fmian

fmian

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer/Re-toucher/Consultant
Joined on Mar 28, 2010
About me:

If you're reading this it's probably because I wrote something that confounded or intrigued you. You should know that much of what I say is uncomfortable truth laced with straight faced sarcasm. Don't take it to heart.

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Rooru S: Guess Canon will offer Log profile and other features with the C version of the 1DX Mk.II... for a premium of course. Will Nikon do anything to get better video specs or will they wait until 2020?

^^ You mean Red or Arri.. Or Kodak films..

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 14:38 UTC
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Mark Banas: Remember not too long ago when commenters repeatedly asked "when are you going to review and compare Canon and Nikon flagship DSLRs?"

What now? Medium format? Lightfield cinema cameras? NRO imaging satellites?

Film cameras?

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 13:54 UTC
On article 8 creative tips for shooting waterfalls (159 comments in total)
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Jay Williams: You should've mentioned a polarizing filter. Sometimes, you may want to remove the glare from the surface of the water. More often that not, however, I use it to get rid of glare off of wet rocks. It can also help get more saturated colors in foliage by—you guessed it—eliminating glare. A bonus is that it can give you longer shutter speeds, too, in lieu of a neutral density filter.

Better still, take two CPL filters and use them to create a variable ND filter.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 22:17 UTC
On article 8 creative tips for shooting waterfalls (159 comments in total)

Well written article. Got me thinking about doing some myself for the first time :)

Would just like to add to this:
'Tripod: Any time you're shooting long exposures a tripod is a must'
- Make sure your camera/lens is positioned in line with one of the legs of the tripod for the greatest stability. Same goes for light stands.
Have seen a bunch of seasoned photographers smash their cameras because they forgot this.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 22:09 UTC as 48th comment
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steelhead3: Who uses the 11/24 other than a few niche players?

I'd imagine the 'very happy and creative' niche players would be using the 11-24..

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 02:57 UTC
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Mach Schnell: Okay, so it is obvious they are Canon fans. No issues with that, even though I shoot Nikon. Wouldn't it have been a lot more useful list to show the top 10 most frequently rented items?

No, because then it wouldn't be the unique opinions of a bunch of people who's insight and perspective we respect.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 22:35 UTC
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Gesture: Where is the word "Nikon"?
To its credit, I think Nikon has done well with its, dare I say, "affordable" full frame cameras.

They mentioned Nikon when they said the Canon 11-24 replaced the Nikon 14-24.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 22:30 UTC
On article Top tips for composing great landscapes (129 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: To me, your white signature on dark background is the dominant (or at least a major) visual component of nearly every one of these images -- it seriously degrades the compositions. If you insist on marking each image, I'd strongly suggest making it a more subtle watermark, using tones more consistent with those of the area upon which you impose it.

Look, you didn't originally ask about Bob Ross. I answered the question you asked in a sensible manner. I'm sure we can keep going back and forth with this as you keep changing your questions to suit your desired answer.

Valid points were raised on either side of the discussion and that has already been said more than once here. So I don't see why you have to get emotional and confused enough to imply that I've been yelling or something. If I had said something way out of line as your reaction suggests, I would have been deleted or whatever it is the mods do in that situation.

It's obviously a polarising topic that should have its own article, and if you can't talk about it by adding something that continues the discussion calmly then maybe you should take a break and go for a walk or something.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 17:25 UTC
On article Top tips for composing great landscapes (129 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: To me, your white signature on dark background is the dominant (or at least a major) visual component of nearly every one of these images -- it seriously degrades the compositions. If you insist on marking each image, I'd strongly suggest making it a more subtle watermark, using tones more consistent with those of the area upon which you impose it.

Monet considered the colours of his signatures carefully so it matched the rest of the painting.

Van Gogh for the most part applied his signature to flow within the lines and shapes of his paintings. Although there are some where he blatantly did the opposite. If he wasn't famous I'm sure many would consider those ones ruined.

Ie. They usually took great consideration of composition when applying their signatures, hence why each signature is unique.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 15:47 UTC
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Studio1138: Sure wish they had put in IS.

Well wow, that's a whole bunch of stuff I didn't consider. Even though I shoot in a range of conditions and environments it's never presented an issue for me to want a fast (er) lens with stabilization.

I guess my brain doesn't even go there because I'm mostly using manual focus systems on older 135 and 120 formats. So it kind of is what it is and I don't have another option.. so I try to find other workarounds.

I get what you're saying though, would make life easier in specific moments.
I found myself once using a 100mm f/4 macro with Ilford 125 ASA at minimum focus distance to fill this guys face into the frame and just get his eyeballs in focus (some funky body painted model with bizzare contact lenses). Impromptu available window light shot, no tripod cause a table was in the way, 1/30s at the apex of my breath. Only one shot. Lol. The photo came out great but I have to say I flirted with chance and got lucky.

If I had to do that repeatedly and reliably, I'd want IS as well..

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 06:50 UTC
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Studio1138: Sure wish they had put in IS.

'and lose over a stop of light'
Compared to what? This new lens, or if it theoretically had VR built in?

The 105mm VR Macro has a claimed 4-stops of stability compensation.

Assuming the subject can hold still, we can compare:

~1/100s @ f/1.4 (for this new lens)
to
~1/15s @ f/2.8 (for the 105 VR macro)

and we have a ~2-stop advantage for the 105mm VR macro compared to this new lens. Plus you have a closer minimum focus distance.

Of course.. there are other things to consider when taking a shot and sometimes you will want one over the other, but it's worth considering what situations the VR will let you decrease shutter speed in (rather than stopping the aperture down).

Personally I would sacrifice aperture for stabilization in a lens. Not a problem if people feel otherwise.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 23:29 UTC
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Nobby2016: well i love my 85mm f1.2... thought just shooting at f1.2-f2.0 all the time is a bit boring.

don´t get me wrong i love the look, it is just that there are more possibilitys for portraits then shooting at f1.2.

many portrait photographer forget that.
some portfolios only show 85mm and wide open.

that said i would buy a mark III version of the 85mm f1.2 instantly. :)

@Nobby2016, I enjoy taking portraits with my 8mm f/4 circular fisheye, easy to get everything in focus so you don't have to worry about DOF when your subject is running away from you. But I do wish I could afford the 7.5mm.. Less CA on the edges where it's important to capture the models flailing limbs.. One day.. :)

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 15:53 UTC
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Reilly Diefenbach: Coming soon to a forum near you, a flood of even fuzzier nose and ears shots than previously available!

You say it like users will be locked in to f/1.4, or won't be able to get their subjects to move further back..
You should check out a DOF calculator to see how this works...

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 15:37 UTC
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Studio1138: Sure wish they had put in IS.

Just buy the 105 VR macro, then you can add perfect handheld close up eyeball portraiture to your repertoire..

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 15:32 UTC
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Matsu: I haven't checked whether there's any information or comment on this yet, but perhaps Nikon doesn't need to make a modern 135 f/2 replacement, just a teleconvertor that works with this lens.

A 1.4x TC would yield a 147mm f/2

A 1.25x TC would yield a 131mm f/1.75, call it f/1.8

Nikon makes these, but there's no indication whether either would work, and of course they only sell the 1.25x paired with the 800 f/5.6

I thought Olympus was the only camera manufacturer who made products that protrude and get inserted...

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 15:28 UTC
On article Top tips for composing great landscapes (129 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: To me, your white signature on dark background is the dominant (or at least a major) visual component of nearly every one of these images -- it seriously degrades the compositions. If you insist on marking each image, I'd strongly suggest making it a more subtle watermark, using tones more consistent with those of the area upon which you impose it.

'No, fmian, it simply shows just how many people...'

I think your massively assumptive rant tells us a lot more about your views on the world than it does about anything else.

It's insightful in regards to the nature of human thought and social interaction though. So thank you.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 03:59 UTC
On article Top tips for composing great landscapes (129 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: To me, your white signature on dark background is the dominant (or at least a major) visual component of nearly every one of these images -- it seriously degrades the compositions. If you insist on marking each image, I'd strongly suggest making it a more subtle watermark, using tones more consistent with those of the area upon which you impose it.

@TheDman
I think the amount of people agreeing with the comment ProfHankD made would see you on the side of unpopular opinion.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 23:19 UTC
On article Top tips for composing great landscapes (129 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: To me, your white signature on dark background is the dominant (or at least a major) visual component of nearly every one of these images -- it seriously degrades the compositions. If you insist on marking each image, I'd strongly suggest making it a more subtle watermark, using tones more consistent with those of the area upon which you impose it.

ProfHankD makes a great point. Anyone who wants to copy and use these images would just apply the clone/heal tool and be on their way within 5 seconds.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 03:47 UTC
On article Top tips for composing great landscapes (129 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: To me, your white signature on dark background is the dominant (or at least a major) visual component of nearly every one of these images -- it seriously degrades the compositions. If you insist on marking each image, I'd strongly suggest making it a more subtle watermark, using tones more consistent with those of the area upon which you impose it.

A case of 'the artist being more important than the art' I think..

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 02:30 UTC
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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

Why?

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 02:25 UTC
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