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Forum: The Library Café Jan 1 2013, 10:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,059
Posted By Farclas
Re: What did you get?

All my 'legitimate' presents were alcohol-based (that includes my favourite aftershave!).

The beigey thing in the middle is my present to myself (ahem)...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 1 2013, 10:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,124
Posted By Farclas
Re: Belated Happy Birthday to Hans!

Better late than never - Happy Birthday, Hans.

Slainte!

(oh, and Happy New Year . . .)
Forum: Thematic Photography Feb 3 2012, 07:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,038
Posted By Farclas
Re: #72 - 21 July 2011 - naughty/cheeky

Conduct Contrary To Good Naval Discipline?

Ship's Corporal on gangway duty at Leith Docks. She was also into photography and was intrigued by my Canon 1D and 70-200 lens.

We got talking. I...
Forum: Thematic Photography Mar 9 2011, 07:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,509
Posted By Farclas
Guarded by dragons

A 'close' just below the castle on Edinburgh's Royal Mile -

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b86/hectormac/2A5D0194.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b86/hectormac/2A5D0188.jpg
Forum: Thematic Photography Mar 4 2011, 05:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,082
Posted By Farclas
Re: 60 : 21 February 2011 - Love

Pam - Good capture! Head-on action shots are difficult to convey; the swerve of the other pooch gives context and vitality. Well done!

Steven - Such bliss! Was it a snatch pic, or did you wait...
Forum: Thematic Photography Mar 3 2011, 10:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,082
Posted By Farclas
Re: 60 : 21 February 2011 - Love

Two interpretations:

Here comes the bride!
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b86/hectormac/Love/IMG_1464.jpg

Total love : 18 hours old...
Forum: Thematic Photography May 20 2010, 09:11 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,981
Posted By Farclas
Re: 35: 1 March 2010 - Portrait

Yep, Ginny - Do it as soon as you can! I'm trying to prise my parents' Single Eight Kodachrome movie stuff of the family in the 50s, 60s, and 70s from my sister's cellar, where it is mouldering and...
Forum: Thematic Photography May 20 2010, 11:11 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,981
Posted By Farclas
Re: 35: 1 March 2010 - Portrait

You're so right, Hans. An interesting historical footnote - her brother was killed in the opening weeks of the First World War, so the drab dress is appropriate, featuring a 'mourning' rosette....
Forum: Thematic Photography May 20 2010, 10:35 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,981
Posted By Farclas
Re: 35: 1 March 2010 - Portrait

Yep, dad's nose and ears (gah) and mum's eyes (yay).

So I went searching in my 'photo archive' (i.e. the big box of totally unsorted pictures!) and came across that self-same grannie. Since she...
Forum: Thematic Photography May 20 2010, 07:23 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,981
Posted By Farclas
Re: 35: 1 March 2010 - Portrait

Here's an authentic 'rave from the grave'. You want embarrassing? This is it.

A formal family group from 1949, when I was three. My grannie would insist on knitting scratchy Fair Isle pullovers;...
Forum: Exhibit Hall May 14 2010, 09:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,608
Posted By Farclas
Re: How Star Wars changed the Film Industry, my media research project

Sokar – Here's how an old-fashioned newshound sub-editor would handle this. Feel free to plunder – or ignore.

A thought on style – starting sentences with subordinate clauses slows access to the...
Forum: Exhibit Hall May 13 2010, 08:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,869
Posted By Farclas
Re: The Mighty StevenB

Heh. Those Vikings get everywhere. My surname is Traill, common in Orkney, from whence came my great-grandfather. Originally Trøll.

But I'm not, honest, being both handsome and benign . . . :)
...
Forum: Exhibit Hall May 7 2010, 09:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,126
Posted By Farclas
Re: retouched photo

Nah, the amazingly simple journalist technique:

The bottom line looked vaguely like Indiana, so googled 'senator' & 'indiana'. The clothes looked late-Victorian, which narrowed the search.
...
Forum: Exhibit Hall May 7 2010, 09:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,126
Posted By Farclas
Re: retouched photo

He's Senator Daniel Voorhuis, Indiana, 1877-1897.

Here. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_W._Voorhees)
Forum: Exhibit Hall Apr 24 2010, 06:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,814
Posted By Farclas
Re: Signs of Spring

Yep, some really nice stuff. Well done, A-M!

And so nice to see some vibrant colours after the overwhelming grey of the last six months.
Forum: Thematic Photography Apr 13 2010, 03:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,387
Posted By Farclas
Re: 38: 12 April 2010 - Something Unexpected

Walking down Great Junction Street in Leith, I turn the corner - and there's a ship parked at the end of the street! And, as a bonus, a colour-coordinated truck.
...
Forum: Exhibit Hall Apr 1 2010, 12:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,907
Posted By Farclas
Re: camera question

. . . and so to practicalities. This list is a tad out-dated, but will give you an idea of strengths and weaknesses in the various brands. Just decide what you'll be using the new camera for and...
Forum: Exhibit Hall Apr 1 2010, 09:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,907
Posted By Farclas
Re: camera question

And, just to hammer home the point that it's not the number of pixels that is important; rather the size and quality of those pixels -

- here's my venerable Canon 1D (top row middle, in the chart...
Forum: Exhibit Hall Apr 1 2010, 07:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,907
Posted By Farclas
Re: camera question

P'ter's Pentax will always give better results than a Point and Shoot. Why? Because he has a bigger sensor. :blush:

A brief non-technical tutorial on sensors:

Each pixel on your camera sensor...
Forum: Exhibit Hall Mar 31 2010, 07:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,907
Posted By Farclas
Re: camera question

Two things to remember when buying - good glass and a decent sensor.

The glass is important because that determines the basic quality of your image. Forget superzooms (ie x12 or x 15); the good...
Forum: Thematic Photography Mar 30 2010, 01:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,936
Posted By Farclas
Re: SPECIAL thematic topic: newly born

Douglas - 1302, 12 November 1978, Queen Charlotte's Hospital, Hammersmith. He was born at exactly 1300, and this was two minutes later, still with some blood and goop on his face and hair! He was...
Forum: Astronomy Mar 7 2010, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,568
Posted By Farclas
Re: My first moon picture...

I'm a tad reluctant to post, given Steven's expertise . . . but, for what it's worth . . .

I've found out the hard way that letting the camera determine exposure will result in failure; even with...
Forum: Thematic Photography Mar 6 2010, 12:40 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,981
Posted By Farclas
Re: 35: 1 March 2010 - Portrait

Hans - Thank you for the nudge that's brought me back.
Granddaughter YoYo (Yanthe) instigated a water fight earlier this week:
...
Forum: Photography ConCrit Aug 21 2009, 01:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,443
Posted By Farclas
What can I say? I hate you! Nah, a really...

What can I say? I hate you!

Nah, a really impressive collection of shots - sharp focus, super rich saturation, good composition. And how about that heron? Very co-operative, or long lens, or tight...
Forum: Thematic Photography Aug 17 2009, 03:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,715
Posted By Farclas
Re: 11: 10 August 2009 - energy

Rats! Looks like Draco got there first in the race to create the perpetual lethargy machine. I prostrate myself, as much in emulation as admiration. :D
Forum: Astronomy Aug 12 2009, 12:10 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,284
Posted By Farclas
Re: Get ready to sky-watch on Aug 12!

Twice in three days? Hmmm. Maybe not. I took the heavy zoom; my calves still ache. Your home is somewhere top right (Google Earth says the power station is 7.7 miles distant!)
...
Forum: Astronomy Aug 12 2009, 10:00 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,284
Posted By Farclas
Re: Get ready to sky-watch on Aug 12!

Let's not over-estimate the persistence! It was a sequence of 10 minutes out, followed by 10 minutes with a mug of tea and trash television. A couple of times, the cloud cover was such that it was...
Forum: Astronomy Aug 12 2009, 06:09 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,284
Posted By Farclas
Re: Get ready to sky-watch on Aug 12!

I had no luck. Had the camera on the tripod from 0200 to 0330 as per your hints. :good: Mostly 15" or 30".

But there were few holes in the (high altitude?) haze cloud cover and I captured...
Forum: Thematic Photography Aug 12 2009, 05:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,715
Posted By Farclas
Re: 11: 10 August 2009 - energy

This is a tough one - it's been hard to find images. These two are maybe tenuous, but two sides of the same event?
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b86/hectormac/IMG_8274.jpg
...
Forum: Exhibit Hall Aug 9 2009, 06:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,382
Posted By Farclas
Re: Chocolate Baby

That is one destroyed cake! Looks like fun - and the evidence suggests some at least got to her mouth.
Forum: Astronomy Aug 8 2009, 03:32 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,284
Posted By Farclas
Re: Get ready to sky-watch on Aug 12!

Thanks Steven - I'll give it a try :good:
*wanders off to check three-day forecast*
Forum: Thematic Photography Aug 7 2009, 02:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,411
Posted By Farclas
Re: 10: 4 August 2009 - order

It's part of my son's collection. He's kinda limited - Banks, Rankin, Brautigan, Brookmyre and military history! Errr, that's about it. And I have his Wasp Factory and Dead Air. Because someone...
Forum: Astronomy Aug 7 2009, 04:35 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,284
Posted By Farclas
Re: Get ready to sky-watch on Aug 12!

Thanks, StevenB. Rats! Looks like it'll be too late for the the UK; lucky USA!

By-the-by, any professional tips for capturing the show on camera?
Forum: Thematic Photography Aug 6 2009, 09:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,411
Posted By Farclas
Re: 10: 4 August 2009 - order

I've just returned from a 36-hour babysit in StevenB's Prestonpans. Here are some pictures of the trip that could fit the theme . . .

A certain symmetry?...
Forum: Thematic Photography Aug 3 2009, 07:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,035
Posted By Farclas
Re: 9: 27 July 2009: Something Missing

StevenB - Great picture; great sky!

It's Ruthven barracks, built by the London government to help control the Highlands after the 1715 rebellion. It's just across the Spey from Kingussie:...
Forum: Café Archives Aug 3 2009, 03:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,950
Posted By Farclas
Re: At my Best

You guys do know that, in British English, bats means loony, psycho, crazy? As in: "Her? She's bats!" So, really, no surprise.

The derivative 'batty' is kinder, carrying the meaning of slightly...
Forum: Thematic Photography Aug 1 2009, 12:51 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 14,033
Posted By Farclas
Re: Signup for choosing a weekly theme

Hans - May I suggest "Night Scene" as the theme for September 8?

And maybe "Fences" subsequently?

Cheers :)
Forum: Photography ConCrit Jul 30 2009, 10:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,177
Posted By Farclas
Re: Hans 6 - Circus photographs

Oops! Looks like your custom functions differ from mine. But you have the Canon 1000D, right? The Canon site for the camera does specify that it has Second Curtain Sync (which is the formal name).
...
Forum: Thematic Photography Jul 30 2009, 09:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,027
Posted By Farclas
Re: 7: 13 July 2009 - power of nature

Locust? I had to go searching. I had an image of a simply IMMENSE insect! :D :blush:

Let's see the pictures; I suspect 24mm will be your friend!
Forum: Photography ConCrit Jul 30 2009, 06:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,177
Posted By Farclas
Re: Hans 6 - Circus photographs

Regarding the frozen action on the horse pic - that's where Shutter Priority comes into it's own when using flash. Here's a 'failure' pic taken at grandaughter Yanthe's second birthday party. The...
Forum: Photography ConCrit Jul 29 2009, 12:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,240
Posted By Farclas
Re: Street candids in Edinburgh

Silverman seemed quite sombre and contemplative, but when he gave me a wordless acknowledgement there was a beaming grin which quite lit up his face. I was too slow to catch that.

With regard to...
Forum: Photography ConCrit Jul 29 2009, 06:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,211
Posted By Farclas
Re: Miscellany

I think you're right - the problem with the fleabane is the cropping. There is simply too much going on in the shot. I learned cropping as a newspaper designer; the rule was brutal - if it doesn't...
Forum: Photography ConCrit Jul 29 2009, 04:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,177
Posted By Farclas
Re: Hans 6 - Circus photographs

Hans - Your fire-eater shots are simply great! Flame is always hard to capture. You've got the detail there, while still giving enough light to illuminate the subject. I notice you're on shutter...
Forum: Photography ConCrit Jul 29 2009, 04:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,240
Posted By Farclas
Re: Street candids in Edinburgh

Hans - Yep, I zoomed in but couldn't determine what the shiny thing was!

As an aside (and obliquely addressing Hans' point above) - I have done nothing more with the balloon girl and grumpy woman...
Forum: Thematic Photography Jul 28 2009, 08:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,035
Posted By Farclas
Re: 9: 27 July 2009: Something Missing

Testosterone?

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b86/hectormac/FrenchGilly.jpg

Testing the power of my flash at the King James Hospital in Perth late on an November evening. It was only much...
Forum: Photography ConCrit Jul 28 2009, 05:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,240
Posted By Farclas
Re: Street candids in Edinburgh

As with the other two images, the crop of Silverman was aimed to show the quality available in modern digital even if you crop to a ridiculously tight degree, using just a tiny part of the original....
Forum: Photography ConCrit Jul 26 2009, 03:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,240
Posted By Farclas
Street candids in Edinburgh

I think we sometimes forget just how far digital photography has come in the last 10 years. I was a sceptic and a late convert, moving from film less than two years ago. Now, I'm sold.

Here are...
Forum: Photography ConCrit Jul 25 2009, 06:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,177
Posted By Farclas
Re: Hans 6 - Circus photographs

I'll second that, Hans.

I've had four Mac desktops since 1995 and one laptop; my only failure was the hard drive on a 1999 graphite iMac.

And, of course, I had no back-up.

Lesson leaned -...
Forum: Craft Techniques and Processes Jul 24 2009, 07:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,670
Posted By Farclas
Re: Upgrading Adobe Elements

And if Elements is just not enough, let's not forget there's a FREE version of Photoshop called GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). It was originally written for Linux, but there are versions for...
Forum: Thematic Photography Jul 23 2009, 08:50 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 14,033
Posted By Farclas
Re: Signup for choosing a weekly theme

May I join the list, please?
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