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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Dan51: Back then photographers were working more on their craft. Similar to what glass blowers, sculptors, and ceramic artists do today. Unfortunately photography going digital has accelerated the process so much with a few clicks and Lightroom, photoshop work you can have a great image. That acceleration, I believe, diminishes the impact of the photographer's own hands and style in the image.

We are all using the same brush in Lightroom and Photoshop and that makes images seem very similar. If we were developing, dodging and burning by hand, I believe images would gain a more significant aspect particular to that photographer. Also since each image can be worked on very quickly and always fixed later, each image does not get the higher level of attention to detail. Always going back and fixing images leads us, I believe, to be influenced more by other images and make our images look similar to others.

@graybalanced, it's not about less or more possibilities. It's about peoples perception of the ease of use. People take it for granted now because they think it can be done so easily, and those who do hard work are often not appreciated because of this.
Few people today work as hard as most photographers/printers did in the past, and almost no photographers back then had the option to do things easy like you can do today.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 02:05 UTC
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Dervast: naive question from a guy that never shot video (and quite probably will not). I have been looking for sometime in the European market a tripod with a small footprint to hold a bare flash or a flash with a small modifier.
Would a monopod with such a foot being able to work as a light stand as well? Of course it is not gonna be super stable. Sometimes I need to move fast my flashgun and have it at specific height. For example at a wedding. Would that work or not? What do you think?

You might be able to get something light like a speedlite balanced if you position it very carefully.. but the slightest movement and it will fall over.
You could tighten the ball joint to make it stickier, but overall I'd advise against something like this for the purpose you've described..

What you want is a backlite stand with extension pole.
https://www.manfrotto.us/black-backlite-stand-with-pole

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 10:23 UTC
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Dan51: Back then photographers were working more on their craft. Similar to what glass blowers, sculptors, and ceramic artists do today. Unfortunately photography going digital has accelerated the process so much with a few clicks and Lightroom, photoshop work you can have a great image. That acceleration, I believe, diminishes the impact of the photographer's own hands and style in the image.

We are all using the same brush in Lightroom and Photoshop and that makes images seem very similar. If we were developing, dodging and burning by hand, I believe images would gain a more significant aspect particular to that photographer. Also since each image can be worked on very quickly and always fixed later, each image does not get the higher level of attention to detail. Always going back and fixing images leads us, I believe, to be influenced more by other images and make our images look similar to others.

Agreed. This is why I tend to adopt a heavy manual & hard destructive approach to digital manipulation. Especially with my personal work.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2016 at 22:15 UTC
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DavidsfotosDotCom: I like Ed Weston's printed subject matter better, but AA invented advanced darkroom techniques, so he was the 1st GREAT film development guy the modern day equivalent of a Photoshop Master when no one else was, but that is a separate skill from picking great compositions. Or maybe his fame caused printing of his not great images. I agree about Clyde Butcher see Jeff Engel below. What do you think?

Turboguy1, thanks for mentioning Mortensen. Never heard of him through 4 years of photography classes but a quick look through his work and history and it's easy to see he is a pioneer of the craft! Shunned by his peers is what I'm reading about him now.. very much the kind of visionary artist that really inspires me :)

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2016 at 08:07 UTC

Not a fan of the strong and prominent backlighting in a few of the shots, but overall I admire the work Von Wong does and the lengths he goes to.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 00:52 UTC as 12th comment
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landscaper1: Very beautiful film, but an incorrect title. I saw no fire.

^^ Lol!
FYI don't ever go and watch the film 'Naked Lunch'..

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 04:23 UTC

*crickets chirping*

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 04:19 UTC as 43rd comment

Still.. doesn't seem to capture as much texture detail as an APS-c Sigma Quattro.
Next!

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 01:17 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies
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Lensmate: The ridiculous rumour that the A-Mount was dead [probably spread by Canikon fanwimps] was squashed with the Sony A99ii. The Canikon trolls and flamers are now dead [with that regard] but will probably try to resurface as zombie trolls on some other fabricated nonsense.

Honestly, I think there are more people out there using the Minolta MD mount than there are using the Minolta/Sony A mount.
Next someone is going to tell me there's still life in the four thirds system/mount.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 20:46 UTC
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Lensmate: The ridiculous rumour that the A-Mount was dead [probably spread by Canikon fanwimps] was squashed with the Sony A99ii. The Canikon trolls and flamers are now dead [with that regard] but will probably try to resurface as zombie trolls on some other fabricated nonsense.

'Just saw your edit from 3 to 4 types cool.'

I initially thought APS-c A mount was dead... and you guys reminded me that it could still make a resurgence.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 03:06 UTC
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Lensmate: The ridiculous rumour that the A-Mount was dead [probably spread by Canikon fanwimps] was squashed with the Sony A99ii. The Canikon trolls and flamers are now dead [with that regard] but will probably try to resurface as zombie trolls on some other fabricated nonsense.

@ttran88: 2 different mounts for 4 different types of lenses.

While we're at it, can we get an apology from the digital fanboys who have kept saying that film is dead? Considering Fuji probably wouldn't have had the R&D funds to build their new medium format camera if it weren't for their recent analog sales.

It won't make the tears reverse back into my head but the memories won't hurt as much anymore.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 02:27 UTC

More and more and more Bayer filter sensor cameras.
Disappointing.
Photos from these cameras will all look the same.
Boring and flat and synthetic.
No life.
Even Fuji is bending for the Bayer filter over the x-trans and the general consumer tech head doesn't blink an eye at how big a deal this is.
Meanwhile people with some visual acuity are getting tired of the same thing and swaying towards shooting film again to get something unique from their images.

The digital imaging industry has gone stale.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 01:15 UTC as 11th comment | 5 replies
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Clutch51: Intriguing. I wish you could just buy one dial or one slider. Thinking about working in ACR, I'm only ever adjusting one value at a time. So I could click into saturation and turn the dial. I'm sure some might find use for a more complicated setup with multiple dials, sliders and buttons, but I think that would be all I need for the way I work.

'I wish you could just buy one dial '

Dial with button function.
https://griffintechnology.com/us/powermate

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 03:27 UTC
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BBQue: Medium format starts with 6x6 cm. 3x4 is pretty boring.

^^^
So use of the term 'medium format' is an approximate gauge in relation to where small, medium and large sit based on time period and integration of formats in the industry? I see.

Perhaps it's time digital camera manufacturers shifted usage of the terms, considering actual 645 seems to be the largest made for consumers (non industrial). One inch sensors (not actually one inch based on any measurement by the way) could be called medium format, and compact and smartphone sensors can be called small. Isn't that how it is in the digital sensor industry right now?

I won't fault Fuji with their use of marketing as much as Pentax and Hasselblad though, whose model naming and reference to traditional mounts and systems usually overshadow mention of that fact it's not the same traditional format at all.

Re: Getting hung up on it. Would you prefer that people say nothing when misleading methods of marketing are used to imply but not deliver?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 06:46 UTC
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BBQue: Medium format starts with 6x6 cm. 3x4 is pretty boring.

Here's a history and logic lesson for you champ.

120 film was created 30+ years prior to 135 format coming out.
So how can it's definition be based on the specs of something that hasn't even been created yet? Obviously someone moved the goalposts to suit marketing concerns...

Plus, a good 645 system + high end scanner combo can be had for under $4000. And that will give you higher res output than this camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 03:56 UTC
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Collie Camp: A 50mm 2.4 lens? Let´s see, the great Canon 40mm 2.8 STM seems similar...pretty sharp too...

...for 189,- €

Naa. The Canon is just to small, a pancake, I´ll take that 1199€ lens ;)

@Sosua.. dang it.. those Canon users will just have to use practical methods and knowledge from experience to get around those limitations..

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 03:03 UTC
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BBQue: Medium format starts with 6x6 cm. 3x4 is pretty boring.

If you change the popular definition of something then eventually no one is the wiser..

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 23:27 UTC
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fmian: No mention of sensor size?
In my eyes, if it's not the same format size as the original, then it won't do it justice.

Still a long way off from 56x56mm...

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:49 UTC

No mention of sensor size?
In my eyes, if it's not the same format size as the original, then it won't do it justice.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:11 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
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Cameras take photos and good photographers know how to compose their shots.
Nothing amazing about that.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 01:28 UTC as 97th comment
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