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29 April 2019
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Afgelopen week teruggekomen van een geweldige fototrip naar India. Een belevenis en avontuur op zich, het land heeft een prachtige natuur met een grote diversiteit aan vogelsoorten en wilde dieren...
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2019 wordt weer een gezellig fotojaar! Naast de fotoreis naar India in april, nu ook in juni voor een korte vogeltrip naar Schotland. Ik ben in 2015 al een keer eerder geweest in Schotla...

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.

Patent: Canon RF 135mm f/1.8L and other fast primes

Northlight has uncovered a USPTO patent for various fast prime optical formulas, included in the patent is the design for an RF 135mm f/1.8L. A Read more...
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#Dunschaal blijkt een al heel lang aanwezige #exoot

In Nederland leven meerdere schelpdieren uit de familie der dunschalen. De Glanzende dunschaal (Abra nitida) komt voor in de Noordzee in wat dieper water. Eind jaren 80 dook het dier ook op in ondieper water in het Deltagebied. Althans, dat werd aangenomen. Recent onderzoek heeft nu aangetoond dat dit een andere soort is; de Vensterglasschelp (Theora lubrica). Het blijkt een exoot uit o.a. Japan.
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Yellowstone in Winter (part 1)

Yellowstone in Winter (part 1)

This is part 1 of the Yellowstone in Winter post written by Randy Dykstra - you can check his website, Instagram and Facebook page (if this article doesn't make you go there in the winter, I don't know what will):

Everyone knows of Yellowstone National Park and its geysers. Millions of people visit in the summer months. But it was a whole new experience to stay in “yurts” in the middle of the park, in the middle of winter. This was also a time for me to really put my new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens to task on my Nikon D850.


Winter made this just an amazing adventure, loaded with all sorts of weather; snow storms, winds, bright warm days, and a mixture of all the above. Key this year was finding a place where I could actually stay inside the park and not have to travel 40 miles each morning to reach the central areas of the park. That meant I was able to be at key locations right at sunrise.


The park was loaded with bison and I saw well over a thousand of them, over the 5 days of photography. Also quite abundant were coyotes and eagles as I saw multiples of each every day of the trip. Staying out of sight were the wolves and elk, at least in the middle section of the park. Although, there were some signs of activity that occurred at night.

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Photo Of The Day By Kathleen Wasselle Croft

Photo Of The Day By Kathleen Wasselle Croft
Photo By Kathleen Wasselle Croft

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “The Eye of the Hammerhead” by Kathleen Wasselle Croft. Location: Bonaire, southern Caribbean.

“The hammerhead coral takes on many shapes,” says Croft. “It had an iridescent green core that attracts its prey.”

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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Piek hooikoortsseizoen komt eraan

Voor mensen die allergisch zijn voor graspollen breekt een zware periode aan. Volgens de verwachting van Weeronline, Wageningen University en het Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum begint rond 25 mei de piekperiode van het graspollenseizoen. Tot eind juni is de kans op hooikoortsklachten zeer groot. Daarna neemt de overlast langzaam af, maar tot ver in de zomer zijn er bloeiende grassen.
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Nieuwe serie #Natuurrijk op @omroepbrabant

Maud Hawinkels is vanaf zaterdag 18 mei weer te zien in een nieuwe serie van het ‘net even anders dan anders’ natuurprogramma van Omroep Brabant: Natuurrijk. Het programma is wekelijks te zien om 18:00 uur.
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Photos of the Week: Snowy Ladybug, Shattered Lance, Mexican Smog (35 photos)

Photos of the Week: Snowy Ladybug, Shattered Lance, Mexican Smog (35 photos)

Engineering fashion in Beijing, a luxury houseboat for rising seas, flooding in Paraguay, father-daughter soccer in Liverpool, murals on the border wall in Mexico, the Giro d'Italia cycle race in Italy, Buddha's birthday observations in Taiwan, “Lady Macbeth” in Greece, skateboarding in Los Angeles, Ramadan in Indonesia, and much more.

Double amputee dog Cora Rose balances on her hind legs to watch Zach Skow repairing her cart on a street in Washington, D.C. on May 15, 2019. Cora Rose serves in a prisoner therapy program in California, founded by Skow, called "Pawsitive Change." ( Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)
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Nikon video contest challenges creators to ”Follow Your Passion” for a chance to win $25,000 and a Nikon Z6 filmmakers’ kit

Nikon video contest challenges creators to ”Follow Your Passion” for a chance to win $25,000 and a Nikon Z6 filmmakers’ kit


Nikon video contest challenges creators to ''Follow Your Passion'' for a chance to win $25,000 and a Nikon Z6 filmmakers' kit:

The Nikon Z 6 Filmmakers' Kit "Test Drive" Rental Program Provides the Opportunity to Create Your Own Contest Entry and Discover Why Everyone is Talking About the Incredibly Capable Z 6

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the “Follow Your Passion” video contest, which encourages content creators across the United States to capture their passion using a Nikon Z series mirrorless camera. Entrants can submit a short film for a chance to win a Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit and up to $25,000 in prize money.To enter, users are invited to submit a video project from 3 to 5 minutes in length, captured with a Nikon Z 6 or Z 7, showcasing their passion through filmmaking. Interested participants can submit videos starting on Wednesday, May 15 through Saturday, August 31, 2019.

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Photo Of The Day By Max Foster

Photo Of The Day By Max Foster
Photo By By Max Foster

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “The Beginning” by Max Foster.

“Waves crash onto the rocky shoreline of north Florida as a colorful sunrise brightens the sky,” says Foster. Location: Florida.

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.

The post Photo Of The Day By Max Foster appeared first on Outdoor Photographer.

Original author: Staff
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New Leica CL “100 Jahre Bauhaus” limited edition camera announced

New Leica CL “100 Jahre Bauhaus” limited edition camera announced



Leica announced a new CL "100 Jahre Bauhaus" limited edition camera set:

Leica Camera has just released a special edition Leica CL ‘100 jahre bauhaus’ camera kit (silver anodized) in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus school of art and design in Germany. The set is comprised of a silver Leica CL camera with a matching silver Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH lens (silver anodized) and a black leather carrying strap. To further highlight the Bauhaus anniversary, the camera’s leather covering and leather strap are embossed with the Bauhaus word mark. The Leica logo, in keeping with the Bauhaus emphasis on minimalist aesthetics, has been reduced and desaturated to pure black to give the entire camera a monochromatic palette.

This limited-edition camera comes equipped with all the original Leica CL features such as a 24-megapixel sensor, fast autofocus, 4K video recording as well as connection to the Leica FOTOS App where pictures and videos can be easily be shared to various social media networks.

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Functiewijziging geeft kickstart voor natuurinclusief bedrijf

Op Hoeve Stein in het Zuid-Hollandse Oukoop wordt sinds 2011 geëxperimenteerd met natuurbeheer door een melkveebedrijf. Wageningen Environmental Research onderzocht op verzoek van de provincie hoe de omvorming van het bedrijf is aangepakt en wat tot nu toe de resultaten zijn. De onderzoekers keken naar het proces, de bedrijfsvoering, de ecologie en de waardering door andere boeren in de omgeving.
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Provincies starten proef om aanrijdingen met reeën te voorkomen

Langs verschillende wegen in Gelderland en Utrecht zijn zandbedden aangelegd. Dit is onderdeel van een proef om te onderzoeken welke maatregelen het meest effectief zijn om aanrijdingen met reeën te voorkomen. De proef gaat vier jaar duren. Er is 24 kilometer weg in de proef betrokken: 6 kilometer op de Utrechtse Heuvelrug en 18 kilometer in de Achterhoek.
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New in the online store: black metal lens caps for Leica M-mount

New in the online store: black metal lens caps for Leica M-mount




In addition to the silver version, I now also have a small batch of black metal lens caps for Leica M-mount available for sale at the LR online store:

ORDER HERE

Additional pictures:

Please note that in order to mount the lens cap to a lens, you will have to align the red dot on the lens cap with the corresponding dot/marking on the lens.

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Deal of the day: 15% Rock & Roll straps

Deal of the day: 15% Rock & Roll straps


Rock & Roll straps have a new e-shop website and they are currently offering a 15% discount with a coupon code newshop until Sunday, May 19th. Here are some of the Rock & Roll straps:

 
 
 
 

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The new silver 7Artisans 35mm f/2 lens for Leica M-mount is now in stock

The new silver 7Artisans 35mm f/2 lens for Leica M-mount is now in stock


The new silver 7Artisans 35mm f/2 lens for Leica M-mount is now in stock at Amazon. You can also pre-order it at Adorama and B&H Photo.

7Artisans 35mm f/2 lens review (comparison with the Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH)

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Leica digest

Leica digest



Novoflex tripod collar for Select SL lenses available at Adorama and B&H.



The Lomography LC-A Minitar-1 32mm f/2.8 Art lens for Leica M-mount is still available for sale at B&H Photo.

   
Singapore Tatler: Why Leica Cameras will never go out of style (see also this post).

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Nikon Releases Z Series Firmware Version 2.0

Nikon Releases Z Series Firmware Version 2.0
The Nikon Z Series Firmware Version 2.0 is available for the Nikon Z 7 (pictured) as well as the Nikon Z 6.

Nikon has released Z Series Firmware Version 2.0 for the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6, which introduces three major enhancements to the company’s full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The first is Eye-Detection AF for still photography, enabling the cameras to find and focus on human eyes. It’s available in both single-shot and continuous AF when the camera is set to Auto-area AF mode. You can further direct the system to track a specific eye in your frame.

Z Series Firmware Version 2.0 also improves autofocus performance in low-light scenes. We’ve asked for clarification from Nikon on these improvements, as there is some ambiguity in the official press release (below), and we’ll update this post when we receive a response. Our current understanding is that the improvements to low-light AF performance are two-fold:

Faster AF acquisition times for both still and video recording.Ability for the AF system to function in lower-light conditions than previously possible, but for still photography only. The Nikon Z 7’s detection range has been improved to -2 EV (from -1 EV), while the Z 6 has been improved to -3.5 EV (from -2 EV) and to -6 EV (from -4 EV) with the camera’s Low-light AF setting. The Low-light AF setting for the Z 7 is unchanged.

The third improvement is the addition of auto-exposure tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) capture mode. Previously, exposure was locked on the first shot during high-speed continuous shooting (at 9 fps with the Z 7 and 12 fps with the Z 6). Now, in addition to continuous AF, continuous auto exposure is now possible.

The Z Series Firmware Version 2.0 is offered as a free update and can be downloaded at: https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com

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The Art Of Seeing, Part 1

The Art Of Seeing, Part 1

There’s a magical moment in landscape photography when you find the right position, the subject is at the correct angle, bathed in perfect light, and, with your camera in hand, you capture “The Shot”—the perfect composition for the scene. These are the moments we all want to repeat, but for whatever reason, they are difficult to find. The more you learn about how much goes into creating such moments, the more you realize just how complex and involved they are to repeat.

This is the “Art of Seeing.”

I break the process of seeing down into three elements that I call the “creative trinity.” Subject, light and composition make up the trinity, and the fuel that fires it is timing.

In this three-part article series, I’m going to focus on the one element that deserves most of our attention: composition. Composition is the arrangement of subjects in the scene. There are many techniques to apply when making a successful composition, and there are many so-called rules that you’ve probably heard, such as the “rule of thirds.” The rule of thirds is a very basic technique to help minimize the potential issue of a boring or static composition that conveys no movement. This is just the tip of the iceberg; there are many other compositional rules and techniques to use. I refer to the rules and techniques of composition as a vocabulary. If you learn the vocabulary of composition, you’ll then have the skills to use all the various rules and techniques in your favor.

There are three basic skills you need to develop in order to successfully implement (and sometimes break) the rules of composition:

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Behind The Shot: Diamond Beach

Behind The Shot: Diamond Beach
Photo By Michael Murray

Our family drove an RV around Iceland’s Ring Road last summer. Having a moveable home base allowed us to see quite a lot of the fjord-tucked villages and vast coastline of the island. The RV also let us stay overnight near the locations I wanted to capture.

I was most excited to shoot on Diamond Beach. This stretch of black sand sits at the mouth of the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Ancient pillars of ice calve off the glacier and flow out to sea only to be pushed back to land by the North Atlantic current. The ice washes ashore in chunks that range in size from baseballs to Volkswagen Beetles. We parked the RV on the bluff above the water for the night. Though there were many tourists and photographers on the beach during the day, I was alone when I woke up for the summer sunrise at 2 a.m.

For 10 minutes, I played chase with the waves. I’d plant my tripod, frame a shot and then retreat when a swell came in. I hadn’t thought to bring water boots on the trip. In fact, the shoes on my feet were a brand-new pair of hiking sneakers I had purchased the previous day as a vacation splurge. Even with a tethered release allowing me a couple feet of latitude, I couldn’t man my station long enough to achieve the white, wispy long-exposure look I wanted in the surf. That’s when I decided the shot was more important than the shoes. I allowed the next surge to fill my soles with arctic water. Now I was ready to work.

A 0.8-second exposure rendered the “ghostly” sea churn I envisioned. A variable ND filter I had picked up just before the trip for shooting Iceland’s waterfalls allowed me to dial in the exposure timing without having to change my aperture value. I moved from berg to berg looking for clean, clear ice and balanced frames. A little bit of orange entered the sky. With an 18mm wide-angle lens, I had to stand within a foot of the ice to anchor it properly in the foreground. During one exposure, as I was locked into the viewfinder, a large wave shot an anvil of ice into my shin and sent my rig teetering toward the surf. I caught it just before the tipping point. After an hour of shooting, I drained the arctic water and black sand from my shoes and returned to the warmth of the RV. I changed out of my wet clothes, set up my laptop in the bunk—careful not to wake my slumbering family—and greedily reviewed my morning’s work.

See more of Michael Murray’s work at natureindepth.com and on Instagram @wellframed.

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Nikon Z6/Z7 firmware update 2.0 additional coverage

Nikon Z6/Z7 firmware update 2.0 additional coverage


Some additional coverage on the new Nikon Z6/Z7 firmware update 2.0 that includes:

Eye-Detection autofocus (AF) for still-image shootingAF performance improvements in low-light situationsAddition of auto-exposure (AE) tracking capability to the continuous high-speed (extended) mode

First, the Nikon Z6/Z7 Facebook group is full with examples, feedback, commentary on the new firmware update. Definitely worth checking it out.

Nikon USA dedicated firmware update 2.0 page:

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Kalender

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De 101 mooiste vogelkijkgebieden
ANWB Vogelgids van Europa
Lonely Planet Scotland - 8th edition
Zakgids Vogels van Nederland en België
Vogels kijken in de Extremadura
Wildernis dichtbij - Wild ... Scandinavie

 

Nieuwe fotoreizen

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India
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Nog een paar maanden en dan op fotoreis naar India! Om niet helemaal onbekend aan te komen heb ik wat info verzameld over de plaatsen die wij gaan bezoeken tijdens de fototrip. India was niet echt...
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Catalonië
Spanje is zoals een brug tussen Afrika en Europa. Vogels die uit het westen en het centrum van Europa komen en die naar West-Afrika vliegen gebruiken verschillende routes en die gaan zowel door he...
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Uganda
Uganda staat bekend om de vele wildparken. Deze wildparken bestaan grotendeels uit tropisch regenwoud en is de leefruimte van o.a. olifanten, buffels, nijlpaarden, giraffen, nijlpaarden en chimpan...

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Vroeg uit veren vandaag want we hadden al om 06:10 afgesproken op een parkeerplaats in Kalmthout waarna Glenn ons zou brengen naar de hut voor de uilensessie in de ochtend. De uilensessie duurde t...
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Vandaag naar de multisoortenhut 1 van Glenn Vermeersch geweest in Kalmthout. Het was mooi weer en beloofde een mooie dag te worden. In vergelijking met een aantal jaar geleden was de hut goed verb...
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Voor de eerste keer met fotomaat Jeroen naar hut 8 van Glenn Vermeersch geweest. Het was erg vroeg opstaan deze keer, tenminste dat dacht ik. Ik was in de veronderstelling dat de rit naar Kalmthou...
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​Van het weekend naar Schuilhut Drunen geweest en voor mij alweer de 3de keer dat ik er geweest ben Deze hut is een van mijn favoriete fotohutten gelegen op een mooie locatie met prachtige ac...
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Vandaag met fotovrienden boshut Lichtenberg van Arjan Troost bezocht. Het was vroeg opstaan (05:15!) om toch nog enigszins bijtijds in de hut te zijn. Het was voor mij de eerste keer dat ik deze v...
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Vandaag met fotovrienden Jochem en Jeroen naar vogelhuis Oosterhout geweest. Het was een regenachtige dag, koud, niet zo best licht dus een flinke uitdaging met de ISO's en sluitertijden om toch n...

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19 May 2019
Northlight has uncovered a USPTO patent for various fast prime optical formulas, included in the pat...
18 May 2019
This is part 1 of the Yellowstone in Winter post written by Randy Dykstra - you can check his websit...
17 May 2019
Nikon video contest challenges creators to ''Follow Your Passion'' for a chance to win $25,000 and a...
17 May 2019
Leica announced a new CL "100 Jahre Bauhaus" limited edition camera set:Leica Camera has just releas...

        

        

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