Vlad S

Lives in United States San Francisco, CA, United States
Works as a Scientist
Joined on May 11, 2010

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The face on the bottom left is blurry...

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 22:07 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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MikeF4Black: Gruesome, so sad. Nothing to add really. Thanks to DPR for posting this.

@Terkowitz you would not have the need to call people names if you could win this argument on just the merits of your opinion.

We have at least a 100 years of experience of dealing with supremacist and fascist movements, and avoiding physical confrontation only allows them to spread and flourish. That's how it has been in the past, and there is simply no reason to believe that it will be different in the future.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 01:18 UTC
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Axel Vercauteren: How about a good grip? Or a viewfinder?

People who care about the grip probably already bought a phone case with good grippy edges.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 19:46 UTC
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MikeF4Black: Gruesome, so sad. Nothing to add really. Thanks to DPR for posting this.

@Terkwoiz: if you think you won't be physically at risk once the fascists hold sway, think again.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 19:33 UTC
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MikeF4Black: Gruesome, so sad. Nothing to add really. Thanks to DPR for posting this.

It would be crazy NOT to protest against self-avowed fascists.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 19:09 UTC
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DavidKennard: Personally I don't feel the weight saving of a mirrorless system over a DSLR is particularly important when hiking. The weight of everything else you're carrying is so much more that any weight saving from camera choice is pretty inconsequential. The article even states "it added an additional 2.8 pounds to my total carry (that’s 6%!)", and that's comparing a camera and lens to nothing at all.

Going from a DSLR to mirrorless setup myself, I didn't notice the weight saving. But going from 3l to 1l of water, or tripod to no tripod is a massive difference.

A percentage increase is not a good descriptor for the physical effort. When you have to carry it on your back for hours on end, a pound is a pound – whether it's 5% or 20% of the total weight.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 18:30 UTC

I read about a flight during the arctic eclipse a couple of years ago, that it was difficult to see because the airplane windows were small and scratched. It was also impossible to photograph it. May be it would be more exciting to helicopter the winners to some place in the totality path with clear air and beautiful scenery...

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 00:12 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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PhotoKhan: Question: Will there ever be an article written about Apple where the writer does not feel compelled to include some kind of superlative in the title?

Somehow no amount of brainwashing helped Microsoft in either the smartphone or the tablet market. If Apple's iPhones weren't great, people would have dumped them as soon as a better product came out – like they dumped their Blueberries, and their Treos before that.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 20:53 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Question: Will there ever be an article written about Apple where the writer does not feel compelled to include some kind of superlative in the title?

No. Apple simply doesn't do average.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 18:23 UTC
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J Graf: What's that crap ? I don't need friends neither at Nikon nor at Canon or Sony, I just want them to produce good cameras, what they actually do

Everybody has their their own definition what "good" is, and how much they are willing to pay for their version of "good".

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 16:55 UTC

While I appreciate the effort and the skill, I think the imagery is sinister and unsettling.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 15:57 UTC as 20th comment

"Barteletti still can't quite believe they chose a photo "shot with a ten-year-old Nikon D3 and lit with an iPhone torch."

Why not? What was in this shot particularly challenging for a Nikon D3?

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 23:42 UTC as 1st comment
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Father Bouvier: I have a better idea. I order calendars at Costco, each year devoted to somebody or something. Last year it was my dog. Only 12 pictures + cover. Don't throw them away, they will become a history of your family for your children and grandchildren. They will look at your calendars, they won't browse through your thousands of files.

@cdembrey
I am really sorry that your kids don't care. But it sounds like knowing about your past generations is not important to you either. We can tell that there is a significant number of people who think differently because there are multiple services for ancestral research, and people pay money to find that info.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 19:43 UTC
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Father Bouvier: I have a better idea. I order calendars at Costco, each year devoted to somebody or something. Last year it was my dog. Only 12 pictures + cover. Don't throw them away, they will become a history of your family for your children and grandchildren. They will look at your calendars, they won't browse through your thousands of files.

@cdembrey of course they will care. We are fascinated by images from the past generations that show completely unrelated people. https://www.dpreview.com/articles/0941311201/1939-england-in-color-part-1

We are curious about their way of living that is gone now. There is no reason to believe that the following generations won't have the same curiosity that we do.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 01:46 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (416 comments in total)
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Indohydra: Although the author sounds like a "responsible" drone operator I doubt that all others are. Without these restrictions there will always be violations and accidents and deaths. Someone somewhere will insist upon flying drones into a fire if they think they can make a few bucks and get away with it. Other essential uses of the airspace should always take priority. I am impressed that DJI is willing to do the right thing even when it risks cutting their profits.

To be fair, the author did not suggest to remove restrictions for everyone. The article is about a group of operators who have a specific certificate from the FAA. Certification is how the issue of "responsible" behavior solved in all other industries where public is put at risk, and so far it has been working reasonably well.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 14:49 UTC

"Chances are, somebody else will get a better photo."

Well, that's it. I am getting rid of my camera, and will only do phone selfies from now on. Because who would ever want to take a picture when someone else can do it better? Just download it from the internet!

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 21:55 UTC as 25th comment
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User6435609324: A comparison between photo editing on Mac and PC should include the differences in colour management. Commercial Printers use Macs when they can because colour management across all devices and software is centrally managed and has been from the start of OSX. Windows has never centrally managed colour management. What this means for the end user is that if a photo is transferred from photoshop to Indesign or some other software the colours in whatever the colour pallett used are not the same in differing software on a PC. That doesn't mean that they are not close but traditionally one of the banes of Printers has always been colour matching. The colour gamet one person sees or interprets is different from male to female, old young etc. This is the prime reason a Mac would be used in place of a PC in certain applications. its a Unix thing.

Actually, this existed way before Mac OS switched to Unix. Mac OS 8 already had central color management and a built–in software calibrator; don't know about the earlier versions.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 02:09 UTC
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Jason: It seems like most of the anti-Mac arguments in this thread are focused on a combination or variation of these facts:
- A PC with similar on-paper specs is cheaper.
- The latest Macs often don't have the latest and most powerful tech.

What those arguments don't address is that Apple laptops are all about balance. And with balance comes compromise. You will never get the latest, greatest, cheapest or any other extreme adjective from a Mac. What you will get is a well-thought-out balance of reliability, portability, durability, usability, battery life, performance, aesthetic etc.

Macs may lack the ests, but they have all the ilities. For me, that makes them the best choice (so I guess they do get one est).

I can't stand how Windows constantly gets in my way with constant pop–ups and warnings and notifications. How many times have I seen a person making a presentation on a Windows laptop getting interrupted every time random Wi–Fi network drifts in and out of range. I find Windows just horribly annoying and inconsistent.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 02:05 UTC

I was having a breakfast on a restaurant's patio, and someone next door flew a drone in their backyard. It was like having a breakfast with an electric razor buzzing next to my ear – not appetizing at all!

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 19:49 UTC as 16th comment
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Der Fotograf: Is everyone clear on the actual focal length in comparison to 35mm standard? Do the proposed focal lengths need to be multiplied by 1.5 to get the 35mm equivalent, or does the lens state the actual focal length? I assume the 25mm f1.8 is more around 37mm, or am I reading this wrong? Could someone clarify?

There is really nothing confusing about the focal lengths. On all interchangeable lenses they are always actual, not "equivalent". You can either multiply them by your sensor's crop factor, or just learn what angle of view they give for your camera. It has always been like that, these lenses follow what every other manufacturer does.

As far as fisheye goes – µ4/3 users have been defishing images from Samyang 7.5mm fisheye in postprocessing for many years. It's easy to do, and produces extremely wide rectilinear images with excellent sharpness.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 22:40 UTC
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