Stef any time, I didnt take some of your advice for the trip though as i thought i might be taking quite a few macro
Err sorry fother no you probably didnt see that before it got edited in somehow
. Glad you like it though
Hey there Simon (springtide) yes handheld, i just cant get away from that 2.8 macro
, It was kneeling though with the camera on my knee so kind of cheating.
You are dead (err bad choice of words) right there Chris, i went and checked after you mentioned about the fat tail and it turns out to be a brown variant buthus occitanus, the yellow variant of the same species is supposed to be one of the most dangerous in the world
. cool, bet it was more scared than me though (at the time).
Thanks clive, none of the wide angle landscapes i shot really worked out, these sunrise and sunsets with the macro ended up better, strange really, i will have to take more of aleaf out of robs book in future but dont want to cart a tripod round much. I was really lucky with the scorpion, and it turns out i found a true tarantula as well, i will try and post it later if the picture count tallies
Hey there rob (mad minolta man), i got my lifes nature shot there too, well i hope it is not my lifes shot but i dont see it happening again in one life time, and will post it in the thread later, i just got home and it will take a while to get through emails and pp first though, so please look back later
. Btw there were also some fish that were literally trying to get out of the water that were huge and in arms reach, you would have loved it.
In the mean time i will just edit them in in more or less chronological order.
This is more or less how the trip went 4 pictures at a time
The chance to take this bit of the trip came around because the better half was tied up with friends and other matters in france so i had a week or so on my own and able to take any pictures i wanted.
With only my camera, a small sleeping bag, some string and some tape, the idea was to sleep under the stars with nothing but my wits in the mountains of the pyrenees. You know do the macho man agains nature bit, like the wild, or bumming it, but not really doing anything dangerous or too much like hard work? It turned out that you really do need a tent or a mosquito net though (in that respect nature wone immediatly). I then took the train to a small border town called Portbau just over the Spanish French border.
And after a very short coffee and a couple of croissants what could be better than a quick dip
That night i got into the hills, perhaps not quite high enough though and found out that a tent is usefull but some kind of insect net is a must...
These guys were sooooo agressive....
But so was I
It was after trying to tie the sleeping bag up around my mouth to stop them biting me and still finding that now i was just eating them (smaller ones came out later in the evening but they didnt taste any better) that I had to make an emergancy trip to a camping store for an insect net (nature 1 tim 0).
I also found out that even though you might be lying on your back in the middle of nowhere sure that the only company is of the owls and the insects then think again, just when you are nodding off if it is 12pm on the summer solstice then expect fireworks, right there on top of the mountain as close to your ear as makes no difference, as they let off what is their equivilant to the 4th of July, what a shock that was.
I will get to some of my fave pics tomorrow