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by MonarchzMan
December 20th, 2016, 10:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99312

Re: Why You Dont Collect

To expand. The appendix 2 listing would not have stopped trade. So why then would the saintly Timber rattlesnake researcher's go thru so much trouble to try and get the species listed. I explained the reasoning in a past post. This is the readers digest version, The listing would have done NOTHING ...
by MonarchzMan
December 20th, 2016, 8:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99312

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Gloom and doom, gloom and doom, gloom and doom, gloom and doom, gloom and doom, gloom and doom, gloom and doom, gloom and doom,gloom and doom. Wow, I can be a smart guy too. Let's just bash the crap out of someone with lies, a month before they even start the job. I am so tired of fake news.... Thi...
by MonarchzMan
December 20th, 2016, 6:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99312

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I'd like to put all your little minds at ease with a prediction... When Trump takes office he will destroy the environment in ways you've never imagined. Kiss the ESA goodbye, kiss your favorite herp spots goodbye, kiss any fragile eco-system goodbye. Trump's developer buddies are going to have a f...
by MonarchzMan
December 19th, 2016, 4:12 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Nocturnal Amphibian Photography Tips(?)
Replies: 4
Views: 10209

Re: Nocturnal Amphibian Photography Tips(?)

I'd probably still stick with the 45mm macro, depending on what sort of night shots you're planning on getting. Probably best would just be to experiment with both and see what you like. I'm not sure if it was posted here or elsewhere, but one trick I'm keen to try out is using a laser with somethin...
by MonarchzMan
December 19th, 2016, 3:59 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: How does Joel Sartore get his animal subjects?
Replies: 6
Views: 11916

Re: How does Joel Sartore get his animal subjects?

I think part of the trick is having the subject far from the background. That helps remove a lot of the background detail. There probably is a bit of photoshop to be done, but I've done the white shots plenty and while there are the occasional corrections, it's not difficult to get it almost complet...
by MonarchzMan
December 14th, 2016, 8:14 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp Photo wins first place in Nat Geo Nature Photog of Year
Replies: 12
Views: 18148

Re: Herp Photo wins first place in Nat Geo Nature Photog of

In looking at it again, other than the fact the snake is "sticking into" the frame it is a good composition. The use of light is good and the shallow DOF do make for a nice image. Yea, that's a pet peeve of mine. I don't like it where it seems like the foreground could have been photoshopped over t...
by MonarchzMan
December 11th, 2016, 8:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99312

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I ignore questions and accusations that I have fully addressed in the past. I'm sure that's a lie. We'll just say you don't know a damn about Timber Rattlesnakes or rattlesnakes in general, since you cannot prove anything otherwise. And we'll just say you don't actually know what constitutes good o...
by MonarchzMan
December 10th, 2016, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99312

Re: Why You Dont Collect

It does not matter that I don't research rattlesnakes. Do you think that the people making decisions at CITES or the IUCN are rattlesnake researchers? Nope. Just like me, they're capable of using their experience on other species and apply it to the species at hand. No not like MonarchzMan. Unlike ...
by MonarchzMan
December 10th, 2016, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99312

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Wow some real zinger's courtesy of the MonarchzMan .......... CITES ( the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Again MonarchzMans lack of background and poor understanding of the matter betrays him, all potential threats real or imagined are listed and co...
by MonarchzMan
December 10th, 2016, 9:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99312

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I think the reason people, including myself for most of my life, psychologically wanted poaching of reptiles to be a problem because it's something that could then just be fixed without any lifestyle changes. In other words, I wouldn't have to change a single thing and the problem would be done wit...
by MonarchzMan
December 10th, 2016, 8:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99312

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Regardless of opinions, I for one have given up on arguing with Ernie because he seems unable to state facts without an overload of arrogance, subjectivity and rudeness. It has made me reluctant to participate in any of this (interesting) type of discussions, and even in the forum as a whole. For t...
by MonarchzMan
December 9th, 2016, 9:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99312

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Exactly! It's most definitely the same person. I find it funny that some of us are validating a herp farm owner's opinions on research and population studies of reptiles. I don't deny that herpetoculturalists have excellent experience, knowledge, and expertise at keeping and rearing herps, some of ...
by MonarchzMan
December 9th, 2016, 9:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99312

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Do you have any science or research background? You never responded to my question of yourself being in the herp business, as that fits perfectly with your attitude of passing the blame to other people and refusing to acknowledge collection problems. When populations go down, and regulations and pr...
by MonarchzMan
December 9th, 2016, 8:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99312

Re: Why You Dont Collect

No, Ernie, you don't know what you're talking about. I do. I absolutely do. I'm fairly certain I have more qualifications to back my statements than you do. You simple lack of grasp of common vernacular is astounding. I work on frogs in northeastern French Guiana. I'm not working on every populatio...
by MonarchzMan
December 9th, 2016, 5:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land
Replies: 18
Views: 9019

Re: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land

Chadwick McCready wrote:Turns out I've already talked to Jasmine on Facebook concerning herping. Small world! Well it looks like I'm going solo unless I run into a friendly herper during my trip. Thanks for being so helpful Dude!
No prob! Best of luck! Post photos!
by MonarchzMan
December 9th, 2016, 5:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99312

Re: Why You Dont Collect

South Arizona is not a localized population its an entire region. The IUCN mentions potential threats separately (hypothetically) with every listing. But not as a documented cause of decline or demonstrable reason for concern in the specie's overall or localized population. If any of the listed thr...
by MonarchzMan
December 8th, 2016, 7:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99312

Re: Why You Dont Collect

. No one can deny that collecting is negatively affecting a species or population, even if it is by a small margin. I actually do deny that, most populations are limited by food, prime basking areas, etc. Taking one may just allow another one to survive thereby resulting in zero change. Collection ...
by MonarchzMan
December 8th, 2016, 12:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land
Replies: 18
Views: 9019

Re: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land

Jasmine is on the forum (her username is Jazz), but currently she and Jannico are in Madagascar herping. If you send her a message, she may be able to give you some spots at least!
by MonarchzMan
December 5th, 2016, 2:56 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photographing Nocturnal Frogs/Toads (Question)
Replies: 45
Views: 44027

Re: Photographing Nocturnal Frogs/Toads (Question)

I feel it necessary to note, too, that I rarely use the flash at full power, but rather anywhere from 1/8 to 1/2, depending on the distance of the subject. Not only that, but most of the time, I diffuse the light, so that cuts the intensity greatly. I might use full intensity for the diffuser, but a...
by MonarchzMan
December 4th, 2016, 11:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling Southeast Queensland & Looking for Herping Advice!
Replies: 4
Views: 2134

Re: Traveling Southeast Queensland & Looking for Herping Adv

I spend about a week there earlier this year and I had much the same list as you. I wrote up my experiences: http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=23838 I spent most of my time around Lamington, Springbrook, and Great Sandy (Cooloola), though I did make a run up to Kroombit Tops. Y...
by MonarchzMan
November 26th, 2016, 6:35 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photographing Nocturnal Frogs/Toads (Question)
Replies: 45
Views: 44027

Re: Photographing Nocturnal Frogs/Toads (Question)

Another way to think about this. People use flash photography to take pictures of other people all the time. People take photos of other people using powerful multiflash setups, take photos of newborn babies with flash, etc, etc. Yet there isn't a warning on any flash units that flashes can potenti...
by MonarchzMan
October 31st, 2016, 12:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 5: Dancing with Devils in the Red Centre
Replies: 8
Views: 4757

Re: Australia 2016 Part 5: Dancing with Devils in the Red Ce

Haha, thanks, Berkeley! I can't say how relieved I was to find a live devil. I was seriously getting worried that I would have seen so many dead ones and not one live one. That feeling was only compounded when I've read accounts of people being in the area for weeks at a time and never seeing one, a...
by MonarchzMan
October 29th, 2016, 4:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 5: Dancing with Devils in the Red Centre
Replies: 8
Views: 4757

Re: Australia 2016 Part 5: Dancing with Devils in the Red Ce

mariquensis wrote:Great post! The first three gecko images what lighting are you making use of? It's fantastic.
Thanks! I'm using a Impact Quikbox Micro softbox on my Canon 580EX flash that is triggered off-body. I really love the softness of the light that that softbox produced.
by MonarchzMan
October 27th, 2016, 6:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 5: Dancing with Devils in the Red Centre
Replies: 8
Views: 4757

Re: Australia 2016 Part 5: Dancing with Devils in the Red Ce

That's absolutely awful. I was really glad that the car that hit the devil I saw didn't stop because I would have chewed the guy out, at the very least.
by MonarchzMan
October 25th, 2016, 7:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land
Replies: 18
Views: 9019

Re: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land

Thanks, guys. The "red-bellied" snake did have a pinkish belly, which is why I thought that's what it was. But that said, it does seem similar to the other Small-Eyed Snake. And thanks for the ID on the other burrowing frog. That one frustrated me to no end since I couldn't place it anywhere.
by MonarchzMan
October 24th, 2016, 2:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 5: Dancing with Devils in the Red Centre
Replies: 8
Views: 4757

Australia 2016 Part 5: Dancing with Devils in the Red Centre

I'm finally starting to get an idea of how many installments this photo journal will have, and I'm sorry to say that it will not be the 83 part saga I had promised early on, but rather probably around 7 parts. So as you can see, we're approaching the end of this journey which has taken me across the...
by MonarchzMan
October 19th, 2016, 11:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land
Replies: 18
Views: 9019

Re: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land

Thanks, Berkeley! In my downtime, I was sure to write on my iPad so that essentially all I'd have to do is upload the photos and post it. I don't think if I had done that, I don't think I would have been able to post nearly as detailed accounts. And actually probably would have forgotten it all by t...
by MonarchzMan
October 18th, 2016, 8:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land
Replies: 18
Views: 9019

Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land

I have taken a bit of a delay as life has unexpectedly made me busy so I have been unable to devote time to my photos. But now, I have found some time and here we go with the Australia series. As many of you are no doubt familiar by now, I have spent January through June in Australia doing research ...
by MonarchzMan
October 11th, 2016, 5:07 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Northern Spring Salamander in situ
Replies: 8
Views: 12245

Re: Northern Spring Salamander in situ

I'm using Chrome on a PC.
by MonarchzMan
October 11th, 2016, 2:45 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Northern Spring Salamander in situ
Replies: 8
Views: 12245

Re: Northern Spring Salamander in situ

I'd just be sure to paint the background with whatever light you're using to illuminate the subject. You can tell that you used an LED flashlight to light up the background in this picture because the light is a bit cooler than the light illuminating the salamander.
by MonarchzMan
October 11th, 2016, 12:11 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Northern Spring Salamander in situ
Replies: 8
Views: 12245

Re: Northern Spring Salamander in situ

This is something I'd like to get the hang of, but I think a lot of people will stack two shots, basically get the animal lit, and then do the background. Doing it all together at once isn't easy, particularly if you want to go with a more natural look.
by MonarchzMan
September 9th, 2016, 7:03 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?
Replies: 14
Views: 16723

Re: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?

A 100mm macro doesn't have any more or less depth of field at any given aperture and magnification than any other lens. A shorter lens takes in a wider angle of view, such that if you keep the size of the subject the same with say a 100 macro and a 50 macro the 50 macro will include more background...
by MonarchzMan
September 9th, 2016, 8:41 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?
Replies: 14
Views: 16723

Re: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?

Yea, I don't mind the narrow depth of field for the subjects I shoot. But in order to get rid of that, you'd have to get a 50mm or something like that, and at that point, you're affecting the natural behavior of the animal by having to be so close. Unless you're shooting snakes, at which point, macr...
by MonarchzMan
September 8th, 2016, 4:23 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?
Replies: 14
Views: 16723

Re: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?

I suppose it depends on what you shoot, but for me, it works great. https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7298/27539967596_0ed649e3c4_c.jpg Rose's Shadeskink by J.P. Lawrence , on Flickr https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7423/26911520134_031083e67c_c.jpg Dendy's Toadlet by J.P. Lawrence , on Flickr https://c7.s...
by MonarchzMan
September 7th, 2016, 10:23 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?
Replies: 14
Views: 16723

Re: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?

It's my go-to lens for herp photos. You're not right next to the subject (thus allowing the subject to relax some), but you're close enough that you can deal with an unruly subject, if necessary. I think, for me anyway, the 180mm would be too long.
by MonarchzMan
August 1st, 2016, 8:03 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: dark exposure help?
Replies: 33
Views: 25606

Re: dark exposure help?

I may also add that you might look into getting an X-Rite Color Checker. Essentially, this will allow you to do a few things. First, you can create a profile for a particular lens, camera body, and lighting environment that can be applied to photos later on. While this may not be ideal because light...
by MonarchzMan
July 31st, 2016, 6:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Expertise help to ID - Snake,frog, toad from Peru
Replies: 4
Views: 2677

Re: Expertise help to ID - Snake,frog, toad from Peru

1. Fer-de-Lance (Bothrops atrox), I believe. They're also known as Lanceheads or Lance-headed Snakes. The patterning is a bit odd, but I'd definitely say it's a Bothrops. 2. Cane Toad (Rhinella marina) 3. Not sure of the species, but it's in the genus Osteocephalus. Never seen one with that dorsal s...
by MonarchzMan
July 28th, 2016, 8:34 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?
Replies: 14
Views: 16723

Re: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?

I have the L series 100mm macro and I love it. I hand-hold 99% of my shots and they're crisp. Definitely love the lens.
by MonarchzMan
June 13th, 2016, 6:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 3: The Victorian Victories
Replies: 3
Views: 2944

Re: Australia 2016 Part 3: The Victorian Victories

Great post - new mission for me when I am next in Victoria is to find a Toongabbie P.dendyi!! It's a pretty awesome frog. I had only seen a couple of photos of it and was determined to find it for myself. The population is quite variable and that high yellow one was the only one with that much yell...
by MonarchzMan
June 12th, 2016, 1:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 3: The Victorian Victories
Replies: 3
Views: 2944

Australia 2016 Part 3: The Victorian Victories

I apologize for the delay in posting another Australia update. I have basically been in the field constantly since my last update, and haven't had time to load photos. Fortunately, I write the posts as I'm in the field in my down time, so all I do need to do is sort photos. For those following my ad...
by MonarchzMan
April 30th, 2016, 5:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wide Angle Herp shots
Replies: 17
Views: 9290

Re: Wide Angle Herp shots

What sort of f-stops are you using for these photos? I imagine you need a pretty high f-stop to get a decent DOF. How high can the laowa go?
by MonarchzMan
April 16th, 2016, 2:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best GPS for field use
Replies: 16
Views: 5320

Re: Best GPS for field use

Thanks for all the additional info! I do need something that is a bit more accurate than 5m as I will be using it for tracking movement patterns of frogs within their relatively small range, as well as helping me remember where individual deposition sites are, and there will certainly be multiple o...
by MonarchzMan
April 15th, 2016, 1:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Find the Herp - The Game
Replies: 16
Views: 4823

Re: Find the Herp - The Game

...and the game, as set out in the OP's rules, seems dead in its tracks... I kind of figured that it would devolve into a free-for-all. My attempt at structure was to try to help limit that. I'll admit, I didn't expect it to do so 6 posts in :lol: Ah well, like I said, everything is made up and the...
by MonarchzMan
April 15th, 2016, 3:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Find the Herp - The Game
Replies: 16
Views: 4823

Re: Find the Herp - The Game

Got it, your turn!
by MonarchzMan
April 15th, 2016, 2:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Find the Herp - The Game
Replies: 16
Views: 4823

Find the Herp - The Game

I've occasionally seen people post photos of in situ shots of herps and I've been impressed at how well camouflaged the animal is. I always enjoy seeing these sorts of photos because it's like a real-life Where's Waldo, though with far more interesting subjects. In an effort to see more of these pho...
by MonarchzMan
April 14th, 2016, 4:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best GPS for field use
Replies: 16
Views: 5320

Re: Best GPS for field use

I have the Garmin 62s which I would recommend. I have used it extensively for research in Panama, French Guiana, and Australia under rainforest or thick canopy conditions, and I have been quite pleased with it. Generally, in thick canopy, I can get < 3m accuracy. And it is quite hardy. Just used it ...
by MonarchzMan
March 31st, 2016, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wide Angle Herp shots
Replies: 17
Views: 9290

Re: Wide Angle Herp shots

I've been giving more and more thought to this lens. How easy to do you find it to use? It's completely manual, right? I've also been concerned about lighting since you have to be quite close to the subject. How close, generally, do you get to these subjects? I know if you go 1:1, you basically have...
by MonarchzMan
March 28th, 2016, 3:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?
Replies: 26
Views: 8495

Re: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?

There have been recent reports of fungal diseases causing high mortality in snakes in the eastern US. It probably is something to report as it's a relatively new phenomenon and as far as I know, little is known about the disease. https://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/other_diseases/snake_fun...
by MonarchzMan
March 27th, 2016, 3:06 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Who bring two (or more) camera's in field?
Replies: 7
Views: 6261

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

I also am a big believer in camera/hunting vests with lots of pockets over a backpack for being in the field, especially in hot humid places like the tropics where a backpack can be really uncomfortable for a long walk in the jungle. I also carry recording gear so a backpack isn't as practical as a...
by MonarchzMan
March 26th, 2016, 8:20 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Who bring two (or more) camera's in field?
Replies: 7
Views: 6261

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

(having to dig out a lens out of my backpack involves setting the backpack down and opening it up - generally causing enough motion to scare off a subject). Im with you now! I gave up on backpack, I scored a cheap multi pocket fanny pack for $60 at Cabelas. It makes it quicker but I still hate swap...