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by Ceropegia
Sun May 28, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: City Skylines & Architecture
Topic: The Irrigation Beast
Replies: 8
Views: 54

Re: The Irrigation Beast

I really like them all and can easily see why you are "enthralled by the size and form" of the beasts. The mountain backdrop is a nice touch in the first one. The huge flock of birds is interesting - were they gleaning and you disturbed them? But the one that really captivates me is the on...
by Ceropegia
Sun May 28, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: City Skylines & Architecture
Topic: cropping wide
Replies: 10
Views: 194

Re: cropping wide

Looks like the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier to me. My two cents, I actually like both iterations of the photo, but if it were me, I would simply crop out the overly bright light on the left, or if that is deemed to be compositionally unsatisfactory, just clone the sucker out and the brigh...
by Ceropegia
Sun May 28, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Digital Editing
Topic: Using Distortion Adjustment to Square Up an Image
Replies: 7
Views: 39

Re: Using Distortion Adjustment to Square Up an Image

I think you did a great job of this task, and I appreciate your talking about the "how". I have run into this many times, especially with big paintings in places with difficult angles like cathedrals. Enlarging the canvas is a step I sometimes fail to use in mitigating these situations bu...
by Ceropegia
Sun May 28, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Digital Editing
Topic: Using Distortion Adjustment to Square Up an Image
Replies: 7
Views: 39

Re: Using Distortion Adjustment to Square Up an Image

But to make the work easier, if you know you are going to want to do this, then square up the viewpoint on site. This would have been a simple perspective correction had you stood more centered in front of the mural. ...and of course, if you are going to make a habit of these kinds of shots (lol) t...
by Ceropegia
Sun May 28, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Digital Editing
Topic: Using Distortion Adjustment to Square Up an Image
Replies: 7
Views: 39

Using Distortion Adjustment to Square Up an Image

When in LA a couple of years ago, I took a photo of a mural I very much liked that was at the Main Street entrance to the James K. Hahn Los Angeles City Hall East Building. The mural by Millard Sheets is called "The Family of Man". From left to right, it depicts a South America Native, Isl...
by Ceropegia
Sat May 27, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Flowers & Plants
Topic: What Is This Awful Purdy Shrub?
Replies: 5
Views: 35

Re: What Is This Awful Purdy Shrub?

I think it is a tri-colored European beech (Fagus sylvatica Roseo-Marginata)
http://www.onlinetrees.com.au/p/4100445 ... tree-.html
http://www.heritageseedlings.com/page_3 ... omarginata
by Ceropegia
Fri May 26, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: General Photography Discussion
Topic: Would You, Or Do you, Or Have You Returned to (Or Never Left) FILM?
Replies: 34
Views: 254

Re: Would You, Or Do you, Or Have You Returned to (Or Never Left) FILM?

That third one is plenty scary! I wonder if the crew survived, and were they hauling freight or passengers? Was your grandfather a photographer for the GNRR? He did a really professional job! An internet search reveals that an avalanche hit a GNRR train on January 22, 1916 in the Cascades killing 8...
by Ceropegia
Thu May 25, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: General Photography Discussion
Topic: Would You, Or Do you, Or Have You Returned to (Or Never Left) FILM?
Replies: 34
Views: 254

Re: Would You, Or Do you, Or Have You Returned to (Or Never Left) FILM?

Perhaps if I had a darkroom and a good enlarger or two, the chemicals, and paper (all pretty much beyond my means, now) I would still consider occasionally taking my analog camera along on photographic forays. Mind you, I would also have a digital with me, too. I was often never very satisfied with ...
by Ceropegia
Thu May 25, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: General Photography Discussion
Topic: Would You, Or Do you, Or Have You Returned to (Or Never Left) FILM?
Replies: 34
Views: 254

Re: Would You, Or Do you, Or Have You Returned to (Or Never Left) FILM?

My comments on long term survival of analog photographic images. I have several thousand black and white negatives, Some date to the very early 1900's. A couple are on glass plates. Most are in archival sleeves. Many, even some of the oldest, are in almost perfect condition. Others, not treated so w...
by Ceropegia
Thu May 25, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Animals & Wildlife
Topic: Baby Burden
Replies: 7
Views: 84

Re: Baby Burden

I especially love to see beautiful orb webs. Once many years ago, an Argiope auriantia made a huge web covering my front door. For weeks, until the spider decided to move its web elsewhere, I used the back door or garage door to exit the house. The Argiope auriantia with the katydid --

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