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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 19 Hours Ago  
Post your self portrait
Posted By savoche
Replies: 690
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I take it she succeeded in learning English :D

Nice story - and I'd still say you have a future together.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 22 Hours Ago  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By savoche
Replies: 29,430
Views: 1,317,216
I spy flowing water.

This is actually near the source of the same river as was in my previous picture (which was just before its mounth).

Akerselva by -savoche-, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 22 Hours Ago  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By savoche
Replies: 29,430
Views: 1,317,216
Well, this northern city's name does start with an O, but you're still about 5,600 km off :D
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 22 Hours Ago  
Post your self portrait
Posted By savoche
Replies: 690
Views: 86,579
:lol:

I think you two have a future together ;)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 22 Hours Ago  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By savoche
Replies: 29,430
Views: 1,317,216
I spy a pole and wire.

Under the bridge by -savoche-, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 1 Day Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By savoche
Replies: 60,835
Views: 2,080,185
Well, yes, except it can be very, very hard to pick the direction when you hear those pipes out in the open. I once walked for a couple of kilometres without hearing much difference in the volume. Turned out I was walking toward the source of the sound :( :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 1 Day Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By savoche
Replies: 60,835
Views: 2,080,185
Turkish and Greek for much the same thing; döner, γύρος. The Greek word is often transcribed as gyros for some reason. Yiros would make more sense.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By savoche
Replies: 29,430
Views: 1,317,216
I spy something twisted.

Balancing by -savoche-, on Flickr
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 1 Day Ago  
What cataloguing software to use
Posted By savoche
Replies: 7
Views: 374
For the Exif part, have a look at exif-tools. A very powerful tool, perfect for batch jobs and scripting.

ExifTool Command-Line Examples

I think there is a gui front-end out there as well, but have never looked at it.
Forum: Pentax K-3 1 Day Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By savoche
Replies: 60,835
Views: 2,080,185
No, I think the closest might be the Attack of the Mutant Camels back in the 80ies! Of course, that was the other way around, destroying the poor beasts.

And it was really, really bad :D
















You Tube



Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By savoche
Replies: 60,835
Views: 2,080,185
There's a whole series of these on Steam:

Goat Simulator: GOATY on Steam

Not sure how to link this promo video properly...
https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steam/apps/2039092/movie480.webm
Forum: Post Your Photos! 2 Days Ago  
Travel Come with me and enjoy wildlife,landscapes and some cities of South Africa
Posted By savoche
Replies: 85
Views: 5,097
Very nice! I still haven't been to this part of South Africa. It's on the list, though!
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
"Bokeh function" chuckles
Posted By savoche
Replies: 27
Views: 762
Field is dead? :(
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By savoche
Replies: 60,835
Views: 2,080,185
So is this guy.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Street Photography (No, Not THAT Street Photography) - Share Your Shots of the Roads
Posted By savoche
Replies: 2,343
Views: 135,722
There were quite a lot of them, but not that many. At the time we were there they were probably gathering for the annual migration to Masai Mara.

The northern part of Serengeti is well worth a visit. Wonderful landscapes, lots of wildlife - and not at all many visitors due to the remoteness.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Street Photography (No, Not THAT Street Photography) - Share Your Shots of the Roads
Posted By savoche
Replies: 2,343
Views: 135,722
Trying to emulate a drone's view of the street below with the Theta S.

Looking down by -savoche-, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By savoche
Replies: 60,835
Views: 2,080,185
Oh, and to get back on track - or almost:

Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By savoche
Replies: 60,835
Views: 2,080,185
The joys of misquoting :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By savoche
Replies: 60,835
Views: 2,080,185
I don't believe you.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Game Daily in December 2018 - discussion thread
Posted By savoche
Replies: 46
Views: 1,033
Got some shots around lunchtime today :)

And if any of you Theta shooters need to reorient your image after shooting to get a sane "home position" and straight horizon on your panos, I found a nice recipe using the free software Hugin - Panorama photo stitcher

how to save pics ˇ Everything About RICOH THETA ˇ Forums | RICOH THETA Developers
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #279 - Winter Fog
Posted By savoche
Replies: 24
Views: 699
I had some good laughs going through the contributions to PPC279! Wonderful to see so many entries. But also very hard to make a pick!

Just about the only thing I don't like with the Pentax-A 20/2.8 is that it has a fall-off towards the edges on both sides, quite visible in shots like this one. Especially so since it also influences the white balance slightly. In this image I also find it hard to balance between bringing out some detail while still keeping the fog foggy.

Umm, and I guess my sensor wasn't too clean :o



dms
The warming up of the colours fixes the blue tint from my underexposure and also gives a slightly vintage feel, I think. I do like the crop in the second one, bringing more attention to some of the details. The smaller snow-covered twigs do deserve a closer look.

Glenn5995 1st entry
Made me smile - actually quite a nice Christmas card! And even without the text and borders, cropping off the edges does solve the slightly problematic underexposure of the edges. Also good detail without making the shadows too harsh.

todd
Monochrome efficiently fixes the colourcast, and in the first and third I also think the edges are quite good. I prefer the detail in the second one, though, even having some structure in the snow on the ground. The tighter crop makes the fall-off look more like a traditional vignette here.

aaacb
Nice crop! The March of the Ents of the North - Lord of the Rings meets Game of Thrones :) I like the resulting "wedge" of trees.

Glenn5995 2nd entry
:lol: When going over the top, go way over! I actually think you've managed to single out the tall tree very nicely with the rays of the flaring star - even without the decoration. Good fun!

tuggie76
Another one drawing a good laugh. I imagine this one involved some masking, and well done. It's a technique I have little experience with.

D1N0
Also efficiently doing away with the colour cast with b&w. Very good detail, especially in the snow on the ground. Cropping off the less interesting stuff on the sides works well.

Fauxton
Using the uneven exposure to turn day into night (or at least Northern afternoon) - clever! Makes it look like it's mid December rather than end of January, but I like the effect. The second one has more of a (late) blue hour feel.

Glenn5995 3rd entry
Starry, starry nights.... Hah, that's some transformation. Well masked and de-fogged. I think the blue tones match the starlight well, too. I do suspect that this part of the night sky might not be visible this far north, though :) As with your other edits, moving the tall tree off-centre works well.

noelcmn
That fixed the colour differences across the frame! This comes straight out of a fairytale, with that otherwordly glow. I also think it looks like all the trees are moving towards the brighter centre.

atupdate
:lol: Too bad you couldn't find a skiing Godzilla - but this one works, too. Those photo bombing downhill skiers...! Very nice contrast and detail, too, Also a better placement of the tall tree than in my original frame.

obsolescence
Wonderful creative twist! I think the reflection is very well and convincingly made. Less emphasis on fine detail brings forward the shape of the thicket as a while.

ffking
Looks good without technical wizz-bangs :) Good contrast and detail, and realistic "wintery" lighting. Again, I like seeing some shape in the snow on the ground, something I find hard to do and keep things looking real.

jcomley
More brightness and contrast in the centre brings forward the tall tree and creates some nice depth in the image. The brighter light makes it look like the sun is just about to break through the fog.



I'll pick @Glenn5995 for the next round. I really like the processing and cropping of that first entry. The frame and text fits the season well, too :)

Runner-ups are D1N0 and dms' second tight crop.

Thanks a lot to all the participants! Great to see so much creativity and different ideas unfold from a few trees in snow and fog.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #279 - Winter Fog
Posted By savoche
Replies: 24
Views: 699
PPC279 is now closed for further entries. I will get back with a decision later tonight.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Game Daily in December 2018 - discussion thread
Posted By savoche
Replies: 46
Views: 1,033
Thanks for the suggestion, and, yes, I like playing with long exposures and such, but even if the camera gear is functioning quite happily in low temperatures, I am not...! Oh, and I have discovered that the Theta battery drains rather quickly in cold weather. I need to start carrying a powerbank to get much use of it this time of year.
Forum: Pentax K-3 3 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By savoche
Replies: 60,835
Views: 2,080,185
It doesn't become you, Charlie.

Sorry :D
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Game Daily in December 2018 - discussion thread
Posted By savoche
Replies: 46
Views: 1,033
Hah, hadn't seen this one before - a slight editing by Ben, the "Life in 360" guy:

How u feel taking a Theta pic in public! by LIFE in 360, on Flickr
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