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UK Wikimedian of the Year[edit]

Since you are aparently living in the UK at the moment I'm afraid you've been nominated for UK Wikimedian of the Year:

https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/UK_Wikimedian_of_the_Year_2014/Nomination#UK_Wikimedian_of_the_Year

©Geni (talk) 22:55, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

  • Can't really say I'm surprised, but it is a dreadful thing. You may end up having to give a speech! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 02:11, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Thanks Geni, I'm flattered, but I suspect my focus is a little too narrow to actually win. Thankfully, because I don't fancy a speech! ;-) I've been living in the UK for almost 9 years though. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 00:09, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Sam Poo Kong[edit]

Hi Diliff, I've tried restitching using a cylindrical projection (available here). If you think it's better, I'll overwrite the other image. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:56, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

  • I do think the distortion at the edges is improved in the cylindrical version, although there's still a distinct lack of detail on the pavement on the left side. Is it a lens issue do you think? Ðiliff «» (Talk) 15:05, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Possibly. I didn't give myself much leading room for a crop there, so it may have been DOF as well. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 15:24, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
      • I don't think it's DoF, because the foreground pavement is in focus in the middle of the frame. Lenses (particularly zooms) tend to be slightly softer in the corners, but this seems worse than normal, particularly since you stopped down to f/8 which minimises edge softness. Nevermind, it is what it is, but it's worth looking into so you can plan for it (perhaps taking an extra photo at the end so that you have a sharp central part of the photo to incorporate into the stitch). Ðiliff «» (Talk) 16:05, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Carlisle Cathedral[edit]

David, this isn't about "best images". This is about illustrating an article. The view looking west adds very little value to the article, except that it includes the organ. Otherwise, it is ust another view of the same floor, roof and stalls, as well as the messy end where the architecture is insignificant because it is the result of demolition, not design.

Nothing about the building is more important than the tracery of the East Window. It is the one part of Carlisle Cathedral that must be included as an illustration, whether the image is sharp or not. It is the quality of the design that is important, not the quality of the photo.

Ideally, an image of the window should show the glass with reasonable clarity as well. It is the upper glass, in the tracery, that is the most significant, but an overall balance needs to be achieved as the old glass and the modern glass don't always have similar refractive properties, and may photograph differently, within a single window. Regardless of the glass, the tracery is the subject matter of any illustration of this particular window.

If you can do a crop that shows the tracery well, that would be great. In the meantime, the pic needs to go back into the article, regardless of the quality of the image. Amandajm (talk) 04:07, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Amandajm, I didn't say it was merely a better image, I said it illustrated the tracery better. I agree that the purpose of images is to illustrate the article, but I don't agree as a consequence of that that view looking west adds very little value. A view of the cathedral from both sides gives context to each individual view, and is the next best thing to an immersive 360 degree view. Just because it happens to have some of the same features in it (roof, floor, stalls), it doesn't mean it is redundant. Seeing the choir from within it and from a distance gives you a very different impression of how it all fits together within the cathedral. I know your personal focus is on the notable architectural features, but you have to understand that the article doesn't just exist as a vehicle for you wax lyrical. ;-) The purpose of images in the article is to describe the building; both the individual details and the overall interior views. Yes, it should include the notable features (I'm not disputing that), but not necessarily at the expense of an overall impression. I think there is a benefit to both of my images side by side, and to include an image of the tracery elsewhere within the architecture section. I'll upload a crop of my image that includes the tracery and you can see how it looks in the article. It will not be particularly high resolution (because it will be cropped significantly from a wide angle of view image), but it will at least show what the stained glass looks like within the tracery, which is something that the other image failed miserably to do, despite a resolution advantage. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 08:28, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
    • I've added the image of the tracery cropped from my wide angle view. As I said above, while not of particularly high resolution, I think it shows both the tracery and the stained glass far better. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 09:54, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Falkirk Wheel[edit]

Hi, I noticed you commented about finding a citation for the running costs of the Wheel being around £10 per day? Try this Scotsman piece - see the paragraph starting "Jim Harvey, who has been basin master at the Wheel for seven years ...". It does also seem to be included in ref #13, a pdf already used in the article. I would add it myself but would rather not do so for a couple of reasons ... SagaciousPhil - Chat 11:05, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi David,

Are you able to contact me regarding the use of one of your images please? I work for a marketing agency and I'd be really interested in licensing your Hammersmith Bridge image for one of my clients.

Could you please contact me at dawn@identity-design.co.uk or 0207 580 6545.

Many thanks Dawn Laidler — Preceding unsigned comment added by 88.215.34.60 (talk) 08:42, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Re-invent the wheel[edit]

Hi Diliff- I'm trying to come up with a permission for use clause for my images. May I model it after yours (not a direct copy, by some similarities)?-Godot13 (talk) 18:03, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Just re-reading Diliff's text, I see that "any reproduction of this image, in any medium, must appear with a copy of, or full URL of the license" is contradicted by the suggested wording "Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0" which has no link/url. In CC4, they have modified these terms to be more reasonably accommodating about how these things are done, appropriate to the medium. I think, to be honest, "CC BY-SA 3.0" is a clear enough specification and a URL is merely a convenience for online but actually a hindrance for paper. Oh, and I'm picky, there's no hyphen between "CC and BY". ;-) -- Colin°Talk 18:32, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Godot13, no problem, pilfer it however you like. Colin, you're right, I actually spotted that inconsistency in my license requirements just a few days ago and had been meaning to correct it. I haven't had a chance to properly read the CC BY-SA 4.0 legal text either. Is it supposed to automatically supersede 3.0 or is it only valid if I specify 4.0? I had a quick look at the link you provided and it seems to be substantially different, particularly this bit:
If You Share the Licensed Material (including in modified form), You must:
retain the following if it is supplied by the Licensor with the Licensed Material:
identification of the creator(s) of the Licensed Material and any others designated to receive attribution, in any reasonable manner requested by the Licensor (including by pseudonym if designated);
a copyright notice;
a notice that refers to this Public License;
a notice that refers to the disclaimer of warranties;
a URI or hyperlink to the Licensed Material to the extent reasonably practicable;
To me, this sounds like it actually requires a lot more of the re-user than before. If I 'supply' all of the above to my images on Commons, it would require quite a substantial amount of text associated with the image in any re-use, much more than just my name and the license name. Or am I misunderstanding? Ðiliff «» (Talk) 21:01, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
I know I was a bit surprised it seemed more. But it does say "retain the following if it is supplied by the Licensor with the Licensed Material". So if you don't add all that disclaimer of warranties guff then I guess nobody else has to. To be honest, I've lost any respect for CC with their licences as they just don't seem clued up. I've been using CC4 for my latest stuff as it seems to try to be a bit more practical, but it still isn't very clearly worded. I don't think your CC3 automatically becomes 4 and don't know if you can manually upgrade to 4 or if you have to make it an additional choice. They have a FAQ so you'd think that might be covered... -- Colin°Talk 21:39, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
I was thinking more from the perspective that people could use the license terms to make it more difficult to re-use, in which case they would choose to require it all. For example, those who have been using GDFL only might decide to use CC BY-SA 4.0 from now on as it might be prohibitive enough to restrict commercial use. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 22:43, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
WP:BEANS. If CC have managed to construct a licence that can be used to (a) appear free and yet (b) restrict free use, then the entire team involved need to be taken out and shot. They've already indicated their stupidity by (a) demonstrating how CC can be used to make inferior versions of a work free while retaining full commercial rights to the quality versions and (b) indicating in their FAQ how this is in fact not the case. *sigh* -- Colin°Talk 23:07, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Temple of Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Mayapur[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:Temple Church 5, London, UK - Diliff.jpg[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:Falkirk Wheel Timelapse, Scotland - Diliff.webm[edit]

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Replacing perfectly fine photos with your own ones[edit]

I did in fact assume good faith, the first time I saw someone replace a picture that effectively reflected the subject. And then I did it again with the next time, and the next time, and the next time. Now, I see that you have not just added your picture to the Fountains Abbey article but removed the previous one. What was wrong with just adding it to the gallery? I assumed good faith, but after seeing that, I saw self-promotion.

Is opinion objective? I see no objectivity in your explanation for replacing a photo that effectively displayed the subject. Why not put it on the Fountains Abbey article and see if other people share your opinion and add it to other articles? Pjposullivan (talk) 19:52, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Also, there was more light in the previous photo, yours is darker. Pjposullivan (talk) 19:53, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
  • The problem I have is that you have assumed my intention and stated it as fact without having the slightest clue about my actual intentions. You guessed, and you guessed wrong. I removed the previous image because it was redundant. It's silly to add very similar images to galleries at the bottom of the page. Articles should include only images that add understanding to the article. I don't mean to sound arrogant, but high quality images on Wikipedia is what I do, and I think I have a good eye for what is or isn't a good image. Now I'm not going to pretend I'm infallible and never make mistakes. And yes ultimately this is subjective, but right now it's just one opinion vs another. I'm happy to bring it to a talk page for consensus, but I know from experience that article talk pages are very slow in responses, if you actually get a response at all. Yes, my image is slightly darker but it reflects darker lighting conditions. In any case, if the only complaint is brightness, it's trivial to brighten the image. The previous image has flaws that cannot be corrected in my opinion (poorer composition and sharpness). And your argument that the previous image is 'perfectly fine' and therefore doesn't need to be replaced is defeatist. If we don't strive to improve the photography on Wikipedia, we'll have an encyclopaedia that is, at best, merely 'fine'. I'm hoping we can do better than that. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 20:21, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
I stated my reasons above for reverting, please do not make same mistake you're accusing me of - not assuming good faith.
Also, my point still stands, why didn't you just add your photo to the Fountains Abbey article's gallery? Why do your photos have to be at the top? Even if you added your photo to the top of the page, why not move the old photo the gallery? I tried, though I messed up the link, to move you photo to the gallery, I did not remove it entirely.
In respect to the list of former cathedrals article. The photo displayed is much smaller than a regular thumbnail. The small size means that lighting is more important. Your photo suits the Fountain Abbey article more than the list article. Pjposullivan (talk) 21:17, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
At what point did I not assume good faith? As I said previously, I added my image at the top because it replaced the previous top image, functionally, as they both show a very similar view. As such, it would be redundant in the gallery. My images don't have' to be at the top, and if there is an existing photo that I believe is superior to mine, I won't replace it. I only add images as lead images when I think they are an improvement. As for the smaller thumbnails in the former cathedrals article, I've replaced the image in there with a crop which is also lightened, so it's more visible in the thumbnail view. Hopefully this improvement satisfies you. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 21:52, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
Hang on, I just wrote this message:
I read on WP:THANKS not to always click on the 'thank' in case it arouses suspicion or seems patronising. So that I don't give the wrong impression, I just wanted to say thanks for adding the cropped image to the list article and moved the old picture to the gallery of Fountains Abbey. For me, what you did was the best solution. Sincerely thanks, Pjposullivan (talk) 21:57, 11 July 2014 (UTC)"

But there was an edit conflict, will read it now. Pjposullivan (talk) 21:57, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

No problem. I do try to find solutions that satisfy everyone (as best they can, anyway) and it's usually just a matter of actually figuring out what everyone wants from the situation. And generally speaking I wouldn't I wouldn't interpret a 'thanks' as patronising but I guess I can see how it might be in certain circumstances. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 22:01, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
OK, to reply to your post that my reply had an edit conflict with, I wrote that because you said that I 'guessed and guessed wrong'. But, that's cool, all good now, thanks again, Pjposullivan (talk) 22:03, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:Sgùrr nan Gillean from Sligachan, Isle of Skye, Scotland - Diliff.jpg[edit]

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May I reuse this?[edit]

Hello Mr. Diliff,

I am Dr. Gonzales, scientist and dentist working in Germany. I would like to use your picture of the Frauenkirche in Munich View from Peterskirche Tower, CC BY 2.5 in my own homepage for showing the patients the location of my clinic directly at the rear side of the church. I would put the picture in powerpoint and put an arrow in the picture showing the building behind the church.

Can you allow me this without problems with the copyright?

Thank you very much for your gently collaboration,

Greetings from Germany

Dr. J. Gonzales

info@dr-gonzales.de — Preceding unsigned comment added by 141.50.34.225 (talk) 16:38, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

  • You know, I think only one person in three years has requested permission to use an image I've taken. Everyone else just reuses it; those I've seen usually provide attribution as necessary. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 02:50, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Some of us have yet to actually take a picture good enough for someone outside of WP to want to reuse, legitimately or otherwise. :-) -- Colin°Talk 08:07, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
      • LOL, definitely not you though Colin. I think my favourite reuser so far has been National Geographic Indonesia (link). At least, it's the only one my parents would recognize. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 08:15, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
        • Haha, I get quite a few requests... The ones you see on my talk page are the tip of the iceberg. The rest stream through as private messages or they find me on Facebook, which is problematic as messages from people not on your contact list get put in an 'other' folder and you get no notification of them). I didn't even realise this was happening until about 6 months ago, when I noticed that I had about 20 re-use requests dating back to 2007! Ooops! Someone contacted me a few weeks ago to say that my panorama of the Houses of Parliament was being sold at a market in East London without attribution. That kind of thing does bother me a little and I've been meaning to visit and ask who was supplying it. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 10:10, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
          • They track you down on Facebook? But wait... (checks image)... you don't even link to your Facebook page from your images like JJ or Muhammad. So how... scary. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 10:20, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
            • Probably via Google, for example with this search. Armbrust The Homunculus 10:32, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
              • Well exactly. My name is published though, so they search for my name and there aren't many David Iliffs out there. Happens a lot. Actually it happened before I used my real name on Wiki too (Diliff does suggest my full name though, so they did some sleuthing I suppose! Sometimes people just want to tell me they like my photos. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 10:34, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
                • Fair enough. Mine is not a very common name either, and I've probably got the best internet presence of anyone with my name, so my profile shows up pretty easily. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 10:43, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
                  • That's weird, I just googled your name and your Wiki user page was the second link... And yet you have no reference to your real name in your user page? Google is pretty clever. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 10:53, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
                    • Probs the links using my real name (from some very high profile pages). — Crisco 1492 (talk) 10:56, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Cathedral photos[edit]

I'm impressed with your photos of cathedral interiors. How do you avoid including the other visitors in the pictures? Aa77zz (talk) 12:50, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Thanks! With a lot of difficulty usually. I take the photos as a montage though, which helps. Basically I take separate photos of different parts of the cathedral separately and then digitally combine them to create a single image. As long as nobody is in each part when i take the photo, it doesn't matter if they are somewhere else. Each segment takes about 30 seconds or more to photograph (long exposure) so even if I press the shutter and nobody is there, someone might walk in front which will spoil the photo, and I have to take it again. It's difficult and frustrating though, and I usually just have to wait, sometimes 15 minutes or more to complete the shot. Hope that explains it! Ðiliff «» (Talk) 12:53, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for your detailed and clear reply. I now realize that there is an advantage of combining several shots that I hadn't considered. In some of your pictures I wonder why you go to the trouble of stitching photos together rather than simply using a wide angle lens. For example, couldn't you have taken this picture with a short focal length lens? Is it because you want a final picture with more pixels? Or is it because the stitching software allows you to manipulate the perspective? Aa77zz (talk) 14:31, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
I could take most of my images with wider angle lenses, except that sometimes the angle of view is actually slightly wider than the widest lenses that exist. ;-) Also, yes, I stitch images for both resolution/detail and better perspective control. It's like asking why a professional photographer doesn't use an iPhone instead of a medium format camera worth $50,000. The quality just doesn't compare. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 19:19, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:Bath, Somerset Panorama - April 2011.jpg[edit]

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Barnstar[edit]

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I just discovered your work today, and I would be shocked if there existed a better photographer on Wikipedia than you. Bravo! Bzweebl (talkcontribs) 02:43, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

CC-BY-SA 3.0 license to use in tv-commercial[edit]

Dear David,

I'm a producer at an in Amsterdam based production company. Right now we are working on a tv commercial for the Ukrainian local market. We are looking into the possibilities to use elements of one of your photographs, CC-BY-SA 3.0, for a background.

We can't attribute the image in the commercial, so I was wondering what the next steps are for us to use this image in our commercial.

I hope to hear from you soon.

You can reach me on my e-mailaddress: marloes@minivegas.net.

Please let me know if you need any additional information or have any questions.

Best, Marloes95.97.246.154 (talk) 15:17, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:Coventry Cathedral Interior, West Midlands, UK - Diliff.jpg[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:Salisbury Cathedral Lady Chapel 2, Wiltshire, UK - Diliff.jpg[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:Magdalene College Dining Hall, Cambridge, UK - Diliff.jpg[edit]

I've edited out the lens flares. See if you think it's good enough. I have a PNG version so can go back if I miss anything. Adam Cuerden (talk) 18:16, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:Worcester Cathedral Cloister, Worcestershire, UK - Diliff.jpg[edit]

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CC-BY-SA 3.0 license to use in tv-commercial[edit]

Dear David,

I'm a producer at an in Amsterdam based production company. Right now we are working on a tv commercial for the Ukrainian local market. We are looking into the possibilities to use elements of one of your photographs, CC-BY-SA 3.0, for a background.

We can't attribute the image in the commercial, so I was wondering what the next steps are for us to use this image in our commercial.

I hope to hear from you soon.

You can reach me on my e-mailaddress: marloes@minivegas.net.

Please let me know if you need any additional information or have any questions.

Best, Marloes Marloesdr (talk) 12:03, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:Magdalene College Dining Hall, Cambridge, UK - Diliff.jpg[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, UK - Diliff.jpg[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Wells Cathedral Interior Set[edit]

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Photo of the Cathedral of Strasbourg[edit]

Dear Diliff,

we found your image of the cathedral of Strasbourg on Wikipedia. since we are organizing an non profit international conference on Hepatitis C in Strasbourg next year, we would like to use your phot for the promotion of our town. What are your conditions?

Best regards Catherine — Preceding unsigned comment added by 130.79.208.105 (talk) 16:29, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

  • Hi Catherine, that would be fine. The only conditions are that you should credit me as the photographer and also mention the license name. It should say something like "Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0" or the equivalent in French if you prefer. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 16:36, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Montreal Twilight Panorama usage[edit]

Hi David,

We would like to use your Montreal Twilight Panorama image in a game project we are making, are you happy to let us credit you in our credit roll? If yes then could you provide an appropriate legal line? If not then would you be able to email me so we can discuss further? You can get me at mr DOT cool9dragons AT gmail DOT com

Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kowloon00 (talkcontribs) 18:36, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Portraits[edit]

Just uploaded my first portrait using the 60D. What do you think? Blown highlights on the side of his face and the neckband make me think FP is out of reach, but QI might work. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 02:30, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

  • I think it's a pretty good portrait actually. I didn't know you had a 60D, did you upgrade or have you always been shooting with it? I thought it was a 3xxD of some kind. I don't think there are any significant blown areas in the image really and I wouldn't think they would be a deal-breaker for FP. I don't think I would have had him turn his body quite as much as that (but I'm no expert on portraiture) as I find it tends to make their neck look elongated slightly, but I can't really fault it otherwise. The lighting is quite good considering you didn't use a flash. Did you use a reflector of some kind? Ðiliff «» (Talk) 10:55, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
    • My first DSLR was this 60D; I've used it for all my FPs so far bar one. Actually, this was in ambient lighting during the International Indonesia Forum a couple of days ago. I asked him to stand in the corridor outside the conference room, in a shadow under an overhang. The brighter area is from the sun, though I think it was filtered through some clouds so not as harsh as it could have been. Glad you like it! If I have a chance with Dr. Carey, or another individual, I'll make sure to remember to pose them at less of an angle... perhaps 20 or 25 degrees would be enough. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 11:18, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Crop error / German FPC site[edit]

Hi David! Just for information: Currently some of your outstanding church interior work is nominated on the German FPC site. On one of your photo, namely:

there is a tiny crop error on the left side (see note tool). Could you correct it? Best wishes, --Tuxyso (talk) 06:30, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Ely Cathedral[edit]

Following my nose from today's FA on the "Book of Ely," I happened across Ely Cathedral and noticed your recent interior photos. Have you nominated one for an FP? Perhaps the choir? Sca (talk) 14:35, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

  • I haven't... One of my recent interior nominations failed due to insufficient votes, so I assumed it was either voter fatigue given the number of recent nominations of mine, or because of the summer holidays... either way, there was very little participation, so I decided to wait a while. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 15:06, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
Well, I've wondered if we've had rather too many church FPs recently (not to mention too many Asian birds), but I'd vote for the Ely choir pic. To my inexpert eye, the colors seem a bit more muted than in the Hereford pix. And Ely is such an interesting historic edifice. Sca (talk) 16:37, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/New Court of Corpus Christi College[edit]

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Lithuania[edit]

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St. Anne's Church, Vilnius

Ðiliff, if you're in Vilnius (with its countless churches), be sure to visit the unique St. Anne's, will you? Sca (talk) 14:37, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

  • Hi Sca, I've already been there, done that. :-) Although it was a bit overcast when I was in Vilnius so from memory, the lighting wasn't as nice as it could have been. I'm in Kaunas at the moment but will be back in Vilnius on Tuesday so if I get the chance I'll revisit with the hope that the sky will be a bit nicer. Out of interest, do you have any particular reason for the suggestion of St Anne's? It's a beautiful little church, but it's one of many as you say. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 16:52, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
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  • Oh, it's quite famous. First, it's probably the only brick Gothic church in Vilnius; most of the others are baroque, due to the city's long (Polish-influenced) R.C. history. Second, it is, so I've read, a rare of example of the "flamboyant" brick Gothic style — which one can see from those sweeping scisssors-style forms in the facade. (An architectural historian would have better words for them.) Third, local lore has it that Napoleon, on his way to Moscow in 1812, was so enamored of St. Anne's that he talked about dismantling it and carting it back to Paris. However, he soon had other things on his mind....
I know a bit about this because I lived in Vilnius for a time in the mid-'90s, when things were still quite Soviet-ish and rather grim. Have you learned the all-purpose Lithuanian word iki yet? Hi, good bye, see ya, etc. And ačiū is not a sneeze, it's "thank you." Standard response: Praŝom, which can mean "you're welcome" or "please."
Viso gero. Sca (talk) 17:54, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
I learned that iki is a supermarket brand before I learned that it was hi/bye! And I'm impressed that you lived there. Lithuania is definitely not grim anymore. There are still some remnants of its past (a few of the churches are so run down that they might as well be construction sites) and outside of the old town, it isn't as prosperous looking as many Western European cities, but I'm quite shocked that almost everyone in Lithuania seems to be driving brand new Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Range Rover etc. That's something I've noticed in a number of old Soviet capitals, like Prague. Not sure if they're genuinely quite well off, or if they're just trying to project wealth, but it was a surprise to see. I wasn't expecting them all to be driving 1980s Ladas, but it seems comparable to the cars in the wealthier suburbs of London. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 18:14, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
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The interesting thing about that Iki supermarket chain is, it was founded by two brothers from Belgium, of all places. (I interviewed one of them in my short-lived capacity as a "media advisor").
In the mid-'90s they were driving second-hand Audis from Germany, not new ones, along with leftover Ladas, Volgas, etc. There were beggars, including children, on the (snowy) streets, and tumbledown, stinking Soviet-built apartment blocks, but already restaurants, pizza places, bars and nightclubs. And street crime. (I was mugged in Antakalnis, a district of Vilnius.)
If you'd like to see a pic of how Vilnius looked then, see this. Sca (talk) 21:06, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
It's Liejyklos street. Renata (talk) 21:53, 1 October 2014 (UTC)
Interesting, do you remember which street that is? I can't quite read the street name. Well I've never felt even remotely in danger so far, and I've been carrying around $5000+ worth of camera equipment the entire time. A couple of beggars have approached me in Lithanian but when it's clear I don't understand them, they just say "Ahh English!" and then smile and continue on their way. :-) Ðiliff «» (Talk) 21:28, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
I've tried to figure out what street it was that I photographed (film) back in '96 but I don't know.
PS: Churches that a photographer shouldn't miss include St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Vilnius (Antakalnio & Olandu) and of course Vilnius Cathedral, which in Soviet times was a museum.
PPS: You might try a local liqueur called Zalgiris — but be careful! Confused-tpvgames.gif Sca (talk) 21:37, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
I've been to st Peter and St Paul's this morning actually but it was absolutely heaving with tourists. I could barely get in the door, let alone photograph it properly. I'm now in Kaunas and will be back in Vilnius on Tuesday so I'll make another trip to the church again then and hopefully it will be more sedate. I've been to the cathedral and many of the other churches in central Vilnius though. St Theresa's, St Anne's/Bernadine Church, St John's at the university, The Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit (the monastery near the Gates of Dawn, The Gates of Dawn shrine (very hard to get a clear shot without people praying in front of it, it's another that I want to revisit), Divine Mercy Sanctuary (also need to revisit, very hard to find it without lots of people praying although it's open 24/7 so if I get my timing right....), The Dominican Holy Spirit church on Dominikony Gatve and the Orthodox Church of Revelation of the Holy Mother of God. Some of these churches don't actually have an article on the English wikipedia, but do on the Lithuanian wiki, so I may end up having to create them. How is your Lithuanian? ;-) Ðiliff «» (Talk) 21:59, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
a better picture please - The fountain of the kissing students in Tartu
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Yes, the Gates of Dawn is a spectacle, rather astounding to the modern eye.
The last time I was in Vilnius, in '06, St. Anne's was very quiet, almost deserted. I spent some time inside just thinking.
As you've probably heard, the Old Town of Vilnius is reputedly the largest such original old town in Europe. It wasn't wrecked in the war, except predictably for the old Jewish Quarter, which was centered on Vokieciu Gatve — ironically, German Street. Old Vilnius / Wilno had a huge Jewish population, nearly all murdered by the Nazis. Sca (talk) 22:18, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

If you are in Kaunas try to find the Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis museum, it should be there somewhere. And check out those ruins at the University, we could do with better pics on them. The pedestrian zone main street has a caffé with wonderful ice-cream, and a very nice old books shop - (Antiqvariat??) with lovely cheap English books too. If you want real good food try the Russian Restaurant - and DO TRY an appetizer. Those are not appetizers - they are giant plates of gorgious foods. Try also the Wild Boar, main square. Hafspajen (talk) 22:11, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Ciurlionis Museum, Kaunas: http://www.muziejai.lt/Kaunas/ciurlionio_muziejus.en.htm :Sca (talk) 22:27, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Who knew my talk page was stalked by experts on Lithuania... :-) Hafspajen, what ruins at the university? I'm only in Kaunas until tomorrow afternoon so will have limited time to see/do things. The museum sounds interesting but of course I probably won't be able to take photos of the artwork. ;-) It really needs to be done properly in a controlled studio environment anyway. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 22:33, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Well, it is uphills. Ruins, big arched ruins in the middle of the centrum, I was there in June. Hafspajen (talk) 22:41, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

OOOPS; sorrrrrrrryyy - that was in Tartu, the ruins. Just go to the museum in Kaunas then. But if you want to go somewhere nice chose Tartu, soon. Hafspajen (talk) 22:46, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
This expert was married to a Lithuanian citizen for some time, alas, one of ethnic Russian descent. Sigh.
Er, Haffy, bleve Tartu is in Estonia. Sca (talk) 22:54, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Well, but is close. It is like driving from Malmö to Stockholm, no big deal. Hafspajen (talk) 22:56, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

As we say in (U.S.) English, "Close, but no cigar." Face-grin.svg Sca (talk) 23:04, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
There is one more thing one can do in Kaunas, travel upphill on the little lift, and see this -
Panorama of Kaunas, Lithuania
. Äsh, Steve you are American, aren't you? What is that for a distance. Have seen American drive all day long.... Hafspajen (talk) 23:07, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Second thought - museums are closed sometimes on mondays. Lifts too. Check first. well, then it isnot a problem. Hafspajen (talk) 23:09, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
And the The Gates of Dawn shrine - we would definitely need better pictures on that too.... Hafspajen (talk) 23:14, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Well, it's 1 or 2 a.m. in LT — perhaps time to leave poor Điliff to his dreams? (And what about yours?) Sca (talk) 23:16, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Hm, never mind, he can go to sleep whenever he wants. Hafspajen (talk) 23:23, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, I was already asleep by the time you were discussing my nocturnal sleeping arrangements. :-) Right, well the problem is that it's Sunday today and all the churches in Kaunas will be busy for services, so I may have some trouble photographing them. I best be off. Next stop, Palanga. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 07:40, 14 September 2014 (UTC)
That's nice too. Check out the Castle. And the pier. Was there too in June. I liked best Tartu - which I do recommend - it is really close, those countries are so small. But if you are still there you should do try to take the elevator up on the hill to the Panorama point. It starts somewhere beside the bridge depicted in the picture, cheep and fun. Hafspajen (talk) 10:00, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

Update?[edit]

Noticed your comment (after mine) re September Morn. How's LT? Have you taken more church pix in Vilnius? Sca (talk) 15:48, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

  • Yep, I arrived back in Vilnius today and spent most of it catching up on the leftover things that I couldn't do properly last week. St Peter and St Paul church first thing in the morning. And wow, it is busy even on a Tuesday morning. I arrived at about 9am and it was already flooding with package tourist groups. It's obviously a major stop on the tourist trail. I ended up waiting about 45 minutes for a lull in group arrivals to be able to shoot the interior properly. These two photos give you an example of what I had to work with! Anyway, finally got that done (you'd never believe how busy it was when you see an empty church in the final photo). Also managed to finally get a good shot of the altar of The Gates of Dawn. I had to wait 45 minutes there too. Just as I arrived and set up, a service began. I assumed it would be fairly quick, but no... 45 minutes of which I understood virtually nothing. But eventually managed to squeeze out an empty shot of the altar there. Also revisited St Anne's as the afternoon light was lovely, deep deep blue skies and wispy clouds. It's really very difficult to get a good photo of it though. The Bernadine Monastery behind it is all scaffolded up which ruins many angles, and there's a pedestrian crossing right in front of St Anne's which puts poles and signs right in the way of the ideal frontal shot, so I had to take a photo from a slightly oblique angle. Hopefully I've done it justice though. My last job for the evening is the Divine Mercy Sanctuary, a little chapel on Dominikonu Gatve. It's quite modern inside, but I've been told it's of some significance (and seems to be based on the fact that it is continuously full of worshipers at all times of the day, unlike many of the larger churches) because of the painting at the altar. So I'll revisit that one for the 5th or 6th time at some point later tonight since it's open 24/7 and hopefully it will be quiet. If not, I'll pass. I'm moving onwards to Riga tomorrow morning for 2 days then back to London. Any suggestions there? I've got myself a small list but Lithuania was the main focus of the trip so I've not spent as much time researching it. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 16:20, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
Wow. (The man behind the camera in the first Sts. P&P pic looks like my ex-father-in-law.)
Personally, I've never been all that enamored of Baroque architecture, though of course some baroque churches (thinking of Bavaria) do put on quite a show.
Alas, never been to Riga, but I believe there are some very old Backsteingotik churches and other bldgs. there. (Hafs could no doubt tell you more, but he seems to be absenting himself from WP today.)
Must get to Riga and Tallin (known for centuries as Reval) someday — have read much about Baltic history, the Northern Crusades, etc. Will be very interested in the results of your trip. Viso gero.... Sca (talk) 17:21, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

la cathedrale de Stasbourg[edit]

Merci pour ce partage les photos sont magnigiques , d'une beaute , ells ont dues etre photographiees par un professionnel bravo et encore merci

Jacqueline — Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.181.145.253 (talk) 08:32, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

Fr. WP[edit]

Congrats, one of your pix is on the home page of French Wiki today.

Looking forward to seeing some of your shots from Lith. Sca (talk) 15:54, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

picture of Notting Hill Carnival[edit]

I am producing a book about migration in London for the London School of Economics and would like to use your picture of the Notting Hill Carnival in 2006. We obviously want to credit it correctly to you - so please can you confirm what you require. Thank you. Ben Kochan Please could you reply to my email address ben_kochan@hotmail.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by 94.174.122.41 (talk) 11:13, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Image of St Paul's Cathedral[edit]

RSCM London would like to use your image of St Paul's on a flyer advertising the next Area Choral Festival (May 2015).

We would attribute the image as requested on the front of the flyer.

Please let us know if this is OK

Marianne Barton (on behalf of Trevor Ford, Chairman of RSCM London Laudemus@aol.com or 020 8341 6408. 81.152.138.240 (talk) 13:56, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Using image of Melbourne[edit]

Hi I would like to use the image you took of the Melbourne skyline for a poster at a jobs fair. I am happy to put this attribution by the image: Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 Is that OK?

My name is Paul Brooks Company: EU Health Staff email paul@euhealthstaff.eu — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.153.25.24 (talk) 17:19, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Lietuva[edit]

Hi Diliff, thanks much for the heads-up re your Lithuania pics. Some fine shots already. I'll check in there from time to time.

Did you actually eat the cepelinai? Face-tongue.svg Sca (talk) 13:59, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

PS: Your photos of Sts. Peter & Paul look fine in the article. Sca (talk) 14:05, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
I did indeed eat it. ;-) The one I photographed was actually not that nice (and was from one of the more expensive restaurants on the tourist strip), I had a much better one from a local tavern type restaurant outside of the old town, but I was with some others from the hotel I was staying at and didn't really feel like taking out the camera to photograph it! Ðiliff «» (Talk) 15:25, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
Food for a cold climate. Sca (talk) 23:23, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
Haha, I take it you weren't a fan... I didn't mind it (the better one), to be honest. But perhaps it was better because I had a (very nice wheat) beer or two beforehand. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 23:41, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
Ah, alaus. I was a fan of that. Sca (talk) 18:19, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

requesting permission to use and modify your photo [Los Angeles smog][edit]

Dear Mr. Iliff,

I am writing in regard to this photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Los_Angeles_Pollution.jpg.

I would like permission to use part of the photo. Specifically, I would like to clip approximately one-half to one-third of the photo from the right side, in a mild collage: I would juxtapose your picture with a small-town scene with clean-air. I would have words and numbers in the foreground, covering over parts of the pictures; your photo would be in the background, behind the text. I can send you a draft version if that would be helpful.

My purpose for doing so is for Table of Contents (TOC) art, which is something required by the scientific journal, Environmental Science & Technology, and which would appear with the abstract. For an example, see http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es1016735; here, there is a photo included with the abstract. That photo is now required for all authors submitting to that journal. The journal does not provide the option of including attribution. (This is really frustrating, believe me, but it is not up to me.)

May I have your permission to use this photo for the purpose above (as part of a collage for TOC art)? It's a great photo! Thank you for adding it to the creative commons.

Here is my contact information: E-mail: julian@umn.edu. Phone: 612-625-2397. Please contact me directly with your reply.

Thank you for your consideration.

sincerely, Julian Marshall University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN — Preceding unsigned comment added by 50.188.62.122 (talk) 19:56, 19 October 2014 (UTC)