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Alan7140 last won the day on 29 April

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  1. What I was alluding to is that from my point of view at least, your photo has been extremely successful!
  2. Personally speaking, I get more from my photos sparking oblique comment on other matters that the image may stir up than some comment regarding it being a nice - or not nice, as the case may be - photo.
  3. BMW

    Even at a younger age I wouldn't have enjoyed grovelling around on my belly amidst the rubbish on the ground trying to look through a viewfinder, Mike. Which is also I guess why all the professional cameras I used back then had a waist level finder as a standard-equipment detachable choice. I never could understand why digital appeared to deem such a thing unnecessary, and only fit for amateur use. The Fuji GFX has finally introduced a proper digital viewfinder solution with its tilting EVF to the big-guns, pro line-ups. The tilt screen is definitely a worthwhile thing as well. I used the 50-140/2.8 lens for this, Mike, set at 140mm, of course. One of the rare occasions that I also shot at base ISO of 200 in order to absolutely minimise noise and get that red as true-to-life as possible as well, and f/5.0 to give me a bit of DOF along the car without bringing the background too sharply into focus (as well as being around the optimal performance aperture of the lens sharpness-wise). Shutter speed was 1/125 sec, camera was a couple of inches off the ground hand-held, OIS on.
  4. BMW

    Thanks, Ann. Photographing cars on location was one of my favourite parts of the early advertising part of my career, even if most of the time I was playing a secondary role as assistant photographer. This was just a quick park and photograph setup, back in the day such details as jacking up the car to rotate the wheels so the logo on the centre-cap would be right-way up and perfectly level was but one of the many detail things that I was responsible for (but which I didn't bother with here). We would also probably have rolled out a bolt of black cloth just out of shot to clean up the reflections in the lower body panels. Amusingly Matt (the owner) posted this on his Facebook page without explanation and someone commented "is he alright?", I guess I do look like I'm in the middle of a medical emergency there...
  5. It's well over 45 years since I stood on those platforms as a daily occurrence, travelling from Brighton Beach into the City and back again while going to RMIT University (or just RMIT as it was know then). Whether it's a complimentary or derogatory comment to say that it hasn't changed one bit since then (except for the surveillance cameras and lack of "red-rattler" trains, of course) is up to the individual to decide. In fact I think someone who caught trains there in the early 1900's would still instantly recognise the place today. As attractive as this photo might make the old station look, I remember that standing on those platforms mid-winter after night classes as a bitterly cold, miserable experience. Are the voice announcements still totally unintelligible, over-amplified, squawking noise pushed through woefully inadequate loud-speakers?
  6. Impressive statistics and engineering, but I never could get the concept of these cruise ships myself. Cram/trap a few thousand people into a floating hotel and burn tons of diesel taking them to a few far-flung ports for a shore visit of a few hours at each, filling in the remaining time with "shipboard entertainment" (mainly of the type they'd have no interest in doing otherwise) and returning them to where they started anything from a couple of weeks to a few months later. It all seems a bit pointless to me. However it does put to shame the method of transportation my Father chose to at least partially transport us on our migration from South Africa to Australia (via Singapore) in February 1964. I became pretty much the only visitor to the "ship's pool" (I use the term loosely) as we plodded through the tropics on Royal Inter-ocean Line's 9,500 ton "Straat Rio", a passenger/freighter long since broken up for scrap (1984 in Nantong). Here's a photo of me on the sun deck of the pool back then.... Technology changes, but at least this ship was performing a positive function in taking us from one place to another, permanent, destination. It looked a bit like a floating bathtub compared to the Ventura:
  7. BMW

    Unbeknownst to me, the owners of the car took a photo of me taking the main topic's photo. I submit this as positive proof of the benefit of flip screens for those who still think that fixed LCD screens are somehow advantageous.
  8. The upturned coffee cup with lid scattered further also has a feeling of someone's hasty departure to it.... As well this is the main street of New Norfolk in the middle of a weekday - I've never seen it so unpopulated before. No-one seated at the bakery tables, empty seat in the foreground... I also liked that he had his iPod/phone earbuds in his ears - maybe to drown out the "ambient" noise emanating from in front of him?
  9. 'Tweren't too good, Dallas, believe me. Even the occupant of the pram in the background appeared to have bailed out.
  10. Thursday lunch-time, High Street, New Norfolk. (Sigma DP3 Merrill).
  11. I bought my first mobile phone in 1993 (Motorola bag phone), and disconnected for good from the grid when I cancelled my smartphone account about a year ago. I don't miss it, either. The things are a blight on society (I was nearly rear-ended yet again only a few hours ago by someone too busy texting to watch where she was driving) as well as being perhaps the most anti-social invention yet dreamed up. Their function as a camera will always be a compromise when compared to the real thing, anyhow, no matter what wizzbangery Apple, Samsung, Sony or anyone else builds into what is principally a communication device, not an image recording device.
  12. Sigma's SD Quattro line goes part way to dealing with the Foveon's allegedly limited DR and noisy low light performance with their "Superfine Detail Mode", which is akin to in-camera HDR, but unlike other systems it merges seven exposures together rather than just two or three. I guess that qualifies as computational, although it is a user-choice setting and the usual caveats regarding subject movement apply. With static subjects, though, the end result is pretty impressive. Already punching well above its weight with resolution vs sensor size, this further pushes that characteristic well beyond what one would expect from sub-135 sensors as a rule.
  13. Fuji used rebadged F80 Nikon bodies to house their initial S-series sensors and electronics (and later series using Nikon DSLR bodies like the D200), so probably the F mount came by default rather than design. I don't think Fuji would have been too keen on the Nikon lenses that had to be bought for their camera as a result taking the potential to build their own system of lenses, but then, like everyone else in 2002, they probably didn't place too much weight on this digital thing catching on, and that the demand for their film would remain as strong as ever, if not actually increasing. I think Sigma deliberately make their cameras with a mount that other manufacturers' lenses cannot be adapted to Sigma bodies, but do offer a service to change later Sigma lens mounts for Nikon or Canon mounts should the Sigma owner switch allegiances. Along with also supplying new lenses with Nikon and Canon (and Sony and Pentax) mounts, as far as Sigma is concerned it becomes a one-way street in their favour. I'm thinking this strategy is paying off, because Sigma lenses are rapidly catching up with those charged by Nikon and Canon. Their cameras remain bargain priced, however - not many people seem willing to tackle the restrictions brought about by the Foveon sensor, even if it is arguably the most sensible approach to recording high resolution images. It's also a pity that they cannot get their act together and supply the product to all their International outlets at anything that could be described as reasonably promptly. Here in Australia the Sigma distributor's web page fails to list many of the most recent lenses, and those which are listed are mostly annotated with "No Stock" in the pricing field.
  14. My bemusement at that "35mm FULL FRAME CMOS IMAGE SENSOR" label shouting at us from the lurid copper coloured ring around the camera's lens mount stems from the obvious realisation by Sony that their own so-called medium format sensor which has suddenly appeared in cameras that are more affordable and thus destined for greater market penetration have produced a conundrum for that use of "full frame" as a descriptor for 135 format that I have so long complained about. I'm intrigued as to the apparent approaching intent here of having two "full frame" designations as medium format's larger sensor size becomes known now as "Medium Format Full Frame CMOS Image Sensor", and presumably the GFX 50s and Hasselblad X1D and 50c camera backs become known as something like Medium Format Small Frame CMOS Image Sensor". Pretty soon they'll run out of room around that ring with increasingly lengthy descriptions of sensor size based on Internet colloquialisms penned by bloggers who have little idea what they're talking about, and maybe then they'll return to simple format designations which had been established for around a Century prior to the current nonsense. Imagine, all Sony had to do was inscribe "135" on that ring.