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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2021 at 14:56
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Nice shots and treatment Wētāpunga, I like the Ivory carver most but I wonder where they got such large pieces of ivory legally in 2014.
It is possible that is a mammoth tusk (and thus fair game). Couple years ago I saw documentary Genesis 2.0, where significant part was showing how entrepreneurial Russians were searching for mammoth tusks from now melted permafrost on islands in Siberia and they sold these tusks to Chinese. Other theme was plans for resurrecting mammoths by cloning from DNA. And the source material (intact baby mammoth corpse) for the cloning process was discovered from the same sites as those tusks.
 



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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Nice shots and treatment Wētāpunga, I like the Ivory carver most but I wonder where they got such large pieces of ivory legally in 2014.


This was part of the one-off sale the 2008 CITES CoP agreed to, and took place in 2009. China and Japan were recognised as approved buyers of ivory, and four Southern African countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa) have their elephant populations listed on Appendix II of CITES, not Appendix I. So legal trade is permitted under permits.

These S African countries have large populations of elephants- Botswana has around 130,000 elephants and Zimbabwe 80,000. Which is pretty much more than all the other range states put together. So the combination of natural mortality and Human-Elephant conflict over many years has left these states with large stockpiles.

We were researching the flow of ivory through the carving factories in China at the time. Even got to see the official stockpile of ivory in some enormous vault in Beijing (first non-Chinese in years). Part of the research included making records of everything we saw.

I got a very complicated paper on the flow of ivory through the legal factories (rationed to handled about 4 tonnes a year) out of it. Each tusk for instance, was individually coded by size and weight and as they were used up, would be crossed off the Chinese database. Access to that database took about 2 years of effort, including 3 separate visits to China to bargain with the officials...

As part of our factory visits we interviewed every carver about their work and I tried to document everything I could see with the camera. Which took some interesting flattery and persuasion...

There was also for a while, sale of older pre-convention (1973) tusks to China from Europe until the EC blocked that. There was a Dutch company that would source the tusks from people who had them in the family to speak, for years.

*Appendix listings corrected


Edited by Wētāpunga - 09 June 2021 at 21:57
a77ii- Sony 135/2.8 STF, 16-50/2.8, 70-200/2.8 G
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Week 22

These shots count as both wide angle (35mm) and creative (low key).

Graveyard 1


Graveyard 2
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a7riii- Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Sony 24-105/4 G, Sigma 70/2.8 M, 100-400 f5-6.3.
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Week 22 - Mushroom
7 stacked images at 1/125s and f5.6 with a7Riii and Voigtländer 110/2.5 macro.
The novel thing here for me, is reversing the tripod centre-column and mounting the camera upside down on the ballhead so it is very close to the ground.



Edited by Wētāpunga - 11 June 2021 at 10:22
a77ii- Sony 135/2.8 STF, 16-50/2.8, 70-200/2.8 G
a7riii- Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Sony 24-105/4 G, Sigma 70/2.8 M, 100-400 f5-6.3.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2021 at 21:30
Great processing on those graveyard photos, very fitting with the subject.

I also like the Mushroom, allthough if you allow me to nitpick I'd probably would prefer a little more room at the top. But the colours are nice and the focus stacking worked very well.
You can see the April Foolishness 2021 exhibition here Another great show of the talent we have on Dyxum
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