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  1. 8 hours ago, GB111 said:

    I like how they make me dizzy!  Great effect :)


    I’m not sure I’d be quite so keen to scramble around and lean over the edge these days.  

  2. 7 hours ago, GB111 said:

    This is actually a problem I've had for awhile with my photography!  It seems like, when I go back and look at them, I always think my images should be either wider or more cropped in. It's like there's two completely different images there but I compromise and go for the middle, leaving the shot 'meh.'  Seeing if I can break out of that.


    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.  

  3. 10 hours ago, Anthony said:


    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

    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.

  4. 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.

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  5. 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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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.  

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  8. 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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  9. 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.

  10. 19 hours ago, CarreraS said:

    Get your fill here !! https://www.antanddec.com/ 


    Just be grateful they're not all on the same show ..


    Chris, I just checked ..

    Ant Middleton
    British soldier


    Anthony Middleton is a British former soldier, adventurer and television presenter. He is best known as the Chief Instructor on the Channel 4 television series SAS: Who Dares Wins. Middleton also appeared as the captain in the adventure/reality-show Mutiny and the survival show Escape. Wikipedia

    In this fascinating, exhilarating and revealing book, Ant speaks about the highs and gut-wrenching lows of his life - from the thrill of passing Special Forces ... etc etc


    cheers, Maurice



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

  11. 7 hours ago, CarreraS said:

    .. I can't tell you much about Ant & Dec, but they hosted a few shows aimed at the same idiot audience Clarkson does. One of them smashed up his car while drunk and blew both careers for a while, one of them was Special Forces and wrote (or maybe co-wrote) an inspiring motivational book - might have been one & the same !



    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.

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

  14. 8 minutes ago, CarreraS said:

    When the BBC announced the date for series 3, we decided to refresh via iPlayer and Chromecast Ultra .. never ever done this before, but we watched 2 or 3 episodes most nights and watched ALL series 1 & 2. And really enjoyed it all over again !


    I'm a bit worried by the sound quality after watching S3 episode 1 live last night .. they all seemed to be talking inside a covid mask ! Harriet Walter is great as Villanelle's coach, a touch of Peter Sellers / Cato !


    cheers, Maurice

    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.

  15. 12 hours ago, Clactonian said:

    I'm not a huge fan of infra red photography although under certain circumstances it can produce really interesting images. Suffice to say that my interest has never been sufficient to justify the expenditure on a conversion of an old camera, but following an interesting piece I found on the web I am now in possession of a 720nm infra red filter. Whilst clearly not able to produce comparable results to an i/r camera early tests look promising. Watch this space!

    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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  16. 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.

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  17. 52 minutes ago, Alan7140 said:


    Thanks, Dallas. Now just the wait for this virus thing to subside so I can actually get out and use this thing without incurring a $1,680 fine for engaging in a "non-essential" outside activity. 




    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).

  18. 8 hours ago, CarreraS said:

    Killing Eve !! Just fantastic !!

    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.

  19. 6 hours ago, GB111 said:

    interesting shots,  a big grainy and a little soft, but they are great from both journalistic and editorial perspectives. I'm sure the scratches/dust can be easily cleaned up.

    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.


    6 hours ago, GB111 said:


    I have a stack of slides I dug out and need to scan. My Nikin Coolscan, while working with Windows 2000 before while running in emulation mode for XP, decided to stop working. Driver issue. So I just purchased VueScan and am playing around with that.


    I’ve been photographing mine with a macro lens and using an iPad as a light box.


    20 hours ago, Dallas said:

    😳 This is a sport I will never participate in or be a spectator to! Even seeing people in these positions sends weird sensations down my legs. 


    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!

  20. On 12/04/2020 at 21:21, vivionm said:

    My #1 Daughter has a 30 year old Cannondale mountain bike (I bought it for her in 1990)  with full Shimano XT running gear and brakes and light wheels and narrow slick tyres for the road. It's wonderful.

    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.

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  21. 5 hours ago, GB111 said:

    Vikings was also good. 6 seasons?


    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.

  22. I've had another burst of working on my old film scans.  Here is a little collection of rock climbing pictures from back in the early 90's.



    climb 1 



    climb 2 



    climb 3 



    climb 4 



    climb 5 



    climb 6 



    climb 7 


    I know they don't look as exotic as some of the stuff you see on the web, but, hey, that's the difference between the UK and California.


    Some of them are a little bit dusty still, so that is something for me to work on.  There are also another couple of pictures I know I have somewhere that would add nicely to this collection - I just need to find them and scan them.


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