Patcheye

Patcheye

Lives in United Kingdom United Kingdom
Joined on Nov 23, 2013

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On article Ten ways to shake 'photographer's block' for good (89 comments in total)

One of the great things I find about photography are the subjects that accompany it.

Loved street photography for years but these days, with some people's attitude about being photographed, it can be tiresome and heavy going. Architecture is interesting but, there again, you can have security minded nuts thinking the property they're being paid peanuts to protect is some target that terrorists can't wait to take out with a tripod and a wide lens!

Got tired of the street hassle and have ventured into Macro. Technically tough (and at 70) it pushes ones aching bones to get down and dirty at times, many, many more misses than hits but when one succeeds it's like the kick I got when I first went out and about with a camera - also learning the habits and habitats of insects, flowers, spiders in their thousands either in your back garden or local park mean an endless educational opportunity. Will never touch the Professionals - but great fun - isn't that what photography is meant to be?

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 14:16 UTC as 58th comment

At the current rate of the £ in the UK I couldn't afford the fine - can I do community service instead?

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 14:33 UTC as 50th comment

Actually this rule will only hit the touts if enforced properly. Decades back such hawkers hit tourist & seaside places in the UK - see Michael Caine in the original 'Alfie' for an idea of how pushy they could be. Problem might be, as can happen here, that if you have professional looking gear you might be assumed to be earning money from taking shots.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 14:24 UTC as 2nd comment
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (342 comments in total)
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tedwill48167: I tend to prefer black and white in photos I display at home. These are all amazing photos.

Me too Ted - but the wife prefers colour! So in the interests of domestic harmony you may assume correctly that the majority of my prints currently on display are not mono!

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 14:07 UTC
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (342 comments in total)

Always have been attracted by the mono image. Many older photographers will remember just how expensive in film developing colour was for the home enthusiast. Personally, it goes back to the cinema days and from there photographers like McCullin (in his landscapes) influenced the dramatic & timeless quality that skillfully rendered prints achieve. Great to see it still appreciate and so expertly displayed - enjoyed the article & comments.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 13:58 UTC as 17th comment
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iudex: I think pros are a bit different from us, gearheads and GAS-affected that think of buying new gear as soon as it is released, just because we love new toys. Pros are concerned with outcome, not with the means. I think one very important thing for a pro is knowing his gear perfectly and being able to control the camera instantly and without looking. That is why C/N do not change the button layout of high-end cameras that much. Switching to a completely new brand means learning completely new handling and buttons/dials, which might at the begining lower the effectiveness of work.

Absolutely! Walk around = Fuji. Serious - Canon. Not because they are the super extreme cameras of all time but I know what they can and can't do and work accordingly.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 14:15 UTC
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Graham Austin: big fan of the 24-105 f4
Great workhorse lens and really nice results

A lens Gavin Hooey made great use of on YouTube until he drifted to Mirrorless.

Use mine regularly on the 5Diii great balance.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 15:24 UTC
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Dr_Jon: In a no-doubt shocking response my favourite lens depends on what I'm shooting. But if I had to pick a favourite the 100 L Macro would just edge the 8-15 with several others following close behind.

Agree - joy to use.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 15:19 UTC
On article Belgian wins €15,000 Zeiss Award for Faroes project (50 comments in total)
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BadScience: low contrast, low colour is back in fashion

makes a change from super saturated of recent times, Wilde comes to mind... “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”

BadScience: Totally agree. The cooler images draw you in whilst the stronger push you back. Easier for the eye (at least the one I have) to take the image in.

Have read somewhere that preference is often regional - Mexico, California being more ready to accept strong colour than those of us who live in more northern climes -good to see it returning.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
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Patcheye: why is the subscription option so criticised on so many websites? £8.57 per month = about a cup of coffee and and a sandwich where I live - no not London. Is that really a rip off when it costs £5 for a return local bus trip?

I back-up my stuff on separate hard drives & am just a hobbyist these days - still a lot cheaper than playing golf.

ThomasH-always: Yes, that's been my experience - kept 5.7 as a sort of back-up if & when needed. Thought of buying the stand-alone re 6 but then thought - well, I've regularly promised my self not to buy new lenses or maybe upgrade a camera - but like New Year resolutions I give in and then I end up having one item that doesn't correspond with that purchase - and maybe I'm easily pleased but paying monthly didn't seem a bad deal - but we're all different - as I've discvered since reading these forums! Cheers.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 12:03 UTC
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Patcheye: why is the subscription option so criticised on so many websites? £8.57 per month = about a cup of coffee and and a sandwich where I live - no not London. Is that really a rip off when it costs £5 for a return local bus trip?

I back-up my stuff on separate hard drives & am just a hobbyist these days - still a lot cheaper than playing golf.

OK, but don't the regular licences run only to the next upgrade?

I have a stand-a-lone 5.7 but can't download updates since 6 came out.

I've also checked Capture 1 pro 10 and to buy it's 279 EUR = to nearly £25 per 12 months as advertised on their site - they do offer a monthly subscription but didn't follow the link as it's purchase price seemed rather beyond me. Comparable?

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 16:00 UTC

why is the subscription option so criticised on so many websites? £8.57 per month = about a cup of coffee and and a sandwich where I live - no not London. Is that really a rip off when it costs £5 for a return local bus trip?

I back-up my stuff on separate hard drives & am just a hobbyist these days - still a lot cheaper than playing golf.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 14:52 UTC as 4th comment | 6 replies
On article Stunning time-lapse captures the seasons of Norway (65 comments in total)

On a flat, damp, dismal day in England an absolute treat - Sweden in May with a lightning visit to Norway - can't wait!

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 11:21 UTC as 6th comment
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manchumuq: The one taken in the subway train looks totally like the Fuji Classic Chrome film simulation.

So glad you said that, thought my one eye was misleading me!

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (424 comments in total)
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kobakokh: Sometimes I think why people so hard discussing the battery life in modern cameras. Whats problem to take second or third batteries and don't have big and heavy cameras? And, of course, how many shoots they do per day? more then 700? Really? What? 300 shoots per one battery is not enough? 2x300? 3x300?

XT-1 & XT10 user and can advise, through over a year's use, that EXpro (I'm not involved with the company) batteries are a decent alternative at a fraction of the price and being so you can afford as many as you want or need.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 11:22 UTC

XT-2 looks very similar to my old Asahi Pentax K1000 - which is still used occasionally - wonder whether this one will still be usable in 30 - 40 years time?

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 11:23 UTC as 8th comment | 5 replies
On article Cokin launches vintage-styled Riviera Classic tripod (95 comments in total)
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Rod McD: I'm 60 and don't ever recall seeing leather covered tripod legs...... That aside the specs are actually quite good in relation to the legs, height and weight. I'm a lot less sure about the head - It looks like it only has two planes of adjustment. How does it work for vertical orientation? - It seems you probably have to rotate the camera on the QR plate and flip the head over to turn the camera onto its side. No thanks - there's a reason no-one makes those any more.....

AKA: Downton Abbey!

Such items (regardless of weight - like non-powered steering in cars) were such joys to use as long as one never left home without one's Butler & Chauffeur.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 12:33 UTC
On article Cokin launches vintage-styled Riviera Classic tripod (95 comments in total)

If the old ones were so good why did we invent newer one?

Has the look (including carry case) of Mugger over here, rob me!

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 12:23 UTC as 4th comment
On article Field Test: Wedding Photography with the Fujifilm X-T2 (233 comments in total)

Lovely when all goes well -however how did the editing workflow pan out?

Use the XT-1 & like it a lot but the battery life? -Switching pre-view off to take flash in dark or brightly lit areas to get a reasonable reading wouldn't encourage me to swop it for my Canon even at the cost of noise ina wedding situation. Reading a lot of criticism re using LightRoom from certain sectors of the wedding industry it would be interesting to have feed back on those issues from current pro's using the Fuji system.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 13:40 UTC as 10th comment
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Biowizard: For all those green-eyed folks bemoaning the price of a top-end Pro modular camera, here's a funny thought. Judged by sensor area, this camera is about 2/3rds the cost of an iPhone 7:

iPhone Sensor is 5.05mm * 3.72mm = 18.786 mm^2
100Mpx Phase One is 44mm * 33mm = 1452 mm^2

Cost of 128Gb iPhone from Apple Store = £699

£699 * 1452 / 18.786 = £54,026.83

So for bang-for-the-buck, based entirely on sensor size, the Phase One wins hands down compared to an iPhone.

There. ;-)

Brian

And the best thing is no one is going to email, Twitter or phone me on it!!! Freedom at last.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 13:27 UTC
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