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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: September 17, 2018, 03:35:45 pm
Still getting this "site unsafe" message using Firefox. Better stay away till this problem is solved.....

Never got the "site unsafe" message using Firefox...
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Cameras and Photography Advice Forum on: August 27, 2018, 01:33:41 pm
Denis, I really could not give you advise on that, I never use these sort of camera's but I think that both Sony and Canon are good options. 
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Cameras and Photography Advice Forum on: August 27, 2018, 11:53:49 am
Denis, don't get lured into the megapixel selling trick. What is important is the size of the sensor, where all these pixels have to form a nic picture. Rather ask for a larger size sensor with less mp than for a small once with zillions mp.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: This is getting a bit frustrating now on: August 23, 2018, 05:43:44 am
the ships become sort of recognisable, which also emphasises the poor air quality the Vancouver seems to be currently suffering from. And just to make sure, these are still not good photo's but if this would have been a picture of a ship that I had never seen anywhere pictured before, and had been frantically looking for, I would be quite happy to find it.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: This is getting a bit frustrating now on: August 23, 2018, 05:42:07 am
and this
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: This is getting a bit frustrating now on: August 23, 2018, 05:41:31 am
Using ACDSee which has a Dehaze function and further manipulating with orange and yellow colors, I got this.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: August 22, 2018, 05:11:29 am
My malware protection (AVG) says nothing.
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Photo composition rules on: August 17, 2018, 03:04:27 pm
There are already more than enough categories and I don't think we need any more. Interesting cargo handling ops could possibly be included in the 'Ships Deck' category but in my opinion we don't need any more 'bits of ships' categories.

So you would simply delete Marek's shot?
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Photo composition rules on: August 17, 2018, 09:20:51 am
Well, not really wanting to stir up the fire, we may want to ask us the question whether there should not be a way to formulate site standards in such a way that fine shots like that of Marek can find a place here. I remember my second shot I ever posted showed the top of the funnel of a stationary tug of which obviously the bollard pull was being measured. I found the heat wave coming from the funnel rather impressive, but alas, there was no category for the shot and it had to go.   
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: You Know Your A Shipspotter If... on: August 13, 2018, 02:45:00 pm
A: I never have to travel for more than an hour to see a ship.. (20 minutes is the max, and exercising on the bike gives me ample opportunity to see more than one ship)
B: When I sit at the water the main purpose is to read a good book, interupted by occasional maritime passings)
C: I won't be carrying four kilo's of camera any time.
D: My mother always warned me not to talk to strangers.
E: Not that I remember.
F: I do like photography.
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: August 10, 2018, 05:16:13 am
OK, thanks for the explanation.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: August 09, 2018, 05:47:46 pm
If Henrik knows that it concerns 47000 posts, would it also be possible to alarm the posters concerned? I think it would be of some help that people get told that they were, most likely unknowingly, involved in these problems?.
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: LR/IMO numbers on older vessels on: August 06, 2018, 06:20:28 am
Quote of Oceanquest "It (is) looks as if ShipSpotting is a gallery of photos trying to have some structure without a database, where it really needs to be a database with structure linking to a gallery of photos. "

There used to be a connection with a database, Gross Tonnage, but they ceased to operate a couple of years ago. The data supplied below each picture on SS are still from them. As they stated themselves before their demise, they were focussing on "interesting ships", and they declared older ships as "not interesting", hence the sometimes rudimentary information on ships that ceased to exist a long time ago. Unfortunately it has not been possible to find a replacement database for Gross Tonnage, which more and more results in data om new ships being incomplete. This is another problem than the IMO number, but also here the way to go could be Miramar. In my ideal world Shipsspotting would be something like an illustrated Miramar, and if that would imply using their numerical systems, let it be that way, as long it it helps Shipspotting to have easy access to all photo's of one unique ship, irrespective under which name the pictures were posted.

The category system on Shipspotting is much more advanced than that on Miramar, so that either would have to be sacrificed, or being maintained manually with the first input coming from the poster with correctors to check that.   
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: LR/IMO numbers on older vessels on: August 05, 2018, 09:23:05 am
Bob, thank you for the explanation, it is beyond me why it had to be so complicated, but the issue was rather why we cannot use numbers that "look" like IMO numbers, but will fail the test. (as Miramar obviously does). As long as they are unique, I am fine with that. Lloyds Register is not the Bible, although they sometimes disaggree with that.
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: LR/IMO numbers on older vessels on: August 04, 2018, 06:45:45 am
David, for this site, as you state correctly, having a unique number is essential for a number of functions. To me it is of less importance whether that is a "correct" IMO number or anything else. As long as it is really unique, there can be no confusion about which ship we are talking about. Therefore, while covering an interesting point in the history of the LR/IMO numbers the first post in this thread has only academic value as far as the site is concerned. I think in respect we cannot praise MIRAMAR enough for the work they did to get their files organised, and I have absolutely no problem with using their number as a proxy IMO number if needed. It helps us, it helps the site and the site community, even though some of us know that it might be technically incorrect.

In short, be practical, make use of the options and live with the incorrectness.

Perhaps there are people brave enough and with enough free time to sest up a numbering systeem (7-digits?) for the ships that can now not be covered in the site retrieval systems, but as these comprise categories in which I have very little interest, I am not volunteering.
  
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