The Assassin

This morning I was sitting at my laptop when I noticed something move on the wall out of the corner of my eye. It was a unique looking reddish-orange bug with a black head and a black patch near it’s end and a long snout. I watched it crawl down the wall about a foot where it stopped to observe some Ants scouting about. About 10 seconds later it pounced the ant! Predator, how cool is that! 

So after a bit of research with Google I found it. It’s actually called an Assassin bug. Latin: reduviidae vespers purpupeus. Seems legit to me. One guy commented on a site about how he leave’s them alone cause it reduces ants. Fair enough, I will let these guys live too.

I also found that in 1988 the Philippines postal service featured these guys on a one peso stamp. I guess they were well liked back then also. Go get ’em killer.

The Camera used is a Canon EOS 1200D with a Sigma lens 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro with hood, no filters, macro on, and manual focus.

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My Greatest Phobia

Spiders Scare the hell out of me. Always have. I can tolerate the small wolf spiders and daddy long legs; but some…. help me lord if I see them. Rather help them because they are about to die. But today out of interest I pulled the Camera out, photographed one, and researched it. 

This spider is a, “Giant Huntsman Spider.” I found it this morning just after waking. I went to the restroom on the backside of the house and while standing there I just took a look up into the corner and there it was just staring at me.

I am surprised myself that I did not panic. Usually I freak out. I was not sure if it was alive or dead. So after I finished my morning business I stood up and I took a deep breath and blew really hard at it. It moved a little so I knew it was alive. Off I went to get the Camera.

I took a few shots of it. For that privilege I let him live. Today the Huntsman did not have to die.

What I learned from the wonderful search engine called Google is that they are mildly venomous towards humans. Not deadly. Diet mainly consists of insects and small lizards when bigger. When full sized they can have a spread up to 12 inches. This one was maybe 8 inches, not yet full grown. 

Camera used today is my Canon EOS 1200D with a Sigma Lens 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro with hood to avoid glare from ceiling light. No filters were used. Photos taken in manual focus.

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White Throated Kingfisher

Today just after breakfast I went for a walk around the Village and rice paddy’s. I took the Camera with me and I took couple dozen nature shots. So these I will share at this time. It is a White-Throated Kingfisher.

I tried to get in as close as possible because I wanted a front view but he caught on to me. He flew off squawking and warning others of my presence. I think I still got a few decent shots in first though. 

I managed to catch him with his wing stretched out. Very nice pattern with a white patch. You can usually find these birds near streams and other bodies of water. It’s known to eat small fish, snails, lizards, and some insects. 

My Camera is a Canon EOS 1200D. The lens I used is a Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO DG MACRO with hood and no filters. 

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The Pacific Swallow

This morning I woke up earlier than usual and couldn’t go back to sleep. Light was already coming up overy the horizon so I figured I might as well just stay up. So out of good consideration I woke up my wife as well. She was not pleased much; so I told her, “let’s go for a morning walk.” She agreed and got up and ready. 

My ultimate intention was to actually get some morning shots of the birds while they are active. Not to mention I am over weight a bit and could use it. I chose an up hill route for this morning.

Today’s walk brought me to find a pair of Pacific Swallow’s. 

The Camera Used is a Canon EOS 1200D. Lens used is a Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG MACRO with hood and no filters.

These photos were taken from the bridge about 300 meters from Barangay Agaas along the Presentacion-Caramoan Road next to Barangay Buhay, Part of the Caramoan municipality, Bicol, Philippines.

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Enhancing the Subject

Depth of Field

Today I am just focusing on photography composition. I chose this wild flower growing near our village. I don’t know it’s official name. I focused on the subject taking the back ground out of focus to isolate it. 

Close up

Closer I became the more details you can see. The color is very nice and stands out from it’s surroundings.


This shot was a close up with my 300mm sigma lens. Zoomed all the way out with macro on. You can see the details of each flower very nicely.

Camera Used is a Canon EOS 1200D. Lens is a Sigma APO DG 70-300mm with Macro. No filters were used, hood only to prevent glare. 

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Post Script edit: it’s a type of Santan Flower. 

Eurasian Tree Sparrows

From My Balcony and my windows; I can see these little birds in every direction. 

Just as I pressed the button it took off. 

These birds can be seen in tree branches, on power lines, on roof tops, and taking dust baths in loose dry dirt. 

I was going through my emails this morning. One of the emails I received this week said I was in the top 20% for photographers on There are hundreds of thousands of photographers of all catagories and skill levels competing in contests and challenges; and to be in the top 20% of 2016 feels like an accomplishment. I placed ahead of many and it feels pretty good. Just thought I would share that. My goal is to be in the top 10% of 2017. May God help me improve my skills. 

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David Lee Martin

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