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Gender: Male
Hometown: Atlanta, Gerogia
Home country: USA! USA! USA!
Current location: Tampa, Florida
Member since: Wed Sep 7, 2016, 06:45 AM
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About Me

Alias - HABanero(passion) E-9-1-1(career, retired telco engineering) HHC 3rd Bde, 2nd Inf Div, Korea DMZ HHC 197th Bde, 3rd Army, Ft. Benning Ga

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Regarding Generative Fill in PS

In addition to the example in Ferret's post.

The object of generative fill is to remove unwanted objects and 'fill' the space with a content aware background or whatever you ask for, like an Adobe stock moon photo. I've been playing with it and asked it to do more. This photo of champagne flutes is from from 2000. In subsequent years I was able to use 'clone' to make them work for 2002, 2022 because I only had 2 and 0 to work with. In this version I asked for a '4' and after many tries, which gave me things like a bow tie, nut and bolt, and even a little man in boots, IT is leaning I think. I can see a day when any font, with a limited set of examples, could be expanded for all letters and numbers.

You know, I agree with you, this IS close enough (700mm)

Stitched Panorama

Three morning's at the beach, two or three photos stitched. The small version for here, followed by a link to the 8000 to 14,000 pixel versions in the Panorama Gallery for the big screen. Hope you enjoy!




Everyone is invited to review my NASA Gallery

While in Cocoa Beach, Fl. we spent the day at Kennedy Space Center. My gallery now has KSC photos from 1976 (visit), 1984 (work), and 2023 (visit). The 1984 photos include a launch of Shuttle Discovery, while installing a telephone office that served the Shuttle Processing area.

This trip, Falcon Heavy had just been rolled out to it's pad, but not yet lifted vertical. This is the launch scheduled for tonight, SpaceX Falcon Heavy ViaSat-3 Americas. Most of the other photos are somewhat touristy but you might still enjoy.


Teaser: Falcon Heavy

Everyone is invited to the Cocoa Beach Florida Airshow Gallery

After wading through more than 4000 photos from 4 cameras, I’ve narrowed it down to a representative 90+.


There were no static displays of aircraft since this was not at an airport. Cocoa Beach is situated directly between Kennedy Space Center/Canaveral Space Force Station and Patrick Space Force Base. All the military planes flew from Patrick. It was Air Force centric, the only Navy representation was a couple of EA-18G Growlers and an F4U Corsair for a “heritage flight”. The Air Force “heritage flight” was with an A10 and P51 Mustang.

We were on the top floor of our hotel with a balcony, so some of the photos appear like we are flying along at the same height, in fact the planes were probably no more than 100’ higher. Down on the beach they would have been belly shots!

We were celebrating our anniversary, having been married on this very beach 15 years ago. At the end of the gallery is a short video by Nancy, my co-pilot of 15 years. The video is of the Thunderbirds making a heart in the sky, special for our 15th on the 15th. That’s what I told her and I’m sticking to it.

Teasers: Check out the second seat taking my photo, lol

Under the circumstances, one more to become a family heirloom

My Dad at a backyard BBQ in a small town in Georgia. I did not take the photo, just wish I had.


Air Force 1, a sample

President Biden was in Tampa Thursday.

For arrival, which was over in a matter of seconds, I took about 35 frames.

For departure, I got my first chance to use the Z6ii under do or die conditions, which resulted in some dramatic shots, From my vantage point the plane looped around me for what seemed an eternity, although at 5nm which really put the resolution of camera and 200-500 to the test. Using a 3 shot burst per press, I took 165 frames, only twice maxing out the buffer, lol. Here is an example, see a few of what I have completed at the link below. This gallery will eventually contain all my AF-1 photos, even from the previous occupant.

But for today, with a real President on board.


It was a dark and stormy flight

I know, really bad, lol.

Continually amazed at the 21st Century

I gifted myself a Nikon Z6ii this year and have been exploring all the new features I'm not accustomed to, human facial eye tracking, animal eye tracking, focus following, etc...... While delving into focus peaking settings which highlights the areas in the photo that are in focus, a depth of field preview function, I stumbled across a product that converts old manual focus lenses to auto focus. Sounds like snake oil or vaporware huh? Compared to native auto focus lenses it is slow and noisy, but hey, manual focus to auto focus, wow. I will be trying it out, as I have a pile of manual focus lenses. It appears only for Nikon Z cameras, but possibly that could change in the future. (this is not spam, simply sharing 21st Century magic)

The reason Bokeh is spelled with an "h" at the end

While reading a story about the myopic Hubble Telescope fiasco, the word "bokeh" struck me as a funny thing with it's unorthodox Romanized Japanese spelling, prompting me to ask out loud to an empty room:"Why is a Japanese word used to describe some out of focus portions of photography?"

After some digging, I was shocked to find the genesis story of the word "Bokeh" began in a May/June 1997 Photo Techniques magazine article, way less than 1 grandpa ago.

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