Alec

Alec

Lives in United States New York City, NY, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://karasevstudio.com/
Joined on Oct 24, 2000
About me:

I'm a photographer serving New York City’s theatre and fashion industries as well as industrial and advertising photography needs of the city’s businesses. My O2 (Optically Opinionated) blog contains ideas, tips, and industry commentary.

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On article Kodak shows off Super 8 camera in first sample reel (188 comments in total)
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Alec: Is it really necessary to show the Hi8 footage mis-focused and so horribly compressed that MP4 artifacts completely obscure the grain?

You CAN have a sharp and properly focused Hi8 footage.

Of course! Freudian slip. Hi8 is tape - and is to its 8mm tape what Super8 is to 8mm film.

I think there's also the super-duper-8 aka Super8 camera mod with the film gate widened further, to approach 16x9 aspect and gain a further % of film area.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2018 at 19:31 UTC
On article Kodak shows off Super 8 camera in first sample reel (188 comments in total)
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Martinka: How do you share video from such a camera on the Instagram? :)

Judging by that youtube clip, the bitrate is so low their cloud must be using floppy disks for storage

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2018 at 07:34 UTC
On article Kodak shows off Super 8 camera in first sample reel (188 comments in total)

Is it really necessary to show the Hi8 footage mis-focused and so horribly compressed that MP4 artifacts completely obscure the grain?

You CAN have a sharp and properly focused Hi8 footage.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2018 at 07:32 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
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The Davinator: I'm more interested in buying a box of 100 rolls of Ektachrome 100.

See, you want analog. Ancient history, back when things had to actually work well to be considered good.

Kodak tried digital because with digital, it is okay to suck - you just call it version 1.0 and tell users you'll fix it in the next firmware, maybe. But digital was still hard because you had to, like, still do something.

This next solution is virtual. Don't even do anything your own at all. Feel that breeze? That's ether.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 03:49 UTC
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lightandaprayer: It never ceases to amaze me that people on this forum find reasons to criticize an image editing program that works pretty well, is actively being developed, has the potential of supplanting Adobe for many photographers and is FREE.

Now what is that old saying about a gift horse. . .?

Gmon750:
Libre Office
Firefox
Thunderbird
Wordpress
Blender
Linux
????????

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 05:05 UTC
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wjgo: Can't wait until they use this technology to arrest people for crimes based on what Ai thinks an image should look like.

Put together with the fact that Google now alters search results according to their vision of political correctness, someone may be made responsible for a completely unrelated crime, just to make the data look good ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2017 at 02:28 UTC
On article When photographers become pitchmen (47 comments in total)
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sknai16: Nothing wrong with photographers using their talent to make money. They are paid because they are recognized to be good at something. Good physicians sell medication. Philosophers get paid to talk about their ideas. Nothing wrong with Paul Nicklen using Instagram to sell prints or Steve McMurry using his profile t help some cause or product. This is life! If you are too pure to participate, just don't!

"Good physicians sell medication." - you've said it.
I mean famous photogs are no worse than any other celebrity to monetize their fame, but the money they receive are derived from profits resulting from people buying the product who otherwise would not have. I.e. celebrities are pushing merch that people don't need. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l5fRI-YnG0

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 04:34 UTC
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Alec: A larger drone's stronger metal or carbon composite props can severely injure an eagle. I'm surprised that hasn't crossed anyone's mind.

Sure. A kevlar glove as-yet to be invented vs. a prop that functions in a way the birds of prey haven't dealt with in millions of years of evolution - namely that it's invisible to them and it distorts the airflow above itself, sucking them in.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 20:18 UTC

A larger drone's stronger metal or carbon composite props can severely injure an eagle. I'm surprised that hasn't crossed anyone's mind.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 13:45 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies

See, if he were Richard Prince (who does exactly the same sh*t, but is far better connected and monetized), he'd be charging hundreds of thousands apiece for it and they'd be headed for Guggenheim - any controversy only adding to the appeal. Prince's Wikipedia page has this gem: "His mini-museum, Second House, purchased by the Guggenheim Museum, was struck by lightning and burned down shortly after the museum purchased the House"

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 16:41 UTC as 9th comment
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cosinaphile: while 10 k per eye sounds like crazy overkill during the actual immersive experience
appx what would be the resolution per eye as a viewer looked round the virtual environment ?

anyone know? { appx]

Supposedly, 576 megapixels (if you only look around within 90 degree or so forward field of vision, i.e. 45 degrees left or right or up or down). The "looking around" part is important, because the resolution is crazy high only in one spot on the eye's retina, but our brains are really good at aiming those spots covering all the important parts in the scene. So, if the scene is to be convincing, it should be that sharp everywhere. And if we want the whole sphere, not just the forward quadrant, well, that's 6 x 576 megapixels.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 02:36 UTC

Somebody said "wait a minute, those other clowns got $34.7M for Light L16 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_(company) - what can we do that's more absurd for more $$ ?"

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 00:25 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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Alec: I think, in exchange for a greater and reasonable freedom of flying in the populated areas, larger drones (1kg+ / 1km+) def. should be able to be "pulled over" by police, as in, directed to land next to the police car or something, per signal from police.

Because suggesting an absurd way of going about it doesn't nullify the underlying issue. And the issue is, on the one hand, you can cause a life-altering or lethal injury with a drone, or cause expensive damage, just like you can with a scooter or whatever. And on the other hand, just like scooters, drones can be tremendously fun and useful.

So it's quite hard and incredibly important to get the balance right. And it won't ever be perfect - there will always be a knucklehead who'll mow down a family on a picnic, and there will always be a cinema masterpiece by an unknown director who'll stay unknown because she/he could never get a permit to shoot what they wanted where they wanted and the way they wanted.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 01:06 UTC

I think, in exchange for a greater and reasonable freedom of flying in the populated areas, larger drones (1kg+ / 1km+) def. should be able to be "pulled over" by police, as in, directed to land next to the police car or something, per signal from police.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 20:05 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies

Why not also make everyone look modern? Give them all hipster beards and suspenders. And torn jeans for the ladies, regardless of age.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 02:55 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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RolliPoli: I find this very objectionable. Will Rembrandt's etchings be colorized next? How about a bit more saturation in DaVinci's paintings and what about all his black on white pencil drawings? I really can not, without getting profane, express how much I loath the whole idea of 'colorizing' black and white photographs and movies. This crap is a full body exercise in bad judgement and even worse taste. There should be jail time for doing this kind of stuff. ;/ Thank God the photographers who shot the original pictures are long dead and unable to take reprisals on the feckless drones who have done this drek.

Don't you want to see Yosemite in technicolor??
Also we should edit old films for political correctness and old newspapers describing events inaccurately.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 02:53 UTC

I accidentally knocked the cup over, and the results were clearly NOT low-dispersion. False advertising!

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 02:12 UTC as 5th comment
On article Vimeo adds support for 8K 10-bit HDR videos (38 comments in total)
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Life recorder: ....and the gear heads here will rave about how awesome that 8k video looks on their 2.5K and 4k monitors. Forget the content... You must zoom in to 100% to fully appreciate video (and stills)!

8K is a must for 180 degree / 360 degree videos because 8K is the entire sphere, and hence panning within it is realistically 720p at best. I've a 4K 360 deg camera, and the results are clearly resolution constrained.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 02:10 UTC
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BobORama: Cool animation. Wrong conclusion. Obviously if someone with a sub $1000 drone can shutdown an airport, endanger passengers by piling up planes which increases the potential for disaster, its not irresponsible drone operators we need to worry about - its malicious drone operators. A mechanical means is needed as it is easy to "enhance" consumer grade drones to operate entirely autonomously.

Many drones are built of high-strength composites and alloys, and contain high energy density LiIon / LiPo batteries known to ignite or explode when dropped let alone smashed. So when a drone is sucked into a jet engine, it can cause damage far in excess of what a bird would.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 01:51 UTC
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Alec: remember, the cloud is just somebody else's computer

LOL no wifey here, only wifi, but IoT's reliance on perimeter security, such as the router's firewall (which is often limited or misconfigured) is a valid point.

Google's cloud (docs) had 2 issues recently, both due to bugs, and if Google is slipping up, what can we expect from others? I suggest moving to private cloud - basically a NAS (or a pair, with the 2nd one in another location & synced) by QNAP or Synology or self-built with Linux. That ecosystem is maturing where we can have most cloud functions using hardware that WE own.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2017 at 03:03 UTC
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