Show us your Photos 2018. July's Theme - Blue

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Found 15th JanEdited by:"fern37"
This is the place to post your very own photos of hols, scenes, wildlife and all things of interest. Accompanying descriptions and information, plus general photography chat are very welcome (but NOT so keen on 'just chat').

All the new camera owners --- get your pics in here. Pics from phones, point and shoots, bridge cameras, and D/SLRs - post them here and tell us about them. There's hardly anything as good as seeing that one in a hundred pic on your screen and we love them all.

This is our 9th year of 'the photo thread' but we love to see pics by new people so please don't be shy. If your pic is pro quality then ...brilliant .... but if it's a phone pic of your much loved dog then that's brilliant as well.

Not sure about something? You might find the answer in posts #1 – 9.

In the latest layout, there is the great list of liked photos etc in the Top Comments section - to get to the info posts you need to scroll past the Top Comments to the All Comments section i.e. the thread!!! lol .....

INDEX:

#1 How to post a pic

#2 Monthly competition info - there are RULES , but no prizes!

#3 Software for editing & resizing

#4 Useful photography sites

#5 Links to old threads and summaries

#6 Misc

#7 Misc 2

#8 monthly winners

#9 How to upload photos to this thread

If, by any chance, you want constructive (ONLY constructive!) criticism and don't mind on what aspect of your photo it is based then type RIA (Rip it apart) next to it. If you are looking for specific feedback, then ask for that. If you want advice on how to do something then just ask!

PLEASE NOTE- the photos in this thread have been posted by the people who took them and they are very kindly sharing. Please ask if you have a specific reason for copying and don't 'use' them without permission.

Photo-contributors, if you don't want to risk your image being copied, then it's not a bad idea to post a low resolution photo, it won't look as good on screen as a high res. one but it will be pretty useless for commercial etc purposes.

The alternative, for lovely high res pics, is to watermark them in some way. Be careful though with watermarking, as we can't have business names or some-such that could be construed, in any way, as business names/self-promotion on HUKD. Anything doubtful in any way will be deleted. A watermark would generally be across the image, in order to render it useless to someone copying it.
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Thanks for setting this one up fern and I hope you are feeling much better now 🙏
My first post in this thread will be a black & white photo of the Imperial War Museum North in Salford Quays, Manchester.

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Edited by: "Ziad81" 16th Jan
fern3724 m ago

Think they may have stopped 3rd party hosting too. Anyone else with them?


steve.t40 m ago

Thought I'd have a go but can't seem to do it right. I can't find the …Thought I'd have a go but can't seem to do it right. I can't find the "more ways to share" button on Flikr.I tried embed....fail Tried, bbc code...fail, tried share....fail.



3rd party hosting isn't the problem, it's the way HUKD handles images now. It re-writes the Flickr code, because you can no longer have a URL wrapped around an image. It would break the pop-up when you click on the image.

You can still grab the images from Flickr, but it's slight tricky.

If you go to 'Share photo', then choose 'BBCode', you need to copy the URL between the two [img] tags. It's easier to copy the whole lot, paste it into notepad then grab the image URL. Then you can see what you are doing.

There's example in the image, click on it to be able to read it better.


33071364-f4uRn.jpg

This is the image from that URL:

33071364-joCOe.jpg

This is the orginal Flickr page: flic.kr/p/V…qtz

Theoretically, I think you should actually write another link crediting Flickr for hosting the image to remain inside their T&C, but I don't think anyone is going to come and kick your door down if you don't.

Just to re-iterate, this is 100% a HUKD problem, they totally screwed Flickr links after the re-design.
Edited by: "MSK." 16th Jan
1939903378-1516067158.jpgooh... the excitement, I did it.
Ok ..... Liverpool, old railway track from Aintree down to Halewood. Panasonic LX3 (10yr old camera)

Hmm.... I only get a spinning blue circle when I click to enlarge on the one above.


33071394-5WheQ.jpg
100 metres from my house. st Peters church Humberston. Panasonic LX3


33071394-JAlyh.jpg
A little known place somewhere down south I believe....panny LX3
Edited by: "steve.t" 16th Jan
fern376 h, 34 m ago

Think they may have stopped 3rd party hosting too. Anyone else with them?


Had much the same as @Jumpingphil ages ago
still got a photobucket account with a few photos on it seems to work fine

33071739-XOcrr.jpg
Edited by: "Wongy110" 16th Jan
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1. I took over this thread from Chesso and I am trying to keep it a fun thread but the primary goal of the thread is to post photos, be you amateur or a professional and amaze us with your skills. Some posters ask for constructive criticism which is fine. We welcome everyone, every level and every style. We've all had to start from somewhere and those that are very good at their art, I have found to be encouraging in this thread to those who ask questions and want to take up photography. I hardly post photos as I don't have any confidence but having a new camera, I hope to start learning about it and participating more.

2. The monthly comp is a fun thing we do. It's always good natured and there are no prizes. The winner gets to pick the theme for the next month. I am going to use January as an example of how it it is run.
2nd-30th Jan - anyone can post photos on here and they can be liked by anyone and there is no restriction on likes. It can be to do with the theme or just a random pic or series of pics that you have taken and want to share.
31st Jan (last day of the month) - comp entry day. This day is set aside for posting your entry for the monthly competition. Please mark it as 'My Entry'. It needed to have been taken during the month of January and should be relevant to the theme. You could have posted it already through January or saved it for the comp. NO LIKES of these entries are to be done on that day otherwise they will not be counted on voting day.
1st Feb - voting day. This is the day that you can vote on the competition entries. You have a max of 3 votes and you do not need to use all 3. Voting finishes at midnight then I count the votes, check exif data to make sure it was taken in January, make sure that no one has voted more than 3 times then announce the results. The winner, gets to choose February's theme and I amend the title. You can now go back and like any of the other comp entries if you so wish.

3. Memes, jpegs, gifs - I don't mind people posting these. What I don't want is this thread to be just a chat thread with endless memes, gifs, etc. There are plenty of other threads in HUKD for that. The odd one is fine.

4. The Photo Thread is mainly for photos, chat about cameras/accessories, help on how to get the best in a certain situation and anything else to do with photography. As I took it over from Chesso, I want to keep it true to her vision of it. Some banter is fine but I don't want page on page of off topic banter, again there are plenty of threads in HUKD to do this on. There are posters on here who have been on here for years and help keep this thread going every year. I wouldn't want it to die a death. It's one of the few good natured threads that has gone on for years. No bitching, trolls, agendas, cliques, etc. It's why I agreed to keep it going.

Finally....enjoy yourselves in this thread.

If I have missed anything out, I will add to this. I'm going to ask to get this pinned so newbies can read it. Please do read the pages at the beginning of this thread.
Edited by: "fern37" 15th Jan
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#1 How to post a pic

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Using flickr, click on the "More ways to share" icon (Shown in pink)
Click on "Grab the HTML/BBCode"
Copy the text in the box (Shown in blue)
Paste the text into the HUKD comments box and click "post comment"

How To Post and Host Images For Thread Submissions, Comments & Replies
Edited by: "fern37" 15th Jan
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#2 Competition info

Monthly theme and competition is entirely optional!! Post your pics of anything on all but on the competition day..

There are RULES but no prizes

Post as many pics as you like on the theme in the thread during the month, as well as any other photos, of course.

Theme pics can be posted anytime during the month but only ONE comp pic.

The competition entry photo must be one taken during that month. Post the pic for the competition on the last day of the month. If there is a change to it being the last day of the month, it will be flagged in the thread title by me.
Voting is a max of 3 likes per voter. Anyone can vote. Voting is on the first day of the next month and only votes on that day will count.

E.g. take a photo in January; post it on the 31st January. Vote on 1st February.

Winner chooses the theme for the next month.

Could you mark your entries as 'My Entry' to make it clear it is for the comp.
Edited by: "fern37" 16th Jan
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#3 software for editing & resizing

Free photo-editing software:

photoscape.org/ps/…php
picasa.google.com/
getpaint.net/
gimp.org/
pixlr.com/
irfanview.com/
photofiltre.en.softonic.com/
sumopaint.com/app/
photoscape.org/ps/…php
hongkiat.com/blo…ow/

Re-sizing

word on resizing:
You can custom resize in photoshop and other editing software and photobucket etc have resizing, otherwise you can download a resizer.

softpedia.com/pro…tml
Here's another one.
toki-woki.net/p/S…ic/
Edited by: "fern37" 15th Jan
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#8 2018 Monthly Comp Winners

Jan Theme - Little or Large. Winner fern37
Feb Theme - Romance/Love/Affection. Winner Wongy110 (I was robbed!)
Mar Theme - Anything Goes. Winner Ziad81
Apr Theme - Spring. No comp
May Theme - Spring. Winner brilly
Jun Theme - Green. Winner Ziad81
Jul Theme - Blue. Winner
Aug Theme -
Sep Theme -
Oct Theme -
Nov Theme -
Dec Theme -
Edited by: "fern37" 2nd Jul
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#9 Uploading photos to this thread

3rd party hosting isn't the problem, it's the way HUKD handles images now. It re-writes the Flickr code, because you can no longer have a URL wrapped around an image. It would break the pop-up when you click on the image.

You can still grab the images from Flickr, but it's slight tricky.

If you go to 'Share photo', then choose 'BBCode', you need to copy the URL between the two [img] tags. It's easier to copy the whole lot, paste it into notepad then grab the image URL. Then you can see what you are doing.

There's example in the image, click on it to be able to read it better.


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This is the image from that URL:

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This is the orginal Flickr page: flic.kr/p/V…qtz

Theoretically, I think you should actually write another link crediting Flickr for hosting the image to remain inside their T&C, but I don't think anyone is going to come and kick your door down if you don't.

Just to re-iterate, this is 100% a HUKD problem, they totally screwed Flickr links after the re-design.

OR


Seeing as some having problems linking images

Now that the forum has changed how images are handled the steps to post an image has changed.
Firstly, the pictures shown on the forum are being rehosted by the site so unless you provide a direct link to the image of your choice then this forum can't rehost it.
For users like myself that use imgur.com" target="_blank" class="link" rel="nofollow noopener">imgur.com this is a simple matter of using the 'direct link' at the side of your image.
For others using Flickr, the links used for sharing don't just contain an image link so it confuses the site.

I can't link the rest of the post but have a look at this link from brilly, as hukd say I have characters that I need to remove but I can't see what they are!!

hotukdeals.com/dis…=14
Edited by: "fern37" 16th Jan
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Hi Furn,
Happy New Year to you.

Am I right in assuming photobucket is no good any more. I got an e-mail from them several months ago saying I had been a bad boy and was doing third party hosting ( or something similar ) so I have been deleting all my photos off there.
Looking forward to seeing everyone's pictures. I have a question for experts. I have an ancient camera - Panasonic DMC-GF2. How good is it? If I bought a Pixel 2 for example, should I expect better pictures from that phone or the camera? What cameras around the £200-350 mark would be a worthwhile upgrade over the Panasonic? Totally lost when I see camera deals.
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Jumpingphil15 m ago

Hi Furn, Happy New Year to you.Am I right in assuming photobucket is no …Hi Furn, Happy New Year to you.Am I right in assuming photobucket is no good any more. I got an e-mail from them several months ago saying I had been a bad boy and was doing third party hosting ( or something similar ) so I have been deleting all my photos off there.


Yes. I was using it too for 3rd party hosting but they have decided to charge for the privilege so it's annoying. HUKD have a facility to upload direct from the computer now but the photo size is restricted

I was just thinking today that I need to delete my photos from photobucket too.

Happy New Year babe x
Edited by: "fern37" 15th Jan
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bo0td7 m ago

Looking forward to seeing everyone's pictures. I have a question for …Looking forward to seeing everyone's pictures. I have a question for experts. I have an ancient camera - Panasonic DMC-GF2. How good is it? If I bought a Pixel 2 for example, should I expect better pictures from that phone or the camera? What cameras around the £200-350 mark would be a worthwhile upgrade over the Panasonic? Totally lost when I see camera deals.


Hopefully some of the members will comment as I know nothing about cameras and their quality
Thanks for setting this one up fern and I hope you are feeling much better now 🙏
My first post in this thread will be a black & white photo of the Imperial War Museum North in Salford Quays, Manchester.

33071200.jpg
Edited by: "Ziad81" 16th Jan
Thought I'd have a go but can't seem to do it right. I can't find the "more ways to share" button on Flikr.
I tried embed....fail Tried, bbc code...fail, tried share....fail.
bo0td17 h, 27 m ago

Looking forward to seeing everyone's pictures. I have a question for …Looking forward to seeing everyone's pictures. I have a question for experts. I have an ancient camera - Panasonic DMC-GF2. How good is it? If I bought a Pixel 2 for example, should I expect better pictures from that phone or the camera? What cameras around the £200-350 mark would be a worthwhile upgrade over the Panasonic? Totally lost when I see camera deals.


Not an expert here but what I'm thinking is this; Despitect that your Panasonic GF2 is 7 years old, if you check its Flickr photos you would be amazed what that "ancient" piece of equipment can produce! My suggestion is use the one you've got now and try to master shooting with the manual mode first and once you get the hang of it £350 or a little bit more can buy you a decent entry level DSLR camera or a mirrorless. Good luck
Edited by: "Ziad81" 16th Jan
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steve.t15 m ago

Thought I'd have a go but can't seem to do it right. I can't find the …Thought I'd have a go but can't seem to do it right. I can't find the "more ways to share" button on Flikr.I tried embed....fail Tried, bbc code...fail, tried share....fail.


Think they may have stopped 3rd party hosting too. Anyone else with them?
fern3724 m ago

Think they may have stopped 3rd party hosting too. Anyone else with them?


steve.t40 m ago

Thought I'd have a go but can't seem to do it right. I can't find the …Thought I'd have a go but can't seem to do it right. I can't find the "more ways to share" button on Flikr.I tried embed....fail Tried, bbc code...fail, tried share....fail.



3rd party hosting isn't the problem, it's the way HUKD handles images now. It re-writes the Flickr code, because you can no longer have a URL wrapped around an image. It would break the pop-up when you click on the image.

You can still grab the images from Flickr, but it's slight tricky.

If you go to 'Share photo', then choose 'BBCode', you need to copy the URL between the two [img] tags. It's easier to copy the whole lot, paste it into notepad then grab the image URL. Then you can see what you are doing.

There's example in the image, click on it to be able to read it better.


33071364-f4uRn.jpg

This is the image from that URL:

33071364-joCOe.jpg

This is the orginal Flickr page: flic.kr/p/V…qtz

Theoretically, I think you should actually write another link crediting Flickr for hosting the image to remain inside their T&C, but I don't think anyone is going to come and kick your door down if you don't.

Just to re-iterate, this is 100% a HUKD problem, they totally screwed Flickr links after the re-design.
Edited by: "MSK." 16th Jan
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MSK.5 m ago

3rd party hosting isn't the problem, it's the way HUKD handles images now. …3rd party hosting isn't the problem, it's the way HUKD handles images now. It re-writes the Flickr code, because you can no longer have a URL wrapped around an image. It would break the pop-up when you click on the image. You can still grab the images from Flickr, but it's slight tricky.If you go to 'Share photo', then choose 'BBCode', you need to copy the URL between the two [img] tags. It's easier to copy the whole lot, paste it into notepad then grab the image URL. Then you can see what you are doing. There's example in the image, click on it to be able to read it better.[Image] This is the image from that URL:[Image] This is the orginal Flickr page: https://flic.kr/p/VdqtzTheoretically, I think you should actually write another link crediting Flickr for hosting the image to remain inside their T&C, but I don't think anyone is going to come and kick your door down if you don't.Just to re-iterate, this is 100% a HUKD problem, they totally screwed Flickr links after the re-design.


Thank you for this info. Appreciate it greatly x
fern3755 s ago

Thank you for this info. Appreciate it greatly x


You're welcome. I wish there was an easier solution.
1939903378-1516067158.jpgooh... the excitement, I did it.
Ok ..... Liverpool, old railway track from Aintree down to Halewood. Panasonic LX3 (10yr old camera)

Hmm.... I only get a spinning blue circle when I click to enlarge on the one above.


33071394-5WheQ.jpg
100 metres from my house. st Peters church Humberston. Panasonic LX3


33071394-JAlyh.jpg
A little known place somewhere down south I believe....panny LX3
Edited by: "steve.t" 16th Jan
bo0td2 h, 2 m ago

Looking forward to seeing everyone's pictures. I have a question for …Looking forward to seeing everyone's pictures. I have a question for experts. I have an ancient camera - Panasonic DMC-GF2. How good is it? If I bought a Pixel 2 for example, should I expect better pictures from that phone or the camera? What cameras around the £200-350 mark would be a worthwhile upgrade over the Panasonic? Totally lost when I see camera deals.


I'm not an expert, but I will give you my two pennies worth. It depends how much you want to learn about the camera. I have been playing with a Panasonic G3 and a Nikon 3000... (er I forget the exact model number). I know they are both capable to taking great pictures. But my heart wasn't really in it at the time I borrowed them.

In auto mode the pictures I was getting from the G3 with frankly flat and dull. On the Nikon, it has so many buttons if you can be certain you've put it into full auto mode you're doing better than me. The manual was nearly 3 inches thick.

If you've got the appetite for nerding about with big cameras, they will always give the best results. But if you're heart isn't in it, the phone will probably give you a better result. It really made appreciate how good phones are at compensating for poor light, unstable shots etc. Even my compact gives a better result than an SLR I haven't got to grips with.

I used to love camera geekery and SLR cameras, but what you choose to photograph and how you choose to frame it will always be more important than the camera you have. I might get back into it at some point, but not right now. i need a specific purpose in mind to get my teeth into that kind of project. Not just learning for the sake of learning.
Edited by: "MSK." 16th Jan
steve.t5 m ago

[Image] ooh... the excitement, I did it.Ok ..... Liverpool, old railway …[Image] ooh... the excitement, I did it.Ok ..... Liverpool, old railway track from Aintree down to Halewood. Panasonic LX3 (10yr old camera)


That's lovely How did you create the border? I have an LX2, is it really that old already? Wow time flies!
MSK.5 h, 33 m ago

You're welcome. I wish there was an easier solution.


clicking: download - all sizes - right clicking chosen size to get image address is an alternative

hotukdeals.com/com…467

not worked out how to do it from 500px though
Edited by: "brilly" 16th Jan
fern376 h, 34 m ago

Think they may have stopped 3rd party hosting too. Anyone else with them?


Had much the same as @Jumpingphil ages ago
still got a photobucket account with a few photos on it seems to work fine

33071739-XOcrr.jpg
Edited by: "Wongy110" 16th Jan
Hi fern, hope your well is anybody allowed to vote? Sorry if you've answered this already in your description
LeahsMintytoutou13 m ago

Hi fern, hope your well is anybody allowed to vote? Sorry if you've …Hi fern, hope your well is anybody allowed to vote? Sorry if you've answered this already in your description


Voting not until the end of the month Leah.
Wongy1101 h, 1 m ago

Voting not until the end of the month Leah.


Ah right ok thanksWongy.. Is liking a picture classed as voting? Don't want to mess up the voting system by liking anything
Edited by: "LeahsMintytoutou" 16th Jan
LeahsMintytoutou24 m ago

Ah right ok thanksWongy.. Is liking a picture classed as voting? Don't …Ah right ok thanksWongy.. Is liking a picture classed as voting? Don't want to mess up the voting system by liking anything



Leah, you can like any photo or comment at any time apart from the end of month competition. Entries are posted on the last day of the month and likes/voting begins and ends on the first day of the following month. You can vote on up to 3 entries whether you have entered yourself or not. Hope that helps.
Great stuff again Fern, wee gem
Sunset from the Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester.

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Edited by: "Ziad81" 16th Jan
Stoke fleming Devon from drone
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Tokyo Tower
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Mochi on the beach
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Tokyo Skytree
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Edited by: "Infractionboi" 16th Jan
brilly6 h, 42 m ago

clicking: download - all sizes - right clicking chosen size to get image …clicking: download - all sizes - right clicking chosen size to get image address is an alternativehttps://www.hotukdeals.com/comments/permalink/32355467not worked out how to do it from 500px though


Yeah, I suppose you could. I've not read HUKD policies on images you upload to their site though. I'd rather keep my decent(?) ones on Flickr.

Defiantly more simple though.
Tokyo Shinjuku Ramen bar
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Camden passage toilet wall

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Model car 1:32
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Camden High St.
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Edited by: "OllieSt" 16th Jan
Whammerhead3 h, 59 m ago

Leah, you can like any photo or comment at any time apart from the end of …Leah, you can like any photo or comment at any time apart from the end of month competition. Entries are posted on the last day of the month and likes/voting begins and ends on the first day of the following month. You can vote on up to 3 entries whether you have entered yourself or not. Hope that helps.


Thankyou
Whammerhead4 h, 5 m ago

Leah, you can like any photo or comment at any time apart from the end of …Leah, you can like any photo or comment at any time apart from the end of month competition. Entries are posted on the last day of the month and likes/voting begins and ends on the first day of the following month. You can vote on up to 3 entries whether you have entered yourself or not. Hope that helps.


Thank you too. I never did quite understand what to post or when
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