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Anthony last won the day on 18 May

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    Fuji X-T1
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  1. The 3% figure was published by WHO in early March when knowledge about the outbreak was very limited. The WHO website shows (as of 17 May) reported laboratory confirmed cases and deaths worldwide as 4,525,497 cases worldwide and 307,395 deaths resulting from a clinically compatible illness in a probable or confirmed COVID case. That is a rate of 6.8%. However, it is universally accepted that laboratory confirmed cases are a fraction of actual cases. Many people are asymptomatic, many people with symptoms have not been tested, and there is a high percentage of false negatives due to the difficulty of carrying out an effective sample collection. At this stage it is impossible to state the case fatality rate. You may not have read this article (a link from the article I posted earlier) which explains this in detail. https://ourworldindata.org/covid-mortality-risk
  2. The correct answer is that we do not know, as we do not know how many people have been infected. Large numbers of people have no symptoms and have not been tested. https://ourworldindata.org/mortality-risk-covid
  3. It is more complicated than that. Simply comparing national population densities is misleading, because in many countries there are large areas with few or no inhabitants. A more useful comparison is lived density, discussed here https://theconversation.com/think-your-country-is-crowded-these-maps-reveal-the-truth-about-population-density-across-europe-90345 It is also necessary to look at the extent of international contacts. London and New York have done badly, but they are probably the two most internationally connected major cities in the world. Demographics are also relevant. Minority ethnic communities have been disproportionately hit, and the UK has a very high percentage of these. In Sweden, which has not had a lockdown, the worst results have been in immigrant communities. Obesity is also a factor, and the UK has far too many obese people. And in the UK deaths peaked on 8 April, far too soon for the lockdown to have had an impact on stopping the rise. The UK has suffered in part because of its centralised bureaucratic healthcare system which did not take advantage of the private sector in the way that Germany did. What is clear that is Western Europe has not done well, that mistakes have been made, and that there are many factors to take into account,
  4. The Netherlands is one of the worst in the world per capita. The UK is even worse. It is striking how badly Western Europe has managed. Of course, national comparisons are difficult, because each country categorises deaths in its own way. It will be years before we fully understand why things have happened in the way they have. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1104709/coronavirus-deaths-worldwide-per-million-inhabitants/
  5. Anthony

    Wet Crow

    It is a juvenile, but bigger than it looks in the photo.
  6. Anthony

    Wet Crow

    Showing its underwear.
  7. There is nothing around that I want at the moment. This is worrying; I don't want to lose my GAS. Perhaps I will return to normal when life returns to normal.
  8. Anthony

    Corona Virus

    Paddington Station today, the UK's 8th busiest railway station with over 38 million entries and exits last year. iPhone XS.
  9. Anthony

    The Blacksmith

    I don't think that this is exclusive to Fuji. It is to do with the underlying electronics of the sensor, not whether the array is Bayer or X-Trans. I am getting to the limits of my technical knowledge!
  10. Anthony

    The Blacksmith

    Thanks, I was on a family visit, so no chance of any sort of setup! I used the same technique as I use in a church, which is to make use of the (almost) ISO-less nature of the Fuji sensor (made by Sony). This means I can shoot at a low ISO and then bring up the shadows in pp, and have the same quality of boost to the shadows as if I had shot at a high ISO. The benefit of this is that it enables the highlights to be preserved. I did not want to blow out the window, and I definitely wanted to capture the flames and the red hot metal. I believe Nikon sensors are also made by Sony, so the same technique may be useful with Nikons. The main downside is that the image is almost unusable for preview purposes without some initial exposure adjustment. Here is the embedded jpeg included in the raw file with no adjustment applied.
  11. Anthony

    Peeling Paint

    Agree, a definite improvement.
  12. Thanks, Dallas, an interesting explanation. Typically how long would it take for you to produce this photo starting from taking the product out of the box?
  13. Anthony

    The Blacksmith

    Thank you, Mike. The shadows are already boosted quite a lot. It was very dark in the forge, pretty much as you see in the photo. I did not have a flash, but perhaps that would have changed the atmosphere.
  14. Anthony

    The Blacksmith

    Portrait of a demonstrator at the Black Country Outdoor Museum. Despite appearances in this posed shot, he was a friendly and helpful person. The main activity in this forge was making chains. In the olden days this forge would have been primarily used by a female chain maker, and situated in her back yard. The men did heavier work, but chain making was certainly very hard work.
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