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Sutton Warrior

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  1. I agree, grate picture, putt's me in mind of the stuffed finches my auntie used to have in here living room, wow that though has bought back memories . . . . . . very happy memories, my Auntie Alice and Uncle Cyrl . . . Sadly, long departed . . . Janet, you had some luck with the local 'Lions'? . . . . . . . . . . Dandy-lions . . . well, I thought it was funny? SW
  2. Pretty well DelJ, although I use the crop tool, and drag the box to the approximate size, then move the sides independently and move the box around in its entirety by click, hold and drag the crossed circle in the centre. The rest is as you describe. A point I had not appreciated until the past couple of weeks, I do any sharpening after size reduction to 800ppi, view actual pixels, I also have taken to using the 'sharpen facility' rather than 'unsharp'. Gives me a much better job and appreciation of the final picture to view. Personal preference maybe? SW
  3. Spot on Janet as I see it, thats the advise and the action one tries to work on, but not always possible. As low an ISO as practical, and as close as possible. SW
  4. My simplistic understanding Janet, digital noise is the equivalent of film grain, created by fast films. Seen commonly at hi ISO (400 and up wards on some cameras) settings on digital cameras, as you zoom in, and by copping and blowing up the crop, even well controlled grain is bound to be come visible as any picture or part of said picture is blown up. At a personal level, I dont worry about it, it does not seem to show badly on my screen. I have no idea what type of screen Mick uses, but one suspects the 25" megabucks pro screens show it. Drag and drop the daisy pic., from here into a
  5. Roy, I have trouble visualising crops as well, so, when I am viewing pictures for the fist time via windows in the sessions folder, click on the thumb nail, fills the screen, roll the mouse wheel and you can zoom in on the picture. Move it around with the side and bottom bars. Its not as good as the crop/zoom in PhotoShop, but gives me my first incling of, can I save a snapshot, or lightly crop to produce better framing! I keep a pad beside me and make quick notes of frame number and a point to zoom onto in PhotoShop. SW
  6. Tight heavy cropping does create problems, but can be an inspiration on how to take a similar shot next time? The pictures created by this heavy cropping by me are generally for my own use and pleasure. I find the 800ppi size does not show noise to much on my screen? In fact, I can accept a certain amount of noise as pare for the course, in the same way as 'grain on film', or 'frying eggs' back ground noise on a well produced vinyl record, anyone remember them . . . 12" diameter flat, black discs with a quarter inch hole in the middle . . . The debate will be a long time dying, as will t
  7. Its another one of those 'shoot from the hip' shots. On my way out one evening to walk the dog down the marina, rounded a bend in the lane and this drift of stark bright yellow, green and white hit me in the evening light. Got in among them 'down and dirty'. This was the shot I found on the computer, zoom in, zip around, in a bit more, out a tad, there it was, the original is uninteresting to say the least. SW
  8. Janet, you dont have to know much . . . only what tickles your fancy. I have tied your sugestion on two seperate full size 300ppi . . . for me the impact of the lonly daisey is lost. However, here you go, thats what this thread is all about, is this what you were thinking of? Janets 'Daisey', its hard to keep to the rule of 3rds at this amount of crop . . . SW
  9. I'm hoping someone is going to come in and tell me what I'm doing wrong . . . This is all very much learn as you go! Good fun though ah 'DelJ' SW
  10. Dug back to July 2008 found this one: 1 A particular favourite of mine, 'Daisey' this is a new crop and re adjust the colour. 1a The original 800pix Daisey. SW
  11. Had all day mulling over, the Sunrise file I recently found as mentioned in my previous post. Then I thought a lot of water has gone under my personal bride since December . . . and even more water over the years I have been a member of AN, first the Sea Angling site and then the extra interest with AN Photography. A lot has been learned, what to do . . . and what not to do I'm not a one to go mad on twiddling around with pictures, however I do like my cropping. Many a time I've found a picture within a 'snap-shot' by zooming in moving the box around, bingo! Would it work on the S
  12. Thanks Mick, I happened to be in the right place, at the right time on 'the right day', all day. I am also please with them because the ISO was jacked up to 1600!!! and D80's are not at their best with such high numbers, so they say. The noise is there but it seems to work with the pictures, no intruding? SW
  13. Its a tough life being a dog in a good home . . . Oliver, asleep Get that camera out of my face, I want to sleep . . . please SW
  14. Janet, it was one of those sessions, it did not matter where you pointed the camera there was a shot Early morning, frost on the ground, I slipped down slopes, preferring to nearly break my neck rather than the camera, the sun was up and gone in 30 minutes, I took a total of about 40 pictures I think? I pass this location every time I go to the boat, it often presents opportunities, but this day was spectacular. . . seem to remember we had some good cod as well . . . then to come home and have another session in the sunset, pictures 1 and 4 are from the sunset session. SW
  15. Looking through the external computer files last night, and came across a folder I did not recognise, 'Sunrise', open it . . . a eureka moment In December I took a sequence of Sunrise/Sunset pictures on the same day, with a cod fishing trip punctuating the time in between. I posted some on here and one 'Bird Roost' won that months competition. The pictures also marked a point in time, a personal milestone, get away from 'snapshots' and do some serious photography. Which I have pursued, how successfully??? however, shortly after, I changed my Computer, saving all my old file to an exte
  16. How about a bit of stream lining on the heading, giving it own space and actually calling it what is on the top of the competition page when you get there: "AN Photographic Competition" and ad the date 'for April 09' At the moment its 'Photo of the month', any one new or just browsing would have no idea? I'm thinking that selling the fact that there is a competition on the go, month by month, might just help to inspire some one, it seems even 'old hands have had trouble finding it recently'? Its so frustrating going into a shop, cant find what you are looking for, because its poo
  17. Dont forget Janet, Adobies price and the same thing, but not in a box via Amazon, should considerable saving? SW
  18. Small bite sizes Janet . . . Don't choke on it!!! As for some of the top pictures?? you are probably right, in my humble opinion, its 'computer artistry' using 'parts of photographs' as raw materials? I had someone say to me a little while ago; " any idiot can prodce a picture out of a computer, it takes photographic skill, and an eye to do it in the field with a camera" . . . A good photographers eye using basic skills will be my pleasure, one day . . . ? Thats not to say the computer artist is inferior, far from it . . . but it is different, is it photography . . . ??? SW
  19. Stick with it Janet, it has some much to offer compared with the freebies. You wont do it in a day gal!!! this is not 'Bert Weedon's' Play in a Day, you know. . . Manufactures, please take note, Janet needs a middle of the road, hold the hand program, that sits between simple course control freebies and the 'entry level quality of Elements' . . . ! That also does the washing, ironing and vacuming, while she sits at the computer . . . . . . There used to be one called 'Photo Delux', an Adobe product, 'held the hand', offered 'how to' suggestions, took a long time to complete a ta
  20. Medwaygreens advise is good Janet, overall, probably all you need to understand. Personally I find the 'White balance' a bit of a red herring with JPG files, (you are using JPG) I believe? it is more relevant to RAW files . . . you dont want to know! Levels is, the power tool you need . . . to find:- . . . top tool bar, mouse over 'Enhance', pop up menu, mouse over 'Adjust Lighting' . . . there it is! Shadow, Brightness and Levels. Click on 'Levels', there is an 'about' button, top right. Remember I said, I 'move/slide' and 'click on' . . . and see what happens . . . you are into
  21. Janet, 'cling film' dont help, wrap it as many times as you like, its not going to work . . . You down loaded that program yet??? . . . SW
  22. Sutton Warrior


    Yep, its there, 'What a view' . . . ? This link will take you to the thumbnails, click on the pic to view, shift left or right to view the next pic by using the arrows in the top right corner of the picture you are viewing, back to thumbnails by clicking on the little square on the left hand side on the viewing pic. http://www.photocumbria.com/gall/thumbnail...at=0&page=1 SW
  23. Superb medwaygreen, the whit is so white, sharp and with detail. SW
  24. I will confirm, I used Elements 4, for a long time and got on very well with it. E'v.5 crashed my computer!!! missed out v6, and now use v7, the change was driven by my wish to try faffing around with RAW . . . for me, RAW has proved a wast of 'time', I'm happy as I am/was So, Elements v.4 was a nice simple program, 'to me', did all I want, E'v.7, thats been OK, took a bit of getting my head around. Not that its complicated, but being used to v4, the changes were sometimes a little hard to find and suss out. Like some one clearing my shed and putting every thing in the wrong cupboards,
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