Lives in United Kingdom Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Works as a Security Systems Manager
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arhmatic: 36 firefighters, eight port authority officers, and seven port authority rescuers.

51 people. Two questions - 1 - isn't the number excessive? 2 - Who's paying?

As regards the "cost" of the police / rescue / firefighter operation, are these people not already being paid, along with the equipment already paid for anyway? The only impact really is that they had to get off their arses and do something rather than sit around drinking coffee and eating doughnuts!
I often see costs mentioned all the time for events involving services personnel, but never see anyone make this point that there is likely little, if any, additional cost at all over the cost of having these paid individuals already on duty.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 10:45 UTC
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KodaChrome25: If I went to a tall building - well, tall-ish in Sweden lol - with a camera and took a photo of people on the ground, is it surveillance?

Galna åsna svenskar!

By introducing the word "surveillance" into the argument against allowing drones, the Swedish government have perhaps warped the whole concept of public ownership of these devices, probably deliberately to sensationalise and get the public to support it.
Promote them to take aerial photos and videos, as they are intended, and nobody would bat an eye, but say they are for surveillance and people will be against them.
It's all in the language used. I had so much trouble specifying CCTV cameras in my company's offices in Germany and France due to the language used. Once again, the Workers Council and Unions described them as "surveillance" cameras, giving the impression there was someone sat 24x7 watching their every move. I won't even go into the issues once they looked at the specs and found the IP cameras we used had a mic input!

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 12:24 UTC

This really is fantastic work and the guy who produced it should be highly commended. It amazes me seeing such great work produced and shared on the net these days.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2016 at 13:11 UTC as 9th comment
On article DJI goes portable with the Mavic Pro (161 comments in total)
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huyzer: Why are you linking to a video that's not from the company. It's a 4K camera, and the footage in that video is 720p. Come on!

I watched the linked video on Youtube and the next video up is selectable quality, including at 4K. I now need a 4K screen to watch these on!

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 14:37 UTC
On article DJI goes portable with the Mavic Pro (161 comments in total)

Like many commenting here I was also considering the Karma, but this could well be the one I will buy.
I usually set out with my camera backpack with 1 camera body and a couple of primes for landscape shots, which then leaves ample space for the Mavic, along with a spare battery or two and controller. Looks like the ideal solution for me!

Only thing I can see that I have reservations about is using a smart phone clipped to the controller, as I'd have preferred to use my tablet for a better view (these old eyes have trouble with smaller hi-res screens) but I am sure I can rig something up with a bit of duct tape!

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 09:41 UTC as 31st comment

All the government's surveillance legislation gets rubber stamped by the queen (given Royal Assent), so I find it a bit rich when the royals whine about privacy, when they don't seem to have a problem with the government surveillance of the rest of us mere subjects 24/7!

As for the photos and how they are gathered, if the photographers are breaking laws then prosecute. If not, then suck it up. It's the celebrity status given to such people in the first place, and their own self importance which generates the paparazzi interest.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 15:04 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies

So if I copyright myself as a work of art (I'm no oil painting...well...maybe a bad one) then I can sue commercial or private CCTV operators for taking my image in a public place if they do not first seek my permission, as copyright owner?

I sometimes wonder where all the money goes. Now I know, it's paid to bureaucrats to sit around and think up ever more ridiculous "laws", that may or may not be enforced somewhere at sometime. Most likely to be used by some shark of a lawyer out to make a fast buck.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 10:07 UTC as 238th comment
On article Walmart sues photographer's widow over family pictures (164 comments in total)

I am guessing that when the photos were taken, issues such as copyright were not even a consideration in the process, so it's likely there is nothing giving the Walton family any claim to ownership apart from their own sense of importance.

Unfortunately, we all know the reach of the rich and powerful and the influence they can bring to bear on "legal" decisions.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 07:32 UTC as 86th comment

A very talented photographer and some superb, very atmospheric shots, full of life.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 08:17 UTC as 280th comment
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IcyVeins: Nobody is going to buy this lens except for suckers and people who want to brag about how badass their lens is.

Yeah, they can get a P510... if they want substantially worse IQ and other options! I use the old Tamrom 18-250mm as my general walkabout lens for convenience. It sits on my Pentax K5 and fits in my laptop bag, so I always have a camera with me. If I want to go somewhere specific and look for specific subjects I'll then ditch the Tamron UZ and take the primes in the camera bag. It's a compromise, but everyone knows that, including many who will buy this lens. It may well surprise with some good IQ, maybe not enough to satisfy the self proclaimed gearheads and pixel peeping experts, but good enough for most.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:36 UTC
On article Composition Basics in Macro Photography (73 comments in total)
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bokane: Great photos and useful tips - but I'm still waiting for the killer (if that is the right word, maybe stunning instead?) post on how you get insects in the wild to stay still long enough to photograph them.

"Wake up early, about sunset."

Wow! That is early. I'd wait a bit longer though and maybe get up around sunrise. :o) During summer I am often at my usual spot at first light, also means nobody else about to scare off the subjects.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2012 at 21:32 UTC
On article Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera (867 comments in total)

Well it's different, I'll say that. Good spec too....but not for me.
Without a viewfinder, or the facility to add a good quality external EVF, I couldn't use it. I have, how I've tried, to use mirrorless without an EVF but I just can't get along without one.
Not knocking this new model in any way though if the output is as good as the K5.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 12:16 UTC as 426th comment
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ozgoldman: Its very clear that many submitting comment to this particular forum have no understanding of copyright law.
Copyright is a complex and diverse subject with a myraid of outcomes that may be somewhat confusing to a lay person.

I do point out however, that the law of defamation appears to have been breached here regarding derogatory comment directed towards the judge in several of the contributions, and could in the UK be subject to legal process.

I think the subject of copyright has been twisted and perverted out of all recognition in order to make it a money making scheme for lawyers and digruntled inventors and artists.
What next? Perhaps a recent Pigeon photo will get me into trouble with someone as it resembles a photo they took a couple of years back? Different Pigeon but same location / background and in a similar pose?
I'm sure there are many artists and photographers out there who, having seen some work, go out and try to emulate the look and feel of the original. That is NOT infringement of copyright, no matter how similar it may look to an original work.

seriously, this world gets crazier every day!

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:14 UTC
On photo blue eyes in the Macro and chat (edited) challenge (17 comments in total)

Great shot of one of my favourite subjects. Not seen a blue one before and the colours are beautiful. Well done!

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 10:19 UTC as 2nd comment

I used to think that the police in the UK were pushing the limits in the way they handled things with regards to photographers. That was until I started reading how some in the US were being treated when recording police officers. For example, arrested for illegal wiretapping (what the hell...).
In these ever more ridiculous days of constant surveillance by the state of our activities (security has nothing to do ith it), I often hear the old adage "if you are doing nothing wrong, then why object". Surely the same should apply to those tasked to protect us? They are, after all, supposed to be public servants, paid for from our taxes, NOT there to bend us to their will.
Filming or photographing the police in public where, we are told, we can have no reasonable expectation of privacy, surely acts as a deterrent to them acting unlawfully, as it does the rest of us?

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 18:30 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
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Maxfield_photo: You can have my prism when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

Ok, so the market for small mirrorless systems has ballooned in Asia and the west is going to be playing catch-up. Fine, but right now I prefer my dslr for the image quality, physical size and nice bight OVF.

However, what a small number of dedicated dslr users may want and what the marketing bods and shareholders might want are two very different things. Might we see those big shareholders in thoe two big manufacturers push them away from the dslr market into a more profitable mass mirrorless market? Scary I know but when money rules everything these days, the needs or wants of a particular customer sector mean nothing if it's not shifting in high enough numbers.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 07:30 UTC
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