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star_pilot475

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    star_pilot475 reacted to LukeSavenije for a status update, pakidge 1/5 is in   
    pakidge 1/5 is in
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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from Schnoz for a status update, I’m back!! So I said in a status update a while ago I was gonna downsize my desktop t   
    I’m back!! 
     
    So I said in a status update a while ago I was gonna downsize my desktop to a laptop...I may have spent all that laptop money on a Nintendo Switch instead. I had never played Breath of the Wild before, and a couple weeks back I was at a friends house and they let me try it out. I loved it so much I decided to get a Switch, but ran out of money so now I’ve gotta wait a couple weeks before getting BOTW. I'm excited to play it though! 
     
     
     

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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from Schnoz for a status update, I am back for a brief moment with big news... I have to sell my rig my GPU is leaving   
    I am back for a brief moment with big news...
    I have to sell my rig 
     
    my GPU is leaving me Thursday and the rest of it, I don’t know yet. 
     
    many will despise me but I must get something more portable...
     
     
    but on another note, I’m building a pc for a friend. He’s buying my GPU and paring it with a Ryzen 5 2600. This is his first build in like 10 years. He doesn’t really know what he’s doing anymore so most likely I’ll have to assemble the whole thing. This will be my first real build! Of course, it is somebody else's rig to be jealous of but whatever. 
     
    edit: when I came back today, I had 158 notifs...
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    star_pilot475 reacted to Den-Fi for a status update, I get asked A LOT if I think smartphone cameras have gotten to the level of dSLR came   
    I get asked A LOT if I think smartphone cameras have gotten to the level of dSLR cameras and that's a question I quickly answer NO to.
    Sure, for your average consumer™, you get results that can look absolutely fantastic, but the use case is limited.
    You're probably not going to print it. It'll get posted on social media and someone will glance at it and understand what was going on. Job done.
    For me though, there are things I need to capture for my own gratification. I like complete control and having too much information.
    These things are not granted when you're using a smartphone. Smartphones make a lot of guesses and decisions to compensate for its sensor.
    Sure, you can get programs like Camera+ to shoot "RAW" but it is far from the same.
     
    Smoothing is probably the greatest sin a smartphone camera commits. Sharpening falls into second place. This is not something you mind too much with general photos, but macro is my bread and butter. A combination of over-smoothed and over-sharpened when it comes to macro is just plain painful to look at.
     
    In the example I posted below, I used the iPhone 11 Max's camera on full auto. (Both are editing in my usual style with Lightroom). It was given plenty of light to avoid over-smoothing from noise, but you can tell it still did it anyway. It also detrimentally sharpened the photo. This results in seeing the rough texture of the case in some spots (way rougher than it actually looks due to over-sharpening), but weirdly smooth for most of it. It looks "fine" but that is never what I'm after. At the end of the day I take photos for myself first, and everyone else later.
     
    Smartphone cameras have come a LONG way. They really have. To do what they can do with limited space for both a sensor and a lens  is amazing. They've brought a level of accessibility to photography that has opened the door for many. I appreciate that more people than ever eventually get dSLRs after seeing what is possible with their smartphone. It's just like someone building their first custom PC after experiencing a pre-built. I love watching the technology grow and do think that dSLR tech can learn from smartphone tech. I am genuinely impressed with my phone in some instances, just not most. For me, I will always reach for my clunky dSLR. It feels better in the hand, I have the control I need, I have the detail I need, and I have access to ALL of the information from the sensor. I should also mention that I have the ability to light the photo the way I want to. I used a strobe for the dSLR photo bounced from the ceiling. For the iPhone photo I used LED light bounced from the ceiling.
     
    That's my stance. Smartphones are great, but they cannot replace dSLRs for my needs. Much in the same way some photographers don't even think dSLRs can replace film.
     

     
    iPhone 11 Pro Max, full auto, LED light bounced from the ceiling. Light is diffused again with a large 60" diffuser.
     

     
    Canon EOS R w/ 50mm f/1.2 L (1/160, f.2.2, ISO 400), Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT @ 1/8 power bounced from the ceiling. Light was not diffused a second time.
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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from Origami Cactus for a status update, Well, I wasn’t very active on the forums last week because, well, my week (and the re   
    Well, I wasn’t very active on the forums last week because, well, my week (and the rest of this month) is hectic for me. 
     
    most likely you won’t see me very active for the rest of the month, but beginning November, things should calm down a bit. 
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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from Origami Cactus for a status update, So I tried that cable management that people talk about...   
    So I tried that cable management that people talk about...
     



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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from LukeSavenije for a status update, So I tried that cable management that people talk about...   
    So I tried that cable management that people talk about...
     



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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from Gegger for a status update, My first "real" setup may be coming soon (couple of weeks yet, probably, also assumin   
    My first "real" setup may be coming soon (couple of weeks yet, probably, also assuming no unexpected bills come up). What I mean by real is I won’t have to sit on the floor in front of my television when I want to game. If I remember, I’ll take pics of it when I get it all together. But for now, here’s stock pics of the items I’ve picked out.



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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from Origami Cactus for a status update, My first "real" setup may be coming soon (couple of weeks yet, probably, also assumin   
    My first "real" setup may be coming soon (couple of weeks yet, probably, also assuming no unexpected bills come up). What I mean by real is I won’t have to sit on the floor in front of my television when I want to game. If I remember, I’ll take pics of it when I get it all together. But for now, here’s stock pics of the items I’ve picked out.



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    star_pilot475 reacted to Den-Fi for a status update, That's not how expiration dates work, Mass drop. Unrelated Danbo chilling in a bamboo   
    That's not how expiration dates work, Massdrop.
     

     
    Unrelated Danbo chilling in a bamboo 60% case:
     

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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from Origami Cactus for a status update, Got my new iPhone 11 on Friday. It’s pretty fast. I like it a lot. Big upgrade from m   
    Got my new iPhone 11 on Friday. It’s pretty fast. I like it a lot. Big upgrade from my SE.
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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from Den-Fi for a status update, Got my new iPhone 11 on Friday. It’s pretty fast. I like it a lot. Big upgrade from m   
    Got my new iPhone 11 on Friday. It’s pretty fast. I like it a lot. Big upgrade from my SE.
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    star_pilot475 reacted to Den-Fi for a status update, Wait... can you really not search from the start menu by just typing anymore? It stop   
    Wait... can you really not search from the start menu by just typing anymore?
    It stopped working on a 2nd computer now!
     
    Also, Amazon was $15 cheaper than anywhere else, so I got it and was okay with it arriving Tuesday. Welp! Just got an email:

    w00t!
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    star_pilot475 reacted to Morgan MLGman for a status update, A quick preview of my updated build Took pics while testing the Lighting Node Pro eff   
    A quick preview of my updated build Took pics while testing the Lighting Node Pro effects, it's not going to be a rainbow-coalition PC but I'm yet to figure out a color scheme. I deliberately went for black&white parts so I could use light of any color with it Thoughts? Gonna upload higher quality pictures soon.

    Updated specs are in my profile.




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    star_pilot475 reacted to Den-Fi for a status update, Last call to enter the Bluetooth Mech Giveaway. It will close some time today at rand   
    Last call to enter the Bluetooth Mech Giveaway. It will close some time today at random.
     

     
    Start your descent into mechanical darkness today for free! 
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    star_pilot475 reacted to VegetableStu for a status update, Assassin's KreedBHD   
    Assassin's KreedBHD
     
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    star_pilot475 reacted to Den-Fi for a status update, Bluetooth Mech Giveaway reminder for the morning time folks. Also, dailyish reminder   
    Bluetooth Mech Giveaway reminder for the morning time folks.
     

    Also, dailyish reminder that @Princess Luna is better than Arch Linux.
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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from wkdpaul for a status update, Finally fixed the issue of my pc sounding like it’s gonna explode. I swapped the exha   
    Finally fixed the issue of my pc sounding like it’s gonna explode. I swapped the exhaust fan and fan on the stock cpu cooler. I can barely hear it now. To improve airflow, I'm leaning towards getting the Thermaltake H17. Not a excellent case for overall airflow, but anything is better than what I have.
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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from LukeSavenije for a status update, Finally fixed the issue of my pc sounding like it’s gonna explode. I swapped the exha   
    Finally fixed the issue of my pc sounding like it’s gonna explode. I swapped the exhaust fan and fan on the stock cpu cooler. I can barely hear it now. To improve airflow, I'm leaning towards getting the Thermaltake H17. Not a excellent case for overall airflow, but anything is better than what I have.
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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from Cyberspirit for a status update, Finally fixed the issue of my pc sounding like it’s gonna explode. I swapped the exha   
    Finally fixed the issue of my pc sounding like it’s gonna explode. I swapped the exhaust fan and fan on the stock cpu cooler. I can barely hear it now. To improve airflow, I'm leaning towards getting the Thermaltake H17. Not a excellent case for overall airflow, but anything is better than what I have.
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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from LukeSavenije for a status update, @LukeSavenije knows what’s about to go down...   
    @LukeSavenije knows what’s about to go down...

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    star_pilot475 reacted to Fasauceome for a status update, This round of minis turned out vastly better than my first. Got a lot more creative a   
    This round of minis turned out vastly better than my first. Got a lot more creative and had access to better paints, as well as some experience and better brushes.








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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from Origami Cactus for a status update, My parents have offered to buy me a new phone, as my current iPhone SE is dropping ca   
    My parents have offered to buy me a new phone, as my current iPhone SE is dropping calls and texts like crazy lately. It’s not the carrier's fault (I’m with Verizon), the phone is just getting old and it’s just plain too small for me anymore as well. Waiting until Tuesday for Apple's Special Event and then I’ll decide from there.  I’m really hoping they release a new equivalent to the current XR, as that’s what I’ll most likely opt for.
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    star_pilot475 got a reaction from LukeSavenije for a status update, Quick question- I was looking at building a low powered pc for browsing the web, movi   
    Quick question- 
    I was looking at building a low powered pc for browsing the web, movies and stuff like that. When you get a stupor tiny case that has no room for a power supply, how are you supposed to power any of your components?
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    star_pilot475 reacted to Den-Fi for a status update, Sigh... I pre-ordered the MX Master 3. I just need to see how they could possibly mak   
    Sigh... I pre-ordered the MX Master 3.
    I just need to see how they could possibly make the 2S any better.
    It's funny because I was just talking to @TVwazhere about this.
     
    Unrelated empty space because forum is brokded.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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