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    Who is your favourite landscape photographer?

    I enjoy Joe Cornish's work at a technical level, but I get more out of looking at Peter Leeming's pictures.
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    Sunrise Above Tewet Tarn

    I'd crop the bright sky out of the second one altogether. Lovely pictures.
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    A week on the North East coast

    BTW at South Gare there is a huge flat sandy beach, which is where the dogs get to play - I don't make them clamber about on that slaggy rocky part! Side note: South Gare itself is completely artificial, being constructed in the middle of the 19th Century, using around 5,000,000 tonnes of slag...
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    A week on the North East coast

    So I had a week off last week, when the weather was fine. I went to the seaside every day, and took the opportunity to visit a couple of places that are not too far away, but to which I've never been. Gear was minimal - camera and wide angle lens on a BlackRapid strap, no polariser or tripod or...
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    iPHONE images... post your iPhone/Mobile pics HERE... :-)

    Got a 6S+ on launch day. Made these images with it. Disclaimer: a PC was used to assemble the montage. All other editing was done in PS Express on the phone. Autumn Montage by Peter Whysall, on Flickr
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    B&W Huntcliffe from The Stray

    Huntcliffe from The Stray, Monochrome by Peter Whysall, on Flickr
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    Recommended SSDs around 500GB capacity

    When I did this, I replaced my system volume (i.e. C: drive). Acronis TrueImage (the software I got with the SSD) cloned my existing system volume onto the SSD and marked the SSD as bootable. On restarting the system, which was now booting off the SSD, the old disk was still visible, but...
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    Recommended SSDs around 500GB capacity

    Samsung have just released a 16TB SSD. Whilst this is an enterprise-grade part which will be unlikely to cost much less than £5,000, it will have the effect of bringing down SSD costs across the board. The only reason I haven't switched away from the rotating rust volumes in my PC (the OS and...
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    Recommended SSDs around 500GB capacity

    Crucial MX200. Bringing you these words right now.
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    Is it now simply called Windows ?

    There was a lot of "who moved my cheese" with Windows 8. It seemed to me as though people have forgotten how to adapt to change. Some of these people managed to go from 8-bit computing to DOS to Windows 3 to Windows 95 with less wailing and gnashing of teeth than which greeted a full-screen...
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    Trying to advance my photography skills - feedback please

    In my experience, all my best (outdoor/landscape) pictures have come from planned shoots. I've gone and looked at the location (with dogs, without camera, to understand the place I'm shooting, from more than just one angle), checked The Photographer's Ephemeris to work out where/when the...
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    Is it now simply called Windows ?

    Or sooner, if you're lucky, and Cthulhu eats you first.
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    Is it now simply called Windows ?

    Fortunately for you, you're completely wrong! Windows 7 will drop out of extended support in 2020, so you're good for a little while yet.
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    Dog portrait: George, the boxer

    Oh, go on then, seeing as you asked nicely. One more. George, curious by Peter Whysall, on Flickr
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    Selling it all for 1 lens 1 camera.

    If it's about the gear and scratching an itch, go for it. I don't wear an Omega watch because i think it's a more accurate clock or has more features than my plastic G-Shock (nope and nope), I wear it because I like the look and feel of it. (And there's some irrelevant-to-real-life nerdery about...
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    Pancake lenses

    I have the Canon 40mm f/2.8 pancake, and I like and use it a lot. It is incredibly small and light, has quick and quiet autofocus (in fact, I really wouldn't recommend using it in MF mode; the STM means that the focus ring is an electronic actuator, and isn't physically connected to the lens...
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    Anti virus Question

    It's interesting because of what they focus on - securing their identity and ensuring that passwords aren't shared. Whereas non-experts focus on securing their computers, which will do you absolutely no good whatsoever when someone compromises your accounts because they used your Facebook and...
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    Anti virus Question

    Interestingly, if you ask security experts, antivirus is not on the list of the top 5 things you should do to keep safe online. Source
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    Anti virus Question

    Windows Defender is fine if you practice safe browsing (i.e. don't visit dodgy sites, and do install an adblocker). I chucked third-party AV/antimalware about five years ago (when AVG went from a lightweight AV program to being a massive intrusive "security suite") and haven't looked back, with...
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    Dog portrait: George, the boxer

    Here's one more. Experimenting with a square crop, and a bit closer in. George, close up by Peter Whysall, on Flickr
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    Which camera should I recommend ?

    Second-hand 550D or similar. Will provide decent pictures in full auto mode, and has "scene" modes. Easily doable for under £200 on the Bay of Fleas. Dunno about you lot, but I find DSLRs much easier to use than compact/bridge cameras.
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    London Tripod rules, London

    "Tripod Rules London" I, for one, welcome our three-legged overlord.
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    London Tripod rules, London

    No-one is diminishing the personal tragedies caused by such events (or, if they are, they shouldn't be). But that is not what is at issue - which is the overall risk of injury or death, to any particular person, from acts of terrorism. This risk is simply miniscule. 52 people were horribly...
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    London Tripod rules, London

    First they came for the jams. Then they came for the marmalades.
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    London Tripod rules, London

    We should refuse to be terrorised. That's how you beat terrorists.
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    Advise on building a pc capable of UHD 4k

    He wants to edit his photos on it - both LR and PS will use the GPU if possible. LR only uses the GPU in the Develop module; it's otherwise CPU-bound. That said, there's editing and editing - it's one thing to just tweak curves and quite another to do complex compositing, stitching and...
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    Advise on building a pc capable of UHD 4k

    The CPU's a bit weak. 4K is a lot of pixels to push.
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    Switching from PC to Mac - Looking for opinions

    When the Mac was using IBM PowerPC processors (and Motorola 680x0 processors before that), it trailed behind contemporary PCs (on performance) quite markedly, despite the protestations of the faithful regarding AltiVec. This performance differential was one of the driving forces that caused...
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    Switching from PC to Mac - Looking for opinions

    I am in a similar frame of mind. I ran Apple computers for about ten years, from an old G4 tower, to a Mini, through a couple of iMacs. I enjoy using OS X very much, and the industrial design of Apple's computers is very pleasing. I happily bootcamped and played Windows games on my iMacs, too...
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    Answered NSFW pictures in "recent photo threads" thumbnails

    The image from this thread is present in the thumbnails at the top of the home page. The thread author has, quite correctly, tagged the thread as NSFW. I would have expected that images from threads with this tag either: don't show up in the thumbnails need an opt-in from the user to be...
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