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  1. On 27/05/2020 at 03:41, Betty LaRue said:

    Ink, whadda ya mean, ink? I thought that‚Äôs how left hands were supposed to be. And all reports were smeared. I did learn how to put a blank piece of paper under my hand and it solved both problems. Lefties are good problem solvers. ūüėĀ we have to be.


    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. I actually use scissors and play guitar right handed, but write left handed. I did athletics as a kid and threw the javelin and shot put with my left arm, and the discus with my right. My brain also tends to work sideways, to think laterally, which can be good for problem solving, but also means I'm not always good at linear thinking and can be a bit all over the place¬†ūüėú¬†

  2. 11 hours ago, The Blinking Eye said:

    Huntering and gathering is a very apt metaphor for what we do. At least I feel so with the style of photographing I like best. Which is always a QUEST.


    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.

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  3. 1 minute ago, Harry Harrison said:

    Similarly I don't do fishing but after a particularly fruitless day out photographing I comfort myself with the thought that a fisherman can sit by the river all day and not catch anything, and that's not seen as a wasted day either.


    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.

  4. 19 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    Nothing much is going well in Liverpool or anywhere else, Sally. 


    I came upon a dead Herring Gull today. No sign of how it died. I hope it was not starvation or a fight over food. I like these birds. They are unpopular in the UK because of their aggressiveness  Still, I like them, although I wish they would go out to sea and find a herring instead of waiting for someone to drop a chip.


    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 to persist for sometime. That is really bad news for those businesses, but I also wonder if the whales are like "thank goodness those humans aren't coming and staring at us everyday!", while the gulls are thinking "where are our food providers!".


    Then again, whales sometimes seem to enjoy the interaction. There was also a story on the news about a grouper in an aquarium getting depressed, moping and not eating because he was missing daily human interactions with no visitors coming anymore https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-12/sad-fish-missing-human-interaction-at-aquariums/12235054. I've read about human-grouper interactions and connections before, including in a book by Albert Falco who spent years on Jacques Cousteau's boat, and in a book called Blueback by novelist Tim Winton. They seem to be quite emotional fish who bond with people.

  5. 8 hours ago, The Blinking Eye said:

    It never occurred to me to connect shooting a camera with a shooting gun until I went to graduate school and read all the theory about it.


    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 any association in my mind between this and anything to do with guns. It is only on reflection as a result of reading this thread that I'm thinking about it. But I do find it interesting thinking about how going out and taking photos might have similarities to what it is like hunting and gathering, where we use all our senses to sense what is around us and notice fine details in the landscape. For example, in spring I am always out photographing wildflowers, which to me feels like a form of gathering (that gets stored first on my camera and then my computer). So going way back before guns were invented, photography perhaps shares some of the perceptual skills and orientations that are used to subsist in an environment.


    I probably think like this because I do so much of my photography out in nature, and I'm always noticing the seasons, the angle of light, what the clouds are doing and what shapes they are, whether it is windy or not, which birds, animals and insects are active, and so on. All of those things affect my decisions and orientation to my environment, and I think I extend this to doing photography in human-built environments as well.

  6. 13 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    Sally, are you sure the name isn‚Äôt ‚Äúgiraffe heron‚ÄĚ? ūüėČ Fantastic image!


    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.

  7. 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.



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  8. 23 hours ago, The Blinking Eye said:

    As a motion picture filmmaker, I can't figure out how else you would decribe a "film shoot". Or how you would not "shoot film". There aren't really any other options. I guess you could say "We are filming today", which sounds a bit less professional.


    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 with the camera from the time spent editing. If you talk about 'making' photographs, people may think you are talking about composites in Photoshop. In film, it helps to separate out the screenwriting stage from the time spent filming with a camera from the time spent editing. They are all different actions and processes.


    It is quite likely the term shoot in photography does derive originally from hunting. Given we were all hunter-gatherers once it is probably in our ancestral DNA to go out and try to capture something, and perhaps photography today is just modern-day hunting and gathering. Some photographers are more 'machine gun-like', rapidly firing away, others are more slow and methodical. I know I fall into the latter category. I was once at a beautiful nature spot by the ocean where I'd spent 7 hours having a wonderful time exploring coves and rocky hills. At sunset I got out my tripod to capture the sunset. There I was in meditative absorption when a guy screeched to a halt in his ute, jumped out and spent just five minutes running around rapidly shooting with a telephoto trying to get sunset shots, before jumping back in his ute and screeching away at speed, probably to get to the next parking spot to shoot some more.


    I guess like a skilled hunter, we seek to use precision to capture an image. The closest I get to this would be trying to capture birds in flight where I use bursts of the shutter hoping that one turns out. But I would never dream of harming an actual bird ever, and I know people would know what I was talking about in the context of photography.

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  9. 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 the case. If that's so you will have duplicates of your uploads sitting there which you can then delete in AIM. I don't really understand though why they are duplicating in the processing stage, going from 7 to 10. I hope it sorts itself out tomorrow or you can get an answer as to what is happening.

  10. 1 hour ago, NYCat said:

    A little robin chick in the tree by my fire escape this morning. I don't know if there is more than one but at least one is being fed. Later I saw an adult with a worm in its mouth. I couldn't see where it took the worm but it was wormless when it flew away. Then when I was watching later I saw the two adult robins, then a red-tailed hawk flying by from the direction of Washington Square Park. Finally a sparrow showed up. We have an abundance of sparrows in the city. Every now and then I'll see a bush full of puffy fledglings. They are really cute at that age -- as are we all, I think.




    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!

  11. 5 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

    That may be so Sally R but I still have to see butterflies around where I live. So far I have only seen two Orange tips and two whites in a 6 to 7 week period.


    Usually there are Small tortoiseshells and Peacocks in abundance this time of year but not seen one so far.




    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.

  12. 7 hours ago, NYCat said:

    A baby robin in front of my apartment door! I kept thinking I heard a chirp in the hall and finally decided to investigate. I guess I should have grabbed my RX100 but I grabbed a scarf instead in hopes of catching it and taking it outside. I managed to save a sparrow once by throwing a light cloth over it. They sort of go all limp in the dark. It was at a client's house and their three cats were fascinated by this little sparrow caught between the screen and the window. I put the cats in the bathroom and did manage to get the sparrow and release it outdoors. My little robin chick wasn't so easy. It kept flying and fortunately it flew downstairs, not up, but it was flying against the front door. I finally got it going towards the open back door and it flew out into the garden. I saw an adult a bit later so I'm just going to leave things be so the little one can be fed. I wonder if we have more than one. Very exciting in the BIG CITY.


    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 was so relieved that it ended well.

  13. 2 minutes ago, IanDavidson said:

    It will be interesting to see what happens to lockdown imagery when this is all over. ¬†Most¬†‚Äúnews stories‚ÄĚ have a limited good¬†¬†sales window followed by a long tail of limited sales. ¬†This is quite different to stock methinks which I perceive to have a a fairly straight line sales usage.


    The virus imagery portfolio is now well saturated- the next news trend, I think, will be ‚Äúthe new normal, step by step‚ÄĚ


    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 story as it evolves.

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  14. 50 minutes ago, Harry Harrison said:

    Might be a good time to try and possibly buy Affinity Photo, 50% off at the moment but I think the offer ends soon, only £25 in the UK.




    Obviously it does a lot more than stitching but it seems to work fine for that though I use Lightroom Photomerge. If you can get the alignment and overlap right 'in camera' and rotate the camera around a vertical axis on a tripod then the software has to do far less work. Best results and highest resolution with the camera vertical. I understand that isn't always possible though.


    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. But in the meantime, it would be really interesting to try Affinity Photo, and a good opportunity at that price. I have some images already where I wasn't even thinking about stitching, but I took adjacent shots of something of interest that I have since realised could be successfully stitched together. I frequently use a tripod while shooting landscapes, so yes that can help and I can shoot vertically where possible.


    I've got major commitments in my life up until the end of July that are hampering the amount of time I can spend doing photography at present, but I so look forward to getting out after that and going crazy with my camera and post-processing too!

  15. 11 hours ago, Autumn Sky said:

    I think it makes sense that stitching helps.  The larger the overlap the better.  Then corner in frame 1 becomes superimposed with part of frame 2 which is not in the corner (and vice-versa), and so on.  In addition you create bit of superresolution, which helps also with noise etc.  There is good article, think it was wiskerke that posted it originally here on Alamy:




    This is way more involved than simple pano stitching but underlying principle is that software is able to "clean up" lots of things if it has multiple sources to work with. It is great when you can get it straight out of camera, but I see now people, even with high-end gear using the above.


    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.


    6 minutes ago, gvallee said:

    The planthopper nymph (first image in the second series) is only a few millimetres long. Very tricky to shoot if handheld. Why not upload your Assassin Bug, you have nothing to lose. Once in Costa Rica, I was looking at an insect through my macro lens. I was never able to tell which was the front or the end. The tiny world is amazing.


    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!

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  17. 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.



  18. On 07/05/2020 at 03:23, Autumn Sky said:

    This  image of Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, taken on May 1 2020.  Vehicle access to Canada National Parks has been closed because of COVID-19, but I live close enough & was able to cycle



    Image is really sound technically.  Canon EOS 6D with 24-105L lens, stitch of 4 frames.   As this is Photography Forum, want to say few words about this lens.  It generally has good reviews, but I am getting less and less happy with it.  It is just too soft in the corners when shot at 24mm & I often end up cropping a bit or doing some PS tricks. Shooting 35mm or higher is ok.   But when shooting panos composed of several frames stitched together later problem is naturally gone & result is sharp as a whistle.


    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 will do sometime soonish. That is a beautiful pano by the way!

  19. 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.



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  20. 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.

  21. On 08/05/2020 at 00:02, Allan Bell said:

    Teddy bears reading wildlife magazine on bed

    Looked in my port for "Wildlife" and this is what I found.
    The bears were a bit wild when they new I had taken a photo of them in their Jimjams.


    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¬†ūüėÄ

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