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Lady’s Slipper Sunset Photograpy Outing

Our photography club outing for this month was a trip to Lady Slipper to try and get a shot of the sunset. Unfortunately the weather did not play fair and was really cloudy and miserable! I only got one decent shot on this trip and I am really proud of it.

Lady Slipper Sunset

The second picture is a shot I took a year ago when the weather was a little better.

Lady Slipper Sunset

 

If you get the opportunity to visit Lady’s Slipper, don’t turn it down. ┬áIt is really an awesome place.
Both these photos were taken with a Canon 7D camera using 3 photos merged in LuminanceHDR software to give the dynamic effects.

Despatch Train Station in HDR

I have been playing around with HDR recently and went out on a photo shoot with an Eastern Cape Photography group to a small town known as Despatch. Despatch is located a few kilometers outside Port Elizabeth and just around the corner from another small town called Uitenhage. This picture is of the train station and was taken with a Canon 7D camera.Despatch Train Station

Another picture of Despatch Train Station, but this time taken from the overhead bridge. I was lucky enough to have caught the train coming in.

Despatch Train Station

Close-up of the track selector or Junction box in HDR

Juction Lever

Curious Green Jumping Spider

This curious jumping spider is from the family Salticidae in the spider order Araneae. Both spiders and scorpions belong to the class Arachnida.
There are more than 4000 species of these spiders. The jumping spiders big eyes are so sharp, they can see things clearly from as far away as 20 times the length of the spiders body.
All jumpers have eight eyes, and two of the eyes are huge in Comparison. Jumpers have superb vision which is better than any other kind of spider. With its eight eyes they can see in almost every direction at once. This particular spider I shot in my back yard. Each time I got close the spider, it jumped onto my lens, leaving a trail of web all over the camera.

Green Jumping Spider

Another angle of the same spider looking up to where it was going to jump.

Green Jumping Spider

Little Egret

The Little Egret is a small, slender egret with a black bill, black legs and yellow toes. The bill is more slender and slightly shorter than that of a Western Reef Heron. The Little Egret is a common resident to wetlands, estuaries and along the coast. They breed colonially, up to 120 pairs, usually with other egrets, herons,cormoants and ibises. The female will lay 2 to 4 eggs in reeds or in a tree. Their diet consists mainly of small fish and frogs. They will actively persue small fish in shallow waters. The Afrikaans name for this bird is Die Kleinwitreier.

Little Egret

Another Little Egret taken a while back in SchoenmakersKop

Little Egret

Common Green Mantid (Mantis) Head

This picture is a macro shot of a Common Green Mantid (Mantis)Family Mantidae. Its scientific name is Sphodromantis Gastrica. These mantids have large bodies of about 55mm in length, they are robust and bright green. The females are much fatter than the males. Their diet consists of mainly caterpillars and insects. They are extremely common in gardens, in trees and in undisturbed vegetation. This macro was taken with a Canon MPE65 Lens at about 3.5X.

Common Green Mantid

Wall Crab Spider

Wall Crab Spiders, from the family Selenopidae, are common in houses, especially in the eastern regions of South Africa. These are pretty common house spiders and are also known as Flatties. They have flat bodies and legs that are spread out like a crab. They have long spines on the legs possibly for sensing movement. They are extremely agile and can move very fast when either hunting or if they are disturbed.

Wall Crab Spider