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I visited Cardinia Reservoir Park on the way home from work to try and get some landscape shots and actually came across the Eastern Grey Kangaroo or Macropus giganteus, often at dusk the park is full of Kangaroo's and this trip was no exception however I was not expecting the little Joey in the Kangaroo's pouch. I was using a Nikon D5300 digital camera and a Tamron 150-600mm lens and because it was getting dark I decided to use Aperture priority with Auto-ISO which increases the sensitivity of the camera allowing a faster shutter speed.The little joey was bouncing around like crazy so I tried to get a moving photo but sadly just missed focus which was a bit of a shame but it was still a great chance to get out and get some photos and practice my skills. 

 People often think that the air we breath is relatively benign, but the reality could not be further from the truth. The air we breath is almost in itself another world which contains millions of microorganisms including fungi. Fungi is a microorganism which is ubiquitous around the world and for most people does not present a significant issue, however once allergies and / or immunosuppression kicks in it can become a bigger issue.The following images are of AGAR plates, the red plates are what is known as Blood Agar which typically grows fastidious bacteria and some fungi because of the variety of complex nutrients found in blood, whilst the other plates are either Nutrient Agar or Malt Extract Agar Plates.The Agar plates where you can see colonies were taken with a Nikon D5300 camera, and a Sigma 150mm Macro whilst the microscope images were taken with my Nikon D5300 and

During a recent visit to Warburton for an Open Gardens I decided to make a trip to the top of Mount Donna Buang, a mountain approximately 80 km's from Melbourne, and an elevation of 1250 metres.Over winter the mountain is usually covered in snow however during summer it is far easier to reach the summit, where there is a tower at the top providing panoramic views across the Dandenong's and the Yarra Valley.Whilst I was up there I took my camera and got a few panoramic views, however, since the tower had a gridded base I was not able to use my tripod and thus the stitching issues with the tower specific image, but nonetheless you can see the views from at the tower are fantastic on a nice sunny day.I did note there were a number of cyclists heading up the hill as well, and it appears to be

Every now and again I 'cheat' by way of photography and these Cockatoo shots are no exception. Sometimes so as to not be anti-social I don't want to be out waiting for birds to land to try and get photos and want to be able to set the camera up and just 'leave' it to take some photos. Thankfully some years ago my lovely wife got me a motion trigger for my camera which allows me to do this. These are fairly common and available on ebay, and all you do is set the sensitivity of the motion detector and leave it in an appropriate place to take some photos.Then all you need is some bird seed to encourage the birds to visit and you just leave the sensor to do the rest. The trick I have found is to use a good wide angle lens (although you do get

I noticed outside a number of jumping spiders, and having had some success with a black porcelain tile I thought it would be worth another try but with a different spider (last time was a flower spider). There are plenty of jumping spiders outside my house so I safely collected one, put it on the tile and started taking pictures as it wandered around the tile.The images were taken with a Nikon D5300 digital camera, and a Sigma 150mm Macro. Once I had finished I safely collected the jumping spider and put it back where I found it outside.Amusingly after I had placed it outside, another spider walked across my desk while I was processing these almost as if to make fun of me.Overall the photos came out OK, They are a tiny bit noisy and could do with a bit more light but otherwise for another attempt it seems

Update: Would you believe my camera USB port broke, so I am in the process of changing the camera for my microscopy setup. If you are looking into setting up your own set-up, you may do better with a Canon camera which has EFSC. This reduces vibration significantly, once I have my new system up and running I will do another updated post. People have asked about my microscopy setup, so I felt for completeness it would be useful to do a post about my setup and how it all works. The microscope I use is a relatively simple optical microscope made by a company in India called Radical Microscopes (Affiliate Link) called the RXL-4T. An image from the Radical website is shown below: This microscope has four Semi-Plan objectives which have a magnification of 4, 10, 40 and 100 times. In addition, it is also what is known as a dark field microscope

Chrome Bumpers is an event held by the South East Chrome Bumpers typically in Pakenham on the first Friday of the month. The event raises valuable funds for the Toomuc Fire Brigade, a member of the Country Fire Authority. Events are well attended, with BBQ's and even Coffee supplied by Float n Coffee. A big thanks to everyone who attended to support our fire brigade.I was slightly under the weather, so could not stay the whole event, but on my way out I thought i would try and get a few 360 panorama images. Sadly because I was using my camera hand held, and had not quite tweaked the settings the images are not great, but you can pan around them to get an idea on what the event looked like, and even some of the cars there! [pano file='http://panorama.travishale.com/CB_04-09-15.html' width="100%" height="600"] If you have a mobile device, you can also access the

The Gorilla is an animal that inspires respect, whether it is the sheer size, their strength of their behaviour I am not sure but a recent trip the the Melbourne Zoo in August was no exception. The Silverback Gorilla's had recently had a baby and as such the main viewing area was restricted but there were still points where one could see the Gorilla from afar.I brought my Nikon D5300 camera, and my Tamron 150-600mm lense with me, and because of the great focal length I got a good view of one of the Gorilla's, mind you it was a challenge to try and stop myself shaking due to the added weight of the huge lense. I would not like to annoy this guy in a hurry!