David Pastern

Lives in Australia Australia
Works as a IT Support
Has a website at http://www.macro-images.com/
Joined on Oct 9, 2008

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bossa: If Nikon are adding code that deliberately sabotages Sigma lenses could that be regarded as anti-competitive and be subject to damages claims (class action) from Sigma users?

Wholly agreed, but our governments are useless. The best thing for industry would be the complete abolishment of software patents and trademarks. Industry would flourish and benefit us, the consumer. I don't really give a crap about big business.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 06:46 UTC
On photo Common Red Eye Butterfly. in the When Insects or Spiders Moult (Molt) challenge (2 comments in total)

super shot. In the top 2 imho. Well done!

Dave

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 12:11 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Warning: Violence in the When Insects or Spiders Moult (Molt) challenge (1 comment in total)

magnifique!

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 12:11 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Almost Complete in the When Insects or Spiders Moult (Molt) challenge (3 comments in total)

superb!

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 12:08 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Review (514 comments in total)
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SnappyUK: I ordered the RX100M2 from a well-known online retailer named after a South American river, and sent it back the day it arrived. I had several reasons for this:

I didn't like the position of the video button. I don't have huge hands but my thumb kept knocking it so I'd end up recording a short sequence of video instead of taking a photo.

The lack of click-stops on the ring around the lens was unsatisfying, I also found the autofocus hunted a lot, especially when focussing close-up.

My biggest gripe, however, was how fragile the pop-up flash felt when extended.

The few test shots I took were nice, but not exceptional (IMHO) and I wasn't too impressed by the image stabilisation, so I'll be looking at other cameras instead.

hear hear. Physical retailers are whinging about losing sales to online stores, well guess what guys - improve your customer service and stock the damn items and offer competitive prices. If you can't do that, then go the way of the Dinosaur. Oh, and trying to return items to most physical retailers is downright painful, Amazon is fuss free.

As to the camera itself, I had a quick play with it today and its ergonomics don't inspire me at all. IQ feels very good though, AF is fine and it's small & light. If only Sony improved the F stop at the long end of the lens range - even f4 or f3.5 would be a massive boon imho.

Dave

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2013 at 11:16 UTC
On article 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) (352 comments in total)
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borisz: I would also recommend the lesser known, but very good Zoner Photo Studio Pro (actually ver. 15), quite similar to ACDSee

I'd never ever recommend Capture One ever again. Any company that stops me legally selling the software to another individual (breaking several local laws I might add) is one I'll never deal with again.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 02:22 UTC
On photo 4422375892_3e747593c0_o in the The World of Roleplay challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks, I didn't expect this to win! Really happy, thanks to everyone who voted.

Dave

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2013 at 02:15 UTC as 1st comment
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Tomskyair: Despite the fact that I eventually got my free upgrade I'm not overly optimistic for the future of NIK products at all.

Right now it looks as if the full installer for NIK by Google doesn't employ any kind of copy protection. Neither a product key nor any kind of online activation/registration seem to be required. I could just give the EXE or DMG to a friend on a USB flash drive, couldn't I? People will definitely try and my guess is that they are going to be successful.

So do Google intentionally try to shoot their own foot? I don't think so. The free giveaways and the massively slashed price don't seem to make sense at first glance but they might just be the bait to hook as many people as possible before turning the whole thing into a cloud-based distribution on a subscription basis.

Of course you can continue to use your current version but at some point it will become obsolete/incompatible and then you'll have to swallow Google's bitter subscription pill or say bye-bye.

I think you'll find there'll be a phone home component to the software. Once found, it should be pretty easy to kill by editing your localhosts file I suspect. Not that I'm encouraging piracy, but I strongly dislike underhanded tactics from software vendors too. I'm a firm believer that our respective governments need to far more heavily police software vendors that they current do (not at all). Consumers have no rights under current software TOS/licences and it's the only consumer product that does this.

Dave

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 14:38 UTC
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khurtwilliams: The new software agreement for Nik Collection by Google:

1. Welcome to the Nik Collection by Google!
Thanks for your interest in the Nik Collection by Google (the “Service”)!
By downloading and using the Service, you agree to the following terms, in addition to the Google Terms of Service (the "Google ToS"), collectively the “Terms.” For clarity, Google's provision of the Service described in these Terms constitutes a “Service” as defined in the Google ToS.

Could you post the entirety of the TOS or a link to them? I'm not in a situation where I can install the software on my new PC for a few days.

Dave

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 14:36 UTC
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David Pastern: Just decided to buy it - I had been looking to buy Silver EFex2 for the past few months (but had put it off due to other financial commitments), but this is just too good a deal to let go.

I've got both Photoshop CS6 and lightroom 4, can I install the plugins to both pieces of software simultaneously and use them both? Or only pick one of the software pieces and use the plugins with that only?

Also, if I understand correctly, there are no product keys required to get the software running, just simply install the plugins via the downloaded exe file?

Dave

Thanks! So, no keys required then I assume, given that no one else is mentioning them. Thanks for the reply, much appreciated.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 09:26 UTC

Just decided to buy it - I had been looking to buy Silver EFex2 for the past few months (but had put it off due to other financial commitments), but this is just too good a deal to let go.

I've got both Photoshop CS6 and lightroom 4, can I install the plugins to both pieces of software simultaneously and use them both? Or only pick one of the software pieces and use the plugins with that only?

Also, if I understand correctly, there are no product keys required to get the software running, just simply install the plugins via the downloaded exe file?

Dave

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 14:05 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On photo m42 in the Challenge of Challenges 2011 challenge (4 comments in total)

Thanks guys! I didn't even know the challenge of challenges competition existed and that I'd been auto entered lol! Very very happy with 20th place!

Dave

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:33 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Like a feather in the Challenge of Challenges 2011 challenge (18 comments in total)

What an awesome image. A deserving #2. Very well done!

Dave

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:32 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On Challenge:5785 (4 comments in total)

How strict are you being on the term "macro"? 1:1 or higher mag, or lower mag shots of larger insects like Dragonflies/Damselflies etc that are best shot at lower mags?

Dave

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 at 07:45 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article Macro photography: Understanding magnification (123 comments in total)
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(unknown member): My biggest wonder about macro is this:

How on earth do you get something such as an insect to stay where you want it to be whilst you set up the shot?!

One should NEVER freeze insects or arachnids or interfere with them in any way. Artie Morris doesn't tranquilise birds does he? Moose Peterson? John Shaw? nope. If you can't get the shot as is, then leave the insect or arachnid be. What you are suggesting is completely immoral and defeats the purpose of being a nature photographer in the first place.

re: the article - I guess from a technical point of view, it's nice, but it isn't strictly required knowledge from my experience imho. I've been shooting macro for near 10 years now, so I'm not exactly a newbie, so newbs may find this article of interest.

Dave

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:54 UTC
On photo My Copland Amplifier in the Consumer's World: Home Audio challenge (1 comment in total)

It's probably class AB switching, pure Class A (true Class A) isn't as common as people think. Copland has a good reputation, I'm yet to hear one though. Lovely looking amp.

Dave

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2011 at 10:51 UTC as 1st comment
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