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There have been delays in approval of submissions with some being timed out, and I apologise on behalf of my fellow admins. I have now opened up some of the main submission galleries to auto-approval of 1 submission per day.

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Please let me know if you would like other galleries on auto-approval or if you have any other suggestions on how to refresh the Group.

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Window Pain 10

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 26, 2015, 1:21 AM
I guess everyone who needs to know is aware that Windows 10, the latest and last of Microsoft's user interfaces has been launched, and is available for download. While at my cottage recently, I upgraded my computer there following the laid down procedure - no problems. Windows 10 is a cracker of a system, especially after the geeky Windows 8. Indeed, Windows 10 is like Windows 7 on speed! Lots of useful new features,  much simpler Start Menu and Settings, and the long overdue introduction of a robust virtual screen system that ought to be of immense value to those who work with a sole screen.

Anyway, buoyed by this success and discovery, I upgraded my power system back home - same idea - download Windows 10 from Microsoft, install and away we go..... Complete catastrophe! If anyone has noticed that I've not been as quick at responding over the last few days, that is the reason. Windows 10 installed OK, but from the very outset, something seemed odd - my username came up in black on the opening screen, the Start Menu was all over the place, and the colours kept changing. The Settings menu had odd symbols appearing and many option simply disappeared when I moused over them! The Sticky Notes feature kept appearing when I clicked right mouse.....Ugh and Double Ugh. Having hunted through Google for faults and problems with Windows 10, having tried innumerable suggested remedies, and having worked through some heavy weight computer tests that showed corrupted files (but not which ones), I decided on a re-install. Not so easy as you might think, re-installing is. You need to download Windows 10 to a flash drive and work from there and, horror of horrors, you can only re-install by losing all your apps (as software used to be known). Personal data and files are retained, but bye-bye Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, the Gimp...... Really, though, there was no choice, and I spent all of yesterday working through the re-install. Windows 10 now appears to be working fine, but there is the occasional flutter on the screens, or maybe it is my paranoia.

What about all the lost apps?  I'm slowly reinstalling those, having kept, of course, all keys, passwords, and receipts for stuff purchased over the years. Although not so easy, Adobe products can be re-installed and the keys re-entered. The biggest problem is with Lightroom because the Backup Catalogues were removed on re-installation. Thus, you need to back those up elsewhere before starting this whole business. That is today's task - to see if I can restore my catalogue.


The cause of the original problem remains a mystery; I had no problems with my Scottish computer, nor with my laptop. The two probable causes are first, a simple corrupted original download - these things do happen despite the best checks. Second, and I suspect the more likely, is that some software already installed may have interfered with the actual installation. There are some reports that malware detection software may be implicated. Anyway, the lesson is that before you download and install Windows 10 make sure you have backed up or are capable of re-installing all critical software, and essential data.

Cheers

David

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Almorness - An Infrared Stroll

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 23, 2015, 9:34 AM
Almorness is a small peninsula with dramatic scenic walks near my cottage in Scotland. Part wooded, part rugged coast, part sheltered bays, Almorness is full of wildlife, plants, trees, birds and the occasional walker. The weather around Almorness can be very changeable, and such was the case during this walk, from dark clouds threatening torrential rain to bright Sun, blue skies, and puffy, fluffy white clouds.

Here are some photographs taken on a recent walk with my converted Canon 40 D camera fitted with an R72 infrared filter. I have worked these images up using Adobe Lightroom and the Google/Nik software Silver Efex Pro 2, with the particular intent of enhancing contrast. I noticed that using high contrast images often leads to them becoming more like abstractions, especially if you use the old art critic technique of squinting or defocusing your eyes - the images take on a surreal quality through which you may see more than you expected - like the childhood pastime of looking for "faces in the fire".

Remember with infrared images, foliage is normally rendered "white" while blue skies are dark, often "black".

The first shot is of Almorness House, a barely used but decidedly desirable mansion belonging to the local estate. The gardens and property are always managed to a professional standard. From there the track winds uphill through a mixed forest of deciduous and pine trees. On then to more open, broken ground overlooking Auchencairn Bay on one side, and the Urr Estuary on the other. I quite like the way the clouds in the third image mirror the rounded bushes and trees on the ground.

Almorness House by Okavanga   Almorness Track by Okavanga  Almorness Auchencairn Bay by Okavanga

The fourth shot, over to the Urr Estuary gives and impression of the sometimes stark nature of the terrain, with occasional wind blown, gnarled trees, also seen more dramatically in the fifth shot.

Almorness Solitary Tree by Okavanga Almorness Weather Beaten Tree by Okavanga

Passing along over the top of the hill, The Moyl, the view stretches out into the Solway Firth and over to Hestan Island, not normally inhabited by anything other than shhep and birds, although occasionally the home of those travellers seeking a very quiet retreat.

Almorness Hestan Island by Okavanga

Continuing around the peninsula, the walk eventually returns, via some marshy land,  to sea level at White Horse Bay, where yachts sometimes lay up.There are plenty of plants and insects to see en route, before returning, via Almorness House to the magnificent view of Screel and Begairn across the upper reaches of Auchencairn Bay. 


      Almorness Reeds by Okavanga       Almorness IR White Horse Bay by Okavanga  Almorness IR Wee Beastie by Okavanga  Almorness IR Thistle by Okavanga




Almorness IR Screel and Bengairn by Okavanga

I hope you enjoyed this small walk with my IR camera. Many thanks for looking and commenting.

Cheers

David aka Okavanga :iconokavanga:

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My husband and I used to live in a town that had a active Art Walk. We enjoyed going on the First Friday of every month. There were so many talented artists in the town we lived in, and this was a way for people to notice them. We have since moved and the town we live in now doesn't have a Art Walk that show cases artists the way our old town did. I miss the environment of the Art Walk, I miss the getting to know the artists and I miss seeing all the new artwork.

I thought fine I will make my own First Friday Art Walk here on the web. I hope that we will build a fun group with lots of networking, interaction and support amongst artists of different types and abilities.

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