Bill Bentley

Lives in Canada British Columbia, Canada
Joined on Sep 13, 2004

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Sonyshine: Too late.

People have moved on.

Google Photos is horrible and I'm an Android user. I'm not posting anything to IG or FB with their copyright clauses. Flickr can be "THE" alternative that many people are looking/hoping for if they do it right.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 04:31 UTC
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falconeyes: Stunning.
Back in the old days, I dismissed Flickr because it was so unbelievably ugly. And found a home with SmugMug, a service I learned to love year after year.

And now SM is taking over. Stunning but no surprise. Hope they can somehow manage to do all this in a profitable manner. It is SM which must survive, not Flickr.

Btw, the SM site has an FAQ explaining that no plan for changing Flickr does exist as of now.

Actually, it was the opposite for me. I have been on Flickr since 2008 and I found it one of the better looking hosting sites. But the main thing for me was that Flickr displayed the images in high quality format. 500px was also good quality but we know the algorithm issues, etc. I never really took to 500px.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 04:25 UTC
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sharkcookie: It's going to be hard to make something successful again that boomed almost 10 years ago and then dropped to be almost irrelevant today. I hope they can make it happen. Flickr was in a way the grandfather of most social media photo or video sharing apps today.

Might be true, but there are MANY people who want nothing to do with Instagram or Facebook. 500px is dead. It's not like there are a lot of sharing sites to compete with.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 04:21 UTC
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Eliot Kramer: Also, tastes change dramatically.
Amazing photographers now might be viewed as silly and useless 100 years from now.
Many of the "masterpieces" of years past are not that great these days as viewed through the lens of today's experience.
The bigger problem in my opinion is everyone telling everyone else what is great and not great and then piling on the same wagon and screaming great at something they don't actually like or understand but because everyone else thinks it is great they gotta say the same to be in the "in crowd".
There are so many SUPER AMAZING LIFE CHANGING photographs that everyone raves about that I don't see anything special about, a certain beginning of the century French photographer comes to my mind.

Stunning.

The. Most. Overused. Word. Ever.

When I see that word used to describe a photograph I want to scream.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 03:41 UTC
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BlueBomberTurbo: Finger paintings. Stop with the NR already!

+1
I too love my 6D for these reasons. Shooting blue hour skies is just fabulous.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 03:59 UTC
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PhotoDiod: Why do most time lapses come with movie trailer soundtracks?

Because MIDI is not as EPIC. ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 01:39 UTC
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Doug Pardee: Briscoe has acknowledged on YouTube that this is a composite video. The aurora was captured in 360, and the moon was captured as a timelapse on a normal camera with a telephoto lens, then he combined the images in post.

Peter Lik would be proud.
j/k ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 01:35 UTC
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wilsonlaidlaw: Not a perfect app but at least unlike Capture One, they have managed to put in a de-haze tool, which in spite of many requests Phase One have refused to do. After using C1 for the last 14 years I am leaving.

I also find ICE is great for panoramas. Will have to take a look at this Machinery HDR program you mention.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 23:34 UTC
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tailings: No argument with progress, just chiming in to say I hope they/we all settle on an extension other than .heif. Too awkward to say and the ei/ie thing is an easy misspell. .hff, .hffi, hif, or some such would all be better choices.

Ugh, acronyms....

Maybe pronounce it like part of the cow name, Heifer. HEFF

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/heifer?s=t

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2018 at 04:19 UTC
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Mr Bolton: Interesting development. There's a two versus to typo here, tho.. "HEIF-support and the ability two simultaneously access streams from two or more physical cameras."

They'll fix it on Monday. Nobody at DPR reads these threads on the weekend. :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2018 at 04:09 UTC
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steelhead3: I bought the previous version last year just to support a local company (Oregon)...it seemed to be a beta product and needed some work. Little did I know that within a year, they were coming back for more money for a new and improved version. Lost my money.

"But, I have found On1 can introduce artefacts to backgrounds at times especially if I use certain features like structure in develop."

I only own ON1 "Perfect Effects" but also see this from time to time. It almost always occurs with multiple filters being applied, especially tonal contrast. Need to use 100% view and look for artifacts, etc. before exporting. I often pull the layer(s) opacity down to between 25%-75%.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 06:31 UTC
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Bill Bentley: Just watched the 4K video clip. There seems to be a lot of banding in the night sky @ 1:42 onward. Is this normal or is something else at play such as You Tube compression or the like?

Yes, that is the clip, but I just viewed it again, this time on my Nexus 5 and it's fine. So I guess it is dependent on which display you view it on.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2018 at 16:19 UTC
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Bill Bentley: Just watched the 4K video clip. There seems to be a lot of banding in the night sky @ 1:42 onward. Is this normal or is something else at play such as You Tube compression or the like?

This clip is from the official Sony web site. So if they can't get it right then it's very disappointing for this model. That is not acceptable to me at this price point.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 16:44 UTC
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Bill Bentley: Just watched the 4K video clip. There seems to be a lot of banding in the night sky @ 1:42 onward. Is this normal or is something else at play such as You Tube compression or the like?

@ randomguy Your point is valid, but why does the effect only appear in that one scene? Is it because of the evenness of texture and color in the sky? I seem to recall this effect in Photoshop on gray gradient backgrounds too.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 16:01 UTC
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Bill Bentley: Just watched the 4K video clip. There seems to be a lot of banding in the night sky @ 1:42 onward. Is this normal or is something else at play such as You Tube compression or the like?

Nope, it's not my monitor and I doubt it's yours either. I just went and played a 4K "Earth" video on You Tube at 2160P with ZERO banding issues. Something funky going on in that Sony 4K clip. It's the same on the Sony site too.

Here is the You Tube clip. Awesome stuff btw.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh-qzwdiAGY

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 04:30 UTC

Just watched the 4K video clip. There seems to be a lot of banding in the night sky @ 1:42 onward. Is this normal or is something else at play such as You Tube compression or the like?

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 00:13 UTC as 15th comment | 8 replies
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Bill Bentley: I really hope Oath/Verizon "fix" Flickr in the near future. The ads in the Photostream are annoying. I would be happy to pay for a Pro subscription but it was explained to me by Yahoo a while back that a Pro sub only means that the account holder doesn't see ads. People viewing your stream would still see the ads. Huh??

Hmm, thank you CE3, that's good to know. I will follow up on this.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 04:58 UTC

I really hope Oath/Verizon "fix" Flickr in the near future. The ads in the Photostream are annoying. I would be happy to pay for a Pro subscription but it was explained to me by Yahoo a while back that a Pro sub only means that the account holder doesn't see ads. People viewing your stream would still see the ads. Huh??

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 03:32 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies

Thanks for this. Rob Grimm knows his stuff. Looking forward to learning.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 05:10 UTC as 10th comment
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tailings: Wow, another vague article severely lacking in critical facts.

We are told Reuters leaked the image(s), but we are not told the photographer who took the images was also responsible for leaking them. Yet, that photographer has received the worst punishment. Is the punishment for capturing an image or for the leak? How many photographers captured images that weren't leaked? Were they punished too? And for that matter, why is there an embargo? What is not news worthy about the setup of a highly anticipated event?

Future reasons? The next city can figure out their own cauldron lighting. In this day and age NOBODY can be trusted to keep something discrete. Too many likes, smiles and cash up for grabs. Still don't know why they allowed "media" photogs to attend. Local IOC member with cell phone camera probably could have "documented" the rehearsal.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 00:24 UTC
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