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  •  I'm partly responsible for her getting the new (6+ / 0-)

    camera. She was reluctant to spend the money, we've both been pretty frugal with our money all our lives and she even more-so than me. But she wanted it pretty bad so it wasn't too hard to talk her into it. We can't really justify the expense, but like you said, none of us are getting any younger. And it does add a whole other dimension to our birding, woods walks, etc. And it's something we both enjoy and that we can do together so what's that worth? Answer; Way more than we spent.

    A hundred years ago almost everyone around here raised their own chickens, pigs, cows, etc. and occasionally they'd lose one to a predator so the attitude became "kill em all". Coyotes, foxes, bobcats, snakes, even hawks and owls were all considered vermin, varmints, pests, etc. Now of course almost no one raises their own meat but those attitudes were passed down, are still being passed down, from one generation to the next. Attitudes are slowly changing but old ideas die hard no matter how insane they are. You should see the looks I get sometimes when I try to persuade people not to kill copperheads.....

    Is that program View NX? You'll like it I think. You can do quite a bit with it. Like the camera itself, there's a learning curve involved but worth the effort. I'm a long way from figuring out my new camera too. Take your time and have fun, that's what it's all about anyway!

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 06:31:19 PM PST

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    •  Yup, view nx2, (6+ / 0-)

      and the version of that which works with os10.6. I'm pleased to hear it's useful. I don't do much editing, but I like to crop and sometimes need to rotate. Organizing is a high priority project too. The learning curve - that's a given. Seems like you figured out your new dslr pretty quick tho. You're getting some great closeup bird photos, like those hawks. A dream for me is photographing a raven in flight.

      •  Heh, you will.... (5+ / 0-)
        I don't do much editing,
        I hope you're not one of those that thinks it's cheating to edit your pics. Some feel that way I know but that's just silly. Many, many, many, times you won't have time to adjust your shutter speed, aperture, ISO, whatever. For instance; when you look and see that raven sailing over your head. You've barely got time to point and press before he's out of range.  Chances are that the lighting conditions were quite different on the squirrel you just shot in shaded underbrush two minutes earlier so your settings are going to be way off for a raven surrounded by bright sky. So you either edit or you settle for a way overexposed pic. I'd edit.

        And if it's any consolation, even professional photographers edit. You will to, you'd be nuts not to. It's part of it.  

        Just give me some truth. John Lennon

        by burnt out on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 07:39:53 PM PST

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