More from: wildlife

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.

Aruba update and photos

Today I left the Prinsendam in Aruba. Normally at the end of a contract I go direct to the airport and fly home. But tomorrow I’m joining another ship here in Aruba, so have to stay overnight.

Normally when I stay overnight for work I stay in a pretty average hotel. Not to shabby, but nothing amazing. But this hotel is a cut above the usual. When I checked in I was told “Here’s your keycard. You’ll nee that if you want to take the shuttle-boat to the private island.”

A hotel with a private island? This is a new experience for me. Instead of joining some other guest entertainers in the hotel bar I decided to take that trip to the private island. The speed boat comes right into the hotel lobby via an underground water inlet from the habour.

The island wasn’t particularly exciting, but I guess that’s the point. I could relax and swim and just hang out without having to worry about anyone swiping my camera or phone. I took photos of flamingos to go with my earlier photos of lizards and dogs. I also spent a while setting up my zoom lens to get a perfect shot of my juggling while sitting on a hammock in front of the sunset.

And, by the time I got back to the hotel lobby, the other guest entertainers were still sitting at the bar, so I joined them for a chat and drink. I did other things today, but I don’t need to write about them now.