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Skandi Rogers

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paul wheaton wrote:

Skandi Rogers wrote:Sorry I can't see it anywhere, but how many bits does one need to do?

At least 13 for this badge.

I was just wondering as many of them say do 5 or do 10 so this one is everything ok.
1 day ago
I have a similar thing to that cart, I hate it. If you turn sharply with a load it will tip over, it is VERY heavy to pull, 4X the friction of a wheelbarrow and pulling it for any length of time twists you round as you can only pull with one hand. I've only taken it 1 mile to the shop to pick up a new gas flask and that was horrible I wished I had taken the normal wheelbarrow even though you have to carry some of the weight yourself with them.
1 day ago
I don't think you'll find a relatively new DSLR with less than 20mp anyway. even mine which is 7 years old has 24.  

A quick idea on how many MP one needs to print posters etc, it's in inches
1 day ago
The annual field (yes strawberries are not annual I know) looking towards the "forest" a mixture of fruit trees bushes nettles etc!
1 day ago
I bought mine second hand Nikon D3200 a couple of years ago, it only has the 55mm lens with it which is limiting but it cost me the equivalent of $156 USD It came with it's box, instructions, battery charger, memory card and a case.
First search for which camera to buy, literally. Most sites will have a list of cameras in different price brackets, then pick whichever one you like the sound of and research it's BAD points, and decide if they are ones you can live with. Mine for example can have focusing issues, but it is camera specific so some do some don't. Mine does not.  I would say pick a common brand as lenses etc are not interchangable.

When viewing one, take your laptop (if you have one of course) take a couple of photos in different lighting and put them on the laptop, look for oddities, soft areas, lines etc etc. Also look at the condition of the camera has it been bashed about?

One last thing when you get one, go out and buy a polarising filter, screw it onto the end of the lens and LEAVE IT THERE if you drop the camera or poke it into something only the "cheap" filter gets broken.
2 days ago

Steve Woodward wrote:With pellet boilers our experience is that they can be a pig in a poke.

I now live in Denmark and I can say that the pellet boilers are very very common here, we have one it's about 7 years  old and gives no trouble whatsoever, it's a Woody. (what a name) what type of delivery system does yours have?  ours is a screw feed from an old oil barrel, you can have a hopper with it which it then can weigh and tell you how long you have left to burn (it's fully remote controllable but we don't use that function) but it's still fed by the screw system, it doesn't care about dust and we normally sit around 80% humidity it doesn't seem to care about that either. This house also still has it's old oil boiler but we're not using that (you know exactly why!) Our old house has an old wood fired boiler running the central heating, works fine, nothing much to break (thermostat and automatic air control were already broken!) but if you're not home the house is cold! I much prefer the pellet furnace for ease of use, fill it once a day (less with a larger hopper of course) and empty it once every couple of weeks.

One last comment to steve here, check your manual our pellet boiler can burn normal firewood obviously not automatically! it can also burn grains but grains produce more ash than pellets so it needs emptying more often.
3 days ago
It doesn't look like you have any dirt in there there's no randomly fuzzy bits, just the normal focus bleeding off towards the edges. It's in the slightly out of focus edges it's easier to see the noise, more apparent on the bottom picture. the picture below I just took in my living room which is pretty dark, it's a 1/30s speed at F3.5 and iso 2500 The lighter and better one is taken outside in the sun and is ISO 100 (1/125s F 6.3)  I think the only difference with a "better" camera is probably that one can be lazier and it compensates better! There's no point using higher compression not with todays storage capacities so always use superfine in your case the photos below are around 14MB in "Fine" jpg on my camera and 25MG in RAW format.

These two photos also show the importance of light source direction.. but hey I didn't take them to be "good" photo's!
3 days ago
For me (and they may not agree) the noise in either of the top two is acceptable, with the top photo having better exposure/colour. back lit photos are always difficult to get, many of the ones you see online are actually two photos merged.
4 days ago
huge difference in noise between the top two and the bottom one. (what iso were the top two on? it shows in the data for the file) look bottom left just above the power lines in the bottom photo, make it 100% and you can really see the noise in the photo, it looks a bit like static on an old TV set the top photo contains some in the same place but nowhere near as much.

Can you take a photo of something flat with a pattern on it? like a piece of your cloth. the trees are not very sharp in any of the photos but I'm not sure if that's just the the file over the internet, (Photo viewer cannot show as high resolution as a "proper" program, do they look fuzzy to you?) the camera or if there is some condensation or dirt inside it.  I was trying to take a similar photo earlier for comparison, but we don't have any pine trees here so it wasn't really comparable.
4 days ago

Ok here's a picture I used to sell vegetables it has some of the same problems, the depth of field is not large enough so the greenbeans in the front are fuzzy whereas the paper bag the peas are in is perfect! Zoom in on the white lid on the top jar and you can see a blue artifact edge.. The photo was more than good enough to sell produce though, and probably would be good enough for instagram.