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  • Where to start? by mostly_harmless

    Thanks for your comments. I've tried flipping the boat as suggested, and doing something with the sky. (see next pic). If that still looks wrong I'll try cropping the sky altogether (although I do quite like the 'skinny' width of the current ratio, as it enhances the small size of the boat.)
    • 1 Aug 2006 9:51AM
  • Self Portrait May 2005 by robertnorbury

    Dare I say it... baldness doesn't photograph well...
    • 16 May 2005 3:01AM
  • Arabesque by clairabella

    Fantastic mixture of textures, so many it shouldn't really work, but it does. Perfect toning for the subject too, as Brummage says the sepia warms it up, where b&w would have been too 'cold'. There's also something strangely sensual about it, maybe the contrast between rough and smooth, I'm not sure. Love the 'double shadow' effect.

    Was it a deliberate 'framing' or a crop? I'm always interested in how people develop their ideas for this sort of image; is it an insight at the time, or something that comes to them later?
    • 13 Apr 2005 2:30AM
  • Stepping Stones by RWalker

    Nice pic, though the cat is a little hard to spot at first, and being completely white, you can't exactly increase its colour saturation to bring it out!

    I think the 'ghost' cats either side detract from it a bit too, and there is enough 'movement' in the cats pose to give the impression of 'hopping' on its own.

    Sorry if I'm sounding critical; I do like the shot!
    • 18 Feb 2005 5:01AM
  • flight over bournmouth by tonyheps

    I like this, and I'm not sure why. I think the dark sky contrasting with the clouds and the balloon is part of it.

    Incidentally, did you clone out the cable, or was it just too thin to come out?
    • 10 Jan 2005 9:07AM
  • till death us do part by oneeye

    It's a nice shot, and I like the way you've used colour to bring out the rings. My only criticism would be that the fingers on the man's hand are too spread out, giving the impression that the woman is 'forcing' his hand down, and therefore symbolically suggesting he is being somehow 'forced' into the marriage, if that makes sense. Unless that was the intent of course!
    • 17 Dec 2004 5:24AM
  • Fog,St Annes-on- Sea by victorburnside

    Agree with above, and also like the fact that the street lamp to the left is of abiguous antiquity; you can almost believe the shot was taken in the 40's!
    • 7 Dec 2004 7:54AM
  • tiny bugs inside the camera????

    This should work, take the lens off, soak a swab in isopropyl alcohol, put the camera, supported, in a large sealed plastic bag, lens mount down, away from the swab. The ...
    by Meg | Last Post | Unread
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  • Blind Photographers

    I just find it bl**dy irritating that they take better pictures than me!!! :)
    by Sland | Last Post | Unread
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  • Grip for D70

    Ahh, thanks for the gen on the Harbortronics grips. Shame they didn't make the grip a bit better looking though!
    by andybate1978 | Last Post | Unread
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  • Pluto gets demoted.

    Pluto has been the 9th planet ever since i took an interest in astronomy as a kid, it'll always be a planet for me!
    by Ewan | Last Post | Unread
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  • Official Shots of Canon 400D!!

    An EPZ preview here. ""Those who already own a Canon EOS 350D will find little difference between this new offering, and their current camera. The control layout i...
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  • Nikon D80 pictures leaked

    Should be quite a nice purchase for anyone making their first move into the dSLR market, though I suspect that, as John says, most D70 users would probably go for a D200,...
    by Superficial | Last Post | Unread
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  • New Nikon dslr

    WHAT!? ANOTHER Nikon camera being released already?! it seems like only a week ago they released the update for the D2X... Still, its good news I guess!
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  • Posted on: Scanners get Real

    "Real Life Technologies"? As opposed to all those made up ones they've been using up until now?

    Fecking marketing...
    • 21 Dec 2006 10:57AM
  • Posted on: Nikon D40 digital SLR arrives

    Pete, what you need is some English graduates with delusions of staff writing grandeur... and a need for 'experience'!
    They're ten-a-penny (literally!). Or even a dozen, maybe, this time of year...
    • 17 Nov 2006 3:07PM
  • Posted on: Nikon D40 digital SLR arrives

    "LOL. Who dreams this stuff up?"

    English graduates with delusions of marketing grandeur....
    • 16 Nov 2006 4:57PM
  • Posted on: Seitz 160 megapixel 6x17 panoramic camera

    Not another los-res webcam....
    • 20 Sep 2006 11:05AM
  • Posted on: Sony Alpha A100 firmware version 1.1

    "If you use Canon and Nikon what's the problem?"

    It's still news though.

    Welcome to the world of Sony.
    • 11 Sep 2006 8:28AM
  • Posted on: Sigma SD14 to be revealed at Photokina

    Teaser campaign for a new consumer DSLR aye...wonder where they got that idea from...
    • 29 Aug 2006 2:31PM
  • Posted on: Canon EOS 400D DSLR Announced

    I doubt this will be the last low-end DSLR to bin the top-plate LCD as a cost cutter...Thom Hogan reckons there's a D50 replacement in the pipeline likely to do the same thing.
    • 24 Aug 2006 10:02AM
  • Posted on: Research commissioned by HP finds third party inks to be inferior

    Edit - sorry, I mean 'they were always going to find drinking to be more dangerous'.

    Doh!
    • 24 Aug 2006 8:37AM
  • Posted on: Research commissioned by HP finds third party inks to be inferior

    I teach research methods to undergraduates, which includes teaching them how to evaluate existing research. One of the prime issues we tell them to look for is the source of funding and the impact this may have on the intentions of the researchers. I know its a cliche now to say that there are three kinds of lie ("Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics"), but its true; you can heavily influence the outcome of research by being selective in the way you design and interprete it.

    For example, some recent research into the dangers of drinking and smoking found drinking to 'cause more death' than smoking...which is very interesting until you realise that they didn't actually compare death rates for the two. What they did instead was compare age of death linked to smoking (typically lung cancer, CHD etc in older people) and linked to drinking (which although it included some old people with liver problems etc, was dominated by younger people drink driving), to the life expectancy in the countries where that research was carried out. Having chosen this method at the start, they were always going to find smoking to be more dangerous, because a 70 year old UK male dying of smoking-related CHD is only 'losing' 8 years, whilst a 20 year old dying in a drink driving incident is 'losing' 58 years; you'd need about 7 old smokers to 'equal' one young drinker.

    Sorry for the research lesson, but I do think its useful for people to be aware of the impact research design has on research findings, considering how many 'latest research shows' type stories we read in the media or see in advertising.
    • 24 Aug 2006 8:36AM
  • Posted on: Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

    Whoops, accidentally reposted 24 hrs later. Sorry!
    • 11 Aug 2006 11:15AM
  • Posted on: Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

    I rather like the look of this. I currently use the 70-300 G lens, the ultimate plastic fantastic (cheap but light and a lot more lens than anyone deserves for 120), and I had assumed Nikon would simply whack a VR and AF-S unit into it, but reading the full specs on the Nikon website it seems to be an entirely new computation, with more elements, a nine bladed diaphram, and (shock! horror!) one of the ED elements is actually a major front element! (Unlike the small sliver of ED found in the old D version).
    • 11 Aug 2006 11:14AM
  • Posted on: Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

    I rather like the look of this. I currently use the 70-300 G lens, the ultimate plastic fantastic (cheap but light and a lot more lens than anyone deserves for 120), and I had assumed Nikon would simply whack a VR and AF-S unit into it, but reading the full specs on the Nikon website it seems to be an entirely new computation, with more elements, a nine bladed diaphram, and (shock! horror!) one of the ED elements is actually a major front element! (Unlike the small sliver of ED found in the old D version).
    • 10 Aug 2006 8:55AM
  • Posted on: Researchers create autonomous lenses that change shape like the human eye

    So...sorry if I'm sounding dumb, but if you used these 'smart' liquid lenses on an imaging chip, as photosite micro lenses for example, they could presumably be tuned to react autonomously to things like non-perpendicular light falling on them (say around the edges of the sensor) and spherical abberration etc., thereby changing and correcting for such things instantly? Add photosites that switch off independently when they hit the right/chosen exposure, and we're into to realms far more exciting than big pixel counts and sodding WiFi!
    • 4 Aug 2006 11:56AM
  • Posted on: Rasterbator standalone version 1.2

    Wait for it...

    I heard somewhere that this software made you go blind, is this true?


    (sorry)

    PS - Perhaps 95 pages of A4 would make anyone go blind.
    • 31 May 2006 4:16AM
  • Posted on: Voigtlnder Bessa-R2M, Bessa-R3M and 50mm f/2 lens

    Isn't a Bessa R2A simply an electronic shutter, Aperture Priority update of the manual shutter R2? In which case, isn't the R2M just an R2 with an R2A rewind knob and '250 Jahre' written on the top?

    Still, as you can't get new R2's anymore thats not neccessarily a bad thing, the price aside. Wish they came in the superlative olive green colour though!
    • 23 May 2006 2:31AM
  • Posted on: 100% reflection free 'glass' unveiled in Japan

    Great! Some more letters to add to the already comical alpha-betty-spaghetti of lens nomenclature. Especially if they combine elements made in this stuff with conventional elements.

    Roll on the Nikon AF-S 14-300mm IF ED M-N VR G DX!
    • 7 May 2006 11:52PM
  • Posted on: Rumours of Mamiya's demise surface in Japan

    "But who these days makes everything 'in house' I have a feeling Sony make the sensors/CCDs for Nikon?"

    Um....I think that's what I was suggesting. Nikon had great hopes for LBCAST giving them more control of their own destiny, but it hasn't really turned out that way. If all the sensor manufacturers buy in 'proper camera' experience, they may well use Nikon's dependancy on them as a weapon.

    I'm not too keen on badge engineering either... although I have always wanted an olive green Bessa R2, but not because Cosina happen to have access to certain trademarks.

    In general though, simply having the name still around doesn't count for much, as any Mini driver will tell you!
    • 24 Apr 2006 5:34AM
  • Posted on: Rumours of Mamiya's demise surface in Japan

    Mamiya may not entirely disappear...that is, the name might, but there are quite a few big electronics firms who are realising they need more than just semi-conductor R&D experience in order to compete in the digital photography world. I'm sure one of them will do a Sony/K-M type of thing. Whether any buyer is interested in MF or not, Mamiya's optical expertise will no doubt be sought after.

    This is the way its going. Don't be suprised if Panasonic end up buying out Olympus' camera division (Matsushita are huge). Has anyone bought Pentax yet? I lose track..if not, then it'll probably be Sanyo or someone. In the end, the only historically photographic companies likely to be left standing are Nikon and Canon... and even then who knows....Nikon need sensors from someone, alas (whatever happened to LBCAST, aside from the D2H?)...
    • 24 Apr 2006 2:04AM
  • Posted on: New Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited lens

    I wish Nikon would make an essentially 'pancake' telephoto too! I'm rather partial to pancakes (and those short lens form factors are nice too!).

    Of course, you could probably never do this on a film lens at those focal lengths, and most APS-C specific lenses are zooms, which probably explains why no-one else has done this sort of thing before.

    Gives me an idea though... my Nikkor 45mm P would be what, 68mm on my D70s? Mildly telephoto. And it would meter, thanks to the 'CPU'.

    I second the comment on producing roadmaps btw... I sometimes wonder if other manufacturers (esp Nikon) know themselves which way they're going.
    • 24 Mar 2006 12:37AM
  • Posted on: New EC law forces Hasselblad to discontinue XPan camera

    If its made by Fuji, does that means its actually made in Japan? Therefore, does the new law affect imports too? Or are they saying that the world market isn't enough once you remove the EU from the equation?
    • 22 Mar 2006 2:48AM
  • Posted on: New EC law forces Hasselblad to discontinue XPan camera

    This was one of my 'one day when I'm rich' dream cameras.

    Now its going to be my 'one day when I'm exceptionally rich and can afford the even higher prices to which it will now no doubt soar' camera.

    I'd vote for a new EU regulation to control the emission of methane gas and semi-solid animal effluent from the EU's legislative ar**, sorry, I mean arm....
    • 22 Mar 2006 2:18AM
  • Posted on: One of the world's fastest PCs to be displayed at CeBIT 2006

    Blimey, Word must really shift!
    • 8 Mar 2006 4:58AM
  • Posted on: Undeveloped 50 year old Ilford film delivers results

    "Who thinks ID-11 and film-developing tanks will be around in 2055??"

    ID11 is just a chemical formula; anyone with the recipe could make it, or any other B&W developer (indeed, some people still do home-brew their chemicals). Similarly Dev tanks are just light-tight boxes, and if you had a dark room you could probably find a way to just develope the film in a dish. Precision microelectronics and copyright-protected firmware may prove a little harder to cook up in your garage...
    • 24 Nov 2005 6:25AM

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