Lives in United Kingdom Singapore and/or, United Kingdom
Works as a Ex-publisher, now freelance writer
Has a website at http://timauger.smugmug.com
Joined on Nov 17, 2002
About me:

Pentax *istD, K30, and K5 (and several bodies in between)

DA: 15, 21, 40, 70, 18-55 (a gang of those), 50-200, 55-300
FA: 24-90, 50 f/1.7, 135 f/2.8
M: 28 f/3.5, 50 f/1.4, 50 f/1.7, 100 f/2.8, 150 f/3.2, 200 f/4
K: 28/3.5, 50 f/1.2 (until someone stole it on a Belgian train), 105 f/2.8

Panasonic GX7, GX8 + 12-32, 14-42, 45-150, 20/1.7 (+ adaptor for Pentax manual lenses)

Sadly no longer the Fujifilm X30 (it died)

Started photography with egg-shaped Brownie 127. First SLR owned: Canon AE-1, 1980. First DSLR: Pentax *istD, 2002 (ish).


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I've just tried the method with four images, faithfully following the instructions (using median blending). I don't think it increases resolution at all, so far as I can see. The only effect is a mess where foliage has been moving more than the blending could accommodate.

Maybe I'm being stupid but if you auto align the layers, you are effectively negating the the differential between the component shots. In which case what's the point? Whatever you may feel about the result produced by the camera, is it using the same steps?

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 03:25 UTC as 21st comment

I think you're getting over-excited. If there's any meaningful difference between your 4-image stack and the sharpened single Raw shot I can't see it, even straining my eyes on a large correctly calibrated screen. All more trouble than it's worth.

Image stacking is great for noise-reduction though.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 02:38 UTC as 22nd comment

I remember until quite recently Casio did a lot of advertising of cameras here in Singapore. Shows that a big advertising budget doesn't necessarily bring market share if the product is no better than average.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2018 at 01:05 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply

As a former publisher, I'm inclined instinctively to sympathise with the publisher. These things happen in the best-regulated office. Of course the photographer has a case, but the compensation seems excessive.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2017 at 01:55 UTC as 6th comment
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timo: This seems like a solution in search of a problem. Why not just stitch images, if you want higher resolution? Less hassle, no need for tripod.

@obsolescence - you are describing a very challenging, UWA kind of stitching which certainly is a hassle. But for more conventional shots taking five or six overlapping shots without a tripod (but maintaining constant focus, exposure etc.) and then merging them in Lightroom or Photoshop is extraordiinarily hassle-free. It does strike me as a very straightforward alternative to pixel shift. Of course in those cases where perspective or parallax could be an issue special care does have to be taken, but for general landscape or architectural shots, or anything with a standard or longer focal length, this doesn't happen too often, in my experience.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 01:26 UTC

This seems like a solution in search of a problem. Why not just stitch images, if you want higher resolution? Less hassle, no need for tripod.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2017 at 02:56 UTC as 41st comment | 24 replies

Has DPR ever published a full review of the MF Pentax? If not why not?

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 04:18 UTC as 29th comment

It makes the soles of my feet tingle with anxiety just looking at those shots ...

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 04:12 UTC as 6th comment

Maybe it's me, but I couldn't watch more than the first five minutes. I shouldn't think for one minute that any of that mumbo jumbo was going through H C-B's mind. And the guy in the video seemed to me either working too hard to make the examples fit, or simply stating the obvious (figure-ground-relationship ... ha!).
The signal-to-noise ration on DPR seems to be getting worse.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 09:16 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply

Whatever you do, avoid the so-called repair places in Peninsula Plaza/Shopping Centre and in the basement of the Adelphi. I have had a lot of misleading and potentially money-wasting advice from these people. Finally I found a private individual who enjoys servicing old lenses as a hobby. Did a good job re-aligning the focus ring on a couple of my lenses that wouldn't focus to infinity.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 03:01 UTC as 14th comment
On article Five useful photo apps for travelers (68 comments in total)

Gawd, these days DPReview sounds like a low-end photographic magazine, with cut and past gobbets from marketing material. But maybe your writer has tested all these apps and this article represents in-depth reviewing of the kind we have come to expect.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 10:08 UTC as 5th comment

It would be inappropriate to comment on the specifics of the case, but the fact that this item appears on dpreview at all does depress me. I know that you have to keep the visitor statistics up - no doubt Amazon are hard taskmasters. But the personality element of the site seems to be growing. If I want to read tittle tattle on line there are plenty of other places on the Internet where I can do it.

A serious piece on the vulnerability of photographers in general to harassment allegations, false or otherwise, would be more relevant, if you really want to go into that territory.

I would be more impressed if you reviewed a few more cameras and lenses.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 03:02 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply

The kind of career one can only dream of!

Interesting and reassuring to see that the old pros had no worries at all about radical cropping. I always think that the purists (or are they Puritans) who obsess about getting the framing spot-on in the camera are missing something.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 03:58 UTC as 1st comment
On article Composition tips: simplification and negative space (85 comments in total)

I think his stuff on YouTube is rather better and more thoughtful than most.

More interesting than pontificating nerdishly about this or that lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 01:04 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On photo Hoboken Terminal NJ in the Your City - Railway/Train station (B&W) challenge (2 comments in total)

Quite like this. It's funny how totally different my arrangement of the photos in this challenge would have been from the actual votes. De gustibus ... etc.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 10:03 UTC as 1st comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH (68 comments in total)
In reply to:

nakeyboy: "I'll be sticking to European product names in this article though, because I'm the one writing it, so I can do what I want."

Please continue to do so.

-From a member of Her Majesty's Penal Colony.

Hmmm - being born in the same month is one thing I have in common with Brian May. That and the fact that we're both working. He's richer.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 04:57 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH (68 comments in total)
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Expat Nomad: Ah, but did it fit in an Altoids tin? Love to see that throwback.

Nice connections and reminiscence.

Ah, you're talking about the Pentax Optio-something. They were great little cameras for their day.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 04:53 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH (68 comments in total)

Those were the days, when Canon 'owned' the P&S market. Those little metallic-bodied cameras still look good. I had the rather more whacky looking S45, which was only 4 mp, if I recall correctly, but its output was surprisingly good, within its limitations.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 04:52 UTC as 5th comment
In reply to:

timo: If you truly trust the Cloud in any form, good luck.

Let's say I would never rely on the Cloud exclusively as a way of storing data. Who knows when your Imternet access may fail?

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 17:58 UTC

If you truly trust the Cloud in any form, good luck.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 05:51 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
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