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  1. 16 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    I use my in-camera grid to make sure my horizons are straight. But I often find the image is slewed a bit from the left or right side of the camera being closer to my face than the other side. It is harder to straighten in LR, and when I do, I have to crop white space out.


    What do you do to keep both ends of the camera on the same plane? It’s starting to drive me 🐿 (take your pick, nuts or squirrely)



    @Betty LaRue


    Hope I didn't misunderstood your question/frustration.  When I do interior photos, which is fairly often, I always use a tripod with Nikon D800's built in digital spirit level.  However when I edit, I often use LR in order to correct verticals precisely, which it is very quick and effective.  That is why I was puzzled when you said it is harder to straighten in LR. 


    Just in case, what I do in LR is different from you do.

    1. Instead of using ' Crop and straighten' - (this might be what you do), I go to 'Transform' and use 'Auto'.  9 out of 10 time, it does a very good job.  If it need a fine tune, I use the sliders underneath.
    2. With regard to 'crop white space', if I want to maintain the original dimensions, I use 'scale' (in Transform) to increase the size (interpolate) slightly (usually upto 102~103% or until white bits disappear).


    If this is what you do already, you can ignore it.






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  2. 16 hours ago, spacecadet said:

    That's a good resource- tap in the size, color, etc, and it usually comes up with the goods pretty quickly.

    Next time you may not need us but please do keep putting up images!

    I've seen them all over Europe (so many I don't always even bother to photograph them anymore- that's a good close image you have) but not here yet. We see them on the same 15km. stretch of the Mosel year after year. I think they stay put when they find a good billet.

    Edit- from that link, there aren't too many here.


    I haven't uploaded it yet but I hope it sells.  Especially a fellow photographer thinks it is a good close image.  Thanks.   😀


    15 hours ago, Marianne said:


    Interesting, guessing they mate for life. Perhaps they ran away together to elope? 😎💕



    How romantic!  Certainly they seemed to enjoy the river view.  Even they looked as it they were talking to each other.


    10 hours ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

    Seen quite a few of them at Regents Park London previously..




    RSPB's map suggests London area has a denser population of these birds.






  3. 1 minute ago, M.Chapman said:


    If the image/graph you want to include is already on-line, then you can simply use the "Insert other media" option and use "Insert image from existing URL" and copy and paste the URL.


    If the image isn't online then upload it (to a free image hosting site like https://postimages.org for example) and then copy the URL from there. Not as easy as drag and drop, but it works fine.






    Oh, I see.  Thanks Mark.  Happy New Year!


  4. Happy New Year, everyone!


    I want to include some image in a post but without success (not Alamy images, but any random images).  

    I tried 'drag and drop'.  It doesn't work.  I use a iMac (High Sierra).

    Is it no longer possible?  Any other way without using 'insert images from URL' option?



  5. On 19/11/2019 at 12:27, Nigel Kirby said:


    Have you looked at this web page:





    I thought about it, but I really don't see myself making it. (though I am pretty dextrous with making things.)

    Thank you anyway.


    On 19/11/2019 at 16:48, David Pimborough said:

    Bog standard shoe polish (black) it restores colour and feeds leather and makes it supple it also works

    very well on old leather camera cases, straps and vinyl.


    Rub in then buff with a soft cloth


    Simplest method I know :)


    It looks like a simple and easy way to try.  Thank you for suggestion.



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  6. 17 hours ago, DJ Myford said:

    I wouldn't recommend trying any of these without further research, but they may give you some ideas.

    Liquid Nikwax is used for waterproofing walking boots, but used to be marketed as a leather conditioner for equestrian equipment also. The latest blurb says that it is designed to avoid over-softening, so it may not be as easy to absorb as before.

    PEG (polyethylene glycol) has many forms and uses, but one is to preserve archaeological finds. It penetrates and replaces water content with a form of wax. This may not be appropriate in this case, treatment may be difficult, or it may only be suitable for static items. Possibly a complete red herring, but someone else may know more.

    The last suggestion is a bit out there, but I'll mention it anyway. I used to work for a company that made industrial process control equipment, including draught gauges for chimneys. They used soft leather diaphragms that were brushed with synthetic whale oil to keep them supple and impermeable. There are several problems with this stuff: apply too much and it will be very messy; it may make the leather too soft and floppy; oil may ooze out when the bellows are compressed; and it may be hard to source in small quantities (although some American gunsmiths seem to use it). But probably best avoided.


    Very interesting input it was.  Thank you very much DJ Myford.



    2 hours ago, Allan Bell said:


    You will not need a lot. How about the local riding school or someone who does horse tack/saddlers.




    As always, sensible suggestion.  Thank you, Allan.



    When I started this thread, I naively thought someone will give me a simple and clear way to deal with the problem.  

    Unfortunately life is a bit more complicated than I really would like.  That's for sure.


    Thank you everyone.



  7. On 24/08/2019 at 16:39, VbFolly said:

    British Wildlife magazine, vol 30, no 6, August 2019, ISSN 0958-0956

    P398, Agriotypidae (Agriotypus armatus, Agriotypus abnormis), parasitized larva of a caddis fly with silk ribbon, Germany. blickwinkel/ H. Bellmann/F. Hecker, Image ID: TR61R5

    P407,  Common swift (Apus apus) flying to a nest box with its throat pouch bulging with insects it has caught to feed its chicks, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK. Nick Upton, Image ID: KN2JMA

    P418, Aerial view of a mixed broadleaved wood in autumn Norfolk UK. David Tipling, Image ID: BPHX4D

    P419, Thursley Common National Nature Reserve, Thursley, Surrey, UK. SFL Travel. Image ID: C50FPR

    P424, Male White-faced Darter Dragonfly (Leucorrhinia dubia). Whixall Moss National Nature Reserve, Shropshire, England. Richard Becker, Image ID: BY22G6

    P424, Argent and Sable Moth, Rheumaptera hastate. David Whitaker, Image ID: ARTY71

    P433, Newly born White Park Bos taurus calf and mother Berkshire UK. Malcolm Schuyl, Image ID: A352HB

    P434, Red Squirrel - Sciurus vulgaris - eating a monkey nut National Trust Reserve at Formby Point Lancashire. Wildlife in Pixels, Image ID: B0CHHP

    P458, 4pm Saturday 16th June 2018. Magor Marsh Nature Reserve, Magor, South Wales. UK weather rain storms spoil the planned Family Fun Day and kids Bioblitz. David Broadbent, Image ID: P3J162

    P461, A field of 9' (3m) tall mature Miscanthus × giganteus, or Elephant Grass, growing in an experiment in bio-fuel generation at Aberystwyth University IBERS (Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences) wales UK. greenwales, Image ID: F96MGK


    Thank you VbFolly for spotting this.


  8. On 13/08/2019 at 12:12, SShep said:

    13/08/2019, Guardian, p3, Isle of Canna, M0WPXC, Lukasz Kochanek
    13/08/2019, Guardian, p19, Goldsmith's University, F41JJB, davidxgreen [Alamy credit only]
    13/08/2019, Guardian G2, p2, The Fat Cat pub in Norwich, D88YTG, Cath Harries [Alamy credit only]

    13/08/2019, Guardian G2, p2, Grosvenor Fish Bar in Norwich, FF6TBH, SFL Travel [Alamy credit only]
    13/08/2019, Guardian G2, p2, The Forum in Norwich, DY9C9J, travelibUK [Alamy credit only]


    Thank you SShep for spotting this.



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