photophile

photophile

Lives in United Kingdom UK, United Kingdom
Works as a Science/Technology
Joined on Nov 10, 2004
About me:

To live & learn. Then live some more :-)

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I got 4/10. They only tell you whether you were right or wrong. They don't tell you what the actual answer is so you can go back and figure out why you were wrong.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 21:15 UTC as 111th comment | 1 reply
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xoio: And the point is?.......

...that you can be creative and make camera & lens replicas from paper.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 16:42 UTC

I was wondering what had become of Picasa!

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 18:28 UTC as 15th comment

The camera that came out the other end is allegedly, "something the world has never seen before."

Hmm....I wonder. I can see a few house flies getting in touch with their lawyers about a very crude (but unauthorised) version of the compound eye principal that's been around for a lot longer than even Jupiter's great red spot. Now, will Wikipedia & PETA side with the Arthropod/Insect cause ? They should, if their monkey selfie argument holds.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 08:55 UTC as 42nd comment
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Eamon Hickey: 350-year storm? I'm feeling bad for that alien lizard man who left his umbrella back in the office when he stepped out for a sandwich and is still standing under the awning waiting for the rain to let up. I'm glad he has a sandwich.

@mosc: That will come as some consolation to Eamon Hickey's lizard man waiting under the awning. He can nip back to his office in a millennia or so.
;-)

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 08:46 UTC

There's a decisive moment - and you quickly reach for your phone to record the event - by referring to the instructions: Oops - that's French...Swedish...Korean...ah - here it is...English: "Thank you for purchasing the Modular-2000." To turn phone into camera, and capture that decisive moment, follow the instructions below. Ensure you have all modules ready. Insert A into B....

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 17:21 UTC as 32nd comment

Unlike in the case of the Titanic, the captain of the Costa Concordia was one of the first to jump (or as he put it - "accidentally slipped") into a lifeboat.

There's a light source in all of these pictures - which one took a 5 minute exposure time ?

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 17:17 UTC as 59th comment | 3 replies

This should be a 4-test study:

1. Pro user + pro equipment
2. Pro user + amateur equipment
3. Amateur user + same Pro equipment
4. Amateur user+ same amateur equipment

Lets say 25 photos per test, same subject, same lighting. Hence 100 photos altogether. Now rename & randomly mix all files and ask other pros + other amateurs to place the 80 photos in each of the 4 categories they think it belongs to. Then reveal true Identity of each picture (via exif and user) - and do the statistics on how many shots were correctly placed.

Now replace camera equipment with a medical device, replace photographers with lab technicians - perform thousands of tests on hundreds of instruments, over several months, then perform the statistics. Only then can you arrive at meaningful analytical/performance validation conclusions. That's what happens every day in medical research labs around the world. No room for error, no such thing as "I think this is better than that, but it depends on user."

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 10:16 UTC as 23rd comment

I'm not sure if its a photographer they need - or a driving instructor.

"Slow down please - the maximum speed is a limit - not a recommendation. Now, when its safe to do so, check over your shoulder, and gently pull out."

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 15:04 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
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Mariano Pacifico: "Consumation"? Like, they consume themselves? Yeah, they eat each other! CANNIBALS !!!

@Stevo23: "...and then they smoke a cigarette."

I think nowadays they immediately check their phones to see if anyone clicked "like" on their facebook account.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 14:34 UTC

Hi Honey - I'm back from my day's photo shoot. It went OK. Going to need a few hours doing some post processing though.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 14:12 UTC as 49th comment
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nicolaiecostel: As I hear it, in Russia and russian speaking countries there is a custom that the first sex should be filmed. So the videographer goes and mounts on the tripod, inserts the media provided by the customer and after consumation the customer stops the camera and removes the media, card tape or whateer.

hmm.....an ancient custom is it ?

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 14:04 UTC

Over in a flash.

"...If I could now have the parents of the groom on the left and the parents of the bride on the right..."

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 08:00 UTC as 62nd comment
On article Sony's Mavica FD71 liked floppy disks, hated magnets (80 comments in total)
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Alex Permit: Cat photos! A genre of photography created by the invention of the digital camera.

We never saw so many cats in the film era.

@Glen: Cat 'pictures' were pretty common around 4000 years a go, given a decent hammer and chisel (Egyptian hieroglyphics). Then it all went a bit quiet until the Sony Mavica in 1997 (AD). But I bet even 75000 years a go, someone got bored with woolly mammoths and decided sabre toothed cats were easier to paint on cave walls. There's probably a Gary Larson cartoon somewhere that clears up the mystery.

Disclaimer: Dates and actual events may vary.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 17:10 UTC
On article Sony's Mavica FD71 liked floppy disks, hated magnets (80 comments in total)
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Alex Permit: Cat photos! A genre of photography created by the invention of the digital camera.

We never saw so many cats in the film era.

LOL! Quite right. You might say it was a solution looking for a problem. And for the second time in human history, cats found themselves in demand.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 12:24 UTC
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photophile: Sorry, but these "moon shots" don't work for me. All I see is what appears to be the moon, obscured by buildings or monuments. Why ? If you want to see moon shots, browse the various DPR forums - lots of very good examples.

Fair enough - but why tell us how moon shots "should be." Should they ? Its not a science. Amateur astronomers take very good "plain" shots. All I see here are very nice city skylines, monuments and buildings, partially obscuring the moon - with the moon itself a bit of an afterthought.

@BadScience: Maybe its my cheap monitor, or maybe you haven't been to the opticians in quite a while, but quite a few look a lot like a sunset! Especially the first one. Looks like sunset on Vulcan.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 17:10 UTC

Sorry, but these "moon shots" don't work for me. All I see is what appears to be the moon, obscured by buildings or monuments. Why ? If you want to see moon shots, browse the various DPR forums - lots of very good examples.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 12:51 UTC as 58th comment | 10 replies

“...rediscovering the artistic control offered by manual processes and the creative satisfaction of a physical end product."

The latter, possibly. The former - not really, as anyone who spends hours with post processing will tell you.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 20:30 UTC as 142nd comment

missed this one - looks good

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 11:44 UTC as 13th comment

Déjá vu

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 16:44 UTC as 14th comment
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