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Throwback Thursday: Tulip fields

Fife years ago, I was at a tulip farm for the first time. They grow the flowers but cut the blossoms right after they went up. The goal is to get the onions to sell them. In the image you can see rows of still blooming tulips as well as row with tulips where the blossom is already cut.

Take care!

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Monochrome Madness 4-50

 

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole for more than four years now. Look at here site on Wednesday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are  published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

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after the rain

610_4203-e_wor even between the rain.

Here we have a very old song, that still nearly everyone knows: “Wochenend und Sonnenschein” (translated to “Weekend and sunshine”). It’s recorded back in 1930 by the Comedian Harmonists, a male a-capella sextet. They sing about a trip to the forest with their darling. (you might find a recording on youtube – either the original recording, a snippet from the movie Comedian Harmonists or at least from Max Raabe, who is very good in their special singing style).

A sunny weekend is also very welcomed by a photographer. But, also a rainy day gives some opportunities to a photographer. Thus, yesterday I was out when the rain finally made a pause. I got my macro lens to capture a few of the wet blossoms. Although I used a macro lens with a focal length of 105 mm I have a least distance of 10 cm between the front lens and my subject. That’s quite ok in most circumstance, but not always.

What can I do, to come closer to my subject, or in different words, how to get the tiny blossoms a bit bigger into my frame.

There are at least two different ways. First, you can get a Close-up filter and screw it in front of your lens, or you can get extension tubes. An extension tube (usually they come in a set of three, each with a different size of 12, 24 and 35 mm) is to be mounted between you camera body and the lens. They don’t have any optical parts inside. They only enlarge the distance between the sensor and the front lens. While doing this, they also shorten the minimum distance between front lens and subject and enlarge the reproduction scale – says: your subject will be enlarged! Great, goal reached! (btw. there is also a flexible version of these extension tubes available: the bellow)

On the other hand, this has also a downside. In the same time, the reproduction scale is enlarged, the focal depth, that’s the size of the field that is sharp in you photo, is reduced.

This brings us to the most important part of doing macro photography: you need a sturdy tripod!

Moving your lens for only a millimeter can ruin your photo. This can be done by a heartbeat, a breath or simply by the usual (and normal) jitter of your muscles. When using the big screen on the back of your camera (live-view), the problem becomes even worse. To cope these tiny movements, use a sturdy tripod, disable the Image stabilization and use a remote shutter release.

When putting your camera on top of a tripod, the Image stabilization technique will result in unsharp photos.  Why? There are slight moments inside the camera to compensate the human’s slight movements I mentioned above. When the camera is mounted on a sturdy tripod, than there are no movements to compensate. So, this results in unsharp photos.

Using a remote shutter is also meant to keep vibrations away from your camera. If available, you also should activate a small wait between folding up of the mirror and opening the camera shutter. This is also meant to keep vibrations away.

Enjoy the spring and take care!

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Tulips everywhere

600_8390-ec_wor weekday wanderings or afterwork photo walk.  🙂

Last year I was introduced to tulip patches here in our region and wrote about here and here. I knew about the tulip farms in the Nederlands, but wasn’t aware, that there are also tulip farms here in Germany. Friends of mine are living in that area, so I asked them to drop me a note, when the tulips are out.

I hope, you’ll enjoy them as much as I do. So, don’t miss the gallery at the end of this post.

As I mentioned last year, Continue reading “Tulips everywhere”

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Tulips

600_0223_wMy last post was on a tulip field, I got introduced to by a friend. Now, I want to show you a few of the different tulips. I was very surprised of the huge variety. Even I know tulips differing in color and size. but, here were tulips of shapes I’ve never seen before.

Originally, Continue reading “Tulips”

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Flowers everywhere

600_0204_wIt’s spring again – finally. The winter lasted long this year, but finally spring came. Spring means, trees and bushes start blooming and flowers coming out of the soil.

The Netherlands are well-known as a flower growing country and the flower everyone connects with the Netherlands first is the tulip, even tulips originating from Persia. I heard about big fields with tulips and was eager to visit one for taking photographs. But going on a trip Continue reading “Flowers everywhere”

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Mother’s day

600_0148_wToday, we celebrate Mother’s day, a holiday to honor the mothers and her work for the family. It’s held on the second Sunday of May in most parts of the western world and is originating from the US in the early 20th century.

The mothers get flowers or chocolates from her older kids or if they are at younger ages (i.e. preschool) self-painted pictures or handicrafts. In case, the kids are grown up and live on their own or already have their own family, they visit their mother or invite her for tea time or for going out for lunch.