Steve Ives

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Works as a z/OS Systems Programmer
Joined on Aug 23, 2001
About me:

Sony DSC-F55 - Sold.
Sony DSC-F505V - Sold.
Canon EOS-10D - Sold.
Sony DSC-M1 - Sold
Canon EOS-1D Mk II - Sold
Nikon D100 - Sold
Canon 350D - Sold
Panasonic TZ7 - Sold

Sigma 100-300 f4 - sold
Sigma 12-24 - sold

Epson 2100 - Sold
Epson R2400 - Sold
Epson 7800

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If you put the bits in a bag of rice, would that get the water out?

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 12:24 UTC as 14th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS D30 (135 comments in total)
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turvyT: The idea of recovering old cameras is fun, thanks for it. But certainly the anecdote about what you called BDG's is neither nice nor fun. "Schadenfreude", pleasure because someone who did not do anything mean to you spilled wine on his own camera? Nasty feelings there. And the footnotes...

Lighten up. We all know exactly what he means.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 11:39 UTC
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Steve Ives: These sort of algorithms are impressive - I can ask my phone for pictures of 'birds' and it's scarily right. I can also ask for 'eagle' or 'owl' and it gets that right. Ditto for 'dog' and 'cat' although I can't imagine how it can tell them apart - neural network perhaps. Very useful for a quick search.

Austin - 100% of the images on my iPhone don't have captions, yet the built-in search (not, as far as I am aware, powered by google) is still capable of identifying the images.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 06:28 UTC
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Alex Permit: Useful description to use in search. But as captions they add NOTHING to the photo. What is the purpose of reading a brief description of what you can obviously see? Useful captions add information or insights that are not in, or at least not obvious in the image.

The captions are *purely* for search purposes. They're not there to tell you what is in the photo once you've found it.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 06:25 UTC
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Steve Ives: These sort of algorithms are impressive - I can ask my phone for pictures of 'birds' and it's scarily right. I can also ask for 'eagle' or 'owl' and it gets that right. Ditto for 'dog' and 'cat' although I can't imagine how it can tell them apart - neural network perhaps. Very useful for a quick search.

Austin - I assure you that my photos don't have caption.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 17:02 UTC
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jdc562: Are the captions for blind people? Captions that state the obvious are useless.

Not for blind people - the idea of automatically captioning the photos is not to tell you what's in the picture once your've found it, but to be able to use the highlighted words in the caption (red, car, dog, beach etc) to search for photos which match those descriptions. E.g. a search could be 'red car on beach'. It's not to tell you that the picture you are currently looking at is a red car on a beach.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 12:47 UTC
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Lee Jay: "Anyone who manages a large image library knows how important keywording and captioning are for categorizing and keeping things searchable."

I have around 400,000 images, and they aren't keyworded. And I can find them.

But if you're looking for a picture of the red car you saw once, and you can't remember where or when you saw it...

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 12:33 UTC

These sort of algorithms are impressive - I can ask my phone for pictures of 'birds' and it's scarily right. I can also ask for 'eagle' or 'owl' and it gets that right. Ditto for 'dog' and 'cat' although I can't imagine how it can tell them apart - neural network perhaps. Very useful for a quick search.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 09:13 UTC as 17th comment | 10 replies
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Lee Jay: "Anyone who manages a large image library knows how important keywording and captioning are for categorizing and keeping things searchable."

I have around 400,000 images, and they aren't keyworded. And I can find them.

Each photo is in a folder. The folder name consists of the keywords for the photo.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 09:11 UTC
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RubberDials: It looks like we will all now be in loco parentis, burping Canon users getting over-excited about their first proper mirrorless.

Expect the 'EVF is no substitute for a good optical viewfinder' crowd to start turning up to work with their trousers on backwards and odd shoes. :)

EVF is no match for optical viewfinder. Digital is no match for film. MP3s are no match for CDs. CDs are no match for vinyl...

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (354 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: More marketing BS as always. Anybody with $50 P&S camera + courtside game ticket or access to these POV will be able to produce better if not similar results.

If that's all you've got, then fine. Hopefully this $50 P&S is waterproof?

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 11:40 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (354 comments in total)
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BeaverTerror: These photos are absolutely terrible both technically and compositionally. Poor dynamic range, skewed horizon in first photo (intentional? dubious); a snapshot of some lady’s handbag? Third photo most of image dominated by a wall of black, and the player’s shirt already blown! Fourth photo “dude with towel in pain” (towel blown); fourth photo white shirt blown and dark shirts black (seeing a trend here?); next photo “dude with glass covering half of face”; etc...

The iPhone photography advertising campaign Apple ran a while back had some compositionally great photos gimped by technical limitations. At lease those were decent to look at from the vantage point of a train speeding past.

These photos are absolutely awful. It looks like they handed the phones to a couple of towel boys. This is a dramatic event. Anybody (apparently not) with any crap camera can get good shots from a courtside location. It's amazing how the photographers have failed at even this.

I suspect that there are many people who haven't purchased a 700d, or the Nikon equivalent etc, because of the capabilities of their smartphone, and who would miss the 'other' cameraphone benefits such as easy video, slow-motion, simple social sharing (Facebook, Instagram etc etc). So for some people, an iPhone probably has replaced a D-SLR.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 07:01 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (354 comments in total)
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Francis Sawyer: This totally makes up for the iPhone 7 being a music player with no audio output.

I'd love Tim Cook to come onstage next year and say "This ISN"T the best iPhone we've ever made - last year's was better...". I think thier marketing in general is good - their adverts concentrate on how it feels to use their products (or at least they attempt to), what you can do with them and the 'lifestyle' aspect, rather than bland technical facts. Their success says they must be doing something right, and the answer is not that they appeal only to stupid people.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 14:31 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (354 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: More marketing BS as always. Anybody with $50 P&S camera + courtside game ticket or access to these POV will be able to produce better if not similar results.

Steelski - no-one said it had. The point is though is that an iPhone (or any recent smartphone) packs in a lot of advanced photo/video features in a remarkably small package. The underlying assertion that a $50 P&S would be a better option is belied by said P&S's lack of features and the fact that you don't take it everywhere.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 13:38 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (354 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: More marketing BS as always. Anybody with $50 P&S camera + courtside game ticket or access to these POV will be able to produce better if not similar results.

Which $50 P&S does time-lapse, 4K video and 10x slow-motion with wi-fi and GPS?

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 11:12 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (354 comments in total)
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Francis Sawyer: This totally makes up for the iPhone 7 being a music player with no audio output.

@Wild Light - exactly. There are use situations where 'good enough' is good enough. There's a certain irony in saying 'take your D-SLR and lenses etc everywhere - don't rely on that phone' whilst simultaneously saying that you're happy to plug an MP3 player into your car with all the accompanying road noise etc rather than take your expensive home hi-fi everywhere with you.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 11:10 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (354 comments in total)
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BeaverTerror: These photos are absolutely terrible both technically and compositionally. Poor dynamic range, skewed horizon in first photo (intentional? dubious); a snapshot of some lady’s handbag? Third photo most of image dominated by a wall of black, and the player’s shirt already blown! Fourth photo “dude with towel in pain” (towel blown); fourth photo white shirt blown and dark shirts black (seeing a trend here?); next photo “dude with glass covering half of face”; etc...

The iPhone photography advertising campaign Apple ran a while back had some compositionally great photos gimped by technical limitations. At lease those were decent to look at from the vantage point of a train speeding past.

These photos are absolutely awful. It looks like they handed the phones to a couple of towel boys. This is a dramatic event. Anybody (apparently not) with any crap camera can get good shots from a courtside location. It's amazing how the photographers have failed at even this.

I'm sorry, but if you took the photo of the tennis player with the towel around his neck and tried to explain to 99% of people that it was 'absolutely terrible both technically and compositionally' because of DR issues and blown highlights on the towel, they'd just stare at you and laugh.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 09:35 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (354 comments in total)
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Steve Ives: Sounds like a bunch of old fogeys on here, discussing film/digital, CD/vinyl, CD/MP3, Playstation/Xbox etc.

The iPhone is the world's most popular camera - photography has EXPLODED in popularity since the advent of decent cameras in phones.

To most of the world, photography and cameras mean a smartphone & Instagram and sharing them immediately with your friends. They would just laugh at some old guy, with a heavy bag of cameras and lenses, telling they that their photos are crap.

OK - you might think your P&S takes better photos - someone else will think their D-SLR takes better ones and someone else that their film SLR is best. Then someone will say that MF is better and then someone will chime in that MF sucks compared to 8"x10" plate...

They're good photos - just deal with it or ignore it.

If you really think those photos aren't *at least* as good as most people experienced with their 35mm cameras, then...

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 09:29 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (354 comments in total)
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Francis Sawyer: This totally makes up for the iPhone 7 being a music player with no audio output.

Use a proper car stereo then.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 09:26 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (354 comments in total)
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Francis Sawyer: This totally makes up for the iPhone 7 being a music player with no audio output.

Who cares about the headphone socket? If you want decent sound, you should be using lossless files and headphones with a decent external DAC for which you have to use the lightning port.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 09:08 UTC
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