spitfire31

Lives in Sweden Nykoping, Sweden
Works as a Photographer and videographer, editor, producer
Joined on Jul 14, 2010

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D200_4me: I love my iPhone, but I'm never buying a Mac computer. There's no reason to. They're more expensive and my PC is very fast and has all the ports, etc that I want/need...and there's no end to the software that's available for it.

"my PC is very fast and has all the ports, etc that I want/need…"

But it still has to run (yeech!) Windows.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 10:22 UTC

Image gear development seems to be heading in two diametrically opposite directions. On the one hand, 4K is all the rage and offers a resolution that force you to change all your monitors, projectors and what have you.

Then, OTOH, we are supposed to go all OOOH! over a gadget with a worse image quality than a 20 year old digital compact. 360 degrees or not, it's just a laughable novelty with no practical use, at this stage.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 18:40 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
On photo November in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 14, N challenge (6 comments in total)

The almost uniform red cast makes this image just look heavily red filtered – boring, without some complementary reference colour to break the chromatic monotony. For instance, the tree trunk could tend to neutral, with a slight cyan tinge.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 21:44 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (387 comments in total)
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spitfire31: For me, the LX10 is DOA (disqualified on arrival) because of the lack of a viewfinder option.

I love my LX7 with the tiltable LVF2 finder and I couldn't imagine shooting video without being able to steady the camera against my face. But I'd certainly like it to have a 1" sensor…

But reduces versatility for a video pro. ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 02:57 UTC

When shooting documentaries in Niger and Kenya some 30 years ago, I always had an SX70 in my camera bag. It worked wonders as a social can opener in touchy environments (Nairobi slum, Niger tiny villages) where people were camera shy, to put it mildly.

A couple of Polaroids of the local chief and doors were opened like nothing else. Their faces, when the images magically started to appear in that blank rectangle, were priceless.

As a funny aside, at a Polaroid press meeting, someone mentioned that even persons who had never seen a Polaroid photo before, when they were handed a blank print as it came out of the camera, they invariably started waving it back and forth to speed up the process. Yes, they did, even in rural Niger. ;-)

No, I won't buy an overpriced SX70 in the year 2016…

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 08:02 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Misty Morning Valleys in the Foggy day challenge (3 comments in total)

Superb, almost magical image. I'm reminded of old Chinese landscape ink paintings.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 07:57 UTC as 3rd comment

Adobe seems to be desperately trying to justify its subscription model with stupid eye candy. Pathetic.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 15:01 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (387 comments in total)

For me, the LX10 is DOA (disqualified on arrival) because of the lack of a viewfinder option.

I love my LX7 with the tiltable LVF2 finder and I couldn't imagine shooting video without being able to steady the camera against my face. But I'd certainly like it to have a 1" sensor…

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 07:58 UTC as 79th comment | 2 replies

I expect this will work/not work similarly to the other 'content (somewhat) aware' tools – perfectly sometimes (with images that you could easily fix yourself), and just a bizarre disaster at other times, so you still have to fix it yourself. Not too impressed. ;-)

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 12:48 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply

I downloaded the demo, briefly tried it out on a couple of pics and then erased it from my HD.

At its heart is some glorified but less tweakable version of the Selection Brush in Photoshop. I had to do a LOT of fiddling with moderately complex photos in order to get reasonable maskings with a tool that feels much clumsier and difficult to control in use than the PS SB.

The simple zebra still above probably represents a suitable complexity for LandscapePro.

In fact, there's nothing "Pro" in LandscapePro that I can find, at least not in its current 1.0 guise and certainly nothing that can't be done quicker and more contrallably in PS, perhaps aided by a masking plug-in such as Topaz ReMask 5.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 05:31 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (306 comments in total)
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spitfire31: I just can't understand that Sony didn't give the III, with its respectable video features and premium price, a touch screen for focus point positioning.

I hope they'll see the light when it's time for the RX10IV…

Thanks for the heads up, Chris! Appreciate it.

While I'm also considering using the RX10 mainly for 'journalistic video' purposes, I'd have liked the option, for instance when interviewing several persons, of cueing focus on the screen.

Since you're using the II, could you say if it's possible to have the moveable focus frame visible during actual shooting and set focus with a programmable button, for instance?

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (306 comments in total)

I just can't understand that Sony didn't give the III, with its respectable video features and premium price, a touch screen for focus point positioning.

I hope they'll see the light when it's time for the RX10IV…

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 15:46 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies

Still no touch screen. :-( So useful for controlling AF when shooting video on a tripod.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 16:46 UTC as 84th comment
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princecody: New sensor?

From the first paragraph on the page:

"The camera uses the same 1"-type stacked CMOS sensor which produces 20MP stills as well as 4K/UHD video, and does not replace the RX10 II…"

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 16:45 UTC
On photo DownloadOriginal.aspx 0115 March 28, 2009-Edit in the Post Processing Challenge - Look challenge (13 comments in total)

To my eyes, her face looks like it's been covered in some thin silica rubber mask with cutouts for the eyes.

Also, the motif on the scarf, or whatever it is over her shoulders, is distractingly attention-grabbing in the lower left corner. It could usefully have been held back and perhaps defocused in order not to compete so obviously with her face.

Nice handiwork, though!

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 04:19 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Shante in the Fashion shoot challenge (4 comments in total)

Is Shante about to fall asleep or is she just plain bored?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2016 at 04:08 UTC as 4th comment
On photo Shoot... in the Fashion shoot challenge (1 comment in total)

The first photo (going from Place #1) where the model doesn't look like a digital rendering or a bored victim of an inept director.

This one I really like, with its immediacy, clever pose and, above all, portrayal of a real, living and obviously charming person.

Fashion pic? Maybe. More like a full body portrait, to my eyes, but again – it's ALIVE!

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2016 at 04:05 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Fashionista in the Fashion shoot challenge (1 comment in total)

– Did I lock the car, or didn't I?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2016 at 03:57 UTC as 1st comment
On article Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera (359 comments in total)
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draschan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Nh9BTMWj9M

If you want the film look, there's any number of Premiere/Final Cut/Avid plug ins to give you every artifact you could wish for. ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 23:50 UTC
On article Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera (359 comments in total)
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Barry1234: Not sure why there is so much negativity surrounding this product. Seems like every time you mention the words 'film' or 'analog' the digital loyalists get a bee in their bonnet, as if they have to defend their decision to shoot digitally. I take my hat off to Kodak for sticking to their guns and keeping the medium alive. There are many here who say the look of film can be recreated digitally. This may be so, but here's an idea; why not just shoot film to get the look of film!

The answer to the last question is (hold your breath now):

COST

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 23:48 UTC
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