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Discussion in 'Photo Challenges' started by bilzmale, Jan 7, 2018.
We have made it to the start of Week 2. Well done to all.
I'm amazed I havent given up already. Usually by now I am starting to feel a bit negative about continuing (even though I do) but that hasnt happened this time.
I only noticed the teeny spider as I was processing this shot for Day 8. Snapseed, of course.
Trust me, Sue. We in the eastern US need the flowers right now.
As much as I enjoy Winter hiking and biking, I won't be sad to see Spring arrive. We have a long way to go, though.
Agreed - but with the long-range forecast, they'd never make it past Valentine's Day, even with the warm-up this week.
These little guys share a web at our front door. The GR is not a good macro shooter.
Bill, try putting the ND filter on auto and keep a steady hand. The shutter speed tends to slow down on macro made in my experience.
A really grey, overcast day here with a strong north easterly wind which is a cold direction for us, although no where near as cold as some of you have to face. However not a day to inspire, hence a rather grey image taken just a couple of hundred yards down the farm track that starts outside my cottage and forms a regular walking route for me, as you can see no "sewered suburban blocks" hereabouts. Of all the images I've posted so far this one might mark the beginning of a change for me, it was fully processed on open source software on my replacement Linux machine. The Raw file from the Ricoh GXR was processed using Raw Therapee with the border and downsizing for the web accomplished using GIMP. The light levels were such that the metadata shows iso 200, f/5.6, 1/40 second, the image being taken at about 10:15 hours.
I'm also using RT and GIMP on a Linux box, Barrie. It works well. Speaking of drab, we are having a similar morning on the other side of The Pond, with freezing rain thrown in for good measure. Here's another of the many shrubby evergreens we have in our state. Catawba Rhododendron, Rhododendron catawbiense. Those large buds will erupt in May into clusters of pinkish-purple flowers, one of the more attractive floral displays around, I think.
The battery on my iPhone 5S seems to be dying (it lasts less than a day now even with all services turned off). Rather than spend the £79 for an official Apple replacement, I've got a DIY kit for £15. With this set of arcane-looking tools and a link to a video showing the 27-stage process, I'm a little apprehensive!
Hi Tony, I've found it a little challenging to get the contrast and somewhat more dramatic effect that can be obtained in monochrome using Silver Efex when using RT, although I'm getting there when I use tone mapping on the colour original to get a histogram somewhere between an inverted U and an inverted V, then I'm using channel mixer to convert to monochrome usually feeding in R,G and B values that equate to well known monochrome films followed by gamma adjustment for the contrast.
For some reason my system won't install the Wine development build that you mentioned in your post of two or three weeks ago to run Nik software in Linux under Wine. I'm getting another secondhand computer that I will use to experiment with Linux distributions and Wine, it won't be used for critical stuff so it doesn't matter if I make a hash of things, hopefully I'll get to the bottom of it and have that software also available under Linux. 2018 might just be the year I transit from Windows to Linux for much of my photography.
I'm curious about the suction cup. They are being replaced for $29 now in the US in response to the newer versions of iOS slowing down the phone so the old batteries could keep up. At least, according to Apple.
The suction cup is for pulling the screen away. The reduced price is only for iPhone 6 and later, it seems. The 5S is still at the old extortionate price. Grrr.
To Marlof's question:
I photograph the crosses that stand for: devotion (the passer-by reminds us that Christ died on the cross), and hail (crosses were placed by the farmers to protect their harvest).
SIJ2018 Day 8 by donlaw200, on Flickr
PJ is a coworker and we share a common interest of scifi movies and books. She is wonderful to work with and the mother of twin girls.
Here she took a few minutes during our chat to catch the window light.
iFixit explains all, really well, I think
yep, that's where the 27 stage process is laid out.