A quest for the ultimate, beautiful, meaningful picture


Love of fur – Weekend wallpaper

Don’t we all love fur—on the original rump, of course. And doesn’t love between cats give us all the feeling that we’d like to cuddle with them? That feeling was what I wanted to express with this picture of a pair of Sri Lanka panthers, made during a visit to the zoo.

And on a practical note: you’ve got to make the best of those darn animals that turn their backs on you…



Weekend Wallpapers: Butterflies in the Garden

Sunny Sunday in August means that there are quite a few butterflies in the garden. Nationwide counts established last week that the numbers of butterflies are good this year. Good for this decade, that is. Compared with the 1990s, they still are dramatically low. So what does one do in one’s garden to make it more butterfly-friendly?
For one thing, we don’t eat all the prunes and leave some for insects. Not purely out of ecological reasons, I admit: there is simply too much to keep up with the prunes! Among butterflies, Red admirals and Commas (Polygonia c-album) are very fond of overripe fruit. The Comma I could only get in the picture when it was resting for a bit on a prune leave; the prunes it was eating from were hanging in the tree, too much in the shadow to allow for a photo.
A Small white (Pieris rapae) was laying eggs in the grass of the lawn. The back of her body almost disappears in the bokeh; I had to give priority to high shutter speed to avoid blur because of my lack of stability. Not a smart place to lay eggs, because the lawn will be mown and 15 meters further she could find enough cabbage plants, the plants to which the butterfly owes its Dutch name: Klein koolwitje.
In both cases, it was also an exercise in the free-hand use of a telezoom lens plus a 1.4x extender to achieve almost 280mm (420mm equivalent with the sensor’s crop factor)—that is what made stability such an issue…
Anyway: free to downlaod for wallpaper use!

Comma (Polygonia c-album)

Comma (Polygonia c-album)

Small white (Pieris rapae)

Small white (Pieris rapae)

Pixels wanted? A billion!

Did I say, in my previous post, that I wanted maximum sharpness? Well, NASA has the ultimate: a one-billion pixel composition of hundreds of photos taken by Mars rover Curiosity. You can find it here. May take some time to load… 😉

Tilt, shift, click!

Tilt-shift lenses are ideal for getting straight-lined architecture pictures, but also for creative playing with the plane of focus and depth-of-field. Normally, they are very expensive objectives, but price-breaker Samyang is about to release a tilt-shift-lens (Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS USM), rumoured to cost around $ 1,1000 (€ 900?). Hope it does not only come in the Nikon and Canon versions, but for Sony too. I’d put it on my wish list immediately!
The news is from the website FStoppers, who also give a picture of the new lens.

Wallpaper Wednesday closer to home: Dutch landscapes

Perhaps the most beautiful Dutch landscaes are found on the Veluwe, the largest wooded area of the country. I love it, anyway! This morning, with a gorgeous sunrise after some days of rain, the sun played into dewdrops and forced moisture out of the ground into wisps of vapour.

Pure beauty. And the birds were singing.

Still, it was the Netherlands: the constant drone of the motorway a few kilometers away was in my ears all the time–better enjoy the pictures in silence…


LightRoom 4 is on the market!

Lightroom 4 is available on the Adobe website. I’ll beh appy to upgrade again, but even if you have to buy it anew, the price is much more palatable than it used to be. And if you realise that the RAW-converter that it has was judged much better than Aperture in Dutch photo magazine Focus, I think it’s worth it. And they don’t pay me for this commercial–I hope to give a critical review and report about bugs another time. Now first get the download…

2011 Holiday Gifts for Photographers – Photo Tips @ Earthbound Light

We believe in Sinterklaas, not Santa Claus, but if you do, there is a great gifts list for photographers:

2011 Holiday Gifts for Photographers – Photo Tips @ Earthbound Light.

Picasa back in favour

Picasa is back on my list of popular (and free!) photo web services, now that I (finally?) discovered that they have done away with the 5-pictures-at-a-time limit for uploading. My pictures of the archery 3D-tournament of last weekend found a happy home there.

Traces of thirst

The picture is not great at all, but I find the story irresistible: a carrier pigeon crash landed on our terrace. Hearing its wings thump and scrape on the stones was the first thing I noticed. The pigeon got on it’s feet and tried to drink from the pond that borders the terrace. But with the drought, the water level was too low and try as it might, the pigeon could not bend deep enough to get it’s beak into the water. After a few tries it made a desperate decision and dived right into the pond. Its head was drowned completely, wings spread out made sure it swam. After five long seconds of gulping water to quench its thirst, the pigeon got its head out of the water, flapped it’s wings a few times and flew off again, on its way–no doubt–to race home. Only the traces of the dust of its feathers was left on the water. And that’s when I finally got my phone’s camera out to document this story of a dry spring.

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Goodbye blog

It’s time to admit that I have nothing more to say about ‘the ultimate, meaningful picture’, about beauty in photography or about sinplicity (only readers of this blog since the beginning may remember that this is not a typo). Ergo: I quit this blog (for a (long) time).

For the few who still want to see my pictures–I continue with photography, of course–there are my Flickr photostream and the Fotoclub Wierden site.