photophile

photophile

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

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

Comments

Total: 231, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »

I would like to see a Camera Obscura vs Deguerrotype vs Smartphone studio test. With and without bellows.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 13:39 UTC as 93rd comment

I didn't think I was that good before. Turns out, I was even worse!

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 08:45 UTC as 31st comment

No doubt business executives at Adobe are taking note...

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 11:08 UTC as 85th comment
On article Google reportedly to acquire Lytro for $40 million (166 comments in total)

Fine - but when will they bring back Picasa?
;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2018 at 11:14 UTC as 12th comment

For the benefit of the rest of the planet: 79.3 x 99.4 inches = 2 x 2.5 meters.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 16:55 UTC as 61st comment | 8 replies
In reply to:

Flat Earther: This is what happens when a great institution such as National Geographic gets hijacked by Social Justice Warriors.

Why these snowflakes need to apologize for some past that they were not part of, beats me. It's best just to reflect on it and see where we are today rather than go on and on about the deplorable ways of the past. You know folks, these Deconstruction efforts are absolutely pointless and lead to more division and identity crisis.

"...Those people are turning in their grave when they see how far we've fallen morally..."

erm....beg your pardon?

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 20:38 UTC
In reply to:

photophile: Unf***ing believable! But I have two questions:
1. Was the first sawing off an act of vandalism that somehow went completely unobserved?
2. Why oh WHY did the authorities (I presume it was the authorities) saw off the rest of the trunks ?

There are trees around the world that are hundreds of years old - which saw damage either through natural disaster, or war/vandalism. And although the damaged parts fell off - the rest of the tree still survived - for hundreds more years. So why did they saw off all the trunks ?

I'm even more perplexed that happened in Sweden! I spent over a year living in Scandinavia and the authorities there have a low tolerance to vandalism. Scandinavian district councils and governments are among the most eco-friendly on the planet. So can anyone shed any more light on this story?

@yelldog: You're going to have to put me out of my misery - can you pinpoint or copy-paste the bit in the article that mentions regeneration? I may need to go to the opticians..

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 09:03 UTC
In reply to:

pdxtrojan: “...the social internet’s single most famous tree.”

Umm, no. A few specimens in Lake Wanaka, the Portland Japanese Garden, and on the rim of Crater Lake beg to differ. I’d personally never even heard of this tree before this video.

@pdxtrojan: So your gripe is that someone incorrectly referred to it the "most famous tree" - not what actually happened to it? Amazing.

Obviously there are much older, more "famous" trees around the world - but let's not lose sight of what happened.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 15:43 UTC

Unf***ing believable! But I have two questions:
1. Was the first sawing off an act of vandalism that somehow went completely unobserved?
2. Why oh WHY did the authorities (I presume it was the authorities) saw off the rest of the trunks ?

There are trees around the world that are hundreds of years old - which saw damage either through natural disaster, or war/vandalism. And although the damaged parts fell off - the rest of the tree still survived - for hundreds more years. So why did they saw off all the trunks ?

I'm even more perplexed that happened in Sweden! I spent over a year living in Scandinavia and the authorities there have a low tolerance to vandalism. Scandinavian district councils and governments are among the most eco-friendly on the planet. So can anyone shed any more light on this story?

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 11:23 UTC as 33rd comment | 4 replies
In reply to:

cosinaphile: those leica fans are right , older bodies do hold their value

"...older bodies do hold their value.."
I'll quote that to the wife next time she complains that I'm not as fit as I used to be.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 15:30 UTC
On article Photo story of the week: Locomotion (121 comments in total)
In reply to:

sh10453: A misleading title. There is no story behind the photo (ISO and A setting is not a story, I believe).

To each their own, some may find this image to be artistic, some find it to be straight to the trash.
Personally, I think the photographer had forgotten his settings (from a previous image), and tried to take a picture of the bikers, but lighting conditions had changed considerably, so a very blurry image was the result, and now it is DPR's headlines.
Amazing!!!

"...the photographer had forgotten his settings (from a previous image).."

Were you there with him? No? Then keep unsubstantiated generalisations to yourself.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2018 at 12:05 UTC

A Spinal Tap moment there: You know how most phones have two cameras? Well, our's goes all the way up to three.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 18:35 UTC as 43rd comment
In reply to:

Jake2046: I really don't get the parking lot photo...can someone please explains?

They're telling us they haven't got cars yet.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2018 at 14:51 UTC
On article Lensbaby Burnside 35: sample gallery and impressions (66 comments in total)
In reply to:

Kamox: Old school alternative:
1. Take your favourite prime lens (35, 50, 85, whatever).
2. Place a UV/skylight filter in front of it.
3. With a cotton swab , smear the filter with glycerine, except the area you want to be sharp.
4. You're done.

True - but what you're describing is something a working, professional photographer might do. These lenses however are for gear heads :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 21:59 UTC
In reply to:

Lou Cohen: Only problem is the Ikea battery cells come unassembled; just a pile of paper and chemicals! And indecipherable instructions! LOL

Gone are the days when you had to unfold the instructions leaflet and desperately try and look for your language. Now its all large pictograms. Gender neutral humanoid figures+screws+panels+that hexagonal key. Now, I did once manage to build a sofa from what was supposed to be a bookshelf - but that's just my incompetence. The wife took 5 mins to sort it out.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 17:13 UTC

I see this test has sent a lot of people....beserk.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 15:41 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

Mortal Lion: Expensive? Tell that too camera makers who easily charge $60 for a single battery

You can charge them yourself at home for far less.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 15:24 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery (555 comments in total)
In reply to:

darlot: it is not just vertical , it is horizontal too.

Near the light.

https://www.dpreview.com/sample-galleries/6769434587/sony-a7-iii-sample-photos/1005225836

In fact, it was the horizontal lines I spotted first. Picture#5 - below the light - what a shocker!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 14:32 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery (555 comments in total)

*gulp*
I take it some of the colour casts and those vertical/horizontal lines can be solved in PP?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 14:30 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
On article Video: Sony a7 III overview (223 comments in total)
In reply to:

007peter: ** GAME OVER **. Goodbye M43, nice Try Fuji, too-little-too-late Nikon, and the lazy-ass Canon. This is the MOST COMPETITIVE $2000 EVER. Spec for spec, it kills every high end camera.....including Sony own expensive A7R and A7S. It is refreshing to see an HUNGRY COMPETITOR in today's Over-Price, Over-Weight, FAT M43 with 1/4 the sensor size yet charging over $2000. It is the same with Fuji H1, I hope Sony A7 III make them eat Shxt. Now that both Sigma and Tamron is supporting Sony FE mount fully, its is honestly GAME OVER. Other competitor can just close shops.

007 peter - did you see the samples in the gallery?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 14:27 UTC
Total: 231, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »