While hiking along the Awana trail, my friend Stanley alerted me about a small jumping spider he found.This one was about 8mm in length and had to be photographed with my Canon MPE-65 close-up lens.The results are as stunning as the beautiful spider itself.
I found a little black-faced jumper in my trip to Awana recently.Now, the resort is charging RM30 for anyone who wants to use their water treatment plant trail.Why? Because some guy had hurt himself trying to use a an alternative route in the area.He busted a few bones and as a result, Awana have closed the place to the public.Lucky for us, Eddie our macro buddy was there to help. All it took, was a phone call and we gained access to the area. Sadly, our haul was really small. I managed to get only a few shots and the black faced spider is one of my top finds.
Portias are spiders that are as rare as it sounds.This cannibalistic arachnid preys on other spiders and is known to annihilate an entire nest including its eggs and spiderlings.So far, I've came across two of such fine specimen and both were found at the Sungai Tua state park.My second Portia was smaller than an earlier find in the same area. This is the only spider that displays some intelligence and is able to make decisions on the prowl.
After about two months splitting from a photography peer group, I am moving on pretty well with my macro outings.I've formed a new group where most of the members are equals and passionate about learning new things.Photography is not my bread and butter which I guard jealously. I learned this the hard way especially when your skills can threaten the very existance of people who depend on macro photography to earn three square meals a day.I would put that as selfish and very protective.In life, one must be able to come to terms that even how good they are, there's always someone better.That's how I see it and the hardest thing to do, is to share without malice.Last week, during an outing to Bukit Tinggi, I met another group led by a master.This is the same bunch of people whom I had a bust-up with earlier about safety and security.Their leader saw me and started moving away from the scene. Perhaps he's still very pissed off. My loss, his gain.Anyway, all good things said and done, the road ahead is long and winding, there's plenty to be done and hopefully, by the end of next year, I would have some big projects done like an exhibition and a book..
I haven't been shooting bugs of late and recently, I had the chance to re-visit a site where there was an abundance of spider species.One of my find was a yellow jumper and after spending some time capturing on camera, I realised that the results were really satisfying.The Canon MPE-65 1-5x close-up lens is able to capture some really fantastic details on the spider.Now, what's left to do, is to catalogue my find and try to ID as many as possible.
Months of speculation and rumours ended with the announcement of Canon's EOS60D. This is infact, a new camera with features that are different from its predecessor, the EOS50D.The fact that Canon and introduced their first D-SLR to incorporate a swivel-screen goes to say that many exciting stuff is on the way.I wanted to get my wife the EOS550D as a gift, but never got around it. That said, I am still keeping the EF-S18-135mm kit lens and well, now that the 60D is going to be released, it'll very likely to be her new camera.Right now, all there's left to do, is wait and see.
Bob, working with the kids on their merit badges and the National Scouting scheme..
I received a letter from the National Scout Council recently and was appointed as a member of Malaysian Scouts public affairs committe.This came as a surprise as I have been actively featuring Victoria Institution's 100-year scouting centenary events.So far, three stories have been published in the Starmetro section.On a lighter note, Bob Lew and I are now training some form two boys for their merit badges.This drew some flack from some folks who actually labelled our work as 'lost cause'. Come what may, I obtained some blessings from my wife to carry on the work and my task is also to take care of Bob in the outdoor activities.Hopefully, we would be able to produce a King Scout in three year's time.
I haven't been posting for some time and would like to start afresh with the recent Dogathon 2010.Things went on really smooth for us at the Universiti Putra Malaysia fair grounds. Michelle and I had a great time with the kidz and met up with some Siberian Husky owners.One of them, Thomas Chai, is a local breeder.We spoke quite a bit on the Husky Club activities. I told him that I haven't been active of late and had stayed away from the internet forums for a while.There's actually no reason for me to participate in the forum anymore after the domain owner had blasted some members for being inactive.As usual, we wrapped up early and found that there has been some changes towards educating pet owners on heat stroke. This resulated in the death of a dog last year. The best part that we've enjoyed the most was the freebies and the good company of people whom we met at the pesta site.