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by speedy
September 6th, 2016, 12:56 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Lenses for Herping Australia
Replies: 19
Views: 17807

Re: Lenses for Herping Australia

The sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 dg macrois popular with a lot of herpers. It isnt 1:1 macro, but will do a good job with most animals.
by speedy
April 2nd, 2016, 5:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in habitat - photo thread
Replies: 69
Views: 25664

Re: Herps in habitat - photo thread

Some great shots there Rye and Anton. Here is one from the other day, a common but popular herp in Australia. https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1587/26067490192_5e88a64ecb_b.jpg Eastern Blue-tongue Lizard by Ryan Francis , on Flickr Canon 6D 16-35mm 16mm 1/60 F/22 ISO800
by speedy
January 19th, 2016, 12:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!
Replies: 61
Views: 34339

Re: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!

This is probably my favourite shot for 2015, it was very hard to pick though and there are easy 20 to 30 others that I would be proud to post. A Giant Frog (Cyclorana australis) from North-west Queensland, Australia. These frogs are burrowers and only come out with decent amounts of rain. This was t...
by speedy
December 14th, 2015, 12:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An introduction and some shots from the Northern Territory
Replies: 7
Views: 3357

Re: An introduction and some shots from the Northern Territo

Nice work Derek.

Some help with the ID's. Your Skink is Carlia gracilis, the frog is Litoria rothi, your agamid is Chlamydosaurus kingii and your Northern Water Dragon is Gowidon temporalis.
by speedy
November 9th, 2015, 12:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping New Zealand?
Replies: 7
Views: 2699

Re: Herping New Zealand?

Just for the record there are no kiwis on any Australian Islands. I can't really help with NZ herps, but there are some great geckos there.
by speedy
September 24th, 2015, 3:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aussie elapids
Replies: 11
Views: 7255

Re: Aussie elapids

Mediocre at best.
by speedy
September 23rd, 2015, 2:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queensland over Xmas...yes, 9 months late - Frogs (w/audio)
Replies: 11
Views: 4556

Re: Queensland over Xmas...yes, 9 months late - Frogs (w/aud

Well done Chris. You have found a few that I am yet to find. Very nice recordings as well.
by speedy
August 6th, 2015, 1:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sydney Snakes!
Replies: 31
Views: 12298

Re: Sydney Snakes!

Lawrence and Jimi, That is actually a pretty good looking Small-eyed Snake. But I'm with Jake, they are horrible, bipolar, ugly things.
by speedy
August 5th, 2015, 8:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sydney Snakes!
Replies: 31
Views: 12298

Re: Sydney Snakes!

Great shots Jake, and good to see another Aussie on here showing of some great shots and herps.
by speedy
June 27th, 2015, 2:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cape York, Australia
Replies: 12
Views: 5507

Re: Cape York, Australia

Awesome Matt. So jealous of everything you found and I'm surprised to see you took photos of birds.
by speedy
June 25th, 2015, 9:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Most Common Herp in Your Area
Replies: 16
Views: 4945

Re: The Most Common Herp in Your Area

I'll do an international one then. For where I work at Mount Isa in NW Queensland Ring-tailed dragons are most common during the day and Gehyra robusta at night. https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5611/15334796547_11595df79a_c.jpg Ring-tailed Dragon by Ryan Francis , on Flickr https://c1.staticflickr.com...
by speedy
June 25th, 2015, 1:49 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New 1:1 wide-angle macro lens
Replies: 4
Views: 3710

Re: New 1:1 wide-angle macro lens

There are some shots of ants and grasshoppers on their website which look pretty close to 1:1. I am pretty impressed by it, I use a canon 16-35mm F/2.8 and find it difficult to get close enough with smaller subjects when doing in habitat shots. It will probably be difficult using it for in habitat s...
by speedy
June 17th, 2015, 5:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aussie herps in habitat
Replies: 20
Views: 8174

Re: Aussie herps in habitat

Thanks fellas. Captain Jack, most are taken with a canon 16-35mm F2.8. Usually around the 16mm end. You want to use something as wide as possible as depth of field increases.
by speedy
June 12th, 2015, 8:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aussie herps in habitat
Replies: 20
Views: 8174

Re: Aussie herps in habitat

It has been quite a while since this thread and I thought I would bring it up to date with some new shots. These shots have been taken over the last 8 months. The more and more I do wide angle shots the more I feel I am improving, I am quite proud of some of the shots I have taken lately. Pity it is...
by speedy
May 30th, 2015, 5:57 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Camera Bag
Replies: 10
Views: 5463

Re: Camera Bag

I have had a Lowpro flipside 400 for a few years and it has been great. Current contents of the main compartment are a 6D, canon 100-400, canon 16-35, canon 24-70, canon 100mm macro, 2 x Yongnuo 565ex speedlights, Canon 90ex speedlight, Manfrotto 330b flash bracket, 25mm of macro extention tubes. Th...
by speedy
December 15th, 2014, 12:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI/Suggestions - Cairns and Port Douglas, QLD
Replies: 3
Views: 1543

Re: RFI/Suggestions - Cairns and Port Douglas, QLD

Chris, I have never herped that area but I know it is going well at the moment. Plenty of scrubbies, coastals and frogs are out and about at the moment, plus just about everything else. Most national parks are open all the time. I have heard good things about Mossman gorge.
by speedy
November 26th, 2014, 7:18 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon VS. Nikon Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 8827

Re: Canon VS. Nikon Debate

A bit of the point there Chris. Sensor size means everything. A full frame sensor compared to a cropped sensor or micro4/3's all of the same megapixels will win hands down for low light capability. I was blown away when I went from cropped to full frame. On the crop I would rarely shoot above 400 IS...
by speedy
October 16th, 2014, 12:40 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Reducing shadows/off camera flash?
Replies: 3
Views: 3599

Re: Reducing shadows/off camera flash?

Hi Zach, I did have the same camera as you (I think,600D?). I use two Yongnuo 565ex ii flashes, they were about $120 Australian each. These are then mounted on to a Manfrotto 330B flash bracket. This works really well and I found the rebel controls the ettl better than my new 6D. You could probably ...
by speedy
September 28th, 2014, 2:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aussie herps in habitat
Replies: 20
Views: 8174

Re: Aussie herps in habitat

Thanks all. Simus, the Diporiphora does look a little like D. winneckei however it keys out very different. It is also similar to the newly described D. ameliae. There is still a lot of work to be done on Diporiphora, they will end up like a few of our skink genera (Ctenotus is the main one) with di...
by speedy
September 21st, 2014, 1:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aussie herps in habitat
Replies: 20
Views: 8174

Aussie herps in habitat

When I go out looking for reptiles I like to get atleast three shots of anything I find. A profile, full body and in its habitat. The in habitat shot I have found to be the most challenging but also the most enjoyable so I thought I would put a post together to show some of the recent shots. A large...
by speedy
September 21st, 2014, 1:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo 2014
Replies: 13
Views: 5780

Re: Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo 2014

Good stuff. No, not really. Ive been on a bit of a bird crusade over the winter, hanging out for a bit of warmth to get things moving again.
by speedy
September 21st, 2014, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need some help with reptiles from SW Australia
Replies: 2
Views: 1154

Re: Need some help with reptiles from SW Australia

You are correct with the first, Morethia lineooccellatus.

The 2nd is Egernia napolensis.

The 3rd and 4th are Egernia kingii.

And the last you are also correct with, Morelia spilota imbricata.

Cheers

Ryan
by speedy
September 21st, 2014, 12:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo 2014
Replies: 13
Views: 5780

Re: Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo 2014

Great shots mate, good to finally see some photos from the trip. Did you ever do an aussie post? I don't remember seeing anything.
by speedy
September 20th, 2014, 12:50 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: novice DSLR question
Replies: 10
Views: 4670

Re: novice DSLR question

If I give him some notice its only a couple of hours.
by speedy
September 19th, 2014, 8:07 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: novice DSLR question
Replies: 10
Views: 4670

Re: novice DSLR question

I take my gear to a specialist camera cleaner once or twice a year, also do some cleaning myself when required. I don't touch the sensor though. Australia is probably more expensive but for comparison I got a lens and camera clean done the other day for $60. I think it was a $100 when I got four len...
by speedy
September 9th, 2014, 11:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizards of New York
Replies: 8
Views: 2398

Re: Lizards of New York

Are there any conservation measures for Sceloporus undulatus given they are "threatened" in the area, though I assume they are common elsewhere...

In Australia no one would give a hoot if a population of something reasonably common (I assume is the case with Sceloporus undulatus) was under threat.
by speedy
July 20th, 2014, 9:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your Favorite Herp Eye?
Replies: 21
Views: 6212

Re: Your Favorite Herp Eye?

They should work now.

Here is another great one.

ImageMulga Snake by R. Francis, on Flickr
by speedy
July 20th, 2014, 8:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your Favorite Herp Eye?
Replies: 21
Views: 6212

Re: Your Favorite Herp Eye?

Double post
by speedy
July 20th, 2014, 8:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your Favorite Herp Eye?
Replies: 21
Views: 6212

Re: Your Favorite Herp Eye?

Some Australian geckos with awesome eyes. https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5478/9213800351_1edb2d105e_b.jpg Strophurus krisalys by R. Francis , on Flickr https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5462/9337630247_eea317af2f_b.jpg Rough-throated Leaf-tailed Gecko by R. Francis , on Flickr https://farm4.staticflick...
by speedy
July 12th, 2014, 3:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID Help, Kalbarri National Park, WA Australia
Replies: 3
Views: 1153

Re: ID Help, Kalbarri National Park, WA Australia

Yep, Pogona minor minor is right.
by speedy
April 17th, 2014, 1:10 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Convince me to buy a Canon EFS 100mm f/2.8 macro lens
Replies: 9
Views: 4608

Re: Convince me to buy a Canon EFS 100mm f/2.8 macro lens

Hi Joe, Mine has been fantastic, I went with the non L series as it was cheaper, apparently sharper according to DP review and I didn't see the need for IS as I use pretty much exclusively use with a flash setup. Saying that I have got some great shots without flash. Its very sharp great for any her...
by speedy
April 16th, 2014, 6:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #78: Cobra Rasslin', Ozzie Style
Replies: 13
Views: 4031

Re: Borneo Dispatches #78: Cobra Rasslin', Ozzie Style

Nice work Hans. I have recently had the pleasure of showing around a few Americans, some French and a Pom. They all asked what the bin lid was for before heading out. By the end of the trips they realised how valuable they are when photographing aussie elapids.
by speedy
April 5th, 2014, 1:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia trip Part 3
Replies: 18
Views: 8015

Re: Australia trip Part 3

Fantastic way to finish off. Amazing shots. Great work on the Mixophyes fleayi, they can be difficult to find. Also the Antichinus is a great shot, they are very difficult to photograph. Your mammal list and shots are brilliant, I am quite jealous and I live in Aus.
by speedy
April 2nd, 2014, 12:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 37 Pix That Prove Australia Is The Craziest Place on Earth
Replies: 11
Views: 2213

Re: 37 Pix That Prove Australia Is The Craziest Place on Ear

Sorry John, I always thought Irukandji were more dangerous. I have seen great whites surfing waves. I have also seen sharks and surfers on the same wave, not necessarily great whites. The picture in question is not clearly a great white, it could be any number of things. The reason i have seen these...
by speedy
March 31st, 2014, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 37 Pix That Prove Australia Is The Craziest Place on Earth
Replies: 11
Views: 2213

Re: 37 Pix That Prove Australia Is The Craziest Place on Ear

#2 is definitely real. It was taken in the Kimberly i believe in the early 2000's, i dont thing the Olive Python was ably to lift the wallaby. Not sure about #10. #11 is quite common, i have seen it many times when fishing of the beach. #29, Irukandji are much more dangerous than Box Jellyfish. A bl...
by speedy
March 22nd, 2014, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia trip Part 1
Replies: 24
Views: 8170

Re: Australia trip Part 1

Great shots, you did pretty well for not specifically herping. Your skink is Eulamprus heatwolei, the Yellow bellied water skink.
by speedy
March 20th, 2014, 8:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dumb question
Replies: 4
Views: 1211

Re: Dumb question

I agree partially with the two Chris. However for the north now is generally the best as the wet season is coming to a close. Temperatures are up and there are plenty of food sources. Yes snorkelling wont really work with the swollen rivers however you will see a wider variety of herps. I find gecko...
by speedy
March 1st, 2014, 5:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Token Racer and Australian Herp ID's
Replies: 6
Views: 3109

Re: Token Racer and Australian Herp ID's

The first is a juvenile Kings Skink (egernia kingii). I think, look about right. I agree with Crenodactylus for the next two. Going by the shape of the toes in the first and the markings on the juvie The forth is a Diplodactylus, they have just been revised for that area, i am trying to find the pap...
by speedy
February 24th, 2014, 4:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for a buddy for Brisbane trip
Replies: 4
Views: 952

Re: Looking for a buddy for Brisbane trip

You would be better of changing your bookings and moving around. Taipans, mulgas and Argus monitors (better known as Yellow-spotted Monitor) are all possible within a few hours drive of Brisbane. They can be quite difficult to find though and are much easier to find in other areas further away. Both...
by speedy
February 24th, 2014, 12:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for a buddy for Brisbane trip
Replies: 4
Views: 952

Re: Looking for a buddy for Brisbane trip

I may be able to help out, I live in Brisbane. I will also be home for most of that week. What are your targets? how far are you planning to travel?

Cheers

Ryan
by speedy
February 20th, 2014, 8:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Places to camp in Brisbane?
Replies: 1
Views: 680

Re: Places to camp in Brisbane?

I may be a little late but only just saw this. There are camping areas in north D'aquilar National Park near Woodford. About an hours drive northwest of the airport. There would also be areas between Mount Glorious and Wivenhoe Dam. Not recognised camp spots but the wouldn't be an issue if you are h...
by speedy
January 14th, 2014, 11:33 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Looking for a decent camera bag
Replies: 10
Views: 4378

Re: Looking for a decent camera bag

I have a flipside 400 AW as well. I think its great. I have a Canon 600d, 100mm macro, 100-400mmm, 18-55mm, a pentax flash, gorillapod and heaps of bits and pieces. I always have it fully loaded. I have done plenty of 10km plus walks through all kinds of country. Never had issues, always comfortable...
by speedy
January 12th, 2014, 5:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: North Queensland herping
Replies: 7
Views: 2650

Re: North Queensland herping

Not bad Matt, I would have liked a few more small brown skinks though. Great shot of the Rusty.

Also, that BTS is very ugly.

Cheers

Ryan
by speedy
January 7th, 2014, 10:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia: 2013 in review (pic heavy)
Replies: 24
Views: 7102

Re: Australia: 2013 in review (pic heavy)

Wow, what wonderful finds and photography. You certainly found an incredible variety of animals in your time up north. Loved the Hosmer's and Dajarra Death Adder. I really want to return to that area again someday. Regards, David Come up David, Its a pretty easy place to herp compared to other area...
by speedy
January 7th, 2014, 2:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia: 2013 in review (pic heavy)
Replies: 24
Views: 7102

Re: Australia: 2013 in review (pic heavy)

Thanks again for the comments everyone. Amazing post. That lightning shot is something special. What lens do you use for the herp in habitat and landscape shots? Amazing post. That lightning shot is something special. What lens do you use for the herp in habitat and landscape shots? Just the cheapo ...
by speedy
January 1st, 2014, 4:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia: 2013 in review (pic heavy)
Replies: 24
Views: 7102

Re: Australia: 2013 in review (pic heavy)

Wonderful post! That has to be the first juvie glebopalma I have ever seen - was it out in the open or under a rock/in crack? Thanks for the comments everyone. Jeff, it was sunning itself on top of a small ledge. I attempted to grab it after the voucher shot, however it quickly ran into a crack in ...
by speedy
December 30th, 2013, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Samoa
Replies: 3
Views: 1328

Samoa

I got married in the middle of the year and went to Samoa (western) for our Honeymoon. The wife was made aware that I intended to do some herping. She wasn't to concerned as there are only about 12 species on the islands. She was more worried about the fishing and only allowed one day, all I needed ...
by speedy
December 30th, 2013, 4:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia: 2013 in review (pic heavy)
Replies: 24
Views: 7102

Australia: 2013 in review (pic heavy)

Hi all, I haven't put a post up in exactly a year so I will try and put everything from the year in one big post. There will be a few areas of Australia covered. I am still working in Mount Isa in North-west Queensland, however I am now living in Brisbane. This change has given me a lot more opportu...
by speedy
December 4th, 2013, 3:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 12821

Re: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it

Either of the Rheobatrachus species of frog. Aka gastric brooding frogs. Nothing else does what they did.
by speedy
October 18th, 2013, 12:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fog lights question.
Replies: 2
Views: 1059

Re: Fog lights question.

I always use mine to the detriment of other cars. I find you can see the edge of the road better, they are also great for spotting our oversized rabbits here downunder.