Fall, the quick version

I seem to be writing one blog post per season lately. This one won’t be any different :p. Lots of shots again though :). Fall 2013 was rather short and spread out throughout a few months instead of a clear climax in colors. A bit dull unfortunately. Luckily we did have some exceptions that made it worth while to go and shoot. See below for the results. Been quite busy with learning some new techniques (photography related 😉 ) and networking. A network is just as important for a nature photographer as reliable gear as it will open up new opportunities. One of these opportunities already gave me (better) access to a large National Park so I could get to places I would normally never go. I will learn new things and contribute to studying the area and its diversity. I am sure I will capture this diversity in all its beauty as time progresses.

Anyways, here it goes:

forest abstract
You either love this one or hate it. It needs some fine tuning but I already like it quite a bit!

A very Mystical morning 🙂
forest fog

forest fog

forest fog

forest fog

King fisher

Until next time! (should be mid-end Winter 😉 ).

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The rise and fall of Fall..

Time for my yearly Fall post! I have seven images to show you that basically represent what I’ve been up to in the past 2 months. Due to bad weather, shortening days, and travels I haven’t been able to do what I initially planned to do. This colorful season went by too quickly for me this year. No reason to complain though as I’m still very satisfied with the images below. I’ve come up with an awesome new idea that, if successful, should take my work to the proverbial ‘next level’. I won’t give out any details as I don’t want anyone else to try it before I do and I need to wait either for Spring or Fall 2013… and I need a new camera for that as well but more on that at the end of this post.
Anyways, enough blabla and time for the latest photo’s.

This was a magical morning. Dense fog and clear skies above..
sun rays
sun rays
sun rays
I have to start finding new locations for these sun ray shots as most of the ones taken thus far have been in the usual spot.

Time for the Fall shots:
mushroom
Fall color
Forest colors
Forest lane

Furthermore, I’m thinking about buying a new camera. If Nikon won’t announce a D400 before April 2013, I will switch to either a D800 or a D4. This means going FX and losing the crop factor which I still find essential for wildlife and small birds. I would however gain unsurpassed speed, low light capabilities, and dynamic range etc…. we’ll see what 2013 brings us. My D300 has a 5 year old sensor and AF system which, I believe, are starting to limit my ‘development’ as a photographer.

Until next time!

The music of the Forest

And now for my yearly Fall post! I try do different things each year but I’m always drawn back to 1 or 2 sites which have never left me down. I’ve discovered the secret to sun ray photography and boy, is Fall a good season for that! Mushroom shots are still on my to do list but I haven’t had the time for that unfortunately. So what have I been up to?

Fall color
Amazing view this was! There’s a small window of just a few days in which all the trees reach their full color potential. The sun is essential as well of course.

Fall sun rays
One of my favorites! Amazing leaf colors.

sun rays
Looks like a harp right?

sun rise
Gorgeous sunrise. I cropped it to 2×1 for a more panoramic view.

Please have a look at more of my recent shots.

Until next time!

I am haunted by light

Finally something new, or at least a little bit new as I’ve done these kind of shots before. It has been a somewhat unproductive last few weeks for me, hence the lack of posts. I took several decent shots but unfortunately, most were missing the X-factor. Now that Fall has kicked in, things are starting to pick up again and I’m eagerly awaiting the Fall climax of my favorite forest. I took some of my very best landscape photo’s over there. Anyways.. time for the new stuff:

HDR forest sunrays
Tips: know how to work with HDR software and learn not to overdo the HDR effects! Maybe I already did that here, but I’m still learning ;. Furthermore, these kind of images don’t just pop-up out of nowhere. I took location, season, time and weather conditions into account and ended up with the shot above and those below. I actually have another one with joggers that come running out of the light, really great shot. Fills up the void a bit.

I call this one: between two Giants:
Forest sun rays
Tips: basically pay attention to composition when these rays are visible. Keep in mind that this effect is not visible when you walk 10 meters to your right or left. Search for spots where the light hits the ground (those are the rays you are looking for!).

Forest sun rays
Tips: look for a decent composition. In most cases you are bound by the location so look for a good one! This location isn’t bad but it can be better of course!

mushroom
Tips: Fall is the season! Have a good, soft, colorful background. This one is too plain for my taste but I’m still happy with it. Experiment with flash and point the flash in different directions towards the subject.

Last one, but definitely not the least I would say! This was an awesome moment:
kestrel
Tips: it basically comes down to some luck! But also looking around when taking a walk, fast handling and good material. Unfortunately this is somewhat cropped but I’m still very happy with this one!! Amazing how these birds can balance on something that small.

Until next time!

The Golden Forest

Today was a good day! (good as in 5,5 Gb and 460 shots). At least it was good for me, but unfortunately not for one of my photography subjects today. More on that in a minute. The weather has been quite bad for photography lately and with work and all I just didn’t have the time or spirit to go out and shoot. That all changed when I looked at my cloud radar (actual clouds, not just rain) this morning. It had been raining all morning and I was just checking if there still was an opportunity to go out today.. and boy, was there! At 12 am the sky opened up big time, revealing one of the last warm sun rays of the year. I knew I had to go to my magical forest to try and catch some sun rays warming up the dampened forest floor, thereby forming these awesome sun ray projections through the fog (you know what I mean right?). I was just prepping to go out when I got a phone call from an acquaintance that there was a fox laying next to the road in front of their house who had apparently been run over by a car. I immediately got this image in my head in which I wanted to frame the fox, the road and the cars in one shot, thereby putting emphasis on the fact that it had been run over. So I set out and took the following shot. I’m quite happy with the results, although I feel quite sorry for this beautiful creature..

fox / road kill
I used a longer shutter speed to make the cars ‘move’ a little bit.

And now for the fall shots. I was right about the fog and sun rays:
sun rays

sun rays

sun rays

I also liked the following shots of the canopy:

Fall colors

Fall colors

Many more here!

Purchasing news: I was planning on waiting for the SB-700 flash to be released but when I started comparing the price of this new 700 to the current flagship SB-900, there was only a E30,- difference.. so I got the flagship SB-900 which is so totally awesome. Now if I could only figure out how it works.. it’s seriously complicated and I’m going to have to catch up on my flash knowledge. But that’s what winter is for right ;).

Until next time!

Walkabout

Went for a walk today and took some nice shots. I’m still looking for some Fall inspiration. Thinking about some abstract photo’s of differently colored leaves or a leaf in the water.. still have to work out the details though :p. Hope to add some new ones in the coming days. Think I’m done with the mushrooms by now though ;).

I took the green bokeh/insect photo a while back and just saw it in my Lightroom database and liked the bokeh.

Until next time!