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

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Very funny and refreshing.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2018 at 16:09 UTC as 72nd 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 34th 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
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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 (79 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 (108 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
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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 (118 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 65th comment | 1 reply
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tassienick: And then here's directors like Anderson and von Trier, and the aspect ratio changes mid movie...

Nolan's "The Dark Knight" has changing aspect ratios too: http://hometheaterreview.com/making-sense-of-new-movies-that-change-aspect-ratios/

Very annoying to me.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 02:03 UTC
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Corkcampbell: Where did this take place? Washington? I go to Paris once in a while, and will again in a couple of months, but didn't know the city had acquired mountains.

Looks like the Cascade range that divides Washington into east/west. It's beautiful country and some of the best MTRs (Military Training Routes) run through that area for low-level aircraft flights...namely the VR-1355.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 23:42 UTC
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bizi clop: Relevant video:
Farewell - ETAOIN SHRDLU - 1978

“A film created by Carl Schlesinger and David Loeb Weiss documenting the last day of hot metal typesetting at The New York Times. This film shows the entire newspaper production process from hot-metal typesetting to creating stereo moulds to high-speed press operation. At the end of the film, the new typesetting and photographic production process is shown in contrast to the old ways.

There are interviews with workers at NYT that are for and against the new technology. In fact, one typesetter is retiring on this final day as he does not want to learn the new process and technology.”

https://vimeo.com/127605643

Agree. Fascinating documentary. Thanks for posting.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 16:29 UTC

Most cinematographers will be renting these, not buying them. And if you have to ask how much they cost to rent/buy then they probably aren't for you. If these lenses are able to produce the "look" you want, cost is generally irrelevant.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 20:24 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies

These tutorials can be quite helpful in learning how to light a subject with various tools. Vendors who add these types of tutorials to their website not help customers and future customers...but it helps build brand loyalty. "Take care of your customer, and your customer will take care of you."
As someone mentioned below, The Strobist website is another great resource. I also really enjoyed Joe McNally's "Hot Shoe Diaries" and Syl Arena's "Speedliter's Handbook". Both books are somewhat brand specific (Nikon and Canon) but are helpful no matter what you use.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 23:34 UTC as 8th comment

I find these portraits to be interesting and mesmerizing. The postures and expressions, although at first glance appear to be bland and lazy, speak volumes. I understand the disappointment of the DPR disgruntled masses...this is, after all a "gear" site, not an "imagination" or "creativity" site. These portraits are not about extracting the potential of modern, highly-capable gear...hence the hate. These portraits are about extracting the potential of the photographer's vision. And she has succeeded.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 14:11 UTC as 76th comment | 1 reply
On article These are the four cameras that won Oscars in 2017 (112 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: Arri Alexas has been use in several award winning films like "The Revenant"along with Zeiss Master and Leica lenses... Just a piece of info for those who still think a Lumix GH5/Sony A7rii has a chance against these machines.

"Upstream Color" was filmed (?) with a GH2 and I think it's beautifully shot. One of my favorite movies. Looks wonderful on Blu-ray.
http://nofilmschool.com/2013/02/panasonic-gh2-shane-carruth-upstream-color-musgo

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 00:05 UTC
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