Ansel Spear

Ansel Spear

Lives in United Kingdom Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Works as a Architectural & Construction Photographer
Joined on Nov 1, 2010

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Why would I want to do that?

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 08:11 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On article Photo of the week: Colors of the Arctic (107 comments in total)
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entoman: Not saying that I could do any better, but this shot does nothing for me. It comes across as one of those "you had to be there" shots that doesn't translate into a great photograph.

Exactly Wye Photography. It's a wonderful shot. It may be the one that perfectly encapsulates how Eraz felt about the location.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 16:44 UTC
On article Photo of the week: Colors of the Arctic (107 comments in total)
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entoman: Not saying that I could do any better, but this shot does nothing for me. It comes across as one of those "you had to be there" shots that doesn't translate into a great photograph.

Entoman, you miss the point entirely. ALL landscape photography is about being there at the right time. The art of the professional photographer is making sure that they are there at the right moment - usually through painstaking research, recces and patience.

The second crucial ingredient you seem to overlook is that, just because you are there, doesn't mean that you get the shot. You just may not have what it takes to see the picture.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 15:44 UTC
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Ansel Spear: I have a D850 on back order with Calumet. To say that I'm somewhat apprehensive is an understatement.

I'm not concerned about honesty issues. I just wonder i) how seamless the transfer of systems will be and ii) how priorities will work out between Wex and Calumet customers awaiting delivery of the D850.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 12:59 UTC
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Brian Homer: My local Calumet is actually OK but in the bizarre branding decision to keep the shops as Calumet but to make the website Wex - currently the Calumet store presence is now absent from the web. Very weird decision making- there are some FAQs buried but it takes effort to find them most people wanting to find a Calumet store will probably be frustrated.

I spoke with an online Calumet salesperson yesterday. It was interesting that he let slip the stores would remain as Calumet - for the time being!

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 06:52 UTC

I have a D850 on back order with Calumet. To say that I'm somewhat apprehensive is an understatement.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 06:49 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies

The price you pay for buying Brooklyn Beckham's What I see!

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 05:52 UTC as 124th comment
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marcio_napoli: Here I am again posting something in the "who cares about your problems" category.

So, there you have it. Who cares, made it easy for you.

But if you care, read on.

This is why pro photography is dead, and we're possibly seeing the very last generation where one can make a decent career being a photographer.

There's just too much free knowledge. Regarding the functionally of a profession, we're past the healthy threshold.

How to's, DIY's, lighting tutorials, pose tutorials, desperate photographers giving away their secrets on videos (and workshops) everywhere.

Too much easy info at the click of a button.

Free knowledge + no really hard entries to the profession (no degree needed, very affordable used pro gear) means you have thousands of wannabes tomorrow.

What if you had too much available easy info to become an engineer, a doctor, etc?

Would those professions keep their value under the same conditions?

One has always been able to buy books and magazines: read articles about how to do this and learn that. It's only the delivery method that's changed - not the availability or content.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 07:22 UTC
On article Photo of the week: The Purple Hour (121 comments in total)
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Leonp: What are these lumps in the front? For the rest I see one and a half bush in the middle and some bushes further back. What seems to be the horizon is not horizontal nor is it visibly why it isn't.
I can't see the crispyness in the frost. Maybe it's because I can't look at the original 24MP pic, but I just don't see it.
There is a moon in the image but no stars and no interesting clouds.
There is no color scheme that enhances depth ore makes anything interesting.
there's no main or secondairy subject. But there's a very strong color cast.
WHY?
I'm going to check my rejected photo's again....

So you're not keen on it then?

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 07:44 UTC
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panchorancho: First thing I do when I get a Nikon body with a built in flash is to gaffer tape it shut. It's the dumbest thing ever to have on a pro camera.

Me too.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 07:07 UTC

Excellent work. If I was the envious type...

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 14:28 UTC as 21st comment
On article Sony's Mavica FD71 liked floppy disks, hated magnets (80 comments in total)

Tee hee. I remember those days well. The bleeding edge of technology. Trailblazers we were.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 16:05 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply

I understand what you're trying to communicate, but surely 'use-case' is a software engineering term.

Perhaps you mean a case study.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 11:12 UTC as 73rd comment | 1 reply

STOP PRESS: Dog Chews Camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 06:55 UTC as 25th comment
On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Just weight for the A9II. Should be here by Xmas.

It may indeed be a heavy price tag, but you'll just have to wait!

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 06:20 UTC
On article A Taste of New York is a stunning Big Apple time-lapse (89 comments in total)

That's a breath of fresh air; loved it; loved the audio. Done with a wry sense of humour methinks.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 06:43 UTC as 42nd comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (393 comments in total)
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geepondy: First film camera as a kid was a Kodak Instamatic that took 120 film and used "magic cubes". As an adult I eventually made my way up to a Minolta XD-11 SLR. First digital was a Nikon CP900 in 1998, 1megpixel, $1000 and I sure was the envy of my friends. I later moved up to a CP990 and many since. I think Nikon ruled in the early days of relatively affordable digital cameras, say from 1998-2000 or so.

I'm pretty sure Instamatics took 126 cartridges. 120 was rollfilm.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 15:35 UTC

Back to CS6 - which I'm still using for video editing.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 08:12 UTC as 101st comment | 4 replies

I had the Coolpix 900 - for which I part exchanged all my Nikon F90x gear including an almost new 24mm Nikkor lens. I still had to fork out some money to buy the £1,000 heap of s-h-*-t. I got back to the car and wondered what on earth I had done. I cried and almost returned to the shop and said I'd had a change of mind. Colleagues thought I'd lost my mind. The assistants must have thought all their Christmasses had come at once. I never saw any item in the Used Window!

The camera never locked focus, therefore didn't fire. I lost so many opportunities. It was so bad that I almost gave up photography. Thank God the Coolpix 5000 came along a couple of years later. From that point, I owned virtually every Nikon camera up to the wonderful D70.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 11:54 UTC as 99th comment
On article Adobe Creative Suite 6 has been officially retired (352 comments in total)

I used to buy CS Production Bundle and upgrade every two years. As a self-employed videographer/photographer, this seemed about right for my needs. I had no use for Acrobat, Dreamweaver, In Design...etc, and the Production Bundle gave me all I needed for about £350 every two years. Now, for £540 every year, I am forced into having access to applications that I will never use. I think this is a strange corporate decision on Adobe's part.

In my opinion, Adobe should also produce CC bundles. I know they won't because they can get away with not doing. Until it does, I will not subscribe to the full CC model. I now use Photoshop/Lightroom CC and CS6 Production Bundle.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 08:47 UTC as 34th comment
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