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Forum: Contest Voting 5 Days Ago  
Sticky: Poll: Theme VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #144 Poll (Movement at Night - August 2018)
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 60
Views: 2,548
I chose # because.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 5 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge #432 - On the road
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 36
Views: 1,458
You can do it either way.
Forum: Visitors' Center 6 Days Ago  
You Screwed up my login
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 10
Views: 686
He must really struggle in everyday life.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-15-2018, 08:55 AM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 923
Views: 462,399
Forest Lawn, Glendale.

William Andrew Loomis was an illustrator, author, and art instructor. His commercial work was featured prominently in advertising and magazines; however, Loomis is best known as author of a series of instructional art books printed throughout the 20th century. Loomis' realistic style has continued to influence popular artists.


Freeman Lusk was an actor, usually playing judges and military officers, mostly uncredited, and appeared in When Worlds Collide (1951), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), and The War of the Worlds (1953). TV included Highway Patrol, Perry Mason, and My Three Sons. Retired from the Navy as a commander after 20-plus years. He hosted TV's Freedom Forum in the 1950s.


Hugh O'Brian was an actor and humanitarian. He is best known for starring in TV's The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961) and Search (1972–1973). Films include Ten Little Indians (1965), and The Shootist (1976). After meeting Albert Schweitzer, O'Brian created the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation for high school scholars which has sponsored over 400,000 students since 1958. In his first play, his last name Krampe was misspelled on the program as Krape. He changed it to his mother's family name O'Brien, which also was misspelled, but he decided to keep it. His only marriage was in 2006 at the age of 81. He is on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in the Western Performers Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-10-2018, 09:44 PM  
Still Life CANStruction sculptures
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Hopefully they would have a hard time checking out.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-09-2018, 09:27 PM  
Still Life CANStruction sculptures
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 6
Views: 214
It must take a bit of planning :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-09-2018, 07:45 AM  
Still Life CANStruction sculptures
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 6
Views: 214










Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-09-2018, 07:41 AM  
Still Life CANStruction sculptures
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Here's a handful from a few years ago.








Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-08-2018, 03:18 PM  
Thematic Trees
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 2,975
Views: 155,575
Can't believe this thread is over 5 years old, with so many posts. Yay!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-08-2018, 03:03 PM  
Still Life CANStruction sculptures
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Annual thing at South Coast Plaza. At the end of the month all the canned food will be donated.

Hunger Is No Game.


Millenium FalCAN Hunger Can't be Solved Solo.






Candy For A Cause.




We CAN Make An Incredible Difference!


We CAN Wave Off Hunger.


Ganesha.




There Is Hope In The Dark Side.




Banishing Hunger To Infinity and Beyond!




Using karate to impress the ladies.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-07-2018, 11:55 PM  
Weekly Challenge #432 - On the road
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 36
Views: 1,458
The welcoming committee from the Snow Cap cafe in Seligman AZ.
Forum: General Talk 09-07-2018, 10:04 PM  
Playing Elton John songs
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 21
Views: 697
Just a little update…

I have been tootling around with the piano – both trying to follow the Youtube tutorials, and having some fun trying the easier parts of a few songs.

Lesson 1 was basically identifying keys on the keyboard, and playing them with various fingers.
Lesson 2 is identifying notes on the treble clef, and playing specific notes with specific fingers, and working on dexterity for scales. I’m getting OK with that, but Part 2 is two notes at a time – and this is where I’m bogged down.

I have been looking at sheet music (I settled on Musicnotes.com) and I am able to print the first page as a sample. Of course, songs are several pages, so it is like reading the first 3 sentences of a book.

They have “easy” versions which are just notes, but no chords. So, I have the first page of about 10 songs, but I also bought the “full” version of Adagio for Strings (was in the movie Platoon), and Funeral For a Friend because if I can eventually play any song, this is it.

I was also messing around with the opening left-hand chords of Watcher of the Skies (it’s just thumb and pinkie), and although I can get the position (mostly) of a few righthand chords I can only transition between a few of them.

Now these Elton John songs are mostly “adaptations” and are not note-for-note transcriptions. Some of it is not even recognizable. They are likely in the wrong key, etc. I am working though Funeral For a Friend and making “corrections” so it sounds more like the real thing, even if about an octave too high. It gets a bit messy with wite-out, especially if I goof it.

So, I looked for some free sheet music notation software and briefly tried Muse, which I did not like because it was too particular about note duration and kept inserting rests which made everything hard to read and cluttered everything up. Edit seemed difficult.

Tonight, I tried Crescendo, which is exactly what I wanted. Easy to place (and move) notes, and very clean depending how complex you want to be (I just want a string of notes for now). I entered all the recognizable parts of FFAF, so I can get rid of the wite-out :-) And it plays from the starting point of your choosing, so I can listen to make sure it sounds right.

I think all the messing around with the sheet music has helped with identifying the staff position of notes, but I need to practice more technique and get coordinated. I don’t know how long it will take. I hope I am better at it than at typing…
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-07-2018, 04:17 PM  
Weekly Challenge #431 - "Why?"
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 20
Views: 941
All the entries are nice shots.

aaacb - I assume, and hope, this is an actor or performer, and not a fashion statement.

ramseybuckeye - that does make you wonder. It is a bit large for digging a grave or two.

Mark Ransom - the rules actually encourage an explanation (which I think is optional), and this one told some info you would not know by looking. I agree in reference to a joke, though.

RGlasel - I've never seen this sign before, so I googled it up.

Hattifnatt - I hope this is a recycling area in progress, and not someone's dumping ground.

noelcmn - Without being there, it is hard to tell if his pose was a fleeting thing, or he was lost in thought.

atupdate - a nice twist, though perhaps slightly away from the theme. I appreciate the humor.

JNic66 - Even if not lost in the woods, one might wonder about the specific design and what it meant to the owner.

Vaskeborn - a bit off-theme, but your caption makes it humorous.

Bruce Clark - I am unsure if you already cloned the obstacles from the building, or if they are the sticks in the water.

sundown060 - the slogans are appropriate for a marathon runner, but I bet the author had other motivation.

charliezap - a nice colorful shot of a humorous concept. I like the garnish.

3rd place goes to Jnic66. The image poses an unanswerable "why?".

2nd place goes to Ramseybuckeye and his defunct grave digger. There must be some scrap value, so indeed, "why?".

The this week's winner, and next weeks's host, is @RGlasel and his unassumed road.


Thanks for playing!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-07-2018, 06:39 AM  
Weekly Challenge #431 - "Why?"
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 20
Views: 941
OK, it's closed. I'll post the winner tonight.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-06-2018, 06:22 PM  
Weekly Challenge #431 - "Why?"
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 20
Views: 941
We are down to the last few hours.
Forum: General Photography 09-05-2018, 09:32 PM  
need watermark app for free
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 6
Views: 460
Lots of good utilities in FS, and free (but you can donate).
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-05-2018, 08:26 PM  
Weekly Challenge #431 - "Why?"
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 20
Views: 941
Another 24 hours or so.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-05-2018, 06:47 AM  
Caption Contest September 5 to 12
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 11
Views: 525
You on the right - you're dipping!
Forum: Photo Critique 09-04-2018, 06:14 PM  
Travel Liberty
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Somewhere around here about 2 years ago was a member's resolution chart (shaded red/yellow/green) for most Limiteds which put the sweet spot at f5.6. This makes sense as the old rule was 2 stops down. Per the chart, the DA55 (I think it was) was horrible near wide open.

I agree the OP is a bit underexposed.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-04-2018, 06:06 PM  
Correcting a shot that isn't level.
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 18
Views: 837
I always thought there was something wrong with my camera - it turned out to be me as I list to the right - so I have a lot of experience with leveling the shot :-(

As a start, I make the center of the image vertical. Then, if the buildings or posts or whatever on the side are too distracting, I will correct the perspective to get the sides more vertical. I almost never remove all tilt as the eye usually expects some tilt and will over-correct it the other way.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-03-2018, 01:56 PM  
Thematic Buildings past their best
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 67
Views: 1,225
Kramer Junction CA.


Two in Atolia Ca.


Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-03-2018, 11:41 AM  
Thematic Buildings past their best
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 67
Views: 1,225
Twin Arrows cafe, AZ.





Two Guns AZ




Used to have a zoo.


Winslow AZ.


Holbrook AZ.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-03-2018, 11:36 AM  
Thematic Buildings past their best
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 67
Views: 1,225
Amboy, CA airport.


Three in Peach Springs AZ.






Bellemont AZ gas station had a scene in Easy Rider movie.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-03-2018, 10:07 AM  
Thematic Buildings past their best
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 67
Views: 1,225
That is exactly what happened. Crossing 11 states from Chicago to Los Angeles, "66" was wiped out by the new freeway system which relegated these establishments to side-road status.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-03-2018, 08:37 AM  
Thematic Buildings past their best
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 67
Views: 1,225
Along historic "Route 66" in California.

Kenwood exit.


Victorville.


Oro Grande.


Oro Grande.


Potopov's garage was bulldozed a few years ago.


Watson's Richfield.


Do Drop Inn near Barstow.


Barstow.


Daggett.


Daggett.


Daggett.


Newberry Springs.


Newberry Springs.


Ludlow.


Road Runner restaurant.


Needles.


Needles.


East of Oatman. AZ.
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