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CollardGreens PRO 10:15pm, 5 January 2007
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Sometimes "oops" is what you say when you make a mistake - other times it is when you make a discovery - today "oops" means " CalibrationIntact "
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hervcha Posted 11 years ago. Edited by hervcha (member) 11 years ago
Good the 16th. I never been at a "reading", but often at a "vernissage" the first day of a painting exhibition, and I can imagine it.

17: foot erotism!! Once I read a book about it.

hervcha - It's a long way to & 31st dicembre 2007
Do I have to go to Paris to get a pair of shoes like that. They are beautiful. I love red shoes--just about red anything really. Fantastic shot by the way.

As far as recommending a good bird book, I use The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America by David Allen Sibley. This will not help you at all for European birds. I suggest that you go to the group on flickr called Field Guide: Birds of the World at flickr.com/groups/birdguide/ and ask them for recommendations of books for European birding.

Thanks for the visits and comments by the way.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
I've been looking at things differently too... very much a good thing. Enjoying your most recent few photos. I love the 13th and 15th shots especially.... wow. Sharp sharp sharp! *drools over 55mm lens*

Erica Day by Day 2007
lramiro520 11 years ago
Oooo...wonderful shoe shot! How I would love to get a pair like that. Only problem is that I don't wear heels in the most elegant way...lol! I complain too much when I wear them :)

The Other Side Of The Fence
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
We too make the vernissage tour from time to time as friends or friends of friends display. I think you would enjoy a reading more than you think. Read a book once... I seem to remember a shot of yours that featured a pair of boots attached to a equally attractive young lady....you'll have to do better than that.

My wife says women dress to flatter themselves and other women - that men seldom notice...would you agree with that ? (a frenchman in italy - I wonder...)

Thanks for the advice - I will have a look there. My wife travels with me often and will "investigate" the offerings in a paritcular town...then when I least expect it out come a new pair with the explanation These ? Oh, I've had them for some time...! Thanks for the visit and the advice.

If you have a look on ebay you will find that there are always a few listed for good prices. A f1.8 will be around 100 (dollars or euros-go figure)...but you would want to save a little longer and get a 1.4 (I think there is even a 1.2 but lots of money). I haven't taken it off the camera since it went on!

Ahhh...you know it's not about the comfort !!

Thanks for coming by - I'm having a great time with this journal - I hope it shows !
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
I just got a 35 f/2... my next one will be a macro. Someday though... Oh wait, then I want a wide-angle. THEN maybe....

*yawwwwn* I'm going to bed. Nice to play with you tonight... Bon soir, mon petit chou... (dad used to say that to me each night)

Erica Day by Day 2007
James KEZMAN Photo PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by James KEZMAN Photo (member) 11 years ago
Ahhhh...I see you have been having fun with my lens!!! Excellent... :)


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CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Lens???

That would translate to " Goodnight my small cabbage" !!
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
I know, it's nonsense, but it's what he said. And it's sweet, don't you think? My family has some french-canadian in there (lots of that in Maine) and so my grandparents speak french. My dad grew up speaking french as well as english, my mom knows it fairly well also. My generation lost it, unfortunately because it wasn't spoken in our home freqently enough. I took it in high shcool, and that mixed with hearing it at family gatherings means I know some. Wish I knew more.... It used to infuriate me as a child because they'd tell a joke and the punchline would be said en francais.... They'd all bust up laughing. Frustrating... LOL.

Makes me want to make crepes....

I'm going on a hike today, and will come back with some RAW images! Now if I only knew how to process them well I'd be all set...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Smoke gets in your eyes
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Smoke gets in your eyes

Today I had read about a technique to photograph smoke - so set up the incense in the kitchen, backflashed the smoke against a black background and voila - Smoke gets in your eyes. Only a little cropping and background adjustment here. I do need more practice - terribly hard to focus in on smoke while trying not to breathe turbulence into the air...

What a beautiful day in Paris today...in fact the whole weekend was a beauty. I managed to clean out the geraniums and we practiced some new photo techniques. We then managed to slog about on the couch for the afternoon watching downloaded usa tv...interesting enough without the commercials.

Today's message - keep your focus...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
It is sweet what your dad said each night. Now - processing raw files is same as processing reg jpg with some extras...the file size of course it huge but storage is cheap these days. I know you will like it once you get through the first few photos. Good luck -
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
wow cool photo! It looks like a spine. I didn't know there was any particular technique for photographing smoke. Apparently it works cause this is great. Glad you had a good weekend.
--barb (daily photo diary)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thats the beauty of smoke - like clouds, there is much to see. I would really recommend a tipod and a fixed manual focus - I did this one handheld in a small kitchen with no breeze...tears got in my eyes,,,

Thanks for your visit - come back soon.
msspider66 11 years ago
nice job! It looks like a chain of smoke.

[Ms Spider66]
Natacha.troiscafes 11 years ago
I'm impressed. I smoked for a long time, and I didn't even remark those small circles in the air around me... wwowwww. beautiful.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
fantastic shot
i think i'm going to do that experiment, too

:)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thank you - several of the outakes did similar chains...fun to play with this.

Better to smoke this way ! The smoke is from incense. I think the possibilities are limitless with this type of subject. Thanks

Make sure to place the background far enough away so that it is out of the sharp depth of field - otherwise you get bounce from the flash. Good luck - I eagerly await the results !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
They come nightly
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They come nightly...

Paris is one of the only cities I know where garbage collection is done on a daily basis - in some areas (near markets etc) they may collect several times a day. It is amazing to me that we generate enough trash to warrant that kind of service. We want our packages of cereal to be inside of another package and then we tote it home in yet another package. Global warming aside - this is a large problem....where does this stuff go anyway ?? Just a bit of a rant - nothing more.

The voices are a little loud tonight - I'm going to get them a glass of wine to calm their nerves...
hervcha 11 years ago
17 - I have never had the occasion to assist to a reading, also because in Europe it is not so usually, I think ( memory of some Bukowsky's books and from the fact who it went to these readings)

the men MUST notice these things, still more in Italy where the fashion is so important

18 - Wow!! congratulations and thanks for the technic. I'll test it as soon as possible!!
Instead nothing "Collardgreens" technic!!

hervcha - It's a long way to & 31st dicembre 2007
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
The smoke is wonderful! I like the pink also... though I'm not normally a "pink" person.

I have shot in RAW... Photoshop only lets me do so much when I open a RAW image. For example, I can't straighten an image... ?? Is this a matter of the program or am I being a dunce and can't add filters etc?

Erica Day by Day 2007
eelend PRO 11 years ago
mmmm we are dirty people, that's true
even if we know we are contaminating the world we live in, we keep on generating more and more garbage
amazing

I'll show you what I get!!!
:)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I love love LOVE the picture of smoke!!
And the one of the garbage truck ppl!!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yes indeed ! The CollardGreens Technique...let's thank those who posted the instructions prior to me. Still it takes lots of practice to get the focus right.

I don't use photoshop - at the moment NIKON Capture NX is the main one for me with Corel PhotoPaint for some of its effects on the jpg ouput.
Frère Jacques is our resident expert on photoshop - he says to look under camera raw, leveling...anyway he said he would post a better answer. I really had fun with the smoke photo - I will do it more...thanks.

Yeah, we need to figure out the garbage to gold alchemy ! good luck with the smoke..waiting patiently to see your take on it...thanks for coming by.

A pleasure to see you again...thanks for stopping by.
James KEZMAN Photo PRO 11 years ago
Hmmm...Photoshop tutorial??! Well, when you double-click on your .NEF, a window is opened. This is the Abode Camera Raw (ACR) conversion utility. Across the top of the window, right above your photo, you should see a row of icons -- magnifying glass, hand, two eye-droppers, the crop-tool icon and an icon that has two straight lines, one at a 45 degree angle to the other with a small o in the center and an arrow pointing from the top line to the bottom line -- this is the straighten tool. (The last two icons are rotate left & rotate right.) Click on straighten tool icon, move your cursor over your photo, click & hold in the image window and draw a line. When you release the mouse button, the image will realign to the line you have just drawn.

On the right hand side of the image are various controls for exposure, shadow control, highlights, contrast, etc. Don't be afraid to uncheck the "Auto" boxes to see what happens -- I don't particularly care for the defaults Adobe uses, but you can leaern a lot by unchecking these & seeing whata happens. When you have finished, click on Open & the image will open up in Photoshop proper.

Clear as mud...? ;D

Keep in mind this is with Photoshop, not PS Elements. ACR is updated regularly to support new cameras -- it is really just another PS plugin. The most current version is v3.7. If you are a Macintosh user, you may want to check out Apple's Aperture or a really great little RAW converter called RAW Developer by Iridient Digital. It only des RAW conversions, but you have a lot more options and control over the image. The color you get out of it is great! Nikon Capture NX is interesting also -- the interface is a bit weird, but you have a lot of control over the image.

I hope this helps!


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CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
It is better to light one little candle...
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It is better to light one little candle...

...than to curse the darkness. I might have used this message to someone early in january but I'll use it again here. It is an old phrase from where I don't know but it has been with me forever. I hold the phrase as a guide for my personal behavior everyday. Do one small thing to correct even a big problem and you have lit the small candle. I would like to think that I light a small candle from time to time - you see the "candle" that you light today does not fade...it is added to the one you "light" tomorrow.

Not so sure why I posted this tonight - it just seemed important.
satrina* 11 years ago
Yep, you used it in my journal! and believe me, it sticked to me.

Have I already mention how much I like your shots? If not, I do :)

Satrina: av meg
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
Sometimes it's hard to find a match to light said candle... LOL. I love this sentiment, Collards....

THANK YOU for your effort. I have PS Elements, but your tutorial helped me fish around a bit to find my answer. So, indirectly, you helped me. Thank you!

You all are so wonderful and supportive, and this group/project has already helped me grow in my photography skills. Can't wait to see what happens throughout the year. *hugs all around*

Erica Day by Day 2007
Indeed hugs all around. I love the support that this group gives to each other.

Fantastic shots in this stream by the way. I always have to go to your stream and to the streams of others just to see what other eye candy there is to see.

But the best part, besides the great shots, is the lovely little daily philosophies that are written. Light the candle without matches magpie33; your energy and warmth will set them on fire.
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
- you are sweeet. thank you....


Now, one more RAW question - what's the deal with saving images? Maybe I should google search and teach myself a few things. There are multiple ways to do it through Elements. I can save directly from the ACR tool, which gives me options like imbedding the raw image, and converting to a linear image? Then I can choose to add a JPEG preview. Or I can open the image from the ACR tool into Elements. I can then save that in my usual way - into JPEG, which means that I can see the thumbnail from my folder. If I save it from ACR, the JPEG preview is only if I open the image, there's no thumbnail for a quick view in my folder.

Does that make any sense? EDIT: I uploaded both versions to Flickr - when I save from Elements, the image can be viewed large. With the image saved directly from ACR, it's only the smaller image...

By the way, I already love using it.

Erica Day by Day 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
As always: the teacher. Thanks - I don't know how you keep all the info clear in your brain but you do. We appreciate the assistance

Welcome back ! So it was you...ok it sticks - great!! The wonderful thing about old phrases is that you can use them over and over with no drop in resolution !!

Thanks for your compliment - If I can EVER capture one bird image in your style, successfully then I will be complete !

OK - there you have it from the Master !!

Jpeg is just a compression scheme - when you allow the camera to do it - you loose some of the control over what it tosses out in order to save space. I always save from nef to jpg from Capture NX...this allows NX to take the enhancements you have made into consideration BEFORE the compression - results : more control and better jpeg results.

Now - matches are all around...its the candle that is sometimes hard to find !!

Thanks to all for the visit and especially Jim for the tutorial...
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks so much for being patient with my questions...
*toasts wine glass to Collards*

Erica Day by Day 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
With pleasure... *returns the toast
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Now I lay me down to sleep
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Now I lay me down to sleep...

This is the view I have every night when I lay my head on the pillow. We open the window, close the doors, pull up the fat duvet and let the sounds of the street take us to our dreams. I find comfort in the contrast between straight lines and exotic curves. Think I'll go take a look now...
satrina* 11 years ago
I want a window like that one, mine is really plain -and dirty because I haven't washed it. Love reddish brown tone.

Satrina: av meg
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yep - its better than sleeping pills ! I posted to photostream in richer color but likes this for sleep better !! Thanks for coming by..
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Is it too soon for spring
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Is it too soon to be spring ?

I have seen this tree on the way to work several days in a row now - it was begging to bloom - the small buds were pushing at their skins with all their might. THIS morning they were out - I stopped (blocking traffic like a real parisian), jumped out and took a series of photos. I am not quite ready to believe that it is really time for flowers but I am hopeful that these early bloomers will not be disappointed.

I do so enjoy the spring...
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
it's pretty!
summersumz PRO 11 years ago
I feel like it's too early to be spring. Even here in California, blossoms in February?!! We have had a very mild winter without much rain, but the rains just started this week. Now I'm afraid all the blossoms will be beaten from the trees. :-( But they are sure nice while they last. I really like this shot....the muddled background makes the focused flowers in the front really pop.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Beautiful tree! Your photos this week have had a very calming effect on me. Especially the one from the 21st. The light that slips through looks so soft and soothing.

That smoke photo is just amazing. I'll have to keep that technique in mind!

The Other Side Of The Fence
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
How can it be too early for spring??? I'll take it when I get it... Trees are blooming here as well. Love the bokeh-ed out background...

Erica Day by Day 2007
Actually in California the plum blossoms always bloom in February. In January we have the golden wattle--the yellow blooming acacias. (Achoo!).
Beautiful shot. I took long for spring and the return of longer daylight hours.
msspider66 11 years ago
I love the words on 20 Feb.

Today is beautiful. I am not ready for spring yet, we didn't have much of a winter yet. I do like spring though. A perfect year for me would to have spring last until the lilacs (my favorite flower) go, and then go right into late September.

[Ms Spider66]
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I have the same worry (about the rains taking away the blossoms - mostly the rains here are light drizzles so maybe not a problem. Like them anyway - glad you dropped by.

I thought so too...do you know the name of the tree there (is it a Bradford Pear) ? Happy to have you stop off. Moon spinning on a more even balance today...

I went for calm this week - (outside of a short rant about garbage - and only because they woke me from a nice nap). Calm - its a good thing. Been watching your photos lately - congrats on the snap and pop.

Right you are - how indeed can it come too early. * philosophy follows* BUT there is a balance...our mild winter has probably contributed to the rough round of colds and flu we all had...you know the drill...micro bugs and viruses LOVE the warm *end philosophy* . Now - just like Iramiro, your move to raw has been noticed and applauded. We ( the Frère and I) were mentioning the improvement...nicely done.

Always nice to see you here...do you happen to know the name of the tree in the photo? I love the warm months in N Europe - the sun comes up at 04h00 (peak 21 June) and twilight's last gleaming comes around midnuit or just after. We often sit out in the park for dinner (no AC in the apartment) in front of the tour eiffel with a picnic - there are several thousand each evening doing the same. There will be photos this year...waiting to taste rosé and melon...

Lilacs - you have to love them. Folks here grow them everywhere - on the walls - on the sides of buildings etc. The real heat is only in mid august so they last well. I do appreciate you having a look here.


A real nice set of comments today - thank you all for the visit.
satrina* 11 years ago
Beautiful shot! as summer said, the blurred background makes the front flowers stand out.

I saw a blooming Jacaranda -don't know how to translate the name- last week and thought "wow! already?"

Satrina: av meg
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
The smoke --- what a magnificent shot... also, you are convincing me that it's time to try out the RAW format. I've been so hurried lately -- it'll be nice to actually take some pix and work on them.

How nice that you even notice the tree while traveling to work... I think that in itself is pretty extraordinary -- never mind that you noted the state of the blooms. beautiful

" BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia) "
eelend PRO 11 years ago
maybe it is soon to the spring to come, but it's sooooo beautiful
don't you feel happier when you see flowers? i do -it may sound childish, but well, i do, what can i say? :-)

i like this pic a lot
it made me remember japanese flowers

have a nice, nice weekend

eelend's 2007
dda1605 11 years ago
Long time no see......Great pictures especially the smoke in your eyes one.
The French "volet" seems also very familiar.

(Didier 2007 )
summersumz PRO 11 years ago
Yes, yes, I love the Spring. It's just that the weather has been so mild here in California and we do need the rain/snow, so when it feels early and I know the snowpack is low I get a little anxious. But I do love the flowers, whenever it is that they arrive.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
I love, and would love to have, an early spring.

I hope you don't have a late frost.

Allan
My guess from the photo is that it is a flowering plum--but trees in the Rosaceae family can look similar when they are in bloom--have to see the full grown leaves first.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hello ! I will pop round to get the latest on your camera situation. Someone recently mentioned ebay as a source to me - I have found several new/used lenses and a speedlight for 30-50% below market prices. I saw a Nikon D50 with 2 lenses the other day go for 250 Euro...a steal. Suggest you have a go there...thanks for coming by.

Ahh the eye (brow) is back - welcome. Frère Jacques pushed me into raw file use...never going back. A couple here have converted - maybe we start holding meetings !...hey the marqui has a place complete with port, fire and cheese - let's get her to host it !! I drive through a large wooded area on the way to work and well...that's a nice part of my day...however in Paris the bois is hikers by day, hookers by night !

While the body takes a hit from the years of...well ...let's just say I came of age in the 60s - there lives a child in me (noooo not a flower child...a real one) - I revel in it every day...free the children !! (oops ! - there are voices too !) - bon wekend.

I think that blossoms give off magic and invisible feromes along with scent...I take that buzz whenever I can !

Me too ! I take it Ali is having a good time in La Rochele - one of my favorite cities - good eats there too. Thanks for the visit...

Deal - I'll keep an eye on the leaves and grab a snap when they mature. I want to know the name of my new drive by friend !

OK - its the weekend ! Woo hoo *says the child !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago

Welcome back - You know I had a colleague that travels like we do say one time " Yeah - the best part about this travel is telling all your friends where you have been..." Not really ! The best part is the shitty flights at ungodly hours, hotels on end, meetings with no end, late nights, early mornings and and and....the going ! Yes - the going...for me life without discovery is not life. I have literally seen the world on someone elses expense account...gotta love that !
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Friday Night Champagne
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Friday Night Champagne

I love Friday night !

We usually start off the evening with a little champagne. Tonight was no different. Champagne has magic in it. The magic starts with the pfffttt of a properly opened cork. The scent of the wine emerges with the first wave of vapor. Poured into the center bottom of a flute the foam rises and then consolidates. Light moves through the bubbles with more zest, if you listen close you can hear the unique pop of each as it comes to the surface. The toast and direct eye contact (otherwise 10 years of bad sex). The first taste and everything that champagne can lead to...

I love champagne !
dda1605 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by dda1605 (member) 11 years ago
I totally agree with your views regading "traveling the world".
Love the glass of champagne, it took me time to love champagne (I was more like a red wine lover) but now I appreciate it very much, although not every friday (TGIF.......).

(Didier 2007 )
satrina* 11 years ago
Love this shot, I don't know why but I find it very sensual...

And I always make eye contact :P
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Lovely colors--the gold of the champagne, the amber light in the background...warm, yet crisp and bubbly!
Gan Bei!
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ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Friday isn't Friday without it...

Its because the bubbles tickle your nose silly !

Thanks ! I used a yellow gel filter on the speedlight to get the bounce color - almost the color of the champagne !
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
This is WONDERFUL Collards... Wow. The bubbles and bubble reflections.... Fave. Which lens did you use here?

Erica Day by Day 2007
lramiro520 11 years ago
Great photo and description, CG! Looks like you had a fabulous Friday night.

The Other Side Of The Fence
I always say about travel "it's not the gettin', it's the goin'".
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Thank you - drinking the setup shots was also wonderful...had to have fresh bubbles you see ! 60mm Micro Nikkor..it has a very short min distance to subject...just a few cm. There is a trick to seeing the details of a shot. Just click on the photo - you then update to the single photo page (comments etc) Off to the right you see camera type and then "additional details" ...go there and you have the entire account of the shot. The shooter needs to have EXIF enabled in their profile to get this. Thanks for the compliment.

They all are fabulous ! This one extra fab !! It is in the telling that the tale becomes alive - thanks for the visit.

You said it !! EDIT: Flowering ornamental plum (Prunus x blireiana) ...found another shot in the diary.


Good weekend to all.
satrina* 11 years ago
I'll blame it on the bubbles then! ;)
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
A Single Point of Focus
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A Single Point of Focus

Contemplating this photo I came to realize that the pace of life today often overlooks the small, seemingly insignificant detail that makes up the larger focus. I submit to you today "A Single Point of Focus" ... What is Really important to you ? What single detail today will enhance your experience ? Focus on the details and the larger focus comes into view automatically.

*waxing philosophic on the details...

Feeling a bit lazy today in preparation for the coming 2 weeks of travel. Trying to make sure all the details have been taken care of.
meh_20000 11 years ago
hmmm...very philosphic. i love the delicate change in tone in this image. and i like your idea 'single point of focus' i'm inspired!

~ shannon aka scenes from the mundane
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Open for all to see
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Open for all to see

In keeping with "A Single Point of Focus" - I offer "Open for all to see" . The small details in our lives sometime complicate themselves by hiding amongst the clutter. In order to devote your focus to a detail you must first remove the clutter and create a clear field of view...otherwise you might miss an even smaller (and probably important) detail. This is the message to myself in the coming weeks - attention to detail !

Lazy sunday afternoon playing with light - my single point of focus today.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thanks for dropping by - glad to in some small way inspire...
James KEZMAN Photo PRO 11 years ago
You want to open the image in PS Elements and then 'Save As' a JPEG. (see below) Otherwise, you arer uploading the RAW image with a very small preview image attached. Saving from PSE also lets you control the amount of compression you apply to the photo, thus controling the size of the photo and how long it takes up upload/display on the screen.

Why do a 'Save As'? JPEG uses what is called lossy compression -- c'est à dire to make the file smaller, it will throw away colors/details that are technically unviewable by the human eye. (Like mp3 files for audio.) Unfortunately, heavy compression can lead to a a pixelated or 'jaggy' look to photos -- not ideal. SO, always keep your master files as RAW, TIFF or PSD & create JPEGs as necessary.

Great series -- on the 20th, is the lighted candle behind an unlighted one??
ebilflindas 11 years ago
That flower looks delicious.

Not to be argumentative, but for the conversation...what of missing "the forest for the trees", or, "the rhythm for the drums"?
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ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
It was a lighter with a really tall flame - bounced light off the wall...just to toot my own horn - the champagne photo made the EXPLORE listing for the 24th !!

Same : same - we should start a thread ! Thanks for dropping by...

Edit: Reread your comment (lest I not look at the detail). There is merit to the comment - get the big picture etc. I do agree it is important to see the overall but in my experience there have been so many times that I have missed some small something that affects the overall larger issue/project/subject. This week and next I need to have detailed focus...not at all forgetting that there is a forest out there. Point well taken
satrina* 11 years ago
*taking notes* single point of focus... detail... de-cluttering...

I like this philosophy :) will try it to see what comes out.

And this flower is lovely, really open for all to see...

Satrina: av meg
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
Been popping in from time to time, peeking at your pictures, but today I took a bit more time to really appreciate them and read some of the accompanying text. I'm really glad I did.

If you control the schedule of your trips to Lausanne, you might be interested to know that the Flickr@Lausanne group usually meets on the first wednesday of the month...

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
Meelifluous PRO 11 years ago
gorgeous flower, what type is it?
Innamorata Crush 11 years ago
very japanese, I watched a japanese tea, so many graceful, honouring details, spiritual.
<3
a lovely jeweled flower
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thanks - trying to be more open in habits and clear in thinking. Focus on the real important items in my life...

Thank you for the visit and your kind comments. I will note very well the dates of your lausanne meeting - I will try my best to attend one in the coming months - I will email ahead prior for details. Thanks for the invite.

You know I haven't a clue - I'll get back to you. Thanks for dropping by.

Just the feeling I was going for - good spot. Slow, focused, clear and open view...thank you for the visit.

Best to all - Off to Italy for a few days and then on to Egypt for a few more...50-50 business and pleasure. Will do my best to post along the way. The fun is in the going !
eelend PRO 11 years ago
attention to detail!!! :)

okey

have a nice monday


eelend's 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Sunset vs. Sadness
26FEV07 - CollardGreens

Sadness vs. Sunset

This time of year we are not treated often to a sunset view. Mostly clouds and sometimes a peek at what summer will be. Today was that. I was in the small conference room at work and looked up...there it was - the title bout between Sadness and Sunshine. Sadness was hitting below the belt and the ref warned several times. Sunshine just beamed a wide grin and Sadness went down for the count...Sadness is not so tough...you can beat him with a grin !

Just a quick midnight post before bed and Italy this week...gonna eat some cheese, drink some wine, promenade a touch and kiss my wife where ever she wants...
AllanThinks 11 years ago
It was gloriously sunny here today, until about 1600, when it began to cloud up. The sun is setting now, but not providing any sort of show.

I'm glad you got to see a beautiful one.

We will likely get rain and snow tonight.

Your shot from Feb25 is gorgeous.

Allan
satrina* 11 years ago
Have a good and safe trip! The plans you have sound won-der-ful!

whenever sadness comes around I'll remember the story :)

Satrina: av meg
msspider66 11 years ago
Me too. Great picture and wonderful words.

[Ms Spider66]
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Thanks - Long drive yesterday but the alps were splendid ! Today business in Parma but pleasure in Firenze !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Following Ansel
27FEV07 - CollardGreens

Following Ansel

If Mr Adams is not rolling over in his grave...I beg his pardon. Today the drive through the alps was stunning - clouds, sunshine and blue skies made looking at the road secondary. We stopped and made some tripod shots at a rest area. The sky looked so blue you could swear it was painted. Tried my hand at black and white in the outdoors here. I would have loved to watch Ansel in action.
satrina* 11 years ago
Wow! that is a superb shot, love the contrast in the mountains and the light in the snow. Lovely place, I can understand why looking at the road was secondary, thank you for sharing :)

Satrina: av meg
dda1605 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by dda1605 (member) 11 years ago
WooooooW, remind me some great moments. Is is the French Alps ?

(Didier 2007 )
ragged division [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ragged division (member) 11 years ago
Stunning indeed!! it does not look better in the Rockies! and the heart shape add warmth to the view ;)
summersumz PRO 11 years ago
Oooo, the b&w alps shot is very so pretty. Love the shadows.

Those poppies on the 25th are awesome! Love the DOF.
meh_20000 11 years ago
gorgeous! very ansel!

~ shannon (scenes from the mundane)
eelend PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by eelend (member) 11 years ago
wow! that's very ansel, it's true
he wouldn't be upset, that's a great shot!!!!


eelend's 2007
Jissy 11 years ago
so another champagne lover! (me too any excuse really) but Friday night has to be best reason! I also find it interesting that Paris has daily garbage collection- they say u learn something new everyday!

Everyday with Jissy
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thanks to you for the visit - I appreciate the comments - was a wonderful drive !

Just on the French side of the border to Italy...

The heart - it was a group of trees that turn to shadow in BW. Thanks for stopping by

I was trying for contrast on this one and the sun cooperated ! Thanks

Have been an Adams fan for a long time - I really hope he doesn't mind ! Thanks for the comments.

Thanks for your stopping by...yes indeed - Champagne anytime !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Grappa after Dinner
28FEV07 - CollardGreens

Grappa after dinner...

We have been visiting some friends who used to live in Paris - they invited us to dinner and of course it is required to have some after dinner grappa...yum ! Makes you sleep good too. No philosophy today...just make good friends and make sure you keep them...

Off to get some dinner and some more grappa after !!!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Grappa.... Lovely stuff!

I'm off to get myself some now, and it's all your fault!

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
eelend PRO 11 years ago
haha that's a good dessert :)


eelend's 2007
satrina* 11 years ago
So are you saying that grappa would do wonders for my insomniac nights?...

Satrina: av meg
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Grappa - good for whatever malady you have. Be careful Satrina - drink too much and you want to dance not sleep !!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Espresso + Grappa: you definitely don't want to sleep after that, Satrina.

And I forgot to say what a good picture it was, Ted.
dda1605 11 years ago
You know how to live, Champagne on Fridays and Grappa on the other days.......

(Didier 2007 )
lramiro520 11 years ago
Just stopping by to catch up...your Alps photo is stunning! I think Mr. Adams would be proud. The hand in the background of the grappa photo is a nice touch. It gives a feeling of animated conversation that often happens after dinner.

The Other Side Of The Fence
Now you make me want grappa, but I am going dancing and I cannot drive if I have even had a sip of heady spirits. So I will have to wait.
:)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Express, grappa and then dancing - sure to be a winner...for me it was grappa, grappa, grappa, express, wobble home to the hotel !!

You only live once !

Thanks for coming by...the hands are from my friend here is Firenze. He is indeed animated - he is Italian...bind the hands - stop the conversation !!

OK - if you are sensitive to this kind of beverage..I would recommend getting a small glass and only smelling it !! It is enough - and surely the scent of grappa is a magic thing. It literally fills your head with the fruit of it's origin. Tonight we had pear...wonderful and yes a wee bit heady !

Thanks to all for visiting - I really enjoy the conversation !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Wine with lunch
01MAR07 - CollardGreens

A little wine with lunch

In Artimino for a business meeting. Life in Italy is well - LIFE ! All things in moderation (he must say...) but all things in gusto ! There is a little village near the castello (location of business meeting). Several of us take a small pre-meeting lunch in a small eatery. The food is superbly fresh and plates are brought to the table of meats, cheese, vegetables, bread and at the insistance of the owner - a local wine. The mix of flavors, smells and colors was worth the trip up the windy hill.

I do appreciate the life in europe - friends and family in the USA...please know that we are well taken care of and our hearts are happy. We will live out our days here however.
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