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Sally R

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  1. 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/pi
  2. 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.
  3. Thanks for sharing the above info! I most definitely wanted to be able to do keystone corrections, so thanks for this input as it doesn't look like the right software for me in this regard. I'll still keep the express version of CO for now for anything it is useful for, but will be looking elsewhere for images I want to apply keystone corrections to. I may end up getting On1 Photo RAW which I have been considering for some time, and its keystone tool from a tutorial I just watched looks fairly straight forward. I'm keen to get a stand alone license rather than a subscription one, so On1 is app
  4. That's very interesting Mark. I had no idea that amount of distortion correction was being applied. I think that may explain some of the corner softness I'm seeing. Thanks very much for everyone's input on this topic. I'm learning a lot!
  5. Thanks MDM. That's interesting to know, that sharpness is being prioritised over geometry. Feel like I've got a bit to learn in this area!
  6. Thanks for the input Steve. The Sony RX100 VA has been around for a bit now, so theoretically it should be applying lens correction, but it is possible something is amiss there. I'll keep looking into it.
  7. Thanks Thomas. Some of the things you described sounded pretty frustrating. I will see how I go with this free version and whether I get used to it, but I think I might trial some other software too.
  8. Thanks Bionic for replying in between your work jobs! It showed as manufacturer profile, so I think it must be as you suggest, that it is applying the correction. I thought I had to go in and select a specific profile for my camera.
  9. Right, ok, thanks MDM. I've actually been using old software up till now that doesn't even do lens distortion correction, so I'm new to figuring out how it all works.
  10. Thanks Thomas. Yes that was what I meant. It looks like it doesn't list the Sony RX100 VA in either version. I was interested to read your post about Capture One. I've only been using it a few hours so difficult to make an assessment at this stage. Some things feel intuitive and others not. I can't say I've bonded with it yet.
  11. I've just downloaded Capture One Express for Sony. I'm editing images taken with the Sony RX100 VA. In the lens correction tools there is an option to use the manufacturer's profile. However, when I go down the list of profiles only ones for the Sony RX100 and Sony RX100 II are available. I am wondering if there is a glitch/bug regarding some profiles after reading this: https://support.captureone.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360009399418-Lens-Profile-Options-Missing-in-Capture-One-Express Just wondering if anyone knows anything about this? I was hoping lens distortion
  12. Thank you Allan! That definitely helps as I'm new to shooting with a 1" sensor and that gives me a good sense of the comparison with my APS-C Nikon camera 👍
  13. Art Gallery NSW https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/members/world-art-tours/art-escapes/ Contributor: Bjanka Kadic / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: 2AB9WN1 WA Today - September 1, 2020 Regulator weighs push to legalise MDMA for mental health treatment https://www.watoday.com.au/politics/federal/regulator-weighs-push-to-legalise-mdma-for-mental-health-treatment-20200901-p55rch.html Contributor: Westmacott / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: BM4G7W
  14. Thanks MDM. That's helpful. Yes I might do some downsizing if I think the corners are too soft. Thanks re: the depth of field. I'll experiment and see what I can achieve for out of focus backgrounds, even if it can't match a DSLR. Really looking forward to using this little camera.
  15. Hmm 🤔 I was just about to get this free express version of CO for my new Sony RX100. I wonder if they let you have it free to start with, but any attempt at an upgrade has to be paid for? Are you still able to use the original version you installed Allan?
  16. Nice image Bryan. I've just got the RX100 VA now, so looking forward to trying it out over the next few days. I may find some issues with edge sharpness too. I found this review of the optics which mentions some corner sharpness issues when shooting wide https://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/sony-rx100-v/sony-rx100-vA4.HTM I like controlling depth of field so will start using aperture priority and test some different apertures. I think it will be trial and error to get the best out of the little camera. So looking forward to taking it on walks and bike rides.
  17. In the past I have used an app called LightTrac which shows the angle of light and place where the moon and sun rise and set. It sounds similar to the Lumos app Michael mentions above. I was using this in relation to landscape photography. For example, if I wanted to capture the moonrise or sunrise over a lake it helped to know where to position myself with a good angle of view to compose the shot. I have to admit though I tend to wing it more now and haven't used the app in a while. Though might get back into using it for landscapes which I haven't been doing as much of lately. Wh
  18. Very happy to have just made my second and third sales 🙂 Little Creatures Brewery - low/mid $$ Country: Worldwide Usage: Editorial Media: Book, print and/or e-book Print run: Unlimited Placement: Inside Image Size: 1 page Start: 01 October 2020 End: 01 October 2045 Single context inside use across all hardback, paperback, audio and digital editions of a title; Unlimited print run, unlimited duration Swan View Railway Tunnel - low $ Country: Worldwide Usage: Editorial Media: Editorial website Industry sector: Travel & tourism Im
  19. Thank you Gen! Yes they are truly fascinating. I've been enjoying seeing the recent images you've posted 🙂
  20. I've recently discovered peacock spiders, a male and female, living in a clump of grass in the backyard. The male does elaborate dance moves to impress the female. I managed to get a photo of him, but not sure if he was just practising or whether there was a female out of sight watching that I couldn't see. I did see a female a few days earlier. I've been discovering so many other small creatures out there too. This one is an Australian Green Mantis who is good at pretending to be a leaf. And this one is a South-western Spiny-tailed
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