03 March 2013 @ 06:04 pm
Common Bluetail, male

Australian Emerald

8 dragonfly/damselfly photos )
04 December 2012 @ 08:34 pm
Taken in Canberra, Australia. I think maybe a Shouldered Brown (Heteronympha penelope).



One more below the cut )
10 November 2012 @ 05:06 pm
Taken earlier this week in my garden, Canberra, Australia. Not sure of the exact identification.


More photos under the cut )
13 October 2012 @ 02:20 pm
Back in May I visited the Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra. Bunch of photos under the cut.

Short-clawed Otter, unhappy that the keeper is not going to feed it. These were so cute and made the most adorable noise.


Animals, oh my! )
A couple of months ago I visited Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, which is in southern Canberra. The wildlife gave me a pretty good showing. More photos to come from my second trip.


Aurora Bluetail Damselfly

14 photos under the cut: kangaroos, scenery, damselflies (it is me that we're talking about) )

Scientific name: Ictinogomphus australis

Taken at my old uni using my Canon 600D DSLR and EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. This dragonfly was pretty large and happily perched here for a while, allowing me to get closer to it (while watching that I didn't fall in the lake).

28 February 2012 @ 10:10 pm
There was some courting behaviour going on on Sunday in the garden of the place I'm renting. They're the Orchard Swallowtail butterfly. The female is the one sitting on the leaf. There were 3 males in total at one point!


10 photos )
Manual focus for the win. Need to get back to the lake to take more shots... Taking many many shots will give you the only chance you've got of getting something somewhat decent.


17 January 2012 @ 01:10 pm
On the night that the lunar eclipse happened, we also tried some astrophotography through the 12 inch telescope we were using. We're in Sydney, so there's a lot of light pollution, and the telescope is not on an equatorial mount (it's a 12 inch Meade) so you do get some rotation in the image over the exposure. But, it made me want to get all the necessary things for my telescope (which are going to cost a fortune). I haven't been able to find a decent image stacking program for the mac to see whether I could get anything more out of these images. I trialed astrostack, but it can't cope with the large file sizes.

8 second exposure, 6400 ISO.

15 second exposure, 1600 ISO. You can start to see the rotation here.
Taken at my university yesterday on a dragonfly hunt.


06 January 2012 @ 08:32 pm
Taken just outside my back door.
11 December 2011 @ 06:26 pm
~ 2 am, approximately the end of totality. Taken through a 12 inch telescope. A panorama of two shots.
07 December 2011 @ 12:02 pm
I'll be posting 2 pictures here probably from now on in one post, as I'm terrible at updating.
Taken last night. The cloud around the moon was so cool, as my sister commented it looked like a wormhole in Star Trek. First time trying night/astrophotography shots with the new camera. I sharpened the second image a little bit on the computer. Might have to try manual focus next time. Also very good practice for the lunar eclipse this coming Saturday - here's hoping it's clear!

01 December 2011 @ 03:19 pm
Walk in aviary in Canberra.
Laying eggs in the lake. A male dragonfly buzzed them while they were in the midst of laying the eggs, presumably trying to loosen the male's hold so that he could get rid of the eggs and mate with the female.

08 November 2011 @ 11:52 am
Taken at my uni with my new DSLR. With my old camera it was almost impossible to get a somewhat decent shot of these dragonflies as they never seem to land. With my new camera using the telephoto lens and manual focus, I can get some decent shots. This was the crispest shot I got in the air. My first dragonfly/damselfly forage for the summer at my uni's lake.

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