The mountain is calling!

Dit jaar voor het vijfde jaar op rij naar de Italiaanse Alpen geweest. Er waren twee groepen met daartussen een week "vrij". Ik heb gekozen om zoveel mogelijk te helpen en probeerde mij voor te stellen of ik het zou kunnen, mountain-man worden? Mijn bevindingden daarover beschrijf ik uitgebreid in een blog.
Deze post is alleen om te genieten van de pracht van de natuur.

Another close look at Nature.

Macro of micro fotografie zorgt ervoor, dat je op een andere manier door de natuur beweegt. Je gaat langzamer, want je kijkt naar kleinere objecten en je moet meer op de details letten.  Als ik wandel maak ik vaak een mix van foto's, maar de laatste tijd maak ik meer en meer macro foto's.

Je mist zoveel details, omdat onze ogen eenvoudig niet sterk genoeg zijn. Zelfs als je door de zoeker kijkt tijdens het scherpstellen, zie je nog niet alle details, totdat je de foto op je beeldscherm hebt. Verrassend hoeveel haartjes er voorkomen op planten en bloemen.

Om betere foto's te maken ben ik aan het experimenteren met extension tubes, die de focus afstand vergroten, zodat je dichter bij je object kan komen. Ook heb ik voor mijn bridgecamera een aantal close-up filter aangeschaft, die werken als een vergrootglas. Ik heb maar een echte macrolens met 1:1 vergroting, dus het object wordt 1 op 1 op de sensor getoond.

Ik moest mij hierdoor verplicht gaan verdiepen in manuele instellingen. Heel interessant allemaal. Hoe je met de lichtinval (appeture), sluitersnelheid en focuslengte kan spelen. Je kan het object op verschillende manieren fotograferen, maar door telkens iets te veranderen aan de instellingen, krijg je telkens een andere foto. Behalve dat ik anders door de natuur loop, leer ik steeds meer over mijn camera's.

Nature in close-up

Trying out and experimenting with my camera's I started making some close-up or macro pictures. I think they are close-up pictures, because I don't have a true macro lens. This way of photography makes you look different to your surroundings and it makes you slow down even more. Binky, my old dog is even faster now and waits for me every now and then. Usually it is the other way around.

These close-up pictures really showcase the beauty of nature in every little detail. Makes me want to go out even more.

Missed Sunday morning dew.

For the third day in a row I took a walk in the wetlands of Holland. Isn't Spring fantastic! I overslept a little, but I still managed to catch some of the morning dew. Didn't manage to make a picture of the butterflies.

I still have to get used to changing lenses. If I had the right lens I could have made a better picture of the swimming musk rat. There is lefe everywhere. Didn't realize while standing on a bridge there was a big pike just underneath me. I couldn't make a picture, I only got some mud swirling up. Couldn't get a close up of the big waterbird, but a bit further some of his friend were sunbathing.

I think I found some kind of trap. I will do no harm where I found it. Yesterday I already talked about the circle of life. Again a duck was killed and eaten. I guess it was a bird of pray who got her. This explosion of life is kind of cruel. Abundance for everybody. So animal higher up in the food chain pray on the newborn of others who mostly eat the new plants and insects.

It is no always very safe to eat wild edibles. The spots on this wild garlic is not morning dew.

 Enjoy your Sunday

Water is life!

Water is life. A bit of rain proofed that here in the wetlands of Holland. Spring got kick-started here. The animals are looking for mates and the plants turned green nearly overnight. Some males are looking very flashy.

Saw a kingfisher flashing by today. I know where he lives, so maybe I get lucky and catch it in a picture. Where there is life there is also death. The circle of life. Is it me or did that tree looked like it was not amused?

It's great to feel spring is there. After the silence of winter everything is loud now. It feels great to be outside and make a walk in nature.  Click on the photo to see the nest one.

Looks like spring is here to stay.

Looks like spring has definitely arrived in the wetlands of Holland. I didn't  do much walking lately, but today I did. Overcast but you could feel the warmer air already. That also explains the heavy storms we had lately. The cold air that comes over the cold seawater meets the hot air over the wetlands of Holland. All these storms didn't matter to the late winter, early spring flowers. They were everywhere. Also managed to get some pictures of birds, including a small group of ducks I didn't see before. 

Getting used to my camera.

Spring is still in the wetlands of Holland. Rainy and gloomy weather, but still nice to be outside and try out my latest camera and lenses. Seems I have been spoiled with my other camera. Not changing lenses is easy. Tried out the other two lenses. Also pretty good results, although I'm still struggling with the auto-focus.

Backing up my photo's. I just noticed that I made nearly 17.000 pictures. Fun, everybody should try it. You are outside and you look in a different way. Take more time too. Have a nice weekend

Spring returned to the Wetlands of Holland and trying out my new camera

Well it looks like spring returned to the wetlands of Holland. Double digits positive temperature, so a nice morning to walk with Binky and test my new camera. Still learning, but I like it so far. It doesn't have the zoom-ability of my other camera, but it is pretty quick. Changing lenses is a new thing too. Here are the results: a rare tree goose, a young swan and action pictures of Binky, a hawk and a heron. Close-ups, proof of spring arriving and oh crap!