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


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Does't really look like a smile, or a grin to me. Just the effect of effort to stay in front. Still, kudos for having the audacity to glance at the competition instead of focusing ahead.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 14:37 UTC as 58th comment | 5 replies
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Akpinxit: well ..., the single point of photo camera is lost in these dusty shelves...

which is what ? To take photos ?? He's a collector, not a photographer.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 20:37 UTC
On article Corel PaintShop Pro X9 arrives with improved workflow (44 comments in total)

I tried the 30 day free trial version of PSP8 Pro earlier this year. Though there was no dedicated RAW converter, I could still open and edit/process RAW files from my Olympus EPL-6 without problems - and of course, you can then save as TIFF (16 bit) or JPEG. Overall, it was quite a comprehensive package with a couple of excellent tools (eg clarify and fix faded photo).

The only things I didn't like were the slightly clunky straightening and perspective distorsion correction tools.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 12:31 UTC as 6th comment

People have been saying for years.....give us a digital version of the Trip-35!!

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 12:59 UTC as 133rd comment | 1 reply
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Pixnat2: "Whatever the reason, I implore you, Olympus, bring back the clamshell!"

They did it in 2001 : Olympus C-1 (, a 1 Mpix camera ;-)

But +100 for a modern 1" digital Mju or XA !

There were a couple of more digital clam-shell offerings from Olympus in 2002 - at 2MP.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 12:57 UTC
On article Getty employs robots for underwater shots in Rio (40 comments in total)

White balance must have been off - water's actually blue, rather than green.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 19:40 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
On article A photographer's guide to Cuba (44 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: Interesting images, although, apparently no escaping the old American cars. That's become quite boring, as if a country is defined by only that repetitive feature.

Agreed! How many shots of Beg Ben do we need to prove the shoot took place in London,...ditto Eiffel Tower/Paris, or passengers on roof of train/India etc. There has to be more to Cuba - or any place for that matter beyond the "key defining- archetypal-stereotypical look-where-I've-been" feature. Even the dimly lit thread-bare bar with owner shot is becoming boring - in colour or black and white!

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 16:27 UTC
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agentul: by why?

how many Ks do you need to watch anime and batsu games?

I suppose its going to go up like computer memory - 16K, then 32, 64, 128 etc. ..and it will never be enough.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 12:19 UTC

Seem to recall the F31fd (might have been a later release) having impressive low light (max ISO 3200!!) performance - at full 6MP resolution. They were still holding their value up until 2010.

In fact, Dpreview wrote: "...the F31fd blows away all its competitors at anything over ISO 200, which is no mean feat."

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 12:43 UTC as 65th comment | 9 replies

"Do you lie awake at night wondering how big the world's largest contact print is?"

Not as much as I used to - but in the back of mind, I knew this day would come. Going to feel very empty tomorrow.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 13:28 UTC as 4th comment
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1190 comments in total)
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eya1: Pricing is not much more than pro Canikon bodies and lenses but IQ is probably through the roof . Will this be a mirrorless game-changer? It will be interesting to see the long-term effect this technology has on the camera industry as a whole.

All I need is a whole lot of money; a whole lot of processing power and, a whole lotta Rosie!!!

Rosie ??

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 15:47 UTC
On article Never miss a video: Subscribe to DPReview on YouTube (10 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: I hate having to subscribe to any shop, service provider, website, hamburger place, ... ... ... and deal with incessant junk mail, and having to unsubscribe each account by ticking 50 boxes on their website, while risking personal data collected from being stolen by hackers due to poor system security.

So, I will rather miss some video. Thanks but no thanks.

I'm not what they mean by "subscribe" because all the videos seem to be accessible just by clicking on them in YouTube. Maybe its a social media phrase.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 13:37 UTC
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TheEulerID: I wish people would not use 3-D and stereoscopic almost interchangeably. I note Brian May's website does not do that, as I'd expect from a trained physicist. (I was fortunate enough to attend the same establishment as he did, and narrowly missed Queen performing on the college circuit as Seven Seas of Rhye became their first UK hit in my first year).

3-D provides perspective change as the observer moves his/her head. Stereoscopic images can't do that. What they provide is an illusion of depth, but the observer can't see around the image. When TV manufacturers, film producers and the like come up with a holographic system, then they can call it 3-D. In the meantime it's stereoscopic and I'm going to be forced to rant at those abusing the term like a crazy person.

On a similar vein, spiral staircases are not spiral. They are helical, but nobody will listen to me on that either.

nb. some would call me a pedant, but I prefer Lynne Truss's term "stickler".

Chapter 1 - spirals, helices and corkscrews...

mathphobe's nightmare!! ;-)

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 10:37 UTC

Always did think Brian May was a spitting image of Sir Isaac Newton.

What a career - Astrophysicist, inventor....and something about a rock band too ;-)

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 07:51 UTC as 17th comment

Just downloaded the trial version of this - and put it through its paces for highlight recovery. I have a set of varying degrees of over-exposed (RAW) pics which I use for these purposes - where highlights are far to the right - or just clipped. This software doesn't even come CLOSE to recovering detail when compared to Light Room 4 - or even RawTherapy for that matter. In fact, if you do nothing more in LR4 and just press the Auto button, you get considerably better highlight recovery than Aftershot Pro3. Really disappointed.

So far, the best software I have used for recovering highlights are LR4 and DxO pro 10.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 12:43 UTC as 6th comment

"it will help photographers concentrate on the important elements of image making rather than getting distracted with the camera functions."

Now if only they could strip away the remaining fidgety distractions such as manual focus, aperture selection, shutter speed selection etc then we could really be back to basics. (Hang on - I think I've just re-invented a compact!)

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 08:06 UTC as 167th comment
On photo I love a parade in the Film on the street challenge (8 comments in total)

Lets see....Renault 12, Citroen 2CV...and I think Vauxhall/Opal Victor. Definitely 1980! What a great day to go for a waddle :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 10:15 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies

Very exciting news. I'm not that interested in cinema, but if ever the technology translates over to TV, just think of the quality of wildlife films that would be possible! You could get a lion's eye view of an entire herd of wildebeest and actually roam among them! Or you could start from a tree canopy and make your way down to the undergrowth, stopping anywhere to examine entire ecosystems. I'd pay half my monthly salary to have a TV channel that like that :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 08:26 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On article Student takes 2016 Zeiss Photography Award top prize (228 comments in total)
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Brotherbill: Be it war photos, street photos, poor people photos, it all seems to be about the fine art of someone else's misery. Maybe it's about time to put down the stupid camera and actually make a difference. Join the Peace Corps. Join the Marines. Or whatever. But enough with the "oh so sensitive me" crap photos.
Well anyway, that's my opinion.

@Brotherbill: LOL! Have you ever seen morning commuters on the London underground - or the Berlin Metro ?? They look even more miserable (despite being some of the highest wage earners in the world). Besides, I'm not sure everyone shown in the photo is in misery. You'll be surprised how content people are with their lot - even if it appears small by other standards. In many cultures, material wealth isn't a measure of happiness.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 08:21 UTC
On article Swirly bokeh: Lensbaby announces Twist 60 lens (121 comments in total)

The dog picture made me feel like I had just just fallen off one of those playground roundabouts - which some older kid had started to turn really fast! So yep - the effect is a bit stomach-churning. Wonder if you can control the extent of swirl.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 15:52 UTC as 31st comment | 4 replies
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