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Hi, feel free to leave any message. I'm active enough so you can expect a reply within a few days.

Happy New Year![edit]

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Have a great 2016. -- Colin (talk) 11:59, 1 January 2016 (UTC)
I'm a bit late, but thank you @Colin:. Hope you've started 2016 on good track, and hope you are doing fine. - Benh (talk) 22:55, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
Doing well, and still working through a backlog of photos I took last year. Have you any new photos to share with us? -- Colin (talk) 09:04, 23 March 2016 (UTC)
@Colin: Not really. Unfortunately I've been very busy lately. Only a starry sky shot from my last ski trip, but nothing exceptionnal. Maybe I can dig something out of my backlog too when I have a moment ;) Btw, many of yours Scotland pictures from ur Flickr feed are stunning. - Benh (talk) 16:57, 23 March 2016 (UTC)

Bonne Année 2016 ![edit]

Brownie transparent.png Classique, mais... merci quand même pour ta participation sur Commons ! Yann (talk) 13:36, 1 January 2016 (UTC)
Merci @Yann:, même si je ne participe plus trop dernièrement (très occupé). J'espère que tout va bien pour toi même si j'ai mis du temps à répondre. Amicalement. - Benh (talk) 22:57, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

Patrick de menton[edit]

Bonjour

Est-il possible d'utiliser vos photos sur Wikipédia dans mon groupe Facebook pour agrémenter des articles sur l'art, en rajoutant à la fin le raccourci vers la page Wikipédia de l'article avec de vos photos.

cordialement patrick —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 82.234.180.220 (talk) 00:42, 22 January 2016 (UTC)

Si vous me voyez toujours... oui vous pouvez. Il faut juste préciser mon nom, et la licence avec laquelle les photos sont publiées. Un lien vers la page d'origine est très bien. - Benh (talk) 22:59, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

Request Photo license Cappadocia_Chimneys[edit]

Benh LIEU SONG, We are a German tv production company and would like to use your photo "Cappadocia Chimneys" in a short clip about Cappadocia and Derinkuyu. I would like to ask if you give us permission to do so. Pleaase contact me via E-Mail judith.hupperich@gmx.de Thank you very much! Kind regards

Hi @Judith Hupperich:, you are free to go as long as you credit me under the terms of the license. Regards, - Benh (talk) 16:57, 8 March 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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We are using your picture https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lions_Family_Portrait_Masai_Mara.jpg to brighten our offices. Thank you for sharing. Wikimedia employee. Rdmsf01 (talk) 14:28, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

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Picture Albi Panorama Morning[edit]

Hi, I need the picture Albi Panorama Morning with 300dpi, to use to print on glass. Will be domestic use in my kitchen. Can I use the picture? Have original size with 300dpi? How can I contact you? User: Cosmin77bgd

EXIF[edit]

Hi Benh,

referring to your comment: Here you can see a file directly after Capture NX with no other developement File:Detail auf WS8 1967.JPG and no other program used. --Wladyslaw (talk) 19:44, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Sorry, you need the original file. Send me your e-mail via Commons-Mail and I'll sent you back one original JPG without uploading. --Wladyslaw (talk) 19:58, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

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Generosity Crowdfunding Campaign for User:The Photographer[edit]

Please excuse me spamming you. As a regular on Feature Picture Candidatess you will recognise User:The Photographer, who has 86 Featured Pictures. His contributions cover the architecture and culture of Brazil and Venezuela. He has basic photographic equipment: an old D300 camera and 35mm lens, and lives in a poor country where photographic equipment is expensive. The Photographer has recently taken several images using the technique where multiple frames are stitched together to create a high-resolution panorama. However, many times frustrated with the stitching errors that result from trying to take such photos without a proper panoramic head for his tripod. This special equipment permits the camera to be rotated around the entrance pupil of the lens, and eliminates such errors. Having a panoramic head would greatly increase the potential for The Photographer to create sharp high-resolution images for Commons. In addition, the purchase of a fisheye lens would enable 180 × 360° panoramas to be taken, which are a great way to explore a scene as though one is really there.

Please see the discussion about the Crowd-funding campaign on User talk:The Photographer#Generosity Crowdfunding Campaign and visit the Generosity Crowd-funding Campaign page to consider donating. Even a modest donation will make a difference if many people contribute. Thanks. -- Colin (talk) 21:15, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

✓ Done - Benh (talk) 21:43, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

Using your photo of the Eiffel tower for a book about steel[edit]

Dear Benh, I would like to use one of your photos for a book about the use of steel in buildings. Please reply to []. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 137.226.131.28 (talk) 21:09, 24 November 2016 (UTC)

✓ Done - Benh (talk) 21:08, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

FP Pano[edit]

I get the notice about "preparing a better version" but no better version comes. I do not get the sharpness I would expect when I zoom in. I suspect this is a problem with the viewer. -- Colin (talk) 20:32, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

  • @Colin: I do get it too, but I was able to get it full size I think (very good amount of details). I suspect the viewer first downloads a small version of the pano for a quick rendering and then gets the large one in background. Maybe the download fails when the picture is too big. Miles is right when he says the picture is too big (but I don't mean he's right to oppose) ; compression settings could be better. I could have done it, but I am trying to fix some stitching errors and the central light before reuploading. I wonder if the pano viewer could be embedded right in articles. The equirectangular projection is misleading to say the least. Even Facebook has it working properly. Maybe something to ask the folks of MediaWiki. - Benh (talk) 20:39, 7 December 2016 (UTC)
  • @Colin: You look to be right. I can't get the high res version to be displayed on the panorama viewer now. Is it because I uploaded a new version and a scheduled task hasn't yet created the necessary "thumbnails" ? A look at my network activities doesn't reveal any background downloading. Maybe the high res I remember having seen was on my own viewer. - Benh (talk) 23:43, 7 December 2016 (UTC)
On my own rather big spherical panorama, the high res version is displayed as expected though. - Benh (talk) 23:48, 7 December 2016 (UTC)
  • OK @Colin: you may know it already, but the pano viewer looks to be based on Pannellum and seems to be operated by user:Dschwen. When I play with it in a tutorial page I can specify the full link of the source. But it doesn't seems to like too big panoramas. Is it a setup issue ? Is @Dschwen: reading us and can he do something about it? - Benh (talk) 08:59, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

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Panorama stitching[edit]

Hi Benh, I played a bit around with SmartBlend, the plugin that Colin suggested for PTGui. The comparison before and after speaks for that plugin. I will use it in the future for this can of issues. Regarding the particular picture we talk about I realized that removing the last frame I gained some sharp area than with the previous version. Anyhow, Smartblend is a cool thing and I will surely use it in the future. --Poco2 16:05, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

Poco_a_poco glad that helped. SmartBlend has an uncanny ability to locate the seams in good places, and make them less visible. But it hasn't been maintained for 10 years, so I worry a bit about its future. -- Colin (talk) 16:23, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
@Poco a poco: that's quite an improvement! So you had duplicate and it's actually removing the blurred image that fixed the problem? Not smartblend? I personnaly can't use Smartblend on MacOS and am forced to manually edit the seam masks in case of an issue. But enblend is pretty good and I rarely have to resort to such extreme measures :) And @Colin: how does Smartblend behaves with a river/water stream from your experience? That's often where I have to soften transitions and do other manual sewing. - Benh (talk) 08:27, 23 January 2017 (UTC)
I haven't studied the picture closely to see if other seams are handled better than the obvious one in the area that was soft. Certainly, identifying a bad frame and removing it can help. Sometimes I have found that the bad frame is necessary to fill the scene but (e.g. in the case of a frame that is mostly sky) you can use it but pick as much as possible from other frames. I have done this using Photoshop. It sounds like Benh does this, but perhaps Poco you have not tried this? You set PtGui to output the warped individual elements (I forget the exact checkbox description) as well as the stitched panorama. Then open the panorama in Photoshop. Then open one of the frames and overlay it precisely as a layer. Then use a mask to choose which parts you want. This can also be used to eliminate twins and other stitching issues especially if you have plenty overlap. I know PtGui also has a mask feature but I haven't used it and not sure how that would work with HDR framesets. I think that is also similar in choosing which part to avoid, though it is pretty final unlike the Photoshop method where you can adjust the results at will. Smartblend is very slow compared to PtGui's stitch. And since I use 16-bit tiff for the intermediate file, that probably makes it even slower. Actually I think PtGui uses its own method rather than enblend. I haven't got much experience with rivers -- only the Josselin Château. I can't actually remember if I had to hand stitch any of that. I do know that control points were difficult for the reflected portion in the river, as the castle's reflection changed with the ripples and the leaves on the surface move.
When I used to take panoramas hand-held, I would take two shots of each frame in case one was blurred. Now I have a panoramic tripod head, that is less necessary and I rarely find any bad frame. I still took pairs of frames for the Albert Hall photo, as I knew there was no opportunity to return any time soon. Poco, you might want to consider taking two frames, or increasing your overlap, in cases where it is windy or you have reason to think a frame could be bad with shake. Another problem I have is my cheap plastic 50mm lens does not have a heavy silky smooth geared manual focus, but a lightweight and crude focus ring that turns with the autofocus. In the past, I have found the focus has shifted during a large stitch, such as when pointing the camera up or down. I guess the weight of the lens (light though it is) is enough to just bump the focus a little. Now, I carry a small roll of sellotape and use this to fix the focus in position throughout the stitch. Something to consider if that might be the cause of a bad frame or to (though you would notice all the subsequent frames were bad). -- Colin (talk) 08:53, 23 January 2017 (UTC)
I use the masking feature in PTGui Pro quite often, and it works well for HDR panoramas too. I have saved quite some hand-held panoramas that way, where I have had a bad frame, or parallax error from foregorund elements, like a small tree. For each frame you can mark an area as 'green', which implies PTGui shall include this area of the frame in the final stitch, or you can mask it 'red, which means it must not include it. Based on this it adjusts the seams nicely under these constraints, if they are possible, that is. When using multiple exposures, I make the mask for one of the exposures and then I copy the mask to the other frames of the same shot (there is a copy-paste maks function in the masking interface), but different exposures. In that manner the seams are made consistently whatever kind of output you choose to post-process. Yes, sometimes you find you need to adjust the maks in the postprocessing step, but I find PTGui is quite fast at generating a new stitch and and if you have imported it in Lightroom, it automatically updates your tone-mapping setting and other adjustment in Lightroom to the new 32-bit HDR tiff that i usually proceed to work with. For me this process is less tedious than the management of many layers in photoshop. -- Slaunger (talk) 11:00, 23 January 2017 (UTC)

Chambord_Castle_Northwest_facade[edit]

Dear Benh,

I am a Prof. in Architecture and I am currently redacting a book titled “History of Interior Design and Furniture” and it will be published in Turkish edition. I would like to use your image from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Château_de_Chambord#/media/File:Chambord_Castle_Northwest_facade.jpg. At the end of the book, the name of the beholder of the image is noted in ‘Picture Credits.’ Do you prefer us to use your nick name in Wikipedia or we can note your proper name if you prefer.

Best regards, Mustafa Demirkan hippofish 12:24, 11 May 2017 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Serhatakbak (talk • contribs) 12:24, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Hi Mustafa. I removed your email. My real name is fine. I assume (most of) what I do. And you'll find it on the description page. Thank you for using it and letting me know. - Benh (talk) 21:06, 12 May 2017 (UTC)

Pont_du_Gard_BLS[edit]

Dear Benh LIEU SONG, I am a Prof. in Architecture and I am currently redacting a book titled “History of Interior Design and Furniture” and it will be published in Turkish edition. I would like to use your image from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pont_du_Gard_BLS.jpg. At the end of the book, the name of the beholder of the image is noted in ‘Picture Credits.’ Best regards, Mustafa Demirkan hippofish 13:14, 6 June 2017 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Serhatakbak (talk • contribs) 13:14, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

Hi Mustafa. Same as above. Thank you again for letting me know. - Benh (talk) 22:04, 6 June 2017 (UTC)