D-Noc Photography

Canon EOS 6D mark II to be announced in two weeks

Back in the fall of 2015 I were looking for a replacement for my 60D and were considering my options. I could buy the 6D then and there, keep saving and buy the 5D mark III or wait for the 6D mark II. I ended up buying the 6D and a second hand 24-105 f/4 L and haven't looked back since. I bought it on a hunch that the 6D mark II would not be announced for a while. I were right...

Now, a year and a half later, the rumors seem to indicate that the 6D mark II might get finally be announced in two weeks time.

I look forward to reading the specs for the new camera. It seems to be a decent upgrade to the original 6D, and apparently it will fix the only major flaw of the original: the lack of a flip screen. My 60D had this and I used it a lot. After switching to the 6D it were the only thing I really missed.

It seems like a lot of people complain about the lack of 4K, but I think they misunderstand the 6D and the 6D mark II. They are a photographers camera, not a videographers camera. It is a simple no nonsense camera. To me it is not important at all and I wouldn't care if the 6D mark II didn't have video capabilities at all.

Will I be out buying the 6D mark II as soon as it is released? No, not likely. It's not that I am disappointed, it's more that I already have a nice camera, a camera that I know like the back of my hand, a camera that fits my needs.

I think it is a mistake to switch cameras all the time. I like knowing how my camera acts, how to operate it without thinking about it and its forces and weaknesses. 

Yes, having a 6D mark II would be awesome, but would it improve my pictures? Not likely. Well, except for the flip screen perhaps. Despite the bad reputation of the autofocus system of the 6D, it is very precise and very fast. I think most of the crap talk comes from Internet "experts" who hasn't ever tried the 6D.

I will, at least for a while stick to my 6D. It still has plenty of shots left in it and as the mark II is more an evolution than a revolution, there is now need to upgrade here and now. Maybe in a couple of years, or obviously if anything should happen to my camera. Or maybe I will skip the mark II and wait for the mark III.

Who knows.. maybe Canon will release a mirror less camera the size of a DSLR, with EF mount by that time. That would be interesting too.

 

The truth about your pictures

I recently saw this video by Ted Forbes from the YouTube channel The Art of Photography.

At first I thought the points of views expressed were a bit cynical, but after giving it a bit more thought I realized that he were absolutely right and his points resonates very well with my own experiences with critique from online sources (Can be found here, but it is in danish).

I think the real truth as to why it is so hard to get meaningful critique is just at Ted Forbes describes it: nobody cares about your photography! 

If you consider it, it is really quite simple. The people giving you critique only do it to be eligible for critique of their own pictures. They don't really care if your pictures suck a little or suck a lot. They care about their own work. Sure, there are some people who give critique to a strangers photos without a wish for getting critique for their own work. But then they do it to be important some other way. As a know-it-all-guru, or as a great photographer who's work you ought to admire.

In short, it is all a matter of getting something for something. The interest in your work does not really exist. Why? Because it is not interesting.

For me that was quite a pill to swallow at first, but then it dawned on me that it doesn't matter. It might actually set you free to acknowledge that nobody cares. You are free from hunting Likes on social medias, free from chasing popularity, free from trying to be famous.

What do you do then, with that freedom?

The answer is simple and also given by Ted Forbes in the video above. You practice and hone your skills. You create something that makes a difference. Not necessarily in a society changing manner. Maybe just something that matters to you, your family or your friends. Maybe something that is really spectacular and enjoyed by a lot of people. Not because they really want you to look at their pictures but because the really want to look at your pictures.

En epoke ender - Another begins

I 2004 fik denne blog sit nuværende hjem. Indholdet var noget andet dengang, mere tilfældigt, mere baseret på min hverdag og nogle spæde forsøg på at generere softwareudviklingsrelateret indhold.

I 2010 skiftede bloggen sit fokus til sit nuværende fokus, nemlig fotos, kameraer og alt hvad jeg har fundet relevant i den sammenhæng.

Fælles for disse to faser er dog to ting:

  • At der altid er blevet skrevet på dansk.
  • At besøgstallet altid har været lavt.

Når jeg søger efter andre danske fotoblogs er resultatet fattigt. Der findes stort set ikke nogen. Et eller andet sted siger det mig at der nok ikke rigtigt er noget behov for danske fotoblogs.

Som konsekvens heraf vil D-Noc.dk fra 1. Juli skifte til engelske indlæg. Siden vil skifte sprog i menuer o.l. og nyt indhold vil blive på engelsk. eksisterende indlæg vil jeg nok ikke bruge tid på at oversætte, da det er en ret stor opgave at gøre dette.

Jeg håber at skiftet til engelsk vil generere mere trafik til bloggen. Ikke fordi jeg på den måde tjener flere penge, der er ingen reklamer på bloggen, men mere fordi jeg gerne vil have flere folk til at kommentere og få en dialog igang.

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In 2004 this blog got its current home. At that time the content were quite different from today. It was more random and based on my daily life or some vague attempts to generate software development related content.

In 2010 the blog changed its focus to the current focus: photos, cameras and everything that I found relevant to blog about in that context.

The two phases did have two things in common:

  • It were always written in danish.
  • It never generated much traffic.

When I search for other danish photo blogs the result is meager. It is hard to find anyone who is actually active. To me that indicates that there really isn't any need for photoblogs in danish.

As a consequence, starting July 1st, D-Noc.dk will change to english. Menues, and contents will be in english. Existing content will most likely not be translated as this would be quite a big task.

I hope that the switch to english will generate more fraffic to this blog. Not because that would increase my income, after all there are no ads on this site anyway. It is primarily because I would like more people to comment on the conent and get a dialog with other photoenthusiasts going.

Fordele ved at have sit eget site

Nu er Flickr's billed upload så gået i stykker for anden gang inden for lidt over en måned..

..og jeg uploader endda kun et billede pr. uge, så jeg gad da nok vide hvor tit det sker hvor jeg slet ikke opdager det.

Men det fik mig da til at tænke på at det da i sådan en situation har sine fordele at have sit helt eget site. Flickrs brugere er i øjeblikket ved at oparbejde et raseri af dimensioner mod Yahoo, som ejer Flickr, mest af alt fordi Flickr ikke ligefrem er hurtige til at informere om at de arbejder på sagen (hvis de da gør det).

Folk skal huske at man får hvad man betaler for.. eller snarere hvad man ikke betaler for. Flickr er gratis, og serviceniveauet er så også derefter.

Ja, jeg ved godt man også kan betale for en "Pro" konto på Flickr, men lad os nu bare være ærlige; Det eneste man får for de penge er at man slipper for reklamer og noget statistik. Ikke for ekstra service.

Heldigvis kan jeg bare uploade mine billeder her, når jeg har lyst. Bevares, jeg har da også opdaget at mit Webhotel ind i mellem har nedetid, og det er utroligt irriterende når det sker, men heldigvis har de en effektiv support.. ..som regel...

Endnu et skridt imod minimalisme

Som bekendt er jeg i konstant kamp for at opnå en minimalistisk livstil. Dette betyder at mange ting i mit liv er blevet sorteret fra, men kampen mod det unødvendige slutter nok aldrig.

Det betyder også at jeg forsøger at simplificere overalt, også her på bloggen. Derfor blev jeg glad for at finde et visuelt tema, der virkeligt skærer alt overflødigt fra og derigennem bringer det væsentlige i fokus.

Jeg synes selv at bloggen er blevet meget mere tiltalende af det nye tema. Håber også i kan lide det. 

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