Tom_Bruno

Lives in United States USA, CT, United States
Joined on Nov 1, 2005

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fatdeeman: Not sure what happened to the comment thread that I replied to but people criticising the artistic merit of the sample shots seem to be missing the point by a country mile, they are sample shots, not a photographic essay.

The creativity of the shots varies because presumably the person taking them was travelling and didn't have time to set up professional art masterpieces. They probably had time constraints and had to deal with the lighting as it came.

Besides that, we all take snapshots and we all take opportunist photos that lay somewhere in between, these samples are more than adequate.

Right. These are more to show the abilities of the camera in difficult and extreme lighting conditions. There are useful pairings of ooc jpegs coupled with files edited to taste in camera raw, which show a fairly enormous DR on this camera. I'm impressed! Your average snapshooting character (me, for example) can rescue descent shots out of horrendous contrasty shadows with the 7500. A good and useful group of samples.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2017 at 13:38 UTC
On article Study: people don't actually like looking at selfies (200 comments in total)
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sop51: It's not just selfies people don't want to see, the world is completely awash in boring images no one wants to look at. The currency of photography has been completely devalued by the billions and billions of pointless snapshots made every single day. Unless it's a picture of Elvis stepping out of a UFO ~ in perfect focus, expertly composed and with beautiful bokeh, mind you ~ nobody wants to see it.

I say bring back Daguerreotypes. People valued photography when you had to polish a sheet of silver-plated copper to a mirror finish, treat it with fumes to make the surface light sensitive then expose it for ten minutes in a huge camera. In the good old days folks paid good money just to look at crappy daguerreotypes on a wall. These days you couldn't pay me enough to even glance at the stuff saved on most people's smartphones. Unless it's a picture of a cat.

"Unless it's a picture of Elvis stepping out of a UFO ~ in perfect focus, expertly composed and with beautiful bokeh, mind you..."
...And unless there's high rez audio, with him singing 'All Shook Up" with girl aliens doing backup, nobody's gonna care. Too many too many snaps and selfies already, arrgghhh.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 03:08 UTC
On photo Elephants Performing in the Random Items - Challenge 29 challenge (32 comments in total)

Terrific shot! Very engaging. The elephants look like they're having a lot of fun.

There are some nonsense posts here, about animals being "tortured." No, no. These guys are lovingly pampered by their handlers. The real risk for elephants is when they're in their "natural" setting in the wild, and being killed by poachers. These guys have a terrific, safe, loving home. And they're very clever, agile and photogenic. Good stuff!

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 14:03 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies

It's getting pret-ty wild. Pretty soon you'll be able to make anything look like anything else, and anybody to look like who you want. Cameras? Who needs 'em?

Check out this link about a "neural photo editor." Play the short video to get the idea:

http://petapixel.com/2016/09/27/neural-photo-editor-like-fully-automatic-photoshop/

It's a wild world, in that there Photoshop place.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 01:53 UTC as 13th comment
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nunatak: Analysis: "The gentlemen we spoke to didn't quite say it, but let's be honest - the D500 is a camera for DPReview readers. All those who complained for years that the D300S didn't have a proper replacement can take pleasure in the fact that it was your complaints that lead directly to the creation of the D500"

indeed, let's be honest. DPreview had far less to do with this, i think, than Thom's persistent and nagging criticism. to be fair, when Thom engaged daily at DPreview, he got the crowd going. if he had his own forum, Nikon would have read his readers complaints there. simply said, w/o Thom stirring the pot as hard as he did ... i suspect the chances of realizing a D500 were far, far less. JMO.

Yes, Thom was instrumental here. On his own website, bythom.com, he has been presenting knowledgeable business analyses of the compelling need for a D300s replacement, for years. He has met with top Nikon executives. They know him. They respect him.

I'm sure all the folks here have made a compelling case for Nikon to make the D500. DPR forum members have been vocal and unanimous in clamoring for a true D300s replacement. Nikon has surely been motivated by all of us here. After all, we're the ones spending the money that keeps them in business!

The only mystery is -- why didn't Nikon figure this out themselves? Why should it take years of customers vocal insistence to come out with a camera that's bound to be a big seller? Even more mysterious, why did Nikon opt instead for a camera no one was asking for, the One series?

Ah, the mysterious East. But they are making great cameras still. Congrats to Nikon -- and to us.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 13:17 UTC

I LOVE my D750! I love it more than my D800E. A lot more, actually. It's powerful, compact, feels great in the hands, solid strong build, so far quite weatherproof, very quick focus, phenomenal detail in the images, amazing DR, amazing in low light, full bracketing options. And a flippy screen, which one day I might actually use.

Negatives? Nothing serious I can think of. It's easily the best camera I've ever owned. And, I repeat, that includes the D800E.

I would agree on the D750 being the best of the year. And not just because I own it. The D750 has (temporarily) calmed my gear lust. It's that good. It's a pure delight. You just want to keep using it!

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2015 at 15:40 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article Happy Holidays from dpreview! (117 comments in total)

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR,
to all DPR staff and members!

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2015 at 03:51 UTC as 29th comment

As you said on the front page, it was obviously a slow news day.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 03:00 UTC as 47th comment
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