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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On article Top tips for composing great landscapes (127 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 (127 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 (127 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 (127 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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JawaT: How about having it triggered by an audio message/phrase? May involve some training for voice recognition, but this should be a one time effort.

Like 'elephant shoe'?

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2016 at 03:05 UTC

1st impression: She's totally cute.
2nd impression: That's.. really.. creepy..

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 22:02 UTC as 66th comment
On article Getting up close: Canon EF-M 28mm macro hands-on review (103 comments in total)
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PKDanny: Don't forgot about Pentax Macro lenses!!??

@Nobby2016 'now someone only has to buy pentax cameras and lenses'

I'm pretty sure Ricoh bought a whole bunch of them some time ago. And Hoya prior to that. Apart from that, not many else.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 01:30 UTC
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Aaron801: Naive question, but besides manual focus (which other lenses have to) and I assume click-less aperture, what exactly makes a "cine lens" and why so expensive? I'm sure that it's a very fine lens but this company is known for fast, cheap lenses so what makes this one so much more valuable?

The series of lenses are usually also all designed to exhibit the same level of contrast, colour rendering, and overall look of the captured image. The outer body is usually also designed with all lenses in the series being similar size & weight so that changing lenses requires minimal readjustment of the rig.
$2500 per lens is EXTREMELY good value for money considering each lens has been designed with all this in mind. It's a much bigger undertaking to develop a series of matching lenses than it is to make one individual design.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 01:54 UTC
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Alphoid: Welps, not something I'd ever buy. $2500 and no autofocus. Not criticizing, but not all too useful for still work.

I dig the interchangeable mount. I was very excited when Sigma introduced that, and then sad when it went to less than a handful of lenses, and then nowhere. Although now that I'm seeing no A-mount.... Or Pentax....

Even if you were to judge a cinema lens from a photography point of view, the statement 'not all too useful for still work' doesn't stand.
If the mount fits and the format suits, it's not too difficult to make such lenses work for stills photography. Because.. you know.. they've been using using big heavy lenses with no automated controls for most of the history of stills photography.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 01:37 UTC
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Alphoid: Welps, not something I'd ever buy. $2500 and no autofocus. Not criticizing, but not all too useful for still work.

I dig the interchangeable mount. I was very excited when Sigma introduced that, and then sad when it went to less than a handful of lenses, and then nowhere. Although now that I'm seeing no A-mount.... Or Pentax....

Also.. no one ever took photos before autofocus was invented... right?

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 00:43 UTC
On article Behind the shot: Praia da Adraga at blue hour (91 comments in total)
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fmian: Good thorough description of your thought process. I feel your post processing technique has more substance than the resulting image however.

Yes true @darngooddesign, using Snapseed the way I do is an advanced skill. I had to make a lot of mistakes and waste a lot of time first. So maybe you can add it to your lesson plan later on.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 15:51 UTC
On article Behind the shot: Praia da Adraga at blue hour (91 comments in total)
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fmian: Good thorough description of your thought process. I feel your post processing technique has more substance than the resulting image however.

Yes, go out and do the same thing, to realise how much time you can waste.

5 second edit to get 'phwoar!!!' result.
- open image in Snapseed app
- convert to black and white
- apply drama #2 filter
- look at it and go 'phwoar!!!'

Try it for yourself... and you'll see how you can save a lot of time.
Peace.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 14:50 UTC
On article Behind the shot: Praia da Adraga at blue hour (91 comments in total)
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fmian: Good thorough description of your thought process. I feel your post processing technique has more substance than the resulting image however.

@darngooddesign 'The point of this article'

Just by eyeballing it, approximately half the text in this article is about how it was shot. All the prep and planning.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 14:30 UTC
On article Behind the shot: Praia da Adraga at blue hour (91 comments in total)

Good thorough description of your thought process. I feel your post processing technique has more substance than the resulting image however.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 00:45 UTC as 29th comment | 10 replies
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fmian: "the device will remain accurate for years"
"a glass cover that won’t dis-color"

Umm...??

My comment was referring to my expectation that a 'glass cover that won't dis-Color' should allow the product to remain accurate forever, not 'years'.

I'm aware of Color calibrators needing replacement after some time, and thought this product would be different. Considering their claim.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 10:50 UTC

"the device will remain accurate for years"
"a glass cover that won’t dis-color"

Umm...??

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 05:12 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
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fmian: Wow! That's breathtaking.
Especially what was going on at 4:07.
It's interesting to see the reciprocating forces of nature at play and ultimately finding themselves following the golden ratio.

My first thought was it reminded me of what an exploding fireball filling a room would look like from below, if the fire were blue :)

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 14:48 UTC

Wow! That's breathtaking.
Especially what was going on at 4:07.
It's interesting to see the reciprocating forces of nature at play and ultimately finding themselves following the golden ratio.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 23:02 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies
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lacix: Laptop paddings add up to the bulkiness. I guess, they don’t give you a chance to hike a way from the media crap! Is it any flat backpack for camera stuff only, without space for laptop sh.t?

I quite like the Lowepro Hatchback 150.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1212040-REG/lowepro_lp36955_photo_hatchback_series_bp.html
Has a bit of tablet padding in it and looks less bulky than the photos of it make out to be.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 22:49 UTC
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