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Due to a computer virus that somebody under different aliases is posting, no videos in comments, please and thank you. Only in FlickrMails from those I have as contacts.
No Search The Best invites from anybody but an admin, please and thank you - I do not accept my photos going into pending mode for the new group.
No Frame BANGLADESH invites from anybody but an admin, please and thank you.
And no Top 20 group invites - those groups require you to be an Admin or Moderator and also require those groups at 20 photos - from 20 different people. Plus those groups end up Private.
I will not be accepting being in the Ya Gotta Start Somewhere group anymore. I've quit that group and removed my two items from there. I will keep the comments, though.
Top Favourites: Gardening, digital photography, the summertime, music, Christmas time, travel.
Least Favourites: Stormy weather, when it is really hot and humid, and the winter time except during Christmas and New Year's. And being blocked by people I've been nice to, including kiwibyrd (Janet), but glad she can comment on my photos since blocking only prevents you from saying anything on their photos and videos. In fact, I prefer to never, ever be blocked.
My Current Digital Cameras:
Olympus Camedia C-765 Ultra Zoom 4.0 megapixel digital point-and-shoot camera with 10-times optical zoom that can be converted to 14-times super zoom. Now just used as a backup and for at-home use only. (Edit: No longer used but not being gotten rid of until I can find out if it the battery pack or the battery charger at fault for the battery pack running low when the optical zoom is used)
Sony Handycam DCR-SR62 digital camcorder with a built-in digital still camera feature and with the 25-times optical zoom. This gets used for videos that will occasionally be uploaded to Flickr (Edit - This camcorder is now no longer used)
Canon EOS Rebel T6i digital SLR with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens, the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM telephoto zoom lens was kept from the Canon EOS Rebel T1i, which will be owned by a friend, along with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens, and the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM prime lens also stays to be used on the T6i. Won't be for any videos to be uploaded to Flickr.
Brinno TLC Time-Lapse High Definition Video Camera (will be saving and uploading JPEGs of the time-lapse videos only - video uploading not possible due to always getting the Bonk! message.
Here are a close-up and a macro of a light Rembrandt tulip:
I do my scanning of photos taken with film with the Hewlett-Packard OfficeJet 4630 three-in-one that also prints and works as a photocopier.
Favourite Types Of Photography: Nature, Travel, Special Events and Occasions, Astrophotography, Boats and Ships.
When any of my flower photos are chosen as Admin Faves, it is very delightful. When none of my flower photos are chosen as Admin Faves, it is very disappointing.
This is how I feel when any of my flower photos are chosen as Admin Faves: :-) This is how I feel when any of my flower photos are not chosen as Admin Faves: :'-(
One pet peeve is when the batteries in my cameras run low and battery chargers aren't nearby when on vacation. Another is when somebody refers me to Chris - I prefer either my username of Chrisser or my real first name of Christina. Another is when the Flower Factory or Flower Themes group provides a new theme that none of my photos will work for. Sometimes I don't even have photos of flowers or parts of flowers for any new theme and must wait until a theme that will work with my photos comes around. And I find it sad whenever somebody either blocks me or originally adds me as a contact or friend and then removes me from his/her contact listings.
Reminder to Flower Factory and Flower Themes: Photos that have been chosen as Admins Faves do not get removed and reposted. Only photos that have not been chosen as Admin Faves - and also not removed by the admins of those groups - do get removed and reposted if there are new themes that the photos originally posted for another theme and not chosen as Admins Faves or removed by the admins can work for those themes. And unless you have joined one of the flower groups I started, the minimum allowed Admin Faves for Flower Factory and Flower Themes to be allowed as one of my contacts under the Friends category is two.
The only Private groups I join are those where a contact of mine has invited me via FlickrMail.
Also, since ONLY the admins have permission to answer any questions by the members of Flower Factory, the main group page should be saying so to prevent such troubles. Also, I have decided NOT to post questions in Flower Factory's Members' Questions posts anymore. If you are going to be posting any links or photos to comments about my photos, I prefer photos in the Small size. If the photos option doesn't work, then substitute links if necessary.
You probably have noticed I always but a happy face at the end of the main comment in the comments box of photos of others and at the end of saying Thanks when others say nice comments on my photos or when the admins of groups like Flower Factory and Flower Themes choose my photos as Admin Faves. The happy face is just a polite expression. :-)
The Flickr Blog link has lots of excellent photos posted by the staff every single day.
Reminder: With the exception of Lots Of Chickadees, the groups I originally started stay at the unlimited photo postings as long as I am still in those groups and as the original starting admin. That doesn't change until I am no longer able to be around. Also, I have posted Members' Questions topics in two of the groups I originally started, and those topics DO get answered by both the admins and members as long as I am still part of those groups and still as the original admin of those groups. Only any Admins' Questions posts would be only answered by admins. To the admins of Flower Themes: Keep up the excellent work you do in the Administration. And all admins of Flower Factory and Flower Themes, if they haven't done so, are welcome to add me to their contact listings. :-)
To groups that have weekly themes, no matter the daily limit: In addition to taking time from posting any photos where both flowers and buds were in the same photos to cool down, if a theme takes place and I don't have photos that fit a theme, I don't post, unless the Admins see photos that can be permitted.
All of my gardening is currently in Zone 5 of eastern Ontario, Canada, meaning I have to dig up all canna rhizomes, dahlia tuberous roots, and ranunculus tubers before the winter months. I also have to provide winter protection for my mini rosebushes, and I was supposed to protect my Double Delight rose last year, but forgot to, so it is no longer part of my life anymore.
My ancestors came from the Netherlands, Ireland and Scotland. There were a few that did immigrate from England eons ago.
Due to concerns and security reasons, I was told to remove my address. I did, but left Canada for the Country category. So anybody who has me on their contact listings, don't feel very bad about not seeing where my address is. I am also not to do any geo-tagging of photos taken at homes of family and friends anymore - just on my travels where I am not at a friend's home or a family member's home. Also, personal information like home addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers are not allowed to be posted for privacy and security reasons.
Photo used to create my buddy icon - and not ever being changed.
My best week as far as Admin Faves in Flower Factory are concerned: Clematis & Passion Flowers (August 5th to August 11th, 2008): Seven photos of mine were chosen as Admin Faves (previous high was six Admin Faves in one week three times!).
My worst weeks as far as Admin Faves in Flower Factory are concerned: Weeks that I could not provide flowers or did provide flowers but none were chosen.
Note: For flowers that are on a solid background colour, those are courtesy of modifications using Photoshop. I do not take photos of flowers where I've placed a solid coloured piece of cardboard. Same if I decided to make the background behind any insects one solid colour.
To those who have to leave the Flower Factory administration: It will be very sad to see you not being able to choose any of the photos I've posted to the group as Admin Faves after you leave and return to Member status, but it was fun when you were choosing Admin Faves.
Software Used For Photo Editing:
Microsoft Picture It Express 7.0
Sony Picture Motion Browser Version 2.0.06.13151 (for copying photos taken with digital camcorder)
Canon EOS Utility Version 2.8 (for copying photos taken with my DSLR)
Digital Photo Professional (for RAW format, which I prefer not to use - I always shoot in the highest JPEG setting with my DSLR.
Photo Editing Websites Used:
Flickr Toys Ribbet iPiccy PicMonkey
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"I wanted to take a few minutes to write a testimonial for Chrisser/Christina while I have a little time. I haven't been able to keep up with this wonderful photo stream like I have wanted to due to personal health issues and the loss of a loved one. I hope now that things are getting back to normal for me to become a regular visitor again. I feel inspired by her photos. My favorite contacts are those that are creative and unique in their photography. Chrisser/Christina is both. A lovely personality to boot. Take some time to stroll through Chrisser's/Christina's photo stream and enjoy!!!"
April 2nd, 2009
"Chrisser is always so polite and sweet in her comments. She takes such beautiful photos of flowers and I find them inspiring. :)"
January 24th, 2009
FLS Gallery says:
"Christine aka Chrisser....Is a Flickr fanatic, she posts photo's daily and many. She is friendly, knowledgeable and lives in the very cold country. I am pleased that she is one of my contacts, I just wish she would visit me more often, leaving comments here and there. I comment usually only one those that comment on my photos.....Best wishes Christine in life, love and the pursuit of happiness, most of all keep snapping away with your new camera !"
March 2nd, 2008
"" Christina, you are a champion of knowledge in the matter of Flowers and Bugs. You can identify everything and are always ready to help. You are sharing so well with us your love of nature with your wonderful and diverse photography.
Keep on snapping and now with your camcorder you are doing wonders!
Thanks for being such a great Flickr Friend. ""
February 14th, 2008
Vanda's Pictures says:
"Christina is a fantastic flickr friend, she is so warm friendly and talented. Christina is a fantastic photographer who never fails to impress me with her pictures. Christina please keep up your fantastic work on flickr, you are greatly appreciated."
December 19th, 2007
"I have been lucky to recently discover Chrisser's photo site on flickr! She has an eye for beauty and captures amazing details. Her knowledge on flowers and insects is amazing. You can tell she loves photography and learning new and creative ways to bring her photos to us. Her true passion shows on her site along with her dedication to the groups and her photography! Magical and informative as well as inspiring!"
November 26th, 2007
Dr Tao says:
"Christina is a wonderfully kind soul........
She is Sunny. Inspiring. Charming . And -
very special. One in one like her fragrancing
flowers. Good Luck & be happy, dear."
September 6th, 2007
julie scholz says:
"i am so glad to have christina as my friend here on flickr!
her genuine warmth shines through in her beautiful photographs as well as her comments. i always look forward to her new pictures as well as her visits :)"
August 25th, 2007
"christina your photos are impressive and inspirational..
your warmth and charm are so obvious by your beautiful images..
mark christina as a friend you wont be sorry.................
keep up the great work you do in your groups and keep posting to flower factory we would never be the same without you...
April 20th, 2007
You are such a wonderful person, and such a great addition to the Flickr community :-) Your gorgeous flower photos are such a delight to visit. You capture them beautifully. I am glad I have run into you in the Flickr world.
March 2nd, 2007
"Christina is the champion of flower photography, normal and close ups. She also is very good at capturing insects on plants in macro shots.
"Christina is supportive of my photographs on flickr and she makes time to comment and fave them. I look forward to when she uploads her new photos and I am amazed at what a wonderful photographer she is. Her photographs are amazing and her eye for what to shoot is incredible. Flickr is a better place with her in it and so is the world. She is a dear friend on Flickr and maybe one day we will meet in person. Until than I will enjoy her stunning work.
I recommend her work to everybody."
January 7th, 2007
"Christina has a wonderful eye for beauty and composition. Her flower pictures are nothing short of amazing. Her love of nature is obvious in all her work. I truly enjoy being one of her contacts and viewing her wonderful shots!"
October 7th, 2006
"While I also enjoy Christina's floral photography, what really comes to mind is the knowledge she has and how quickly she answers questions to identify types of insects & flowers! It's just amazing and I appreciate it so very much. Oh -- and she's always there to offer supportive and thoughtful comments :) thank you, Christina!"
August 11th, 2006
"Christina is very dedicated to the flickr community! Not only is she busy administring several flowergroups, she also gives encouraging comments to peoples' picturesand lots of feedback on her own stream!
Day after day she uploads the most beautiful pictures, mainly flowers and insects!
Thanks for sharing Christina!"
July 4th, 2006
"Christina is the queen bee of wonderful insect shots. Her macros and close-ups are absolutely lovely. Visiting her stream is like a walk through the park. I am happy to have met her via flickr."
June 5th, 2006
Lida Rose says:
"I have only been looking at Christina's photos for a very short time, but already tell she and I have a lot in common. Flowers! And especially ROSES!!
She has a lovely variety of flower photos on her stream, that I really enjoying looking at. Her photography is very good.
Keep us the good work Christina!!!!"
June 2nd, 2006
Luv 2 Flickr says:
"Although I haven't had time to view all of Chrisser's pics, the ones I have seen are beautifully taken and show a very talented person. She has a way with the camera and her pics are always so clear and show amazing detail. Always a treat to see her latest offerings. Thanks for sharing with us here at Flickr."
May 18th, 2006
"Can you believe it, Chrisser has started 34 groups! This is a hard worker for Flicker, and it's appreciated by many Flickr addicts.
On top of that, she has such a great photostream, that whenever I visit,I always come away feeling uplifted by the beauty of her photos.
we share two things, our love of roses and our love of photography.
glad to have met you here on Flickr."
May 7th, 2006
""Christina you are a wonder;-)
Your photography is varied and well taken it is allways a pleasure to come and browse your photo's.
I would like to thankyou for your kind and generous comments on my pictures.
You work very hard at your groups that you have on Flickr and I marvel how you have enough time to do it all nearly on your own.
Keep pressing that camera button and may you long continue to brighten up our days with your lovely photographs.
May 5th, 2006
- August 2005