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WPC: Inspiration

The guys over at The Daily Post asked for our source of inspiration for this weeks photo challenge. That’s easy: Mother nature with all their natural beings, people as well as animals and of course all the different landscapes. In my blog you can find lots of photos documenting this. Thus, I picked one as an example.

Take care and handle our planet with care. We only have this one!!


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These funny guys were another absolute highlight on my trip to Iceland!

A young male puffin has to dig a cave with two rooms, which lasts a few years. When the cave is finished he is able to date a female and found a family. One room is for the single egg, while the other room is the toilet.

We were told, puffins stay on sea the whole day and only come back at night to guard the cave entrance. Fortunately arctic mid-summer nights are quite bright – but still a big challenge for the camera. To give you an idea: the above photo is taken at 21:41h with1/125s, f/5.6 with a 400mm FX lens at ISO1600.

When we arrived at about 21:00, only very few birds were already on the cliff. But, when we left at about 0:30h the cliffs were full of them. Unfortunately, now it was way too dark to take a usable photo. Even, when pitching the ISO to the maximum, the aperture times were too long to freeze the constantly moving birds in a single frame. Thus, I only have the overview photo  (155mm, f/5.1 1/40s, ISO 1600 taken at 0:02h) I included in the slideshow below

Just like the arctic terns, they eat fish: lesser sand eel

But, sand eel are disappearing at the south coasts of Iceland. So, I’m very glad to were able to see them.

Take care!

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Monochrome Madness 2-21

For this weeks Monochrome Madness I picked a piece of dead wood I found on one of the beaches of Corfu, back in May.

(Btw. as always: click on the photo to see it in a higher resolution)

I wish you a great summer and don’t get sunburnt, like this wood.

Fullframe fisheye lens, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed 1/1250, 12:49h local time (10:49h UTC)

Take care!

Btw. as always: click on the photo to see it in a higher resolution

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Weekly Photo Challenge: close-up

Friday is the day for the weekly photo challenge organized by The daily post. This weeks topic is “close-up”

Close-up photography literally means taking your photograph from a short distance. but, in particular it is usually understood as macro photography. So, usually flowers, flowerparts, insects or tiny mechanical parts are subject to the photo.

For this image of an apple blossom I used an extension tube in addition to my macro lens. A macro lens is designed for very short distances. The extension tube is for shortening it a bit more and to enlarge the reproduction scale.

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

Have fun!


Take care!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)


Our Work Has Been Stolen

Follow the advice given on this post/site. David did a great job, finding this image thief, who sells posters from images without permission of the photographers. Investigate as he described by using the private or incognito mode of you internet browser to find out, if you’re a victim, too. Good luck!
I assumed, I’d be save, because I’m posting only small images. But, I was wrong 😦

Until now, I’m not sure, how many of my images are stolen, because of the bad response of their so-called web shop. When investigating, try it again and again. At least, I got different results for each search: the results differed from 0 to more than 700.

David also set up a post, on how to reclaim you images as yours and report a copyright violation. Hope, it helps.

iPhone Photographer | David Pasillas

I think I always knew this was going to happen. In fact, I caught someone a few years ago that had stolen one of my iphone photos and was distributing it to people that wanted to create composites. I wasn’t too upset about that because it wasn’t a great photo, and it probably wouldn’t have been used for anything since it was heavily edited. At any rate, a simple cease and desist worked.

This recent discovery is much more upsetting. It’s a bit of a rabbit hole that myself and other artists have been delving into the last few days. At first it looked like another poster website selling photographs that didn’t belong to them. A bit of research has lead us to believe its much worse.

I actually found some of your work on their site too. I’ll mention the names in a minute, but I honestly don’t want…

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Arctic Terns

600_3925-ec_wIn my last posts, I gave you a slight overview on the birds living around Iceland. Today I picked some photos taken at Jökulsárlón. Between the lake and the parking ground, there is a huge breeding place of the arctic terns. Thousands of birds are constantly commoting from their nest to the lake from fishing and back. Skuas are also in the crowd. Always ready to force a tern to give up her prey.

Take care!

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Monochrome Madness 2-20

mm20-610_3291-t_wThis time I picked a photo from my archive, taken a few months ago during our photographers roundtable. I was held in our state capitol. I already sent in another photo taken during that trip for mmc. You can have a look here.

14mm (full frame), f8, ISO 200, shutter speed 1/50s and converted to bw by using MacPhun Tonality Pro.

It’s my contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

btw. there is currently a special 25% discount upon applying a coupon JulySpecial25 ’til end of July. There is also a bundle promotion running. Check it out!

Take care!

Btw. as always: click on the photo to see it in a higher resolution