King Penguin

King Penguin

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MarioSS: Light Polluted Clip filters are good. Many astrophotographers are using them in light polluted areas like mine. Just uploaded 3 images taken with Hutech LPS-DI clip filter for my Nikon D5500.
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/2833624202/photos/3565600/california-nebula-d55-200-st-z-non-20160905-dp
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/2833624202/photos/3565602/pleiades-d55-100-st-z-non-20160904-dp
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/2833624202/photos/3565601/ngc-6914-hemmingford-20160823-dp

Amazing, obviously you know what you are doing and I reckon your pictures will inspire many others to try it for themselves and use up some of their excess Xmas gift cash :)

Merry Xmas.......

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 16:50 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (100 comments in total)
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Everlast66: I am surprised so many people are into these Fuji retro fallacies. I would be interested in their cameras if they had a bit more "modern" design.

And I do appreciate the original designs from the 70s and 80s and own several Pentax, Olympus cameras (MX, ME, OM1, OM2 and more) just because they are beautifully designed and made.

But in 2016 I would expect something new and a bit more experimental, not only with the internal technology, but also the design and ergonomics.

That's the lovely thing at the mo....there's so much choice, there's a camera model out there to suit everyone.....merry Xmas :)

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 05:06 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (100 comments in total)
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Everlast66: I am surprised so many people are into these Fuji retro fallacies. I would be interested in their cameras if they had a bit more "modern" design.

And I do appreciate the original designs from the 70s and 80s and own several Pentax, Olympus cameras (MX, ME, OM1, OM2 and more) just because they are beautifully designed and made.

But in 2016 I would expect something new and a bit more experimental, not only with the internal technology, but also the design and ergonomics.

Hey, I use a Nikon Df and OK it's a retro design but having used it now for a while.....it handles (for me) brilliantly and If they bring out a Df 2, I'll be on it like a shot......and no, I don't sport a hipsta beard!

I can't remember the last time I went into it's menus, all the controls are to hand....brilliant. I can set Them all without even switching the camera on.

OK, the grip 'ain't as big and curvy as my last Nikon FF DSLR but i don't find it a problem, like I didn't find it a problem using my Nikon film SLRs all those years ago; plus in street, pub & social situations, people don't get so freaked out when I get it out of my bag.

No gizmos, no video, just pure photography.....which just me just fine.....😀

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 16:53 UTC
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)
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Barbu: Number of photos:
Canon 5DmkII: 2
Canon EOS 5DmkIII: 4
Canon EOS 6D: 2
Canon EOS 650D: 1
Canon EOS 1D X: 1

Pentax K-3: 1
Film: 1
DJI Phantom 4: 1

Nikon D5200: 1
Nikon D5100: 1
Nikon D800: 2
Nikon D610: 1
Nikon unknown/hidden model: 1

Fuji X-Pro 2: 1
Unknown/hidden: 1

Panasonic FZ1000: 1
Panasonic LX100: 1

Sony A6000: 1
Sony A7mkII: 1

Grand brand total:
Canon: 10
Pentax: 1
Film: 1
Nikon: 6
Fuji: 1
Panasonic: 2
Sony: 2
Film: 1
Unknown/hidden: 1

By type:
DSLR 15, mirrorless 3, compact 2, unknown/hidden/film 3.

And I almost forgot... Phone: ZERO ;)

Yep, DSLRs still rule for serious amateurs & enthusiasts..... I'm not saying that won't change in the future when we've worn out our lovely mirror marvels and Canon and Nikon bring out mirrorless marvels to replace them.......but that's in the future.....

In the meantime we'll carry on enjoying our amazing cameras and our lovely glass and posting them on Flickr....

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 09:58 UTC
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)
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kleeworld: Pretty much what happens on all "Ratings"-based photo websites. The selection pressure is on photos that trigger a reflex, rather than inviting to be re-viewed and re-visitied to understand their meaning. What's even worse is that photographers pitch their styles to get better ratings. Adapt to what is already popular, and you will be, too!

I take it that you've never had one of your photos 'explored' then.......

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)
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BBQue: How many of these are cliché? 8 of 10?

That phrase, 8 out of 10.......how very cliche.....😀

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 10:21 UTC
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)
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Qwntm: 47% of Flickr users used Apple iphones in 2016. Not one of the their top photos was shot with an iPhone. LOL.

.....and the Flickr photos 'explored' are dominated by Canon and Nikon DSLRs.....

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 18:36 UTC
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)
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brumd: The cameras used in these 10 images:
-camera w/ m43: LX100
-camera w/ aps-c: D5100, D5200, X-Pro2
-camera w/ ff: D610, 6D, 5Dii, 5Diii
-drone: DJI FC330
(& 1 unknown camera)

which again shows that it really is the photographer that makes an interesting picture, not the camera.
Most cameras are older models, many are dismissed as "toys" by many a DP-review commenter.

Oh dear, 3 Nikon, 3 Canon, a Fuji and a Panasonic.....that will upset the Sony brigade.....they'll be coming up with a conspiracy theory for it next :)

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 15:12 UTC
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)

For gawds sake......you commenters really are a bunch of GOM (grumpy old men)......and many of you are probably not that old! Quite frankly, I'd be happy to have taken any of these images.

I know Flickr ain't perfect, but before I joined a few years ago the only people who viewed my pics were my family and my friends.......and often they weren't always appreciative about viewing my output. Now more people see my photographs on a daily basis than saw them in the whole decade before.......and when one of them is 'explored' (I've had 32 so far, the highest ranking one got to no.7), the feeling one gets as the views and 'likes' increases over a 24 hour period is very pleasurable.

I've also been contacted by people looking for images and now some of my pics grace album covers and books and have been featured in magazines, etc.......none of this would have happened had I not joined the Flickr community.

I believe my photography has improved immeasurably since joining as I see others peoples images, compositions, colours and locations and try them out for myself.

To me Flickr is a window into our beautiful, diverse, wonderful yet sometimes cruel world.......all all images are different yet all are familiar.

So come on guys, stop prattling on about how your mirrorless marvel is so light and some unimportant last year yet essential this year gizmo will helped you 'nail the shot' or getting annoyed 'cause your camera keeps overheating when taking endless 4K videos of your goldfish swimming around it's bowl and get out there shooting and sharing.........who knows, you may actually enjoy it!

Merry Xmas :)

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 14:30 UTC as 72nd comment | 9 replies
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sportyaccordy: Wait a second. Is this thing's rear LCD fixed????

Wrong, you need to scroll down and read the official Hasselblad response........

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 22:02 UTC
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rythie: The picture is quite different when you look at explore and the cameras used in that.

Canon (121/355) 34%
Nikon (102/355) 28.7%
Sony (28/355) 7.9%
Fuji (25/355) 7%
Panasonic (17/355) 4.8%
Apple (16/355) 4.5%

Also the top 10 cameras are 6 Canon DSLRs, 3 Nikon DSLRs and the Fuji X-T1 (which is mirrorless).

From the 355 photos that had public exif in explore today. Stats from my app:
https://lensstats.com/stats/explore

Well said.

Being an amateur before joining Flickr several years ago, the only people who saw my photographs were my family and friends and quite often they didn't always appreciate viewing them!

Since posting my photographs on Flickr and viewing other people's postings from all around the world I believe my photography in general has improved enormously.....and when one of mine is occasionally 'Explored' (out of the 32 I've had Explored, the highest ranking one was no. 7) the feeling of personal pleasure made me smile all day.......and I get more people viewing my pics in one day than the previous decade before I joined.

OK Flickr ain't perfect; but for me it provides an outlet for my creativity and gives me a vibrant window into our wonderfully diverse, beautiful and sometimes cruel world.......to me all pictures are different yet all seem familiar.......

I encourage other enthusiasts to join and post their pics.........with what ever camera they have.......

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 23:38 UTC
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mosswings: OK, so what's the sensor size? For this device to perform better than a higher resolution sensor of the same size its per-pixel read noise will have to be lower than the read noise of the higher resolution sensor times the square root of the resolution ratio. Apparently, it is, but there's deucedly little objective data to verify the claim. And light is light: bigger sensor, more light, better imaging performance in low light. If this is a GoPro sized sensor, an A7S will blow it away...

Drop, freeze, water and dust proof.......good luck with your Sony A7 with that!

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 18:45 UTC
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arhmatic: Passport saying "European Union" not included, right?

We haven't left yet.......and won't for at least 2 years, hopefully longer.....

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 22:11 UTC
On article Lensrentals tears down the Nikon 105mm F1.4 (157 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Looks like a toy and is made in China and they charge a whole lot of money for it, 2527 USD in my country. And what's with that focus motor and gears, it looks as if they employed a crack team of engineers from Toys R us to design this thing.

Doesn't look good for Nikon if that's what they call top of the line nowadays.

nicolaiecostel Yep.......Can't design, manufacture and compete in this market.....doesn't even try!

Can't even make their own phones competitively......needing to out-source production to, err........China!

Let's hope your new president elect Mr Donald (Ch)ump can make America great again.

Good luck :)

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 09:21 UTC
On article Lensrentals tears down the Nikon 105mm F1.4 (157 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Looks like a toy and is made in China and they charge a whole lot of money for it, 2527 USD in my country. And what's with that focus motor and gears, it looks as if they employed a crack team of engineers from Toys R us to design this thing.

Doesn't look good for Nikon if that's what they call top of the line nowadays.

Mmm.....all this China bashing, I don't see America making quality lenses.....or cameras.....

Comments please......

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 23:39 UTC
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (90 comments in total)
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2482: http://www.dougiewallace.com/well-healed/

Here is my dogs.. What you think??

Fantastic, very amusing.....you certainly caught the personalies of the dogs 😀

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 23:24 UTC
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snapa: Some people simply have more money than sense. If you have nothing better to do with $400k then to spend it on an almost useless camera, you have more money than you deserve to have. Will the person who bought it actually use the camera, or just put it on a shelf to admire it? Either way, what a complete waste of money.

What an outlandish original post!

There's something called 'History' and something called 'Heritage'.......

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 07:20 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (699 comments in total)

I bet they'll sell well in China, they're very patriotic and they have a huge & growing middle class mass market.....kudos to them, I say...

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 17:15 UTC as 83rd comment | 1 reply
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nicks new passion: I will never understand why anyone, unless you are shooting the Olympics for Getty, needs 24fps. And most folks will never take their cameras out of auto mode.
Perhaps you just want the latest high tech toy but $900 for a point and shoot? You must have lots of money to waste.

Entoman

Just to be clear, I said the Sony was probably a very clever camera, not you and perhaps my original comment was a little dismissive.....but hey, I'm sure our interchange has given pleasure to many readers......

Certainly, the kind of photography you do, at the level you do it at, requires much skill and experience and yes, I agree with you this tiny camera with its fiddly controls compared to a good DSLR is not best suited to your needs or mine.....but if people happy owning a pocketable camera with reasonable IQ and the ability to 'spray and pray' occasionally, who am I to tell them they are wrong.

I've even used spray and pray occasionally when the need has arisen, even if it was only at 5FPS......so more pray than spray in my case. :)

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 18:25 UTC
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nicks new passion: I will never understand why anyone, unless you are shooting the Olympics for Getty, needs 24fps. And most folks will never take their cameras out of auto mode.
Perhaps you just want the latest high tech toy but $900 for a point and shoot? You must have lots of money to waste.

https://www.dpreview.com/members/2335667882 ......just my view.....having trained many BBC wild-life directors & producers, not in photography but in Offshore Navigation so they able go to these places safely (many need this qualification for Health and Safety & insurance reasons) and with my personal interest in photography I am well aware of the equipment they use and the time and trouble they take to get the amazing footage we see on our screens on Sunday evenings.

However, for us amateur photographers, in my humble opinion these gizmo cameras, such as this Sony, may get the shot you want but there isn't much skill involved is there.....just pressing a button, it just means you have a clever camera and I'm sure this Sony is a very clever camera!

But if that floats your boat then good for you :)

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
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