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Sally R

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  1. Great choices Colin! I think I'm going to have to wait a day or so before I vote because I can't decide yet.
  2. 😂 That is serious gull information, especially the complicated 'errata' section. While I love birds, I'm not quite that obsessive! You have made me think of a bluegrass song and album by Steve Martin called Rare Bird Alert. Apparently rare bird alerts are when someone sees a very rare bird, they quickly inform all other birders within their network exactly what bird they have just seen, giving precise details of time and location. I can't help thinking that the poor, rare red-spotted thingamabob was quietly going about its business, and all of a sudden hundreds of birders are descending upon t
  3. Many thanks Betty. That's very helpful. It would be my secondary camera as well, so in that regard it doesn't have to be able to do everything. It does seem like a fun camera too. We have some good cycle paths around the river and along the ocean here, and I love the idea of having something small and easy like this that's easy to carry should I see something interesting. I already have lenses specialised for different things with my DSLR, but feel the Sony would be an ultra-portable addition that would fill the gap of doing photography when a DSLR is not convenient. I imagine it will do well
  4. Hi Ed, just saw this picture of yours of a Herring Gull and realised they are like the Pacific Gulls we get here in Australia, except ours have yellow legs and much darker back feathers. You rarely see them in Perth, but see them more commonly to the south. Unlike the Silver Gulls which are the most numerous here, our Pacific Gulls sound more like your Herring Gulls, not aggressive and with a kind of nobility about them. I've put up one pic on Alamy of one I saw in southern Tasmania:
  5. Thanks Ed, yes had another look at the data MDM sent. Version 6 may be a good option. There are end of financial year sales here on cameras at the moment that end in a couple of days, and that was adding to my sense of urgency in making a decision. However, I've decided to wait for a bit to think it through more, rather than rushing into deciding. It will probably be better to do so too when I have a bit more money. I do really love the idea of this little camera and can see myself getting one sometime in the next 6 months. Yes Western Australia is truly vast, and all the forms of
  6. I meant to say thanks for this too Ed. I'm leaning towards the RX100-7 now, as I probably will get a bit frustrated at times with a 70mm max. I've been looking at sample images from various people using the RX100-7 and it looks like a very capable little camera. I read that there is good eye tracking in it which is good for animal photography, and that appeals to me too.
  7. Thanks Allan. I'll certainly get the grip if it feels a bit too slippery or unsteady without it. After weighing up which model to get, I'm now going to postpone it for a bit, as I'm starting to lean towards the RX100-7 which is more expensive and I will need a bit more money first. Hopefully I will sell a few Alamy pics that might help pay for it 🙂 Thanks to you and everyone above for your helpful comments. It is much appreciated.
  8. Yes it is harder without a car Ed. I feel lucky to have one, as I can head off easily to different locations for photography. My brother manages without a car though, and I don't think has any intention of getting one anytime soon. I guess one advantage of being on foot with photography might be that you notice more details in your environment and you create a thorough catalogue of images of your local area. You certainly already have many great pictures of Liverpool. I hope the RX100-6 is back in order soon! I am planning to expand my images beyond my favourite nature subjects int
  9. Thanks Paulette, yes I imagine being so small it is a bit more difficult at first after a DSLR. It's like the DSLR is more solid and therefore less easy to move around when shooting. It seems like such a nifty little camera.
  10. Many thanks Ed. Yes, birds, wildflowers and landscapes are favourite subjects of mine, and I think I will still be largely using my DSLR for those. I was thinking of the RX100 more as an additional camera for spontaneous moments when I'm not carrying the DSLR, such as candid street photography or out on a walk but wanting to travel light. Having the extra reach would be helpful though. For example, I was out on a walk a couple of days ago, and a Nankeen Kestrel which is a small bird of prey landed nearby. The RX100-6 is also something to think about, as it is a little less than the RX100-7. Th
  11. Thanks Ray, that's good to know. I'll definitely be keeping the strap around my wrist. I could see how I go with that first, and opt for a grip later if I think I need it.
  12. Thanks very much for that Steve. E-Infinity are offering it $80 cheaper than the place I was looking at. Good to hear your thoughts about the VII. Yes, a DSLR I'm sure still performs best for nice OOF areas. I have to think about whether I will get frustrated only going to 70mm. The difference is about $500 between the two, so for me at the moment the VII might be just a bit too expensive.
  13. Thanks Michael, yes that is a helpful article. I think stills will be mainly my thing, so the VA seems the best option for me.
  14. Thank you Alan. I just read that those grips are no longer made, but I found that a Sony store here has grips for the RX100s. I think it would be a good idea. It would be devastating to drop over water or concrete! At first it will feel strange holding such a tiny camera too.
  15. Just another question in relation to the above post. Has anyone with a Sony RX100 bought the grip that you can get for it? It looks like a potentially slippery little thing and I'm wondering if the extra $25 for a grip is worth it and makes it easier to hold?
  16. I am currently feeling an overwhelming compulsion towards purchasing a Sony RX100. I have read some of the threads on here with interest. I am tossing up between the latest model VII, or the earlier VA. I am leaning towards the VA for a number of reasons: 1) Cheaper price - can afford to buy sooner 2) Brighter, faster lens because of reduced focal range (24-70mm vs 24-200mm) 3) I am guessing slightly better/nicer backgrounds when using a shallow depth of field 4) Integrated ND filter I'm interested whether anyone who has used both has found one bette
  17. In Australia the term is dunny. I've even come across photographic books on the subject, especially outback dunnies that often look rickety. Even Alamy has some pics under the search term 'outback dunny': https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/outback-dunny.html [Sorry Ed, I'm sure your thread will be back on track soon, flush with new ideas! 😂]
  18. P.S. Hi again Allan, I just thought of something else. My Mum recently had swollen ankles and feet and it turned out to be a new blood pressure medication she had been put on. She stopped taking that one and it went away. Your doctor would probably be onto that though if that was causing it, but just thought I'd mention it in case it is relevant.
  19. Hi Allan, Are you by any chance drinking liquorice root tea? My feet and ankles started swelling 4 years ago. I had no idea what was causing it. The doctor asked me if I'd been drinking liquorice root tea. I said yes, I'd recently bought a herbal tea that had liquorice root in it. I'd only had about 3 cups over a couple of days. She said she knew a case of a woman who had heart failure after drinking it and immediately sent me for an ECG and chest x-ray. Fortunately my heart was fine. By stopping drinking the tea the swelling disappeared and never came back.
  20. I think I am seeing increasing examples of this pattern. I have noticed that our national broadcaster here in Australia (ABC) are increasingly using images from the various free stock image sites on their website. I can see that they are going to these places first and finding what they want. They have had funding cuts from the government and are having to reduce staff, and you can see the logic when trying to work within a particular budget that they may no longer go to even micro sites, let alone mid to macro ones, if they can get what they need for free. My brother t
  21. That's interesting Betty. My Dad was born hundreds of km from the ocean and saw it for the first time when his uncle took him there at age 5. It must be quite a thing to see when you haven't seen it before. He didn't really learn to swim properly, but could sort of float. A friend of mine had a lovely woman from the Papua New Guinea highlands staying with her who had never been out of her village before and had come to Australia. The three of us were at the beach and I remember her saying "let's run!", because it was just so exhilarating and exciting for her to be there, and we ran along the b
  22. You have some beautiful wildlife images Will, including a nice, shallow depth of field that brings attention to the bird/insect/flower. I don't think you are doing anything wrong in terms of image quality. I think as Colblimp says above you just need many more images and that it takes time on Alamy for sales to get going. I made my first sale at 3 and a half months and that is still the only one so far, though I have a few zooms. You could also try a few different subjects perhaps, to increase the variety of images, but it is also good to photograph what you love as it keeps you inspired. Best
  23. It really wasn't too bad. It was classified as an ex-cyclone by the time it got to us, so some strong winds and big ocean swell. Maybe it did blow our germs away. We are very lucky here that covid is well under control. We are helped by being relatively isolated. Our state premier is getting criticised by other state and federal politicians for not opening the state border yet, but I think he's doing the right thing by approaching things gradually. I took some pics on the day after the stormy weather by the ocean. Would have been more impressive the day before. The coast here has b
  24. Enjoyed your blog post Edo. You are not the only one doing clumsy things. I managed to fall down some log steps on a local bushland walk recently. Fortunately only bruises and nothing worse. I think times are so strange at the moment that it easy to be a bit distracted. Keep writing your posts, take care and keep safe.
  25. Thanks Betty. You could always just write some short stories about the happy memories, the things you want to share and enjoy writing about. I also have very early childhood memories that are like snapshots. I actually remember my second birthday, the two orange candles and my Mum telling me I'm 2. I even have an earlier one of me sitting in my high chair in the kitchen. My Dad was going past with his camera. I didn't really understand what it was or about photographs, but I had a sense if I did something to get his attention he would point the camera at me ( I must have seen him point the cam
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