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  1. #9901
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    Thanks Dennis, you have googled "Box Jellyfish" haven't you.

    Here is just one search result. http://www.outback-australia-travel-...jellyfish.html I've not vetted it for accuracy as I know nothing about it and have never seen one (the waters too cold further south where I live). In reality you'd have to be pretty safe though since the great barrier reef is such a famous spot for swimming.

    Australians are famously proud of our dangerous wildlife. You'll have to judge for yourself whether people are being serious or trying to impress a tourist. However if locals say that water is full of crocodiles don't swim in it believe them. If they say the water is safe for swimming it probably is. If they say don't swim at a certain time of year don't, if they say it's probably alright this time of year it probably is.
    Last edited by Dread Pirate Roberts; 04-23-2009 at 04:49 AM.
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  2. #9902
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    Yes, I've googled just about every poisonous creature that lives in Australia by now

    These box jellyfish are indeed very dangerous, and so are the Irukandji Jellyfish, which may be small enough to get into the netted areas on the beaches... Anyway, I will be careful where I'm going to swim.

    Now that we are talking about dangerous creatures, here's a question I wanted to ask about bug photography in Australia. I know it's best not to try and shoot Redback, Whitetail and Funnelweb spiders, but are there any other creatures that I should better not try to get any pictures of?
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  3. #9903
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    You can shoot those creatures, but at a distance. Australia's reputation for dangerous animals really is overstated for the average visitor, who spends most of their time in cities/towns, most of which the dangerous ones aren't really a part of every day life or chances are if you do encounter them they wont try to hurt you unless you do something to piss them off in the first place. Crocs though are carnivores and quite happy to eat meat

    But yeah, don't be like some of the stupider tourists and ignore Crocodile warning signs, they are there for everyones benefit (except the crocs). Do however try sampling the Croc, Kanga and Emu cuisine in North Queensland though, they are cheaper to eat than beef/chicken/pork and it's a good experience. IMO FNQ (Far North Queensland) is one of the most beautiful and most scenic locations in the world (and i've travelled a fair amount too).

    Excuse the OT post
    Cameras: Nikon D300, Panasonic Lumix G2, LX3 & FZ20
    Nikkor Lenses: 24-70mm f2.8 - 70-300mm VRII f4.5-5.6 - 50mm f1.4 G - 35mm f1.8 G - 50mm f1.8 - 18-200mm VR f3.5-5.6
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  4. #9904
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prospero View Post
    Yes, I've googled just about every poisonous creature that lives in Australia by now

    Did you Google the most dangerous creature known in Australia? It's the camera wielding Canon owner.

  5. #9905
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    Quote Originally Posted by K1W1 View Post
    Did you Google the most dangerous creature known in Australia? It's the camera wielding Canon owner.
    Yeah, I did, you have to google for "cwphoto", right?

    Thanks for the info Cyberwlf. I will definetly try the Croc, Kanga and Emu cuisine .
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    // Nikkor 70-300 f/4-5.6 VR // Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8
    // Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 ...// Nikon SB-600
    // Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6......// Nikon Series E 135 mm f/2.8
    // Kiron 105 f/2.8 Macro....// Manfrotto 190XPROB + 488RC4
    // Nikkor 35 f/1.8..........// Sigma 500 mm f/8

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  6. #9906
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    I'd photograph any spider except the funnelweb personally. Redbacks are slow and lazy.

    Take the crocs and box jellyfish seriously, the rest are to scare the tourists.

    Eat all the croc and Kangaroo you can they're great but I don't fancy the rest of the "for the tourist native food". Wild emu is just crazily oily, farmed emu is like tasteless chicken. Possum is just horrible.
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  7. #9907
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    Croc tastes like salty chicken and Kangaroo tastes like gamey beef. But a good cut of either is quite tasty. But yeah wasn't crazy on Emu, but its worth trying such an ancient and extremely large flightless bird once at least. Possums are also annoying pests when they position themselves for being road kill

    But yeah in terms of swimming, if you take one of the organised GBR tours they take you to swimming areas which are safe in terms of jellyfish and crocs are not seen on the reefs last time i checked. They also happen to be ideal tours to take for photographic opportunities too.
    Cameras: Nikon D300, Panasonic Lumix G2, LX3 & FZ20
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  8. #9908
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    Thanks Prospero. And wow epic australia off topic conversation (I don't mind really). :O
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  9. #9909
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    Well, I haven't been around really for about a month, and I must say, the quality of pics in this thread is really going up quickly! There is no way I could go back and comment on all the great images I've seen since my last post, so let me be lazy and say: great work everyone! Wow!

    Here is my latest upload, it is an HDR from a single raw file. Not sure how I feel about it, I like some of the textures but I'm not crazy about it.




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  10. #9910
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    Well I'm crazy about it... well I like it a lot, if you tone down the sand I believe it will be easier for the eye to follow. This should allow the buildings to become more stopping points of interest.
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