What the heck is this?

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by doctorwayne, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    The results of a really time consuming and frustrating attempt to post a picture directly to the Gauge, rather than through a link. The photo, if it shows up, is by cn nutbar, and is of a couple of his CNR locos crossing Chippawa Creek.


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  2. Hookups

    Hookups New Member

    Nice picture.

  3. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    That puppy should be in the photo contest!
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Sorry it was so difficult to post but it was worth the effort! :)
  5. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Thanks guys, on behalf of Mister nutbar and myself. The main reason it took so long was that I had forgotten how to move pictures after I'd resized them. Then, when attempting to post them, they kept showing up as "too big". The size by megawhatsits was okay, but the size by kilobuggers was too big. I just kept shrinking the pixel size until it went through, but can anybody explain to me the relationship between megapixels and kilobytes? I get the feeling that the picture should be larger than it is.

  6. CPR9100

    CPR9100 New Member

    All I know Wayne is that's a great looking shot :thumb:

    Blind Bay BC. Canada
  7. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    I have a Photo-editing program(MS Picture It v10) that let me saves it for the web in different sizes(thumbnail, small, med, large). Maybe you can try something like that.
    Pics I take with my 4.0 megawhatzits camera usually are excepted here in the medium web view. Pics I take with my 1.5 megawhatzits camera(Which has me stymied) will only be excepted in the small view.
    Oh...Did I mention nice pic...
  8. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Awesome shot!
  9. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    The maximum size in pixels is 640 x 480. But with a jpeg (jpg) there are additional issues, especially when using Photoshop to resize. P'shop gives you quality options as well when saving on a sliding scale of 1 - 10. I have found that anything above 6 produces a file that is too big, even though its dimensions are 640 x 480.
    To further confuse things, I have found that the newest P'shop (CS2) creates bigger files than older versions - even when all the settings are exactly the same!

  10. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    I'm using PictureIt Express to do the resizing, and after a lot of experimentation (I always hate to click on an option that I'm not familiar with, lest I get led too far away from where I am). I shrank the pixel size, I shrank the resolution, all to no avail. The picture here was finally cut down to 500 whatevers wide, with the height kept proportional. I think it's around 60 kbytes: below the limit for posting here, anyway. I finally got brave (fed-up) and clicked on "Options" in the program, and found a sliding scale to set compression, supposedly at the expense of picture quality. After more fooling around, I was able to take a photo that I had cut down to the 480 X 640 size, at, I think, 600 ppi, set the sliding scale at 20 (if I recall correctly, the higher the number, the worse the picture quality) and ended up with a photo that I posted in the March Photo Contest. My monitor, an early, steam-powered model, doesn't give me a very good idea of the way the picture appears when it's posted (almost no red tones, so all of the colour is "off"). The photo is one that I've used before, and while I like it, there are already better ones posted there. However, I figure that I'm a winner anyway just 'cause I managed to get the damn thing posted. By the way, the original picture on the cd is about 1200 kbytes.

  11. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Wayne, you only need to have 72 ppi for web use.

  12. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Thanks Val, every snippet of information helps. I used the 600 setting with the idea that it might help to offset whatever picture quality might have been lost due to the compression step, although that was just another of my wild guesses.
    One of the reasons that I tried to learn this procedure is to avoid having to update some of my older threads, where the Photobucket picture disappears after a period of inactivity, but perhaps it might be best to let those threads fade away. I'm not sure how many people actually go back more than a page or two, unless they're looking for something specific.

  13. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Outsyanding photo!!
    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  14. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Lots of us do. It's one of my pet peeves about some of the other boards that only allow photo linking, as opposed to the Gauge where you can actually upload. There's nothing more frustrating than finding the info you're looking for but all the photos are gone.

    So please ... stick with it. :D :D

    BTW, there's a free program called Gimp that resizes photos and a whole lot more.

  15. Art67

    Art67 Member

    Great photo, Wayne- I really like the lighting you use on your photos-produces a very natural looking lighting effect. Of course, the excellent modeling and scenery doesn't hurt either. Great job as always. Stuart.
  16. tonyevans

    tonyevans Member

  17. Wyomingite

    Wyomingite Member

    Thats one beautiful picture.

    Ron :thumb: :thumb: :wave:
  18. tonyevans

    tonyevans Member

  19. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Once again, thanks to all for both the compliments and the technical advice.


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