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A useful tip of which I have made a note. What was the resolution (dpi) of the files that you submitted?
Well, for the big prints I resized them to 16x12 at 240 dpi before I did the final sharpenings. In retrospect perhaps they should have been 300dpi really.

However Photobox have an upper file limit of 10Mb per picture. You might find your giant 360dpi masterpiece needs to be saved as a rather compressed jpeg in order to get under this limit. So by opting for a big dpi figure, you may end up shooting yourself in the foot :-)

For the photobook pictures, I didn't bother with specifying print size and dpi because their picture mangling software will trample all over that anyway. (Be careful: most of the picture shapes in their A4 page selector are not 4:3 so you end up missing edges of the image)

In either case I aimed for files in the 5 to 7Mb region: This corresponds to jpeg quality 11 out of 12 in CS3 and should be good enough for 12x16 and far more than is needed for 5x7 or whatever in a photobook. I will report back on the quality of the photobooks when they arrive.

Meanwhile if anyone is interested, here is the link to the Photobox gallery I created with these pictures. The slideshow button is a good place to start :-)

http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/259804001

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For the photobook pictures, I didn't bother with specifying print size and dpi because their picture mangling software will trample all over that anyway. (Be careful: most of the picture shapes in their A4 page selector are not 4:3 so you end up missing edges of the image)
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That is one of the advantages of Cewe Photoworld, one has almost complete freedom of image size/aspect ratio. I have had 5 Photobox books but am now sold on Cewe largely on account of the layout software.

Yes, thanks for the hint. I was aware of them but was wary of jumping ship this close to the Christmas deadline. However I have bookmarked them for the next time I do this :-)

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... the low light catches the Laurence Whistler engraved window in the church



(This last one needs revisiting with the right background. An assistant with a large black cloth? A night shot with radio controlled flash from outside?)

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Can you get a shot of it from outside and reverse it? I know it's cheating a bit, but it does work. I did it with this one But if you did that you wouldn't get those delightful shadows.

Is the window engraved by the Whistler who did the wonderful prism in Salisbury Cathedral?
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Can you get a shot of it from outside and reverse it? I know it's cheating a bit, but it does work. I did it with this one But if you did that you wouldn't get those delightful shadows.

Is the window engraved by the Whistler who did the wonderful prism in Salisbury Cathedral?
There is a second Whistler window there, and I did try the backwards method with that a while ago: Problem is you can see through the chancel/nave and you get the opposite window in the shot, so its all a bit difficult :-)

This Whistler is a famous glass worker, so maybe he did do the Salisbury item...

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Re: Snaar snaps: Village life

The prism in Salisbury Cathedral is indeed by Laurence Whistler in memory of his brother Rex the artist who was killed in 1944 in the Battle for Normandy.

There is another fine window by him in the porch of Ashmansworth church not a million miles away from Pete's office. An extended lunchtime might yield a better image than this which I took some years ago with a little point and shoot camera.



It is a tribute to some 50 English composers. Gerald Finzi, who lived next door, is buried just to the west of the porch. Whistler was a friend of the family.

This is all highly off topic - sorry
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There is another fine window by him in the porch of Ashmansworth church not a million miles away from Pete's office.
Aaaah. Ashmansworth! I know it well, home of the truly irreplaceable Plough Inn, the only decent real ale local round here, closed last year: My regular for 17 years.

I must go back to check out the window, now I know its there..

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Today: Some folks were parked outside the church, so I played the local photographer card and nosed inside.. It turns out they are dressing the church for a wedding..




Hopefully they will leave all the greenery in place for Chistmas: I imagine it would look lovely by candlelight..

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BTW, if you were wondering just where the village is..



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Christmas is almost here and the village pub has gone all festive. Yes, that is silver tinsel draped over the dog kennel in the bar*.





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* erm, your pub does have a dog kennel in the bar, doesn't it?

PPS. I was working on Saturday and caught some of the big county set wedding at the village church late afternoon. Sorry, it was too dark to get a decent shot, but good for people watching. The men all looked like Hugh Grant, the women had that unreal catwalk perfection. As a bevy of 6ft beauties tottered up the path in their 5 inch heels and designer glad rags I overheard a besuited usher say "eoh I say! Here come the fillies"

Fantastic. Made my day :-)
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Aaah, the first snow of winter..



I would have enjoyed the winter scene a lot better if I hadn't had my car dented on the way to work this morning :-(

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Re: Snaar snaps: Village life

How very grey and wintry - probably reflects your mood after the denting. Hope your no claims survives intact.
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How very grey and wintry - probably reflects your mood after the denting. Hope your no claims survives intact.

Yes, I hope the NCB survives too - it wasn't my fault, I was stationary at the point of impact.

The valley road into the village seems to gather the cold air and had half an inch of shiny packed snow that had turned to ice (-1deg C this morning). I've driven on snow many times before but this combination of snow, ice and narrow lane was the worst conditions I've ever tackled.

I had expected the village to cope and clear its roads, given all the 4WDs and tractors around. Maybe the road remained untreated precisely because everyone has 4WD in the country

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Re: Snaar snaps: Village life

Well, this is the last Village Snap of the year: Its the Christmas Card view of the village green, a 2 shot panorama with the 11mm.



Wishing you all a very Peaceful Christmas!


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Re: Snaar snaps: Village life

Just a postscript to this thread really. I had three small photobooks made as presents and they seemed to go down well. I had a problem with one of them and Photobox replaced it foc immediately.

Their computer spotted I didn't buy anything from them for 6 weeks, so they gave me a 10 voucher to tempt me back. Its an old trick but it worked and this time I went for broke and put together an A3 photobook with one hundred village pictures in it. Here is a shot of the finished article.



The A3 book is a lot larger in real life than it seems on the screen. I wish I had chosen a smaller font for the comments and titles now, while it looked ok on the computer, it seems a touch too big when you are holding the book.

I put a lot of effort into pre-sharpening the files before uploading them, so each image is 6 to 8Mbyte. The end result is pretty good, and I have created a Pro Gallery on Photobox in a vague attempt at selling photos or photobooks.

However, next time round I will try Cewe and see how their quality compares, they seeem to get good reviews.

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