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2 hours ago, spacecadet said:

Black and yellow. Hmm. Canaries? Bit of a long-haul flight from Norwich.

I see from t'internet it could be Cardiff. Didn't get the accent.

Kind of you, getting value out of my 90mm. macro birthday present. It is extremely sharp, I haven't used such good glass since my Canon A1 days.

This is my usual "studio outside" setup of an old Vivitar 550 flash with the Chinese wireless trigger and a bit of on-camera fill.

 

I have the Sony FE 2.8 90mm Macro G OSS. Great lens especially on a crop sensor giving 135mm equiv.

 

Is that the one you have?

 

Allan

 

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15 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

I have the Sony FE 2.8 90mm Macro G OSS. Great lens especially on a crop sensor giving 135mm equiv.

 

Is that the one you have?

 

Allan

 

😮just seen the price of that!

No, I asked for the gift and that would have been taking the mickey- so I went to ebay and found a used Tamron 2.8 that looks like new. I did the usual lens test and it's a real eye-opener to see a flat field, edges that are still sharp wide open and no CA.

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1 hour ago, spacecadet said:

😮just seen the price of that!

No, I asked for the gift and that would have been taking the mickey- so I went to ebay and found a used Tamron 2.8 that looks like new. I did the usual lens test and it's a real eye-opener to see a flat field, edges that are still sharp wide open and no CA.

 

Yes that is what I like about Macro lenses. No fiddling trying to get sharp images to the corners in processing.

 

Allan

 

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14 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

No fiddling trying to get sharp images to the corners in processing.

I never did that anyway, QC never looked in the corners;)

Seriously, always tried to be around 5.6. I leave the 55-200 on aperture priority at 8 because high ISO isn't a problem nowadays.

The Tamron goes off a bit below 16 of course but that's what the sharpening slider's for. I even went up to 40 for the hoverfly- you can't really tell on the forum image (the click-through to 100% desn't seem to work anymore) but the hairs behind the stripey jersey tightened up a bit.

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Not sure how beautiful and is my very lucky shot of Southern Hawker eating Common Blue Damselfly in flight. 

 

https://www.alamy.com/southern-hawker-eating-common-blue-damselfly-in-flight-image417513724.html?pv=1&stamp=2&imageid=B13F8B1B-206C-4846-9479-27EDEC189727&p=577662&n=83&orientation=0&pn=1&searchtype=31&IsFromSearch=1&srch=foo%3Dbar%26st%3D31%26sortby%3D2%26qt%3D%26qt_raw%3D%26qn%3D%26lic%3D3%26edrf%3D0%26mr%3D0%26pr%3D0%26aoa%3D1%26creative%3D%26videos%3D%26nu%3D%26ccc%3D%26bespoke%3D%26apalib%3D%26ag%3D0%26hc%3D0%26et%3D0x000000000000000000000%26vp%3D0%26loc%3D0%26ot%3D0%26imgt%3D0%26dtfr%3D%26dtto%3D%26size%3D0xFF%26blackwhite%3D%26cutout%3D%26archive%3D1%26name%3D%26groupid%3D%26pseudoid%3D%26userid%3D%26id%3D%26a%3D%26xstx%3D0%26cbstore%3D1%26resultview%3DsortbyPopular%26lightbox%3D%26gname%3D%26gtype%3D%26apalic%3D%26tbar%3D0%26pc%3D%26simid%3D%26cap%3D1%26customgeoip%3DGB%26vd%3D0%26cid%3DWLSZM5PLQFYZUVYLDY4L5Z2GWEKU355UD93RK9R7AMWMAQEERGB335C5QSV6GTVK%26pe%3D%26so%3D%26lb%3D%26pl%3D1%26plno%3D116329%26fi%3D0%26langcode%3Den%26upl%3D0%26cufr%3D%26cuto%3D%26howler%3D%26cvrem%3D0%26cvtype%3D0%26cvloc%3D0%26cl%3D0%26upfr%3D%26upto%3D%26primcat%3D%26seccat%3D%26cvcategory%3D*%26restriction%3D%26random%3D%26ispremium%3D1%26flip%3D0%26contributorqt%3D%26plgalleryno%3D%26plpublic%3D1%26viewaspublic%3D1%26isplcurate%3D0%26imageurl%3D%26saveQry%3D%26editorial%3D%26t%3D0%26filters%3D0#

 

Sorry for a link only but am unable to use 'Insert image from URL' option for some reason? 

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1 hour ago, Arvy777 said:

Not sure how beautiful and is my very lucky shot of Southern Hawker eating Common Blue Damselfly in flight. 

 

 

 

Sorry for a link only but am unable to use 'Insert image from URL' option for some reason? 

😮 Lucky, schmucky. The harder you work the luckier you get. It's very beautiful..

By your leave-drag and drop...........

southern-hawker-eating-common-blue-damselfly-in-flight-2F77B0C.jpg

 

 

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5 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

😮 Lucky, schmucky. The harder you work the luckier you get. It's very beautiful..

By your leave-drag and drop...........

southern-hawker-eating-common-blue-damselfly-in-flight-2F77B0C.jpg

 

 

 

Thank you very much cpacecadet and 'Lucky, schmucky' option must be available only to regular visitor cause ive tried to link and drag, drop, drap option too 😝 

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43 minutes ago, Arvy777 said:

 

Thank you very much cpacecadet and 'Lucky, schmucky' option must be available only to regular visitor cause ive tried to link and drag, drop, drap option too 😝 

It's easier with two monitors, but I open a separate window with the image on it, click to enlarge, then drag and drop into the reply box on the thread.

You can adjust the size by double-clicking on the image, tick "preserve aspect ratio" and change the long side so that the short side is under 750px.

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15 hours ago, spacecadet said:

It's easier with two monitors, but I open a separate window with the image on it, click to enlarge, then drag and drop into the reply box on the thread.

You can adjust the size by double-clicking on the image, tick "preserve aspect ratio" and change the long side so that the short side is under 750px.

 

Just to let others know I have not been able to drag and drop on my iMac in safari for some time. I now use FF to do that and open two windows on the one screen.

 

Allan

 

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I discovered by chance that in Chrome (on my Imac and on the PC) you can just open the image in another tab and drag into the tab where your reply is open and waiting, no need to open two separate windows. Maybe that works in other browsers also.

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Harry Harrison said:

Maybe that works in other browsers also.

 

Thanks muchly for this, FF too, a timesaver.

In case anyone's wondering (I was) drag the image onto the forum's tab on the tab bar (below the menu bar) to open it, then drop in the reply box.

Like this.

 

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hmm,,, another day another try... but no luck this time either. Safari Version 13.1.2 (13609.3.5.1.5) won't allow neither drag & drop or link... :( 

The only option is available if drag & drop directly onto Insert Image from URL button (lower right) and image opens in separate window without any attach or other option available.. 

Funny enough, just tried to use a link from instagram and still won't work... what a mess 

Same on Firefox won't work.. 

 

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On 04/10/2021 at 12:27, Allan Bell said:

 

I have the Sony FE 2.8 90mm Macro G OSS. Great lens especially on a crop sensor giving 135mm equiv.

 

 

Are you a Sony specialist Allan? Do you use HVL-F60RM flash? If this forum is not best place to talk technical I posted my flash question on Sony forum. Just wondering if you may know the answer to? https://community.sony.co.uk/t5/alpha-nex-interchangeable-lens-cameras/how-to-use-hvl-f60rm-flash-if-ilce-7sm2-set-to-silent-shooting/m-p/3828061#M9704 

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3 hours ago, Arvy777 said:

Are you a Sony specialist Allan? Do you use HVL-F60RM flash? If this forum is not best place to talk technical I posted my flash question on Sony forum. Just wondering if you may know the answer to? https://community.sony.co.uk/t5/alpha-nex-interchangeable-lens-cameras/how-to-use-hvl-f60rm-flash-if-ilce-7sm2-set-to-silent-shooting/m-p/3828061#M9704 

 

Hi Arvydas, there's loads of technical talk on here. We've even got a main section devoted to it:

https://discussion.alamy.com/forum/5-alamy-quality-control-and-technical-talk/

 

Steve

p.s. I have an A7iii and I use an V860ii. I use mostly Sony native glass, but I think that third party flashes that are cheaper than Sony and are fully functional are fine. To be honest though, I'm trying to use flash less these days, because the sensors are so much better with higher ISO.

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Posted (edited)

Libellula saturata, or Flame skimmer dragonfly.

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Blue Dasher dragonfly

 

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12 hours ago, Arvy777 said:

Are you a Sony specialist Allan? Do you use HVL-F60RM flash? If this forum is not best place to talk technical I posted my flash question on Sony forum. Just wondering if you may know the answer to? https://community.sony.co.uk/t5/alpha-nex-interchangeable-lens-cameras/how-to-use-hvl-f60rm-flash-if-ilce-7sm2-set-to-silent-shooting/m-p/3828061#M9704 

 

I use Sony but would not say I am a specialist. Sorry I do not do a lot of flash photography and usually just fill in with the in body flash or use my little Nissin i40, which is a very useful addition to my cameras.

 

Allan

 

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13 hours ago, Arvy777 said:

hmm,,, another day another try... but no luck this time either. Safari Version 13.1.2 (13609.3.5.1.5) won't allow neither drag & drop or link... :( 

The only option is available if drag & drop directly onto Insert Image from URL button (lower right) and image opens in separate window without any attach or other option available.. 

Funny enough, just tried to use a link from instagram and still won't work... what a mess 

Same on Firefox won't work.. 

 

 

HI Arvydas, Are you trying to drag and drop from FF to Safari?  If so as you may have found it does not work. Safari simply does not allow D&D for some reason, maybe security related.

 

When I said I use FF I meant that I open two FF windows, one with forum where you wish to d&d image too and second with Alamy (or whatever) where you select the image you want to appear in the forum and d&d from there.  Close FF and look in forum on safari where image appears where you want it.

 

Allan

 

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How often do you see budgerigars in the wild? Fortunately, they are common in the Australian Outback, especially after good rains. 

I also have a shot of them mating but I didn't think it was quite good enough for Alamy.

 

2GXBDJT.jpg

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4 minutes ago, gvallee said:

How often do you see budgerigars in the wild? Fortunately, they are common in the Australian Outback, especially after good rains. 

I also have a shot of them mating but I didn't think it was quite good enough for Alamy.

 

2GXBDJT.jpg

 

Love your photo. In my teens our family use to breed budgies and I see the keen male making typical amorous approach to reluctant female. she will give in to him in the end.

 

There are free flying budgies in the south of the UK which have escaped and bred in the wild. I believe there are parrots too and other non-native species.

 

Allan

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No. 2 son now lives in New Zealand and they had a colourful bird visit yesterday. Unfortunately it wasn't in the NZ bird book they bought as it was an escaped Fischer's lovebird. But they do have some super shiny native birds, as you do. Rosellas are lovely, and silvereyes. Some of their birds are just mad. Tui, kaka, pukeko- What was God on when he came up with those.

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1 minute ago, Allan Bell said:

I believe there are parrots too and other non-native species.

 

Too right. A flock of ring-necked parakeets has recently moved in down the bottom of the garden.

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28 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Love your photo. In my teens our family use to breed budgies and I see the keen male making typical amorous approach to reluctant female. she will give in to him in the end.

 

There are free flying budgies in the south of the UK which have escaped and bred in the wild. I believe there are parrots too and other non-native species.

 

Allan

 

She would relentlessly peck him very very hard. Don't know how he didn't get brain damage. It lasted for quite a while. 

I saw the ring-necked parakeets in the UK along the Thames when I went on a boat with a friend.

 

This week, we have had '28s', nickname for Australian Ringnecks, coming to feed in our hands  at our campsite. It's a magical experience. Some are very shy and wouldn't come close, some would feed in your hand. Then they were joined by Bronzewings (a stunning species of pigeons), Galahs (we saw one today on its back playing with a discarded tennis ball), Australian Magpies and Wattlebirds. We always carry bird seeds with us.

 

This is our TV.

 

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4 hours ago, gvallee said:

How often do you see budgerigars in the wild? Fortunately, they are common in the Australian Outback, especially after good rains. 

I also have a shot of them mating but I didn't think it was quite good enough for Alamy.

 

2GXBDJT.jpg

I had parakeets as pets for years, starting with one we had when I was a teenager. That one was on my mother’s shoulder and she forgot it was there and walked outside. Away it went. Broke her heart.
Your female looks very bored, but the male’s excitement is obvious because his eye is pinned. 
I got Echo because parakeets are delicate and can get sick and die from one day to the next. I did have one for 8 years. I taught it to talk. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, pretty bird, give me a kiss and other things.
I’ve had Echo for 27 years. She will outlive me.

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