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BillM last won the day on 4 September

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    X100F Norfolk Virginia Botanical Garden
  2. Constant updates to software and operating systems are a mess! The only solution to this dilemma that is offered by the vendors seems to be for us to buy an entirely new system every 3 years or so.
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    RSS Page For Safari Browser?

    Ouch! I have been using Feedly Pro for a while. It works across browsers and has a fairly well done IOS app which works very well on the iPad.
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    Sun Ring

    Hi Dallas, I have seen this phenomenon before. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_(optical_phenomenon) called a a sun halo. Caused by ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. Can be very beautiful.
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    The skating lesson

    Robert, The best thing about this photograph is the two subjects interacting with one another. I get a feeling that there was a lot of mutual respect and positive mentoring going on. I like the image and find it enjoyable to look at more than once. My main comment is that the image appears underexposed and there is a halo around the teenager from what looks like an adjustment brush. Suggest brightening the image over all a bit and see where that goes, maybe using some micro or overall contrast adjustment on the teenager to separate him from the background. Normally, I am not a big fan of manipulating images, but sometimes it can be worth it. Your mileage may vary :-) 1. You might try some Photoshop magic on the Plexiglas panels and blend the reflections into the background so as to minimize their distraction from the subjects. Not terribly important to me, but maybe desirable. 2. Lastly clone out the stick in the lower right corner
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    Wild Thing

    Nevertheless, you produced a nicely composed image with plasing tones. Proving once again that there is more than one way to make nice pictures
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    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

    Peace, happiness and Joy to all!
  8. Male Northern Cardinal paying a visit yesterday morning D500 200-500vr processed and cropped in DxO Photo Lab D5C_4466 by Bill Mellen, on Flickr
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    35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Nikkor

    If you use a Nikon DX camera and do not have this lens, you are missing out on a great bargain!
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    The Encroaching Ocean

    I know what you mean Dallas. The yard around our house floods during storms. Between subsidence of the land and rising sea level, I do believe the area around our home will not be suitable for houses in 50 years or so. At 68 years old this is unlikely to be a problem for me. The younger generations will either find a solution or simply settle somewhere else.
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    Christmas Time Crafts

    Actually it is a rock employed as the canvas for a “Rock Painting Kit” that comes with paint and stencils. You have to provide your own rocks. My wife decided it was time to put it to good use that afternoon. A quick trip around the garden with Sydney to find suitable rocks, a bit of cleaning and prep, then painting. All in a noble attempt to have her put down the screens and do something with her hands and other people
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    Christmas Time Crafts

    Christmas time crafts with Grandma X100F - Cropped DSCF3033
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    Minimum Shutter Speed

    With available light and no flash, 1/125 is the slowest I like to use when shooting people who are engaged in normal indoor activity. It will still not be fast enough to catch every blink, facial gesture or hand movement.
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    DMCA: Ann Shelbourne

    Wow, folks: I think it is more complicated than that, and there is a very simple solution to the current kerfuffle: Everyone move on and let bygones be bygones; there is no benefit that will come from harsh words or feelings between anyone associated with this board. For anyone that is interested, there is a summary of the DMCA on Wikipedia that starts with "The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works. It also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself. In addition, the DMCA heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet.[1][2] Passed on October 12, 1998, by a unanimous vote in the United States Senate and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 28, 1998, the DMCA amended Title 17 of the United States Code to extend the reach of copyright, while limiting the liability of the providers of online services for copyright infringement by their users. The DMCA's principal innovation in the field of copyright is the exemption from direct and indirect liability of Internet service providers and other intermediaries. This exemption was adopted by the European Union in the Electronic Commerce Directive 2000. The Copyright Directive 2001 implemented the 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaty in the EU." There is a lot more to the article and of course the references it cites. TLDR for me.
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    Nice images Noct, When Mary and I visited there two years ago it was a cooler 38C.

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