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Friday Photography Blog No.20

by In Wales Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 06:37:03 AM EST

Front paged on Bob's demand! - In Wales


The blog is in three parts this week thanks to huge enthusiasm from a number of people - one for "Stencils and Street Art" and interpret that however you may.

The second part is for "Historical Photos", where LEP can post his covertly taken photos of long ago Paris, and the rest of you anything historic - however you may interpret the brief!

The last part is for "Photos As Usual", whatever you want to post.

Please try to keep to 600 pixels width and less than 100kb in file size and take a look at Wednesday Photography Blog No.2 for the technical bits on how to post.

Please enjoy!

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"STENCILS AND STREET ART"
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 02:50:15 AM EST
Stickers.  I noticed that Toulouse was overwhelmed with them. I loved it, especially the series that I saw where people had posted up stickers with themes.  My favourite were some quite small one, probably white labels, coloured in wich a patchwork of bright colours.

But here we have Cardiff stickers.  Seeing them always makes me smile.  The skull one was high up on a wall, and I have seen a few around the place.  I like looking out for stickers, sometimes visible sometimes a little obscurely placed.  It's another way of looking at the urban environment.












These were all taken on an old and rubbish compact digi  cam.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:00:43 AM EST
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Freehand and tags.  Some areas of Cardiff have more than others but overall there is not a great deal of graffiti compared to Paris, Milan and other cities on the continent.












Any idea which railway bridge that is, DoDo?!!

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:06:48 AM EST
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No, no, no more trainspotting till next week...!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:29:35 AM EST
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Fitzroy Street?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:36:32 AM EST
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Looks like it...!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:58:32 AM EST
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Very impressive! Yes, it is that one!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:07:40 PM EST
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And stencils!  I love them.  Some are silly, some arty, some clever, some obscure - a person's own little in-joke.  I really do consider it to be art, even if not in the Banksy league.  There are very few stencils in Cardiff so it is always a great delight to find one.

The grotesco one was in an area where yet another Tesco Extra had been opened, putting the local grocery shops out of business.
















by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:13:00 AM EST
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I like those where the grout support gives a heavy grainy feeling...!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:46:23 AM EST
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This one will be for Sven...

This other one I like a lot because it decompose flight ! It has alas disapeared as the building was broken down !

A rare "happy birthday" stencil !

Another one I like ist the meerkat ("Je boude" means "I sulk" ! )...

Or the manga fox...



"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:23:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
These are great!

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:27:24 AM EST
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I love the meerkat one. This is making me want to spend the weekend making new stencils now!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:48:29 AM EST
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I'm sorry about seemingly "dumping" pictures, but I"l be out of line at about 2 PM ( changing the line)...

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:00:26 AM EST
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No don't apologise!  There are loads of great photos here.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:01:57 AM EST
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Hey... You have a diary to do first !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:01:08 AM EST
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lol.  I did write something for a while ago, to kick me off with the thesis writing - with pictures and everything.  So I must dig that out again and eurotrib-ify it.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:03:44 AM EST
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Fabulous pictures!
by The3rdColumn on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:10:12 PM EST
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Oh, my heart skipped a beat with that car ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:02:45 PM EST
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I knew it... :-)

I've kept this other one for you...




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:20:13 PM EST
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Exactly the colour of mine too!

Although isn't this a Light 15?

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:40:11 PM EST
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Aye... I know a garage at Asnières that has more then a dozen of those !

Just in case... :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:48:57 PM EST
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Oh pity, pity! Oh Lordi, lead us not into temptation....

You have posted some GREAT pictures.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:53:57 PM EST
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Well, we all know how to make it work with ethanol since WWII...!
Though the door handles have cost numerous cyclists an arm...

But what a car !!!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:58:26 PM EST
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Summertime with the windscreen up. Room for a picnic table in the back. Oh sweet memories...

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:01:39 PM EST
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In the "street art" part, there are nowadays (as shown by In Whales) som stickers of various sizes...

This one is lifesize and reminds me of my birthplace (Takadim, takadim, takatakataka-dim-dim)

But some artists are sensible to not disgrace building facades, so they resort to the pavement...




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:36:04 AM EST
[ Parent ]
In Whales

Our Job from Cardiff? ;-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 10:30:27 AM EST
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Of course, street art can be used for some political statements...

Or...




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:41:56 AM EST
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Great stuff!  You've just reminded me that I have some political graffiti from Venice that I must put up. I'll do that this evening.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:45:42 AM EST
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Nice... I hope I'll have my line back !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:33:40 AM EST
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At last, the local situation can lead to some humor...




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:45:14 AM EST
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The last one, "MissTic", is for those who dwell in Paris and saw since a dozen years all those stencils from MissTic...

The fact that he is now being paid to make ads on cars about "renting is being free", is somewhat amusing for one who was free whitout renting anybody's wall...!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:38:06 AM EST
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Mural in Frankfurt am Main, D


Mural in Frankfurt am Main, D


Mural in Frankfurt am Main, D


Paper man in Colima, Mexico


"Cowbra", Installation in Frankfurt


Organic street art, NYC


Functional art advert. in front of bakery, Heidelberg, D


Sidewalk art (at least to me), Prague, Czech


Platz in München, D


Mobile street art, Stuttgart, D


Mobile street art, Stuttgart, D


Mobile street art, Stuttgart, D

by gioele (gioele(daught)sandler(aaaattttt)gmail(daught)kom) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:05:16 AM EST
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I really like your perspective on street art!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:10:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes, me too... !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:31:34 AM EST
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Thanks for leaving it open to interpretation...

If it's art and I can see it from the street... why not?

I love the stone work in Europe, even something as simple as the way a curb is made...

Here's one from Amsterdam...

by gioele (gioele(daught)sandler(aaaattttt)gmail(daught)kom) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 08:13:01 AM EST
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Nice to see that some notice the effort we often have to do, to get those details there.... :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:04:54 AM EST
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You have an eye for this!

The second is familiar to me, but I don't know where it is.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 10:14:35 AM EST
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Danke sehr!

On Reuterweg at Emil-Claar-Straße, further south on Reuterweg are the CitiGroup offices and across the street is the park with the lonely turm (tower) in it.

Remember now?

by gioele (gioele(daught)sandler(aaaattttt)gmail(daught)kom) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:57:34 AM EST
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I probably went along Reuterweg only 2-3 times, so it is a hazy memory...

If you love strange street features, have you been at the Bockenheimer Warte yet? More precisely, at the end of the Senckenberg-Anlage? (And, since you like museums, have you been to the Senckenberg-Museum yet?)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 12:17:08 PM EST
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Nope and nope, just moved here last Sunday and haven't my bike yet, so my wanderings have been limited. But I will be sure to check those out!

Thanks for the tips...

by gioele (gioele(daught)sandler(aaaattttt)gmail(daught)kom) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 12:33:54 PM EST
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In the long series of booooring and ugly letters 'decorating' walls along my daily commute, there is one graffiti that stands out. I call it The Roma Angel (though, it was more likely intended as The She-Devil), and I should have photographed it a year ago, when it was less weathered:



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 10:12:00 AM EST
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Nice little devil... :-) !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:02:32 AM EST
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A Felice Varini work in Paris, while the Odeon theater was in works !

There was just one spot where all those lines glued on walls would get in perspective... Interestingly, while many people were makings Oooh and Aaaahs, very few thought of finding the spot (which was, of course, in front of an art library)!

I got my connection back ! Quick job!




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:09:17 AM EST
[ Parent ]
last Saturday.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 12:45:25 PM EST
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When you think that it could have been the new ring tramway... Getting through gardens, art spots, local flea shops, etc... And for much less then the present one... All that because SNCF and RATP didn't agree !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:53:46 PM EST
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Well, it's much better where it is, accessible and taking car room...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:05:18 PM EST
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Paris street art.


Il faut...


Lizard


Balloon


Giraffe


Comandante Che Guevara


Cheshire

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 02:25:54 PM EST
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Great... I peculiarly like the last one, the Krazy Kat :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:54:40 PM EST
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Decay and rust can also generate some "art-form", at least in the eye of the beholder :-)




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:20:20 PM EST
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Lovely! Great colours.

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:05:41 PM EST
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Textures are fun:


Side of a corrugated iron shed.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 07:11:23 AM EST
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I would never have thought it was a sheet of corrugated iron... :-)

Great catch!

 I like those "zooming in" sort of pictures but few are satisfying, I believe it's a light and contrast thing ! And maybe the level of details in such a scale ?

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 11:46:35 AM EST
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Devizes - not quite the street art capital of the world. Nonetheless:


A genuine Banksy!


And another!


Hmmmm...

Meanwhile in Barcelona:

Dude.


Outside the art museum.


Nowhere near the art museum. (You can just about make out a bemused pigeon - not on fire - in the mid-ground.)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 06:55:18 AM EST
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Some great talent in all of that.
You've reminded me I have a real Banksy photo too.
Ah, here.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 07:11:36 AM EST
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Excellent !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 07:20:47 AM EST
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Pisa street art. Way more political than we ever see around Cardiff.


by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 07:03:32 AM EST
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"HISTORICAL PHOTOS"
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 02:51:34 AM EST
Four Photos from the Occupation.

The Liberation



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:24:27 AM EST
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Weird... As I always look if I can recognize somebody (no, not someone!)...

What's fascinating is that the buildings havent changed, just been cleaned up a bit !

Here is a picture dating from the construction year of "Beaubourg" (Centre Georges Pompidou by Piano and Rogers) showing that most hadn't yet changed (nor be cleaned)!




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:13:37 AM EST
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Everyone will have recognized, I think, but the top one looks like the lower part of the Champs Elysées.

The second is the Rue de Rivoli looking towards the Louvre. The whole area and its luxury hotels (the Ritz included) was requisitioned for German superior officers.

I think the third is the entrance to the Petit Palais, where there was indeed an art exhibition for German soldiers organized by the Strength Through Joy movement.

The fourth is a parade on the Champs Elysées.

These three (2, 3, 4) are official military or Propagandastaffel photos.

I've no idea where the last one is, but they've had time to get themselves a heap of American flags! Wonder where they came from?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:07:52 PM EST
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The building should be a store... With some time I might do some buildingspotting "à la DoDo"... :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:00:51 PM EST
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Wouldn't they have made those flags ? At the time people still knew how to sew...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:05:54 PM EST
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Looking at them more closely, I think they're bedsheets painted with red stripes, with another piece of sheet tacked on with blue hatchings! (see bottom right flag).

That said, the Americans did come prepared. They even had banknotes printed and ready to put into circulation under the name of the military territorial authority FDR wanted to take over governing France. The enthusiastic welcome and support the population gave De Gaulle shelved those plans.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 09:02:36 AM EST
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The last four photos I took at the exhibition. There were too many guards around the section housing the last 50 years.
I don't know of any historical significance of these four other than reflecting the times and the changes in photography.


(excuse the reflection on this one.)


(this is from a magazine; cropped to make presentable.)


(the new mode.)

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:42:51 AM EST
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Bottom one - Mary Poppins style?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:50:40 AM EST
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Or the "Voleur de paratonnerre", a short cartoon movie by Paul Grimaud, that was refreshing in a Disney dominated era...!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:05:20 AM EST
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A wee contribution from family pictures in 1919... After all, that's why the confusing name of "tank" was given to those things !




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:48:22 AM EST
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I'd heard somewhere that the word "tank" came from a bit of disinformation in the UK prior to their initial deployment.  As the big metal monstrosities were being moved about the country prior to their initial deployment, they had to call the big masses hidden under tarps on rail cars something - so they said they were "tanks," a thoroughly innocuous, and vaguely possible term.  The name stuck.
by Zwackus on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 06:42:51 AM EST
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This is "historical" only in the sense that it is my family history..

Great-grandmother Gerda sometime in the 1920's.





She lived to be 90 and died in 2000, so I knew her well.


Great-grandfather Paavo and his taxicab in Helsinki, sometime in the 1920's:





Paavo was born in 1902 and died in 1986; I remember him also. He and great-grandma Gerda lived in the then working-class, now trendy part in Helsinki called Kallio. They had a room and a kitchen where two people could not stand without bumping into each other. When the kids, grandkids and us great-grandkids visited, it would get really crowded. Although there weren't that many of us. It was just a really, really small apartment.

During their working lives Paavo drove a cab and Gerda worked as a saleslady. When I was born, they were already retired. When I visited, I'd try to read Gerda's Swedish-language magazines or chat with Paavo, who would lift me up high in the air to look at a clock that he had on the wall. For some reason, I was very fascinated with that clock. It is now in my basement; I cannot keep it in my apartment because it's too loud.



Paavo in his Winter War uniform, 1940:





Gerda, Paavo and an unknown person in 1940:




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

by tzt (tzt) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 02:55:55 PM EST
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WOW... Great pictures of family !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:58:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]

My father - the Ref

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:35:58 PM EST
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That's not a rugby ball...!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:18:18 PM EST
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No. Though he thought me playing rugby would be an advantage in life ;-)

He was also the secretary of the Leicester Cricket Asscociation which kind of got me hooked on cricket. I sometimes worked on the scoreboard at Grace Road which meant running out on a roof over the main stand with these large metal number plates that were hung on hooks.

I suppose my aversion to exercise comes from a rebellion against the physical fitness standards that my father imposed. All I can remember of early family parties was my father and his brother doing balancing acts on the lounge carpet.

But I was happy to learn later from an eminent back surgeon that sex and dancing is all you need.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:36:02 PM EST
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I usually skip even the dancing part ! :-)
But did play cricket when young, which is unusual for a french citizen!!!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 07:17:08 PM EST
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I am between marriages again, so I try to do a lot of dancing. it is the same sort of 60s art school dancing that I have always done. It is not balletic, but it uses a variety of muscles.

I like cricket a lot, but it does take a lot of time to follow a game. The Finnish Film Producers Association team wanted me to coach them, but their first quaestion was 'what is an over?' and I realised here wa too much work.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 07:27:15 PM EST
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Max Wall? ;-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 07:58:07 PM EST
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He didn't have the hair for it. Nor the shoes. But I loved Max Wall and Jimmy James.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 04:33:08 AM EST
[ Parent ]
"PHOTOS AS USUAL"
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 02:51:58 AM EST
This was the same place as the photo at the top was taken.  Again on an old and rubbish camera but I got very lucky with the lighting.  The grainy look of the black and white one is largely poor resolution due to cropping.

On this one the effect is from shooting through wire fencing into the dust and low sun.  It was the old Central Hotel that used to be next to the station in the town centre.  It was gutted by fire (an insurance scam that EVERYBODY knew about, so how they got away with it, I don't know).  I used to walk past it everyday going into work and one day, suddenly half of it had been knocked down.  It's all gone now and something new being built.  Apartments I believe...


by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:20:21 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The top photo is quite mysterious and foreboding.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:50:29 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes, but the color one is almost an abstract...!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:49:19 AM EST
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Yes, I really love that photo and it was entirely accidental. It gives this feeling of being sleepy and blinking into the sun so that your eyelashes cause the light to diffract and blur.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:00:17 AM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:59:36 AM EST
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Is that what's called "peeking"... :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:15:54 AM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:42:46 AM EST
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 Was it a New Caledonian performance... :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:14:43 AM EST
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Maybe not "as usual" in the Luxembourg garden in Paris... A "Gwendolyn" situation...!!!! ( I didn't make up anything, and don't know the damsel ! )




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:51:02 AM EST
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I assume LEP is just out of shot ;-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 08:25:30 AM EST
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LOL, I didn't see any guy... (leading to some speculation...)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:07:38 AM EST
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A friend of mine had her boyfriend tied to the bed, realised they were out of condoms, so threw some clothes on, and shot down to the supermarket to pick some up. in there remembered there were a few things she needed and ended up doing a whole weekly shop having forgottn why she was originally going there. got home about an hour later to find a furious boyfriend.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:22:55 AM EST
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Ah... Well, at least she didn't have an accident that would have needed some external help...

I had my neighbourgs of the floor above me who had a washing machine flood, another neighbour called the firemen as nobody answered at the door...
The fireman went up the big ladder to get through the window... And fell on the naked couple that must have been quite absorbed !!!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:31:14 AM EST
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This one is for the cat lovers... My cat that passed out in 2007 !




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:53:08 AM EST
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Cute.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:03:34 AM EST
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I like this one because of the blue and yellow pillow... Seems to match with the cat's wondering why I must always interfere with his siesta...!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:09:56 AM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:41:15 AM EST
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Hey, I'm still working... Pictures like this one tend to make me dream of my own siesta... Purrrrr !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:47:07 AM EST
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Sweet picture. Sorry to know that he's no longer with you. : (
by Loefing on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:37:53 PM EST
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Thank you... Yes, I still sometimes wonder why she isn't behind the door when I get back home... To remember !
The hardest was for my children, even though quite grown up, as it's the only cat they had when small !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:01:38 PM EST
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I also love cats, not like dogs. My family (mother) has wonderful dogs, they live in the country, where they have everything what they need - fresh air and prey.

In my town I had handsome grey cat with white tie called Kuzya, I gave him to my sister before moving to India 4 years ago.

My sister barely tolerated him, but niece adored him. Unfortunately for Kuzya niece last year moved to China for study and now he is at mercy of my sister.
 

by FarEasterner on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 05:10:04 AM EST
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Cats have special Karma...! When they are "chotta billy" (young cats) they  play and live the world of illusions.... When they get older they get enlightened and meditate (er.. Sleep) a lot... :-)

Mangooses on the other hand are quite extraordinary, as you can "see" them think and even sometimes, smile of the good joke they pulled upon you !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 05:19:38 AM EST
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Of course.
by FarEasterner on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 05:26:10 AM EST
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One picture I like a lot describes what I felt of Leningrad at the end of the Gorbatchev era... III district Nievsky prospect !

The child going to school walking on the open heating pipes, plus the contrasts of the inner yard, symbolise for me the situation at that time !




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:57:38 AM EST
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Incredible photo.  Your contributions have been fantastic, thanks.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:59:45 AM EST
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Well thank you for allowing me to share all these... :-)

This one is the reason I was in Leningrad ! To design small prefabricated "datchas" (three morrys, built in one day) that were one among thousands of the "joint-ventures" of that era !

I have fond memories of this work because we changed a factory that was making Kalaschnikov's butt and ammunition crates into a house building company !
We had to work with the district's soviets (ah, those babouchkas !) so it wouldn't be bought and capitalized by the new mafia... Wasn't without danger as one of our "banker" finished in the Neva with concrete shoes !!!

Those should still be at the Lenexpo site !

The first prototype...

Inside the second version, with local made furniture, Finnish style :-) !




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:37:27 PM EST
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They are gorgeous, but I wouldn't like to drop a candle in one.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:47:24 PM EST
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Eh, eh... The usual flat of those times would have burned as quickly (maybe more) because of so many things in so small a space (not to speak of vodka, the local coin of the realm)!
The complete house (equipped) was about twenty thousand francs of that time... Quite a lot for the citizens of Leningrad!

Many negotiated with oversea firms they were working for... And many were crying when they had it, because it was the first time they owned a house (not the land)!

Quite an experience !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:59:00 PM EST
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Yes that is me pimpin' the JewFroTM at age 15


Our Veda caught mid-lick


Bodhi sprawled


Man in suit with 'bag o' dookie', I thought it incongruous to say the least...


Neighbor's kid mid-throw


Another of the same kid...

by gioele (gioele(daught)sandler(aaaattttt)gmail(daught)kom) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:15:38 AM EST
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 Some pictures about "people"...

The first was in fact a usual situtation in a train station (Quimper for LEP), but I saw it as an "outcasting" situation... (old vs young, etc.)

Then you have also the photographied photographer (what's he shooting at ? :-) )

Or the more solitary newspaper reader...

Or some famed british architect (Peter Cook)...

Or again the incredibly alert urban writer Françoise Choay..



"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:27:36 AM EST
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I love those portraits.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 01:13:42 PM EST
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In fact, I'm more of a portrait photographer (changes from architecture), but it's always a bit hard to get those on the web !

I am known as the "teacher with the camera", but they agree in most cases, as this student who was very happy with the picture...




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:07:41 PM EST
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Ditto.

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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 08:44:18 PM EST
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So... What's for lunch ?




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:42:19 AM EST
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I'm sitting here this evening processing the Christmas photos so let's see what I find:

For a start we have one of Sam's Grandmother's cats:
Cat

That's taken in (very limited!) available light at ISO400 on my new toy, the Ricoh GR-D, of which more later. Once the ISO starts going up I end up turning the pictures into B&W, because the sensor noise isn't as distracting.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 01:10:12 PM EST
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FIggy sleeping while I work. He puts himself up there ...

Figgy

This one just works better in B&W. It would also work better if I'd lined up the perspective properly.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 01:22:47 PM EST
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Tree-Shepherd watching the sun set
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 01:42:14 PM EST
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Oh wow.

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:08:54 PM EST
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Really lovely photo.

I wish I had an eye for black and white, or at least in processing would think about trying black and white when the shot doesn't work in colour.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 03:19:50 AM EST
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Beware! Ninjas!

Her excuse is that it was cold out. So she stole my coat.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 01:46:02 PM EST
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And there was me thinking it was the traditional garb of the clan O'Ninja. ;-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 01:49:46 PM EST
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And what do you use that coat for...???? :-)

I really like the landscape with the leafless tree in B&W... Nice grey values, black is black, great shot !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:10:30 PM EST
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Well, it started in color, then a little post processing in iPhoto to get it right. Took me a while to work out that it needed to be in B&W.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 07:18:54 PM EST
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Why black? She's looking pretty devout Muslim woman.
by FarEasterner on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 04:51:47 AM EST
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Killer rabbits

I don't think that's a set-up: it's just a tree root.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 01:57:13 PM EST
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Fungus eating a tree
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 02:23:56 PM EST
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 I agree... I always have my macro lens handy, because sometimes those shapes at some weird small scale can be fascinating !

I dropped the Leica M6 years ago because I couldn't get below 70 cm ! Now I regret having sold it, but then, I needed the money for another camera... Pfff... This is worse the Hi-Fi in the sixties !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:14:22 PM EST
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A classmate last Saturday:




More classmates:




(just fooling..)

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:02:18 PM EST
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Your pictures (here and elsewhere) provoke me to work again in B&W...!
But I find film scanners not good enough (they scan the grain and the dust) and digital doesn't always have the proper range in contrast (even when exposing to the right) !

I'll try again, one of theses days :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:06:59 PM EST
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Yeah, that is difficult! I just try to manage with my film scanner (cheapo Plustek) & digital; sadly my teachers want us to work most of the time with digital now since "there isn't time for film"...

I should start practicing colour. And realistic colour, at that. Difficult!

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

by tzt (tzt) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:57:43 PM EST
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Is there such a thing as realistic colour? I don't think so.

Visual languages have to be learned. Realistic depends on what you have been exposed to, or experienced. For colour, study the Impressionists!

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:06:14 PM EST
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What's "realistic" color ?

For B&W, I've had better success by shooting the negs with a digital camera... I have a sort of repro flash stand (doesn't seem to exist anymore but you might find some in flea markets) ! Special flash with a diffuser that holds negatives (up to 6x6),a stand for the camera and a macro lens, you shoot and "basta" you have a negative in digital file !

Results are much better as it works as the good old enlarger, with light and optical means, with a distance ! While the scanner is more about surface (and most, even high priced, can't really manage B&W)!

Trouble is, I lent it to a friend and I think he broke the flash lamp and is afraid to tell me !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:12:29 PM EST
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Ah, good question, both of you.. what I mostly meant by "realistic": something which I haven't changed completely in Photoshop or by cross-processing. :-)

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:21:07 PM EST
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Well, cross processing is a trend, while PS is just as a darkroom (less smelly though) !

There is also a trend in saturated colors ("vivid" they say in manuals), but as Sven said, it's also about culture !
Have you seen any movies from J-P. Jeunet, each has a slight green dominance for drama... He tests his films quite thoroughly and at one time even wanted some 3D software for calibrating some scenes !

I agree however that color isn't easy, most times it goes for a "busy" picture... But you can also almost have a B&W "colored" effect in some...

This was a quick shot in "clair obscur", "The writer" ! (a fellow teacher) :-)




"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:48:54 PM EST
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Black gamma raising is my current favourite. It makes images more velvety

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:51:23 PM EST
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Well, I've seen Amelie, which I adored, especially the garden gnome.

Wonderful shot.

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

by tzt (tzt) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 07:06:36 PM EST
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You should see "Delicatessen" and "The city of lost children", as they are quite incredible... And a very special form of journalism ! :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 07:21:58 PM EST
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Hmmm, I've actually seen those, just did not remember whose films they were.

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 08:38:53 PM EST
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Loved Amelie ... Here's my photo homage to the saturated colour of Jeunet ... :)

Fascinating photos this week, and interesting discussion on B&W!

The Friday Photography Blog series is just wonderful, and I look forward to it every week.

by olivia on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 11:56:23 AM EST
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Nice one... Though a bit small :-)

I like the "more then open" feature of the flower with a shallow depth of field !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 11:58:31 AM EST
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version

Should have done that in the first post ... :)

by olivia on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 12:13:53 PM EST
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Thanks'... :-) Much better indeed !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 12:18:36 PM EST
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Hi Olivia. I took a brief look at your website. You have many beautiful photos. I hope to see you here at our photo blog as often as you can make it.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 05:15:41 PM EST
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Definitely ... :)
by olivia on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 05:32:15 PM EST
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Shenandoah Valley of Virginia - Kodak E100G chrome, medium format


Shenandoah Valley

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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:13:48 PM EST
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Hey, a place I've been to!

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 09:26:02 AM EST
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Traditional Korean Village exhibition near Su Won, S Korea.  Was it ever cold that day!

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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:17:13 PM EST
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Wadi Entrance - Jordan

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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:42:13 PM EST
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Is it really as green ? (copper?)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:16:06 PM EST
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Ha, no this was caused by my early scanning "technique"! I couldn't find the negative so I just used this old scan I had on a CD.  I thought it looked kind of green, but I'm a "little" deficient in red/green color perception, so I just shrugged it off.  I usually ask my wife for color help when something is critical, otherwise I often make mistakes like this.

Here is another image from the same canyon that I posted on an earlier blog.  I think it represents more accurate colors.



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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 08:43:47 PM EST
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Ah... The "realistic colors" seems better :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 08:33:55 AM EST
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Camel Market - My poor cousins, all hobbled and for sale!

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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:56:03 PM 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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:54:12 PM EST
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A donkey with a beard...? Where was that ? :-)

And where is Nasreddin Hodja ?

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:14:27 PM EST
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travelling incognito as...

mullah nasruddin!

What in the World Were You Smuggling?

Nasrudin the smuggler was leading a donkey that had bundles of straw on its back. An experienced border inspector spotted Nasrudin coming to his border.

"Halt," the inspector said. "What is your business here?"

"I am an honest smuggler!" replied Nasrudin.

"Oh, really?" said the inspector. "Well, let me search those straw bundles. If I find something in them, then you are required to pay a border fee!"

"Do as you wish, "Nasrudin replied, "but you will not find anything in those bundles."

The inspector intensively searched and took apart the bundles, but could not find a single thing in them. He turned to Nasrudin and said, "You have managed to get one by me today. You may pass the border."

Nasrudin crossed the border with his donkey while the annoyed inspector looked on. And then the very next day, Nasrudin once again came to the border with a straw-carrying donkey. The inspector saw Nasrudin coming and thought, "I'll get him for sure this time."

He checked the bundles of straw again, and then searched through Nasrudin's clothing, and even went through the donkey's harness. But once again he came up empty handed and had to let Nasrudin pass.

This same pattern continued every day for several years, and every day Nasrudin wore more and more extravagant clothing and jewelry that indicated he was getting wealthier. Eventually, the inspector retired from his longtime job, but even in retirement he still wondered about the man with the straw-carrying donkey.

"I should have checked that donkey's mouth more extensively," he thought to himself. "Or maybe he hid something in the donkey's rectum."

Then one day he spotted Nasrudin's face in a crowd. "Hey," the inspector said, "I know you! You are that man who came to my border everyday for all those years with a straw-carrying donkey. Please, sir, I must talk to you."

Nasrudin came towards him and the inspector continued talking. "My friend, I always wondered what you were smuggling past my border everyday. Just between you and me, you must tell me. I must know. What in the world were you smuggling for all those years? I must know!"

Nasrudin simply replied, "donkeys."




'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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:52:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Bello!

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:15:46 PM EST
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interspecies com', that's great news.
by Loefing on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:22:24 PM EST
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Nice to "see" you melo! I've missed you.

BTW, is there some kind of innuendo in posting a picture titled "interspecies communication" as the first comment on your return?...;-)

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:39:55 PM 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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:08:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]


'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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:09:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]


'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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:36:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]


'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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:38:47 PM EST
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"Gradation in blue"...  for piano forte ! :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:54:28 PM 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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 05:54:46 PM EST
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Wow, what colors...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:06:47 PM EST
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Great natural saturation in those colors...!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:14:09 PM 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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:05:48 PM EST
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I wish I had those kind of landscapes around me!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 03:25:20 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 Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:14:36 PM EST
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Shot from the moving car returning home from Paris Sunday, at 7P.M.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:26:32 PM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 08:45:48 AM EST
Wales! Hooray!  It's so nice that we've had some better weather.  I love the sunshine.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 08:56:14 AM EST
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I gather Whales is the midst of nowhere, no streets, no buildings, no art ???

Just the new logo of E.T. looking at the camera "sheeplessly"...!

OK, now you can open fire as I won't be able to reply (well I hope the line guy comes soon enough!)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:35:38 AM EST
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Well there are streets and art but not for about three miles. And I'm waiting for the right weather to take pictures.

street art isn't really the thing either round here

although we have seen some pieces of this exhibition in  fields round here.

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

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:47:44 AM EST
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Nice land art show... :-) Must be great seeing those in the field !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:59:09 AM EST
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having driven past the first one near us the first couple of times, there was a couple of times we said "Hang on wasn't the tree in the middle of that field we drove past Blue"?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 10:05:55 AM EST
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by mminch on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 10:21:55 AM EST
Lovely ...
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 10:30:55 AM EST
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Ah, good catch ! LOL!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 10:31:26 AM EST
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Amazing

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 10:59:45 AM EST
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Great diary!
by The3rdColumn on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:11:13 PM EST
totem

door#7

up the 2lane

skylines

an aside: as there are weekly "themes", how does one become aware of them ahead of time?

by town on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 06:56:58 PM EST
In the open threads there are sometimes discussions about those "themes" !
If you feel there is one you'd like to see, just say it, one of those "great powers behind the diaries" might even see it ! :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 07:34:26 PM EST
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thanks. l tend to not read the open threads, concentrating instead on the diaries, and fp articles. perhaps my reading habits are in need of change.
by town on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 07:56:34 PM EST
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Fantastic work by everyone as always!  Really really, excellent work, and thanks again (as always!) to In Wales and LEP (ladies first!) for promoting and hosting!

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.
by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:08:25 PM EST
I propose that the Photo Diaries be front-paged on Saturday...and this diary has so many awesome photos...I love the street stuff, in particular!!

FRONT PAGE IT!!!!

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

by whataboutbob on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 06:06:01 AM EST
Maybe In Wales can use her connections. How you doing Bob?

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 06:20:32 AM EST
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<heh> I should be demanding more often, if I'm gonna get these kinds of quick results!!

(Hi Len, I'm doing well, thanks...busy with work, but that's a NICE problem! How about you? Its snowing here in St Gallen!!)

And a BIG thanks from me too, to In Wales and LEP for creating, nurturing, encouraging, promoting and hosting this diary ! May it long be a tradition!!

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

by whataboutbob on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 06:57:17 AM EST
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PS: I urge the photo diary be frontpaged every Saturday...although...I think Colman is going to have to upgrade our servors, so it will load faster with all the additional photos and comments that will happen.

Cheers...and kudos!!

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

by whataboutbob on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 07:01:06 AM EST
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If it becomes a regular front paged feature of E.T., we might want a standard size picture format, as now there are big and small pictures which hinders a bit the relative perception of each...
(The original 600 pixel for the longest side or 500, and under 100Ko, seems quite appropriate, but I fear for the server !)

And maybe posting one picture for each post (instead of severals) would allow for a better sorting out on a "per picture" basis, with appropriate replies, instead of saying "the #2 is great!"
(I know, I sound like a P.I.T.A. !)

Just some thoughts... (ducking under the table saying "not on the head, not on the head..!" )

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 07:19:19 AM EST
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We had a lot of discussion on this when we first started the photo thread and the 600 pixel 100kb thing seemed the easiest way to go.  The volume of photos comes and goes, sometimes we barely hit 100 comments, sometimes over 200.  It really varies.

But it is definitely a topic worth discussing again.  It seems to be a mix of server issues and whether people have broadband or not.  Some people can't access photobucket etc and so don't want thumbnails but the full size photo to see directly here.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 07:26:57 AM EST
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Is anyone even trying to download this thread with dial-up? I have DSL at half a meg, which is ten times as fast as dial-up, but (with the line at full stretch, I've checked) it takes several minutes to get the diary. Even then, Photobucket doesn't upload all the pics, your stencil photos at the top for example remain unfinished. (Does Photobucket time out?). (The other image servers seem to work OK).

Most people will find it easily downloadable, so too bad for the others. But may I suggest fewer photos, so there can be a bit more discussion like last week? Once the number of photos gets high (to be discussed!), it might be possible to make a call to stop posting any more for that week?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 08:00:46 AM EST
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I don't know if photobucket times out or not. It can sometimes be a bit slow for me when I am using it.

The thing about the photoblog that makes it hard to work out how best to run it is that it can be so variable.  Some photos invite lots of comments and others can be great but there isn't always a discussion point.  Then some themes like this one surprise me by people having loads of photos to post.

We could look to doing a spin-off blog on the weeks where a theme seems to be really popular, and ask people to post in the spin-off if they have more under one of the themes they wish to post.  Or limit people to X photos each per week?

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 08:09:02 AM EST
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Set a rough limit for the photos in any one blog, and call time when that limit is reached. Yes, and suggest spin-offs if a topic seems popular. (A spin-off can be posted immediately..?) Or put off till the next week for "standard" offerings.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 08:36:04 AM EST
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This week's blog seems to have a record number of photos, maybe close to 150. Normally sixty is a good showing. If this volume continues and is a problem, we can limit the number of photos for any one blogger to let's say 10 per blog to start. (I get extra because I post for estHer while she's in school.)
Then if one blogger has too big a "photo imprint" he can buy photoblog credits from the other bloggers. Linca can set up the "photoblog credit exchange." I'm telling everyone right now mine are not for sale.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 11:12:06 AM EST
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I've always worked on a rough limit of three per diary, (but a very flexible three ;-)

does that mean I've got a credit saving of about seven perdiary to use? ;-)

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

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 11:30:34 AM EST
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I must have used all my credits till the end of february...! :-(

Still, I do agree on some limits, as it makes for harder choices and is always useful for one's learning !

I would exempt the three "bloggers" as they may need to push further by posting new pictures ?!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 11:54:31 AM EST
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You're rich!

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 12:28:28 PM EST
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being rich I will scatter my Largesse amongst the needy.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 12:38:49 PM EST
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Among the "needy" or the "nerdy."

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 01:43:42 PM EST
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Use the dynamic loading features of scoop...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 08:25:11 AM EST
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Yeah it's been suggested before. But you have to change your settings in advance, and click on every comment one at a time to see what's in it... Thumbnails would be better than that...

And how do you tell lurkers and newcomers that the Photo Blog now on the FP calls for this and that settings change for those without high bandwidth?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 08:32:13 AM EST
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I don't know how possible it is in Scoop, but the "Read More" link could be modified so that it automatically loads the thread as dynamic threaded... Should be a feature request for ET 2.0. Having a "low bandwidth" option so that some threads are automatically loaded as dynamic.

And warning users to beware of loading the thread is simply a matter of asking InWales and LEP to insert the appropriate text above the fold...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 08:41:19 AM EST
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There seems to be a problem with the internets this weekend, since Thursday. Is your problem persistent or only recent?

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 11:01:28 AM EST
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Linking to a photo doesn't put any kind of strain on the server ; the picture is never seen by the server.

Until we add a photo uploading service to ET, that is.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 08:05:51 AM EST
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I never have any pics to contribute, but I do so love the photo blogging.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2008 at 09:26:56 AM EST


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