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Re: North east spain
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2008, 07:28:19 PM »
Thanks again for those beautiful shots from your macro... clear and sharp... which macro again - sorry :)

I had a couple of grass snakes in my younger days ['64/'66?] and if I remember correctly they don't all have the yellow bands at the back the head... certainly looks like a grass snake. I still have a little booklet on keeping snakes and will try to look it out to confirm - unless some one else does before :)

Beautiful view... can understand why you'd like a place there... thanks again... looking towards tomorrows installment ;)

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Re: North east spain
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2008, 07:37:20 PM »
Great shots tim [tpe]
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Re: North east spain
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2008, 07:39:50 PM »
Hey anytime Frank, i am just pleased if anyone likes them, I (sort of) understand that bugs and snakes arn't everyones taste :).

It is the sigma 105, I dont know how much the quality controll affects them but I like the colours and the detail in the lighter areas just a little bit more than the minolta (I have had 2) and with this lens i cant see any difference in sharpness. It also costs less than half the price.

Thanks Rob, I just cant stop posting about this place, it is heaven for me, have to get the kids there as soon as possible.

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Re: North east spain
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2008, 07:45:04 PM »
Hey anytime Frank, i am just pleased if anyone likes them, I (sort of) understand that bugs and snakes arn't everyones taste :).

It is the sigma 105, I dont know how much the quality controll affects them but I like the colours and the detail in the lighter areas just a little bit more than the minolta (I have had 2) and with this lens i cant see any difference in sharpness. It also costs less than half the price.

Thanks Rob, I just cant stop posting about this place, it is heaven for me, have to get the kids there as soon as possible.

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Love all sorts of shots that are well captured... no one specific area :) Was expecting shots like those with my a700 + Tamron 90mm f2.8 - nothing like... wont repeat, covered in other threads :(

Thanks again Tim :)

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Re: North east spain
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2008, 09:23:19 PM »
Tim this is turning in to a really good blog.  The insects are spot on as usual and that snake shot is suberb - considering the situation getting the eye spot in is a brilliant effort and I would suggest that the snake is probably poisonous if the frog wasn't stuggling.  I saw something similar about 4 years ago in France but didn't have the camera with me (I didn't drag it everywhere like I do nowadays) where the snake was swimming with the frog in it's mouth.  What lens did you use for the village as I'm not sure if there is slight distortion in there?

Seems like your having a fantastic break getting an opportunity to do something you would never normally get the chance to - the day job is going to seem really boring when you get back. :)
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Re: North east spain
« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2008, 12:12:32 AM »

Tpe - #2 in that last group is a beauty!

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Re: North east spain
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2008, 04:38:10 AM »
Those are some pretty amazing shots Tim, but I think that the snake & frog drama shot is easily the best because of the rarity of coming across such a photo opportunity for most people!

The frog is probably a painted frog and the snake is definitely non-venomous and does look like a grass-snake.  In all probability, had the snake been startled enough and released its victim, the frog would probably make it to retirement!

Mozzies are very pesky especially when you try to get to sleep!  However, nowadays there are electronic insect-repellers which you carry on you and these are supposed to keep bugs away.  I have no idea if they work or not or at least if they work effectively against certain species, and less in the case of other insects.  Has anyone tried them out?

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Re: North east spain
« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2008, 09:57:53 AM »
Love all sorts of shots that are well captured... no one specific area :) Was expecting shots like those with my a700 + Tamron 90mm f2.8 - nothing like... wont repeat, covered in other threads :(

Thanks again Tim :)

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I really hope you get the shots you want when you get the 700 back, and that your sucess rate is better than mine as i am seriously running out of storage space for all the non deleted shots i have taken, and will probably go of the expected shutter life expectancy well before the camera has gone out of warrenty :).

Tim this is turning in to a really good blog.  The insects are spot on as usual and that snake shot is suberb - considering the situation getting the eye spot in is a brilliant effort and I would suggest that the snake is probably poisonous if the frog wasn't stuggling.  I saw something similar about 4 years ago in France but didn't have the camera with me (I didn't drag it everywhere like I do nowadays) where the snake was swimming with the frog in it's mouth.  What lens did you use for the village as I'm not sure if there is slight distortion in there?

Seems like your having a fantastic break getting an opportunity to do something you would never normally get the chance to - the day job is going to seem really boring when you get back. :)

Thanks fud, it really was something else, and yous you are right about getting back, ho hum :). I will try and post the last few today, i didnt save the best to last, it was just more or less chronological so the last ones dont really fit in as well as the rest...



Tpe - #2 in that last group is a beauty!

Cool, kind of running out of the non buggy ones now  :(. Spent too much time chasing insects and will have to go back  :).

Those are some pretty amazing shots Tim, but I think that the snake & frog drama shot is easily the best because of the rarity of coming across such a photo opportunity for most people!

The frog is probably a painted frog and the snake is definitely non-venomous and does look like a grass-snake.  In all probability, had the snake been startled enough and released its victim, the frog would probably make it to retirement!

Mozzies are very pesky especially when you try to get to sleep!  However, nowadays there are electronic insect-repellers which you carry on you and these are supposed to keep bugs away.  I have no idea if they work or not or at least if they work effectively against certain species, and less in the case of other insects.  Has anyone tried them out?

Cheers! :)

Chris

It sounds like you know what you are talking about there Chris, thanks for the identification, pretty sure you must be right about the painted frog....

Just on a side note Congratulations on the day, i hope you and the wife are enjoying it and looking forward to ssome pictures too :).

Cheers

tim


A couple of pictures just to finish off the the set, sorry it took so long it has been difficult getting on line.

O.K this first one is not very good and not at all chronological but just because it was promised earlier, this is a genuine spanish tarantula, is it where the song came from or is that italy



The lighting in this place was very difficult to cope with as it was really dark with bright sun comming in in places that blew the whites right of the scale. It did mean that insects were easy to find as they hang around in the sunny spots.


The levels of this one have been edited to their limit i think.

Of course there were the usual subjects that turn up near water.



There were plenty of leaches and stuff in this river, but as the water was comming directly of the local mountain it seemed pretty clean, i have not suffered any ill effects from drinking the water or having a shave in it, yet. It was also a perfect place to have a swim as appart from the leaches (that i think are hard to get bitten by) there were no mosquitoes of horse flies here, i am not sure if there were black flies (accross the med they are a vector for river blindness that could make its way further north as things warm up) but nothing took a bite out of me all day long.


The shade was really well shaded as the cliff was more or less verticle either side of the river, and the sun could not get in at all unless it was directly over head so the dark bits really gave a dark background for macro shots.



The available bush tucker was kind of odd but the locals seemed to like it
And i guess this is the limit.

Thanks for looking

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Re: North east spain
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2008, 12:52:10 PM »
Thanks again Tim for putting these up; more great shots. I really like the dragonfly one - those eyes!!! WOW :lol:

And that "ladybird" type bug - great to have a natural black background... and the colours! Can't say I like the tarantula... that's not my thing - maybe house spiders I'll try ??? :lol: Well done :)

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Re: North east spain
« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2008, 05:26:07 PM »
As per usual tim [tpe] your shots are great.

A productive and interesting holiday by all accounts.



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Re: North east spain
« Reply #25 on: July 07, 2008, 07:57:32 PM »
Geez tim, it's too bad about the poor pictures on this trip. Maybe better luck next time. KIDDING! Grand stuff. ;)

The snake-frog picture is great. Good eye. Nature is "cruel" -- or perhaps "harsh" is a better term. Lots of critters get 'et' alive out there. It is what it is. Raises all sorts of wonderful philosophical-religious questions regarding animal pain and "just what sort of God would allow such things to happen?" No comments from me. I find nature so darned wonderful with all of its depth and conundrums. A great shot of one moment in time of one poor critter dying to allow another to live on.

"I think this is some kind of caddis fly?" Yes the "tent" wings would indicate a caddisfly. Pretty insect. Trout love 'em :)

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