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We have used our main pond for swimming for over a decade. A floating dock connected to a fixed dock by a gangway is our way into and out of the water. This approach also eliminates the muddy shore issues that often come from entering via the bank. Our kids learned to swim in that pond and many happy memories have been made there.

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This is an update on my floating island that has been in the water for nearly two years now under all kinds of weather and shows no deterioration at all.

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Dang it John! Where the heck have you been! Miss your pics!

The island looks good!


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My pictures were really bad. My monitor was lying to what the picture were really looking like and a new monitor isn't right either. So I am so confused. However I am still entering photo contest and doing well.


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Originally Posted By: John Monroe
My pictures were really bad. My monitor was lying to what the picture were really looking like and a new monitor isn't right either. So I am so confused. However I am still entering photo contest and doing well.


Color management is really tough these days as most people only have TN monitors, which are rather dull by comparison with IPS/PLS monitors. I have a IPS monitor as my main CAD display at work, with some satellite cheap TN monitors for displaying datasheets. There is a stark difference between the two when seen side-by-side. It is getting bEtter these days due to tablets and phones having excellent displays, but most home PC users have poor monitors.

I have a IPS at home where I do image work (not much lately). I adjust everything to taste on that high-gamut display thinking "wow, that looks really nice!" and then proceed to share it. People like my images, but then I look at it at work on the TN satellites and it looks flat like an old magazine from the 1970s. Then it also becomes web browser dependent. Some browsers like the New MS Edge has color management built in, meaning it adjust color output so images look the same across different monitors, but others, like Chrome, do not.

In general the color industry is a mess.

The debate then becomes: do I over-do it so it looks nicer on the TN monitors, or be and image prude and only target fancy monitors?

Oh well. I have gotten sort of bored with photography lately as my camera is a little weak to do what I would like, and what I would like costs about $5K. I would rather spend that towards a decent car or put it towards a college fund.

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Thanks for that information. I have this fixed but at a cost. I took a 16x20 print of a picture and also printed out the same picture at on my home printer. They both looked the same. Then I adjusted my TV monitor until the photo looked like the two print outs. Now my edited photo's look like they should but my monitor looks really dull and washed out.


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I used Spyder products for years. It's the easiest way I know to calibrate monitor colors when consistency matters, and I still have my old Pantone color books laying around somewhere. There may be a better way now, but I quit printing when I retired 4 years ago, so I'm not sure anymore.

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...In general the color industry is a mess.
Ain't that the truth.


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Originally Posted By: liquidsquid
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Oh well. I have gotten sort of bored with photography lately as my camera is a little weak to do what I would like, and what I would like costs about $5K. I would rather spend that towards a decent car or put it towards a college fund.


What??????? I'm shocked that a new pond isn't in that list!? smile

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Well I haven't been on Pond Boss for years and I see that PhotoBucket is holding pictures hostage for $400 to be a host of my property. The floating island is i think in it forth year and is hands off doing well. Many kinds of wildlife use the island and here is an example if I can get the photo on here using IMGUR.


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Well that picture worked, so I will try another one. I forget who bought a Canon SX 50 camera on Pond Boss but it impressed me so much that I got one. Not expensive for less then $300 and some filters and editing on Windows 10 & Facebook makes it a fun hobby for those that have a pond and wildlife.

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John,
There's an app for the chrome browser that bypasses the pbucket block. I can see pbucket images fine on here using chrome.

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Originally Posted By: John Fitzgerald
John, There's an app for the chrome browser that bypasses the pbucket block. I can see pbucket images fine on here using chrome.


Thanks John....works great....and the price is right FREE!

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There is a fix for Firefox also. Actually there is more than one. This is the one I installed.

link to fix for Firefox photobucket fix

Looks like your turtle platform has worked well and held up well John.

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John, good to see your pics again.

Does anyone know if there's a fix for safari? I usually don't see any of the older Photobucket pics..


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Lets see if the chrome fix worked. I see it did. You guys know everything. HOODED MERGANSER:


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John good to see you back

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John, wonderful to have you posting again! I've enjoyed your photos for years. The turtle ones are especially interesting, as we have no turtles in our southwestern Colorado pond.
It's heartening to read that you have found a camera that you seem satisfied using. Good, clear pics from it!

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I too enjoy seeing your pictures John.

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Thanks for posting the pictures John. Glad to see you back!

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This thread is amazing. I just floated an 18' cedar log in my pond and anchored it in place most days we have 5-10 turtles on it. Before I anchored it, the wind would blow it around and the turtles on it would all go sightseeing like they had their own cruise ship.

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Originally Posted by GotAPond
This thread is amazing. I just floated an 18' cedar log in my pond and anchored it in place most days we have 5-10 turtles on it. Before I anchored it, the wind would blow it around and the turtles on it would all go sightseeing like they had their own cruise ship.

You could still do that, just make the log tethered on one rope, and have the rope a lot longer than the pond depth. That way the log can go it's merry way, but not end up on shore.


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Originally Posted by GotAPond
This thread is amazing. I just floated an 18' cedar log in my pond and anchored it in place most days we have 5-10 turtles on it. Before I anchored it, the wind would blow it around and the turtles on it would all go sightseeing like they had their own cruise ship.

A lot of good old threads on this forum. Every once in a while one gets drug back up to the forefront, which is a good thing.


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