PhotoKhan

Lives in Portugal Cascais, Portugal
Works as a Airline pilot
Joined on Mar 22, 2003
About me:

A good photograph shows what you saw.
A superior ones conveys what you felt.

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PhotoKhan: Congratulations to Chris Williams for some breathtaking aerial shots.

...but, most specially, kudos to the US Forrest Service for sticking with FAA ruling and not putting in place additional absurd restrictions on recreational UAVs.

I am about to get my first drone and am appalled and disgusted at the extensive "top-of-the-head" restrictions the countless agencies from several European countries decide to apply, "just because".

Not only do we, European citizens, have to fund and endure a plethora of Public Services, many of which have a mere logic of "self-employment, self-justification" for their existence but also seem to have to put up with their pressing need to exert a farcical "authority" just to amplify that very same worthless logic.

Mr. Milner,

I understood your point. I just don't agree with it. I hope I won't be "restricted" because of it ;)

As for the "insinuation" it was from the amusing Mr. "Model Mike" and, don't fret, it was directed at me.

It was extremely funny in a two-fold way.

Firstly, he clearly has no clue who he directed it at and, secondly, probably not having attended a National Aeronautical Authority seminar on UAVs as I already did, he is also clueless on how the legislation is about to radically change by EASA impose and how he will be left with the options of acquiring a specific license to continue performing the activities his moniker indicates he does or, alternatively, to track the very same non-compliant irresponsible course he so lightly and carelessly accuses other of.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 11:28 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Congratulations to Chris Williams for some breathtaking aerial shots.

...but, most specially, kudos to the US Forrest Service for sticking with FAA ruling and not putting in place additional absurd restrictions on recreational UAVs.

I am about to get my first drone and am appalled and disgusted at the extensive "top-of-the-head" restrictions the countless agencies from several European countries decide to apply, "just because".

Not only do we, European citizens, have to fund and endure a plethora of Public Services, many of which have a mere logic of "self-employment, self-justification" for their existence but also seem to have to put up with their pressing need to exert a farcical "authority" just to amplify that very same worthless logic.

Biza43,

Airspace should be (...and is...) regulated by Aeronautical Authorities in each country.

Not complying with their dispositions is a not a simple violation but rather a criminal offense.

As an airline Captain I am extremely aware of this and can only hope that common UAV users also are, for paramount safety reasons and, even, for their own sake - it is not fun getting a criminal record just because one decides to fly an UAV in a aeronautical-restricted area.

What I am referring to are "petty restrictions" put in place by self-appointed "authorities" that, most of the times, are not even aware how their "dispositions" might be clashing with said aeronautical regulations and Common Law.

As for the "dumb heads", contrary to what is commonly believed in many places but, specially, in Portugal, the way to deal with them is NOT multiplying laws and restrictions, as it might fancy any "authority", but rather to enforce what already is contemplated under Common Law.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 11:05 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Congratulations to Chris Williams for some breathtaking aerial shots.

...but, most specially, kudos to the US Forrest Service for sticking with FAA ruling and not putting in place additional absurd restrictions on recreational UAVs.

I am about to get my first drone and am appalled and disgusted at the extensive "top-of-the-head" restrictions the countless agencies from several European countries decide to apply, "just because".

Not only do we, European citizens, have to fund and endure a plethora of Public Services, many of which have a mere logic of "self-employment, self-justification" for their existence but also seem to have to put up with their pressing need to exert a farcical "authority" just to amplify that very same worthless logic.

There, right there...

What I was talking about is just a formalization, and amplification of what Mr. Milner found fit to write, above:

The obsessive need to tell others what (not) to do, elevated to the highest official, bureaucratic power.

In Tenerife, Spain, park rangers threaten UAVs users with 6,000 EUR (!) fines for filming rocks (!) in a volcanic park.

I suppose I will inevitably find a Will Milner, next time I visit the Lake District, this time around with a drone.... ;)

Again and on-topic, kudos to the Oregon State authorities for a reasonableness that allows beautiful footage like the one presented on the article to be created.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 10:30 UTC

Congratulations to Chris Williams for some breathtaking aerial shots.

...but, most specially, kudos to the US Forrest Service for sticking with FAA ruling and not putting in place additional absurd restrictions on recreational UAVs.

I am about to get my first drone and am appalled and disgusted at the extensive "top-of-the-head" restrictions the countless agencies from several European countries decide to apply, "just because".

Not only do we, European citizens, have to fund and endure a plethora of Public Services, many of which have a mere logic of "self-employment, self-justification" for their existence but also seem to have to put up with their pressing need to exert a farcical "authority" just to amplify that very same worthless logic.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 09:50 UTC as 28th comment | 25 replies
On article Canon EOS M5 real-world sample gallery (240 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Ok...

I click in this review link and the very first image I see - a simple shot of an apple chosen by Allison to illustrate the first page - has a color rendition, tone mapping range, micro contrast management and appropriate sharpness acuity that make the apple look like it is popping in 3D from my monitor.

If people can't see what Canon cameras bring to the table (...regardless of weaker or stronger feature sets than the competition...) in terms of sheer overall image quality, I really can't help them.

Yes, the trick is with Adobe.

As I said, I can't help you.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 12:00 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5 real-world sample gallery (240 comments in total)

Ok...

I click in this review link and the very first image I see - a simple shot of an apple chosen by Allison to illustrate the first page - has a color rendition, tone mapping range, micro contrast management and appropriate sharpness acuity that make the apple look like it is popping in 3D from my monitor.

If people can't see what Canon cameras bring to the table (...regardless of weaker or stronger feature sets than the competition...) in terms of sheer overall image quality, I really can't help them.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 11:11 UTC as 60th comment | 10 replies
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)

Awww, man...the more I see articles and samples from this lens, the more I feel I'll be getting one.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 18:31 UTC as 18th comment
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)
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rfsIII: This Damien dude can really shoot—he needs to do more galleries.
But more importantly, would it be possible to do some kind of foreign exchange and send over one of our Good Humor trucks and receive a Tonibell van in return?

The "dude" is a professional photographer and an excellent one at that:

https://damiendemolder.com/

Ii is certainly a privilege for us users having him as part of the DPR editorial staff.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 18:30 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (699 comments in total)

I find it quite curious that such a limited camera built around a Sony sensor can easily do what Sony, themselves, seem unable to: Produce Jpegs with skies rendered in a "believable" blue.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 15:41 UTC as 98th comment
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (187 comments in total)

Aww, dogs!...Who cares about the video... :)

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 09:41 UTC as 106th comment
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (236 comments in total)
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beavertown: Minor differences in image quality but huge differences in prices. The Sigma is the all round winner.

Minor?...Yeah, right... ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 11:16 UTC
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upgrader: Got both, the A7RII and the 7+ but shooting with the iPhone in such locations would be a waste of time IMHO... The A7RII is too good to be left @home.

Chuck Norris, is that you?

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 17:37 UTC
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upgrader: Got both, the A7RII and the 7+ but shooting with the iPhone in such locations would be a waste of time IMHO... The A7RII is too good to be left @home.

Hi Dave,

Living in Cascais AND leaving is one of the mistakes one can make in life ;)

It's not only the Marina. The darn place is building up to a very nice hole to live in, with bicycles tracks over all town up to Guincho and everything pretty perked up.

Also, the town-hall seems to have finally understood that, in spite of the inviting weather, the summer months are not the best time of the year to be doing renovation and maintenance works, having all the tourists jumping over boards and holes in the ground.

Every time I go out for my jogging, on the sea front, I think: "I'll bet this is one places where visitors go, boy!, I wished I lived here"... ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 13:45 UTC
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upgrader: Got both, the A7RII and the 7+ but shooting with the iPhone in such locations would be a waste of time IMHO... The A7RII is too good to be left @home.

@noegd,

Not in Morrocco, in recent years.

The problem is not about being gentle or not (...which one always should be, of course...) and it certainly isn't the about the small change (...because it is, indeed, small compensations, or offers for a "service"...).

The problem is that it happens every 3 minutes and you can't concentrate on making any type of purposeful photography.

...and the more elaborate the gear looks, the more accosted you will be.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 11:06 UTC
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upgrader: Got both, the A7RII and the 7+ but shooting with the iPhone in such locations would be a waste of time IMHO... The A7RII is too good to be left @home.

It has its advantages, now that we see what it can do.

The more photography-related specialized gear you carry, the more accosted you will be.

Picture-taking tourists are targeted for gentle-money-shaking and locals already learned to "read" how complex and expensive gear is based in such simple things as a backpack, for instance.

If you try to do some "serious" photography taking without being with a local ( ...a guide or another photographer...) you won't be able to concentrate, as you'll be asked for something every 3 minutes.

In terms of spoiling the local experience while traveling, the only comparable thing to Moroccans asking for money is New York waiters extorting tips.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 10:48 UTC
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (302 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Hmmm...It seems Amazon still has some 2012 cameras to clear...

Go on then, feel insulted.

...and, most of all, don't even think for a split second that people may make the mentioned inference, because of a poor editorial decision since, it seems, you are absolutely certain that your point of view is the right one: "Our editorial line is unquestionable, we are the champions of integrity, and everyone, every single reader should know that and not doubt it for a single minute".

All in all, your continued position on these matters is not much different from vast majorities, some of which will definitely lead us to very dire straits.

They KNOW they are right....how couldn't they be?

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 21:01 UTC

This is good, this is very good. Definitely worth the wait.
Did you find the AF reliable (...in terms of consistency...) on the 5DMKIV?

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 11:12 UTC as 143rd comment
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (302 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Hmmm...It seems Amazon still has some 2012 cameras to clear...

...like this logic-inferring one:

1. This article should have been impossible to write because one of the cameras should no longer be available for sale.

2. Still, it was written.

3. When the reader checks with Amazon, they still carry that 4 years-old model.

4. Amazon is currently the parent company of DPR.

5. (Inference withheld)

Now, I know this is not why the article was written because I've "known" you guys from quite a long time.

...but the simple fact that the above inference can be made should be reason enough for an editor to go "let's do something else" at the decision table.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 10:05 UTC
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (302 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Hmmm...It seems Amazon still has some 2012 cameras to clear...

Here we go again...you see things in terms of "alternative". I understand them in terms of perfectly possible to co-exist.

The current human "need" to see (...or mask...) things in "black & white", elevated to the social-media power is taking us to an abyss which depths some decided to test, once more, quite recently.

As advanced societies we aspire to be, we REALLY have to stop conceitedly dismissing the objections from others or we'll keep running the risk of them turning to whom they think can solve their problems.

...but enough about politics, let's cater for what should be an editorial code...

That comment was, obviously, an ironic one but, as I told you guys the other time around you treated this very same brand with this very same preference, the (serious) underlying problem is: When you decide to make these one-brand (same brand) kind of round-ups you open yourselves to all kinds of interpretations.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 09:58 UTC
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (302 comments in total)

Hmmm...It seems Amazon still has some 2012 cameras to clear...

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 21:56 UTC as 86th comment | 7 replies
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