Tree Frog

It’s not difficult to scare a tree frog, especially the little ones. Stepping on some of the lower branches or positioning a tripod leg in the bramble bushes can be enough to scare them.

That’s why I prefer to use a 180mm lens instead of my 105mm macro lens. But even the 180mm forces you to position yourself  close to the branches and then carefully bending over to get close enough .  To my knowledge there are no real macro lensen above 200mm. So to keep even more distance I tried to (ab)use the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR  combined with an extension tube. Read more

Silver-studded Blue

In my previous blogpost I wrote about dune pansies and said that this subject never disappoints. The same holds true for the Silver-studded Blue. Let me explain why I like this subject. Online I found this sentence when looking for some info: “The Silver-studded Blue has a restricted distribution but occurs in large numbers in suitable heathland.”

For me this implies: I won’t find them nearby where I live but if I find a spot where I discover the first one I’m pretty sure I will find many more of them. And by now I found my spot: a very comforting idea as the alarm goes off at 03.30. It’s not very often you have so many butterflies at your disposal. Which increases the chance that you will find one that sits exactly in the right spot. Read more

Dune Pansy

Until now, 2020 hasn’t been a very productive year. For me january and february are usually slow, especially without any snow in the Netherlands, In March I always like to photograph moorfrogs, but it appears mating season already took place before March 10. Which is really early and therefore I missed it. My favourite location for wood anemones lies in Belgium and was off limits this year. But let’s get back to the subject of this blogpost: dune pansies.

Dune pansies never disappoint! It just seems I always manage to produce a satisfying image. Although there are hundreds of these tiny subjects in front of you, I always looking for “the one”. The one that stands out from the crowd. But in the end it’s just a matter of trying a lot of compositions, Read more