New image size restrictions enforced - Please Read!

Submitted by bsvee on Tue, 03/01/2011 - 13:36
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To-date, limiting the dimensions and file size of images has been voluntary. However, this site has gone beyond its file size allocation and I'm surprised that my ISP has not called me out on it. The issue is that there have been a lot of images uploaded that are at or near the camera's native dimension.

I have activated restrictions on file size and dimensions in both the contest and member albums. The largest edge for any image uploaded is now 1024 pixels and the largest file size is 1024 bytes.

After voting is over I plan to hand-pick the largest photos in all albums and resize them to these dimensions. This will free up some disk space for the site.

When preparing your photos to upload I recommend saving all photos so that the largest edge is no greater than 1024 pixels. A dpi setting between 72 and 120 will make your images unsuitable for printing. Feel free to contact me if you need help with this.

The advantages of this new restriction include:

  • All photos entered into the contests will be judged at the same size for a fair level playing field.
  • At 1024 pixels your photos will not be of printable size. Full size photos that have already been uploaded to this site could easily be used by anyone on the Internet in printed material.
  • Your software will do a better job maintaining image quality when resizing compared to ISOBAP's sofware. Previously, the web site software resized your image for display at a maximum dimension of 1024 pixels and that conversion has not always rendered the best quality image.
  • Your photos viewed at 1024 pixels will not consume as much bandwidth from cell phone data plans as those at the native camera dimensions.
  • This restriction keeps ISOBAP free to members by not having to purchase an expensive upgrade for additional disk space.

Feel free to add your comments or concerns.

Barry

Voting is now open in both February albums

Submitted by bsvee on Tue, 03/01/2011 - 12:57
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Voting is now open for the February contest albums through March 7. Remember to judge each photo full-size and not by its thumbnail alone. You should cast exactly three votes in each category. Please review the Voting Guidelines if you have not done so already OR if you have not done so for some time.

Flower field at Mount Coot-tha

Submitted by spinifex on Tue, 03/01/2011 - 06:00
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Fascinating photo montages

Submitted by bbristow on Tue, 02/22/2011 - 18:05
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Have a look at these beautiful photo montages. An artist has somehow acquired hundreds of tourist photos of iconic, tourist sites and layered them one over the other. The results are brilliant. I think.

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/hundreds-of-tourist-photos

March Subject

Submitted by bain63 on Wed, 02/16/2011 - 15:56
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The March subject is Bokeh.  Use a shallow depth-of-field to draw attention to your subject, while leaving the other elements of the image out-of-focus.

For cameras that allow you to set an aperture, go as wide open as you can (smallest f-stop number);  f/2.8 or smaller will yield very dramatic results.  There are plenty of example on the web and how-to instructions.  Here's one handy guide.

For automatic, or point-and-shoot cameras, it's still possible to get a shallow depth of field.  There are plenty of sites that have guidance on how to do this.  Here's one that seemed to have some decent instructions.  And another.  I tried the latter and got some promising results.  If that doesn't work, don't give up.  As I said, there were other sites that had other instructions as well.  Google bokeh point and shoot and you'll find them.

A handy tool for determining depth-of-field is here.  It allows you to pick your camera model, aperture, and focal length.  It then gives the distances that are in focus and not.

Have fun.  :)

January 2011 Results

Submitted by bsvee on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 22:08
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January results delayed by a day

Submitted by bsvee on Tue, 02/08/2011 - 22:43
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The tools that I use to query the database for contest results are unavailable. I have submitted a ticket to my ISP and they are working on the issue. I will post the results on Wednesday evening (U.S.)

Voting

Submitted by JacquelineMillar on Fri, 02/04/2011 - 18:55
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I don't know about anyone else, but I found voting this month hard.   I wanted to vote for at least ten.  How beautifully diverse water is.

Amazon Discounts on Nikon Lenses

Submitted by bain63 on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 15:58
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Canon users, please avert your eyes.  Nikon users keep reading...  :)

Amazon's got a promotion going on for Nikon lenses.  Purchase a new qualifying Nikon body, and also purchase a Nikon lens, and you can use a coupon-code at check-out for $100 to $400 off.

Here's the link to the info.

Voting is now open in both January albums

Submitted by bsvee on Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:40
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Voting is now open for the January contest albums through February 7. Remember to judge each photo full-size and not by its thumbnail alone. You should cast exactly three votes in each category. Please review the Voting Guidelines if you have not done so already OR if you have not done so for some time.

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