I went through my parents garden today looking for some flowers or something to photograph, and by coincidence this Flower Spider i think (Diaea evanida) was well camouflaged within the flowers and leaves, having shown itself I decided to instead get photos of the spider, who I must say was not at all afraid of the camera / ring flash.The spider spent a significant amount of time trying to attack me and the camera, but I did get (in my view)  some great photographs before the spider was returned to the back yard.The images were taken with a Nikon D5300, a Sigma 150mm Macro and

 Developing photographic techniques can be difficult, and there are often few places at home that give a good opportunity to master techniques. A trip to the Melbourne Zoo gave some inspiration, and I came across the Mandrill.This colorful creature almost enjoyed showing off (in my opinion) and alternated between turning towards me and away from me whilst I was trying to take its photograph. I did manage to get a few shots which highlight the magnificent colours of the Mandrill's face.The images themselves were taken with a Nikon D5300, and a Tamron 150-600mm Macro.

Recently during a weekend trip to Phillip Island I visited my parents at a place they rent out throughout the year. This gave me a great chance to practice my photography in terms of doing more panoramas (at the beach) and also virtual tours of the house.I decided to get out my fisheye lense, and after watching a few youtube video's I thought i would try and take a few 360 degree images, which were a tiny challenge as everything has to be done in manual mode on the DSLR camera, so balancing light can be an issue at times.For a first attempt, I am

As a volunteer one of the most important things we do is training, and often this tends to be 'pretending' that something is on fire. Over time the training has improved and we now have access to what is known as 'hot fire props' which are basically specially designed shipping containers which have been set up to be able to be set on fire in certain places under controlled conditions. This gives us a great chance to experience real training and all of the urgency that comes with it rather than just pretending something is on fire.It was a great night with valuable experience gained. Images

I learnt a valuable lesson in planning a few weeks ago. Most photographers will tell you that before you go out to shoot you should scout your location and work it all out prior to the night, I thought back to my childhood where I used to live and how there was a little look out that had great views at night over Melbourne, and some of the south east suburbs so I thought fantastic, I will get some great night shots.My issue was that my scouting was something like 10 years earlier, and on the night I decided to get out and make it

I often hear from people that there is nothing interesting to photograph at home, or when they are out and about. Today was an interesting day as whilst I was sitting at my desk I noticed this little guy walking across my phone. I decided it was the perfect opportunity to grab my camera (Nikon D5300) and macro lense (Sigma 150mm) whilst I was on a break and grab a few quick photos. I loved the colour of this insect and from what I can see from various site across the internet it appears to be the Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci). I did find the

A number of the images I display on this website are of high quality, and because of that if the whole image were to be loaded in full quality it would take an unacceptable amount of time to load. As a result I turn the image into what is known as a Deep Zoom Image, this basically shows different qualities of the image depending on the zoom, for example the lowest zoom will show the whole image, but with not as much detail as say the highest zoom which will show high detail but only a small part of the photo.To achieve this, I use

I have found myself in awe over the Gigapan Robot that is available from www.gigapan.com but because my budget is far smaller than the cost of that unit, I have decided to create my own. My skills with Arduino are fairly good, but there is a fantastic photographer called Xavier who has actually created his own robot which can be viewed on the following links:http://xaviergp.blogspot.com.es/2014/03/robot-panoramico-xs-la-lista-de-la.htmlhttp://xaviergp.blogspot.com.es/2014/04/robot-panoramico-xs-la-electronica.htmlhttp://xaviergp.blogspot.com.es/2014/03/robot-panoramico-xs-diseno-mecanico.html Mine is very similar, using the same code from Xaviers, however where I have differed is that I am using Lazy Susan bearings for my pan and tilt mechanisms, and using Worm and Cog gears to handle the horizontal and vertical

Since i have a passion for programming, automation and electronics it stands to reason that my home incorporates many of these technologies. After looking through a number of different technologies I settled on Homeseer's HS PRO, I initially started on HS2 Pro and in 2015 upgraded to the HS3 PRO offering.The benefit to me of Homeseer is that it provides for a framework to input sensors, and control actuators (e.g. Lights), and the functionality can be expanded by writing programs or plugins that interface with the package, my system does the very standard stuff like turn lights on and off, control irrigation, run security and