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Enthusiastic Newbie from South Africa

ronelf 8 3 South Africa
19 Jan 2010 9:28AM
Hi everyone,
I am an enthusiastic photographer (amateur) in South Africa, but love what I capture through my lens and sharing what I see with everyone. Its not a job, its a joy for me.
I started with a digital camera Kodak 10x optical zoom and my hubby just spoilt me rotten this Xmas with a stunning Canon EOS 400D digital, with EFS 18-55 mm Zoom Lens and filter. I'm still learning about the camera and the need for a bigger zoom got the best of me. I just recently bought the Tamron 70-300mm Zoom lens with UV Filter.. (no I'm not a professional Smile I just wrote it all down for this site).
I love taking pictures, of nature, the wild, architecture, anything that inspires me to keep that memory. I'd love to share my pictures and get advice on them - it would mean the world to me. I hope to hear from others with the same feeling and passion as me.

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JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2010 10:19AM
Welcome Ronel,

I'm Looking forward to seeing some pictures from SA, i shoot on the 400D too and have the sigma 70-300mm so almost the same.
One thing I discovered last year is that a UV filter is great for keeping the lens free from accidental scratches and perhaps hazy UV scenes. But it also degrades other images as the extra glass gets in the way. So do consider removing it from time to time.


Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
19 Jan 2010 11:16AM
welcome to the mad house, have fun Smile
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
19 Jan 2010 12:04PM
Hello and welcome to epz the most addictive site on the web, look forward to seeing some of your shots specially wildlife ! Colin
ronelf 8 3 South Africa
19 Jan 2010 12:35PM
Thank you everyone for the warm welcome and the wonderful advice about the filter. I will most certainly try that next time. I've uploaded one photo so far - of my White Lioness, please have a look and I'll upload more of my wildlife photo's. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - I strongly believe it and my family think that my "3rd eye"is my camera lens. Smile
miked70 9 225 3 South Africa
19 Jan 2010 1:30PM
Hi Ronelf
i am from sa as well were do you live?
ronelf 8 3 South Africa
20 Jan 2010 1:53PM
Hi everyone today Smile I've just uploaded my "hidden Eland" photo - its a magnificent buck in South Africa. I saw the horns in the hidden grass and waited quietly until it sat up for me... I'd love to hear your views on this. I wish I could upload more than 1 picture a day...but getting there. I appreciate all the comments so far on my photography - and am even more motivated. I love what I do, even ifs its only still as an amateur and with a brand new camera that I still need to get to grips with. A huge big thank you to Stuart for the tips - I'll most certainly try it out... very glad we have the same equipment and hugely grateful for your tips and suggestions...can't wait to try them all out. Thanks again

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