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Hi there you all!
Yep, it is a fact, 2019 is here. To celebrate this new year I’d like to share the photo below with you. It was taken last May, during my holiday in Tenerife. Tenerife is great. I saw a lot, I enjoyed a lot.
Now generally to see and photograph a lot you would think you have to walk or move a lot. You would think you have to visit this and that place, preferably as much as possible within one day, while carrying heavy photo gear with you. For a while now I am realizing that this is so NOT the case with me. Walking and enjoying, a big yes! But walking and photographing my favorite macro subjects such as insects and flowers, a big no!
Small subjects require time and rest. And this is exactly what I had during my ‘relax’ hours in the garden of our hotel. The colors and form of this beautiful tropical flower called Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) attracted me to come closer. It was only after zooming in on my Iphone shot that I noticed little ants on the plant.
This was the moment! Time to get my macro lens and get serious! Easier said than done though. Man, these ants were small. And man, they were fast! And yep, I like to work with open aperture because of the desired small depth of field and also because this is the only way to shoot with short shutter speeds which I need for these little speedy gonzales types. But I also work with a full frame sensor (Nikon D610) meaning my field of depth with open aperture is REALLY small. Any way, no one said it would be easy and a few hours and days later I finally managed to take some satisfying photos. The photo below is one of them, I call it: ‘Tiny and mighty’.
Wishing you all a great 2019, with hopefully some time and rest to get caught and surprised by our tiny and mighty insects!
Yep, it has been kind of quiet lately around me here. Very busy though, just not primarily with photographic activities. Assuming you are not really interested in my newly developed hobby cooking and baking, I am afraid at this time there is not an awful lot to show you. I am sure however this will change for the good during the coming year, so please stay tuned!..
I do have a little something to show you however. It’s a picture from a trip I made earlier this year (in April) to Cyprus. I have not come to the editing stage yet, but I’ve picked one out to show you. With this very inconspicuous but highly photogenic flower Star Clover (Trifolium stellatum) I am wishing you all a Very Happy New Year!
It’s that time of the year again, Christmas… After the darkest and shortest day of the year Christmas is here to lighten up our minds. Forward we go, hopefully for all of us in a positive way. My Christmas card is showing a hummingbird near a Royal poinciana tree in Costa Rica, made in 2014. Thinking back to Costa Rica makes me happy. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy NewYear!
Yep, finally I am on the Instagram!… It took me some while to start with, but hey… better late than never… So if you want to stay tuned, please don’t hesitate and take a closer look at my page. Once you’re there I am sure you’ll have a great time anyway encountering all kinds of inspiring photographers. Enjoy and hope to see you!
These days we are overloaded with nature photos. If it’s not from ourselves, it is from others. Nature photography is ‘hot’. The more difficult it is to stand out with your pictures of course. One of the people who, in my opinion, does stand out, is Ronald Hofmeester. He has recently published his first book, called ‘Ondersteboven’, roughly translated as ‘totally blown away’. His book is a combination of pictures and poems (in Dutch). It is an ode to nature around us which we so often pass but don’t see. Ronald has always inspired me with his creative own style. When he told me about his book I already knew from the beginning this was going to be a good one. My feeling proved to be correct. Last Sunday there was the presentation of his book. And although this was in the first place a very special day for Ronald, it was also special for me. What was the case? Ronald had asked me to accept the first copy of his book! What an honor! This doesn’t happen to me every day of course, so I was totally ‘Ondersteboven’ (blown away) by this beautiful gesture. The book turned out to be really beautiful. Also his son Tim made a very special and personal sound picture to accompany the book. Congrats for Ronald, he did a great job.
Getting curious about the book? See for more information and ordering Ronald’s website (only in Dutch).
Picture taken by Edwin Giesbers.