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Sally R

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  1. The 50mm 1.8 is a lovely lens. I was unlucky in that I bought it a few years ago, and then one day the autofocus died 😢 I still use it though with manual focus 🙂
  2. Here is a baby Welcome Swallow. They have a sort of frog-shaped mouth when they are little.
  3. 😂 Ah-ha! That is the rare species Cockatoo megahumungousii. Not a bird to be trifled with!
  4. Ha ha! I think we must have some of the grumpiest seagulls on the planet. On one visit I made to Penguin Island that was meant to be "relaxing", it turned out to be seagull breeding season. They were hovering about a metre above you wherever you went on the island while screeching at full volume relentlessly. I think some international tourists were particularly terrified. Bridled terns nest at a different time on the island in much the same nesting spots, as I saw those last year, and they were not aggressive at all by comparison.
  5. Thanks, that's a brilliant video 😀 😂 Love the music/dance combo. Yes I had seen it before on a nature documentary. It's quite amazing the complex world of small creatures that most of the time we don't see. They are pretty groovy dancers too!
  6. Thanks, I just googled Jurgen Otto and had a look at the variety of colourful peacock spiders. Fantastic! I'd only ever seen photos before and assumed they were bigger, so thought the one in my kitchen was just a regular, small jumping spider. But then I noticed the blue and red and took a photo with my macro lens, and was very excited to realise it was a peacock spider. If you ever want a good laugh, I suggest googling "jumping spider macro". It makes me laugh every time I look at them 🤣 They look like mini alien beings.
  7. Hi Ortho, Yes I can see the links now, and I viewed your Dropbox image at 100%. I agree with Colin, I think that should be fine in terms of ISO. In the staircase image I did see what looks like a small bit of purple colour fringing at the very bottom middle of the image where the wooden floor meets the white curved wall. This is minor in the scheme of things and I only saw it because I zoomed in 100%, so it is unlikely to matter, but if you really wanted to you could remove this in Lightroom. I'm not using Lightroom myself but I believe you do it via the Lens Correction Panel there. Cheers, Sa
  8. Hi Ortho, it just occurred to me to also mention that my Nikon D3000 had the same megapixels as your Nikon D60, so a 10.2 megapixel camera can be ok, providing you are not cropping too much. The D3000 had a CCD sensor like the D60 too. I actually found I got nice panned shots of birds in flight with this sensor that were more similar to film images capturing movement. I haven't been able to replicate this with my Nikon D5200 which has a CMOS sensor. I think it is to do with the way the image forms across the sensor, and think there are sometimes advantages to older cameras for specific purpose
  9. Hi Ortho! Welcome to Alamy. I don't think the sensor size on your D60 should be a problem at all. Most of the images I have submitted have been taken with a Nikon D5200, and just checking the specs that sensor is even slightly smaller than the D60. I've also uploaded images I took with my previous Nikon which was a D3000, another crop sensor. So the sensor size on the D60 itself will not lead you to fail QC. It will be more important that images are in focus and meet Alamy's quality requirements, including checking for dust sensor spots, chromatic aberration etc. You can see the as
  10. Oh ok Ed. I can imagine maybe a small python as a pet (not a big one that might strangle me) but no venomous snake pets for me! There's something inherently scary about cobras!
  11. I heard a nice story on the radio this morning. Grape growers whose crops are not usable for wine because of the smoke from bush fires here in Australia, have instead used those grapes to make hand sanitiser which is much in demand in the moment. So I guess still a form of alcohol that disinfects, and something good coming out of something bad 🙂
  12. Thanks MDM. I look forward to experimenting with focus stacking in the future. Amazing to see the sample shots posted here. Also, hope you get well soon! Thanks Paulette, now I know what to do!
  13. I love peacock spiders! In the place I was renting until a few months ago I had a peacock spider that loved my kitchen. By photographing him with my macro lens I was able to see his patterns closely and found he was a Dunn's Peacock Spider. I put him outside several times thinking maybe he would be better outside, but he just kept coming back into the kitchen again and again (assuming it was the same spider). My images were extremely grainy so I won't try and upload them here. They are so small and it is so amazing the beautiful patterns that are less noticeable unless you look really closely.
  14. Thanks Ed. That's great you got to travel with your work with PanAm. It would have been something of an adventure to travel and see the world. I'm glad you got to cuddle a koala and see the turtles lay their eggs. I wonder if the woman talking about baby cobras in her garden was telling a bit of a tall story? Australians are somewhat known for tall stories about dangerous animals, and as far as I'm aware we don't have cobras in Australia, unless they were pets? But we do have quite a number of other venomous snakes. The main two around Perth are the Dugite and Tiger Snake. I see them quite a b
  15. This was actually several days ago, but a kind neighbour brought around some toilet paper. We were close to running out and could not get any at the shops but we hadn't told her that. She just thought of us and offered it if we needed it.
  16. I've found if I drag and drop from the Alamy website they appear distorted on my iPhone, but if I go into AIM, click on enlarge, and then drag and drop from there they are ok. But yes, they look ok from the computer. Ten years ago Stanley and Kaisa Breeden published a book of wildflower images from Western Australia called Wildflower Country using focus stacking. The wildflowers here are often intricate and trying to capture a macro image with a decent depth of field is tricky. Using a tripod to increase exposure time for greater depth of field usually creates problems because ther
  17. Thank you so much Ed 😊 I absolutely love birds. Our garden is full of them at the moment. They are being attracted by grevillea plants in flower. Hoping to get some pics in the next few days. DD mentioned the other day that he is also in Perth. It is great to know there is another West Australian on the forum 🙂 Thank you for your kind wishes. I hope we can all weather this storm worldwide. Already peoples' livelihoods are gone in many cases, and the impact on human health and life is devastating. The world is going to be remade in ways yet to be determined, but hopeful
  18. Pictures please😀 Darn! I missed my chance for a cockroach selfie 😂
  19. Don't worry Allan, I had a conversation with a friendly looking cockroach in the laundry the other day (though that is not unusual for me 😜 I'm no good at killing anything and usually just chat to little creatures instead). I think the amazing thing is how we can talk to one another across the world while all going through similar experiences. I can't help thinking of people in the 1918 flu pandemic having nowhere near the level of communication with others that we have across the internet. So much unknown, including about loved ones in WWI. Now the whole world is going through muc
  20. Landscope Magazine - WA's (Western Australia's) Parks, Wildlife and Conservation Magazine - Vol 35, no. 3 Autumn 2020 - p. 17 steep wall at oxer lookout at weano gorge in the desert of karijini national park, western australia Contributor: Christian B. / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: RJPKC0
  21. I was curious to see if garden centres are now shut here also, given the recent reports of stores having trouble keeping up with demand for seeds and seedlings. The main chains I looked at still seem to be open. I have relatives who run a nursery and they are now closed to the public, but people can come in their car, phone for what they want, and staff will bring it out to them. They are now talking about the possibility of a stage 3 lockdown here, which I think will be the same as the UK if it goes ahead.
  22. I hope your staff stay well DD and can continue with the in-home support. I have study commitments which I can do entirely from home, so that is keeping me busy, but I also hope during this extended period at home to be able to plant out some unusual varieties of vegetable seeds I bought some time ago (hope they still grow and are not too past their use-by date). I have compost ready I can spread out to make a garden bed. Apparently there has been a rush on buying seeds and seedlings here, with many people planning to grow more of their own food. It's like going back to a time when
  23. I've lived with dogs over the years and for them it has always meant "scratch my belly please" accompanied by enthusiastic tail wagging. But yes cats are different and I've gotten nipped when I've assumed what they do is similar to a dog. Apparently they also like pawing you with their claws because this is what they did to their mothers as kittens to get milk.
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