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 on: February 24, 2017, 07:57:31 PM 
Started by JoeKitchen - Last post by JoeKitchen
I am posting this on behalf of my fiancée who does not post on this forum and I am not sure where exactly to post this.  I hope this is the right sub-forum. 

Like myself, my fiancée is a commercial photographer with a website that contains all her business contact information and a short bio with an avatar.  She is a food and beverage photographer and does not shoot anything else; this is very apparent if you visit her website. 

About three weeks ago, she received a phone call from a random man who said he was trying to have boudoir & erotic photography taken of himself as a gift for his wife.  He specifically stated that he needed a female photographer for this since he did not feel comfortable being naked in front of another man and was looking for a woman in the NYC area for this need.  My fiancée quickly declined and hung up on him.  We joked about it afterwards and thought nothing of it. 

Tonight, she received a missed call with no voicemail.  About 20 minutes after the call was missed, she called the number back and it was this same man.  She quickly explained that he had spoken to her before and that she declined him then and was still was not interested.  Upon hearing this, he replied that he now remembered they had spoken and "by the way, you are very pretty." 

This transaction was too fast for him to have looked her up online, which means he either studied her picture enough where he remembers what she looks like with only needing to hear her name or had her website up at the time she called back.  Either way, not very reassuring. 

Neither of us know if we should treat this as a benign situation or actually be concerned.  She does not recognize the voice nor has had any other situations arise in the last few months that could be related to this. 

The area code is from CT and we are thinking about reporting it to the police in CT.  Would this be an appropriate course of action? 

 92 
 on: February 24, 2017, 07:50:35 PM 
Started by Tim Lookingbill - Last post by Ray
Where did the molecules come from?


The molecules came from the bonding of various atoms, such as Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Carbon and Phosphorous.

Now, if you can tell me precisely and specifically which complex RNA molecules you are referring to, I could attempt to identify their constituent atoms and trace their history throughout the previous billions of years, and try to identify which atomic explosion is associated with the formation of which atom. Okay!  ;D ;D

Joke aside, the following New Scientist article does a good job of explaining the issue for the non-specialist.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21128251-300-first-life-the-search-for-the-first-replicator/

 93 
 on: February 24, 2017, 07:44:57 PM 
Started by Chris L - Last post by DaveCurtis
The 5D4 is a nice improvement over the 5D3.

Dynamic range is a noticeable improvement however not quiet good as my A7R2. The big deal here to me is the lack of banding and colour noise in the shadows compared to the 5D3. Dynamic range is now good enough that it is no longer an issue.
Highlight rolloff - I haven't done a comparison.

High ISO is cleaner especially when you re-sample down to 5D3 res.  I have noticed the smoothness may result in a lack of fine detail compared to my A7R2.

AF with video is brilliant especially when using the touch screen. Pull focus when dragging your finger is nice and smooth.

Plenty of small improvements which has made the upgrade worth while for me.



 94 
 on: February 24, 2017, 07:44:55 PM 
Started by Schewe - Last post by Slobodan Blagojevic
Bart, we are talking about Obama stats and criteria only. By the way, the only highlight of his years.

 95 
 on: February 24, 2017, 07:43:09 PM 
Started by MBehrens - Last post by MBehrens
http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/24/fuji-tried-to-promote-its-new-camera-by-providing-a-half-naked-model-to-photographers-6470997/

A Fujifilm UK, promoting its new GFX 50S camera brought out a topless model for the photographers - that paid to be there - to shoot. One photographer was outraged...

Is this the travesty that Mr. North, the only attending photographer that seemed to be outraged, claims? Or is it understandable, for the maker of a high-end medium format camera that will potentially revolutionize the rendering of skin tones in digital images, to use this tactic to promote its equipment?

I fall into the latter group, as if anyone really cares. Just wondering what the prevailing opinion is around here..

 96 
 on: February 24, 2017, 07:41:30 PM 
Started by mshea - Last post by JoeKitchen
If you're a professional, the services offered by ASMP will be great. 

I use Tom C Pickard.  All my equipment is covered (about $120K worth), workman's comp and $4M & $2M liability (yearly & aggregate).  I pay about $1600 per year. 

 97 
 on: February 24, 2017, 07:40:43 PM 
Started by Stephen Scharf - Last post by RDMAX
That's a matter of perspective. I find it troubling that Fuji has been so reluctant to let people who are attending "demos" shoot raw files to their own cards and work on them in a raw converter. I can't remember Phase and Hasselblad starting to ship cameras to end users before they were able to soot and/or download raws that could be worked on in Capture One, Phocus or Lightroom. This whole "launch" feels "stage managed" to me. The GFX is scheduled to ship next Tuesday and Fuji still is not letting the public shoot raw files and see for themselves how the files work in Lightroom. I hope I am wrong, but I almost feel like something is being hidden from me. I guess I will find out next week, as I have one on order. However, if there is no Lightroom support for raw files, I don't know what I will do. An $8500 JPEG shooter doesn't really interest me. [G]

My guess it is to dissuade pessimism around early products. Wasn't this a problem with Hasselblad X1D?

 98 
 on: February 24, 2017, 07:38:07 PM 
Started by pcgpcg - Last post by Landscapes
From my understanding, if you do this, the printhead can fry the main board because as it heats up, due to the clogged nozzles not firing, it somehow causes higher currents at the main board.  But of course I have no direct knowledge or experience.

Did you not have to go through a refilling procedure though?  I can't imagine you will get even 1/4 of extra life out of the printhead, so why bother wasting all the ink to reprime if you will just have to do it again in a few months anyway?

I would love to see the Nozzle Checks from the Service Mode to see how the nozzles degrade over time, and what it looks like when the printer says it needs to be replaced.  I theorize that this could be a good way to track the health of the print head, but on my 6400 I haven't had to replace the heads yet, and on my old 6100, I never knew about the service mode nozzle check when I did have to replace them.  I imagine that once too many nozzles start to get clogged in the same area, and they can't be cleared, then this is when the message comes up that you need a new head, but as I say, I'm not sure what this blocked pattern will look like or how bad it has to be before it won't print anymore.

 99 
 on: February 24, 2017, 07:30:14 PM 
Started by Schewe - Last post by BartvanderWolf
Nobody so far seems to challenge my math that
20-30% of illegals ARE SERUOUS CRIMINALS? Come on, purveyors of fake news, spin that!

It might help to define 'Serious', and 'Criminals', before addressing the larger task of defining 'Serious Criminals'.
Do parking/speeding tickets or shoplifting, help to qualify? Just asking, because I read that under the upcoming new executive order those would be criteria for deportation, and we do want to compare apples to apples, don't we?

Cheers,
Bart

 100 
 on: February 24, 2017, 07:11:42 PM 
Started by Stephen Scharf - Last post by hubell
Sounds like a nice camera.

But beyond that, this launch is managed incredibly well by Fuji.

Cheers,
Bernard

That's a matter of perspective. I find it troubling that Fuji has been so reluctant to let people who are attending "demos" shoot raw files to their own cards and work on them in a raw converter. I can't remember Phase and Hasselblad starting to ship cameras to end users before they were able to shoot and/or download raws that could be worked on in Capture One, Phocus or Lightroom. This whole "launch" feels "stage managed" to me. The GFX is scheduled to ship next Tuesday and Fuji still is not letting the public shoot raw files and see for themselves how the files work in Lightroom. I hope I am wrong, but I almost feel like something is being hidden from me. I guess I will find out next week, as I have one on order. However, if there is no Lightroom support for raw files, I don't know what I will do. An $8500 JPEG shooter doesn't really interest me. [G]

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