Spohr Photography: Blog https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog en-us (C) 2021 Spohr Photography info@spohr-photography.com (Spohr Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT https://www.spohr-photography.com/img/s/v-12/u169768385-o649641663-50.jpg Spohr Photography: Blog https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog 79 120 Social Media Pressure https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2020/3/social-media-pressure  

Greater Glider - Petauroides volansGreater Glider - Petauroides volansThe greater glider (Petauroides volans) is a small gliding marsupial found in Australia. It is not closely related to the Petaurus group of gliding marsupials but instead to the lemur-like ringtail possum (Hemibelideus lemuroides), with which it shares the subfamily Hemibelideinae. The greater glider is nocturnal and is a solitary herbivore feeding almost exclusively on Eucalyptus leaves and buds. Like its relative the lemur-like ringtail, the greater glider is found in two forms: a sooty brown form, or a grey-to-white form. The greater glider is found in eucalypt forest from Mossman, Queensland, to Daylesford, Victoria. (Text Source: Wikipedia)

Do you really need to upload every day to social media?

The following thoughts are for individuals and people sharing photos on social media. I haven’t included businesses or people making money of their photographs as this is a whole other ballgame than what I am writing about in the following paragraphs.

In the age of social media, it is hard to be noticed. Either the algorithm is not favourable for you or you don’t have the followers to make an impact. In the past, I have succumbed to the pressure of following the trend of posting as often as I could.

Since I started wildlife photography the social media channels like Facebook and Instagram rose to their pole positions. In the early days, the only real photography platform was Flickr and I believe it still is. When I created my Facebook Spohr Photography Page, I started to upload photos regularly. As I hadn’t enough unique content I decided to not upload as regular as I initially did. Soon after that Facebook started to bombard me with messages to upload more as others with a similar account do it as well. At the same time I heard from numerous sources that, if you want to be found and followed, you need to keep your activity up. With that came the pressure, self-inflicted, of course, to share more and more. The quality of my posted images was not the best more often than not. Fear of missing out rose and I started to question if Facebook was the platform to be on.

Social MediaSocial MediaSocial Media, a way to reach people with similar interests.

I came relatively late to the Instagram platform and tried there to post every day. When I had exhausted my show worthy images, I had two options, to upload lesser good photos or to slow down. While going through my Insta-feed from people and pages I followed, I noticed that most of them re-shared their photos regularly.

That was the point when I started to do the same, I posted my already posted images again and again. I even joined an Instagram Engagement group (you can read about that here) to boost my reach.

InstagramInstagramThe pressure of uploading to social medial like Instagram is high.

Forward a few years to the present time, it is now 2020 and I have been on Facebook and Instagram for quite some years. One thing I’ve noticed is, people/companies with money can buy their followers and likes. You don’t have to be good, you have to be aggressive and do what everyone else does and post what everyone else posts. What sells is exotic places or young girls showing off exotic places or their Insta-bodies.

I have come to the conclusion to only share when I have a worthwhile image to share. It doesn’t matter if you have a following of a million people, it doesn’t matter if people don’t comment or like your photos. What counts is that you had a fantastic time capturing your subject, that you love your image as is. There will always be critique out there. Listen to them but don’t take it personally. Good, constructive critique is good, trolls and inappropriate critique is not helping you in any ways.

MeWeMeWeThe new "kid" on the block of social media. MeWe, meant to be a Facebook alternative with no adds.

If I can share my photos and people like them and even follow my account I am happy with that. I see social media more like a way to show my photos to people who are interested in seeing them, at the end of the day it is no good having awesome photos and no one has ever seen them.

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New Year https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2020/1/new-year Flatback Sea Turtle - Natator depressusFlatback Sea Turtle - Natator depressusThe Australian flatback sea turtle (Natator depressus) is a sea turtle located along the sandy beaches and shallow coastal waters of Australia. They can only be found in the waters around the Australian continental shelf. It belongs to the family Cheloniidae, along with other sea turtles. This turtle gets its name from the fact that their shell has a flattened or lower dome than the other sea turtles. They can be olive green to grey with a cream underside. These turtles average from 76 cm to 96 cm in length and can weigh between 70 kg to 90 kg. The hatchlings, when emerging from nests, are larger than other sea turtle hatchlings when they hatch. The flatback turtle is listed by the UCN Red List of Threatened Species as Data Deficient, meaning there is insufficient scientific information to determine its conservation status at this time. It was previously listed as Vulnerable in 1994. They are not Threatened like other sea turtles due to their small dispersal range. (Text Source: Wikipedia)

 

What was and what lies ahead

To start with, I wish all of my followers a happy new year.

Satin Bowerbird - Ptilinorhynchus violaceusSatin Bowerbird - Ptilinorhynchus violaceusSatin Bowerbirds are renowned for decorating their bowers with all manner of blue objects collected from the vicinity of the bower and sometimes from farther afield. These odds and ends may comprise feathers from parrots, flowers, seed-pods and fruits, butterfly wings and artificial items such as ball-point pens, matchboxes, string, marbles and pieces of glass. Occasionally objects of different colours, especially greenish-yellow, are also used where blue items are difficult to procure. These are carefully arranged around the bower to assist the male to attract a mate. (Tex Source: BirdLife Australia)

In the past year, I was posting once a month about wildlife and photography related themes. The topics ranged from macro setups, macro DIY gear and other DIY gear, thoughts about wildlife baiting for photography purpose, copyright which was important to me to talk about Australian copyright rules and law (most times you hear about the US laws and the need to register your photos. It does have some merits but not necessary here in Australia. Go and read for yourself why and why not). I had blog posts about wildlife as well, such as the vulnerable powerful owl, the quest to find the Rakali and wildlife in the city and even in your backyard.

Garden Jumping Spider - Opisthoncus parcedentatusGarden Jumping Spider - Opisthoncus parcedentatusThe spider is brown in colour with a white pattern on its abdomen and thorax. The spider hunts actively during day time. The spider is usually found hunting on green leaves. Garden Jumping Spider is common in garden and backyard in Brisbane. (Text Source: Brisbane Insects)

I hope you enjoyed them. With a new year starting, I would like to encourage you to submit your blog post request by either sending a blog post comment or in one of the social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, Flickr or MeWe.

My plans are to write about photography gear and further DIY projects, Wildlife in Australia and maybe even behind the scene of one of my shoots. Also, a small change will be that I will post every second month instead of monthly.

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With that said, happy new year and thank you for visiting my website and blog.

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In the line of sight https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2019/12/in-the-line-of-sight  

Magnificent Tree Frog - Litoria splendidaMagnificent Tree Frog - Litoria splendidaThe magnificent tree frog is a relatively large tree frog, with the males reaching a length of 10.4 cm (4.1 in) and the females 10.6 cm (4.2 in). They have olive to bright green dorsal surfaces with white ventral surfaces. The undersides of the feet and legs are bright yellow. Most specimens have white or sulphur-coloured dots on their backs, of varying densities. The older magnificent tree frogs can be distinguished from White's tree frogs by the presence of very large parotoid glands, which cover the entire top of their heads and droop over their tympana. The tympanum is large, almost the size of the eye, and partially obscured by the parotoid gland. (Text Source: Wikipedia)

In the line of sight

I have seen many amazing wildlife photos in recent years all over the internet. To stand out in this ‘noise’ you need to have a spectacular subject or have travelled to exotic destinations.

I don’t want to discourage anyone from starting as a wildlife photographer. To set yourself up ahead of the mass with the wildlife in your country is to follow simple rules. There are lots of photography rules, for example, the rule of thirds or the exposure triangle.  The rules I refer to is not camera technical rules such as rule of thirds, etc. but more how to draw attention to your image.

I think a very important rule is if the head of the animal is facing you, to focus on the dominant eye. I have found that this draws the observer into the image and to the subject. This is especially true if you capture the animal as a ‘portrait’.

Lace Monitor - Varanus variusLace Monitor - Varanus variusFocus on the eye. Keep the shot clean. Tell a story

Another aspect of a good photo is to have no distractions from the main focus. You might have come across photos of a beautiful flower, a bird or a person but your eyes were distracted by a very bright window, a colourful chair or similar. That object took your attention right away and you almost forgot to look at the main subject. It is a good idea to keep your surroundings in your peripheral and change your position slightly or if needed altogether. Often, you have enough time to go onto your knees, move a step or zoom in a bit to take the distraction out of the frame. If all fails and you couldn’t do it in the field, try to crop the distraction out.

Eastern Grey Kangaroo - Macropus giganteuEastern Grey Kangaroo - Macropus giganteuFocus on the eye, but the bright objects (red circles) draw your attention away from the kangaroo. Also the power poles in the background are distracting, would have been better shot from a different angle.

That said, don’t get rid of anything helping to tell the story. Sometimes it is necessary to have that chair in the frame if it helps to showcase that the animal was captured in your suburb or backyard.

You can fix smaller distraction problems in post-processing, by cropping it out or to clone it out. That said, it is easier to change position or the angle than to clean it up afterwards. It may take you a little while to get used to it but practice will ingrain it and it will become second nature.

So keep this simple rule in mind and happy hunting.

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Ladybug pupaLadybug pupaIn its pupal stage, the ladybug is usually yellow or orange with black markings. The pupa remains still, attached to a leaf, throughout this stage. The ladybug's body undergoes a remarkable transformation, directed by special cells called histoblasts. The histoblasts control a biochemical process through which the larval body is broken down and reformed into the adult ladybug. Depending on the species and environmental variables such as temperature, the pupal stage may last 3 to 12 days.

(Text Source: ThoughtCo)


Macro world or how to set up your shot the easy way

While capturing the macro world I have come across a few obstacles. With a few of them, I have come up with very inexpensive ways to get great results. One thing I struggled with was capturing insects on windy days. 

At times I could solve the issue by photographing the insect in burst mode. So the slightest move of a branch didn’t ruin my photo. Instead, I used sequences of images and focus-merged them in Affinity Photo. The results were mostly an image which had the insect in full focus.

There are times though, where the wind was too strong or the weather wasn’t favourable that I had to resort to studio macro photography. I have a small table with a white foam board as a surface. There I stage my own landscape. I use branches, twigs, flowers and leaves to recreate the scene I have found the insect in. To hold the foliage in place, I would use some of my kids' wooden building blocks and rubber bands. That solution wasn’t the best but it worked. 

Indoor macro set upIndoor macro set upTo utilise my small space I have a foam board on a small table. I use the 6 armed third hand to position leaves behind the subject to mimic a shrub or tree. The background can be easily replaced with different coloured boards.

Through a Macro Photographer, I follow on social media I came across the perfect way to hold my props. The photographer uses a soldering third hand to hold a flower or a leave in place. The third-hand consists of a stand with two alligator clips on each side of a movable arm. When looking into it I found a variety of models and with a bit of thinking I decided to buy myself a third-hand tool too.

Arms with leavesArms with leavesAs this third hand has 6 arms the configurations are vast.

My model is a bit different as it consists of 6 movable arms on a heavy base. The arms can be moved in all direction and can hold various foliage. With the 6 armed versions, I am able to produce a variety of depth. I can have some foreground and background foliage and place a twig in the centre of it all. I even use two of the arms to hold a background in place. In this instance, it is black cardboard.

As you can see, this is a versatile and inexpensive way to create your macro world.

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Vulnerable Powerful Owl https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2019/10/vulnerable-powerful-owl Urban Bushland in BrisbaneUrban Bushland in BrisbaneCommon bushland reserves and conservation parks in Brisbane. Many people use these areas for recreational activities such as walking, cycling or jogging.


Powerful Owl - Ninox strenua

In 2018, I was told that there was a pair of breeding powerful owl in nearby bushland. After hearing that and receiving further rumours of their presence, I made myself the challenge of finding this elusive creature. The area in question is about 35 ha large with many areas heavily overgrown.

The task to find a nocturnal bird which loves to roost by day, perched in the dense shade of a tree, is quite difficult.
After months of scouting through the thick undergrowth in the close-by bushland corridor, I narrowed my search to a small area amongst some old habitat trees close to a waterway. Further searches and observations brought nothing. It looked as if the owls decided to roost and breed somewhere else.

I was determined to find out more about these wonderful owls and decided to join a volunteering group which monitors the powerful owls in South East Queensland. Since I have joined, I have scouted more bushland with little trace of the birds. It seems like they like to play hide and seek. On my surveys, which are under strict conditions, I have been following hints of the existence in certain areas.

Urban BushUrban BushUrban bushland you can find around Brisbane. When you go into these places and follow small tracks other people have left behind you come to some amazing places. In these areas, I have come across many animals big and small.

It is a game of persistence, you search in suitable bushland looking for clues. I went out to the same areas time after time. Listening to find out if there are any signs of an owl. Nothing. 

After weeks of little evidence of owls, I received a tip about owls in a bushland area on the south side of Brisbane. I went out on a Sunday afternoon with both of my daughters. We didn’t have long to search for it. In a nearby tree was an owl sitting faced away from where we came from. We decided to walk around the bird and approach from the other side of a gully. Between the Powerful Owl and us was about 50m of gully and shrubbery. The owl wasn’t interested in us. As soon as we settled into our observation point it drifted back to sleep. Once or twice it opened its eyes wide and stared at something out of our sight.

That afternoon was the day I could show my daughters a beautiful and vulnerable bird, the largest Australian owl living here in Brisbane. It was with the help of people trying to understand more about this beautiful creature who allowed me to do so. If this encounter has left an unforgettable memory in my daughter's lives, then it was worth it.

Powerful Owl - Ninox strenua StrigidaePowerful Owl - Ninox strenua StrigidaeThe largest of Australia's owls, the Powerful Owl usually inhabits the moist forests of eastern Australia. Its main item of prey is possums of various species, though large bats such as flying foxes are also often caught. They roost by day, perched in the dense shade of a tree, often with the previous night's prey held in its talons; this is when Powerful Owls are seen most often. With expanding populations of possums occurring in built-up areas, Powerful Owls are increasingly being recorded in the suburbs. (Text Source: BirdLife Australia)

Conservation Status:

Powerful Owls are considered vulnerable here in Queensland. The loss of habitat through development is a big reason why these beautiful birds are on the decline. Powerful owls need big old habitat trees with hollows to breed. Unfortunately, with land clearing, those habitats are getting cleared too and with them, old trees. The owls have adapted and have learned to live in fragmented habitats in suburbs but that brings other threads with it. In fragmented habitats, the chance that owls are secondarily poisoned from eating prey that has eaten bait is very real. 

Description:

The largest of Australia’s owls, the Powerful Owl usually inhabits the moist forests of eastern Australia. Its main item of prey is possums of various species, though large bats such as flying foxes are also often caught. They roost by day, perched in the dense shade of a tree, often with the previous night’s prey held in its talons; this is when Powerful Owls are seen most often. With expanding populations of possums occurring in built-up areas, Powerful Owls are increasingly being recorded in the suburbs. (Text Source: BirdLife Australia)

This blog post is endorsed by BirdLife Queensland's Powerful Owl Project. I would like to thank Dr Rob Clemens for his ongoing efforts to study these owls and contributing to their protection. If you are interested in finding out more about BirdLife Australia visit their website at http://birdlife.org.au

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Wildlife in the City https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2019/9/wildlife-in-the-city  

Eastern Grey Kangaroo - Macropus giganteusEastern Grey Kangaroo - Macropus giganteusEastern Grey Kangaroos crossing a golf course in a suburb in Brisbane.


Wildlife in the city

Switch on the TV at any given time and you will come across nature or wildlife documentary’s somewhere far away. Beautiful scenery with stunning landscapes and then abundance of wildlife.

You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to capture wildlife. Every city has its own population of wildlife. It is well known that falcons love high rise buildings to build their nest or use it as advantage points. It is a secure place to raise their young and the updraft created by the urban environment is what these animals love and use to hunt and go about.

Southern Boobook - Ninox novaeseelandiaeSouthern Boobook - Ninox novaeseelandiaeSouther Boobook sitting in a palm tree between two suburban houses.

In Brisbane, there are a variety of animals calling the city home. The Eastern Water Dragon - Physignathus lesueurii is said to have grown in size and has well adapted itself to life in the city. You can come across these reptiles without looking too much around. They are found in most parks with water features or close to the river.

Another animal well adapted to life in the big smoke of Brisbane is the Common Brushtail Possum - Trichosurus vulpecula or it’s relative the Common Ringtail Possum - Pseudocheirus peregrinus. You go out any time of night and you will see them roaming around the suburbs. They love the powerlines throughout the streets which they use to get around. These “possum highways” are ideal to keep away from predators such as cats and dogs.

Common Brushtail Possum - Trichosurus vulpeculaCommon Brushtail Possum - Trichosurus vulpeculaBrushtail Possum on the "possum highway". The common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula, from the Greek for "furry tailed" and the Latin for little fox, previously in the genus Phalangista) is a nocturnal, semi-arboreal marsupial of the family Phalangeridae, it is native to Australia, and the second largest of the possums. Like most possums, the common brushtail possum is nocturnal. It is mainly a folivore, but has been known to eat small mammals such as rats. In most Australian habitats, leaves of eucalyptus are a significant part of the diet but rarely the sole item eaten. The tail is prehensile and naked on its lower underside. There are four colour variations: silver-grey, brown, black, and gold. It is the Australian marsupial most often seen by city-dwellers, as it is one of few that thrives in cities, as well as a wide range of natural and human-modified environments. Around human habitations, common brushtails are inventive and determined foragers with a liking for fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and kitchen raids. (Text Source Wikipedia)

These were just two examples of animals you can come across in a city landscape. One night I was surprised seeing a Common Green Treefrog - Litoria caerulea poking out a drain cove in the middle of the city centre. I guess plenty of insects are attached to the lit up streets of a bustling city to feed a hungry frog. 

Common Green Treefrog - Litoria caeruleaCommon Green Treefrog - Litoria caeruleaGreen Tree Frog in a drain in the CBD of Brisbane. The Common Green Treefrog is a large species, growing to 110 mm. It is bright to dull green with a rounded head. There is a prominent, fleshy skin fold above the ear. The flanks may be plain or spotted with white. The belly is white and the back of the thighs are yellow to maroon. (Text Source Queensland Museum)

It is not only in subtropical cities like Brisbane where you will come across wildlife. In my hometown of Lucerne in Switzerland,  people have come across foxes an all sorts of wildlife. The best time to go out to dive into city wildlife adventures is from dusk till dawn, as most wildlife will avoid the hustle and bustle of daytime life in the city.

Carpet Python - Morelia spilota mcdowelliCarpet Python - Morelia spilota mcdowelliCarpet python in a rain gutter of a house. Morelia spilota mcdowelli is a subspecies of Morelia spilota, commonly known as the carpet python, and is informally named the Eastern, Coastal or McDowell's Carpet python. The original description and name were published by Wells and Wellington in 1984. It occurs along the northeastern coast of Australia and in New Guinea. (Text Source: Wikipedia)

So, to capture wildlife don’t look too far. You will be amazed what you will come across in your own suburbs and cities.

 

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Leave No Trace https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2019/8/leave-no-trace Photographing the wonders of naturePhotographing the wonders of natureProtect what you love. Once it's gone you will miss it.


Looking after your environment whilst chasing your dream capture 

In a time where you can backtrack most photos by looking at its EXIF data, there are not many places on earth where there haven’t been any photos taken.

You can read about stories of overrun and ruined places nearly every day. To stand out with your photography, you need to be unique, better or more spectacular than the next person. In all that rush of fame, one thing seems to be forgotten. Okay, I’m not talking about manners, that is a whole other topic in itself. I’m talking about the places we go and geotag, the things we do to get the likes and followers. I’m talking about our surroundings, nature, our outdoors.

Eastern Grey Kangaroo - Macropus giganteusEastern Grey Kangaroo - Macropus giganteusEastern Grey Kangaroo, Macropus giganteus, is a marsupial mammal that belongs to a small group called macropods. They have hind legs that are larger than their forelimbs. Their hind feet are also large and powerful. Their long muscular tail is used for balance when hopping and as a fifth limb when movements are slow. The fur is a light grey woolly colour except the face which is darker. A dark tip of fur is also found on the tail.
Males: body length to 1.3m, tail to 1m; females: body length to 1m, tail to 0.84m

(Text Source: Australian Museum)

I have come across an organisation which has the protection of the outdoors as their principal. It’s called leave no trace.

Leave no trace is a none for profit organisation which came up with the 7 principles to protect the outdoors. Visit their website if you are interested in what they do.

What I have done for years and has reignited since reading about the organisation is to think about it more, to build it into my planning. 

What leave no trace means for me is:

  1. don’t geotag your photos of little known places. 
  2. don’t trample on or collect protected flora.
  3. Don’t interfere with wildlife
  4. Don’t build hides in protected areas without proper permission. 
  5. Don’t litter
  6. Be nice to people around you

Stay on your tracksStay on your tracksEven staying on the track will give you amazing results.

Geotagging photos is something I haven’t done for years. When you photograph wildlife and you spend hours not to disturb an individual animal, the last thing you want is for hundreds of people to go to that location because of your geotag and displace the animal. That goes for point 2 as well. When I try to find animals I always try to walk on tracks, animal crossings or in a way not to disturb the fragile flora. The reason is to not to compact the ground where you walk which can damage or kill plants as well as giving weeds a place to thrive.

DumpedDumped carRemains of a dumped car

Once on location and photographing, my philosophy is to not interfere with wildlife.  I have written about the impact of luring and wildlife baiting in my March blog Food for Pose. In that blog, I have discussed the implications baiting has. Not to disturb the animals while photographing is sometimes hard but I strive to be as elusive as possible.

Sulphur-crested cockatoo - Cacatua galeritaSulphur-crested cockatoo - Cacatua galeritaThe raucous screech of the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo can be heard in many parts of eastern and northern Australia. A flock of hundreds of snow-white birds with pale-yellow crests can be a spectacular sight when seen in the distance, but up close their calls can be deafening. Being a gregarious species, these cockatoos usually spend much time in flocks, foraging together on the ground (often with a few perched in nearby trees keeping a lookout for any sign of danger) or roosting together in trees.

(Text Source: BirdLife Australia)

When out and about you come across all sorts of things, sometimes even makeshift hides. This is quite problematic, especially if it is in a national park. There are plenty of people ignoring all the signs and rules which protect the park. They just build a hide then and there. Whenever I can and need, I use my DIY wildlife blind. In November I have written about how to make one on a budget. If you’re interested in learning how to make one, just follow this link DIY Wildlife Blind. This hide is lightweight and movable and it won’t leave any traces after taking it down.

Have you seen people who have snacks and stuff with them and after eating leaving everything behind? I have. It puzzles me, to be honest. They have the space to carry it wherever they go but miraculously they don’t seem to have space after finishing that pack of chips.

Trashing the placeTrashing the placeWhere people are there is often rubbish as well. Unfortunately many people leave it behind with no second thoughts.

Last but not least, for crying out loud be nice to people around you. If you found that amazing bird and taking up the whole track with your gear, don’t get cranky at the people wanting to use the track to admire the area. Photographers have not the best reputation so why make it worse. Instead of trying to capture that bird on a busy weekend, what’s wrong with a quiet weekday. Probably you will have the area all to yourself. And if that’s not working find a more remote or secluded spot to photograph your priced find.

With that said, have an enjoyable and safe day out wherever you capture your next photo.

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Macro Flash Light Shaper https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2019/7/Macro-Flash-Light-Shapere

Blowfly - Chrysomya megacephalaBlowfly - Chrysomya megacephalaChrysomya megacephala, more commonly known as the oriental latrine fly, is a member of the family Calliphoridae (blowflies). It is a warm-weather fly with a greenish-blue metallic box-like body. The fly infests corpses soon after death, making it important to forensic science. This fly is implicated in some public health issues; it can cause accidental myiasis, and also infects fish and livestock.
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Flash shaper on the cheap

I started macro photography a little over a year ago. I used my speedlight attached and as well handheld at the beginning but realised quickly that it was cumbersome. Either, the flash didn't illuminate the subject (because it overshot the subject or I didn't point the flash onto the subject), it was too bright or I missed the shot because I couldn't adjust anything on the fly.

I looked on the web for solutions and what other photographers use. I came across ring flashes, flash arms and a lot of other items. My budget was restricted and so I thought for a while on how I could build a light shaper on the cheap.

The result I came up with is simple and cost next to nothing.

I will explain step by step how I build it in a minute. First up, the solution worked a treat and since I have it, I have successfully captured many insects such as the Blowfly image above.

 

Macro SetupMacro SetupSpeedlight reflector setup

To create a flash shaper, as shown above, all you needed was aluminium foil (aka tin foil) and some gaffer tape or electrician tape and clear sticky tape.

First, you tear off a square piece of aluminium foil, fold it in half to make it a bit stronger. Now you fold in two edges as shown below. To make the light shaper more sturdy and less prone to ripping, take the clear sticky tape and stick it across one side of the aluminium foil. Best done on the side without the folded over edges. Trim the sticky tape so it is flush with the foil. Turn the foil around and place gaffer tape/electrician tape onto the backside of the light shaper, making sure to neatly tape over the folded edges. Trim the tape off again on the edge of the foil. To strengthen the edge, use narrow gaffer tape and place it halve the width onto the shiny side (as you can see in the photo) and fold it over and stick it down on the back side. Now, rub all over the light shaper to firmly stick down both tapes on both sides. I had some minor issues with the tape peeling off until I rubbed it firmly on.

Light shaperLight shaperHome made light shaper.  

To attach the light shaper to the speedlight, take two rubber bands and place it on top of the speedlight as shown in my photo above.

This light shaper is cheap, lightweight and flexible. It can be rolled up or just placed into your camera bag for the next amazing insect you discover.

With this light shaper, the light from the flash will still travel straight ahead (yellow arrow, see below) and illuminate the subject just slightly due to the light being not straight but cone-shaped (yellow dotted arrows). The main light beam will travel beyond the subject and brighten up the background. The light shaper will catch some of the light (orange) and bounce it onto the subject.

Light coneLight coneThe direction of the light produced by your speedlight is not straight but more like a cone. The reflector bounces the upwards travelling beams and redirect it onto the subject.

I hope this light shaper will help you to succeed in your endeavour to capture the amazing macro world.

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Convolvulus Hawk Moth - Agrius convolvuliConvolvulus Hawk Moth - Agrius convolvuliAgrius convolvuli, the convolvulus hawk-moth, (hīhue in Te Reo Māori) is a large hawk-moth. It is common throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, partly as a migrant. (Source Wikipedia )
Helping wildlife to survive urbanisation

Wildlife photography can start right in your own backyard or community space. I have captured quite a few insects, birds and small reptiles in my own backyard. The trouble with a lot of backyards is that they are quite sterile for many critters and reptiles to call home. An immaculate lawn from edge to edge isn't quite as inviting as if there are areas for them to hide.

There are simple ways to improve your own space and there are of course the elaborate ways as well. In this blog, I will go into a few simple things you can do to improve your chance to shoot that stunning backyard animal photo.

A simple and quite overlooked way is to keep edges of your yard as natural as possible. That doesn't mean it has to be untidy but maybe leave that fallen branch there. Maybe don't get rid of those old bricks or pipes or pieces of gutter. Keep it and make a shelter out of them but keep in mind not to use painted or treated materials as this is not suitable for animal habitats. This can be in a corner of your yard which you prepare not only for the wildlife you try to encourage to move in but with a bit of planning you can set it up to be ideal for your future macro photography. When building it, think of where the sun is throughout the day. If you plan it well, you will have the area in sun or shade through parts of the day. If you keep bricks and pipes and other items, why not covering it with some soil to make it look more natural (retaken by nature). Small bushes and hedges are also a great spot for small birds, spiders, grasshoppers and other animals to call home.

Hiding place.Hiding place.Old logs, broken bricks and offcuts make great hiding places for lizards and other small animals.
If you have space and love flowers, why not plant-insect attracting varieties or natives to your local area. Bees, bugs and spiders will thank you for it.

Another thing you could create is a so-called bug hotel. A bug hotel is a wooden frame with offcuts of bamboo, branches and even clay (see photo below). Blue-banded bees and other hole loving animals will soon move in and call your backyard home. All you need to do is hanging it close to beneficial plants, on a fence near bushes and flowers. Set up with your photography in mind and you have the perfect background to capture that shy beetle or bee.

  Insect HotelInsect HotelWith this simple 'insect hotel' you can attract many insects into your garden and give them a place to shelter. All you need now is your macro lens and some residents...

To increase your chance of having lots of lizards, bugs and spiders to photograph is, not to use any pesticides or herbicides in your yard. First of all, dead animals make not good subjects and on the other hand, the more the natural balance is reinstated the more beneficial animals you will have in your backyard. In spring, summer and autumn you will have the result and you will be able to benefit from your little sanctuary in your backyard. The photographic opportunity will unfold right in front of you. The work invested will be paid back in having no travel cost, easy access all day and all night and you can modify it to your own liking.

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Rakali, also known as Water Rat or 'Australian Otter".Rakali, also known as Water Rat or 'Australian Otter".Rakali running in a waterway in Brisbane, Australia.

The quest to photograph the Rakali

Rakali or Water Rat is a native placental mammal found throughout the coastal area of Australia. Many people mistake it with the black or brown rat which is a pest. It is more like an otter than a rat, especially in size and that is why it is sometimes referred to as the Australian Otter.

One evening, after finishing searching my local bushland for wildlife I stopped at a bridge which leads over a creek. As I have just parked my car and thought to just have a quick look, I didn't bring my camera with me and of course, spotted an animal in the water fighting with something. I quickly pulled out my torch to see what it was. What I thought I saw was a platypus, but on closer inspection, I realised that it wasn't a platypus at all and it was too big to be a black rat. The next moment I saw the animal picking up something which turned out to be a frog or toad. The animal quickly turned around and swam back into the distant reed banks. While swimming away I noticed a distinct white tip on the animals tail. I cursed myself at that moment that I left my camera in the back of my car parked too far away to quickly grab it.

Back home talking to my wife what I witnessed, she mentioned that it might be a water rat. After hearing that, I researched the water rat and with all I have seen, the size, swimming, the frog meal and the white tip of its tail, I concluded that my wife was right. I have seen a Rakali (water rat).
CreekCreekCreek or waterhole, habitat of the Rakali (Australian Water Rat)

The quest was on, the next afternoon, with all information gathered I made my way back to the bridge and the creek. I have read that the Rakali can mostly be found at dusk or dawn but is out during the day too. I went down to the creek bed and placed myself close to the bridge and waited. And waited. I heard twice the splash of a big animal but unfortunately, every time I tried to spot it, nothing was there. The night had clearly fallen and my visibility was very limited. I used my torch with a red filter attached every now and then to scan the water surface but apart from jumping small fishes, it was quiet.

Back home I watched a few videos about the animal to understand their habits. That turned out to be a bit more difficult than thought, as very little is known about the Rakali. I decided to go out once more to try my luck. This time I prepared my wildlife blind and stool, so I could sit and wait which will make the waiting a bit more comfortable. The blind will hopefully make me blend in with the background enough to not chase away the animal. But again, nothing.

A couple of months had passed and I was on my way home from another night excursion. I decided to stop at the bridge again and have a look if I can see anything. This time I prepared myself and grabbed my Nikon D500 with the Sigma 150-500mm attached and a torch. I used the setup I have written about in my last blog post. I reached the bridge, looked down the far side of where I saw it last time. Nothing. I crossed the road and looked down. We had some rain in the last couple of days so the creek was slightly higher than on my last visits. There it was, the Rakali I was hoping to photograph. 

Rakali (Water Rat)- Hydromys chrysogasterRakali (Water Rat)- Hydromys chrysogasterRakali, Hydromys chrysogaster, also known as rabe or water-rat, is an Australian native rodent first described in 1804. The change to the aboriginal name Rakali was intended to foster a positive public attitude by Environment Australia. It is the only member of the genus Hydromys with a range extending beyond Papua New Guinea and Indonesian West Papua. Having effectively adapted and colonised a unique niche of semiaquatic and nocturnal lifestyle, this species lives in burrows on the banks of rivers, lakes and estuaries and feeds on aquatic insects, fish, crustaceans, mussels, snails, frogs, birds' eggs and water birds. Rakali have a body 231-370 millimetres in length, weigh, 340-1,275 grams and have a thick tail measuring around 242-345 millimetres. Females are generally smaller than males but tail lengths are normally the same. They have partially webbed hind legs, waterproof fur, a flattened head, a long blunt nose, many whiskers and small ears and eyes. The body is streamlined with a skull that is large, flat and elongated, with two molars on the upper and lower jaw, similar to the False water rat Xeromys myoides. They are black to brown in colour with an orange to white belly and a dark tail with a white tip. (Source: Wikipedia)

I pulled the camera up to my eyes, shone the torch towards the water rat, focused and clicked on low burst mode as many times I could. The Rakali is a shy creature and once it spotted me turned around and moved back through the water and riparian growth to the deeper side of the creek. Swimming strongly and in the direction of the far sides reed bank. It disappeared at the same spot as last time which I presume it is its borrow.

I went back to the creek a few times and waited patiently for hours. One evening I heard a rustling behind me and then a minute later I saw the Rakali bouncing through green plats on the edge of the water before diving in and disappearing in the direction of its burrow. The whole thing took very little time and I couldn’t move my camera quick enough to capture it. An experience anyway.

The hunt for the perfect photo of the Rakali is still on...
Rakali - Hydromys chrysogasterRakali - Hydromys chrysogasterRakali or also know as Water Rat is closer to an otter than a rat. The Rakali is a very good swimmer and has adapted perfectly to its habitat. On the far right of the image you can see its distinct white tip tail which differentiate the Rakali from the Rat.

About the Rakali:

Rakali, Hydromys chrysogaster, also known as rabe or water-rat, is an Australian native rodent first described in 1804. The change to the aboriginal name Rakali was intended to foster a positive public attitude by Environment Australia. It is the only member of the genus Hydromys with a range extending beyond Papua New Guinea and Indonesian West Papua. Having effectively adapted and colonised a unique niche of semiaquatic and nocturnal lifestyle, this species lives in burrows on the banks of rivers, lakes, and estuaries and feeds on aquatic insects, fish, crustaceans, mussels, snails, frogs, birds' eggs and water birds. Rakalis have a body 231–370 millimetres in length, weigh, 340–1,275 grams and have a thick tail measuring around 242–345 millimetres. Females are generally smaller than males but tail lengths are normally the same. They have partially webbed hind legs, waterproof fur, a flattened head, a long blunt nose, many whiskers and small ears and eyes. The body is streamlined with a skull that is large, flat and elongated, with two molars on the upper and lower jaw, similar to the False water rat Xeromys myoides. They are black to brown in colour with an orange to white belly and a dark tail with a white tip. (Source: Wikipedia)

 

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Marbled Frogmouth - Podargus ocellatusMarbled Frogmouth - Podargus ocellatusThis is a beautifully plumaged bird with mottling or marbling giving the appearance of rough bark. Like other frogmouths, it freezes motionless when disturbed, relying on camouflage to conceal its presence. This bird is also called the plumed frogmouth due to barred bristles or 'plumes' protruding above its bill. It is distinguished from the more common tawny frogmouth which has paler eyes and unbarred plumes. The marbled frogmouth lives in patches of subtropical rainforest. It is listed as vulnerable in Queensland due to habitat clearing but its distinctive guttural 'gobble gobble' call and bill-clapping are occasionally heard in this rainforest. It is most active at dusk and dawn (crepuscular) and takes prey such as insects and frogs from the mid-canopy. (Source: Mary Cairncross Reserve) Night time wildlife photography

I have a 5 min tip for any aspiring night time wildlife photographer.

I have been shooting a fair bit at night, a few years back when I created light art also known as light painting and more recently while photographing wildlife. The latter has its obstacles. First, most nocturnal animals are not as active at dusk or dawn then through the night.

So, how do you capture those creatures while it is pitch dark in a rain forest? You use a torch.

That comes with its own problems, you can’t really hold and point a torch towards the animal, hold your camera and focus at the same time. It is possible, believe me, I have done it. But that is really cumbersome.

My solution to this problem is simple. If your torch has a belt clip like mine, it is a LED Lenser M7, strap it to the lens with velcro. It is secure, cheap and simple to make.

LED Lenser and NikonLED Lenser and NikonNikon D500 with the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 and the LED Lenser M7.

Buy velcro and sow the rough side to the soft side back to back. If you have a smaller width velcro band, sow two of these strips together. If you make the strip longer than you need, you can use this system on all sorts of lenses with different diameters. Wrap a couple of rubber bands around the lens to prevent the belt clip and torch from sliding sideways. All up it will cost you a few bucks, that’s it.

I used this system successfully with my Nikon D500, Sigma 150-500, YongNuo Speedlight YN568EX and my LED Lenser M7 and even the LED Lenser X7R which has a greater lumen output. This system lets you shine the beam right ahead of you and will be in your frame and help you focus on that nocturnal creature. Of course, you can use any torches as long as you can focus it and if it comes with a belt clip, even better. The torch doesn’t have to lay on top of the lens, it can be mounted underneath as well. The advantage of having it on top of the lens is, the torch naturally wants to point downwards into the centre of your focal point. Underneath and the torch tends to pull down, which can be corrected by balancing it while pushing the torch backwards in the clip.

A word of advice about using torchlight at night. Although it is not recommended to shine a bright white torchlight into an animals face. I know it sounds like I contradict myself, first saying to use a torch to capture the animal then not to. Just stay with me and I will explain. I recommend using a torch with a red light (red bulb, cellophane or filter). This will ensure you are not losing your night sight and you are not glaring a bright light into the animal's eyes. I use the red light to search for nocturnal animals. Once found and I'm happy it is in a position I can capture it with my camera, I switch to my torch on top of my lens, aim, focus and capture. This is all done in a couple of minutes at most. Remember how you would feel if someone comes and shines a torchlight into your eyes at night.

 

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Food for pose... https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2019/3/wildlife-baiting
Tasmanian Devil - Sarcophilus harrisiiTasmanian Devil - Sarcophilus harrisiiTasmanian devil with carcass. Photographed in a wildlife sanctuary.

Wildlife baiting

When it comes to wildlife photography you might have heard the term ‘baiting’ for wildlife. The term refers to laying out bait to attract certain wildlife in a particular area. The bait used is as varied as the animal's people want to attract. It can be as little as seeds and nuts and can go to whole dead animal carcasses. In rare occasions, people use live bait such as mice, rats or even rabbits to attract raptors, snakes or other carnivores.

Life bait is quite often held in place with a wire or string so the animals can’t escape and the photographer knows the point of impact so to speak. This is a cruel way of photographing wildlife as the pray is terrified and has no way to escape and it doesn’t show the natural behaviour of the predator or prey. In nature, predators have a quite high failure rate and the prey has a chance to escape. For instance, in winter mice and rats stay beneath the snow for shelter and warmth. The predators like owls use their excellent hearing to find their prey. The owls will then penetrate the snow to try to catch the prey, so the actual impact is disguised by the snow. Some photographers use that instinct of the owls but place the store-bought mouse on top of the snow to get the action shot. Store bought mice are white or black, whereas wild one are mostly grey. Another point is, that mice and rats bought in stores can carry diseases such as salmonella, pathogens and so forth which can harm the predator too.

Saltwater Crocodile - Crocodylus porosusSaltwater Crocodile - Crocodylus porosusSaltwater Crocodile feeding on chicken carcass. Photographed in a Zoo.
 

The milder form of baiting is as mentioned above to spread out seeds, nuts and meat or carcasses. This will attract lots of wildlife too but there is no suffering involved as there is with wiring a living animal.

The downside of baiting is that animals get used to food sources which are usually not there and once the photographer stops baiting, the animals has become dependent on the location.

Baiting of wildlife should not be done. Animals can lose their shyness and become easier prey.  Wildlife will associate humans with easy food and can lose their instincts and natural behaviours. Some animals can show aggression toward humans and inflict injuries.

Barking Owl - Ninox connivensBarking Owl - Ninox connivensBarking Owl feeding on rat. Photographed in a wildlife sanctuary.

In rare occasions, you might get tempted to bait to help wildlife to survive hard winters or drought. Of course, this is debatable as some say it interferes with natural selection as with harsh conditions only the fittest will survive. On the other hand, with vulnerable or threatened species an extra ration of food might just help the species to survive. 

Conclusion 

My personal opinion is not to bait wildlife and try to capture the beauty of these animals in their natural habitat and behaviour. What about you?

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Don't sell yourself cheap... https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2019/2/dont-sell-yourself-cheap
Stolen imageStolen image...Stolen images can appear on any websites or in or on books, T-Shirts, Mugs, Key-rings etc It is worthwhile to search for your best liked images not only online but keep your eye open in markets, bazaars, etc.

Has this happened to you?

A company contacts you and says in their email that they love your image on your social media site and they would like to use it for a campaign or advert. You get excited as you feel honoured that a photo of yours has been selected by a company. 

Two things might go through your mind now, what should I ask and should I give it away for free.

I have been in the same situation and have done the wrong thing. My scenario was, a company wanted one of my light painting photo for an upcoming story. I ask about the terms and conditions of how they wanted to use it. They gave me the information with no issue, saying that my name will be in the story and that I will keep my rights. I told the company that they can download a copy from my website for a fee. 
A day later, I received an email asking how they could download it and after I said that they need to click on buy. A return email came promptly saying that they don’t pay for the image but still want to use it. After some consideration, I reluctantly sent the company my image with clear terms and conditions.

In hindsight, I should not have given away my photo. First, it makes me look cheap. It gives me no financial gain to cover my costs, even though I am not a professional photographer, I still have costs associated with my photo. Think about travel expenses, gear, my time for the shoot and post-processing, etc. Also, by giving away my photo I hurt the professional photography industry. In the past, photographers could live of selling images to companies. Nowadays companies expect to find it online for free. Finally, if you give a photo to a company for free, don’t think that if they’re looking for paid work that they will choose you. You have set your price to free, so the company which has a set budget will go for someone who will have set prices in place next time.

So your image is stolen, what next...

Sulphur TshirtStolen image on T-ShirtYour image might turn up in unexpected locations...

(Disclaimer: I am not an Intelectual property lawyer, in fact, I am not a lawyer - period. All advice, comments, views are not to be taken as truth. I have done my best to research the topic as good as I can. BUT, if you do have a copyright issue, please consider the advice of a good lawyer. I do not take any responsibility for any false information given, outdated information or otherwise wrong advise.)

The following thoughts and information are in accordance with my knowledge of the ‘Australian Copyright Laws’.

You discover that your image was stolen by an individual or company. Here in Australia you, as the Photographer, own the copyright to your photos (please visit this website: Copyright.org.au for the full teardown as it depends on your relationship with third parties involved with your shoot). You don’t have to register your work here in Australia as the law states that you are covered from the minute you capture that photo. In my scenario, no third party was involved in creating the image. In the US however or if someone from the US has infringed on your copyright, to be able to successfully pursue your case in the US, your images need to be registered in the US. Please refer to The Copyright Zone for more information.

With individuals stealing your work, it is the best to send a cease and desist’ email or letter. The chance that you get any money out of them is slim. However with the email, you have shown your seriousness and if you want to go for legal actions, you can show you have approached the individual. 

In case of a company stealing your work, I advise you to talk to an Intellectual Property Lawyer in your local area. Do not send anything before you had a chance to talk to a lawyer. Companies will ignore your payment letter unless it has a lawyers letterhead. Second, if you have sent off a letter with an amount to pay in it, the company might take that against you if it comes down to a court case. Which means they can argue to pay you only for as much as you were chasing in your letter. An IP lawyer might be able to argue more money out of the company stating that they have to pay damages and lost profits.

I strongly believe it is worth pursuing your rights and chase companies, BUT do it right and inform yourself and gather information BEFORE you send any letters or emails. With gathering information I mean, take a screenshot of the website your image is shown, including date and time of your computers taks bar if possible. Buy the T-shirt, mug, beach towel etc. your image is printed on. Try to get peoples names who are involved, etc. That all will help you when you approach a lawyer.

If you do have a case and it is looking to be a strong one, in your own opinion, go to the IP lawyer in your local area, the money is well spent (and you might recoup it in your case).

Good luck...

As mentioned a few time, I am not a lawyer and this blog post is only a guideline. I do not take any responsibilities for any wrong information.

Australian Copyright: www.copyright.org.au

Arts Law Centre of Australia: www.artslaw.com.au

US copyright: www.thecopyrightzone.com

All other countries: please search for your government section which deals in copyrights or better speak to an IP lawyer in your local area.

 

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Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!!

Merry Christmas...

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a great start into 2019.

As for the last 8 months I will release a blog post every first of the month. This blog post launched a bit earlier, to stay with the theme. Next post up again on the 1st of February...

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With that said, happy new year and thank you for visiting my website and blog.

 

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Photographing the wild side of life... https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2018/12/photographing-the-wild-side-of-life
Dome-backed Spiny Ant - Polyrhachis australisDome-backed Spiny Ant - Polyrhachis australisDome-backed spiny ants such as Polyrhachis australis (length 4-6 mm), nest amongst the foliage of trees and shrubs by webbing leaves together with silk produced by the larvae. They incorporate fragments of vegetation into the silk. This group of spiny ants have a strongly arched mesosoma which has very short spines or none at all. Most species inhabit rainforest edges, open forest and woodland and some are common in suburban gardens in coastal Queensland.

(Text Source: Queensland Museum)

The beginning:

Since I can remember, my dad has always been photographing wildlife. Every time we went to a Zoo he photographed animals. I can vividly remember spending hours in the Chimpanzee section watching my dad taking photos of the group of apes. Later he travelled to places like Africa, India and Australia to capture wildlife in its natural habitat. I think I can say that my dad ignited the passion for photography in me.

But the passion for wildlife and photography stayed in me dormant for years. I first started out taking holiday snaps, and random photos. I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon D60 here in Australia about 12 years ago. In the beginning, I was an active Light Painter, a photography technique practised at night with a slow shutter and a light source. 10 years ago light painting was a fairly new art of photography but grabbed momentum and popularity very rapidly. The years capturing light paintings taught me a lot about the manual mode of my camera and the limitations of my gear. I knew always that wildlife photography was the way I wanted to go. I started out like my dad and photographed at Zoo's, then I ventured more and more out and photographed animals in the wild.
Freshwater Crocodile - Crocodylus johnstoniFreshwater Crocodile - Crocodylus johnstoniThe freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnsoni or Crocodylus johnstoni; see below), also known as the Australian freshwater crocodile, Johnstone's crocodile or colloquially as freshie, is a species of crocodile endemic to the northern regions of Australia.
Unlike their much larger Australian relative, the saltwater crocodile, freshwater crocodiles are not known as man-eaters and rarely cause fatalities, although they will bite in self-defence if cornered.


(Source: Wikipedia)

With Australia being an isolated island, lots of animals are unique to the continent and make amazing subjects. A downside might be that many are nocturnal due to the harsh habitat they live in. That obstacle has given me the opportunity to practice my photography on birds. Of course, I grabbed any opportunity I had to capture wildlife in their habitat and so my portfolio grew steadily.

From thought to portfolio:

Photographing wildlife starts for me with scouting for suitable locations. In the beginning, I use google earth to look for Bushland, Reserves or Wildlife corridors. Then I read up on the chosen animals behaviours, habitat, and where to find it. This can either be on local bushcare Facebook groups, state Museum websites or Ornithology group pages, websites or animal guide books. Talking to Rangers and Wildlife carers are quite often helpful too.
Sulphur-crested cockatoo - Cacatua galeritaSulphur-crested cockatoo - Cacatua galeritaThe raucous screech of the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo can be heard in many parts of eastern and northern Australia. A flock of hundreds of snow-white birds with pale-yellow crests can be a spectacular sight when seen in the distance, but up close their calls can be deafening. Being a gregarious species, these cockatoos usually spend much time in flocks, foraging together on the ground (often with a few perched in nearby trees keeping a lookout for any sign of danger) or roosting together in trees.

(Text Source: BirdLife Australia)

 

With the selection of animals to photograph prepared, the next focus is the selection of equipment. I have two Nikon bodies which I use regularly. My main body is the Nikon D500 and my secondary body is my old Nikon D7000. The choice of lens depends on the type of animal I want to photograph, I use the Tamron 90mm Macro, f/2.8 lens for my insect photography and my Sigma 150-500mm, f/5-6.3 for most other animals. For less shy creatures I use my allrounder Nikkor lens 18-140mm, f/3.5-5.6. That lens is even suitable for small animals and if I don’t have my macro lens with me, for insect photography as well. To light up my subjects I use 1-2 speedlights, a YongNuo YN568EX speedlight and a Nikon SB600. At night or for macro photography I use my LEDlenser (X7R and M7) flashlight. They are on the dearer side but the lumen output is amazing. Further, I use my belt system (see my October blog Carry Me) to carry my equipment.

Heaps of gearHeap(s) of gear

Once back home I load my images straight into ON1 Photo RAW for culling and rating and selection. The selected few of each animal will be brought into Affinity Photo for post-processing and if needed retouching. I store my photos on an 2TB WD external HD and a backup is sent to Backblaze cloud storage service. My portfolio is hosted on the Zenfolio (you get 10% off your new account if you use my link) website. A great tool for photographers with the ability to create galleries, collections, client proof galleries, etc. By now you know how I go about to capture great wildlife photos as you can find in my portfolio.

Thank you for visiting my website and reading my blog. Now, go and enjoy 'the wild side of life'...

Disclaimer: I am not an affiliate or getting paid from the companies linked in this blog post. Except for links to parts of my website.

 

 

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DIY Wildlife Blind https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2018/11/diy-wildlife-blind
Can you see me!?!

DIY gear for photography (part 2) 

While photographing wildlife there is always a chance to come across very shy animals. One day when going through my gear I stumble upon a tarp I made many years ago. The colour was perfect to turn it into a DIY wildlife blind. The tarp measures 2 by 2 meters and has eyelets on each corner and halfway down the side to attach it to branches, etc.

To turn it into a usable blind, all I needed to buy was some mesh, a bit of black fabric, some string and fabric dye and I was set. The mesh and fabric can be purchased from a hobby and craft store for a couple of dollars a meter. The string and fabric dye cost under $10 as well.

Wildlife blind frontWildlife blind front Wildlife blind backWildlife blind backPhotographer can sit on small stool and observe wildlife through window.

The photo above: First tests without opening cover and camouflage.

Tarp:

The tarp measures about 2 x 2 meters. I have taken all sides about 4cm in to strengthen it and to prevent fraying of the cloth edge. The eyelets are easily attached with the included hole cutter. I have attached a piece of string through each eyelet for easier attachment to branches etc. While crafting the blind I hung the tarp up to measure the correct height for the camera hole and the window. Depending on your seat/stool and size of camera and tripod the opening needs to be adjusted accordingly. I used a polyester mesh to disguise the person behind the blind a bit and to make the blind a bit sturdier. The cut out from the window was used as a lens and hole disguise. Then I used a piece of black fabric to cover up the opening with a few strings sown into it (see photo below). The string is so the fabric can be lifted in place to only show the opening in a small section.

Opening cover with strings.Opening cover with strings.To cover the opening I have attached a piece of black fabric which can be lowered in place to cover the whole opening. With the help of the strings I can open sections of the cover as I need to.

The photo above: Opening with black cover and string system.

Once I finished the alteration, I placed the tarp on the ground and squirted black dye in a random pattern on it and smeared bigger blobs of dye with a paint brush to create a camouflage kind of look to it.

Wildlife blind with camouflaged patterns.Wildlife blind with camouflaged patterns.Wildlife blind with camouflaged patterns on it. The pattern will help to disguise the blind a bit better.

The photo above: Finished blind with all the bells and whistles.

I have used the blind successfully for example to capture the elusive female satin bowerbird, a very shy creature.

Satin Bowerbird  (f)- Ptilinorhynchus violaceusSatin Bowerbird (f)- Ptilinorhynchus violaceusSatin Bowerbirds are renowned for decorating their bowers with all manner of blue objects collected from the vicinity of the bower and sometimes from farther afield. These odds and ends may comprise feathers from parrots, flowers, seed-pods and fruits, butterfly wings and artificial items such as ball-point pens, matchboxes, string, marbles and pieces of glass. Occasionally objects of different colours, especially greenish-yellow, are also used where blue items are difficult to procure. These are carefully arranged around the bower to assist the male to attract a mate.

(Text Source: BirdLife Australia)

Most blinds bought commercially are built like tents. An advantage of these blinds is, that the person inside will be a bit more disguised as the blind is dark inside. The disadvantage is that the blind gets really hot inside, especially in summer in the sub-tropics of Queensland. Another drawback is the size of the tent blinds. My model is compact (see 'carry me' blog) and not bigger than 20 x 10 x 10 cm. You may now say, but tent blinds have tent poles to set up. That might be correct, but why carry tent poles when you are in the bush and you can use sticks, branches, trees, etc. That is one thing less to carry with you. Also, keep in mind that this is for short-term use and not meant to stay out for weeks.

Disclaimer: All links in this blog are only used to show examples of the products mentioned. I am not an affiliate or getting paid from the companies linked.

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Carry Me https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2018/10/carry-me
To Back Pack Or Not To

DIY gear for photography (part 1)

In every photographer's journey there comes a time when you acquired more and more gear to perfect your photography.

For one, I have accumulated over the years a few lenses and bodies and with that comes the question of how to carry it. I have had a few bags/backpacks in my time. When I go out for a day and indulge in wildlife photography I started to carry two bodies, 2-3 lenses, Speedlight, batteries, etc. and my backpack grew bigger and bigger. In the end, I carried a big heavy bag on my shoulders and at the end of the day, my back and shoulders were sore.

I have seen a few different options of how to carry your gear and I came across a belt system which I liked. The weight is shifted to your waist and it becomes more comfortable to be carried. To curb cost and to personalised the system to my needs, I decided to create my own.

DIY belt system.Carry systemDIY camera gear belt system.

What I needed was easy to find in hobby and craft stores for under $30 (excluding the clip).

Clockwise from front:

Belt: The belt is made of 4cm wide polyester belting, available at hobby and craft store for a couple of bucks a meter. The belt buckle is available from the same stores or online for a dollar or two. The buckle is the same as it is used on backpacks which make them sturdy and secure. Measure enough belt to have ample to tighten or loosen it as desired. Sew the ends by folding the end over a couple of times. This prevents the belt from fraying (a bit of heat will melt the loose threads on the belt end nicely together).

Clip: Peak Design Capture Camera Clip (first generation) camera holder. This is a system I really like, I am not a fan of neck straps and this system does the trick. When I am out for the day, I have my secondary camera with an 18-140mm lens clipt into it. The clip is mounted to an adapted Peak Design pro pad made of leftover belt strap. (Disclaimer: The Capture Camera Clip is my personal preference and opinion and is not a paid advertising)

Bags: The first bag is a Speedlight bag which came with my SB-600 from Nikon. The other two bags were bought from an army disposal store for a couple of dollars. I always carry a Speedlight, spare batteries for cameras and flash, a bandage (I am often in snake country and I like to be prepared), gaffer tape or similar, keys, phone and wallet. Most items I carry always with me, some change.

Tarp: DIY Wildlife blind made of a self-made tarp (this will be shown in my next blog coming first of November). Rolled up and attached to the belt with a velcro band.

Carry beltCarry belt Carry belt backCarry belt back

This setup is the way I will carry my gear for hours without having a bulky bag on my back. With the gear around my body, nothing sticks out too much and therefore I am able to get into places without getting caught on something.

The system can easily be adjusted to whatever configuration you like. Some of the shelve belt systems have staps over your shoulders, which I haven't needed yet.

In my next blog, I will share how I made my DIY Wildlife blind out of a tarp I made myself 20 years ago.

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To Engage Or Not To https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2018/9/to-engage-or-not-to

Engagement on Instagram (or social media) is an interesting, enjoyable but sometimes frustrating thing.

 

In this blog, I will share my experience with an Instagram Engagement group and the reasons I joined and after a while left again.

One day I received a private message from a member of an engagement group from Canada. I was intrigued but not quite sure at the time what an Engagement Group was. The member of the group asked me to join the group. A quick google search revealed: Engagement groups define a number of social media users who meet through messenger services like Telegram to exchange comments and likes on each others posting on Instagram or Facebook. Sometimes these groups are titled as comment pods or engagement pods. (Source: InfluencerDB).

 

Instagram Profile Spohr PhotographyInstagram Profile Spohr PhotographyTo Engage Or Not To

After setting up my account on Telegraph, an app for private messaging, I was all set. Telegraph was an essential tool for the group to communicate with the members about the change in hashtags, time of drops (I'll explain further down what this means), new members and to announce the members who got kicked out. The first task was to follow all the group members, at the time I joined it was roughly 200. Once that was done I was all set to 'engage'.

The group rules were that you had to like all new post from each member within 24 hours of them posting the photo. As I live in Australia and the group had the majority of members from the United States and Canada most new photos were posted during the night. That meant, each morning I had to like roughly 100 photos. At the start, I could easily keep up with liking all new photos. The group also organised drops. Drops are when the group posts and like their member's contents at the same time. As said before, the group was based in Canada and all of their syncronised drops were scheduled at a time which was in the early morning hours here in Australia and I didn't have a chance to participate in it.

IMG_1623Instagram PhotoDome-backed Spiny Ant

Then over time, the group recruited more and more members. It ended up to be over 600 members. That had its pros and cons. More members meant the photos I posted gained more likes and therefore my engagement was increased, which in turn is favourable to the Instagram algorithm. The not so good side of the increased members was that there were quite a few people not engaging, which meant that they received all the likes from everyone else but did little to nothing in return. That sounds maybe good for that individual but it frustrated me over time more and more.

Over a few weeks, I monitored the people in the group which didn't engage back and reported them to the admins in the group. The response was mixed. You have to know that the admins of the group do it for free and for the engagement as well. After a while and crunching the numbers, I decided to leave the group. That was after I was a member for over 6 months. By then the daily task for liking all new posts, making sure that I was following every new member took quite some time.

Conclusion:

Pros:

  • get to know new people,
  • discover new photographic styles,
  • discover interesting photos.

Cons: 

  • you don’t have a choice of liking or not, even if you don’t like the image you have to like it.
  • if you generally don’t like the style of the member you still had to engage with them.
  • some members shared multiple photos of the same photography session. You are still bound to the group rule to like all photos.

The question is, are the received likes and follows real or just received because everyone had to. For me, the aftertaste of 'fake' likes didn't really disappear. Since I left, I (hope to) know that all likes are from people looking at the photos and genuinely like them.

Another common way to increase your followers: 

I have come across quite a few Facebook group post in which a member of the group asks everyone to post their Instagram handle. This is in the hope to receive more followers which might work. Another tactic to gain more followers or like is to comment on an Instagram post 'Like for Like' or 'Follow for Follow'. I am not a great fan of these kinds of engagements either as you only receive a like/follow if you like or follow. It is not a genuine appreciation of your work, it is only so the other party can soar the status ladder of social media.

I do like or follow accounts which speak to me, it might be the unique style of photography or same/similar interests. On a regular basis, I do check the accounts of people who started following me, if I like what I see I follow back...

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Pollinator https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2018/8/pollinator Pollinators

I was out in the backyard the other evening and heard some rustling in our palm tree. Then there was a distinctive smell in the air and I knew straight away what the noise and smell were. This little fella munching on palm fruits. A black flying fox. They can make quite a racket when they are not happy. But this one happily munched his ‘breakfast’.

Black Flying-fox - Pteropus alectoBlack Flying-fox - Pteropus alecto  

While in some areas people would like to see less of these animals. They are noisy, smelly and their feasies can be quite a mess. Fruit bat however play a vital role as pollinators at night. When birds and insect pollinators go to sleep, bats, possums and gliders do an important job in dispersing seeds and pollinating flowering plants.

Flying-foxes are crucial to keeping native forests healthy. They play an important role in dispersing seeds and pollinating flowering plants. Because flying-foxes are highly mobile, seeds can be moved locally and over great distances. When seeds are able to germinate away from their parent plant, they can have a greater chance of surviving and growing into a mature plant. Seed dispersal also expands the gene pool within forests. Mature trees then share their genes with neighbouring trees of the same species and this transfer strengthens forests against environmental changes.

High mobility also makes flying-foxes very effective as forest pollinators. Pollen sticks to their furry bodies and as they crawl from flower to flower, and fly from tree to tree, they pollinate the flowers and aid in the production of honey. This reinforces the gene pool and health of native forests.

In turn, native forests provide valuable timber, act as carbon sinks, and stabilise river systems and water catchments, and provide recreational and tourism opportunities worth millions of dollars each year. (Source: Dept. of Environment and Heritage Protection)
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The black flying fox or black fruit bat (Pteropus alecto) is a bat in the family Pteropodidae. It is among the largest bats in the world but is considerably smaller than the largest species in its genus, Pteropus. The black flying fox is native to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. It is not a threatened species. (Source Wikipedia)


 

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Food Chain https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2018/7/food-chain The impact of habitat decline on wildlife such as the Rainbow Bee-eater

Growing urbanisation of areas once bushland forces wildlife to move out of their habitat or decline in their numbers. Fewer green space means fewer plants and fewer plants means animals such as insects do not have their food source to survive. Urbanisation has another impact on plants and wildlife. The use of herbicides and pesticides reduces the once rich biodiversity even more. This causes a chain reaction and wildlife once abundant in bushland dwindle or disappear.

Rainbow Bee-eater (juv)- Merops ornatus-1Rainbow Bee-eater (juv)- Merops ornatus

What does that mean for the predators of insects?

One such study was conducted on the Rainbow Bee-eater.

Research featured in the 'State of Australia's Birds 2015' headline and regional reports show a marked decline for the Rainbow Bee-eater (and some other aerial insectivores) in the East Coast region, where reporting rates for this species have dropped by over 50% since 2001. (Source: BirdLife Australia)

One way to beat the decline in biodiversity is to embrace the green space in your local area. Use fewer or no herbicide and pesticide in your own backyard. Let insects come back to your garden and the predators such as the Rainbow Bee-eater will follow. Another way is to join a local bushcare group. They come in all shapes and forms. Some revegetate bare areas, some are dedicated to weed bushland and local green areas and others are involved in the conservation of local wildlife. Whatever you do to protect our planet, one thing is certain, it is the right thing to do to protect our biodiversity.

The Rainbow Bee-Eater is a spectacular bird. With its green, blue, chestnut and yellow plumage, its slim build, slender curved bill and distinctive streamers that extend from the end of its tail, it is simply beautiful. Bee-Eaters are a familiar sight in many lightly-timbered parts of mainland Australia, where they often perch on fence-posts or overhead wires, then launch after flying insects, flying swiftly, sometimes with rapid twists and turns, before snapping the insect in its bill and returning to the perch to eat it. (Source: BirdLife Australia)

Rainbow Bee-eater - Merops ornatusRainbow Bee-eater - Merops ornatus

A striking, colourful bird, the Rainbow Bee-eater is medium sized, with a long slim curved bill and a long tail with distinctive tail-streamers. It has a golden crown and a red eye set in a wide black stripe from the base of the bill to the ears, which is edged with a thin blue line. The throat is orange-yellow, with a broad black band separating it from a green breast. The upperparts are green, with the flight feathers coppery and black tipped. The underwings are bright orange, with a black edge. The lower abdomen is blue. The tail is black, including the long tail streamers, with a blue tinge. Females have shorter, thicker tail streamers than males, but are otherwise similar. Young birds are duller and greener, lacking the black band on the chest and the long tail streamers. (Source: BirdLife Australia)

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Photo contest pitfalls https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2018/6/photo-contest-pitfalls

Saltwater Crocodile - Crocodylus porosusSaltwater Crocodile - Crocodylus porosusThe saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), also known as the estuarine crocodile, Indo-Pacific crocodile, marine crocodile, sea crocodile or informally as saltie, is the largest of all living reptiles, as well as the largest riparian predator in the world. Males of this species can reach sizes up to 6.30 m (20.7 ft) and possibly up to 7.0 m (23.0 ft) in length. However, an adult male saltwater crocodile rarely reaches or exceeds a size of 6 m (19.7 ft) weighing 1,000 to 1,200 kg (2,200–2,600 lb). Females are much smaller and often do not surpass 3 m (9.8 ft).
As its name implies, this species of crocodile can live in marine environments, but usually resides in saline and brackish mangrove swamps, estuaries, deltas, lagoons, and lower stretches of rivers. They have the broadest distribution of any modern crocodile, ranging from the eastern coast of India throughout most of Southeast Asia and northern Australia.
The saltwater crocodile is a large and opportunistic hypercarnivorous apex predator. Most prey are ambushed and then drowned or swallowed whole. It is capable of prevailing over almost any animal that enters its territory, including other apex predators such as sharks, varieties of freshwater and marine fish including pelagic species, invertebrates such as crustaceans, various reptiles, birds and mammals, including humans. Due to their size, aggression and distribution, saltwater crocodiles are regarded as the most dangerous extant crocodilian to humans, alongside the Nile crocodile.

(Text Source: Wikipedia)
Have you ever thought of participating in a photo contest?

If so, have you read the terms and conditions?

Too many amateur, enthusiasts and semi-pro photographers don’t. 

Did you know that it is quite common that you sign away your copyright when entering those contests? 

Which means, many promotions, competitions state that all rights to the submitted photo go to the organisers. With the entry to the competition and agreeing to the terms, you sign your copy right away. You are not allowed anymore to publish your photo on your personal social media platform or anywhere else. Unless otherwise stated in the terms and conditions. The company owning your photo can legally pursue you for copyright infringement even though you are the person creating the photo.

Competition organisers do this quite often to gain access to ‘free’ images. This will give them hundreds of images they don’t have to source from image stock agencies for future use.

So next time you are interested in a competition, read the terms and conditions especially the paragraph about copyright and ownership.

You can read more about Australian Copyright Laws in my upcoming February blog. Why not subscribing to my alert email below and be the first reading all about photography copyright.

(I am not a lawyer and this is only a reminder to be careful what you agreeing to. I am not taking any responsibility for any actions you may take after reading this.)

Useful links: Photo Watchdog



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Koala Habitat https://www.spohr-photography.com/blog/2018/5/koala-habitat

Koala - Phascolarctos cinereus

I have come across this little fella on my way to an environmental centre north of Brisbane, Australia. It is not often that you see Koalas in the wild, mostly because they are not moving around and are high up in the eucalyptus trees, hence hard to spot. This one, however, decided to be about 3m off the ground and enjoyed his view. It is sad that more and more development in the greater Brisbane area destroying more and more habitat. Not only for the Koalas but for many native species. Koalas, unfortunately, can’t just move to another area, if their preferred food is not available then they can’t survive.

Koala - Phascolarctos cinereusKoala - Phascolarctos cinereusThe koala (Phascolarctos cinereus, or, inaccurately, koala bear) is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae and its closest living relatives are the wombats. The koala is found in coastal areas of the mainland's eastern and southern regions, inhabiting Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. It is easily recognisable by its stout, tailless body and large head with round, fluffy ears and large, spoon-shaped nose. The koala has a body length of 60–85 cm (24–33 in) and weighs 4–15 kg (9–33 lb). Pelage colour ranges from silver grey to chocolate brown. Koalas from the northern populations are typically smaller and lighter in colour than their counterparts further south. These populations possibly are separate subspecies, but this is disputed.

(Text Source: Wikipedia)


The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus, or, inaccurately, koala bear) is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae and its closest living relatives are the wombats. The koala is found in coastal areas of the mainland's eastern and southern regions, inhabiting Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia.

I love to photograph Australian wildlife and try bringing the captured wildlife closer to my audience. By showing these beautiful animals I hope to make the viewer aware of the fragility of nature and what we need to protect. 

Every day our planet loses about 200 species of plants, bird, and mammals. 

I hope to capture a fraction of them before they are gone…

 

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