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WP:DERM[edit]

I recently started the Dermatology task force and want to create a subpage for the taskforce that addresses dermatologic photos, giving guidelines/recommendations for good images. On that page I was simply going to link over to Wikipedia_talk:Featured_picture_criteria, but also wanted to added a few comments specifically geared towards dermatologic photos (like something about always having a ruler, etc in the picture to keep size in perspective, etc.). I also found a paper online (see [1]) and thought I could integrate some of its pointers into the page. However, I am a dermatologist, not professional photographer, and therefore wanted to know if you, or any of your friends, would help me develop this page? kilbad (talk) 17:29, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

Millere08[edit]

I give you points for trying but I don't think we're going to be successful getting a response from him/her. As you're probably aware, he/she even ignored the {{inuse}} template that I added to one article and still refuses to use edit summaries, apart from the exceptionally rare justification of an edit. I just don't think he/she wants to collaborate. --AussieLegend (talk) 13:34, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

Re: ND filters again[edit]

I have put two linear polarisers together back in year 12 physics and works as described. The Phase detection autofocus systems that SLRs use won't work with polarized light so most photography filters consist of a linear polariser followed by a quarter-wave plate which gives circular polarisation to the output, allowing AF. Because of the quarter-wave plate you'd either have to have one filter back the front, using a reversing ring from ebay, or buy a linear polariser instead of a circular one as your second filter. I know you can buy linear polarising filters, but I don't know if you can get high quality multi-coated ones. In my limited experience you could probably get 2 or 3 ND filters for the price of a single high quality polariser, so it probably isn't worth it. Your polariser will generally knock out 1.5 - 2 stops of light, so combined with an 8x ND it should knock out enough in most situations. hvstar is a pretty cheap place to buy B+W or Hoya filters. Noodle snacks (talk) 02:50, 2 March 2009 (UTC)

  • Oh, you will probably see it on the FPC talk page, but there is a way to view ultra wide panoramas correctly on wiki here is the demo. Noodle snacks (talk) 10:03, 2 March 2009 (UTC)

FP[edit]

Brighton Promenade, England - Feb 2009.jpg
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Nice work, by the way. Only actually been to Brighton once - it's just so far from Edinburgh and Wales and the other places I lived - but it brought back memories =) Shoemaker's Holiday (talk) 08:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Congratulations![edit]

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Congratulations![edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Port Vell, Barcelona[edit]

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Jersey City Skyline Image[edit]

We would like to use your image on a postcard about living in Jersey City. Please contact me at your earliest convenience to ensure I understand how to livense it properly. Regards,

Katherine Hagemann 614-480-6410 katherine.hagemann@huntington.com —Preceding unsigned comment added by 170.128.175.210 (talk) 21:32, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

9/11 FPC[edit]

You do wonderful work, Diliff, and I greatly respect your contributions both as an editor and as a photographer. It really seems like the digression was not intended to give offense, but the sarcastic caption beneath the flag was unnecessary and inappropriate. Particularly in that context.

Suppose for a moment that any other country had been targeted and thousands of civilians killed. Would you even consider mocking its flag at the FPC for a memorial of the event?

I can't help where I was born, or what nationality came with that. There are people in the world who kill because of that. They nearly killed my uncle. A request for a dignified conversation on such a topic shouldn't even need to be made, much less explained. DurovaCharge! 03:04, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

  • I never mocked your flag. That was Wadester that added the image and the caption, and I assume it was intended to be a joke in response to what I had said. What I did do was respond to Fletcher's question about bothered me about certain aspects of patriotism. As I said, I admit it was getting off-topic, but I certainly didn't mean to dishonour those who died or those who serve to protect the country. However, I was not singling out the US because I have some sort of inherent bias against it. I was singling out the illogic that many Americans have towards threats like that. Sure, there are individuals out there that wish you harm, but it clearly isn't because they're jealous of your freedom, and yet I hear countless speeches/interviews etc where people claim this, as if the US is truly more free than the vast majority of other western countries in the world. This just makes those who claim it to sound ignorant and arrogant and it irritates me. :-) It certainly doesn't mean I hate the USA or all of its inhabitants. It just means I see flaws where flaws exist, just as they exist in many other nationals of the world. Granted, it was not the greatest location for a soap box, but it was a response to a question asked during the course of the discussion, and not something that I just felt the need to announce for no particular reason. That said, I don't think anyone should be that sensitive that they cannot take any criticism of their nation and people. An extremely traumatic event like 9/11 shouldn't give people a license to spout whatever nationalist garbage they like without others picking apart the logic of it. I didn't actually feel that I was being that insensitive or disrepectful to the victims or the American people as a whole, though, but I suppose that there will always be somebody offended by something... Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 08:04, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
    • And I never requested that you explain what you said. I knew perfectly well why you said it. I just felt that you bringing your uncle and your reasons for joining the navy up was equally irrelevant and unhelpful, and would only conspire to turn a philosophical argument into an emotional and personal one. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 11:00, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
      • It's a big leap from anything I've said to ...so sensitive that they cannot take any criticism of their nation and people. Nor was anyone spouting nationalist garbage. Photographically the image was mediocre. As you may have noticed, I opposed it as copyvio. Some of the sentiment you express about jingoism, etc. I actually agree with, but would not use a memorial to the victims as segue to such a discussion. When that sort of discussion does stray, it's no foul for an editor to post whoa, that hits home. You are a wonderful photographer and a fine Wikipedian. Let's keep FPC discussions topical, particularly when the subject matter is recent tragedy. DurovaCharge! 19:55, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

Dusk Images[edit]

Hey Diliff, I wanted to try to take a panorama of Dar es Salaam city with the sky colours similar to File:Sydney skyline at dusk - Dec 2008.jpg. Regarding the actual colour of the sky, I have only seen the pinkish colour sometimes. Did you just happen to be there at the right time or can the sky colour be forecast? Any other hints you can provide, as I will probably have only one attempt to get it right? Thanks --Muhammad(talk) 19:03, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

  • It really just is luck, and of course timing as the light doesn't usually stay that way for long. I don't think the sky can really be forecast, although you can sometimes guess an hour or so before sunset if the conditions are likely to be good for a nice sunset. From my experience (I'm not really an expert!), usually high 'wispy' clouds tend to give nice sunsets. The key ingredient is some atmospheric condition (clouds, dust, etc) that allows the pink/red sunlight to bounce or diffuse through. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 21:44, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
    • Thanks. One more thing, whats the difference between exposure blending and HDR? --Muhammad(talk) 05:36, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
      • Well, it is quite a complicated subject to explain in simple terms (the articles on HDR will do a much more detailed explanation, from memory), but I'll try. Both methods typically take a very wide dynamic range as in input. With exposure blending, you might take 3 exposures. -2 EV, 0 EV and +2 EV, and then use software which analyses the images and decides which parts of the image are most ideally exposed (for example the sky in the -2 EV photo will be a nice blue, but will probably be overexposed or even which in the +2 EV photo, but the shadows will be black in the -2 EV photo and correctly exposed in the +2 EV photo) and then combine all these parts into one photo. The end product is exposure blended. HDR is similar to that, except that instead of blending the multiple images into a single normal image file, it just combines the exposures into a file that is specially designed to handle many more luminosity levels. It can hold information on each pixel with extremely wide dynamic range. In other words, it can hold the information for very dark shadow with a luminosity of (for example) 100, and also hold information for a very bright light with a luminosity of 1000000 (this is also just an example). A normal 8 bit jpeg file can only store 256 possible values per colour channel (RGB) per pixel. A 16 bit file such as a TIF can store 65536 values, but it only gives you more variations within the same range, usually. In other words, it will allow smoother colour gradients, but it will still have the same limited dynamic range. But a HDR file is usually 32 bit, which means 4.2 billion values per pixel. What this means is that it can allow the image to still have a very smooth colour gradient but also expand the dynamic range almost infinitely, which means that it can store the luminosity values of just about any scene, no matter how dark or how bright! Of course, the problem is that a computer monitor cannot display the range that a 32 bit HDR file is capable of storing because it has a very limited range. So if you want to take a HDR image, you have to 'convert' it back to an 8 bit or 16 bit image that can be viewed on a monitor. That technique is similar to exposure blending, but it does it from the HDR file, instead of individual images. I'm not sure if this has only confused you more or not, but hopefully you can understand what I mean. It is very hard to explain with just words. I think it would help to use examples, diagrams, mathematics, etc :-)
      • Let me summarise anyway: HDR images let you store very wide dynamic ranges in a file. Tone mapping 'compresses' the dynamic range down from a HDR file to a normal image (8 bit) file. Exposure blending lets you merge the 'correct' exposures from various images into one image without converting the file to HDR. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 23:55, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
    • Well, I understood most of it:P Reading it a couple of times should do the trick. Thanks for the help. --Muhammad(talk) 19:32, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

sydney opera house image[edit]

David,

As I am not quite sure how to read the user guidelines, I figured it would just be easier to ask you upfront. I am interested in using your image in print. The magazine is Today's Chiropractic LifeStyle and has a circulation of around 40,000 here in the U.S. The article in question is titled "Success from the Inside Out" and talks about inside success (personal) versus outside success (bragging rights, etc., so to speak). My idea is to feature a far-away place that's recognizable and in my search for Sydney images I came across yours, which is one of the best I've seen.

Let me know if I'm allowed to download this and give you photography credit, or if that is not permitted.

You can contact me via my email: katja@knowatlanta.com

Thank you in advance,

katja adams

69.15.2.93 (talk) 14:47, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

Using the picture[edit]

Hi Diliff,

I am interested in using your photograph of the Frauenkirche, Munich. I will be mixing it to adapt it to the style of the catalogue i am working on. Your name will be shown next to the image at 6pt font, in dark blue. Need I send you an image of how i am using it?

Plus I am a bit unclear as to how I may comply to the following term:

"As such, any reproduction of this image, in any medium, must appear with a copy of, or full URL of the license."

Please advise.

Beautiful beautiful picture.

Sincerely yours, Lenora Lin

lin.lenora@gmail.com —Preceding unsigned comment added by 122.118.36.120 (talk) 08:27, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

Hello, I work for a free learn-to-read website and educational publisher: Starfall.com. We are interested in using your sawfish image in a printed book that we're working on. We would be happy to list you as the photographer on our acknowledgements page in the book. Is this acceptable to you?

Looking forward to your response.

Faith Gowan (faith@sps.com) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 204.144.130.78 (talk) 00:30, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

Hi Diliff....Using Pics?[edit]

I would love to be able to use either your panorama Griffith Observatory LA Shot or You Hollywood Blvd above the kodak theater. I want to blow up the picture ( So I need the original file) and put it on a canvas to display in my home. Please let me know if you could help =) Look forward to your response!

Cheers! Drew drew@g2nights.com (please email me) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 64.164.249.50 (talk) 23:18, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

CC-SA[edit]

Well, ironically they did have one, but they discontinued all the non-BY ones. ViperSnake151 00:56, 21 March 2009 (UTC)

hey[edit]

That's a wear —Preceding unsigned comment added by 207.54.194.253 (talk) 15:28, 25 March 2009 (UTC)

Impresionante!!![edit]

Hi Diliff. I just wanted to say you I´m absolutely impressed with your photos. Thanks so much for your work. Regards from Spain. --Elemaki (talk) 15:44, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

Using NYC Skyline Photo[edit]

Hello David,

I wanted to know if I could use one of your Manhattan Skyline pictures as a background for a design. Please contact me. Thanks. Sincerely,

Peter Lopez pedrolopez80@hotmail.com

PS- Great work! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.184.238.101 (talk) 22:48, 3 April 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Frieze of Parnassus[edit]

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POTD notification[edit]

Hi David,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:Joss Bay, Broadstairs, England - Aug 2008.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on April 9, 2009. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2009-04-09. howcheng {chat} 16:10, 7 April 2009 (UTC)

Brazil[edit]

You need to visit Brazil and take wonderfull photos! :) Felipe ( talk ) 16:05, 8 April 2009 (UTC)


Buckinghm Palace[edit]

You right [2] is much better. :-) Giano (talk) 20:13, 10 April 2009 (UTC)

  • Glad you agree. Third time lucky :-) (If you look through the talk page of the article, there are 2 previous attempts which were shot down - perhaps rightly so). Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 20:50, 10 April 2009 (UTC)

Question about your pictures[edit]

Hello Mr. Iliff,

my name is Alexandra Koch; I'm a journalist and I'm writing an article about "bridges worldwide" for the austrian magazine called "Immobilienfokus". I saw your awesome pictures and I was wondering if you could send me some of them (especially "Sydney Harbour Bridge" and "Tower Bridge/London", size: the larger the better) (or if it's possible to download your pictures with your permission) It would be very nice of you and you would really help me a lot! ...and of course, you would be named as the photographer of the pictures!

I'm looking forward to your answer! Best regards, Alexandra Koch —Preceding unsigned comment added by Immofokus (talkcontribs) 20:20, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

Mind commenting?[edit]

I'd like to get your input on this, if you don't mind. Thanks in advance. ~ ωαdεstεr16«talkstalk» 16:24, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

FPC at es:wiki[edit]

Oh and just so you know, I nom'ed an image for Candidatas a imágenes destacadas at the Spanish wiki. They don't use images all too well over there, so I try to offer them some images that they would like (hence your Barcelona pano). Naturally, it passed. ~ ωαdεstεr16«talkstalk» 16:32, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

what is rome like?I've only went to two states in my whole life.Is Rome anything like the united states? thats where i live and I;ve always wanted to go to either Rome, Paris. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.114.25.192 (talk) 17:53, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/September 11 Attacks Memorial[edit]

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Blackheaded Gull Photo[edit]

I would like to paint your picture of the Blackheaded Gull. I may make prints of the painting and sell them. Please let me know if this is possible. The picture is identified as "Blackheaded Gull, St James 27s Park 2c London, Nov, 2006 edit2.jpg FP on commmons retouched version" Thank you. JodiLee (talk) 16:35, 20 April 2009 (UTC)JodiLee

blackheaded gull[edit]

Thank you for answering my request. I am a watercolorist and am in the process of starting a website. You can see my work at ByJodiLee.com in the near future. I would be happy to identify the source of my painting as your photograph on my site. Naming you on the prints themselves would be harder. Let me know what you think. I do not want to intrude or take credit for your beautiful work. JodiLee (talk) 16:09, 21 April 2009 (UTC)Jodi Lee

Re: Copyvio[edit]

Hi, just read your comment about the Apple Inc. ad using your picture. I would, at the very least, make a big stink about this online, in blogs etc. You might be surprised that some money will come your way. Papa Lima Whiskey (talk) 21:31, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

Blackheaded Gull[edit]

Thank you for permitting me to use your photo. I will send you a picture of my painting for your approval if you would like, before I make any prints or offer it for sale. I don't know how to do it in this venue. Maybe I can e-mail it to you?? JodiLee (talk) 01:18, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía[edit]

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POTD notification[edit]

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photo of Chinese Tower for schoolbook[edit]

Dear Mr. Iliff,

I am from Fraus publishing and we found your photo of Chinese Tower in Munich on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Munich_English_Gardens_-_Chinese_Tower_Beer_Garden_-_August_2006.jpg). We want to use this photo in schoolbook Job Matters for german language. Can we use this photo? Under which conditions we can use it? Author is of course published in imprint the book.

Thanks for you reply. With best regards Petr Vitek

vitek@frausdotcz http://www.fraus.com Fraus Publishing —Preceding unsigned comment added by Peta22 (talkcontribs) 06:49, 28 April 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent, England Crop - April 2009.jpg[edit]

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Handheld Night/Dusk Panoramas[edit]

I will be doing the Overland Track next summer I think. I may take up to 10 days, doing a number of side trips and so on. For obvious reasons I'd want to minimise the mass of my camera gear. The 400D, 10-20mm, 18-55mm IS and maybe some tubes will be my probable choice of equipment. I'm currently trying to determine if I need to take my tripod (3kg) with me. What advice can you offer regarding handheld panorama stitching? Is exposure blending still straight forward? Have you ever done it at dawn/dusk? What sort of aperture/iso combinations do you use if so? Noodle snacks (talk) 04:50, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

  • Good question... Not going to take a dedicated macro lens (you ended up getting the 180mm macro, didn't you?)? I know the feeling though. I recently did a two day walk on the South Downs (about 15-20kms each day) which is infinitely more civilised than the OT, but ended up taking my laptop, tripod, 100mm macro (light, but I don't think I've taken a single decent macro shot since I've been in the UK - its a wasteland as far as interesting bugs and insects go), 17-40mm, 24-105mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 (every time I don't bring it with me, I regret it as my 24-105mm just doesn't cut it for telephoto)... I didn't even need to bring any food except a packed lunch as there are plenty of pubs/villages along the way, but my pack still somehow ended up being about 18kgs. :-/ Anyway, back to your question. Hmmm. It's possible to hand-hold, but probably only for about half of the blue hour - depends obviously on the stability of your hands tho. I find that during that time, the light dims pretty fast but your eyes compensate and you don't realise just how dark its getting until they suddenly can't compensate anymore and it's seriously dark. :-) For example, many a 360 degree panorama of mine has been spoilt by the fact that each exposure has been say 30 seconds (stopped down on a tripod, mind you), and after perhaps 8 exposures (4 mins), the first and last frame simply cannot blend properly because the difference in brightness is massive, yet your eyes didn't even notice a change. I'm not saying that would affect a couple of frames hand held, where you could knock them all off in less than 10 or 15 seconds, but it does illustrate that you have a pretty narrow window of opportunity at dusk before it does become too hard to hand hold. I'm not sure if budget permits, but I would thoroughly recommend the 24-105mm (Or more likely the 17–85mm f/4-5.6 IS in your case) simply because of how good it is shooting hand-hold in low light (IS). As for specific settings, I couldn't give you any particular combo that always works, since it depends largely on how much light you have left, but you inevitably have to shoot close to wide open because motion blur will always be worse than lens softness from not stopping down! The other thing is that even if you could in theory hand hold at a certain shutter speed (eg 1/10sec at 20mm, which is borderline at the best of times), the fact that you might be shooting a series for a panoramic means that there's a good chance that one out of four will be a bit motion blurred even if the others are good, so you have to be a bit more conservative so as to not ruin the whole pano. As far as exposure blending goes, I much prefer using a tripod for it, as I find it difficult to align handheld photos (or at least, Photomatix does, and when Photomatix messes the alignment up, the photo looks bloody awful). As much as I hate to say, I would possibly take the tripod despite the weight. You'll probably have plenty of time to sit and think and wish you could use the night time for a bit of photography, although I guess with clouds being the way they are in Tasmania, the chance of nice starscapes at night might be limited anyway and you'd have to time the trip with the full moon or it'd be too dark even for a 30 second exposure. Will you have enough batteries to last 10 days of shooting anyway? :-) Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 08:15, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
    • I'm looking at 20kgs plus whatever my camera gear is, though a tripod is only an extra 10% I guess. I had a 17-85 IS. I sold it pretty quickly, it was soft at most focal lengths and suffered from CA. I replaced it with a 18-55mm IS which is amazingly good for the money and has four stops of IS. I'm sure the 24-105 is great, but 99% of the time I am using my 10-20, 180 macro or 400 so its hard to justify. I did get a macro yes, I sold my 70-200, which was sensible given what I was using it for. I still haven't used kevin krudd's bonus, but will probably use that for some more lighting gear and a 55-250mm IS (I could alternately wait on the exchange rate and get a 70-200 F4 IS). Dedicated macro is a possibility on the trip too, but I'd be inclined to carry a flash, umbrella, radio triggers as well, so it adds a kilogram. I'm sure there would be birds on the trip too, but 400mm adds 1.5kgs or so, and again I'd want the flash. 25kg of gear is more than I'd want to carry frankly. My cousin gave me a battery grip that he didn't want ages ago, so fortunately I can run on AAs after a few days. Tripod is sounding reasonable, given that there are numerous waterfalls and so on along the way. One of these would be awesome (short, but light). I reckon I'd have to buy a set of grad NDs if I didn't take the tripod by the sound of it. Noodle snacks (talk) 09:23, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
      • Ah, sorry, I didn't notice that you had/were bringing the 18-55mm IS. I'm not au fait with the EF-S gear and didn't even realise that one had IS, actually. Well that is going to be your handheld lens of choice at dusk, then. Ahhh K-Rudd's bonus... While I'm away, I miss out on all those little giveaways. I've now missed the first homebuyer's grant, and because I wasn't an Aus taxpayer, I didn't get the bonus either. And now the pound is worth bugger-all and all my savings here are devaluing. :-) Yeah, the life of a serious photographer/traveller is not an easy one. Can you get cheap batteries for the 40D on Ebay? I can't remember exactly what I paid, but I got a set of 3 for my 5D for something like £15 delivered a year or two ago. I now have a motley crew of about 7 batteries in various states of health (some dating back to when I got my 10D in 2003 but I really should get rid of them as they're practically useless now). That tripod does indeed look good. Must be very short though, with a weight like that. I've got the older equivalent of this one which I'm pretty happy with, and an even bigger/stronger carbon fibre one that I don't use very often but can't justify selling for a fraction of what I paid for it. I guess it'd come in handy if I ever felt the need to shoot with two cameras at once. ;-) The thing about that tripod though is that you still have to factor a head into it, which could easily double the weight.
      • By the way, on a completely different subject, I see from your page that you've been to the US, Canada, India, Malaysia and a couple in Europe... How come no photos? Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 10:24, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
        • I actually have a 400D, and I don't think I'd buy more than the two batteries I have, reason being that the xxD and 5D batteries are different, so it isn't a good mid/long term investment. Knock off batteries are pretty cheap though. Your gitzo looks pretty good weight wise, but its above my budget. My current tripod is more than double the weight. I do have one idea though, I could buy a cheap and nasty tripod (they are typically very light) and just let it last for that trip and not much longer. Doubt it'd be very stable in the wind/water however. I do have photos from many of those places, but most of them are not anything special as far as quality goes (older point and shoots). I may do a large upload when I have fewer assignments on the go. Noodle snacks (talk) 11:17, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

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POTD notification[edit]

Hi David,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:Windsor Castle Upper Ward Quadrangle 2 - Nov 2006.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on May 21, 2009. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2009-05-21. howcheng {chat} 00:59, 18 May 2009 (UTC)

  • Am I mistaken, or is this one not on your user page? Maedin\talk 14:25, 18 May 2009 (UTC)
  • You're welcome, ;-) Btw, did you mean to split the pictures with the flags and barnstars? Just curious. Maedin\talk 18:45, 18 May 2009 (UTC)

thanks[edit]

thanks for your comment. I know it's almost copied, but I was making it during class, and didn't really have much time. I plan on making it better bit by bit. By the way, your photographs are really good. Maxipuchi (talk) 14:19, 18 May 2009 (UTC)

To a London Cab-Driver[edit]

Thank you for allowing use of your excellent picture of a London taxi which I've added to our personal website - www.thedups.com. You can view the poem which it illustrates at: http://www.thedups.com/index.php/pauls-poems/leprosy-and-palliative-care/315-to-a-london-cab-driver Best wishes. Paul du Plessis —Preceding unsigned comment added by 212.56.101.19 (talk) 17:45, 23 May 2009 (UTC)

Posters[edit]

Hi. I'm yet another fan of your work, and I would like to haveprints of some of your photographs. Is it possible to purchase posters of them in some web store? There are some sites where everyone can create products like t-shirts or posters from their own photographs... if you do that, please tell us where to find it :) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 85.49.251.179 (talk) 18:56, 23 May 2009 (UTC)

  • Hi, and thanks! I don't sell my photos in that way unfortunately, but you would be welcome to arrange the prints yourself. You can download the images directly from Wikipedia and upload them to an online printing site. Technically any photo re-used from Wikipedia has to adhere to the license terms, which means that you have to include the URL of the license and attribute the image to myself, but for 'personal use', this is probably legitimately waived as unnecessary. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 09:11, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

POTD notification[edit]

Hi David,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:Kew Gardens Temperate House - Sept 2008.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on May 29, 2009. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2009-05-29. howcheng {chat} 04:47, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Your Montreal photo[edit]

Hi. It is very beautiful. I have started a blog about jazz in Montreal.

If I use the photo. How do I credit you?

Thanks Geoff Lapp

http://geofflapp.wordpress.com/ —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.26.250.124 (talk) 23:50, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Spanish Wiki FP[edit]

Hi Dave, just wanted to let you know that my nomination of your British Museum reading room panorama was successful . . . see here. I like the last !vote, "Dios bendiga a Diliff" . . . or "God bless Diliff", :-) Maedin\talk 06:44, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

Blackheaded Gull Painting[edit]

Hi David:

My painting of your Blackheaded Gull Photo is now on my website - www.byjodilee.com. I do not have it for sale pending you approval. Thanks JodiLee (talk) 23:15, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

East Sussex energy image[edit]

Hi Dave, how many segments in this stitch? 2? 3? Maedin\talk 12:33, 28 May 2009 (UTC)


What about Azerbaijan? We don't have such grand views, but you will certainly find some interesting sceneries. 29 May 2009 —Preceding unsigned comment added by Delphinus1997 (talkcontribs) 04:35, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

Image review[edit]

Hey, is this FP quality or does it warrant a reshoot? --Muhammad(talk) 06:46, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

  • The composition is quite good, but if I'm honest I would say that it probably isn't FP quality. As with the other image current in FPC, I think the colours/contrast aren't as good as they could be, because it wasn't taken at an idea time of day. In this photo though, it looks like you have used different exposures for the sky and the foreground, or have you applied a mask to darken the and the top of the buildings? As a result of this, I think the top half looks slightly underexposed and the bottom half slightly overexposed. It would look a lot better on a sunny day. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 07:13, 3 June 2009 (UTC)
    • Its a photomatix HDR. Thanks for your honest opinion. I will probably give it another try during a sunny day but the composition will be different as the building does not usually allow access to visitors. --Muhammad(talk) 10:51, 3 June 2009 (UTC)
      • That's okay. Did the scene really need HDR? It doesn't look like it has a lot of dynamic range... I find that sometimes, scenes actually look worse with HDR than without, but without seeing the original files, I am only guessing. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 11:11, 3 June 2009 (UTC)
        • I think it did. The original 0 exposure image looked dull. --Muhammad(talk) 15:06, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

POTD notification[edit]

Hi David,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:City of London skyline from London City Hall - Oct 2008.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on June 8, 2009. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2009-06-08. howcheng {chat} 22:45, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

Review of Closure Process[edit]

Hey Diliff, can you add a section about censorship? Wadester brought up a penis image at the VP proposal page that was nominated earlier in FPC, and we don't want to get off-topic there so maybe a better place is the closure page? Just a few proposals of pornography and sexual content on the main page. ZooFari 16:20, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Congratulations![edit]

Leeds Castle, Kent, England 1 - May 09.jpg
An image created by you has been promoted to featured picture status
Your image, File:Leeds Castle, Kent, England 1 - May 09.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! wadester16 05:29, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Don't mean to give you a hard time (others seem to be doing a good job of it!), but the nomination page doesn't seem to have the result listed on it. Has every step been completed? (I didn't check the rest) Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 10:43, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
    • Hmmm, Wade needs to be a little more careful. I spotted 2 of them. ZooFari 00:08, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

File:Elephant Rock, Great Ocean Rd, Victoria, Australia - Nov 08.jpg[edit]

Hi, just a note to let you know that your picture depicts the Island Archway which has just recently partially collapsed, rather than Elephant Rock. File:Loch Ard Gorge Sign.jpg shows the respective positions of the Island Archway and Elephant Rock. Melburnian (talk) 06:06, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

  • Oh, you're absolutely right. I'm not sure what made me think it was Elephant Rock. Actually I think I do - when I was uploading it, I think I noticed an existing image in the gallery that refered to that formation as Elephant Rock. I will also update the image description to advise that the file name is incorrect. Interesting also that it collapsed, along with one of the Apostles recently. What will we do with the tourists when all the formations collapse? :-) Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 09:18, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
Yes, collapsing landmarks are a bit of a problem down there, poor old Elephant Rock itself was never the same after it lost its trunk many years ago :) Melburnian (talk) 13:38, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

File:Church of St. Andrew, Alfriston, England Crop - May 2009.jpg[edit]

Hi,

nice shot of this church. But why there a white silhouettes visible (on the leaves on the upper part of the right tree) ? Greeting from Germany – Wladyslaw (talk) 14:36, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

  • It's an unfortunate side effect of the RAW processing of the sky and brightening of the leaves, I think. It's not a sharpening or H DR halo (not HDR was done in this image, just pushed the sky's luminance down a bit and brightened the shadows). Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 14:59, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

A panorama of the Melbourne skyline from Yarra's Edge[edit]

Hello David I would like to use the above mentioned picture in an inhouse-magazine for the employees of benecke-kaliko (www.benecke-kaliko.de). Is it possible to publish it under another license than GFDL – we can't print the whole text. Regards and thank you for your help Stefan Kohl kohl@mt-medien.com —Preceding unsigned comment added by 80.152.152.50 (talk) 11:49, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

J150W[edit]

Reply. Pdfpdf (talk) 14:57, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Wow!! I'm vaguely disturbed by how many of the photos on my user page were taken by you! Clearly, I like your photos, and also clearly, you have quite a talent! Pdfpdf (talk) 15:05, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Koala climbing tree.jpg[edit]

Hi David

It's okay for you when I enter the Free Culture Showcase with a derivate of your photo as a Wallpaper? It would be under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike, and I'll put your name and a link to the original into the exif.

Yours Tillo , schwertkrieger at hotmail dot com —Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.107.113.114 (talk) 22:39, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

  • Hi, that's fine as long as you adhere to the license terms. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 11:53, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

Congratulations![edit]

Kew Gardens Waterlily House - Sept 2008.jpg
An image created by you has been promoted to featured picture status
Your image, File:Kew Gardens Waterlily House - Sept 2008.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! wadester16 03:11, 18 June 2009 (UTC)
Seven Sisters Panorama, East Sussex, England - May 2009.jpg
An image created by you has been promoted to featured picture status
Your image, File:Seven Sisters Panorama, East Sussex, England - May 2009.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! wadester16 03:11, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

Dear David!

My name is Igor, and I found your photos at wikimedia. Your photos are great! Realy!

Now I am writing the screensaver, were there real and unreal landscapes became alive: the dancing fountains appear there.

May I use use Your photo "Hemispheric_-_Valencia,_Spain_-_Jan_2007" in my screen saver? It is almost ready, I hope to launch it in a couple of weeks. I can't find any mention in usung of your images in screen savers. I would like to add You as copyright owner to the main scee saver window and a link tom Your website.

Please look at image http://agilescreensavers.com/screenshots/Hemispheric.jpg of the future screen saver screen shot. Please let me know if I can use Your image in my work. I think that it can help to promote Your site and Your great images.

PS. screen saver release is not ready yet, so I can't send to You a working copy. I will post You a link as son as it will be ready.

Thank You and best regards, Igor. agilescreensavers (at) gmail (dot) com —Preceding unsigned comment added by Agilescreensavers (talkcontribs) 21:14, 18 June 2009 (UTC)