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  1. 29 points
    Dear All Although I don't have the exact date, I started All The Fun Of The Fair in 1997, so this year it is 20 years old. The site started as a static page written entirely in HTML. I've found a "Web Archive" from 1999 at https://web.archive.org/web/19991127123329/http://fun-fairs.co.uk:80/ I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart EVERYONE who has contributed to the success of the site over the years - The Administrators & Moderators who work behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly, the members past & present who have contributed words, advise, photos, information etc and the Forum Supporters who, by enabling me to pay the hosting bill, ensure the forum stays free and available for the majority of members. Although I run the site and the Administrators & Moderators assist, without YOU THE MEMBERS contributing there wouldn't be a site! Thank You All & Happy Birthday All the best Bill
  2. 10 points
    Dear All A big, big THANK YOU to EVERY member who posts photo's for us to enjoy. I believe photos are the life blood of the forum and I get a lot of pleasure from viewing photos of funfairs I can't get to. Thank you! After discussion with the forum panel, there will be a slight change to the way we store photos in the Photos Forum. This will NOT, in any way, affect the way members post photos, affecting only older photo topics. The Change - Older photo topics will be moved into archives according to the year they were posted (in much the same way that Funfair Reports are archived). Not all photo topics will be archived, some will be deleted. Photo topics will either archived or deleted depending on their usefulness/appeal to other members. All members will be able to browse or search the archive forums which are available on the following link http://www.fun-fairs.co.uk/forum/535-photo-forum-archive/ Time Scale - I am currently working on archiving photo topics. Due to the large number of topics, this will take some time. I started with topics posted in 2014 (the earliest we have) and am now about half way through 2015. It will take some time get up to date. When topics will be archived - I haven't set a definitive time, but photo topics will, regardless of whether they are archived or deleted be available for at least 6 months. Due to the time it is taking to archive topics, it's likely to be nearer a year. Background - All our photos are now stored on an Amazon server and we have unlimited space. Although the space is unlimited I pay for each photo stored. The cost is quite small, but it is still a bill that has to be paid. Forum Supporter numbers are falling. If we continue to keep every photo, the hosting bill will, at some point, get to the point where I am unable/unwilling to pay it. By deleting older/unused photo topics I can continue to fund the forum for far longer. Looking at the forum stats, it is obvious that photo topics are viewed most when they are newly posted. The browsing of photo topics over six months old is virtually non-existent. There were 81 PAGES of photo topics - browsing is inefficient. If photo topics aren't being viewed, then why keep them (and pay to host them)? On the other hand, it is useful to have older photo topics as a reference. If the photo topics are captioned, then they are searchable and are useful to members. If they aren't captioned, they aren't searchable, not being browsed and are in effect, dead topics. Criteria for archiving or deleting - I will use a number of criteria for deciding if a photo topic is deleted or archived. Is the topic captioned? - If yes then the topic is searchable and useful. If not and over six months old the topic is in effect a dead topic and will be considered for deletion. If a photo set is of one subject, e.g. Carters Steam Fair, it may still be searchable through the topic title even though individual photos are uncaptioned and would be considered for archiving. Are the photos visible? - A bit obvious Approximately 25% of our older topics had photos stored off site. If the photos are still visible, the topic can be archived. If they aren't it will be deleted. Quality of photos (sharpness, composition, orientation etc) Duplication of shots Rarity of subject Popularity of topic (views/likes) Some of the criteria are subjective and I am erring on the side of keep rather than delete where it isn't obvious whether to archive or delete. IMPORTANT - A recent member poll showed that members do prefer captioned photo sets. However, captioning is not compulsory. Every member posting photos has the option to caption or not. If the choice is uncaptioned photo sets or no photos, then uncaptioned wins. Photo sets without captions are welcome and will be viewed and enjoyed by our members, however unless the set is exceptional, they will not be archived. Summary - ALL photo sets, regardless of the above criteria will be available for our members to enjoy for at least six months. At some point after six months photo topics will be archived to maintain their usefulness/appeal to other members and to keep our photo hosting bill manageable. Regards Bill
  3. 8 points
    Well it come a very long way in 20 years, (i'm glad the flashing lights have gone thou LOL) i was not here at the start, but since i found this site by pure accident it has completely changed my hobby for the better and for that i'm very grateful I have meet a lot of like minded people & Showmen from all over the UK, some of which i class as life long friends and it makes meeting up on some damp ground some ware a pleasure A Happy Birthday & A big thank you, to you Bill for Starting it all, I think our Hobby would still be in the dark ages if you had not started it back in 1997 and as you say a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to make this a fantastic resource, log may that continue, it really is the the no 1 place for ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR !!!! Here's to the next 20 years
  4. 8 points
    Dear All The new software has been installed and at first sight would appear to be working correctly. There may be issues, please let me know and I will sort them as soon as I am able. Everyday functionality won't have changed much - there won't be a learning curve All the best Bill
  5. 7 points
    I wish to add my congratulations to you Bill and, as Gary has said, our hobby has benefitted immensely from this website, from humble beginnings to the fantastic resource it is today. When I first became interested in travelling fairs, nearly 50 years ago, I knew no one else with my interest. A chance attendance of a rally on a hill in Dorset (Stourpaine Bushes) led me to find the World's Fair newspaper which for many years gave me my only information on my interest. Then computers came along and eventually I learnt the meaning of the WWW! In thanking Bill and his team and of course everyone who contributes in anyway to this site I would ask everyone not to take this forum for granted. Just imagine your hobby without it!!
  6. 6 points
    Many congratulations to Bill and the team! I discovered the site around 98/99 and was hooked immediately. The hard work that goes into running a site like this needs to be recognised and is really appreciated. I will try to continue with my own small contribution. Thanks once again. Kind regards. Rob
  7. 6 points
    Congratulations Bill Happy Birthday ATFOTF and Well DONE to everyone whose contributed over all those years to make the site what it is.
  8. 6 points
    Would like to add my congratulations, admiration and respect to you Bill, and the moderators of course on this amazing milestone. Like Chris, it was the chance discovery of Worlds Fair when I was a mere 12 years old that turned my fascination with fairs into a real hobby. Many years later, I read about a new "website" for fairground fans in the paper one week. I didn't know what a "website" was but luckily a partner at the time managed to educate me enough to find and appreciate this incredible resource, and I even got the hang of sending in some of the early fair reports I'm proud to say. Don't manage to contribute many reports these days....the young'uns always seem to get in before me! Here's to the next 20 years, and thanks again Bill.
  9. 6 points
    A very BIG 20th Happy Birthday to "All The Fun Of The Fair Forum" & to you Bill Edwards i came across this forum by mistake Now i use it everyday Thank you so much!!!! & thank you to all the Moderators & the Panel
  10. 6 points
    Dear All Sincere apologies for yet another topic on the subject of Coming Events - this is the last post I will make on the subject. I invest a considerable amount of time and effort in compiling the Coming Events into what I believe is a useful format for our members. However there are a number of issues I face and if I can't improve the situation, I will simply give up and withdraw the facility. Please note, I'm not looking for feedback here, I am looking for practical suggestions as to how I can encourage member participation, encourage members to share information they clearly have, but keep to themselves and how I can be helped to keep the facility available. Firstly I need to know how widely used the Coming Event's file is. The file is stored on a Microsoft OneDrive which makes it's maintenance easy for me and I believe makes it easily available to the widest number of members. The downside is there is no practical way of establishing how many times the file is accessed. To this end I have set up a poll and I would be grateful if you would indicate your usage of the Coming Event's file. It may assist you to understand the problems I face on a daily basis if I explain how the file is compiled. I have a spreadsheet with details of previous events - Location, Town, County & Post Code. I also have the 'master' file. As I add events to the 'master' file I'm including the event (if there is one) & lessee. I gain information from World's Fair 'ground to let', our posters forum, our coming events forum, our Facebook group and to a small degree PM's & email. Frequently these sources list only partial information. Problems to solve: 1) I have events listed with only bare minimum details. How do I get the additional details? As an example a poster was recently posted on Facebook. The only details were dates, a Town name and the lessee. The town wasn't listed in my database. The was no report for 2016. Google maps showed 19 possible towns in the UK. I have insufficient knowledge of where the lessee operates so couldn't establish the correct town from that (in any event it would only narrow the choice, not provide a definite location). I am certain some of our members know where the fair is, but how do I get that information to include? 2) Members are not sharing information. I am frequently seeing both Funfair Reports & Photo reports of events which are not listed in the Coming Events file. I appreciate members may have found out at short notice of the events, but the suggestion is that members know of these events but don't share the information. Why? How can I encourage sharing? Remember Internet Forums only work because members share information. If there are reasons you don't share event details, are you able to assist me with why? (By PM if you prefer - or anonymously via a Forum Panel member) I have been discussing solutions to the above with the Forum Panel, but we are struggling to come up with viable solutions. I appreciate there isn't a magical solution and to be fair (pun intended) I'm not looking for one. But, the situation must improve or we will lose the Coming Events permanently! A couple of ideas have been put forward and I would welcome your comments on these: 1) A new sub forum of Coming Events (Information Needed?) - Where I have an event which lacks details, I post in that forum asking for details. The thinking behind this is that members would be more likely to simply reply to a post than scan the events, identify one they can help with then either PM or email me. Any thoughts? 2) Are any members with a little free time able to assist with research? It would involve identifying events lacking detail and either posting in the forum as mentioned in point 1 above , or perhaps searching the forum or internet for answers (I do this myself, but only on a very basic level - time and other commitments prevent me spending too much time doing so). Any thoughts? Volunteers? 3) Excluding from the Coming Events file members who clearly have information on an event which they don't share without good reason (and I accept there may be good reason). I'm not keen on this idea, but I also think it's grossly unfair to use a facility you can't/won't contribute to. 4) Making a blank spreadsheet available so members can add their own events and send it to me. I could simply copy/paste into the 'master' file. If anyone has ANY suggestions at all as to how I can make compiling the Coming Events easier and more efficient, I'd be very happy to hear them. I really, really don't want to withdraw the facility, but previous requests for help have just been answered with "you're doing a great job, please keep putting in time and effort whilst I just take what I need" and, as I've said, that situation isn't sustainable. And finally, a big, big THANK YOU to those members who do contribute to both the Coming Events and the forum in general - without your support we wouldn't have a forum! THANK YOU!! All the best Bill
  11. 5 points
    20 years of ATFOTF is a very notable achievement. Personally when I started to search my hobby on the internet as back as 1998, ATFOTF was one of the first sites which I found. Here we have a website come message board which started long before the advent of social networking and continues to hold its own against it. Congratulations Bill and the team.
  12. 5 points
    A definition from the web Panning is a photographic technique that combines a slow shutter speed with camera motion to create a sense of speed around a moving object. It is a way to keep your subject in focus while blurring your background. This picture has had a few outings (no not that sort ) on the forum and I make no apologies for showing it again as it is one of my favourites Harry Jones Miami ,Wolverhampton 2008 Shutter speed 1/30th sec This was about my 1st attempt and also the best,it's not easy and possibly a fairground isn't the ideal place for this sort of shot I've tried it on a few other rides with no real success,but it's not something I do a great deal Loughborough 2017 Shutter speed 1/25sec Easier on the railway although a slightly faster shutter speed to freeze the valve gear would have been better Have any of you tried this ?
  13. 5 points
    In the spirit of the new club I'd thought I'd create a topic going through how I personally post process all my photos. Before I start, remember this is my own method, other people may do things differently, I'm not an expert at Photoshop nor do I pretend to be, these are just a few things I've picked up over the years. I'm aware this is a time consuming process and isn't to everyones taste, I can to a ground, or a concert, or anywhere and take 100s of photos, and I may only end up with a dozen I really love and run through Photoshop to put on my Flickr Software Used Adobe Photoshop, my version is CC 2014 but should be the same for all modern photos So obviously, the first thing to do is to open your photo in Photoshop, I'm going to assume that you familiar with the software to start with as I don't want this to become a beginners guide, but I'm going to try and keep it as simple as possible. The first thing I always do is alter the levels, thanks to Google ... "Levels is a tool in Photoshop and other image editing programs which can move and stretch the brightness levels of an image histogram. It has the power to adjust brightness, contrast, and tonal range by specifying the location of complete black, complete white, and midtones in a histogram." The levels can be found by clicking Image, then Adjustments, then Levels The levels settings are different for every photo, I just drag the sliders slightly to try and get the best results, these are the settings used on this photo, you can immediately see that the photo is a lot more brighter and vivid. The next thing I did on this photo is slightly alter the Hue and Saturation, this can again be found by going into the Image, then adjustments menu, and this time pressing Hue and Saturation On this particular photo I didn't have to alter the settings too much, again I just dragged the Saturation and Brightness sliders a little bit till I got an effect I was happy with, you can again see how the colours, especially the lights on the rides, have brightened. Next is altering the brightness and contrast, this isn't something I do on every photo, I can alter the settings and then decide I liked it better before. The Brightness and Contrast settings can be found under Image, Adjustments again, and pressing Brightness and Contrast As before, its just a case of altering the sliders a little bit until I am happy with it. Finally, I run a high pass filter through it to sharpen the image, the first thing you need to do is to duplicate the photograph, do this by going to Layers, Duplicate Layer, and press OK. You should now have two layers in the file, the background layer, and the one we just created. Next, make sure the new layer is selected, then press Filter, Other, then High Pass Don't worry that the photo has suddenly turned grey, thats the idea! We need to change the slider until we can just about see the detail coming through in the photo, its very rare I have the slider higher than 4.5 before its at a suitable level, when done, press OK The next thing we need to do is to turn our attention to the layers panel on the right hand side, at the top of the panel there's a drop down with 'Normal' selected, you need to open this and change it to Overlay You'll immediately notice that the photo is slightly sharper, if you toggle the layers visibility by pressing the little Eye icon in the layers panel off and on a few times you'll notice the differences. And that's it, thats the basic process I go through with all my photos, some of additional steps such as straightening the image, and some have less, each image is different, below is a few before and afters.
  14. 5 points
    I'm not making any promises, but I think we are there, or nearly there. If you notice any issues, please let me know. There may well be PM's/Posts that I should have answered - I'm not ignoring them, but there are simply not enough hours in the day. I will catch up soon Your patience during the last few difficult days is appreciated!!
  15. 4 points
    Congratulations to Bill and all those who work so hard behind the scenes to keep the site moving forward. I first discovered the site much the same as Martin in 1998 when we had our new computer rooms open at my school. There were many a lunch break and odd hour after lessons spent looking through the ride photos. Personally not being a fan of the social networking sites I find this to be a great resource and I have met some fantastic enthusiasts on here. Twenty years is a long time and I guess a reminder that nothing should be taken for granted as I cannot imagine the tireless admin work which must go on daily to keep the site running. There are no other sites like this and long may it stay that way. Thank you Bill. Happy 20th and here is to the next 20 years!
  16. 4 points
    From Tech Support: Hello, We believe we have sorted the root cause of this issue. If you are still experiencing problems please let us know.
  17. 4 points
    I've been doing a little more work on Archiving historic photo topics and it's clear that we have some fantastic photo topics - Many Thanks!! If you wish to browse the Archive, it may assist if you understand where I've moved the photos to If a Photo Topic was posted in 2016 and refers to a 2016 Fair, then I've moved it "2016" (but please see note below) If a Photo Topic was posted in 2016, but refers to a fair from a different year (e.g. My photo topic "Borehamwood June 2000") or is a collection of photos (e.g. Richard Furniss' "Miamis In The 1990s") then I have moved them to "Photo Collections" *Note on Photo Topics relevant to a year* - This isn't perfect as a Photo Topic posted in January 2016 may actually show a fair from December 2015. Ideally the topic would be in the forum of the year when the fair started. However that would require me to research each photo topic and establish when the fair started and move it to the correct forum, and for the time being I simply don't have time. For now, if the topic was started in January 2016 it will be listed in 2016, although the fair may have been in 2015. As time permits I will research and correct these, but that is a long term goal.
  18. 4 points
    I've taken a lot of photos at fairgrounds over the past 10 years of being an enthusiast, at the beginning I just had a cheap point and shoot camera, and as my love for the hobby grew, so did my love of photography, these days my photography isn't just limited to funfairs, and if I'm out for the day you can trust I'll have my camera with me. There's a lot of photos I could have picked as my 'best' or 'favourite', both terms are subjective, and I could have a new favourite tomorrow, but for the purpose of this thread I decided on the one below, ever since getting a camera capable of doing long exposure shots, it's always been my favourite thing to photograph, whether its a moving thrill ride at night, a main road at night, or even the sea or a waterfall during the day (I love Waterfall long exposure shots! And if no one minds I'm going to cheekily post this link that shows all of my Long Exposure photos on my Flickr page, you can see all of my photos from the link in my signature) This particular one was taken at Tunstall, Stoke on Trent in Feb 2014 and shows John Noyce's Superstar mid ride, I like this photo due to the variety of colours it shows and the clarity of the image. As to how I got it, well the main item I required was a sturdy tripod, the photo itself was taken on a Fuji Finepix S3380 bridge camera on the 'Shutter Priority' mode, which basically means that most of the camera settings were on auto, but I have control over the shutter speed and a couple of other things, this particular photo had a shutter speed of 5 seconds with an aperture of f9.0, I'm not an expert with photography, but as I understand it, the aperture setting is the sensitivity of the lense, similar to how wide a pupil in an eye goes in the light conditions, the higher the number the less sensitive it is, therefore the less light that gets let in, obviously with having a 5 second exposure a lot of light is hitting the lense, even at night, and there's a danger of it being to bright and over exposed. The other main setting I changed was the ISO value, again, this is to do with how much light the camera lets in, this photo has a very low ISO setting of just 64, again to limit the amount of light hitting the lense to avoid it being over exposed. When I got home I loaded the photo in Photoshop, I can't remember exactly what I changed, but more than likely it would have been the levels, even altering the levels in a photo a little bit can drastically improve a photo and make the colours look more real and natural, I would have probably also edited the hue and saturation, again to brighten it, and run it over with a highpass filter, to slightly sharpen the photo.
  19. 4 points
    I've had a play with the upgraded software and all seems fine - maybe slightly quicker to navigate but not much different to the previous version. I still prefer the simple one button likes/thanks "reaction" , as it is now referred to.
  20. 4 points
    As a long suffering Facebook user, they do so called software upgrades as and when they feel it, and with no notice/warning and some of them are well lets say terrible and you have no way of telling them On the other hand the Forum Software Upgrade was a breeze and looks fine to me, i cant see any issues yet and i have looked Lets hope the membership appreciate the re introduction of the reaction / emoji and use them to the full potential, i will say at this point i'm not sure i like the Purple cup as a thank you perhaps a thumbs up (says thank you better) just mu opinion all in all looks good
  21. 4 points
    Thank you everyone. It's been a great day. Just 21 years plus with 47 years experience. It's been great to have a day off from building the 'Man Cave' but it's back to work tomorrow.
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