Photo: final lizard portrait

Taking wildlife photos is usually a job for long zoom lenses. For a lot of these shots I’ve used a 70-300mm. But when wildlife isn’t very wild, and actually rather tame, I can use my wide angle lens instead. This shot took a loooong time to get just right, but I’m very happy with the result:

Lizard in luxury

Bonus non-lizard photo. Welcome, Mr. Hermit Crab. This was also a very tricky shot to get, as that crab does one thing when it emerges from its shell: RUN! Thankfully the shell is a handy handle. I simply picked the crab up and placed it back in a good location, over and over, until I finally got a shot properly framed and in focus. I had to do it without looking through the viewfinder or the LCD screen, because the camera was right on the sand to get the right angle. The focus isn’t perfect, but again, I’m happy with the final image.

Hermit Crab

Soooo, the first half of my winter work trip is coming to a close. Last night my two shows went very well. I’ve started adding a “funny” hint about standing ovations in my show, and so far I’ve had at least partial standing ovations in every show since. This makes me feel good, because I like standing ovations, and the more I get the more work I’ll get. It makes me feel bad at the same time though; humans are sooo easy to manipulate! I feel like Kelhus from The Prince of Nothing series.

After my show, instead of packing, I spent a few hours in the officers bar. As I mentioned on twitter, I fell into the roll of DJ and had a lot of fun. The first track I played had everyone cheering and singing and dancing, so I stuck with it. Thankfully people kept cheering at each new song I played, even when I got cheeky and dropped in tracks like All That She Wants by Ace of Base.

I’ll do a bit more of a writeup of my trip so far in another blog post, and set out where I’ll be going and what I’ll be doing over the next four weeks.

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