Day 2

Departure was 7:00 am. We didn't know it but, compared to the days come, this was a late departure. We headed down Arnhem Highway pausing to look at some magnetic termite mounds and later for refreshments at a truck stop where we saw a 60 metre road train and a six metre salt water crocodile in a cage.

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DAY 1

After arriving in Darwin and looking around the town, Day 1 started with getting-to-know-you drinks and dinner at the Darwin Hilton hotel.

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JPEG VS RAW

IS THERE STILL A DEBATE ABOUT JPEG VS RAW? For anyone in this group, using the raw setting in your camera should be a no-brainer. Here’s why.

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STARTING AT THE START

I think we all know that there is a variety of software available for post processing and that within any one program (app) there is always more than one way of achieving a particular result. I am a Lightroom and Photoshop user, I also have Aurora HDR and the NIC Collection neither of which I use on a regular basis. I’d say I’m advanced in Lightroom and beginner/intermediate in Photoshop. 

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The Douro Valley

The night of 23rd April was spent moored at Régua. After dinner I went on a brisk walk with Sandra, Rex and his wife along the river’s edge to an historic steel rail bridge now used only by pedestrians. Sandra wouldn’t let us return by the same route because we had to skirt around a pack of a dozen or so scary,

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Rethinking camera equipment

The temptation to aspire to the newest highly rated gear is strong. There are many technical reviews readily available on the 'net. Some are by experts working in well equipped laboratories, others include self-appointed gear heads, pixel peepers and people with ulterior motives. It's easy to get caught up in the numbers and place importance on small differences which in practice are insignificant. Over time I have found reviewer-photographers who I have learned to trust, people who don't talk numbers but are generous in relaying their real world experience. When a final decision is to be made on equipment purchase I listen to them.

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