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#46134 Manfrotto Founder Lino Manfrotto Dies at 80

Posted by Thumper on 10 February 2017 - 11:11 AM







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#46027 Song Title Game

Posted by Thumper on 07 February 2017 - 08:43 PM

Here We Are Again


Bruce Hornsby


Tainted Love


Soft Cell


Continuing Thumper's dive into the 80s...heh--all your recent songs have been like flashbacks to junior high.

I graduated high school in 1987, so this is flashbacks for me also.  :D

#45770 Song Title Game

Posted by Thumper on 01 February 2017 - 08:16 AM

All I Need Is A Miracle


Mike + The Mechanics


(My turn for '80's schmaltz).

#45522 Song Title Game

Posted by Thumper on 27 January 2017 - 10:32 AM

Only Happy When It Rains







When Two Worlds Collide




I wonder how many songs there are with that title? This one is written by the Gibb brothers for her album "Runaway"


I just did a quick Google search to see how many, and it looks like quite a few different artists have recorded songs with title.   :lol:   (I didn't get past the first page, and there were at least 7). 

#45474 New Nikon User - Camera Model D750 - Tutorial questions

Posted by Thumper on 26 January 2017 - 09:02 AM

1. Are you in AF-S mode?  It won't work (beep) if you are in AF-C mode.  


2. When you say "Manual" mode, you are referring to the setting that puts the "M" in upper left hand corner of the display on top of the camera, the one that allows you to set the aperture, shutter speed, etc. yourself.  There is a focus mode switch on the lens that allows you to switch between the modes on the lens, but there is also a setting on the camera that actually controls the camera's operation.  (Not meaning to insult your intelligence, I am just trying to be comprehensive in my answer without knowing how familiar you are with your new camera).  But if the "M" is in the upper left hand corner of the display on top of the camera, it should not be behaving in the manner that you describe (unless there is some other setting somewhere that I am unaware of that will override your manual settings.  And that is entirely possible that I am unaware of such a setting possibility). 


Are you running the latest firmware version? If not, I'd recommend downloading the latest version and installing it, then see if the setting issues persist.  

#45468 Song Title Game

Posted by Thumper on 26 January 2017 - 06:27 AM

Ain't Wasting Time No More

The Allman Brothers Band
(RIP Butch Trucks)

#45452 Cracked Lens

Posted by Thumper on 25 January 2017 - 04:14 PM

That's a pretty nasty crack.  I'd be concerned with light leakage or some other problem that surfaces due to that crack (or some yet unseen damage internally caused by whatever caused the crack).  There are also some marks around where the crack is that looks like some kind of wear or damage like it was dropped on asphalt.   I'd skip that one and look for something different.  $500 may be a good price for that model of lens, but $500 is still a lot of money to me, and there's no way I'd throw $500 at a lens that has a crack like that in it.  Better to be safe than sorry.   

#45412 My site

Posted by Thumper on 24 January 2017 - 08:58 AM

Very nice.   Very classy photos.  I like your portfolio.  

#45411 Here are some of mine...

Posted by Thumper on 24 January 2017 - 08:57 AM

Very interesting photos.  Very unusual feel to them, and I really like that.  

#45376 what best image photo sharing site that does not cost a lot

Posted by Thumper on 23 January 2017 - 07:59 AM

I use Smugmug as well. I actually learned about it from a mutual friend that Thumper and I have. It's great. You have full control of everything, no ads or dross, good quality, fast uploading times, and it's not expensive at all for a basic account.

I learned about Smugmug from Randy also.   (I have actually learned a lot about photography from Randy).  

#45360 what best image photo sharing site that does not cost a lot

Posted by Thumper on 22 January 2017 - 03:56 PM

I use Smugmug.   I like that you can personalize your subdomain with Smugmug.   I also manage my galleries, albums, permissions/access, watermarks, etc from there.  

#45200 police just stopped me? need help

Posted by Thumper on 19 January 2017 - 12:50 PM

He can't force you to delete your photos.  All he can tell you to do is leave. 


I had an incident a couple of years ago where I was approached.  My brother-in-law was in the hospital, and during his stay there (which was lengthy), I went outside to take some photographs of the snowy landscape.  I snapped several photographs, and then I was approached by 2 private security officers who were contracted to provide security for the hospital.  One of them told me that I was on private property and that I would have to stop taking photographs.  No problem.   They also said that the reason for this was because the hospital had a PR dept that didn't want images of the hospital distributed or published.  I totally understood, and I agreed.  I had not taken any picture of the structures, only the trees and some of the landscape around the hospital (that didn't include any of the structures or hospital property).  Then the officer told me that I would have to delete the photos.  I told him that I didn't have to, and he couldn't compel me to do so.  I told him that I would be happy to take my camera home and that I wouldn't bring it back. He told me that he was going to confiscate my camera.  I told him that he wasn't going to confiscate my camera and that any attempt to do so would constitute assault on his part, and that I would respond accordingly. (Had he have been a commissioned police officer, my response would have been a little different, and a different conversation would have taken place at that point).   After he sat there for a moment, he said that I needed to take my camera home or secure it in my vehicle until I returned home.  I asked him if I was then barred from being on the property, and he said that I was welcome on the property so long as I didn't bring my camera back.  I told him that was not a problem, and we parted ways peacefully.  (He did have the right to ask me not to come back on the property, but he afforded me the opportunity to return with the condition that I didn't bring my camera back).   It ended peacefully, but the rest of the security staff gave me crappy looks for the rest of the time that I was there during my brother-in-law's stay.  


I knew my rights, and I refused to be bullied by a security officer who didn't and just thought that he could force me to do whatever he wanted. And while I was only dealing with private security, your rights still apply when dealing with commissioned police officers.  Go through the link that Peter provided and read it.  Bookmark it.  Refer to it before you go out on a photo walk or before you go somewhere to shoot.  It has good advice for how to deal with situations where you are approached by someone regarding you taking photographs in particular locations and situations. 

#45143 Sinaai, along the Stekene Canal

Posted by Thumper on 17 January 2017 - 03:01 PM

Ah, this was the set that I was waiting for.  You do not disappoint, Bart.  Another great set of some beautiful countryside.  Thanks for sharing!

#45138 Editing exercise, week ending Jan. 22 2017

Posted by Thumper on 17 January 2017 - 01:47 PM

LOL!!   I am such a moron.   Well, then at least I got it done before the deadline.   



I can't stop laughing.  I'm not sure what exactly I thought that I read, but it sure wasn't this week.   :lol:

#45134 Editing exercise, week ending Jan. 22 2017

Posted by Thumper on 17 January 2017 - 12:35 PM

I missed this one, but I am submitting anyway.


Here is the file as taken:



I loaded it into Lightroom to do my initial edits.


I increased the blue channel to bring out a little more in the sky as well as some of the other colors.


I reduced the red channel as boosting the blue channel started moving the reds to being blown out, but I wanted to retain the other blue channel effects.


I nudged the exposure down a bit to bring out the color and contrast in the clouds.  (The sky was really nice in that shot, but it was hidden).


I nudged up the contrast just a bit to bring out some more of the details in the red fabrics.


I turned the highlights down and reduced the shadows to kind of even out some of the details, especially in the people.


I turned down the whites to reduce some of the brighter areas peeking through the clouds.  I also increased the blacks to compensate for removing so much of the shadows and restore a bit of the details (again, in the red fabrics and also the faces of the people).


Then I cropped it.  I chose this particular crop to remove the gents standing awkwardly and conspicuously in the back of the shot.  They just didn't belong. I also went with this crop as it was an even group that didn't have me cutting through the middle of anyone, leaving an awkward image.  The grass was really interesting with the flowers, and I wanted to include some of that while still capturing a bit of that sky.  It put the people in the middle of the shot, which I normally try to avoid, but it turned out okay, at least in my opinion.


Here is my result: