John Harding

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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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Posted: 08/11/2013 at 20:14

I wouldn't have minded if I had known but to pay for a bare root plant In a bit of compost @ established plant price was OTT.

Problem was by the time I discovered it we were of course back home and it would have been a 50mile round trip to go back! Grrrr! 

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Posted: 08/11/2013 at 18:56

Hi David,

I bought a Pilgrim Climber earlier this year but it hasn't flowered yet. It was in a 9" pot and looked healthy enough but when I took it out of the pot to plant it next to the Pergola all the soil just fell off and it was plain to see I had a bare root plant that must have been potted up only a couple of days before! I wasn't best pleased at the time but I set it in some John Innes No 3 with a bit of 'Root Grow' (Mycorrhizal fungi) and it has come on well now.


Posted: 08/11/2013 at 16:23


Yes, it does grow through the winter: I just put some (about 9)  2"-3" root cuttings in some fresh compost in a largish seed tray and keep it damp but not wet over a heated tray in the GH. I have a dimplex 2ft tubular heater in the GH + a couple of heat boxes made from old 12" x 7" rectangular biscuit tins with SES light bulb fittings and 25watt bulbs in. I made sure the bulb holders were the ceramic type, used table lamp brass fixings and because the boxes are metal it is very important to make sure they are properly earthed. I say 'biscuit tins' but in reality 1 originally had 2 bottles of wine in (Ernst & Julio Gallo Californian Red & White) best part was using the original contents!  The other was a Cadbury's Roses tin. John H

PS: I did the Jeyes Fluid bit a couple of weeks ago in the Robinson GH so the pong has now dissipated 

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