wakaba

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RIP Sean.

Locals call it VOG - Volcanic smog originating from Kilauea. Its composition and ppm varies. Severe Vog on eastside happens only once or twice per year in February when the southern winds stop.
Nausea, sore throat, itchiness, sinus, rash, respitory- and stomach-problems are symptoms On Vog days I avoid moving much. Today is a harsh one.

The lavafields are dangerous.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2018 at 23:22 UTC as 9th comment

Looks like we have a pricewar between Kinecine, Red, BM for the lower segment. Love them all - they make possible some damn good content.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 04:39 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On article Apple iPhone X review (380 comments in total)
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mattz10: the point is that pixel 2 xl is better than this

Agree. Pixel is better and so is the Essential. Every single detail is much better designed in the Essential than in X.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 05:10 UTC
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M Lammerse: Great test how the population would react on a missile attack..Mission succeeded! :-)

For more fun, see also:

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/23/16923080/hawaii-governor-forgot-twitter-password-during-false-missile-alert-crisis

Probably not knowing is better.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 19:50 UTC
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M Lammerse: Great test how the population would react on a missile attack..Mission succeeded! :-)

For more fun, see also:

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/23/16923080/hawaii-governor-forgot-twitter-password-during-false-missile-alert-crisis

Indeed. I was on the farmersmarket in Hilo. The broadcast came in. People stopped, dazed. I choose to ignore because a non existant rocket system is not a threat.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2018 at 07:31 UTC
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keeponkeepingon: After having two different models of waterproof cameras leak and die (curiously water damage is never covered by the warranty), I've given up on the whole segment and instead just purchase waterproof bags for my iPhone and EOS-M when I go to the beach or snorkeling. Works fine, never leaks costs less.

Its not if - but when they will leak or crush. My Nikon AW crushed after several hundred dives at 40m while freedive. More than double than advertised. RIght now I use a GP5 with the extra dive box. No prob apart from the crappy interface and software.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2018 at 22:20 UTC

I so need this! A cameraback phone with a mirrorless big lensring! Hopefully all in the Red look. Even happier if it beats the stellar cam of my Essential.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 23:21 UTC as 4th comment
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ecka84: Smells like BS!
They are putting Apple's top workstation (among other "cans") against a mainstream gaming PC that costs 4 times less. What is the point of that? Maybe they want to fool us into thinking that if you have got a $1600 PC and you want more, the next step should be a $6400 iMacPro? Nonsense. $5000 PC would beat the crap out of this Mac. For that kind of money you can put a 16-core CPU in there.

4k builds you a 12 core-32gb-1080-ssd tool. Will smoke the all in one mac.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 03:28 UTC
On article Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 4: From a helicopter (31 comments in total)
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onda: Very cool photos. Problem for me is that the helicopters ruin the experience for on the ground visitors at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, as well as the surrounding communities --- buzz all day every day, even in the most remote areas of the backcountry. The Park Service has for years tried to have them not fly directly over sacred sites or wilderness areas where people are trying to experience nature, to little avail. The safety record of the helicopter tourist industry in Hawaii is also horrendous and these companies have fought common sense safety measures. It's a cool experience, but I couldn't do it knowing how impactful it is to the locals and the sacred sites. Most people don't know these things when they go though, and by all accounts it is amazing.

Visitors impact live everywhere on the islands. Overconsumption has a price.
Impressive pics. Watching Lava at night is very trippy.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 17:57 UTC

Instead of looking forward...N builds an FF box with a new mount. Dumb. That is not going to compete well with my phone or Kinefinity Terra for attention. Simple MF with big LCD, with A,M,P, big prime glass, 6-8k vid. It's effing annoying to see corps beating the same dead horse.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2018 at 04:51 UTC as 54th comment

Instead of looking forward...N builds an FF box with a new mount. Dumb. That is not going to compete well with my phone or Kinefinity Terra for attention. Simple MF with big LCD, with A,M,P, big prime glass, 6-8k vid. It's effing annoying to see corps beating the same dead horse.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2018 at 04:51 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply

Dear cam mfgs. WaaTaaF is your prob? Too expensive, features I don't want, tired of the molten styling. I want a red/kinefinity/BM box, FF or MF, A/M. Not hard to copy, it's there...add basic HDR raw and I might buy. Your stuff is overpriced by 70% - gouging is not ok and now you pay the price.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 11:43 UTC as 8th comment
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NowHearThis: Nikon could make the AW1 capable of being used under water to 15m....is it that hard to do for the others... Just wondering out loud.

They only know how to do the same thing over and over. Innovation is an accident in those business circles. At the moment I refuse to buy anything. Slow proc, awful interface, overcomplicated features. I just want a a simple back with a MF/very large sensor, at least 14 bit, A/M and waterproof to 40m. Large unmovable LCD and a big prism. A simple box like a Red and nomore of that organic poof design of Nikon, sony etc.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 00:59 UTC
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jwasturias: Amazing how beautiful a fairly simple design could look.
I am a sucker for these old-fashioned cameras. I admit still playing with my Rollei 35S and Rollei 35SE . Mechanical enginering at its best.
There are times I regret Digital photography ever came along (And digital music).
In those days, when I wanted the best quality, the lens and film were decisive. The camera was not important (except for action).A good lens and Kodachrome25 or Velvia 50 was all that was required. And good light, and perhaps a Tripod, oh ok digital is perhaps not that bad an idea after all. But still...

I shoot mostly in manual mode with my phone. Just because a dimwit marketeer somewhere in a cubicle thinks more features and buttons equal better... All I want is bigger lenses, bigger MF sensor and HDR and simple 4,6,8k. Don't get that...so don't buy.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2017 at 13:35 UTC
On article Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens (220 comments in total)
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thx1138: A better name for these lenses is Catastrophic. Works fine in a telescope where you don't care about bokeh, but for a telephoto, no thanks

Resolution on my Samyang 800 is fine. Contrast is down. Works well on my D7000 where its 1600mm. Heavy tripod and remote are mandatory. Skyscapes, landscapes where you want the atmospheric blue as an indicator of dof.

No need to talk image quality up on distances where air disturbances limit resolution anyway. Best is still to walk and then use your 35mm :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 22:39 UTC
On article Portrait mode shootout: iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 (156 comments in total)

Looks like the Google phone wins over the garrish iphone output.
But the world has moved on. The Essential PH1 updated cam app is now working really well. HDR is spot on. The black and white cam - an absolute treat, 4k very usable. Lowlight is so so and expected if you dont push all the software sliders to the right. Its a photographers phone and a beautiful and very functional object.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 14:53 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

Use a delicked Rokkinon 8mm for years for nightscapes. Wonderful daylight lens. Starscapes between 4.5 and 6.5 in our lightfilled/superdark hawaiian nights. Thats about 1-2 stops better than what you get in lightpolluted areas and this lens covers more sky without discernible vignetting and stays very bright into the round corner...

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 03:18 UTC as 11th comment
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wakaba: This is how the Nikon 850 should be. Quality design, MF Sensor and all japanese featuritis deleted. High ISO? Who cares when IQ at 64, 100 is extremely good. Overamplification was never a good idea. Usable 4k is missing. Pricewise - both companies fleecing customers. No cam is worth 9000$ or 3000$.

It's an engineering rehash. It's known quantities. Nope. Not worth it. It's a basic cam with a slightly larger Sensor.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 14:44 UTC
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plusalpha: In my opinion the future is in touch screen. I was used to Lightroom & PS, now my postproduction is entirely on ipadpro+pencil+Affinity Photo. I can only see pros with this setup. 1) ipad pro screen is awesome, to get a similar quality monitor you have to spend the same if not more; 2) pencil equals PRECISION, you can do things impossible with the mouse 3) affinity software costs about one month of CC subscription 4) and finally, most important, you can touch your pictures, I listen to this statement first on youtube but you can’t understand if you don’t live it. It could seem weird but it feels more intimate to work so close to your creation. And in some ways it’s more similar to the analogic postproduction.

Sounds like you moved on from beeing a "travel blogger" to a serious semi pro starbucker with your setup.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 21:57 UTC
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OneLeggedCat: I look forward to renting this perfect Adobe keyboard for $9.99 per month.

:-) It will slow down your mac, crash and installing flash is mandatory while Adobe will retain copyright on all images and record all keystrokes.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 21:54 UTC
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