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Lane and gate in autumn woods near Bussum

Autumn landscapes in the woods near Bussum


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Even on a dreary autumn day, the woods in autumn have a wonderful mood and atmosphere. Photo’s made in the Westerheide near Bussum, part of the Goois Nature Reserve, the Netherlands

Lane in autumn woods near Bussum

Lane in autumn woods near Bussum

Lane and gate in autumn woods near Bussum

Lane and gate in autumn woods near Bussum

Reaching out along the autumn lane

Reaching out along the autumn lane

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Equine embrace

And then there were the horses…


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Two horse, a white and a brown one, in one of the meadows of the Royal Crown Domain ‘Het Loo’ – I experimented further with the Tamron 16-300 mm F3,5-6,3 DiII VC PZD zoom – from tele to wide angle, from very high to shallow depth of field… I’m quite happy with the result of this little series!

Two horses in a meadow, on an autumn day

Two horses in a meadow, on an autumn day

 

Equine embrace

Equine embrace

Grazing white horse - close-up

Grazing white horse – close-up

Coming closer

Coming closer

 

Close eye contact

Close eye contact

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

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