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Comment Re:Artistic control? (Score 1) 213

Actually, you are generally correct (disregarding some minor technical misstatements). With any color process, the control was very strictly limited. Even Ansel Adams never resolved this issue and never did very much with color, because you really can't control it, and for certain, most of what you can do if you try is screw it up. For color print film, you can do some *very limited* control, but mostly all you can do it make the color be off. In the specific case of slide film there is virtually no control whatsoever possible. You can underexpose or overexpose it, but aside from that, forget it. Unless you get it scanned and use Photoshop.

Digital, as you note, more or less resolves that limitation for color, you actually can manipulated it to come out the way you envision with great ease. If you only ever use 35mm, digital has exceeded it in quality as well. For the vast majority of people, digital in the usual 2/3 frame or full-frame 35mm format is FAR, FAR better quality than an amateur could get with common processes and actual 35mm film. Crappy cell phone cameras with sensors the size of a few grains of rice usually do better, too. There's still nothing digital available to amateurs for sane money that can match larger-format film. and I expect that the 120 and 4x5 formats will outlast 35mm.

      The wrong part is what happens when you take film to a lab - there were and are essentially *no* computer-based evaluation steps in slide processing. They run it through a fixed process (E-6 in this case, as noted elsewhere, or K-12 for Kodachrome) and it comes out however it comes out. There were some weird second exposures and some hand manipulation required for Kodachrome which is why there were only two processing facilities in the entire world for many years, and for the last 10 years, only one place to process it You live in Botswana and want your roll of Kodachrome 64 processed? It went to Dwayne's photo in Kansas.

Comment Re:Hell yeah, if you still shoot film. (Score 2) 213

E-4? What are you talking about? E-4 was an earlier process to develop Ektachrome, replacing E-3 sometime in the late 60's-early 70's. Hence the "E". Modern Ektachrome is E-6. When it was around, if you had no access to an E-4 processor, and weren't willing to do it yourself. you couldn't use Ektachrome.

        I think you probab;y meant K-11 or K-12 which were the last two Kodachrome processes. At the time, unless you had to have it overnight, you wanted Kodachrome.

Comment Re:Call it what it is (Score 0) 470

"alt-right" is a concept intended primarily as a smear tactic by the Hillary campaign. White nationalists are hand-in-hand with the liberals in adopting it as a label. Since it is completely undefined, you can use it as a smear.

      There's aren't any "white nationalists", KKK members, etc, in the Trump team, nor will there be. Both of these groups are utterly insignificant idiots, and have been denounced and denigrated time and time again by Trump and anyone else in his circle


Comment Re:Agent Smith (Score 3, Interesting) 85

In fact, every organism expands to the limits of the resources and competition. Living on the edge of starvation is the default condition.

      In fact, only until the agricultural revolution was this ever any other way. This enabled a massive population increase. The second occurrence was the industrial revolution, which yielded another massive population increase from which the world is still undergoing.

        The former yielded the first kings, etc, because it permitted a small fraction of the population to live above subsistence. The industrial revolution and modern economics (capitalism) was the first time in the existence of any population that large fractions of a species lived in a state better than that.

Comment Re:teaching to the test (Score 4, Interesting) 157

That's a very good point. The issue with all of these "shocking discoveries" is that they in fact PASSED the various prescribed tests. There is nothing in the law that says it has to perform the same in actual driving rather than the EPA load cycle. The specific EPA load cycle is what is in the test, there IS NO SPECIFICATION for what it does on the road, period.

    Note that everybody with any concept of the way diesels work know that the various performance/emissions "breakthroughs" touted (now, apparently, falsely) by the European car makers were false. This was demonstrated by the back of "clean diesels" turning black in short order on US roads, and most of the cities of Europe turning gray from accumulated diesel soot.

      They are more-or-less scuzzy, but they haven't broken the law.

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