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  1. Actually I read Morrison and Boyd's third edition, and I found most of it interesting until it got into polymers.
  2. I have a four month dive trip to the Philippines planed. I am planning to stay in Sabang; I may possibly make a side trip to do the Whale sharks in S. Leyte. You can see a lot on my pics at www.UWWorld.con and I have started a website to tell people about Sabang at www.FunSabang.com This one does not have a lot of content now, but I hope to be adding content almost daily starting Mid November. Anyhow my airline has a generous baggage allowance and I am looking for a few good books to haul along to fill the odd idle moment. Specifically I would like to get a couple of quality Marine Biology text books. And a few top fiction titles. In the Marine Biology text I would like them applicable to the area, and I would like something that packs in a lot of information, but which is well written. I am particularly interested in cephalopods. In fiction I detest Dan Brown and love Dean Koontz and David Webber. In photography I just ordered Adobe Photoshop for Underwater Photographers and The Underwater Photographer by Martin Edge, 3rd Edtion Thanks in advance for any recommendation.
  3. The contact sheet was probably a good idea. Using photo shop to make multiple files into pdf's I couls only get photoshop to put a max of 200 JPEG files into a pdf. I had folders with 620 to 2500 JPEG's and I wanted to turn each folder into a single PDF. After a bunch more futzing around I found that I had to use a different check box on the acrobat. For some reason it seems to work now that I am checking (assemble files into a PDF package) rather than (Merge files into a single package.) I like this better because the original file names are part of the final PDF. So now I am finally have my 11,507 JPEGS turned into eight PDF's. This seems a reasonable number for even the stupid upload manager at the copyright office. When done the eight PDF's totaled 435Mb I have a pretty high speed cable my internet connection supports business teleconferencing. But when I clicked the (submit files to copyright office) button I got a transfer rate of 73.1kb/sec with a projection that it would take 90 min to upload my files. The $35 fee only gives you 30 minutes. I clicked the (submit files to copyright office) AT 8:40 One other minor annoyance I should mention is that in order to do the up load you must disable your popup blocker. 9:10 thirty minutes have passed and has uploaded 141.726Mb then just stops. I guessthe old method of sending in discs is a lot easier.
  4. I am not sure the best way to continue here. I need to take folders with approx 1000 images each and some how turn them into a single document. The combine into a PDF function is just crashing explorer. I think photo shop would just turn each individual image from a jpg to a pdf, but I would still have 11,507 to deal with. I can not believe that they do not have some decent FTP program that you can just drop a folder into.
  5. I see that PDF is a supported format I am going to attempt to convert each folder to a single PDF using the windows XP utilities and then see if they started my time at the beginning of I I have 30 Min from when I begin the upload.
  6. I spent a day getting all my files ready for up load. Then watehed the tutorials on how to do it. It took about 30 Minutes to fill out the paperwork and submit my credit card. As you might imagin as this is run by the government in the end it is completly USELESS and dose not work like it is supposed to work. When I went to do the up load it only takes indivual JPEGS not folders of JPEGS. This very much limets the number of files it would be possible to transmit. As I had prepared 11,507 files I am very disapointed.
  7. RealDrew my tired finger really thanks you... I have about 4 more TB of files to shrink and get ready. I will report on how the upload goes tomorrow.
  8. I lent my photoshop bible out, and actions are not one of my strong suits. Yes I am pressing F10 once for each image, because I do not know how to make the action play itself (or process the whole batch)
  9. The Oct issue of the layers Magazine has as its main theme “how to protect your images online.” I Have not read it all yet but for anyone interested in protecting their intellectual property under current law I think it is well worth the $199 cost for a two year membership to NAPP. With the two year membership you get Layers Magazine along with Photoshop User Magazine. One of the many techniques they suggest is registering online with the copyright office http://copyright.gov/eco they say that if your image is not registered with the copyright office you can only sue for your actual damages when people steal your images. But, if the image is registered then you can sue for Damages plus legal fees and punitive damages. They say that by going to the website you pay a $35 fee and then you can register as many images as you can upload in 30 minutes. How many images can I upload in 30 minutes I wondered? I have read on wet pixel before that other member copyrighting images had put many quite small files on disc so that they could be all registered for a single fee. This seemed like a great idea. So I fired up Photoshop and wrote an action to shrink the smaller dimension of an image to 480 pixels, and then save the image to a folder named copyright registration. Then close the image as a JPEG with a quality setting of 0. I assigned the F10 key to initiate the action. This resulted in most files being between 20KB and 50KB. They conclude, what are you waiting for? Next I went to explorer to open the images. I have my images organized into folders and subfolders. When I shoot I usually shot the simultaneous RAW and JPEG so I went to the top and clicked file type to get all the JPEG’s separated from the RAW’s. Then dragged all the JPEG’s in a folder into Photoshop simultaneously (Yeah I paid a bundle to get a lot of RAM and a big Scuzzi scratch drive on my computer) It still takes about 2 seconds per JPEG to open them each so if I have 100 JPEG’s in a folder it might take three min to open them all. It seems to take a little less than a second to complete the action. So I can do a typical folder with 100 JPEG’s in about four minutes total. In about three hours I compressed a Terra byte drive into a 200 Mb folder. I should have about 10 folders like this when I am done. I will report back after I do the upload with a cost per picture to register them this way. I am jumping the gun and publishing this part early because I am hoping one of the real Photoshop gurus on the board can help us all by telling ma a way to get the action to play without having to press the function key.
  10. Thank you all. I have been getting cocky, but reading these stories will put a little more caution back into my blue water diving.
  11. Sorry to here about your problems. Dumb me has to ask to be sure you have removed all filters from lens? I would take modeling clay and form it into small spikes and stick them onto the port in areas you suspect may be the problem(cover them with thin plastic if you want to keep your lens clean) then insert camera to housing. Where the clay gets smushed there is the problem clearance area. Once you see which dimension is binding then you can begin to Analise the trouble. I had the same (ON-OFF-LIGHT) trouble problem with my ND 20. I got a small allen wrench and losened the actuator and slid it down the shaft a small amount. It has worked fine ever sence. Good luck!
  12. http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/07...nikon.d90.rumor We can only hope! I am holding out for a D3x. Nikon prepping D90 for early September? Nikon has scheduled a press event that could see the release of an anticipated upgrade to the D80, say multiple reports. One claims that the media is receiving invitations to a gathering to be held on September 3rd, three weeks before the Photokina photography expo in Germany. The camera maker often announces some or all of its new cameras for the show in advance but only occasionally uses its own conferences to announce products outside of the normal cycle, suggesting a major release. The nature of the release isn't mentioned by the alleged source, though pro photographer Thom Hogan and others suggest that the D80's replacement (often referred to as the D90) is a likely candidate for the event. Likely upgrades to the camera are expected to include richer 14-bit color conversion, a larger LCD with a live preview, and a dust removal system for shaking the sensor clear. Previous rumors have similarly alluded to Nikon releasing a very high-resolution version of the D3, likely billed as the D3x, that may have a 24.4-megapixel full-frame sensor as its core upgrade.
  13. Canon to boost digital camera production with new plant in Japan. IndustryWeek (7/7, Selko) reported that "Canon Inc. announced...plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Japan, to boost production of digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras and compact digital cameras." The imaging and optical products "company said that both the current and expected demand has created a need to expand production capacity for digital SLR and compact digital cameras." The workforce for the new plant "will be made up primarily of directly hired employees to ensure the passing on of essential technologies and skills, with plans to actively and continually hire recent graduates and experienced personnel." http://www.industryweek.com/ReadArticle.aspx?ArticleID=16733
  14. It looks like DPReview has some info up also. http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikond700 The introduction of Nikon's new D700 may been one of the worst kept secrets in an industry with more leaks than the Titanic, but it was still something of a surprise coming so hot on the heels of the D3 and D300. Essentially a D3 shrunk down and squeezed into a body roughly the same size as a D300, the D700 is Nikon's first 'compact' professional SLR, and seems designed to go head-to-head with whatever Canon has up its inscrutable sleeve to replace the EOS 5D. The imaging side of the D700 is pretty much the same as the D3; it shares the acclaimed 12.1MP full frame ('FX') sensor and has the same processing engine, so we would presume output to be almost identical. The main differences (aside from being considerably smaller) are physical; there's a different shutter (good for 150,000 exposures rather than 300,000 on the D3), different viewfinder prism (with 95% coverage) and a slower burst rate. You also lose the rear LCD info panel (there's no room for it) and one of the D3's two CF card slots, but you do get a couple of extra features to soften the blow slightly; most notably a self-cleaning sensor and a built-in flash. We'll look a little more in-depth at the differences between the D3 and D700 in a moment. The D700 joins the D3 as a fully-fledged 'professional' model; it has the same tank-like build quality (though we're sure the pop-up flash will cause a few raised eyebrows), and gets you the full pro service from Nikon. And the pricing (around $2999) reflects this; anyone hoping for an 'affordable' semi-pro full frame Nikon SLR will have to wait until the cost of producing such large sensors falls considerably.
  15. Nikon unveils D700 full-frame digital SLR Monday, June 30, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_pag...cid=7-9311-9483 their are also lots of official pictures of the D700 on Robs site. Nikon has filled in the gap between its midrange and pro digital SLRs. The D700, announced today and slated to ship in late July 2008, looks like a D300, acts like a D3 and promises to be as big a hit as each of them. Nikon has taken the full-frame 12.05 million image pixel CMOS sensor from the D3, placed it inside a body that is similar to the D300, weaved in capabilities from both and put a U.S. price tag of US$2999.95 on the result. Nikon D700 feature summary If you own a D3 and a D300, then you have in two separate bodies most of the key bits and pieces that comprise the D700. Its main features include: * A weather-sealed magnesium alloy body with popup flash that at a glance looks very much like the D300, though putting the D300 and D700 side-by-side reveals that: o The D700 is taller, sports an FX badge on its front and has a larger and more sculpted viewfinder bubble (plus various other small styling differences) o It has a round D3-style eyepiece opening rather than the rectangular type of the D300 o The multicontroller on the back is pulled directly from the D3 o The CF slot door slides rather than swings open o The INFO function has its own button o The caps on the 10-pin remote and PC sync ports are a different design than either the D3 or D300 Open in new window Fraternal Twins: The Nikon D300 and D700, side-by-side. Click to enlarge (Photos courtesy Nikon) Put more simply, handling the D700 is like handling a slightly bigger D300 with a larger viewfinder and better multicontroller. Make that much better: Nikon has really nailed the usability of the multicontroller with the D3, and it's great to see that the same component is on the D700.
  16. If you are using flash VR is unnecessary underwater, and it is a large drain on the battery I turn it off. I have got some good pics with this lens http://www.flickr.com/photos/diverdon/2425961834/sizes/l/ Focus is quick, but unless using a focus light underwater it is not always accurate. Others claim better results than I.
  17. It's to late to have the diver swim toward you ;-) but you could crop the pic to make the coral horizon horizontal, I thing that would make it a pretty good pic.
  18. What is a plenoptic camera? Why do I need one, and where do I get it?
  19. http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d700.htm Ken Rockwell has some more info on the D-700. Now lets here something on the D3x.
  20. I am glad to hear that you finally got paid. I am sorry that it was such a drag. I do thank you for sharing this with us. I do not think 90 days would be that bad but Seven months sounds unprofessional to me. I would like it even more if you felt free to share the name of the publication. However it is understandable if you are reluctant to do so.
  21. Neither- In the third I made no adjustment in lab---the only reason to go to lab was that it is a quick way to rasterize and merge. I would often do a curves adjustment in lab, but with the new adobe raw converter I need this less often.
  22. If you do photo shop, I would consider throwing a little Gausian Blur at the coral in the first shot.
  23. Matthew, I find the first one to be a very interesting/strong composition. Perhaps because it has just three zones. The second Might be ok as a print but it does not come across that well on my screen. Too many details? But, take what I got to say with a big grain of salt, because I do not know much about this kind of thing.
  24. Thank you Matthew. Yes the first is straight from the raw. I brought it up from the raw as a smart object so upon reading your comments I was able to change some adjustments seeking better a better picture. The gray balance seems to have really helped a lot. Neither the healing brush not the cloning tool were used in any version of this image. The one tentacle that is twisted is because that is how the anemone is holding it, is that what you are referring to? Outfit is a D200 in Subal with twin Ikelite DS-125. Photoshop steps for this image open as smart object new smart object via copy adjust WB on top object adjust exposure down one f-stop on bottom object Layer mask on top object Paint brush in layer mask to knock back distractions Convert to lab, rasterize and merge image mode RGB, 8 bit install TM via function key save as a JPEG Jeeze I do not know if their is a right or a wrong just different ways to use photoshop to make our images better. Come back from the corner! I value your opinion too. The distinguishing feature of the second image (the one loftus liked best from the first two) is that after I concerted to LAB I threw a auto levels on the top layer, reduced transparency to 60% then converted back to RGB Edited to add EXIF Camera: Nikon D200 Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250) Aperture: f/8 Focal Length: 105 mm ISO Speed: 100 Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV Orientation: Horizontal (normal) X-Resolution: 72 dpi Y-Resolution: 72 dpi Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows Date and Time: 2008:05:29 15:12:15 Exposure Program: Manual Date and Time (Original): 2005:05:12 17:25:46 Date and Time (Digitized): 2005:05:12 17:25:46 Shutter Speed: 7965784/1000000 Maximum Lens Aperture: 32/10 Metering Mode: Spot Sub-Second Time: 16 Sub-Second Time (Original): 16 Sub-Second Time (Digitized): 16 Color Space: sRGB Sensing Method: One-chip colour area sensor CFA Pattern: GREEN RED BLUE GREEN Exposure Mode: Manual Digital Zoom Ratio: 1/1 Focal Length In 35mm Film: 157 Contrast: Hard Saturation: High saturation Sharpness: Hard Compression: JPEG Image Width: 3872 pixels Image Height: 2592 pixels
  25. Thank you! Coming from a well known straight shooter like your self that mady my day.
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