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  1. It has been a pretty miserable autumn weather wise, so that helps reduce the temptation to go out. One task I had to keep me busy was getting my front fence painted - it ended up spreading out over nearly two months, trying to find a spell of good weather to make sure the wood was dry before a weekend of good weather to actually get some painting done.
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    Rock Climbing

    I’m not sure I’d be quite so keen to scramble around and lean over the edge these days.
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    perhaps try leaving the mid range lens at home and just taking something wide or long. I did once extract some data from my catalogue and found that I’m often shooting at the extremes of my zoom lenses, always wanting something wider or longer too. Don’t stick to the stereotypes either - heading to the mountains, perhaps go long rather than wide.
  4. Those last two need an NSFW warning! I’m amazed you’ve managed to catch them in flight.
  5. it will probably take years to be sure, considering comparisons with long term average death rates. There will be lots of people who are only mildly ill and not tested. There will also be deaths outside the healthcare system that are also not diagnosed.
  6. I think it will be a long time before we know who got it right and who got it wrong. At this stage lockdowns are probably the way to go. Comparisons with past pandemics are difficult because we live in such a connected world. 50 years ago the prospect of a cruise around south east Asia was quite exclusive, nowadays, mega cruise ships and cheap flights make such trips available to the working class from developed countries. New Zealand was probably the one country that got lockdown right, when they announced it, they also identified lesser levels that will apply as restrictions are reduced. As for comments about figures, I don’t think anyone is over reporting. There has been lots of talk about “underlying conditions” so perhaps there are people who died last week who might have died next week from some other cause. However I think in general there has been a lot of under-reporting. The UK government got caught reporting just deaths in hospitals. I’m sure there are lots of other places that are missing figures in areas where people don’t have easy access to healthcare and given the US dislike of universal healthcare, there are probably segments of society there to include in this figure. I think any manipulation is probably very short sighted, in a global society either under or over reporting, will have impacts. Any gains would be extremely localised. However, if this becomes political or a blame game, we could be decades or longer away from an answer. It will also be difficult to make comparisons due to differences in culture and geography. Geography has definitely been kind to Australia and New Zealand in this regard. We can just hope things settle down to some new and generally acceptable normal.
  7. Dallas, good luck with your venture. You are now about to start what I consider to be the hardest part, marketing and selling. That’s a big part of the reason I’d never want to be self employed.
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    We have a three bin system here. General rubbish, garden waste and recycling. However they have started to realise they might have to change as no one will accept the recycling due to the difficulties in processing, things like separating fragments of broken glass from waste paper. Oh and the fact that people can’t follow the rules - even in the supposedly well educated middle class neighbourhood I live in, I see things like plastic bags in the recycling, which is not allowed, and there is one annoying idiot who drops their dog waste in whatever bin they walk past - I’ve found their little plastic bag in my garden waste or recycling bin on several occasions.
  9. In the past, I've often navigated straight to the "New Posts" page on a small screen device. Over the last couple of months, I've taken advantage of being able to look at the site on a bigger (much bigger) screen to better appreciate the quality of the photos posted. On the big screen I agree the home page looks good, with lots of interesting topics to browse, if I hadn't already seen them from the "New Posts" page. I think it would work well for infrequent visitors, but for someone who checks in regularly it can appear a bit behind the times as posts may take time to get promoted there.
  10. As Alan has explained, Australia has managed to contain things moderately well - one of the benefits of distance and isolation. Personally, things haven't been too bad. My work is relatively portable and I often spent extended periods working out of a client's office, so the move to working from home wasn't a problem. In fact, avoiding the stress of a daily commute and having a couple of hours of time has been good. Also having time with family without constantly rushing everywhere has been nice too. I might look into having a day or two working from home after this is all over. Socially, having lived on three continents, many friends were already located out of reach, so such contacts have continued unhindered. I guess things will be different for someone who has grown up with their best friend just round the corner and now suddenly even just around the corner is a massive distance. Similarly, those living in societies that aren't as stable will find things much harder - I know there are many places where the aspects of society many of us take for granted aren't reliable at the best of times and will struggle even more in the trying times we are currently living through.
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    Sums things up nicely
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    Manhattan skyline

    They look much more impressive now that I have had a chance to look at them on a bigger screen. It think I would have preferred the evening shot in colour and the daytime shot in B&W.
  13. Normally, you need to be lucky just to see one. Three is amazing - and close enough to photograph. All I've ever seen is a distant silhouette.
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    Scary old selfie

    that looks a bit more interesting than anything Anthony McPartlin of Ant & Dec has ever done.
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    Scary old selfie

    They've both been TV presenters since they got their break in a regional kids TV soap called Byker Grove back in the 80's. Don't think they have done anything as interesting as being in the military.
  16. Do you see other things in some of these shots, like the Homer Simpson in the rock you posted recently? This one I see a fanged serpent thrusting from the picture. Perhaps a lower viewpoint might have brought it more to the fore.
  17. Whilst I’d personally prefer beach phots in colour, I do like the tree in #6 which looks like some creature lumbering towards the viewer. The more abstract interpretation of this is helped by the b+w treatment in that case.
  18. Strange thing here is that it is streaming before showing live 🤔. I’ve got episode 2 available, but I’d better not spoil it for you.
  19. Older cameras usually work better when used unmodified. In the past I’ve shot infra red when the sun gets too harsh for visible light. If you can get your exposure times down enough to catch people, they come out with a very vampire Look to their faces.
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    Rock Climbing

    I thought there were just two others I was looking for, but managed to find four. climb 8 climb 9 climb 10 climb 11 Three of them were all from the same climb. The weather looks a bit nicer in this batch as they were all from Devon or Cornwall. Except for number 7, the earlier batch were all form northern climbs.
  21. You've posted some great shots of your yard and over your back fence in the past, I'm sure you'll find something (if the Australian autumn weather is prepared to cooperate).
  22. Just seen the first episode of season 3. The whole thing seems to manage to weave a fine line - funny but not silly, psycho but not scary, serious but not depressing.
  23. crowecg

    Rock Climbing

    for these, I suspect the softness and grain comes from the original image. I do have to look carefully and sometimes have to go back and try again if I don’t get it right. I think all of these were shot with an old Zenit EM. I can’t remember all of the lens details, but I did have two, the normal lens and a 135mm telephoto. The 135 did suffer a bent filter ring from a climb. I’ve been photographing mine with a macro lens and using an iPad as a light box. I’m not sure I’d do much myself these days either, even if I had a bit more strength and fitness. I do still enjoy mountains but prefer easier trails these days. I did get up to some crazy things - I have another view of the scene in number 7 from three quarters of the way up the cliff to the right and without a rope!
  24. Sounds a bit like my set-up. Old mountain bike changed over to narrow tires. Bought mine second hand about 20 years ago. Nice light frame for lifting onto the roof of the car.
  25. Vikings started well, a bit like Game of Thrones but without the dragons. A slightly more serious story, a little less nudity but still up there with the gratuitous violence. the sixth season seemed to be building up to something big, but then rushed to a rather disappointing finish.
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