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Sneak Peek

By Ayelet_A
Well - it certainly has been a while Smile
I've missed you!
Afraid student life turned out to be more intense than I thought it would be, luckily exam period is over and I have a short break till next semester starts and sucks me back to the hectic routine of labs, papers and lectures.
and what a better way of enjoying it than catch up on my favorite photography site and see what you've all been up to this last couple of months.

I'm off to scan through your pages! leave you with a quick snapshot I took at the zoo this last Saturday while finally enjoying some quality time with my family.

Nice to be back - even for a short visit Smile
Ayelet xx

PS - I finally plan on buying a DSLR and would very much appreciate any pointers you may have. thanx Grin

Tags: Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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18 Feb 2010 12:43PM
great got my eye on you cool shot

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Feb 2010 12:47PM
Welcome back, Ayelet, great to see you again! What a cracking image, too, very well timed and captured. Carol
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 12:53PM
Ayelet!!! Welcome back! Grin
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
18 Feb 2010 1:08PM
Great to have you back and a lovely shot to mark your return. - gary
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 1:19PM
He's winking at you! This has character, individuality written all over it, it's a composition rather than a bird shot. Great to see you on the site, and best of luck with the studies.
andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
18 Feb 2010 1:56PM
A cracking shot Ayelet!

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
18 Feb 2010 2:07PM
What an interesting shot this is. Seeing what look like coins and a key sitting there, I though a magpie must have beaten the owl to it there, but as it's in a zoo, no doubt members of the public have been chucking stuff at the birds.
Ayelet_A 9 11 3 Israel
18 Feb 2010 2:12PM
Cheers everyone!!! Grin
It's great to be back, even if for a quick pop in.
I see you've all been busy taking wonderful images - I'm enjoying myself here flipping through the pages Smile

Ayelet x
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
18 Feb 2010 2:19PM
a lovely shot!

nice to see you back Smile

18 Feb 2010 2:59PM
Well done!!
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
18 Feb 2010 3:01PM
A really lovely shot. Welcome back, if only for a short time. .....Sandy
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
18 Feb 2010 3:04PM
Like the owl-- Great to have you back!
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
18 Feb 2010 3:07PM
Well captured Ayelet Smile nice to see you back and hope you are well

FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
18 Feb 2010 3:24PM
Welcome back Ayelet, lovely shot here and you are lucky to get a zoo shot such as this, they are normally in wire cages in these parts.
Re the camera, it's all down to your budget really, if you are going to do wildlife then I suggest your are economical with the body and get a quality lens (bigger FL the better). For other types of work take a look at some of your favourite photographers on the site, for instance some do landscapes, some macro work or others that may specialise in other subjects, they usually state what camera and lens has been used. A general purpose lens is also very useful such as an 18-200mm which gives you reasonable wide angle and a useful zoom range.
All cameras have different ergonomics (how comfortable they feel in the hand) so this is important, also spend some time in a shop that will allow you to see how intuitive the menus are, Canon for instance use slightly different descriptions for functions from Nikon (which amount to the same thing).
As you know I prefer Nikon but that's just personal choice Wink
Hope this may help a little,
baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 3:45PM
Super shot, lovely to see you uploading. Have a well earned break with your family.
Ayelet_A 9 11 3 Israel
18 Feb 2010 4:05PM
Thank you again everyone so much for the kind comments.

Geoff - Thank you for the wonderful advices! It helps a LOT! Smile
Price is certainly a consideration, but since it will be a one time expense for something that should serve me for a long time I'm willing to pay extra for the better product. I will look for different options on the site- thank you that's a great idea.
As for the Nikon\Canon preference - I honestly don't know which is better and I've heard so many different opinions - but I am looking for a light camera and from what I've seen so far Nikon are usually heavier. So that's another consideration...
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 4:23PM
nice to see you popping by - glad you are getting on well

love this winking owl

RTDS 9 Cyprus
18 Feb 2010 5:06PM
Great capture with excellent details.
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
18 Feb 2010 5:20PM
lovely to see you back, hes a sweetie.
think you should get a body only and decide which lens you want rather than going for a kit lens. although i'm canon, think if i was starting out i'd go for nikon.lesley
User_Removed 9 1 8 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 5:34PM
Composition and exposure perfect as always!.. lovely to see your work again A.... (it's the lens that captures the image, and the best lenses are made by Canon). But I think that whatever you buy, you'll get the very best out of it.... going by everything you've done so far!!

RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 5:55PM
Hi Ayelet, good to see you back and I hope things are going well. Looks like you caught that owl's attention too. At least one eye of it!

helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 7:58PM
Welcome back - lots to research re- that new camera by the looks of it - so enjoy!
Roly 11 Wales
18 Feb 2010 8:31PM
Hi ya Ayelet,nice to see you uploading again.And what a super shot too.
metro074 8 8 Australia
18 Feb 2010 9:40PM
A superb image! Lovely tones and plumage detail. My pleasure to give it the 30 click Wink
DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
18 Feb 2010 10:23PM
Love the winking eye (though I suspect it's actually an injury - poor fella) - great way to pop back in and see us. You were missed!

As to camera - definitely a Nikon man myself though have nothing against Canon as it is a superb alternative. Really a matter of getting your hands on as many bodies (camera ones!!!) as you can to get the feel - you'll know when one feels right. Then ask to have a play with it for a good few minutes - taking pics inside and outside of the shop to see how it goes. I would say avoid the lower end of the ranges (eg the D3000 and D5000 in the case of Nikon) as even though they give very good results, the menus aren't as intuitive as they're made out to be and can be confusing. They perhaps give too much information. Better to go up to D90 and beyond where menu structures have been standardised so once you've got your head around them they will stand you in good stead for years.

Hope that helps a little.

All the best

18 Feb 2010 10:35PM
Hi Ayelet,we have missed you. I like this image,as said before u got a great zoo where u take pics. without the wires.
Havng problem with the painting,cant get it as I want it,but sil trying

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
19 Feb 2010 12:05PM
Hi Ayelet, very good composition in this image adds tension to it's captivity. Thank for your comments on my Japanese images, it was a fabulous trip to say the least. All the best Ron.
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
19 Feb 2010 1:44PM
perfect timing Buddie Wink

Happy 2010 to you and yours. Enjoy your free time to the fullest Buddie.

Nikon for sure, the official NASA dslr. Not only in this world but beyond Wink

Just a thought:
Give the top of the line DSLR to the average shooter, he will give you some good photos, but give the least DSLR to someone like you, and you will give us many amazing photos. What more if you uses the top of the line DSLR? Surely, you will give us more!

Cheers Buddie!
19 Feb 2010 5:29PM

Cor 9 Belgium
19 Feb 2010 8:35PM
A beauty!!!
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 10:42PM
Lovely to see you popping back Ayelet, even if briefly. Hope that the exams have gone well and that you're having an enjoyabel time as well as a busy one?
And a lovely shot of the owl; can't decide whether it's winking at you, or just keeping as eye out in case you decide to steal it's coins Wink

I'm obviously bucking the trends with my Sony and not regretting the decision at all, particularly with the A900.
But I'm guessing size and weight are still a big consideration for you, so mine wouldn't be a good choice! And you may want to consider the micro 4/3rds options from Panasonic or the new Olympus EPl1 if you're willing to sacrifce a little quality with a smaller sensor for far more convenience and still with all the creative flexibility.
But I'd agree with others and evaluate the type of lens you need; if you get good ones you'll keep those for years even if you swap bodies multiple times. I expect a fast 50mm prime would keep you happy for ages if you need time to save for other options, but if you go with a standard kit lens, Nikon is the one variant that you might still be using in years to come.
But whatever - the resulting shots will be great
Enjoy your holiday Smile
Tim Smile
Ayelet_A 9 11 3 Israel
20 Feb 2010 10:30PM
Thank you everyone - it was certainly worth the wait Grin

Your vote in confidence means a lot and I appreciate all the helpful tips, much obliged.

Ayelet x
gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2010 10:49PM
Love the comp. very much......Nikon for me but Canon does a great job too

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