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I updated my #Flickr album on Black and White experiments. Adding a few pictures and sorting again. Adding a short snippet of the story behind the pictures flic.kr/s/aHsmVx3vdh
In 2014 just a few months after arriving in #France we visited #Normandy and the #D-Day landing beaches. Omaha Beach is one, the most (in)famous. The image of the perfectly aligned tombs in the cemetery impacted me and haunts me since then flic.kr/p/2nc2D8g
After that visit I curated and arranged the pictures in this #Flickr album flic.kr/s/aHsjZmqJt4
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Viendo las siguientes fotos en #Flickr veo que tengo suficiente de una serie para armar un álbum, acá esta Dystopian Urban Landscapes, una serie sobre La Défense: flic.kr/s/aHsmWSjDYT
es un espacio inhumano, donde podrían filmar la siguiente de Blade Runner flic.kr/p/2gY7vjA
sólo yendo de noche a sacar fotos y ya da el ambiente flic.kr/p/2hiv438
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This #meme shows an 'experiment' on #GMO 🌽.

It went #viral multiple times in the last decade.

Do we see a scientific study by 'students in England'❓

I found who took these pictures. How? 👇👇👇 1/..

#OSINT 🔎
#GeoLocation 🌎
#Verification 📸
#SpeurJeMee? 🧐 #HowToOSINT
We'll look for the original context 1⃣ AND we'll examine whether this 'experiment' meets the scientific standard 2⃣. 2/...
1⃣ To find the original context, we need to find who posted this picture first.

You always start this kind of investiagion with muliptle (!) Reverse Image Searches. Always use #Google, #Yandex, #TinEye (👇) and #Bing. 3/...
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From this thread 🧵 you will learn about 12 key #OSINT-services for gathering information about a certain location.

I'll show it an example of this place:

Bürglenstrasse, 3006 Bern, Switzerland
46.944560,7.467839

(coordinates are defined by latlong.net/convert-addres…) Image
Step 1 app.skylens.io

Get geolocated posts from #Twitter, #YouTube, #Instagram, #Flickr, #VK (for the last two weeks)

Read about how to get older data below in the thread Image
Step 2

mattw.io/youtube-geofin…

Search for #YouTube videos on the map, with the ability to filter videos by publication date, duration, channel name and other parameters. Image
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Join the grey challenge in #flickr
and here the link to join the group flic.kr/g/3f27hn Some pictures of the incoming grey and dark days in the northern hemisphere: flic.kr/p/zLwDEp
The Ghost Ship: flic.kr/p/H9QEA8 amazing!
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Today, I went out to photograph some spots along a country road near our home. I have been making note of places where I want to pull over at various hours to photograph sunsets, landscapes, horses, etc. This desperation stems from...
...the dwindliing store of photos on my hard disk. Like The Lady of Shalott I am half sick of the shadows I create of my face. I took a diversion today by posting a picture of my foot wearing one of my art socks.
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Here is the secret behind the existence of San Joaquin Marsh: it is a sewer. Here is the reasoning behind the construction of this artificial wetland. The water processing plant adjacent to the refuge cleanses runoff and sewage...
...of fertilizers and other urban nasties. You cannot pump clean water into the Upper Newport Bay and expect a healthy ecosystem. The water needs to carry nutrients that the ecological pyramid of the Bay depends on...
...to feed the lowest tier of the animal community. Clean water does not carry out this task. So to be sure that the water is fit for this community, it is run through the channels and ponds where it picks up...
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My hair's getting long, but not long enough to tie into a ponytail, which is my intention in this time when we avoid barbers. You can see how long my hair has become in the selfie I posted today. In it I sit at my desk...
...working on my laptop, my immense desk towering over me and clutter filling the space that is not filled by electronics. I chose black and white for this composition as I do for all my best selfies. It's unique because...
...I show myself from the back, a trick I mastered by resorting to the ten second timer in one of my cameras. I don't know how I feel about this photo -- perhaps you have something to say. I'd be very interested.
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Sometimes the goofiest pictures make for the best ones in my eyes.

I have this thing against making photos that seem to fit a template. Cat portraits and portraits in general often have this failing. I must confess...
...that maybe up to half the photos I take of my cats fit the standard portrait template for animals where the subject's complete face is looking straight at you from a very close distance. Some days in some cat groups...
...it can look like a high school yearbook taken by a single professional photographer. I know my stuff is often sloppy and I like it that way. My cats are distinctive, worth breaking some rules for. John Ruskin would have...
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I took several photos of the cats using a timer and a camera placed on the floor. I was pleased with the results overall, the long vanishing points, the interesting postures, etc. My main tool for wrangling them was a laser pointer proving that you can herd cats.
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I'm about to put the pictures of the fire in the wetlands to bed (they were beginning to look alike). Starting tomorrow I am going to inflict cat photos on you. And some selfies.

But these are not what is making me unpopular tonight...
...I spoke up about people making an addict a hero. Look, I said, I resisted the peer pressure, the desire to alleviate boredom, self medication, etc. and I did not become an addict. Well they said "your high self confidence..."
-- my self confidence was never high and it is not high now. Every week my therapist and my wife tell me that I am not as bad as I think I am. People who know me well know that belief in myself is not my trademark. I have never...
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Fire is a given part of living in Southern California. If you live around the fringes of the metropolis, you've had one threaten or burn down your home at one time or another. In 2007, we had one come within three blocks of ours...
...stopped by the OCFD about ten feet from the houses. You could see the blackened patch of sage scrub for over a year, until a plentiful rain incited the wildflowers and grass to cover the spot. Our fire department...
...had a strategy: they only fought the flames when they actually threatened homes and businesses.

When we saw the plume of smoke that marked the Bolsa Chica Fire we wondered if the brush wind from the ocean would...
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My recent outdoor photos have been vibrant -- I've been finding unlikely greens despite this summer drought -- but the canvas of my soul has been drab and disorganized. The undulations of a #depression...
...have evaded the consciousness of people exposed to me, but they do comment on my scatter-brainedness as if that is some kind of character flaw rather than a symptom of an illness. The people who probably need to see this don't follow me...
...on Twitter or Facebook, so this is going out to all of you who don't experience me in real life or via Zoom. I am not much of a direct communicator, so I don't state outright "Hey, what the fuck is wrong with you...
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I slept for fourteen or fifteen hours today after sleeping six the night before. Sleep is one of the most important things when you live with #bipolardisorder -- too much and you sink into a depression. Too little and...
...you are the obnoxious life of the party. So my body fought off the mania by blasting me with an excessive night stupor. It made it hard to engage for very long with people on my online bipolar support group. Perhaps it was for the best given that I was such dismal company.
#photograph #photography #creek #estuary #wetland
Joel Sax shared a #photo with you from the #Flickr app! Check it out:
flic.kr/p/2jt6oJe
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Led a hike in the San Joaquin Marsh this afternoon. Brought my usual number of cameras but took fewer pictures than I had last week at Bolsa Chica. The weather was hot. Cool breezes blew across the ponds. I drank...
...all of my ice water. There were plenty of birds. The green around the ponds was surprisingly vibrant making it easy to see birds such as egrets and an Ibis. My group noted that there were far too few benches...
...where we could rest from the heat at the north end of the sanctuary. I decided to cut the hike short, omitting a whole loop around several of the ponds. No one protested.
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Lately I have been struggling to get useful photos through a combination of multiple images plus cropping. I had an instructor who believed that you should always strive to get the shot right inside the frame that you have and never crop...
...but as I entered the real world of photography, I learned that many professional photographers left plenty of space between the subject and the margins. They then cropped to the image that they had always wanted. Today's picture of Aphrodite...
...demanded cropping: otherwise I would have splashed the eye of my audience with lots of useless clutter from my house. We don't keep a clean house suitable for taking portraits at a moment's whim. I must confess that we still have...
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A #Flickr friend of mine heard my cries of frustration and put me onto a means of "training" my followers by eliminating those who weren't commenting and rewarding those who did. My firewall...
...balked at installing the program that I needed to review my 1400 followers behavior, but I managed to find a way to install it nonetheless. When I am done, I will have less than 75 contacts which is a manageable level. If I...
...delete someone who reactivates themself later, I can add them back as they comment or fave my photos. The system is manageable and easy to monitor. All I will need to do is check who faves and comments each day and run the program once a month.
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I must say that the reason why I like cats is that they don't blame every quarrel in our relationship on my #mentalillness or at least I don't spend time worrying that they do. When I deal with people -- especially those who know -- this fear...
...dominates my thoughts. I know many people think I am not very smart. My wife debates the truth of this, but I feel better if I assume that other people are smarter even if the evidence is that they are not. The cats don't care of rather I can't...
...see evidence that they do. People give themselves away all the time. You can see it in subtle twitches of their face. They aren't that good at hiding their feelings. I had to learn to read faces. I had to know how to distinguish the sociopath from the narcissist....
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I didn’t share my calabrese salami. Image
I was going to get all defensive with some of the shade being sent my way, but no...here's why.
Juno (sp?) is my nephew's dog. 'C' is one of 3 boys born in our extended family in 2008 and those 3 cousins have been pretty tight even though they live several hours apart. My son, Isaac, is the middle of the three.
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Two subjects tend to occupy my photo life lately: #selfies and #cats. The reason for this is simple: the models are readily available and I am not shy about approaching them. The cats have a deep seated fear of the camera because of the flash...
...so I have to be clever about capturing them. One of my cameras has a flash free night setting. The cats can't tell the difference, so my best schemes are to take multiple shots or use a timer. There is no flash when I use the timer so they don't cringe.
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I had long suspected that there were ways to game the system at #Flickr. In the back of my head, I questioned the huge number of likes some photographers got. Today I ran into a guy with an account whose photos were so bad...

1/
...it would have been surprising if he had one or two faves. Think washed out, bad composition, etc. He averaged more than a hundred likes per photo. This threw me for a loop and for awhile I felt like Job with all the people giving me advice...
...about how I should learn from this sociopath. One friend did some research for me and discovered that there are ways to buy faves, bots that will like your stuff. I will study it more so I can tell you how it works, but for now I shall be stupid...
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Reading Mary L. Trump's biography of the Pretender in Washington has nothing to do with the photos I am presenting today, but it is striking a chord in my life, causing me to wonder what made me turn out to be the man that I am.
I see my therapist in the mid-afternoon. We will likely discuss how my brother made it his duty to break my self esteem and, with my mother and father, possibly push me to the brink of psychosis. Some say that I shouldn't accept so much responsibility...
...for my decisions, but I disagree. I see my condition as punishment for being a failure, a loser, and it is well deserved. What sixty two year old man focuses his energies on experiments in photography such as the tap water pictures he has given his energies to lately?
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I took many pictures at Bolsa Chica this afternoon including many of terns diving for food and a fire that erupted a few minutes after our group left the environs of a WWII gunnery emplacement. Until I get to that part of the queue, you are stuck with various experiments.
I am very fond of #DoctorWho, so I have a small selection of action figures and a TARDIS. Attempts to photograph my tiny collection haven't given me results that I like until I use one of the #sfx filters installed in my Nikon Coolpix W150.
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I made myself take a lot of photos of the cats today, but you won't be seeing them for some time because I have a queue to catch up on. So I give you some experiments that I took using a laser pointer and a keyboard.
Later today I am going to Huntington Beach. Yes, I know this is taking my life into my hands given the hostility the citizens of that town have against masks. I hope to have educated myself in the use of my new telephoto lens to use at Gold's Chica.
#photograph #photography #laser #lighttrails #sfx #lensflare
Joel Sax shared a photo with you from the Flickr app! Check it out:
flic.kr/p/2jpQrGG
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