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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:02 am    Post subject: PHOTOGRAPHY, HOBBY AND FUNCTION, BY REQUEST OF AN OWNER... Reply with quote

This is one that many Owners share. Digital cameras have made computers excellent lit up photo albums of the adventures. Many of you communicate to me with digital pictures of various things on your Bushtracker, accidents, hail damage, ideas, inventions; but just one important issue please take note of:

The best size to email is about 100-150 kb. You do not need to jamb up the systems with hi-resolution 1 Meg pictures like I get mailed now and then... That would be the right size for blow up poster sized high definition pictures, but not to clog up our internet with long downloads... Mad ...

Please reduce any pictures to that 100-150 kb size. Save the larger size of course, but for email it takes waaaaay to loong and toooooo expensive to email when someone may be downloading on a wireless plan like Bigpond!!! When I get a big log jamb up like that, I have to go to an account on the Server and block it so it does not jamb up my system, OK?

If for instance we were to send it to a magazine, they want that larger format for printing a high resolution picture.. Most of the pictures you Owners send to me for comments or fixes or accident damage, need to be reduced to under 100 kb PLEASE.... Anyway, a picture to a friend even, does not need to be sent in large format of 1 Meg (10 times the size of 100 kb) unless they are going to have it professionally printed off to hang on the wall in A-3 or A-4 picture frame size OK? Pictures to Bushtracker need to be sent waaaaaaaaay smaller so as not to clog up the systems, or I will have to delete them at the Servers end and not even be able to download them when I am away on wireless. If I need a high resolution version, I will ask for it... But say 150 kb is big enough to blow up in computer screen to very large detail. A lot of pictures loaded on here are well under 50 kb... Thank you... Smile

One more thing, please send them in Jpeg format, Thank you...

Anyways, this Topic is open now, by request, emailed to Bushtracker... Cheers
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photography................my favourite pastime.
For those of you thinking of bypassing Rocky, here I hope is a reason for you to stay a night or two.
Lake Mary is a great place for early morning and late afternoon pics especially in the winter months when the light is crisp and clear.

Approx 34 km north of either Fitzroy River bridge on picturesque Hedlow Creek.

23 06 51S, 150 35 05E These co-ordinates will get you there. You can camp at several places along the creek, but there are no facilities. Included are a few appetisers.
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Is it "as seen" or is there layers [highlights , shadows, for that dynamic depth that digital is still lacking plus contract etc] using Photoshop?
I miss E6 reversal film [slide] on medium format for these shots.
My passion is Art photography, but wedding photography pays, but after 22 years I am 'over it'.

Nice shots.
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Call me old fashion, but I have photo,s in a box of my life as being a keen unpro shooter of which we go through occasionally most done on 35mm and processed the old way. I visited an old friend the other day that did a world trip and not one photo to look at because they were on a computer disc. My view is that if digital photo,s On a Digital Disc goes like on most DVD's I hire I bet your photo's will never be seen when you get old.Now owning a digital camera I find none ever reach paper and still use my old RICOH 35zf for some memory photo's. Digital great for short term and to use to forward on computer of course.But in 60yrs time due to this new eara the old style photo's will be rare in my view.So still take the odd old fashion photo that you are forced to develop for your own quick memory in the future. Smile Al (only my view)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan, it's actually pretty straight forward to display photos these days.

I use my video camera to take still photos. They are widescreen (16X9). I have a small, 26", LCD tellie in our family room. It has HDMI input. The camera has HDMI output. I plug it in, select "slideshow" and sit back and watch all the photos in full HD, widescreen.

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Do you think it will last the test of time being stored electronicly is what I was getting at. Al
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Chris ....great photos, I like the way you have created drama in the landscape and the capture of light is great. Often an untamed landscape is moving to look at but hard to capture oon film. Well Done !!

Alan & Linda
Digital photos stored on a DVD will last a VERY long time, certainly longer than the 35 years I have been storing negatives and film slides. But also you might want to consider that it is MUCH cheaper. For starters you don't have to print anything you don't want .... just delete it. But if you want prints ..... you can get them for about 15cents each in bigger towns and OfficeWorks is only 12Cents down here on the NSW South Coast at Nowra.

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Our photos are scrapbooked, so we do print many of them. I am not sure that I am confident of the 35year plus storage guarantee for digital, my other concern is changing storage formats (anyone got a floppy disc reader anymore?). Also believe that photo processing for film will diminish quickly so have scanned many of my slides and negs onto digital. Lots of younger friends run their photos as their screen saver.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeh Bindi, a small amount of Photoshop, but as with most things less is best.

As for wedding photography.....very demanding and a long long day. No more for me.

Negatives, I have stored in archival sheets, and as for the 100's of 1000's of digital files, they are backed up on a series of DVD's and DL DVD's and at last count, seven external drives. About 6TB. The next best thing for storage is the Solid State Drive, current capacity is only 512 GB, for $1000, but getting bigger all the time.

I think the DVD will be around for a bit longer yet.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another great place....Bajool Salt Works.

36.6 kms south of Rocky turn left on the Port Alma Rd. Another 10 kms and you will be right outside Cheetham Salt Works. You can probably drive another 10 k's along this road and gain a different perspective.

Early morning and late afternoon are the best and most dramatic times especially when there is a storm approaching from the south. This is truely an amazing place when the light is right.

It's not far off the road if you are traveling through either.

23°37'25.08"S, 150°43'2.76"E these co-ords should get you there.

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Gee Surfy - you take great pictures - love em. I can see you are a real artist.

DP & MC

You can visit scenes like that in our Crowsnest
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Steve, I'd like to say thanks for adding the "hobbies" topic, in particular, photography. Way back in August 2008, I recall making my first post to your forum in response to your search for new topics...

"I welcome, the idea of the extra category. One reason I want to travel... is to take photographs of this wonderful country. So, may I suggest 'Photography' as a topic?"

You made it happen! Thankyou.

We're getting closer to achieving our dream of Bushtracker ownership, but in the meantime, I look forward to sharing some of my images, of the wonderful places around Australia, with other people in the Bushtracker community... and not doubt, they will have many more examples to share.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Phil, Photography as a Topic would be great if there is room for it. The topic could then be expanded to include sections on lenses, filters, software and a whole host of things. This could really take off.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool Surfy Dude,

I don't know what you are talking about.... HERE IS YOUR TOPIC....
Load it up all you want, and if I have to due to being oversized, I will go back later and edit out some the chit chat and leave the good photography meat...

Here is your Topic, load it as you like.
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OK, will do.
Thanks Steve.
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Four photos sent to me a Bushtracker, from a new Member. I find the art form of his Composition to outstanding. These are good enough to print off and frame for a wall !!

Cape Leveque Courtesy of DANNY KILDARE PHOTOGRAPHY





Makes me want to dig out my old Nikon FG (don't even know what happened to it) he he... Laughing
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We just bought a new compact camera with GPS and 12times zoom with wide angle lens.

The location information is stored in the photofile. Programs, such as Photoshop Elements place the photo on a map. Great fun and very handy.

Now we are stuck at home for another couple of weeks then we will be on the road again to try this little beauty out.

Cheers

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OK, here goes with a first attempt.
Places to visit, experiences to enjoy, sights to see...



This image of Camp Creek, in The Kimberley, WA.

And Steve, I have this one blown up and mounted on my dining room wall.

OBdreamer / Phil Dodd.
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... well that seemed to work OK.

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Places to visit, experiences to enjoy, sights to see...



This image in a cave on Bigge Island off The Kimberley coast.

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This image, of tidal drainage channel in mudflats of the Hunter River on The Kimberley coast, taken from a helicopter flight to the Mitchell Plateau.

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That last image looks a bit large, sorry Steve. I'll go back and check size.

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This image looking up-river above the Mitchell Falls on the Mitchell Plateau.

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Sorry Steve, obviously I'm not getting file size correct. I'll review other images before loading.
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This image of the beach on Naturaliste Island, taken from helicopter returning from Mitchell Falls.

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Hi Bushtrackers interested in digital negative file life on DVD.

My background is the IT industry so I did some reasearch and came up with the following for you.

"Among the manufacturers that have done testing, there is consensus that, under recommended storage conditions, CD-R, DVD-R, and DVD+R discs should have a life expectancy of 100 to 200 years or more; CD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM discs should have a life expectancy of 25 years or more."

In reality you will move the digital file to something other than DVD long before 100 years is up; because the format will be obsolete. Also important will be the file type. For those of you that have high end DLSRs and are shooting RAW files. You should think about keeping the images in another file format as well; perhaps Adobe DNG which will gradually become the industry standard for digital negative file format.

With the stunning photo's some of you are posting they are certainly worth keeping safe.

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Hi Ralph & Denise,
You share the same background as me Ralph. In my case, 40 years in IT industry. Having started with punch cards, paper tape and plug boards and progressed through drums, disks, floppies, cassettes, zip drives, tapes, memory cards, and no doubt half a dozen others I have left from the list, I appreciate how tenuous a storage medium can be, let alone storage formats! You are absolutely correct in advising care in protecting our precious images. I know it isn't a new problem. I recently unearthed some large format slides of my late father's, on Agfa film. They are very faded and will probably not last much longer. Fortunately, scanning them and learning to edit with something like Photoshop should help. I better get to it!
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This image taken from the beach on Naturaliste Island in The Hunter River, on the Kimberley coast.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alright, OB Dreamer

I give up, how did you load the picture of the mudflats so large....!!!

I was running just fine,
saw that and said WHOOOAAAA .................... Then I had a good talk with my Mate and he can't figure it out either..




You got da lone Ranger scratchin his head on this one...!!!
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Hi Steve,
I'm not sure of the reason for the "mudflats" image being larger than expected. I followed the instructions on your site... resized my files (using a Nikon Editor), stored these in a Photobucket site, then pasted the URL address of each image. Sorry if the "mudflats" took too much room. I now realise I can edit a post, so I have reduced the size, with Photobucket functions, of the "mudflats" and "mitchell falls" images. The posts now have "smaller" images.
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This image of Red Cone Creek on the Kimberley Coast.

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This is Raft Point, on The Kimberley coast.

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This Aboriginal artwork is under a cliff overhang at the top of a hill behind Raft Point. Quite a climb in the Kimberley heat, but worth it for this and the view.

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This unusually shaped rock, on the beach below Raft Point, caught my eye! I tagged it... "The Arse End of Raft Point".

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OB Dreamer, I don't mind them BIG,
I just want to know how you did it... The mudflats was about 4 times the normal size...

Tell you what, I am going to try and load a 1 Meg picture of my baby Paint horse Gunners Davinci Code in training doing a big stop... I will see if I am just patient long enough if it loads big... Maybe that is the secret???? Here goes:




No, even tried font size, Zoom level, loaded larger pixel in the blank box... Nuttin worked... I waited for the system to downsize the picture having loaded it as 1.2 Megs!!! And it still loaded it the same way.. SO HOW DID YOU DO DAT?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve,
I'm not sure I can explain, when the "mudflats" image was loaded into your site, why it appeared larger than other images of a similar size.
I had used Nikon Editor to reduce the size of this and other images in a batch. The original "mudflats" image was 2,796Kb. When reduced it was 172Kb. I just checked the sizes of other reduced images and they range from 82Kb to 175Kb. These smaller files were loaded into Photobucket site, http://s1022.photobucket.com/home/OBdreamer

Images now deleted.
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I have seen some great photo's on these site's But someone sent to me a file of 500 or more photo,s In a past post when I asked about where BT"s can go,,,???It might have been nik off I can't remember anyway a nice one click on thing,so whoever it was that sent it to me via mail or this site explain how you did it so the whole post does not have to go through individual posts for each photo. And MAN it is really worth posting your collection too I might add on a post and if people want to spend the time going through them they can but although beautifull picks sent in not so great taking over the whole post with individual posts and photo,s buy the one person,Do you Know what I mean. Just a comment nothing serious. Wink 6 months from now I intend to try to put on some photo's of our trip but some will be all in fun meant to put a smile on all who see's some will be planned but we will have to wait and see. Idea Shocked Confused Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alright OB Dreamer,
Gotcha now..... We upload directly from the Forum... The "Upload picture" button up in the right hand corner when you push Reply....

That is why WE are limited to that size... You have to be just providing a Link to the Photobucket, so you are not limited to size.. I understand now. I thought we were missing something, but you are not actually uploading the picture on the Forum, you are adding a Link to somewhere else where you have the pictures loaded.. Gotcha now. No wonder I was frustrating myself trying to figure out how you loaded so big..

Now I have to explain this to "Cowboy" here I am walking with, "Yulgilbar Oaks Playboy" cuz he still don't get it...

He is listening intently as we walk out, but he juz don get it!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve.
Got it. Images now deleted.
Regards.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:

Alan and Linda wrote (with me making some of the text in Bold type)

"And MAN it is really worth posting your collection too
I might add on a post and if people want to spend the time going through them they can
but although beautifull picks sent in not so great taking over the whole post with individual posts and photo,s buy the one person"


I agree Alan and Linda
I actually thought that this topic would be mainly info about photography and not so much lots of actual photos. Perhaps we need another topic for people to add their special photos.


OR
The edit a post could be used to add photos to an existing post.
Also you just need to put a few spaces after each pic so that a couple can be on the same line when they are nice and small like OBdreamer's now are and
like Steve posted on Fri Apr 16 - Cape Leveque Courtesy of DANNY KILDARE PHOTOGRAPHY

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For those not sure how to change info after you have clicked Submit -

To Edit your post after it has been added to a topic you just open your post again and then click on the word "edit" which will now appear at the top right of the post.

Then you just add or change whatever you want in that post.

If you click on the word Preview at the bottom after you have changed the info you can check if it looks how you want.
But don't forget to scroll down and click that Submit button after you are satisfied with any changes...

Is that as clear as mud Wink

If I have missed something or got instructions wrong I'm sure someone will give a correction or clearer instructions about editing a post.

JW
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK JW, I see your point.

I have been running Beginners Photography Courses with a few others over the last four years with great success.

So I can place some tips on here about composition and the things to look out for to make your photo's more interesting.

Is this the kind of thing people are wanting?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Chris,
Given your background re teaching photography - Can I ask you to put your head on the Chopping block and throw the Cat amongst the Pidgeons.

Who makes the better camera, Canon or Nikon and why? Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

"I really would appreciate your thoughts re the above question"

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PS Personally though I own a small Canon if I had to choose a DSLR I would currently choose Nikon (primarily due to ergonomics/menus).
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hullo John, talk about mixed metaphors: heads amongst the pigeons and cats on the chopping block.....

Just my 2.2 cents worth (incl GST) about brands. I have a Canon but if I was buying again I would seriously look at Sony DSLRs. Look at Mick's (Nik'n'Off) photos on his Blog (http://www.flickr.com/photos/39003485@N00/) and you'll see how brilliant they are. Better than my Canon.

Worth considering.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Stephen,
Thanks for the vote for Sony, they do make a very credible camera and are at the forfront in many ways, but having looked long and hard at whats on offer and reviewing the track records of the major contenders, in all honesty I'm still drawn towards the Nikon product.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Free camp, great sunset and perfect home.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[b]LETS STIR THE POT UP A LITTLE.

I use Canon gear, so I'm not about to change now.

John, 20 yrs ago Nikon lead the way but in the last 10 yrs Canon has forged ahead and I'd say that Canon is still just in front by a nose.
Stats for 2009 sales of DSLR's:
Nikon 36%
Canon 41%
Sony 13%
and then there are the rest.

Nikon is an excellent camera as is Canon. It is a personal choice with the layout of buttons, dials and how the camera feels in your hands. As to which one is better, there're both better than the rest.

One point to remember, all camera bodys do much the same thing. It is the quality of the glass in the lens that dictates the quality of the final image. Yes, I relise that the cost of some lenses is off the scale, just buy the best you can afford. I'm sure you would be happy with either brand. It also depends how serious you are about your photography too.

Sony make great stereos........I bought one myself years ago. lol.
Just kidding there.

Greg, great sunset, can't wait to park up with a view like that.....soon I hope.

Chris. Very Happy Very Happy

PS. There are other DSLR's on the market that do an excellent job......but hey.....
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan and Linda, CD&JW,
Sorry if I posted too many photographs in multiple posts. You rightly point out that a link to a website gives easy access to a lot of photos. Here is a link to the site I used to host my selection... http://s1022.photobucket.com/home/OBdreamer These are images that I felt represent places to visit, experiences to enjoy, sights to see... when engaged in the Bushtracker lifestyle that I aspire to, (hopefully not to far in the future).

I would welcome seeing photographs taken by others who share this enthusiasm as well as learning from people with greater photographic skills than I have. So Surfy53 / Chris, bring on the hints and tips. And GRETINBRIKIR / Greg, your sunset-silhouetted Bushtracker looks great.

I don't have the Bushtracker to feature yet, but when I do, I'll park it in front of some WA sunsets like this...


Taken from Nambung Beach near The Pinnacles Desert, WA. (We stayed in a tent, which doesn't silhouette nearly as well as a Bushtracker!)
Regards, OBdreamer / Phil Dodd
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My thanks to one and all for your posts, reply's and great photo's.

I note and thank each of you for your diplomacy and recommendations re camera choices - as always a personal thing and coloured by many varied perspectives, as is also ultimately, the choice of lenses, equipment etc.

None the less - Great photography and stunning shots - thank you.

Cheers
John
PS Still leaning towards Nikon.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Phil, I checked out your bucket full of photo's. Excellent.....must have been taken on a CANON for sure.
It's a great feeling when you know you've got a fantastic sunrise or sunset. Gotta use the tripod but.

Chris.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris,
Thanks for your positive comment. I'm an enthusiastic amateur with ambitions to improve. Some of the earlier images I put in that bucket were taken during a cruise along the Kimberley Coast. I had only used 35mm film previously, (very occasionally!), and a friend encouraged me to take his Sony digital (an old F505). The experience was positive; the "mudflats" was published in Len Zell's "A Guide to the Kimberley Coast" and this all sparked an interest in photography. I subsequently got a Nikon D70 and now have a D200. (I got SLR simply because I wanted the flexibility of swapping lenses.) I'm sure if I had a Canon, my photos would be much better (!) but I'm used to the Nikon interface, so will probably stick with that brand. Thanks for the guidance about using a tripod. I have one now, but think the D200 plus lens might be a bit too heavy for it. Probably have to upgrade. (I guess it's the same as upgrading to a bigger Bushtracker isn't it?)
Regards, Phil Dodd.
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