Local animal life...

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Since my other "nature" thread (LaDiSHC) appears to be dying a quick, albeit natural death, here's another critter thread.









Maybe 3" long, I'm not sure if this is a grasshopper or a katydid. I took this shot at the end of summer so the grape leaves were just beginning to fall off.













My poor camera+technique combo don't do justice to the EMERALD green of this beautiful spider. About 2" in diameter. Not sure what kind of spider this is.













This little fellow is real! No, there are no white rabbits in southern Cali... I'm sure it was some idiot's pet. I tried to capture it. No dice. Too fast. I'm also sure that it survived no more than a couple of days before a coyote, bobcat, fox, rattlesnake, owl or hawk had it for din din.









Come on people, let's see what you have running around in your back yard.



Macs are supposed to be the platform of choice for photographers, right?
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  • Reply 1 of 23
    groveratgroverat Posts: 10,872member
    I cannot contribute as I live in a sterile apartment complex with white walls and a guy who comes by to spray deadly chemicals once every couple of weeks to make sure we humans do not encounter other organisms.



    But those are nice pics. Animals are awesome.
  • Reply 2 of 23
    Quote:

    Originally posted by hardhead

    Since my other "nature" thread (LaDiSHC) appears to be dying a quick, albeit natural death, here's another critter thread.



    <snipped only because I know the pain of low bandwith>



    Maybe 3" long, I'm not sure if this is a grasshopper or a katydid. I took this shot at the end of summer so the grape leaves were just beginning to fall off.





    <sorry )



    My poor camera+technique combo don't do justice to the EMERALD green of this beautiful spider. About 2" in diameter. Not sure what kind of spider this is.



    <and again>



    This little fellow is real! No, there are no white rabbits in southern Cali... I'm sure it was some idiot's pet. I tried to capture it. No dice. Too fast. I'm also sure that it survived no more than a couple of days before a coyote, bobcat, fox, rattlesnake, owl or hawk had it for din din.









    Come on people, let's see what you have running around in your back yard.



    Macs are supposed to be the platform of choice for photographers, right?




    No don't be put off. The spider and the wasp were good. I meant to say so but it got away from me.



    Green bug - fantastic shot! Can't fault it. Composition, colour, focus. The little blighter had me fooled for a minute. Are the three dots on his back water or part of the bug? The yellow leaf in the foreground with the red blush and the pink ones up the back with the green veins....fabbo.



    Green spider - oooh never seen a spidey like that which is just as well because here it would kill you (keep believing those myths people). But what the hell is it on?



    Bunny - mmmmm.....dinner! Sorry, the little bastards probably haven't ravaged your environment quite as badly as ours (but we've got the jump on them now Bye, bye bunnies.) But geez, I don't have a digital camera and even I know how to fix that in iPhoto. Slack!



    Been thinking seriously about getting one and actually asked a friend if I could borrow his the other day because there are a few people I'd like to get snaps of before they die. But I was a photographer and darkroom technician 20 years ago and I'm struggling to come to terms with the whole concept of "digital". Besides, I prefer B&W. (Not that these colour snaps aren't appreciated but B&W just has a certain something.)



    While I think of it (and this is probably one for the Poms rather than the Yanks), there was a BBC (I think but could've been ITV or Channel 4) mini-series that was made some years ago about a huge collection of historical photos that was to be broken up and sold. It starred a female actress - can't remember who, not a Redgrave but a woman from one of those famous British acting dynasties of the same ilk.



    Anyway, it was (I believe) a fictionalised real story. The woman eventually convinces a wealthy US businessman to buy the collection in it's entirety. I've been told that, in real life, the businessman was a certain Bill Gates. Anybody know if this is true (my source is only intermittently reliable), and, if so, are the pics available online at all.



    At first, I thought this was it. But they're actually stills. The collection I'm after (if it really exists) is actual photographs. In the series, the number of photos is so vast that British actress and her "almost commits suicide but stuffs it up" sidekick (hey, it is a British mini-series) eventually convince rich Yank to buy the photos by finding in the collection, photos of his family which reveal a past he never knew about (great scene, that one).



    It always reminds me of this amazing coffee table book my brother gave me (which I still have) by a gay-Chinese-Australian photographer named William Yang. It includes portraits of famous people as well as landscapes. But it also has pages of collages of thumbnail size shots. Without fail, everyone who has ever looked at it finds somebody they know in there. Even though most of the collages are from wild sex, drugs and R 'n' R parties in Kings Cross.



    Of course, this could have something to do with the people I know.



    Gosh. That turned into a bit of a ramble. Anyway, great pics!
  • Reply 3 of 23
    Quote:

    I live in a sterile apartment complex with white walls and a guy who comes by to spray deadly chemicals



    Been there done that G.



    I have some more animal shots coming soon...



    crazychester, thanks for the props. I'm use to my posts getting little attention. I don't take it personal... The three dots are water.



    Just as an aside crazychester, I met Mr. Yang a couple of years ago. My lady knows him well. He's a "strong" human being...
  • Reply 4 of 23
    Quote:

    Originally posted by hardhead

    Just as an aside crazychester, I met Mr. Yang a couple of years ago. My lady knows him well. He's a "strong" human being...



    Fair dinkum? Wow! I'm impressed. It's like some sort of weird reverse synchronicity. Instead of seeing someone you know in one of his photos, you know him.



    I've heard people who have been photographed by him say that he just puts them at ease. Totally non-threatening. Which I get a real sense of in my "Sydney Diary" book because the pics are so candid. Even when they're posed. Like he can look into a person's soul.



    I don't know how much work he's done OS but some of the Australian public figures he's photographed are very "conservative" and yet he always seems to capture them in a way that is devoid of artifice and yet unique.



    My old man got patted on the head by Frank Sinatra as a baby. Can I claim bragging rights on that?



    (And you didn't tell me what the green spider is on.)
  • Reply 5 of 23
    God I only just noticed (because I'm obsessed by that red thing in the background), what about the freakin' hairs on spidey's legs?!!
  • Reply 6 of 23
    Yah, the hairs are "crazy" lookin'! The spider is on the left rear panel of a 1994 Nissan 300ZX twin turbo that I just sold.



    It was the most FUN vehicle I have ever owned! On the down side, the turbos are just about done and replacement costs are in the neighborhood of $5,000! As it is, any kind of repair on these beautiful cars is in $500 increments. That, plus the fact that I don't have the parking space unless I want to pave over the "wild" part of my property. Something had to go...



    As I'm typing this, three coyotes are traversing the hill behind my house. I'm glad I don't have any pets. The coyotes can be a problem sometimes.
  • Reply 7 of 23
    Meet Mr. California Alligator lizard. This aggresive little beast is about 11" long! I made the mistake of catching one when I first moved in here. It bit on my thumb and drew blood the little bastard! It hurt too!



    I'll leave them alone from now on...



  • Reply 8 of 23
    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    11"! I'd love to catch one of those! I had tons of salamanders, blue-bellies, and alligator lizards in my backyard that I caught all the time growing up. Those bites seemed horrible as a kid but I quickly recognized the difference between the two. It is rare to find a big lizard like that with such a perfect tail. Good find. 8)
  • Reply 9 of 23
    Let's see... I live near Evansville, Indiana--the location of the Wal-Mart cat shooting from a couple weeks ago. That's how great animal life is around me.
  • Reply 10 of 23
    Well, Mr Lizard would be real happy here right about now. It's a stinker. 36.4C or 97.52F to you primitive Americans. You wanna keep that bite clean though. But 11"? That's not a lizard! Try a 3 foot goanna for size. That's a lizard.



    I thought that red thing looked like a reflector. That car is 10 years old? What, has been shrink wrapped in your garage for the last decade?
  • Reply 11 of 23
    No one here with roaches or ants has a digital camera?
  • Reply 12 of 23
    I've got some whoppers.







    Yes, I was about 6 feet away from this guy. Louisiana Alligator for the uninitiated.







    Cattle Egret; we have'm in Louisiana and Jamaica, this one happens to be in a Louisiana Cypress Swamp.







    Osprey, out in the Atchafalaya basin. You can see these from the highway sometimes. I happened to use a howitzer of a lens; 600mm with 1.4x TC I think.







    Not far from the Osprey. In fact one of his family members was trying to steal the Osprey's fish.







    Yellow Crowned night heron chick in nest. Food for above (Joking.)







    Black Crowned night heron in Cypress Swamp







    Great Egret, same swamp.







    Roseatte Spoonbill, again, same place.







    Brown Pelican, on a little island out in the Gulf. Ironically I was sitting on the beach when I took this picture.



    I'll have some from Jamaica later on.
  • Reply 13 of 23
    Holy crap. Do you do this for a living? (If not, you really should consider it).



    I always thought those brown pelicans you get in the States were ugly. But you make them look good.
  • Reply 14 of 23
    mikefmikef Posts: 697member
    Nice pics, ChevalierMalFet! I've got to ask... what photo equipment do you use?
  • Reply 15 of 23
    Quote:

    Originally posted by hardhead

    Meet Mr. California Alligator lizard. This aggresive little beast is about 11" long! I made the mistake of catching one when I first moved in here. It bit on my thumb and drew blood the little bastard! It hurt too!



    I'll leave them alone from now on...







    Nice shot... one a less serious note reminds me of a pair of boots I used to have, wonder if he's related?



    Oh, and chester, Yes and no. I'm currently working as a freelance graphic designer, and photograph generally product and occasionally landscapes/events for my layouts. Digital really helps there, and it's better than reselling stock photography, which I have no interest in. I do wildlife occasionally for fun and occasionally to humor my father, who actually is a nature photographer.nature photographer



    I'm also the Web Layout Editor for Nature Photographer MagazineNature Photographer Magazine and I've published I believe two images to that site (I don't self publish, but occasionally the editor in chief has me post some of my stuff). I've also got an image submitted for future publication in the print mag.



    And Chester, apparently the brown pelicans get that gold crest as they age. I much prefer that to the younger bird's white scalp, which I agree makes for a sortof ugly bird. I was sitting on a small island with several thousand of the birds. I got to pick the pretty ones.
  • Reply 16 of 23
    mike,



    these were taken with my wussy Nikon D70 (which is currently in for repairs), and someone else's Nikkor 80-200/2.8 AF-S hand-held (ED? I think. Damn sharp.) and maybe 1.4TC for the short stuff (flying brids, maybe the alligator have to check. The perched birds were taken with the Nikkor 600mm f4, 1.4 optionally (who can remember?) on a wimberly gimbel, which once you get used to it is great for tracking large flying birds (have some good osprey that way)



    When I post some shots from Jamaica I'll have images from the Nikon and its 18-70 (not bad, not great lens) as well as a Mamiya 645 w/Kodak DCS Pro back (lovely camera and resolution, a pox on Kodak's noise and post processing) and my little point and shoot Olympus 5060WZ.
  • Reply 17 of 23
    Outstanding Chev, outstanding...



    Come on Mac-heads, some more!
  • Reply 18 of 23
    mikefmikef Posts: 697member
    Wussy D70? I wish I was as well versed to photography to say that I am still looking at a DSLR myself so nothing to contribute here. My 5 year old Sony P&S ain't nothing to write home about.
  • Reply 19 of 23
    Mike,



    The D70 is actually an excellent SLR body, which I have been very happy with, however: It's not as well built or sealed to the elements as Nikon's "Pro" D1h/x & D2h/x or Canon's 1D series, it's not suitable for stock photography as the big stock houses want at least 11MP, it's not as fast as the higher end stuff, and it's missing a few high end features that are nice for a pro to have.



    As a counter point it currently produces the best picture Nikon has to offer, with few situational exceptions, and is much more feature rich than Canon's Rebel. It doesn't offer ISO 100, 3200 or 6400 though, which is a shame. Also, the newer AF system in the D2h is vastly superior. The pro bodies handle manual focus lenses much better as well.
  • Reply 20 of 23
    mikefmikef Posts: 697member
    Thanks for the info... I am looking at the Pentax *ist DS since I have some decent lenses at my disposal. Of course, I am just a hobbyist but I really appreciate the quality of the pro equipment.
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