MrBrightSide

MrBrightSide

Lives in Happytown
Works as a Shapeshifter—or accidentally created two profiles
Joined on Jul 18, 2016
About me:

This is the profile for my upstairs computer.

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MrBrightSide: We regulate every other dangerous industry from natural gas, and electricity to trucking to air travel. It’s time to bring internet to heel and bring the pimp hand down on the the predatory businesses it has made possible

Excellent point. The internet itself is just the plumbing, the sewage is produced by the users.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 21:08 UTC

We regulate every other dangerous industry from natural gas, and electricity to trucking to air travel. It’s time to bring internet to heel and bring the pimp hand down on the the predatory businesses it has made possible

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 03:04 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
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cdembrey: Owen Roizman A.S.C. (The French Connection, The Exorcist, Network, Tootsie, and Wyatt Earp among others) define Available-Light as every light available on the truck.

Inexpensive shower curtains make great diffusion. https://amzn.to/3bSfzDT

It's really easy to work with sunlight. Use reflectors, not off-camera-flash. A reflectors reflected sunlight is the same Kelvin—when both key and fill are the same color, white balance is easy.

The great Joe McNally suggests stealing white bedsheets from your hotel room, but that's something you can only do when someone else is paying your expenses.
Goodwill and other thrift stores usually have plain white sheets for sale though.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2021 at 15:59 UTC
On article Canon RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM sample gallery (158 comments in total)
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MrBrightSide: Mother of heaven! With ƒ/4 lenses that render so nicely and cameras offering so much better noise performance now than they did even 5 years ago does it make any sense to lug around ƒ/2.8 zooms anymore

Firstly, if you want the ultimate image quality, you don't shoot any lens wide open. It' won't be as sharp as smaller ƒs.
Photography is the domain of engineers and they are by profession the breakers of those immutable laws you fear. While you were busy terrifying yourself with superstitious beliefs about physics engineers have been busy lowering the SN of digital cameras to the point where noise is not an issue unless you are lazy and unprepared.
Thanks to engineers the lumens you need are all around you. Speedlights, battery-powered LED fresnels, carbon-arc brutes, and if the need arises, you can rent an Airstar—an 33-foot diameter white helium balloon lit from the inside by a dozen 4,000-watt HMIs enough lamps to illuminate a city block to f/4.
Engineers and their innovations offer you liberation from your outdated and groundless fears, it's up to you whether you want to embrace a brighter, noise-free future or remain prisoner in a cage of your own making.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 00:13 UTC
On article Nikon Z fc Review (2120 comments in total)
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MrBrightSide: “Feels hollow” is a big plus after 15 years of using full-frame DSLRs destroyed the cartilage and tendons in my elbow.
Don’t be an idiot like me, buy the lightest, hollowest-feeling camera you can find and you’ll be happily shooting into old age….

But you have a cool strap to spread the weight across your shoulders and, of course, you have roadies.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2021 at 21:22 UTC
On article Canon RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM sample gallery (158 comments in total)
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MrBrightSide: Mother of heaven! With ƒ/4 lenses that render so nicely and cameras offering so much better noise performance now than they did even 5 years ago does it make any sense to lug around ƒ/2.8 zooms anymore

That would be true if the world got proportionally dimmer every time a camera came out with better low-light performance. But outdoor illumination levels will stay the same for the rest of humanity's time on earth; while indoors the quality and power of lighting instruments continues to improve even as they get lighter and more precise.
So in reality, a stop in 2021 has much, much less value than in the days of flash bulbs and ASA 6 Kodachrome, and even less than the pre-electric days of glass-plate negs.
I'd value 1 stop at about $200 per lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2021 at 21:20 UTC
On article Canon RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM sample gallery (158 comments in total)

Mother of heaven! With ƒ/4 lenses that render so nicely and cameras offering so much better noise performance now than they did even 5 years ago does it make any sense to lug around ƒ/2.8 zooms anymore

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2021 at 19:32 UTC as 18th comment | 12 replies
On article Updated: Pentax K-3 Mark III sample gallery (207 comments in total)

The greens are magnificent. Another home run fir Pentax.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2021 at 22:38 UTC as 13th comment
On article Nikon Z fc Review (2120 comments in total)

“Feels hollow” is a big plus after 15 years of using full-frame DSLRs destroyed the cartilage and tendons in my elbow.
Don’t be an idiot like me, buy the lightest, hollowest-feeling camera you can find and you’ll be happily shooting into old age….

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2021 at 22:34 UTC as 105th comment | 5 replies
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vdamjanovski: Let me give you a scientific explanation of the low light and SNR, which should shine some more light for the "pixel peepers" (I am one of those, sadly :-).
The theory and practical experiments by imaging specialists have shown the following to be true: The smaller the pixel is, the fewer photons are available to be collected. Thus a 1 x 1 um pixel would collect only about 2,000 photons, while 5 x 5 um, around 50,000 photons. Due to photon shot noise, the SNR scales as the square root of the signal level. So, in the example given, the sensor with 1 x 1 um pixels would have SNR of about 45:1, which is 33dB. The 5 x 5 um has a SNR of about 224:1, which is 47dB.
So I made the same calculations for the four popular Sony Alphas:
7III (6000x4000): 6 x 6 um => SNR=268 :1=48.6dB
7RIV (9504x6336): 3.8 x 3.8 um => SNR=170:1=44.6dB
7SIII (4240x2832): 8.5 x 8.5 um => SNR=380:1=51.6dB
A1 (8640x5760): 4.2 x 4.2 um => SNR=187:1=45.4dB
In electronics, a 6dB should be a noticeable difference.

But it leaves them with an incorrect understanding; the only reason you see more noise from the A7S is because you’ve violated the design envelope of a 12mp camera. A 12mp image will produce a very nice 11x14 but that’s it. Enlarging it further is like driving 150 mph in a Morris Minor, it’s possible but it won’t be pretty.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2021 at 01:35 UTC

Not fair!!! Using a twin-lens camera gives noobs an automatic advantage because they hold the camera lower giving them a more interesting point of view.
Also, the square format forces them to put a little extra thought into their compositions, further improving their images.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2021 at 00:57 UTC as 10th comment
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RUcrAZ: With little more programming they could transform the cam into a "full" gps that would make each foto a "waypoint" and allow/guide the return to the exact same position, thus adding much utility to the camera.

I’m just a wimpy photographer, to drive a nail into concrete I’d have to use one of those nail drivers powered by a .22 cal. shell. Probably not the right time for that, everyone’s kind of jumpy nowadays.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2021 at 00:53 UTC
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Rodolfo: Too many zeros for me: Do they have an under-$100 version?

Bring an empty cloth bag with you and fill it with sand or dirt at the location. Mold it so there’s a nice rest for your camera and shoot away!

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 17:32 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: Sirui SR-3204 (71 comments in total)

Thank the photo gods for these articles. Nothing a photographer can buy, learn, or practice will improve her photos more than using a decent tripod.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 17:22 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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Marcelo Rojas: Tf does it matter if a camera has built in GPS when you still need a WiFi or a phone connection to actually receive any GPS meta data. The ONLY place gps is useful is for out of city/nature photography. But last time I checked there isn’t any signal in yellow stone or any forest in general so again what’s the point of gps??

So the 1% of people who have satellite phones can categorize photos by location in Lightroom/capture one to save 2 min sorting by location as apposed to literally right click new file location name??

It’s annoying that cellphones have had reliable GPS for years while camera makers keep adding, then deleting the feature.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 17:11 UTC
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RUcrAZ: With little more programming they could transform the cam into a "full" gps that would make each foto a "waypoint" and allow/guide the return to the exact same position, thus adding much utility to the camera.

Interesting…do you think it would be accurate enough to enable those cool time lapse shots where the cameraman returns to the identical camera position over a series of days or months to show the progression of the seasons?

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 17:08 UTC
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MrBrightSide: This is 100 percent YOUR fault.

I was curious to see how this would be interpreted; I meant that these Covid-related shortages and delays are the direct result of how the world’s population, leaders, and institutions reacted to a the microscopic threat.
If we—supposedly the apex species—had acted with decisive vigor and unity of purpose none of this would have occurred.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2021 at 23:31 UTC

This is 100 percent YOUR fault.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2021 at 01:52 UTC as 58th comment | 5 replies
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Portion Control: Very nice. Reminds me of the 40mm Tessar from a Rollei 35, except, you know, with a faster aperture. But very similar sharpness roll-off towards the corners, and high contrast.

This.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2021 at 15:42 UTC
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Zacarias: Of all these truly mesmerizing images presented the one that seems the least contrived and to me most captivating is 2nd Place, Environmental Portrait: 'Cat and Verandah' by Karen Waller (Australia) #8

You are correct. The subject is not young, not beautiful, not rich, not powerful yet the photographer captured him looking as self assured, as commanding, as Ramses the Great.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2021 at 00:59 UTC
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