Monday, 28 October 2013

Stormy weather

Extreme weather in The Netherlands, an impression of the biggest storm since 20+ years. I do not often convert photos to black and white (I am not that much of a photoshopper). But these waving trees were simply asking for it. It added the drama and gloom that I was looking for. I achieved a prolonged exposure time by mounting a 3-stop neutral density filter to the wide-angle lens.

* Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17-40mm/f4 @ 20 mm; ISO-50, f18, 1s; +1 stop; polarization filter; tripod.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Magical Mycene

The forest floor is like a fairy tale right now, it's full of magic when you look carefully. If I am right, this species is called Yellow Stammed Mycene (Mycena epipterigya / Graskleefsteelmycena). If not, please let me know.

* Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 100mm/f2.8; ISO-400, f5, 1/25s; -0.3 stop; bean bag.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Squirrel mirror

This Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris/Eekhoorn) is preparing for winter. Nuts are collected and buried. Let’s hope that he (or she) can find the carefully built-up food supply back when needed.

* Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 500mm/f4; ISO-800, f4, 1/400s; tripod.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

IJmuiden beach

I love bird pictures with a low early-morning sun behind my back. The color of this juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa Lapponica/Rosse Grutto) is amazing in soft light. And the beach of IJmuiden is a place that never disappoints me. The other picture shows Sanderlings (Calidris alba/Drieteenstrandloper). When they are not in their usual running mode, they rest communally and do some feather care.

* Canon 7D; 500mm/f4; ISO-200, f6.3, 1/400s; bean bag.
* Canon 7D; 500mm/f4 + 1.4x; ISO-400, f6.3, 1/640s; bean bag.