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by Bill Jurens
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 52
Views: 1209

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

I think is fair to say that further disussion of this collection of topics is unlikely to result in any resolution, and will only -- and it appears quite rapidly -- deteriorate -- as it has before -- into collections of insults and name-calling. I would ask that each member who is interested post on...
by Bill Jurens
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 52
Views: 1209

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Northcape's reply "on my behalf" summarizes my position(s) so well that I can do little or nothing to improve it.

Bill Jurens
by Bill Jurens
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 52
Views: 1209

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Mr. Virtuani:

Your comments are noted, and will be taken into consideration should a reprint or second-edition be forthcoming.

Bill Jurens
by Bill Jurens
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 96
Views: 3324

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Deleted as requested.
W. Jurens (moderator)
by Bill Jurens
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 52
Views: 1209

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Earlier, Mr. Vituani asked three questions, viz.: I will reply, between asterisks, below: 1) After having published the photo, why are there now (late) doubts about its attribution ? What has emerged new ? :think: *** I have always been somewhat skeptical regarding attribution. The problem is, that ...
by Bill Jurens
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 52
Views: 1209

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

There has been a lot written in the past few hours, and I have only been able to read it over briefly. Two questions seem to have been asked; one regarding the attribution of the photo in the Bismarck book and the other asking if the focal length can be derived from just looking at a print of from t...
by Bill Jurens
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: American SH shells - Famed or Folly
Replies: 30
Views: 6378

Re: American SH shells - Famed or Folly

I like your definition of 'balanced'. It's at least something to jump-off from. Can you provide a primary USN source which would support that usage?

Bill Jurens
by Bill Jurens
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 52
Views: 1209

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

I would consider that attribution problematical.

Bill Jurens
by Bill Jurens
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 52
Views: 1209

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Wadinga wrote: "Would a photographic expert might be able to speculate whether this a correctly exposed image, deliberately darkened in the darkroom for dramatic effect or is the lack of detail indicative of a poorly exposed original?" I don't know if I qualify as an 'expert' or not, but I have spen...
by Bill Jurens
Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: American SH shells - Famed or Folly
Replies: 30
Views: 6378

Re: American SH shells - Famed or Folly

There is, so far as I know, no precise definition of the term "balanced" regarding design issues, and it seems to appear basically nowhere in formal naval architectural terminology. It appears to suggest a design where various tradeoffs result in a design which is in no way clearly outstanding or de...
by Bill Jurens
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 52
Views: 1209

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Although I would consider the use of the word "discussion" more useful than the word "debate", I shall continue. The historical utility of conventional photography might be seen as occurring in three phases, all revolving around what amount to issues of provenance. The first usually considered, but ...
by Bill Jurens
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 52
Views: 1209

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

My experience has been that the attribution and pedigree of various photographs and film clips, in the absence of clearly identifiable visual clues in the image itself, tends to be somewhat problematical. This is true throughout World War II. Unfortunately, only a proportion of the photos presented ...
by Bill Jurens
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Mr. Virtuani's Opinion
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Mr. Virtuani's Opinion

I tried, but even I have my limits. I have banned Mr. Virtuani for a one-month period.

Bill Jurens [moderator].
by Bill Jurens
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Mr. Virtuani's Opinion
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Mr. Virtuani's Opinion

Recent postings by Mr. Virtuani have recently consisted primarily of repeated and somewhat lengthy and unpleasant personal attacks on myself, as moderator, and Mr. Rico, as website host. My sense of this is that most participants would rather avoid this sort of commentary, but find it difficult to b...
by Bill Jurens
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 96
Views: 3324

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Recent commentary while somewhat heated, remains acceptable. It is perhaps worth noting that in most countries -- though certainly not all -- it is impossible to defame or insult the dead, so at least in most of the situations we are encountering here, defamation, etc. would probably not represent a...