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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
16 Dec 2012 - 8:55 AM

lol Helen

thank you to you too, and all people

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2012 - 8:48 AM

I have learnt so much from being a member of this group. I have loved the stimulus of making connections as people upload new ideas, and will really miss that. Thank you Pascal for setting up this thought provoking group and it has been a great success in my opinion. However we all have time limits and one by one regular contributors have had to withdraw and it has had an impact on the ideas that flowed so easily initially. Thanks to everyone who has made this such a stimulating group in the past. I've made some good friends here and really appreciated the way people see the world differently.
I will miss prompting Pascal that its a new month and can we pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease have a new theme WinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWink
Helen

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
11 Nov 2012 - 6:36 AM

thank you Anne Smile

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 10:30 PM

I've not uploaded to the group in a very long time Pascal. I learned a lot in here about seeing the world around me. Appreciated being in the group, and thank you for your efforts.

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
28 Oct 2012 - 1:47 PM

thank you for those lines, madshutter Smile

madshutter
28 Oct 2012 - 1:44 PM

this has been a great group and I will be sad to see it go!
Pascalg- thank you.
It has been fun meeting everyone here and admiring your images-have learned a lot too- thanks everyoneSmile

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
26 Oct 2012 - 7:51 PM

there will be one for november, then maybe close this group?

JawDborn
JawDborn e2 Member 2729 forum postsJawDborn vcard England
26 Oct 2012 - 7:17 PM

I think we'll be a bit pushed to get a theme for October

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2012 - 3:21 PM


Quote: Yes!! WEATHER

thank you cats_123 Tongue

thanks, Pascal..very prompt SmileSmile...and no doubt a good theme...hope we can re-invigorate the group Smile

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
5 Sep 2012 - 1:48 PM

yes!! WEATHER

thank you cats_123 Tongue

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2012 - 1:39 PM

new theme? Smile

JawDborn
JawDborn e2 Member 2729 forum postsJawDborn vcard England
19 Aug 2012 - 7:24 PM

There have been several photos uploaded in this group, since I have been a member, that have intentionally caused amusement either by their content or their captions.
A new group called "The Corn Exchange" has been started for such photos. Please have a look at the uploads there. And if you are able to contiribute with photos past or present, please do so!

Regards to all

JackGrin

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
5 Aug 2012 - 11:13 AM

coming Wink

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2012 - 9:24 PM

I think we all struggled last month.....looking forward to a new challenge Smile

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
6 Jul 2012 - 3:54 PM

coming Smile

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2012 - 8:19 PM

do we have a new theme yet? Smile

JawDborn
JawDborn e2 Member 2729 forum postsJawDborn vcard England
9 Jun 2012 - 12:10 PM

Thanks! I'll have to get a move on.

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
9 Jun 2012 - 10:51 AM

yesss

MOTION Tongue

JawDborn
JawDborn e2 Member 2729 forum postsJawDborn vcard England
8 Jun 2012 - 5:56 PM

A third of the way through the month. Please may we have a theme?

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
6 May 2012 - 5:07 PM

Hi all

theme of the Month : TRANSLUCENT

have fun Tongue

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 2:47 PM

any news of this month's theme? Smile

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2012 - 8:18 PM

thanks for the link Moira. A fascinating mini-series.

I saw your note about learning Russian. I had 2 weeks at school some 40+ yrs ago and it still wrankles that I didn't get (or take) the opportunity to learn more. Arabic also looks a fascinating but difficult language to `understand'. Smile

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2012 - 12:52 PM

Once or twice in the past I've used this bit of the group to try to draw attention to outstanding work that gets neglected in the Main Gallery. Can I ask you please to take the time to look at sherlob's portfolio. He is uploading a series of pictures from a former presidential residence in Tunisia, ransacked during last year's revolution. I think he's used an amazing photo journalistic opportunity particularly well - the images are dark, powerful but extremely sober. So of course they are getting a handful of views and votes.
This is work that strikes me as genuinely important, please take a look.
Moira

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2011 - 9:14 PM

thx again, Bill

I do indeed have a remote (somewhere at the bottom of my camera bag Sad). I think I have used it once (better chcek that the battery still alive anyway).

I should have the chance to get out and about tomorrow (dependent on weather), so monopod is coming with me Smile

My last upload (Monopod 2) was taken using `auto', so it's interesting to see that the D60 used iso 200. I would have expected something much higher.

I have a lot to learn, but hopefully, plenty of time to do it in.

Indeed, I hope it will benefit me with the Sigma 70-300 (which I still feel is a great lens) - keep watching Smile

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2011 - 9:02 PM

Just a couple more thoughts, Jeff:

Most disruption shooting hand-held is caused by natural involuntary body movement, so any support for the camera is better than none. You can use a chair, a stool, a garden wall, a step-ladder, even a pile of books, to rest the camera on; if you don't have a cable release or any other form of remote release, your Nikon will at least have a self-timer: set it to 10 seconds, focus and compose with the camera on its improvised support, press the shutter release and wait the ten seconds. The little Nikon remote control (all it does is fire the shutter) is well worth twenty quid as an alternative to a cable release (actually I don't think the D60 supports a cable release), though on the D60 it has to be pointed at the front of the camera - so still set the self-timer, it just means that you won't risk moving the camera at all.

Please note that cats and wives are unreliable substitutes for inert camera supports. At night a garden wall, suitably protected from your camera by a coat (M adds: or a handbag) will give about a 1 in 4 success rate even when the shutter is fired directly provided that the non-shutter-firing hand is pressed down on the camera to keep it still for as long as 5 seconds. The result may not be the sharpest, but any picture can be better than none. I might have an example in my archive but it will have to wait till tomorrow . . .

Your monopod should come into its own when you use your 70-300 lens. Involuntary body movement is magnified by telephotos; in addition, such lenses are heavy and your arms will tire rapidly if you try to hold it even slightly still for any length of time. My macro lens was the 105mm Nikkor VR which I think weighed even more than the 70-300 and it wobbled like billy-oh even on a large and stable camera like the D7000 - failure rate handheld made the Lensbaby look ultra-reliable. I think you will find ALL sports photographers use monopods regularly to help stabilise long and heavy lenses.

I took a picture indoors this afternoon, hand-held, using my 85mm prime lens on the D7000 - 1/500th second at f1.8 - ISO 2000. A little bit of maths gave me the equivalent at base ISO of your D60, assuming standard lens at full extension, of 1/8th second @ f5.6 ISO 200. But I'm sorry, the result is prepared for posting on January 1st........

Do feel free to continue this correspondence; just remember that your last comment comes at the top of the pile and my response sits at the bottom - until I've posted, at any rate Smile

Last Modified By woolybill1 at 11 Dec 2011 - 9:09 PM
cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2011 - 7:28 PM

Many thanks, Bill

I'm sure it will come in very useful for swatting something!! GrinGrin

I suppose I'm too lazy to carry a tripod around...my concentration spans are very short these days, but I def need some form of support or stabiliser...perhaps a tricycle would be a better bet!!

I'll get out there and practise...still some dark mornings/evenings to go. Smile

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2011 - 6:06 PM

I do have a monopod but haven't used it for over a year. I bought it for macro work but didn't actually do any so I sold the macro lens . . . The basic technique is, I believe, to make sure the foot of the monopod is wedged against your own instep; that presupposes that the 'pod will be angled across your body; this in turn presupposes a swivelling mount to help keep the camera level. Beyond that I can't really say.

For long exposures when aiming for a high-quality result I use minimum ISO and a tripod. For hand-holding I use the lowest shutter speed I can get away with and push the ISO up if necessary, but success in this approach rather depends on the camera: my D7000 has fantastic performance at high ISO; it was also expensive. Fast prime lenses are also a great help but tend to cost lots (except for a basic 50mm f1.8 which is usually the sharpest lens in the bag). Remember though that wide apertures reduce depth of field, as does shooting at minimum focusing distance.

The principle outlined above for a monopod holds good for all photography: brace the camera to yourself, brace yourself to a wall, a lamp-post, whatever is available, keep your elbows in to your sides, your chest, your waist (if you have one - I don't Sad), stand with your feet apart. Just so long as you do not adopt the Brace! position recommended by the airlines you should do o.k., but it's always best to experiment before tackling anything important.

Moira has found my monopod useful for keeping stinging nettles away.

Last Modified By woolybill1 at 11 Dec 2011 - 6:11 PM
cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2011 - 4:27 PM

am quickly realising that `hand held' dopesn't quite cut the mustard with low light shots...I've `invested' in a cheap monopod and wondered whether any of you have any words of wisdom or best tips?

(I noticed that some of you have these little gadgets Smile)

jeff

Last Modified By cats_123 at 11 Dec 2011 - 4:28 PM
pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
2 Dec 2011 - 4:18 PM

December theme : dull light..;
I'm sure we all have some photos to match the subject (if we search well in our harddrives Wink )

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2011 - 10:46 AM

We have had so little sun up this way and no promise of any to come, so this topic has got me trawling through my files.
Ronnie.

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2011 - 1:20 PM

Shadows are one of my favorite subjects - hope to make at least a few contributions this month.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2011 - 9:20 AM

Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
Unfortunately the glorious sunshine that we've been enjoying has just disappeared. And with it the shadows. But efforts will be made!

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
2 Oct 2011 - 7:43 AM

Yes, I'm reading this Tongue

thank you all for your participation : amazing!
and for your suggestions, especially to Helen who writes to me every month to remind me a new month is starting Wink

this month's theme will be SHADOWS, then...

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2011 - 4:17 PM

Shadows seems good to me too.
I am sure we all have plenty of these !!

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2011 - 8:24 AM

Shadows! What a good idea, Moira - are you reading this, Pascal? WinkWink

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2011 - 7:54 AM

so, have a good trip!Grin

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2011 - 5:16 PM

we're off to USA for a couple of weeks, so will catch up with the new theme later...hope to have a stock of photos to choose from Grin

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2011 - 9:52 PM

Just been looking at Francesco's door detail upload - I don't think we've had Shadows as a theme yet have we???

Macximilious_XXII

oooo, textures, i think i might upload for this theme =D

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
1 Sep 2011 - 6:14 PM

September theme : TEXTURE
thanks to Helen for suggesting it, amongst many other interesting themes Smile

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
5 Aug 2011 - 6:15 AM

august theme : SHAKESPEARE'S SUMMER : see in forum for details... Smile

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
1 Jun 2011 - 5:07 PM

New theme : June : REFLECTION-S

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
7 May 2011 - 4:39 AM

there we are : a new theme for May

praise be...

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2011 - 3:47 PM

have almost forgotten how we started....weekend away, so perhaps I'll find some stimulation? Smile

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2011 - 3:32 PM

Hmm, perhaps not, then Jeff Sad. Nothing to stop anyone continuing to upload, though - it was never intended that we restrict ourselves to the month's theme, just seems that we always have!

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2011 - 5:33 PM

Do we have a theme for May?

Gypsyman
Gypsyman  3659 forum posts England
4 Apr 2011 - 9:21 AM

Pasqual. Wrote of the group. -- these are only a few orientations of the group
no voting (only comments)
It must be said - that very few receive comments. Thanks for my time on the
group. Eric.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2011 - 9:11 AM


Quote: Yes!!!!
Smile

Hurrah!! Smile

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
4 Apr 2011 - 6:02 AM

yes!!!!
Smile

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 5:11 PM

Any sign of a new Theme for April? Smile

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 11:20 AM

Thanks, Theresa...whilst we knew it would happen soon, it still came as a shock. Appreciate the thoughts
jeff

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 6:40 PM

Oh Jeff I'm so sorry to hear that. Fifteen years is a long time, she would have been such an integral part of the family - you will miss her terribly. I really feel for you, what a sad day.

Theresa

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 6:29 PM

Forgive my inactivity but its been a sad day in our household today. We had to make that decision that one of our cats had reached the end of her time...so we bade a fond farewell to CLEO who had been with us for over 15 yrs...Those of you who are pet lovers will, I hope, understand Sad

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2011 - 11:43 PM

I've just noticed that there are now 50 pages in the Reality photo gallery - what are productive group this is!

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2011 - 4:20 PM

Thank you, Pascal. I shall be most careful to take all my photos from just the right angle for the next month Smile
Bill

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
28 Feb 2011 - 3:56 PM

New month, new theme !
RIGHT ANGLES
thank you every one for suggestions (gonna be useful for next months too Tongue )

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
27 Feb 2011 - 11:20 AM

Hello all

just commented on Moira's photo : the death of trompe l'oeil, and it reminds me we have to find a new theme;
any suggestions ? I open a thread in the forum... thank you !

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
12 Feb 2011 - 10:20 AM

hello all
just added a link for fresques & trompe l'oeil in France, in this month's forum topic
Lucy & I are off today, to one of the places in our region...

Last Modified By pascalg at 12 Feb 2011 - 10:20 AM
mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 11:58 AM

I've just come across a lovely trompe-l'oeil image in the main Gallery, see here!

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2011 - 5:40 PM

again I think we tailed off towards the end but it has been a stimulating month...looking forward to tomorrow's topic. Smile

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 5:04 PM

I have no patience - it brings me back to the days of dial-up. But, the site looks good, and I see things that have been improved, so when it finally is all sorted, I might jump in the air, just for a moment Smile

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 5:02 PM

Yes, it is slow, I agree, but so many of the upgrade glitches have been sorted now so I'm hoping it won't be long Wink

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 4:44 PM

As soon as the speed issues are resolved on site - I will probably jump for joy about that Wink

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 4:33 PM

Hey, I've just noticed that it looks as if we can now upload versions to the group gallery!

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
9 Jan 2011 - 9:55 AM

welcome to our new member (+ the one(s) I could have missed B4 Wink )
yes, lucky you... a town lucy & I would love to visit

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 11:01 PM

Lucky you! Enjoy!

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 9:52 PM

am off to Prague tomorrow...hope to come back with some interesting shots...catch up with everyone late next week Grin

banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10849 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2843 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 11:36 PM

How about Resolution?

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
1 Jan 2011 - 7:43 PM

Wink ty !

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2011 - 7:40 PM

What kept you Wink

Happy New Year back at you!

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
1 Jan 2011 - 7:38 PM

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all Smile

new theme coming Wink


and thank you for the nice comments / wishes I've just read in the thread...

sorry haven't been around much : victim of this group's success : 4 kids & a full time job, lack of inspiration (too much work during summer holidays...)
will try to participate, new year's resolution Smile

Last Modified By pascalg at 1 Jan 2011 - 7:42 PM
AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2010 - 6:17 PM

Moira I hope you're able to enjoy the New Year celebrations a little, without falling asleep Wink. I have really enjoyed this group, and I agree wholeheartedly with Bill that it has been so much better than the main gallery in helping us to open our eyes.

My thanks to Pascal for starting this group - I'm really looking forward to January's theme!

Best wishes to you all for a happy and healthy 2011.

Theresa

Gypsyman
Gypsyman  3659 forum posts England
31 Dec 2010 - 4:22 PM

I wish you all a very good 2011, and hope the 'Subject' for January is a good one too.
Jeff, Christmas came & went, and I still will not be carrying around a DSLR, but I will push the old
compact to its limits to try and keep up with you all. Eric.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2010 - 2:02 PM

Happy New Year everyone..Let's hope 2011 brings us all better health and better photography!! Smile

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2010 - 12:42 PM

What a great idea, these Groups - and what a brilliant idea for a Group, this one of Pascal's!
I think we have all succeeded in opening our eyes and broadening our horizons rather more by exploring "reality" than we would have by ploughing daily through the Gallery; all of this we have achieved without falling out (as far as I am aware). Long may we continue!

Very Best Wishes to you all for 2011.

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2010 - 12:39 PM

Very nice to see you up and about Moira - I've been thinking about you and am glad to see that you are on the mend.
Happy New Year's Eve!

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2010 - 11:07 AM

My greetings to everyone, and best wishes for 2011. And my apologies for a long absence here - I went down with flu a fortnight ago, I'm still all aches and pains and I just want to sleep all the time. No appetite and no sense of taste, which is a right ******! Hibernation is looking increasingly attractive as a lifestyle option...
I'm hoping that January's theme will be something to tempt me out. Meanwhile my thanks to Pascal for his inspiration in 2010.
Love to you all,
Moira

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2010 - 5:29 PM

My wishes for a great 2011 to all of you also!

Thanx Pascal for setting up this group. It's helped me see more than I was seeing before = better vision.

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2010 - 5:23 PM

Can I add my best wishes too.............................
I've really enjoyed this group from the outset, though time committments have prevented me from spending as much time here as I would have liked over the past couple of months - but hopefully 2011 will start less busy for many of us, and we will get back to challenging each other to look at things around us with fresh eyes.
Many thanks to Pascal who set the group up in the first place and best wishes to you all for a Happy New Year
from Helen SmileSmileSmile

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frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2010 - 12:47 PM

I wish you all a great 2011

It has been a lot of fun being stimulated by this group.
I've learned a lot and hopefully many more challenges are waiting for all of us in the next year Wink.

take care yourself wherever you are

francesco

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
25 Dec 2010 - 1:27 PM

Merry Christmas everybody. I haven't been on here for a while and don't know why. I must go see what the theme is for December. And shall make more of an effort in January.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
23 Dec 2010 - 11:21 AM


Quote: Jeff, you say. Thanks, Eric... Perhaps you'll be getting a DSLR for Christmas??
Yes Please, but it will only come to pass, if the nice people @ ePhotozine draw my name out of
Santa's big sack, but I understand there are to be many 100 names in there.

you must always have hope Smile

Gypsyman
Gypsyman  3659 forum posts England
23 Dec 2010 - 10:01 AM

Jeff, you say. Thanks, Eric... Perhaps you'll be getting a DSLR for Christmas??
Yes Please, but it will only come to pass, if the nice people @ ePhotozine draw my name out of
Santa's big sack, but I understand there are to be many 100 names in there.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
23 Dec 2010 - 9:24 AM


Quote: Jeff, Dont worry, They told me I would not see 40 years old, I have been on that cocktail of drugs
ever since, some have been changed, but I have now made 76 years old, and I now have a Digital Compact Camera, so should make it to 100.

Thanks, Eric...another 40 would take me to 99...which would suit me fine!! Smile Perhaps you'll be getting a DSLR for Christmas?? Smile

Gypsyman
Gypsyman  3659 forum posts England
18 Dec 2010 - 1:18 PM

Jeff, Dont worry, They told me I would not see 40 years old, I have been on that cocktail of drugs
ever since, some have been changed, but I have now made 76 years old, and I now have a Digital Compact Camera, so should make it to 100.

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2010 - 11:54 PM

Good to hear from you and that things went well. Looking forward to that wonderful photography!

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2010 - 11:37 PM

Good News...had a couple of stents inserted...so back, and even more catankerous (well possibly!). Now on a cocktail of drugs for the rest of my life, so look out for (more) weird and wonderful photography. Wink

It will take me a couple of days (or perhaps weeks!) to get back up to speed....

Thanks for all your kind words and thoughts Smile
jeff

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2010 - 5:50 PM

Jeff, I hope the angiogram went well. And here's wishing you a speedy recovery - the world needs all the cantankerous old so-and-sos it can get. Take care,
Moira

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2010 - 11:34 PM

Oh poor you, can't be much fun stuck in hospital. Good luck with the angiogram tomorrow Wink
Theresa x

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2010 - 7:46 PM


Quote:
I hope your results will be equally good and that you too will grow old and cantankerous Tongue

suspect I am already cantankerousWink thanks for the support...am on betablockers at the moment so everything is slllooooooowww...incl my internet connection SmileSmile

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2010 - 7:14 PM

!!!!! Well, at least they caught it during a test, so I'm glad you are taking care of your health.
Angiogram Sad, but the meds make you feel kinda loose and goosey. I had an angiogram in 1998 after a false/positive treadmill test. There was nothing wrong with me, and I was told I would live to be very old and cantankerous.
I hope your results will be equally good and that you too will grow old and cantankerous Tongue

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2010 - 5:50 PM

Hi everyone..sorry I haven't been around much but went for a treadmill test and they kept me in hospital!!!!! am due an angiogram on Monday..will then know the prognosis..hoping it's not too serious...now have my netbook but connection is really slow. will pop in every now and then but won't be able to upload. Hope you're all keeping warm with all this snow!! cheers for now
jeff Smile

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2010 - 3:05 PM

it does make sense, Moira. In fact I find my self bended (even without the camera!) to see how the subject chances with the different POV...

Tomorrow I'll leave for three days, with no internet connection (but with my camera, obviously Wink). I'll try to upload another picture in the next huors and comment and vote your pictures here and in the main gallery, but I can't promise anything....

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2010 - 11:13 AM

I think I'm going to enjoy this month's theme (once I can get out again...). It's a 'look first, then think' theme, as was the very successful spirals theme. That suits me. I hope that makes sense.

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2010 - 9:40 PM

Ah, I remember when this happened to me Wink

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2010 - 9:34 PM

deleted 3, back to reality!

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2010 - 9:30 PM

I'm sorry for this multiple upload.
The site frozen, at least according to my pc, and when finally the page was re-loaded I found 4 uploads with only 1 click!
I assure you that the 4 pictures are identical, so don't look for differences!

francesco

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2010 - 9:17 PM

absolutely! both points Smile

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2010 - 9:29 AM

I think we all ran out of steam this month...looking forward to a new topic Smile

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
29 Nov 2010 - 2:54 PM

Hello, Anne :
I can see two photos in mono...

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2010 - 2:34 PM

I'm uploading photos, but they are not showing up for me - anyone else see them Tongue

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2010 - 11:34 AM

now it works well.
thank you Theresa

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2010 - 11:13 AM

I've reported the broken Photos link - the whole site seems to have slowed down now....

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2010 - 11:03 AM

Yes Francesco, exactly the same thing happened to me just now. I tried refreshing the page, which didn't work, so I hit the 'back' button a couple of times and got there eventually.
Theresa

Edit: Just tried it again - same thing. Think there's a problem with the link...

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frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2010 - 10:45 AM

I'm having trouble with the "Photos" page, when I click on the link I see only a blank page.
does anyone have the same problem?

welcome to Chris, a new member

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2010 - 7:02 PM

I though this month's theme was going to be tortuous but you've proved me wrong already....and such a wide remit...every day time passes....perhaps an advent calendar style might be suitable D'oh..missed days 1-3 already Smile

banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10849 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2843 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 5:52 PM

Moira, - I will let you know how plane turn out.


Cats, - tried the link, but it will not play outside of the UK. I did see a few bits and pieces on Youtube. I tried that illusion with the spinning spiral, - its weird.


Heres another one if anyone wants to play along.

Obtain a watch with a second hand. Look closely at it, paying attention to the movement of the second hand for about 15 seconds. Close you eyes for one second and open. What did you see?

This is a very interesting experiment!


W

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 10:20 AM

Willie - first thoughts: the North East offers landscape, coast, ruined castles, great street opportunities (particularly in Newcastle); quite a few epzers; decent pubs; it's cheaper than the South and the roads are a damn sight quieter! But then I'm biased...
Let us know if you're heading anywhere near our area. And thanks for the birthday wishes, I'm a year ahead of you.
Moira

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2010 - 7:00 AM


Quote: Its relatively recently that we are becoming aware that eye witness testimony is the LEAST reliable testimony in any trial.

It's all `reality' TV that causes it...everyone wants their 15mns (or is that hours now!!) of fame


Quote: not available here in Canada, but I will try to pick it up online.

it's on BBC iplayer, so you may be able to see it..try here
Horizon


Quote: For photographic opportunities, - which area would you recommend we use as a base?

UK is a small but so diverse in landscapes, scenery and culture we would need to narrow down your interests to give you the best options?

cheers
jeff

banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10849 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2843 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2010 - 11:35 PM

A belated Happy Birthday Moira. If I had known I would have baked a cake or something...

Turned 2 X 30 myself in September, - I prefer to think of it that way, - easier to deal with.

My wife Helen and I are seriously considering a trip to some part of England next Spring/Summer with a side trip to my Irish homeland and would love to meet up with some of the EPZ folks. For photographic opportunities, - which area would you recommend we use as a base?

Cats, - I would love to see that Horizon programme, - not available here in Canada, but I will try to pick it up online.

I saw a play at the weekend, - 12 Angry Men, - Im sure youve all seen the old movie, bit it reminded me again of the question, "Is seeing believing". Its interesting that there was a time, - in our lifetime, where eye witness testimony was a guaranteed conviction. Its relatively recently that we are becoming aware that eye witness testimony is the LEAST reliable testimony in any trial.


W

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2010 - 10:36 PM

Is Seeing Believing? (Horizon)

A heads up for a programme on BBC2 next Mon 18th (21:00)....might be interesting and Germaine to this group Smile

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2010 - 5:23 PM

Thanks to everyone for very kind birthday greetings, I am now officially another year older and sillier.
I agree that the spirals month was inspiring, partly because it started me looking at areas that I have not previously explored such as table-top photography.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2010 - 7:23 AM

agree totally...this has been a fascinating stretching of the mind.....am now seeing photo opportunities in a totally different light. I liken the `month' to a learning curve, theory backed up by practical work and evaluation....makes a marked difference to how the mind stores the information...I haven't dipped into the other groups too much yet but there seems to be a lot more activity (which is great for epz). You would hardly think that you had capacity to generate so many variations on a single theme.


There are a lot more members of the group than contributors so hopefully we will reach out to them in time? Smile

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2010 - 10:41 PM

Its interesting how we all now notice spirals in a way that we probably did not before having the focus on them for a month. I think a month is about the right amount of time for a theme and originally I thought that we would never last it out - now I'm thinking its hard to switch off- and yet- themes overlap, such as distortions and filters.

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2010 - 9:08 PM

Thanks for letting us know Anne - Happy Birthday Moira Smile

Theresa

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
10 Oct 2010 - 8:06 PM

didn't know... thank you Anne, &

Happy B'day MOIRA Smile

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2010 - 7:05 PM

Just dropping by to say Happy Birthday to Moira Smile

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2010 - 8:57 AM

Thanks Anne. Yes, had a really good holiday, clocked up 3,500 miles and saw some wonderful places. I now have about 3000 photos to sift through, though thankfully I took my laptop with me and uploaded daily, filing everything clearly, so it won't be the usual muddle of "oh my God, where was that?" Smile.

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2010 - 11:12 PM

Hi there, and welcome back - hope you had a superb time on holiday!

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2010 - 10:20 PM

Totally unrelated to previous comments ..... I don't know whether anyone else has noticed, but I love it when using the browser's back arrow button while switching pages within this group - the little text box that opens says "Back to Reality?....". How great is that? Smile

banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10849 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2843 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2010 - 2:43 PM

A challenging theme, - will get the creativity juices flowing for sure

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2010 - 7:35 PM

Thanks Jeff - I've not tried Recuva, and will check for a download.

A big welcome to Karen.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2010 - 7:05 PM

That's some distance..just for a bottle of wine!! Wink

have you tried `recuva'...not that i have, but I think it was recommended here...there should be lots of threads about this sort of thing ..good luck

thinking about tomorrow's new theme...wouldn't it be nice if we get all 72 members to upload at least one shot....


by the way..welcome to the group Karen Smile

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2010 - 5:52 PM

Natural filter will be interesting; and also interpreting what a natural filter might be - it's like vitamins: they are all natural, even if they are synthetically manufactured. Yes, my brain is slightly muddled - we got in late yesterday - we have driven over 2500 miles in a week. There were good photo opportunities, and hopefully some of the images will be worth keeping!

I had a FlashCard fail on me, now I'm trying to find if there is some way to recover the images. I've emailed the manuf. and will be checking with my pro-store in town. Has anyone else had a problem like this and actually managed to recover files??

Welcome back Moira, Bill and Jeff. Not having a computer along was great - I felt totally unshackled....................

We did not bring back any empty wine bottles, just sore derrieres..................

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2010 - 4:16 PM

Hi Pascal...Well chosen - that's going to be challenging!! will have to get my thinking hat on Smile

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
30 Sep 2010 - 2:57 PM

New Theme (October) on main page & forum...
"Natural filter"

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2010 - 10:23 PM

welcome back Cats, looking forward too
francesco

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
28 Sep 2010 - 12:09 PM

welcome back too, cats Smile
looking forward to seeing your photos from Constantinople !

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2010 - 11:50 AM

welcome back everyone...hope you had as good a holiday as we did in Istanbul....took loads of photos...now comes the heavy task of whittling them down...will trya nd catch up over the next few days Smile

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
26 Sep 2010 - 5:48 PM

welcome back Smile
lucy & i just come back from Köln (Photokina...)

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2010 - 7:43 PM

Well we've come back home with sore feet and a lot of empty wine bottles...

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10849 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2843 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2010 - 5:38 PM

So what do you and Bill do then without Internet?

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2010 - 7:50 PM

Greetings to everyone from a wet and windy Peak District. Wi-fi connection at our holiday cottage is unreliable to say the least, so we've kept an eye on the site but have scarcely attempted any commenting (it's very frustrating when you've almost finished a long comment and the connection goes down). We should be back to our version of normality in a few days time.
Moira & Bill

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2010 - 8:41 AM

never been there, hope to see some beautiful pictures when you're back

have fun

francesco

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2010 - 12:45 PM

Jeff, have a safe trip - enjoy!

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
22 Sep 2010 - 12:12 PM

have a safe trip too Smile

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2010 - 8:34 AM

we're off to Istanbul for a short break...see you all next week Smile

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2010 - 11:59 PM

good idea Anne about the computers.
vacation and vacant have the same root (both deriving from vacuum, empty), but i bet you knew already.
have fun you and John.

(looking forward to see your holiday's pictureWink)

francesco

pascalg
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21 Sep 2010 - 5:23 PM

have a safe trip Smile

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2010 - 4:57 PM

enjoy your holiday Smile

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2010 - 3:58 PM

I also want to add my welcome to the new members.

My uploads today, are the last in the spiral series. It's been interesting to see all the different takes on this theme, and a lot of interesting spirals.

I will be away until the end of next week. John and I have decided to not take our computers with us on vacation, and just relax - I wonder how many days "withdrawal" we will have.

You all take care.

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
18 Sep 2010 - 7:03 AM

wow! so many photos uploaded, so many comments! it's amazing!

will see them all...
I want to welcome all our new members too!

the idea of a book is interesting (we have the same idea on a French forum -Ymages, black & white landscapes-) maybe wait & see how it goes there, then think about it again ?
to Ann : will try to send you a PM with a "hint", before Thursday -if I make my mind up Wink

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2010 - 8:10 PM

No, I was done - for now - Moira - it worked out perfectly Smile

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2010 - 6:09 PM

Oops, Anne I didn't realise you were still uploading, I hope I haven't broken your sequence!!

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2010 - 5:25 PM

Let me apologize for so many uploads - I know the apology isn't necessary, as we are not limited to how many images we can put in this gallery.

I have a dental procedure on Monday, and on Thursday, we should be taking off on vacation. We are driving to Florida for some time off. There may be some more images before I leave, as I have a series of spirals that haven't made it into the gallery yet, and when I get back, there will be a new theme.

Pascal, any hints about the upcoming theme? That way I will know what to look for while I'm on vacation! Smile

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2010 - 11:43 AM

A couple of weeks ago, the same idea crossed my mind.
I think is a nice idea, we have generated a large amount of picture and some of them are really great.
But I've no clue on how realize it. Involving EPZ, may be a good idea.
francesco

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2010 - 10:48 AM

just been having a trawl through the many images loaded in the short time this `Group' has been live. Fascinating, and would make a great book collection for a Dentist's or Optician's coffee table Smile

I'm taken with the standard of book production these days...personal preference is Blurb but have tried Albelli also....perhaps we could commission our own `work of art' under an Epz banner?

KevinWalsham
17 Sep 2010 - 7:26 AM

I do not like forums but thats my personal view

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2010 - 11:12 PM

In fact it doesn't work, but thumbnail's page is becoming very, very interesting!Smile
I'm curious to see the full picture because I can't figure out what is it.
francesco

AnneWorner
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16 Sep 2010 - 11:04 PM

Well, since both Albert and Francesco manged to upload, I thought the coast was clear - NOT. I'm also using another browser, so this is a complete puzzle.

The pictured item has been recognized as an alien device.............

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2010 - 9:41 PM

Hopefull the epz fairy godfathers are up this late Smile

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2010 - 9:38 PM

Yep, I'm seeing five thumbnails, but when I click on any one of them I get 'Page not found'. As we say Oop North, Diven't fret lass. If you've reported it the epz fairy godfathers will sort it. It does look an interesting image...

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2010 - 9:08 PM

OK, I've logged out of EPZ, and logged back in, but I still cannot remove the extra images - I have submitted an error report. This "blows my mind" because I cannot open my images, but I can look at the others! wot fun Tongue

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2010 - 9:04 PM

I'm getting quite the snafu just now - I uploaded an image, previewed, and then I got an error message that the page could not be found - obviously, it managed to upload several! Now, I cannot delete the extras either. I'll check back in a few and see if the error corrects itself. Smile

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2010 - 12:22 PM

Although I haven't posted here a lot due to some personal constraints on my time, I just wanted to pipe in and say how much I enjoy the creativity this particular group inspires. It has me always looking and thinking of new ways to see things, although I haven't always had my camera with meSmile I hope that it continues, and remains as stimulating and thought provoking as it is currently....

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2010 - 5:59 PM

Thanks Moira. We also live at the top of a hill. It has advantages when it rains like this, but we do have winds most of the time. We've had a lot of erosion in the yard, so I foresee a lot of clean-up in my near future...........

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2010 - 5:12 PM

Anne, I'm glad you survived the downpour. We live near the top of a hill facing straight into the prevailing wind so I know what it's like!

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2010 - 4:51 PM

No, it's in the forums within this group Bill.
Yes, the regular forums can make one's blood pressure go up, but I must admit to enjoying the word and photo associations occasionally. Mostly though, I'm busy enough here and in the gallery.

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2010 - 4:48 PM

In the general forums? I'm afraid I avoid them like the plague, I have my blood pressure to consider.

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2010 - 12:50 PM

There is no separate LB group. But there is a separate forum topic for Lensbaby users. There are some good LB photos posted in that forum. As for LB shots, I will probably upload at least one this week Smile A quote from the back cover of the book Lensbaby, Bending Your Perspective really says it for me: "Seeing subjects with a new perspective is at the heart of the Lensbaby experience..."

I am also finding that being a member of this group, and following along with the month's theme, as well as finding associations to the images of others in the group, that I am seeing things in a new perspective. This group is a good learning place.

We did not float totally away yesterday. It rained torrents most of the day. I had to drive back and forth to Austin in it because of a prior scheduled appointment, and there were times the windshield wipers just couldn't go fast enough to enable vision through the windshield. We lost electricity several times yesterday, and today it is still raining. We had close to 10 inches of rain - that should help with our water deficit!!

Finally, a welcome to new members. Smile

Oh, and Moira: I love the phrase "photographic navel-gazing".

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2010 - 11:19 AM


Quote: I am not "only here for the gear".

Amen to that! (Though a glance into our box-room might tell another story... Wink )
The group seems to be about vision and inspiration, and bouncing ideas around, and I love that. I really hate the 'My Dad's lens is longer than your Dad's lens' type conversations. (Substitute 'bendier'...)
A group devoted to one bit of kit strikes me as photographic navel-gazing.

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2010 - 10:49 AM

I have deliberately (until today) held back from posting LB photographs in recent weeks. Like all lenses, cameras, formats and processing, the LB is only a means to an end. As are subjects such as bikes, I suppose!
I was not even aware that there was now a LB group; I shall have a look at it, might even report back. But I certainly do not expect to be drawn into it as I doubt it will offer the challenge of reality?: I am not "only here for the gear".

Edit: I can't see any sign of a Lensbaby group (and I certainly don't want to start one myself!)

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2010 - 10:28 AM

I've finally found Albert's comment that was referred to in previous uploads


Quote: There was a moment in time when I thought this was becoming an LB group which for me would have been the final straw but fortunately horizons have broadened. No problem with the LB users having there own separate group completely divorced from this one.

Having had 2 weeks away in August I returned to find a significant number of LB images had been uploaded and frankly I felt a little on the outside, and that maybe the group was moving in a direction that would exclude me. As a result I was reluctant to get involved again and held back for a while. I'm glad to see that since then it comes and goes as a focus [as LBs do!!!] and so do other associated groups of images.

I now perceive that group members here are bouncing off ideas from each other and that a lot of "associations" are being made through seeing a particularly interesting upload. For example we had a run of images with bikes as the common idea - now we wouldn't want to start a group for bike lovers [ I jest !!!] as a result, would we?
I see that there is now a LB group, but I hope that we remain inclusive and embrace diversity. I'm sure most of us have limited time on the site anyway and I hope that in adding this group we will not miss out on the breadth of ideas that we see here currently because members opt to specialise in an additional gallery.

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frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2010 - 9:32 AM

After uploading the first picture of the new theme, I haven't got too much time to comment the incredible amount of photos uploaded nor to shot some new one.
I'll try in the next days to catch up, but, as Anne, I can't promise anything.
the new theme seems really inspiring for everyone and I founded Ellie's comment in the "september theme" forum very interesting.
Always improve ourself!
francesco

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2010 - 1:16 AM

This months theme is SPIRALS Benji !!

Macximilious_XXII

i know theres themes and stufff on this page. but whats the theme atm, if there is one at all?

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2010 - 2:25 PM

Shouldn't be too much of a problem up here, but there will be storm damage somewhere, and flooding is the big concern in these parts. Fortunately, we live on a hill, and the water quickly runs away........

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
7 Sep 2010 - 2:23 PM

hello Anne,
hope the storm won't damage anything Sad

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2010 - 1:59 PM

Good morning everyone. I see you all have been busy while I took the long weekend off! I've looked through all your uploads with interest, and cannot promise to catch up.

Tropical storm Hermine is making its way up through Texas as I write this, and we are finally getting some decent rain for the first time in several months. I'm hoping we don't lose power today.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 4:35 PM

much more likely to be appreciated here...pity I can't get over

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
2 Sep 2010 - 1:45 PM

thank you for the info !
is the place where it is given important ?
don't think so : so long as we can read the news Smile

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 1:14 PM

I'm envious...........

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 1:06 PM

There's currently an exhibition of work by Sally Soames (b&w, from the 1960s through to the 1990s) at the University of Northumbria. (Details here). A mix of formal portraiture and photojournalism. Outstanding for me - Sir Fred Pontin posing on the beach and suddenly surprised by a wave; Harold Evans, Rupert Murdoch and William Rees-Mogg running a press conference; Rudolph Nureyev apparently auditioning for the part of Frank in Rocky Horror Picture Show. We weren't quite so impressed with the formal portraits , but it's definitely recommended for anyone in the North East, and it's free.
Sorry this is going here not in the Forums thread, I really don't like the Forums...

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
2 Sep 2010 - 7:41 AM

Welcome Ricky, and welcome to Ade, Freila, sdb, Paul & Stuart...
Grin

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2010 - 10:59 PM

Welcome to reality? Ricky! It is a great group, really, and I'm sure you'll enjoy taking part - come on, show us your spirals!
Theresa

RickyRossiter

Hello to Everyone, I have just stumbled into this group in the search for Reality ! Sound like every one is up for having some fun and I look forward to seeing peoples version on spirals very soon

Ricky

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2010 - 10:16 AM

In the last couple of days, five new members joined us.
A warm welcome to them with the hope that new and different visions of "reality?" may complement and expand our experience.
francesco

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2010 - 9:17 AM

My initial reaction when I saw Pascal's announcement was that it was rather cold and prescriptive, but like everyone else I'm suddenly seeing spirals everywhere. Inspiring!

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2010 - 7:54 AM

What an amazing initial response to the Spiral Theme, the big question is will we all spiral out by the end of the month?

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2010 - 3:14 PM

Much as I love my lensbaby I wouldn't be particularly interested in an LB group, which would be too narrow a focus for me. I certainly don't envisage becoming one of those photographers that takes photos only of one subject or of one style.

I have loved the scope and diversity of this group and its willingness to embrace all genres of photography - landscape, portrait, mono, low light, abstract, nature, humour and so on. I would be disappointed to feel that the LB genre was one which wasn't welcomed here.

And yes, I'm with Moira about my time with this group being the most enjoyable on this site so far Smile

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2010 - 12:46 PM


Quote: I'm with Francesco. I like the structured freedom of this group as it stands, the flow of ideas. The last two months have been the most enjoyable on the site that I can remember.
I think a dedicated LB group could become a bit introverted, and I'm not sure that I have enough time for two groups! It would also reduce the diversity that exists here.

Ditto on all points.

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2010 - 10:55 AM

There was a moment in time when I thought this was becoming an LB group which for me would have been the final straw but fortunately horizons have broadened. No problem with the LB users having there own separate group completely divorced from this one.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2010 - 10:35 AM

I'm with Francesco. I like the structured freedom of this group as it stands, the flow of ideas. The last two months have been the most enjoyable on the site that I can remember.
I think a dedicated LB group could become a bit introverted, and I'm not sure that I have enough time for two groups! It would also reduce the diversity that exists here.

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2010 - 10:28 AM

LB doesn't have any particular interest for me, but am fascinated with what you `experts' are able to produce. Not sure I would visit a separate group, but can understand why you might want to set one up

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
31 Aug 2010 - 9:40 AM

thank you Francesco.
Well, I open the thread, but if there is a group, I'm in.... only problem is I'll have less time now (school starts again Sad )

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2010 - 8:58 AM

while waiting for the new theme, I was thinking if it was the case to create a new group for the LB fans and users, where to share experiments, suggestions, "critique" and so on.
I'm really undecided, because I really like the "mental" structure of this group and I would not to steal energies and inspiration from anyone or in some way to weaken the cooperation and harmony that builded amongst us in this two months (only two months and so many pictures, comments, shared ideas? we did a really great job!).
At the same time, I understand that the enthusiasm for this different vision is somewhat not completely expressed and I was wandering how this passion could be expressed in the best "comfortable" way.
So, since there are many member's of this group having taken picture with the LB, I'm asking you what do you think about this idea?
Obviously, Pascal's idea on the LB's thread works fine with me
francesco

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
31 Aug 2010 - 7:22 AM

thank you cats
& thank you all for amazing response to August theme...

September theme coming up... be patient Smile
will open a thread in the forum & put it on the main page

was thinking of opening two new threads in the forum :
1. lensbaby
2. exhibitions, books, etc...

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2010 - 7:08 AM

Hope everyone had a great August!...

isn't photography brilliant ( a Fast Show reference for those unlucky enough not to have seen it) Smile

Love the way we have all been inspired to see different aspects to the photographs and yet at the same time make similar (if spurious - sprouts!!) associations/links. We've even linked `distortions' to `strangely beautiful....can't wait for tomorrows' topic...

.....it's all been very stimulating and I'm now evaluating what I load to the main gallery and why...

ps SlowSong - thanks for the tip...will try and get along Smile

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64404 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2010 - 3:25 PM

Went to see the Press Photog award pics in the foyer of the Lyttleton Theatre in London this week. There's reality in all its glory. If you want to see the most brilliant photographs both technically and in content, you should take a look at those. On till 19th September in London, but will probably travel.

Gothic
Gothic  4 Uruguay
28 Aug 2010 - 2:04 AM

@cats_123: Congrats! I use GIMP also and it's great, really. Enjoy it and share your results.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2010 - 5:04 PM

been in London for the day and had some time to spare so went in the British Library...for those interested in old maps (really old) they have a fabulous exhibition...certainly makes you question reality of the 1600s and that of today!! It's free by the way GrinGrin

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104018 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2010 - 10:30 AM

my new `toy' has arrived...a book...GIMP in 24hrs!! watch out for strange and perhaps beautiful manipulations!!! WinkWinkWink

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2010 - 4:56 PM

Thank you for your most useful comments but the "jury is still out" on whether I will join the Lensbaby family. I think I will invest in the book Moira brought to our attention before making a decision on spending scarce bucks on the lens.

I do understand and recognise Bill's point about his photographic foray today as quite ruthlessly I delete many that I take.

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2010 - 3:59 PM

That hits the nail squarely on the head!

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2010 - 3:15 PM

I don't think that get the picture you want with a LB it's just a matter of luck, but definetely requires a lot of practice!
what I like, but this is just personal taste, is the possibility to constrain the eye to the subject with this "natural" radial blur.
It is just a tool and, as is, it has to be used when needed.
Obviously, at the beginning there is the enthusiasm for the new toy (we are kids, basically), but then it begins the most difficult and stimulating part in which we would like to have everything under control.
I'm in this phase and sometimes it gets really frustrating....
In sum, not for everyone's taste (and I'm not here to convince anyone) but for sure something to look at.
francesco

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2010 - 2:36 PM

I read Albert's comment before we headed into the town on business this morning. Of course I took a camera - but not the LB. Results of my chance observations were as follows:

a) Three pictures taken at the bus stop, a compositional idea that I may follow up if I can think of a way to do so;
b) Eight pictures of the statue to Queen Victoria outside Newcastle Cathedral (Moira had noticed some detail she wanted to capture, I tagged along); played with combinations of format and differential focus using manual focusing;
c) Two shots grabbed inside the Grainger Market.

The pictures from (a) might or might not come in handy; (b) produced one to be posted tomorrow, one scrap, six variations to file as spares; both of (c) were ruined due to multiple brain failure (left camera in manual focus, underestimated the dimness of the light, etc etc). That's about par for the course whether I use prime lenses (as today), zooms or the LB.

HOWEVER - Moira reckons her failure rate with the LB is astronomically high Smile

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AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2010 - 11:43 PM

Thanks for the tip Moira - I have some Waterstone's vouchers, so will investigate their site. I think my LB is going to be a great companion throughout the long winter months, when there's less opportunity for outdoor photography. I'm planning on adding the close up filters and am quite interested in the wide angle/telephoto conversion kit...

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2010 - 10:35 PM

I do like to feel that I am in control when photographing an image. I do get the feeling (perhaps wrongly) that the Lensbaby is a bit hit and miss and that getting a good image is more by luck than judgment.

I will now take cover!!

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2010 - 7:50 PM

Hmm, must be time to upload some LB shots for you again Albert Wink I personally do not have a large arsenal of photographic weapons, so I am still amassing. Ordered the soft focus optic today.......

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2010 - 5:39 PM

I have not convinced myself that I need a lensbaby as another weapon in my armoury. Perhaps I should read this book first.

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
24 Aug 2010 - 3:11 PM
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