jameshax

jameshax

Lives in South Africa South Africa
Joined on Jan 4, 2012

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On A snack for a hug in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (5 comments in total)
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RuthC: Congratulations, jameshax, on winning 'My Best Photo of the Week' challenge. What a fantastic capture of this crab spider ready to pounce on an unsuspecting insect visiting the coneflower. (It looks as though it has been enjoying pollen while it is waiting, something I haven't seen before.) Colours are beautiful with the variegated whites of the spider contrasting with the red, gold and green of the flower. Ruth :-)

Thanks, RuthC, for your inspiring comment, much appreciated. Also, thank you for hosting the challenge.

To gary payne, thanks for your comment. The f/22 number is not strictly correct because of the 1:1 adapter on the front of the lens, which effectively halves the focal length and doubles the f ratio to f/11 (I think). I'll PM you regarding the lens.

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On A snack for a hug in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (5 comments in total)
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barb_s: I'm really surprised at the coloring of this little guy. I expect white to be white and maybe shades of white on crab spiders. These bands on the legs are something new to me.

Also, congratulations. This challenge series is very competitive and always full of top notch photo's.

Yes, interesting, almost colorless compared to one I shot last year this time on a similar flower: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/16098621/photos/2873331/emulating-the-stigmata
I thought then that the red of the spider matched the red of the stigmata but this guy is almost colorless.
Thanks for your kind comments.
James.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 06:02 UTC
On Black-collared barbet in the The Beauty. challenge (3 comments in total)

Nice shot, well done.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 11:05 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Papilio demodocus in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (13 comments in total)

Well done. Congratulations.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 06:18 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Neuroptera family in the Nymph Loads challenge (4 comments in total)
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RuthC: What a weirdly wonderful capture you've achieved, jameshax, and it deserves to be in the top spot in this challenge. Were you able to follow this insect to see whether it would become a lace wing or a mantidfly, or other insect in the family? Ruth :-)

Thank you. Yes, I followed the process and saw the lacewing emerging. I'll post some images to my gallery. Regards, James.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 08:37 UTC
On Tooth Picks in the Pentax SLR Challenge challenge (2 comments in total)
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The Mick: Awesome macro shot, James! I love the title as well! ;o)
Congratulations!
Mick

Thanks, Mick.
Regards,
James.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 12:51 UTC
On Don't Worry, Be Happy in the send a message challenge (12 comments in total)

You made my day.
Regards,
James.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 05:49 UTC as 4th comment
On Mosquito in the A To Z - Letter M challenge (10 comments in total)
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pwmoree: fantastic shot, thanks.
Inspiring!

Thank you.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 18:41 UTC
On Mosquito in the A To Z - Letter M challenge (10 comments in total)
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cmantx: Great Detail, James. Myself, and maybe others might want to know how you setup, and took the shot.

Hi Carmen, Thanks for your comment. I put a short story here
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/16098621/photos/2929625/macro-setup
Regards,
James.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 18:39 UTC
On Mosquito in the A To Z - Letter M challenge (10 comments in total)
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sparkey2: Blasted blood sucker! I'm wondering how you achieved this since they usually detach and fly away when anything comes close to them? Excellent capture no matter how you pulled it off.

Yes, one has to be careful and slow. Thanks for your comment.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 18:38 UTC
On Mosquito in the A To Z - Letter M challenge (10 comments in total)
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RuthC: This is gruesomely magnificent! Great capture, but it still sends shivers through me each time I view it. Ruth :-)

Thanks, Ruth. Sorry about the shivers. Regards, James.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 18:36 UTC
On Mosquito in the A To Z - Letter M challenge (10 comments in total)
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The Mick: Somehow, you've managed to unlock the beauty of one of nature's bad guys. Congratulations on a magnificent mosquito macro, James!
Cheers!
Mick

Thanks, Mick. Regards,
James.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 18:35 UTC
On Macro setup photo in jameshax's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

This is the setup that was used to shoot the mosquito that was sitting on my forefinger. The lens is a 100mm macro lens set to about f/22. The effective f-number is affected by the attached lens, which is a 55mm Takumar f/2 lens from an old Pentax S1. It is mounted in reverse, hence the visible M42 thread and the stop-down pin at the front. The attachment is used wide open for convenience and bright view. It is attached by means of two filters (glass removed) that were glued together(with their threads to the outside) so the attachment can be screwed to the front of the macro lens.
To shoot a mosquito, one has to venture into the undergrowth late afternoon in summer. They are more than willing to perch on one's skin and have a meal. The camera is held in the right hand and the mosquito is permitted to suck blood from the left hand while the photo is taken. When the mosquito is satisfied, it flies away.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 18:21 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On ANT_dpreview in the Ants - Macro shots challenge (2 comments in total)

Good crop, good detail, nice pose. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 05:42 UTC as 1st comment
On Red Kite Apogee in the Mid-flight challenge (8 comments in total)

Impressive image, congratulations.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 09:02 UTC as 6th comment
On Hairy Legs in the Hairy Legs! (Insects & Spiders Only) challenge (6 comments in total)
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The Mick: I have to agree with the others here, James. Great image! Looks like they're at a late night dance party and havin' a blast. ;o) Excellent find, btw!
Regards,
Mick

Hi Mick, Thanks. When I returned to the nest where I had seen them the night before when they were molting for the first time, they all had gone, scattered all over the flowers on a nearby shelf (on which I had placed some of my equipment in the dark). There were at least a hundred of them.
Regards,
James.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 08:59 UTC
On Hairy Legs in the Hairy Legs! (Insects & Spiders Only) challenge (6 comments in total)
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ysal: Fantastic shot, should have placed higher!!

Thanks, ysal.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 08:48 UTC
On Hairy Legs in the Hairy Legs! (Insects & Spiders Only) challenge (6 comments in total)
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RuthC: James, this was one of my favourite entries in this challenge. It has a wonderful whimsical aspect to it. Just beautiful! Ruth :-)

Thanks. Interesting how this image polarized the votes.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 08:48 UTC
On Hairy Legs McGee ;o) in the Hairy Legs! (Insects & Spiders Only) challenge (6 comments in total)
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The Mick: Thanks, Ruth! I knew who/what you meant. My legs are a little hairy, but I'm not nearly that cute. ;o)
Have a great weekend!
Mick

You and Ruth are a treat. Nice shot.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 08:43 UTC
On huntsman spider in the Hairy Legs! (Insects & Spiders Only) challenge (4 comments in total)

Hi George, nice capture of the rain spider. Looks like the mother of the babies in my entry lower down. Strange effect: the full screen view is pin sharp while this view (on my monitor) looks soft...?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 08:42 UTC as 1st comment
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