Saturday, March 30, 2019

3471. Impacted cheek pouches in dwarf hamster cases in Toa Payoh Vets - Images

Severely impacted cheek pouch in a dwarf hamster. The hamster is lethargic and cannot eat or swallow. Veterinary assistance is necessary in most cases.  

Thursday, March 28, 2019

3470. Pink-necked green pigeons seen on Thu Mar 28, 2019

Mar 28, 2019
Overcast sky unlike the bright sunshine yesterday

I drove to the 2nd exercise area at around 8.10am. "No pigeons today," I said to  myself.
Suddenly a young pink-necked green pigeon alighted on the branch facing me. What a welcome.
He was young as he was smaller in size and length.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

3469. A 9-year-old male Jack Russell is limping on the right hind leg. X-rays limbs

This Jack Russell loves to jump. He became lame on the right hind. X-rays show no fracture or dislocations. Diagnosis is muscle sprain. Rimadyl painkillers were prescribed.The dog recovered from lameness 2 days later The owner is very happy..


Monday, March 25, 2019

3468. McDonald's statute in Changi Airport T2

Original image. 3 kids went towards McDonald's statue and two had similar dressing stripes.
Single point focus, Program Mode, DSLR camera, zoom lens18-200mm

Thursday, March 21, 2019

3467. Travel Stories: New Zealand. Waioura's tussock grassland

No maids in New Zealand, unlike Singapore. Ladies must learn to drive and do housework.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

3466. Travel Stories: Airbnb New Zealand, Pakuranga

Mar 20 and 21, 2019
Stayed in Pakuranga airbnb house

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

3465. A New Zealand Highway patrol appeared from "nowhere"

Mar 19, 2019

"Your speed was exceeded by 22km, more than mine," the older son noted. The son had a speeding ticket for exceeding 17km two days ago, at Wellington downtown and his mum had scolded him and stopped him from further driving on the way back from Wellington to Rotorua.

The road was straight. "Looks like the American Western movie," the mum surveyed the passing golden yellow flat grasslands as sped by. The speed limit was maximum 100 kmph in NZ, dropping to as low as 25 kmph around bends.

"You drive too fast, your friend cannot take photographs," the police officer said twice. My driver was guilty as charged and accepted the summons. I exited the car to take photographs of the purplish wild flowers.



The highway patrol car is very prominent. She still wondered how she did not spot it along this straight road without "hidden trees" where the police could hide. We just had lunch at the Rustic Restaurant. I was in the front seat conversing with her to ensure she did not fall asleep at the wheel. At certain times, I slept.

Speeding on good long roads is common in New Zealand. There are not sufficient number of electronic speed cameras.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

3464. Photography tips: A small butterfly image. Use Transform Tool to enlarge subject with losing quality - Dan Mold


March 18, 2019
Practical Photography
Enlarge your subject without losing quality by Dan Mold
Photoshop Genius

I use Photoshop CC

March 18, 2019 exercise

Original image

Original image

After using Transform Tool

After transformation, image is 1800 x 1351 pix at 300 dpi


Original image

Using Cropping Tool only

After cropping, image is 1800 x 1350 pix, 300 dpi

Dec 11, 2019 exercise 1

After many months of practice, this is what I do to use the Transform tool to enlarge the subject (butterfly) without losing quality. The steps are as follows:

1. Save image as .tiff, not as .jpg, so that quality will not worsen compared to using .jpg at the beginning.
e.g. IMG_6283butterfly_original.tiff (see below)

2. To transform the above-mentioned image,
Press Ctrl A
Press Ctrl T (transform).
Move the corners of image to enlarge it. Enlarge about 150% enlargement.

3. I resize original .tiff image as follows:   Goto IMAGE SIZE ---> RESOLUTION = 300 dpi (for printing image)
                                                                             W = 685 pixels   H = 514 pixels   Resolution = 300dpi
                                                                             Resample = Automatic (tick the box)

Save this image as IMG_6283LLbutterfly.tiff

4. Select Crop Tool. Use "Original Ratio". Now crop till you get your desired image. 

5. Then I use the following STEPS:

Filter --- Sharpen --- Smart Sharpen
             AMOUNT = 134%    RADIUS = 3.2px   REDUCE NOISE = 100% 

6.  Save as  IMG_6283MMbutterfly.jpg

Now the image is saved as  IMG_6283WWbutterfly.jpg for online or printing.

7.  The resulting images are as follows:

Original image

...LL.tiff image 

...MM.tiff image

  Save as...WW.jpg image


After cropping, image is 1800 x 1350 pix, 300 dpi. The image is of poorer quality.


Image is enlarged using the Transform tool as compared
to using the Crop Tool 

You can see the eye of the butterfly
Original image

You can see the eyes of this butterfly

Original image
Image is enlarged using the Transform Tool

Refer to another blog for the similar exercise on a damselfly

You need to spend time to practise to make perfect. Good luck.