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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 7:52 am 
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25/07/2006Weather forecast for today
...Very hot during the day ... The maximum temperature will be around 33 degrees.
I always get a kick out of these two lines every day. I take it this comes from the Observatory. They feel we need to be told each day it's very hot, in case we don't know what 33 degrees means. Are they being patronising or just thick.


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Pleased you read those lines & get a chuckle coz since the Blog link started linking to the photo & not the forum seems you & I are the only ones visiting the forum.
On that note, I only do the weather thing as a way of introducing a daily photo.
Started off trying to be weather specific but gets harder & harder daily.

If you have any other suggestion, & not too time consuming, it'd be welcomed........... like Nature photo of the day etc........... that way others won't feel as if they're intruding on what isn't really meant to be a gallery of my pics......... others can post & I'll see what I can do to get them linked to the blog page.

In the meantime............. albeit a little late.......... the weather..........

26/07/2006 - Tropical Depression Kaemi has weakened into an area of low pressure over the southern part of Jiangxi.
The rainbands associated with the remnant of Kaemi are affecting southern China and the northern part of the South China Sea.

Weather forecast for this afternoon and tonight
Cloudy with occasional rain.
A few squally thunderstorms later. Moderate to fresh west to southwesterly winds.
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Outlook : Thundery showers in the next couple of days
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28/07/2006 - Showers and thunderstorms are affecting the south China coastal areas and the northern part of the South China Sea.
Locally, heavy rain this morning brought more than 70 millimetres of rainfall to Lamma Island, the western part of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon since midnight to 6 a.m..

Weather forecast for today
Cloudy with scattered showers and a few squally thunderstorms.
Showers will be heavy at times in the morning.
The maximum temperature will be around 28 degrees. Moderate southeasterly winds, fresh at times.
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Outlook : Scattered showers tomorrow. Mainly fine early next week
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30/07/2006 - Apologies for so many bug photos, but not so many bird or bird opportunity shots these days.

Have shown these last 2 images of what I think is some sort of Carpenter Bee coz highlights the difficulty of photographing subjects with Blacks & Whites - in the lower image the the whites haven't blown, but detail in the black areas has been compromised, especially with little detail in the eye.
With this image the blacks have been captured, once again by detail in the eye, but at the expense of the whites which have "blown".
When the whites aren't blown the image can be salvaged in postprocessing.... however not really worth the effort with these 2 images coz they aren't really good enough to warrant the effort........... both were taken with a 70-200mm lens, where a more appropriate lens would have been a dedicated macro lens :?

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29/07/2006 - Away for the next couple of days - so no weather report :cry:

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I must commend the photographers who post here.
Great photos - I appreciate them.

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Thanks Tjungarayi on behalf of everybody............... although, if others want to post their nature photos here I'll get them onto the blog page with appropriate credits.

01/08/2006 - Some kind of Stink Bug - black background doesn't suit very well - used flash to try & get the depth of field whilst using 60mm Macro Lens & 20mm ext.tube, and with a clear background so ended up with just black - subject is a little too centred & flash too high resulting in the shadow under the body - needs a better flash system
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01/08/2006 - 01/08/2006 - Some kind of Stink Bug - black background doesn't suit very well - used flash to try & get the depth of field whilst using 60mm Macro Lens & 20mm ext.tube, and with a clear background so ended up with just black - subject is a little too centred & flash too high resulting in the shadow under the body - needs a better flash system

I was going to ask you to include more on the technical aspects of your photos. Thanks.


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21/08/2006 - Watched this chap for several hours over the last couple of days........ at first thought he was being territorial, but then noticed he was attacking & leaving with flies he'd caught........ then one time he attacked & made off with a Potter Wasp. Returning about 5 minutes later to continue his fly-fest.
Noticed as well when another Vespa velutina approached they got into a fight & he ripped off half its leg..... nice chap.
He became quite aggressive toward me as well........., so when photographing had to keep still while he circled inches from my eyes..... he didn't like me being around.
Are also known as "Killer" wasps as described in a previous posting.

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25/08/2006 - Dark Brand Bush Brown
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Anonymous Guy wrote:
25/08/2006 - Dark Brand Bush Brown


Stunning detail, Guy! . (although the banana doesn't look all that appealing :) )

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Thanks Chuck......... thought we'd lost you !! Nice to see yr still around

30/08/2006 - Blister Beetle mood shot
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14/09/2006 - Blister Beetles
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okay, if nobody else is going to ask--- what is that thing? The obscene-looking wet thing.


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Hi Granola.......... thought you were in summer hibernation....... but then realised wouldn't be the case coz all the snakes on Lamma are out & about, albeit elusive.
Granola Eater wrote:
okay, if nobody else is going to ask--- what is that thing? The obscene-looking wet thing.


Thought nobody would ever ask.......... or that nobody had seen it.
Can you wait till Friday & I'll make it a little more obvious, with another bit


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15/09/2006 - Dragonfly silhouette courtesy of bbdog
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Come on, its Friday.
Got your hint, though.


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Its very clearly a "brown eye"!

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Greenman wrote:
Its very clearly a "brown eye"!

Yes.......... t'is a brown eye.
T'is the retracted eye of a Giant African Snail. Will try & get one unretracted, but they're such unaccommodating critters.

Sorry Granola........ was just my exuberance as seeing you/anybody in this forum........... welcome :jump: :jump: :roll: :coffee:


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16/09/2006 - Black-winged Stilt from today over by PSB...
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Nikon D200 w/Nikkor VR 105mm F/2.8 G Macro
2006/09/16 08:25:54.6
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/125 sec - F/4
Exposure Comp.: -0.3 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
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