January 16th, 2235

Sorry for the broken links below, they're fixed now.  I was in Hua Hin over the weekend and working from a phone modem.  It took me an hour to post the last entry andf it still wasn't right.  Ah well.

In Hua Hin I visited with friends and went on an outing of what I call "Squid Row."  A small pier where squid fishermen take their boats out to catch the fish, the processing areas, drying fields, and the the tourst stores where they sell squid everything.   A bit interesting.

 

In Hua Hin I visited with friends and went on an outing of what I call "Squid Row."  A small pier where squid fishermen take their boats out to catch the fish, the processing areas, drying fields, and the the tourst stores where they sell squid everything.   A bit interesting.

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L  @F8  1/500th  63mm  ISO 100

 

January 15th, 0100

I'm making ths entry early because I'm out in the field this weekend and won't get a chance tomorrow.  New content wil go live at 7pm local time. This week we have an interview with author of POW 921 Mike Holt,  a Feature Photography "Birds of Thailand", and equipment review of the "Lian-li PC-V354 Micro-ATX Case", News For The Week of January 15th, Bart B asks about new lenses for his Canon 450D, and Steve's Musings reflects on CES 2011 Highlights. Feedback is always encouraged and appreciated.

 

January 14th, 1245

Just a short heads up to let you know early this week I interviewed Mike Holt, popular and controversial short story writer, and author of the new book POW 921.  It was an interesting interview so if you have an interest in the POW's of the Death Railway, or Mike Holt, look for the interview tomorrow.

 

Just a short heads up to let you know early this week I interviewed Mike Holt, popular and controversial short story writer, and author of the new book POW 921.  It was an interesting interview so if you have an interest in the POW's of the Death Railway, or Mike Holt, look for the interview tomorrow.

 

January 12th, 1945

I've been having a discussion with someone regarding the value of a nice lens on an older body.  My position is money is almost always better spent on nice lenses rather than newer bodies.  Try to remember, no matter how old your digital camera body is, there was a time when it was the latest new body out there and everyone was praising how good the images from it looked.  Of course they weren't telling you the images looked good because they were using it with a great lens, they wanted you to believe it was all the body.  That's what happens when most people write articles on bodies.  Well, your body (unless broken) is just as capable of those awesome images now, as when it was new.

Case and point:  This image was captured with a 4mp Nikon D2h DSLR.  A body no self-respecting sports or wildlife photographer would be caught dead with today.  Yet, when it was released it was the best digital DSLR ever.  People have short or selective memories.  I used this body to create many images I stil sell over and over again today.

 

This image was captured with a 4mp Nikon D2h DSLR.  A body no self-respecting sports or wildlife photographer would be caught dead with today.  Yet, when it was released it was the best digital DSLR ever.  People have short or selective memories.  I used this body to create many images I stil sell over and over again today.

Nikon D2h, Nikkor 300mm F2.8 AF-S @F4  1/500th  ISO 800

 

January 11th, 1300

Often, even with a point and shoot compact, perspective makes the image much more than a high-end camera will.  A straight on shot wouldn't have been nearly as interesting as this oblique view which included the ring of brass bells int he background, slightly out of focus.  Do you see how the 'horizon of bells' is level with the horizon of the subject?  Noticing and composing for your background is equally important to composing for your foreground.  When you make both work for you the image is much stronger and more interesting.  Another image from 1999.

Often, even with a point and shoot compact, perspective makes the image much more than a high-end camera will.  A straight on shot wouldn't have been nearly as interesting as this oblique view which included the ring of brass bells int he background, slightly out of focus.  Do you see how the 'horizon of bells' is level with the horizon of the subject?  Noticing and composing for your background is equally important to composing for your foreground.  When you make both work for you the image is much stronger and more interesting.  Another image from 1999.

Olympus E-10, @F4  1/320th  12mm   ISO 80

 

January 8th, 1100

This is our first column after the holiday and it's a good one.  At 1900 the new content goes live.  This week I massage Akulka's image and talk about it in the Feature Photograph "52 Chevy",. Akulka submits a great photographic travel piece for the Feature Destination "Viva Cuba!", then I review the screaming fast OZC RevoDrive PCI-Express SSD, Fred asks about the Bangkok Nikon Service Center, we have the News For The Week of January 8th, and finally we have Steve's Musings titled "Cycling Thailand."  This weeks content is interesting in that not a single photograph is mine!  Have a great read and please leave feedback in the comments section.

This week we've corrected several long standing issues on the website.  Well almost.  Our top banner (rotating images) has been a source of frustration and interferred with several other areas of the website including the comments section and user galleries.  We've replaced the banner which seems to work great in Firefox, but isn't showing the images in Internet Explorer.  We'll working on that last part.  Our comments are now working, our user galleries have been resized and are working great, ando overall the site is much more healthy.   Just one small problem left.. ;o)

 

January 8th, 0020

Over the last few weeks I've logged over 100 hours with the 24 inch Samsung BX2450 LED LCD monitor which I reviewed here.  In my review I stated I was impressed with the monitor for it's price point of just over 9000 baht from almost any store at Pantip.  Now that I've dragged it around as a travel monitor for a few months and just recently had occasion to log 100+ hours in a more controlled environment, I'm even more impressed!  Why?  During this 100+ hours of use I've had it side by side with (2) NEC LCD2690uxi2's (26.5" high end imaging monitors) and when used in sRGB (the universal color space used on the web) it's a very accurate monitor.  Some of my more difficult images which push the ability to render certain colors are just fine on this monitor.

However, a few of you have told me you were very unhappy with the monitor and couldn't get it to render colors properly at all.  I responded there are several things you need to do with these monitors to ensure their accuracy which is a bit different than most other monitors.  TURN OFF all the automatic controls, the magicolor, magicangle, magic bright, magiceco, and magicreturn.  Turn off all the automatic features.  Otherwise they'll conflict with your color profiling software both during creation of the profile, and if you somehow manage to get a good profile then they'll mess with your profile afterwards.  Turn them off, profile your monitor, and use the profile for all adjustments.  If you do, you'll be very happy with this monitor at this price point.

 

Over the last few weeks I've logged over 100 hours with the 24 inch Samsung BX2450 LED LCD monitor which I reviewed here.  In my review I stated I was impressed with the monitor for it's price point of just over 9000 baht from almost any store at Pantip.  Now that I've dragged it around as a travel monitor for a few months and just recently had occasion to log 100+ hours in a more controlled environment, I'm even more impressed!  Why?  During this 100+ hours of use I've had it side by side with (2) NEC LCD2690uxi2's (26.5" high end imaging monitors) and when used in sRGB (the universal color space used on the web) it's a very accurate monitor.  Some of my more difficult images which push the ability to render certain colors are just fine on this monitor.

 

January 7th, 1030

As the world returns from the holidays interesting news and photos are slow to appear.  We'll be back in full swing by next week, but this week the biggest news is the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) which I've been closely following.  This years big news is the new SandyBridge Intel CPU's which includes a video card on the CPU chip itself which is fairly competent, uses much less power, and for mainstream PC's will become very popular.  The neat thing is you can still have a laptop or desktop with a discrete video card for gaming or work, and the system will know when to switch between the onboard low power video, and the hgher power discrete card.  Great new technology.  Less power means less heat. 

Other big news are the recent announcements of some very fast SSD's in the 2.5 inch (laptop size) form factor.  Previously they've been limited to a max of about 350mbps read and 200 mbps write like the Crucial C300 we reviewed last year.  In the next year this same form factor will push speeds in excess of 500mbps for both read andf write!  I wonder where it will stop?

The timing is perfect as I've been building and testing an imppressive small footprint very powerful imaging workstation.  A case not much bigger than a shoebox, but every bit as powerful as a full size tower workstation.  I've just got it together over the last few days and I'm still building the system drive, hopefully we'll bring you a review in the next week or so.  Part of this build is the inclusion of a different type of Solid State Drive (SSD), a PCI - Express SSD.  Namely the OCZ RevoDrive PCI - Express SSD.  I'm very impressed with this SSD and I'll post a full review tomorrow with the weekly content.  Read speeds exceed 540mbps and write speeds approaching 500mbps.  This is a screamer!  Look for it and other new content tomorrow evening.

 

Part of this build is the inclusion of a different type of Solid State Drive (SSD), a PCI - Express SSD.  Namely the OCZ RevoDrive PCI - Express SSD.  I'm very impressed with this SSD and I'll post a full review tomorrow with the weekly content.  Read speeds exceed 540mbps and write speeds approaching 500mbps.  This is a screamer!  Look for it and other new content tomorrow evening.