mjdundee

mjdundee

Has a website at www.dreamtime.de
Joined on Nov 28, 2004

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On photo Tidal Pool at Port Stephens, NSW in the Rock Pools challenge (1 comment in total)

Great theme: Advantage Australia - come on - make us jealous!

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 09:28 UTC as 1st comment
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places (122 comments in total)
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daddyo: Sorry, I'm not buying the Statue of Liberty image.
First, there is no way the moon would appear that large in relation to the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is enormous, and I find it extremely hard to see how the moon, that high on the horizon would appear that large -- at least I've never witnessed it.
Second, if you visit the photographer's website, you will see other similar images of a crescent moon next to the Statue of Liberty with both the statue in focus and crater detail on the moon in focus -- that just does not happen.
I've done way too many shots of the moon, and know that in order to get crater detail, you have to focus on the moon 239,000 miles away -- you're not going to get sharp focus also on something a half mile away too.
Call me skeptical.

You are right - I didn't realize you were talking about other/similar images,
sorry, mate. Still I'd like to know the sensor size, the distance to SoL and full exif data before I blame this a face image.
On the photographers website here are too many similar shots with crater details in different light situations - if they were all photoshopped this means a lot of work.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 17:19 UTC
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places (122 comments in total)
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daddyo: Sorry, I'm not buying the Statue of Liberty image.
First, there is no way the moon would appear that large in relation to the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is enormous, and I find it extremely hard to see how the moon, that high on the horizon would appear that large -- at least I've never witnessed it.
Second, if you visit the photographer's website, you will see other similar images of a crescent moon next to the Statue of Liberty with both the statue in focus and crater detail on the moon in focus -- that just does not happen.
I've done way too many shots of the moon, and know that in order to get crater detail, you have to focus on the moon 239,000 miles away -- you're not going to get sharp focus also on something a half mile away too.
Call me skeptical.

I fully agree to you - except one thing: where do you see crater detail in this shot?
Until you know the camera/lens combi used here it is impossible to tell wether this is virtual reality or simply sophisticated photographic work.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
On photo Horse head in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 8. H challenge (4 comments in total)
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Dutch Newchurch: Nicely composed shot telling an interesting story. I'm surprised it didn't finish much higher in this challenge.

That is exactly what I do - shooting just for fun and sharing some of the better shots - in my very own and individual view . At least for me thismeans a lot of fun; )

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 17:45 UTC
On photo Horse head in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 8. H challenge (4 comments in total)
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Dutch Newchurch: Nicely composed shot telling an interesting story. I'm surprised it didn't finish much higher in this challenge.

Thanks for your feedback. The most ambitious challenge for me is however to choose just one of the various views and makes in my pictures.
Since I seem to look different at many things in life than the majority of people around me I am not surprized to see they take a different choice.
I still hope that this is the reason for the .5 to 2 star voters and not because the shot was technically miserable or missed the subject.
I think this case is a classical - I had a great experience and tried to catch this in a photograph instead of creating a experience for the viewr with my camera ; )

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 07:52 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (212 comments in total)
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Max Ander: I had one but the performance (image quality wise) was disappointing.

I got a Fuji X70 instead and whilst more expensive and a little bigger, images were FAR superior IMHO and to me worth the extra cash and size.

(No doubting the G9X is tiny tho).

The only differences compared to my trusty S95 I can see are the two design faults on the top plate. No progress in image quality despite much bigger sensor can only mean the G9X lens is nothing to write home about.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 15:59 UTC
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)
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Robemo: Looks very nice. But for € 1600 in Europe (= $ 1780) I feel no urge to run to the shop to get one and dump my old gear. I see this tendency of ever rising prices for this kind of gear while my 'old gear' is doing fine and the camera sales in general are down. So what's wrong in this trend?

You are probably right, but I doubt that many shhoters (me included) are willing and/or able to produce better results from raw than the jgs out of a a 6500.
Maybe I am wrong but I stopped trying this a
few years ago already.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)
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Robemo: Looks very nice. But for € 1600 in Europe (= $ 1780) I feel no urge to run to the shop to get one and dump my old gear. I see this tendency of ever rising prices for this kind of gear while my 'old gear' is doing fine and the camera sales in general are down. So what's wrong in this trend?

I remember having payed exactly the same amount when the ultimate DSLR hit the market in September 2004. It was called EOS 20 D and if I compare of what had been delivered I think the price of a 6500 may be more than justified for what the Sony delivers on top. There is hardlly any difference to the semi pro DSLRs of 2016 which start at 2500.00 +

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
On photo Living Textures in the Rough & Smooth in Nature challenge (3 comments in total)

Great find and very well composed. I can hear the dinosaurs in the bg. Congrats.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 05:24 UTC as 1st comment
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)

Steve is still around. Virtual photography has made it into the mother tool of virtual reality. Wow, what an invention. Another Must Have for the cyber spacers.
Lets get 'appled' again.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 20:39 UTC as 175th comment
On photo END OF THE LINE-DP in the WAR challenge (8 comments in total)
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T bird: "Also seriousely: then why didn't you name this challenge - surreal artistic estreme PS experience? This is definitelly a fantastic work but a photograph representing war doesn't necessarily come in mind when you first look at it."

The word war is an extreme word. The top three in this challenge are each wonderful shots in my mind. To me though the word war means death, killing starvation, and Armageddon. These can be represented in a variety of ways. To each his own but tome none of these 3 should have gotten .5 stars.

6 out of the first 10 posts have received at least once .5 and each of them looks technically better than average to me.
There are very view possibilities to explain the voting in DPR challenges by technical or photographical quality. Many times emotion or sometimes even jealousy and egomania may determine the voting more, than all other criteria - nothing much different from the real life here.
I wouldn't be surprized if some of the multi alias voters here do not only vote their own entries 4 or 5 stars but also vote the most competitive entries .5 or 1 stars without any special reason - just because....

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 15:25 UTC
On photo END OF THE LINE-DP in the WAR challenge (8 comments in total)
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T bird: No disrespect to the winners but this image is exactly what I was thinking of when I started the challenge, fantastic!

Also seriousely: then why didn't you name this challenge - surreal artistic estreme PS experience? This is definitelly a fantastic work but a photograph representing war doesn't necessarily come in mind when you first look at it.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 08:41 UTC
On photo Rock Towers in the Landscape - Colour #3 challenge (2 comments in total)

Very nice view and compo. Fantastic Pentax colours. Well done.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 15:19 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Leopoldsteinersee in the Landscape - Colour #3 challenge (2 comments in total)

Amazing capture. I`d really like to jump in -;
Congratulations. This was one of my favourites too and it is a well deserved win.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 15:18 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Grand Canyon Storm in the Random Items - Challenge 21 challenge (26 comments in total)

Amazing capture of a nature's very own dramatic choreography.
Congrats. Well deserved win. Well done.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 10:49 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

Long before this, from the mid 1970s - Minox 35 GT was and is my first and most compact serious camera.
It has a excellent collapsable 35mm/2.8 Color Minotar lens and a hot shoe. size is identicall to a RX 100 without lens barrel. Focus is fully manual. There are two rings on the lens barrel. Choose the aperture and the focus ring wil indicate the range of focus. I still love this little thing.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 14:39 UTC as 119th comment | 1 reply
On photo Summerset in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (3 comments in total)

Thank you Ruth for your time and efforts with gteat challenges on DPR.
Even a poor summer can produce nice views.
It is August now - in the past a dry and hot month. In 2016 it feels like a mild, wet winter. Times have changed - definitelly.
Regads,
Thomas

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 06:52 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Fuerstenlager Bensheim in the Local Park challenge (2 comments in total)

Thks. Yes, Fuerstenlager is a beautifull place. Shot was taken in panorama mode - vertikal. RX 100 II does excellent in camera panos. I use this tool frequently. It almost replaces a ultra wideangle lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 06:04 UTC as 1st comment

Fantastic light , colours and great composition.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 14:16 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo In the vineyard in the The Coloured Leaves of Autumn challenge (1 comment in total)

Many votes - thank you voters.
Ifeel really sorry for the ones who votet 0.5 and 1star.
Nothing you do in life is in vain.
Have a nice weekend - and always good light.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 04:48 UTC as 1st comment
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