Lives in United States Everman, TX, United States
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Joined on Dec 10, 2011
About me:

An Extra Class amateur radio operator and very amateur photographer who enjoys night sky photography.


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Max Ander: Oh Lord. Only time before a blanket ban on cameras on flights.

Bureaucrats don't make laws. Place the blame where it will belong with stupid politicians making stupid laws and regulations.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 18:18 UTC

As others have stated, the eclipse part of the photo was lackluster and only the airplane saved it. Other photos he took were better. But seriously, this pro took so so eclipse photos when many of the amateurs in the Astrophotography forum here took much better photos. The DPReview guys should have looked at their own forum to find much better photos and stories.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 14:22 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply

Barf....I would rather watch grass grow...

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 13:36 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies

I lost my mom to cancer in 1991 and my oldest brother to cancer in 2005. Through the years I've lost several extended family members and a few dear friends to cancer. None of them, I repeat, none of them would have appreciated a photographer taking their photos in their final agonizing days, weeks, and months. I know I certainly wouldn't either. I'm glad the family in this article got some memories, but I think this was more glorification of the photographer than any thing else. Let them be remembered through better times, not the end of times. To each their own, but this kind of photography would have repulsed me greatly if it had used one of my loved ones as the subject. I don't need artsy-fartsy photos of my loved ones to remember them. I prefer the ones we and others who were close to them took, the non-posed photos that showed them as they truly were when they were full of life. The photos is this album were just too dark...

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 13:41 UTC as 8th comment
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EskeRahn: Despite the good heart of the comment, I think that we are all born with a certain amount of fear of anything different from what we already know.

But that of course is not HATE, and as such the comment is correct that we could just as well learn to overcome our fear, than to hate. But I do not believe that love come more natural to us - unfortunately.

"Despite the good heart of the comment, I think that we are all born with a certain amount of fear of anything different from what we already know."

LOL! So you were born with cognitive ability from day one! Hardly. A parent spanks their child when they do stupid things like stick a screwdriver in an AC outlet, run across a street without looking, etc. That IS how children learn. They are not born with the ability of reasoning from day one. They are conditioned from day one by their surroundings, environment, people nearby, etc.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 17:11 UTC

If they are UK citizens working in the UK, albeit for a Chinese company, I think they should just walk off the job. Surely the UK will push back against the Chinese company if it tries to sue the employees. What the employees face sounds like work with zero chance of pay ever again. A free country looks down on that. Whether the UK government will help protect them from litigation is uncertain, but I should think a company that is going down the drain very fast won't have the financial resources to pursue litigation anyway. They should just walk off or call in sick every day until the taskmaster company implodes. Chinese companies might get away with that in China, but I should think not so much in Western countries.

At the very least, they should call in sick complaining they have the new strain of Bowens Flu!

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 16:52 UTC as 44th comment
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UneVache: Superb... always makes you remember we are nearly nothing. Thanks for the show.

I'm pretty sure there is no god other than in our imaginations. The cosmos made a huge blunder when evolving us, and hopefully there are not others like us in distant corners of the universe screwing up everything in sight.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 15:44 UTC
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onlooker: This gallery is presented to you as a lesson on the importance of having a GPS in the camera.

If so then you better carry a backpack full of batteries! Built in GPS on cameras drain the batteries extremely quick. Better to just carry an external, handheld GPS unit which can run for 24+ hours on its own batteries. Just place it in logging mode then after the trip match up the data from your GPS handheld unit with the camera photo times.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 17:24 UTC

And the number one reason to call BS, its Windows with its constant updates, screwed up drivers, awkward forced reboots at the worst possible times, dropped WiFi, et cetera, ad nauseum. No thanks. I switched from Windows a few years ago and I'll never go back. The two Windows PCs I have are a constant PITA. I only keep them around for a few apps unrelated to photography processing. And one of my Windows PCs is an older Mac Mini that was modifiable, running Win 10 via Bootcamp. That one behaves a lot better than the crap laptop from Lenovo.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 20:40 UTC as 339th comment | 14 replies

Lessen learned...use a remote shutter control, or at least tell everyone you did even if you didn't.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 19:35 UTC as 189th comment | 1 reply

Like everyone else is saying, just a loop of a very few seconds being repeated. What caught my eye though, was the smog effect near downtown. I wonder if they could see much of the big, higher altitude bursts since they were looking through so much smog and those bursts were occurring above the smog.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 17:12 UTC as 34th comment

In real life, we see a lot of panhandlers and beggars at the street corners and retail center parking lots. Many, if not most, could work if they really wanted too. On the internet, we have the equivalent and they are called lazy Kickstarter people. They are either too lazy to get a real job, or too stupid to write a business plan and secure legitimate funding. Either way, they won't be getting any of my money.

And BTW, there are a many fully working lenses that will be focused from a few feet to infinity when stopped down to f/8. But of course they require a tiny bit of thought to operate.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 14:33 UTC as 101st comment | 1 reply
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Marty4650: "An amazing journey" funded with someone else's money. And the other folks got stuck holding the bag.

To be precise about this... "crowd funding" means "professional venture capitalists and investors didn't think our idea had any merit, so we will offer a nice discount on a very inflated price to amateur backers instead. And they may or may not get anything in return."

I look at like this. Smart and capable companies have a good business plan and if the product they design is good enough and properly represented, they can get funding from professional, legitimate financial resources. If they are operating out of their parent's bedroom, well they can go ask a bunch of internet morons for money because there are plenty of morons willing to pay them a few dollars for no particular reason other than that they are morons. A moron and his money are soon parted, and the rest of us laugh.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 15:39 UTC

LOL. One size fits none concept! That thing is nearly as big as my Sony RX100M3, which is a good compact camera that will out shoot any smartphony camera. Yep, I spelled it smartPHONY on purpose. If I want to carry around something as big as this accessory, I will simply carry my RX100M3.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 13:33 UTC as 36th comment

Totally stupid IMO. First, $30 dollars for a two bit app? Seriously. Every scanner I have ever owned has come with an attachment for scanning negatives and slides, as well as the software to process both. Even cheap document scanners are going to do a much better job than using a tablet for lighting an a smartphone to take low res images, low res compared to a real scanner. And a scanner won't have all the weird distortions due to taking the images at an angle and/or having spots on the tablet screen casting shadows. Chances are that if you have negatives, you already have a scanner, so why settle for an overpriced and greatly inferior set up?

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 18:24 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

Very nice visually. I have nothing but praise for the mathematician for accomplishing this difficult alignment of images.

The soundtrack sounded like an eerie combination of a church choir and thousands of swarming hornets. I guess the filmmaker who added the soundtrack thought he could make it seem like an old scifi movie, but he basically just made me mute the sound. Note to filmmaker: This is science fact, not fiction, so your soundtrack was totally off the mark.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 18:06 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies

A permanent record? Well until they go out of business and their servers go off line....

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 20:25 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article FilmLab is a film negative scanning app for smartphones (105 comments in total)

I have lots of old negatives from family that span back into the 1930s. But why would I want to photograph a negative with another camera, especially a smartphone camera? That is stupid unless you really don't care what quality you get. If you are going to post an old photo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., then it probably doesn't matter. But if you want quality images of old memories, then use a good film scanner. They only run about $300 and create 16-bit TIF images which can be edited like RAW images in Photoshop and other apps. Do it right.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 19:22 UTC as 35th comment | 3 replies

LOL! This article sounds very much like the team of doctors trying to put a good spin on the patient's cancer diagnosis. Yes, you have stage 4 cancer and it is unstoppable. But for a lot of money we here at BS Cancer Inc will pump you full of drugs that will do little more than make you wish you were already dead, while boosting our bottom-line profits. But all is not as bad as it seems. For a mere zillion dollars we can extend your life at least a few days, maybe even a week!

It is called Smartphone Kickingyourbutt cancer. The vast majority of new camera owners are getting them in the form of a smartphone built in camera. The vast majority of camera owners could care less about what we want in a camera, they use their cameras differently than us. They are perfectly content with the built in camera on the expensive smartphone and are totally disinterested in buying a standalone camera--nor do they need one. They are not us.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 14:23 UTC as 35th comment | 8 replies
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Eric Ouellet: Don't photograph train tracks, don't do bike without your helmet, don't walk without shoes, don't look too far, don't breath too quick, don't think too much...

The alternative I guess would be to let fools become Darwin Award winners as so many humans would if left to their own stupidity....Oh, and why don't you tell that to your mom who probably had to constantly yell at you to not do stupid things.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 14:47 UTC
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