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I was wondering why the suet things from my bird feeder kept going missing.  And then I saw this: 
(Sorry for the poor quality, I took it through my kitchen window)

I think the bird is a jackdaw or a hooded crow, please help.
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This is a fascinating piece - from initial eyecatching contrasts to subtle layering of the outer petals, it draws one in. The little bl...

Hi Maryellen, Sim suggested a full-on crit of the image, and with so much going on here, there is plenty to think and write about. Much...

Coming over from… First off, thank you for avoiding the spam of 20 images of the same thing! If the arti...

I have never been 'across the pond' to America, but this really seems like a classic road-runner, in its dry, rocky and arid home. An i...

Some for The-Photo-Critics, but some others as well. You can find 'comment crits' here
The stars are really a bit(?) biased - I tend to have critted images I like!
Feel free to request a crit - as I have time, I'll get there.

New Glass

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 5:11 AM
Cappucino by AfricanObserver

When the Sony a7s came out, I realised this was the camera that was ideal for the shots I aspire to take. I often work in low light, and abhor flash, as it destroys both the moment and the natural light.
Then the 24-240mm superzoom came out in the E mount, and I knew that was the glass to round it out. It doesn't matter where you're standing, when the moment happens, you can grab it. I'm not sure how the 'zoom with  your feet' people walk through walls, and across tables...

Unfortunately, neither are low-end pieces of equipment, and it has taken some time to manage the budget, and to have the items appear on the second hand market. But today I got the lens to go with my (rather battered) a7s.

In one sense, I don't think there will be a radical difference in the pictures I take. But hopefully, they'll be a bit crisper, less blurred. I think I will be able to get a few more 'keepers' from difficult situations. Well, that's what I tell myself. It's also stabilised and quiet, so I will be able to get those benefits for moving images too. It's a largish bit of bottle, and the Zeiss 28-70 will still do duty occasionally if I want to be a bit more subtle, but I'll be getting the measure of this - and how the body talks to it - for the next while.

Sony 24-240mm by AfricanObserver


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Grant Hillebrand
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
South Africa
teacher, geek, Christ follower
attention span of a grasshopper

Drinker of copious quantities of tea.

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Movies and video on dA seems to get very little feedback - I'm curious why! Comments very welcome! 

3 deviants said Videos take too long to watch
3 deviants said I watch video on YouTube
2 deviants said Video requires sound, and that would intrude in my browsing space
1 deviant said Other - please comment!
No deviants said Movies are not art
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Thank you for the :+fav:
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Always a pleasure.
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Thanks for the fave.
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Thanks kindly, Grant :beer:
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hi Wink/Razz 
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