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Name: Linda
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Gymgirl
Sep 29, 2011 11:58 AM CST
Dave,
I'm already seeing a lot of almost duplicate pictures of plants in the database.

I know you've left it up to everyone's discretion as to whether or not they submit a picture they feel is better than one that's already been entered. But, quite a few of the "first" posters seem to be posting multiples of the same picture, with only very slight differences between them (a left shot, a right shot, a long shot, a close-up), and it's all the same pic!

My concern is that the database will eventually be flooded with duplicate pictures we will have to wade through to get to a really great representation of the plant.

And, yeah, yeah, I already know, "beauty is in the eye..."

But, can you say "Io?" Confused
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Sep 29, 2011 12:07 PM CST

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I know which recent one you may be referring to and right now I don't want to discourage the poster as they haven't posted many images yet. Later, as we go through some of the entries, we may delete a few here and there. Shrug!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 29, 2011 12:09 PM CST
I'm one of the guilty ones here ... I probably need to delete a few I've uploaded that are quite similar.
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Sep 29, 2011 12:10 PM CST
Unless there are way too many, I think multiple shots of the same plant can be good. Close-up shots, distance shots, blossoms, whole plants. I especially like entire plants and like to see them in multiple gardener's settings.

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Sep 29, 2011 12:19 PM CST

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No Lin, I just looked through a few of yours through your profile and you display a wonderful variety of the entire plant!! I did see just one duplicate though, a butterfly bush. Smiling
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 29, 2011 12:35 PM CST
Sue: Thank you! I just put in a request to have one of those deleted. Big Grin
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Sep 29, 2011 12:35 PM CST
When you're working in a frenzy adding pictures it would be easy to add duplicates without ever knowing that you did. I could be guilty too Confused

Karen
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 29, 2011 12:58 PM CST
LOL, my computer gets the hic-cups quite often and I end up double posting! Big Grin
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Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Sep 29, 2011 2:02 PM CST
I hear what ya'll are saying, and I'm loving all the photos. It's not any one person in particular. Some of the multiple "looking" pics have been there, been accepted, and probably gone on into the file.

I'm sure there'll be some culling down the line. I just don't want a great shot to be missed because the database is flooded with duplicates that already were input...

Not a problem at all!

One thing I especially love about digital picture taking is the delete key. I love to snap multiple shots in my own garden. At the end of a veggie theme, I review each pic before I name it, selecting to keep only the very best one (no more than two) of each. That way, I don't flood my memory card. And, when I have to upload a pic in a hurry, I know it's the very best pic I have to offer!

Hugs! Lovey dubby
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Sep 29, 2011 2:24 PM CST
Linda, it's a very safe assumption that you are a more organized person than me. Also a safe assumption that your photo organization is much better.

Karen
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Oct 5, 2011 12:19 PM CST
K,
The only reason I'm organized on my cellphone data card (one of the FEW areas that is truly semi-organized) is because, after I dropped the phone in the toilet once and grabbed it before it hit the bottom, I learned the value of backing up my over 2500 pics on a regular basis. I immediately retrieved the memory card and dried it out. The phone itself was toast, as all the circuitry got fried....

I learned to cull the useless pics to save the space on my memory chip.

And, I learned to secure the cellphone BEFORE I sit down on a toilet... Fortunately, I had NOT sat down before the phone took a dip!

Hugs! Whistling
Name: tabby
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tabby
Oct 7, 2011 8:50 AM CST
Just my two cents on multiple pictures...

When I submit a photo of a plant, I don't always consider the picture I'm submitting to be better than ones already submitted, but I submit it so that there's one in the database that represents my area. When looking at photos of plants in the base that I'm comsidering buying, I don't look for the best looking photo, but the one that is from an area closest to my own in growing conditions.

WHen it comes to some plants like sempervivum, I'm submitting multiple pictures - from different times of the year. Some will look very different, and some will look the same, but some semp collectors will appreciate the information on how individual varieties change (or don't change) throughout the year.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 7, 2011 5:37 PM CST
tabby said:Just my two cents on multiple pictures...

When I submit a photo of a plant, I don't always consider the picture I'm submitting to be better than ones already submitted, but I submit it so that there's one in the database that represents my area. When looking at photos of plants in the base that I'm comsidering buying, I don't look for the best looking photo, but the one that is from an area closest to my own in growing conditions.

WHen it comes to some plants like sempervivum, I'm submitting multiple pictures - from different times of the year. Some will look very different, and some will look the same, but some semp collectors will appreciate the information on how individual varieties change (or don't change) throughout the year.

I agree For us sempervivum collectors it is very helpful to see photos from different parts of the country and world. It lets us see what the plant looks like in different growing conditions.
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chelle
Oct 8, 2011 6:33 AM CST
I agree that multiple (but not duplicate) images are important for this DB. A plant that blooms or shows beautiful fall leaf colors in my part of the world in mid-September may not elsewhere. When someone is interested in a plant they'd like to know what it could look like for them, in their growing area.
Filling in a bit of information in all of the fields should help interested individuals to be directed right to the image/information that they're looking for.
The thumbsup feature should ensure that the members' consensus as a group will control which images should show first from the data field.

Just my two-cents worth. Smiling
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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Oct 8, 2011 6:41 AM CST
tabby said:Just my two cents on multiple pictures...

When I submit a photo of a plant, I don't always consider the picture I'm submitting to be better than ones already submitted, but I submit it so that there's one in the database that represents my area. When looking at photos of plants in the base that I'm comsidering buying, I don't look for the best looking photo, but the one that is from an area closest to my own in growing conditions.

WHen it comes to some plants like sempervivum, I'm submitting multiple pictures - from different times of the year. Some will look very different, and some will look the same, but some semp collectors will appreciate the information on how individual varieties change (or don't change) throughout the year.


I agree I agree that with Sempervivum it's really important. One plant can change tremendously during one growing season.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 8, 2011 10:47 AM CST
I agree
Name: Angie
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BookerC1
Oct 10, 2011 8:11 AM CST
I actually really like seeing multiple pictures of the same plant. It reassures me that the picture actually IS of the plant listed. If I see 8 people have submitted pictures of a plant, and the blooms look very similar in all of them, I know they were correctly labeled. I also appreciate seeing how they look in different zones and areas, and different seasons. I think the thumbs-up feature will help the best pictures "rise to the top" so to speak, so no harm done in having many others submitted as well.
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Oct 10, 2011 8:36 AM CST
OK. Ya'll have convinced me that "more is better," and "No plant left behind" is the way to go!

Hugs, All!

Lovey dubby
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 10, 2011 9:38 AM CST
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