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 23:26 UTC
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