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Trenton Talbot

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  1. So to avoid the problem one has to opt for the most unphotogenic light possible? Sweet! …Over the years with the Fuji system I've seen a lot of various sensor artifacts. As for the most annoying artifact, the award definitely goes to what I call an "AF pixel shadow". When you do a complex postproduction on darkly exposed files (star trails, focus stacking etc), oftentimes the entire cross-sensor AF zone suddenly presents itself as a weird pattern contained in a rectangle. The only workaround is to camouflage it with some compulsory artwork. And the purple sensor flare always seems to ruin the best candid shot in the series. That's why I call it "Murphy's flare".
  2. Does it have a rear sync with external non-TTL flashes? How about a PC sync terminal, does it have a rear sync?
  3. Vibrating lenses can jump off the shelf, but any damage from the sound waves are highly unlikely. Source of my certainty: during the open air concert of Jean Michel Jarre in Moscow in 1997, the press pool was right under the bass speakers. And these were the most epic bass speakers I've ever seen! I saw cameras falling along with tripods, ears and noses of some photographers started bleeding… But the next day all our the gear was fine – both mine and my colleague's.
  4. JFYI, acronyms are of great help when it comes to the commonly used, but unnecessarily ponderous phraseologisms. For example, we commonly use "CV" instead of "curriculum vitae" or even "resume".
  5. Most English-speaking inhabitants of this planet see very little difference between "extracurricular" and "extracorporeal". Besides, vade mecum are two words, and if you translate 'em literally you'll get "EDC" in modern, Internet-era English.
  6. Just wanted to bump the old thread and remind y'all that the challenge is still open to anyone who's willing to participate. So far, the list of photographers who joined it looks like this: Me. Myself. I. Centaur by Trenton Talbot, on Flickr
  7. Currently, the major failure point in X-T1 is a CSM switch (I already had mine replaced, and know of at least 3 other photographers who did so as well). You're proposing something that will fail way sooner… Besides, this is one extra step (locking it back) to remember under pressure. Why overcomplicate something as simple as push-turn-release? Get a life, troll.
  8. Lower Limits by Trenton Talbot, on Flickr
  9. Just yesterday you were saying that significant percentage of the forum population routinely fails to enter their passwords correctly 5 times in a row. And now you want switches? What happened to the KISS rule, genius?
  10. When X-T1 was first released, there's been a lot of whining about its locking ISO dial. My problem with this dial is totally opposite: I would like that damn button to lock not just ISO, but a drive mode dial as well. It gets knocked off way too often. As a matter of fact, I won't mind if the X-T1 successor had a similar locking mechanism on a shutter speed/metering dial as well. The only dial on a top panel that should always remain unlocked is a compensation dial.
  11. What kind of idiot bans an IP from dynamic pool permanently? Stop projecting. Oh, and speaking of how I judge that… As someone who had root access to various networks from mid-90s, I've seen user's search histories. Now, that is disgusting indeed.
  12. In a sitemap file look for changefreq parameters. There must be a reason why these bots attacked mostly the General forum. If changefreq for General in your sitemap file has lesser timing than any other subforum, it could mean that your site has been indeed hacked and used as a racetrack for the championship (yes, hackers do have sporting events). Same with htaccess: if you haven't changed it in a while, dig out an old backup and compare it to the current version.
  13. If you cannot remember your own password 5 times in a row, your potential contribution to the forum content seems to be moot. Blocking or throttling offending IP addresses is a very efficient way of fighting bots. At least when it comes to forum spam bots. Looks like a championship to me. Check your htaccess and a sitemap file, make sure they are authentic.
  14. Oh well, no ignorance captcha then. But at least you can employ some captcha that checks for not just human traits, but lucidity as well. Like "What's the first word in the forum name?"
  15. Andreas, are these all freshly registered accounts? If so, you may want to: 1. Go on temporary lockdown (turn off registration). 2. Impose a waiting period, when newly registered account cannot post for a week. 3. Set up a photography specific registration captcha. A lot of captcha plugins let you set up your own question/response pairs, so you can do something like "Initially the aperture was set at f/5.6, we opened it one full stop. What's the aperture value now?" #3 is important because this particular bot seems to be human assisted.
  16. #7 Collapsible lens hood would be nice. #8 Ain't gonna happen. #10 Jetpack. Everything will be so much better with a jetpack.
  17. I can certainly do it with X-Acto – but yes, there are more appropriate blades for this, like a Havalon for example, or any thin and flat fillet/skinning blade, preferably with a Scandi or chisel grind (you want to keep the knife flat to the actual screen). There's no question if this is a screen protector – it is; the only question is, how's this thing attached? Is it a sticker, a vacuum seal, or they just glued this thing on?…
  18. By the looks of it (and compared to the X-T1 that I have in front of me), it's definitely a screen protector. Quite a thick one, and probably stiff too. If I were you, I would've just removed it using a thin blade (x-acto should do just fine), trying not to bend this "glass" too much in the process (in case if it's fragile). But I'm not you, so you'll have to make your own choice. Or not – judging by the photo, if you keep procrastinating, it will fall off on its own
  19. XF 55-200 or 50-150 on X-T1, and don't change it mid flight. If the budget permits, get a secondary lens/body combo (X100T will do).
  20. Graffiti Fest by Trenton Talbot, on Flickr
  21. Just a silhouette. X-T1, XF56mm, Velvia simulation.
  22. Beauty Salon by Trenton Talbot, on Flickr
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