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

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On article Incredible microscopic close-ups of a peacock feather (110 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 (115 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 62nd 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
On article DPReview and the TWiT Network team-up to talk cameras (24 comments in total)

Nice work, Dale! I enjoyed watching you and the crusty old guys talking cameras and film.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 23:56 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (424 comments in total)
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vscd: ...I'm interested how the fifth will be named ;)

X100F+1. Duh.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 14:00 UTC
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AstroStan: "color distracts you from the image"

And goosed-up color, even more so. I can't help but notice that nearly every photo in the recent awards is hyper-saturated. But I suppose that's what grabs the competition for eyeballs, even if it's only a 1-3 second glance. This aesthetic runs rampant in pretty pic astro-imaging.

Hmm. Last I checked, we live in a world of color. I do believe you are the jaded one.

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 19:02 UTC

I wonder if the overheating problems have been addressed.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2016 at 14:22 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply

Has he finally switched to a digital workflow? Maybe his pictures will be in color now.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 03:17 UTC as 18th comment

How about adding an embed feature? Until then, Google Photos is useless to me.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 14:22 UTC as 24th comment
On article You've got mail: Five photo postcard apps tested (43 comments in total)
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odpisan: I found my own way .. I've made diferent greeting cards of my photos & I send those selfmade cards by email.
:o)

Not very useful if you're on the road or on vacation and want to send a postcard to friends or family.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 21:15 UTC

Although these cameras are enticing...I'll stick with my Merrills. The matched lenses are excellent and they are small, simple cameras. Not an all-purpose camera but a top-notch performer if applied and used correctly.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 12:47 UTC as 53rd comment
On photo December 20, 2013, Sea Wall, Iloilo, Philippines in the December sky challenge (1 comment in total)

Nicely done.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 00:59 UTC as 1st comment
On photo DSE_7593 - Remain of a Pencil in the What would that look like up really close challenge (2 comments in total)

You have taken an ordinary object and made it interesting. Nicely done.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 18:57 UTC as 2nd comment
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