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What are you listening to?
...just cleaning up some folders on the pc and came across Echoes by PF, always worth a listen.

1084 27/07/2014 - 4:18 PM
By Coast
Canon 5D mark iii

Quote: I have also used it for wildlife but not dogging

Thank goodness for that! Although it does beg the question what are you doing with wildlife? Wink

lol...I'll leaves the doggies to others Wink

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14 10/10/2012 - 9:58 PM
By ianrobinson
Canon 5D mark iii
I have also used it for wildlife but not dogging. I use it mostly for landscapes but as Coleslaw says it just feels right... I have shot on iso 2500 at a low light band shot and was blown away.

14 10/10/2012 - 9:58 PM
By ianrobinson
Well done Google - this is going to get addictive
20.1s 2 stars?

41 10/08/2012 - 5:10 PM
By mohikan22
they call it the blues
A mixture of blues / soul / rock but nothing in many years of watching live acts has impressed me as much as last Friday night...I saw Vintage Trouble at the Abertillery Blues / Rock Festival. Energy like I have not witnessed in a VERY long time...I felt young again...and was 54 the day after..lol.

Blues Hand Me Down

Run Outta You

..just a taster but need to be seen live Wink

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11 17/07/2012 - 12:49 PM
By kodachrome
why do you not like country music
51 30/01/2012 - 9:20 AM
By Alan_Coles
why do you not like country music
I didnt know I didnt like it ? Tongue

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51 30/01/2012 - 9:20 AM
By Alan_Coles
uploading photos

Quote: You have to be an E2 member to do that I would assume...
Not the case after all!
I've just looked at my daughter's (non-E2) account and she can view the gallery in the same way that I can.
I've no idea how to make it happen though.

I had a look but couldn't - hidden in one the settings I suspect?


Quote: The sites that are allowing larger uploads and that are popular are generally backed by someone else's £millions, so they can afford to offer the moon on a stick whilst they build a very large user-base, which they will then milk for every penny they can get out of them at some point in the future - because investors want returns Smile You only have to look at Facebook now they are starting to heavily monetise it - soon there will be adverts in the timeline/news feed, not just on the right hand side, and it'll go from there (plus the huuuuge amount they make from sharing your personal data).

Larger images = more processing power needed & more storage space (There are 3 different sizes of most images, plus backup copies of each size). Before someone says "But 3TB hard disks are so cheap" it's not as simple as that.

Just my own personal thoughts and insights Smile

If either of them had ads but still offered the bigger upload for nowt guess which one I would pick? Also, at this moment in time (and yes I can see it reaching a point were it will wane) the quality of two of the sites I am thinking about seems better...can't recall the last time I spent an hour looking through galleries at epz with as much enthusiasm as I look at site ****** I don't seem to worry abt clicks / votes / ec's as was my preoccupation at times with epz. I got to the state where I didnt look at the EC gallery anyway as it was too predictable... even toay I reckon I could pick say 3 togs who will feature on the front page of that and thats without even looking! Not saying their work isn't of a standard that does not deserve it either, just the whole thing needed a revamp in some form or other.... imho of course Wink

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20 04/01/2012 - 5:02 PM
By Alan_Coles
uploading photos

Quote:
smaller images can look insignificant on the gallery and lack appeal to click into them.
The thumbnails don't have be viewed as small as they appear by default. I have the pages set up so that I see the thumbnails in two columns which I can expand to take up most of the screen.

You have to be an E2 member to do that I would assume... naw, the size thing on Epz really is a thing they should address in one of their future updates I reckon. Lots of new versions in the past have included stuff that have had little impact other than to raise dislikes about this that or the other. This site has tonnes of stuff...in reality lots of isn't needed/wanted by most I reckon.

20 04/01/2012 - 5:02 PM
By Alan_Coles
uploading photos

Quote:
Having said that, seeing some websites are offering free membership with up to 20 uploads a week with probably similar size to E2. Maybe EPZ should have a look into the fees again?

For that reason alone there has been many epz'ers that have migrated to the site I think you refer to...another reason and one that has been spoken about a while ago on the forums was quality of images...it is not until you go looking that you realise what inspirational stuff is about. Sadly the photogallery is not what it once was imo. Also, smaller images can look insignificant on the gallery and lack appeal to click into them.

Epz offers a complete package that covers lots of other stuff not found elsewhere so has has place in the market but if your needs are just for showing images there are better places about. From the adverts for Epz on the front page it is still growing if the figures are right but with most things in life..quantity does not always mean quality.

20 04/01/2012 - 5:02 PM
By Alan_Coles
Anybody from ePz amongst these
Some great pics...didn't see anyone's name I recognised from here to be honest.

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1 17/11/2011 - 8:12 AM
By Alan_Coles
Frozen Planet
Incredible footage of stuff on here...its so good you wonder can it be real? Grin

The Beeb are world leaders in this type of documentary

44 21/11/2011 - 3:37 PM
By NEWDIGIT
Fuji X10

Quote: I've finished my review of the camera:
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/fujifilm-finepix-x10-serious-compact-review-17...

If there's anything you'd like to add to it, or if you have any photos that you would like to add, it would be great to feature some of your best shots (with credit of course).

Nice one, thank you.

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178 14/07/2012 - 1:26 AM
By Kentxx
Day 14 November 2011: Robin Shots

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10 15/11/2011 - 11:49 PM
By Glostopcat
photoshop plugin for noise
Topaz noise I find is very good..it is available as a plug in for CS

10 09/11/2011 - 4:42 PM
By pulsar69
Take a view 2011
Congratulations Phil....great achievement, well deserved its a fabulous shot.

109 29/10/2011 - 2:20 PM
By Coleslaw
Whats your favourite film???
As Good As It Gets.

Could watch it every day and still find it funny, irritating, happy, sad and any other emotion (including seeing Helen Hunt in a wet T Shirt Tongue ) that you could think of. Jack Nicholson, superb.

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30 15/10/2011 - 12:28 AM
By f8
Country File Calendar.
Oh ye, mean to say I like the flower thing too....have seen many shots of the trees prior to this and although its good it ain't got a wow factor for me....and I apologise in advance if its anyone on this site but although the weasel shot is excellent I somehow feel it might be a captive animal which does not fall into wildlife for me.....hope I am wrong in that case.

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51 13/09/2011 - 12:45 AM
By f8
Country File Calendar.

Quote: I liked the flower meadow for its artistic appeal and the tractor in the trees was a bit special as a countryside image.

Wish I'd put a Black and White version of my Old Man of Storr landscape in though as JSP said she wanted a BW image in the calendar. My print was balancing at the edge of the table but didn't get discussed, I'm still pleased its made the calendar though, albeit a smaller image..Smile

Gaz

Thud

Will buy you a beer tomorrow Gaz if you can make the presentation evening Grin

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51 13/09/2011 - 12:45 AM
By f8
Chess games for iPad and android
Nope but I play online at a play called playchess.com it's free (just sign in as a guest) and you might be able to get a game there with internet connections on your ipad/iphone

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2 29/08/2011 - 5:33 PM
By julesm
News of the World is being closed down!!
Why have the Police not descended about the NOTW offices and taken possesion of all the information that must be kept there...massive cover going on I would think...goats to kill innit

dave...shut it down rupert...sorry jamie muroch
jamie...okay dave...we'll be back in 2 years...we have goats to kill
dave.....we'll bargin...sorry....talk again nearer the next election jamie
jamies...tata for now
Dave...hope the phones not tapped

137 19/07/2011 - 6:48 AM
By pabloisme
New gallery "Like" feature added
Just spent the last hour or so (I am a slow reader and get distracted by pics etc) reading this thread and one thing comes top mind - there should be a group set up on here for the defenders and attackers of any new action by Pete and the gang...its the same old people "having a go" and its the same old people "defending the cause"....you should get a room as they say. Grin

Quite surprised a thread this long has not mentioned votes or awards, shocking Tongue

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347 06/07/2011 - 4:50 PM
By Tooth
Guest Editors

Quote: Not that it bothers me, K, as I hardly check GEA gallery anyway.
Just wondering the purpose of that, and what GEA was originally created for.

You know full well what & why the GEA was created so stop trying to stir it up Tongue

Pete,

If you decide to abandon the GEA I would like to do the last week. I consider myself a novice at photography so any picks would just be a personal list of my fave images for that week. I am sure though there are many people on here who are more qualified and experienced to do the task. Perhaps a private pm to some of the more esteemed members of this site from Pete would engage them to do the job for a week...would be good to see the picks of certain people on this site or are they

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
You haven't shot much wildlife since you got it?

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12 13/06/2011 - 11:26 PM
By marktc
Guest Editors

Quote: Well done Phil - sounds like it was very enjoyable and i have enjoyed reading your thoughts about the experience and the things we all need to pay attention to. Much appreciated.
Jason

Yup, agree with Jason....looks like you enjoyed yourself and once again - thank you for dropping in on my little part of the epz world Smile

1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Explanation sought
Was just reading a thread abt mediocrity in the current awards gallery and after having a quick look I picked out one that got an HC that I thought was ok..but not worth an award...then I read this thread and had a look at your gallery and came across this

Excellent shot

...to be honest its the 1st time I have seen it and like many others must have missed it - but well done to the GEA (Luke Parkinson)at the time for awarding what I believe is an outstanding shot and to be honest I am totally baffled why it didn't get one of the "better" awards?

At the end of the day though its the Editors Choice and his decision is final - he will point you in the direction of his blog if you need more guidance Wink

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22 11/06/2011 - 10:40 AM
By SlowSong
Guest Editors
Excuse the ignorance but what is PJ?

I got it down to a shortlist of Penis Josters or Photo Journo? Grin

1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Why do you hide your recent activity?
Will have to do that tomorrow as a non E2 member can't load variations but to be honest with you I don't think the quality has been made any better uploading at the required size?

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70 29/04/2011 - 6:46 PM
By Stenno
Why do you hide your recent activity?
My comment was a little tongue in cheek but have taken on board what you said about the resizing and today's upload is done to fall in with the non E2 members size limit - the image is 600pixels by 456pixels. If I am honest I don't see any difference on my screen after uploading.

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70 29/04/2011 - 6:46 PM
By Stenno
Why do you hide your recent activity?

Quote: if you load one at say 600k the system will take it Wink
True but doesn't it then resize it for you?

Which, according to another thread doesn't do your images any favours.

It will resize it for you....just uploaded an image 850 x 646 and 504kb

...as for it not doing any favours to my images I don't need epz handywork to ruin my stuff, I can do that myself....well that's what I always thought was wrong...praps the fantastic images I start with are not getting through, I need a rethink...lol Wink

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70 29/04/2011 - 6:46 PM
By Stenno
Why do you hide your recent activity?

Quote: Must admit, I do a "save for web" in PS when saving shots for upload, and that erases the exif - but I don;t know how else to save a shot at 400K

if someone knows....

You can save to 400k without having to do save for web...anyway if you load one at say 600k the system will take it Wink

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70 29/04/2011 - 6:46 PM
By Stenno
Why do you hide your recent activity?
Probably the same one who hide their exif from people so you can't see how they attained their "FANTASTIC" shot Tongue

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70 29/04/2011 - 6:46 PM
By Stenno
Current gallery trends...
Oh menat to add a note to Geoff (Stenno) ....I look at your work but don't comment or vote...the vote is pointless imo and I am not really equipped to make dashing comments on the genre just to say though I think it is quality stuff.

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85 22/04/2011 - 5:33 PM
By whipspeed
Current gallery trends...
I think the increase in wildlife is misleading.

Sure people are taking more quality images of animals that are wild but most of the quality shots (as you call them) are actually captive bred animals and when the tog ticks the box they are ticking the wrong one.

Its funny to see these threads started by Pete or "others" and from the 1st post your know where they are going to end up...no matter how you start the topic and what feedback you expect it will invariably come around to the awards / votes etc.

Couple of points to note. Someone mentioned more activity from Pete on people's images (the HC/EC ones anyway) I thought when one of these threads was started a little while ago - just after xmas I think ? I thought the Editor was going to try and comment on each award briefly to give people an idea of what he found enjoyable about the image? I only come across occasional images that have been awarded (because I got sick of seeing the same old....)anyway, I haven't witnessed much of the input from Pete. I know you are busy Pete but you do a lot of input in the forums so a few lines on awards shouldn't be too difficult?

Prior to the new "slower" version the site was to be revamped with exciting new things happening - well, thats how it was being portrayed in the forums at the time - well some time in now I can't say I have witnessed or been inspired to go in search of these new things? It doesn't feel new and improved. Not knocking the changes just saying what I think. You say there are more changes afoot Pete but I think the problem might be getting those things over to the people on the site and in such a way that excites people to want to use / find them? I don't know the answer to be honest but this is my honest view on the site.

Picking up for a bit on your thread about Faves a little while ago. I know you went at on at length to say that certain people wern't in your faves etc but that does not stop them being your faves...the very fact that multiple awards are credited to these people - based on your selection of them - gives them a favoured view...not intentionally I'm sure Wink that's just how it is.
Trooper and some others mentioned having a pro style gallery for people to aspire to... I'm not sure if another gallery would be the answer but I think if people attain a certain number of awards from yourself then their work should be automically be considered of a standard that you don't really have to give them another award. I would say say give them a tag in their user name (semi pro / pro) etc and as long as the tag was unique a gallery could be compiled very easily without need for a stand alone - or am wrong in my thinking ? I am sure the good togs will be striving for your favour by getting more quality images on the galleries. I would say though this would really be have to be earned by making the *pro title* a real feather in the togs cap?

On a more personal level I am now looking at growing studio backgrounds in my garden rather than trees...Wink

Weird...whilst I was typing this the screen kept scrolling as if someone was reading it????????

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85 22/04/2011 - 5:33 PM
By whipspeed
Speed?
My guess is there a lot of people who get the speed issues but never venture onto the forums to see if there are any issues. Might be an idea to pm everyone a message asking they report any slowness on the site noting time and exactly what they were doing?

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83 20/04/2011 - 9:45 AM
By davidburleson
Does the genre affect you?

Quote: You try and get one to sit on a stick though

I could not be bothered with all that waiting, I much prefer seeing pictures of birds in flight, and the use of a little

creative motion blur

That's one place you wouldn't have to sit around waiting...unless you turned up early of course - same time everyday and lots of birds - no sticks though Tongue
Not as creative as the master though

109 29/03/2011 - 9:49 PM
By Paul Morgan
Does the genre affect you?

Quote: As a genre on EPZ, the same approach and style is always used, and these images do nothing to stir senses or emotions.

That might be something to do with this site as it is widely considered that the awards are based on nice "studio" background with no distractions Sad

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109 29/03/2011 - 9:49 PM
By Paul Morgan
Firefox 4 - ePHOTOzine blisteringly fast

Quote: Hold that thought the afternoon shift has arrived...seem a few mice have failed to turn up so the wheels are not moving as fast Sad

hm, odd. Every page i go to seems to completely load within 2-3 seconds. Is there are particular page you are finding slow?

Hi David,

Sorry for the delay, been waiting for the page to reload...lol. No, seriously popped out to walk the dog. Can't recall exactly what I was doing but most likely skipping through the galleries - I don't do much else. It seems back to the speed I was getting prior to lunch now although my pages take 4/5 seconds to load on average.

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90 08/04/2011 - 8:49 PM
By dcash29
Firefox 4 - ePHOTOzine blisteringly fast
Hold that thought the afternoon shift has arrived...seem a few mice have failed to turn up so the wheels are not moving as fast Sad

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90 08/04/2011 - 8:49 PM
By dcash29
Firefox 4 - ePHOTOzine blisteringly fast
I am using IE8 and the site seems a lot better today than the previous few weeks which have become unbearable at times. Lets hope it stays like this.

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90 08/04/2011 - 8:49 PM
By dcash29
Member of the Week - theorderingone - 21st March - 28th March 2011
I have tried the band stuff locally but its blinking hard so hats off to you.

A lot of the pics you take seem to be of rock/metal bands, is this by accident or design?

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73 24/03/2011 - 1:27 PM
By theorderingone
The Fujifilm FinePix X100 has arrived! (Interactive review!)
More than anything let's see some images that it takes.

I would like to see some landscapes (send someone to Scotland this week with it)

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121 23/11/2011 - 10:46 PM
By strawman
Talking about kit is tedious... ?
I think you'll find that a big percentage of people who attended the focus thing at some point during their visit will be talking kit - wether it be cameras, lighting, props, etc - it's one of the things that show was put together for?

As for the the other things....

Yup, I took a backpack - its more convenient than carrying a plastic bag for things I wanted to take / carry. If I did accidently knock someone I apologised but with so many people in small areas it would be inevitable I would say...you just try your best not to. I can think of times when people just stopped to look at something and you find yourself shunting each other...ok its mildly annoying at times but it goes with the territory I say.

Model shoots...yep, I took shots of the models where or if I could because its something I haven't got ready accessible back here, willing models, decent light rigs etc. Btw, I handed my mate my backpack/rucsac when doing so. This is only my 2nd year at Focus so these things are new to moi...for those that have done it for many years and have access to these types of things yes it might seem 70's to you but if people didn't enjoy it do you think the stands would do it anymore?

Btw...opened up one of the freebie bag things this morning that were being handed out whilst I was up there...and got myself an epz pen....it doesn't work. Sad

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49 09/03/2011 - 5:16 PM
By lawbert
Focus On Imaging 2011
Today (Monday) seemed busier than Sunday or was that just my imagination? Walked by the epz stand a couple of times and the Editor was busy chatting so didn't get chance to say hello.

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148 11/03/2011 - 8:58 AM
By andymcdonald
Focus On Imaging 2011
It was quiet compared to last year's 1st day for sure.

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148 11/03/2011 - 8:58 AM
By andymcdonald
Focus On Imaging 2011
I am going Sunday n Monday with a couple of mates Alyismad & Redrooster71

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148 11/03/2011 - 8:58 AM
By andymcdonald
Slow connection to EPZ?
Been slow for days. Sad

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30 24/02/2011 - 1:33 PM
By Carabosse
James APPLETON
I was not aware of your work James but will be from now on...stunning stuff and a quick look at your portfolio and write up you sure put the ground work in... 9 days waiting for some light...well done!

Well done Phil for the heads up too.

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4 16/02/2011 - 10:56 PM
By Alan_Coles
2011 ePHOTOzine wishlist
I used to view the site via my mobile whilst out but since the new version its become a bit of big jumbled mess which I no longer find useful Sad

159 23/02/2011 - 12:47 PM
By bppowell
Day 14 Feb 2011: We want to see photos of couples
The Odd Couple


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9 14/02/2011 - 8:21 PM
By Fishnet