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Wikimania Stockholm - UpdateEdit

Rhododendrites, Frank Schulenburg and others. Due to some benevolent peer-pressure (yes, I'm looking at you Rhod  ) I will attend Wikimania. I have found some cheap bus tickets and commandeered a sofa at a friend's house. I'll arrive in Stockholm late Wednesday night 14/8 and leave early Tuesday 20/8. No fixed calendar. I will probably loiter about the convention venue and buy a couple of day-passes (As I understand, you can register and pay directly at the door). Perhaps I should be wearing my old scruffy-looking leather jacket so people will know who I am.   --Cart (talk) 14:48, 24 July 2019 (UTC)

Heyyy. Good news! Also, I am relieved to remember it will be jacket weather there. The heat index in NY has been between 90-110 F for the last week. — Rhododendrites talk |  15:04, 24 July 2019 (UTC)
Yeah!!! Great news! I'm very much looking forward to our meeting in Stockholm. --Frank Schulenburg (talk) 16:36, 24 July 2019 (UTC)
Final update, Rhododendrites, Frank Schulenburg: Sorry guys, new obstacles have turned up and I will not be able to make it to Stockholm after all. Will also be less active here for a while. Just wanted to let you know. --Cart (talk) 09:42, 8 August 2019 (UTC)
 :( :/ Sad to hear. Maybe next time (whichever time that may be), and hope you won't have to be less active here for long. — Rhododendrites talk |  20:26, 8 August 2019 (UTC)
Unfortunately it will be at least a month until I can resume normal activity here. --Cart (talk) 12:05, 11 August 2019 (UTC)

JJ Harrison editing discussion on Commons FPCEdit

Hi, I couldn't find an email for you, hence this post. As you know, I have been in discssuion with JJ about blurring foregrounds etc. and he has assured me he doesn't do it. A. Savin is another doubter on the current FP nom. This is really tricky for me as I don't have the same equipment, but can I ask a favour? Have a look closely at the foreground of this photo. Am I seeing things? It so looks like manual blurring. I'd love to be proved wrong. BTW, it's a nom on English Wikipedia FP and I've opposed on aesthetic grounds. Thanks. Charles (talk) 09:24, 2 August 2019 (UTC)

Charles, I'm convinced these photos are perfectly legitimate with no added blurring in post-production. At first, I too thought that this and some other photos were intentionally blurred both in foreground and in background, but after having a look at most of JJ Harrison's photos, it seemed a stretch that he would do that to so many photos. So I went to the Flickr group for this very expensive and unusual lens and many, many of the photos there looked the same: Really sharp bird in a "short" DOF surrounded by extremely smooth blurry foreground and background. Here are some links:
It's a choice of style for this lens. Either that, or there is a world-wide conspiracy including all photographers using this lens to blur their photos in post exactly the same way.   I also went to YouTube for a video review, made in cooperation with Nat Geo Wild, (link, I think National Geographic will do this right...) and it shows the same result. Check out the pheasant at about 3:00 minutes into the clip. A bit later the guy testing the lens exclaims: "Most importantly, the bokeh! It's brilliant!"
As with so many other gadgets you can buy for your camera, this lens will sort of create an effect instantly and save you a lot of work in post-processing if you like this kind of bokeh/effect. Of course, the effect also varies with the f-number and how wide you make your shot. If you shoot a bird/flock of birds in the sky, no one will notice the effect and you get a perfect bird in a smooth sky. It is when the critter is on the ground that we may see this as looking "artificial".
So often when something new turns up here, people get suspicious and start hurling accusations instead of checking things out on other sites. The Internet is large and can often provide explanations. --Cart (talk) 10:02, 2 August 2019 (UTC)

Goedenavond Carter,Edit

Als u het goedvindt, hebben wij een vraagje aan u. U heeft kortgeleden een foto van mij (van een paddenstoel) gestapeld. Het resultaat was verbluffend! Graag wil ik van u weten met welk programma u dat heeft gedaan. Zodat we dat programma ook kunnen aanschaffen. Dat lijkt me vooral bij macrofoto's erg handig. Bij voorbaat hartelijk dank voor uw antwoord. Met vriendelijke groet, --Famberhorst (talk) 16:08, 11 August 2019 (UTC)

Goedenavond Famberhorst en Agnes! Geen probleem. Het programma was Photoshop CC. Het is een zusterprogramma van Lightroom en veel van de functies worden gesynchroniseerd tussen de programma's. Tegenwoordig koop je geen programma, je abonneert je erop. U neemt hiervoor een licentie en daarmee uploadt u deze op één of misschien meerdere computers, waarbij het programma continu wordt geüpgraded naar de nieuwste versie.
Ik en vele andere fotografen hier op Commons abonneren zich op de speciale fotograaf's combinatie van Photoshop en Lightroom. Het is ook de goedkoopste van alle combinaties die Adobe heeft. Het kost zelfs minder dan proberen te kopen of te abonneren op alleen Photoshop. Ik weet dat je al een oudere versie van Lightroom hebt, maar ik denk dat je de nieuwste versie ook leuk zou vinden, omdat deze een aantal nieuwe handige functies heeft.
Hier is een link (scrol naar beneden naar de onderkant van de pagina voor "Fotografielidmaatschap"), en hier, naar de website waar u uw abonnement bestelt. Het kost € 12,09/maand.
Er zijn andere gratis programma's online die u kunt downloaden, die ook functies voor lagen hebben. Maar dan moet je een nieuw systeem leren, met Photoshop ben je al bekend met veel van het programma van Lightrom. Omdat zoveel mensen deze programma's gebruiken, zijn er VEEL zelfstudie online en video's op YouTube over elk probleem dat je zou kunnen hebben. Een paar voorbeelden: Lagen en maskers & Focus stapelen --Cart (talk) 17:00, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
Beste Carter, Hartelijk dank voor uw snelle- en uitgebreide reactie. Wij gaan ons erin verdiepen en kijken waarmee we het beste uit de voeten kunnen. Met vriendelijke groet, Agnes & Dominicus --Famberhorst (Overleg) 17:16, 11 August 2019 (UTC)

FP PromotionEdit

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