Lives in Canada St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
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Joined on Sep 22, 2007
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University campus, arts and nature photographer.


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On article Nikon Z5 sample gallery (220 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: Files look good compared to the Z6, they remind me of the D750. I found the D750 files a bit sharper than the Z6, even if the Z6 had better high ISO. Besides the anemic FPS and lame 4k crop factor, the Z5 looks like a real good FX stills body!

By the time the holidays hit, the Z5 should have some awesome deals, either that or fire sale Z6/Z7 bodies if they release the upgrades before end of year!

I went D610 to Z6. No regrets. Image quality from the Z6 is better, AF is way better, and its all round easier to get great images. Heck, I'd swap my D850 for one if I didn't need the battery life from time to time.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2020 at 12:31 UTC
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WastingTime: 125W for the small model? Who uses so little light in a studio?

Among my studio lights, I have a 100ws Elinchrom RX1. It's actually pretty useful. I wouldn't use it as a main light, but it has its place as a fill or rim light frequently in my small studio.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2020 at 22:26 UTC
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entoman: All "bokeh", whether created by AI or by conventional lenses is artificial.

It does not represent what the human eye sees in the real world, partly because our brains perceive what we see with our eyes differently from how they perceive a 2-dimensional photograph.

Additionally "bokeh" is very different from one lens to another, according to lens design and manufacturing techniques - Some lenses are notorious for producing unattractive artefacts such as "wiry" out-of-focus lines, "onion-ring" effects, ugly aperture hexagons, elliptical out of focus highlights, weird starburst etc.

At the end of the day the only thing that matters is whether the viewer finds the effect attractive or not.

Personally, I agree with the author, that the i-phone "bokeh" is acceptable for a small portrait viewed on a phone or a small web image, but is a complete fail to most people who are into "serious" photography.

Lens out of focus rendering from a camera and lens is not fake, it is a physical attribute of the lens and camera combination. Just because it renders differently from how our eyes/brain does, does not make it fake.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2018 at 16:44 UTC

Its terrible. The fact that it doesn't calculate a specific plane of focus is key. It's a pointless technology until that happens. I thought that was supposed to be one of the points of having multiple cameras, but I guess it isn't there yet.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2018 at 15:06 UTC as 155th comment
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Tom Holly: I like the ISO speed concept, it’s a useful reference, but one thing I agree with is ditching ISO nomenclature when it doesn’t actually reflect a genuine increase in base sensitivity. Eg If ISO 800-12800 are all deriving from the same initial base sensitivity/amplification then just call it 800 and tag it with subsequent “push”. Same as with film, where you denote +1, +2 etc to denote a post-exposure push.

I would much rather know sensor is exposing at 800 speed and subsequently pushing things by 3 stops than be told it is exposing at 6400

Isn't this like Nikon's Lo1, Lo2, Hi1, Hi2 etc?

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2018 at 13:01 UTC

The title demonstrates the typical condescending attitude of an ETTR proponent.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2018 at 23:15 UTC as 166th comment | 1 reply
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Stefan Hundhammer: I really like Nikon, and I hope that this long-awaited mirrorless FF camera line will be a great success.

But it is also entirely possible that they will pull a Nokia with this one.

Remember Nokia before the iPhone? They completely dominated the mobile phone market. It was unthinkable that they would disappear from the market.

Then the iPhone came. First they ignored it as a useless invention, then they ridiculed it, then (2-3 years late) they started developing their own, then they overengineered it so the project was 3 more years late, then they hired a Microsoft manager to salvage the sinking ship (who then thought that Windows Phone 7 would be great idea - great move, Einstein!), then they imploded.

I sincerely hope that this is not what will happen to Nikon.

But that means that they have to get the first shot spot on, and no mistakes. Knowing how tech products are developed, I have serious doubts. First versions are always flawed. Let's hope for the best.

I don't think they have to get the first shot spot on. They just need to be honest, and not ignore their current markets in pursuit of all mirrorless. It needs to be good, sure, but it doesn't need to put anyone out of business, or become a number one best seller.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2018 at 13:04 UTC

So it darkens any part that isn't your face? Couldn't you just stay at home for that? Surely the point of a selfie (if there is one), is that you get seen in an environment.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 14:32 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies
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Fujica: Then let people remover their battery from the battery compartment. I resist to let my camera go into general luggage and have it steal by bagage handling crew.

Maybe they want to resist the temptation of being really annoying.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 17:49 UTC
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richiebee: I'm surprised all the fuel swimming about in the wings isn't considered a hazard either. That said, I would never trust an airline to look after my camera gear in checked baggage. It goes with me.

For as long as I can remember, the conditions of use of my airline tickets have included not having batteries in your checked baggage. I guess the problem is, no one reads the terms of sale.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 22:38 UTC

I'm surprised all the fuel swimming about in the wings isn't considered a hazard either. That said, I would never trust an airline to look after my camera gear in checked baggage. It goes with me.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 20:19 UTC as 91st comment | 6 replies

I have no issue with speed of operation on my Surface Pro 3, but I really wish Adobe would address an issue of interface that lefties have been screaming for, for years. Give us floating panels so we can put them where they're usable. There aren't many pro apps that are so discriminatory towards lefties.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 21:57 UTC as 76th comment | 1 reply
On photo Goshawk (Northern - Accipiter gentilis) female in the Crop Sensor (DX) AND high ISO challenge (1 comment in total)

Says ISO 800... this is for ISO 1600+

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 19:20 UTC as 1st comment
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Brian Wadie: I'm feeling left out as I don't find any problems with either LR or PS CC 2015, most unfair as I have nothing to moan about ;)

I believe they introduced the subscription model specifically for this purpose.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2015 at 15:35 UTC
On challenge Strike a Pose (5 comments in total)
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Skylane: You should have disqualified the animal entries.

Maybe... but on what basis? No clothes? They're wearing fur coats. Can't tell if they're female? Can't with some of the human entries either. It wasn't really in the spirit of the challenge to post pets, but I didn't specify human, so I'm hard pushed to DQ them.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 02:18 UTC
On challenge Strike a Pose (5 comments in total)

Some of you are thinking a little too far out of the box. If you include pets, then I will insist that the subject must be appearing to pose like a model. In other words, imagine replacing the subject with a human... would you consider they were striking a pose?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 11:45 UTC as 4th comment
On challenge Old Household Tech (5 comments in total)
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UriahHeap: I'm not sure if your including or excluding "VCR's, reel-to-reel, cassette, original gramophones, your first calculator, first games console." There's a period ( I think) after the word camera in the first sentence. Then these items are listed separately on their own. Then cameras are listed again as an item that is not included ( along with anything made after 1985). So my question is, are VCR's, reel to reel, cassette, original gramophones, your first calculator, and first games console admissible or not admissible?

Sorry, I realize now that it could have been worded better! VCR's, reel to reel, cassette etc are all good. It's just no cameras (and nothing made after 1985). The only reason I excluded cameras was because I didn't want the challenge to be flooded with them! Sorry for the confusion.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 14:50 UTC
On photo I'm sorry.... in the Your Dog(s) in Black and White challenge (19 comments in total)
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MichaelIsGreat4: This picture would be so much better in color than in black and white!

I do know that this challenge is for pictures of dogs in black and white but I will never ever understand people who fantasize on black and white pictures as if it was the hallmark of artist photographers when it is not, especially when our world is in color, not in black and white.

There was no intent to impart superiority or even raise the profile of any photographer on DPR with this challenge. It's just a challenge. Limitations imposed on any challenge (public or self-imposed) are good for you.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 16:01 UTC
On photo I'm sorry.... in the Your Dog(s) in Black and White challenge (19 comments in total)

I don't usually comment on entries in my own challenges (probably should!), but can't let this one go without comment. It is absolutely spectacular. Congrats on first place. Thoroughly deserved.

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2014 at 01:40 UTC as 10th comment
On Challenge:9903 (2 comments in total)
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Brian Lund: What do you consider to be in the general vicinity of Reykjavik? I just got home from Iceland this sunday, I don't really have a lot of interesting pictures from Reykjavik, but lots from the west and south-west!

15 minutes drive, half an hours drive, 1 hours drive? Thingvellir? Bláfjöll?

Lets say roughly 20 mile radius of Reykjavik.

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 02:18 UTC
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