Greg VdB

Lives in Earth
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Has a website at www.pbase.com/gbleek
Joined on Sep 6, 2002

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dpfan32: That's what Saturn really looks like :) Very nice photo!
"picture editor from NASA" says it all ;) All NASA pictures are pure CGI.

You can clearly see the hexagon... As Sandy said, amazing for ground-based "amateur" astrophotography!

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 18:52 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (177 comments in total)

As a high-school student there was no way I could ever afford this camera, but goodness me, the amount of time I spent drooling over these specs... ;-) One of the true classics!

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 15:47 UTC as 63rd comment
On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (149 comments in total)

Google AI learned from the best:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/world/europe/botched-restoration-of-ecce-homo-fresco-shocks-spain.html

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 20:18 UTC as 71st comment | 2 replies
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Romasito: I've been subscribing to Adobe's LR+PS plan since Nov 2013 paying €12.09/month.
Looks like so far I've already paid 39 * 12.09 = €471.51. It is a lot of money until you realise that maybe it is not thaat much for 3+ years of use.

I don't really use Photoshop albeit it is included. If Adobe could create a cheaper monthly subscription plan just for LR - I would happily take it.

If it increases additional £10/month - I will probably cancel the subscription, as I don't use the offering to the full extent (i.e. I don't need Photoshop) and will look for a better alternative (I hear Affinity Photo is a good one)

If you don't need PS, why haven't you stuck with the standalone version of Lightroom?

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 11:11 UTC
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Greg VdB: Well there's a surprise... I happily keep on using Lightroom in conjunction with a 50 bucks 2nd-hand copy of Photoshop CS4.

It is indeed a bit annoying that you can't open recent RAW files directly in PS, but most of the time I make do using only Lightroom, reserving PS for those few shots that need (and are worthy of) further adjustments in PS.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 11:06 UTC

Well there's a surprise... I happily keep on using Lightroom in conjunction with a 50 bucks 2nd-hand copy of Photoshop CS4.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 09:49 UTC as 80th comment | 4 replies
On article Stunning time-lapse captures the seasons of Norway (65 comments in total)

Thanks, Morten (and DPR), for offering us some breathtakingly beautiful escapism. Doing a bit of timelapse photography myself, I fully appreciate how much effort goes into the planning, execution and editing of such a project. You and your team did a wonderful job!

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 07:52 UTC as 8th comment

Choosing 25 out of nearly a thousand winners? That in itself almost ensures that the selection doesn't contain any given person's favourite. Might have been more interesting imo if you had selected 25 images each for several categories (e.g. portraits, wildlife, landscapes, architecture,...). I'll leave it at congratulating all of the nearly 1000 winners of 2016.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 08:35 UTC as 14th comment
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AshMills: Who is Trump's Official Photographer? I look forward to seeing the transition of style.

Who needs an official photographer when you can tweet selfies accompanied by inflammatory text and hashtags? #makephotographygreatagain

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 10:24 UTC
On article Got focal range? Canon 24-105mm F4L II sample gallery (101 comments in total)

Surprising that Canon didn't manage to significantly improve on the Mk1, considering the other lenses they (and other manufacturers) have developed in these computer-assisted times.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 14:01 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (100 comments in total)
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Frank in Bridgewater: Where's Canon?

they were busy selling cameras and lenses...

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 08:21 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (100 comments in total)

My Gear of the Year are the cameras, lenses, and accessories that I've bought two years plus ago, and am still happily using. I know, I don't play by the rules ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 17:06 UTC as 29th comment
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AbrasiveReducer: You can see the darkening in the corners, but knowing Tokina, I'll bet it's an outstanding lens. Tokina has been making "art" lenses all along.

I really like shooting with the 11-16mm on my 70D (and in the past enjoyed using a 24-200mm on my Eos 300D), but IMO Tokina lenses generally suffer from too much CA/coma/astigmatism to rival Sigma's "Art" line.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 05:29 UTC

my inner Homer says "Mmm... donuts..."

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 19:51 UTC as 13th comment
On article Canon EOS M5 real-world sample gallery (240 comments in total)

How much does that photogear-carrying dog cost? I want it!

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 12:39 UTC as 54th comment
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Greg VdB: Hey friends, I found a revolutionary way to charge all of my batteries to 1000% of their normal capacity in under 4 seconds! There's no need to upgrade your power grid connections or anything like that - just wire me 500$ and I'll send you a piece of unicorn horn with instruction of how to proceed. Happy days!

Actually I feed rhino horn to my unicorns (in homeopathic solutions obviously) to boost their metaphysical energy levels. Tried the other way around too but it was 5% less effective.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 16:25 UTC

Hey friends, I found a revolutionary way to charge all of my batteries to 1000% of their normal capacity in under 4 seconds! There's no need to upgrade your power grid connections or anything like that - just wire me 500$ and I'll send you a piece of unicorn horn with instruction of how to proceed. Happy days!

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 21:35 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On article Camera Roundups updated for the holidays (46 comments in total)

While I cannot agree with the "semi-pro $2000+" category title, I do applaud you for the effort that goes into these roundups. The choice is so diverse these days that it must be overwhelming for many people, especially newcomers to the hobby, and roundups like this can only help.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 21:02 UTC as 19th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Casio QV-4000 (59 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Wekk files from a G1 Canon in RAW with the same lens are better, and the colour is better too, but for some reasons I still do not understand I loved my QV4000, I just loved it. I would continually challenge its dreadful automatic noise reduction by shooting really highly detailed images like thistle heads, and then labour for ages in the attempt to extract any genuine detail from them, fascinated by the effects of noise reduction! But ergonomically a fabulous machine to use. The lens far outresolves anything the chip can, and was used sucessfully on the G2 Canon. It is as good as a Summicron, and for little IQ loss and extension etc you can fit the Canon Adaptors though you need the Casio tube to do it. I used to use it all the time, and got some really nice snaps. All would technically have been vastly improved if I had used a G2 Canon instead, but would I have taken THOSE photographs with one? The answer comes back, no.

I disliked ("hated" would be too strong) but loved mine for the same reasons. I particularly remember when switching to the Eos 300D that I missed the quality feel of the QV4000. As such I find it a bit of a pity that this throwback article only focuses on the scene modes (I guess nobody at DPR HQ owned one), because there was much more to this camera. Luckily us users remember ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 19:12 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Casio QV-4000 (59 comments in total)
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Claus-C. Plaass: Greetings to all QV 4000ers here !

Being my first digicam in 2002 or so, what a progress she offered vs my analog NIKON 801. Although at 650 DEM, the comfy workflow and savings in time and money paid off. With her Canon 2.0 / 38-113 (?) lens from their G-series, full exposure control up to 40s. (?), extra wide and tele lens, an x-contact for flash, she was what i needed. As a writer for intl yachting mags,
her 4MP chip made cover pages at 133 print dots possible, earning me lots of usd - without rushing slide strips by express mail around the globe. plus i took her on bicycle trips across rainy latvia & ireland and warm israel. she took it all.

but she had her drawbacks: she was slow in startup, saving, focussing, over the years her screen got darker (the friendly folks at casio europe hamburg asking 130eur for a new one ), so after 8 years of heavy use 24-7-365, she was replaced by a panasonic fz100

Would I buy her again ? Yes, her principle "enthusiast robust compact" works.

Indeed, that was amazing value for the money you got out of your QV4000. Also goes to show how spoiled and whiny we are about micro-flaws in present-day cameras (and phones!)...

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 19:05 UTC
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