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G'day All Dyxumites,

Well, me being an extreme introvert, the confinement has made little change for me personally, except that my wife is now working from home for the time being, which is not a problem, in fact its nice to have her home and to have her company for tthe time being. That is until she has to return back to campus. There is also another Upside for us, fuel prices have dropped considerably (no public transport here), but we are also now using much less than before, so we might be able to top up the bank balance for a little while. So, in fact its not all doom and gloom for us.

However, being a member of a fairly active local Photography club, I've taken this oportunity to help try and motivate those members into looking close to home and to sharpen up their photography skills and help them remain positive during this trying time for them.

So, I thought that I might show some of the images that I have shared to them to try help others here to stay motivated and to help them out of the doldrums for those who find the confinement oppressing / depressing.

Normally I dont spend much time doing macro photography, unless its small birds in flight. But I went looking for some small creatures to photograph to keep myself entertained while my wife uses a reasonable amount of Internet bandwidth while doing Video Streaming for work, supporting the UNI Lecturers as she would normally do at the campus.

It has been quite breezy here the past few days, especially when doing macro photography, the DoF moves alot with just a small movement of the subject or myself and when I'm moving out of sync with the subject, its difficult to get an image where the focus is wanted / needed.

So a little tip for others who may find doing macro also difficult in keeping the subject in the field of focus, I took a small cutting and placed it inside an empty salt grinder and put the grinder in a dish filled with uncooked rice. This allowed the grinder to be in almost any position I wanted, vertical, horizontal, angled, wherever and worked like an active ballhead. Works very well. Then being in the seated position myself, I was able to stabilize myself very well and all movement was kept to an absolute minimum, well except for my movements.


Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar




A Sleeping Grasshopper




Painted Tussock Caterpillar with Crab Spider




Painted Tussock Caterpillar




Dainty Swallowtail Bytterfly Caterpillar





Taken using Sony A900 + Minolta 100mm macro + 32mm Extension tube, single flash mounted on camera with inbuilt bounce reflector to assist lighting and backlit through window for exposed background with slower shutterspeed to light up the background in the image. Faster shutterspeed for darker background

Hope everyone stays well and stays safe.

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Some fine, and very exotic, macros.
I guess even when restricted, there's always something that can be photographed, and these are a real explosion of colour. I'd be interested to see the butterflies that emerge from them.
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G'day Joe,

Thanks for the comment and well wishes.

The first Orchard Swallowtail Caterpillar may have been predated as I have not seen it now for a couple of days and there was an injured magpie around all day Sunday, so it may have got it, and in case it had turned to a chrysalis, I had not seen another new chrysalis on the small trees. There is an older chrysalis that had been parasatised by a wasp, so that one is a complete husk. There is another one that possibly turned to a chrysalis on Thursday / Friday, but it was there at the time when I photographed the first one and we are watching that one to see if it will emerge.

The Dainty Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar I didnt see it today either, but that doesnt mean that it wasnt resting on a leaf that was out of sight.

The Painted Tussock Caterpillar turns into a small ordinary looking moth. The caterpillar eats Gum and Wattle leaves normally, but we found it on a grevillea.

I was thinking of taking a few caterpillars and feeding them up to chrysalis and then allow them to emerge as butterflies and then photograph the sequence, maybe even a timelapse sequence, if they are not parasitised. But there is no way to know until they chrysalis. If I take a couple of them and daily take leaves for them, they may survive if I get them small enough.

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A few impressions from Munich this Sunday:


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Our local Malvern Tennis Centre, normally a hive of activity during the school holidays, but locked down in the pandemic.
Malvern Tennis Centre in lock down. by Joe Lewit, on Flickr
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Playing cards on the bunker, I think during the war they were more playing cards in the bunker


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"Sunday morning traffic on the A8 - vacantness"

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Morning rush hour on the cycle path

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Although there is significant restrictions on international travel, cargo traffic is still there...

M/S Finnstar has left Vuosaari harbour and is heading towards Travemünde


And since in Finland there is no strict movement restrictions[1] within the country, some brave have already started the boating season despite that the coast guard has adviced to not go to the sea


[1] ok, there is one somewhat controversial restriction: movement between province of Uusimaa and the rest of country is not allowed apart from some essential commuting and such.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote horizon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 April 2020 at 12:13
Just another day in the lockdown.
Yes a few more macro's.


Tiger Moth




Enter Stage Right




I See Tree's of Green, Red Roses Too, I seem them Bloom, For Me and You



Hope you enjoy them and everyone stays safe.

This little guy was hiding in the Tropical Lily Plants, his four friends were hiding in the rain gauge hoping for rain. This afternoon we had a shower that gave us a couple mm of rain and the frogs were loving it.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 April 2020 at 13:03
Great photos. Love the green tree frogs in particular, although there's nothing too shabby about that brilliant tiger moth. I recall my daughter and son in law's story about when they stayed with friends in tropical Queensland, the first time in the shower, some green frogs emerged from the drain hole in the shower base when the water got too warm.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote horizon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 April 2020 at 13:22
G'day Joe,

Thanks for the comment.

Yep, the ol green tree frogs often are under the toilet seat and a visitor in the night not checking gets grabbed on the rear bumper as the frog tries to escape the impending sit-uation.

So in many places where frogs are commonly found in the amenaties there are signs about not leaving the toilet seat up to prevent the green frogs looking for a home in the bowl.

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Originally posted by angora angora wrote:

very nice, Cucoo! (do you have a name?).


Thanks and of course, it's Stephan

I've continued to document the blossoming of our lilac's, here's yesterday with my "new" SMC Pentax-M 35mm 2.8 (marvelous flare resistance, just that small blue ghost in the bottom left part with the sun in the frame, I think slight reframing may have gotten rid of that too)



And here's today, shot with another new toy, the Samyang 45mm F1.8





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