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Photo poll. [Jul. 30th, 2007|09:55 am]
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Yesterday I went to visit mstevens, and on the way back I took some photos. Some of the photos were of Mudchute DLR station. DLR stations are often quite hard to take photos of, because there's no obvious station building in many cases. Mudchute would be one of those cases.

So I took lots and lots and lots of photos, with the aim of narrowing them down later. However I got stuck at the point where I'd reduced them to six. Obviously this calls for a poll.

What I'm after:

  • One photo to illustrate the Mudchute Station page on the Randomness Guide to London. What we're aiming for with the photos on RGL is to illustrate what a place looks like, to make it easier to find if you're not familiar with the area.
  • One or two additional photos to upload to my Flickr account, for the purposes of "not getting lost in amongst all the other discarded photos on my backup server" and "showing off to other people" and "being findable in a search for Creative Commons photos".

(I really don't want to upload all six to Flickr.)

The poll. Note that the RGL photo will be uploaded to Flickr too, so it probably makes sense that the one you choose for the second question should be ticked on the first question as well. Click the thumbnails for larger versions, but be aware that in most browsers clicking the thumbnail will also check the box, so check your vote before pressing Submit. Damn, but I hate the <label> tag.

Which of these should I upload to Flickr?

1(6.2%)
0(0.0%)
1(6.2%)
0(0.0%)
1(6.2%)
0(0.0%)
None of them.
0(0.0%)

Which of them should I use for RGL?

0(0.0%)
1(6.2%)
4(25.0%)
1(6.2%)
10(62.5%)
0(0.0%)
None of them.
0(0.0%)

Suggestions for improving any of the six would also be welcome. I have GIMP; I can crop, and I can also mess with the colours to some extent, though my colour-messing skills are very hit and miss. "None of them are any good and this is why" feedback is also welcome!

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[User Picture]From: lnr
2007-07-30 09:40 am (UTC)
If you could crop number 5 to lose the sky above the streetlamp and everything to the left of the tree, and then somehow up the brightness a bit then I think that's the best one for illustrating the station, though it's a shame the tree slightly obscures the edge of the pay machines.
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[User Picture]From: owlfish
2007-07-30 09:50 am (UTC)
I find the background cranes which are in many of the photos very distracting, especially because I know they're temporary features and not long-term useful for finding the stop.
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[User Picture]From: owlfish
2007-07-30 09:50 am (UTC)
P.S. Which is why I voted for the photos which minimized their presence.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-08-01 01:31 pm (UTC)
Hm, yes, good point, thanks. I do like the fact that the cranes ones also have grass in, though. It's pretty grassy around there.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-08-01 01:29 pm (UTC)
Not bad, thanks! It looks a little too whited-out to me, so I'll see if I can get something in between your version and mine, and use that. (Now billyabbott's explained Gimp's curves tool to me...)
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-08-01 04:30 pm (UTC)

Re: "too whited-out to me,"

I've already adjusted my gamma (one of the first things I did when I got my new laptop). But as I mention below, this screen does show things quite bright — brighter than my previous (Apple) laptop.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-08-03 03:02 pm (UTC)

Re: "too whited-out to me,"

Thinking about this some more, I reckon we just have different tastes. I seem to like a lot more contrast than you do.
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[User Picture]From: susannahf
2007-07-30 10:45 am (UTC)
I think upping the brightness would be very useful for all of them. Probably the automagic brightenting would be sufficient.
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[User Picture]From: pne
2007-07-30 11:47 am (UTC)
I liked the perspective on 5 the best, but it seemed a bit out of focus, not to mention a bit dark.

I like what vampwillow did with it, though.
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[User Picture]From: pne
2007-07-30 11:48 am (UTC)
Also, I'm amused that my votes matched the majority's.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-08-01 01:35 pm (UTC)
And I'm amused that Juliet was the only other person to like number 4 (which I rather like as a photo, though it's not really a photo of the station).
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-08-01 01:34 pm (UTC)
Hm, yes, I see what you mean about the focus. I'm not quite sure where the focus ended up on that one.

I need to remember to be careful about darkness, since things look quite bright on my screen (MacBook) so it's easy for me to forget they'll look darker to other people (yes, I have adjusted my gamma).
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2007-08-09 08:17 am (UTC)
Hello! We seem to be trading comments over on Flickr about who we know in common. Thanks for using some of my photos. This RGL seems like a good idea (in so far as I am a big fan of lists, maps, pubs, stations, and being a completist); I presume anyone can edit it. I should add my locals!
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-08-09 12:31 pm (UTC)
Oh! That's who you are! Hello! I think I voted in one of your polls about vegetables once. I see we also share an interest in "atommickbrane's livejournal". I've friended you too now (and added you to my London filters). Yes, anyone can edit RGL, so please do add as much stuff as you like.
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2007-08-09 12:44 pm (UTC)
It is a glorious and noble interest; she is my favourite writer on LJ.

Yes that vegetable poll! It reminded me of lots of vegetables I like, and ones I'd like to try more. At my house, we got a vegetable in our delivery the other week which was sort of yellow and round which we didn't recognise; I should take a photo and ask the internet of course...
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-08-09 01:03 pm (UTC)
I should take a photo and ask the internet of course...

You certainly should. I once bought a vegetable from Surrey Street market and forgot what it'd said on the sign by the time I got it home. I posted a photo to the internet and within minutes I knew what it was.
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2007-08-09 12:58 pm (UTC)
Also, I should look through my photos and see if I have anything suitable for RGL. The photos I put on Flickr are the ones that to me look pretty, but many are not quite so functional for illustrating shops/pubs/stations etc...
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-08-09 01:06 pm (UTC)
That would be great. I have one of your tram stop photos bookmarked already. I want to add all the tram stops for the same reason we have all the Tube and rail stations — so people can search for things near them (well, and also because sometimes people like writing about stations and stops). I already have photos for the East Croydon to Elmers End stretch, and hope to get a chance to do the rest while the good weather holds.
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2007-08-09 01:09 pm (UTC)
I've arranged a few 'Tram Walks' in Croydon every year for the past few years (Brane's been along to one or two). If only I'd thought to take photos of each stop at the time!
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