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Sally R

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  1. Thanks Ray, that's good to know. I'll definitely be keeping the strap around my wrist. I could see how I go with that first, and opt for a grip later if I think I need it.
  2. Thanks very much for that Steve. E-Infinity are offering it $80 cheaper than the place I was looking at. Good to hear your thoughts about the VII. Yes, a DSLR I'm sure still performs best for nice OOF areas. I have to think about whether I will get frustrated only going to 70mm. The difference is about $500 between the two, so for me at the moment the VII might be just a bit too expensive.
  3. Thanks Michael, yes that is a helpful article. I think stills will be mainly my thing, so the VA seems the best option for me.
  4. Thank you Alan. I just read that those grips are no longer made, but I found that a Sony store here has grips for the RX100s. I think it would be a good idea. It would be devastating to drop over water or concrete! At first it will feel strange holding such a tiny camera too.
  5. Just another question in relation to the above post. Has anyone with a Sony RX100 bought the grip that you can get for it? It looks like a potentially slippery little thing and I'm wondering if the extra $25 for a grip is worth it and makes it easier to hold?
  6. I am currently feeling an overwhelming compulsion towards purchasing a Sony RX100. I have read some of the threads on here with interest. I am tossing up between the latest model VII, or the earlier VA. I am leaning towards the VA for a number of reasons: 1) Cheaper price - can afford to buy sooner 2) Brighter, faster lens because of reduced focal range (24-70mm vs 24-200mm) 3) I am guessing slightly better/nicer backgrounds when using a shallow depth of field 4) Integrated ND filter I'm interested whether anyone who has used both has found one bette
  7. In Australia the term is dunny. I've even come across photographic books on the subject, especially outback dunnies that often look rickety. Even Alamy has some pics under the search term 'outback dunny': https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/outback-dunny.html [Sorry Ed, I'm sure your thread will be back on track soon, flush with new ideas! 😂]
  8. P.S. Hi again Allan, I just thought of something else. My Mum recently had swollen ankles and feet and it turned out to be a new blood pressure medication she had been put on. She stopped taking that one and it went away. Your doctor would probably be onto that though if that was causing it, but just thought I'd mention it in case it is relevant.
  9. Hi Allan, Are you by any chance drinking liquorice root tea? My feet and ankles started swelling 4 years ago. I had no idea what was causing it. The doctor asked me if I'd been drinking liquorice root tea. I said yes, I'd recently bought a herbal tea that had liquorice root in it. I'd only had about 3 cups over a couple of days. She said she knew a case of a woman who had heart failure after drinking it and immediately sent me for an ECG and chest x-ray. Fortunately my heart was fine. By stopping drinking the tea the swelling disappeared and never came back.
  10. I think I am seeing increasing examples of this pattern. I have noticed that our national broadcaster here in Australia (ABC) are increasingly using images from the various free stock image sites on their website. I can see that they are going to these places first and finding what they want. They have had funding cuts from the government and are having to reduce staff, and you can see the logic when trying to work within a particular budget that they may no longer go to even micro sites, let alone mid to macro ones, if they can get what they need for free. My brother t
  11. That's interesting Betty. My Dad was born hundreds of km from the ocean and saw it for the first time when his uncle took him there at age 5. It must be quite a thing to see when you haven't seen it before. He didn't really learn to swim properly, but could sort of float. A friend of mine had a lovely woman from the Papua New Guinea highlands staying with her who had never been out of her village before and had come to Australia. The three of us were at the beach and I remember her saying "let's run!", because it was just so exhilarating and exciting for her to be there, and we ran along the b
  12. You have some beautiful wildlife images Will, including a nice, shallow depth of field that brings attention to the bird/insect/flower. I don't think you are doing anything wrong in terms of image quality. I think as Colblimp says above you just need many more images and that it takes time on Alamy for sales to get going. I made my first sale at 3 and a half months and that is still the only one so far, though I have a few zooms. You could also try a few different subjects perhaps, to increase the variety of images, but it is also good to photograph what you love as it keeps you inspired. Best
  13. It really wasn't too bad. It was classified as an ex-cyclone by the time it got to us, so some strong winds and big ocean swell. Maybe it did blow our germs away. We are very lucky here that covid is well under control. We are helped by being relatively isolated. Our state premier is getting criticised by other state and federal politicians for not opening the state border yet, but I think he's doing the right thing by approaching things gradually. I took some pics on the day after the stormy weather by the ocean. Would have been more impressive the day before. The coast here has b
  14. Enjoyed your blog post Edo. You are not the only one doing clumsy things. I managed to fall down some log steps on a local bushland walk recently. Fortunately only bruises and nothing worse. I think times are so strange at the moment that it easy to be a bit distracted. Keep writing your posts, take care and keep safe.
  15. Thanks Betty. You could always just write some short stories about the happy memories, the things you want to share and enjoy writing about. I also have very early childhood memories that are like snapshots. I actually remember my second birthday, the two orange candles and my Mum telling me I'm 2. I even have an earlier one of me sitting in my high chair in the kitchen. My Dad was going past with his camera. I didn't really understand what it was or about photographs, but I had a sense if I did something to get his attention he would point the camera at me ( I must have seen him point the cam
  16. I agree with it too Cal. It's good advice. I love the photo too. Animals often seem to find cameras interesting. My favourite photographer is an Estonian named Sven Zacek. He has done a wonderful job focussing on what he knows and has access to in Estonia, especially wildlife and landscapes. He has an image of a Great Grey Owl on one of his Nikon cameras, which I thought of seeing the penguins curious about the camera https://www.zacekfoto.ee/en/image/nikon-fan/
  17. Congratulations Colin! Really enjoying seeing everyone's green images. These are my three: The green mountainous landscape in the Haa district of western Bhutan. The building is Dobji Dzong built in 1531. A greenbottle blowfly. An Australian Ringneck Parrot.
  18. Michael, that’s one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. I love to write. I did start a novel once, but gave it up for photography after getting breast cancer. I think so too Betty. I really enjoyed reading your stories. They remind me of things my Dad told me about growing up in a small mining town. The school was as you describe, all the ages together in the same class. They lived in small houses of corrugated metal with dirt floors. There was running water at the mine, and that's where the men went to shower, I think once a week, while the women washed at home
  19. Ah I think I'm stumped then, as I'm not super knowledgeable on gemstones.
  20. I remember we had a rotary phone when I was a kid, before it got replaced by one with push buttons. I loved the sound it made as it wound back before turning the dial to the next number. It was part of the phone call experience. It is funny to realise they might not make sense to teenagers today, just as probably many things we do today will be mysterious to future generations.
  21. Ah ok! What made me think of blown glass was the mention of bubbles above. I'm guessing the one above is a gemstone in a pendant, maybe amber?
  22. Ok Chuck, I think I understand what you are saying. I was trying to answer that question for Cal as I could see it hadn't been answered yet. My understanding of editorial was on the basis of images that cannot be used by the purchaser commercially. I do get that editorial images are used to illustrate a story or event, and are used in a range of media publications. I guess what I was also including in editorial were images that cannot be used commercially because of the lack of a release. For example, if I photograph a branded can of soup but I don't have a release, then it can onl
  23. At first I thought it might be some kind of colourful rock or mineral, but now I am guessing that maybe it is blown glass, such as you might find in a pendant, bowl or other blown glass type of creation?
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