shmn

Lives in United States Pacific NW, WA, United States
Joined on Nov 26, 2009

Comments

Total: 58, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous123Next ›Last »
On article Panasonic Lumix S1R sample galleries updated (106 comments in total)

A good sampling of images. JPG colors are underwhelming but that's the way it is with most cameras. If you want great colors...shoot RAW or take the time to tweak the settings to the JPG engine to get the colors you want. Otherwise, looks like a winner.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2019 at 13:30 UTC as 32nd comment
In reply to:

Sine_Nomine: I'll share my experiences for those who might find it useful.
Data integrity is of paramount importance to me. I don't use a NAS because I feel it's unnecessary complexity. The server is on all the time anyway. I don't use RAID because while it will protect from hardware failure, it will not protect from a file system corruption. All files have two backups to mirror drives via rsync. The beauty of using rsync is that it's everything-agnostic. The separate drives can be on another system, different OS, different disk geometry, or even be a different file system type. Doesn't matter. I settled on portable USB drives due to price and simplicity. The speed is plenty for me, for streaming, whatever. I don't have an expensive enclosure to fail and take all data out of service. If a drive fails, I plug in a replacement and rsync it, while running off of a spare. Worst that can happen is hub fails. Grab another $30 hub from basement, back in business.

For maintaining data integrity, consider a robust file system like ZFS which is used in FreeNAS. You get the best of both worlds...redundancy and a near bullet proof file system.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2019 at 03:45 UTC
In reply to:

LessMirrored19: Why a multi billion dollar project only manage to send back a poorly low resolution image .. why not mounting a good medium format camera?

Weight? Cost? Reliability? Complexity? It's mission is the innards of Mars, not the surface. I don't think photos were a priority.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2018 at 01:21 UTC

I don't think "brave" is the best word choice. Nikon acted out of necessity not "bravery" and they don't need to be "brave" with upcoming choices but "smart". Remember, no matter what the US Supreme Court says, corporations are not people.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 13:08 UTC as 275th comment | 3 replies

Not everyone knows how to use command line tools and they probably don't want to learn either. A GUI version that's easy to use is always welcome. I'm going to try it out.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2018 at 23:51 UTC as 15th comment
On article ESA unveils most detailed 3D star map ever captured (121 comments in total)

I suddenly feel very small.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2018 at 15:35 UTC as 31st comment | 9 replies

Ignore the purists and detractors...this is an accomplishment that required knowledge and skill across many disciplines and most of all, required imagination (a very rare attribute). Kudos to Mitxela! I enjoyed the write-up which was well done (haven't watched the video yet).

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 13:59 UTC as 4th comment

Very funny and refreshing.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2018 at 16:09 UTC as 74th comment

Although the images and video are beautifully captured, I find the hyperbole of the narration (most likely necessitated due to our culture's desensitization of the extreme) off-putting. And the ending message could use some elaboration. What effects of climate change are harming the musk ox? Is it getting colder? Is their food source dwindling? The message felt like a cheap appropriation of climate change to give the video legitimacy. The video was beautifully shot...why not let it stand on those merits rather than trying to send a muddled message?

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 16:09 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply

Great article. Discussion of gear, techniques, settings and nature. Something to satisfy even the most jaded DPR reader (or maybe not?). Anyway, I enjoyed reading this post and will check out the videos when I have time. Any who doesn't love furry little rabbits...always brings "Watership Down" to mind. Love the photos too, Thanks for posting this!

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2018 at 19:14 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies

More competition as large corporations consolidate and corner markets is always a good thing. I'll consider this brand next time I'm in need of a card. Hope they can expand their selection.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 22:18 UTC as 33rd comment
On photo Criss Crossing Alice Tully Hall in the Light Trails challenge (8 comments in total)

Nicely done!!

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 18:59 UTC as 2nd comment

Well done and informative video. Never heard of the guy but I'm now subscribed. He does a good job of explaining and demonstrating. Good teacher. I've read countless books on off-camera lighting but you can never get enough exposure to this subject unless you do it quite often. Fun subject.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 22:05 UTC as 5th comment

I thought his write-up was excellent. Sure, most people will choose different parts but he explained his rational along the way and, as a computer builder, I found it to be interesting and I learned a thing or two along the way. Although it may not be "news-worthy", I'm glad DPR posted this as I found it INTERESTING and USEFUL.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 20:19 UTC as 94th comment | 1 reply

Boy...I thought I was cynical. Comments on DPR are making me reevaluate my position as a cynic.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 00:55 UTC as 39th comment | 5 replies
In reply to:

Chris2210: I had a 128 version which ran hot and burned out in under 6 months in the smaller form factor. I've never had the same issue with any of the stick formats. I'd be loathe to try another of the 'concealed' variants. It was a Sandisk branded device too.

I've got 4 of the very small 128GB sticks/plugs. They do get VERY hot which concerns me but I haven't had a failure. Plus, they are just too small in my opinion. Too easy to drop/lose/misplace. I prefer the larger/normal USB sticks...especially the metal ones that can be put on a keychain. I like the idea of a 1TB USB stick that is robust and can be left in my pocket.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 14:05 UTC
On article Review: Rylo is a 360º camera done right (81 comments in total)

There is a lot of great hardware out there but software is usually the weak point (e.g. Nikon) Good to hear someone is doing it right. Looking forward to trying one of these.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 14:28 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
On article Incredible microscopic close-ups of a peacock feather (80 comments in total)

Great work and setup. The results are wonderful to explore.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 20:37 UTC as 41st comment
In reply to:

Tony Bonanno: As an ex LEO, these shootings are very disturbing. Yes, a police officer has a difficult job and it's getting more and more difficult with the increasing level of weaponry and violence exhibited by the bad guys. But, much of the problem can be traced back to training and supervision. Tight budgets (for training and recruiting quality candidates), poor supervision and a post 9/11 military attitude have set the stage for these tragic incidents. There are many options that just don't appear to be exercised any longer.. it's more about engaging the enemy, not about serving the public and having the training and experience to take cover, assess, deescalate, etc. Shoot - Don't Shoot training scenarios use to be one of the most important components of LE training. Of course, every incident has two sides to the story. Most public safety officers are conscientious and try to do the right thing. But there is certainly a pattern that is cause for concern.

Well said, Tony.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 18:33 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D700 (132 comments in total)

Still use a D700. It's a workhorse and a pleasure to use. I mostly shoot smaller cameras these days but when I need to get something done or am using off-camera strobes...I go to the D700. Ergonomically, it's the best DSLR I've handled. Never had any complaints about this camera other than it doesn't fit in a pocket.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 13:14 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
Total: 58, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous123Next ›Last »