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Just made this. Its a rage inducing game with 80s style.

STEAM STORE link : store.steampowered.com/app/575…

Check it out. I am more programmer than a photographer. Duh !
Just to keep the PC safe.
rinzler.sourceforge.net/
Made in opensource.
My bit of contribution for so much I have gained from Open Source, including the philosophy.
Its called Rinzler. Named after a character from TRON.
It disables autorun and removes malicious scripts from selected drive.
One of the photos I took of IUB (http://gearspec.deviantart.com/art/Logical-Right-Shifts-413386906), 
have been selected as one the photos of the Month on INFIRNITY MAGAZINE. (www.infirnity.ca/)
It doesn't happen too much but when it does , its very nice.

I have been exploring others work, specially the famous and legendary ones.
One of the pictures I have taken (gearspec.deviantart.com/art/St…) has reached the July Snapshot of CAPRICE MAGAZINE.www.capricemag.com/july-snapsh… . Check it out.
Yes. That is right. As if the Internet Lacked enough resources(battles) on "Crop Vs Full frame".
What I am not going to do is bog you down in to the meaningless technical details.
At the end of this journal entry you should be able to decide whether you want to move to a full frame or a crop sensor.

So does full frame matter?
- Short answer YES(Therefore I got one). Long answer NO(Therefore I kept the 1000D as well).
Sensor size does matter, my 5D is nothing compared to the depth of field & quality produced from a MEDIUM Format camera.
But they cost a ZILLION dollars, so the closest thing to an upgrade in the sensor size department is the full frame 35mm format. The reason is simple, a bigger sensor captures more light. And indeed has less noise at higher iso. When your viewfinder and field of view is true (50mm is 50mm), it opens up a world to frame, proper utilization produces unprecedented results.

So whats the problem?
- I could fit the 50mm f1.8 and my 1000D inside my everyday messenger bag and could carry it everywhere. For any full frame camera (except LEICA), the size becomes an issue and you have to carry a camera bag, only for it.
- After the upgrade, I realized the 50mm f1.8 vignettes in the corners like crazy. I like a little bit of vignetting but this was crazy.  To utilize and get some good results one have to go premium on the lenses as well.
- There are crop equivalents such as the 60D or 7D which will produce amazing results given a good lens.
- Top of the line crops such as the 7D, D7100 is much more versatile than bottom of the barrel Full Frames. Smaller sensor it may be, but Its a good quality top end sensor. I have been on weddings where professionals top end photographers used D90s as their primary camera.

Decision Dilution...
- If you are comfortable with your 7D, 550D, Nikon D3100 etc. Then there is no really need to go full frame.
- Full frame will not transform you in to magical unicorn who takes great pictures. Composition is king.
- If you used to shooting FILM or specifically 35mm film, then you will feel right at home if you get a full frame camera.
- Full frames are expensive and are always out of reach. Full frames are strategically placed by companies so that they are always above the crop factor market. You will find more people taking photos with iPhone on flickr than Canon 550D or Nikon D90, you will find even less people buying the 6D, 5D series or Nikon D600/D800 etc. , the market gets smaller as the price goes higher. Camera manufacturers made it very easy for everyone to afford a DSLR, and has given options to upgrade to better bodies. This would not have been possible if they only made full frame cameras. A well used 5D mark II body goes for $1300 , you can get a new Nikon D5200, 85mm f1.8, a tripod + bag for that money.

Ask yourself :
1. Do you think you have reached the limitation of your camera?
2. Are you upset with the viewfinder size?
3. Are you upset with the image quality?
4. Do you have deep pockets?
5. Do you spend too much time removing too much yellow or too much red from pictures taken in photoshop?

If your answer is YES to 3 of the above questions, "its time to go full frame".
First of, I am in no condition to talk about real photography, And the title might be a bit misleading, yet I go on with this journal entry to encase some of the experiences and stories in the ever changing world of photography around me.

Quantity over Quality:

I was lucky to get a lecture from an elderly person about concept, composition, space and lines when all I had was a 35mm film. I listened and explored, learning. That was many years ago. Made many mistakes when developing film in the kitchen sink and had to make every shot count including considering which film to buy. Then the digital era came in my country at least, wedding photography exploded. Some photographers undertook more wedding work in hopes of quick cash and for better hardware and when it was done they persuaded further in to the genre of photography they liked to explore. Now, another breed drawn to this mass of "quick cash" joined in with shiny DSLRs and started competing by offering lower price brackets for 3 times the photographic volume, it doesn't matter if they are actually usable or similar. And soon it was over. Good photography only meant taking a good portrait of a couple at the alter. Quantity over Quality. Soon the old and classic photographers got overshadowed by the demand of the masses which was cheaper and quicker service. No place for art. Soon wedding photographers replaced real photographers since the community and the mass would only value images that only included them, sort of an extension of narcissism, pushed furthermore by Facebook, more "likes & share". Yet it is calmly reassuring when I see someone with white hair and careful steps roaming around in the used lens market looking for an old TLR.

Lost Memories & The lost art:

No one really complained about noise when the only way of seeing a photograph was if it was in your hand, printed in to a rectangle. And it was amazing looking at it, a feel , as if I was there. Remember the times when we had an album, a physical one? and anyone who came over for a day or two would indulge ourselves with the memories of the past. I take three times the photos as I used to, email them, message or tag the right person on Facebook. Somehow it doesn't feel the same. Instant viewing has taken away something important, the need to print. On print , it stayed for ever, stored in a pile of dust in the closet until someone rediscovered them and it became a trip to memory lane. Hard drive crashes, computer upgrades, profile changes, new online services and privacy & piracy issues. Everyone click, looks at it for 2 seconds and don't remember it the next day. In the end; lost memories and lost art.
"ars longa vita brevis" :
This simply is a smaller version of the meaning;
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Life is so short,
But the art so long,
occasion precipitous,
experiment perilous,
judgment difficult.
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In this digital age we do so many things, creative things, so many of them. Yet, I can remember a time when people were without Internet and had a healthy life. With so much media around us, it seems we are addicted. Take photography or painting for example; how long do you think it'll take for you be on par with Ansel Adams or Picasso? The answer is; almost never.

Everything you do takes time, and an insane level of dedication for it. Let it be Programming,  Sculpting, Painting or Brian surgery. With age comes gracefulness and appreciation for the art/craft through understanding reasons and history of it. Experience gained through learning by doing it, is the best method of all. An experience man is someone who has made all possible mistakes that can be made and then tried correcting it.

Then why do we find books titled "Learn black and white photography in 24 hours"[www.amazon.com/Alpha-Teach-You… or "Learn C++ in 24 hours?" or "Learn to Play Piano in 24 Hours"? and so on. Musical composition is as hard as any other talent and takes a lifetime to achieve the perfect harmony. Just listen to some compositions made by Ludovico Einaudi or Clint Mansell. As if in 24 hours, a book can teach anyone how to be Ansel Adams, although it can move one forward or make someone have a bubble of inspiration, perhaps if one can connect well, then he/she may turn out to be even better. Then again creative items should not be a competition, yet I am comparing one's work on par with the one's at the very top, which is biased and wrong. Anyway, back to the point, I am meeting people on a daily basis who would like to learn something(photographer), which is excellent. The sad part is, they want to do it without any levels of dedication for appreciation for it. For them this would be a skill that  is equivalent to having an App in your iPhone.

So how much time does it take. 24 hours? 30 days? 1 year? yes, now you are getting somewhere. You only learn a small bit of the craft. It takes 10 years or more even of pure dedication and practice to understand the underlying workings of the craft. That is why it says "Life so short, but the art so long". Therefore, there are too many tar pit of quick learning, "having a expensive camera" and "understanding photography" and "taking photographs" are very separate things. I talk as if I have reached it all. No. Like an experienced person, I have made all the mistakes and now writing about it as I move deeper. I urge you to do the same, put some thought after it and the rewards may be small but also very self gratifying.

Thank you for your time.
What I meant to say is general people along with myself included, from the surface do not realize the effort that goes in to making even a simple sketch. Much worse to the fact that Artists are generally taken to be an extra curricular activity of society. Expression comes in many forms, an architect designing with his intrinsic design skills would conjure up a great looking shopping mall, museum etc. His profession is taken seriously and his art is gives the person the power of self expression. Yet he is not an artist. He attained those skills from his university like a set of tools in his bag. Taught under many professors and as the student progressed along, his thoughts and designs changed according to the requirements of his professors. To attain a good grade, the skills evolved. Not justifiably to the better end. Yes now he may have a masters degree. But is he truly an artist?
Just because he can argue and defend his art?

Generally everything seem to have an element of artistic approach, let it be engineering, architecture, programming, web designing etc. But these are professions active throughout the community which spread to the general population. The population as a result assume that artistic skill has to LATCH on to something. A man with a paper and pencil with great imagination is thought to be literally USELESS without the additional degree of a certain skill. When you tell your girlfriend's parents that you are an Artist, you can see that look in their eyes. Same look from an employer, unless they can benefit from you that is. Now that is another AREA. Sometimes artist become Fashion Designers for a company. I have seen many good artists shelling out pieces of art to local galleries which simply become an OBJECT in a new couples house. That artist soon learns to focus on what would SELL rather than what I want to portray. If the world is all about different opinions, then artists in this world are full of conflicting opinions. Look at Leonardo and then look at Picasso. One is reffed to as a master draftsman more than an artist while the other is sought to be a legend, mind you Picasso had all the right things in order, even had a professor of art as his father.

So for the fortunate ones who actually have the skill sets to render what they want, no matter how they attained it, I truly admire them. Mostly because, learning art itself is a rigorous process, there are no defined boundaries, no yardstick. And with modern world's pressure toppling on them, perusing art itself is a challenge. Everyone is looking for a quick fix, jumping in to 3D without having even the ability to draw a proper box on paper (much like myself). Computers have made things much more simple and given people the ability to "fake and pose" much more effectively, for the glory. The ones who are truly artists are overshadowed by others technological prowess.

And here my friends ART is truly lost.
It took me exactly 8 years to know the truth. Here is a little bit of insight on why people use a MAC and if you are thinking of getting one, then you should probably read this.

First of, I am not a MAC fan. I am a developer and therefore have to use everything, Operating System to me is just another environment where a piece of software needs deployment. For years it bogged my mind about MAC and why people using MAC (specially designers, editors) turn in to such a Crazy Fan of it. After some video production and graphics work I got a very good understanding why people move to MAC.

The first and foremost reason is just like what the MAC fan's say "It comes with everything".

When you first buy a Windows computer, its pretty much a bare bone system and this is where MAC gets ahead, most people are not tech nuts, neither do they have the time to waste 32 hours getting the OS ready for war. It doesn't even come with the basic media codecs, which means it cannot play your favorite movie that you just downloaded. Well MAC is just a little bit less bare bone than Windows. And when you need something, its an app store away, you don't have to go Google for answers or be lost. Out of the box MACs run a good web browser (safari whereas Windows is still stuck with crappy Internet Explorer) and allows you to do a bit more by providing tools you need for everyday life out of the box.

Drivers and hardware choice is another MAC benefit and a curse. Since you do not have the freedom of every hardware. Since every hardware manufacturer doesn't support MAC, or MAC doesn't support every manufacturer. The limiting factor makes MAC better because its their choice of hardware (the choice isn't much though) and their optimized drivers. So that's why things work slightly tighter on a MAC. It may not have the best in line graphics card or the cutting edge memory but they have the right drivers to use their hardware more precisely. That coupled with a good kernel gives MAC its ability to run non-stop for weeks or even months.

While I indulged myself in designing for printing media I felt the need for the extra wide color GAMUT Adobe RGB produces (windows uses sRGB by default), the difference is minimal but the extra amount of color difference you can see on a MAC screen helps make you better designs. All the pro level (high end) laptops (ex: Dell Precision) and Professional monitors have Adobe RGB available.  Regular LCDs doesn't come with a wide color gamut to keep the costs down. MACs do cost a lot of money, but for a reason and it is true they do profit a lot out of your pocket and also from the developers pocket by charging them for software that they make for you.

I have heard MAC FAGs repeat this dialogue so much : " MACs just work !!" with hands up in the air. At one point I was about to slaughter some of these FAGs, Oh yeah ! . Then it hit me, why wouldn't it work? there are no virus , no slowdown, the OS doesn't let you actually do anything to it (example: wreck it), the less you get to fiddle around, the more stock it remains(adding a theme and widget customization is not OS customization, changing the shell is). So the MAC OSX just runs and runs without much problem.

Windows machines to me are still better than MACs since I only use server 2003 and 2008. Having the freedom to use any software is also a plus, when you are part of the majority you also benefit from the regular things such as playing any games, unlimited upgrade choices etc. MAC being the minority has created a shell around them to protect themselves from the bad things and kept only the best things. But you are a social creature and bound to have friends with windows and when he shares a software that doesn't work on your MAC then you look at your pretty machine and just feel like you are being left out of the playground.

Chose a MAC if you want a hassle free life. Get some Windows if you have the balls to be careful. Thats it.
I received this today. gearspec.deviantart.com/art/Pa…

Yes its a Pentax K1000. One of the finest and a very historic camera. Sold over 3 million units worldwide.  The owner of this Pentax K1000 loves it from the heart . Therefore I took the responsibility of restoring it all its functionality.

Disassembling : www.flickr.com/photos/diary1/5…

In the process I could see a lot of its past glory. At that time a SLR of the same category from Yashica, Nikon, Canon would be considered a bit top end compared to this. But then again just like many good low end DSLRs, it gave people what they needed. A good camera at a good price.

The shutter is made of some sort of cloth and travels sideways. The Yashica has metal blades and travels vertically. K1000 has only a top speed of 1/1000 (Yashica has 1/2000).  It also has no self timer. As I explored I could see missing things and also features that made this camera one of the finest. Durability. the person who used it , likes it so much that the foam inside the mirror box has disintegrated. Even with fungus and a dodgy lever, it took great shots, better than any 50D of this era.

It is easy to use and because of its simplicity.  A needle with + and - that indicates exposure. To be honest, thats all a man needs. It became highly recommended for student photographers.

Today madness over MP, Sensor density is all a hype. I could whack a 5D Mk II with this and the 5D would just die. The lens is solid like a truck, and the camera is like a cemented brick. It has lasted 36 years. I only know 2 photographers who have been shooting for that long.

Tomorrow I give it back to him. He would be surprised to see the clean viewfinder and lens. He can afford any DSLR, but this shoots so well, he knows and feels he doesn't require anything else.

It has all his memories...........................................

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1.Removed Fungus from glass.
2.Dirt from the prism.
3.Fixed Focusing prism.
4.Fixed Exposure meter.
5.Fixed Film Advance lever.
6.Cleaned it up.

It took me 12 hours

Strangely the diss-assembly was very similar to the Yashica FX-3. Only I had to refer to the service manual a couple of times.
Thanks to :iconkinipelahh:
One of my deviations Way - fav.me/d335kmk
was selected for Daily Deviation. And also featured on the news article
at news.deviantart.com/article/13…
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Hi, I have opened a new chatroom called LENSWORLD at
chat.deviantart.com/chat/LensW…
chat.deviantart.com/LensWorld

The chatroom is to help others determine in buying,
understanding lenses the proper way. No matter if its
a point and shoot or a DSLR.

Well, definitely there are lots of more people who knows a
lot more about lenses than I do and I urge them to
give bit of their time to help out others in this chat room.
Share there bit of their story.

I will be active as much as possible.
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The streets are yours. Some of the best things happens on the streets and its a gold mine to capture it in essence. Its getting really harder and harder to take pictures on the streets with a DSLR/SLR. Anything with a lens sticking out will have an issue. In the years here are some of my problems I had to deal with and how I got around them. Feel free to share your own tips.



Safety Tips.

    People popping up behind you to see what shots you took or what you doing:

In BD, people are not used to creative things, specially the people who walk around the busy streets. People will stack up if they see you pointing a camera at a corner of the street. This happens quite often. Turn the display off. And move around the spot until they are gone. Be patient. And never provoke/speak to these people, they are just waiting for you to interact and then they will stick forever. Just node and give them a signal to mode on. In busy streets, always look around for flow of people. Good news for those who owns point and shoots. The best thing for street photography is actually a simple camera that slides in the pocket.


    Some will run in to you on purpose:
    Thats why never walk around with your DSLR in hand through huge crowds. Carry a camera bag, or any bag if its DSLR. This will avoid dust and it will help carry it. Hard & remote location and rough people: You don't want to lose your camera. Therefore carry a bag and keep a discrete profile. A very great way of feeling comfortable is to take some of your friends out with you to different spots. This is the best way for street photography, you will feel much comfortable and once three or more people are shooting on the same spot, people generally don't show aggressiveness, cause they know you can handle it. You may be thinking where on earth is such a bad place. Be around Dholaikhal/Dholaipar/mohammadpur around evening. Police thinks you are a reporter : On sight they will instantly ask you "which media ?". This is because they don't wanna end up on the headline while doing their very important LEGIT crap. Simply reply "Journalist/Wedding/Personal" and keep walking past. This is a good practice. The moment RAB/Police/Ansar sees a lens sticking out, they immediately think you are a reporter and something bad is going down and you are there to cover it. Always carry some sort of an ID. Journalists doesn't have to belong to any media, they can cover any story anywhere and sell it to any media. Never pop a camera in front of an Ambussy/Police Station/Prime Ministers toilet etc..... Gather some friends, make a day out of it. On the streets.
Well I was missing from DA for a while.
When I returned I found a lot of new DA members who have made themselves comfortable around the community. My warm welcome to them all. I would have to say, our community has grown.

To be honest, We don't upload like we used to. Probably everyone don't have that level of free time anymore. But lets stick together and keep those artistic and creative skills sharp.

If you upload, I promise I will take a peek and so will a lot of people. I miss the old times, when I would have a late night relentlessly useless and fun conversation on a deviation for hours.
Well an era has passed and people have moved to digital.
If you know any photographer on deviant art still with film cameras
please include/comment them here, I will feature them somewhere on my profile.


Here is ~LevyNagy :iconlevynagy:
A film photographer, only a lot better than me.
  • Listening to: AGRON_92 ft. MR.DA-NOS
A very unsettling reality in our life is "life" itself. Everyone is inside a simple box made of a circle and the system. A system we must adapt ourselves to. This system runs in a polygon, there is no end, you grow up - then you study - then you get a job -uphold a family- the cycle begins once more. In this case the only reason to study is to get a job. I refused to believe that, but life is a system where what I believe and what I decide does not matter much to the cycle, the damage will be my own. I believe knowledge is a way to escape and pathway to being free regardless of its use and source and relevance.

Ever seen the world from a different perspective? Ever tried to slow down and find the world around you blasting past by as you attend the system as merely an observer. You see the system working, I helped this system to advance somehow in the past. You begin to question, was life built for this circle? Some have a profound urge to be unique and look beyond reality. While Others will do anything to blend in to this system.

I will give you a definition of art. Art has no definition, no description, to some it has no purpose, it has no function, art was built for its own sake. Art can be totally detached from life, separated from the necessities of life, and even time. Art by some feels like a refuge, a glimpse into the dream-world. It is so abstract and so surreal that only few can enjoy and even fewer conveys the ability to create. Yet art can be seen anywhere from nature to the graffiti on the wall. I would finalize : Life is a form of art. There is a system, one cannot escape from it, one must live in the system to survive to full fill the needs of thyself and others. One left long inside the system would forget what life has to offer. To me the system always feels like an illusion, like a latent image. A transparent glass somehow turning in to a mirror to hide you from knowing whats beyond the threshold.
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I have tried digital photography both with DSLR and Point and Shoot. And finally ran out of options. Then I realized that photography is still photography regardless of the method and equipment as long as the vision that you imagine is well captured. So I have decided I will shift back to my Old Yashica 2000 FILM Camera. First bought in 1975 with the same lens, its still running. Its much older than me, seen a lot more than me, so I suspect my old camera will be my master and all I have to do is just follow.
It was beginning of summer and that could mean someday there will be some awesome rain and I may be able to get some good shots. I am not too crazy about photography, its just something I do. And one day there was this great rainy day and there were some thunder and I was out for my regular walk. I came back and found my two laptops DEAD. Yes the thunder blew out a nearby transformer generating enough EMP to flash my ICH chip clean.

So had to wait like a month, until my kind brother (lives in US) send me a laptop. Its Asus X83VB-X2. My old machines were Acer1690 and Dell Inspiron1150. Compared to what I am used to the Asus was Shinier and well..got nvidia 9300 GS 512MB and a very strange display. But I miss my old machine, the Acer had a dull low brightness overused glossy screen but it had me giving some great effects on many stuff I do. This machine is good too, just need to get used to it. Oh and it runs on Vista x64. Still slower than any XP machine on the planet.

My brother also send me a camera - Canon SD1100 (IS 80) pretty basic until I discovered there is an extended firmware (known as CHDK) available for most canon cameras that can allow you to do almost anything you want. A few example would be - Taking HDR Photos at different exposures and total control of shutter speed and many tiny things that even DSLR cameras have missing. So I am on to experimenting with it. Until now all my pictures were taken using a very old (40 years) film camera. Yashica 2000. If I find that I am bad at digital I will shift back to film.