Rob Kivit

Mijn naam is Rob Kivit. In het dagelijkse een ICT-er en in mijn vrije tijd een hobby fotograaf en probeer daarbij zoveel mogelijk de natuur in te trekken voor het vastleggen van mooie beelden. Ik maak hierbij ook veel gebruik van vogelkijkhutten. Hutfotografie is mijns inziens de manier om vogels of andere dieren op een prachtige manier vast te leggen zonder daarbij de vogels in hun natuurlijke omgeving al te veel te verstoren. Naast het fotograferen van vogels is macrofotografie van libellen en andere objecten ook heel leuk om te doen maar het fotograferen van vogels blijft toch wel mijn passie. Iedere jaar probeer ik een verre fotoreis met fotovrienden te maken om weer nieuwe en andere soorten vogels te fotograferen en dat is tot nu toe wel aardig gelukt. Voor het tonen van mijn fotowerk heb ik deze website opgezet welke ik regelmatig update met mijn laatste foto's of gewoon om verbeteringen voor de website door te voeren. De verschillende soorten dieren/vogels probeer ik zoveel mogelijk vast te leggen in mijn fotoalbum. Uiteraard mag een portfolio in deze website niet ontbreken. Dit was het eigenlijk zo'n beetje over mijzelf. Tot slot wens ik jullie veel kijkplezier en laat af en toe eens wat van je horen.

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01

Roodborsttapuit

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De roodborsttapuit is een vrij kleine zangvogel die 11,5 tot 13 cm lang is. Het mannetje heeft in de broedtijd een zwarte kop en duidelijke witte vlekken op de zijkanten van de hals en een oranje borst, waarbij het oranje tot aan de buik reikt. De bovenzijde is donkerbruin. Het vrouwtje is van boven bruin gekleurd, ook op de kop daar waar het manne...
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Jun
01

Photo Of The Day By David Heilman

Photo Of The Day By David Heilman

Photo By David Heilman

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Yoga Crane” by David Heilman. Location: Door County, Wisconsin.

“We have two sandhill cranes that visit our yard on a daily basis,” says Heilman. “This image was taken late in the day when one of them must have needed a nap.”

Sony A9, Sigma 150-600mm lens at 840mm. Exposure: 1/500 sec., f/9, ISO 1250.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Jun
01

Op zoek naar de Woudaap

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Deze keer naar de Zevenhuizerplas geweest voor de Woudaap. Ieder jaar werd deze mooie dwerg reiger rondom deze tijd wel een keer gespot en wilde dat nu maar een keer zelf meemaken. De afgelopen weken was ik er al een paar keer geweest maar door de broedtijd was het heel rustig, heel erg rustig dus hopelijk laat de Woudaap zich nog even zien.... by ...
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Jun
01

My Photographic Subject Is Calling My Name

My Photographic Subject Is Calling My Name

Every time I go out to capture new images, I heed the call of my subject. How is this possible you ask? When I come to a junction along a trail, do I take the fork to the left or the right? I figuratively choose the path where my photographic subject dwells. I “listen” for my name. I wake from my tent and note the dominance of clouds. I “listen” for my subject to beckon me to its lodge or tell me it’s a bad light day.

Sometimes the voice is loud, other times it’s a gentle murmur and at times it’s simply a compassionate whisper. While I may not hear a vociferous, “Russ,” I make the decision based on the voice that guides me.  I stand on the trail that goes up or down the mountain. I ask my inner psyche for advice—ascend or descend the hill? I wait for a reciprocated call from my subject. I listen carefully, and upon hearing my name, I know a mutual connection has been made.

When my photographic subject and I encounter one another, the conversation begins. If what I hear is but a whisper, I may not make the picture. If what I hear is a beckoning boom, I switch to motor drive. The voice may come from a regal bull elk or simply the sweet light of early morning caressing an open field of wildflowers. It may be a solitary fall-colored aspen tree that enchants me or an entire mountainside painted with yellows, reds, oranges and green. It’s not the subject that’s important. What matters is when you hear your name, you know magic is established. Let the magic happen to you.

The “voice” I mention above is but a metaphor for what intuition, experience, gut and knowledge constrains me to do. While not literal, it is very important to make a connection with your subject in order to return with RAW captures you can’t wait to optimize. What is it that motivates you to rise from under the sheets at 4 a.m.? What is it that coerces you to drive three hours out of the way? What is it that necessitates eating generic ramen noodles to save your nickels and dimes to purchase a new flash? It’s your subject that calls your name. Your subject may have you cash out your 401K to go on safari while you’re physically fit to endure the rigor. The voice that calls your name obliges you to call in sick because a very rare species of bird decides to take up residence three miles from your home.

I encourage you to listen to your voice. The more I acquiesced, the more frequently I returned home with winners. I concede there were times I went home empty-handed, but overall, the cards have fallen in my favor. There is one guarantee. Unless you give in to the voice, you’ll never get the opportunity. Give yourself permission to listen to your voice. When the sound is deafening, accept it as fate and follow the sound to your photographic subject. You just may develop frequent future conversations!

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Jun
01

Photos Of The Day For May 2020

Did you miss a Photo Of The Day last month? View all of May’s selections in the gallery below.

Want to get your images in the running for a Photo of the Day feature? Photo of the Day is chosen from various galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

[See image gallery at www.outdoorphotographer.com]

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May
31

Photo Of The Day By Jake Pineda

Photo Of The Day By Jake Pineda

Photo By Jake Pineda

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Salt River Sunset” by Jake Pineda. Location: Mesa, Arizona.

“The sun setting over the salt river in a very picturesque location of the Superstition Mountain range,” describes Pineda.

Nikon D810. Exposure: 14mm, 1/40 sec., f/10, ISO 64.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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May
30

Apparently the PIXII “connected” digital APS-C camera with Leica M-mount and rangefinder viewfinder is still alive and is “coming soon”

Apparently the PIXII “connected” digital APS-C camera with Leica M-mount and rangefinder viewfinder is still alive and is “coming soon”



Remember the PIXII APS-C camera with Leica M-mount I reported back in 2018? Apparently, the project described as a "connected digital camera with rangefinder viewfinder" is still alive and ongoing. PIXII confirmed to me on Twitter that the work on the camera is continuing.



Here are the updated camera specifications and the first sample photos:

Model

Pixii Camera A1112
Connected digital camera with rangefinder viewfinder

Viewfinder

Optical viewfinder with coinciding rangefinder (magnification 0,67X)
Independent LED backlit framelines for standard prime lenses:  28mm, 35mm, 40mm and 50mm
Exposure indicators and focal length confirmation
Automatic parallax correction
Automatic LED intensity adjustment
Framelines

Sensor

CMOS sensor, 5.5µm pixel pitch
Electronic global shutter
APS-C optical format
RGB color matrix, optimized with micro-lenses
12-bits sampling rate
High dynamic range mode (60-90dB)
RAW (DNG) and JPEG format (4080x2732)
Native gain: ISO 320
Optical stack : IR filter
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May
30

Topaz Labs DeNoise AI v2.2 released

Topaz Labs DeNoise AI v2.2 released



Today Topaz Labs released a new version 2.2 of their DeNoise AI software (the list of improvements is available here). Current owners can visit this page and download the update for free. For a limited time, new owners can purchase Topaz Labs DeNoise AI for $59.99 (regularly $79.99). You can also use coupon code RUMORS15 for an additional 15% off. This offer will end on June 12.


The new Topaz Labs Video Enhance AI software that can upscale and enhance videos up to 8k (up to 600%) while preserving video quality is still on sale for $199.99 ($100 off) through June 3. You can also use coupon code RUMORS15 for an additional 15% off (final price: $169.99).

The Topaz Labs bundles are also on sale (you can also use the coupon code RUMORS15).

Via NikonRumors

The post Topaz Labs DeNoise AI v2.2 released appeared first on Leica Rumors.

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May
30

Photo Of The Day By Siu Lau

Photo Of The Day By Siu Lau

Photo By Siu Lau

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Spring” by Siu Lau. Location: New Jersey.

“A cardinal was sitting on a weeping cherry tree branch in our backyard,” says Lau. “Spring is here. We just wonder when we can go out again.”

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD at 483mm. Exposure: 1/180 sec., f/5.6, ISO 3200.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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May
29

Photo Of The Day By Dawn Wilson

Photo Of The Day By Dawn Wilson

Photo By Dawn Wilson

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Ahhh, That Feels Good” by Dawn Wilson. Location: Estes Park, Colorado.

“At the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, I realized, as I was sitting by myself in my truck photographing this elk and magpie, that social distancing was easy for a wildlife photographer,” says Wilson. “The bonus was this funny shot of what appeared to be an elk and magpie having a funny conversation. This bull elk just dropped his antlers the night before and these expressions almost made it look like he was telling the bird how good his shoulders and neck felt without that extra weight. This shot was taken just 15 minutes from my home in Estes Park.”

Nikon D4S. Exposure: 1000mm, 1/640 sec., f/14, ISO 400.

See more of Dawn Wilson’s photography at www.dawnwilsonphotography.com

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May
29

Topaz Labs DeNoise AI v2.2 released (coupon code included)

Topaz Labs DeNoise AI v2.2 released (coupon code included)


Today Topaz Labs released a new version 2.2 of their DeNoise AI software. This update includes a new masking/selective adjustments feature where users can selectively apply or remove noise reduction to certain areas in images. This feature can be found by clicking the "Masking" brush icon near the top of the screen beside the view options. This update also includes the "Low Light Mode" toggle option under the DeNoise AI model to treat severe or difficult-to-remove noise created in low lighting.

There is no additional purchase required for this update for current DeNoise owners current owners can simply visit this webpage and download the update from there.

For new owners, you can purchase Topaz Labs DeNoise AI for $59.99 (regularly $79.99). You can use coupon code RUMORS15 for an additional 15% off. This offer will end on June 12.


Also: the new Topaz Labs Video Enhance AI software that can upscale and enhance videos up to 8k (up to 600%) while preserving video quality for Windows and Mac platforms is now on sale for $199.99 ($100 off) through June 3. You can use coupon code RUMORS15 for an additional 15% off (final price: $169.99).

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29

Nikon laid off 700 workers in Thailand and Laos

Nikon laid off 700 workers in Thailand and Laos


Nikkei reports that Nikon has laid off 700 workers due to the declining camera business - 500 in Thailand and 200 in Laos. Nikon said: "We are going to aim for the best system to our production", meaning they may reduce their stuff again (thanks for the translation Nakayamahanzaemon):

Nikon Corporation announced on the 28th that it has reduced the total number of employees by 700 at its Southeast Asian factory as part of a structural reform of its imaging business centered on digital cameras. Staged from autumn 2019 to the end of March due to early retirement. The number of people is 500 in Thailand and 200 in Laos, which is about 10% of the employees at each site. (Google translation)

Via Nikkei

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May
29

Nikon financial results for the year ended March 2020

Nikon financial results for the year ended March 2020


Nikon published their financial results for the year ending March 2020 - as you can expect everything is down with some major changes from the previous forecast:


Here are the results for the Imaging Business:


Next is the forecast for the next year ending on March 31, 2021:

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May
29

Nikon D6 additional coverage

Nikon D6 additional coverage


Nikon D6 additional coverage:

→ Nikon D6 early impressions and observations by Brad Hill:

It's mostly about the autofocusBut it's also about customization improvementsSports shooters will benefit the MOST from the upgradeIt's heavier than the D5Improved maximum frame rateShorter image black-out timeReduced viewfinder vibration/or "Jerkiness"New "TC" viewfinder icon/displayRevamped iMenuA usable virtual horizon (in the viewfinder)


The Sport AF setting guide for the Nikon D6 is out.

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May
28

The best lenses for the Nikon D850 according to DxOMark

The best lenses for the Nikon D850 according to DxOMark


DxOMark published a new article on the best lenses for the Nikon D850 camera (see also this and this related blog posts):

Best wide-angle primes for Nikon D850:


Best standard primes for Nikon D850:

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May
28

Nikon’s new medium-term management plan

Nikon’s new medium-term management plan


Today Nikon made several company announcements, including a new Medium-Term Management Plan (FY2019 to FY2021). Here are some of the points related to Nikon camera business:

The Z-series’ true appeal and full potential will require time to be fully realizedNikon has only just started establishing a lens lineup that will maximize the appeal of the Z-seriesFocus on products of full-frame systems to take hold of the mid and high-end model usersComplete the lineup of Z-mount systemLaunch strategic mid and high-end D-SLR productsEnhance coordination with social media/imaging apps to offer a unique imaging experience that stretches beyond shooting

More slides related to the Imaging Business (click for larger view):



Notice Regarding Cash Dividends: "This is to announce that Nikon Corporation has resolved to submit the payment of dividends as of March 31, 2020 to the 156th Annual General Shareholders' Meeting to be held on June 26, 2020".

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May
28

Photo Of The Day By Tom Thomson

Photo Of The Day By Tom Thomson

Photo By Tom Thomson

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Singing his Heart Out” by Tom Thomson. Location: Radnor Lake State Park, Nashville, Tennessee.

“A Carolina wren calling for a mate,” describes Thomson. “This was taken at Radnor Lake State Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Radnor is 20 minutes from my home. It was closed last Saturday along with all other state parks.”

Camera: NIKON D850. Exposure: 600mm, 1/1000 sec., f/6.3, ISO 1800.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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May
28

Samyang announces the AF 85mm f/1.4 for the RF mount

Samyang has unveiled a new autofocus lens for the RF in the AF 85mm f/1.4 prime lens. The AF 85mm f/1.4 RF appears to be Read more...
Original author: Canon Rumors
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28

Canon releases MacOS version of their EOS Webcam Utility

Back in April Canon released its EOS webcam utility application for Windows, and now they have released a MacOS version. The EOS Webcam Utility Beta Read more...
Original author: Canon Rumors
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May
28

Close To Home Assignment Winner Scott Anderson

Congratulations to Scott Anderson for winning the recent Close To Home Assignment with the image, “Buck Falls.”

See more of Anderson’s photography at scottmanderson.zenfolio.com.

View the winning image and a selection of submissions in the gallery below. And be sure to check out our current photography assignment here and enter your best shots!

[See image gallery at www.outdoorphotographer.com]

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Deze keer naar de Zevenhuizerplas geweest voor de Woudaap. Ieder jaar werd deze mooie dwerg reiger rondom deze tijd wel een keer gespot en wilde dat nu maar een keer zelf meemaken. De afgelopen we...
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Afgelopen vrijdag na de feestdagen heerlijk lopen vogelen in Oostvaardersplassen, Groningen en Friesland met vogelmaatje Jochem. In de Oostvaardersplassen nog even de mooie baardmannetjes gef...

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30 May 2020
Remember the PIXII APS-C camera with Leica M-mount I reported back in 2018? Apparently, the project ...
30 May 2020
Today Topaz Labs released a new version 2.2 of their DeNoise AI software (the list of improvements i...
29 May 2020
Today Topaz Labs released a new version 2.2 of their DeNoise AI software. This update includes a new...
29 May 2020
Nikkei reports that Nikon has laid off 700 workers due to the declining camera business - 500 in Tha...

        

        

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