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  • Mood: Pride
  • Listening to: Florence and the machine - My boy builds coffins.
  • Reading: Facebook LOL
  • Watching: The screen
  • Playing: with my toes
  • Eating: Crackers
  • Drinking: oxygen
Well i'm back after a LONG absence. 
Aaand... I have no idea how to change the mood etc lol

I've improved my photography quite a bit and have had a nice amount of practice (although I would like to practice more often).
Have done a lot of growing up and soul searching and have even found another hobby - COSPLAY!!
I've only done minor things so-far but am building up something big for a Halloween event in October (Origin - Best Halloween Party EVAR).
I did a Lady Loki cosplay last year - Glowing Scepter and all (will post pics when I can - don't expect miracles though, it was my first try and I did it all in 2 weeks lol).

October - I'm building a Dragon.
yup! You read correctly - A Dragon. And not just any dragon - Toothless <3
Wish me Luck! 
(HUGE Thanks to nooby-banana - I could not have made my Quad-suit without your BRILLIANT and easy (I'm a noob) Plushy Pattern).

I'm also Planning on making armour - going to try play with paper mache and see how I like it (If I dont then i'll go back to playing with foam - maybe try EVA).

Thanks for reading =)

Have a Great Day <3


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Chantelle Stegen
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
South Africa
I Love EVERYTHING about pictures =)
Looking at them, taking them and editing them!!!

Afrer i get a chance to study, I'm going to become a professional photographer =) or just do free-lance work and sell my pics to sites lol

I love Vampire (and all the other supernaturals) movies, books, games and pics.

i listen to Evanescence, Korn, System Of A Down, Marilyn Manson, Cradle of Filth, Kittie and a bunch of others too =)

...cant think of anything else to write now lol...

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PrincessAbiliss Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
thankyou for the watch
TheSoftCollision Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, just been reading some more about lenses. About what I would recommend, I would suggest the 18-105mm kit lens with the D90 for R 13000 instead of the 18-55mm + 55-200mm for the same price.

Of course that's still R3000 more than getting the D90 with 18-55mm kit lens for R10 000.
I know, all very expensive! I was lucky to get the D90 with 18-105mm for R6 300 second hand. It's in good condition and the guy at the shop said the sensor is surprising clean. In the menu system you can see the life of the battery and the 2nd hand battery is recognised as new, so hopefully it will last me 4 years which is what I hear photographers expect before upgrading again.
Maxine190889 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for all the advice =)

I'll definitely try go for the 18-105 if i can =)

LUCKY!!! =)

Cool 4 years is a long time and alot of photos =D
TheSoftCollision Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You can also buy the D5000 with the 18-105mm
TheSoftCollision Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you stick to your motto?
I got a spare battery for my Sony camera (after one bad expeirence at a music festival) and when I got my Nikon I got a spare for that too.

I also got a 16GB SD card so I can take 2000 JPEG (fine quality) or 1000 RAW photos both as 12MP.
I figure one day when I go travelling overseas again, I want the space to not have to find a pc every couple of days.
Maxine190889 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes!!!

=) i always have about 8 batteries in my camera bag(AA's) lol. =D
And when i get my D90 I'll DEFINITELY get a spare. I've also ended up battery-less at crappy moments... lol.

Right now i only have 2x 2Gig cards..
But i'm plan on getting a 16+Gig one when i get my D90... (its going to take a while though to rake up THAT much lol) But the camera seems well worth it!

TheSoftCollision Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
you can save lot on battery if you avoid flash or at least set it to low power like -0.07 or -1 or -2 when normal flash strength is 0.

I was hired for a 40th party for 7 hours. I started using flash after an hour or two when it go dark and after 4 hours of that both my batteries went flat. For the last hour I borrowed someone else's camera.

At concerts I have only run a flat battery on a handful of occasions, then switch to my second.
When the first gets low, I switch it in between bands so it doesn't go flat at a crucial time.
When I don't switch, I normally have at least bit of battery left after 800 photos in 2 or 3hours. That's without using flash.
Maxine190889 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Halloo, Sorry I've been M.I.A. Been really busy and forgot about deviantart (terrible terrible).
Thanks for all the help with choosing a camera =D
I ended up getting a D3100 and i LOVE it!

Thanks for all the hints and tips too, I've also had problems with the flash DYING lol.

Hope you are well.

TheSoftCollision Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, thanks for the watch.

You have some very cool pictures. Where in South Africa are you? I am in Cape Town and at UCT.

My DA Portfolio of band photos is here [link]
Maxine190889 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm from Durban =)
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