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Archive for April, 2013

snowflake

I can’t recall ever seen one of these before, but perhaps that’s due to the fact that I didn’t pay much attention before I started photographing.. I thought it was a kind of tall snowdrop, but  after some research I found it’s called a Spring Snowflake. (Or maybe a Summer snowflake, I don’t know how to tell them apart.)

snowflake

f/2.8 – 1/640 – ISO 100 – 60mm


ordinary

I wanted to capture birds in flight. Herons are a bit slow so I thought they’d be good to practice on. I sat by the pond and waited, but the herons didn’t feel like flying, they just sat there and stared back at me. For hours. Then, just when I’d decided to give up and head back home, a little Black-headed gull came and made several sweeps around the pond. So simple, so ordinary, so cooperative.  🙂

Happy weekend everyone!

ordinary

f/8 – 1/500s – ISO 100 – 80mm


tuft

Male Tufted duck

Male Tufted duck


new

New ducklings captured with my new zoom lens

new

f/8 – 1/400s – ISO 250 – 260mm


spring

Happy weekend!

spring

Spring green tulips


sakura

22°C and sun! 😀 Pictures of sakura (cherry blossom) taken today in the Japanese garden in Amstelpark, Amsterdam

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orange

Have a great weekend everyone!

orange

Orange flowers symbolize expansion, growth, and warmth. It is also a color of friendship and community. And the national color of The Netherlands!

f/3.2 – 1/80 – ISO 200 – 60mm


Guest Post – Camilla Lee Second Prize Winner in the First DLR Competition

The Digital Lightroom

I started blogging and taking pictures in July 2012.  I’m a total beginner and when I was encouraged to enter the Digital Lightroom Photo Competition I visited the site.  I looked at the photos taken by the judges the submission guidelines and what the judges would be looking for and I just thought that it was all way beyond me at the moment.

A week later I posted a spring picture on my blog.  One of the judges commented and said that I should enter the competition.  The closing date was the following day.  I recalled the list of submission guidelines and hesitated but then I thought ‘why not? I’m sure I can work through the submission requirements and so what if the judges laugh at my amateur spring flowers, at least I’d tried.’ I googled how to resize a picture as I wasn’t sure about that bit and managed…

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muscari

Beautiful blue spring flowers: Muscari a.k.a. Grape Hyacinth

muscari

f/4 – 1/125 – ISO 200 – 60mm


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