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 on: February 24, 2017, 08:45:51 PM 
Started by Glenn Bartley - Last post by donbga
Here's one of the little beauties I photographed while on the Caribbean Island of Martinique...

Antillean Crested Hummingbird

What a beautiful critter.

 on: February 24, 2017, 08:41:46 PM 
Started by MBehrens - Last post by donbga

A Fujifilm UK, promoting its new GFX 50S camera brought out a topless model for the photographers - that paid to be there - to shoot. One photographer was outraged...

Is this the travesty that Mr. North, the only attending photographer that seemed to be outraged, claims? Or is it understandable, for the maker of a high-end medium format camera that will potentially revolutionize the rendering of skin tones in digital images, to use this tactic to promote its equipment?

I fall into the latter group, as if anyone really cares. Just wondering what the prevailing opinion is around here..
I thought it was a great idea.

 on: February 24, 2017, 08:41:39 PM 
Started by Rajan Parrikar - Last post by Rajan Parrikar
Icelandic Winter Sketches - 4

 on: February 24, 2017, 08:29:24 PM 
Started by rollsman44 - Last post by BartvanderWolf
One thing about the Topaz Impression (and of course, this applies also to other similar products and filters), is the sheer number of available presets. Altough you can apply any style to a specific image, it's best to experiment with a bunch of different presets until you find which painting style is most appropriate for that image or most appealing to you. Fortunately, most of these transformation happen quite quickly, so you can try several painting methods for each image.

After settling on particular presets, you may want to experiment with layer masking and selectively remove or reduce painting changes from certain parts of the image. Or even combine several layers each processed in a slightly different way.

Yes, I agree, there is still a lot possible after using the 'canned' presets. In fact, it can also be worthwhile to precede the use of the Impression plugin by first using the Topaz Simplify plugin, assuming one is looking for a more impressionistic look. By first 'simplifying' the image content, it may result in using different Impression presets to achieve the desired result. One can also use multiple layers, e.g one as underpainting, and then add another as overpainting. Lots of possibilities for creating a unique signature style.


 on: February 24, 2017, 08:14:11 PM 
Started by Schewe - Last post by BartvanderWolf
Bart, we are talking about Obama stats and criteria only. By the way, the only highlight of his years.

But Slobodan, don't you want to be able and compare the dishonest Obama stats to the progress made by the honest Trump stats?


 on: February 24, 2017, 08:08:24 PM 
Started by Landscapes - Last post by Landscapes
This post is simply more about adding some useful info in the archives since I'm not asking for help, but sharing my issue and fix.

The history of my printer is that from an early age, it had to have its main board and carriage replaced twice, yes, twice.  It developed a problem in a channel that a new head didn't fix.  So a new carriage was installed, and although it brought some nozzles back in the channel, it was still clearly bad.  So then a new main board was installed, but this too didn't solve the problem.  As it so happens, the original problem was more than likely the main board, and so when the new carriage was installed, the bad main board fried it.  When the new board was installed, the new carriage was unfortunately already fried, so it was no good now as well, even though it was new.  After a new main board, the second one, and a new carriage, also a second one, and two new heads, everything was back to normal.

Fast forward over a year, and the printer started to get this error code.  "03130031-2F26"   Reading the manual, it states that the carriage is inoperable and to check the surrounding parts, etc.  Along with this, it also says to check the encoder strip and linear scale.  There are hardly any posts anywhere with this error code, and the fix usually was the linear scale, but mine looked good.

The other error code I would get was 03130031-2F13 , which states "A/D converter external trigger output stop detection hardware error 1", and once again "Check the carriage unit and surrounding parts."

One thing I noted was that this happened less when the printer was warm.  So sure enough, I kept making sure the printer was very warm before using it.  If the printer stops suddenly and displays this, I would have to go into service mode, do a nozzle check, go to regular mode, have it do this test where it runs the carriage back and forth for 5 minutes or more, and hope and pray it worked.  For the most part, after it got going it was fine, but it was a struggle sometimes.

Fast forward to a month ago.  I read all the printer posts here and am amazed by the guys fixing their HP 3100's with the excellent help that Mark Lindquist is providing.  It just so happened that I watched the video on replacing the belt, and noticed that they were oiling the carriage rod.  I remember when the 2 techs were replacing my carriage unit and I asked about oiling and they said its not necessary.  They were very careful to not damage it when they removed it, but all they did was install the new carriage unit after putting it back carefully.  I also noticed that it had these felt pads, so I figured maybe the felt pads are pre-oiled, so each new carriage unit would also lubricate the rod.

So as I had this in my head, and looking at my error codes, I also came across some stuff that said these error codes have something to do with a timeout, or too much current draw on the motor that is moving the carriage.  It always stops in the exact same place with a loud thump, but not because its hitting something, but just because the motor stops suddenly.  It usually wouldn't do it during loading paper, but it would do it just before printing, and it would never do it in service mode, although all you can do is print out nozzle checks and stuff.  But still, it was some kind of software thing where unless its printing, it wasn't monitoring some values.  Also, given that it works much better when warm, although even this wasn't as successful after many months as it used to be, it occurred to me that maybe what is going on is that too much friction is causing the motor to work a little harder, which spikes the voltage, and bam, error code and shut down.  When its warm, either the little bit of lubricant that is there is more viscous, or the parts slightly expand from the heat, just enough to make it slide smoother.

So after lots of research, I decided that sewing machine oil should be good enough.  I applied it just like in the video on my carriage rod, and for a few weeks now, I have not seen the error code again.  Before, it would come up almost every time before doing a print until it warmed up enough to get it going. 

I figure its very rare for a carriage to be replaced twice, and so whatever lubricant is put on the rod from the factory is enough for the life of the printer, but in my case, those felt pads probably soaked up whatever was there, as opposed to lubricating it some more, and it clearly needed more.  I would have liked to get the special oil, since mine is only a $6 bottle that is sewing machine oil and I'm not even sure if its 100% syntethic, but I just didn't want to initially spend $50 on a bottle, just in case it didn't help it any more.  Now I'm not sure if I should get better stuff, but this is certainly doing the trick.

I hope if someone ever has this error code come up, this posts helps them out!

 on: February 24, 2017, 08:08:01 PM 
Started by etto1972 - Last post by BartvanderWolf
In short, C1 is really good software, that's why P1's strategy is so disappointing from the point of view of a photographer.

That's the issue, conflicting interests. Freedom of optimal tool choice versus longer term Return on Investment.

Perhaps the best thing that could happen for both sides, is that the Fuji GFX takes off like a Rocket and that Phase One also introduces a somewhat similar product (although differently priced to protect their 2-tier dealer distribution business model). That would make it more attractive to open up Capture One for selected other MF offerings.


 on: February 24, 2017, 08:00:02 PM 
Started by pcgpcg - Last post by pcgpcg
Hmmm... I do a nozzle check once a week if I don't print that week.
I'm curious why, if the printer noticed something that caused it to tell me to replace the head, why it didn't notice it again after I "tricked" it. Scary that a print head could damage the main board. I can't imagine that Canon engineers would design something that would allow this. Well, I can imagine it, but I think it's highly unlikely.
Would love for a Canon tech to jump in and comment anonymously.  Better yet a design engineer... ;)

 on: February 24, 2017, 07:59:50 PM 
Started by JoeKitchen - Last post by JoeKitchen
I posted a discussion in the Pro Business sub-forum and felt it may be good to post a link to that conversation here as well. 

Creepy Situation

 on: February 24, 2017, 07:57:31 PM 
Started by JoeKitchen - Last post by JoeKitchen
I am posting this on behalf of my fiancée who does not post on this forum and I am not sure where exactly to post this.  I hope this is the right sub-forum. 

Like myself, my fiancée is a commercial photographer with a website that contains all her business contact information and a short bio with an avatar.  She is a food and beverage photographer and does not shoot anything else; this is very apparent if you visit her website. 

About three weeks ago, she received a phone call from a random man who said he was trying to have boudoir & erotic photography taken of himself as a gift for his wife.  He specifically stated that he needed a female photographer for this since he did not feel comfortable being naked in front of another man and was looking for a woman in the NYC area for this need.  My fiancée quickly declined and hung up on him.  We joked about it afterwards and thought nothing of it. 

Tonight, she received a missed call with no voicemail.  About 20 minutes after the call was missed, she called the number back and it was this same man.  She quickly explained that he had spoken to her before and that she declined him then and was still was not interested.  Upon hearing this, he replied that he now remembered they had spoken and "by the way, you are very pretty." 

This transaction was too fast for him to have looked her up online, which means he either studied her picture enough where he remembers what she looks like with only needing to hear her name or had her website up at the time she called back.  Either way, not very reassuring. 

Neither of us know if we should treat this as a benign situation or actually be concerned.  She does not recognize the voice nor has had any other situations arise in the last few months that could be related to this. 

The area code is from CT and we are thinking about reporting it to the police in CT.  Would this be an appropriate course of action? 

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