SantaFeBill

Lives in United States Santa Fe, USA, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Apr 28, 2005

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My backups are all to local media. I really do not comprehend why anyone entrusts irreplaceable data to a place that can be compromised or taken down at any time.
Yes, local storage can be attacked also. But at least I can decide on, and am responsible for, the measures taken to protect my information.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 17:27 UTC as 2nd comment

To DPR: Please be sure to update how this turns out.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 22:08 UTC as 26th comment
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landscaper1: "this video is for all of us"

People should be careful when it comes to using such all-inclusive language. I, personally, have never felt that way about photography, and I find it very hard to believe that I am all alone in this world in that regard.

@landscaper1: I agree. You're not alone. For me, photography is just the place where I turn off all the 'thinking, thinking' and just be out in the world through the lens when I put the camera up to my eye. The thinking is done before that, in scanning the area, selecting possible subjects, and selecting the settings I'll be using when I start shooting.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 19:36 UTC

Camera companies sometimes do something stupid. See the post on Nikon Rumors about how Nikon has disabled the use of 3rd-party apps for time-lapse photography on the D500 and others.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 14:51 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply

I would have valued knowing what developer they used, at what dilution, what temp, how long in the developer - in short, not just pictures of them doing it.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 22:30 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply

Old time: Programs, data, processing and results on remote computer, results then sent to user's device (terminal).
Middle time: Programs, data, processing and results on user's computer at user's location.
Future time: Programs, data, processing and results on remote computer, results then sent to user's devices.
Plus ca change ... ?

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 16:42 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On challenge Beautiful caucasian female faces (3 comments in total)

To me, the entries seemed to be below the usual level for challenges here. That said, I thought the image that got 5th place was clearly the best, and nearer the usual level.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 20:13 UTC as 2nd comment
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munte: Well, to be precise, that road is not exactly in Transylvania... It is on the way to Transylvania, just a few kilometers south from Bratocea mountain pass that crosses the Carpathian Mountains. Transylvnia is just north of the pass.
I remember well this road... I only once got car sickness in the last 10 years or more... it was on this road...

@SantaFeBill: Guess it's an artifact of the angle of the shot, making the trees seem to fold over it.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 14:34 UTC
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munte: Well, to be precise, that road is not exactly in Transylvania... It is on the way to Transylvania, just a few kilometers south from Bratocea mountain pass that crosses the Carpathian Mountains. Transylvnia is just north of the pass.
I remember well this road... I only once got car sickness in the last 10 years or more... it was on this road...

@munte: Anyone else notice that this image has been modified, or the truck driver is going to be very surprised when he gets to the end of the road that goes nowhere? Or does it go into a tunnel? It does disappear.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 14:14 UTC

Could they train a helicopter crew to chase the drone, and have someone on board who is a dead shot with a shotgun take it down? Or would that be too dangerous for the 'copter crew?

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2017 at 22:58 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
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SantaFeBill: Prospective buyers should be aware that, as a 'P' lens, it works only with the newer Nikon bodies. For example, as a D7000 user, this lens isn't an option for me.
So be sure to check your Nikon body's compatibility with P-series lenses before purchasing.

@beavertown: The 'Not Too Old' bodies have a compatibility issue with the P-series: The P-series lenses no longer have switches on the lens to control VR and AF/MF. These are now controlled from the camera's menus. Only the newer bodies have those items on the menus.
Could it be addressed by firmware updates for the older bodies? I don't know the answer to that, but so far it hasn't.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2017 at 15:13 UTC

Prospective buyers should be aware that, as a 'P' lens, it works only with the newer Nikon bodies. For example, as a D7000 user, this lens isn't an option for me.
So be sure to check your Nikon body's compatibility with P-series lenses before purchasing.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2017 at 02:24 UTC as 24th comment | 8 replies
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Jonathan Brady: I think it's a smart move. Even if 100% of the people affected by this move decide to never use Photobucket again, that only means more money for the company because they won't have to host their images anymore. These people weren't paying Photobucket a dime as it was so Photobucket isn't missing out on any revenue. They're just saving expenses. Most businesses want to keep every customer they possibly can including the cheapest and most troublesome, with a few exceptions. In this case these users aren't even customers. They are essentially resource leeches. My guess is that those in charge at Photobucket are celebrating every time somebody swears off their service because it's not free anymore.
Having said that, I think they could have chosen a lower price point and converted a lot of these leeches into paying customers but probably not. People who get something for free for a decade are unlikely to want to pay for it when all they have to do is switch to somebody else who will give them the same thing for free.

@Jonathan Brady: Help me to understand: If everyone leaves, and they therefore no longer have any paying customers, how does that help them make more money?

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 21:16 UTC

This movie will join "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" and "Plan B from Outer Space" in the Golden Turkey awards. I look forward to their next movie, "Butchery by Blender".

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2017 at 13:07 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
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ZeBebito: The appetite for analog will be satisfied after the first bill of 20 rolls of film+development.

@NaBalam: Perhaps because I shot film for almost a half-century, I still try to frame my shots ... . So I can't say what the effect for me would have been if I'd started with digital.
Where I especially value digital over film is in getting to the final print. I don't miss breathing chemical fumes, doing test prints, and waiting for them to dry to see if I got the colors right - and then doing it all over again when I didn't. (In spite of the $$$ color analyzer.)
Sitting at my desk and working with the ink jet printer both gives better results, and more repeatable ones (don't have to worry about different color responses when I go to a new emulsion batch ... ).

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 02:29 UTC
On article Adobe achieves record revenue (176 comments in total)

Resistance is futile ... .

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 15:54 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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composed: This has to be a joke...?

@composed: Given that she already has two successful crowd-funded projects, it's obvious that there are people who enjoy building and using things like this. So it's no joke.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 23:33 UTC
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Nikita66: Nice footage.
Regarding air travel, the lack of progress is disappointing. Basically, flight times between cities haven't changed since 1960. That's 57 years of no progress.

Sure, the SST for awhile, but the airlines basically shelved it because they didn't want to invest in it. Now that fuel costs are down, and in my opinion, down to stay, someone should reincarnate supersonic commercial flight.

@Nikita66: My memory is that the 707 had more leg room ... .

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 02:36 UTC

Sadly, when the airlines get through packing us on the the 787, it will be the Nightmare Liner.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 03:28 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2732 comments in total)

Anyone tried the A9 with BIFs?

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 21:14 UTC as 210th comment | 2 replies
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