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Long shot. Very long shot[edit]

Mazda 929 NL 1985.jpg
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This is a long shot. You are permitted to say "no". However, the only certainty is that if I do not share my problem with you, you won't even get the opportunity to think about it.

I attach a picture of what we in England think of as a Mazda 929. Although the license plate is Dutch the photograph was taken by me in Cambridge, England (I think in Brookside, a little street between the Botanic Gardens and Lensfield Road, in case you know the city). It was taken using an Olympus OM2 35 mm camera which was quite a good camera in its day, but I think I may have been short of funds and it was probably taken using low quality colour slide film (probable Boots or Photo-Porst own-brand). In any case by the time I scanned it and uploaded it to wikipedia it was pretty dire. Various well intentioned wiki-comrades have improved it over the years. I don't think they ever sold a lot of these cars, and although there are other photos of these cars on wiki-commons, none of them should ever be mistaken for a wiki-show-stopper. "My" moderately dire wiki picture has been used for wiki entries on the car in various languages (not, I am pretty sure, linked by me).

Why should you care? Indeed. But then again, maybe you're ahead of me.

I recently spotted that you had done a brilliant job of improving an only slightly less dire picture I uploaded some years ago of an Austin Montego. Also, as it happens, in Cambridge. Is there any chance that you might be tempted to work the same magic on this one? For information, I am pretty sure that the last time I saw the car it really was a sort of woodbine shade of metallic green. It's a colour with which some software programmes seem to have difficulty. The houses in the background are a sort of dirty greyish brown (most of them are still there). I agree that the "vaguely golden" coloured version of the car looks better, but I just thought I'd mention it. I have no particular "pride of authorship" preference between green and gold. Just thought I'd mention it.

To repeat, you are more than welcome to think and say "hell - no". (Though you could leave out the hell bit if you wished.) But you will appreciate that there is - according to me - nothing to be lost by asking the question. And thank you, since you did, for reading it. Regards Charles01 (talk) 16:52, 1 November 2018 (UTC)

@Charles01:; Hi there. Thanks for letting me know about this- I'll take a proper look at it when I have enough time to do it justice. All the best, Ubcule (talk) 19:25, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

File:PP series batteries.JPG[edit]

Hey. I appreciate quality improvements of any images I upload. Thanks. --Lead holder (talk) 14:02, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

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File:Matthew Paris - William Marshal.jpg[edit]

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Ray Charles[edit]

If I were to upload a new update on the Pepsi ray charles with ray Charles would that save the photo from deletion? A.R.M. 08:51, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

@ARMcgrath: - I've replied to this at Commons:Deletion requests/File:PepsistuffRayCharles.jpg. Ubcule (talk) 16:27, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

@Ubcule: so I can’t upload a new photo with the Pepsi can without the Ray Charles okay. Didn’t even think this would happen. A.R.M. 21:06, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

@ARMcgrath:; You can upload a picture of a Pepsi can. But not one with the Ray Charles picture showing, unless it can be demonstrated that the Ray Charles picture itself is freely usable. Sorry. Ubcule (talk) 21:11, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

I uploaded the same photo but I cropped the ray Charles photo so it’s not visible but the can itself. A.R.M. 21:25, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

@ARMcgrath:; That looks fine, thanks for the upload. Ubcule (talk) 21:37, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

No problem A.R.M. 21:38, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

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Yours sincerely, .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 15:17, 8 November 2019 (UTC)

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Photo Retains[edit]

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Bull-Doser

See the latest deletion entries last week Myloufa made? Wanna inspect if they could be retained or not? -- Bull-Doser (talk) 01:19, 17 December 2019 (UTC)

@Bull-Doser: Please see my comments here, here, here and here.
Please note that there are still quality problems with many of your images. I argued to have these ones retained because there aren't any better examples, and they are of usable quality, but I would still argue in favour of deletion if the quality was so bad that an image was not really usable. Ubcule (talk) 21:28, 19 December 2019 (UTC)

cropping[edit]

Please upload a NEW file if you are cropping, instead of overwriting the existing file. Thanks Famartin (talk) 00:25, 29 December 2019 (UTC)

@Famartin: I assume you're talking about your image File:2019-11-08 14 17 20 An unopened roll of Smarties in the Dulles section of Sterling, Virginia.jpg, which I uploaded a cropped version of yesterday?
The guidelines on overwriting do- by default- permit overwriting images with minor changes, including minor cropping that is ultimately inconsequential. The example given here- where dead space is removed- is arguably similar to the crop I carried out on your image.
However, I also respect people's wish (and right) not to have alternate versions of their files- however minor the changes- replace the originals, and in this case I'll keep an eye out and avoid doing this with your files in future.
Thank you for taking the time to upload the modified version elsewhere as well, instead of simply reverting it (and losing the edit).
FWIW, if you prefer to explicitly indicate that you don't want some (or all) of your files overwritten, this should be possible. Although there are some "do not overwrite" templates it's not clear whether one exists for the original uploader to request their file not be overwritten (without any further reason). If there isn't one, I'm sure it would still be okay for you to indicate in your own words that you didn't want a particular image overwritten.
Hope this helps,
Ubcule (talk) 14:57, 29 December 2019 (UTC)

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File:2019-11-08 14 17 20 An unopened roll of Smarties in the Dulles section of Sterling, Virginia.jpg[edit]

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Help Adjusting/Cropping Images[edit]

Would you be able too help adjust - crop some of these?

Hope you maybe able too help a bit. Thanks in advance.--Black BIC Ballpoint (talk) 15:38, 14 February 2020 (UTC)

@Black BIC Ballpoint:; Modified versions at File:EHeckhart (crop and brighter).jpg and File:PaulStewart55 (crop and levels).jpg. There are various different versions in the histories, you're free to be able to choose which one you prefer and revert to that version.
I reduced the contrast of the Paul Stewart image in some versions as (IMHO) the original scan was too contrasty.
Also, if you go to Preferences->Gadgets, you can enable something called "CropTool" which lets you perform crops of images and might be useful for you. (Depending upon the image, rather than cropping the original version, you might want to upload a copy under a different filename (e.g. "OriginalImage (crop version).jpg"), ignoring the warning, and then crop the new upload using CropTool.)
Hope this helps,Ubcule (talk) 13:54, 15 February 2020 (UTC)

Thank you so much!--68.70.6.237 17:14, 15 February 2020 (UTC)

@Black BIC Ballpoint: No problem! Ubcule (talk) 20:39, 15 February 2020 (UTC)

Good evening, my friend, When able could you make this headshot a little brighter (I cropped it myself, it just needs a better contrast).

Thanks and enjoy what's left of the weekend.--Black BIC Ballpoint (talk) 22:53, 15 February 2020 (UTC)

@Black BIC Ballpoint:; Hi. I've uploaded the brightened and cropped version to File:RutaLeeDec09 (lighter crop).jpg.
I've reverted the changes you made to the original upload at File:RutaLeeDec09.jpg as I feel that this is not a change everyone would agree with unreservedly- some people may think that the original is preferable for some uses.
Please see Commons:Overwriting_existing_files#Minor_improvements for the guidelines on overwriting existing versions of images.
Generally, if I am in doubt, I will upload a modified version of an image under a new filename.
Hope this helps,
Ubcule (talk) 15:51, 16 February 2020 (UTC)

Thank you so much! It does look much better.--Black BIC Ballpoint (talk) 17:40, 16 February 2020 (UTC)

Hi, Friend. Could you help make this a brighter - greyscale for me? https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JUNEVincent_(cropped).jpg It would be much appreciated; thanks!--Black BIC Ballpoint (talk) 20:21, 20 June 2020 (UTC)

@Black BIC Ballpoint: Done. Can't make much "brighter" without making washed out as was obviously intended as high contrast image. Contrast slightly reduced, but that's it. Ubcule (talk) 13:23, 21 June 2020 (UTC)

Oh, I'm so happy with it! It came out just like I had hoped it would, I have one more like this and we're good to go from here.

If you could do the same with this one like the other, I'll be a happy camper. Thanks again and be safe!--Black BIC Ballpoint (talk) 22:55, 21 June 2020 (UTC)

@Black BIC Ballpoint: Done. Ubcule (talk) 23:24, 21 June 2020 (UTC)

Thank you so much; I have just ONE final one that I would appreciate help in getting to a brighter greyscale;

This is my last one; I'm taking off for a while. Thanks so much and have a good one!--Black BIC Ballpoint (talk) 19:07, 23 June 2020 (UTC)

@Black BIC Ballpoint: Done. Ubcule (talk) 12:54, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Thank you!--Black BIC Ballpoint (talk) 17:31, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Hi, my friend, When you have time, could you help make this picture brighter, and a bit more better quality, when you have the time?

This will be my last one for a while; I'm taking off and have a good Fourth of July weekend. Will catch up whenever, I get back on.--Black BIC Ballpoint (talk) 19:36, 3 July 2020 (UTC)

@Black BIC Ballpoint: Can't do anything about that one; it's low quality because it's obviously been upscaled from a lower resolution version, and the black areas are "crushed" (i.e. completely lacking in detail), so brightening it up won't fix it. (See image history to see why this is). Ubcule (talk) 17:28, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Hello, friend; it's been a while, I have a new one for you too help me with when time allows...

Can you help make this a bit more brighter? I'm using it as a headshot for his Wiki page; thanks so much and have a Merry Christmas - Happy New Year.--Black BIC Ballpoint (talk) 02:03, 6 December 2020 (UTC)

Can you help make this brighter - clearer for me?

Can you also help make this a grayscale - clear up?

Many Thanks!--Black BIC Ballpoint (talk) 02:05, 12 December 2020 (UTC)

@Black BIC Ballpoint:; I notice these have already been worked on by someone else since you posted them, so I'll leave them for now. Ubcule (talk) 15:41, 22 December 2020 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Hi. I recently closed some of your DR's where you requested deletion of SEO spam and other OoS images. Thanks for going through all these images and tagging them! 10:12, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

@Gbawden:; No problem, and thank you for the appreciation and finishing off the job! Ubcule (talk) 10:42, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Adding derivative copies questions[edit]

For the first time I tried to use the derivativeFX tool to add an edited version of an existing file. I was trying to use one of your derivative uploads as a model. Everything seemed to work except it did not put a thumbnail on the original image page like yours did. Why? Once I understand this I will probably have another question. Thanks. Jim Evans (talk) 00:29, 11 April 2020 (UTC)

@Jim Evans:; I used to use Derivative FX, but haven't done so for years now, so I can't really comment on it. (Can't remember why I stopped using it).
I tend to do things semi-manually now. If you're using the {{Derivedfrom}} template, it has an option parameter "display=150" that shows a thumbnail of the specified size. So do many others IIRC.
BTW, if you're going to make more than basic modifications (crop, colour balance, sharp, brightness etc.) to an existing upload (as you did to File:Fargo_Theatre_-_Fargo.jpg) *or* even if you upload the modified copy under a separate filename, it's a good idea to add the {{Modified}} template.
(Actually, I'd say that if you're modifying an existing upload enough to warrant "modified", it's likely that it might be a good idea to consider uploading the new version under a modified filename. (See Commons:Overwriting_existing_files).) That's a common-sense issue depending upon the original image though, so I wouldn't say it was a blanket rule.
All the best,
Ubcule (talk) 13:48, 11 April 2020 (UTC)

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TDK MiniDisc and AA-battery 200703.jpg[edit]

Hello Ubcule,

TDK MiniDisc and AA-battery 200703.jpg

saw your development of the MiniDisc with AA-cell. To be honest, I had the same idea, but didn't realized it. Which software did you use? Please let me know, thank you in advance. Regards, --Wikisympathisant (talk) 18:20, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

@Wikisympathisant: It's just a few minor changes with Photoshop CS5 (which is pretty old nowadays anyway). All the best, Ubcule (talk) 18:25, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@Ubcule: Thank you for your fast answer :-) that's the way technics and internet should go everytime ... — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wikisympathisant (talk • contribs)
@Wikisympathisant: No problem! BTW, I use Photoshop because I've had it for years and am used to it. But I'm guessing you could probably do much the same thing with GIMP which is free anyway. Ubcule (talk) 19:09, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@Ubcule: yes, I heard of GIMP, and it's fine, but the handling should be something like an own science. From your words I got the idea, to look for an older (non-expensive) photoshop ... :-) --Wikisympathisant (talk) 19:39, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@Wikisympathisant: I'd say it's more important to know what tools you have and how to use them; PS doesn't have a magic wand to do all that easily.
I'm not a PS expert, but (for that image) I knew how to use layers, layer (blending) modes and so on, how to cut and extend the reflection on the dark part, then skew it so it lined up at the other end. But GIMP supports all that too.
For other images, things like LAB mode and wide-radius unsharp mask (to improve local contrast on "flat" looking pictures) are useful. But these are all techniques, and- again- GIMP supports all that as far as I know.
The only thing that PS *might* be better with for this sort of thing is the auto-repair tool for spots and other things.
People complain about the GIMP interface, but PS isn't always that intuitive either. I think a lot of people are just used to PS.
I think the new versions of PS are subscription only, so even if you learn the older versions, you risk getting stuck with that ageing software and/or "locked in" to Photoshop in general. Although I do use it (for the reasons I already gave), that shouldn't be taken as a recommendation- but the choice is yours!
All the best, Ubcule (talk) 20:10, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

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