MikeFairbanks

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Great detail. Big price, but the quality is phenomenal.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 23:24 UTC as 21st comment
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noflashplease: It's worth remembering that all of the American press was heavily censored during Second World War. If an enterprising investigative reporter had discovered the incorrect name attribution at the time, it wouldn't have made it to press.

The real lesson here is that we shouldn't idealize the past. We are the living in the "Greatest Generation."

There is no greatest generation.

But there is, in fact, a certain amount of respect that should be given to people who suffered through the Great Depression and still had the fortitude to sacrifice in every way (home and abroad) for their country.

They were the last generation to really pull together for an extended period of time for a single cause. The only thing that generation failed to do was produce a decent follow up generation (the Baby Boomers). I'd say the Baby Boomers have been far more destructive to this country than any generation so far.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 02:31 UTC
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Jan Itor: As the photo is a remake of the real event, it's all fake anyway

Just because it was a second flag raising doesn't make it fake, and doesn't mean the Marines in the photo were in any less danger.

Think of it like this: An athlete does something amazing, and everyone yells, "do it again." The athlete does it and a photo is made. Nothing wrong with that.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 23:30 UTC

This iconic photo has been turned into a sculpture in Washington DC (a couple decades ago). The sculpture is much larger than life-sized and is beautiful. But what's really unique is that if you drive around it slowly from the correct direction, it appears lifelike, and the flag appears to rise higher and higher as you drive the circle around it. It's really cool.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 23:24 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Fotodiox releases new LED studio-in-a-box (49 comments in total)
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Gatoraied: The most important thing thats missing here is an actual image of an item taken with this box. I bought one, 24"x24"(not this one) which came with two LED spot lights. They couldn't light up a candle. I use the box but bought a pair or dual 150w lights @ Home Depot and often need to use a flash too!. I did better my old method of white sheet on bed with a pair of cheap flashes & triggers

I agree. Plus, when demonstrating the use of a piece of photography equipment, I think it adds confusion if they take photos of cameras and other photo gear.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 23:20 UTC
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sebastian huvenaars: Concerts... uhu... And within 5 years politically inconvenient situations, demonstrations, police violence?

That's a chilling thought, disabling cameras during a police crackdown. Yikes.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 23:17 UTC

This sounds like a really bad idea on the part of Apple. Why on earth would they do this to themselves?

What will their ads say? "Get an iphone, because the other brands aren't frequently disabled in public venues like our phones."

Maybe it's their way to extend battery life. ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 23:15 UTC as 180th comment

Someone needs to put out something (might already exist) that puts image quality first, and damn the price. I had the original Theta (won it from Sony in their essay contest), and it was a lot of fun, but the quality of the images was so poor that I ended up donating the camera to a school in Mexico. It was free to me, so I wouldn't feel right selling it, especially with the image quality on par with an old flip phone.

I'll get into 360 when it's mind-glowingly realistic.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2016 at 22:25 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)

I have no business reading about this camera, but wow. It sure is enticing. Not going to happen for me, but it gets me thinking that I might rent a medium format one day for experimenting.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2016 at 22:21 UTC as 8th comment
On article Patents hint at camera on future Apple Watch (34 comments in total)

I was given one at Christmas and used it a lot at first. Now I don't even know where it is. I haven't worn it in a while.

I'll wear it again when I'm back to work teaching, however. It helps when you're on a constant schedule of changing classes.

What I find most useful is the face with all the options. I use time, temperature, date, a complication that brings up a calculator, and I enjoy not having to grab my phone from my pocket when a message or email comes through. I turn off the sound of the phone and watch, feel a tap, and read the message. It's quite convenient when I'm working.

On summer vacation it sits somewhere else. I'm actually getting concerned because I don't know where it is.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 01:29 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Western Digital announces My Passport Wireless Pro (49 comments in total)

I own a MyCloud, 2TB, and I'm very please with it. I'm able to access my files from anywhere using any device. And it's fairly fast. I keep important files on another drive as well, just in case, but I enjoy the MyCloud (which is different than this device, of course).

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 01:19 UTC as 9th comment
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MikeFairbanks: This is remarkable. It's hard to believe it's really Mars. Looks just like California, Nevada or Arizona.

I know that the density of the Martian atmosphere is only about 1% of ours, so we cannot survive without a suit or dome of some kind, but I wonder if you could survive for five to ten seconds unaided (in order to feel the air and ground). That would be something.

Then, of course, you would have to somehow figure out how to get back inside quickly, including dealing with rapid pressure changes.

Just a thought.

Death in two minutes might make sense, but you'd never be conscience that long.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 01:15 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: I wonder how it will compare to the lens rental places online. I used a service a couple times with no complaints. It's nice to have options. I'm happy with my kit lens and 50mm prime most of the time, but wouldn't mind borrowing/renting a big zoom for the occasional vacation.

Good luck with the business. You seem to be working hard to make it work. I'll sign up when I'm off vacation. Hopefully there will be people in my area, as it's a bit inconvenient of an area for selection.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 19:52 UTC

I wonder how it will compare to the lens rental places online. I used a service a couple times with no complaints. It's nice to have options. I'm happy with my kit lens and 50mm prime most of the time, but wouldn't mind borrowing/renting a big zoom for the occasional vacation.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 22:50 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies

Photography preserves the memory of others.
I've been shooting my whole life (a passion passed down from my mother). Quite often the people I'm around (especially on vacation) will say, "put the camera away."

I usually do as they ask, and then they wonder why nobody took any photos.

But it's their loss.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 21:13 UTC as 30th comment

This is remarkable. It's hard to believe it's really Mars. Looks just like California, Nevada or Arizona.

I know that the density of the Martian atmosphere is only about 1% of ours, so we cannot survive without a suit or dome of some kind, but I wonder if you could survive for five to ten seconds unaided (in order to feel the air and ground). That would be something.

Then, of course, you would have to somehow figure out how to get back inside quickly, including dealing with rapid pressure changes.

Just a thought.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 14:48 UTC as 6th comment | 5 replies
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MikeFairbanks: Kind of cool, but the graphics are very, very rudimentary. Even the original DOOM had more detail.

You're on to something. People post photos in a public online virtual museum, and there's the best gallery, followed by a lower gallery, a kids gallery, a storage basement, and a giant dumpster in the back.

Visitors can either put a gold star next to the photo on the wall, or a silver or blue star, or throw a tomato at it.

The photos, based on star power or tomato stains, rise and fall throughout the various galleries.

Might be fun.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 14:29 UTC

I think Twitter and Instagram should not run as one feed. Instead, the screen should be split into Four feeds.

Feed #1: Every single photo you file is in order chronologically. This is your feed.

Feed #2: Every single photo is fed through from people you follow. That feed will move at lightning speed and will be hard to follow, but it's there if you want it.

Feed #3: Your preferred following list (say, the ten people you most enjoy following).

Feed #4: Editor's choice; This is where the algorithms run, feeding you what they think you want to see.

Each feed runs on your screen simultaneously, and you either watch all four at the same time (if you have amazing eyes or are using a tablet), or you click on a feed and it takes over the screen until you decide to click the home button again.

Attention Twitter and Instagram: You're welcome

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 14:17 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Unfade for iOS scans and restores old prints (36 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: I just want a real photo editing app/program (they used to be called programs when they were serious).

If my iPhone and iPad have 2gb of RAM (I know, that's not a lot, but it's enough), then please make an app that can actually process photos. I want color sliders, raw editing, and all the other tools.

Yes, I know it will have to be slightly watered down, but not much. I promise I won't run other apps at the same time. ;)

Just give us a real photo editing app, someone.

I doubt he was trying to be rude. It's common, unfortunately, these days for people to question the motivation of others in their healthy pursuits (photography, etc.). But it's no big deal. I was being grumpy in my reply (which isn't that polite either).

But about editing on a tablet: it's quite satisfying to relax somewhere with my lightweight ipad and use my fingers for every action.

When I shoot a professional portrait session, however, I shoot Raw, go straight to Lightroom, and then save jpeg for the client (or, in a few cases, save as a TIFF file, open it in Photoshop, and then fine tune a few things, such as blending out things I don't want there, etc.). I do the artistic stuff through Photoshop and have a few plug-ins I enjoy, such as Topaz Adjust.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 14:11 UTC

Kind of cool, but the graphics are very, very rudimentary. Even the original DOOM had more detail.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 23:38 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
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