maiaibing

Lives in Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
Joined on Oct 12, 2004

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kodachromeguy: This bokeh business is the trendy fad of the early 2000s for digital photographers. Back in the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, I remember almost no one mooning about bokeh. Many 135 and medium format lenses then used 5-blade irises. Many of those were slightly curved, so a stopped-down lens had an almost circular opening. Did anyone complain about the "bokeh" from Hasselblad or Rolleiflex pictures? However, it's possible film responds differently, and maybe the sterility of today's perfect digital lenses indicates a need to consider bokeh. Or maybe that is just another techno-statistic that certain photographers fuss about.

Times and styles have changed. People did not tend to shot their lenses wide open back then. All that changed with AF. Today even a lot of PJ is done with wide or nearly wide open lenses. So bokeh - rightly - plays a far larger role today. If you shoot >@ f/5.6 you need not apply...

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 00:12 UTC

My Hero 3+ is still going strong. Might give the Hero 7 or 8 a look some time in the future. Maybe... Just not easy to see the masses upgrading from one Hero model to the next unless you have very specific needs.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 22:13 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
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maiaibing: I actually once interviewed a famous (news) photographer about the composition of an award winning shot. The answer was something like this: I don't have any time for that (rule of thirds etc.). The motive looks good and I shoot as many as I can. Afterwards you may find some pattern. But that's chance.

We can of course only guess what Henri would answer.

@dialstatic Actually, tests do not show that people visually prefer "rule of thirds", "golden ratio" etc.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 13:16 UTC

I actually once interviewed a famous (news) photographer about the composition of an award winning shot. The answer was something like this: I don't have any time for that (rule of thirds etc.). The motive looks good and I shoot as many as I can. Afterwards you may find some pattern. But that's chance.

We can of course only guess what Henri would answer.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 09:10 UTC as 52nd comment | 5 replies
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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...

BadScience - Sydney Opera House has a whole website about their rules and regulations:
https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/media/filming-at-the-sydney-opera-house.html
As I said above it may restricted to commercial photography. But check yourself.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 23:38 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...

Well, all these places have rules limiting photography - even if it may be qualified. That lots of people violate this out of ignorance/willfully is clear. For Sydney it may be only commercial photography (if main subject) but I do recall people being warned about close-ups.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 23:30 UTC

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...

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 21:58 UTC as 28th comment | 14 replies

Love it! Unleash the innovative ideas. This, light field etc. it'll add up to some serious breakthroughs in the long run. Think the real issue for Lightfield was the need for special software to enjoy the effect. This uses the existing platforms. Looks like a new level DR may be possible. The "fusion" software that stitches the pictures together is the make or break imho.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 10:26 UTC as 47th comment
On article Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.10 and ACR 9.10 now available (65 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: I have found it disappointing if not distressing that Adobe has consistently overlooked the many legacy lenses that most LR users have. There is a whole raft of Leica M mount lenses from Zeiss, CV, and Leica/Leitz that do not appear in their collections of lens profiles. Just because the users of these lenses are considered traditionalist or maybe just old fashioned doesn't mean that they enjoy the laborious and time consuming process of resorting to Adobe's Lens Profiler. Adobe seems to be both blind and deaf or maybe they just can't be bothered.

If color is important to you I'm stunned you are not using color calibration already for perfect colors with every lens/camera combo you own. LR is far prom perfect anyway. 5DS/R profile was utterly horrible.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 12:53 UTC

100% correct! And do use the Tokyo pronunciation...

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 08:01 UTC as 20th comment
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (355 comments in total)
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Ran Plett: From my understanding, the APD element needs to be as close to the aperture as possible. I also understand that the element limits light transmission. With that being said, wouldn't it be better to have a drop in filter system where artists can adjust the strength of the effect, or even - dare I say - add shapes like Lensbaby (shudders).

No. It would not work in the same way. Whats' special is that the transmission effect is only active in the out of focus areas. This is also why the effect cannot be done by any software. That's also why the DIY suggestion below does not work. Here it works more like a soft filter. STF is specifically not a soft lens effect - which we can just replicate in post.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 14:23 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (355 comments in total)
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Aroart: Bokeh is so overrated.. I Have a very strong fine art background and started getting getting serious about photography for the past 6 years.. Out of all the elements that make a great photograph bokeh is dead last.. Even photo contest winners rarely win because of, ooohhh look how blurry it is... Subject matter, Light, Composition, Story, will make or break your photograph..

Anyone shooting nature shots will probably disagree as leafy, branchy and grassy backgrounds can sometimes jump out of the scenery and ruin even a great shot.

As for your strong fine art background maybe your memory blurred a little since many painters work with such effects for their background to emphasize their main subject .

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 14:05 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (355 comments in total)
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RedFox88: My iPhone 7+ does bokeh now too. No need to spend hundreds on just a lens!

My Canon 5DS/R w/135 L cannot replicate a STF lens... Happy to spend $$$ for that option with AF.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 14:01 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (355 comments in total)
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pkcpga: Nice lens but nothing new, I've had the Fuji 56 F1.2 APD lens for a couple years now.

Like it?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 14:00 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (355 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: The only obvious effect is on the highlights. I'd say the back ground blur looks a bit better without the filter. Rendering is also a bit cleaner without the filter. Maybe adobe should make a apodize highlights function in lightroom :p.

One of the advantages of shooting a STF lens that there is no way you can replicate the effect in post processing.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 13:58 UTC

dpReview hope you include this page in your pending retest of the 5DS/R using a proper RAW conversion so we can get a proper comparison.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 18:55 UTC as 7th comment
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Earthlight: I am now very happy with my decision not to get a 5DsR last year. Give me a 5D4 with this sensor tech, say 28 mp and that is it. It would give very, very high quality 50x75 cm prints from a single frame. Stitch to get gigantic enlargements and panoramas.

I sold my 1DsMkIII in anticipation 6 months ago and have been shooting with a pair of 6D bodies since.

Cannot see myself that 80D is better @100 iso than the 5DS/R from ev+1 to ev+2 nor that it is better than the 5DS/R @ev+5 at same file size?

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 13:27 UTC
On article Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR (719 comments in total)

Wow 31 people already owned these cameras... and I did not even notice the opening sales? Good I'm with Canon. There has to be a catch since Nikon users are dumping these models so fast.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 21:14 UTC as 142nd comment
On article Get more accurate color with camera calibration (242 comments in total)
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digidog: >>Working as a travel photographer, I tend to make a custom profile for each location area.

No need, the profiles are illuminant specific. You can build one for daylight, use it all day long, morning noon and late afternoon. This is illustrated (and you can test this yourself) here:

In this video, we’ll look into the creation and use of DNG camera profiles in three raw converters. The video covers:
What are DNG camera profiles, how do they differ from ICC camera profiles.
Misconceptions about DNG camera profiles.
Just when, and why do you need to build custom DNG camera profiles?
How to build custom DNG camera profiles using the X-rite Passport software.
The role of various illuminants on camera sensors and DNG camera profiles.
Dual Illuminant DNG camera profiles.
Examples of usage of DNG camera profiles in Lightroom, ACR, and Iridient Developer.
Low Rez (YouTube):
http://youtu.be/_fikTm8XIt4
High Rez (download):
http://www.digitaldog.net/files/DNG%20Camera%20profile%20video.mov

@digidog we simply do not have the same expectations when it comes to color profiles - so we will never agree on any of this. Enjoy your 5DS/R with the standard Adobe profiles. I'll enjoy mine with custom profiles.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 20:57 UTC
On article Get more accurate color with camera calibration (242 comments in total)
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digidog: >>Working as a travel photographer, I tend to make a custom profile for each location area.

No need, the profiles are illuminant specific. You can build one for daylight, use it all day long, morning noon and late afternoon. This is illustrated (and you can test this yourself) here:

In this video, we’ll look into the creation and use of DNG camera profiles in three raw converters. The video covers:
What are DNG camera profiles, how do they differ from ICC camera profiles.
Misconceptions about DNG camera profiles.
Just when, and why do you need to build custom DNG camera profiles?
How to build custom DNG camera profiles using the X-rite Passport software.
The role of various illuminants on camera sensors and DNG camera profiles.
Dual Illuminant DNG camera profiles.
Examples of usage of DNG camera profiles in Lightroom, ACR, and Iridient Developer.
Low Rez (YouTube):
http://youtu.be/_fikTm8XIt4
High Rez (download):
http://www.digitaldog.net/files/DNG%20Camera%20profile%20video.mov

@digidog you prove nothing - and I will - later - post samples showing very clearly why what you write is either nonsense or because you choose to exclude the impact of color casts.

I proved that's not the case in my video**! Various DNG profiles built in differing locations and times of the day IN daylight produce identical results! Test it yourself.

>>PS: I do not think Eric from Adobe is the best source to quote.

You're kidding right? Do you know who Eric Chan from Adobe is?
No. I know exactly who he is. He is the person claiming that nothing is wrong with Adobe's 5DS/R profile. That's his credentials to me. Being wrong at a high technical level does not make your views more credible.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 15:11 UTC
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