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Improv Project, Vivaldi Tablet Officially Dead

atomicthumbs Re:To little too late. (71 comments)

It seems to have worked out pretty well for that other big company that makes phones.

about 1 month ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

atomicthumbs Re:The actual appeal (240 comments)

There are commercial solutions called "scanning backs" that do this, these days, but they're not very portable. You can take some very interesting photos of moving subjects with them, though.

about 2 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

atomicthumbs Re:The actual appeal (240 comments)

Amen. I had a "good camera" (a Canon Digital Rebel XSi) when I was in high school that I saved up for months to buy, and I used it regularly to take hundreds of pretty crappy photographs. After I graduated, I decided to take a black-and-white photography class in college, which required a film camera. A friend of mine gave me a Mamiya 645 medium format SLR. Having to pay for each photo I took, and only having 15 shots to a roll, changed my way of doing things, and now I take photographs that are pretty decent (at least compared to my earlier days) and only touch my DSLR when I need to sell something on eBay.

about 2 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

atomicthumbs Re:It's the chemicals.. (240 comments)

"the developer"? there's more than one kind of developer. HC-110 (and Xtol, IIRC) is non-toxic, but chugging a bottle of Rodinal or D76 or something will probably kill you.

about 2 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

atomicthumbs no (437 comments)

no. the idea of an autonomous vehicle with no possible driver to override it is just plain stupid.

about 3 months ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

atomicthumbs Re:bad deal. (449 comments)

The Schumann resonance which the earth produces and all life is dependent on is literally being over powered by microwaves and other EMF causing all these different phenomena, including conditions like anxiety and schizophrenia.

Can I have some of what you're smoking? Whatever it is it sounds like it's good shit

about 5 months ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

atomicthumbs Re:Compromise. (449 comments)

wait, what's the connection here? what bands?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

atomicthumbs Re:Lenovo. (477 comments)

I have a T410 and thought there weren't any compatible ultrabay batteries. Could you link to one?

about 9 months ago
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The Difference Between Film and Digital Photography (Video)

atomicthumbs Some thoughts on film and digital (182 comments)

Something I've realized in my career as a photographer is that newer isn't always better. I started off doing it as a hobby with a Canon point-and-shoot with CHDK firmware, and eventually I bought an entry-level Canon DSLR when I decided I wanted to focus on photography.

My photos taken during the period when I was using the DSLR were generally crappy. I experimented some, learned about aperture and shutter speed, but mostly kept it on program mode. I had a few good photos, and thousands of bad ones.

In late 2010, I decided to take a black and white photography class at college. It required a film camera, and we would learn to develop our own film and print photos with enlargers. My friend happened to have a camera he wasn't using, which he very graciously gave to me: a Mamiya 645 medium format SLR.

Being limited to 15 shots a roll helped my skills immensely. I started carefully considering each photo I took, since I could only take a few at a time, and each one cost me money (in film and chemicals). My compositional skills went from "occasionally lucky" to "I can look at and evaluate my own photos and use elements I like later on". I learned how to expose correctly (the camera is manual with a built-in light meter), how to take great landscape photos lit only by the full moon, and (later) how to scan and process my film photos on the computer, so I could put my Photoshop skills to use and show my photos to people.

One of the most helpful parts of switching to film, though, was the quality. The 645 format (each photo is 6 cm by 4.5 cm on the negative) inherently gave me better resolution than my DSLR. Photos that would have turned out disappointing on the DSLR turned out great with the Mamiya, because film has so much more dynamic range than digital (no matter how hard digital tries with new sensors and HDR gimmicks). I learned to use the grain structure of each kind of film to my benefit, and to create specific effects.

I now use a Pentax 67 camera for a great deal of my work; an Olympus OM-4Ti and various film point-and-shoot cameras fill in when I don't want to carry around an enormous chunk of steel and glass. Not only are the 35mm film cameras smaller than their digital equivalents, but they cost less (for the cameras and lenses both), and especially with the point-and-shoots, take better photos than equivalent digital cameras.

I have abandoned digital photography entirely. I have spent, in total, less on my entire ensemble of cameras, lenses, film, chemicals, and equipment than I would have spent to buy a prosumer DSLR and one or two lenses of lesser quality than the ones I own now. I have to spend 45 minutes to an hour to scan each roll of film, much less process each photo, I had to upgrade my computer to hold twelve gigabytes of memory to process the biggest photos comfortably, and 190-megapixel photos occupy most of my hard drive space; my best camera is hard to transport easily without a suspension backpack, and I love it. With Kodak Alaris continuing Kodak's film lines, and with Fujifilm and Ilford still devoted to upholding film photography, I do not think me switching back to digital is in the cards in the foreseeable future.

about a year ago
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The Difference Between Film and Digital Photography (Video)

atomicthumbs Re:200$ is fine (182 comments)

Well, it doesn't take video, but a Pentax 67 medium format film camera can be had for less than $200, and will take shots that come out looking better than those of any DSLR. :P

about a year ago
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Current favorite still-image camera type:

atomicthumbs Re:What did you pick? (316 comments)

>Really, 2 choices for film cameras? Is the ghost of Ansel Adams present on /.? The Kodak (and Fujifilm, and Ilford) film businesses are almost kaput, mostly limited to art and technical markets. Well, some of us are artists and like to get the best image quality for our buck!

about a year and a half ago
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Current favorite still-image camera type:

atomicthumbs Re:"35mm DSLR" (316 comments)

Your full-frame digital camera still can't compete with my Pentax 67.

about a year and a half ago
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Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

atomicthumbs Re:Damn! (1165 comments)

Computers are used in crimes much too often. The best thing, of course, is to just ban computers from the country. Grab them from every household. The computer nerds can easily get a different hobby, such as gardening. And government can train them to not live in constant isolation from humanity, like we luddites do.

more than 2 years ago
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Australia's Telstra Requires Fibre Customers To Use Copper Telephone

atomicthumbs Re:Could make sense (217 comments)

Should someone really have to buy a very expensive satellite phone + plan, or move somewhere else, because their telephone company wants to replace their (perfectly fine) POTS connection with something that stops working a little while after the power goes out?

more than 2 years ago
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Australia's Telstra Requires Fibre Customers To Use Copper Telephone

atomicthumbs Re:Could make sense (217 comments)

I live in California, in the Bay Area. In 2001, our power went out for a week after a big rainstorm. The telephones worked fine the entire time. We wouldn't have been able to check on my grandparents if we had had one of today's fiber telephones.

more than 2 years ago
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Kodak Failing, But Camera Phones Not To Blame

atomicthumbs Re:wrong comps (309 comments)

It's also useful for anyone who wants a sensor area larger than 35mm without paying thousands and thousands of dollars.

more than 2 years ago
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Kodak Failing, But Camera Phones Not To Blame

atomicthumbs Re:They should have downsized long ago (309 comments)

I don't think Kodak's film division has anything to do with making or repairing film cameras.

more than 2 years ago
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Kodak Failing, But Camera Phones Not To Blame

atomicthumbs Neopan's not discontinued (309 comments)

I shoot Neopan Acros 100 for most of my B&W landscape work. Acros is still available in 135, 120, and 4x5 sheet film, and Neopan 400 is still available in 35mm. From what I recall, Plus-X is garbage compared to Acros.

more than 2 years ago

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Macy's/Cartoon Network Rickrolls entire country

atomicthumbs atomicthumbs writes  |  more than 5 years ago

atomicthumbs writes "During the Thanksgiving Day Parade, one float stood out: a promotional float for the Cartoon Network show, "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends". In the middle of a children's song, the music stopped, and Rick Astley walked out of the float and started singing "Never Gonna Give You Up". Whoever designed this float has beat the Internet at its own game."
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