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Russell Watkins

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  1. I can see I'm going to have my work cut out already. But keep it coming!
  2. Like Steve above, I have a portable combined card reader and HDD. If backup is all you want, it's fine although I have found mine a bit flaky. It's a NextoDi - the 1TB version of this. The 1TB version is currently unavailable on Amazon perhaps because others have found it flaky too. But even if it worked as it was supposed to, if I had to buy something today, I'd go the laptop route USB/FW external drive and separate card reader.
  3. I don't mean, "these are the rules". I mean that the subject for this month's challenge is "Rules". You can interpret that as broadly as you like. The April comp was another high quality one and I'm surprised I got a look in, let alone win. Sheila must have had a tough time whittling that lot down. The "Broom" shot was taken when I had some downtime doing up my house last year and run through CEP4 to extract some detail in the plasterboard. Now, if only the bugger would sell. Usual rules (hoho!) - maximum 3 entries per photographer with the competition open until midnight on the 31
  4. Good grief. Thanks for the votes. I shall have a brief think.
  5. FWIW, I've had a few X100S files accepted on Alamy that started out life as JPEGs. They also show a mild case of what I would class as the foliage "watercolour effect" but since the foliage is in the background and OOF anyway, I decided that it was worth the risk. QC agreed, obviously. I would echo Duncan's advice regarding experimenting with in-camera settings and to shoot raw + JPEG. I currently do both and coincidentally also set NR at -2 and Sharpening at -1. I'm finding that JPEGs produced with these settings still require a fair whack of sharpening in post but foliage doesn't suffer
  6. Blimey, I wasn't expecting to make this shortlist. Thanks. I love cats but unfortunately, I have a cat dander allergy. "But I'm willing to take one for the team", he wheezed.
  7. Back on topic, Sony cameras are great; it's just a pity that it's Sony that makes them.
  8. Depends where you are in Cleveland but is York within your 50 mile radius?
  9. It's a mooring bollard. Good job there aren't any warps/lines/hawsers/cables/ropes to keyword too...
  10. HDSLR magazine appears in "Newsstand" on the iPad and isn't a pdf, unfortunately. It's in whatever proprietary format Newsstand publications are in and sandboxed to the app. Having said that, an article can be exported a page at a time into Pages (the IOS/OSX WP) and from there can be exported as a pdf. I've just given this a go and it works in principle but the recent update of Pages causes my iPad to freeze when I'm browsing documents. The only way out of this is a hard reset. I'm hoping Apple issue a for a fix for this soon. Hopefully, Lynne isn't plagued by the same problem. An
  11. "...they do go..." is also a peculiarly Welsh grammatical construction.
  12. Meanwhile, the double entendrified "strap-ons" appears to be universally understood. Love it.
  13. Insect-proof mesh doing its job; it's not just about slapping on some Deet when you're in the tropics... . . . . Chillis - the source of capsaicin, used as a topical analgesic... . . . . Blood-filled syringe and 21G needle...
  14. Let's call it objectivity. Actually ethnic categorisations are quite a fascinating subject - unscientific and vague for the most part and almost impossible to agree on. Good Christmas forum fodder. Sorry, I was being my usual obtuse self. I was referring to your use of "WOP" and its (ironic given the current thread) derogatory connotations for a certain group of Southern Europeans. Wiki entry here. I agree that ethnic categorisation (along with language) is fascinating. Of course historically, anthropological research was driven by the desperate need to prove the inherent supremacy
  15. Let's call it objectivity. Actually ethnic categorisations are quite a fascinating subject - unscientific and vague for the most part and almost impossible to agree on. Good Christmas forum fodder. Sorry, I was being my usual obtuse self. I was referring to your use of "WOP" and its (ironic given the current thread) derogatory connotations for a certain group of Southern Europeans. Wiki entry here. I agree that ethnic categorisation (along with language) is fascinating. Of course historically, anthropological research was driven by the desperate need to prove the inherent supr
  16. Let's call it objectivity. Actually ethnic categorisations are quite a fascinating subject - unscientific and vague for the most part and almost impossible to agree on. Good Christmas forum fodder. Sorry, I was being my usual obtuse self. I was referring to your use of "WOP" and its (ironic given the current thread) derogatory connotations for a certain group of Southern Europeans. Wiki entry here. I agree that ethnic categorisation (along with language) is fascinating. Of course historically, anthropological research was driven by the desperate need to prove the inherent supr
  17. Let's call it objectivity. Actually ethnic categorisations are quite a fascinating subject - unscientific and vague for the most part and almost impossible to agree on. Good Christmas forum fodder. Sorry, I was being my usual obtuse self. I was referring to your use of "WOP" and its (ironic given the current thread) derogatory connotations for a certain group of Southern Europeans. Wiki entry here. I agree that ethnic categorisation (along with language) is fascinating. Of course historically, anthropological research was driven by the desperate need to prove the inherent supr
  18. On that photo, he's wearing a sweatshirt/hoodie with the Union Jack flag and what looks like "England" written on it. I make that comment because Al Q is not exactly pro-Britain so it seems incongruous that he would be "an aspiring suicide bomber" for that particular organisation. On the other hand, I'm not having the shit bombed out of me in Aleppo, so what do I know?
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