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  • Jos,

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    Been playing up close :)

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Jos,

    Love that dandelying.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Jos, in reply to Hebe,

    Nice, I like that.

    It looks to me like a new hope for the future or something, nature and technology...

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Jos,

    Been playing up close :)

    That sure is close, and pin-sharp too. Love the mantis...

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Northern Club, all decked in summer greenery. Are they spring cleaning in there? Why are the curtain ends bagged in black plastic bags? Why was the smell of clove oil wafting from the building? And finally, a Northern Club sandwhich.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    windows to the past

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Jos,

    Did you get a Raynox macro?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    No Hebe, these were done using a cheap Canon 50mm with some extension tubes and a tripod (most important part).

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Jos,

    A tripod, I have begun to realise, is very important. Extension tubes look like a great idea; but I try not to take off the lens because Chch where I live is so very, very dusty these days. I found an old tripod not long ago among my father's gear; probably dates from the early 1960s so it's heavy and clunky. I'm planning to spend some time with it.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    The bagged curtains shot is a lovely window of weirdness.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    Yes a very strange style, it could become popular!

    As for tripods, heavy is good, clunky you will quickly adapt to. I find using a fixed point of view you refine the view, it gives you time to have a good hard look, not having to hold your breath as you wobble to and fro.

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    We had a quick hail storm today, I gave a chap sheltering under my verandah a large plastic bag that we cut three holes into, and off he went

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Jos,

    I gave a chap sheltering under my verandah a large plastic bag that we cut three holes into, and off he went

    Nice one! :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3894 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Jos,

    not having to hold your breath as you wobble to and fro.

    You’ve seen me then? :-)

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Jos,

    I gave a chap sheltering under my verandah a large plastic bag

    Nice wee slice of life that.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood, in reply to Jos,

    As for tripods, heavy is good,

    The heavier the better, I would say, up to the level you are prepared to actually take places. I tend to only have I tripod with me if I really think I'll be needing it, for gaining a little bit of ad-hoc stability I have a string tripod (1/8inch bolt, string, and a couple of washers at the end of the string to make standing on the ends easy) in my camera bag and if I use the camera strap against may neck as a third stability it helps a little.

    My camera was actually wound into a tripod this evening, in case the possible auroras came to anything, so I wouldn't forget the tripod if I went out. While it is starting to look a lot like the 60% chance of a hit on the earth is a miss, rather than just late, people in the south should keep an eye on the forecast tomorrow (initial reports were for a possible G1 tonight, G3 tomorrow, which is pretty strong). I tend to consult the Ovation forecast and just add 13 hours to sort out the time zones
    http://helios.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Hebe,

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    not having to hold your breath as you wobble to and fro.

    You’ve seen me then? :-)

    But of course, it's hard to get eye twisting photos like this with a tripod....

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    eye twisting photos

    Clever! If I squint, then bring my head back and forward it becomes a gif.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

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    It is a lovely sunny day. This skink seemed to be enjoying it. I think it is an Otago skink.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to David Hood,

    This skink seemed to be enjoying it. I think it is an Otago skink.

    Oh, brilliant shot! Skinks are very hard to capture without startling.
    Beautifully camouflaged, too.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3894 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    Northern Club, all decked in summer greenery. Are they spring cleaning in there? Why are the curtain ends bagged in black plastic bags?

    The timeless Northern Club. I remember looking up from lower Queen Street one night, so long ago it was a late Friday shopping night, and spotting those curtains gathered in the distant window, like an oasis of domestic comfort. The virginia creeper's a smart choice. Unlike ivy it doesn't gain a foothold by dissolving the stonework.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    Sparrow with wasp for it's darling teenager, most miffed I missed the focus on Dad.

    Then a small blue thing on a larger green thing


    and a looong spider on the stem of a garlic chive about to flower

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Jos,

    The small blue thing is a member (SteelBlue) of the ladybird family.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Jos,

    Lovelies Jos : )

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

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    From the Dunedin Botanic Gardens, just back from an evening constitutional.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

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