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    Dear Paid Member,

    We will be holding a Nature Photography Exhibition at Wheelock Place, Orchard Road in mid February. We are calling for entries from all Paid Members. There will be 18 to 20 of A2 and/or A3 size photos exhibited from February to end of March. If you are interested to have your photo selected for the exhibition, please post no more than 3 images here in this thread.

    Here are the required information for your submission:

    1) EXIF information (Camera & lens used, exposure setting)
    2) A title and a brief description about the image, which may include, but not limited to, species name, location, any special and/or interesting information about the image.
    3) Submission deadline will be Friday, January 23. (sorry for the short notice, we are working on short deadline)

    If your image is selected for the exhibition, the committee will contact you for high resolution image for printing.

    Hope to see your submission soon.

    Thank you.

    NPSS Admin


    Here are my entries:

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    #1 Title : Blue Tailed Bee-Eater
    Description : There are 2 species of Bee-Eater in Singapore – Blue Throated Bee-Eater and Blue Tailed Bee Eater. Blue Tailed Bee-Eaters are migratory and spend their winter here from August to March. Their diet include bee, dragonfly, grasshopper and butterfly.

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    #2 Title : Rufous-backed Kingfisher
    Description : Rufous-backed Kingfisher is not commonly seen and can only be found in the low land forest. This species build their nest at the river bank and their diet include fish, crab, insects and lizard.

    #3 Title : Breakfast
    Description : Common Kingfisher is a winter visitor here each year. Managed to capture this Female Common Kingfisher at Japanese Garden in an early morning. It was her first dive into the lake that morning and managed to catch a fish as breakfast.


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    Here are mine:


    Species: Pond Skater or Water Strider
    Title: Pond skater with Prey
    EXIF: Panasonic Lumix FZ30 with Nikon 6T close-up filters. ISO80, F11, 1/30s, 2 diffused flash, handheld
    Taken at Toa Payoh Town Park, Singapore

    Pond skaters are fascinating insects to watch as they are able to walk on the water surface and move around. This is possible due to their water-repellent cuticle (outer covering of the insect), that allows their legs to push down onto the water surface rather than sinking into it, and also due to the high surface tension of water. They walk very fast and feast on dead or drowning insects. They have a rostrum that will pierce into the prey (as seen in the picture). Saliva is injected and enzymes will digest the prey’s tissue and the pond skater will suck up the digested contents.

    This Pond skater was taken at Toa Payoh Town Park, and as the pond was just next to the grass patch, I could bring the camera just above the water to take this shot. I was not aware it had a prey until I post-processed it. Due to the low angle, I was able to capture the reflection of the plants in the water. The plants had some reddish and yellowish colours so it added an interesting element to it.


    Species: Heavy Jumper Hyllus diardi (Walckanaer) 1837
    Title: Whats up?
    EXIF: Panasonic Lumix FZ30 with Raynox 250 close-up filter. ISO80, F11, 1/30s, 2 diffused flash, handheld
    Taken at Pulau Redang, Malaysia

    Jumping Spiders (Salticidae) are the largest family of all spiders. They have excellent vision and is able to detect preys afar and position themselves to attack the prey. This particular Jumping Spider is the Heavy Jumper, with its characteristic 2 "horns" on the head. Its a efficient hunter and preys on alot of other insects. This spider was taken at Redang, during my holidays and it was moving along among the bushes. I had to consistently move my camera around to ensure my camera plane was parallel to its face and legs to get a good Depth-of-field on this moving spider. I also had to control my 2 non-TTL flashes in-order not to overexpose the whites. Its a beautiful creature and I enjoy taking them.


    Title: Crystal Ball Gazing
    EXIF: Panasonic Lumix FZ30 with Raynox 250 close-up filter. ISO80, F11, 1/30s, 2 diffused flash, handheld
    Taken at Venus Drive, Singapore

    This was taken at Venus Drive. Found this ant staring at this drop of water. Frankly, I don’t know what it is doing, but it sure makes a nice shot! Had to ensure both the water drop and the ant remained in the depth-of-field.

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    Here is mine,
    not too sure if its up to standard, but just contribute ;)

    EXIF Info : Nikon D300+T180mm, F11, 1/30sec, ISO200, FEV-1.7ev

    Title : Nature’s Love
    Damselfly, smaller in size as compare to a Dragonfly. Interesting thing about then is that a pair of mating
    damselfly will give an interesting Heart Fomation.

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    Below are my contributions.

    pic# 1 : Brown-Headed Gulls are migratory birds where thousands of them migrated from as far as Tibet or Siberia to Bangpoo, Bangkok.

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    pic#2 : Pond Heron.
    These are beautiful birds and migrated to Bangpoo as well. Captured these near a rice field in Bangpoo.

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    pic#3 : Golden Sunset.
    This was taken during the bird outing at Bangpoo as many are busy taking pictures of Gulls. Just fnd this beatiful nature sight easily forgotten.


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    Title: Sunset at Bukit Timah Hill, Singapore

    It was taken from 22nd floor of an HDB flat at Clementi area, December 2008 evening. I used 2 images to stitch together. The 2 transmission towers, only the one at Bukit Batok is clearly seen at central left.

    Canon EOS 5D mkII, EF24-105mm f/4L, 1/160s, f/11, iso1000, handheld.

    (original file: 62mb tif, dimension: 7297×2972 pixels)


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    Ok, here’s mine. Confidence level not very high with so many sifus here but I thought I give it a try anyway.


    Title: Brown-legged spiders
    EXIF: D200, 180mm, ISO 320, f.14.0, 1/40, EC +0.7, FEC -0.7 (Stack 4 images)
    Description: Brown-legged spiders (Neoscona rufofemorata) belongs to the family Araneidae or more commonly known as orb-web spiders. They, as their name implies, spins webs of silk that looks like an orb to trap their prey. And being nocturnal, they often spin a new web every night. When the day approaches, they eat their web – so to conserve silk – and often hides in leaves.


    Title: Two-tailed spider with prey
    EXIF: D200, 180mm, ISO 250, f16.0, 3s, EC -0.3, FEC -1.7 (stack 7 pictures)
    Description: Two-tailed spider (Hersilia sp.) lives on tree trunks that matches their body color. When resting, they flatten their body against the tree trunk and blends in perfectly with the tree casting little or no shadow. They have 2 long spinnerets that looks like tails that give them their name. These are used to immobilize prey by spreading silk while running around and jumping over the prey.


    Title: Symbiosis
    EXIF: D200, 180mm + 2xTC, ISO 500, f 14.0, 1/50, EC +0.7, FEC -0.3
    Description: Mealybugs – like aphids – are sap suckers that produce honeydew. The honeydew attracts ants which protect them from their natural predators. The ants may also bring them to places which they think has more honeydew. To induce the mealybugs to produce honeydew, the ants stroke them with their antennae as if they were milking the bugs.

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    Here are my entries:

    Pic 1 – Common Birdwing Caterpillar (Troides helena cerberus)

    The Common Birdwing is the largest species of the Papilionidae family found in Singapore and it is an endanger species and protected under CITES. This one which displays a pair of orange processes at the head is called osmeterium, and is extended whenever the cat is alarmed. It also oozes out a red liquid that appears threatening. However, the osmeterium and the liquid is harmless (at least to humans!)
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    Pic 2 – Backlit

    I think photography is about painting with light. This young leaves have caught my attention when I was walking along one of the forest track at Venus Drive. The patterns and hairy details of the leaves becomes obvious under the light and through the lens.
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    Pic 3 – Team Work

    Weaver ants (Oecophylla longinoda) are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae (order Hymenoptera).
    They are not only known for their remarkable cooperative behaviour used in nest construction but also their collaborative work in attacking a larger insect. Spotted this particular predators & prey actions at Pulau Ubin during one of the NPSS outing.


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    Fruit-Dove, Rose-crowned D32_7890.pbase.jpg
    Kingfisher, Oriental-Dwarf D32_0985b.NPS.jpg

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    1. Puddling Tailed Jay
    Butterflies are often encountered with their proboscis unfurled and probing into the ground to take in water and nutrients. At the muddy or sandy puddle (often tainted with animal urine or excreta), the butterfly sips water rich in mineral salts and other essential nutrients (mostly sodium chloride and nitrogen-rich solutions) that have leached from the surrounding soil and rocks. Male butterflies do more puddling than females.

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    2. Sway (Long Banded Silverlines)
    The Long Banded Silverlines belong to the genus Spindasis. The butterflies are distinguished by the silvery markings on the undersides and the hindwings possess two tails.


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    1. Bird drop crab spider (Cyrtarachne bufo, female):
    The mimicry ability of this crab spider to a fresh bird-drop is amazing! Such camouflage has resulted in a better survival rate for the spider. NK D200, FL 180mm, 1/6s-F/22, ISO 400, Manual, fill flash, m -1.7ev, r -1.3ev, MLU, tripod. Venus Drive, Singapore, 4 Jan 2009.

    2. Western Australia Landscape: Field View
    FL 12mm, ISO 400, 1/400sec-F/8, Aperture Priority, polarizer, on way from Hyden to Perth, Western Australia, 20 Sept 2008.

    3. Australian Darter (Anhinga melanogaster, female):
    This sea bird has an interesting behavior of spreading out their wings for sun-drying. FL 93 mm, 1/250-F/9, ISO 200, Aperture Priority, EC/; -0.7 ev, handheld with rock as support, Pecher Point, on way from Fremantle to Busselton, Western Australia, 15 Sept 2008.

    Thank for organizing the exhibition!


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    Large-tailed Nightjar – Caprimulgus macrurus
    Large-tailed Nightjars are nocturnalbird and it feed on moths and other night-flying insects.
    They are particularly fond of flying termite swarms.
    They perch-and-wait then swoop down and catch prey on the wing, flying low over the ground, swerving from side
    to side. Long pointed wings and tails make them acrobatic and silent fliers. They sometimes perch on street lamps,
    snapping up the insects attracted to the light, particularly after heavy rains.
    They are most active at dusk.
    During the day, Nightjars sit motionless on the ground, perfectly camouflaged among the leaf litter. Often
    they will remain unmoving until you almost step on them. They may also perch on a low branch.
    Canon 20D 400mm f5.6+1.4 TC. 1/80s f5.6 ISO800 flashed AWB Av priority

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    Below are my entries.

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    The clavus or caudal fin of the ocean sunfish (
    ) being cleaned by a longfin bannerfish () and many blacklip butterflyfish (). This was taken at Nusa Penida, Bali.
    Nikon D200 in Seacam housing, 10.5mm lens, f9 1/80 iso100 dual Ikelite DS-125 strobes

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    The graceful Manta ray (
    ) swoops towards me. This was taken at Nusa Penida, Bali.
    Nikon D200 in Seacam housing, 10.5mm lens f8 1/250 iso 100 dual Ikelite DS-125 strobes

    Sea Lion
    This Galápagos Sea Lion (
    ) cavorts in front of my camera. Taken in Galápagos islands, Ecuador.
    Nikon D200 in Seacam housing, 10.5mm lens f7.1 1/60 iso 100 dual Ikelite DS-125 strobes

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    Here are my submission. :smile:

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