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Alpine House FP[edit]

Damn! Face-sad.svg Would I have to be the one to renominate (since I nominated it originally) or would someone else do it?

I might also want to hold off until I've looked at it to see if I could make some improvements. I have gotten better at processing images since then ... Daniel Case (talk) 00:36, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

Daniel, no one is going to do a wholesale re-nom of these demoted images, so it's up to you if you want to do it. You can do it now or wait a while. You are of course welcome to make some improvements on the photo before you nominate it. It will take a while until we put this whole ugly mess behind us. --Cart (talk) 05:30, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
OK. And I would just like to say tack så mycket to you for doing some of the hard work here. There have been occasions on enwiki when I've been the vigilant one, but over here one likes to think things are different and somehow these things don't happen in a more boring place like Commons. But of course they do regardless of what you think.

I am even thinking of going back to the original raw file and seeing if I can process it any better based on what I've learned since then (If I do that, I will upload a separate file and not renominate the original one). Daniel Case (talk) 21:47, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

No problem. Face-smile.svg I pitch in where I can. Yann has taken up the task of re-nominating some of the fallen FPs. I have notified them about your desire to fix up the photo before re-nom.

I have just uploaded some of my latest catch at the Lysekil harbor. However, I think my plans to nominate the salmon just got trashed by a hammerhead. "My" fish looks puny in comparison. Rats! --Cart (talk) 21:58, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

I think it looks better


I finally actually got around to starting from scratch (well, raw, reallyFace-smile.svg) with that picture (since I had looked at it and said to myself, if this were nominated for FP, by someone else, would you !vote for it?) And I like the result more ... it's less likely to make you squint, for one thing. Do you agree? Think a renom would go well?

I also addressed some of the issues opposers raised at the original FPC and made a slight perspective correction (as if you could tell, but apparently some people think they could) plus cropping less out. Daniel Case (talk) 18:59, 25 October 2018 (UTC)

You're right, it does look better. The extra land around it gives a better balance. You might want to ease up on the "blackness" (not shadows mind you!) just a little bit. It looks a bit on the heavy side right now. With such glass construct, you want to think 'air' not 'railway bridge'. In this screen shot, as you can see, I have toggled (Ctrl+L in Photoshop) the mid-level tones from 1.0 to 1.11. I think it looks really cool. Like some some Star Trek structure in a planet. You know the sort that always seems to have the cloaking device fail so that the indigenous people can see their OP center and the Prime Directive goes to s**t. :) --Cart (talk) 19:21, 25 October 2018 (UTC)
I made exactly the change in Levels (the wonderful thing about Photoshop, of course, is that you can work in the .psd format and create adjustment layers to see how different changes would look. I had Levels square off against a similar tweak to Curves; the results were similar but I decided on Levels because that could be quantified as you had and thus replicated exactly)
That futuristic quality is, of course, exactly what attracted me to it. It's one of those things that make you feel like, yes, you are actually living in the 21st century and at least some of it will look like those movies from the '70s, at least the ones that weren't set in dystopias where you can't live past 30, told you it would. Along with this building at Kew Gardens, I get the same crystal-spires-and-togas vibe from the Shanghai skyline, the London skylines (I've always thought the women sitting in the lower left make this look like an old paperback sci-fi novel cover), the Dallas skyline, the way the New York skyline is evolving post-9/11, and Dubai, at least in this slow-film video, with cool ambient music, of a ride on one of its new driverless metro lines that I think I may have commended to your attention before (best section: the 24th minute as the train climbs over one of the canal bridges and, as it does, the Burj and surrounding buildings come into unobstructed view in the distance, gleaming golden with reflected sun). I did not get to experience this first hand when I passed through Dubai on the way to and from Cape Town last summer, since both times there was 1–2 hours layover; the first time there it was midday and I had to make do with seeing the Burj and metro from the terminal building and the second time it was the middle of the night. But I think someday I will have longer in Dubai, and I will get to take that ride.
Thanks for the suggested edit! I probably won't nominate this one again just yet, but probably within the next month or so. Daniel Case (talk) 03:48, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
Looks really nice and interesting now. You can at least count on my 's' vote when you decide to renominate it.
Thanks for the video link, it looks really cool and futuristic. A fun fact is that many architects active today, have confessed to have their style influenced by old Sci-Fi books and films. Those who wrote and illustrated those are in fact the concept illustrators for what we see around us today. Sci-Fi creators have always helped visualize our dreams and future, starting with Jules Verne via Carl Sagan and up to William Gibson. If we want to see what architecture will look like 20-30 years from now, I'd say it's fair to check out the current gaming community.
Dubai is not on my bucket list. Far too hot for my taste, not to mention their Medieval view on women. --Cart (talk) 16:32, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
Oh, I wouldn't want to live there (I read someone online saying that living in Dubai, after a while, is like living in the world's largest aquarium), just see more of it than Concourse B at the airport. Not really so much to see, and due to the UAE's lack of FoP, fairly strict personal-privacy laws and reputation for vigorous enforcement of them, I didn't take any pictures when I passed through. But ... if there is sort of a Grand Central station on the planet currently, it's there. It is really a unique experience to get there in the middle of the night local time and have the place be packed and all the stores, including of course the duty-free, be open, as people from all over the world wait for their connection. I didn't get my passport stamped there (I supposed if I had been there longer I could have gone to immigration) but I did save some dirham notes, which I got by ... well, I can now say I've bought coffee at a Starbucks in the Arab world.
Gaming-influenced architecture ... that would be ... well, let's just wait and see it. Daniel Case (talk) 06:11, 29 October 2018 (UTC)

FP Promotion[edit]

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FP Promotion[edit]

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/FPCBot (talk) 21:04, 1 November 2018 (UTC)