I admit it: I have periodic episodes of lens testing mania. This time it was the bokeh stuff. As we all know, lens testing is a disease that can develop into the dreaded Gear Acquisition Syndrome… Continue reading Pixel peeping or photo shooting?
Photographer, know thy camera!
We know we should not take pictures with important highlights clipped from our precious photos. This is why our cameras show histograms and flashing pixels in the LCD, but… are they always right? Continue reading Photographer, know thy camera!
Ever since I first saw a picture of the salt evaporation ponds at Maras, Perú I said to me: “I have to see that some day.”
I got my chance during a trip to Cuzco a few years later… Continue reading Salt, the Inca way
Yesterday I decided I had to go hiking after a fairly intensive working week. Of course for a photographer hiking means “shooting outdoors with half a mile walk between shots” Continue reading A lesson from the field… well, two actually
Once in a blue moon I like to do a bare-bones photo-shooting excursion: I have spent one day shooting only a wide-angle, a medium telephoto or a normal lens (in the old times a normal lens was all I had anyway)… Continue reading One camera, one lens
I live in Costa Rica and I always wanted to see the huge seabird and seal colonies from either North or South America. When I went to Peru of course I had to visit the famous Guano Islands that were so important for harvesting bird droppings to make fertiliser and saltpetre. There are still huge guano deposits from the enormous seabird colonies that live there. Continue reading Peru’s Palomino Islands
We all become excited for things foreign to us. For us in the tropics tulips are fascinating. Never mind what we can buy at the market here. They never look as good as those in Europe. Continue reading Tulips by the lake
I love Cattle Egrets. They fly over my house at sunrise and at sunset every day this time of the year. I have photographed them nesting, feeding, displaying and, very especially, flying. Continue reading Ten seconds with Cattle Egrets
A lot of people are about to enjoy, and with good reason, the Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. I live in tropical Costa Rica where the weather is practically the same year-round but we also have many plants that only bloom now and I thought I would share with you some photos of our Tropical Spring. Continue reading What is Spring like in the tropics?
Sometimes, when we find a beautiful setting, we take our camera, compose the picture and eagerly shoot a photo. We then check the LCD’s preview and see that the photo looks fine but there is something important missing from the image. It could be a balancing feature or a pattern-breaking element. Many times what the photo needs is a human or dynamic connection and if we cannot find it we walk away with an incomplete image. Continue reading Frame and wait!