Eight-Legged Cats and How They See

Carrhotus Spider

The common name for salticids is jumping spiders and many are indeed phenomenal leapers. However, jumping alone is not what distinguishes salticids from other spiders. What makes salticids special is their unique, complex eyes and acute eyesight, not leaping prowess. Salticids have large anterior medial eyes that give them an almost catlike appearance. No other … Read moreEight-Legged Cats and How They See

Photographing Bird in Flight

Asian Palm Swift

I wanted to celebrate my new year’s eve last year by capturing few birds in flight. I was at that time testing my Canon EOS 1D Mark IV fitted with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM + Canon EF 1.4x II Extender. I wanted to test its speed in continuous auto-focusing on a fast … Read morePhotographing Bird in Flight

Mysore Zoo Part 1

After Kokkrebellur trip we went back to Mysore. We had our breakfast at nearby McDonald’s outlet on the Bangalore Mysore Highway. It was a contrast from earthly Kokkrebellur to McDonald’s outlet. I did not find anything tasty or interesting other than nice Rio movie memorabilia toys which my daughter liked very much. Research from the … Read moreMysore Zoo Part 1

Multi-city Photowalk

Sleeping Boats

Votrasi Imaging had organized a multi-city photo walk yesterday. I attended two places of this Photo walk. One was at Karkala around Anekere lake. Shiva Shankar and me went around exploring the waterbirds in and around Anekere. I had sold my Canon EOS 5Dmark II & Canon EOS 7D and purchased Canon EOS 1D Mark … Read moreMulti-city Photowalk

Flying Kites

Small Indian Kites with Grasshopper

That Sunday evening I was strolling with my Canon EOS 5D mark II fitted with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM & Canon EF 1.4x II Extender. Focusing with 5D Mark II was not as efficient as 7D. It used to hunt before getting proper focus. I saw small bush fire nearby. People here … Read moreFlying Kites

Nir-Laksha Dweepa-Day4-Kavaratti

Tossing and turning all through the night, I somehow managed to spend that night in that hot and humid ship cabin. Ship’s air conditioner was still not repaired. As the early morning sun peeped through the windows I went up to the deck and was greeted by a great sunrise together with nice sprinkle of … Read moreNir-Laksha Dweepa-Day4-Kavaratti

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