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Forum: Contest Voting 1 Hour Ago  
Autumn
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 29
Views: 215
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 1 Hour Ago  
Hiding
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 17
Views: 115
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 6 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Photo Challenge #442 -- My Favorite Image From 2018
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 35
Views: 897
What a wonderful theme. You have caught me out. I have been very inactive this year and had to go back to January to find anything of interest. I must do better next year.

This is from Cumberland River on Victoria's Great Ocean Road
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-02-2018, 06:12 PM  
Pocket multi-tool
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 26
Views: 885
I like to carry a leatherman type tool but one must always remember that these things are not popular with airport security and not have it in carry-on luggage or in the pocket when travelling.
Forum: Contest Voting 12-02-2018, 02:34 PM  
'North Face B + W'
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 59
Views: 383
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-29-2018, 06:08 AM  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest - Girl on a cliff-top
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 20
Views: 823
Well folks, having just gone past midnight here, this contest is now closed.


CharLac with 10 likes is the clear winner.

"Finally" she thought to herself, "noise cancelling headphones that truly blank out the annoying sound of the wind, the waves, and those bothersome gulls


So over to Charlac for the next challenge and thanks to all who participated.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-29-2018, 02:19 AM  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest - Girl on a cliff-top
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 20
Views: 823
Just a few hours left folks. Still time for captions and of course likes.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-23-2018, 04:00 PM  
How to export LR on new computer, and is it the best solution anyway?
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 15
Views: 567
Great question all of us will have to face one day.

I may be splitting hairs but you say your catalogue is in a mess. I would suggest that it is really your file structure that is a mess and LR is only following that. Now is a golden opportunity to sort it out. I would do it before you change computers.


There is an excellent B+H Video on the subject of organising photos in LR.














You Tube




It is quite long but well worth the effort. The presenter make a lot of recommendations and to my mind one of the key ones is to adopt a folder naming system that suits you.

If you are a news photographer then a date based structure might suit.
If you are a commercial photographer than a folder structure based on clients might suit
Landscape or Travel? Simple use location. If you go back to a place frequently use subfolders. Then a date might be handy with a brief description

>Places
>> Melbourne

>>>Melbourne 2017-07 Streetscapes

>>>Melbourne 2018-09 Moomba Festival
>>>Melbourne 2018-09 Streetscapes

>> Sydney
>>> Sydney 2016-07 Harbour


The point is to use a folder structure that suits YOU.


One of the keys is to use Lightroom to re-oganise your folders. You can do it in your operating system but then Lightroom needs to find and rebuild everything. This can take a long long time and errors are likely and can be difficult to resolve. One thing I have found is that before moving a folder in LR perform a Sync on that folder before you move it.


Back up your catalogue AND your photos before you start. A Lightroom backup does NOT backup your images.


Good Luck
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-21-2018, 11:13 PM  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest - Girl on a cliff-top
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 20
Views: 823
Spot on
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-21-2018, 04:03 PM  
Weekly Challenge #440 - Animals, close-up
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 28
Views: 959
I nearly fell of my perch when I opened the thread. This one from Singapore Zoo
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-21-2018, 03:31 PM  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest - Girl on a cliff-top
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 20
Views: 823
I was nominated by BigDave to take over this contest, so here goes.


This photo was taken at Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia. It is about as far east as one can walk in this vast country.


Contest will close on November 29 and the winner declared by popular vote. see rules below.


Rules:

Any forum member may invent and post a caption for the photo, posting the caption as a reply in this thread.

All readers of the thread, including those posting captions, are encouraged to vote for any and all of the captions they appreciate by "LIKEing" them using the forum's LIKE feature.

At the end of the contest period, the host will count the votes and report who won. In case of a tie the host gets to break the tie, but will not otherwise submit a caption or vote.

The winner will be notified ASAP by the current host by PM and a post in the thread. The new host should post a link to the new contest thread at the end of the caption contest round just finished.

Submissions should be text (no video or audio files) — caption, limerick, motivational, poem or prose — whatever inspires you to describe the photo or catch attention. Submit by replying to the thread. Contestants may submit more than one entry but it must be in a separate post.

Important:

Even if you do not submit an entry, please “like” any posts you feel deserve it as this is how the winner is chosen. And if you DO submit an entry, please also find an entry that you like from among your competitors' efforts and "like" that one as well. Enter often, vote more often. and most important: Have fun !

If the image is too big for you, edit your account "Settings and Options" for a smaller display size.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-21-2018, 05:28 AM  
Weekly Challenge Winners #439 - Birds, they are extraordinary creatures
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Thanks to all entrants a truly wide and varied collection of photos just as expected.


In order of receipt.

Jacamar:- Penguins in the river, hang on don't they normally hang out on icebergs?
Vaskebjorn: - That is one startled looking bird. Beautifully lit.
Charliezap: One right in the face.

aacb: Good timing. Something I have not been able to capture is a bird with prey like this.

ramseybuckeye: There is a multitude of stories in this one.

Sqideyes: A feathered ET for sure, well spotted.
SpecialK: The caption says it all.

RGlasel: That is one scary chicken.

Photolady95: Certainly this qualifies. By heck I wish I could get to that annoying itch.

eva: One unhappy looking little bird.

mingdie: Certainly one malevolent look you have there.
Mike L: I have not seen a Spoonbill outside of the zoo for quite some time. Thanks for showing this one.

noelcm: A well balanced bird and well balanced composition too.


Tough decision but I have to go with Vaskebjorn for the framing and lighting on the bird. Simply wonderful.

A close second is ramsbuckeye

Vaskebjorn, over to you for the next challenges.

Rules are below.

he fine print:
Every week, a new theme is picked and judged by the winner of the previous week.

Rules
1. Post ONE photo (max 1024x1024).
2. The photo must portray an interpretation of the theme.
3. Post your single picture in this thread and explain what motivated you to take the picture and/or how you feel it represents the weekly theme (especially if it's not obvious).
4. The challenge is interactive. Any response is welcome.
5. The judge will pick the WINNERS and choose one of them to select and be the judge for the next week's challenge.
6. This challenge runs for 7 days plus an additional day for the judge to choose the winners.
7. Any Pentax/Ricoh (DSLR) camera can be used as well as P/S cameras.
8. Pictures can be from any time frame, not just within the week of the current theme.
9. In case the winner of a challenge is unable to become the judge for the next challenge, they will PM the #2 winner for that person to be the judge
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-20-2018, 06:35 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #439 - Birds, they are extraordinary creatures
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 16
Views: 719
Challenge is now closed I will post winner in the morning.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-19-2018, 06:06 PM  
Pro Standards Are Dropping ...
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 31
Views: 1,654
My wife has been going through old school photos of our sons. Most of these look as though they could have been shot this way.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-19-2018, 05:47 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #439 - Birds, they are extraordinary creatures
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 16
Views: 719
Great photos so far. I will close the challenge this evening so just a few hours to go.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-15-2018, 08:50 PM  
Definition, entry level camera
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 42
Views: 1,250
"Entry Level" is in my humble opinion, a undefined marketing term that might seem a bit more sophisticated that saying "cheapest and lowest performing model" My entry into the DSLR world was the so called "Flagship Model" of the time, the K-7. The Flagship model had better specs that the current entry level. Today's entry level may boast features and performance way above yesterdays flagship. A bit similar to automobiles. Features that were once luxury or premium times are now standard.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-15-2018, 08:38 PM  
Different effective exposure from same settings on 2 DSRLs
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 17
Views: 661
Are you looking at RAW images or JPEGS processed by camera?

I suggest you post both images with EXIF data intact for comparison.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-14-2018, 06:46 AM  
Caption Contest Hangin' At the Zoo
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 14
Views: 585
This log ain't big enough for the two of us.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-13-2018, 07:45 PM  
Landscape From Pieniny mountains in Poland
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 12
Views: 428
#3 is my pick

Like most photos a selective boost can produce wonders so long as it not overdone
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-13-2018, 02:22 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #439 - Birds, they are extraordinary creatures
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 16
Views: 719
Just to maintain some sort of continuity I will go with birds as a general theme. However to make it more interesting I will add a complication. I would like to see your birds in odd situations or poses. Sitting on a perch or flying straight and level may not cut it. Get your feather friends doing something a bit different or in an expressive pose.

I will close this on Tue 20th November 2018 Australian Eastern Daylight Saving time. Good luck





The fine print:
Every week, a new theme is picked and judged by the winner of the previous week.

Rules
1. Post ONE photo (max 1024x1024).
2. The photo must portray an interpretation of the theme.
3. Post your single picture in this thread and explain what motivated you to take the picture and/or how you feel it represents the weekly theme (especially if it's not obvious).
4. The challenge is interactive. Any response is welcome.
5. The judge will pick the WINNERS and choose one of them to select and be the judge for the next week's challenge.
6. This challenge runs for 7 days plus an additional day for the judge to choose the winners.
7. Any Pentax/Ricoh (DSLR) camera can be used as well as P/S cameras.
8. Pictures can be from any time frame, not just within the week of the current theme.
9. In case the winner of a challenge is unable to become the judge for the next challenge, they will PM the #2 winner for that person to be the judge

Some examples. Pelicans again and again, they are special or a Kookaburra with an evil look in the eye or a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo checking the plumbing.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-13-2018, 01:37 AM  
Nature Birds
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 3
Views: 400
I think the vignette is a bit too obvious. Sometimes less is more. Perhaps a tighter crop and a bit less saturation. Each to his own of course but that is how I would tackle this image
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-12-2018, 04:14 PM  
Weekly Challenge Winners - Weekly Challenge #438 I Spy ... P
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 6
Views: 332
Thank you Tim for the nomination. Much credit must go to Peter the Pelican and his Preening. Also through in liberal dose of Post Processing .


As always I enjoy these challenges greatly The scope of interpretations on the theme is amazing and the photos are just brilliant.


A new one will be forthcoming this evening
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-12-2018, 03:34 AM  
Need Advice On Custom Desktop Computer Build...
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 52
Views: 1,415
Very sound advice, a quality power supply is essential. This is one good reason for building your own PC. A good case also is essential. These are not glamorous components but cheap can end up costing a lot more.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-11-2018, 09:24 PM  
Need Advice On Custom Desktop Computer Build...
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 52
Views: 1,415
Yes
Processor - Speed is vital
Memory - 8G minimum but more is better
Storage - Fast Solid State Drive for Operating System and Application. Storage on magnetic disk drives is ok but get good fast drives. One for storage of images another for backup. Consider using removable drive for the backup.

My system is a getting a bit old now 5 or 6 years at least so i am probably a bit behind the pack now. I use a Intel Core I7 processor at 3.4GHz
16G of RAM
250G SSD
Don't waste a lot money on an expensive Graphics Card unless you need it for gaming. On board video is usually acceptable or a cheaper card (NVidia GeForce GT 440) if your wish.

3 x 2TB Hard Drives First for Data including photo storage. The second is an automatic back up of the first. The third I use for junk (downloads and the like which I don't want or need to keep). I have a couple of spare drives which I may use if my photo collection gets too big. So far I have some 80,000 images occupying 1.18 TB. I am near the point where I install the second pair of drives dedicated solely to photos

I don't use an external drive for back up. I have tried them but I find them problematic. Big ones need external power. I forget to perform backups. I will carry a small one if I am traveling with a laptop but that is it. I have not really taken to the cloud for storage either. Perhaps I am too much of a dinosaur.
Monitor - Get as big as you can but make sure it is an IPS (In Plane Switching) model). These have a much wider viewing angle. Cheaper ones exhibit colour shift if you view them from an angle. Make sure it is calibrated


I run Lightroom and Photoshop as well as the usual Office Applications. Performance is adequate for my purposes.

Good Luck
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-10-2018, 06:56 PM  
LR Before/After for Brushes?
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 8
Views: 433
In the develop module open up the history panel on the left. You can step back to any point in the edit process. From that point you can recommence editing. The way I understand you keep all edits up to that point but lose anything later. I have not found a way to delete a single edit point and keep subsequent edits. Perhaps there is but I have not found it.
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