Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 19, 2009

Macro Photography at Ash Island

Filed under: macro — steve_happ @ 12:18 am

Ash Island, Monday, January 19th, 2009

This morning I woke up at 6am and headed off to the rainforest regeneration walk at Ash Island. It is a lovely spot which winds its way between the wetlands with rainforest remnants and she-oaks and a real mixture of bush. You never know what you are going to find in there. But first I must tell of my tale of woe. Firstly the flash would not stay tight and keep falling down. Then I stripped the thread on the plastic wing nut that was holding on the el cheapo ball joint extender. So I had to resort to using the onboard flash. ugh. The other day I forgot to take the lead for the flash but luckily was able to rescue this shot from the disaster. That was over the Community Garden, but thats for another day

sunflower macro

Well, back to today’s photographs, I carried on with the onboard flash. I had been using it for ages before i got my lead. Fellow macro photographers said that it was too hot. I am going to make a diffuser for the onboard flash like I used to have for the 40D. This photo is a little brown moth. I don’t know what the name of it is.

moth macro

This was a big mofo spider that was eating its way through a large beetle or something. No, wait a minute. That was the other one. This one was just hanging around looking hungry. I love the eyes on this one. Notice how many of them they are. Spider eyes fascinate me.

spider macro

I went into the bush and stalked some swamphens for a while, just for practice, and found this nice little thistle flower. I had never seen the white bits on the ends of the spiky bits before but they look quite good i reckon. Thistles are the most beautiful flower.

thistle flower macro
Thistle Flower

I found this large termites mound/nest in a paperbark tree. The termites had just about ruined the poor tree – it was split right in half.

termite nest macro
Termite Nest

Today the theme was earthy – there were so many earthy browny, ochry, orange and yellow colours in the bush. I think it is because a lot of the flowers and leaves and seeds are dying so they are all earthy and brown. I quite like all these earth colours. Here is a dead thistle flower.

thistle flower macro

This afternoon I have to fix my flash attachment. I probably should get a decent setup instead of the botch-up jobs I do. Oh well, I will get a wing nut and try and patch the old piece of rubbish. I wish there was a second hand junk camera store down the road that i could raid for spare bits and pieces.


  1. Wow, these macros are amazing. I like this entry.

    Comment by MoriaMegan — October 13, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

  2. Thanks Moria. 🙂


    Comment by admin — October 14, 2009 @ 12:23 am

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