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  1. You won't have any issues with Alamy with the D5600 as it definitely meets their requirements. I got to hold one my friend bought and it is quite small and compact, more slimline than my D5200. A problem you might encounter with a lens such as the 18-140mm is lens distortion in that it goes from fairly wide angle to a short telephoto. It does seem to get quite good reviews as a general purpose lens though. I just read this one which seems quite a balanced review https://www.photoreview.com.au/reviews/dslr-lenses/dslr-lenses-aps-c/af-s-nikkor-18-140mm-f35-56-g-ed-vr/ The
  2. I have the second last version of the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD (F004). I'm really happy with it. It is beautifully sharp, and doubles really well as a walk around street photography lens. The most recent version of this lens would be excellent too I think. There is also a new Tokina 100mm macro lens out now that might be worth a look at https://tokinalens.com/product/atx_i_100mm_f2_8_ff_macro/ I have turned to small insects as photography subjects in the backyard over the past few weeks. It's made me pay attention to what's there and I've discovered just how much of
  3. No problem Jenny. I am not familiar with the other one at all, but the Metrosideros is familiar as they are sometimes grown here in Australia and I saw them in NZ too. I just googled quince bud, and that does indeed look like what you have there.
  4. I know what you mean. I get this affect too from time spent with animals or out in nature. There is something really sustaining and nurturing being around them, and especially nice to come across them as a surprise in a place you would not be expecting them. It's nice just to be in their presence.
  5. Hi George, I'm really not sure, but I'm just wondering if the second one is a New Zealand Rata tree. They do have red flowers that are a bit bottlebrush-like. I'm going by the shape of the leaf and the look of the buds here. There is a southern Rata (Metrosideros umbellata) and a northern Rata (Metrosideros robusta). There are other species too that grow in NZ plus other areas of the Pacific https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrosideros So I'm guessing maybe the genus Metrosideros, but beyond that I'm not too sure.
  6. Hi Dave, Remember that whatever system you start with, you have the option of beginning in auto mode and sticking with that until you want to branch out in manually controlling different parameters on the camera. So while it may all seem a bit overwhelming to begin with, it is possible to start out simply and then build your knowledge from there. I borrowed a number of library books when I began in digital photography as well as learning from the internet, and did some workshops too. It does all increasingly make sense as you go along. As far as having a single lens for
  7. I agree. From what I can tell Alamy offers something a bit different from what else is out there, and I think maintaining that unique position may actually help them to stand out from the similarities among microstock agencies. At the same time they are different from other mid/macro stock agencies that curate their collections with a particular look/aesthetic in mind. Sometimes while those agencies are trying to be unique by curating a particular style of image, they actually start to also become a bit predictable in their own way. I think Alamy's acceptance of a wide variety of images is its
  8. This is another image I've recently rediscovered and uploaded. It's a paperbark tree arched over the Helena River in the Perth Hills. I like the kind of bluish green of the foliage.
  9. What a great thing to discover in your neighbourhood, and a great way to deal with brambles and weeds! There is something about farm animals that softens the urban landscape. I too recently discovered goats on a local walk, three of them in a makeshift paddock at a school. It's so nice to know they are there.
  10. I'm a leftie too Betty, and I also learned to use a piece of paper to avoid smudging ink. At school I remember other kids thinking I'd injured my little finger because it was blue with ink and looked like a bruise. I've noticed some lefties develop a writing style where they curve their hand around to avoid smudging, but I've never been able to do that. It seems quite common for a lot of lefties to be a bit ambidextrous. It is hard to know how much that comes from fitting in with a right handed world and how much it is there from the start. In my case it feels like a bit of both.
  11. He's beautiful! What a character. Amazing colours too, and he looks massive!
  12. Thanks Kristin, yes it is a QUEST for me too. It is interesting that you have a background in filmmaking. I imagine that is helpful in seeing and telling stories through images that can translate to photography.
  13. Ah that is so true! Yes I always enjoy being in the outdoors even if I come away with no images I'm super happy with. I remember as a teenager watching fishermen out on the reef near where I grew up, thinking I can't wait to be retired some day so I can just do something like that ( I was longing to be at retirement age at 16!). I quite often come across people fishing when I'm out at sunrise and sunset for photography, by the ocean or river, so I think we definitely share something similar.
  14. Ah yes that is true Ed. 'Going well' are probably not the right words. Possibly 'going ok' or 'surviving' are better. We have aggressive gulls too called Silver Gulls. They sound very similar. I too have hoped they will go and catch their own food for a change, and wondered if they might learn to do this while people have been in lockdown. People are starting to emerge now as some restrictions have been lifted. There was something on the news the other night about whale watching businesses being in trouble because of the virus and a lack of international travellers which is likely
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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
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