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Another bird

Photography Posted on Sun, August 10, 2008 03:34:55

Adding to my collection of boring photos, yet another bird on top of the wires just below my living room window.

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This time the picture was taken with my Nikon D70 with a Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D lens. Funny enough the lamp below the bird is in the shadow of a building, but the bird itself is in the sun.

Memory lane

Photography Posted on Sun, July 27, 2008 14:24:49

While cleaning up and moving stuff to the new PC, I found the shots from the first day I had my Nikon D70. Taken an afternoon on March 4th, 2007 walking the lakes in Copenhagen and then proceeding to the Botanic Garden.

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I always hear someone yelling, “I am the god of hellfire”, or something, when I see this picture. I probably should stop listening to the voices in my head.smiley

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A quite tame Grey Heron, which scared a couple of young ladies as they suddenly found themselves within half a meter or this guy (or girl?). I was not quick enough to get pictures of this, just of the bird itself.

The rest of pictures from that day can be found here.

Frederiksberg Have

Photography Posted on Fri, July 25, 2008 19:45:31

A photo walkabout in Frederiksberg Have, Copenhagen around noon on July 25th 2008 testing my new Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D lens.

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Some branches into water effect with a duck in the middle.

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Copenhagen Zoo’s elephant area can be seen from Frederiksberg Have.

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A Grey Heron in the air. Compared to last spring where they sort of had annexed the whole island with lots of nests, this time there were very few of them. Maybe they move away from the area as soon as the offspring can fly.

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The statue in front of ‘Det Danske Revymuseum’ on Frederiksberg close by Frederiksberg Have.

The whole collection, raw and unsorted, can be found here.

I found out that this is not what I am going to use the lens for, a fixed lens requires composition by walking and the same goes for when ‘zooming’.

I will need some cooperative human or animal subjects to try out to take picture of live objects at a closer range. That and of course I need to try it out during the evening.

Wessel & Ewald’s angels

Photography Posted on Thu, July 24, 2008 21:31:50

Playing with the new Nikon 50mm F/1.4 lens at RundetÃ¥rn, Copenhagen. These are Wessel and Ewald’s angels.

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And from the back and side.

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On a sunny day in July.

The Killing of ‘Wilson’

Photography Posted on Sat, July 19, 2008 10:55:00

A 3-hour walkabout in Dyrehaven, Copenhagen last Saturday evening.

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The reference to ‘Wilson’ is of course to the volleyball from Cast Away. It became about as the stomper noticed a slight obsession on my part for taking pictures of this grass clod split in the middle. Hence it was called my ‘Wilson’.
(No grass clods were injured during this photo-walkabout)

Note: Taking shots directly into the sun is not something one should do, as there is a very real danger of damaging eyes and camera. The above picture ended up by accident.

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The coots at this small lake were annoyed by the shutter sound on my camera, and were very persistent with an audible expression of their displeasure of the situation. Tough luck birds, get used to it.

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It was rather challenging to get a balance between the sky and the ground, and in the end I rather liked the pictures with the darkish ground and the sun rays playing in the clouds.

More pictures can be found here.

There is always room for one more …

Photography Posted on Sun, July 06, 2008 22:04:43

First day with my Nikon D70 and the Sigma 70-300mm lens, March 4, 2007. A photo-walkabout around the lakes in Copenhagen and to the Botanic Garden.

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This picture is from the lakes. I am still trying to get to grips with the camera.


Photography Posted on Sun, June 15, 2008 11:42:22

Flowers in the water.

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Playing a bit around with Nikon’s Capture NX2 software. I cannot really decide whether it is worth the money for me, because I usually prefer the ‘as-shot’ look. But it is nice to be able to correct some mistakes.

Rediscovering pictures

Photography Posted on Sun, June 01, 2008 11:26:56

Bought a ‘draft’ photoprinter, a Canon SEPLHY DS810, an old model with higher resolutions than the current CP line. It uses less than a third power compared to the CP line, but is really not a portable – for which I have no use anyway. It tends not to do ‘black’ so well as it only uses a 3 colour cartridge, so it tends to produce a more bland picture according to some. But my main interest is in the details on the photos.

So I have been playing around, printing out a number of photos from this and last year. Most from the Nikon DSLR and a few from the Canon Ixy 1000 and the Fujifil f50df compact cameras. Done some comparison on the Nikon RAW to the basic JPEGs, and it is definitely worth converting the RAW to JPEG and print those, and in the process do the neccessary (if any) post-processing of the picture. While doing this I realized that some pictures I had ignored previously tended to look much more interesting on print than other pictures I had been very fond of on the monitor.

Among those: This one below from Mt. Takao in Japan, with a group of children from probably a school? Getting ready to leave with the train (I think, I am actually not quite sure about this) or arriving for that matter, as we left shortly after (walking down again) and did not stay to see them around.

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This was a snapshot as I did not really see it as a subject when I was there. I was just doing pictures all around (still recovering from walking up the mountain). I like the colour of the trees with the contrast to the roof top of the train station, the high way in the background and the blue-white uniforms.

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