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I wrote the nearly the same thing just about five years ago. Its a good lesson to remember.
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2013 on Lest We Forget at The Online Photographer
I love this video. It's planning and execution was WAY harder than it looks. Us northern hemisphere types will of course notice that the moon is upside down and rising backwards (right to left). How confusing to be in the other hemisphere! For years a local TV station's morning news program featured a time lapse "sunrise" where the sun was moving right to left. Rather than getting up early and shooting a sunrise, they took a sunset and played it backwards, hoping no one would notice ;-)
Everyone knows that all skateboarding pictures MUST be taken with a fish-eye lens from a position just underneath the subject as they "catch air". This is one of the unbreakable rules.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2013 on Nate Update at The Online Photographer
No, crepuscular rays are the light and shadow effects when the sun shines through broken clouds and the like. "Diffraction spikes" is a good name for the starburst effect.
The internal Unix clock rolls over in 2038, but I'm not especially worried about it. Google "Year 2038 problem". We make first contact with the Vulcans in 2063; damn their pointed ears.
Not for posting here: I wonder if this will ever be more than vaporware. Who know if it could possibly be practical.
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2012 on We Hear from Keith Davis at The Online Photographer
Curious, isn't it.....we're supposed to embrace diversity and yet we're sometimes expected to pretend that we're all the same. Sigh. Keep repeating to yourself "I want to be like Mike" (that would be you, not the other guy). Be up-front about your biases and call 'em like you see 'em. I don't see how we can expect anything better than that.
"it's also good that there's serious testing such as that of DxOMark available" Indeed it is, however, that doesn't mean that people won't argue the findings if they don't agree with their prejudices. If you already like Canon, it's fine if it scores high. If you're a Nikon fan there must be something wrong with the test, or they measured the wrong thing! It all goes back to Magic Bullets: the illusion that buying a "better" camera will somehow make you a better photographer.
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2012 on Does DxOMark Matter? at The Online Photographer
Anyone who captures images probably outputs them in giclee.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2012 on A Question at The Online Photographer
Someone mentioned flip locks a while back. I have to have those. I know perfectly well which way is loose and which way is tight but I always confuse them in practice. I'll look into the Manfrotto 190CXPRO3.
One possibility is that all advanced civilizations exterminate themselves. As you point out, we don't know how others would behave, but we're totally capable of deliberate suicide. Just wait till genetic engineering gets to the point where a bright grad student can adapt a virus to do whatever. All it takes is one guy to decide that we don't deserve to live. He cooks up a highly contagious airborne virus that incubates for a couple of weeks. When it wakes up, it makes cell walls go all squishy or disables hemoglobin or something else unsurvivable. Pfffft! The odds of this NEVER happening are too small to bother with, unless, of course, something else gets us first. Oy.
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2011 on Where Are They? at The Online Photographer
About "pole" vs "poll"...I think it was Fred Pohl who said that he and fellow SF writer Poul Anderson should get together and write a book about election methods in Warsaw. They would call it "Pohl and Poul's Pole Poll Poll". You can't top that so I'll stop taking now.
Crud. I was just about to go photograph a cabbage.
I live in Charleston SC, where we often tell tourists, "you cant get there from here" because of the one-way streets. Ever been to Salt Lake City? Most of the streets are laid out to cardinal compass points and are named (numbered, actually) from the zero point at the Temple. You mostly don't need a map, which really appealed to the geek in me. I'm sure we'll hear from Boston, the prototype spaghetti layout, where GPS goes to die.
Thomas - I did something similar with my EP2 and its 14-42mm lens. I got a 40.5-58mm adapter, 58mm being exactly the same diameter as the rest of the lens. I have lots of caps and filters in that size and it looks great.
Like a great many hurricanes, this one wasn't the end of the world for everyone in its path. I just hope people don't get jaded and refuse to leave when a Cat 3 comes screaming up the coast. Been through one of those. I had to laugh when during the around-the-clock TV coverage, the guy in the studio asked the guy in the street what kind of damage he had seen. He reached down and picked up an inside-out umbrella. Oh, the horror.
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2011 on Off the Beach at The Online Photographer
No, you're all wrong. Its a Toyo 45A with auto focus and a motorized 4x5 roll film back.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2011 on Cool New Camera at The Online Photographer
Himalayan food? I just gotta know more about that. I'm so jealous of big college towns..where else can you go to a SF convention AND get Himalayan food? On the down side, there's all those college kids to deal with ;-)
Live forever? I always told my college students that the biggest difference between them and me was that they were going to live forever and I wasn't. They looked at me all glassy-eyed wondering if this was going to be on the test. Further proof that youth is wasted on the young.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2011 on We're All Gonna Die! at The Online Photographer
What a terrific BAD presentation. As I watched it I expected to hear the ubiquitous dubbed-in "wheep wheep wheep" drive noise. How nice that is wasn't there. You're right, Miss Miller is a babe. Probably ought not stare too hard for fear of spraining something. Sigh.
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2011 on BAD Pictures at The Online Photographer
Glad to hear you're doing well. Living pain-free is a real blessing. I carried several kidney stone some years ago and would sometimes have whole days enveloped in pain. Such a relief when its finally over! Now sell some cameras and pay Dr B.
Not ground glass, ice.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2011 on Large Large Format at The Online Photographer
I much prefer the word "model" to "theory". It's visually descriptive (picture a model car) and gets around the "only a theory" nonsense. To expand on the example, a model car can be as detailed as you need it to be. If all you care about is mass and motion, a box with wheels is fine. You can refine that all the way to a detailed, completely functional replica. It can even be full sized (not recommended when dealing with the Universe). Of course some models are functional mathematical descriptions....Newtonian gravity, for instance. Even Newton said he had no idea what gravity was, but he could describe what it does. A model.
Bah, ten to the 122nd power is nothing. The "ultraviolet catastrophe" of the late 19th century predicted that stars should emit INFINITE amounts of energy, and we managed to wiggle our way out of that. All it took was quantum mechanics. As you point out, the answer may already exist in current physics but we haven't tweezed it out yet. One of my favorite terms is "renormalization", which, as far as I can tell, means "do whatever you need to do to the model to make the problem go away". Works like a charm :-)
People also like to sound like they know what they're talking about. If some other guy (and its usually a guy) has a strong opinion about Unreleased Product X, its really easy to want to jump up and spew your opinion. Any attention is better than no attention at all, right? It may be more about filling some inner need for recognition than having anything to say about the product. Hey, look at me, I'm smart, too! I remember reading a discussion about some new product that was just about to hit the streets (maybe it was the Sony NEX) and someone's entire comment was "Pass." Any particular reason? Maybe they were having a bad day or didn't have time to type anything more. I pictured a caricature of a Roman Emperor waving his hand, "This one bores me, bring me something shinier." Of course, anyone has the right to pass on whatever they want, to hate stuff or love it for any reason whatsoever, but a complete and summary judgment on very little data just doesn't make sense (which of course was you point).