➖ Paul Irvine
➖ Perth / Western Australia 🇦🇺
I’m a happily married, father of 4, grandfather of 2, 49-year-old hobby/enthusiast photographer that first became interested in photography at a young age. I would “steal” my parents Kodak Instamatic camera and take photos. I was given my first Kodak point and shoot camera at age 10 in 1979 as a birthday gift and managed to take my first lightning shot on it. As time passed and I tried different activities, I purchased my first SLR which was a Nikonos V for underwater photography. It was here that I learnt how to use manual settings and understand the relationship between settings. I was never very good at it but I was still learning when I decided scuba diving was no longer my thing and ended up buying the digital point and shoot cameras. I finally purchased a DSLR approx. 8 years ago and began trying to remember what I had forgotten from my SLR days. And a new love affair of photography began!
I have always been interested in nature. Watching Jacques Cousteau and David Attenborough, along with many other Australian wildlife shows as a child on tv thrilled me. I was also interested in science and weather. Once I had my DSLR camera I went out and tried numerous genres but was still drawn to nature in my photography. I learnt how to shoot lightning and have managed to capture some incredible shots. I still have a desire to improve on that skill and shall do so once our storm season kicks off again in our Summer. I purchased my first macro lens, a Canon 100mm f2.8 and started searching for and shooting local native terrestrial orchids. This led me to see insects and arachnids which I was overwhelming interested in. I started finding these incredibly colourful jumping spiders that I didn’t know existed. I started seeing the smaller things and wanted to capture them and show people. I needed to improve my skill level so I enrolled in a 2-day macro course where I met a couple of amazing guys that I am good friends with to this day and we continue to shoot together as often as we can. They too had found these arachnids and were interested in them. From that moment my main interest was and is to this day macro photography and in particular peacock jumping spiders. These incredibly colourful and flamboyant spiders have captured my soul. I spend all the time I have available in their adult season, June – Oct, searching for and shooting these Maratus species of spiders. I have been fortunate enough to be the discoverer of one of the new species that were described into science in September 2017 being Maratus gemmifer.
Macro has consumed me! So, if it’s not spiders its flies, wasps, beetles, ants, it’s any other insect I can find. I still like to find spiders of any family and genus and I spend summer evenings spotlighting wolf spiders on my lawn to shoot. I am now shooting with a zoom macro lens and learning the skill of hand held focal stacking which has allowed me to take shots and achieve a greater depth of field in the final image. I still love a good single shot though!
My pics I am showing here are just a sample of my macro photography. As I said, I do dabble in other genres but macro is my passion.
I can be found on FB at http://www.facebook.com/PWI.Photography.1969/
And Instagram @pwi_photography
Canon 5Dmk3 body
Canon Lenses – mpe65mm, 100mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8, 17-35mm f4 and 24-105mm f4.
Yongnuo YN24 twin head flash system and homemade diffusion system
Godox Propac PB960 battery pack for YN24 flash.
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