Julian Vrieslander

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Research Scientist (retired)
Joined on May 17, 2005


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Fazal Majid: Being made of 52 or 64 individual pieces is a bug, not a feature, as it compromises strength, and is usually a corner cut on cheap leather goods. A single piece of contiguous leather is more expensive than smaller scraps sewn together, but the single-piece construction is far more solid.

In other words, this is a piece of junk that is trying to spin low quality into a benefit with hipster marketing.

So, here's the bottom line: do you really want to support your multi-thousand dollar camera and lens combo on a strap with 52 to 64 potential points of failure? I once owned a belt made in the same style. And, yes, it did fail.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 06:04 UTC
On article Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software (112 comments in total)
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Timothy Dunnigan: Installed on Yosemite 10.10.2

Software loads, but then hangs with spinning beach ball.

I installed it on a Retina iMac 5K, with no problems. But on a Retina MacBook Pro, it just hangs on launch. Beachball spins until system runs out of memory. Both Macs are running OS X 10.10.2. Other similar reports on MacBook Pro point to the possibility of an incompatibility with specific hardware, perhaps the video subsystem.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 08:59 UTC
On article Adobe releases Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 (68 comments in total)

I tried the latest Photoshop update (13.0.2) on my Retina MacBook Pro. The HiDPI display is a welcome enhancement. But, from what I've seen so far, the image rendering in ACR 7.3 does not support HiDPI. When the RMBP screen is set to "Best for Retina", Photoshop uses all 2880x1800 pixels. ACR is still scaling images to a 1440x900 grid.

The easiest way to see this is to view an image at 100% in ACR, and then at 100% in PS. Objects will draw 2x larger in ACR.

I hope they fix this in a future update. I like to do careful capture sharpening in ACR, and then import to PS for more tweaking. I would like to have the same scaling and rendering in both stages.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 12:17 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)

Blue text on black is a HUGE MISTAKE, must be changed.

There are usability studies that back this up. Blue text on a black background impairs readability in several significant ways. Our brains have developed, through evolution, to sense blue as a background color (probably because the sky is blue). So blue text is perceived as receding behind a dark background. Also, for people with vision impairments (cataracts, corneal scars, detached vitreous, etc.) colors at the blue end of the the spectrum cause the most aberration and scattering. All of these factors combine to make blue on black a horrible choice for significant text content on a computer screen.

Ideally, there should be a user setting to display dark text on a light background, which works better than light on dark for many people.. If there are no user options, the web designers must change to something more readable than blue on black. This is a non-debatable issue.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 03:55 UTC as 118th comment | 5 replies
On article Article: How to shoot creative canine photographs (36 comments in total)
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Top Dog Imaging: As a professional dog photographer, I find this article and most of the photographs in it superficial/amateurish. I wish that I had known about the editor's decision to publish a series on dog photography. I would have been thrilled to share my experience and knowledge. For the real deal check out my blog and website at www.topdogimaging.net.

You certainly did come across as arrogant. I took a look at your website. Your style of photographing dogs is quite different from Andy's (the author of the article). Most of your displayed images are posed frontal studio shots. Maybe this is appropriate for breeders' advertisements, or owners who want a formal portrait of their pooch. To me, these shots look technically competent but boringly similar. I prefer the unposed, spontaneous shots used as examples in Andy's article. Also, bear in mind that Andy's article was offered as a starting point - the introduction for a series. If you have additional tips to share, there are readers who would be grateful to have them. But pointless criticism helps nobody and makes you look like a jerk. Now go have your coffee...

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2011 at 17:50 UTC
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