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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Member Jadran on: October 23, 2018, 09:07:39 pm
Rest in peace Jadran.  I did enjoy our exchanges of messages

Clyde
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Photo composition rules on: August 17, 2018, 06:09:07 am
Marek, you certainly have taken some fine photos.  But for this site we have Site Standards that are monitored by volunteer Admins.

Site standards have criteria that can be met by members with a wide range of experience, camera gear and shipspotting locations. They provide an important element of consistent quality control for the site. In late 2015 they were subject to review with member consultation.

They can be seen by using the Support tab on the Home page, and then clicking on----

SITE STANDARDS THAT APPLY TO ALL PHOTOS

We have site standards to ensure that the Shipspotting site maintains its focus on good images of ships themselves. In addition to these general standards, some categories have specific variations. Please use the Forum to raise any queries, or contact us at webmaster@shipspotting.com

1. Size of image: The resolution must be between 768 x 768 pixels and 4000 x 4000 pixels, and the file size maximum is 4MB.

2. Sharpness: Images must be sharp. In a sharp image, names, windows, cranes and other ship details will be clear. Moderate digital enhancement for sharpness is acceptable, but the image must remain sharp in at least one of medium/full screen/original sizes on a screen of at least 280mm. It is accepted that older images, processed from prints or transparencies may not be as sharp as modern digital photographs.

3. Exposure: All images should be appropriately exposed to show the ship clearly, and without large white or black areas. Silhouettes are not accepted.

4. Level: The horizon must be level and verticals should appear so. The image should be straightened where necessary.

5. Distortion and enhancement: Photos taken with fish eye or other lenses that produce distorted images are not allowed. Black-and-white images are accepted only if that was the original medium; similarly for colour images. All manipulation of digital images should maintain a “natural” contrast and colour. For further guidance on digital enhancement see http://www.shipspotting.com/support/faq.php?category=Photo%20manipulation.

6. Full ships only: For all views except those specifically for part-ship categories, bows, sterns and masts should not be cropped. Bow and stern shots are acceptable if they show the vessel from the waterline to the top of the superstructure.

7. Obstructions: Foreground obstructions should not restrict the view of the ship. Equipment and other vessels that are associated with the normal working of the ship (such as container cranes, tugs or bunkering barges) are acceptable provided they do not dominate the image. For ships alongside quays, the whole length of the ship should be in sight.

8. Main subject: The ship must be the main subject. Distant views where the ship is a small part of the image are not accepted.

9. People: The incidental presence of crew, passengers or shore workers in normal activity (ie not posed) is acceptable. Photographs showing people in the foreground, or others that may invade personal privacy, are not permitted.

10. Borders and watermarks: New digital images should not have added borders. Scanned historic images may retain a border provided it is unobtrusive and not decorative. Watermarks are acceptable provided they are discreet and do not impinge on the ship image. QR electronic codes are not permitted.

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11. Small boats: Unless in use by the shipping or fishing industries or public authorities, small boats of less than 20 metres/65 feet in length are not accepted.

12. Multiple photos: When posting multiple photos of the same vessel taken on the same Date, the submission must be restricted to a maximum of 4 photographs with a significant change of Aspect/Angle between the photographs.

13. Date and location of photo: These must be included in the Description, if not added from the Location and Date of photo menus on the Upload page.

3  Shipspotters all over the world / Consultations and review of site standards / Re: Catagory standards on: August 13, 2018, 08:51:02 am
If other Admins and members have suggestions I will incorporate them in a Guidance FAQ

Clyde
FAQ Editor
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Ken Smith, President Emeritus on: July 05, 2018, 09:58:56 pm
Rest in peace Ken.  Rest in peace

Clyde
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 26, 2018, 05:34:20 am
can anyone using Norton confirm that it no longer describes the site as dangerous?
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 23, 2018, 08:17:09 am
Has this step been taken?  See smithy 166 post below

"I can't answer the rest, but Norton will flag the site as "unsafe" until the webmaster of shipspotting.com cleans the site up, then requests a re-test from Norton. Until the re-test is completed and no issues are found, it will continue to be flagged as dangerous."
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 20, 2018, 12:25:16 am
Pier Master has posted this message on Facebook

Just got this from my Norton AV...

Dangerous Web Page BlockedYou attempted to access:http://www.shipspotting.com/This is a known dangerous web page. It is highly recommended that you do NOT visit this page.

Visit Norton to learn more about phishing and internet security.
Continue to the site
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 12, 2018, 08:53:58 am
Using the recently major updated Windows 10  I have visited the site via Chrome and Firefox several times over the past two days with no evident problem

I have AVG installed and that produced no messages about the problem

Clyde
Sydney Australia
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Museum Ships category on: June 07, 2018, 10:18:10 pm
Thank you for the suggestion Bob.

It would help if you proposed some criteria for vessels to be eligible for the Ancient Motor Vessel and discussed them with Adrian Ford.  His profile shows that he is the Admin responsible for that category

Adrian I am sure would be pleased to receive ideas from others

As FAQ Editor I will be happy to assist in the drafting of a Site Standard in a format consistent with others

Clyde
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Copyright Policy Query on: April 15, 2018, 10:11:32 am
Juergen. please do not leave the site.  It needs your skill in identifying unknown ships as well as your excellent photographs

Both the Webmasters are away this weekend.  I am sure they will wish to contact you

Clyde
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Cheapskate shipowner looking for free photos on: February 05, 2018, 03:33:16 am
The most I have been ever received is USD 400.  A friend was offered USD 250 recently.  Paper work is required.  In all such cases I was approached after the pic was seen on this site

I make no charge for publications by volunteer enthusiast groups who distribute to their members.

In all cases I obtain published credit for my name, and a copy of the publication(s). 

I understand that such action by me and others competes with professionals like our wonderful Tomas.  But that is the way the world operates and my choice will not change that.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Spotting in Zeebrugge on: January 04, 2018, 08:24:07 pm
I agree John.  That is very helpful information for visitors to Zeebrugge.

To keep the information readily available to those who missed this Forum, or forget about it, I hope someone will prepare a Shipspotting Locations upload.

Don't forget, as the Site Standard says "IN THE DESCRIPTION, STATE DIRECTIONS TO THE CAMERA LOCATION AREA
use the words you would tell a friend. "

For full information go to Category Standards and Guidance for Shipspotting Locations, reached from the Support tab on the Home Page see http://www.shipspotting.com/support/faq.php?category=Shipspotting%20Locations
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Coinhive threat warning on: October 25, 2017, 12:14:21 pm
I have uninstalled Malwarebytes and am now relying on AVG CloudCare AntiVirus.

The pop up windows about blocking no longer appear

I have the No Coin browser extension as earlier advised by Cody

Clyde
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Coinhive threat warning on: October 25, 2017, 10:27:05 am
Until I reinstalled Malwarebytes after a 2 month absence, I did not get any messages.  Now I regularity do - from Malwarebytes, stating that Coinhive has been blocked.

I have never noticed any slowing of my CPU

I usually use Chrome as my browser, occasionally Firefox which gives the same result

Good luck Cody and David.  I hope you get appropriate advice from Henrik

Clyde
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: New category. on: July 23, 2017, 11:02:10 am
Hi Pieter

Re "A category should be based on WHAT the ship is, not WHERE it is. This approach would also imply that for instance  "casualties", "ships in drydock"  and "storm pics" should no longer be continued. I would not be opposing that. "

If your suggestion was adopted, how would you suggest dealing with those vessels now categorised as Inland Vessels?
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