Close_up – Macro

Buckets in the Royal Stables are still buckets

A bucket is a bucket


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Photographed in Crown Domain ‘het Loo’, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, during a panel testing day with the Tamron 16-300 mm F3,5-6,3 DiII VC PZD zoom – organized by the Dutch photography Magazine ‘Focus’ .

Buckets in the Royal Stables are still buckets

Even in the Royal Stables buckets are still buckets

Bucket detail in the Royal Stables

Bucket detail in the Royal Stables

Lackey host at the Spirit of Winter fair

Spirit of Winter fair at the gardens of Palace het Loo


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Spirit of Winter decoration - detail

Spirit of Winter decoration – detail

 

Lackey host at the Spirit of Winter fair

Lackey host at the Spirit of Winter fair

 

Colourful hydrangea flowers

Colourful hydrangea flowers

Bright green fairy benches

Testing panel day and… I finally got my fungi images!


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The testing panel day was great – I’ll tell about it more in the coming blogs…

For now, just let me show off some of the fungi shots I made today, using the Tamron 16-300 mm F3,5-6,3 DiII VC PZD zoom 🙂

Little mushrooms in backlight

Little mushrooms in back light

Common stinkhorn

Common stinkhorn

Bright green fairy benches

Bright green fairy benches

Strangely shaped mushroom 1

Strangely shaped mushroom on cut tree trunk


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On the many cut tree trunks in the forest, there were a variety of mushrooms and fungi. This one in particular had a very strange, fascinating shape…

Strangely shaped mushroom 1

Strangely shaped mushroom 1

Strangely shaped mushroom 2

Strangely shaped mushroom 2

Strangely shaped mushroom - detail

Strangely shaped mushroom – detail

These photo’s were made in the W.H. Vliegenbos (W.H. Vliegenforest) in Amsterdam North, during the first test-photoshoot with the rented Canon EOS 7D camera
See my previous blog posts A new 6-day photography adventure and “The W.H. Vliegenforest, oldest city forest of Amsterdam – with a touch of Paris”

Spreading it's fall branches gently...

A new 6-day photography adventure


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Today is the first day of a new 6-day photography adventure…

Coming Wednesday, November 19, I’ll participate in a test panel of the Focus magazine, a Dutch photography magazine. They have invited a group of 12 of their readers for a 1 day meeting to test the brand new EISA Award winning zoom lens : the Tamron 16-300 mm F3,5-6,3 Di II VC PZD .

I applied to participate as soon as I read the invitation in the magazine, about two weeks ago, and was very excited to receive an email that I was selected as a possible participant. However, soon enough I would discover that I would not be able to participate with my own familiar Pentax K10 D camera. This new Tamron lens is only compatible with Canon, Nikon and Sony APS-C DSLR camera’s… Bummer!! So what to do?

For a moment, I thought of giving up on the idea of participating, but then I remembered that some time ago, for another reason, I had explored a little on the possibilities of renting a strong telelens for a few days, since I don’t have the budget to buy one. So, if it is possible to rent a lens, then probably it’s possible to rent a camera as well?

So I picked up the research again, and found a few companies in Amsterdam, that are renting out camera’s and other equipment. After long negotiation and emailing back and forth, the first company didn’t work out for me, and again, I almost gave up on the idea. But luckily, I decided to still contact the second company on my list, and there, all obstacles seemed to have disappeared as snow for the sun, and without any complications. And for a much more reasonable price too!! I could order a Canon EOS 7D camera complete with a 18-135mm zoom lens and hire it for a period of 5 days. This would give me the opportunity and time ahead to test and get used to the camera first, before participating in the testing of the new Tamron zoom lens.

So, to make a long story short, this morning I went to pick up the Canon EOS 7D and have been spending a few hours for a hike in the Vliegenbos (VliegenWoods) in Amsterdam North to start trying it out right away. How exciting!! This camera definitely is a higher class camera than my Pentax K10 D, and it’s such a challenge to figure out how it works, and how to get the settings right. And although there is still quite some studying to be done, some of the pics today turned out to be quite nice, so I hope it will only get better in the few coming days, as I continue to get more familiar with the camera.

So here you go for the first few pics made with the Canon EOS 7D. In a following post later on, I’ll tell a little more about the location, the Vliegenbos in Amsterdam North (Netherlands) – For now, enjoy my first autumn images made this year!

 

Autumn tree in the Vliegenbos in Amsterdam North

Autumn tree in the Vliegenbos in Amsterdam North

Spreading it's fall branches gently...

Spreading it’s fall branches gently…

Colourful beech leaves in fall colours

Colourful beech leaves in fall colours

 

 

Fall = mushrooms time


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Fall is really the ideal time to make pics of mushrooms in all colours and shapes. This year, I haven’t had much occasion yet to go out into the woods, but last year I did. So, in the hope of having an occasion soon to go for a hike with my camera to make some new fall images, here are a few of the mushrooms I made in Nature reserve the Osbroek in Aalst, Belgium – October 4, 2013

 

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Little fall flower in the hand of the Buddha


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Little fall flower in the hands of the Buddah

Little fall flower in the hands of the Buddha

Photo made in Artis Amsterdam zoo, the Netherlands – October 28, 2014

Eyes of a sleepy white wolf


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Eyes of a sleepy white wolf

Eyes of a sleepy white wolf

Photo made in Artis Amsterdam zoo,  October 28, 2014

Beautiful succulent flower - collage

Beautiful succulent flower – collage


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I was visiting a friend this week, and she showed me the amazing flower she got on a little succulent plant on her window sill. What a stunning flower in a deep red colour, and all covered with soft little hairs… I never saw something like this! I happened to have my camera with me, so asked her whether I could make some pictures. Of course that was fine with her.  We had to improvise a bit with the placement and lighting, since there was little light inside. And I would have wished that the plant was in a nicer pot… But I was quite happy with the result anyway.
Today I decided to make some of the images into a collage and card-design…   Maybe I’ll do some more photoshopping on it later on. Hope you like it 😉

 

Beautiful succulent flower - collage

Beautiful succulent flower – collage

Red Parrot, the Scarlet Macaw – portrait


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Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

Another beautiful bird, photographed in Pairi Daiza, a marvellous themed zoo in Brugelette, Belgium
This red, blue and yellow parrot, the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao), is native to humid evergreen forests of tropical South America. It has suffered from local extinction through habitat destruction and capture for the parrot trade, but locally it remains fairly common. This colourful parrot is on the IUCN list of threatened species, status: Least concern (source: Wikipedia)