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Welcome to my portfolio & thanks for taking the time to look! I hope you see something you like. Let me have any comments you might have (good or bad) as it all helps me improve!! Cheers, Chris.
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  • Commented on 'Day 09 January 2014: Long Shutter Speeds'

    • 9 Jan 2014 1:28PM
  • Commented on 'Glasgow meet'

    Hi Matt,

    As I've not picked up my camera in anger for over 6 months, and recently moved up to Glasgow, I'd be up for coming to help get me back into it! Can't do the 24th but can do the 1st Feb.

    • 7 Jan 2014 3:08PM
  • Commented on 'Monday Night Challenge-18th March'

    Well done Dave, and to all who played along!

    • 18 Mar 2013 9:31PM
  • Commented on 'Monday Night Challenge-18th March'

    • 18 Mar 2013 8:39PM
  • Commented on 'Monday Night Challenge-18th March'

    Evening all...not joined in for a few weeks and in need of some inspiration for today's 365 shot...ready and waiting Smile

    • 18 Mar 2013 7:46PM
  • Commented on 'Pebble beaches Northwest'

    That area is largely made up of sandy beaches (where there are beaches). The closest you would get, that I can think of, is at Blundellsands. Whilst it is a sandy beach there, there is a spot just near the coastgoard station where there is a large build up of larger 'pebble-like' rocks just where the promenade runs out and the sand dunes start...just remembered I had a shot in my pf - fg is a bit dark but you get the gist...

    • 21 Feb 2013 7:45AM
  • Commented on 'belittling people'

    The meaning of critique can be easily defined...the scope within which you are critiquing though is surely personal and therefore subjective, and as a result always open for debate or criticism by others.

    If we all had the same 5 criteria for example that we were critiquing against, there would be greater parity and potentially less misunderstandings...but we're not, we're judging simply by what we individually see, and we all have our own 'maps of the world' unique to ourselves (NLP reference) which in turn means conflict of opinions.

    The challenge for us all is to take a step back, remove the 'emotional aspect' from how we interpret a comment, and then make a more pragmatic analysis on whether or not it is a valid piece of advice. And if unsure, ask the question direct to the individual via PM!

    • 20 Feb 2013 10:36AM
  • Commented on 'Canon's Live View'

    I've noticed the same thing with my 7D, it's not really an issue as others have mentioned - more an annoyance really as I couldn't understand why it was happening either!! Need to update to the latest firmware in fairness so maybe that might sort the issue out...

    • 20 Feb 2013 10:24AM
  • Commented on 'belittling people'

    An apporach we use in work is know as OEPS feedback (yes, another bloody acronym!). However, it is very effective and takes away the subjective/personal element. I'm not sure if it could be as effective when not face to face but you never know!

    So what does OEPS stand for you ask...

    O - Observation: What is the specific observation you have e.g. "I observed that, I noticed that...the darker areas of the shot are underexposed"
    E - Effect: What is the effect of this e.g. "...therefore the effect it has is that it lacks some of the detail that would have been present had it been exposed correctly"
    P - Pause/Probe: Give the receiver a minute to think (not really possible 'online') or Probe further e.g. "...I see no exif data has been uploaded, maybe if you provided this I could give more accurate feedback on your settings..."
    S - Solution: Offer some ideas as to how the receiver could do things differently next time e.g. "...maybe if you utilise the exposure compensation settings it will allow you to get a better result...If you like, I could talk you through the process I follow...etc etc

    It's difficult at first to follow this structure, however the more you use it, the more natural it becomes.

    For the observation aspect, avoid using terminology such as - "I think", "I feel", "I'm assuming", and instead use - "I noticed that", "I saw", "I observed that". This makes it much more objective than subjective.

    Ultimately, there is a saying I came across once that read - "The meaning of communication is the response it elicits" which sort of calls out that the same communication could in theory be received in many different ways...using the above would help limit a lot of misunderstandings, and remove the need for having to develop a thick skin if you're not that way inclined Smile

    Hope that's helpful?

    • 19 Feb 2013 1:19PM
  • Commented on 'Day 16 February 2013: Photos With Vignettes'

    • 16 Feb 2013 11:55PM
  • Commented on 'Problems with 'cookies''

    All back up and running now...sigh of relief as it's nowt to do with my PC!!

    • 12 Feb 2013 10:21PM
  • Commented on 'Problems with 'cookies''

    Anyone else experiencing any problems with their sites?

    Getting the error message - Error 310 (net::ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS): There were too many redirects.

    Can log in but when I try and navigate to my gallery page to upload it brings up this error and then I can't get back into the site at all.

    Any help much appreciated!

    • 12 Feb 2013 9:54PM
  • Commented on 'Monday Night Challenge - 11 Feb 2013'

    Well done to Drawmaster Smile

    • 11 Feb 2013 9:24PM
  • Commented on 'Monday Night Challenge - 11 Feb 2013'

    • 11 Feb 2013 8:57PM
  • Commented on 'Monday Night Challenge - 11 Feb 2013'

    ooh, nearly forgot about I could manage while the match is on Smile

    • 11 Feb 2013 8:57PM
  • Commented on 'Why is it very few post out of camera shots without any tweaking?'

    This whole discussion is pretty much like horses (sorry, topical I know) and cars...why do we bother driving around in cars when a horse is perfectly adequate for getting from a to b.

    And once we accepted the car, why did we bother improving it, making different models...etc, etc.

    The point is, the medium is available to us, and just like 'film' can either be used well, or used not so well...ultimately, getting it as near to 'right' as possible in-camera will always give you a better starting point but that has never really changed!
    • 11 Feb 2013 12:11AM
  • Commented on 'Canon 24-105 L lenses - date questions?'

    Just recently got the 24-105 from Panamoz - grey import obviously but service was excellent and came with a free 1yr replacement warranty should it develop any faults. Ordered it on Sunday 27th Jan, and received it on Friday 1st Feb. Picked up a hoya UV, and Digital Circular Polariser also for a snip of the price they go for in this country.

    Worth a look if you have no issues re the 'grey import' bit!


    EDIT: The 15-85 will be a fair bit cheaper on that site too!
    • 5 Feb 2013 4:46PM
  • Commented on 'Is the a thread for night photography?'

    Cheers Ade...looks like I'm going to be in Liverpool now on that day...maybe next time Sad
    • 5 Feb 2013 11:44AM
  • Commented on 'Is the a thread for night photography?'

    Quote:Pop up to Leeds on tuesday 19th - taking everyone to the fair ground.... should be fun, so long as we're not kicked out... Wink

    What time are you heading out to it Ade...if I can get off work handy then I'd be up for that?
    • 4 Feb 2013 11:50PM
  • Commented on 'Is the a thread for night photography?'

    This is one of my recent favourites - taken a few weeks back. 8 second exposure, @ f9

    • 4 Feb 2013 11:38PM
  • Commented on 'Is the a thread for night photography?'

    2nd Ade's comment - be good to get some discussion going on it!

    • 4 Feb 2013 10:32PM
  • Commented on 'Monday Night Challenge - 4 Feb 2013'

    Well done Steve Smile
    • 4 Feb 2013 9:28PM
  • Commented on 'Monday Night Challenge - 4 Feb 2013'

    Tried to do a composite of 4/5 but could only manage 2 in time...Smile

    • 4 Feb 2013 8:58PM
  • Commented on 'Monday Night Challenge - 4 Feb 2013'

    Right, let's try and upload in time this week!!
    • 4 Feb 2013 7:50PM
  • Commented on 'Own your dream camera!'

    Right then...who's up for coming to the beach this weekend Grin
    • 1 Feb 2013 1:22PM
  • Commented on 'Day 01 February 2013: Food Photogtraphy'


    • 1 Feb 2013 12:21AM
  • Commented on 'Monday Night Challenge'

    Not sure if in time...stupid computer froze!!!
    • 28 Jan 2013 9:01PM
  • Commented on 'Weekly Macro Challenge ends 8.00pm 27th January 2013'

    Well done!!

    • 27 Jan 2013 9:05PM
  • Commented on 'Direct Bank Transfer'

    Cheers Kev - I've scoured paypal's terms and conditions, and apart from sites that use certain payment engine's for their paypal payments, the dispute policy seems relatively straight forward...but like you say, you don't really know until you have to use it! From a delivery point of view, it comes via 'insured' through fedex or similar...would you take any confidence from that?

    • 27 Jan 2013 2:23PM
  • Commented on 'Direct Bank Transfer'

    I'm just in the process of placing an order through Panamoz but the checkout options only allow credit card payment through paypal...given what Leftforum mentioned above, would this give me enough protection if something goes wrong with delivery?? Any advice much appreciated!

    • 27 Jan 2013 1:38PM