Cerebral Knievel

Cerebral Knievel

Lives in United States San Francisco, CA, United States
Has a website at www.philippenewman.com
Joined on Sep 16, 2016


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On article The FAA releases new rules for recreational drone users (124 comments in total)
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Holger Drallmeyer: I already threw my drone in the garbage. It's impossible to fly these things.


Link | Posted on May 18, 2019 at 23:50 UTC
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paulfulper: Why do you have to pay to submit photos ? It's not fair.
Nat Geo is already swimming in profits

The dwindling magazine industry and the rise in amateur photographer made this a no brainier for them. However, if you want to see something truly hilarious, check out the NatGeo guided photography vacations. There's a 4 week African safari one which costs over $100k per person.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2019 at 18:41 UTC
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lnsmr: Lee filters, especially graduated ND, were essential in my kit during the film days. Now the RAW files provides so much DR, there is almost no reason to use them anymore. These filter holders are so cumbersome that I rarely use them even when I carry them in my camera bag.

Their one remaining benefit that is still vital is of course the ND filters, but I agree, I've never used a graduated ND filter in my as-yet short photography life. Proper masking techniques far exceed the capability of a straight line gradient.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2019 at 00:55 UTC
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snowsurferDS: Godox are ripping ProPhoto, Broncholor and Elinchrom a new one, slowly but steadily, with a great lineup, ever improving build quality and fair prices. If they finally manage to create a solid support network they will push the others right to the edge of the market, if not completely out. Very happy about this because the markup these companies have is obscene.

Can't argue that. I own a fairly expensive Nikon flash and three godox flashes. I don't even use the Nikon one anymore (just easier to turn on the godox units and shoot without the need for a third connective device between the Nikon flash and the lightstand).

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2019 at 00:56 UTC
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Peter Galbavy: This is so backward, it's unreal.

If you have a good portfolio (to misuse the word) on Instagram then you are likely to perhaps be monetising things enough that this kind of nonsense competition is irrelevant. If on the other hand your pics are worthless enough to delete, along with all the attached "likes" and comments and tags, then why would JetBlue want your account to show themselves off?

PR getting it wrong-ish, again. Time to top up those organic G&Ts kids and start re-imagining the campaign.

Simply having a good portfolio is no guarantee of the potential to monetize. That often comes down to luck and who you know, as there are plenty of beautiful profiles with few followers and, likewise, uninspired iPhone profiles full of images of food and vacation selfies with over a hundred thousand followers.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2019 at 12:58 UTC
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thx1138: Simply an awesome price for such an UWA f/2.8 lens. NIkon, Canon or Sony version would cost $2K

The Nikon version is far superior.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2019 at 23:40 UTC
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Fortinbras: The gen1 is a stellar lens. Shot many of my best images with it. It has two serious flaws, though. One is flare (this beast would need a much bigger lenshood), and difficult to use filters. It does not look like this is something that has been addressed by the mk2 model. But again, exeptional imagine quality despite the shortcomings.

I had the generation 1 and actually had an opposite experience. Itsflare management was great. Minimal, and usually none even shooting into the sun. Compared to a Tokina lens, for instance, it is phenomenal.

However, it wasn't sharp. The edges, specifically on the right side (although both were noticeable) were fine if shooting for web, but really not sufficient for any application one would likely put this lens to. And it was also lacking in contrast detail and sharpness at basically anything at long distance.

It all comes down to variation of the copy one receives, but I find those sort of excuses to be pretty lame when we're discussing lenses in the price range of $1000 and up.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2018 at 20:33 UTC
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Sirandar: Still works on Windows 7.... Just not supported......

it's pretty obvious that this is more about cutting their support staff and reducing their responsibilities than anything to do with updated operating system features or updated hardware...

I don't know of any updated hardware that doesn't support Windows 7....

By support, they mean it will not work.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2018 at 15:06 UTC
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KrisAK: "Drone Shot!" is fast becoming the new "Fruit Cart!" of movie cliches. Ebert's Glossary of Movie Terms need to be updated.

Drone shots have been identifiable for years. Some directors use them ad nauseum, while others use them brilliantly.

Sicario had magnificent drone shots (with what I believe was a post-process airplane shadow to give the viewer the impression they were looking down from the belly of the plane itself).

Blade Runner 2049 actually featured a drone. I found that to carry an amusing thread of humor. Both films were directed by the same guy, of course.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 20:38 UTC
On article The Lexar brand makes a return (156 comments in total)

They've been saying this since last year, btw.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 00:37 UTC as 33rd comment
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redtailboas: Insanity. A state collecting sales tax on something you didn't even buy in the state. Highway robbery.

You did indeed buy it IN the state, by making the purchase at, and through, a retailer that exists in that state and simply asking them to ship it to you. You're simply arguing semantics and don't want to pay the sales tax.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2018 at 13:20 UTC
On article Nikon D850 sensor confirmed as Sony-made (573 comments in total)

That's it, I'm smashing mine to pieces.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2018 at 18:42 UTC as 94th comment | 3 replies
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docfink: How is a gigapixel shot actually made? How are the multiple images combined to increase the pixel count and resolution?

It's a panoramic image, stitched together with software - but instead of 3-4 images, you shoot many. Often these are done in anywhere from 7-15 rows of as many as 30-50 shots per row.

I find it to be an interesting challenge, but frankly, it can easily become more tedious than creative and most people shooting them are being commissioned to do so.

Side note: if you're interested, there is a site dedicated to these images run by a team of photographers specializing in this practice. I cant remember the damned name of it, off hand, but Google "gigapixel website" and I suppose it will pop up.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2018 at 19:02 UTC

Beings to mind a U2 song:

The more you see the less you know 
The less you find out as you go 
I knew much more then than I do now

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 15:25 UTC as 101st comment | 1 reply
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valacama: Photographers! Tell them to take their offer and shove it. This is simply robbery. Reminds me of getting calls for a gig (as a live entertainer for events), and getting the line, "you'll a lot of exposure", while trying either to pay me an insultingly low fee, or work for free. Now these guy want me to PAY THEM for my work? Bite me.

Agreed. This brings to mind posts I see online for a photographer which offer no pay, and proclaim that the fortunate shooter will somehow benefit from exposure by collaborating with this nameless nobody.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 17:27 UTC
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SimenO1: Although ND can be replaced by multiple exposures, this filter will seriously reduce the wear on the shutter, memory card and battery life.

I find that stacking exposures rarely achieves the quality of effect I would hope to create with an ND filter. However, when winds don't permit long exposures, stacking a series of shots is a decent second option.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 22:37 UTC
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milkod2001: Yes, it sure will undercut Nikon at $1900 but they are both owned by Tamron 15-35 being cheaper than both and with VR. Not sure why Sigma have even bother with this one.

First thing that came to mind. The tamron is almost always attached to my Nikon.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 15:34 UTC

Truly pathetic.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 03:10 UTC as 73rd comment

I'd wanted to watch this earlier today when I first saw this post. Finally did, just now, and wow. Amazing. Bravo.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2018 at 05:40 UTC as 14th comment
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Wout de Zeeuw: Just dig a really deep trench around it.

Fill the lake with piranha.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 00:08 UTC
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