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    Starting Over - a kind of PAD for January

    Down to 300 files that are probably dupes - whew! Took a break for the FMS PAD and wound up doing my second ever focus stack, so I'll post it. Photo from a shoot for our December PAD, as long as I had a lighting setup and a camera with a new lens on a tripod, I figured I'd try a few subjects...
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    Starting Over - a kind of PAD for January

    I haven't dropped through a crack. I'm weeding out 1,000 or more dupes (don't ask). So far I'm finding photos of personal significance only. Keep up the good work. I'm loving this thread! Sent from my Kindle Fire using Tapatalk 2
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    Starting Over - a kind of PAD for January

    Henry has 2,500 people and we're trying to get a club started. Some of the farmers are also very interested in County Fair/ 4 H and adult 'rodeo' type horsemanship, and Thursday a highschool kid gave a great presentation on long exposures, including steel wool burning and star trails. His folks...
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    Magpies can be manipulative bastards.

    It's a quick read, and with luck your library can get you a copy. Sent from my MB865 using SeriousCompacts mobile app
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    Starting Over - a kind of PAD for January

    I'm a sucker for color - like them both, but prefer the second. Sent from my MB865 using SeriousCompacts mobile app
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    Starting Over - a kind of PAD for January

    Amen to Ivoire's remark about this PADand the weather! Sent from my MB865 using SeriousCompacts mobile app
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    Sigma River Yealm, the river that currently belies its name

    I'm so bad that when a church or street is named for an Anglo Saxon saint, I have to tell his/her story! "It's on the lane named for that bishop who wouldn't allow himself to be ransomed and was killed by Vikings." Luckily, my husband understands! Sent from my MB865 using SeriousCompacts...
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    Sigma River Yealm, the river that currently belies its name

    I will let my husband plan the trip and wear dark glasses until I learn to pronounce the place names! Sent from my MB865 using SeriousCompacts mobile app
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    Sigma River Yealm, the river that currently belies its name

    But, on a serious note, all my best to everyone affected by this flooding. It's dangerous to experience, and it can leave a heartbreaking aftermath.
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    Sigma River Yealm, the river that currently belies its name

    I just pray I hear places mentioned before I see them spelled when I travel in England!
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    Sigma River Yealm, the river that currently belies its name

    We all need to work on that!
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    Starting Over - a kind of PAD for January

    Experience making a difference is a good point! I only started shooting RAW in December, and so far I've used PS Elements, although I bought some Topaz plugins when they went on sale month-by-month last year. But I'm grateful that when I edit my jpegs, I've always saved the edits as copies on...
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    Magpies can be manipulative bastards.

    Let me know what you think. I really enjoyed it,! Sent from my MB865 using SeriousCompacts mobile app
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    Starting Over - a kind of PAD for January

    It's past my bedtime and I'm late for Merchant's treat and he's lying on my desk where my keyboard should be, purring, until I give it to him. *sigh.* Before - cropped from a larger photo - a cowboy in a toga from the Albert memorial in Hyde Park, 2009. Albert memorial, Cowboy I by rubyj29, on...
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    Magpies can be manipulative bastards.

    My sister-in-law turned me onto the book I'm linking to, "No More Dead Dogs." She and her daughter had noticed that in almost all dog books and movies, the dog dies at the end. This book addresses that problem. It's a Young Adult novel, but a good read, and why should kids have all the fun...
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    The Pub now asking for photo-ID.

    Warm! Sent from my MB865 using SeriousCompacts mobile app
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    Magpies can be manipulative bastards.

    Great story and photos! As to whether the Australian Magpies are corvids or not, it sounds like another case of splitters vs lumpers! It's great to know they're smart enough to set up their own entertainment!
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    Starting Over - a kind of PAD for January

    Short story long, I've been a fan of G. K. Chesterton since high school. In his poem, "To a Modern Poet," he makes the remark (which I have reproduced without the line breaks, "I cannot say I ever noticed that the pillar-box was like a baby skinned alive and screaming. I have not a Poet's Eye...
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    Animals The Requisite Cat (Kitty) Photo thread

    Margaret, so sorry to hear of Ben's passing. My heart goes out to you.
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    Sigma Temple of the ice forms dp2m

    Really nice! I'm going good to GET to an ice fall, much less figure out the exposure for it! I don't understand G+ and I never remember to check it, but I'll try!
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    123°

    These are cool! Especially the last two, for me.
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    Starting Over - a kind of PAD for January

    I swore I was going to do this thread or no thread, but of course I didn't. I'm so glad this was started! In 2010, my second year in a row to get to spend a few days in Canterbury, Kent, UK, on account of the bus schedule, I devoted a day to photograph the ruined church at Reculver and then...
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    Starting Over - a kind of PAD for January

    I like them all, but this one is magic. Take care tonight! I'm about 2 hours south of you, and we've got highways closing tonight.
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    Hello from Colorado

    Welcome aboard!
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    Show "Yourself" self-portraits (selfies!)

    You guys are "in luck." I was doing an exercise yesterday morning, and, distracted by the challenge of navigating the menus and dealing with all the knobs on my tripod (no, I don't have a ball head for it), I managed to take a candid selfie. Let this be a lesson to you - check your hair in a...
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    Show "Yourself" self-portraits (selfies!)

    Fun portrait, even more fun story, for the first one! Next time you need a mirror showing it all! The second photo "Is currently unavailable" Oops, just noticed how long and long-running this thread is! A lot can change in 3 years!
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    22nd Serious Compacts Salon Challenge - Ding Dong! We have a winner!

    Congratulations, ReD! Sent from my MB865 using SeriousCompacts mobile app
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    First pictures of 2014

    Well, this is embarrassing, but I cannot tell a lie. When I went to bed last night I sincerely intended to at least get one shot of bare black boughs against a white sky before I set up my shoot for the Fat Mum Slim PAD prompt "lunch" first thing in the morning. But did I remember this thread...
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    Happy New Year, seriouscompacts!

    What can I add to that? Only a holiday card! Happy New Year, everyone! Happy New Year! by rubyj29, on Flickr
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    December Doodads - Day Thirty-One

    I can't believe 2013, December, and the Doodads are all coming to an end! Verily is it said, "Time flies when you're having fun!" Three Happy Sages by rubyj29, on Flickr
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    December Doodads - Day Thirty

    A chess king, roughly 6 inches tall, that my late husband modeled (on a thrown base) from clay we dug ourselves at a disused kaolin mine. The set was never completed, but it would have been a sight to behold! And sort of appropriate following the woven periodic table, as Jim would have used a...
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    December Doodads - Day Twenty-nine

    Down to the wire and bad weather - this is a job for Tabletop Photog! My "Peanut," a pot that I coiled and glazed from local materials in Carbondale, Il many years ago. My "Peanut" by rubyj29, on Flickr
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    December Doodads - Day Twenty-eight

    Detail of the torpedo at the veteran's memorial in Henry, IL - a doodad that isn't there. "Gyro Setting Device" - Not! by rubyj29, on Flickr
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    Cut off point

    That probably rules me out! But I stumbled here by accident and am being kept on out of kindness, I suspect!
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    Cut off point

    We have made a serious compact with each other to be more concerned with the quality of the photographic vision than with pixel peeping. How's that?
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    December Doodads - Day Twenty-Seven

    This ornament has been with me through three houses and graduted from Christmas tree ornament to year-round suncatcher in my kitchen. Sunface Suncatcher by rubyj29, on Flickr
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    Obsolete Technology performs Carol of the Bells

    OMG that's a big computer! The Encyclopedia Britannica that got me through high school confidentaly predicted that someday soon there would be computers the SIZE of an office desk. Not computers that would FIT on an office desk. Ones as big as (or, as the visuals here show, as small as!) an...
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    Obsolete Technology performs Carol of the Bells

    Shades of Darker Side of Black Friday! Scroll down for the lyrics. http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2013/12/30/carol-of-the-bells-performed-by-a-choir-of-vintage-computers/
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    Show: Aliens

    You may have heard ABC news report on the sighting of a meteor (or "space junk") in the Midwest last night (Dec 26.) I happened to see said meteor. I jumped in my car and did my best to keep up with it, and was rewarded with these two photos of... not a flying saucer. More a flying jellyfish...
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    December Doodads - Day Twenty-six

    Synchronicity! You may remember the yellowish green, "greasy" glass mini vase I posted yesterday. With my brand new UV flashlight, I was able to confirm by its lime green glow that it is indeed genuine "Vaseline glass." Which is another name for uranium glass. Yes, folks, this little mouth...
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    December Doodads - Day Twenty-six

    It's beautifully made and beautifully photographed!
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    December Doodads - Day Twenty-five

    While using yesterday's doodad for it's primary function, I rifled through a shelf I haven't touched in over a year and found this mini vase my mother bought somewhere as a souvenir before I was born. (Don't remember yesterday's doodad? It's probably just as well.) The color of the glass...
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    Critique Wanted Poll: Please help me choose a photo

    I like #2, with #4 as my runner-up for the theme.
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    Show "Graffiti"

    I'm afraid in Henry, we have to import our graffiti, and we only get it on loan. Parked Train Car by rubyj29, on Flickr
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    December Doodads - Day Twenty-four

    Santa was good to me. UV Flashlight by rubyj29, on Flickr
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    Critique Wanted Confusion.

    Actually, at first I thought it was a parking garage where someone had repurposed some of the spaces as office cubicles. I'd just reached the point of thinking, "how do they keep the furniture from getting wet?" when I noticed that over on my right, one of the tall bookcases and one of the cars...
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    The Pub now asking for photo-ID.

    I'd hire the first guy AND I'd pay him on time! The second frightens me. But it inspires me to read up on distortion maps Sent from my MB865 using SeriousCompacts mobile app
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    Animals The Requisite Cat (Kitty) Photo thread

    Someone sent my late friend a Christmas card he put on the bulletin board next to his table and left up year after year. The caption was 'Truth in advertising' and it was a drawing of a tree lot with a sign 'Giant, pine scented cat toys.' This photo captures that look in this kitty's eyes! Sent...
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    December Doodads - Day Twenty-three

    drd1135 took the words out of my mouth. And I'd like to add, not only is this fellow juggling doodads, but this photo gives the compliment "nice lighting" a whole new level of meaning!
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