Ashley Pomeroy

Ashley Pomeroy

Lives in United Kingdom United Kingdom
Joined on Aug 12, 2008

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On article Mountain bike photography technique (41 comments in total)

It'd be interesting to have some tips on pre-focusing; with the riders being in roughly the same plane of focus, I surmise that unless your camera has pretty good AF tracking it would be a better idea to use manual focus to pick a zone, and wait until the rider is roughly in that zone. Especially in the case of the headline image, which has the rider's head outside the focus point area of most SLRs.

With the background blurred out by panning you could probably afford to stop down a bit, and still achieve separation between the subject and the scenery. Or alternatively you could fake it, by mounting the stationary bike on a perspex pole, and have the rider pull a face whilst you photograph him (and just add the background whizz in Photoshop). Or suspend them with wires. The possibilities are literally finite.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2011 at 18:44 UTC as 25th comment
On photo DSC00820 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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Ashley Pomeroy: Well, the bokeh's a bit "meh", but it's nice and sharp in the middle at f/1.8. Bit of a contrast boost would help it immensely. Would be interesting to know if the camera's correcting any vignetting (they do appear a bit mushy, as if lots of noise reduction is going on). Oddly, seems to be about a stop underexposed, I surmise because of the predominantly white background.

By "they" I mean "the corners". Size it down to 3000x2000 and Mr Lizard is eye-laceratingly sharp, akin to the old Contax-Yashica Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 I used to have on my 5D. Now those plucky Sony people have something akin to a classic 35mm f/2; would be interesting if they could squeeze a full-frame sensor into the next NEX and put out a bona fide 35mm f/1.4. It would be Zeiss finally getting revenge on Leica for the whole Contax / Leica brouhaha.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 22:25 UTC
On a photo in the Carl Zeiss Sonnar E F1.8 24mm ZA Preview Samples sample gallery (2 comments in total)
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Ashley Pomeroy: Well, the bokeh's a bit "meh", but it's nice and sharp in the middle at f/1.8. Bit of a contrast boost would help it immensely. Would be interesting to know if the camera's correcting any vignetting (they do appear a bit mushy, as if lots of noise reduction is going on). Oddly, seems to be about a stop underexposed, I surmise because of the predominantly white background.

By "they" I mean "the corners". Size it down to 3000x2000 and Mr Lizard is eye-laceratingly sharp, akin to the old Contax-Yashica Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 I used to have on my 5D. Now those plucky Sony people have something akin to a classic 35mm f/2; would be interesting if they could squeeze a full-frame sensor into the next NEX and put out a bona fide 35mm f/1.4. It would be Zeiss finally getting revenge on Leica for the whole Contax / Leica brouhaha.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 22:25 UTC
On a photo in the Carl Zeiss Sonnar E F1.8 24mm ZA Preview Samples sample gallery (2 comments in total)

Well, the bokeh's a bit "meh", but it's nice and sharp in the middle at f/1.8. Bit of a contrast boost would help it immensely. Would be interesting to know if the camera's correcting any vignetting (they do appear a bit mushy, as if lots of noise reduction is going on). Oddly, seems to be about a stop underexposed, I surmise because of the predominantly white background.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 22:21 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo DSC00820 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Well, the bokeh's a bit "meh", but it's nice and sharp in the middle at f/1.8. Bit of a contrast boost would help it immensely. Would be interesting to know if the camera's correcting any vignetting (they do appear a bit mushy, as if lots of noise reduction is going on). Oddly, seems to be about a stop underexposed, I surmise because of the predominantly white background.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 22:21 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article Photographer profiles - Jody Kingzett (20 comments in total)

Perhaps for the next feature you could get Jody Kingzett to interview Jo Plumridge. That would be awesome. For part three, both of them could interview a third photographer. A famous one. John Swannell, for example. Someone that other people have heard of, and are curious about.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 23:47 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot S100 hands-on preview (165 comments in total)
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Photato: What a disaster is Canon's Model names.
They really need to change the way the name cameras.
If you agree Like this post. :)

"Music's rubbish nowadays. I'm white and 14yo and I love Curtis Mayfield! People should stop talking about Justin Bieber, especially me."

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 17:30 UTC
On article Just Posted: Sony NEX-7 pre-production samples gallery (105 comments in total)

What with the free balloon trips, the seaside excursions, free lunches etc, and all the other stuff we don't see in front of the camera, I commend DPReview for remaining neutral. It would be so easy to tilt the reviews in a favourable direction; it's a natural human instinct to not want to appear ungrateful, and of course the flow of free balloon trips etc can always be turned off. And there are other sites who will be more than willing to bend the truth in exchange for free lunches etc, who will thrive if they do so. Yet DPReview keeps an objective tone, so well done.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 09:25 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies
On article Just Posted: Sony NEX-7 pre-production samples gallery (105 comments in total)
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Combatmedic870: I hate to break it too you, but 16 doesnt look all that good at all....

You know, "who shoots flowers in the dark" would be a good name for a mid-60s romantic film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Or Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 09:20 UTC
On article Ricoh GR Digital IV Preview (187 comments in total)

Based on past form this will be a pretty well-sorted body and a decent lens attached to a dog of an image processing unit. I hope I'm wrong; the idea is attractive, although as mentioned below why not a good, high-spec 28-75mm-ish fast zoom lens? 28mm is neither here nor there.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 09:15 UTC as 37th comment | 3 replies
On article The story of a picture - Sydney Harbour Bridge (29 comments in total)

Some pedant's going to come along and say that it should be tilted about two degrees clockwise. I'm not going to be that man.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2011 at 11:37 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
On article Photo Tip: Five for Five (111 comments in total)

I see some pretty dismal snapshots of an uninteresting plaza on a dull day. And the last few pictures are tilted clockwise in a way that suggests the tilt was unintentional; doesn't improve the image, at any rate. I understand that the intention is to illustrate a point, rather than show off some killer snaps, but the game has moved on. *Why not* illustrate the point with killer snaps?

On a deeper level I would rather start with a fantastic shot that has a bin in the corner of the frame - I can paint that out - than a fairly dull shot that doesn't have a bin. Just a lot of empty chairs in a dull plaza on an overcast day. And if it's really a great shot people won't care about the bin. Think of Eddie Adams' famous photo of a street execution in Vietnam; on a formal level it's ruined by a soldier rushing into the frame from the left, but it's a great shot. Admittedly its reportage rather than fine art, but what's going to last? What says more about us?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2011 at 19:49 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
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Poss: My wife keeps on telling me I have two left feet... I must be having two left sides on my brain as well. Most likely the connection between them is backward as well... Bummer... that's why my photography sucks... :-)

Do you in fact have two left feet?

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 21:20 UTC
On photo sample-01 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (9 comments in total)

Well, there's a fair amount of detail - e.g. the scoreboard - but the colours are bleeding all over the place. And it looks as if the stadium is surrounded by flowerbeds, not spectators. But then again it's a studio camera, isn't it?

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2011 at 20:45 UTC as 6th comment
On a photo in the Sigma SD1 Preview Samples sample gallery (9 comments in total)

Well, there's a fair amount of detail - e.g. the scoreboard - but the colours are bleeding all over the place. And it looks as if the stadium is surrounded by flowerbeds, not spectators. But then again it's a studio camera, isn't it?

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2011 at 20:45 UTC as 6th comment
On a photo in the Sigma SD1 Preview Samples sample gallery (3 comments in total)

Bottom-left corner of the front-left window. I win! Assuming we're playing "Hunt the Old Woman".

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2011 at 20:42 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo sample-03 (from raw) in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)

Bottom-left corner of the front-left window. I win! Assuming we're playing "Hunt the Old Woman".

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2011 at 20:42 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Just Posted: Panasonic DMC-FH7 compact camera review (38 comments in total)

"Dpreview was great when they actually did reviews of any camera category."

To be fair, there was a time when the compact camera market was pretty diverse; Fuji had their SuperCCD technology, Kodak had their unusual twin-lens design, and there was still a fair amount of differentiation between compact models.

Nowadays compact cameras are a commodity, not aimed at the kind of people likely to pore over full-sized samples. People buy them because they're on offer in the local Argos, or they like the colour. They're broadly the same in terms of performance, often using the same sensors and lens units, which puts DPReview in the awkward position of either repeating itself, or becoming ever-more obsessed with tiny trivial differences. The group tests are a good solution in this respect.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2011 at 20:36 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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Ashley Pomeroy: What are the chances that a man called Rob Spray would grow up to be a scuba diver?

Yours sincerely,
Ashley Commentator

Could be worse - he could have grown up to be incontinent...

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2011 at 20:29 UTC

What are the chances that a man called Rob Spray would grow up to be a scuba diver?

Yours sincerely,
Ashley Commentator

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2011 at 20:29 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
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