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Forum: Photo Critique 06-29-2011, 10:36 AM  
People River Man
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 12
Views: 1,825
I like the least saturdated one best, and I wonder if it might be best in B&W - give it a sort of timeless look, with the scythe. The more you saturate the colours, the more I notice the fancy neoprene waders the guy is wearing. There looks to be ample contrast; going B&W would emphasize the curves and patterns.

But that's just me, and I've hardly been around of late, and shooting very little, so maybe I'm not a good person to be weighing in! Take it as you will. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-23-2010, 06:40 AM  
Misc some scanned slides
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 2
Views: 1,425
They look fine at screen resolution, for sure. What scanner are you using? And what sort of settings? I have an el-cheapo flatbed with a slide carrier, but I've never been happy with the results. These look great to me!
Forum: Photo Critique 09-16-2010, 11:50 AM  
Misc Help choose from 2 pairs
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 9
Views: 1,799
#2 and #1 - I find the first city bypass one a bit too contrasty. The distortion of the car in the second gives a sense of motion, surprisingly without drawing my eye out of the frame. I like the glimpse of the chair in the next room in the first foyer version, it looks quite inviting, as opposed to the patio doors in the second, which just invite you to go back out! Also like the tree shadow better in the first, not sure why.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 09-01-2010, 07:51 AM  
The Latest vs My Activity makes no sense to me
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 0
Views: 702
I've been away from the forum for a bit, so maybe I missed something, if so, disregard this. Things have been reorganized, and these new links way up in the upper right make no sense to me. Surely "My Activity" should take me to the threads I've been participating in, while "The Latest" should be all of the recently active threads throughout the forum. But if I want to see activity in the threads I've been following, I click on "The Latest", and if I want to see all the recent threads, I click "My Activity". What gives? Is it just me, or is this backwards?


Edit:
Oooops! Sorry, just realised there were a bunch of new scripts on the site that ScriptBlocker didn't like. I think perhaps I'll find the behaviour makes more sense with them allowed...

Additional edit:
Yup, things work fine now. Whatever yahooapis is, it needs to be allowed...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-29-2010, 11:17 AM  
K1000 durability
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 10
Views: 2,480
I was travelling, and had stuck my K1000 with 50mm lens in a side pocket of my big, heavy pack. Like a moron, I forgot about it and handed my pack to a bus driver. Just as I realised my mistake and turned to get the camera out, he hurled the pack into the luggage compartment under the bus, and I watched as it arced gracefully along and came down directly on that side pocket, all 50 lb or so of pack. "Oh well, so much for that camera," I thought. Not so - once I got the lens cap detached from the filter it was jammed into, it was fine. Heck, even the lens, which obviously took the brunt of the blow, was fine! Haven't used the K1000 much lately, but the lens is fine.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-28-2010, 09:43 AM  
Dedicated to the lovers of bicycles
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 1,590
Views: 162,677
And there's something very confusing about the geometry in your photo. How'd you do that?? The bike is suspended on something, but I don't see how it can be hanging on the fence, given the shadows... or else that's a very odd fence. Clever, however you did it.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 07-28-2010, 09:37 AM  
Question social group unwanted updates
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 4
Views: 683
I guess macro photographers are really chatty... :lol:
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 07-27-2010, 04:52 AM  
Question social group unwanted updates
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 4
Views: 683
Oooh, I get it! There's a difference between joining a group and subscribing to a group. So I can unsubscribe but still belong to the group. Okay, should've been able to figure that out, I'll blame lack of caffeine. Thanks!
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 07-26-2010, 04:51 AM  
Question social group unwanted updates
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 4
Views: 683
Maybe I'm missing something obvious here... but how do I not get updates from a social group that I belong to? Only one group delivers them, and I can't see what's different about it. My inbox is overflowing with updates and I need them to stop! Thanks.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-20-2010, 11:11 AM  
Black & White следы ночных жителей
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 4
Views: 1,595
I hope this wasn't taken recently... ;)

Very nice perspective, and it tells a great story.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-20-2010, 11:07 AM  
Landscape Lighthouse
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 13
Views: 1,714
What a wonderful northern sky. I like that you caught the light flashing. I disagree with Adam (sorry, Adam!), I think it's fine, and rather appropriate that the structure is sort of lost in the gorgeous landscape, only its intense light drawing your eye to it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-19-2010, 11:14 AM  
Nature Strange Insect
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 5
Views: 1,841
Very cool - great shots! It looks like a member of the order Homoptera (or Hemiptera, depending on whose taxonomy you follow), possibly an aphid. They often produce these waxy filaments, apparently for protection against predators. That's an impressive display it's produced! Nicely captured, too.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-19-2010, 10:56 AM  
Macro Best Pollen Restaurant
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 6
Views: 1,200
Yeesh, everybody wants the table by the window!

Nice shot, the colours are marvy.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-16-2010, 11:13 AM  
Thematic Butterflies and Moths
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 335
Views: 46,817
Thanks for the info, I'll check it out - although I am pretty happy with Adobe CS3. Love those swallowtails!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-16-2010, 08:15 AM  
Thematic Butterflies and Moths
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 335
Views: 46,817
I know nothing about FastStone, but all the rest sounds reasonable. I hope bumping the ISO helps! I can't imagine why your images would be so noisy.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-15-2010, 11:45 AM  
Macro Bragging time for Pentax (and me) at a local contest!
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 10
Views: 1,547
Congratulations! I suspect Fingertips didn't make ppg because of the distracting bright white and blue in the background. The butterfly seems rather dully lit by comparison. It also seems a little soft, but that may be due to downsizing. But a lovely butterfly just the same!

On the other hand, I think you could really make something of the first one. Have you considered cropping out all of the oof pot and whatnot on the left? You might also crop out some of the background on the right to get rid of those bright spots. Maybe crop a little on the bottom as well - it's a K20, you've got lots of pixels to work with, right? ;) I think the contrast of bright blue butterfly with the rusted bench is lovely, and the cropping would put the butterfly in the lower left third, balanced by the post in the upper right third. Or I might be full of it... ;)

Technically imperfect or not, the blurred wings are very cool. Well done on all!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-15-2010, 06:06 AM  
Nature Newest Member to My Family!
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 6
Views: 1,485
Good for you, adopting a rescue dog! She looks like a real sweetie, and that's a really charming portrait. Enjoy your new friend!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-15-2010, 05:54 AM  
Macro Red Beetle
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 3
Views: 1,284
Love the pose in the second. You got it bang on - focus, exposure and composition. I'd have chopped off an antenna or something! Great colour contrast between beetle and background, too. Nice work!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-15-2010, 05:46 AM  
Thematic Butterflies and Moths
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 335
Views: 46,817
I'd try higher ISO and avoid underexposing - I think you'd get a lot less noise. It may also have something to do with how you're resizing and/or sharpening your photos. I've occasionally introduced more noise during pp, and had to do things a little differently to avoid it. Are you shooting RAW? That gives you a lot more headroom to correct underexposure.

Julie
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 07-15-2010, 05:30 AM  
Question tabbing from username to password fields on login
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 5
Views: 1,240
Yay, it's fixed! Thank-you!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-14-2010, 12:09 PM  
Thematic Butterflies and Moths
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 335
Views: 46,817
Those look awfully noisy for ISO 400. Were they extremely under-exposed or something? I don't get noise like that on my K100D even at ISO 1600.

Pretty butterflies, though!
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 07-14-2010, 12:01 PM  
Question tabbing from username to password fields on login
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 5
Views: 1,240
Hah! That was my reaction, too - WTF? I messed up my password?? Twice?? Again??? - although I did figure it out quicker than 2 weeks... just. ;)

Thanks for looking into this, Adam.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 07-14-2010, 06:58 AM  
Question tabbing from username to password fields on login
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 5
Views: 1,240
This is probably (a) a stupid question and (b) excessively picky, but... I'm accustomed to clicking in the username box, typing my username, hitting tab, and typing my password. All of a sudden, that doesn't work - tabbing once appears to go to the "remember me" box, and I have to tab twice to get to the password box. I know, I know, so hit tab twice... but I don't get why it changed. I'm typing my username and password every time precisely because I don't want to be remembered... so it's annoying to have to tab past that option. Any chance it can go back to the way it was?

Julie
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-14-2010, 05:14 AM  
Nature Familiar Flower, Different POV
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 4
Views: 1,222
Very pretty! I particularly like the first, you nailed the focus in just the right spot. The overcast has given you nice even light, I think. Too bad about the breeze, but you seem to have frozen any motion just fine. Neat view on a common ditch plant.

Julie
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-12-2010, 11:04 AM  
Nature Any idea what's up with this cardinal?
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 4
Views: 1,093
Another page of info on moulting and feather loss: Lizard-Head (Northern Cardinal With Head Mites)
Your specimen at least has most of its crest!
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