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Photography Question 
Mitch Spence
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  1 .  Change in form of BP notifications
This morning, I've noticed that the BP email notifications, concerning comment on images, no longer include the name of the photographer. That is, they say "Discussion on photo by" and nothing else, when they did say something like "Discussion on Photo by Mitch, at BetterPhoto.com - #1536001" I have just this minute noticed however that when one refers to an image of mine, the full wording is still there (at least in a recent one) but not there for others' images. This new wording (or rather, non wording) is a difficulty for me because I choose to get all notifications but just quickly delete any that aren't relevant. Not possible now without opening them all. Hope this is simply a temporary glitch.

4/10/2014 7:33:12 AM

  I have the same problem and now the filtering system that I had set up to help me manage these discussions is not working, either. I don't want to have to open each email to see whose image the discussion is on.

4/10/2014 7:50:51 AM

  Just noticed the same thing with 5 new email messages, Mitch - and I almost deleted all of them thinking they were spam. Luckily I read the thread at PG101 before I did. No idea the reason behind the change, but I do NOT like it.

4/10/2014 7:52:35 AM

  Mine are coming in with no subject.

4/10/2014 7:52:55 AM

  My started last night just like Martha's with no subject. Its kinda of a pain to have to open each one.

4/10/2014 8:49:13 AM

James Miotke
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  Thanks all!

This should be fixed.

Let me know if it continues.

xxoo
Jim

4/10/2014 9:36:06 AM

  Just writing in the thread so that all of you above can check if its fixed yet or not.

UB.

4/10/2014 9:52:30 AM

James Miotke
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  Looks great to me!

;-)

4/10/2014 9:56:56 AM

  Yay, its fixed already.

UB.

4/10/2014 9:57:50 AM

  Yes! Yay! Fixed! Thank you!! :-)

4/10/2014 10:09:53 AM

  I thank you and so does my email filter :)

4/10/2014 10:40:05 AM

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Photography Question 
Harriet Feagin
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  2 .  Textures
Hi,
I am wanting to find some colorful textures such as pastel oils or watercolors. Does anyone know a good source? Thanks,

Harriet Feagin

4/5/2014 9:03:58 AM

  Have you tried Gimp (freeware from www.gimp.org)? It also has texture-like effects and a lot more. Also, you can create and blend your own textures with photos.

4/5/2014 10:52:56 AM

  Thanks. I will look this up.

4/5/2014 1:56:38 PM

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Photography Question 
Arleen H. McDaniel
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  3 .  Aperture Priority mode
 
  living room chairs
living room chairs
aperture priority, 1/60 sec, 18-55mm, indoors, Arleen McDaniel, Mid day, etc.
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Nikon D3100
 
With the camera setting on Aperture Priority , I set the setting No problem but the camera does not seem to do its part and the pictures often turn out fairly dark. This in indoor shooting
Arleen McDaniel

3/19/2014 10:46:51 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  It would've done that on shutter priority. The meter measures relative brightness of the different parts of what ever the metering area is reflecting back at it. A very bright spot like outside area will shift what it thinks the exposure needs to be to under exposed end.
Like being outside and suddenly looking at a white object that hurts your eyes. The sun didn't get brighter, you looked at an area that reflected more light than the overall scene.
If they're turning out dark all the time, like when you're outside, then you might have the exposure compensation accidentally set to under expose. You can check that to be sure.

3/19/2014 5:19:01 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  You may also need to check what metering mode your camera is set to (if it has the ability to choose from different ones like Spot, Center-Weighted, Evaluative.)
For instance, if you were set to Spot, and the actual spot being metered was outside that window, then this shot is exposed accordingly -- notice how the outside is not blown out? The trees are all well defined/exposed... being so much brighter out there, than in the room, if the outside drove your metering, the inside ends up very underexposed as you have here. Conversely, if you had exposed for say, the chair, you likely would have blown out much of the detail in the yard outside.

3/20/2014 5:52:40 AM

  Thank you for the feedback, In your opinion what would be the best metering setting in this situation?

3/20/2014 6:07:51 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  For a single photograph of this scene, you'd have to decide which elements mattered most. If the goal is to show the room & chairs, properly exposed, you will lose a bit (or much of) the exterior to blow-out. But given the big expanse of brightness in the center of your scene, I'd try Evaluative/Overall metering. Also, if you had sheers on those windows, closing them might help cut the light a bit, and balance out the overall lighting in the room.
Another option would be to take 2 identical shots on a tripod; one exposed for the yard, one exposed for the room, and blend those together (in software) for a composite result.

3/20/2014 6:59:46 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  You also have spot metering or the exposure compensation. One may feel smoother to use than the other. The location of the spot meter button on my camera isn't as easy as using the dial on the back to use exposure compensation. It's easy to keep the camera up and use my thumb and keep looking at the info in the viewfinder.
So for me, I would use the evaluative with exposure comp when keeping it on an auto exposure setting. It's one choice, you may like another.

3/20/2014 7:17:11 AM

  I will do some playing with both of these, I seem to have better luck with Manual setting, I will send the results I really appreciate the imformation

3/20/2014 12:14:13 PM

  This is a challenging exposure situation, for sure! I agree with those who discussed using spot or center-weighted metering if you wanted to get proper exposure on the furniture in the room. The outdoors would appear blown-out by comparison, but that's not always a bad thing. Another alternative is to utilize HDR software to get the best exposure in all areas. You must shoot several exposures of the scene and combine them with the HDR software, PhotoMatix is one.

3/27/2014 6:47:09 PM

 
 
 
I have played around some with the different aspects and think the forum has been helpful and appreciate the feed back
Arleen

3/28/2014 8:55:11 AM

 
 
  14421808  forum picture
14421808 forum picture
AP 1 sec f/16 100
18-55mm at 35
 
  14421809 forum picture
14421809 forum picture
AP 10 sec f/16 200 +2 exp
18-55mm at 35mm
 
 
Having trouble getting the pictures in exposure +2 and HDR
arleen

3/28/2014 9:35:11 AM

 
 
 
Here are a couple of the play around learning pictures
Arleen

3/28/2014 9:38:09 AM

 
 
 
Here are a couple of the play around learning pictures
Arleen

3/28/2014 9:38:09 AM

  Hi Arleen, The image at the bottom is the better of the two in terms of exposure on the furniture. The outdoor area is a little blown out. Your comment suggests that you have HDR software. If so, just keep experimenting with it. For best results, you'll need to shoot some exposures over, at your camera's recommended exposure, and several under.

3/28/2014 9:48:40 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  You could use that situation as an opportunity to learn about using flash to get a better balance of light between the inside and outside.
Bounce flash off the ceiling to bring the lighting ratios closer together.

3/29/2014 10:01:35 AM

  I HAVEN'T DEALT MUCH WITH LIGHTING YET, I HAVE THE EXTRA LIGHT, BUT HAVE NOT USED IT MUCH BUT AM TRYING TO WORK EACH DAY ON SOME ASPECT, THE CLASS THAT I HAVE SIGNED US I THINK WILL BE COVERING SOME ON LIGHTING, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR FEEDBACK & REALLY APPRECIATE ALL OF THE OF THE FEED BACK I HAVE RECEIVED .
ARLEEN

3/31/2014 1:29:01 PM

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Photography Question 
Jeff E Jensen
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  4 .  Winners Circle Jan. 2014 through June 2014
Phello Photographers Club - Winners Circle January through June, 2014.
This discussion is for members of the Phello Photographers club to post finalists and winners.

2/26/2014 8:23:29 AM

 
 
  Pinned
Pinned

1/320 Sec - f/7.1 - ISO 320 - 105mm
Canon EOS 1Dx - Canon ef 24-105mm f/4.0L IS - Canon 12mm Ext Tube
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
The Orb Master
The Orb Master

242 Seconds - f/8 - ISO 160 - 35mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 35mm f/2.0
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Daybreak
Daybreak

1/400 Sec - f/22 - ISO 320 - 24mm
Canon EOS 5D Mk III - Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L

 
 
I entered 6 last month, 3 got Staff favorites, 2 made it to Finalist.

I'll be in Vegas this weekend, with that kind of luck, I'm betting it all on red. . .

2/26/2014 8:25:29 AM

 
 
  DRAGON FLY AT REST
DRAGON FLY AT REST
 
  RIBBONS OF COLOR
RIBBONS OF COLOR
 
  SIMILARITIES
SIMILARITIES
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
OPULENCE
OPULENCE
 
 
Great images, Jeff. I got four Staff Favorites and the pearls made it to Finalist.

2/26/2014 9:43:47 AM

 
 
  Winter Blues
Winter Blues
Atlanta, January 28, 2014
MT 1/31/14
 
 
Staff Favorite

2/28/2014 5:22:57 AM

 
 
 
Did anyone find that the Sf's this month were much more prolific or was I just lucky??

3/27/2014 9:44:52 AM

 
 
 
Did anyone find that the Sf's this month were much more prolific or was I just lucky??

3/27/2014 9:45:10 AM

  Forget it, I'll try tomorrow. I entered something this morning already and so it's not working. Later...

3/27/2014 9:46:36 AM

  Forget it, I'll try tomorrow. I entered something this morning already and so it's not working. Later...

3/27/2014 9:50:34 AM

 
 
  ANTIQUE PEARLS
ANTIQUE PEARLS
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
KOOKABUURA
KOOKABUURA
 
  BEGIN THE DAY WITH A GOOD BREAKFAST
BEGIN THE DAY WITH A GOOD BREAKFAST
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
AUTUMN'S CANOPY
AUTUMN'S CANOPY
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE SHOT
THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE SHOT
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
BLACK AND WHITE GEOMETRY
BLACK AND WHITE GEOMETRY
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
FLUIDITY
FLUIDITY
 
 
I am sorry -- I knew I had done it twice but not that many times. I apologize.

For some unknown reason, I managed to get a slew of SF's. Certainly surprising. A couple were ones that never even got a BP. Does that make any sense at all. Here they are and if they are not, go to my gallery. I promise I won't enter anything else in duplicate or higher.

3/28/2014 11:09:16 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
THE SHY ONE
THE SHY ONE
 
 
And another surprise…This little guy showed up this afternoon.

3/28/2014 3:52:40 PM

  Congrats, Debbie! Well deserved on all accounts. I entered 6 images last month and ended up with 3 finalists. I guess that's pretty good odds.

3/28/2014 7:09:04 PM

  Wow, Debbie, congratulations on all your fantastic Finalists.

Congratulations to you, too, Jeff on your three.

Good luck to you both in the final round!

3/29/2014 12:54:39 AM

 
 
  Green Envy, Pure and Simple
Green Envy, Pure and Simple
EOD 2/26/14
 
 
Congratulations to Debbie and Jeff on their well-deserved Golds.

Staff Favorite for me.

3/30/2014 12:46:28 AM

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Photography Question 
Susan J. Allen
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  5 .  Best Settings for Night Dragon Dance
 
  Dragon Dance V
Dragon Dance V
02/24/13, Sanjiang, Guangdong, China. Dragon Dance on the Lantern Festival (last day of Chinese New Year Celebrations). Each dragon approx 500 ft long, looming high and writhing sometimes at great speed through the confined alleyways of the small town with firecrackers exploding on every side was amazingly exciting. Could kick myself for not staying later in the night when the five dragons met up. Only one chance a year!
© Susan J. Allen
Miscellaneous Does...
 
Hi,

I'm wondering what approach to take with China's traditional dragon dance at night. I'll put up a pic of last year's where my results were not very successful to give an idea what it is. The interior of the dragon is lit up against the dark night and it is usually writhing and moving forward at a swift pace. I was thinking of trying bulb mode, but not sure at all...

Please suggest!

2/14/2014 12:19:00 AM

 
 
  String Cheese Incident/Hornings Hideout 2012
String Cheese Incident/Hornings Hideout 2012
f/3.5, iso5000, 1/125s, 70mm
 
 
Hi Susan,
I dont know what equipment you have or what the available light will be but I would use a flash. If you have a camera that shoots well at high ISO so you can get fast enough shutter speeds, you may not need it. From the pic you posted, I think a flash would be necessary. I shoot a lot of low light with a full frame camera and f/2.8 IS lenses. If you have an f/1.4 lens, it would be even better. I dont think I would try Bulb mode unless you want blur. Here is one that may be similar to what you will be shooting...

2/25/2014 3:42:01 PM

Ken Smith
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  Hi Susan, can you check your metadata; just curious your shutter speed, f-stop, and aperture. But as Carlton says…you need faster shutter speed or a flash. If you have a monopod, that might help too, or if you can find a location to brace your camera.

2/25/2014 6:12:12 PM

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Philip Burdick
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  6 .  Windows OS and Specs
I need info on using Photoshop CS5 or CS6 with Windows operating systems 7 or 8. I have used XP for years and now having to upgrade my OS. I wanted to know if photographers experienced any problems using CS5 or CS6 with Windows 8. I thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 because it similar to XP. Also is 4 GB of RAM sufficient or do I need 8 GB of RAM?

2/13/2014 7:24:43 PM

  I went from XP to CS5 and then upgraded to CS6. There are some things I liked better in CS5 but over all CS6 works great. I would highly recommend Windows 7 over 8 for photography and as much Ram as you can afford. If you use CS6 and add more editing programs, the more Ram you have the faster it will work. I use OnOne 8 which needs 8 GB of Ram to work correctly. For the last year the operating system I use is 16GB Ram, 1TB HD, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and so far very pleased with it.

3/4/2014 9:49:15 AM

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Christopher A. Walrath
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  7 .  Printing this weekend
Yup. Sunday I plan on spending a few hours in the upstairs bath (read: temp. darkroom). I processed some old unprocessed film a week ago from a special day.

My wife had died in April 2011. In October 2011 I met some photographers at Ricketts Glen SP in Northeast Pennsylvania. I was having a very rough weekend and the cameras were not agreeing. But I did get ten exposures on my Zeiss Nikon Contains IIIc RF. The shutter on the Arista 4x5 failed early on the waterfalls trail. But the negs look fantastic. Good detail on both ends of the negative density. I souped them for N+1 for the film's age. Good call I think.

I have a chicken run to build for my Mom tomorrow and then a dim red light and chemical huffing on Sunday. Can hardly wait.

1/17/2014 6:19:43 PM

Christopher A. Walrath
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  Nope. Chickens kicked my butt. Trailer almost took my leg out. Just rested and relaxed. Will print sooner than later.

1/20/2014 4:57:13 PM

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Christopher A. Walrath
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  8 .  Your Wet Process Tools/ Materials
Well, when it comes to processing my black and white film, I'm still going with the Great Yellow Father. HC110 for my developer. I'm printing on Orient Seagull VC RC II 8x10 Glossy. I recently gave Ilford Multigrade paper dev a go. The blacks are rich and intense if you let it sit in the soup a few extra seconds. Kodak indicator stop and Kodafix for both film and paper.

What are you guys using?

1/9/2014 7:30:30 PM

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Christopher A. Walrath
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  9 .  New55 Blog. P/N-55 lives?
http://new55project.blogspot.ca/2014/01/2014-restart-of-new55.html

Hey all. Looks like there's another instant film player in the game. And they are aiming for my favorite film of all time.

P/N55 Lives!

At least, I hope so.

1/9/2014 7:23:11 PM

Christopher A. Walrath
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  On a side note, if anyone doesn't believe it and wishes to sell their 550 4x5 holder to me for $50 USD, get at me. Sold.

Yeah, I know. Had to try.

1/9/2014 7:26:09 PM

Christopher A. Walrath
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  Read some more. Turns out that New55 is trying to adapt the film packs to the 545 holders which are a dime a dozen currently. I hope they succeed. I am so looking forward to this.

1/10/2014 4:37:43 PM

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Usman Bajwa
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  10 .  THANK YOU BETTERPHOTO
Just wanted to thank BP for making this virtual platform available to so many of us to showcase our passion. Through this medium I have been able to learn a lot about photography and also have made friendships along the way.

All the best to Team BP and fellow BPers in the NEW YEAR and also for many more years to come.

Usman.

12/31/2013 12:20:27 AM

Dr Silly
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  I have. To agree with Usman. Hope 2014 gets better for everyone here at BP.

Doc :O)

12/31/2013 1:47:02 AM

  Thanks to BP for fueling my passion! Even with the ups and downs, BP is the best photo site with the very best contest!

12/31/2013 5:08:57 AM

  I also agree. the contest is totally what keeps me going! thanks!

12/31/2013 6:18:19 AM

Ken Smith
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  Thanks Usman for starting this thread. I credit BP for my love for photography, and continued desire to travel to beautiful locales. If not for BP, I would not be into photography. And BP has remained viable in a fast-paced and ever changing Internet/technology environment, I think for 19 years now. So for all the folks that make BP what it is today…THANKS!! And Happy New Year!

12/31/2013 6:35:28 AM

  Happy New Year to BP and all of you who share & support each other with our passion for photography.

1/3/2014 9:14:53 AM

  Happy New Year! Thanks for posting this, Usman, and thanks to everyone else for jumping in here. Best wishes for an outstanding 2014!

1/3/2014 2:40:34 PM

James Miotke
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  Happy New Year my friends
Happy New Year my friends
 
 
Thank you Usman, Carton, Kerry (!!!), Ken, Naomi, Doc, and everyone!

And yes, let's together make 2014 even better!

Even more inspiring...

Even more encouraging...

Even more creative!

BetterPhoto 2.0 here we come :)

Happy New Year from my family to you and yours!
Jim

1/7/2014 9:26:34 AM

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