GaryJP

GaryJP

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong
Works as a TV Production, Directing, Shooting, Editing
Joined on Mar 11, 2006

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Tronhar: There is apparently more to this than the article above describes. While Yongning did do stunting, this one had a specific purpose. His mother was in dire need of life-saving surgery and as they did not have the money for this, he decided to take on what was, even for him, a risky stunt.

According to the South China Morning Post:
"A family member was quoted as saying he was participating in a "rooftopping" challenge with 100,000 yuan (£11,300) at stake in prize money, though the nature of the competition and its sponsor was unclear.

"He planned to propose to his girlfriend (the day after the challenge)," the South China Morning Post quoted his step-uncle as saying.

"He needed the money for medical treatment for his ailing mother."

"I became speechless after I found out from news that you were doing all that to pay for your ill mother's hospital treatment. You are one of those people in this world, you will do anything for your loved ones, absolutely anything."

There's no evidence for any of this other than a claim by his uncle.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 02:42 UTC
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borax: The sponsors who gave money to this young man should be sued for such behavior, putting at risk lives in such reckless way, and breaking the law. What about video website who made money upon his foolishness ?

Allegedly, according to his uncle, it was a challenge for ANYONE who could dangle off that building. He wasn't sponsored on a personal basis. And there's little evidence this "sponsor" actually exists.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 02:38 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review (274 comments in total)
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mxx: Battery life is only 235 shots, but is that really so bad? That's equivalent to more than 6 rolls of 36 exposure films in the old days. I don't think I've ever shot that much film in one day. Maybe one just have to take more care with planning your shots, like we did back then?

And how much room do those "many rolls of film" take compared with a few batteries? ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 02:33 UTC
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Skullyon1: I just watched the video...
It seems to me his biggest problem was upper body strength. He wasn't physically able to pull himself up after a couple of pull ups, that and the ledge was to slippery for his hands to get a good grasp of. Probably a combination to the two.
A rock climber friend of mine who's a big guy, 6 foot 3, could free climb, huge steep man made climbing walls and then move across the roof using nothing but his finger tips. I'm taller than him and could climb up a wall, but didn't have strong enough hands to to ever hold my weight to traverse the roof that way, and never will.
Some people are born climbers, this poor guy Yongning didn't seem to be physically up to the task. It seems to me that he needed more strength training to do what he was attempting.

He'd successfully done similar things dozens of times. He had the upper body strength and he was not a heavy individual. He was a former stuntman, but stuntman in Chinese movies often just means "willing to risk life". They typically don't have the safety considerations of Hollywood.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 02:26 UTC
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LiveFromPhilly: I think the criticism is a bit harsh. We're all going to die eventually no matter how safe we play it. At least he died doing something he enjoyed (the roof-toping I mean, not the falling hundreds of feet).

Honestly, I would think photographers would be especially sensitive to this kind of thing. While I'm not the type to climb mountains, shoot dangerous animals on safari, or document war zones, I would never make light of a photographer who died doing any of those things when they could have been at home where it's safe taking photos of their cats.

He fell 45 feet. If you see the original video you can hear a sound which seems to be him landing.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 02:19 UTC
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biggles266: To be perfectly honest, when I read this headline, I felt nothing. No feeling of tragedy, no surprise, just ... nothing. I'm not proud of that, but it's just a fact. There are so many people in the world suffering despite not choosing to constantly take such silly risks like this, risks which disrespect the gift of life and health. So if someone dies when doing these stunts it seems completely unimportant compared to the people who deserve compassion because their circumstances are tragic even though they aren't contributing to it through their repeated foolishness.

The "callous responses" here don't encourage you to hang off buildings. The kind of nonsense I've read elsewhere like "The building should be named after him" does.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 02:18 UTC
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HaoAndHui: "Yongning reportedly planned to use the money to fund his wedding and help pay his mother's medical bills."

Sounds a bit dubious. He'd been doing this for years for no such rewards and if you look at the video this isn't even one of his most spectacular stunts. I think someone just wanted to gussy it up a bit to make him look like more of a martyr.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 02:14 UTC

Don't get carried away people. Yeah, he fell from a 62-storey building but there was a terrace beneath him and he fell about 45 feet according to the police. If you look at the second photo above, if he fell he'd hit a roof long before he hit the ground. He possibly let go thinking 45 feet might be survivable. It usually is not.

Supposedly, workers who often work at height estimate nine metres ( less than 30 ft) as the "cutoff" for fatality in a fall — that is, most who fall from thirty feet or higher die.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 02:06 UTC as 63rd comment | 6 replies
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Snapper2013: Falling from 62 stories must've made one helluva big splat! lol

He fell 45 feet and then hit a terrace. Survivable if you're lucky. It's not quite as breathtaking as it looks.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 02:04 UTC
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biggles266: To be perfectly honest, when I read this headline, I felt nothing. No feeling of tragedy, no surprise, just ... nothing. I'm not proud of that, but it's just a fact. There are so many people in the world suffering despite not choosing to constantly take such silly risks like this, risks which disrespect the gift of life and health. So if someone dies when doing these stunts it seems completely unimportant compared to the people who deserve compassion because their circumstances are tragic even though they aren't contributing to it through their repeated foolishness.

I'd say a reminder from gravity is EXACTLY proportionate. Stop making heroes out of idiots if you really care abut saving lives. The YOLO mentality is dangerous.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 02:00 UTC

"Affinity Photo are hosting a 24-hour flash sale, knocking the price down 50% to just $10 bucks on the iTunes App Store." You might want to change this as the 24 hours is over. I got stung just for being in a different time zone.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 00:03 UTC as 1st comment
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Wubslin: Imposing onerous 'neutrality' regulations on the internet will stifle innovation and obstruct business.

Time this over-bureaucratic relic of the Obama administration was removed.

Category error. As none of the above stop you from being anti-Obama, why on Earth would they stop one from being a Trumphead? Not admiring Trump is what does that.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 23:28 UTC
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Wubslin: Imposing onerous 'neutrality' regulations on the internet will stifle innovation and obstruct business.

Time this over-bureaucratic relic of the Obama administration was removed.

Trumphead alert. Hardly worth bothering to tell him anything.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 07:23 UTC

It's bad for everyone who doesn't own an ISP

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 02:29 UTC as 10th comment
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1078 comments in total)
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DPReview007: Hello, Canon, you there?? Helllllo??? Hellllllo???

Canon sales are up. Nikon is dropping.

Go figure.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 23:55 UTC
On article Have your say: Best compact camera of 2017 (142 comments in total)

You have a wierd definition of compact

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 05:57 UTC as 46th comment
On article Why Capture One can't replace Adobe Lightroom (68 comments in total)
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Reilly Diefenbach: Capture One 11 can't replace CC or DXO photolab or even CNX-D for my D850 because it can't do fine detail as well.

And I'm the pope.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 20:20 UTC
On article Why Capture One can't replace Adobe Lightroom (68 comments in total)
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Reilly Diefenbach: Capture One 11 can't replace CC or DXO photolab or even CNX-D for my D850 because it can't do fine detail as well.

"Arthur" So far I've got bad reviews from a birder and an alter ego (also a self-claimed birder) without the cojones to put up his own work. Neither of whom, "coincidentally", have learned that ad hom argument doesn't convince the average five year old (unless that five year old is a Trumphead). I don't pay much attention to brand fanatics with empty galleries.

I am devastated. Devastated I tell you.

;)

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 02:29 UTC
On article Why Capture One can't replace Adobe Lightroom (68 comments in total)
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istscott: When I was looking for an alternative to CS5 + Bridge + ACR that wasn't subscription based, Capture One was an option, but price was the reason I didn't give it a shot. I get why they don't support Fujifilm from a business standpoint, but it's their loss if they want to block Fujifilm/Pentax users. I don't see any reason why FF/APS-C people should avoid them unless there are rumors they want to go small format. That said, I ended up going with ACDSee Ultimate 10 because of how well the interface connected with my style of editing and the price (current version is called "ACDSee Photo Studio Professional 2018"). It looks like ACDSee supports the 50S uncompressed RAW format. Fujifilm medium format users have other options.

Don't know why but every time I ask 64 bit ACDSee to do some editing on my Windows computer it hangs. Giving up on it.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 02:24 UTC
On article Why Capture One can't replace Adobe Lightroom (68 comments in total)
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ottonis: While I greatly appreciate the excellent in depth reviews and the incredibly useful and helpful user forums at dpreview.com, all of which are publicly accessible for free, I am somewhat concerned by the increasing number of apparent click bait articles that I feel are literally eroding dpreview's well known high standards and reputation.

Seriously click bait title

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 13:00 UTC
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