skytripper

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On article 2016 Challenge of Challenges winners announced (62 comments in total)
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Peak freak: Quite surprised at the winning shot. Looks to me like the saturation slider was accidentally bumped to max before saving.
I can understand the general public liking this sort of thing, but did not expect 'photographers' to be so enthused.

The photographer's job is not to meet your expectations. I suppose you would also object to the work of Ansel Adams, who manipulated the crap out of his negatives to achieve the emotional impact he associated with the images. He would have loved Photoshop!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 15:08 UTC

Consumers have already embraced selfies because they are mindless tools of the establishment. The very word "selfie" sounds like something invented for four-year-olds. It's pathetic.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 01:55 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

Microsoft just can't seem to give up on their big-ass tablet!

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 08:45 UTC as 75th comment | 1 reply
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (90 comments in total)

Although there are undoubtedly some photographers who take pictures with their smarphones, smartphone "photographers" are generally not photographers at all, but merely consumers who take snapshots with their smartphones. Having the ability to hold a camera in your hand and press the shutter does not make one a "photographer" any more than drawing lines on a piece of paper makes one an "artist".

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 20:17 UTC as 21st comment | 7 replies

Not compatible with the new iPhone SE? That's odd.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 19:33 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands on with the Hasselblad H6D 50c/100c (267 comments in total)

The question is: Why are such absurdly expensive cameras so unbelievably butt ugly??? :D

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 19:38 UTC as 57th comment | 4 replies
On article Readers' Showcase: Steven James Martin (48 comments in total)
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h2k: And while his imagery looks very polished and certainly premium stock agency material, i wouldn't say that i could detect a personal style, anything quirky or character-revealing. (Talking about the 9 pictures in here only.)

The notion of "personal style" is in your head. Chances are that those who actually have it never thought about developing it. Photographs should be about the moment—the place, the situation—not about the photographer. Steven James Martin has done a great job of capturing some beautiful moments that he was lucky enough to experience first-hand.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2016 at 19:06 UTC
On article Quick Look: Parallelism in Landscape Photography (106 comments in total)

To me, articles like this try to teach color-blind people to see in color. The visual relationships referenced in the article may, in fact, exist in a given shot. But photographers who have a "good eye" recognize such things without any analysis whatsoever. Is it possible to improve ho-hum photos by applying teachable visual principles? Yes. But only through long and diligent practice can one learn to see visual relationships more intuitively.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 20:42 UTC as 22nd comment | 17 replies
On article Samsung launches tiny 2TB portable SSD memory device (28 comments in total)
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babart: Based on prices for the T1 model, 1tb is $350. Very nice little gadgets, but I think I'll stick to conventional hard drives until the price comes down. If. One can purchase a pair of 2tb portable hard drives for $250 from Western Digital. And a pair is what I need as I rotate them periodically from my backpack to a safe deposit box.

I bought a pair of 4TB Seagate portables before Christmas for $250. You can buy a pair of 2TB portables (Seagate or WD) for as little as $160. SSD prices have a long way to fall before they become practical choices for mass storage.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 18:50 UTC

Truly absurd that anyone with half a brain could think this photograph was worthy of a prize.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 19:26 UTC as 23rd comment

$135 for a camera strap?! Give me a break!

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 19:16 UTC as 25th comment
On article 2015 Roundup: Long Zoom Compacts (71 comments in total)

This is the silliest "roundup" ever, guys. You're comparing big honking cameras that weigh from 1.5 to almost 2 lbs. with pocket cameras weighing less than 8 oz. What's the point?

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 19:50 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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naththo: That's a shame about scandal. Similar behaviour happened to Olympus. You got a harsh lesson to learn, don't do it again! Leave the money alone where it belongs to.

Big companies will continue to falsify their earnings reports as long as investors are driven by rampant greed to expect more and more unrealistic financial performance. Greed is a cancer that is eating the us all alive.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 18:40 UTC
On article JPEG Committee contemplates adding DRM to image format (184 comments in total)

DRM—NO!

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 18:07 UTC as 36th comment

Try as I might, I cannot understand the attraction of a $3300 fixed-lens camera. It is a beautiful piece of equipment, no doubt. But fixed lens? No thanks! I understand that this camera is aimed at the Leica set, but Leicas are not fixed-lens cameras.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 18:58 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies

Being a "modern photographer" evidently means producing cheesy crap. Some of these images remind me of the covers of cheap paperback novels. No thanks!

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 18:26 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

Science doesn't imitate art any more than art imitates nature. The scientist and the artist both aim to reveal aspects of our experience that we might not otherwise be aware of.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 21:53 UTC as 4th comment
On article Instagram has 400 million active users (28 comments in total)
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lemonadedrinker: Are these all the people who walk around with their heads bowed down in supplication to their electronic Lord and Master and who walk into bus stops and trip off pavement edges ?
400 million, well now, the Darwin effect is really taking hold.

It's an essential part of the evolutionary backslide known as "the dumbing down of America". And it's a perfect match for Facebook. All those people who waste their precious time talking about nothing can now waste even more time posting bad photos of nothing.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 05:14 UTC
On article Art Wolfe: Swimming with the Humpbacks, Tonga, 2013 (78 comments in total)
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lemonadedrinker: What is all the nonsense with the name across the image? Who cares who took them; they're beautiful pictures ruined with the distraction of the name thing at the bottom-saying to all of us Look at me,I'm as important as the whale.
Eugene Smith never put his name on a picture. Nor did Edward Steichen. Nor any other genius of the arcane art of photography.

They're called a watermarks—duh??? and Art Wolfe is probably the ten millionth professional photographer to use them to protect his work from unauthorized use. The fact that some well-known photographers never used them is totally irrelevant. Some people never lock their doors either.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2015 at 19:50 UTC
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