RichyjV

RichyjV

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Joined on Feb 1, 2013

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joe6pack: I have been to places with little light pollution and a clear sky. I would go out on a limp and say that all those photos and videos are lies. Milky way isn't all that visible. The photos are result of long exposure that human eyes aren't capable of.

Yes, even if naked eyes, it is beautiful. I can make out where the milky way is but it is no where as clear as shown in those photos. See the milky way next to a light house? Get real!

@HB1969: I think we are just talking about the gap between what just about visible to the human eye looks like, and even the photos used in your link which were considerably more than the human eye. Shape of dust clouds? Sure. Colour and texture of dust clouds, no way. This is an interesting point, and actually thinking about it I'd be amazed if there isnt some literature on the subject and photo samples of more or less what the eye can see kicking around on the net. I think the concept of what we can see vs what a long exposure looks like is just forgotten in current photography, and the full colour amazing night skies are assumed to be what you can really see by many people who haven't been to these places and tried it.

Anyway I'll be shooting in the Himalaya next week and will try and lock on some exposures as close to my eye as possible if the clouds permit :)

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 01:18 UTC
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joe6pack: I have been to places with little light pollution and a clear sky. I would go out on a limp and say that all those photos and videos are lies. Milky way isn't all that visible. The photos are result of long exposure that human eyes aren't capable of.

Yes, even if naked eyes, it is beautiful. I can make out where the milky way is but it is no where as clear as shown in those photos. See the milky way next to a light house? Get real!

Agree, I've spent plenty of time in Iceland, Canada, New Zealand shooting and looking up at the sky with naked eye and near zero light pollution, and you can't see anything like what that video shows. Can you see the Milky Way, sure. Can you see thousands of stars, sure. Can you see your shadow on the ground and walk around by the light, sure. Can you see the gas clouds and the colours and the pattern like a camera long exposure shows, absolutely not. People who think that this is what you see when the pollution is removed are being misled by long exposure claims such as these.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 12:13 UTC
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D200_4me: I must not get out enough. I've never heard of Chris...and many other photographers I'm apparently supposed to know about ;-) I've heard of Joe McNally (and met him in person) and heard of Ansel...you know the one....

Galen sets the bar for mountain photography, love his work

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 14:22 UTC

Overclocking means running at higher speeds than the default, this doesn't overclock to 4.7, it boosts to 4.7 on its own without your input. If I deliberately run it a 5.0 then I am overclocking it. It probably overclocks to a very high number, well above 5.x with specialist cooling, so the statement is just plain wrong.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 15:33 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply

This is an excellent photo of the week article, thanks for listening and mixing it up.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2017 at 06:51 UTC as 18th comment

I don't understand why they would turn the grey-ish coloured hills into a strong blue that is so obviously unrealistic, equally a lot of the blacks in the buildings are now dark blue.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 05:45 UTC as 3rd comment
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (335 comments in total)
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h2k: "In an age of wide color gamut displays and HDR-everything.."
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In a way, these black-and-whites ooze HDR, i feel.

plus a few huge vignettes

Link | Posted on May 1, 2017 at 16:04 UTC

Shame on you DPR for re-reporting this baseless press release as fact. Anyone with any experience of statistics can see holes all over this immediately, its one data point!

Presume the next set of stats where Sony have a quiet month will have a headline "Sony is now the #4 full frame camera maker in Europe" or something similar?

Actually, by this logic just have a flash sale of your old inventory in a quiet month, and then post that you now are the leading seller (based on one month, once, and definitely not on the 6 months before or after).

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 02:42 UTC as 82nd comment | 3 replies
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RichyjV: Portable, sleek, high quality screen, and with no dedicated graphics capability you can watch in amazement as it takes a mere two minutes to apply some filters on your 36mp images. For non photo processing needs however, looks quite convenient.

@tokyojerry: commenting that a new pc (which I described as quite convenient for non photo processing) that doesn't have a dedicated GPU will struggle with some photoshop tasks is not sensational, and certainly is not emotional, it is in fact accurate (emotional would be "its the end of the world, this is so terrible"). It might or might not be relevant to your workflow needs, it is to mine though I would love to have a pen use screen in portable form with a GTX1060 or so in it. Its a photography website, a fair assumption that a PC's photo processing capabilities are of some level of importance to the audience.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 07:35 UTC
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RichyjV: Portable, sleek, high quality screen, and with no dedicated graphics capability you can watch in amazement as it takes a mere two minutes to apply some filters on your 36mp images. For non photo processing needs however, looks quite convenient.

Adaptive wide angle, liquify, several blurs, smart sharpen, and Bridge loading of previews, these all use the GPU, and even with a good GPU can take a while on large images. In my case I have a GTX970 and these are still sometimes lengthy processes, much more so with panoramas; with my laptop sporting a GTX960M which is still a decent GPU that can get by in gaming at medium settings, these functions are all much slower.

So, while it depends on your workflow, image size and what you need as to whether a lack of decent GPU has a significant impact, for a lot of photographers it is a really big deal.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 04:49 UTC

Portable, sleek, high quality screen, and with no dedicated graphics capability you can watch in amazement as it takes a mere two minutes to apply some filters on your 36mp images. For non photo processing needs however, looks quite convenient.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 01:59 UTC as 29th comment | 7 replies
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (237 comments in total)
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RichyjV: This should be compulsory reading for any forum post including the words
"DXOMark Score", and a few others.

I remember some time ago DXO holding off on their review of the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR II, saying that they had tested a copy and it didn't rate as high as expected, so they were going to get a better copy to test. I remember wondering how many other lenses were afforded the same treatment, suspect that the 70-200 was a special case as it is well regarded and people would have questioned the methodology if it had not scored well. DXO has perfectly valid information available for a variety of factors given the limitations of close distance flat field testing and probably not multiple samples tested. Unfortunately these are pretty big limitations then moved to the much less useful output of a single number score with a headline proclaiming a new king of sharpness.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 16:32 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (237 comments in total)

This should be compulsory reading for any forum post including the words
"DXOMark Score", and a few others.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 10:53 UTC as 74th comment | 5 replies
On article Zeiss adds super-wide and tele- options to Milvus line (49 comments in total)
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DavidB2: Anyone know if the 135mm is optically identical to the Zeiss 135mm f2 zf.2 APO?

Its not like there was a glaring improvement it needed, makes sense for them to label it Milvus since thats the line brand they want to promote and calling it Otus just made the other Otus look expensive by comparison

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (62 comments in total)
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SirSeth: I've heard (but have yet to experience) that a tilt-shift lens can be a great gear choice for wild flower vistas. It lets you tilt the focus plane to include small foreground objects and distant mountains without needing to focus stack or use an f-stop that might bring in diffraction limitations.

It can, the issue is that you want a fairly flat plane with the flowers closest to you, heading up towards the distance, so if they are all different heights, or you have trees in the shot nearby, then it doesn't work as well. It also takes a bit of time to set up, you need to be careful with exposure and set it manually before tilting as it can impact it quite a lot on occasion, and sometimes focus stacking will take less time overall.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 14:28 UTC
On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (62 comments in total)

Sprinkle with Orton effect too it seems :)

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 14:24 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
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RolliPoli: With lenses there are three principal characteristics:
Sharp
Fast
Cheap
You can only have two of those three.
Which two would you prefer?

Normally this is a saying for tripods. Not sure there are that many sharp and cheap but not fast options around, or else there would be some fantastic and cheap f5.6 lenses around for landscape work. Equally the optical formula for 35 and 50mm primes is simple enough that they usually are fast, cheap and reasonably sharp as well.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 05:28 UTC
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DuxX: No AF = no interest

I'm a Nikon user and the D800E really doesn't have a good focus screen option. Fortunately I shooting landscape distances with my MF lenses and have live view and usually a tripod so its not really an issue as I have the time to get it right usually. For this 1.2 lens they state that its strong at close distances so studio/close portrait work presumably so less likely to have that luxury of taking the time over the shots. I love my 135 f2 Zeiss, but for portrait work I'd take the substantially inferior old Nikon 135 f2 with AF every day of the week (would prefer the Canon version as its the strongest AF option).

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 05:22 UTC
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DuxX: No AF = no interest

I use a Zeiss 135 f2, a Nikon 45mm PC-E 2.8 shift tilt, and a Zeiss 21 2.8, all manual focus, and I have my technique down but I've not been convinced by the focus screens available. The magnified eyepiece helps, but still 1.2 is a tiny tiny DOF at close distances (and they mention that the lens performs best at close distances).

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 00:40 UTC
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Pat Cullinan Jr: Made by slave labor. Xixiang Town, ShenZhen, Guangdong, China.

Before the Civil War in this country, many people in the North would not purchase the products of slave labor. Maybe it's not as simple as that.

Its not slave labour, plenty of half empty factories in Shenzhen with people moving back to their families in the West, the factories have increased pay to retain them, there have been a load of labour laws added, lots of auditing etc. Worst I can say about the labour is that it is hard to find good quality in the region, but certainly not slave labour.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 13:55 UTC
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