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lonestranger

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  1. I have all kinds of bug photos but I'll start with one of my creepiest, a bug with bugs.
  2. I think you misunderstood, but I'll wait for @Charlie Spencer to explain the joke.
  3. I have had the same thing happen to me too often to blame it on being tired. I think there's a glitch with the website related to unread topics. Besides taking me to the end of the Next unread topic now and then instead of taking me to the first unread post in the next topic, the website seems to hide some posts on me now and then, too. Here's an example of an experience I had. I walked away from the computer once for an hour after reading all the current threads only to come back and find one new post along with a bunch of older posts that were 2-4 hours old. I didn't see the older posts because they weren't there an hour earlier, but the time stamp on the posts said they had been there for 2-4 hours. If it had only happened once to me I'd question myself, and I did, but after it happened a few times I started watching for missed posts and I have been finding them. I wonder if that's what's happened to you.
  4. My opinion was about people rating their own photos and not about rating anyone else's photos, and I don't believe anything I said to be "not true". If you disagree with my opinion and think that people should rate their own photos with a 5 star rating when they know that there are better quality images out there,(which is the only way I can interpret your objection to my opinion) well, I'll agree that we disagree.
  5. Wow, sorry for my choice of words. I was not suggesting that anyone should disregard the requirements of the eBird rating system. I simply tried to encourage people to be honest about rating their photos and use comparisons of other top rated photos to help them honestly evaluate the quality of their own photos. Sorry to have offended you, I will chose my words more cautiously in the future.
  6. They're ALL good captions but @Jefferson Shank gets the win for picking out the finer details that drive me crazy. My caption would have been, If I get in there, will I be able to get back out, or will I have to eat my way out? The follow up shot.
  7. What part of my interpretation is not true? I believe my statement aligns pretty well with the requirements. The way I read the requirements, only the best photos deserve 5 stars, they call these photos "excellent". 4 star photos are referred to as "good". 3 stars are referred to as "decent", etc., etc. Are you implying that less than the BEST photos deserve 5 star ratings? I don't understand what part of my post you're objecting to. 5 Stars: Excellent quality. 4 Stars: Very good quality. 3 Stars: Decent quality. 2 Stars: Poor quality. 1 Star: Very poor quality.
  8. Let me reword my question, what is the connection with the worn wings that rule out female?
  9. This foggy, frosty, morning shot was taken about three weeks earlier than the sunrise photo above.
  10. One of many sunrise photos taken from the new yard.
  11. For those of us that are less informed on molt cycles and their timing, wouldn't a first cycle female also have faded, worn wings? Do first-spring females also mate and breed or is that exclusive to the males? I'm trying to understand why this bird has to be a male, I can accept that it might be a young male but don't understand the reasoning of "has to be a male".
  12. Mother told me that there'd be days like this.
  13. I didn't think it'd be complicated, I had imagined two browser tabs being opened in Whatbird, one showing the original post and one with your edit window. Deleting the images in the edit window post won't delete the images in the original post until you hit save but you'd copy and paste them before doing that. I think it would work, but like you said, better safe than sorry.
  14. Just a thought but what if you delete all images while in edit mode and then copy the two desired (larger) photos from the original post and paste them into the edited message and then save. Just a thought that may, or may not, be worth two cents.
  15. Someone posted a work around to the photo limit and it seems that others are taking advantage of it and ignoring the upload limits.
  16. I think there's one element that hasn't been mentioned yet regarding ebird's photo rating system, only the BEST photos deserve 5 star ratings. I don't think anyone should start off rating their own photo as a 5 star image unless they honestly believe it is amongst the BEST photos they have ever rated. The idea of the rating system is to find the BEST photos, if you believe your photo belongs with the BEST photos, then rate it accordingly. On the other hand, if you know that there are better photos than yours of any particular species, then you have to ask yourself, if your photo is not of the same quality as some of the best photos, do your photos deserve 5 star ratings? My point is, I believe that only exceptional photos should get top ratings, putting 5 star ratings on good photos makes it harder to find the great photos if they both have the same 5 star rating. I think that applies to everyone and is not directed at any one person. Having said that, I'd like to point out to @IKLland that photography is an art form or craft that takes time to master, I hope to get there one day myself. I think you're expecting a little too much for a new photographer with a new camera. Give yourself time to learn some of the basics like lighting, composition, and learn the camera's different settings for different situations, like when to use exposure compensation, etc., etc. I suggest checking out a few photography tutorial websites, some of the lessons are essential to understanding how to take better photos. Don't forget that it takes time to understand what it takes to make a great photo, but once you start to understand what you're doing, your photos will just get better and better. Don't get frustrated, you'll get there if you keep at it.
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