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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Alec: Translation: the Chinese (Huawei) and the Russians (Kaspersky), when approached by the NSA to provide back-doors in the software, have told the NSA to go please themselves.

* Not implying these companies have a burning desire for anyone's privacy - it's simply they're and their principal investors are not answerable to Uncle Sam to the same extent, and their "masters" don't mind the Uncle to get a taste of his own medicine.

The conventional wisdom would be, use when in America, use Russian (and/or opensource) software on Chinese hardware, and do the opposite when in Russia or China.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 21:18 UTC

Translation: the Chinese (Huawei) and the Russians (Kaspersky), when approached by the NSA to provide back-doors in the software, have told the NSA to go please themselves.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 21:13 UTC as 78th comment | 4 replies
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falconeyes: I got a question.
I know it is always easy to be clever AFTER an accident happened, but ...

I learn they had to hike several hours for cell reception. A device like the $400 200g Garmin Inreach satellite phone though would have been able to sos immediately. Wouldn't a tour guide for volcanos w/o cell coverage carry such a device? Maybe he did and the other three didn't know. Or couldn't reach him. That would be extremely tragic then.

P.S. One can pair cell phones via Blutooth and subscription is like $12/m. So maybe I use my own advice next time I am off the grid. Double tragic, really.

In the absence of feedback (witnessing or suffering a loss or pain etc.) people get complacent. Many of us at some point may have lived through a near-death experience and never even noticed it or reflected on its full gravity.

If we get away with something too risky for our level of preparedness or skill 300 times in a row, we tend to assume 301st will be no different.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2018 at 20:52 UTC
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XeroJay: I wasn't even close to fooled; I picked B on every single sample while watching, thinking it was obviously the ARRI. The highlights had a much more graceful clip, and the graded results looked more natural.

I agree. I am actually surprised the gap was as large as it was. I expected the $2.5K SONY to be asymptotically close DR and curves wise to the Arri; it's not.

Little birdie is telling me the A7RIII is not going to overshoot the Arri, either, and not because there'll be anything "wrong" with its sensor (if anything, SONY knows more than ARRI not less), but rather because of the existence of a SONY division called CineAlta.

That said, in all fairness, great quality in either case; I should just #shutupandshoot

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 15:46 UTC
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Mirarkitty: TSA is probably the only agency in the world that would consider that to look like a bomb. It clearly has a vacuum or fluid pump, and very little in the form of explosives; I'm going to buy their explanation that this is some sort of prototype device with a vacuum pump. (There are more angles online.)

If you want to make a fake bomb to film it, you wouldn't build it like that.

If they wanted to cause a scare with this, the film crew is even more stupid than TSA. I can't buy that.

Someone that spent weeks or months building that prototype is currently NOT HAPPY.

It's not a real device. For instance, the brass piece connected to the clear corrugated hoses is a swing-type check valve (one-way flow valve) often used in plumbing, but it's not rated for air, only water. Air would seep through. And it works only in a particular orientation (i.e. meant to be soldered into a fixed installation not a travel device) so it's def something random for show as opposed to a part of a real, deliberately devised, prototype.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2018 at 16:32 UTC
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Mirarkitty: TSA is probably the only agency in the world that would consider that to look like a bomb. It clearly has a vacuum or fluid pump, and very little in the form of explosives; I'm going to buy their explanation that this is some sort of prototype device with a vacuum pump. (There are more angles online.)

If you want to make a fake bomb to film it, you wouldn't build it like that.

If they wanted to cause a scare with this, the film crew is even more stupid than TSA. I can't buy that.

Someone that spent weeks or months building that prototype is currently NOT HAPPY.

The hose doesn't look like it'd hold up under negative pressure. I agree about the vac pump, but the whole mess of tubes and wires can be easily filmed in a way as to look vaguely threatening in a TV episode.

The clincher is, they'd used hidden cameras to film the anticipated process of waltzing through security with that thing - which sounds like TSA was on to, as, ironically, they have plenty of hidden cams of their own, and likely saw them coordinating the shoot prior to crossing what they'd thought was the boundary of TSA's "bubble of attention".

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2018 at 12:52 UTC
On article DJI Mavic Air: What you need to know (136 comments in total)
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JackM: Will it descend during active track? For example to follow a skier down a mountain? MP cannot do this yet, afaik. If it can I'd be tempted to upgrade my MP for this.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/news/Which-ski-resorts-have-banned-drones/ though

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 17:40 UTC
On article Kodak shows off Super 8 camera in first sample reel (218 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 (218 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 (218 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 56th 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 (48 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
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