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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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 (348 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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JoopIII: What a waste of time to publish this sort of crap. By the way: Canon is written with one "n" in the middle.

The author knows that. That's what (sic) means. Doh!

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 09:21 UTC

It makes me shudder at the hoops we had to jump through in the name of 'art'.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 09:20 UTC as 38th comment
On article TIME releases 100 most influential images of all time (165 comments in total)
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Ansel Spear: Gripping iconic images ruined by a clumsy, frustratingly slow, tortuous web site. I gave up. Who designs stuff like this?

It's not the speed of the connection that's the issue. It's the long, drawn out navigation/menu system that's a turn off. I simply lost the will to live.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 08:25 UTC
On article TIME releases 100 most influential images of all time (165 comments in total)

Gripping iconic images ruined by a clumsy, frustratingly slow, tortuous web site. I gave up. Who designs stuff like this?

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 09:30 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)

It's no wonder they're having a regroup when you consider their eye-watering array of some 15 PAS cameras in assorted colours, 3 or 4 premium compact cameras, 12 or so consumer DX DSLRs, 4 prosumer FX DSLRs, 2 Pro FX DSLR's, retro and Nikon 1 ranges, Nikon's offerings appear so unstructured and scatter-gun. Surely it's time for them take a long hard look at their market and slash this lot down to a couple of choices in each group.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 11:04 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (765 comments in total)

It's been a long, expensive struggle and I suspect it's not over yet...

Instamatic 33
Halina Paulette Electric
Practica Nova 1B
Yashica Twin Lens 4x4
Minolta SRT 101
Nikon F2
Minolta 7000
Nikon F601
Nikon F90x
Nikon Coolpix 900
Nikon Coolpix S1
Nikon Coolpix 5000
Nikon Coolpix P5100
Nikon D70
Nikon D200
Nikon D3200
Nikon D800
Sony RX100 m3

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 14:51 UTC as 178th comment
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Debankur Mukherjee: Imagine a time bomb being tied to a drone by a terrorist.......it is dangerous......every country must have control on purchase and use of drones........

They do. It's called a driving licence!

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 07:42 UTC

Why is everybody calling this a smile? When you look at a larger image, this is clearly a grimace as he sees how close his rival is.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 06:19 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
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basshead: Iconic moments always get captured by a canon

What a fatuous point.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 06:17 UTC
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Ansel Spear: We call it The Ministry of Defence!

This happened to me when I was shooting from a Hunter T2 in 1990. We were sea skimming, simulating an Exocet missile - giving the surface fleet 'attack' training. My 400mm Nikkor slipped and fell between my joystick and ejector seat. I retrieved it just in time...!

During my induction the day before, nobody thought to brief that all cameras must be attached around our neck at all times. It's now a standard part of the briefing.

I've been corrected. It was a Hawker Hunter T7. I was a civilian photographer, not Fleet Air Arm.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:22 UTC

We call it The Ministry of Defence!

This happened to me when I was shooting from a Hunter T2 in 1990. We were sea skimming, simulating an Exocet missile - giving the surface fleet 'attack' training. My 400mm Nikkor slipped and fell between my joystick and ejector seat. I retrieved it just in time...!

During my induction the day before, nobody thought to brief that all cameras must be attached around our neck at all times. It's now a standard part of the briefing.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 09:14 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On article Top tips for composing great landscapes (129 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: Personally I prefer my snapshots of Japan taken over a three week period with the Panasonic LX100: http://japantraveldiary.tumblr.com

I don't. :-( I feel the B&W doesn't add anything. In fact it confuses the eye in a lot of places.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 08:09 UTC
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Ansel Spear: Whilst I'm a Keith Loutit fanboy, many TL sequences, this amongst them. are completely lacking any narrative.

Whilst an extremely competent piece, this is little more than moving eye candy with a ghastly soundtrack.

Couldn't be bothered.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 14:49 UTC
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Ansel Spear: Whilst I'm a Keith Loutit fanboy, many TL sequences, this amongst them. are completely lacking any narrative.

Whilst an extremely competent piece, this is little more than moving eye candy with a ghastly soundtrack.

Have you watched Twelve Angry Men? Just because you're in the minority, it doesn't mean than you're wrong ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 09:08 UTC

Whilst I'm a Keith Loutit fanboy, many TL sequences, this amongst them. are completely lacking any narrative.

Whilst an extremely competent piece, this is little more than moving eye candy with a ghastly soundtrack.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 07:02 UTC as 25th comment | 6 replies
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Ansel Spear: Why do some of you across The Pond insist on referring to lenses and bodies as 'copies' of lenses and bodies?

They are not copies of lenses and bodies. They ARE lenses and bodies in their own, original, genuine bona fide right.

There isn't a 'master' lens or body from which all others are copies. You don't buy a copy of a car or a copy of a can of beans, so why a lens or a body.

Not that I feel strongly about it! :-)

"Think about buying/comparing/testing two lenses versus buying/comparing/testing two copies of a lens. Do those expressions mean the same thing?"

That's entirely my point. They don't. You don't test two copies of a the same lens. You test two identical lenses.

Testing two copies would imply that you're testing (say) Tokina's and Tamron's copy of (say) the Nikkor 24mm f1.4, not two Nikkor 24mm f1.4 lenses. .

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 15:30 UTC
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Ansel Spear: Why do some of you across The Pond insist on referring to lenses and bodies as 'copies' of lenses and bodies?

They are not copies of lenses and bodies. They ARE lenses and bodies in their own, original, genuine bona fide right.

There isn't a 'master' lens or body from which all others are copies. You don't buy a copy of a car or a copy of a can of beans, so why a lens or a body.

Not that I feel strongly about it! :-)

...Apart from the 7 'likes' that I've received, you mean! I took that to mean that 7 people agree with me.

Oops, I've run out of bread. I'm just popping out to buy another copy.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 14:47 UTC
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