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 Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (295 comments in total)
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Matt1645f4: Where's the guide to convincing your other half (if you have one) that this lens is really special and a must have. The question is going to asked eventually.....

Hehe.. reminds me of a photo I took of an ex gf with a full circular fisheye lens. She looked like this tiny little thing sitting on a chair in her bedroom.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 22:12 UTC
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (295 comments in total)
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stevo23: What if there's already a picture on my camera? Do I need to buy another camera so I can take another picture?

The film or plate usually goes in the dark slide that you slip into the back of the camera... Which is behind the lens.
There is no way to make a duplicate of a wet plate image shot on tin. Closest you'll get it to take another photo of that first photo.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 11:07 UTC
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (295 comments in total)
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Matt1645f4: Where's the guide to convincing your other half (if you have one) that this lens is really special and a must have. The question is going to asked eventually.....

The kind of lens that can focus on her eyelashes while keeping her wrinkles out of focus :)

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 10:53 UTC
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (295 comments in total)
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mario loconte: oh dpreview, you are so disappointing. You use to be a good reference for pro photographers.

For some people art isn't about the context or the journey, it's about how many people's throats you can shove it down to make money.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 02:08 UTC
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (295 comments in total)
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stevo23: What if there's already a picture on my camera? Do I need to buy another camera so I can take another picture?

stevo23: The premise of your comment isn't as outlandish as you think.
I have one camera that I mostly use to take photos that have been shot on another camera.
I've been considering getting a Sony A7 series purely for copy work of existing photos. It's not a new concept.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 22:28 UTC
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (295 comments in total)
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Pavel Muller: I am sorry Richard Butler, but I strongly disagree with you. You wrote the article for rank beginners that know nothing about focal length and aperture. That is your intended audience then.

1) Do you really recommend to these folks that they acquire a new lens in addition to the kit zoom? Dont you think that the first concern for the beginning photographers is to learn about their equipment? Then learn what kinds of photographs they like to take? Then which lens is best suited to take these photos (if the can not be taken with their kit zoom?)

2) Do you really advise novices to get a prime with its low versatility (zooms can be used in more situations to produce decent results by beginners). Primes are great if you need a shallow DOF but is that the first thing you would want the beginners to learn?

3) Do you really believe that recent kits are not good enough for newbies in photography?

Come on!!! You are promoting irrational consumerism

pavelmuller@gmail.com

I know you're directing this at Mr Butler, but nothing is stopping me from replying so...

1) Getting a prime to accompany a zoom lens helps one to learn about equipment. How can one fully understand and appreciate something they don't have?
2) Primes have alternate versatility to zooms. Not more. Not less. Both together cover the greatest amount of creative and environmental situations.
3) I personally don't.

Come on!! You're limiting creative freedom, but of course focal length shouldn't matter if you're just pulling together collages and distorting the heck out of what you've captured anyway. Do you even need a camera?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 22:23 UTC
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (295 comments in total)

If one must 'blind buy' a lens without analysis of their shooting style or level of knowledge, then I feel it's best not to complicate things.

- You already have a zoom -> Just get a standard focal length fast prime.
- You already have a fast standard prime -> Then get a 24-70 equiv zoom.

Standard focal length is what is most universally accessible and then you compliment it by going wider or longer.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 22:14 UTC as 62nd comment
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fmian: I had to do some intense retouching once when the zipper on the models jeans came partially undone due to the way she was sitting... hadn't noticed until processing.
Can just imagine a voice command for that in the far future.. 'Photoshop, zip up pants please'.. lol

Lol, I'm sure many would use it, but personally I don't make those kinds of adjustments.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 22:02 UTC
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Sergey Borachev: Interesting. However even more interesting, and relevant, would be test scores for cameras that people here can actually buy now and use. Has the Olympus E-M1 II been tested by DXO? YI M1?

People here talking about how expensive these cameras are.. meanwhile I was just handed a RED 6K with gaffa tape instead of a lens mount.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 04:36 UTC

I had to do some intense retouching once when the zipper on the models jeans came partially undone due to the way she was sitting... hadn't noticed until processing.
Can just imagine a voice command for that in the far future.. 'Photoshop, zip up pants please'.. lol

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 01:32 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)
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Team Yeti: Every now and then I feel a bit nostalgic and think about picking up an older 35mm SLR body and shooting film...

Then I snap back to reality and remember what a pain it was waiting for prints to be returned, getting film back that was screwed up during processing, negatives that were all scratched up, slides that were out of focus, dust blobs on people's faces, trying to keep rolls safe from summer heat, etc.

Honestly, Fujifilm has done a great job of capturing the shooting with film "feeling", but with modern technology.

sandy b: I appreciate how you and Team Yeti have personal takes on these things. We're all individuals. But as recent times are showing us things swing around and a lot of people are able to deal with the caveats in preference to whatever downsides they see in more modern approaches.
ie. People tend to eventually get sick of something they are experiencing too much of.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 22:15 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (217 comments in total)
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digidog: >> and lists an X-Rite color checker as 'optional hardware"

I think this is a typo or misunderstanding. Why would Dell bundle a 24 patch color target with a display? Maybe an X-rite i1Display Pro Colorimeter?

>>Dell's product information claims the monitor displays 1.07 billion colors (10-bit panel)

When will display marketing departments understand no human can see anything like 1 billion colors, let alone 16.7 million? When will consumers understand the display can produce 1 billion device values (numbers)? Kind of a difference.

I'd rather shell out (and did) $1400 for an NEC SpectraView color reference displays WITH SpectraView software and an included X-rite i1Display Pro.

You putting down hard limiting figures in your original statement and then saying it's bound to cognitive perception by the brain is like the literary equivalent of slapping yourself in the back of the head.
The brain can be trained to increase or change perception, and any 100% definition based on perception experiments would need to get data from the entire population.
Fact. There are people out there with the genetic traits nessesary to allow them vision beyond the averaged figure obtained by experiments.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 16:19 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (217 comments in total)
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digidog: >> and lists an X-Rite color checker as 'optional hardware"

I think this is a typo or misunderstanding. Why would Dell bundle a 24 patch color target with a display? Maybe an X-rite i1Display Pro Colorimeter?

>>Dell's product information claims the monitor displays 1.07 billion colors (10-bit panel)

When will display marketing departments understand no human can see anything like 1 billion colors, let alone 16.7 million? When will consumers understand the display can produce 1 billion device values (numbers)? Kind of a difference.

I'd rather shell out (and did) $1400 for an NEC SpectraView color reference displays WITH SpectraView software and an included X-rite i1Display Pro.

Did you forget what you wrote?
'... let alone 16.7 million'

and did you not read about how they found a human with full tetra vision, and how there is an artist with 100 million colour viewing capabilities?

Selective reading and writing much?

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 13:14 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (217 comments in total)
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digidog: >> and lists an X-Rite color checker as 'optional hardware"

I think this is a typo or misunderstanding. Why would Dell bundle a 24 patch color target with a display? Maybe an X-rite i1Display Pro Colorimeter?

>>Dell's product information claims the monitor displays 1.07 billion colors (10-bit panel)

When will display marketing departments understand no human can see anything like 1 billion colors, let alone 16.7 million? When will consumers understand the display can produce 1 billion device values (numbers)? Kind of a difference.

I'd rather shell out (and did) $1400 for an NEC SpectraView color reference displays WITH SpectraView software and an included X-rite i1Display Pro.

>>no human can see anything like 1 billion colors, let alone 16.7 million?

Science has been fooling you son.

'One study suggested that 2–3% of the world's women might have the type of fourth cone whose sensitivity peak is between the standard red and green cones, giving, theoretically, a significant increase in color differentiation.[20] Another study suggests that as many as 50% of women and 8% of men may have four photopigments and corresponding increased chromatic discrimination compared to trichromats.[19] In 2010, after 20 years of study of women with four types of cones (non-functional tetrachromats), neuroscientist Dr. Gabriele Jordan identified a woman (subject cDa29) who could detect a greater variety of colors than trichromats could, corresponding with a functional tetrachromat (or true tetrachromat).'

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrachromacy#Humans

Also:
http://www.iflscience.com/brain/tetrachromacy-allows-artist-see-100-million-colors/

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 02:58 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)
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Team Yeti: Every now and then I feel a bit nostalgic and think about picking up an older 35mm SLR body and shooting film...

Then I snap back to reality and remember what a pain it was waiting for prints to be returned, getting film back that was screwed up during processing, negatives that were all scratched up, slides that were out of focus, dust blobs on people's faces, trying to keep rolls safe from summer heat, etc.

Honestly, Fujifilm has done a great job of capturing the shooting with film "feeling", but with modern technology.

The reasons you state as having caused this pain are not because you used to shoot film and now it's digital.
It's because you used to get someone else to process your images and now you do it yourself.
Plenty of people out there who can process their own analog images from start to finish just fine. It's not the mediums fault that you're not one of those people.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 02:02 UTC
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Scott Eaton: Good luck finding somebody locally to process the stuff, and if somebody wants me to set up a line for them I'm too expensive.

I stopped shooting E100 years before digital because Astia / Provia were light years better films. Fuji grabbed so much Kodak market share because E100's mediocre image quality and ancient materials like Kodachrome stuck around so long because of it. Truth hurts.

So, in a nutshell what this means is those of you who still haven't figured out digital can dust off your F3's and Leica's, and fill another shoe box or two with a bunch of processed 24x36mm emulsion in cardboard frames you can't do anything with because along with the demise of film processing few labs do film scanning, and those that still do will certainly do a dismal job. When you see retail scan of 35mm reversal film printed on paper you'll run screaming for your smartphone. Nothing like taking digital pictures of film vs the original scene because to some idiots that makes sense.

I know of two professional places that process E6 in Sydney.
As to whether the price is 'expensive' or not.. it depends on the value you place on your own images.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 05:23 UTC
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DVT80111: NIK plug-in has all kind of film simulation. Why bother

?

I've never seen a black and white conversion that looked like film.
Even from those who used to shoot on film and now shoot the same subject digitally. Salgado being one example.
Personally I don't think it's the simulation software but rather the sensor design that determines things.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 05:15 UTC
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DVT80111: NIK plug-in has all kind of film simulation. Why bother

?

Some people can tell the difference between a simulation and the real thing.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 03:08 UTC
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Biological_Viewfinder: I hate, abhor, detest, despise, that someone who was not even holding a camera and instead used a noisy, annoying, toy to take a picture and won a bunch of money.

Other people did their best, got on their knees in the muck, took bracketed shots to later blend so the dynamic range was there, and did their level best to portray the scene; and got beat by someone who artificially flew above the ground. Not even in a plane or helicopter, he just plain cheated; and still won.

I hate drones! HATE is too small and quiet of a word to describe my unbridled, uncontained absolute rage and malice I feel toward the drones and everyone associated with them.

Everytime I see one, I see some *$(@)*$&@ that is so selfish that he does not care if his loud, obnoxious, annoying, bee-buzzing ruins the experience someone else is having on their walk, hike, camping trip, or their attempts at photography with all the oppressive distraction of some toy model making noise.

More to the point, they're not shot on analog medium so they're not real photos.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 06:00 UTC
On article Manfrotto launches stylish Windsor Collection bags (60 comments in total)
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Scottelly: It amazes me they say the backpack can handle a camera with a big lens and two extra lenses. I have three DSLR style cameras in my backpack, and each one has a lens on it (one lens is a 100-300mm and one is a big wide-angle lens). I also keep my tripod INSIDE my backpack, with the cameras and lenses. I have lots of other stuff in that backpack too. I carry my 13" MacBook Air with my power supply in the backpack too.

The funny thing is that my backpack is not a big one. It's not a small one either, but it doesn't even compare in size with the big backpack my photographer friend has.

Why can't this new backpack from Manfrotto carry more stuff?

The backpack in the article only uses the bottom half section as camera storage space. The top half is mostly empty (without dividers) and for sliding in the laptop.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 01:09 UTC
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