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  1. On 06/04/2021 at 16:38, Ed Rooney said:

    Sunrise is much harder to nail than sunset; it disappears quickly. I do enjoy shooting at early light though. Here's the view out the window of my friend's loft in Brooklyn where I stayed right after the fire.

     

     

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    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.

  2. On 06/04/2021 at 18:17, Bryan said:

    No harsh summers here, but we have a small (6'6" square) glasshouse at the allotment in which it is very difficult to control the temperature, despite using an automatic roof vent. Brassica seedlings can't stand the heat in there while most other stuff flourishes. We have a relatively short growing season, so late spring frosts are a problem.  But then, farmers and gardeners are rarely happy with the weather 😉 - Talking of which we could do with a drop or two of heavy rain.....

     

    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 winter but then comes alive in the spring and summer. The only trees that go bare here in the winter are introduced deciduous ones, and streams freezing over just doesn't happen (with the exception places like the highlands in eastern Australia and Tasmania in the south, but not here). I'd love to see that transition one day from winter to spring in parts of the world where it is more dramatic. I'm sure it has been an inspiration for many poets, composers, songwriters, painters etc, and photographers of course!

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  3. 26 minutes ago, Bryan said:

    Bright but perishing cold outside, the pond is frozen over and the wind howling.  Weirdly it snowed over Sunday night but the pond did not freeze then, must have been colder yesterday.  Hope the, thankfully outdoor, tomatoes in the greenhouse will be OK.  Indoors, the window ledges are bursting with plants wanting to be free.

     

    And, I want to plant stuff out in the allotment, but it will have to wait. 😒

     

    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 the cooler months. Our summers are so harsh that it is often necessary to protect growing veggies with some kind of shade cloth so they don't burn and die!

  4. Landscope: Western Australia's Parks, Wildlife and Conservation Magazine Volume 36 Autumn 2021

     

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    Silver Princess- Eucalyptus caesia subspecies magna-Family Fabaceae

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    Silver Princess- Eucalyptus caesia subspecies magna-Family Fabaceae Stock Photo

     

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    Hiking and rock climbing Hancock Gorge Karijini National Park Pilbara region western australia WA

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    Photographer: Tom Mueller

    Hiking and rock climbing Hancock Gorge Karijini National Park Pilbara region western australia WA Stock Photo

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  5. 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 just thought I'd mention about the M1 chip. My old Mac is still going but I will be looking for a new one too and need to work out what specs I want for my needs.

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  6. MusicTech 1 April 2021

    https://www.musictech.net/news/latest-music-technology-news-roundup/

    Bitcoin coin on the sound mixer console. Concept idea.

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    Bitcoin coin on the sound mixer console. Concept idea. Stock Photo

     

    Hakai Magazine 1 April 2021

    https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/the-lost-whales/

    Physeter catodon, sperm whale

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    Photographer: Natural History Museum, London

    Physeter catodon, sperm whale Stock Photo

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  7. 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

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    Boys kite-flying at Easter on the beach at Blanchisseuse Stock Photo

     

    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 13/09/2017 ©Basso CANNARSA/Opale

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    Portrait of George Saunders 13/09/2017 ©Basso CANNARSA/Opale Stock Photo

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  8. On 03/04/2021 at 00:06, wilkopix said:

    I'd certainly second (or third) the Godox on camera flash heads .. very reliable, not too expensive and can later adapt into a bigger system if required. Lots of options on ebay and Amazon (it might be work looking at a couple of the YouTube tutorials/reviews to see which option best suits your need).

    For a bit more money the Nikon Speedlights are also worth looking at.

     

    On 03/04/2021 at 02:10, MizBrown said:

    I have multiple Godox flashes and accessories at this point.  I'd recommend buying from the British Godox reseller as the Chinese vendors on eBay are not useful in warranty issues, and I'd be cautious about buying used.  The latest Godox flashes seem to be better made (color stability has improved) and the latest radio controllers are easier to use than the ones I have.  Used Nikon vs. new Godox, your choice.  From some comments here and on Godox users groups on Facebook, the earliest Godox products were rather funky.

     

    Gary Fong light modifier is around $60 plus shipping from B&H Photo.  The MagMod light modifier requires buying the magnetic holder for the MagSphere, so $50  plus $25 for the MagGrip, but the MagMod system had some other attachments that work with the MagGrip.  I've also used the Tupperware solution, which requires an Exacto knife for cutting the hole, but which is rather unprofessional looking for paid gigs.  Rogue Flashbender has some other options.   Vello makes some small on flash soft boxes.  I have no experience with those or the Gary Fong light modifier.

     

    If you can bounce off white walls and ceilings, that's even better for small spaces, but less effective in large ones. 

     

    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.

     

    On 03/04/2021 at 00:06, wilkopix said:

    As for Martin Parr he's a bit of a 'marmite' photographer .. you either love his work or you don't. Rumour has it he was paid over quarter of a million (pounds sterling) for his advertising work for Gucci .. https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/mar/22/gucci-makeup-campaign-mascara-parr-brush-controversy-dani-miller-beauty

     

    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 is a good marketing tactic to present images differently and capture peoples' attention. Quarter of a million pounds is a lot of money!

  9. 1 hour ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

    Sally I also have and have used the following, it just fits on top of the speed light with velcro very easy to use.  When I got it, it didn't come with all the various gels, or if it did, I must have put them in a safe place and now can't find them😁

     

    https://viewfinderphotography.co.uk/mini-beauty-dish-accessory-pack/

     

    I also had a Metz hammerhead flash, it's very large but did made the camera heavier although I didn't mind these as it also gave it a bit more balance.

     

    Good luck in whatever system you decide to go with and fingers crossed you will get the position.

     

    Now I tend to go with the less is more, maybe I'm just getting lazy😁

     

    What I will say also is this - re: function rooms - they are as the name suggests functional.  You may not get perfect backgrounds i.e., there maybe speakers/wires/ microphones all where you don't really want them which really used to annoy me at first but I quickly learned work with what you've got, if you can't exclude it, include it.  Also get the brief beforehand from your client to know exactly what is required.  

     

    Also I'm not sure what your charity is, maybe it's a very small one that cannot afford to pay for photography.  The charity I did work for is a large Cancer charity in the UK.  These larger organisations do have budgets that do/did include photo shoots - in my case anyway.  It is not only the shoot you will be doing of course, travel to and from the venue and post processing after the shoot etc. etc.  

     

    Like you say everything is a learning curve so enjoy .....

     

    Carol

     

    Thank you so much Carol. So much helpful advice on this topic. I really appreciate it!

  10. 27 minutes ago, Harry Harrison said:

    He has had a fascinating career and I would think is now the UK's most influential photographer, his pictures can divide people. I loved his early black & white pictures before he moved exclusively to colour, but I like them too of course.  Controversially accepted into Magnum which supposedly upset some of the founding members, later became President. A huge commercial success, I'd love to visit his gallery in Bristol sometime.

     

    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 like he captures aspects of ordinary life but in an eccentric way.

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  11. 1 minute ago, gvallee said:

    And I thought it was a joke when in old Outback pubs, it's written 'baa' on the door. If you can't understand terminology Sally, what can a poor foreigner do??  😭 I love Aussie slang. I know quite a bit. I love Aussies. Full stop.

     

    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 disappearing from the cities or not even known about in the city.

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  12. 7 hours ago, gvallee said:

    I am also a 'Queenslender' in 'Queenslend'. Lots of people with 'caravanes'. Difficult to get used to it.

     

    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 kid I also discovered terminology varies a lot across the continent. I learned that what we call a "flannel" our South Australian relatives called a "face washer". A friend who had come from NSW called what we call "bathers" either "cossie" or "togs", terminologies I had never heard before.

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  13. 4 minutes ago, Harry Harrison said:

    I don't use flash that often any more but it's true to say that the main factor is the size of the modified or reflected light source. Back in the day I used a 'bounce-card' accessory for my Vivitar 285 and Metz also made one for their large hammer-heads which I still use from time to time. Both work very well for fill in because of the size of the light source off the card and of course in a small room you'll then get even more bounce and softness off the walls and ceiling. The Vivitar accessory was metal and very well made but not so easy to fit in the camera bag, the Metz is smaller, plastic and comes apart. Both are often impractical in the field of course - not good for candids!

     

    Actually Martin Parr has always been excellent with balancing ambient and flash, inside and outside, it's almost a trademark of his work. This was even back in the days of film when he couldn't see what he was going to get, I don't think he used cameras that had the Polaroid option.

     

    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.

  14. 7 hours ago, MizBrown said:

    Bunch of different solutions to this: MagMod MagSphere, that, some larger than usual bounce card-like things, repurposed Tupperwear container, and the Gary Fong thing.  The smaller difusers and bounced cards work, but not as well as the larger ones.  Other thing to do is take as many photos as possible with people away from wall by at least four or five feet.  My Nissin i40 flash came with something like the Sto -Fens.  It works sort of, but the bigger diffusers (Gary Fong, MagMod MagSphere, or the repurposed Tupperwear) spread the light better.

     

    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.

  15. 19 hours ago, IanDavidson said:

    Sally I would suggest getting in as much practice as you can with whatever flash you decide to use.  (If possible in the venue) I do not use flash much, I tend to use off camera wireless controlled with modifiers.  Whenever I do the occasional model shoot it takes me about half the session to get the output exactly the way I want it.  There is a lot of good guidance on you tube etc but the only way to really learn is to practice with the kit you are going to use on the day until you get consistent (and that is the key) results that you are happy with and match your vision.

     

    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 use it, so will probably be buying one. And yes, you are absolutely right - building consistency through practice is absolutely necessary to deliver the results you want.

  16. 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.

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    Electronic music festival in a public city park, summer festival in Essen, Germany. Picnic and electronic sound. Stock Photo

     

    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

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    Birmingham, UK. 14th Sep, 2019. Singer and guitarist Anna Calvi appears on stage Stock Photo

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  17. 3 hours ago, MDM said:

    The SB-500 is a tiny flashgun, mainly useful in commander mode for triggering the SB-5000 off camera in newer cameras that don’t have pop up flashes (D850, Z6 etc). it integrates with these cameras as well in ways the older flashguns don’t.  It is not really what you want here I think. The SB-700 is probably a better bet than an old SB-800 forgoing forward for future compatibility and for someone who has never used a flash. 

     

    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.

  18. 9 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

    Browsing thru my collection, I found this one that I had forgotten about. It passed a number of years ago, so maybe not much to worry about.

     

    freighters-and-sailboats-at-anchor-in-en

     

    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 understand the hesitancy to upload though. I have a couple of recent moonrise shots on a lake with reeds in the foreground. As they are long exposures the reeds have some motion blur from the slight breeze. I'd like to upload them but hope they aren't rejected because of this motion blur.

  19. 12 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    Every cat I ever had or petted would only tolerate a stroke or two on the belly before teeth and claws came out. I learned that lesson when I was 8, but still tried a few more times. After all, they offered the tummy!!!  Suckered me in!
    Winston surely was an extraordinary cat.

     

    7 hours ago, MizBrown said:

    Jackson Galaxy (a cat behaviorist, see YouTube) said that we misinterpret what exposing the belly means to cats -- most of them are not really inviting a belly rub, just showing that they're willing to be vulnerable to us.  Belly is a target in cat fights -- Belle's infections came after one of the roof cat bit her in the belly.  An earlier young altered male cat I owned was attacked by an older intact tom who put my cat on his back and began ripping out fur, but who ran when I showed up.  A fox was observing the fight from around 50 feet away, ready to take the loser.  So exposing the belly may be cat for "I trust you not to rip me open" rather than an invitation for a petting by most cats.

     

    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 used to dogs, but Winston was just so easygoing with everything. In fact, if I ever find myself getting stressed about anything I should just think of Winston as he was so chilled and took everything in his stride.

  20. 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 options for the Z system https://www.zsystemuser.com/accessories/z-accessories/nikon-flash-for-z-cameras.html  However, the SB 500 is a bit less powerful than the SB 700 and doesn't have the same reach in relation to focal length/frame coverage as it doesn't have a zoom motor.

     

    I expect I would be in close proximity to people and so the SB 500 may be enough, but the SB 700 may be more versatile for the future and different usages. Hmm 🤔 Then again, getting a second-hand SB 800 might be the good thing to go with now, and figure out other flash options later on if I go with the Z system. I will do more thinking and investigating.

     

    Thanks Carol for suggesting visiting the venue beforehand. That's a very good idea 👍 I'm looking at ways of building some new photography skills and opportunities.

     

  21. 1 hour ago, Chuck Nacke said:

    Sally,

     

    I've been using NIKON Film and DSLR's along with NIKON SB-24's to now SB-800's and once you play with it a bit the SB-800 works really well in Matrix TTL mode.

    I usually have the flash exposure set to -1 to -1.75.  I also most often use the popup diffuser.  It gives a really nice fill.  I could go on and on about the in's and

    out's of camera mounted flash, but.  In any event used SB-800's are available really cheap these days.  I carry two SB-800's with me for reportage work and I've

    used mine for over a decade with out a problem.  NIKON also pioneered the "Matrix Balanced fill flash"  I would never consider the Godox or Neewer.

     

    Chuck

     

    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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