So a big thanks to all who wished me a Happy Birthday on my profile page: !!
And for my admin of , next to our awesome members, nothing has made the group so successful as the lovely people who have helped me keep it running. Everything helps me out immensely, even just voting. But some have gone far above and beyond the "call of duty" and made the group shine.
This journal made my birthday extra special: animalsoftheworld.deviantart.c…
And so in return I'd like to do little features for my admin who posted it for me.
- Taylor is a star and she always will be. Her personality is rare, and even though I haven't met her in person I can be confident of that statement. Check out her awesome work and love for animals in her gallery!
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- Ania is so sweet and helpful I'm so glad to have her on the team! She has a gorgeous gallery you simply must take the time to see!
- Danielle and her sister Marisa have been an enormous help since the day they came on board! The group is going smoothly because of them and I can't thank them enough for their support. Check out the beautiful gallery, these two sisters have a passion for animals and visit zoos quite frequently!
- Lisa has great photos and she's been helpful to our group! Check out a fellow animal lover's photos
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- Kristina has great ideas and started a rather wonderful feature for under-appreciated artists for She's also a talented photographer! Check out Kristina's gallery (aka Lucky!)
To all other members of my admin, thank you as well!
I cherish all of you!
Unngghhh...I just don't know anymore. I think the only way to find out for sure is to get an older camera and see if there is any real difference.
In the meantime I got me a MLPFiM DISCORD T-SHIRT and can't wait to wear it as soon as it arrives in the mail! Found this awesome one and couldn't resist...Discord dancing like a chinese dragon in chocolate rain? Perfect.
Ahhhh, chaos is magic.
What is your name? - Evelynne Joy Pine
Where are you from? - New Jersey of USA
How tall are you? - 5' 8" last I knew
When is your birthday? - August 10
What do you do for a living? - New Business Processor
For how long have you been drawing? I don't, I do photography, and been doing that steadily for about five years or so now.
What hair color do you have? - Brown
What is your Eye color? - Green hazel
What is your middle name? - Joy
Do you have any siblings? - Yes, two brothers.
Right or left handed? - Right handed!
Do you have any hobbies? - Photography, reading, nature walking, collecting MLP comics (I used to collect Sonic comics and have every one, including all specials, up until about 148 or so. Once they killed off the Ancient Walkers, I was done.)
PC or Mac? - PC
Do you collect anything? - Yes! As stated above currently MLP comics, and also Windstone dragons, when I can afford them, but it's very slow-going.
Favorite drawing tools? - Don't draw.
Favorite movie? - The Neverending Story (original)...loved it as a child and even now it still touches me in a way I cannot describe and probably will never be able to. I have a big feeling Falcor is what started my love of dragons and fantasy.
Favorite Anime? -For a while I really enjoyed Sailor Moon Super S!
Favorite game? - Drakkan was a cool game, but I'm not into video games that much. If you're talking board games I like Scrabble and Sorry, or if card games then it's UNO.
Favorite sport? - Not much into sports but I do like watching tennis.
Favorite color? - Purple in every shade, from light to dark. I also really like grey and black.
Favorite food? - Probably a nice juicy hamburger XD
Favorite animal? - Squirrel!
Favorite number? - 7
Ever had a near death experience? - No, but I've had on one night what I can only describe as an overpowering sense of love from the Holy Spirit. It completely took me by surprise and I'm going to write about in my testimony.
Sexual Orientation? - Straight
Relationship status? - Single
Are you a virgin? - Yes...
What do you find attractive? - This is a tough one. I do like people who can communicate, have a sense of humor, and are good listeners.
What do you find unattractive? - Smokers, drinkers, and people who don't take care of themselves and look like slobs all of the time. Also if a guy is really boisterous, I don't like that either.
What features do you find most attractive in the opposite sex? - Eyes and a great smile.
Do you believe in love in first sight? - Yes, although I haven't experienced it, that's for sure.
What do you wear to bed? - Nightgown, I can't wear 2-piece PJ's to bed, TOO HOT.
How many countries have you been to? - Outside of the US, only Canada.
Where would you like to travel? - England, France, or Japan would be cool.
Coffee or Tea? - Both!
Are you stubborn? - Sometimes.
Morning person or night owl? - Hmm...I don't like getting up early and I don't like staying up late...so neither?
If you could have one super power what would it be? - FLIGHT.
How many languages can you speak? - Just English.
Do you have any secrets? Yes, and they're going to stay secrets!
Well that was fun! And if anyone else wants to do this, just go ahead! I'd love to read it anyway.
As soon as I get it back and test it out, I'll update
1) You must post these rules.
2) Each person has to share 10 facts about themselves.
3) Answer the 10 questions asked by the person who tagged you and make up 10 questions for the 10 you tag.
4) Choose 10 people and put their icons in your journal.
5) Go to their page and inform them that they have been tagged by you.
6) Not something like "You are tagged if you read that".
7) You have to legitimately tag 10 people.
8) No tag-backs.
9) You can't say that you don't do tags.
2- I've loved dragons since age five and am a huge fantasy buff.
3- I love coffee and tea equally and sometimes can't choose which to have!
4- I've discovered I'm an "old soul" and am fascinated by history and old movies.
5- I love chocolate but white chocolate makes me gag.
6- I enjoy all kinds of music, but have a fondness for classical.
7- I hate loud noise.
8- I don't deal well with the general public as they annoy me.
9- My favorite animal is a rodent and it's the squirrel! :3
10- I love pastel colors (especially violet) but as I got older, I began to really like earth colors. (Browns, oranges, greens, etc.)
Questions I got
1) Admit it, you're as perverted as I am aren't you? XD No, I'm not!! But I have a naughty streak sometimes, I won't deny it.
2) Do you travel frequently? Where? I do, and it's in my car, usually by myself, and to various zoos and interesting places to practice photography.
3) What's your favorite pastime? I enjoy nature walks, reading, and other quiet activities the most.
4) Do you prefer Disney or Warner Bros? I'd have to say Warner Bros.
5) Sci-Fi or Westerns? Both! I love Sci-Fi/Fantasy and a good Western is great!
6) Do you like Steampunk? Not sure, don't know much about it.
7) Ever cosplay? As what? I've never done it, but it looks like fun! I'd like to cosplay as an MLP character!
8) Would you make a deal with the devil to save a loved one? NO. As a Christian, I would not. Instead, I would pray to God about that loved one.
9) What's the most embarrassing thing you've ever done? I'd have to say passing gas in public as silly as that sounds...it happened once at work and it was LOUD. I was mortified.
10) Are you OCD and have to organize everything in your room/house in a specific way and if someone moves something do you immediately return to its place? No but I don't like people messing with my stuff regardless...true Leo right here!
My questions for you: (Completely random from my brain... lol)
1) What would be the number one thing on your bucket list?
2) Are you afraid of heights?
3) What's your favorite cold drink in the summertime?
4) Do you prefer to drive a car or ride a bike?
5) Would you rather read a romance novel (bodice ripper XD ) or a science fiction novel?
6) What's your favorite TV show currently running?
7) What's the best costume you ever wore on Halloween?
8) Favorite number? Why?
9) Give a brief description of your worst date. Did it change the way you think about romance in general?
10) What is your biggest goal in life?
YOU'VE BEEN TAGGED!
It was used for the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team! What an honor for me Especially to see the images on HUGE banners. Thanks Imagination.com!
EDIT: Well...I did another test run with the Tamron lens today, since after four days of rain we've finally had some sun. (Except now, it's raining again as I write this -.- ) I tried many drive modes, shooting modes, apertures, yadda yadda....soooo....I had some pretty good results. It seemed very hit or miss. But sometimes the focus was spot on so I'm sitting here wondering what to do. I guess I'll still send it in to Tamron, couldn't hurt.
But I'm also having car problems now When I fill up my gas tank the car starts running rough or even stalling at lights. Today while driving around it got better but it's a weird problem. No lights coming on the dash. SO I went to Mieneke but they didn't have time to do a thorough look at it. Instead the manager told me I could try some Techron in the fuel system, he said it's the only one that works to clean fuel injectors. Well so I go to Autozone...NONE left. Go to Target. NONE left. I. Can't. Freaking. Win.
Hello all watchers! Well I haven't been uploading much due to several reasons, but my main one is because my most-used lens, my Tamron zoom...isn't doing so great lately. It's always been a bit off with focus, but I've managed to work around it. After owning it about two years now though, the results are getting more and more disappointing.
Because Tamron has a six-year warranty though, I will be sending it in to see if they can calibrate it for me. Or perhaps it even needs repair, but I think it's a minor (albeit thoroughly annoying) problem.
I decided to try Reikan's FoCal software, but the results weren't great. It could be partly my own error as I had to try three different places to get enough light to perform the test properly. I got a -3 adjustment at the wide angle and a -6 at full telephoto....tried it out and... I dunno, it SEEMS a bit better, but I still think the focus is just too soft all around. So off to Tamron it will go as soon as Memorial Day weekend is over.
It gets heavy use. but who knows, maybe it was defective from the beginning and I never really noticed it.
Case in point...I rented a 70-200mm L lens for a day last weekend and some of the results are WOW. Although I need much practice and a steadier hand (it's a HEAVY lens) I did manage to get some nice results....including my first hummingbird shot!
But over all, not having as much fun as I used to. Not sure what the issue is. Is it the lens? Me? The new 70D? I just don't know.
Anyway, enjoy the few photos I do put up. At least, I hope you will
For all fellow dslr photographers out there...check out this very informative article...
Now for some this may seem silly or you might say "I already knew that", but keep in mind not all of us are so quick to catch onto things... LOL
Anyway...after reading this article, I said to myself, "Huh, always wondered what that button is for." I heard about "backfocusing" in the past but had no idea what it was all about.
So after reading this article I tried it out for Mother's Day yesterday and WOW.
90% improvement of beautiful, clear, in-focus pictures! I have great, wonderful memories and lots of nice pics to share with the family!
I do feel I am improving a lot anyway since I made a photo collage and also a nice portrait 8 by 10 for my sister-in-law featuring all her kids for Mother's Day of some of my fave pics from recent events and she loved it a lot! I even have people requesting me to take photos for them I mentioned to some folks at the Mother's day celebration that maybe I should make a portfolio of some of my best portrait pictures and use them to try and get actual paid work They agreed wholeheartedly so...I'm hoping this can be my future.
I don't do photoshop though, so I intend to practice, practice, and practice some more to get the shot as nice as possible in-camera. ( I do some minor editing with photofiltre but not much else.)
Of course this is not a criticism on PS users at all. Some of the stuff they produce is amazing!!
It's just that I can't see spending countless hours editing photos, nor do I want to. Why not get it as right as possible in-camera and learn to take beautiful pictures without PS? It CAN be done. Don't believe me check out THIS amazing deviantart photographer's pictures...NO PS WHATSOEVER and it blows the mind.
Talk about skill! Or maybe it's just a great camera?
An example of samlin 's gallery:
Whatever the case this deviant is an inspiration for those who don't want to use PS for whatever the reason may be. I will stick to basic editing for my own photos, at least for now
Anyway, I'm feeling blessed and happy, and thanking God for a lot of positive things going on in my life. It's an up and down road, but even little silly things like learning about AF- LOCK can make life happier. LOL
Any questions, please do comment or note me! I love talking about photography after all, being the click-happy nut that I am.
I rather unexpectedly ended up with a Canon 70D. It's a nice upgrade from the 60D and the 18-135mm is SUCH a versatile lens...I will have fun experimenting with it's macro ability. Tis the season for flower photos anyway... And that makes me think of how nice it was Monday, I took a half day at work so I could get some personal matters attended to...and ended up going to the park for an hour and was SO glad I did...I saw lots of birds and enjoyed the sunshine on the pear tree blossoms ...but then I ended up at the camera store.
Traded in the 60D (you served me well old girl), a battery grip and a lens, tried a used 7D first but had to give it back because it was having battery error problems, which I discovered is an issue with the 7D, so I didn't want an unreliable camera. But what photos I DID get, the 7D was very nice indeed. Not trying to bash this camera at all just saying the one I had was having a problem.
So instead I got a new 70D kit with the above lens and I haven't had any time to really try it out yet but in the store I was having fun with it and LOVE how insanely QUIET the kit lens is. Wow.
The weather unfortunately isn't going to be good most of the week though and this weekend looks iffy too. More on my mind right now though are the people who've been hit with the tornadoes very recently, my thoughts and prayers are with them. www.abc15.com/news/news-photo-…
So I have mixed emotions, from elated to sad, and now I'm just kinda glum as a result, and I'm sure you all know what that's like...it drains your energy!
Well I should have some new pics up soon, I do have a few I'm still editing. I am looking forward to prairie dog babies in May, so expect that coming up as well.
- Listening to: squirrels in the walls
- Drinking: water and lots of it
UNGH. >.< I just found out from my aunt that the squirrel situation is more serious than we thought. Yes they are getting into the house...but it turns out...according to the pest control people we had come look at it, the roof needs a LOT of work, and there are a LOT of places on the roof they could get in. They gave a rough estimate of about $2,500 to repair this, and could only guaruntee it for about two years!
This is money my aunt and uncle do NOT have. I helped them and paid for the inspection fee when they came to look all over the roof and take pics, but I don't have $2,500. I am thinking I might have to sell some stuff to try and help them.
Anyone interested in a practically brand new Canon 17-55mm 2.8 lens?? www.amazon.com/Canon-EF-S-17-5… It retails at about $880, I don't want to take too great a loss, and I know these lenses hold value, so I'm hoping to get $700 for it.
I don't want to go to eBay....it's RIFE with scams and I can't trust that website anymore.
I would take payment with Paypal so it's secure on both ends. I have the original box of course and as a bonus a lens hood comes with it
I hate to do this sort of thing but this is such a financial burden on my aunt and uncle and they don't have a lot of money to begin with. Not trying to sound like a sob story here but seriously if anyone is interested let me know.
The lens has no flaws and is like new... I got it only back in Jan.
My email is - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don't want to comment here about it feel free to email me and discuss it. I also have some Windstone dragons that would be particularly hard to part with but for the right price I would.
Email me or comment here with inquiries.
- Listening to: squirrels in the walls
- Drinking: water and lots of it
I'm home sick today so I've got some time to get up my favorite photos from Florida's Lion Country Safari. This is an absolutely wonderful drive-through safari that allows for some unique opportunities to get close to the animals. Bpth my mother and I really enjoyed it! And don't miss the walk-through safari, there is SO much to do here! This place had some of the most numerous animal feeding opportunities with barnyard friends, giraffes, rainbow lorikeets, budgies, and plenty of fish food machines everywhere to feed the hungry masses of koi and catfish! They were HUGE! XD
Best thing was that the animals were courting, rutting, and some even had babies already. It was a wonderful time and I'd love to go back in the future!
Enjoy the photos!
- Listening to: the wind...
- Reading: Sure As The Dawn
- Drinking: water and lots of it
This huge, open-enclosure style zoo was a great zoo to visit. Hopefully someday I can go back, because I missed one part of it...got there much later than I wanted. The best part for me was the "Wings of Asia" Aviary, it's HUGE. And SO. MANY. BIRDS!
The not so great...lack of identification!! Wow. I think there might have been a big poster guide but I can't remember. Still, I had to try and research to discover what the birds were. In a way, it was a lot of fun
I'm having trouble with one bird though, a kind of duck. It looks like maybe a wood duck species or a common merganser but it was hard for me to tell. Your help would be much appreciated, it is the picture of two ducks with brown eyes and reddish beaks, with white, brown (mottled) and grey markings.
Enjoy the photos!
ps- The updated devianart ID picture was taken at the Lion Country Safari, which has one of the best Lorikeet feeding encounters ever. Some of the birds looked at me funny if I tried to kiss them, some tried to bite me, and others didn't seem to care. Loris are a lot like cats...
Disney was awesome, but EXHAUSTING. :faint: I will get either a pin or a bumper sticker that states, "I survived four days at Disney". I tried to be reasonable with the amount of pictures taken so that I don't have to feel as if I was swimming in a lake of digital photographs when I get home. Got some nice character meet and greet photos including with the mouse himself, but personally I liked Chip n Dale myself
This next week will be chock-full of animal goodness, however and this is where the real fun (at least for me) will begin. I have a car rented and will be heading to the Lion Country Safari, Seaworld, and the Zoo Miami! I am really excited about the zoo it is supposedly very big and totally open-air style which should mean great picture opportunities.
I chose Seaworld over Miami Seaquarium for many reasons. A few are that 1) currently both are around the same price (Seaworld is having special $50 weekday tickets) and Seaworld is much larger, and 2) the Seaquarium reviews aren't great. Lots of people saying it is small, somewhat shabby, and Lolita's enclosure is super tiny for such a big whale. So, I chose Seaworld instead since there will be more shows and other fun stuff to do. I look forward to meeting the infamous Shamu for the first time
<i>ps- Please do not bother to mention the movie "Blackfish" or go on about animal abuse at Seaworld. I am aware of the controversies surrounding it. But I have decided I will go there at least once and judge for myself what this park is all about. The only thing I do agree with is that Tilikum needs to stop performing altogether as he has killed more than one person.</i>
My goodness. Yesterday's photo outing was truly blessed. I had to actually stop and thank the good Lord for such an amazing day.
EDIT: The lenses are SOLD. The 18-55mm was traded for a "nifty fifty" at a local camera store, and the 28-135mm sold on eBay for a lot more than I expected! Woot!
Hey guys! I am going to be selling my 18-55mm kit lens (asking $50, has both caps) and 28-135mm medium telephoto lens. (asking $100, has both caps and canon lens hood) The first one is like new the 2nd one is in good condition (I bought it used, has a small scratch on lens surface, which does not affect image quality, also has a small piece of plastic missing on one of the threads where the hood attaches, the hood still attaches fine). If anyone is interested note me, I'd be willing to discuss sales here before putting them on eBay if there are no takers.
Hey all! I have today a little photo journal to share with you :3 This time around, the photos were not the greatest quality and not suitable for uploading (IMHO anyway), but I didn't want to trash them either. So...I did the best I could in fixing them up and decided to share them here. Basically I went to TB zoo the other day and braved the cold to try and get at least a few good photos. The day was overcast but the real problem was the Plexiglas. I'm very disappointed because it was very dirty (smeared with dirt and probably not cleaned in a long time) and hard to find any clean spots. The wolves kept moving so it made it even harder. Therefore the camera had a hard time focusing and using manual was tricky due to the constant movement.
Well as usual the theater experience is hard for me...I finally have a name for it, MTS, or "Movie Theater Sickness". It comes not from motion sickness no...I don't have motion sickness issues. It comes from the POPCORN. Yes, it is a well known fact and growing issue that several people get sick from theater popcorn...supposedly it has something to do with being allergic or intolerant to the ingredients in the butter topping. (And not necessarily the liquid stuff if it's dried on the popcorn which gives it the yellow color, same effect.) Even the smell bothers me, I mean a lot. There has to be something to this because at home when I eat popcorn I don't have that problem. Though it's usually just lightly salted, no butter.
Anyway....that makes going to the movies hard for me. I did go to see "Frozen" recently though and I liked it...a LOT. I watched it with my niece and nephew, and my dad. Even he liked it! XD
I think the overall gorgeous animation did it for me but the storyline was good, and I really enjoyed the characters, especially Sven the reindeer. I have a thing for cute Disney animals! (Bambi being one of my favorite classics.)
Just recently though I went to see Paranormal 5 and BLEH. What a total waste of my money!!! I was an idiot and got some popcorn (this was just before I discovered why I get sick in theaters a lot) so I started feeling really bad but the movie was just TRASH. I couldn't get through half of it. Now I actually enjoyed the first two movies and I don't remember the cursing every five lines...let me ask you...is that how we should be potraying our Latino-American people? As loud partying, obnoxious people cursing every other second? Yes maybe it's true for many of them but still...I found it offensive, actually, and I'm not even Latino.
It was rated R I think but still....it just turned me off. I left. What a waste of nearly $20 though I was really mad about that.
*SIGH* Well anyway....some time before that I had seen "Secret Life of Walter Mitty". VERY GOOD. That was a GREAT movie. And hilarious! If you haven't seen it, I recommend it. Thankfully I got through that movie fine, I didn't eat popcorn though X) I had candy! lol
Then last night I purchased "Life of PI", a movie I have been wanting to see for a while. I was BLOWN AWAY!! That movie is incredible!! And I gauruntee it is the most unique and beautiful movie you will ever see! And I bet you never thought a bengal tiger could have a name like "Richard Parker". For a photographer the movie is like visual eye-candy, and all of the animals just made it more fun. I don't want to spoil anything, but one of my fave moments in this movie was Meerkat Island.
In March I am going on vacation! And this time for the first time in my working history...for TWO WEEKS! YAY!!!
No it's not Aruba or Puerto Rico (that would be awesome for photography) it's back to Florida...but this time to Disney!! I'm so excited! We already booked a hotel and are going to explore Disney for four whole days! I am psyched for this trip! Also on my plans are more horseback riding (hoping for a beach ride this time), going to the safari www.lioncountrysafari.com/ , any zoos I can find, and gardens for photography. I'll probably be renting a car for two or three days so I can just go out on my own and do craploads of pictures. That is the No.1 thing I look for on vacations, so I'll see what I can find. I would love to go back to Jungle Island, something I remember doing as a young teenager years ago when we went as a family to Florida for my parents' 25th anniversary. www.jungleisland.com/index.cfm.
As for basic sightseeing I would really like to go explore Miami. Maybe I might luck out and spot a famous person or two.
Hey if anyone reading things has some tips about what to see and do in Florida, especially great photo opportunities, please do let me know, I'd be grateful!
The new year is here already?! Sheesh, where did 2013 go?? It came and went so fast I can't even remember half of it. AHHH, does this happen when you get into your 30s?? Suddenly my days are flying by...I don't want to be aging too fast here!