Adrian Joseph Roy

Adrian Joseph Roy

Lives in Canada Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada
Has a website at http://www.coldspringhead.ca
Joined on Dec 9, 2003

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Nacho M Castejn: No matter how loud they shout copyright infringement, photographers at graduations and similar events are just ripping off people.
If the university don't want hundreds of people taking photos, OK, pay a professional a reasonable fee for the days work, and release the photos freely. If you want to abuse a monopoly and charge me for a photo you devoted exactly 3 seconds to as if it were the work of Ansel Adams, you're not getting my sympathy.

I think it makes a great disservice to the real-photographers community to treat these people as artists. If they have any business is just because grads have no other option.

I hear that argument a lot too. And, it's valid, to a point. The only reason the photog was able to produce the photo at all is because they were given special access to the venue by the school, while at the same time preventing others from shooting in that same spot. I understand the reasoning behind this, but it doesn't mean the photo is anything special, or that it was only possible because the photog had years of experience and a unique artistic gift. These kinds of photos are 'hobbyist with a couple strobes' quality, but they are trying to charge Peter Hurley prices (maybe not quite, but I am just trying to make a point).

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 14:00 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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meland: The howls of protest from those below who are never going to buy this camera anyway suggests that Leica have got the T spot on target.

This statement seems just as dogmatic. Can you be specific? Exactly what is it about this camera that makes it "spot on" when compared to the competition? There are naysayers for every camera that get's released, so that alone can't be used as proof that it's objectively a well designed product.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 16:23 UTC
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thejef: I thought Nano Capacitors would have already replaced the battery. In a perfect world a nano capacitor would charge instantly, have no memory effects, are the same physical size as conventional batteries and last forever. They were developed by MIT but have yet to see the light of day for consumers.

I'm only half laughing. I know battery technology has progressed over the last 20 years, but it seems to be so millimetric. Look at things like CPU speed, storage costs/speed/size, etc. Everything else has moved by leaps and bounds. C'mon Tesla R&D, give us Li cells that last a week at least...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 17:09 UTC
On 1985 Ferrari F1 in the Race Cars in Black & White or Sepia challenge (2 comments in total)

This should have been first place. I think it's superior in every aspect.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:47 UTC as 2nd comment
On It's a Dog's World in the City of Manila – Philippines challenge (7 comments in total)
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inframan: Not sure anyone is starving. Not sure this is anything but another exploitative "street" shot.

I had the exact same impression. It all seems rather self serving.

EDIT: Also, the photo seems to be heavily posterized. This could simply be a result of high JPEG compression, but quite often it's a sign of extreme manipulation. Either way, I think it's just a bad picture.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 18:57 UTC
On Avery in the Children's Face challenge (8 comments in total)

I know this has already been said, but...

GREAT photo! But the WB/tint are not very pleasing. I know there are lots of presets out there that try to give a faux film look, so this may be intentional, and it may not. Either way, better white balance, sharpening, and contrast is what this picture deserves. The eyes and eye lashes seem tack sharp to me, which is always a challenge on any lens when shooting wide open. The composition is fantastic. It's just the PP that needs work.

I love this photo, and I wish I had taken it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 13:32 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Ruidoso in the Ruidoso, New Mexico challenge (6 comments in total)

Tell me this is a joke. If not, these competitions have jumped the shark. I've seen some pretty bad first placers on this site, but this is just silly.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 16:53 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On School Children in A Rickshaw in the School Children in their Uniform challenge (6 comments in total)

Incredible shot. The lighting is amazing, composition and subject focus are amazing, but the timing is what does it for me. A fraction of a second in either direction and at least one of the kids would have been doing something other than what they are doing here. They're all perfect. Which is what makes this image perfect.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2013 at 14:42 UTC as 1st comment
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EvokeEmotion: Apple is like the rail-thin chick who can eat anything she wants and still look gorgeous and get hit on left and right.

Apple-haters are like those who chew on celery and still gain 10 pounds a week. They are totally annoyed that other phones are faster, have more features, cheaper, etc. but Apple still outsells them.

Who do they take out their anger on? The "stupid" iSheep that enable Apple, of course.

"Apple is still alive because of the fanboys with pride who will buy the product no matter how worthless the upgrade from the previous model is."

That's right, everyone who bought an iPhone 5 is a sucker. They all got duped. Luckily, you saw through the scam and didn't get taken. You bought a different phone, and now you can sit back and laud your own decision, and deride everyone else's. The iPhone is clearly, objectively, a worthless product. It's not up for debate. It's not even the #1 selling phone, that proves it right there. Well done, sir...well done.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 02:05 UTC
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Joe Mayer: The iphone (note it's not called the icamera) is not of consequence to photographers. Photographers have cameras and not phones.

This sounds a tad snobby, not to mention completely detached from reality. For quite a while, the top three cameras on Flickr have all been iPhones with the Canon 5DII coming in a close 4th. So, all of those people are not photographers? Not even some of them? If so, according to who? You? Please enlighten me, what other cameras weren't real cameras used by real photographers? The SX-70? The Instamatic?

*sigh*

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 01:48 UTC
On Passion Fruit in the Fruit-Sections challenge (8 comments in total)
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Mirrorless Crusader: You know what I love about this shot? There is not a film camera on the planet that could have produced it.

Can someone explain to me why a film camera couldn't have taken this same picture? I must be missing something.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 16:41 UTC
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Hans and Lidy: Wow... this defenitely is cool! Let's try doing the same with a RC Octocopter and some expensive DSLR gear bolted to it at 3500 meter... :-)

Unmanned multi-rotor aircraft will eventually be the rule, not the exception, when it comes to shooting scenes like this. I think the *only* reason why it isn't that way right now, is because batteries as fuel cells still suck. In a big way. I am pretty sure that 10 to 15 minutes is the most you get. It would probably be a lot less than that if you're hauling a D-SLR.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 14:14 UTC
On Just posted: Our Canon EOS 70D hands-on preview article (355 comments in total)
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sunnycal: On sensor AF is good, but I have my fingers crossed for real improvement in IQ.

"more pixels, higher the image quality."

You're joking, right?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 09:55 UTC

Really, DPReview? Please tell me this posted image (http://4.static.img-dpreview.com/files/news/8506444906/520/Lunar-Mahogany-Wood-18-55-Hood_b.jpg?v=2210) is either a joke, a mistake, or sabotage by ninja hackers. A spider monkey could have done a better masking job, even if you rushed him.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 19:46 UTC as 200th comment
On New CompactFlash card to allow RAID-style 'mirroring' article (100 comments in total)
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Digitall: Gimmick for sure.

Did I just fall for a troll?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2013 at 01:37 UTC
On New CompactFlash card to allow RAID-style 'mirroring' article (100 comments in total)
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Digitall: Gimmick for sure.

RAID is a gimmick??

Dude. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2013 at 01:36 UTC
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KeithF: Now Photographers, we should follow Adobe and start renting out the photos, wedding photos and etc, as long as the client pay for monthly fee, they can see their photos. Starting from today, they can't buy the photo, they only can rent it. If they stop paying the monthly fee, we will take the photos back.

WE ARE STARTING THE SERVICES BUSINESS. How good is it? :-)

The obvious problem with this idea is that your clients would simply go to another photographer. Photographers, even "pretty good" photographers, are a dime-a-dozen these days. Competition is off the charts.

Last time I checked, GIMP was still in like 17th place behind PS and it's really the only other runner in the race.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 14:35 UTC

I don't mind paying for good software. I would say that Adobe Photoshop is the most powerful yet reasonably priced software ever made. I would also guess that most professionals (journalists, photographers, editors, etc.) who already pay for Photoshop will at least be less affected by the changes.

It's the casual users that buy/upgrade Photoshop once every few years and use it several times a week for personal, hobby, and super-small-business work who are going to suffer. Indeed, it's almost a punishment to those of us who have actually paid for what is considered to be one of the most pirated pieces of software in history.

Pirating sucks. I'll never use a hacked up copy of Photoshop. But I know I won't be able to afford it either. So, after all the fun and enjoyment they have given me over the years, all I can say is: *&^% you Adobe. May your greed be your ruin.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 14:23 UTC as 456th comment | 5 replies
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InTheMist: Such a silly, extremist view. Protesting a scope, now I've seen it all.

"Can't we get over this whining about sh!t on other continents?"

This is nonsensical. Who cares where you live? I think it's wrong to kill animals for sport. And that's the main reason why people shoot big game in Africa. There are many countries in Africa that are actively trying to curb big game hunting for many reasons. But the issue is never simple, as with most other things in life...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2013 at 19:16 UTC
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InTheMist: Such a silly, extremist view. Protesting a scope, now I've seen it all.

Well, no. They're protesting the manufacture of products that are only used for the wholesale slaughter of animals. This is not a military scope, and it's not marketed as one. Let's get real, this scope will be used to hunt and kill elephants, rhinos, big cats, even primates.

Don't get me wrong, I love a V8 engine as much as the next guy. I think there's a lot of vacillating that goes on when people protest one thing, but not another. But, in this particular case, I agree with them. Can't we get over this need to kill things because they are big, beautiful, and rare?

EDIT: My comment about the V8 engine was my attempt to be honest that I am not some staunch environmentalist that always sorts his garbage and eats vegan.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2013 at 19:10 UTC
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