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On article Photo story of the week: I Am Legend (172 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Many commenters here are claiming that the photographer got the exposure wrong, that the sky shouldn’t be burned out, that the composition should have cropped this element or put that element somewhere else. We are all experts, it seems ;)

I think that photography is the only art form that begins with the real world as a starting point, rather than a blank canvass. Therefore any scene in the real world is subject to the artistic interpretations of the photographers, none of which (assuming the results are deliberate) are either right or wrong. If there was only one correct interpretation of a particular scene then that makes photography a purely technical exercise, rather than a creative medium.

Personally, I like that the sky in this photo is white.

To me the "blown out sky" is part of the image and it's creative work. With a blue or textured sky it would be a different picture and lacking the ethereal impression.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 14:13 UTC
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Albert Silver: Not sure why he needed a $4500 action camera for that portrait shoot, or an f/1.4 lens that he will only shoot at f/2.8.

Why not just a Sony A7 II ($1500) with a Zeiss Batis 85 f/1.8 ($1139)?

A simple answer could be: because he used what he had or likes to use in his everyday work?
For me that would suffice as a reason.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 08:09 UTC

Fascinating footage. Wouldn't it have been possible for him to ask some authority for allowance to do this performance? He could have proven his skills before and would so have made this video more enjoyable for a bigger audience.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 09:34 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
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silentstorm: This is just like removing that 3.5mm jack.

Next... Apple car with triangle tires. Why? Because the round wheels are more than 100yrs old, dated back to the 1st locomotive. Time to remove that!

"...more than 100yrs old, dated back to the 1st locomotive"

Not really:

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 10:05 UTC
On article Capturing the same sunset, 2 years apart (126 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: This is totally amazing.

The branches of the trees are exactly positioned and shaped and configured and spread out the same as the previous years!

If you merged both image layers into one and each at 50% opacity you will see it stand out. [each layer subject to scaling, as the photos were taken at different positions and lenses.]

As if nothing grew or branched out, or even changed position in all those years.

That is an amazing tree.


I don't know how you did the comparison, but I can see differences with the bare eye. Also in the lower vegetation on the banks. Also some trees grow very slowly. I could imagine that the Montreal climate - short summers and long cold winters - does also contribute to that.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 09:14 UTC
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Bram de Mooij: Phones are for making phone calls. Camera's are for making photographs. I keep it simple :-)

And smartphones are designed and used to do more than phones. It's your choice which of them you use. :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 10:02 UTC

A pocketable and highly capable camera in a phone is much more convenient than a heavy DSLR dangling on my side. But the latter will have gotten the shot quicker than the time I even need to fumble my phone out of my pocket. ;-)
Joke aside, my phone - a Samsung Galaxy S5 - takes really good pictures in decently good light. Even the macro-mode is more than capable. But how about action photography? And here I'm talking about my kids playing on the playground, not formula 1 races. Will a current smartphone get me the shots I love, as does my DSLR with even the kit-zoom?

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 10:00 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply
On article Video: See exactly how a mechanical DSLR shutter works (91 comments in total)
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maxmarra: Please forward this vid to Nikon so they can get some clue.

Valid comment, and I can understand your disappointment. It really shouldn't be this way.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 14:20 UTC
On article Video: See exactly how a mechanical DSLR shutter works (91 comments in total)
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maxmarra: Please forward this vid to Nikon so they can get some clue.

Get some clue of what? As the engineers at Nikon did construct this device, and all it's predecessors, what could they learn from such a video? Aside from the fact that people are interested in their technology.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 08:49 UTC
On article Video: See exactly how a mechanical DSLR shutter works (91 comments in total)

When the cocked shutter curtains are held by solenoids, how does this work with the camera turned off or when the battery is removed? Are the curtains cocked before taking the picture? Wouldn't the delay be too long? Or is there a kind of locking mechanism or will the internal battery of the cam be used then?

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 08:15 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

Great work and congratulations to Brett for idea and execution. Though I'd prefer the film running a tad slower, maybe even 1/2 speed for some takes. It would match my feelings I have about wood better. But I think like that about most modern films and movies. Just too much hecticness.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 10:13 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies

Isn't non-aspherical == spherical
Or am I missing something?

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 18:22 UTC as 65th comment | 1 reply
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EthanP99: Heres how I would use it.

Imagine your home having its own battery that it slow charges and tops off while youre not at home. When you do come home, you can plug your car or any other device into that battery and get a very rapid charge without stressing the power grid.

This seems to be one if the few - or the only - constructive replies here. Though you'll still need a solid 10 kW ++ connection to the grid. But it really would solve some problems. Also for owners of solar- ans wind-power generators. Now it it only would work on large scale production and application.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 10:29 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS D30 (138 comments in total)

Didn't know that these early digital camera models were so dangerous. From page 8 of the review: "camera uses the AF illumination lamp to illuminate and reduce the size of the subjects retina before main flash."
I hope not too many innocent retinas were shrunk in those days. ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 11:12 UTC as 77th comment
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matthew saville: What a telling sign of the times. "Stories" that are meant to evaporate into oblivion, because we're too busy living in the moment, yearning for our next few seconds of fame, or those extra 100 "likes", whatever...

A "story" used to be a meaningful, lasting collection of images and words; the whole point of a story was for it to stand the test of time, and be passed down from generation to generation.

Obviously this particular trend is just a drop in the bucket, I just hope that we as a society don't lose sight of what is important in life. I hope our grandchildren have something, *anything* at all that is meaningful enough for them to bother looking back on and reminiscing about.

(I write this as I read my great-grandmother's story about her life immigrating to the US, crossing the prairie "a la Laura Ingalls Wilder", and other amazing things.)

In their hunger for the next new exciting thing in life, many people seem not to notice how they actually are wasting their limited time on the blue marble, rushing through their lifes like a high speed train.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 06:55 UTC
On article MediaTek launches Imagiq ISP for dual cameras (7 comments in total)

The so-called DOF-effect in the example reminds me more of a masked subject with blurred surrounding, than a real depth-of-field. I hope the final results will be a bit better.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 07:18 UTC as 3rd comment | 4 replies

If I understand things correctly Samsung has done this in the Galaxy S5 already with the adaptive display mode. Take a look at

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 09:26 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On article Details of Google's new photo app leaked (27 comments in total)

Two major features I currently miss:
- 100% zoom. I have to use the app "Quickpic" for that
- The photo app has no view to show just those photos that are taken with my smart phone. If I want to clean up my library of all the pics I don't want to keep I have to go to a PC to do that.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 06:51 UTC as 7th comment
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