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General Discussion / Photo Group Notes for Meeting of 9/13/2020
« Last post by rsutter on September 18, 2020, 08:41:00 AM »
Here are my Notes for the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 09/13/2020   

TOPIC: Artistic Growth Three; Learn a new skill for use inside or outside the camera and present it to the group. The meeting took place via Zoom

Ralph Sutter opened the meeting, calling attention to the Links Page of the Photography web site.
Two articles were added for the September meeting. They are
  Open HEIC Files in Windows 10; and
  Wi-Fi Photo Transfer; 
  Download images from an iPhone to a PC wirelessly
Program suggested by Alan Raul, tutorial by Ralph Sutter
   Also on YouTube at

Next Sutter shared a series of images featuring blossoms of fruits and vegetables. Ralph explained that he used Irfanview to insert titles. He controlled the order in which Irfanview displayed the images by opening an image in that program and then clicking on File/Thumbnails/Options/Sort Thumbnails/By name (natural/logic order).

Alan Raul showed his results of long exposures of running water at Waller Park in Santa Maria. A typical exposure for these shots were ISO 64, 10 seconds at f/22. He used a Variable ND (Neutral Density) filter with his 35mm f/2.8 Sony lens to get the desired effect. He use the following web site as a guide on how to set up his Sony mirrorless camera.

Stanford Brown followed introducing CopyTrans HEIC for Windows

John Waller demonstrated a new tool in Adobe Photoshop, the Object Selection Tool, useful for quickly selecting part of an image for further manipulation. John then showed the results of his low light tests with varying speed and aperture settings and different lenses.

Kaye Raul used Aurora HD with .raw files to improve shadow detail in images taken at Waller Park.

NEXT MEETING: Sunday, October 11th, 2020@ 2:00 pm
The topic is Images Dominated by a Single Color. The meeting will take place via Zoom
A Zoom invitation will be e-mailed to Photo Group members shortly before the meeting.
The meeting schedule for the remainder of 2020 is as follows
   November 8th
   December 13th

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Re: Oregon State Fire Map. Updated 9-15-2020.
« Last post by Doug on September 15, 2020, 03:31:41 PM »
A Facebook page for the Holiday Farm fire:
General Discussion / Re: Oregon State Fire Map.
« Last post by Doug on September 12, 2020, 08:45:48 PM »
For the most up to date reporting on the Oregon fires and related concerns, the TV station KGW posts it online at .
General Discussion / Re: Oregon State Fire Map.
« Last post by Doug on September 11, 2020, 03:14:23 PM »
I am glad the see that you could make good use of the Oregon fire map. The weather conditions in Lane County, where Eugene and Springfield are located, are gradually improving. Onshore winds are slowly reversing the very windy conditions that made so many fires throughout the state rapidly expand to unprecedentedly large dimensions. It is projected that the smoke will be blown away eastward by late Sunday, or soon thereafter, and that the onshore winds could bring some rain on Monday or Tuesday, barring any unforeseen radical changes in the weather.

There is more information about the Holiday Farm fire to be found at the below URL's. Although the attached snip of the Oregon State Fire and Hotspot Dashboard shows the red Stage 3 evacuation zone touching upon the eastern outskirts of Springfield, the fire itself is still some considerable distance away. With improved weather conditions, this edge of the fire could be contained by the end of the weekend.

Lane County weather projections:

Latest report on the Holiday Farm fire

The State of Oregon Fires and Hotspots Dashboard:

General Discussion / Re: Oregon State Fire Map.
« Last post by dickJ on September 10, 2020, 10:58:46 PM »
Regarding the awful fire season we are having throughout the Western states, my wife's sister, Karen Specht and her husband Tom, have a home in Springfield, just East of Eugene, and have received a warning to pack up and to prepare to leave their home because of the giant fire East of them. You probably didn't see my notice of the small fire we had in San Luis Obispo a few days ago when we received such a notice. Its awful to think of the many who have lost their homes or even lives.  We were very fortunate that this was just a tiny fire and quickly extinguished, but just as scary when you live through the experience.
Thank you for posting the fire map.  Never did I think we would have to learn to use these.  We are very thankful to those who create and update them daily.
Dick J
General Discussion / Oregon State Fire Map. Updated 9-15-2020.
« Last post by Doug on September 10, 2020, 07:14:03 PM »

For those of you who might be interested in studying the fire situation in Oregon at this time, this frequently updated map shows it well.

Center your screen on a point of interest and mouse-click on the plus sign at the lower right to enlarge that area. It shows the three stages of Fire Alerts and the inner portion of the Red Alert area shows flames graphically to reveal the actual burned areas.

The worst of them is the Beechie Creek Fire coupled with the Riverside Fire, and the Lionshead Fire a bit further north EAST. The three of them comprise a huge combined area east of Salem and south of Portland and environs. Statewide there are 37 active fires at this moment, totaling over 800,000 acres burned.

Initially, the previous weather reports had this area scheduled for 98 degrees on Thursday and 95 degrees today (Friday). By a stroke of extreme good fortune, some very cool air arrived, which made the situation much improved. It was only around 70 degrees today. Hopefully, an onshore wind will move the fire and smoke away from Salem and Portland, but there are still plenty of endangered structures in the eastward territories. 

On Thursday, the smoke was so dense that everything turned red. The smoke cloud blotted out the sun, so nighttime came a couple of hours earlier than expected. The devastation along Highway 22 is considerable. The small towns of Detroit, out by Detroit Lake, and Gates have been very badly burned.

The map should help you get a grip on what the situation is. Searching for more information is largely based on Googling by City names or designated fire name.   

State of Oregon Fires and Hotspots Dashboard:
General Discussion / Microsoft September 2020 Patch Tuesday fixes 129 vulnerabilities.
« Last post by Doug on September 08, 2020, 04:20:03 PM »
Microsoft September 2020 Patch Tuesday fixes 129 vulnerabilities.
General Discussion / Webcam of Arroyo Grande Bridge Street Bridge Replacement
« Last post by rsutter on September 08, 2020, 09:30:48 AM »
Hello All,
A webcam captures both a live feed and a slide show of the bridge replacement in Arroyo Grande, CA
View it at
Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Alan Raul - September 6, 2020 Meeting Notes
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on September 03, 2020, 12:27:12 PM »
Clipboard in Windows 10

A freeware program that I use in lieu of Logitech's SetPoint is at
I use it to set up the scroll button to paste the contents of the clipboard whenever I press down on it.  While Logitech offers this configuration, it repeatedly forgets the setting.  (Ralph Sutter)

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General Discussion / Re: Record Zoom Session without Host Enabling It
« Last post by rsutter on August 24, 2020, 10:27:43 AM »
Hello Again,
I added a video to illustrate how I used the open-source program, OBS, to do a video screen capture of a Zoom session.
View it at
and on YouTube at

A better solution is to record the session directly with Zoom.  However, if the Host has not enabled that feature or has not enabled screen recording for participants, OBS offers a work-around

Ralph Sutter
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