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Wednesday Photography Blog No. 1 [With UPDATE]

by LEP Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 06:13:32 AM EST

My singing friends from Montmartre and I invite you to join us in the first Wednesday Photo Blog.
As of now there are no rules or regulations. They will have to be developed (no pun intended) as we go along.
So post away, show us your photos, even enter your own original videos if you know how, and discuss anything you'd like to about photography.
LEP

Update [2007-9-7 3:33:28 by LEP]: Yesterday, my first impression was that ET was not large enough to support a weekly photo blog. At this point we've had eleven posters post 34 photos. They are in no particular order LEP, estHer, In Wales, Sven, Ted Welch, Ceebs, TBG, Nearly Normal, Melo lychee, Laurent G., and tzt. Perhaps a weekly blog is possible. If each of us who posted this week would commit to posting three photos next week perhaps, with newcomers, we could then get to well over 40 photos posted and that number would only grow. As far a technical specifications, I have been following afew's suggestions. Except for the first photo of the blog I reduced all my photos to less than 100 kb. There may be some posters who don't understand this so they will have to be educated. I would ask In Wales and Sven to do more research as to any changers in tech specs. As far as themes, to me it seems a bit too early and that for the next couple of weeks we should just post our photos that we like. I would also note that not one person from management has posted a photo. I'm going to leave that for poemless to analyze; she is an expert Kremlinologist. So comment away. It looks like the sun may shine in Paris today and it looks like we have gone another day without the U.S. bombing Iran.


Display:
The inaugeration!! Cheers! Let the photos & photo-geek info flow!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 06:40:20 AM EST
   

I have to learn how to post photos at some point, so now is as good a time as any.

My brother got a new camera and sent his old one to me. Still learning how to use it, but with a little help from iPhoto, this one didn't turn out too badly....

by lychee on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 06:52:07 AM EST
late summer in umbria

that shot of the montmartre scene is gorgeous...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 07:41:02 AM EST
oops, still learning, try it this size...



'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 07:42:55 AM EST

Empty pea pod

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 09:39:25 AM EST
I really like that, and the way the light shines on and through it. Is it on the carpet though?!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 09:48:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
It is a fairly extreme close-up taken early evening on the patio out of direct sunlight. There was a blanket on the slatted table so we could play cards and eat peas ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 09:53:00 AM EST
[ Parent ]
What a great photo to start us off with. Loads of colour, very vibrant. Lots to look at. I'll have to have a think about which photo to post when I get home later on!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 09:46:42 AM EST
You can post more than one, In Wales.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 10:26:38 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Ah but the temptation to post every single half decent photo I have ever taken, must be overcome!  I shall think and post carefully.  I can always use my own diaries for photo dumping.

I have decided to pick one of the photos I took of my baby niece a few months ago. And I shall browse some others too.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 10:50:13 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I'll post one of my daughter's photos. I can never get her to post on ET anymore, since she discovered boys.
This photo was taken 2 weeks ago in a music camp that she and Raphael attended in the French Alps. It's of one of the instructors.
She is the perfect example of what Ted Welch was talking about yesterday. She can make a great photo out of nothing with basically a box camera. She creates her own scenes.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 10:17:12 AM EST
As if boys are better than cameras! This is a great photo though, she really does have a great eye for a shot that really captures the scene in front of her.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 10:26:31 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Oh, it's not the cameras she's lost interest in. She just has no time for us fuddy-duddys.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 10:29:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Replacement photo



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Thu Sep 20th, 2007 at 08:57:49 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Took this this afternoon for the photoblog. A Helsinki tram of the older type barrels down Makelankatu on its way downtown.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 10:37:18 AM EST
This photo really takes us back to another time.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 10:40:59 AM EST
[ Parent ]

LEP: this is one of the new low-riders downtown. Nostalgia tinged with Terminator ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 10:45:18 AM EST
Quite a difference. How old is the first one?

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 10:51:00 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I'll have to check. When I first moved to Finland there was an even older type that had a ticket collector seated by the rear entrance door. Now there is just a driver - you either punch in a 10 trip prepaid card or pay the driver. It is all done on trust, since you can jump on through any door if you have a season ticket. There are inspectors however, and I believe there are even plain-clothes ones. Oh, and you can also pay by mobile.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 11:02:15 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I wish we still had trams in Cardiff, they got rid of the system a long time ago.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 10:51:28 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Lovely, a photoblog! What should I choose this time..

Typewriter

The typewriter of the Homesick Advice Bureau, an UrbanLab project in Luxemburg.

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--

by tzt (tzt) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 11:57:26 AM EST
I took a brief look at your Flickr slide show. It's great.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 12:38:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Thank you.

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 01:16:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I really love this.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 02:50:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It would be nice if you posted a few more.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:12:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'll try.. At the moment I can't reach Flickr, and all my pics which are online are there.

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:29:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 12:49:25 PM EST
candole statue w

"Are you interested in solar energy?"

Place Candolle, Montpellier

christ-stained-g-20879

Luck often plays an important part in photography - we just happened to walk into this church in Montpellier at what turned out to be the ideal time - and there it was. Was this a sign? :-)

Taken with a ... oops :-)

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 12:53:50 PM EST
Very nice Ted.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 12:59:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Thanks LEP. Now about to install Photoshop Elements 5 - don't ever believe anything in my photos :-)

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 02:24:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]

have Paris.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 12:55:56 PM EST
For Sven - another tram - and a bike - how relevant to ET can a photo get ? :-)

tram

The new ligne 2, Montpellier

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 01:41:34 PM EST
Are you moving to Montpelier, Ted?

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 01:56:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Well I've been wanting to for years, M wants to be by the sea, so we're off to Palavas next week to look at places to live. This means we'll be able to pop down to see the shows of the Visa Pour L'image (photojournalism/documentary) at Perpignan where I first got a taste for the region.

The English version of the site is here:

http://www.visapourlimage.com/anglais

The shows include the World Press Photo Awards - if you want inspiration, try the winners gallery linked from:

http://www.worldpressphoto.org/index.php

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 02:44:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Your post gives me the desire to head for Perpignan for a day or two.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:17:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]

If you can make it you should, as a photo fan you'll love it. The Couvent des Minimes alone houses 16 exhibitions, including the (big in itself) World Press Phot.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 04:55:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 02:02:13 PM EST
Replacement photo.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Thu Sep 20th, 2007 at 09:03:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]

A bit of photoshopping and cropping to evoke a mood

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 02:34:37 PM EST
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 02:48:38 PM EST
What a beautiful delicate photo. I see why you chose this one.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:02:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Thanks, LEP.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:15:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 02:57:08 PM EST
It's nighttime now and the pros are coming out.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:05:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I've just reinstalled my main machine, so I have to recover all of my pictures from disks. till then have this view.





Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:16:24 PM EST
Is that around where you live?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:19:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
remember you took a load of pictures from the Brecons a while ago which you threw into a diary, one of them pointed west to a range of hills. Well one of those hills is where I'm standing to take that picture. it's the top of the hill out of the front of my house, although I'm just over the top there, and to get there it is about a three mile journey. The view is just down the valley so you can't quite see where you were standing.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:31:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ah, I know where you mean!  You must have some gorgeous mornings around there?  I keep meaning to get up early to drive towards Brecon and catch a sunrise, with mist on the hills.  The need to sleep always wins out.  I think the sacrifice would be worth it though.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:35:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Well tell me when you go there and I'll go up on top of the hill and wave ;-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:38:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The area where you live makes for great picture taking. The photo you posted the other night was fabulous.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:20:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
If I hadn't had all of my batteries I'd have got a better one today. there was an amazing mist swirling down the valley.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:32:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I took this a few years ago in the states. I went to the March For Women's Lives in Washington DC (representing Wales in solidarity against Bush and his right wing, civil rights-bashing agenda) and then went onto New York for a few days too.  

This is in the Stonewall bar, which saw the beginnings of the gay rights movement - a very important place.  We made and left cranes of peace everywhere we went and gave one to the barman here.  These cocktails (that they drink in Sex and the City) were topped up all afternoon and into the evening, some we paid for but most were free.  It lead to my most embarrassing drunken episode ever, which fortunately I have no memory of.  A very eventful day.  I slept off my hangover in Central Park.

Technically not a very good photo, but it has a great story to it.



by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:32:39 PM EST
It lead to my most embarrassing drunken episode ever, which fortunately I have no memory of.

A likely story ;-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:36:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
No, really I don't!  But I have been told enough times what happened that I almost feel as though I do remember!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:38:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]
  1.  I was at that march too!

  2.  My friend and I were just discussing these, as she's planning to christen my new place with a SATC party, at which vodka and Chambord martinis will be served. Yum!  :)

  3.  How do you know it was your most embarrassing drunken episode ever if you have no memory of it?  


"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:40:03 PM EST
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Wasn't that march just incredible?  I had to be there, it was historical. I'm so glad I could make it.  The atmosphere in Washington coming up to the march was amazing.

Enjoy your cocktail party then!!

It is the only time I have ever lost my memory when drunk.  And judging by eyewitness accounts I really haven't ever embarrased myself so much before or since.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:44:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
as far as you can remember...

after all if you were drunk enough you might not remember not remembering.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:48:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ah no!  What happened was that I suddenly came to (even though I hadn't been unconscious). I suddenly became conscious of having not remembered where I had just been 5 minutes ago or 1 hour ago or anything in between that.

In the space of time I lost my memory I was functioning, my friend got me across the NY subway and out and we were walking back to the hotel when I realised that I'd just missed an hour. I was in the bar and then suddenly I was nearly back at the hotel, that's how I remember it. It's never happened before or since.

Usually no matter how drunk I have been, I can remember everything (except perhaps the fine detail of what I was saying.)  I have friends who have the complete blanks quite frequently but it's the only time it ever happened to me, I was just astounded by it.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:54:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Now that dosn't sound that embarassing.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:59:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Thanks, I will enjoy my party.  And yes, that march (the 2nd of its kind I'd been to) was amazing.  Too bad the whole freakin' country ignored it.  I think it was the largest of its kind there to date.

Anyway, I'm still waiting to hear what embarassing things you did sloshed on French martinis...  :)

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 05:12:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm befuddled - vas ist dis kranes?

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 04:50:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
What's that sweet little story about a Japnese girl who thought that if you can make a thousand of these paper cranes then it will bring peace to all the world? Maybe I have remembered it wrong.  

But basically we made loads of these cranes and left them everywhere we went.  I like the idea of some random person seeing one of our cranes and smiling at it, or thinking about who put it there and why.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 06:21:28 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Oh of course - origami! Now i understand the image. My semiotic switch must have been in off positon yesterday ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 06:30:08 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Can I just repost what I wrote last night in the OT ? In the interests of quick loading for all?

The first thing is, it's not the pixel size that determines loading time, it's the Kb size - in other words, picture quality.

If your original photo is, say, 800 x 600 (top limit for free accounts on Photobucket), and you post it with width="400", you'll get a smaller display but the browser still has to load all the bytes of the original, and that may be quite a lot.

The best thing is to do a reduced copy using a photo editor (Irfanview is free and adequate). Specify the width you want (can be 500 or 600 for ET, 800 can push the column wide) and also try out lower quality settings till you get a perfectly good picture (to the naked eye), but for as few kilobytes as possible (certainly under 100 Kb).

Put the reduced and the good copies on your photo server. Post the reduced one into the diary as a link to the good one.

The html is:

<a href="[URL of the good pic]"><img src="[URL of the thumbnail]"></a>

If you've pre-dimensioned your reduced pic at the required width, no need to use the width attribute in the img command.

It's very easy to copy the URLs from Photobucket (and, I presume, from other pic servers).

Some people may have read this, others not. ;)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:38:24 PM EST
so the photobucket thumbnails are too small?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:42:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I just take out the th_ bit of the thumbnail url for photobucket and it puts it up as the size it is on photobucket.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 03:49:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Not if you want to use them.

I was suggesting making a low-def copy the size you want to show in this thread (400 or 500 or 600 px wide). If a smaller one's OK with you, that loads even faster.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 04:06:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Here's another one estHer took with my camera at a friends birthday party in May.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 04:17:34 PM EST
Quite a flippin' whizz, your EstHer! I love that.

One day we must celebrate daughters together. I bet you're just as proud as I am ;-)

<prut>

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 04:48:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I sure am. I raised two sons and a stepson before her and when my wife became pregnant when I was 56 I became ill. I was afraid we were going to have another boy, especially when the doctor said your baby is very "costeaud." We didn't ask what the baby's sex was. Needless to say it worked out very well. She is the sunshine of my life.
Here's a photo I took of her in July, not posed.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 05:22:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Her photos are wonderful.
by lychee on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 05:28:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
especially when the doctor said your baby is very "costeaud."

Jaques costeaud? with goggles and flippers and everything? ;-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 05:28:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Daughters are special for fathers.  From the day they are born they have us wrapped around their little fingers for life.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 09:40:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Replacement photo.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Thu Sep 20th, 2007 at 09:09:17 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Sven. I hope to meet you in Paris at the next ET meet up.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 03:23:30 AM EST
[ Parent ]
First I have to steal the keys to the cage ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 06:15:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Replacement photo.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Thu Sep 20th, 2007 at 09:06:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Abstract stuff..

Metal 1


You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--

by tzt (tzt) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 05:01:18 PM EST
All your photos are shot with film; is that correct?

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 05:30:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
No, just most. Actually I went completely digital a couple of years ago but then returned to mostly using film sometime last autumn. I just like the look of film better. And I also notice that I tend to think of what I'm doing more when I'm using film.

Here's one which is digital:

Paris metro

This one, which is digital and HDR , does not look very natural, but for a while I liked the look:


Reading Room

At the moment I really like grainy b&w street stuff.

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--

by tzt (tzt) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 05:38:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
They're all excellent- a pleasure to look at.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 05:40:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
This HDR photo is stunning. I've run against the limited dynamic range of my digital "bridge" this summer while doing bright sunlight shots.

Does this mean I could tell my camera to do an exposure-bracketing series of shots of a scene, apply some software magic to it, and then produce a super-dynamic image ? A whole world of possibilities would open...

by balbuz on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 10:54:43 AM EST
[ Parent ]
You need three exposure-bracketed shots, after which you use a software which combines them. I've used Photomatix, which is not free but cheap, but there are other options as well. http://wiki.panotools.org/HDR_Software_overview has some good info.

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 03:11:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I really like this one. I am not sure why it evokes so much, except in the oscillation of meanings.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 06:19:22 AM EST
[ Parent ]

cocktail2-20415

Cocktail on the beach - it's a Nice life :-)

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 05:02:32 PM EST
that has made my mouth water.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 05:29:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Looks like a cocktail called "Sex on the beach", to me.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 06:58:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
One more holiday snap:

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 07:04:22 PM EST


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 07:15:57 PM EST

had a green filter on by mistake....ended up quite liking it!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 07:34:49 PM EST

the flare at the bottom isn't good,but I didn't want to loose the hand.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 08:58:20 PM EST
The flare doesn't bother me at all. a) it is interestingly positioned re the hand b) it is a reference to the fact that it is a photograph and the dubject is backlit. c) It anchors an axis running thru hand, shoulder bag and face with the same colour as the the flowers at top right. d) the third achoring red is in the flowers at the end of the building which triangulate the perspective e) in an otherwise muted colour composition, the blue of the jersey and the reds of flare and flowers do a little complemtary colour dance.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 06:27:25 AM EST
[ Parent ]
A fedw seconds earlier and It would have had some determined armed policemen marching down the road who were about to open the gate and let one ACL Blair into the compound. Getting the look casual enough, and explaining the picture to the person taking the picture so they got what I wanted rather spoilt the effect I was trying to get. (But I do like the picture just for the completely unnaturaly long hands in the shot, they don't look like that normally)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 07:30:02 AM EST
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is that a picture of El Commandante ceebs?

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.
by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 07:33:37 AM EST
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C'mon. Does that really look like a cat man? Last time I saw someone like that was in 'The Bourne Ultimatum'. They don't do cats.

<Helsinki Station to Brighton Control>

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 07:44:53 AM EST
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I normally wear the white linen suit, scar and monacle when I'm dealing with them

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 09:46:37 AM EST
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Yes I finally exit from behind my shield of anonymity

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 09:45:43 AM EST
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From about 100km. Mont Valier is recognizable.

http://www.infoclimat.fr/multimedia/photolive.php?photoid=39872


Couchant

Fin d'une belle journée ensoleillée près de ce petit village empreint de l'histoire du Catharisme et perché sur une crête dominant la plaine de Revel.

Pas le moindre nuage dans le ciel et la transparence particulière de l'air, annonciatrice de vent d'Autan, fait apparaître comme par magie la chaîne des Pyrénées pourtant distante de 100 km à vol d'oiseau ; le sommet arrondi à gauche est le Mont Valier (2838m) situé en haute Ariège.

Bonne soirée à toutes et à tous.

by Laurent GUERBY on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 07:00:48 AM EST
We've been waiting for you, Laurent.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 07:53:42 AM EST
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How was the format for this then?  Do we need to start off with posting guidelines on format for next week?

I was thinking in terms of the October FotoFest that I took part in last year with thumbnails and a bit of blurb on the photo.

Depends whether people would like to have larger images on the diary posts to avoid the need for clicking on every one to see it properly.

If you right click on the photos posted in this diary and go to properties, you can see the file size in kb. I guess that some people are unclear as to how to reduce file size as opposed to reducing picture width.

So do we have thumbnails for all pictures posted or do we make clear the guidlelines on pixel width and file size?  

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 07:22:48 AM EST
We really need to investigate how many people have trouble with the uploads. The difference between 80 Kb and 300 Kb is peanuts for broadband, unless one is ridiculously multitasking.

I'd prefer to have to max 600 w as standard - it is big enough to appreciate the picture without going to a larger version. People can post smaller if the picture doesn't merit the full size.

Let's continue with wednesday photoblogging and see what comes up.

I'd rather see your Oktober fest as a diary - even if there's not much text. A sort of photo essay. I consider such diaries and, of course, the RG extravaganzas, as an essential part of ET. Sharing feelings and experiences are as important as sharing information and opinions.

I'd also like to see more ET generated video and I will make a note to self to do so ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 07:54:33 AM EST
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People on dialup or slow broadband can still enjoy the diary by setting their comment display preferences to dynamic minimal which will collapse all the comments to a title line and allow (using javascript) individual comments to be loaded witha click of the mouse.

This has been a public-service announcement by a non-gnome.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 08:18:51 AM EST
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That should be in the user guide ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 08:23:53 AM EST
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Sorry, I can't help you with that.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 08:41:35 AM EST
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It would be useful to know if there's anyone who hasn't been able to read this diary because of limited bandwidth. (Best asked in an open thread and not here, to make sure they can read the question.)

Being ruthless, I'd guess there's a solid majority on broadband. And there isn't much that can be done do for those on dial-up because anything bigger than tiny thumbnails is going to be too much for them. (Never mind those using mobiles.)

So I'd be happy with 600 pixels for the maximum dimension, and a size of 50-100Kb.

Re: content - we could maybe have a very loose theme announced ahead of time, so people who have the time and inclination could take some new photos. (Or pick out some favourite older ones.)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 08:29:57 AM EST
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Max 600 px wide, and under 100Kb, was what I was suggesting.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 08:36:34 AM EST
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I know, I was agreeing.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 01:19:59 PM EST
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TBG. Any thematic suggestions for the coming weeks?

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 09:01:24 AM EST
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I reduced all my photos to less than 100 kb except for the first one to kick off the blog. (There is a way to do it on Picassa but it is not obvious.) Even that first one had already been reduced by Picassa from 2.4 mb to 329 kb when I uploaded it.
I don't mind at all to click on the photo to get to the larger size. But on Picassa Web Albums you can't see the original photo, only the first reduction by Picassa. Can you see the original on Photobucket?
You know, I'm really faking all this technical talk. It's like a combination of Greek and Chinese for me.

If you would like to originate next week's diary, with some guidelines,(perhaps after consulting with afew) I would be most pleased.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 07:55:17 AM EST
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Hi LEP - I think I might first do a general diary about visuals, with a poll, to assess opions out there. I don't think anyone would dispute that visuals add a lot to ET - and, as afew pointed out, we don't want to lose that. My own feeling is that some attention paid to visuals,  whether by photoblogging or whatever, will increase the use of visuals on ET.

It is easy to post visuals, including video - once you know how, and are not afraid of making mistakes. But it is not always a fear of technical competence and knowledge that deters people from contributing visuals. Sometimes text is too easy, and we can all be lazy. Sometimes it is a feeling that pictures don't make a point - they are not part of the argument. To me, they are. eg Laurent's fabulous nature pictures are surely part of what we are arging about here? A better life, more responsibility, more caring, more passion etc etc.

And pictures of and by EstHer are another good reminder of why we need to argue about them.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 08:14:23 AM EST
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You know, I agree with you that it would be nice to post our photos without any more reduction-say around 350kb.
So perhaps you could take a poll to ascertain how many on ET are stuck with dialup. ( I didn't see anything in the users' guide re:  poll taking.)
I would then be very pleased if you and In Wales and afew and TBG and migeru and whoever else wanted to join in would formulate any necessary technical guidelines. That stuff is way beyond my competence. It's already quite an achievement for me to copy and paste on the computer.

tb

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 08:52:32 AM EST
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As far as I'm concerned (and I'm not, in this photo blog, though I like to post pics elsewhere), I suggested 600 px maximum width, and under 100 KB. (Or less eg thumbnails if you like).

This is not a management ruling and frankly you can all do what you fucking well like.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 08:44:43 AM EST
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Unless some more people recommend this diary it will soon drift off into diary-purgatory.
So before that moment arrives I am posting one more of estHer which was taken in August. I don't know how she did it; of course, I have a potbelly.  



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 08:02:30 AM EST
Replacement photo.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Thu Sep 20th, 2007 at 09:16:34 AM EST
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'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 08:19:21 AM EST


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 09:30:05 AM EST
Pas avant. Tu comprend Finnski?



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 10:05:17 AM EST
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Replacement photo.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Thu Sep 20th, 2007 at 09:21:03 AM EST
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<recoils from desk>

Stop that!

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 20th, 2007 at 09:22:14 AM EST
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Well, someone does look at the old photo blogs. What happened is that yesterday I decided to clean out my file on Picassa which was the link to many photos on the first three photo blogs. I didn't realize that doing that also erased it from ET. (stupid me.) So I went back and tried to correct everything for the record as best as I could.
And just as well, because you were checking.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Thu Sep 20th, 2007 at 11:12:35 AM EST
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You didn't have to repost that one!
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 20th, 2007 at 11:17:17 AM EST
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Sonoma Coast Northern California a couple of years ago when I first got my digital.


"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson
by NearlyNormal on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 at 12:48:14 PM EST
Well I gave in and bought a Nikon D40X. I'll use the cheapie lens it comes with for now, if I decide I need more serious glass I'll do that next year. I'll have Hawaii pics up the first week of October.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 12:26:12 AM EST
Welcome to the club!  I hope you enjoy using it.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 02:59:34 AM EST
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On a technical point :-)

... die-hard Nikon owners may be disappointed with the lack of a focus motor in the body, meaning that many non-AF-S/AF-I lenses will not auto focus (including some Nikon's best prime lenses).

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond40x/

But perhaps you don't use autofocus.

I hope you take lots of interesting photos with it and that we'll be able enjoy some of them.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 08:31:17 AM EST
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Yep, I was aware of that. Should be fine.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 12:38:26 PM EST
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London Carnaval 2006

(from one of the "management"...)

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia

by whataboutbob on Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 05:41:29 AM EST
Bravo Bob!

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 05:44:36 AM EST
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I would also note that not one person from management has posted a photo.

I don't have a single photo to post here, which doesn't mean I'm not interested in other people's.

Among the front-pagers, only Colman (I think) is a really keen photographer, and he's away. (As for Bob, he's just brave ;)).

As to Kremlinological speculations: no flurry of front-pager emails followed the announcement of this photo blog. In fact, not one single exchange. No dark designs were laid, no occult decisions to favour or disfavour the project. I hope this eases your mind. :-)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 09:06:06 AM EST
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Why can't you let me have my conspiracy theories, afew.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 09:10:37 AM EST
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Modest management :-) It would do the photo more justice to have it at 600 - now the recommended size.

I downloaded it to have a better look - isn't your original is a bit big and 300 dpi ! - or am I wrong?

You might not have noticed this from afew:

If your original photo is, say, 800 x 600 (top limit for free accounts on Photobucket), and you post it with width="400", you'll get a smaller display but the browser still has to load all the bytes of the original, and that may be quite a lot.



Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 08:59:58 AM EST
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This is why we are having the discussion in the other thread Graphics on ET, so that we can reach a consensus and help the less technical amongst us to edit and post their photos.

We won't be beating anyone up who gets it wrong at first and we appreciate all contributions.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 09:11:34 AM EST
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Well I hope nobody sees my comment as beating him up :-) He might not have realised there was any problem.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 10:06:28 AM EST
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First montage using Photoshop Elements 5:

will-stat-montage

Statue of William the Conquerer at Falaise, Normandy

When I took the rear view with him towering over the church I had in mind that people like William controlled the Church and used it for political purposes. Later I read this in a book I bought in Falaise Castle:

There could scarcely be a better example of William's political skill, for at a stroke he had managed to get the Church to give him the monopoly of violence in Normandy.

1066: The Year of the Three Battles, F. McLynn



Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Sat Sep 8th, 2007 at 08:25:09 AM EST
This is excellent Ted. you should repost this in next weeks blog. Not too many will see it here now.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Sep 8th, 2007 at 10:55:39 AM EST
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Thanks LEP. I like trying to grab Cartier-Bresson style "decisive moments", but, with montage, there's a different kind of satisfaction; it's a more considered kind of creativity - the constructed image. Words, such as the quotation, can pin down specific meanings.

 In this case I liked the way the pale images of him make him seem like a ghostly reminder, and the front and rear angles combined - for me - suggest the horse prancing around and his control of all of Normandy.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Sat Sep 8th, 2007 at 01:42:14 PM EST
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