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Posted: 12/11/2013 at 15:17

Nice pics Dove, very tranquil.


Posted: 12/11/2013 at 15:13

Nemasys nematodes arrived yesterday to deal with Vine Weevil grubs - bought from Amazon. Not easily available at this time of year because the breeding season (I'm told) is at its end - however, they arrived with a 'Use by Date' of 28 Nov 2013 so I've put soil warming cable in the relevant bed (Nematodes only effective at temps above 5°C apparently), then watered in the nematodes as per destructions on packet. I'm aware it may not work at this time of year but here's hoping!

Next job was to cut up some Apple Mint and set 9 pieces in some fresh compost in the GH on top of a warming box.  1st, a layer of 'Violet Farm' composted Horse Manure then a layer of John Innes No 2, lay out the mint pieces on top and cover with another layer of John Innes No 2. - I'll post some pics as they grow.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 14:25

A woman finds Aladdin's magic lamp. She starts rubbing it and a Genie comes out, as usual. The woman looks at the Genie and asks him to grant her the following wishes: -
- I want my husband to have eyes only for me
- I want to be the only one in his life
- I want him to sleep always by my side
- I want that when he gets up in the morning I'm the first thing he grabs, and takes me everywhere he goes.
The Genie turned her into an iPhone!

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Posted: 09/11/2013 at 19:29

Now how often can you get so much of a Rainbow arc in a photo? We'll done little-ann, nice pic. - and I love the house situated under the bow, just makes the picture.

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Posted: 09/11/2013 at 14:48

Just checked out the iPhone5 camera on the Apple site - apparently it is an 8mp camera.

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Posted: 09/11/2013 at 14:36

How did you do that David? I note the file size is 4608x3456 pixels and it enlarges OK! I would never have expected a file that size to enlarge!

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Posted: 09/11/2013 at 14:28

David K wrote (see)

Very interesting, John....I suspected from your shots you have a photographic background

Hi David,

I don't have a photographic background as such but Photography has been a hobby for about 50 years. I ran my own locksmith business for many years and invested in Photoshop to take pics of many of the antique locks I have restored and made keys for over the years.

PS, your pic of the chimney doesn't enlarge - maybe the file size to too big for the forum to handle. I find a file size of 1024x768 works well but I usually put mine on at 2014x1536 as a max size which usually does enlarge OK.

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Posted: 09/11/2013 at 14:22

Hi Verdun,

That is 4.1mp in camera speak and should take some quite reasonable pictures, though my guess is that the zoom function (if it has one) will not be very large and it is unlikely to have a macro setting either.

I use an Apple iPhone5 which (I think) has a 5mp camera but I very rarely use my phone as a camera except in an emergency - like when I went to RHS Cardiff flower show earlier this year and absent mindedly left my camera at home!

Here is a pic I took on the phone (I'm guessing you'll like it!

 John H

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Posted: 09/11/2013 at 13:10

Hi David,

I do have & use Photoshop CS5 but there are some excellent photo programmes available that are much less money than Photoshop. I bought the full PC/CS5 package when I ran my own business (now retired) because  used to buy Digital Camera magazine which seems to do all their tutorials in Photoshop.

A very good alternative to Photoshop is 'Photoshop Elements' which is only a fraction of the full product price but does most things that non professionals need.

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Posted: 09/11/2013 at 12:49

Hi little-ann,

As digital cameras have improved so has the digital zoom function. What a digital zoom does (in simple terms) is the equivalent of enlarging the middle section of what would be the whole picture instead of using the lens alone. Optical zoom uses the lens itself to its full capacity - when you add the digital zoom you are enlarging a portion of what the lens is seeing.

As digital cameras have evolved the ability to capture more pixels (the tiny dots the picture is made up of) has increased vastly so a digital zoom with say, a 1.5mp ccd ('close coupled device' which is the part that records the data in the camera [not the card which stores the data]) will give a more pixellated (fuzzy) result than say, a 5mp ccd simply because there are many more pixels in the higher resolution camera and so the higher the mp (mega pixels) the camera has the greater clarity the end results will be. A 14mp camera will give very clear pictures therefore compared to say a 3mp one.

One thing you will need to be aware of though: when using digital zoom it will be much more difficult to keep the camera still so it becomes more important to use a tripod or other steadying device or 'camera shake' will be evident in the pics you take. 

Best way is to practice and compare the results: as there is no film to pay for and you can easily delete unwanted pictures is pays to take lots of pictures on all sorts of settings so that you get thoroughly used to what the camera can do.

Hope this helps and isn't too complicated.

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