all parrots are noisy, and the cockatoos are extremely loud and will scream for the sheer joy of screaming. Luckily Galahs are one of the quietest of cockatoos but you have to completely change your house to meet they're needs and spend house a day with them. They also must be fed a high quality pellet diet (feed your flock is the best) with fresh and prepared foods such as grains, oatmeal, noodles, chicken, eggs, fruits and vegetables. In the end it is very awesome to have a intelligent life long companion.
You can buy a Galah from a good breeder for $1,300-$2,000. That's also cool you used to be a falconer, my friends dad is a professional falconer and he has a ton of birds, he even has a breeding pair of auger buzzards and one of they're adult young. He also has a kookaburra and he used to have a African raven but recently he was lost. we're still looking for him but we think someone might of taken him in, we hope they'll be able to bring him home :(
Yeah, it's that touch of technique which sets your pics apart. Like a lot of things, it becomes second nature. Like music, or even golf...lol.
Thanks for the focusing tips. That's one I should have remembered from my college photography classes, (too many) years ago, along with the exposure version of the same trick.
I only mention the apparently diminishing quality of the contest pics because I've been reviewing the contest archives since May, 2011 (about the time you joined, I think). So I've noticed... they seemed better back then, IMHO.
Focusing manually is second nature for me, I'm not saying they all come out perfect but I don't think about it. I will often focus my camera as close as possible to the subject then instead I move the camera around or wait for the fish to come back into the focused area.
With auto-focus/point and shoot I focus on my hand first, then keep the button half pressed so it locks. That way I have move the camera rather then change the focus. Plus auto-focus lag is evil O.O as well as flash lol
Thanks I'm glad you like them, at first my betta photos weren't all that good but I dedicated a summer to getting better and I'm pretty happy but will always try new things to make them better.
I've never been bothered by the other photos people take on the forum, it's very casual and fish are a hard to thing photograph. I find it refreshing, I'm going to the academy of art university for my BFA in photography and it's nice to see work that isn't extremely thought out and just snap shots. I also mostly take snap shots but since I've been trained I can't help but use some composition.
I really admire your work on Betta, particularly the consistent tight focus you achieve in even your casual shots. I know focus isn't everything, (lighting, composition, action, etc.) but nothing destroys the impact faster than fuzzy edges. That's why I found it interesting that the winning photo for December was your soft-focused sepia. Almost looks like an aiirbrush drawing. Softest thing I've seen you do, and it really looks good.
I am, however, disappointed in what passes for acceptable focus among the contest entrants. Not one entry in January or (now that I've looked) February is in focus the way you know how to do it, and the way I expect a straight documentary photograph to look. I, myself, am stuck with the frustration of an autofocus camera
How do you focus fast enough manually, or do you have a trick for using autofocus that you might share?
Keep up the good work. You definitely have set the standard to which I aspire.