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Sally R

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  1. Thanks Chris, I appreciate the info. Yes I do like the idea of an inconspicuous camera that is less likely to worry people in the way that DSLRs sometimes can. I'm quite sure I will be getting this camera at some point, and keeping my eye out for sales that might come up. And yes, an earlier version of it may do the job at a more friendly price πŸ™‚ Cheers, Sally
  2. The colourful Ura Yakchoe, a festival held in the village of Ura in Bhutan:
  3. That's no good at all Edo. Perhaps you can find a new place that is also a great spot for doing photographic expeditions from. I hope things either settle where you are, or you find another place that is better to be in. Sometimes new opportunities come out of situations that aren't going so well. I do hope that if you decide to move that you find a really good spot in a convenient location without any future hassles.
  4. I would definitely like to visit there one day. Even though it was cold and grey down here in Perth today, those photos made me feel like going for a swim. I'm glad there were no encounters with mama pig!
  5. I love the light in these ones Regis. I love that time of day - absolutely beautiful with the steam and low angle of the sun. I like the rainbow colours in the water too.
  6. That's fantastic to see your setup Gen. It looks very comfortable and great you could park right near the termite mound. Having the motor home means you can bring your home to natural settings and just be in them and ready for photographic opportunities. You are so inspiring me to do something similar one day!
  7. This Black Kite photo is stunning Gen! He or she seems quite close to you and curious about you as well. I got to hold one of these on my arm once at a raptor centre called Eagles Heritage in Margaret River here in WA. I remember the woman there telling us they have to be successful in one out of every seven hunts in order to maintain their strength and keep alive. She also told us that they have phenomenal eyesight for spotting prey, many times greater than human eyesight.
  8. I love your blue-faced honeyeater Gen. After our various descriptions above about being bitten by mosquitoes and other insects while trying to photograph birds, your glass of wine in one hand and remote in the other sounds idyllic and much more relaxing! I think I will try that one day πŸ™‚
  9. You're welcome Bella. Yes Duade does a really good job of getting a really nice shallow depth of field so that all the attention is on the bird without distractions. I am trying to practice getting down lower to attain this nice depth of field. Lying on the ground seems to produce the best effect for birds that are also on the ground or on water. I think I will be taking a blanket down to a local lake soon to try this out. I've taken quite a few shots sitting down but not lying down for birds. I was lucky to see a pink robin in Tasmania 6 years ago. I was actually doing landscape s
  10. That's funny! I was thinking she was drawn to the sunbeam, but it found her instead πŸ˜‚ It's such a lovely photo. She looks so content.
  11. That sounds truly terrible Betty! You have reminded me of a story a photographer told me a few years ago. He had set up a tent he was using as a bird hide by a lake. After sitting in there a while he realised a tiger snake had slithered in with him. They are highly venomous. He had to wait sitting still for about four hours, after which the snake finally decided to leave. A few years ago I went to a lake to do bird photography in an area that is known for Ross River virus, a mosquito borne virus that we have here in Australia. I was silly enough to have short sleeves and no insect
  12. Congrats John! That is a really interesting theme for this month. These are my three: The fiery sun setting over the Indian Ocean (fire and water): The fiery sun rising in a fog on a lake (fire and water and maybe air too if fog fits with that): This one is tannin stained water from a creek at the point where the creek enters the ocean and mingles with sea water. The tannin comes from trees and their roots growing in the earth, so I thought maybe earth and water here, but the colours are also fiery:
  13. Took this last year but only just uploaded it. There was a golden light that lasted well past sunrise. A man conveniently rowed into the scene in a rowboat, making it a bit more interesting.
  14. Love this one Kristin! Cats always seem to find the prime position for warmth and light.
  15. Two images featured in Landscope: Western Australia's Parks, Wildlife and Conservation Magazine - Volume 35, Number 4, Winter 2020 Page 14: Rocks on Boongaree Island, Prince Frederick Harbour, the Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia Contributor: Robert Wyatt / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: E073XJ Page 16: Boab tree and pandanus on beach at Careening Bay, Kimberley, Western Australia Contributor: Denis Crawford / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: AWN1BX
  16. Well done for achieving this beautiful shot Alan, despite mosquitoes! It does indeed look like the kingfisher is perched on a fishing rod. I've read of some wildlife photographers spending hours partially submerged in lakes to get a low angle photo of a water bird. There is a bird photographer here in Australia, Duade Paton, who has started posting his bird photography tips online. In case it is of interest, this is the page with his images: https://www.photos.duadepaton.com/ ...and this is a page with his photography tips: https://www.duadepaton.com/
  17. I'm guessing Ed you mean the white-necked heron I posted. Yes it looks unusual and that it should be in the Guinness Book of Records for bird with longest neck! I'm glad you at least have some beautiful nature in the form of antipasti πŸ˜‚
  18. Wow that's a nice close-up. I like the sort of coral red colour.
  19. I have a Nikon D5200 but I am yet to investigate options for additional lighting. It's one thing on my long list of photography to-do things! Yes there are a lot of creative ways to make things work!
  20. Guardian Australia online: Top tax return tips for Australians who worked from home during coronavirus https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/01/top-tax-return-tips-to-help-you-through-the-end-of-the-australian-financial-year Closeup of accountant counting on calculator and working with table Contributor: Cuomo Mauro / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: PXX5PR The Times: World Meteorological Organisation records world’s longest lightning flash in southern Brazil https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/world-meteorological-organisation-records-wor
  21. Yes I googled enchanter as I hadn't heard of it before and could see that they mostly seem to be white, but I also saw an illustration of it with the same colour you have there. Flashes of various kinds seem to really help with close-up photography. You can keep the shutter speed up while also having enough depth of field to keep everything in focus. One day I might get one of those fancy ring flashes for macro. I've been relying on the bright sunlight here to provide enough light, but in a forest or a cloudy day illumination options come in very handy!
  22. No worries Jansos. I'm glad the article Michael sent is helpful, along with me weighing up the pros and cons πŸ€”. I'm leaning towards one of the older models at the moment now. I'll also wait to see when they are on sale again. It's great to hear that you are pleased with the results of the RX100 as a day to day pocket camera πŸ™‚
  23. Thanks Space Cadet! I like the enchanter's nightshade, including the way the light picks up the hairs all along the stems. It's amazing when you look really closely at things and see what is actually there. It looks like a delicate plant. Glad the custom lens adaptor is holding up πŸ‘
  24. This is a Fairy Tern chick I photographed early last year. He or she was almost fully grown, so no longer a ball of fluff but not quite in adult plumage.
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