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    Cannes and The Tower of Babel

    Updates Re: "Broker" According to the "Asia News Network", Kirokazu Kore-eda's movie "Broker" has won the top prize at the Munich International Film Festival (per Song Seung-hyun of the "Korea Herald" "‘Broker’ wins top prize at Munich International Film Festival". According to "Far Out"...
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    Sony Xperia 10 iii Stills

    About the Lilacs in "Comment #6" I have not been bothering with "detail crop" versions of images from the Xperia 10iii lately because I think I have posted enough for people who wonder whether this is a good camera/phone to buy. Put simply the Xperia 10iii does a "pretty good job". It is not...
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    Cannes and The Tower of Babel

    I have been quite busy lately, and I expect that is not unusual "here", but for the end of May, the Cannes Film Festival ran and I was hoping to avoid being distracted by it, but that was at best, an unlikely possibility. If you have read my previous postings, you might have run across my...
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    Exposure: Right or Wrong

    Some of the replies reminded me of my B&W days. I enjoyed it all back when I did it, but I would hate to try it now. My darkroom was a small basement washroom (no bath, just sink and toilet). If I was careful I would move around just enough to get stuff done. I recall setting up stop on the...
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    Exposure: Right or Wrong

    Back when I was taking monochrome pictures on film, I did my own developing and printing. At first, I treated exposure as a constant, defined by ISO (actually back then it was ASA, but it is essentially the same thing). The film box told me what ISO to use and I would target the correct...
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    Sony Xperia 10 iii Stills

    Another Attempt at "Horse Chestnut" After failing to get a good photo of the "Horse Chestnut" blooms, and being curious and a bit annoyed, I decided to give it another try. This time I went "manual", HDR "OFF", and tried a few things. What I found was that reducing the exposure EV=-1 and -2...
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    Sony Xperia 10 iii Stills

    Spring 2022, 2nd Set: The first four pictures from this set are a continuation of my set of Spring pictures. Sony seems to be promoting this year's Xperia 10 iv as a "point and shoot" camera. It is closely related to this Xperia 10 iii that I am using, so I thought I would consider how this...
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    Sony Xperia 10 iii Stills

    This set of Spring pictures was taken with Android 12. I made minor re-adjustments as noted. The out of camera files were fine, but I was being just a bit fussy. I do not intend to post detail crops this time. All are resized down to 1600 (height or width, whichever is the "long side"). I...
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    Sony Xperia 10 iii for Video

    I thought that it would be a good idea to make some frame grabs from a run of the GFXbench. This turned out badly, but I did get some sample frames to upload. In general, the image titles indicate fairly clearly from which benchmark series the frame comes. The indicator "C1" shows highest...
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    Sony Xperia 10 iii for Video

    GFX Benchmark Part 2 This is the rest of my results of my "GFX Benchmark" run: Low-Level Tests Tessellation ES 3.1 | Adreno (TM) 619 | 2394 x 1080 674.1 Frames (22 Fps) 1080p Tessellation Offscreen ES 3.1 | Adreno (TM) 619 | 1920 x 1080 1,508 Frames (25 Fps) ALU 2 ES 3.0 | Adreno (TM) 619...
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    Sony Xperia 10 iii for Video

    While 3D rendering is generally thought of as a "gaming feature", that was not where the technology started, and there are other possible uses. Personally, I thought that it would be a good way of creating backgrounds or environments for photography. I never got around to using it that way...
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    Sony Xperia 10 iii for Video

    More Perspective about the Xperia 10 iii with Android 12 In order to put my feelings about the Xperia 10 iii with Android 12, I am posting a couple of videos by other people which relate. First, I have noted that the Xperia 10 iii is essentially a "Full HD" video camera. In this regard, I...
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    Sony Xperia 10 iii for Video

    The Sony Xperia 10 iii with Android 12 as a Photographic Device: General stats: The zoom range, in theory ranges from "12mm F4.0" equivalent ultra-wide to 54mm F4.0 (telephoto) which is digitally zoom-able out to about 4x for Full HD video, (or about 2x for stills). Video is limited to 30 fps...
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    Sony Xperia 10 iii Stills

    Android 12 on the Sony Xperia 10 iii Today, (Apr 21, 2022) I received and installed my Android 12 upgrade. There are some small visual differences in the interface, but nothing major so far. Apparently there is a "privacy" upgrade which allows the phone to make less precise reports of its...
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    Sony Xperia 10 iii for Video

    This is a short note on the current update state of my Xperia 10 iii. On Mar 23, 2022 I installed a firmware update resulting in "62.0.A.9.11 release-keys". The firmware immediately prior to that had created a bug in the charging system. That previous firmware stopped charging from occurring...
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    AT&T To Drop 3G Wireless in 2022

    If I understand what was said, it should not be a matter of "no 5G" but rather, at worst, not having the new frequency bands working near airports. 5G also uses the older bands that were/are used by 3G and 4G. Those will still work. Also, it sounded like the aircraft signals were probably...
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    AT&T To Drop 3G Wireless in 2022

    Well, this is the first I've heard of 4G LTE going away this soon. I expected 4G pre-LTE to go away with 3G since it was a small "upgrade". Anyway, here is a bit more news. It seems that the 5G roll-out is also hitting an unforeseen snag: "Gravitas: Why pilots flying to America are afraid of...
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    Camera Safety Issues: Radiation and Magnets

    I have known about "radioactive" lenses for quite a while, but I have never looked into the situation before. I have watched three videos completely (which I am linking here), and there are more that I have not watched thoroughly. These three seem to be fairly presented (not panicky, just the...
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    Capture HD images from 4k video

    I use the VLC video playback viewer. It captures JPG, PNG and TIFF. I have only used PNG, so I do not know how good a job it does with JPG. As for the size, it captures in the screen size of the source. This includes anamorphic adjustments. So if your source file is 4:3 but is defined as...
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    What are you watching on TV right now?

    I see that the "Dune" mini-series has been removed from YouTube. Maybe it is on Netflix. Today, I almost bought the Villeneuve Dune movie on DVD (or Blu-Ray -- I could have bought either), but since I have read the book, seen the David Lynch movie and seen the mini-series, I decided to put it...
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