… or: being prepared.
The week before last, my son got himself a new lens that has had to be tested. He bought a long telephoto lens, so we planned to go photographing birds. So, Saturday before last we went to a lake where I’ve never been before, but it proposed some good sightings according to my researches. As we were going for wildlife photography, I took only my wildlife camera with an APS-C sensor, the long telephoto lens, and my monopod with the gimbal.
None of us was there before and so we went around scouting the area for a probable return. At one point, I noticed this junction of two creeks and I liked the reflection very much. But, I definitely had the wrong lens with me for this scene. Fortunately, he has had an additional lens in his bag: a 35-70 mm. It’s taken with an APS-C camera at 70mm (~105mm on 35mm-film).
In the end, it was a quite successful stay despite we only had 3 hours time and the location is worth a return. The heron image, I showed you yesterday, was taken there. A few further images are already in my Instagram account.
Here you can see, why it is important to wear dark clothing instead of these intense colorful functional clothing. You can find three people disturbing a perfect image of an old stone bridge on the Isle of Skye. The two guys chatting at the right side of the bridge are giving perspective and help you feel the size of the bridge. But, did you also recognize the tiny lady on the right side near the edge of the image? When she would have chosen a colorful jacket instead of the dark-gray / black one, she would have popped out much more and the degree of disturbance would be bigger.
Last year this fantastic canyon was closed for the public for several months. As almost all of the Icelandic nature, the area is very sensitive. When rain falls, the soil becomes soft and the plants are in high danger of getting thread down when (lots of) people walk over the grass. Also the soil itself: without plants, the rain will wash the soil away.
Unfortunately, many tourists seem to have stored their brain in a locker at the departure airport or even at home, instead of bringing it with them and use it during their trip. Many of them don’t care about walking beside the paths, destroying plants or throwing their tase simply in the nature. I’m not a fan of regulations, watchmen, tourists taxes or something like that, but it seems without this these people will have destroyed the beauty of nature in a wink.
While the closing last year was prolonged several times until June 1st, the Icelandic government decided this year to close it ’til June 1st at once. Surviving winter is hard enough for the plants, even the well adapted plants of Iceland.
This photo is taken 4 weeks ago, when I attended the monthly photographers roundtable.
I really love this photo with all those stones in the creek and the trees on the sides. I love the light falling through the leaves, sparkling the ground and creating light effects on the water surface.
Because of the huge amount of details and the interesting structures I put it back into the lab to rework it in black-and-white by using MacPhun Tonality Pro. And here we are: my contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness. Head over, there are usually many more monochrome photos from other talented photographers all over the world.
(as always: click on the photos to see them in a bigger size)
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Spring is a wonderful season – especially for a photographer. All the flowers pop out of the ground, trees are blooming, the air is getting warmer, everything is colorful. In my last posts, I already showed many flowers. So I want to show something different today as my contribution to this weeks photo challenge at The Daily Post.
I took these photos about two weeks ago. The ground is green and many small flowers are blooming. The trees already have leaves, but the aren’t too thick to hinder the sunlight to reach the ground. A few week later, the area will look very different.
Since my last winter post in early December 2012 it was not that cold and fortunately no snow. But last Friday night it began to snow again. Not that heavy as it was in December, but it was constantly snowing, just like fine drizzling rain, but in snow. So, the ground is covered by a layer of snow of approximately 10-15 cm high. That’s not that much, OK, but enough to hinder many people to come to work at time.
Yesterday I was on a short photo trip on my own. Not far away, only approximately 10 km away from my home. I expected to see some icicles and a frozen creek to redo my last year photos but with snow. Unfortunately we only had -4 to -5° C during the last weeks and warmer the weeks before. So the waterwheel had only a few small icicles, but not so, as I expected. Bad luck.
Instead I walked the valley uphill straight along the creek and got some other impressions for you.
Have fun and enjoy while waiting for the next post from Bavaria 🙂