Garden objects

Some call it art but for me it’s just garden decoration. For years now it’s a trend to add objects in the garden. It can be anything; from an old plough to the rusty pickup truck left behind by a previous owner. The owner of this garden kept it to a few home made steel crane birds, bird feeders and a wheelbarrow.

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Aircraft

It’s not easy to make pictures of birds if your equipment is limited to a maximum of 300mm. An 800mm lens is the least one should have to shoot wildlife including birdlife. But these lenses are from a budgetary point of view out of reach for many of us; especially if you want good quality. So simple souls like me have to stick to a bit of luck and cropping in photo-processing software.

Anyway, this week I gave it a try, in-between shooting a spectacular sunrise. Tomorrow (next posting) “More Aircraft”; part of it grounded….

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The Stanford River Lodge

And this is the Stanford River Lodge where I’ve been taking the pictures of the last few posts. More images (sunset) will follow in one of the next postings.

The first image I made Wednesday March 6 at around 6 PM.

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The second photo was shot Tuesday 5 March at around 6 AM. It shows that there is clearly a difference between the color of morning and the color of evening light.

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There is light, light and … oh… there are so many colorful natural lights

It’s amazing to experience the ever changing colors of natural lights. In the few previous posts I already mentioned it. Also this serie of images were taken at the nearby Stanford River Lodge and these too are taken within a time frame of approximately 45 minutes and without photoshopping except for some cropping and the copyright lines. The Scene Selector of my Sony A77 was adjusted to ‘sunset/dusk’ which adds some extra ‘twilight color’. I chose for for this setting just to add some color to the pictures and to emphasize the changes.

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The amazing chilling sunrise at the Stanford River Lodge

Most of the pictures I shoot are from either our garden or our direct surroundings. Recently we met John and Valda of the nearby Stanford River Lodge and they were very supportive towards the photo-maniac I am. I already knew that the lodge is situated at a prime spot for photographers, bird-watchers and people who can enjoy natural silence. I really enjoyed it this morning and I will go back many times; starting with a sunset. This morning was just a trial but very much worthwhile. During the next days you’ll see more images taken from and nearby the jetty in the river.

The published pictures are all in chronological order. The Scene Selector of my camera was adjusted to dusk/dawn. No additional photoshopping except cropping and adding the copyright lines. It just shows the influence of (sun) light on the different pictures. Images shot within a time frame of approximately 45 minutes.

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The Dragon Rider

A garden is very inspiration; especially ours but that’s because we know it upside-down and the other way around. Well…. that’s what we prefer to think. The truth however is a bit different and I am glad to get my daily surprises. Today’s big surprise is, with a bit of imagination, the dragon with its rider. Do you see them? They are coming your way.

Sometimes a few good wines can help. While strolling through the garden and imagining pictures one of these imaginary pictures went vertical and than reflected itself. Today’s wine was a  Chenin Blanc (from our village) and if you zip this wine late Summer afternoon in rural slow pace …….. Wow!!!

Pity; the bottle is empty…. Need a refill.

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‘Die Wandelpad’ revisited

Recently I submitted a picture of the park through which the 3 km long village hiking trail (‘Die Wandelpad’) meanders.

This morning I processed this picture again in photoshop and the result is different but I’m not sure which version I prefer…

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'Die Wandelpad' revisited

Recently I submitted a picture of the park through which the 3 km long village hiking trail (‘Die Wandelpad’) meanders.

This morning I processed this picture again in photoshop and the result is different but I’m not sure which version I prefer…

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Light conduct

There are spot lights and spot on lights. It all has to do with ‘streamlining’ light. Libar in The Netherlands always has been (since the eighties) on the forefront in the development of transparent conductors and later in the design and engineering of upmarket high quality light elements. Not easy to acquire them for these elements are only for sale in selected shops around Europe but you can also try online.

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Toes from a different perspective

Recently I submitted some pictures of toes I shot during a stroll along Grotto Beach in Hermanus, South Africa. Today I did some simple photoshopping resulting in these  imaginaries. All have a hint of surrealism.

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