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Archive for September, 2012


What do you do if you see something you like, but don’t have your camera with you? I take pictures with my iPhone, using the Hipstamatic app. Many people don’t like these kind of apps, especially not real photographers. In my opinion, it’s an app which can never replace a real camera, but I still think it’s better than nothing!





















Lens: Tejas – Film: Ina’s 1935

ps (1). Today my blog is two month’s old! Yay! 🙂

ps (2). I’m off for a short holiday in Sweden. Back next week!


Some Black-eyed Susan flowers reaching for the sunlight, hoping for a few more days of Summer..

Top: f/7.1 – 1/320 – ISO 200 – 60

Bottom: f/4 – 1/125 – ISO 200 – 60



Yesterday I went back to the ‘damselfly-mating-tree’, but it was empty. But further down the canal there was another tree, and it was full of damselflies! While I was studying them, a dragonfly couple came flying in tandem. Next to the damselflies they looked massive. I tried to get a shot but they chose a branch of the tree on the other side (over the water) so I couldn’t get close. Luckily, they eventually moved to the grass (yes! on the “right” side of the canal, I’m so lucky!) and I could take a picture of them. They are Ruddy Darter dragonflies, in Dutch they’re called “Bloedrode heidelibel” but only the male is blood-red and the female more yellowish.

f/14 – 1/60 – ISO 400 – 60


Today is the official first day of autumn! Here are some pictures of leaves I took today:

Top: f/4 – 1/125 – ISO 200 – 60

Bottom: f/4.5 – 1/160 – ISO 200 – 60


Good old Pansy.. Pretty to look at, and no waiting / chasing involved. Have a nice weekend everyone! 🙂

f/3.5 – 1/100 – ISO 200 – 60


I was in a botanic garden photographing a big cactus when this little burrowing owl showed up and wondered what I was doing. I quickly fired a shot but my camera settings were set for the cactus so unfortunately the owl’s picture is not very sharp. He/She disappeared before I could take another one.

f/2.8 – 1/15 – ISO 800 – 60


Oh sigh, another damselfly.. Yes, yes, I know, but just one more! I’m simply not able to pass by such a beautiful, male Emerald damselfly (look at the shimmering blue pruinescence) and not take a picture.

Some fellow bloggers, who are very good photographers, have suggested that I should use flash to improve my pictures. Here’s me trying to follow good advice, and I’m pretty pleased with the outcome. Thanks!

f/5 – 1/60 – ISO 400 – 60 – with flash


I found a tree full of mating Emerald damselflies! I’ve never seen so many damselflies at the same time before. The first picture is my favorite, I’m happy both damselflies are reasonably sharp and I like the background colors. The second one is similar, but  a different couple and different camera settings. The last picture is not very good, but I include it anyway to show you how “crowded” the tree was.

Top: f/4 – 1/500 – ISO 200 – 60

Middle: f/8 – 1/100 – ISO 200 – 60

Bottom: f/8 – 1/80 – ISO 400 – 60


Some flowers are still in bloom! …kind of.

f/4 – 1/125 – ISO 200 – 60



An Emerald damselfly fell victim for a Cross spider.. Poor Emmy! He was quickly wrapped up in silk for a later snack.

f/4 – 1/125 – ISO 200 – 60


Today, for the first time the whole summer, I finally spotted a dragonfly! A male Ruddy Darter who posed for several minutes on the grass. To say I was happy is a huge understatement, I was so thrilled I could barely hold my camera still!

Top: f/4 – 1/100 – ISO 200 – 60

Bottom: f/8 – 1/60 – ISO 800 – 60


Chasing after butterflies can be a tiresome business sometimes. After a couple of hours with no good shots, I took a break and sat down. Then this little common bluetail joined me and posed nicely for several shots. So nice!

f/5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 200 – 60


There were loads of thistle flowers in this field, but all bees were fighting for a spot on these two. Must’ve been particularly tasty! Or do they follow some kind of ‘the busiest restaurants are the best ones’ logic?

f/4 – 1/125 – ISO 200 – 60


Here are two more speckled wood butterflies. This time I’m sure they’re male, because I saw them in an aerial combat where they rose in a typical spiral manner. I can’t say who won though, afterwards they both just sat down in two different parts of the field we were in. Lucky for me they stayed that way so I had time to photograph both of them!

Top: f/5.6 – 1/200 – ISO 200 – 60

Bottom: f/4.5 – 1/160 – ISO 200 – 60


A braver person would’ve gotten a much better shot of this cross spider*..  But this was as close as I dared to go.
*a.k.a. European garden spider, diadem spider, or cross orbweave

f/5 – 1/200 – ISO 200 – 60


A big fly lunch for a small damselfly…

f/8 – 1/60 – ISO 400- 60



I met this white butterfly yesterday in the forest, I think it’s a female Large Cabbage White butterfly but if anyone knows better please feel free to correct me in the comment field!

f/6.3 – 1/250 – ISO 200 – 60


f/5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 200 – 60


f/4.5 – 1/160 – ISO 200 – 60


f/3.2 – 1/640 – ISO 200 – 60


f/3.2 – 1/640 – ISO 200 – 60


He’s so cool with big dark sunglasses, polished shiny wings, carefully combed hairstyle.. No lady bee can resist 😉

f/7.1 – 1/400 – ISO 200 – 60


f/3.5 – 1/80 – ISO 200 – 60


The flowers are still in bloom but there’s definitely a change in the air.. Autumn’s around the corner.

f/7.1 – 1/400 – ISO 200 – 60