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by MonarchzMan
March 26th, 2016, 7:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in habitat - photo thread
Replies: 69
Views: 26148

Re: Herps in habitat - photo thread

bgorum wrote:As far as this regalringneck guy is concerned, does anyone else smell a troll?
Definitely. Either that or he's so oblivious and full of himself that he doesn't realize how inconsiderate and offensive his views are. Just have to look at the other threads he participates in. It's much the same thing.
by MonarchzMan
March 26th, 2016, 7:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in habitat - photo thread
Replies: 69
Views: 26148

Re: Herps in habitat - photo thread

Sigh... I'm sorry that you seem to feel several people level-headedly taking the time to explain their point of view to you is some sort of "freak out" (if I correctly interpreted your word spew). It's best to just ignore him. Aside from being pretty much incomprehensible, what can be deciphered do...
by MonarchzMan
March 26th, 2016, 4:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in habitat - photo thread
Replies: 69
Views: 26148

Re: Herps in habitat - photo thread

line 22 broe ... mine goes past 6 ... then b offended ... as ewe wish I have no idea what you're talking about. And honestly, I do not care to. It does not appear to be anything about A) herps in habitat or B) full frames vs. crop sensors. You need to not be so critical of others and just appreciat...
by MonarchzMan
March 26th, 2016, 4:03 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Who bring two (or more) camera's in field?
Replies: 7
Views: 6257

Re: Who bring two (or more) camera's in field?

I have a Canon 7DII and 5DIII that I regularly bring into the field. Typically, I'll have both around my neck when I'm hiking around looking for subjects to photograph. My 7DII is pretty much exclusively my telephoto body whereas the 5DIII is my wide angle/macro body. Changing lenses is not a quick ...
by MonarchzMan
March 26th, 2016, 3:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in habitat - photo thread
Replies: 69
Views: 26148

Re: Herps in habitat - photo thread

Hello Jazz & welcome, ... try 2 4give me... but i find a thimble, & perhaps a bushel … of irony; that your post title seems to be completely incongruous w/ your thread title as well as your chosen posted pix. While a gr8t thread concept, [ one, i note that has recurred throughout the history of thi...
by MonarchzMan
March 25th, 2016, 2:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos
Replies: 12
Views: 5863

Re: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos

I'm going to be going to Iquitos (and on a 3 day ecotour) in July. I hadn't really thought of what to do in Iquitos, but you gave me some ideas!
by MonarchzMan
March 23rd, 2016, 4:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in habitat - photo thread
Replies: 69
Views: 26148

Re: Herps in habitat - photo thread

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1628/24757880593_947d9ef7ee_b.jpg Southern Water Skink by J.P. Lawrence , on Flickr Canon 5DIII, 17-40mm f/4L (20mm), 100 ISO, f/13, 1/80s This is probably taken from about 18" away. I actually had to zoom in slightly so that my shadow was not obviously my shadow (see...
by MonarchzMan
March 23rd, 2016, 2:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in habitat - photo thread
Replies: 69
Views: 26148

Re: Herps in habitat - photo thread

I've had my 5DIII for about 6 months now, and I love it. It is ridiculous how different a full frame is. It's hard to describe how much of a step up it is from even a good prosumer body like my old 7D Would you be willing to elaborate on that? I'd love to hear some thoughts of the advantages of a f...
by MonarchzMan
March 23rd, 2016, 2:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in habitat - photo thread
Replies: 69
Views: 26148

Re: Herps in habitat - photo thread

I've had my 5DIII for about 6 months now, and I love it. It is ridiculous how different a full frame is. It's hard to describe how much of a step up it is from even a good prosumer body like my old 7D.
by MonarchzMan
March 22nd, 2016, 6:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in habitat - photo thread
Replies: 69
Views: 26148

Re: Herps in habitat - photo thread

Some great photos being posted! Fantastic to see :) Jasmine, I have commented on that photo before but every time I see it my jaw drops. You've taken the herp photography thing to a whole new level. I don't have anything in my portfolio that can compare to that spadefoot shot. But I do have a few p...
by MonarchzMan
March 14th, 2016, 8:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 2: (Tasmanian) Devils Walk Among Us
Replies: 5
Views: 3086

Re: Australia 2016 Part 2: (Tasmanian) Devils Walk Among Us

It's really interesting too on the size of things. I think those wombats were probably half the size of the DOR ones I've seen around NSW. There is so much roadkill in Tasmania, but given that there are virtually no animals that get more than 35-40 pounds, the impact to a vehicle is minimal. In NSW,...
by MonarchzMan
March 14th, 2016, 3:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 2: (Tasmanian) Devils Walk Among Us
Replies: 5
Views: 3086

Re: Australia 2016 Part 2: (Tasmanian) Devils Walk Among Us

Thanks! I'm planning the end of my trip now, and if all goes according to plan (permits, weather, etc), I might have one massive update sometime in June/July. If my current plan holds, I'll have about 7 days in April and May where I'm not in the field. While I'm in the field, I'll be driving over 14...
by MonarchzMan
March 12th, 2016, 6:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 2: (Tasmanian) Devils Walk Among Us
Replies: 5
Views: 3086

Australia 2016 Part 2: (Tasmanian) Devils Walk Among Us

My adventure Down Under continues with the next installment of me 83-part series (I might be overestimating the number of parts in this series). For those who missed the first installment, you can read about it here: Australia 2016 Part 1: Sydney and the Snowy Mountains Immediately (like a 12 hour l...
by MonarchzMan
March 3rd, 2016, 1:53 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Underwater Photography Question
Replies: 14
Views: 8139

Re: Underwater Photography Question

I've seriously given thought to Outex, but when I was looking (probably nearly a year ago), I couldn't find much in the way of reviews. Now that there seem to be some reviews, it seems like the major concerns I had were addressed or confirmed. The nice thing with Outex is that it does accommodate on...
by MonarchzMan
March 3rd, 2016, 2:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 1: Sydney and the Snowy Mountains
Replies: 7
Views: 4483

Re: Australia 2016 Part 1: Sydney and the Snowy Mountains

Thank you guys for the compliments. I'm definitely looking forward to doing my fieldwork and upping my herp species list. I think I can hit 100 Australian species without too much difficulty. Maybe even 200 given the number of places I'm planning to go. :)
by MonarchzMan
February 29th, 2016, 1:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 1: Sydney and the Snowy Mountains
Replies: 7
Views: 4483

Australia 2016 Part 1: Sydney and the Snowy Mountains

For those who have been following my exploits, you'll know that I have been wanting to get to Australia for some time. Last summer (Australian winter), I finally had the opportunity to visit Australia as part of a joint fellowship between the US and Australian governments to start up a research proj...
by MonarchzMan
December 26th, 2015, 7:36 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Ideas for low light macro
Replies: 11
Views: 17079

Re: Ideas for low light macro

I would say that beyond the camera and lens, a tripod and a flash are the next in line for necessary equipment for a photographer, particularly macro. Even in bright light, a flash can be quite useful for making sure that the subject is evenly lit and removing harsh shadows. Most of the time I use f...
by MonarchzMan
December 23rd, 2015, 4:40 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: RAW vs JPEG back to back samples ?
Replies: 9
Views: 6224

Re: RAW vs JPEG back to back samples ?

If you have Lightroom, there's no reason not to shoot in RAW. It is a lot more memory used, but there is so much more information incorporated into the photo than JPEG. Five or ten years ago, I could see the issue with RAW taking up too much space, but now you can get 32GB or 64GB memory cards relat...
by MonarchzMan
December 14th, 2015, 6:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aneides- the Climbing Salamanders
Replies: 9
Views: 4421

Re: Aneides- the Climbing Salamanders

I've found a number of Aneides aeneus in Mississippi, and only just found my first A. vagrans (juvenile) a couple months ago in California. I'd love to find more of them. They're such neat animals. https://farm1.staticflickr.com/717/22530488339_6f4135da15_c.jpg Green Salamander by J.P. Lawrence , on...
by MonarchzMan
December 14th, 2015, 5:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!
Replies: 13
Views: 6505

Re: Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!

Amazing photos! I think my favorite is the Green Tree Snake with the apparently unaware tourists in the background. Oh, they were aware. I was taking a few photos of the snake and they thought I was nuts to be within a few inches of the snake. I liked that photo for it's herps and humans in Austral...
by MonarchzMan
December 13th, 2015, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizards from Chile, Nov 2015
Replies: 12
Views: 5633

Re: Lizards from Chile, Nov 2015

MonarchzMan, the moth cloth is from BioQuip. It is nylon with velcro strips that wrap around a tent pole. It is quick and easy to erect. Heh, I figured as much. I checked BioQuip and was surprised how much they cost there. I think I could make one for under $50. Might see if I can make it before th...
by MonarchzMan
December 13th, 2015, 5:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!
Replies: 13
Views: 6505

Re: Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!

Thanks guys! Krisbell, I realize that he can be a controversial figure to many in this hobby, but there is really no denying that he pushed herpetofaunal appreciation to global attention. I personally would not do everything that he did, but I definitely gained my appreciation of herps and my intere...
by MonarchzMan
December 12th, 2015, 7:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizards from Chile, Nov 2015
Replies: 12
Views: 5633

Re: Lizards from Chile, Nov 2015

Nice shots! I'm going to have to make one of those moth sheets. Beats hanging a line between trees and putting a bed sheet across! Is the fabric ripstop nylon?
by MonarchzMan
December 11th, 2015, 11:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 2, Alice Springs to Yulara
Replies: 25
Views: 14305

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 2, Alice Springs to Yulara

Very cool. In my limited experience Shinglebacks are pretty darn easy to find within their range. When you're traveling around Australia to study different Pseudophryne species you will be moving through the ranges of so many cool herps. That seems like a dream come true. Tell me about it. I can't ...
by MonarchzMan
December 11th, 2015, 10:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 2, Alice Springs to Yulara
Replies: 25
Views: 14305

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 2, Alice Springs to Yulara

5 months, that's awesome. Pseudophryne are such cool little frogs! Shinglebacks don't make it all the way to the east coast, but if you're going to be somewhat inland you shouldn't have trouble finding them. I know frillies are in Queensland but I don't know how easy they are to find there. My unde...
by MonarchzMan
December 11th, 2015, 9:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 2, Alice Springs to Yulara
Replies: 25
Views: 14305

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 2, Alice Springs to Yulara

There's definitely great herping in the Red Centre. For Shinglebacks you would have to go south or east though, and for Frillies you'd have to go north. The country is so huge that it's hard to even try to hit the herp highlights in a single trip, unless you do a number of internal flights. John I'...
by MonarchzMan
December 11th, 2015, 6:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 2, Alice Springs to Yulara
Replies: 25
Views: 14305

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 2, Alice Springs to Yulara

Awesome! I'm hoping to get to Alice Springs on this next trip for pretty much the same reason. Thorny Devils, Shinglebacks, and Frillies are at the top of my list for things to see (I'd also be quite happy with Nephrurus and Perenties as well!)
by MonarchzMan
December 9th, 2015, 8:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!
Replies: 13
Views: 6505

Re: Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!

Great stuff. Congrats on getting to go back! Tree Kangaroo - damn! I looked hard for those things and failed. Great critter! Any shorebirds at the Esplanade? Nerada Tea Plantation. That 'roo is George, if I recall. There were two right at the entrance (supposedly a baby too, but I didn't see that o...
by MonarchzMan
December 9th, 2015, 7:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!
Replies: 13
Views: 6505

Re: Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!

Holy crap! I'm a little jealous you got to spend some one-on-one time with the Corroborees! Great post, JP. Really great post. You got to see some really cool stuff. That wild brush tailed possum really took the cake though! I'll be reading this post again. A few times! --Berkeley Thanks! I was sup...
by MonarchzMan
December 9th, 2015, 8:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!
Replies: 13
Views: 6505

Re: Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!

Thanks! I'm going to try to do more updates from this upcoming trip, but writing these posts takes times and the more I start planning for this upcoming trip, the more I realize that time is going to be a very valuable commodity.
by MonarchzMan
December 9th, 2015, 7:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!
Replies: 13
Views: 6505

Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!

For those of you who know me, you know I am a frequent traveler, most often for research. My research interests mainly deal with aposematic coloration and how it evolves. As you’d probably expect, these research interests largely focused on Central and South American Poison Frogs (Dendrobatidae). My...
by MonarchzMan
November 10th, 2015, 5:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping New Zealand?
Replies: 7
Views: 2771

Re: Herping New Zealand?

Thanks for the advice! I know a researcher who has done some work on tutes in the past and might know who to contact. I was thinking of the population on Matui Somes Island if I couldn't find someone to go with. They may be introduced, but they were historically there before being extirpated due to ...
by MonarchzMan
November 8th, 2015, 10:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping New Zealand?
Replies: 7
Views: 2771

Re: Herping New Zealand?

While you're in Australia, will you be visiting any of the coastal islands on the east coast? When I went to Moreton island they had Kiwi's there too - just in case you can't find any in NZ for whatever reason. I seem to recall seeing a majority of the kiwis on Moreton at and just after dusk, runni...
by MonarchzMan
November 7th, 2015, 6:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping New Zealand?
Replies: 7
Views: 2771

Herping New Zealand?

I know it's not exactly the herp hotspot of the world, but I'm going to be going to Australia for 4-6 months starting in January, and while I'm there, I'd like to hop over to New Zealand for a little bit. Primarily, I'm interested in seeing wild tuatara (which from the looks of it, there are a coupl...
by MonarchzMan
November 2nd, 2015, 3:08 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: One day sale for Canon 7D MkII
Replies: 0
Views: 4226

One day sale for Canon 7D MkII

Just in case anyone is tempted for a new body. Hard to argue with $400 off. Price is good until tomorrow at midnight!

http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catal ... id=C126149

In unrelated news, if anyone would like to buy a used original 7D, let me know :lol:
by MonarchzMan
October 4th, 2015, 7:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 NAFHA Annual Meeting - Mena, Arkansas - Dates Poll
Replies: 3
Views: 1645

Re: 2016 NAFHA Annual Meeting - Mena, Arkansas - Dates Poll

I may actually be able to attend this one! I need to knock off a bunch of salamanders that way.
by MonarchzMan
August 27th, 2015, 6:21 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Twin light, ring, or mounted?
Replies: 8
Views: 4778

Re: Twin light, ring, or mounted?

I get indistinct shadows when I use it. What I like it for, especially, is what your last photo highlights. Highlights. Shiny hot spots really dive me nuts. IMO, that makes a photo a professional looking photo.
by MonarchzMan
August 27th, 2015, 9:11 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Twin light, ring, or mounted?
Replies: 8
Views: 4778

Re: Twin light, ring, or mounted?

I recently started using Impact QuikBox diffusers and I love them. They have two diffusion panels so the light gets very soft (you have to, often, up the power of the flash, but that's not a problem). As one Nat Geo photographer told me, not all diffusers are equal. You get what you pay for. The Qui...
by MonarchzMan
August 1st, 2015, 11:12 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Colour rendition - camera settings & editing - help, please.
Replies: 8
Views: 5629

Re: Colour rendition - camera settings & editing - help, ple

You might, at minimum, look into a gray card. That will help you set your white balance in the camera. I personally have an X-rite Passport Color Checker, which has a Lightroom plugin to create profiles specific to camera, lens, and lighting conditions to help get the proper colors. In general, I'm ...
by MonarchzMan
July 30th, 2015, 4:03 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review- Wimberley F-2 macro flash bracket
Replies: 6
Views: 7310

Re: Review- Wimberley F-2 macro flash bracket

Good point about the Wimberley C-12. It is a quick release clamp that you screw onto a normal, non quick release, tripod head. Similar clamps are available from a variety of different manufacturers, including some unbelievably inexpensive ones sold on eBay. I might be a little leery of those, but D...
by MonarchzMan
July 29th, 2015, 1:50 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review- Wimberley F-2 macro flash bracket
Replies: 6
Views: 7310

Re: Review- Wimberly F-2 macro flash bracket

Great review. One additional thing with these is that, at least with the perpendicular plate, you can pair two of these together and get a twin flash, essentially. I have two that I've been using along with 9" Impact QuikBoxes that really makes the light nice. Having such large diffusers does limit ...
by MonarchzMan
July 22nd, 2015, 1:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cairns Herping Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 2589

Re: Cairns Herping Suggestions

Admittedly, I would be very excited coming across one of those. At the same time, I'd have to be really careful not to get beaten up by one...
by MonarchzMan
July 22nd, 2015, 2:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cairns Herping Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 2589

Re: Cairns Herping Suggestions

As mentioned, early August is not the best time of year to be herping up there, as many herps are inactive. I've found that the wind is one of the biggest limiting factors on the coast, so if it's blowing a gale go inland. I recommend exploring the Daintree and driving up to Kuranda and looking aro...
by MonarchzMan
July 20th, 2015, 9:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cairns Herping Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 2589

Re: Cairns Herping Suggestions

Good to know. I have a feeling I'll probably just rent a car and go. I hope I can find a few spots. I've found two herps (heard a third) in the 5 weeks I've been here. I'll be happy if I can even get 20 species in Cairns.
by MonarchzMan
July 18th, 2015, 10:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cairns Herping Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 2589

Cairns Herping Suggestions

I'm currently in Newcastle doing some research on frogs here, but the herps are pretty sparse, which is to be expected in the winter. I'm going to be going to Cairns August 9-19 for a conference (which is only the 9-14th), so I'm going to have some time to spend to look around. I need to get about 2...
by MonarchzMan
July 16th, 2015, 2:29 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Frog Gigging Ethicss?
Replies: 81
Views: 68489

Re: Frog Gigging Ethicss?

Another poor effort to take a cheap shot at me that has fallen flat. Your thoughts are short sighted, poorly thought out and lack perspective. Not to mention your avatar looks like one of the inbreds from deliverance. Ad hominem attacks are a sign of losing an argument, FYI. The Chernobyl disaster ...
by MonarchzMan
July 14th, 2015, 12:12 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Frog Gigging Ethicss?
Replies: 81
Views: 68489

Re: Frog Gigging Ethicss?

Really ? Where has this been "shown". The only actual study I've read was done by Todd Cample, this study concluded that when introduced into undisturbed habitat brown anoles did not reduce green anole population's. People assume when they see brown anoles and no greens that its because the greens ...
by MonarchzMan
July 1st, 2015, 12:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip to Australia, Part 1 Sydney
Replies: 8
Views: 2785

Re: Trip to Australia, Part 1 Sydney

No worries! You're not the first to mix it up. You at least had the first letter correct. Given the number of photos I'm taking, I'll probably have to make it a series of posts. I would really like to get herps in them, though!
by MonarchzMan
June 30th, 2015, 3:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip to Australia, Part 1 Sydney
Replies: 8
Views: 2785

Re: Trip to Australia, Part 1 Sydney

Yes, the Corroborree frog breeding program is still going strong over at Taronga. James can correct me if needed, but they had about 400 adult frogs (half or so on display in that public window) and innumerable froglets being raised up. It seems to be chugging along, and if I remember correctly, th...
by MonarchzMan
June 29th, 2015, 5:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip to Australia, Part 1 Sydney
Replies: 8
Views: 2785

Re: Trip to Australia, Part 1 Sydney

Fantastic post! I'm here in Newcastle now doing some research on Pseudophryne, and I'll be here for another 2 months. I'm trying to figure out what to do/where to go in my free time. I stopped through Sydney on my way to Canberra and was impressed with the city for the day that I was there. I visite...