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elsen029: Suits them well!

but... ' Both were sentenced to 7 days in jail, fined $2,000 and ordered to perform community service for Yellowstone Forever.'

Forever? Life long community service?

Got off lightly when you hear of what has happened to some people after straying off of the board walks in thermal areas, pot roast comes to mind.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 11:22 UTC

I suppose like most tools it is how you use them that counts, but my fundamental criticism is that I don't find the masking that good on complex objects like trees. NIK were clever at masking for local adjustment, a pity they never developed an intuitive stand alone masking tool.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 09:15 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

Sad news. Luminous Landscape used to be a must visit for over sixteen years. Loved Michael's approach to reviews and his articles, as they were always so well written, engaging and with good humour. He will be missed.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 09:06 UTC as 66th comment

I've used NIK for years now and already have the free upgrade from Google that they offered existing users some time ago. Google purchased NIK to get hold of Snapseed that they dropped soon after acquisition for desktop use, continuing as a mobile app. Leaving the development of the other NIK applications in limbo. The good news is the NIK applications are still very useful.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 11:46 UTC as 106th comment
On article Sony Alpha a7 II Review (850 comments in total)

So using the compare mode, The A7II shows image quality in RAW mode is not as good as the original A7! This review needs updating on RAW image quality with the latest firmware. But I suppose like Ming the Merciless the review was only the play thing of the moment.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 16:35 UTC as 34th comment

Glad I've always used Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The high-end Apple hardware is also too expensive now, and the affordable not very upgradeable. My next Mac will no doubt be a Hackintosh.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 16:36 UTC as 208th comment | 2 replies

Nice surprise for a change, got email offering free upgrade, and the apps now work in Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop, where as my previous version was for Lightroom only, I must say I prefer to use them with Photoshop and layers.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2013 at 08:07 UTC as 60th comment
On article Photoshop Gradient Tool: Blending Images (217 comments in total)

One of the best uses of layer masks is selectively combining different exposures of the same scene to achieve a natural looking HDR image, without the overblown look of HDR software and tone mapping.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 15:28 UTC as 44th comment | 4 replies
On article Photoshop Gradient Tool: Blending Images (217 comments in total)

I've used layer masks for blending for some time now, but have always used feathered brushes set to 10% of black or gradients of black to transparent, so the introduction of white is new to me, will give it a go.

Thanks for an interesting article.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 10:15 UTC as 49th comment

Yes I would like to be clear on what 'as well as a number of other improvements and bugs fixes' were, from the list most of the improvements were implemented in 1.01. Perhaps these have been further enhanced, no doubt we will never know. Still not having to wait an age for SEL1650 to retract is an instantly obvious improvement.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2013 at 10:41 UTC as 15th comment

But no optical stabilisation. So no great incentive to replace the already good 19mm and excellent 30mm (on NEX). The 60mm (pity not a tad longer) would have benefited from stabilisation. Now I would be pleased if Sigma produced a 12mm f2.8 for NEX.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 09:45 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies

Good - black seems to rule now, wonder if we will see an updated 16mm pancake. The 20mm will have to perform well to be a better buy than the Sigma 19mm. Now sony how about a couple more primes, a 70 to 90mm with macro focusing would be nice and an ultra wide prime without a Zeiss price tag.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2013 at 12:46 UTC as 32nd comment

Despite the changing times, before the advent of online sales Jessop's was responsible for the demise of the local camera shop. Their huge expansion programme saw the local camera shops taken over and staffed with cheaper, younger and less knowledgeable staff. I've done my best to avoid Jessops since then and I used to work near the New Oxford Street head branch, opposite Jacobs which sadly went last year and whom I will miss much more.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2013 at 20:19 UTC as 24th comment

Aha was thinking about a new Sigma DP the other night, wondered if they would do a super wide 12 or 14mm version. Oh well 50mm for the 3, perhaps 12mm for the 4. Although I have a vested interest I want some more Sigma primes for the Sony NEX as the excellent spin off in lenses, particularly the 30mm.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 20:22 UTC as 36th comment
On article Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review (499 comments in total)
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jeep: I like it apart from the price, now if it was around £1600.00 I might replace my A900.

Yes it is nearly a $1000.00 more in the UK. UK body price equals $3705.00 and the US $2798.00. Well and truly a rip off.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2012 at 10:46 UTC
On article Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review (499 comments in total)

I like it apart from the price, now if it was around £1600.00 I might replace my A900.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 09:50 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies

Improvement of wide angle edges - does this mean the magenta fringing has been reduced or eliminated?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2012 at 10:39 UTC as 37th comment
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)

The negative response is because it looks pig ugly, dressing it up with designer panels won't fool the discerning. Now if it looked great that would be another story.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 15:43 UTC as 72nd comment | 2 replies

Of course Adobe should never have been allowed to take over Macromedia giving them a 'freehand' (no pun intended) in the professional graphics arena. Pricing of Photoshop upgrades increased, because there was really no where else to go.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 12:06 UTC as 6th comment
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