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  1. The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    A mixed bag weatherwise here. One day it's 10-12 degrees C. The next it's 3 or 4 degrees. I'm continuing to keep the citrus in the shed, wrapped in christmas lights for a bit of heat - though it's fingers crossed that it's getting enough light.
  2. The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    To be honest, Gimp scares me! I've tried it a few times and don't find it anywhere near as nice to use as Photoshop.
  3. The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    Mostly because I'm already using the two computers I'm legally able to with its license, and I wouldn't mind being able to install something on my husbands computer so he doesn't always have to email images to me for things like resizing (although I suspect that anything with much of a learning curve will see things still being sent to me for editing - at least for the foreseeable future given the demands of the program he's in).
  4. The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    In terms of software, I'm still using Photoshop Elements 11, though I'm starting to think about upgrading a bit. So far, it's done nearly everything I've wanted it to - including stitching together panoramas. I remember playing around with Apophosis a bit something like ten years ago, but never got overly familiar with the software. Maybe it's time for another look - think it's still installed on my tower.
  5. The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    Ok, that dwarfs what we've seen here to date. Lets sincerely hope your photo continues to do so!
  6. The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    We get wolf spiders and hunting spiders for the most part here - some large specimens though! Legs like heavy pencil lines is how I describe them - or larger than a loonie/toonie coin. Never in good enough light for a really good photo though. We try not to kill them as much as possible, instead we prefer to throw them outside. It's the false widows that are creepy looking! As for mosquitoes, it's interesting to see that I'm not the only one who reacts to their bites! BTW, layering mosquito bites and sunburn is highly NOT recommended!
  7. Tamron 18-400 lens

    That is GORGEOUS!
  8. Tamron 18-400 lens

    Nice! I'm learning the frustration of hand-held rapidly. When I go out, it's usually walking is the first priority and photography comes second. It's one thing to stop and put a lens on for bird photos for a while at one spot, but take more than ten minutes and there's definitely a "hurry up" feeling in the air.
  9. Tamron 18-400 lens

    About the response I thought I'd get here I just figured I'd ask given that I've seen some "positiveish" reviews of the lens on some other sites. I'll be honest as well and say that I'm not really in the market for a lens maxing out at 400 (got one in the Nikon 80-400 that was a gift). It's had some issues with being slow, but I've also gotten some decent photos with it. One day I'd love to go up to a 600. There's a place with sea-lions off the coast a couple of hours away from here and I'd love to get some better photos of them - the 400 is still not able to zoom in enough given the distance. It's interesting. The same day I was seeing the sea-lions last year, I also got this photo: At the time I was quite happy with it - best eagle photo I'd gotten to date, good enough for Shutterstock, but the more I look at it, the more I wish I'd been able to do better (read "a sharper photo"). At the same time, there was a ton of luck with it - no tripod, so hand-held all the way (clambering around tidal rocks, a tripod isn't going to happen), and in fact, it's one of those where I had to do a quick change of the lens before I could get the photo (I am NOT climbing rocks with an 80-400 lens attached to my camera! Way, way too risky!). We saw the eagle perched on the end of the rocks a ways a way, with a group of people quickly climbing up to where it was. There was also (to my knowledge) no way of predicting it's direction of flight before it launched. Mutter plenty of things about slow auto-focusing here btw. The other interesting (amusing) thing I'm finding with my photography is the more time I spend here and trying for stock-quality photos, the more critical I am of my photos - but say any of the things I notice to my husband and I get "you're too picky! That's a wonderful photo".
  10. Tamron 18-400 lens

    I'm seeing a few ads for a new Tamron 18-400 lens and I'm just curious as to the opinions out there on it (not currently in the market for new lenses budget-wise right now. On the other hand, not having to swap out lenses from doing a landscape photo when a bird does something spectacular in the middle distance would be wonderful. I've done the quick switch a couple of times, and with the 80-400 lens I have, that's a rather weighty challenge).
  11. merry Xmas and Happy new year

    Happy New Year everyone! May the year ahead be all you hope it will. And may all your New Year's Resolutions work out! (one of mine is to finally make some progress on manual focus).
  12. What did Santa bring?

    One of those camera mugs (which seems to be the family favorite for originality, a few books and some artwork, plus lots of family time (including time helping me turn the heel on my first ever knitted sock). Overall, a wonderful Christmas day!
  13. The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    I've had a couple of sales that don't show up on the map either.
  14. New shutterstock forum - Chit Chat

    I signed up back in the day of the old critique forum - never got beyond posting there to actually submitting anything, I must admit. I do remember getting pointed at a rather snarky duck thread (on posting a flying duck photo for critique) - if that dates anything. What I really remember is being told I needed to learn manual focus to get the sharpness needed. Fair enough - and something I still haven't really mastered I must admit, though I'm now starting to practise with manual more. At the time though, I couldn't get my camera to do manual focus. Actually, I never did figure that out for that camera (Olympus E-410). And that is part of why I backed off for a few years. Really, I want to thank those of you who were around back then. I didn't get the courage to start submitting photos until this year, but the advice I got from you back then made me start looking a bit harder at my photos. Maybe I haven't made much progress, but I think I'm a bit harder on myself now than I was. Just wanted to say my "thanks" even if it is a few years late now.
  15. What's Your Favorite Type of Image to Capture?

    Florals, butterflies, birds, sunsets, ruins. NOT people. I know I have a long way to go to get really good (and I'm using Shutterstock as a bit of a combined learning experience and motivation). However, seeing what you are willing to post serves as inspiration, and reminds me how far I still have to go.