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Sally R

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  1. Nice to have a beautiful passenger with you. Sensible to not cycle and do photography at the same time! Almost crashed once on a bike when I kept glancing at a falcon flying to one side of me. Won't do that again.
  2. That's sad Betty. Such a tough time for so many right now. My Dad died 4 years ago and I thought of him when the butterfly landed on me. There's also been a tame wattlebird landing near me in the garden lately. My Dad liked those birds and I get it when people say they feel like they see the spirit of their loved one in an animal. On a positive note a baby galah has hatched in a tree in a neighbour's yard and is squarking loudly and being fed by doting parents.
  3. This evening I was picking up a takeaway meal to eat with my Mum for dinner. I managed to lock not only my keys in the car, but my phone and the just purchased food as well. The kind people in the shop let me borrow their phone. A kind neighbour was able to pick up a spare key and drop it off to me. So a bad thing but then a good thing in the end. I did have a nice butterfly encounter today which I posted in the 'good things' thread.
  4. That sounds lovely Betty. It is spring here and I saw my first two butterflies today. They are orange and black with some white spots. Not the monarchs (which we do also get here) but a local species that is similar and slightly smaller but I don't know the name. I was standing in the backyard and one landed on my right foot. Then it fluttered off again and came back and landed on my left foot. If only I had my camera I could have got a 'butterfly on a foot' photo. Anyway, my good thing today was having a butterfly land on me and hangout on my foot for a while, perhaps thinking I was a tree. A few years ago I was trekking on my own on the south coast going down a steep hill to a river. All the way down this butterfly kept landing just ahead of me. It's like it was guiding me all the way down. Butterflies have a special presence about them.
  5. Amazing images Kristin. It must be incredibly surreal right now. It looks just like the images from eastern Australia from late last year and early this year. People will be wearing masks for more than one reason now. I have a cousin in Portland, Oregon so hoping he is doing ok. Keep safe and take care.
  6. Just got to looking at these. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for posting Martin.
  7. New Zealand Fur Seals like to hang out at the western end of Rottnest Island here in Western Australia. They loll about upside down with one flipper in the air. It seems to be very relaxing for them...
  8. Thanks Mark. That interests me very much. Definitely worth watching its development, and cheap at $39. I think I might give it a go given I don't feel I have much to lose. I can see its layout/interface is very similar to Aperture and I think I would feel right at home in it. I'm not a fan of the Apple Photos App, but looks like you can use it independently. They made Aperture and iPhoto in a way that they could integrate, so I guess they are doing the same thing again. If I want more Photoshop-type options I will consider Affinity Photo I think. The two together would be $120 (Australian dollars). Will probably decide on this in a couple of weeks when I'm less busy. Had a bit of time to do more with On1 today, this time with Nikon files. I could not correct CA for my Tokina 11-16mm lens (second version for Nikon), a lens I use a lot for landscapes. Even for one of my lenses that it does have a profile for, the Sigma 17-50, it still came out with CA from the Raw file, but I was able to remove it manually. I really wanted to like this software but I don't think it's going to be for me. If they can improve their Raw conversion and camera and lens profiles it would be really good. Just an edit to the above in case anyone else is considering it - RawPower does not yet have cloning and gradient tools, something I would want in a Raw editor. Apparently those things are coming though, along with panoramas and HDR. This fact, along with finding my current Mac being just slightly to old to support it, means I'll be waiting a bit for this app.
  9. The loss of editing functionality if I was to stop paying the subscription is what bothers me the most. It is the feeling of being locked into one particular system on a long term basis. About 7 years ago I bought Aperture outright for $89. That is all I have paid in about 7 years and it has been a really reliable, decent editor. The equivalent cost for 7 years for the Adobe package is about $1176, and should I decide to leave the subscription because I have decided there is another work system I want to set up, I can longer edit the images. I would like to think i still have a workable Lightoroom and Photoshop, even if I changed to a different system down the track. I also don't have a regular income at present, so I really do have to think about cost as well, but yes $14 a month is not a lot to pay when considering you get the ongoing updates to the software and the Lightoom/Photoshop combo. But for me, for now, I think I need to postpone the decision until I've investigated all options. I wouldn't pay for Capture One Pro which is particularly expensive, and I would be reluctant to dedicate myself totally to this system after the drawbacks raised in this thread. It also has high-end functionality related to studio photography that I don't need. However, it's dedicated software for Sony is really good so far, especially re: the rendering of the Raw file. The Express version will not serve me well in the long term as it does not have local adjustments. There is 25% off the dedicated non-Express Sony version though, cheaper than Capture One Pro, and this may be an excellent option for editing images from my Sony RX100. This may enable me to continue on at present, still using Aperture for my Nikon files, until I'm clearer about what I want to do. I think, too, different software fits for different people. One editor will be like a comfy pair of shoes to one person, but will be uncomfortable to someone else. Frustratingly I find On1 felt comfy, but doesn't render Raw files as well and seems unable to provide the correction profiles it should for the RX100. I'm still to experiment with it further with Nikon files while I have the trial version, but it looks to be no good for the Sony at this point.
  10. P.S. Sorry I just called you Mark instead of Michael! i think my brain has gone to mush reading about raw editors. My apologies!
  11. Thanks Mark and everyone else above for the further info. For its all round capability the Adobe package will meet all my needs. I have to say, though, that the Capture One rendering of the Raw file is extremely good. No noise to speak of, handles CA competently and the colour of the default Raw is so good it looks like it has already been edited. If it wasn't for the bad experiences Thomas described in this thread I would be very drawn to going down this path. It may also be that I'm using the version of Capture One that is especially made for Sony, so that may be why it is handling the little RX100 Raw files so well. The Capture One interface took a bit of adjusting to, but now I'm kind of liking it. I wouldn't mind trialling Lightroom first to do a Raw conversion comparison. The thing I'm learning is Raw converters vary a lot more than I realised they did. I've realised I can do perspective corrections in an old version of Photoshop Elements I have, so might do that in the interim before I make a definitive decision. It's like I have a bit of a morbid fear of feeling locked into a subscription 😬 I expect Lightroom will be a bit more like what I'm used to with Aperture, but obviously with more recently advanced capability and the added Photoshop bonus. I know the Adobe package is the best all round deal, I just have to convince myself I'm ok with the monthly subscription as I have a limited budget at present, and perpetual licenses somehow feel more safe.
  12. It took me three and a half months to get my first sale Pawel, and then it was another seven months before I got two more sales. From what everyone reports here it is normal to take a while with Alamy, so hang in there and just keep uploading a variety of images. Your images look very good in terms of quality. All the best!
  13. I've just purchased the Sony RX100 VA and can say I'm quite happy with it so far. The Raw files as rendered by Capture One Express came out nicely in terms of quality and sharpness. There was some corner softness but it wasn't too bad. I've taken it on just two photo walks so far and it works really well as a street photography camera. It's customisable in various ways. I was shooting in Aperture priority. Next time I will do the same but also set a minimum shutter speed and the auto ISO will adjust accordingly. I will see how that goes. The VA has a fast f1.8 lens, but if you need extra reach the VI and VII are better as Edo mentions.
  14. I'm so sorry to hear about this Colin. Wishing you strength in getting through this. I haven't got to looking for images for the challenge yet, but just wanted to send best wishes for support. Photography has been a great healer in my life, so perhaps immersing yourself in the creativity of photography might help. Take care.
  15. I think you are right Michael. The Adobe package may in fact be the only option that really meets all my needs and does the best job overall. On1 do say that their product is a pixel editor, which I read in regard to their 2019 version https://www.on1.com/blog/on1-photo-raw-2019-an-all-new-photo-editing-experience-now-available/ However, given the frustrations I'm having with what seems to be inadequate profiles for my little Sony RX100, I'm thinking On1 is not going to be so good after all. I may have to just accept paying the ongoing Adobe subscription. I'm very impressed with the Raw rendering in Capture One (Express for Sony), but I think overall Adobe may be the best way to go, and obviously CO for Sony can't handle my Nikon files. Thanks so much for all the above advice. I really appreciate the knowledge and experience on this forum.
  16. Thanks very much John. I think I will give PT lens a go, just while I am still playing with Capture One Express. It is the one issue I cannot correct at the moment in CO Express, so I think this will be a quick fix for this while I contemplate whether I go down the LR/PS route. I took quite a number of building images in the city with my RX100 the other day, and as expected when close to tall buildings in a city environment, they have major perspective distortion. I uploaded a couple to Alamy yesterday where I thought the distortion wasn't so bad, but most will need correction. I'm pretty happy with the little Sony so far.
  17. Thanks so much for this feedback Mark. Your problem with the Canon G15 profiles sounds exactly like what I am experiencing. I would also be very unhappy with no CA correction. By comparison, Capture One handled CA perfectly, and also rendered the RAW files noticeably better. I might keep playing with Capture One Express a bit longer, but PS/LR may be the best option for me overall, especially as there seems to be some issues with keystone correction in CO, and I really want to be able to do these corrections.
  18. Thanks Mark. What would you say were the drawbacks in getting the results you were after with On1? I'm frustrated with it today because I set it to correct lens distortion on import, but it has not applied this to my Sony RX100 VA files even though it is meant to be a supported camera model. It's options in the Edit module do not provide correction for the RX100 VA specifically either, and it is frustrating to be correcting this manually. I've contacted their technical support for assistance. The files imported with the crazy distortion that your post with the RX100 image showed. The 2020 version of On1 is meant to be quite an improvement on earlier versions. I need to keep experimenting with it to see how it goes. I had thought I might get Affinity Photo while they had a special on, but didn't purchase it in time. However, it is still reasonably priced and worth considering. I do have a very old version of Photoshop Elements that I've barely used. I've been using Apple's Aperture program even though it's no longer supported/discontinued. I've actually found it excellent over several years even though it doesn't do lens correction and chromatic aberration correction has to be done manually. Putting aside the lens correction issue, viewing my Sony RX100 Raw files between Capture One and On1, they look optically better (if that is the right word) in Capture One. I'm not feeling totally comfortable with using Capture One yet though, and would like to be able to do effective keystone corrections.
  19. This is a really powerful image Michael. It really conveys a vulnerability that reminds us of the human beings putting themselves on the line to help and care for others in this time of Covid-19. There's a real connect through the eyes. It's a really empathic image. Almost made me cry.
  20. No problem Gillian. Your photo of the pigeon not being deterred by the owl or spikes reminded me of it.
  21. Landscope - WA's Parks, Wildlife and Conservation Magazine, Spring 2020 P. 44 Australian Snubfin Dolphins (Orcaella heinsohni) Contributor: Patty Tse / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: JHJKD1 And another one in the same magazine was interesting on P. 54. There is an illustration that is not itself from Alamy, but an Alamy photo is acknowledged as the reference photo that was used for an illustration of a Scarlet Banksia flower with a honey possum on it. The reference photo is acknowledged as by Minden Pictures/Alamy. It's nice they acknowledged the source photo for the illustration. I think it is this one: Honey Possum (Tarsipes rostratus) feeding on flowering Scarlet Banksia (Banksia coccinea), Western Australia Contributor: Gerry Ellis / Minden Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: H7TC8D
  22. A lovely Staffy dog I used to know...
  23. Your image reminds me of a story last year about a pigeon nesting at the Australian War Memorial. She nested on top of the spikes like those in your image used to deter birds from nesting, on the sill of a stained-glass window. She made her nest out of the red poppies used symbolically to remember soldiers on Remembrance Day, taking the poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to build the nest. It was a really nice story about life and death in a way, and also evidence that pigeons are not easily deterred! This is the story if it's of interest: https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/blog/pigeons-at-war
  24. Thanks Michael. I have read that DxO PhotoLab is an excellent raw converter, and particularly good at handling noise. I downloaded the trial version of On1 Photo Raw today. It is a pixel editor as well as a raw processor and it also does layers, stacking and stitching. It is like a blend of both Lightroom and Photoshop. I've done some tutorials on it and already really like it. I know it won't be up there with DxO for raw conversion, but it has apparently improved in this area and I think is going to be good enough for my purposes. It appeals to me that it is an all-in-one package. I'll definitely still keep DxO in mind though, particularly if I'm not achieving the results I would like with a particular image in On1.
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