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  1. I think that's probably true for most people across the world, whether in the US or here in Australia or elsewhere. I haven't read the theory about it, but I'm guessing the words we use such as shooting or talking about the shutter firing etc, relate to word origins that are found in other terminologies. We might say that a car backfired or a motorcycle was shooting past us on the freeway, and we know what people mean because the context tells us. Here there is a photography workshop business attached to a leading camera retailer called Shoot Photography Workshops. I have never had
  2. Thanks Betty, yes I think "giraffe heron" would be a very appropriate name! He or she is most definitely giraffe-like. After seeing this young one I've seen a few adult birds in the same area. As they become adults their necks become more white instead of grey, but they seem to keep the spots.
  3. Thanks Edo 😊 Yes I will keep shooting away. I've been finding all sorts of bugs in the backyard recently. Will hopefully get time to upload some pics in the next week or so. Hope all is going well for you in Liverpool and that you can solve the issues with your Sony RX100/6.
  4. This is a juvenile White-necked Heron I photographed several years ago. I had never seen one before and was intrigued by the spotty neck. I've often found juvenile birds to be quite curious and less wary than the adult birds. It's like they are as intrigued by you as you are by them.
  5. This is a photo I'd forgotten about and found going back through old images, so just uploaded it. It is of the flower buds of a plant called a Holly-leaved Banksia. The depth of field is shallow so the focus is selectively on the buds.
  6. I agree. I've seen many an interview with well-known filmmakers and actors, all using the term 'shooting a film' or talking about 'the shoot' . We all know and understand what they mean. English and other languages use metaphors. It is part of how humans make sense of the world. So people will say they are going to 'hit the road' meaning they are going off on a journey or going someplace in their car. No one feels sorry for the road and thinks they are not being 'grown up'. Also, with the nature of editing in film and photography today, the word shoot probably helps delineate the time spent wi
  7. I have to say I don't know what is happening there Tony. But recently I did an upload of 20 images. I clicked on Finish but then they seemed to disappear and did not show as sitting in QC. I thought the upload had failed, so I went and re-uploaded the same 20 images. The next day I found that the first batch had uploaded after all, so I now had duplicates of the first 20 in QC. Even though this is a slightly different problem to the one you are raising, I am just wondering if there is a glitch where the ones that seem stuck will appear as normal tomorrow? Hopefully that will be th
  8. That sounds like a lovely morning of bird watching Paulette. Robins are so cute, and how wonderful to see a red-tailed hawk. It made me think of a Tom Petty song I like called You and I Will Meet Again in which he sings about a red-winged hawk, which is probably a different species but I am guessing still North American. Hawks feel like they symbolise freedom or a free spirit. A nice thing that happened today is that our lovely neighbour brought around some cake left over from her husband's birthday. It was a chocolate sponge with some cherry filling. Yum!
  9. That's interesting Allan. I hope the butterflies are doing ok. Insects worldwide have apparently been going down in numbers in recent years, so it is a bit concerning when they are not around. I certainly remember seeing many more dragonflies as a kid than I do now. Another possibility may be a bit of a change in their migration patterns this year, that is if they are migrating butterflies. I saw something on a David Attenborough program recently about butterflies migrating vast distances, something that I hadn't known about before.
  10. I'm glad you completed a successful rescue Paulette! Urban wildlife does seem to be on the increase, especially with humans a bit out of the way. I was housesitting years ago and a dove got in and went straight up to a high window and kept flying into the glass trying to get out. I located a ladder and had to climb up to try and get it. I'd never touched a wild bird before. I wore gloves and had to decisively reach out to make sure I grabbed it without causing injury. I realised I had to be calm and steady for the bird who was panicking and managed to take hold of it and release it outside. I
  11. Yes good point Ian. The lockdown imagery may run its course soon as far as news goes, but might hold value as stock into the future. I think you are right that the 'new normal' will emerge as a theme. Here in Western Australia life is returning to a sort-of normal with shops re-opening, some intra-state border restrictions being removed, and gatherings of 20 being permitted from tomorrow, though of course that could all change if cases start getting reported again. I think the coronavirus situation is going to be long-term in many ways and photographers have an opportunity to keep telling that
  12. Thank you Harry. Yes I saw your earlier post about the 50% off for Affinity Photo a while ago. I have to say, it is tempting. I am actually still using Apple Aperture, which I really need to progress from as it is no longer supported/made by Apple. It does a very good job of most things but has its limitations (lack of lens distortion correction being the most annoying). After some research I'd concluded that I'd like to get On1 Photo Raw. I was also waiting for a time in the future when I can afford to buy a new computer, and so start out with new software and computer together. B
  13. Thanks Autumn Sky. While I was aware of stitching and the increased file sizes it produces, I wasn't aware of superresolution as in the above article. I can definitely see the value for making large prints and improving image quality. I can also see how it expands creative possibilities of what you can actually do, and I imagine you think differently when out shooting for such images. I do look forward to trying some of these things in the future.
  14. Thanks Gen for naming the bug for me. I didn't know it was called an Assassin Bug. Yes maybe I will upload it. That is amazing to capture such a tiny creature hand-held. Yes it is very difficult! Costa Rica would have been amazing. I have seen beautiful photos of the colourful frogs in the cloud forest, and so many incredible birds!
  15. Congrats Losdemas! Here are my three: 1. A sign held up at a community vigil in response to the bushfires here in Australia. The little girl at the bottom right is holding a home-made sign saying Please Save the Koalas. 2. A mobile van selling hot donuts with multiple signs in a matching colour scheme. The clothes of the man buying a donut kind of colour co-ordinate with the van. 3. The sign for the Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle, Western Australia with a matching Volkswagen named Elsie in front.
  16. Autumn Sky, I have experienced the same issue with one of my lenses, the Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 which I use with my crop sensor Nikon D5200. At 17mm it is frustratingly soft in the corners, and only improves marginally if I stop down. However, if I shoot less wide it starts to sharpen nicely. I have some tack sharp images across the frame at 29mm. Sharpness seems excellent around 29-40mm. It is interesting to see that the problem disappears when you stitch the images. I would be interested to see if this happens with my Sigma lens, though I don't currently have stitching software, but
  17. This is a recent upload of a still life I did last year. I decided to photograph a humble egg on its lonesome. I kind of like it because it's so simple with simple elements. I was using natural light that was coming through a frosted window which created a nice diffuse light effect. One day I may build my own lightbox, having seen YouTube clips on how to do it, but quite happy in the meantime figuring out creative ways of using existing natural light.
  18. Those are stunning insect photos Gen. I actually have one I took of the second last one you have there, the orange and black one, and was looking at it the other day and wondering whether to upload it, though I think yours is better. The first one in that last group you posted looks like it has a false end that looks like a head with big eyes when its head is actually at the other end. One of those evolved survival things that some species have I'm guessing, if that is in fact the case. It's amazing what you see in close up detail.
  19. I love this John. It really works well as a vertical. I also really like the light which looks almost kind of bronze to me.
  20. I love this Allan. I really like the composition, and big Ted's PJs match the curtains! I also like the natural light coming in through the window. I imagine they sometimes see some of their bear friends and relatives in wildlife magazines 😀
  21. Landscope Magazine - Western Australia 2020 Calendar Image for July: mxwb photography Wild western australian pelican fishing in lake inside Yanchep National Park - Image ID: RGWT13 Image for November: Michael Willis Karri trees growing in Boranup Forest in Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park. Near Margaret River, Western Australia - Image ID: KF4ARY
  22. I'm glad it's coming into spring for you now Paulette. It will be nice to plant out some flowers. There's something hopeful about spring so I think it is good for all the people doing it tough in the northern hemisphere at the moment. You could always combine your flower buying trip with essential food buying, so hopefully it will all be fine going to the greenmarket. I think flowers are essential anyway!
  23. Thanks for sharing this Regis. I think it's so good to have nature places to go to, especially ones close by that we can visit even when we don't have much time. There's something healing about being around plants and in the outdoors. I have briefly seen mangroves at Bunbury here in Western Australia and at Port Augusta in South Australia, both of these being very southerly locations for mangroves. But one day I will get to the north and see them up there where they are much more plentiful.
  24. Wow, well done on the climb Gen! You were brave to climb the rock face. I think I may have freaked out at that point 😮 It's nice to see the country around Alice Springs. Glad you are getting some good weather for hiking.
  25. These are beautiful Olivier. I love the colour of the water and the contrast with the light grey almost white rocks.
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