Yearly Archives: 2014
I am so happy! The French magazine Macrophotographie has published a 14 pages counting portfolio of my macro images in their latest nr. 5 issue. Also one of my images, called ready for take-off, is showing off on the cover! What an honour! My first French publication!
I was pleasantly surprised when I received the magazine by post, and this was not only because of seeing my own portfolio. The magazine turns out to have a genuine love for macro photography, showing in total no less than 7 portfolios of macro photographers, knowing Thomas Delahaye, Christophe Hayet, Cyrille Grillère, Daniel Wambach, Yann Le Bris, Patrick Goujon and me. What a pleasure to see so many beautiful pictures printed full page and what an honour to be among these talented photographers.
Thanks a lot Macrophotographie for giving me this very first French exposure. I wish you all the best for the future!
The Dutch photo magazine Focus has published an article called ‘Macrotweeluik’ in the July issue of 2014. The article shows not only my work but also the work of the Dutch nature photographer Tom van der Most. While both showing macro photos, the magazine points out the differences and the similarities between us. Click here to see the full article.
Kristel Schneider is a photographer and workshop instructor. She is now living in France and has specialized in nature and landscape photography. On her website she is also active as an interviewer. Until now she has managed to interview several well known photographers from all over the world. She does so by thoroughly investigating the work of the photographers in question and by asking them profound questions. This time she has asked me and I feel very honored to be part of her series of interviews. Thank you Kristel! Take a look here for the entire interview.
Yes, I have photographed orchids before in the past. There have been some accidental encounters. And of course I have had my moments of joy during photo trips after finding some of them during a more ‘planned’ search. But somehow this year these enchanting flowers really touched me deeply for the first time. Can’t explain why. I just felt the urge to make something more of it, while I didn’t really knew what that meant. So I guess I am exploring and I like it! These four pictures are only the beginning and I am really curious what will come next…
Sometimes you just have a little bit of luck. This was the case in the picture below. While making my composition I noticed something black crawling through my main subject, the Man orchid. I thought about changing my focus to another orchid but I didn’t. Then the black beetle showed itself in his way up to the top of the orchid. At that moment it was a matter of fast thinking and handling. I know sometimes an insect crawls to the top of the flower to use it as a take-off into the big big world. While secretly hoping this would happen just now my heart was beating some extra times… Still I had to concentrate while changing my focus to the insect which was constantly moving. Most of the times I use manual focusing, and certainly now this was the right choice. Nevertheless it is so difficult to keep the insect sharp while it is going everywhere. Before I knew it he was on top of the orchid and within seconds it had flown away. Just as I wanted but of course it all happened too fast. I was convinced none of my pictures would be sharp. Certainly not the one where the beetle spread its wings before take-off. Can you image my happiness when I discovered this one?
Although lately I have a slight preference for placing my subject in its environment by taking a little distance and thereby making it a little bit smaller in the entire picture, these orchids invited me to come close. And they are surely worth it. Of course some orchids are famous because of their recognizable human or animal figures, but to see this yourself is a whole new discovery.
The man orchid is very inconspicuous when walking through the fields. Surely for someone as me who is still relatively inexperienced in the search for orchids. Even when this species was finally noticed by me it didn’t thrill me immediately. This changed while I looked through my viewfinder. Again there was this enchantment when I discovered a human figure in this orchid.
Finally I want to show you a close-up of the Lesser butterfly-orchid. This one I have already seen and photographed in the past. Now it invited me to come close again. While keeping the flower in the shadow the background is lit by the warm sunlight. The white flower turns into a soft blue shade because it’s in the shadow while the background is turning into a warm yellow tone because it’s in the sun. I like playing with these shade versus sunlight situations.
It has been rather quiet on my website the past month. This is not because I have been inactive, but because I have been on a holiday to Costa Rica. Man, what a joy that was! Never before I have visited this beautiful country in Central America, but a voice inside me tells me my visit will not be limited to only one…
Costa Rica: land of colors, sounds, light, scents, birds, butterflies, plants, monkeys, frogs, hummingbirds etc. How can I describe you without doing shortage to your richness?
Let’s start with the hummingbirds. So small, so fast, and so pretty. It’s great to see them nearby feeders, but it is even more great to see them drink from natural plants like the beautifully formed and colored heliconias.
The great thing about staying longer at one place than just one or two days is that you get to know the behavior of, in this case, the hummingbirds. I noticed that this particular hummingbird had a kind of observation post nearby. He just sat there for a few minutes, resting and at the same time inspecting intensively his surroundings by constantly looking to the right and the left. An ideal moment for me to ‘catch’ him.
I have seen lots of Iguanas. They are perfectly camouflaged when sitting in the vegetation. Most of the time I only noticed them because they moved when I passed by. However, the one shot below was easily spot by me because it was green and was sitting on a purple kind of plant. This is a young specimen from the Common or Green Iguana. Young and beautiful.
I think it’s true what they say: the prettier the bird, the uglier its sound. Anyway, in my opinion this surely applies to the Scarlet Macaws. The crazy thing is, you forget about the sound when you see them. They are so pretty! And not shy at all! To see them fly, almost always male and female together, above the rain forest is just breathtaking. I got the chance to see them very close, a very precious moment I will always cherish.
And now it’s back to earth, back to my life in the Netherlands again. Give me some time to get used to my normal life again. Costa Rica, you have stolen my heart!