Blog Neglect & Myrmecophiles

The ‘cold’ I thought I’d contracted at Splendour last week ended up being a full-blown flu (possibly of the swine variety) which left me fairly wiped out. Add to that a gut-wrenchingly tight AFL game where my Crows lost to the Cats by 2 points in a crazily tight last quarter (we was robbed!) and I am not in the best of moods.

However last night was the high point of my week, the Griffith School of Environment Alumni Reunion. It was the inaugrual event and a lot of time and planning went into it from a range of people. The night went quite well overall, with a (slightly shambolic) speed networking event, a business card draw and a few entertaining speakers. The stars of the night though were the alumni, and it was great to catch up with people who I haven’t seen for a while.

Speed networking in full swing.

Speed networking in full swing.

Will and I were the nominated amateur photographers for the night, but Will managed to forget his camera so we shared the duties using mine. The nifty fifty got a good workout, with just enough light to get by without the flash. Unfortunately when it came to the big group shots we sorely missed Will’s external flash which would have done a much better job than my crusty on-board one. I’m not much of a people photographers but there were some nice candid opportunities.

My camera caught the eye of Clyde Wild, one of the most senior academics of the group, who is an enthusiastic entomologist. He’s got a dedicated macro setup for insect photography, and suggested I check out Alex Wild’s (no relation!) site Myrmecos for some examples of what can be achieved with the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro lens. It’s a highly specialised lens which is almost like shooting with a microscope attached to the camera body, and requires a lot of patience and skill to master. Alex has done just that, with many exceptional shots showcased on his site and blog. It’s a world of detail that I rarely think about, yet now I want to have a go myself… check it out!

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