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Silver King
06-06-2008, 04:31 AM
I went fishing the other day and captured an image I thought was pretty cool and wanted to use as an avatar. The picture shows my friend holding a tarpon by the lower jaw with two hands. The fish had been revived and was ready for release, and just before I took the shot, the tarpon opened its mouth as wide as its face would allow. An instant later, the fish swam off.

The photo turned out better than I expected. I was all excited to change avatars, but when I did, I was greeted by a puny, barely visible portrait of a dramatic moment represented as little more than a drop of foam on the fish's chin.

Surely there must be more important things for me to worry about at the moment; but for the time being, the term thumbnail size has me wishing it meant something larger to capture the true essence of the moment.

I'm not advocating that we be allowed greater space to showcase our avatars, as that would require too great of bandwidth resources. But I wonder if others here also wish they could showcase their avatars in such a way as to make them life-size, so to speak, at least fleetingly.

If you do, then this thread might come in handy. We can use this discussion as a repository for all things small, avatar-wise, that are best seen in larger form.

I'll go first:

http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa62/Silver-King/Tarpon06-02-08066.jpg

Sarita
06-06-2008, 04:36 AM
Whoa! That's a beaut. Look at his eye. He's looking right at me! :)

rhymegirl
06-06-2008, 04:38 AM
So, you want to see things that are big?

StoryG27
06-06-2008, 04:38 AM
Wow. Hubby would be impressed. I hate fish, so I'm a little creeped out. (Sorry, SK, nothing personal).

Stew21
06-06-2008, 04:39 AM
oooh!! Love it!

Joycecwilliams
06-06-2008, 04:39 AM
Another great photo!

slcboston
06-06-2008, 04:40 AM
wow, great idea...

can we request other people's avs? (thinking of a certain someone from Chicago with some very appealing b&w avatars not too long ago... :D)

PS: Great fish!

robeiae
06-06-2008, 04:48 AM
A lifesize Haggis? That's still a thumbnail, no?

Haggis
06-06-2008, 04:54 AM
As I recall, a generous donation to AW gets you more room for a larger avatar.

Haggis
06-06-2008, 04:55 AM
A lifesize Haggis? That's still a thumbnail, no?

Hoser.

StoryG27
06-06-2008, 04:57 AM
As I recall, a generous donation to AW gets you more room for a larger avatar.
So what'd you do? Embezzle?

robeiae
06-06-2008, 04:59 AM
So what'd you do? Embezzle?
:ROFL:

That, and he peed all over Mac's hat.

Ken
06-06-2008, 05:13 AM
for creating thumbnails, cropping the image is always helpful.
Most can be trimmed down. Yours of the tarpon can probably be shaved by an inch on either side with little loss in effect. If you have some sort of image editing program on your comp it's easy enough to do.
ps Nice catch. Amazing how shiny tarpons are. Almost like mirrors.

pps You might also try rotating the image by 90 degrees counter clockwise, so the fish is facing up. The image/avatar would almost double in size, if you did that.

cray
06-06-2008, 05:20 AM
But I wonder if others here also wish they could showcase their avatars in such a way as to make them life-size, so to speak, at least fleetingly.




http://farm1.static.flickr.com/175/449593172_f927a7785f.jpg?v=0

robeiae
06-06-2008, 05:21 AM
You've been on the shelf since 1938? Cripes...

Rolling Thunder
06-06-2008, 05:25 AM
Big avatars aren't all they're cracked up to be, sometimes. Just sayin'...

cray
06-06-2008, 05:27 AM
i was going to post something here but laura distracted me

C.bronco
06-06-2008, 05:30 AM
How do I get a big avatar? I have avatar envy.

Silverking: Shiny. Very, very shiny.

robeiae
06-06-2008, 05:33 AM
How do I get a big avatar?
You know, this is a question you really don't want to ask RT...or Silverking, for that matter.

Silver King
06-06-2008, 05:37 AM
for creating thumbnails, cropping the image is always helpful...
I know what you mean, that it helps the picture's subject expand toward the center of the image; but once that's done and converted, the avatar still remains the same smallish size.

Earlier I was toying around with a favorite shot. After it was cropped for maximum effect, the avatar size was so minuscule that it looked more like a sardine flipping on the surface, when in fact it looked like this:

http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa62/Silver-King/Tarpon06-25-08175-3.jpg

Silver King
06-06-2008, 05:39 AM
Um, I just noticed my avatar fish just got bigger.

We can close this thread now. :D

robeiae
06-06-2008, 05:42 AM
It must be excited.

CACTUSWENDY
06-06-2008, 05:44 AM
The wheel that squeeks the loudest....etc...etc.

Maryn
06-06-2008, 05:46 AM
Damn it, Rob, I just snorted a mouthful of grapefruit soda to keep from splurting it onto my keyboard. Now the inside of my nose stings!

Quit making me laugh when I'm drinking something, or there'll be hell to pay.

Maryn, who gives good threat

robeiae
06-06-2008, 05:53 AM
You heard her, SK! Go flacid before she makes a mess!

Magdalen
06-06-2008, 05:54 AM
Yeah, I wanted mine to be really BIG for a couple days but I'm Ltd.

soleary
06-06-2008, 06:01 AM
My momma always warned me about boys and their avatars ...

StoryG27
06-06-2008, 06:11 AM
It's not the size that counts. . .

Haggis
06-06-2008, 06:12 AM
It's not the size that counts. . .

:Hug2:

Rolling Thunder
06-06-2008, 06:15 AM
Don't let Haggis get too close, Storygirl. It's flea season...

StoryG27
06-06-2008, 06:17 AM
I just don't want to get poked by his needle.



Keep your minds out of the gutters. . .you know what I mean.

Haggis
06-06-2008, 06:26 AM
I just don't want to get poked by his needle.



Keep your minds out of the gutters. . .you know what I mean.

*pulls his mind from the gutter and slowly exits, stage left*

StoryG27
06-06-2008, 06:35 AM
*pulls his mind from the gutter and slowly exits, stage left*
LOL! Poor Haggis.

slcboston
06-06-2008, 06:42 AM
Don't let Haggis get too close, Storygirl. It's flea season...

Not to irritate a mod... but RT's an example of why avs shouldn't be bigger.

Makes me shudder every time I see it... :)

StoryG27
06-06-2008, 06:43 AM
LOL!

Yes, bigger is not always better.

slcboston
06-06-2008, 06:47 AM
Is it just me, or does every Op thread around this time of night end up sounding more than a little risque? :)

StoryG27
06-06-2008, 06:48 AM
It's just you. They always sound like this. . .At least in my head.



:D

slcboston
06-06-2008, 06:49 AM
Oh, well. ... That explains a lot. :)

Matera the Mad
06-06-2008, 06:50 AM
tsk tsk fish stories

I hate animated avatars, but I do have this alternate version:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v260/matera/drop/mtwitch1a.gif

slcboston
06-06-2008, 06:51 AM
It's not the size that counts. . .


:Hug2:

You know, just think of the energy those little guys have. They're like vicious little energizer bunnies...

Properly channeled, you could do a lot with that. :D

StoryG27
06-06-2008, 06:57 AM
tsk tsk fish stories

I hate animated avatars, but I do have this alternate version:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v260/matera/drop/mtwitch1a.gif
Ah ha, this is what they mean when they speak of paintings "coming alive."

slcboston
06-06-2008, 07:01 AM
why does it seem to twitch faster for storygirl than it does Matera??

Bmwhtly
06-06-2008, 11:34 AM
Yeah, I toyed with:
http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/3482/92zn5dw6.jpg
as my avatar, but avatar-sized you can't read it.

So I satisfY myself with repping it to people at random intervals

dpaterso
06-06-2008, 12:10 PM
Maybe if you cropped it... hang on... crop crop crop upload...

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u62/dpat57/smarties.png

Not so bad at that size.

-Derek

Inky
06-06-2008, 12:22 PM
i was going to post something here but laura distracted me
She made me wish for Michael Meyers....or Freddie Kruger...

Bmwhtly
06-06-2008, 12:37 PM
Derek, you're some kind of a genius

soleary
06-06-2008, 01:10 PM
"Is that an avatar in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"

Frankly, I think we've gone way to too long without a Mae West reference in this thread ...

HeronW
06-06-2008, 04:52 PM
I've been in more laps than a napkin.
Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you.
When choosing between two evils I always like to take the one I've never tried before.
-- Mae West

JoeEkaitis
06-06-2008, 05:01 PM
http://plan59.com/images/JPGs/petri48beaver.jpg

Ken
06-06-2008, 05:11 PM
I've been in more laps than a napkin.
Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you.
When choosing between two evils I always like to take the one I've never tried before.
-- Mae West

good lines, hehe :D
My fav is Come Up and See Me Sometime.
There was a Buggs Bunny cartoon that had a mechanical bunny saying this to tempt Buggs into becoming dinner for a scientist's monster. The monster had a great line too. Looking out at the viewers in the audience that are watching him on tv he cries out "People, People!" and runs for his life :D

http://byfiles.storage.msn.com/y1pGV87yg6QjS1Gg7v58AKER10-RoleQxtPSG4y3OtxfRnIzB5iqP2FY-hGYLEP1QsVRiaT5lqtuk0

soleary
06-06-2008, 06:03 PM
My fave Mae is "They used to call me Snow White, but I drifted."

They just don't make lines like that anymore ...

Ol' Fashioned Girl
06-06-2008, 10:57 PM
Not to irritate a mod... but RT's an example of why avs shouldn't be bigger.

Makes me shudder every time I see it... :)

You should see what I did to it in the Mod Room. :)

cray
06-06-2008, 11:28 PM
*walks through thread looking for supporters and sobbing*

TrainofThought
06-06-2008, 11:31 PM
*walks through thread looking for supporters and sobbing**squeezes Cray's tail and leaves thread*

Rolling Thunder
06-07-2008, 12:24 AM
*walks through thread looking for supporters and sobbing*


*squeezes Cray's tail and leaves thread*

For those whom missed it: http://www.meanducks.com/images/hopsface.gif

soleary
06-07-2008, 12:33 AM
RT, is your avatar Doctor Laura? I'm going to have to wash my eyes out with soap.

Rolling Thunder
06-07-2008, 12:37 AM
Yes, for a few more days. Then...it's anybodies guess. :D

soleary
06-07-2008, 12:39 AM
Please except my heart felt condolences, and forgive any typos in this post (I am blind from the soap in my eyes, which is still better than seeing her kisser).