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  1. Tom Mann

    Free course in digital photography

    If you are interested in improving your photography skills, take a look at: This appears to be an on-line Harvard course in digital photograpy. I haven't gone through it, but it appears to be legit. Tom M
  2. Tom Mann

    Blizzard Jonas cripples mid-Atlantic states in the USA

    Well, it's over, and we are all fine. The snow finally stopped about 9 PM last night (Saturday). It's now a bit after sunrise on Sunday morning, and we haven't yet ventured outside to start to dig out, but I've received several emails and messages asking how we were, so I thought I would...
  3. Tom Mann

    A nice hike and the first snow of the season for us

    Inspired by the challenge thread about a winter without any snow, I decide to post some actual photos (not composite images) of what the very first snow of the season looked like in this area. Yesterday, a friend and I took a nice 7 or 8 mile afternoon hike on the Appalachian Trail just north...
  4. Tom Mann

    Anyone recognize the smartphone app to give this waxy, almost cartoon-like effect?

    A friend asked if I knew what cell phone app or web-based editing program was used to give the waxy, crayon-like, almost cartoonish appearance to the attached image. I'm not talking about the shallow DOF, the green from the Hg vapor lights in the ceiling, the general blur, or any of the other...
  5. Tom Mann

    Humor: Cow photobombs landscape photo - scientists then find good use for the photo

    Scientific article here:
  6. Tom Mann

    OUCH ! ! ! Seriously heavy lifting needed

    Among the more minor details in this image, I know steel is strong, but open up the full rez version of my image and check out the diameter of the cable about to do the lifting. To me, that's impressive. T
  7. Tom Mann

    Probably the most satisfying photo I have ever taken. Guess why.

    I've taken hundreds of thousands of pix in my life, but this one was one of THE most satisfying shots I have ever taken. It's far from being high quality or telling a story, but damn, it sure was satisfying. :beerchug:. Anyone want to guess why? ;-) Tom M
  8. Tom Mann

    Gone fishin' (...hiking, actually)

    Headed south last weekend, meeting up with some friends and heading north next weekend. Should be around during the week. The only camera I brought was the one in my iPhone cuz it also has all my topo maps, GPS, and serves as an emergency communications device -- what a great invention! Tom M
  9. Tom Mann

    I wonder how many of us are left-handed?

    Silly thought: I just noticed that in a recent response to AgentM, Sam noted that they were both left-handed. So am I, and this started me wondering just how many of us are lefties... What say ye? To reduce "self reporting bias" as much as possible, I would ask both left and right handed...
  10. Tom Mann

    Guess what I was photographing all day yesterday?

    Well, not quite all day, but close: from 0-dark-30 (ie, around 4 AM till dinner time). If no one guesses correctly, I'll keep adding more clues. :cheesygrin: Tom Clue #1:
  11. Tom Mann

    Woo-hoo!! I found a $15 solution to a lighting (grip) problem I've had for years.

    Have you ever been called on to photograph someone in an office that is so small, there isn't room to put up even one light stand, let alone two. So, if you can't move them to another location, you fiddle around try to get good lighting angles by laying some small flashes on the tops of...
  12. Tom Mann

    Post photos of recent weather in your area

    If you have photographed something that shows either typical or unusual weather you have been having in your area, why don't you post it in this thread. I'll start the thread off with a photo I took yesterday that shows the Potomac River nearly frozen over. I haven't seen it freeze over to...
  13. Tom Mann

    Possibly a real threat to PS (but for Macs only, right now)

    Interesting article about this new product (in beta): Tom
  14. Tom Mann

    Artificial lighting: How many strobes / flashes did it take to ligh each of these?

    I don't know if anyone might be interested in this, but recently on other forums (and not so recently, here), I've witnessed heated discussions break out as people are trying to figure out how many strobes / flashes the photographer actually used. Lighting is the absolute foundation of all...
  15. Tom Mann

    Preventing theft of photo gear when covering public or semi-public events.

    Often, I'm the main (or only) photographer at semi-official events like receptions, faculty meetings, parties, work-related luncheons and dinners at restaurants, etc.. For these, I need better quality lighting than one can get using a single on-camera flash, but I don't need (and I may not...
  16. Tom Mann

    It looks like Fractalius is back ... this time, from Topaz

    Topaz's version: The original: At least from the examples...
  17. Tom Mann

    Getting "Color Mechanic" to run under PS CC 2014, ie 64 bit PS

    In another thread, I mentioned that I couldn't get the old (2008 vintage), but extremely useful plugin, Color Mechanic, to run under 64 bit Photoshop. Larry ( ALB68) showed that he didn't have this problem, so I started this thread to help other people with this problem, but not clog up the...
  18. Tom Mann

    WE HAVE (ie, humans) LANDED ! ! !

    For the first time in the history of man, we have landed on a comet. What an accomplishment! Feed here: Some great pix here: ... and one specific relevance to this forum is that if you ever need...
  19. Tom Mann

    In case you've been wondering what I've been up to ...

    For the last couple of months, I've been shooting photos for our local fire and emergency medical services organization. Many of these have already been used in weekly advertisements for recruitment of volunteers and career-track personnel, press releases to local news outlets, illustration of...
  20. Tom Mann

    Roger Federer enjoys India through the power of photoshop