The Hunter and Huntress

Discussion in 'Nature' started by MarkB1, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    The same day I found the Huntress I found her male counterpart, in much the same way, by searching the places I would hide during the day if … I were a night hunter. Found within 40 metres of each other.

    I took the loosened bark down from the side of the tree and turned it gently but quickly as it came away so whatever might be on the other side became visible and exposed, perhaps triggering a freeze response and not flight or fright. There, sitting stock still, was a huge male Huntsman.

    As soon as I took my eye off him he was away, she was trapped in a pocket with nowhere to run but at me and she wasn't game for that.


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  2. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Teemu
    Superb stuff!
     
  3. Bomber

    Bomber Mu-43 Veteran

    Great photos Mark, love the detail in them.

    Cheers Glen
     
  4. orflo

    orflo Mu-43 Regular

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    Frank
    Mark,
    your pictures show (again) that it's all about the photographer and his/her knowledge, feeling towards the subject, experience, and so on, and being able to use and master the equipment (do you still use that 'old' FZ50?) to reach high levels. Superb work!
     
  5. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks O... It sure makes a difference when there is an affinity for the subject. I haven't used the '50 for a while. These were taken with the Pany G1 + Oly 50/f2 with achromat on. I use the G6 + Oly 60/f2.8 + achromat now - it does almost everything the old '50 did only better.

    Thanks Glen.

    Thanks Teemu.

    All the best for the new year guys.
     
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  6. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Maryland, US
    How do you light this... and how do you get so close, heh.
     
  7. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Australia
    Hi Linh.

    Have a look here - Macro Illustrated - about 1/5th the way down the page are pictures of my old rig and right under them are pictures of my new rig with a few pictures taken with it under them. It's the principles that matter.

    How to get close? Respect, basically, read the article for my take on the process.
     
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  8. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Loren
    That's a scary couple. I am so glad I am not an insect...

    Great stuff as always, Mark.
     
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  9. photoeagle

    photoeagle Mu-43 Regular

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    Brad Harris
    Outstanding shoots, thanks for sharing.
     
  10. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Australia
    Thanks Loren ...
     
  11. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks Brad ...