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PhozoKozmos: 2018 July 28 (Main Race Day)
will be under a (second) Full Moon night
if skies are clear
night shots could be great (starry, colorful & bright)
if Low Light digital cameras are good enough at short enough shutterspeeds to adequately freeze race action of racecars in motion
(not cars parked on the sidelines)

Doesn't need to be very low light but does depends on the weather and the particular track layout. That and your panning skills to get the car sharp and the wheels still spinning. That limits your shutter speed choice but not your ISO depending on how high you want to let the camera Auto ISO the shot. Daytona for instance has a lot of infield lights covering the track mostly in the turns for safety but they enable you to pick a good spot and get sharp pans of the cars going by even when its totally dark otherwise.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 22:48 UTC
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Richmondthefish: Didn't he shoot 8x10 which is quite good. Thats like saying to a upcoming filmmaker that your 4k gear is more advanced than Chris Nolan's 65mm IMAX camera.

Many iconic photos were shot with even lower level gear by the old pros. Edward Steichen's famous series of Isadora Duncan at the Acropolis of Athens was shot with a Brownie he borrowed from the maitre'd of the restaurant at their hotel. Because he did not bring the right gear for what they ended up doing.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 23:35 UTC
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AstroStan: Ansel Adam's camera gear and darkroom cost a veritable fortune and was the best available. And he was very aware and concerned with technical issues. So he is not a good example for an anti-technology rant.

And for those that don't know, one reason he liked 8x10 cameras was that he often cropped more than one image out of a single negative to print.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 23:24 UTC
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ozturert: He'd probably use the best camera he can get, if he lived now.

Adams mostly used 8x10 plate cameras, he didn't much like even decent 4x5 plate cameras. My brother, who could be described as sort of a disciple, since he has taught things like Adams' Zone System at the Chicago Institute of Art has done most of his work with 4x5 plate cameras even though he does have a Hassy and some Canon gear that he use uses for video. And his stuff hangs in galleries and collections everywhere including the Library of Congress.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 23:14 UTC

This reminds me of my brother the pro shooter and one of his adventures. He was the one who snuck onto LASL during the spying probe and was paid by Esquire to photograph things on the facility. And he did it during broad daylight. He knew what not to photograph also. After the article came out he was visited by the FBI. They were not interested so much in what he photographed but how he did it. Never came back either. Only thing he regretted was not charging them more.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 22:55 UTC as 25th comment
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Elite83: Not sure why people are surprised by this. To be successful in media and art you have to be able to tell a good story. If at the end of the day, you "wrote" a story that people found entertaining, than you will be praised for it--not matter how you "came up" with the story.

It's just like all those professional bloggers who lead you on to believe that they are "just like you and me": sharing their dinner recipes, and vacation photos portraying a "dream life" that you can have too! Only, what they (often) don't tell you is that you're the one paying their 6-figure income, with sponsored links, ads, views, and so on.

It's not "wrong"--they're opportunitests. It's holistally a product that we crave to consume--entertainment.

I agree. I believe that a huge chunk of the media generated in this field is posed, even for competitions. Just not that easy to get an award-winning shot from random photography.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2018 at 22:40 UTC
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ecka84: 100-300mm F4 would be much more intriguing.

Yeah, I still have my EOS mount Sigma 100-300/4 EX IF. One lens I just won't give up even though I have a 300/2.8 also.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2018 at 22:32 UTC
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Dante Birchen: They should have made it K-mount. No Nikon users have a Q.

Gee I guess the people already saying they have both must not be true Nikon believers then.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 21:58 UTC
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richard cohen: Sounds to me like the cop should lose his job.

Maybe the former but not the later. Obviously poor training and I have done some of that in the past. Courts usually give LEO the benefit of doubt in cases where they perceived a threat that may or may not have been real and had to react. Good cause for a civil case for sure.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 20:41 UTC
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Robert Spanjaard: Another safe way to view/photograph an eclipse is by using a telescope as a projector:

I used this technique myself once (1999 with a Casio QV-100 ;-)), and it worked great.

Just make sure you don't put an eyepiece in the telescope or it will burn up and fracture the optical glass. Old telescopes generally came with solar projection screens.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 23:51 UTC

If I had my choice I would be in the Pacific off the NW coast because the sun will rise in eclipse and I think the image of a black sun rising is something few will ever image at all. About as surreal as it gets. Instead I will be somewhere in the SE US.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 23:43 UTC as 10th comment | 5 replies
On article Ten expert tips for successful macro photography (130 comments in total)
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Majauskasson: Must you post pictures of spiders front and centre on the home page having these creatures pop out in living colour. Surely there are other bugs available. Or was this for shock value. We're not all arachnid lovers. Quite the opposite for yours truly. I'm sure I'm not alone.

They are lovely in their own world. I have been studying and shooting them for many decades. And just remember if there no spiders the other insects we don't like would have taken over the world long ago.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 23:32 UTC
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (226 comments in total)
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PrakticaB: I guess the patents covering the eye-controlled focus are not valid anymore, so why Nikon, Olympus or the Fuji dind't look into it?? Ok, maybe we'll got it in iPhone 8...
In any case, bring it back please! Or, to put the right question: why did you take it out Canon??

The foundation patent for eye-controlled focus was originally Pentax's R&D department but Pentax never decided to do a product with it. That was during the days when the Big 4 had cross-license arrangements. So Canon bought a license and ran with it.
The pros I know that used the EOS-3 used to dumb the AF down to the 11 point setting because the 45 point was too busy.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 22:21 UTC
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Najinsky: Just how bad is this Journalism. Did anyone reading this story get even the slightest clue about actually what the infringements are supposed to be. Specifically, what IP rights are being disputed?

On the surface Nikon's claims sound strong. As reported, ASML are acknowledging attempts to negotiate a license fee with Nikon, that seems to indicate that ASML acknowledge the need for license rights exist. But with so few relevant facts, trying to interpret the situation seems a crap shoot at best.

Time to search for better informed sites I guess.

Key word is cross-licensing extension. It means that in 2004 all the companies had patents they were willing to share among themselves with the money mainly going to Nikon who may have had the lion's share. Now times maybe different. What was the tail then is now wagging the dog as they say.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 22:03 UTC
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Satyaa: 400 is about 600 mm FOV on APSC... shooting in 1.3x crop mode is about 780 mm 15MP files... a viable alternative when the 150-600 mm is not required.

If 1.5x crop mode is 600mm 1.3x crop mode would be closer to 500mm not 780mm.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 23:06 UTC

Actually if you go to about any serious action shooting event you will see lots of competitors wearing Hero and other action cameras mounted on their heads or their hats all the time.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 21:53 UTC as 45th comment
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (187 comments in total)
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ccsdigital: Seems people really are prepared to look a gift-horse in the mouth. This version supports my Pentax K01, K3, K5, Samsung NX300 and GoPro Hero 3 so I will happily accept the freebie.

I will work with my Pentax K-01, K-5II, K-5IIs, and Canon 60D and that is good enough for free. I can wait on maybe buying 11 for my K-1.
While the offer expires on 2/28 once you have the activation code you have until 3/31 to download it.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 22:30 UTC
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AlanG: I am an architectural photographer. Once I was on a job with my 4x5 Linhof high end view camera and top lenses. The client asked me why I wasn't using a Hasselblad which is "the best camera in the world."

That's funny Alan but I have heard that from others. My brother Kirk was doing a celebrity house shoot in Taos (4x5 Wista Zone VI) a number of years ago and as part of the fee he got a Hassy and a couple of lenses so I guess some work is worth the best camera in the world. :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 20:26 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: If you would have shown me this gallery without telling me what camera was used, I would have never guessed it's a MF camera. They look like pictures from any other camera.

True. If all you do is display it on a screen you might as well use a smartphone.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 22:18 UTC
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Alex Sarbu: There are 2 cameras which IMO stands out from that list:
- the Pentax K-1 - a landscape photographer's dream
- the Nikon D500 - an action shooter's dream
Though, of course, all of them are amazing.

P.S. Hello, Barry! ;)

True. I voted for the K1 and with my wallet during 2016 also. The K1 does everything I need from a FF camera at a good price, and I am a dual system shooter (Canon and Pentax).

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 22:02 UTC
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