MikeFairbanks

Joined on Oct 1, 2012

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huyzer: If he wasn't a famous photographer, would this photo do anything for you?
It's an interesting and uniquely shaped pepper. But for me, it's not that aesthetically pleasing.

Huyzer, I don't think the photo was supposed to be a mystery. It had a simple title, so perhaps the author of the photo wasn't presenting art so much as technique. I'm not sure.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 16:07 UTC
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OlyPent: Of course they aren't born to hate. Hate is developed on exposure to injustice. White men (and Asians now) develop hatred because they increasingly see themselves as having to care for an increasingly useless, ungrateful, belligerent underclass.

OlyPent: "Faces? Of the sack-cloth and old army-gear wearing, pony-tailed Marxists who engage in those demonstrations?"

You seem to have a lot of anger. Plus, you seem to think you're speaking for an entire segment of the population. Are you suggesting that there weren't any conservatives in Charlottesville protesting against the white supremacists?

How could you possibly know if every counter-protester was liberal (or Marxist or anything else)?

You don't know nearly as much as you think you do.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 16:05 UTC
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avicenanw: What does DPR hope to achieve by diving into this story? The comments speak for itself.

It's called photojournalism. The photo is not biased. The people in the photo or even the photographer might be biased, but the photo is not.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 19:27 UTC
On article Instagram update adds threaded comment replies (29 comments in total)

It's a positive feature, actually. Twitter is bogged down on that 140 characters bit, which wouldn't be so horrible if people could have reasonable screen names (instead of being limited to 5-15 letters). Twitter needs some work.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 19:22 UTC as 4th comment
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OlyPent: Of course they aren't born to hate. Hate is developed on exposure to injustice. White men (and Asians now) develop hatred because they increasingly see themselves as having to care for an increasingly useless, ungrateful, belligerent underclass.

To say that a middle class or upper class person is oppressed by the lower class (even if they are on welfare and don't need it) is hypocritical.

I can understand being annoyed with people who don't pull their fair share, but if you are middle or upper class, just how bad could it possibly be for you?

If you're not poor, stop going around complaining about your oppression.

I've yet to see a driver win the Indy 500 and get angry because the person in second place was drafting him as they crossed the finish line. Nope, he won, and of course he probably worked the hardest. But he won.

So if you're winning, stop whining.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 19:20 UTC
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upptick: ...except there is abundant (and sad of course) evidence from across the planet that ethnic and racial strife is common and perhaps Man's natural, Darwinian State.

Wikipedia is an excellent source, but like any source it needs to be verified with two (or more) additional sources.

The rule of three (or more).

The claim that "anyone can edit Wikipedia" is based on when it first began. Now there are alerts anytime someone edits an article, and several people check to see if it was edited incorrectly. Three are many safeguards.

If I go into an article today and switch a couple words around to prank it, it will be back to the way it was in minutes, and my IP address (or account) blocked.

Wikipedia isn't perfect, but it's real and quite reliable.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 19:15 UTC
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huyzer: If he wasn't a famous photographer, would this photo do anything for you?
It's an interesting and uniquely shaped pepper. But for me, it's not that aesthetically pleasing.

huyzer, it wasn't your fault at all that I knew it was a pepper. That was the title of the photo. :)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 19:05 UTC
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huyzer: If he wasn't a famous photographer, would this photo do anything for you?
It's an interesting and uniquely shaped pepper. But for me, it's not that aesthetically pleasing.

I think it would be more intriguing if the viewer wasn't told in advance that it's a pepper. I wouldn't have a clue what it was and would be interested. Then again, cameras only capture what we already see right in front of us, so it could be argued that photography isn't very important. Then again, it can be argued that every photo is priceless in that it's impossible to every go back in time without a photo or video.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 16:09 UTC

Google Glass for the neck.

If I see someone walk into a public restroom dressing room, gym, etc. wearing one, I'm not going to feel very comfortable around them. Police wearing body cameras makes sense. People who might be in dangerous situations (makes sense). But going to the coffee shop, gym, shopping, etc. is going to make others feel uncomfortable.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 16:06 UTC as 8th comment

If you are annoyed with the story, you might have a personal problem to address. All DP Review had to say about it was that a powerful photo and a powerful message put together can have a powerful impact.

DP Review made no opinionated comment whatsoever about the content of the tweet. They merely stated the facts, nothing more.

If you got baited and heated about it, then you have the issue, not DPR.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 16:02 UTC as 76th comment

He doesn't seem like an enjoyable boss. He asks her (according to her) "What are you doing here? What are you doing?" etc. That wouldn't be fun to have to explain yourself each time he calls you out in front of others.

Seems like a very cold relationship.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 18:32 UTC as 6th comment
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 sample gallery (229 comments in total)
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leamik: Remember nerds: It's "than", and not "then"....

...nerds

(Forgot a comma...)

"Those who are too lazy to learn how to apply the English language properly demonstrate their distain for their society in general, and contribute to it's depreciation."

While I mildly agree with the above statement, he did use "it's" incorrectly. :)

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 20:09 UTC
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jadot: It's 2017 and still the little boys are finding it necessary to pass approval/disapprove of

a) How a female person is 'squatting' (snigger)
b) How a woman chooses to adorn her body
c) Whether or not a woman has hair anywhere on her body

You little boys are a joke. Get up from your internet slumber and have a look in the mirror, then try to figure out why women have always found you repulsive. Or are you some kind of pimp, where only the "finest Bs & Hs" come up to your hard man standard.

Creep.

Thank you, Jadot.

I'll be honest: the picture got my attention due to the beauty of the figure in the photo. But I consider it a positive thing. She's attractive, I glanced, and that's it.

I'm not going to judge her choice of outfit or artwork. It isn't my business.

Quite the contrary: I think the photo set is perfectly natural and healthy.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 20:04 UTC
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rfsIII: What is the deal with the Pacific Northwest and stacking rocks? Is it the legal weed or the endemic alcoholism that impels people to put on their best little REI outfits and build these white devil versions of inukshuk?

There's nothing new or hipster about it. They've been stacking rocks like that for decades on the west coast. It's just something fun to do. One could ask why we go into nature with a black box stuffed with electronics to get a tiny piece of scenery that our eyes can see. To each his own. Some take photos. Some stack rocks. Live and let live.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 19:57 UTC
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Stephen McDonald: Why are photographers allowed to charge money and enforce copyright restrictions, on images taken in public places?

Back to the question of "Why are photographers allowed to charge money and enforce copyright restrictions, on images taken in public places?" asked above by Stephen McDonald.

I have to side with the creators. If we assume that all work done in public should be available for the public to use, then that would include all the footage shot outside a studio for each Marvel film, etc. They film in the blocked-off streets of Atlanta and New York, so shouldn't we all have rights to the product?

Not so fast. Who paid for that product?

If everyone gets to use my photos for free because I took them in a public place, then everyone has to pitch in to buy my gear.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 19:49 UTC
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burnin: Fact: Americans are ignorant morons.
Proof: They elected Trump.

I don't want to get too political, but I've noticed that when certain personalities are elected, it's the result of uncertainty. Many people prefer a monarchy. It does restrict freedom, but it also promotes order and predictability.

Monarchies aren't my cup of tea, but I do understand why they exist. Frightened people don't want freedom (even though they claim the opposite). They want security.

This is why my nation elected a king instead of a leader.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 19:44 UTC
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The Davinator: When will these cities learn that the constitution over rides any rules they attempt to put in place of this nature?

The Constitution has, unfortunately, been violated countless times in our young nation's history. Uncle Tom's Cabin was banned in several states (unconstitutional). African-Americans denied the right to vote for a hundred years after slavery ended and the 13th-15th amendments were enacted. Protesters are frequently required to have a permit (which is not mentioned in the Bill of Rights). Property taken without due process simply because there is the suspicion that it was used in a crime. The army is funded in perpetuity, even though the constitution specifically limits it at two years. We go to war without a formal declaration by congress. Thousands of African Americans were executed without a trial.

The bottom line: Never give up your rights, even if they are little things (like photography in a public park). If you are willing to give up your rights, then you are betraying the entire purpose of this country.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 02:57 UTC
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eric333: So taking a photo = speech?

Adrian: Thank you. The internet sure does show a lot of ignorance. Back when there wasn't an internet, there rarely was ignorance put in writing because the people most likely to make you slap your own forehead weren't reading the newspapers, let alone writing opinion pieces.

Now people come online and just say what the law is based on what makes sense to them.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 02:51 UTC
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maiaibing: Lots of local legislation prohibits photography - the Hollywood Sign - the (famous) Hotels on the Vegas strip - Sydney Opera House (if main subject) - Eiffel Tower at Night (day OK) - Ayers Rock (gotta love this one!!!) - Brussels Atominium etc. etc.

Expect more to come in the future. Only good thing is nobody seems to care unless you use those pictures commercially. But the risk is there.

And in fact lots of people are indeed selling these pictures violating the building/monument owners copy rights...

Why are we talking about international copyright law when this specific issue is in the United States. What France allows in regard to the Eiffel Tower has nothing to do with U.S. law.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 02:47 UTC
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CIASpook: I understand the artists desire to limit photography. They get to charge fees to sign releases or licenses etc.

And they want their $$ cut when someone takes a photo that happens to be really awesome enough that people will pay for a copy.

Dash, you are literally making up what you think is the law. Nobody has to sign an "allow photography" release. Your thinking on this subject is wrong.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 02:44 UTC
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