Gerard Hoffnung

Joined on Oct 17, 2011

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Sir Corey of Deane: With the ease of photo fakery, EVERY image on the Web can be questioned and thus the value of these blah blah blah awards, competitions etc.

I've seen what I consider better pics posted by 'ordinary' DPReview members.

Sir Corey of Deane
"YOU have a problem in differentiating between 'there' and 'their'."
And you "Sir" have a problem differentiating between "their" and "they're"

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 22:50 UTC

The Kingfisher shot is almost exactly the same as the image taken by Alan Mcfadyen who says he spent 6 years and took 720,000 shots to get it.
http://petapixel.com/2015/11/25/this-shot-of-a-diving-kingfisher-was-6-years-and-720k-photos-in-the-making/
My wife who is a reddit freak says Mario Cea was on reddit and said his was a composite image though I can't find it myself after a short time searching.
I'll go with Mcfadyen's image myself as it is far more natural and you have to give him credit for determination.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 17:20 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (305 comments in total)
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Tieu Ngao: My wish list for Mk VI:
- touch screen
- better control
- better menu
- better grip
- NOT made-in-China
- better battery (min. 500 shots)
- price ~ $700 (that's the reasonable price for 1" sensor compact)

@ Boused1234 I'd have to rebut that. My first digital camera was an Olympus C5050-Z. The same amount of money I paid for that, even with inflation, would buy me a lot more camera today. Features and specifications continue to imrove with little corresponding price increases.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 21:19 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-3040 Zoom (118 comments in total)
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ian_labay: I owned the C-5050. Man, I loved that thing!

The C-5050Z was my first digital camera. F1.8 lens was nice and I was still occasionally using it until about a year ago when for no particular reason the smoke escaped from it. Dead as a pickle :( I got some really nice images from that camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 01:52 UTC
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peter zuehlke: Very nice work! The lighting seems more like portrait lighting than what you would run into in a performance on stage. (Makes for much nicer photos than cold cast rim lighting. ) If people like dance photography, they may want to check out Richard Calmes.

http://www.pbase.com/rcalmes

I'd post links to some of my galleries, but Calmes is brilliant.

I just went and checked your link. I love this guy's work, the "Flour Power" series blew me away. The man is an artist.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 03:19 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (762 comments in total)
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Gerard Hoffnung: used Kodak Retina Reflex and Schneider Xenon 80 mm lens purchased in 1968 at Dixons in Cardiff. I still have it and it's perfectly usable although the pentaprism needs re-silvering. Anyone know where I can get that done in North America ? :)
Also still kicking around the house are an Olympus XA which used to travel with me on my motorcycle back in the day and a Canon T90 with a Vivitar 70-210 Series 1 and Tamron SP 35-80

Which, the Kodak? It's a beautifully made piece that I used to learn a whole bunch. I still have some nice B/W images using Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600. Lovely grain. As much as I love digital I still miss film. I think it forced you to think more about composition and light, something I am trying to be more aware of when I'm shooting digital.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 02:46 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (762 comments in total)

used Kodak Retina Reflex and Schneider Xenon 80 mm lens purchased in 1968 at Dixons in Cardiff. I still have it and it's perfectly usable although the pentaprism needs re-silvering. Anyone know where I can get that done in North America ? :)
Also still kicking around the house are an Olympus XA which used to travel with me on my motorcycle back in the day and a Canon T90 with a Vivitar 70-210 Series 1 and Tamron SP 35-80

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 15:42 UTC as 505th comment | 3 replies
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Peak freak: No. 5 for me. That surreal light on those great stone monuments, it's like science fiction, but is real! I think the juxta-posing of the wind turbines against the mammatus clouds is nailing a good opportunity too.
No. 6? It kind of seems like your uncle saying it's a good photo to encourage you; not sure the photographer will really benefit in this instance. Maybe it prints well.

I've taken a lot of images much like No. 6 trying to capture light in a way it seems I just can't quite get right. Most of them have been consigned to the great bit bucket in the sky but obviously the judges saw something in this particular image.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 22:33 UTC

My wife and I just watched this on a large screen TV in a completely darkened room and it really is impressive. One thing we both noticed is the scenes cut just before the dust or rain reaches the camera. We felt it would have even more impact if the scene ran long enough for the landscape to be briefly obscured before the scenes cut. Just a personal thing and certainly not a criticism of a beautifully crafted piece of work.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 02:17 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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dynaxx: Another nail in the DSLR coffin. It is so much cheaper/simpler to fabricate a mirrorless camera and the gradual elimination of all the moving parts will give better reliability and a longer life. Taking on Leica/Hasselblad/Ricoh and launching into a new lens mount is a big gamble but Fujifilm deserves praise for their bravery.

I agree. Right now I can hear the crashes as thousands of pro photographers throw their collection of DSLR bodies and lenses out the window and rush out to buy a $10,000 (with kit lens) GFX-50. Maybe serious amateurs can save the DSLR format from an ignominious end

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:45 UTC
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Eleson: A new serious a-mount camera!?
I have a hat to eat ...

Try it with Frank's Red Hot sauce, I'm sure it will taste as good as some of the hot wings I've been served in restaurants :)

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 15:14 UTC
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JoeWall: Looks like a cheap tiny lens with a lot of plastic! I like the new 1XD but this looks like a cheap product from Hasselblad

You got that from an artists rendering of a bunch of rumors, impressive.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 14:54 UTC
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Bernard Carns: I'd prefer Android came up with a proximity sensor for iPhones.

So I could avoid the people using them.

:-)

BC

Nice :)

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 01:34 UTC
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Favorable Exponynt: Mirrorless has been the future for too long now. It's here and dslrs are also here. They are both the future.

@AshMills Interestingly LP sales are at a 28 year high and Amazon says turntable sales beat out all other audio products last Christmas so I guess you are right.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 13:50 UTC
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solarider: Just in case things go downhill and I need a backup to what I have on flickr... I'd appreciate very much knowing if there is an easy way to copy everything I have on flickr to say google+/former picasa or another free service? Thanks in advance.

Before you try moving to Google Photos (Google's Picasa replacement) check it out carefully. It is essentially a very basic photoshare app. You cannot even arrange images in an album as you can in flickr. The only way I have found is to go into Picasa, arrange the images the way you want and that arrangement will be reflected in Photos. That will all go away when they pull the plug on Picasa in May and you will not be able to upload to it. Google has really messed up by dumping Picasa.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 16:21 UTC

3,000,000 ISO is pretty useful if you want to take unrecognizable images of a black cat in a coal cellar at midnight. As Nikon has offered this feature I assume that there is someone, somewhere, that needs to do that :)

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 15:38 UTC as 107th comment | 4 replies
On photo Windmills at Kinderdijk, The Netherlands in the Windmills challenge (4 comments in total)

What a beautiful atmospheric image. I've paid a brief visit to Kinderdijk but the light wasn't like that. Great place to visit though.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 00:09 UTC as 1st comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Christopher Michel (71 comments in total)
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Alex Efimoff: The first photo hurts my eyes and brain - such a bad example of HDR.

One of the problems I have with HDR is that sometimes shadows are presented in an unnatural way. I think #1 is an example of this as in real time the side of the balloons nearest us would be in deep shadow given the position of the sun on the horizon, same for the trees below. My brain struggles a little to deal with the unreal way the lighting is but then again my brain struggles with a lot of things these days :)

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 02:40 UTC
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davids8560: I just don't know what to do. Fuji. Sony. Lumix. Coopix. All that's clear is that without the right camera, that Pulitzer just seems farther away than ever. And sure can't dodge the fact my accounts render all these reviews irrelevant. Money's been kinda slow. Yeah, sure - daydreamin' is free. So I shut her down and went to the park. Deserted. Took a picture of a crushed Mountain Dew can on a bed of dry leaves with my iPhone. God, it was windy! Wonder if Sharice is ever coming back. So much wasted time! Not enough Friends. Not enough Likes. Nothing when I Google my own name. (Sigh.)

Nicely done. One of the best comments I have read on DPR

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2015 at 16:27 UTC
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happypoppeye: There is very little benefit shooting in RAW these days and its easier for a company to handle jpegs. Plus, jpegs are almost just as editable.

"compared to reality than a properly edited RAW!"
Yes, but whose reality are we talking about when you allow RAW editing.
@happypoppeye
You have apparently never rescued an incorrectly exposed but otherwise great image using RAW. Yes, I occasionally do make mistakes :)

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 16:24 UTC
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