Monthly Archives: July 2015

Taking a few macro shots

Today I found a little jumping spider which in my opinion are rather cute with those great big eyes up front that look like old car headlights.

Normally I take the camera outside with a flash and then struggle to get the spider, leaves and hands to remain steady enough to get a shot before the spider decides that she has had enough.  Also considering that I am using a MPE 65 which focusses by moving the camera closer or further away it is fraught with frustration.  Usually I don’t even get a shot worth publishing.

However today I found the spider with its spun hidy-hole so I brought the leaf and spider inside where I could use a big strobe.  Was much more comfortable, no breeze, no cold air and a comfy chair to sit in while I worked.

Below are the results and if you don’t like spiders then stop here and look no further.  Otherwise enjoy.  Oh by the way these are at about 4 time normal size. The great advantage of using the MPE 65 is the magnification one can use.

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Mortons Pub

In the area around Dunolly, Victoria, there is an area referred to as Waanyarra.  Waanyarra was once a bustling goldfield with some of the purest gold found on the planet coming out of the alluvial soils.

Today remnants of the old settlement can be found mostly fallen down except for the old hotel called Morton’s.  Now its a long 200kms from Melbourne so unless you are in the area I would not make the trip unless you are planning on camping in the quiet and pretty camping spot that is in the area.  A point of caution here, be careful if you like to wander around the bush there are plenty of old mine shafts.  Many which look like they aren’t very deep.  However that can be just debris that is sitting over a much deeper hole.  So please don’t step inside any old shafts.

Now to the  photos of Mortons pub.

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333 Collins Street

What a building, well for Melbourne at least.  I  know that Europe and other nations have buildings that are much grander and mush older.  However that does not detract from the stately entrance to a once banking area. There is a photo from that era available for viewing just behind where I stood to take this shot.

Well worth a look if you happen to be in Melbourne.