ozgoldman

Lives in Australia Adelaide, Australia
Works as a Company Director
Joined on Jan 10, 2004
About me:

Sony A77 Mk2
Sony A77
Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM
Sony 18-135mm
Sony 70-400G lens
Sony 11-18 mm lens
Minolta 50mm F1.4 lens
Minolta 70-300mm

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I have been using letsenhance.lo for a while. I write historical articles for magazines and increasing pixelation on photos taken in the 1880's helps to get them more acceptable for magazine printing. Plenty of work with Lightroom as well, but not a bad program for my needs. I think I bought 50 images for about $10, but can't remember now. Looks like that is changing now.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2020 at 08:18 UTC as 20th comment

I have a Mavic Air drone. I live in Australia and the rules here are quite stringent, and with good reason.
I use my drone for both photography and for still pics in places I can no longer walk in view of my incapacity. It is a God send to me considering my circumstances.
I follow the rules to the letter in the interest of safety to the community. I am moving more towards video these days, and in fact making TV adverts. The drone is a huge boost to me in that respect.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2020 at 09:08 UTC as 45th comment
On article Gear of the Year 2019 - Dan's choice: DJI Mavic Mini (42 comments in total)
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ozgoldman: I have just bought the Mavic Air. With its in built sensors to stop it crashing into things, with my age and experience that was a must.
These little machines are exceptionally well made and with the App gives you awesome control.
The problem in Aus as in other places, is that it is hard to find a place you can fly it. Restrictions here are very strict and a bit over the top, but as time goes on, some of those restrictions may be relaxed somewhat. I only got it delivered yesterday so still assembling it and playing with it. I cannot fly it anywhere near my home, so it will take a trip to more remote country to get started.

I tried to fly it inside my home but as I am within 5km of an airport it gave a message that I was in a prohibited space and could not fly. Technology, baaa.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2020 at 21:21 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2019 - Dan's choice: DJI Mavic Mini (42 comments in total)

I have just bought the Mavic Air. With its in built sensors to stop it crashing into things, with my age and experience that was a must.
These little machines are exceptionally well made and with the App gives you awesome control.
The problem in Aus as in other places, is that it is hard to find a place you can fly it. Restrictions here are very strict and a bit over the top, but as time goes on, some of those restrictions may be relaxed somewhat. I only got it delivered yesterday so still assembling it and playing with it. I cannot fly it anywhere near my home, so it will take a trip to more remote country to get started.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2019 at 21:05 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies

This is a rampantly political statement that has no place on a photographic site. Discuss the merits of the photo by all means, but making unfounded political statements pushing a particular political view is unwarranted.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 09:48 UTC as 41st comment | 13 replies
On article Sony a9 first look videos (300 comments in total)

It's a bit confusing the A9, as specs show it is not an A mount its an E mount. Am I correct?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:20 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply

Well to be honest, those colours do not resemble anything remotely Australian. Give it some green and gold, or some red ochre, and you might start to hit the spot.
Nothing there to turn my head, and I'm true blue Aus.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 05:07 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article FAA officially launches drone registration system (173 comments in total)

Perhaps in future the contributor could recognise that they are displaying content to a world market. Just how many people would recognise who the FAA is?
Many readers would have no idea.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 21:37 UTC as 47th comment | 5 replies
On article Sony SLT-A77 II Review (540 comments in total)

Rarely do I read a review on DPR that I can completely agree with. This review is about as close to my own assessments as it gets.
Having used the A77 Mk 2 for several months now and finding exactly the same problems with the 12 fps with focus following, I must say the review is spot on.
Perhaps initially I expected too much from a relatively inexpensive camera, but with a little bit of effort I am now getting much better performance from the 12fps and with most images now in focus.
Congrats on an excellent review.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 07:03 UTC as 104th comment | 1 reply
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Marty4650: I really do believe that most people who believe "the cops are always wrong" will be shocked at the outcome here.

These bodycams will MOSTLY vindicate the police, and prove the suspects were lying about brutality or improper conduct. Of course, in a few cases they will support the suspects version. But the real incidence of police brutality may be much smaller than the police haters think it is.

So is this the way police should act Marty. Today 11/4/2015 on CNN.
Something IS fundamentally wrong with law enforcement in the USA with this behaviour so evident.
http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/10/us/california-san-bernardino-police-beating/index.html

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 23:26 UTC

The US Supreme court has made the position clear in the US.
See here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K22KpJVLKdo

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 12:00 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply

Strikes me that the 15 foot rule is designed to stop people who are approached by police recording them, thus relying on a third party to record the incident. Considering much of the police abuse that one now sees in the US, doesn't seem very fair to me, and considering recent US Supreme Court judgements that law would be struck out anyway.
I am not anti police at all, but what's wrong with someone recording police? If they are doing their job properly what have they got to fear?
It is something that we as avid photographers need to consider. I might add that here in Australia recording police actions is not a problem at all. Most accept a citizens right to use a recording device and in most incidences supports the police version of events.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 00:12 UTC as 44th comment

I understand there have been recent judgements in the US Supreme Court confirming the right of US citizens to photograph what ever they like in public and that includes police.
If you look on YouTube you find a lot of US police abusing and threatening people with gaol, who are filming them.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 22:37 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
On article Not dead yet: Sony announces three A-mount lenses (120 comments in total)

Attention DPR. Would you please recognise that when you say Spring, rather than a firm date, e.g. month, it is very confusing to those that live at the other end of the world to you.
For those in the southern hemisphere spring is about 10 months away. For those in the northern hemisphere it is about 4 months away.
So PLEASE use dates rather than terms that are confusing to many of your readers.
I do believe that this IS a global site is it not?

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 08:49 UTC as 6th comment

Corel has an appalling record of ripping off clients outside the USA. At least 30% more on average than within the USA and Canada.
And they wonder why people won't buy it.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 01:29 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On article Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know (181 comments in total)

I actually own Lightroom 5.4, so I thought downloading the new version would be an improvement. I started to download the 920 megs then thought that I would take a look at what others were saying about the new version. Youtube and other forums rang alarm bells. It seems that this new version is specifically orientated towards mobile phones, which I do not use for pics. It also seems that plenty out there cannot even open the new version. I cancelled the download.
I also tried to access adobe.com but these people only want me to view Adobe in my own country, and have essentially dictated to me what sites I can access on the net. That really gets my gander up. Adobe also provide a discounted rate for their US clients while loading up costs to clients outside the US, by as much as 100%. If you want to get off side with the rest of the world that is a sure way to drive potential customers away.
Common sense would dictate that you offer options to buy and to rent.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 00:32 UTC as 14th comment

Fabulous photos, but calling them portraits is stretching the definition somewhat.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 23:49 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply

What a tragedy. You do take your life in your hands if you go to Afghanistan these days. Sadly she has paid the ultimate price. May she rest in peace.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2014 at 06:30 UTC as 42nd comment
On article Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens (132 comments in total)

Well it's not mentioned on the Sony AU site yet. Beats me why they would release this in Aus only at the moment. After all, most of the time we are the last market to get anything from Sony released.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 10:53 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens (132 comments in total)

Maybe this was for release on April 1st.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 01:49 UTC as 30th comment
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