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  1. Congratulations Ed and great topic! You've given me a reason to head into local places where buskers hangout. I've wanting to do some busker images for a while so this will spur me along.
  2. I love these images Ed. I love how the light changes too in just a matter of minutes which you can really see in these two photos - kind of blue light to golden light (or the reverse at sunset-dusk). You become all the more aware of these shifts in light when photographing them.
  3. What I think is really nice about spring in your part of the world is that it is quite a dramatic difference compared to the subtle transitions we have here between seasons. As a kid I remember seeing a program about spring in Europe and there were frozen streams beginning to melt and run, new growth appearing on bare trees and small creatures emerging from winter burrows. It is like life suddenly comes alive, so to speak. So I imagine the growing season is something precious for gardeners and all the more special because of it. Friends of my parents in the UK said their garden is bare in the
  4. I hope the weather lets you plant stuff out soon Bryan. It is hard to comprehend from here as frosts are rare events here in Perth, Australia, at least here on the coast. Inland areas do get them. A few weeks ago I planted out some veggie seeds and they are already growing, and will most likely grow through our upcoming winter. I have some quite vigorous pumpkins up and running, and some radish, beetroot and mizuna. I just planted out a chocolate mint seedling too in a shady spot where it is quite happy. Although things will grow more slowly in cooler weather, many things will still grow in th
  5. Landscope: Western Australia's Parks, Wildlife and Conservation Magazine Volume 36 Autumn 2021 P. 26 Silver Princess- Eucalyptus caesia subspecies magna-Family Fabaceae Contributor: Geraldine Buckley / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: AH9H0X Back Page Hiking and rock climbing Hancock Gorge Karijini National Park Pilbara region western australia WA Contributor: imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: A540YA Photographer: Tom Mueller
  6. Hi Betty, Apple are rumoured to be releasing a new iMac soon with an M1 chip instead of Intel processor. It would be well worth waiting for this if you can for greater processing power. Apparently an M2 chip is also possible. Apple are transitioning away from Intel. A new iMac may be announced this month or in the next three months, according to various speculative reports. They may only announce the smaller iMac first. If your old iMac can hang on a bit longer it would be worth waiting for. Others will probably be more knowledgeable about the best specs to look for overall, but ju
  7. MusicTech 1 April 2021 https://www.musictech.net/news/latest-music-technology-news-roundup/ Bitcoin coin on the sound mixer console. Concept idea. Contributor: Roman Diachkin / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: KFB965 Hakai Magazine 1 April 2021 https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/the-lost-whales/ Physeter catodon, sperm whale Contributor: The Natural History Museum / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: DTGCCC Photographer: Natural History Museum, London
  8. Carribean Beat Issue 163 March/April 2021 https://www.caribbean-beat.com/issue-163/need-to-know-event-calendar-mar-apr-2021 Boys kite-flying at Easter on the beach at Blanchisseuse Contributor: Carole Anne Ferris / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: E7AKXX Australian Book Review April 2021, no. 430 https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/abr-online/current-issue/962-april-2021-no-430/7606-robert-dessaix-reviews-a-swim-in-a-pond-in-the-rain-in-which-four-dead-russians-give-us-a-masterclass-in-writing-and-life-by-george-saunders Portrait of George Saunders
  9. Thank you Wilkopix and Miz Brown for further info on Godox. It is useful to know and I will keep looking into the various options and do some more research to find out what will work best for me. Yes, Martin Parr seems to be a controversial figure. I had a look at the article about the Gucci campaign. I guess you could say he captures a kind of honest reality vs the often highly processed images of people we often see, especially in advertising. After a while highly perfected, processed images can start to become a bit repetitive and predictable. Gucci may have thought it
  10. Thank you so much Carol. So much helpful advice on this topic. I really appreciate it!
  11. He certainly has his own unique style. Possibly when he went to colour the use of flash may have made his images look a bit garish to some people, but it is his own style and I think it works for what he does. I just had a look at this article on his black and white images https://time.com/3803347/the-non-conformists-martin-parrs-early-work-in-black-and-white/ I was able to scroll through the images by moving the red bar along under the first photo. There is definitely some humour there, I think my favourite one being the two elderly women who have fallen asleep in church 😂 It's
  12. Aww that's so nice Gen. It's funny trying to imagine what your own accent sounds like to others. Accents across the world are truly fascinating! My Dad's family and generation from the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia have terminologies I know only through them. For example, a bicycle is a "grid". I just looked this up and it turns out to be a word for bicycle across several parts of Australia https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/resources/aus/word/map/search/word/grid/The Riverina/ I imagine travelling regionally you are also hearing a lot of words that are di
  13. Yes, accents vary across Australia. The word 'school' sounds multisyllabic in the way Queenslanders pronounce it, kind of 'schoo-al', with the 'schoo' bit kind of like the Scottish 'oo' sound. It is more like just one syllable here in West Aussie land, or at least in terms of what I have heard and known. Years ago a Canadian friend asked me, "What sound does a sheep make?" and I said "Baa". He then asked, "Where do you go to get a drink?" and I said "Baa". It was the first time I really thought about the fact that we don't pronounce the "r" on the ends of words. As a ki
  14. Thank you Harry. It's fascinating how each aspect of photography has its own craft, including with working with flash. I kind of like how photography is a never-ending learning curve, as there is always something new to learn about! I just had a look at Martin Parr's website here https://www.martinparr.com/ He certainly has his own distinctive style and many of the images look exactly like what to you describe, a blending of ambient and flash as light sources.
  15. Guardian Australia 2 April 2021 https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/02/pressure-grows-on-morrison-government-to-halt-new-ndis-assessment-plan Contributor: Robert Kneschke / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: 2AFXNB7 Guardian Australia 1 April 2021 https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/01/april-fools-day-2021-police-sausage-dogs-self-jiggling-tea-bags-and-gina-rineharts-new-book Contributor: Igor Stevanovic / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: DTE3EY Guardian Australia 1 April 2021 https://www.theguardian.com/b
  16. Thanks Harry. The Gary Fong diffuser looks interesting. I'll do some research into that. It's interesting seeing photographers become the subjects in stock photos too!
  17. Thanks Miz Brown. The Nikon SB 700 has its own bounce card, but possibly it may not work as well as some of the larger options you mention. I would have to look more into it.
  18. Many thanks Phil, that's great to know 👍
  19. Thank you Ian. That's excellent advice. I haven't applied to do it yet as still deciding whether I will be up to scratch in time to deliver what they want (the event is at the end of the month). Should I purchase a flash in the next few days I will be practising a lot to make sure I'm familiar with it as possible. They may have other applicants for this volunteer position anyway, but I was just keen to build up some skills and experience, and it also feels meaningful to do it for a charity. Will think further over the weekend. In any case, I think I'd like to get a flash and learn well how to
  20. New Scientist 24 March 2021 https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24933270-800-green-spaces-arent-just-for-nature-they-boost-our-mental-health-too/ Electronic music festival in a public city park, summer festival in Essen, Germany. Picnic and electronic sound. Contributor: Jochen Tack / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: D9G94C Guitar.com 5 March 2021 https://guitar.com/features/interviews/the-guitar-interview-anna-calvi-telecasters-telecaster-new-album/ Birmingham, UK. 14th Sep, 2019. Singer and guitarist Anna Calvi appears on stage Contributor: P
  21. Thanks Michael. That's good to know. Yes the SB-700 is probably better going forward. It is good to know it's good for someone like me who hasn't used a flash, at least with a DSLR. Many years ago I had one for my Pentax K1000 film camera but I can't remember anything about it now except that it was made by Hanimex.
  22. John, to me this seems like a legitimate use of highlights even if blown out. It is an intentional effect. I'm guessing Alamy have issues with large areas or blocks of white where nothing can be recovered that are distracting and reduce the quality of the overall image, but these kinds of highlights reflecting on the ocean create a desirable effect. I have had images pass of the setting sun and rising sun in which the pure white in the centre is unrecoverable with no information, but I expect that Alamy would discern this as normal as it is the bright centre of the sun. I do unders
  23. Yes Winston was like no other cat I have come across. The showing of the belly may have been the "I trust you to not rip me open" message, but he did seem to actually like it and it was so unusual for a cat that he approached strangers and did this behaviour. He was very tolerant of being picked up too. He was a visitor to my brother's house but my Mum was allergic to cats, so if she was coming over he was so easy to pick up and take outside and you could give him cuddles and he was ok with that too. I'm sometimes scared with cats they will scratch if you have to pick them up and I'm much more
  24. Thank you so much everyone for your input! That is all very helpful. What I am wanting to do is fairly simple, so a relatively simple flash gun I think would be all I need. I have come across the SB 400 and SB 800 advertised locally second-hand. I also have in mind that I may invest in the Nikon Z system in the future, and if I did some of the older flashes cannot be controlled from the Z camera menu system. According to one article I read, the SB 700 also has some compatibility issues but will work with the Z system. This article recommends the SB 500 or the SB 5000 as the best op
  25. Thanks Chuck. That's great to know the SB-800 has been reliable for over a decade. It is good to know about your exposure settings and the popup diffuser too, which sounds like what I would want to be using for photographing people.
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