Tristan Jones

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer, Artist and ex IT professional.
Has a website at www.tristan-jones.com
Joined on Mar 21, 2013
About me:

I worked in corporate IT and web design, some print experience and studied printmaking and film/platemaking in the 90's together with DTP.

I've been using Photoshop, Corel, PSP, Xara, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, Pagemaker and many other graphics/layout/design/web packages for over 20 years.

I always build my own PC's (for work and gaming), very savvy when it comes to software and hardware.

My goal is simple, continually improve my photography skills whilst combining my software knowledge, to create stitched landscape, cityscape and skyline Panorama images, as well as expanding my general photography skills in urban, macro, street, nature, long exposure, HDR and artistic photography.

I'm an advanced enthusiast aspiring to generate income from my printed work. When I go to print, I use Whitewall, I love Kodak Metallic for my urban work, and thier under-acrylic and Dibond/aluminium mountings are always flawless.

I work from RAW because I usually need to squeeze every drop of DR out of my camera.
I rarely bracket exposures for panoramas/long exposures, night photography, opting for optimal highlight preservation instead, low ISO and shadow recovery in post whenever possible.
I then double process my night and long exposure work, to get the best from the RAW file.

I don't use presets and filters software, I don't like this trend of press a few buttons to get a "preset look". That sort of imagery is fine for mobile snappers but not for anyone who values their hard work. I don't mean you can't make your own presets and use them across your own work or a series of images, that is still your own effort and time and individuality applied.

I don't fake work. I don't add fake skies, reflections, moons, suns etc...
I do use photoshop to fix problems, fix stitching errors, remove distractions, clean up abberations (dust) etc..

With panorama images, sometimes I "make" the image, which is a composite of many frames, and selectively use a choice of frames to include something of interest, like a boat, person, motion, light, but these are real and we're there at the time I took the images. Conversely, I also do the exact opposite and can use a panorama stitching process to remove people, a boat, traffic, birds, a plane etc. from an image by taking multiple frames to do so. In this regard, a panorama is a composite anyway so I have no problem using this creative freedom.

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Tristan Jones: For $6500 I could build a system that would eat that Apple alive.
I wouldn't go IAO for that price, asking for trouble imo.

It may look ooh-shiney but IDC about looks in that sense. My desktop monitors are attractive.

That spec machine should be inside a case where it can be properly cooled.
Think of those dumb laptops that throttle a CPU when they get a bit hot?
They can't run full speed for long, duuuh, because they can't cool the cpu sufficiently in that tight space!
I'm sure apple are using hybrid heat pipes for sure, but still;

But all that aside, lets not forget this.
Apple don't make this. They put intel CPUs, samsung (or other) ssds, memory, and GPU's into a motherboard of their design. And thats it. All that performance comes from the high quality parts used.

So essentially, any monkey can make a fast machine, just give it your credit card.

For balance, it *IS* a nice machine, yea I wouldn't say no if offered it for free, but not my cup'o'tea.

Yours: The PC Master Race.

@ Wye Photography

Yup, No arguement with that.
Just like to forego all the hyperbole that this is some fantastical "apple" invention when it is just repackaged "OEM" tech, in an apple casing.

And since what you are really saying is "you like the Mac OS" (because macs are PC's under the bonnet) - why would anyone have an issue with what OS you prefer, unless they are mental ;-)

Just like smart phones, I hope we've finally gotten past the divisive lines drawn between phone-fanbois (that is really just an OS division/prefrrence when you break it down, because all hardware is **boringly the same** at these costs ££££ anyway! )

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 15:58 UTC
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TC_C: This article is completely garbage. i7 vs Xeon in production environment? What are you trying to convey?? the authors did not event put any effort into researching what hardware they should use. My $3500 Threadripper build destroys iMac Pro in those tasks. I would guess a $2000 Ryzen build should perform just as good as the $6400 iMac Pro.

Some of the biggest issues for me is having all that hot hardware running beind your screen...
And a xeon? I would want that on a waterblock (aio not custom loop) so I could squeeze out every Mhz from that $2k cpu 24/7, not in thermal limit bursts.

Then there is the issue of the screen. If it dies, you have to return the computer.... ummmm... or have a spare... but it still means you have to return the whole computer for any repair... V's just replacing a screen ... I would never buy an AIO at this price range for that reason alone.

The Mac Pro workstations in those nice aluminium cases FTW any day over this, if you're the fruity sort, or any PC case your heart desires if not.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 16:35 UTC
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xsamie: Reading the comments I feel PC guys are still talking about specs! Who cares? The iMac Pro is beautiful and will be fantastic. If you can afford it, get it but it is not the only option out there. Regular iMacs, MBP, PC's etc, etc. One thing is for sure, it is not a utility truck where only the specs matter. As for price... well any modern FF with the holy trinity of lenses will blow past the iMac Pro in budget, imagine that.

So a $6500 machine's specs don't matter that much?
It's about the looks?
Ok.
Give me $6500k, I'll give you a very nice looking machine, but it will have a 3rd gen i3 CPU and not this workstation-class behemoth of CPU...

Coz you know, spending money on quality components to get "the performance you are paying for" is not important!

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 16:26 UTC

For $6500 I could build a system that would eat that Apple alive.
I wouldn't go IAO for that price, asking for trouble imo.

It may look ooh-shiney but IDC about looks in that sense. My desktop monitors are attractive.

That spec machine should be inside a case where it can be properly cooled.
Think of those dumb laptops that throttle a CPU when they get a bit hot?
They can't run full speed for long, duuuh, because they can't cool the cpu sufficiently in that tight space!
I'm sure apple are using hybrid heat pipes for sure, but still;

But all that aside, lets not forget this.
Apple don't make this. They put intel CPUs, samsung (or other) ssds, memory, and GPU's into a motherboard of their design. And thats it. All that performance comes from the high quality parts used.

So essentially, any monkey can make a fast machine, just give it your credit card.

For balance, it *IS* a nice machine, yea I wouldn't say no if offered it for free, but not my cup'o'tea.

Yours: The PC Master Race.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 16:20 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies

PS with different scaling per-screen..... about time! Finally my £799 1080ti can be put to more use than killing in PUBG.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 16:01 UTC as 13th comment
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Saurat: Awful kitsch.

@Saurat

#Cattoilet
I'm not too cultural too like daft-cat pics :-p
Thanks for supplying a link, too many trolls on here with nothing to back up their agendas, so I had to ask.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 12:32 UTC
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Ab Latchin: Was Photoshop allowed? The arial shot has a number of the beds cloned in.

Sort of defeats the purpose of that type of symmetry if it is finished in post.

I have to agree, this is not a photograph, it is a composite. Too much cloning to make this final image.

The least the photographer could do, if going to this length to make a comp is to warp the edges of the shadows on the cloned sections a little, just to hide the blatantly obvious duping.

I'm betting they have zero photoshop skeelz. If they did have some, they would know how to hide cloning work.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 15:26 UTC
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Saurat: Awful kitsch.

Drop us a profile link then? Any one will do....

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 15:08 UTC
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BLongborough: Just three points about blockchain:

1. To my (limited) perception, the only problem it solves when compared with "conventional" systems is the need to trust a central "authority" (or "group of authorities")

2. But in order to ensure "trust no-one", you need to keep and update your own copy of the blockchain distributed database, which, with the current technology used by Bitcoin as an example, takes um a huge amount of space.

(3) The cake is a lie.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 18:40 UTC
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Ergo607: Can someone explain me as if I where a 4 year old? Because I don't understand any of it...

Here, I'll explain:
Invent something that has no value.
Give it a stupid name and an associative icon/logo.
Get people to invest time, energy and money in it, and reward them with some denomination of this nothing.
Keep a stack of this nothing for yourself and your co-inventors, sell it off when your nothing starts to grow in percieved value.
Turn that into cash by using it to buy real stuff off of people silly enough to sell real stuff for virtual nothings, or who will buy your virtual nothings for cash.
Retire whilst laughing.
Or start up another virtual nothing company and begin again.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 18:37 UTC

Kodak?
Pfft.
Fail.
If I was going to "buy a name to associate my product with".... it wouldn't be the name of a company that completely failed to see the future, slapping them hard in the face, yelling at them to change.... no, no, no no noooo.
I would bet against this enterprise taking off. I would bet money that it will be a dead duck shortly.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 18:30 UTC as 12th comment
On article Report: GoPro is looking for a buyer (160 comments in total)

Personally, I'm glad they are going down the toliet. I would be happy to pull the chain too.
Their product iterations are/were overpriced and under performed compared to the tech they could have been using within their cams.

And for me, they purchased "Kolor" 360 IP and from that point Kolor stopped working on Autopano giga for stitching panoramas. I paid for that software, and it is still for sale stuck on the same version several years later. They shelved it once they got the IP for 360 video stitching.

So they can go to the dogs. No one will miss them. Plenty of decent (and cheaper) alternatives.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 18:27 UTC as 10th comment
On article Report: GoPro is looking for a buyer (160 comments in total)
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Weegee: If GoPro merged with Kodak, it would produce a "powerhouse" American company once again!

All Kodak are good for now is patent leasing and brand leasing. And they don't half let some utter trash products use their name.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 18:14 UTC
On article Report: GoPro is looking for a buyer (160 comments in total)
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Howard: If a buyer is not to be found, the company plans to change its name to GoUnder.

GoNe

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 17:54 UTC

So they took poo and turned it into mushy poo....
A toddler can do that...

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 16:32 UTC as 4th comment
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Ivan Paganacci: When I no longer needed my $10/month PS/Lightroom subscription, I discovered there’s no online option to cancel. I had to phone a rep who asked why I wanted to leave, is there anything we can do better, etc. To quote Ditch Brodie — pack your bags, we’re going on a guilt trip.

Subscriptions should be able to be canceled without talking to anyone or having a confrontation. Tactics like this say a lot about a company.

@Alex Permit
I know there is, I was stating that even if there wasn't, you can still block payment by using "a card" that has no funds.... since it is a retail transaction... not a financially binding contract like a phone contract.....
ho hum...

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 15:53 UTC
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Ivan Paganacci: When I no longer needed my $10/month PS/Lightroom subscription, I discovered there’s no online option to cancel. I had to phone a rep who asked why I wanted to leave, is there anything we can do better, etc. To quote Ditch Brodie — pack your bags, we’re going on a guilt trip.

Subscriptions should be able to be canceled without talking to anyone or having a confrontation. Tactics like this say a lot about a company.

@PhotoUniverse
Why would I be joking? I'm stating a fact that if they cannot collect funds they terminate your subscription. Its in their T'&C's.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 14:05 UTC
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blackcoffee17: Oh, that's why they increased my subscription price from 9 to 10 pounds just this month then.
They increased the revenue because many users would easily pay 9-10 dollars or pounds monthly (that's for the photography plan) than pay a big sum at once, even tho the long term cost is higher in the long term.

No that was Brexit! Seems Brexit makes existing software more expensive. Must be the realation between crude oil prices and lines of code written years ago....

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 00:37 UTC
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Ivan Paganacci: When I no longer needed my $10/month PS/Lightroom subscription, I discovered there’s no online option to cancel. I had to phone a rep who asked why I wanted to leave, is there anything we can do better, etc. To quote Ditch Brodie — pack your bags, we’re going on a guilt trip.

Subscriptions should be able to be canceled without talking to anyone or having a confrontation. Tactics like this say a lot about a company.

Or you can change the subscription to a bank (debit) card that has no funds in it.... they send you a bazillion emails saying were gonna cut your subscription.... and do..... Once cut, you have to manually add/update to reinstated, so it is in effect complete termination.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 00:32 UTC
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glenn capers: When you see the image of the two kids in the water playing with the bird flying over head. You immediately no it's from the Indonesian area. Sometimes photo workshops are conducted, and everybody shoots the exact same shot. The question is who's shot is it, and should the shot have been used in a photo contest by anyone being that it is so public and generic. This is kind of like the Associated Press ,Routers and every other professional photo group shooting the same sports athletes standing at the podium. Who's shot is it really. We question. Should judging be in concept of the idea or actual shot if the same.
blindmanshooting.com

I'm still scratching my head! I asked my quantum computer for the answer, it said, 42...... the meaning of the universe.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 23:02 UTC
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