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Sally R

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 😀
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. These are beautiful Olivier. I love the colour of the water and the contrast with the light grey almost white rocks.
  17. Thanks Johnnie, that's really kind 😊 I don't think mine will be selling for $4.3 million. I would be set for life if it did!
  18. Yes I think this is true. It is like the saying that for every action there is an opposite reaction. If things get increasingly out of balance there has to be a consequence at some point. I feel like nature is fighting back and is being revitalised now it has a chance. People in Delhi in India are seeing the view to the Himalayas for the first time from their homes, when normally pollution prevents this. For some people this is the first time in their life it has been possible. I love your two other photos posted there, especially the moonshine long exposure. It would have been a m
  19. Thank you Betty. It's almost a bit of a confusing image in a way, as there is a wave that has already broken and the white water is coming towards me, and then another wave that is the greenish colour about to break. The exposure time was 2.5 seconds, so that creates the painterly effect. I know what you mean about things looking like they are floating in the air. There is an island off the coast here called Rottnest Island, and sometimes it definitely appears to be floating above the water. I think it is to do with something called a temperature inversion that creates the mirage-like effect.
  20. Thanks Gen. I love your image of the early morning swimmer diving in too. That was a nice way to connect with the swimmer by sharing the image. The rock pool looks a good, safe place to swim too. I haven't been to NSW, but a few years ago was reading about coastal towns such as Kiama, Narooma and Eden. They all sound lovely and would love to visit them one day.
  21. What amazing places to be able to cycle and hike to - beautiful images! So wonderful to have the opportunity to have those places to yourself too. I would love to visit Canada one day, but know many of the places I'd like to go are very popular. I was reading about Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario and the queues of traffic as people head there to see the colours in the autumn. I imagine the locals there too right now may be enjoying their beautiful places when they are quieter than usual. It does give nature some space too. I was reading about beaches in Thailand at the moment where many m
  22. I thought I would share a photo I took in winter last year. I like the winter for photography because I don't have to get up so early to capture the sunrise 🙂 The beach is one of the places I like to go, and as the ocean is west here, I tend to head to the beach if the eastern sky is not showing promising sunrise clouds. Often when I'm there all rugged up setting up my tripod, someone comes along in their bathers and dives straight in, and I feel like a wimp with all my warm clothes. I'm sure there's something health giving about diving into the ocean on a winter morning, as the usually 60 plu
  23. Congratulations John! That is a great effort and major milestone to meet. Documenting the lockdown in your area sounds like a good thing to do at this point in time. Some of those images may well be historically significant in the future and used to document how things were, and also potentially relevant to news outlets in the present telling lockdown stories. All the best!
  24. Hi Betty, yes I think it helped. From memory I googled something like 'native wasp banksia'. I first thought it was a wasp rather than a bee. Then I chose to look at google images specifically as I find I need a picture to match things up. I found an insect that looked exactly the same, did several more searches on that species, and then was able to confirm it is a Banksia Bee. I find I learn a lot from needing to tag the images in AIM, so I find keywording quite interesting and kind of fun as it's like a bit of a detective mission.
  25. Thank you. I think the last new battery was about 4 years ago (will check), though I'm sure the lack of driving hasn't helped. We have just had some restrictions lifted here, though still cannot travel too far afield I think. Look forward to being able to get in the car and go on some photographically-based car journeys out of town when it is allowed and safe.
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