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Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by bentleya, 25 Jul 2009.

  1. Dr. Coin

    Dr. Coin Active Member

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    What are you using and how accurate is it?
     
  2. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Flir C2 - which has since been superseded by the C3, which has identical specs except for adding built-in Wi-Fi. It's pretty accurate - or it was, when it was calibrated back in 2015, but I've not kept up with the annual calibrations. I point it at a boiling kettle every now and again, and it seems to still be okay!

    Very low resolution thermal sensor, though: 80x60. Good enough for a game of "where's the heat," but if you want something that'll go down to individual resistors look elsewhere (and spend ten times as much, of course.)
     
  3. Pete J

    Pete J RIP Teelzebub

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    Hey all,

    I'm wanting to take my photography a bit more seriously now and am now in the scenario of 'all the gear and no idea'.

    I'm in Stoke on Trent during the weekends and in Bristol during the week. Anyone here in those regions and if so, would you like to meet up to do photography stuff? Would love to do a hike around the Peak District!
     
  4. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    I've always dreaded having to take photos of white stuff, 'cos my clients always insist on a white background. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try out a £30 LED backlight...

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    Very, *very* happy with that - should have bought one years ago, saved myself so much heartache!
     
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  5. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    It's hard to see how your skills improve from day to day, but having found some of my early product photography...

     
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    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    I was rather pleased with this, even if the focus is a little off on the components 'cos I wanted to get the fan blades sharp (and didn't want to mess around with focus-stacking.)

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    Bonus points for the effort in getting the thing to stand up straight, when the rear bracket is proud of the right-hand board edge!
     
  7. Arboreal

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    That's NIIIIIIIIIIIIICE.
    It photographed well and has even been equipped with a decent cooler #CoffeeNCreamMasterrace :grin:
    I wouldn't mind getting my hands on an STX kit some time.
    How is the awkward logistics SFF round up going?
     
  8. Gareth Halfacree

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    It's... going. Was supposed to do a shoot of three more machines - all from Quiet PC, this time - over the weekend, but I've been laid low by the lurgy. I did finish my first benchmark run, on an Asus PB60, which included trying to get it to run Unigine Superposition on 4K Optimised settings. Amazingly, it didn't crash... but at two frames per second, I don't think I'm at risk of being anywhere near the top of the leaderboard.
     
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    Ahhhhh, the illness; sorry to hear that you're afflicted; hope you all recover soon.
    A whole 2 FPS?? Slide show Central :lol:
    I have just found a used H110 Deskmini which I wouldn't mind playing with; that or a thin ITX board...
     
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    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Yeah, that one above is a DeskMini 310. Nice little box, though having to take the motherboard off the mounting tray to fit the heatsink was a bit of a pain in the bum. That one hasn't gone through the full review process yet, though, but I had to build it up before I could photograph it!
     
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    I'll tell you what, having to get the studio all set back up again so I can try to take photos at the same angle as before is an absolute ballache. I marked the floor where the tripod legs were, how far the tripod legs were extended, but I forgot to mark the position of the head. Whoops.

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    Still, it's good enough - it's roughly the right angle and it's the same scale as before (cropped to a width of 5084, so everything's directly comparable), and I can't imagine anyone's going to notice the slight difference once it's printed the size of your thumb in a magazine.

    Sadly, I'mma have to do it all over again tomorrow when the next machines arrive - I can't just leave it set up, because I now need to do the front, back, and internal shots for the four machines I have on-hand. Bah!

    EDIT:

    Shiny!

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  12. Dr. Coin

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    That is very nice shot. I do like Streacom's cases.
     
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    Right, that's all the machines I have on-hand photographed - there's a pair of Intel NUCs arriving from PC World supposedly today, and then I think I'll call time on things with 14(!) machines to test.

    If I had my time again, I'd probably tell the client to arrange their own photography - but if that weren't an option, I'd probably use my 40mm macro instead of my 35mm f/1.8 ('cos the 35mm has a fair bit of chromatic aberration and focus-wandering at these distances, but it is easier to shoot with for the bigger stuff 'cos I don't have to try and get so far away in what is a very cramped studio), remember to mark all the adjustable bits on the tripod (or, better still, refuse to do the photography until I have everything in-hand so I can do it all at once and not have to try to duplicate exact positioning), and make sure I have even more whisky than usual in stock.

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    ...and that should be it, now!

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    Might take one more shot of a system - probably the Raspberry Pi, definitely not the PB60 or H310 'cos they're back with their respective companies now - on a hand as a potential cover shot, but other than that I'm done.

    Just need to finish actually reviewing the buggers now!
     
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    @Gareth Halfacree how many m.2 do those NUCs have? I was theory-crafting a GameCube mod with one of those and an m.2 to PCIe adapter for a dGPU under it and a BluRay on top.

    Also, does it have USB header for more USB ports?
     
  16. Gareth Halfacree

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    Just the one in this Gen7, and it's got a 16GB Optane stick in it which completely fails to make the 1TB spinning rust drive Not Slow, but the (significantly bigger) Hades Canyon Gen 8 I'm testing now has two, as does the Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny. The Lenovo also has a dGPU (RX460 4GB) as an official option - it sits in place of the 2.5" drive bay - while the Hades Canyon is one of those weird Intel parts with the Radeon Vega GPU on-chip next to it.
    Those two ickle white connectors at the top-right are single-port USB 2.0 headers, but on a 1.25mm pin pitch - so cables might be a challenge.
     
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  17. Gareth Halfacree

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    Last shot needed (I hope) for the group test - a suggested cover image, if the editor would so desire to use it.

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    As modelled by my lovely wife('s hand and forearm)!
     
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    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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  19. Gareth Halfacree

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    I was really pleased with how this picture came out...

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    ...until I realised the stand was upside-down. I'm not as happy with its replacement:

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    ...but I've spent enough time on it that it'll have to do.
     
  20. Arboreal

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    Nice photo but suspect design...
    Why why make the base narrower so it's less stable! :wallbash:
    It reminds me of the Braun electric toothbrushes we have at home.
    They taper to the base so they are really unstable on the shelf above the sink and will topple over even if you breathe on the damn things. Maybe they're designed to be left on their charge bases plugged in, in a non UK bathroom.
    /rant
     

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