David 247

David 247

Lives in Philippines Subic Bay, Philippines
Works as a Retired in the Philippines. Travelblogger
Joined on Jul 23, 2005
About me:

Former military, medical and industrial photographer doing mostly technical and not very creative photography. (about 13 years) Most recently a fraud and compliance manager for a global corporation, including 11+ years in the customer support industry (internationally). Officially retired and will be relocating to the Philippines by end of summer 2015. Lived and worked there before so know what I'm getting into and relish the challenge of photographing as many of the 7,107 islands as time allows documenting the people, places and beauty of that nation.

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TAGRIFFIN: I have tried 4K photo to try and extract pictures of lightning with zero results!! Could well be user error but some of the images where I would have expected something cool all that was displayed was the scene with a bright horizontal streak through the image. Is it not capable in this mode, or more likely, was I not capable?

It is important to keep in mind that lightning isn't a single event but a serious of linked events that take place quickly but not all at once and can be brief or last 1-3 seconds. If you shoot at a high frame rate, then each photo will capture only a part of the lighting. So for lighting long exposures are best. The hard part is anticipating where.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 07:00 UTC
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Jake2046: Unless you are a sports photographer...I was taught to never be trigger happy...firing your camera like a machine gun. This 6k photo mode took trigger happy to the next level.

That it does. LOL.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 06:56 UTC

Very useful Video. I learned a couple of things that will help me in the future. I use both Olympus and Panasonic but prefer Panasonic for their more intuitive menus and like the feel and ergonomics. Not a big deal though I can shoot with both.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 06:51 UTC as 3rd comment
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David 247: And I was there, and still am. MFT reignited my passion for photography. Yes, yes I know how so many complain about how poor the quality is, but they haven't lived through the 50 plus years I have of photography. I remember when fast wast Trix-X film at ASA 400. If you could put up with the dramatic increase in grain you could push process in Accufine or something to a whopping 1,200 ASA (ISO). We have come so far. And even today's cell phones can capture images, real photographers could only dream of 50 years ago. My first MFT was the GH1. My current is my well worn OMD-EM5 Mark II with the lovely 12-40 F2.8 Pro. I dream of and EM1-M? or even the Panasonic G9, such a delicious and lovely tool. And the lenses, today, OMG the lenses, they are marvels we never even dreamed of. We have come a long way. Thank you Panasonic and Olympus for the revolution.

"anticipation_of" you point out one of the most important things. Use what inspires you in your photography. I have photos I have taken with my Panasonic FZ1000 with a 1" sensor and have successfully printed them to as large as 24x36. inches. Sure if I walk up to the print and practically stick my nose in it I can see some pixelation and or defects, but at normal viewing distances. it just looks great. In fact one of a tiger taken at the zoo was so lifelike, that it was a little freaky at normal viewing distances. When I moved to the Philippines my brother begged me to leave it behind because he was so "wowed" by it. (I did leave it for him). Yes the most important thing for any "real" photographer is to use that which meets your personal and inspirational needs. Too much time is spent pixel peeping these days and not enough creating wonderful images. I do like MFT and especially the new Panasonic G9. Really want one. My budget says not yet though.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2018 at 22:16 UTC
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David 247: And I was there, and still am. MFT reignited my passion for photography. Yes, yes I know how so many complain about how poor the quality is, but they haven't lived through the 50 plus years I have of photography. I remember when fast wast Trix-X film at ASA 400. If you could put up with the dramatic increase in grain you could push process in Accufine or something to a whopping 1,200 ASA (ISO). We have come so far. And even today's cell phones can capture images, real photographers could only dream of 50 years ago. My first MFT was the GH1. My current is my well worn OMD-EM5 Mark II with the lovely 12-40 F2.8 Pro. I dream of and EM1-M? or even the Panasonic G9, such a delicious and lovely tool. And the lenses, today, OMG the lenses, they are marvels we never even dreamed of. We have come a long way. Thank you Panasonic and Olympus for the revolution.

Hmm! Just realized it has been almost 19 years that I have been following and reading DP Review. How time flies.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2018 at 02:16 UTC

And I was there, and still am. MFT reignited my passion for photography. Yes, yes I know how so many complain about how poor the quality is, but they haven't lived through the 50 plus years I have of photography. I remember when fast wast Trix-X film at ASA 400. If you could put up with the dramatic increase in grain you could push process in Accufine or something to a whopping 1,200 ASA (ISO). We have come so far. And even today's cell phones can capture images, real photographers could only dream of 50 years ago. My first MFT was the GH1. My current is my well worn OMD-EM5 Mark II with the lovely 12-40 F2.8 Pro. I dream of and EM1-M? or even the Panasonic G9, such a delicious and lovely tool. And the lenses, today, OMG the lenses, they are marvels we never even dreamed of. We have come a long way. Thank you Panasonic and Olympus for the revolution.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2018 at 02:03 UTC as 118th comment | 3 replies
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David 247: Very interesting. I love it when I learn something new. And I've been taking photos for over 50 years so this is new. Now I am thinking how I can familiarize and use this information in my photography.

Hey, life is more fun when you have a challenge or two.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2018 at 18:05 UTC
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Boss of Sony: Art sucks. If you spent as much time exercising as you do on photography, you would live longer and be happier and healthier.

Aaahh! But getting out and taking photos while hauling my gear is my exercise. and a whole lot more fun. Plus I do it more and for longer periods.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2018 at 22:34 UTC
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razorfish: This all sounds sensible, but it’s a theoretical problem that concerns theorists and gearheads more than photographers. If photographers weren’t able to capture great images with current equipment, if the Internet wasn’t full of exceptional photos shot using today’s ISO implementation, then this would be a real issue, but obviously, thousands of talented photographers are able to work with what we’ve got.

Because point and shoot sells better then real measurements and understanding. The market will always sell to the largest audience who doesn't want to know the ins and outs. But that is okay, the more people buy cameras and lenses, the lower the price is for those of us who take it more seriously. Real photographers learn to work around that and use all the technical and visual capabilities available to them. But we are in a shrinking minority. So we just have to get better at what we do.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2018 at 22:31 UTC

Very interesting. I love it when I learn something new. And I've been taking photos for over 50 years so this is new. Now I am thinking how I can familiarize and use this information in my photography.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2018 at 22:27 UTC as 160th comment | 2 replies
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (461 comments in total)
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Mastering Light: Gutsy move.

Interlaced 1080 video
4.5 FPS
Sensor from 2012 (but with a newer processor)

This will be one of the best cameras for a few limited things. But since it has some big flaws for an "all-around" camera the targeted user base seems very small. I don't mind the lack of high end video, but the low FPS despite high IQ is a turn off for me. I hope many others see it differently. More competition is good.

Well Xiao, then it is not the camera for you and that is okay. As to pixel shift, for my photography, it find it an amazing asset producing superior quality and detail while eliminating moire and other aberrations. Lack of modern lenses is an issue, but only if there is something you need that they don't offer. (tons of very good legacy glass thought) Focus is not a problem for me. It is not a camera for everyone, but there are no "cameras for everyone". Another feature I love is built-in GPS, but that is because my primary photography is travel, historical architecture and landscapes. So the combinations of Pixel shift with GPS are perfect for me. Just because it does not meet your needs or desires does not make it a bad camera. It is an excellent choice for me, and others who shoot similar subjects to me, and I can still get the occasional action or other shot if I desire. And the price is right.

It's okay if it isn't the camera for you. Use what is best for you.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 06:09 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (461 comments in total)
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Mastering Light: Gutsy move.

Interlaced 1080 video
4.5 FPS
Sensor from 2012 (but with a newer processor)

This will be one of the best cameras for a few limited things. But since it has some big flaws for an "all-around" camera the targeted user base seems very small. I don't mind the lack of high end video, but the low FPS despite high IQ is a turn off for me. I hope many others see it differently. More competition is good.

Umm! Because we don't see it as a weakness? If you shoot action, including kids, it probably isn't your best choice, but believe it or not, there are a lot of photographers that do not shoot much action, and since I grew up with photography before high frame rates, high ISO (400 was considered very high) and developed talents to shoot without all the technology, on the rare occasions when I shoot action, I still get the shots. Not hundreds of them but enough for my needs. After all, 1 great shot is better then hundreds of mediocre. Some of it comes down to skill, and some to luck. But I have never regretted a shot I missed, just focused on the next good possibility. Guess that comes from 50+ years of photography and not having the benefit of the fast technology for the first 30+ years. If I was a sports/action/kids (non-portrait) shooter, my choice of equipment would be different. So just realize that not all cameras are made for every person.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 09:48 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (461 comments in total)
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Mastering Light: Gutsy move.

Interlaced 1080 video
4.5 FPS
Sensor from 2012 (but with a newer processor)

This will be one of the best cameras for a few limited things. But since it has some big flaws for an "all-around" camera the targeted user base seems very small. I don't mind the lack of high end video, but the low FPS despite high IQ is a turn off for me. I hope many others see it differently. More competition is good.

Sure it is not a great sports or action camera, by today's thinking, but I've been taking photos for 50+ years and this is the kind of camera I have been looking for. I almost never shoot multiple frames unless bracketing exposure. On the rare occasions when I shoot "action", I still have the talents learned from before the "auto everything" phase of photography. You know, single shot, manual focus, even manual exposure and anticipating where the subject will be. But I do like the new technologies but refuse to be a "slave" to them. It's okay if I miss a few action shots. I'll get a few good ones too. I shoot mostly travel and landscape. The Pentax looks like an ideal camera for me. GPS and Wi-Fi are more important then high frame rates and instant focus. About the only thing I see lacking is variety of modern lenses, and even there they have the basics covered. My only problem is how to pay for one at this time. Love the clarity and detail of their previous pixel shift.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 06:16 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (461 comments in total)

Interesting! I was wondering who would go to a digital sensor shift for pixel resolution. I also wonder how it compares to the physical sensor shift. Is this a hand-held mode only or does it replace the prior physical sensor shift, which was amazing in its quality? The ISO is not critical for me. I am primarily a travel and landscape photographer, not an action shooter. While many complain "it is not as good as... (enter your choice of camera)" Keep in mind the price point is far below the other competition. I think it is great to have choices. If I had the money to invest right now, I think it would be a great camera for the travel and landscape work I do. Will be watching for the reviews. Want to see image results. The prior Pixel shift was amazing in the detail it got from 36mp. Better yet it could be rezzed up to 60mp in software and still look great. Will be keeping an eye on this.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 00:58 UTC as 83rd comment | 3 replies
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kaipr: Is there a software that:
1) Produces about the same quality (for Olympus/Panasonic raws)
2) Is more performant in browsing through images, rating them and applying rather simple edits (don't care about import or export speed)
3) Has at least an okay usability (don't care if its .001s faster when it takes 2 more seconds to get to it)
4) Does not cost considerable more than LR when I want to stay up to date for lets say 4 years

I couldn't find an alternative yet. DXO seems to be insanely slow compared to LR after import and Capture One is way more expensive than LR. Darktable seems to need weeks to get comfortable with (might be an option) and other software doesn't come close in quality it seems.
LR 4 years: 4 * 142 Euro = 568 Euro
CO 4 years: 332 Euro + 3 * 142 Euro = 758 Euro (or 4 * 214 Euro = 856 Euro for subscription)
Sure I don't have to update, but I usually want the improvements.

Salsguy I remember when they first started out, with basically a set of plugin's for Lightroom. They are constantly growing and evolving. I like what I saw with the demo, though didn't have time to put it through its paces fully. I will be watching them. When my year subscription is up with Adobe, I'll be looking around again. ON1 does have a pretty complete package already, more then lightroom, and getting better every year. Worth keeping an eye on.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 16:10 UTC
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kaipr: Is there a software that:
1) Produces about the same quality (for Olympus/Panasonic raws)
2) Is more performant in browsing through images, rating them and applying rather simple edits (don't care about import or export speed)
3) Has at least an okay usability (don't care if its .001s faster when it takes 2 more seconds to get to it)
4) Does not cost considerable more than LR when I want to stay up to date for lets say 4 years

I couldn't find an alternative yet. DXO seems to be insanely slow compared to LR after import and Capture One is way more expensive than LR. Darktable seems to need weeks to get comfortable with (might be an option) and other software doesn't come close in quality it seems.
LR 4 years: 4 * 142 Euro = 568 Euro
CO 4 years: 332 Euro + 3 * 142 Euro = 758 Euro (or 4 * 214 Euro = 856 Euro for subscription)
Sure I don't have to update, but I usually want the improvements.

I've looked at ON1 and it looks very good. Tried out a demo. In my previous comment I said they aren't quite there with cross-platform. Must've been tired. I meant to say they aren't quite there in synchronizing across devices. I believe they do have a cell phone app that can allow you to view your images on other devices, but can't edit them. For me the need to work across devices is a big need. But ON1 looked very good. When my year subscription with Adobe is up, I will look at them again.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 11:43 UTC
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kaipr: Is there a software that:
1) Produces about the same quality (for Olympus/Panasonic raws)
2) Is more performant in browsing through images, rating them and applying rather simple edits (don't care about import or export speed)
3) Has at least an okay usability (don't care if its .001s faster when it takes 2 more seconds to get to it)
4) Does not cost considerable more than LR when I want to stay up to date for lets say 4 years

I couldn't find an alternative yet. DXO seems to be insanely slow compared to LR after import and Capture One is way more expensive than LR. Darktable seems to need weeks to get comfortable with (might be an option) and other software doesn't come close in quality it seems.
LR 4 years: 4 * 142 Euro = 568 Euro
CO 4 years: 332 Euro + 3 * 142 Euro = 758 Euro (or 4 * 214 Euro = 856 Euro for subscription)
Sure I don't have to update, but I usually want the improvements.

If there is an equal alternative, I haven't found it yet, I keep looking though. A requirement for me is cross-device synchronization. In that area I haven't found anything that works as well, and still delivers a comprehensive set of image tools. Always looking, but after a several month search, haven't found anything else that meets all my needs. Adobe's most recent efforts at improvements are good, but not yet enough. Still it is a step in the right direction as far as I am concerned but they need to do more. Been using lightroom since the very first version came out. Use it on both my Mac Laptop and IOS devices. Luminar might be an option once they come out with their image management module, am waiting to see what they do. ON1 is an alternative, but not quite there on their cross-platform. Capture 1 is targeted to professional volume users and expensive. ACDSee is a possibility but they still don't support cross device sync on their Mac Version.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 00:37 UTC
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Yake: The true Lightroom "Classic" was the one that didn't come with a subscription. The subscription version is not "Classic" at all.

The call it classic, because you can work with it offline. As Adobe announced and has done, they have done away with the Stand-a-lone version that you paid for up front. I don't care all that much for the subscription version, but when you look at everything it comes with, including additional apps, photoshop, etc, it isn't a bad deal. Of course of you don't use any of the additional, then it doesn't benefit you. Over time though I have come to appreciate the ability to sync libraries between devices over the internet. Well I appreciate it when Internet is available. I seldom ever use photoshop but have it if I need it. I have started looking at Portfolio and Spark which are also included in the subscription, and will give them a try. FYI, if you are working on IOS devices only, not Mac OS, they do have a version for IOS @ $4.99 month and 200 gigs storage. (Apple Store). IOS LR does not require a subscription unless you share with other devices.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 03:28 UTC

Thought I would test the import and rendering of the New Version. Had an image only backup of my Lightroom data in folders by subject. No XML or other info, just the images. Created a new catalog and imported, including creating folders automatically. It also mapped images with GPS data. That probably added time to the total.

5015 images, 4785 JPEG, 226 RAW, 4 TIFF.
14 minutes for initial upload when you can start working. 1 hour 8 minutes to render and geolocate 5015 images total. Once the initial upload is done, you can work on images while its is rendering thumbnails. Even if a preview hasn't loaded, you can click an image placeholder and it will load that image and previews in just a few seconds. If you select images that aren't fully rendered to work on, it will prioritize those images. Speed is definitely increased overall compared to the previous version by a noticeable amount.

My computer. MacBook Pro, mid 2014 model. 2.8 ghz. Intel Core I7. 16 gig RAM.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 03:10 UTC as 30th comment

Haven't had a chance to really put it through its paces yet, or do any heavy importing, etc, but in overall general use there is a moderate but noticeable improvement, especially when editing photos. Much less hesitating. MacBook Pro Mid 2014 with 16GB RAM

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 21:29 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
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