h2k

Lives in Germany Southern Bavaria, Germany
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Joined on Apr 14, 2009
About me:

Writer, editor, translator, photographer, video tutorial producer, in English and German, based in Germany.

Interested in assignments. See link here to my English website.

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On article Top tips for composing great landscapes (87 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: To me, your white signature on dark background is the dominant (or at least a major) visual component of nearly every one of these images -- it seriously degrades the compositions. If you insist on marking each image, I'd strongly suggest making it a more subtle watermark, using tones more consistent with those of the area upon which you impose it.

I find both parallels to audio listening not entirely fitting here:
- listening for tape hiss
- listening to a 10 sec stop with copyright announcement

But i do like the audio analogy. Maybe the best parallel would be the station identifaction jingles, that some private radio stations blend into the songs they play. These jingles are made to blend inobtrusively into the music (of course they disturb anyway), but I'd say the logo for the landscape photos would be like such a station identification layover, only by accident a too harsh one.

On a side note, tape hiss does annoy me.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 16:43 UTC
On article Top tips for composing great landscapes (87 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: To me, your white signature on dark background is the dominant (or at least a major) visual component of nearly every one of these images -- it seriously degrades the compositions. If you insist on marking each image, I'd strongly suggest making it a more subtle watermark, using tones more consistent with those of the area upon which you impose it.

"If you can't look past a simple logo, then you're probably not the target audience here."
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I personally think it could be just the other way round:

If an obtrusive logo *doesn't* disturb you in an otherwise lovely image, then you're probably not the target audience here.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 10:14 UTC
On article Top tips for composing great landscapes (87 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: To me, your white signature on dark background is the dominant (or at least a major) visual component of nearly every one of these images -- it seriously degrades the compositions. If you insist on marking each image, I'd strongly suggest making it a more subtle watermark, using tones more consistent with those of the area upon which you impose it.

Agreed as well.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2016 at 18:56 UTC
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (257 comments in total)
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Alastair Norcross: A mostly fair review, but I find the complaints about JPEG image quality rather funny, and silly. Does the reviewer not know that JPEG noise reduction can be turned down or up in the camera? Or that sharpness levels can be controlled with multiple settings on no fewer than three parameters? The G7XII is an advanced compact camera. To complain about the default settings, when these can and should be varied considerably is pointless. Other than that, as I said, a pretty fair review. It's a really excellent compact camera, and an ideal everyday and travel companion.
I also find it strange that much attention at all is paid to JPEG image quality on an advanced camera such as the G7XII. If you buy this camera, you probably care about image quality. If you care about image quality, you probably shoot RAW. Given that the G7XII has very useful, and quite fast, in-camera RAW processing, there's really not much reason to shoot JPEG.

"Either I got that grain or an image that was too soft all over."
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This sounds disturbing. Can't Canon provide any useful JPEG setting at all?

From other Canon compacts, i quite liked their well-rounded JPEGs.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2016 at 11:19 UTC
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (257 comments in total)
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Alastair Norcross: A mostly fair review, but I find the complaints about JPEG image quality rather funny, and silly. Does the reviewer not know that JPEG noise reduction can be turned down or up in the camera? Or that sharpness levels can be controlled with multiple settings on no fewer than three parameters? The G7XII is an advanced compact camera. To complain about the default settings, when these can and should be varied considerably is pointless. Other than that, as I said, a pretty fair review. It's a really excellent compact camera, and an ideal everyday and travel companion.
I also find it strange that much attention at all is paid to JPEG image quality on an advanced camera such as the G7XII. If you buy this camera, you probably care about image quality. If you care about image quality, you probably shoot RAW. Given that the G7XII has very useful, and quite fast, in-camera RAW processing, there's really not much reason to shoot JPEG.

Well, one would have liked to know:
- Can sharpening and noise reduction be turned down indeed and how does it affect iq?
- In camera raw processing working on *batches*?

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 21:02 UTC
On article Behind the shot: Praia da Adraga at blue hour (89 comments in total)
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solarider: More than a small amount of effort can go into an image. Thank you for you detailing your process.

Agreed.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 14:27 UTC
On article A photographer's intro to the world of video (99 comments in total)

Nice down-to-earth beginners' primer.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 19:08 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
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j900: 3D has made several attempts to make it to the cinemas and home tv sets. Each time big fail (save for a few blockbusters that you're forced into seeing in 3D). This year there not a single TV maker advertising 3D for the Euro and the Olympics - they're advertising good ol' 2D in 4K instead (even though there's no 4K content, but that's another story).

Though I have yet to try one of those helmets, I'd predict the same for VR. The human brain works perfectly well with attaching emotions to a 2D image - anything else is eye (well, brain) candy.

Agreed, i just dislike all the gear you need to fumble with. I even think stereo sound is still fine (in a private home) and am in no hurry at all to install 5.1.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 08:36 UTC
On article 8K Helium Super 35mm sensor on the way from RED (86 comments in total)
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Neez: I don't think they should use chemical elements in the name, unless it's involved in the manufacturing process or something. Do they use helium to make this sensor?? Otherwise, it doesn't seem right to call it the Helium Sensor.

Like if i were to call a car, the Toyota Propane vehicle, people would be all kinds of confused.

Androole and Ademeion, thanks for your examples!

Speaking of Sigma Quattro, also the car "Audi Quattro" (sp?) would come to mind as as positive example for "meaningful" naming, as i guess the vehicle has four wheels (and perhaps no fully functional spare wheel).

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 15:10 UTC
On article 8K Helium Super 35mm sensor on the way from RED (86 comments in total)
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Neez: I don't think they should use chemical elements in the name, unless it's involved in the manufacturing process or something. Do they use helium to make this sensor?? Otherwise, it doesn't seem right to call it the Helium Sensor.

Like if i were to call a car, the Toyota Propane vehicle, people would be all kinds of confused.

"I like names which have some connection to the device they represent, be it a feature, something the device excels in or perhaps the way it looks. To come up with a good name from that starting point actually takes more imagination than picking a random, nice sounding name. I don't think this is very important, but still."
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Yes, fully agreed. But do you have examples?

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 12:59 UTC
On article 8K Helium Super 35mm sensor on the way from RED (86 comments in total)
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Neez: I don't think they should use chemical elements in the name, unless it's involved in the manufacturing process or something. Do they use helium to make this sensor?? Otherwise, it doesn't seem right to call it the Helium Sensor.

Like if i were to call a car, the Toyota Propane vehicle, people would be all kinds of confused.

"I don't think they should use chemical elements in the name, unless it's involved in the manufacturing process"
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Years ago, i would have had the same objection, but have learned since to shrug off my concerns regarding public language use.

What about Google naming something "Chrome" or "Marshmallow", without having the proper item within the product. I think today you can and should name anything whatever you like, just following the results from your market research.

I don't know about the US, but in Europe there are many car models with similar sounding phantasy names such as Koleos, Lexus, Vectra, Bentayga, some reminiscent actually of Fuji Velvia and Zeiss Loxia or yesteryear's Nokia brand (and some with awkward connotations in certain countries).

Sometimes i think they should rather name their important new product after a real element such as Helium than contaminating public space with yet another surreal linguvention.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 08:51 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2605 comments in total)
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Fujica: Great camera, but I doubt this is enough for Pentax to stay in the race.

Sure it will attract lots of Pentax owners that currently shoot APS-C, but is this enough to attract completely new customers to the Pentax brand? For this to happen I am not so sure.

Personally I think they gambled on the wrong horse by opting for a traditional DSLR instead of a less 'proven' mirrorless system. Though with the current rapid development of on sensor phase detection AF. This type of AF now has come very close to that of any high end DSLR system (look at Sony A6300 and in lesser extend the Fujfilm X-Pro2 and forthcoming X-T2.)

Next to that there is also good improvements on EVF's over the last years that can nowadays deal with bright light situations much better then years ago and refresh rates have gone up over 100mhz.

NOT saying the DSLR is a dead horse btw.

But I think that if Pentax had gone MILC with this camera they could have won over more hearts and interest.

Agreed that mirrorless might have attracted more people including me - but i guess they would have had to build up a whole new range of lenses, plus an adapter for legacy glass.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 18:07 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (143 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: Fun fact: Pentax allows you to capture RAW in the universal DNG format. So with the K-1, I can keep using Adobe CS6 and avoid being forced into a subscription model for a software upgrade that I don't need or want.

You can always convert any proprietary raw files into DNG with Adobe's free Digital Negative Converter. It's a well-known way to display and edit raw files from new cameras in older raw converters.

There are no serious disadvantages on that route, and depending on your tastes, there are even advantages in converting to DNG.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 09:23 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (143 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: "The proof of the pudding is in the eating", as they say.
This is a great camera.

Very nice quote there, hadn't had it in my repertoire so far.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 09:21 UTC
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Wild Shooter: Ummm, how is this a selling point to any consumer? has to be the first patent I've seen that actually steers people away from the product.

Bahnmi, thanks for your comment. What comes to mind is that
- Apple seems to surf on a sea of success
- has fought hard with US government to not reveal the encrypting of its iPhone
- seems able to set trends

But i really don't know. I only think in a few years all our phones will be blockable and manipulated and looked into from outside, in spite of all protests (if there are any). Our mobile devices are just to tempting to be let alone by interested parties. One day it will be illegal to turn off your phone.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 19:25 UTC
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Wild Shooter: Ummm, how is this a selling point to any consumer? has to be the first patent I've seen that actually steers people away from the product.

"how is this a selling point to any consumer?"
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Perhaps with a camera-disabled iPhone you might be allowed into a Lady Gaga concert (and text away there), while Samsung holders have to leave their smartphones with security, so no texting-facebooking from the concert, a major woe.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 13:09 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (415 comments in total)
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aliasfox: Too bad the people who will buy the T6 won't ever consider something like an Olympus E-M10 (either mk I or mk II), which has comparable image quality, is even slightly better at ISO3200 in both RAW and JPG (to my eye), has IBIS, better usability, and is smaller.

I'm sure Sony would love for someone to buy the A68, and B&H has loads of Pentax models that sell for <$500 in a kit.

Canon gets to ride the wave of name recognition (and in-store availability), and Olympus (among others) get stuck producing competitive products at competitive prices that people will never see because of poor marketing and distribution.

Not saying that Canon doesn't produce some compelling kit, but this one really isn't in that category... though it'll probably come in below $400 in time for Black Friday, so there's that.

The T6 target group won't stomach an Oly menu. They'll feel fine with Canon menu.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 18:32 UTC
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nekrosoft13: "Photographer finds 1200 rolls of unprocessed film from 1950s" and they want us to pay to develop it so they can claim full print/publish copyright so they can profit from it even more.

sounds like a great scheme.

Sounds like a great scheme indeed. When i read, "And he needs your help" in the teaser text, my interest vanished and i wondered if i ever read those words on DPR before.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 05:25 UTC
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gehairing: Why didn't you made the tests on an intermediate "gray" theme ?
For those who find white too white and/or black too black. :)
You've probably tried or discussed this option ?

I think i would have liked to try a grey version too. Just to see how it appears and probably stick with it.

I also find the black page too black and the white one too white. I stayed with the black one, if only for old time's sake.

I noticed the new ribbon on top of the page and found it distracting (and generally i feel better _without_ Facebook-Twitter buttons around me), so i removed it with Ad Block Helper (?).

No idea though how to re-allow that ribbon. Now if i ever want to try the white background, it might not be possible (on that computer in that browser)

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 19:24 UTC
On article Remembering Fan Ho: 1931-2016 (37 comments in total)
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tinternaut: RIP. I am familiar with Fan Ho's remarkable photography thanks to a wonderful gallery published by the Guardian in 2014. See:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/aug/20/fan-ho-hong-kong-street-photography-in-pictures

Thanks for that gorgeous link - the spread is even better than the photos here via DPR - and thankfully, no double exposures.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 19:44 UTC
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