Spring Has Finally Arrived

After a long winterless winter, spring is finally here. There wasn’t too much to photograph in the last five months, so I spent that time adding neat new features to my existing apps, as well as building a new one.

Curious Bearded Reedling

If you are as curious as this bird, you don’t have to wait too much. All will be revealed in the coming months.

Rosette Nebula

Opportunities for astrophotography are few and far between: one needs clear, Moonless, windless nights; something interesting to shoot and a couple of hours spare time. I had no such opportunity for more than a year, and was keen to try a few new pieces of gear I got in the meantime.

Rosette Nebula

Rosette Nebula

The above image was the first light for my 5DS R (performed very well, it seems to be sensitive to hydrogen alpha wavelength range without the overly reddish appearance of astro converted cameras), 500mm f/4L IS II and the IDAS LPS-D1 light pollution suppression filter (did an admirable job – the above image was shot from our backyard in the countryside). Well, I would expect this level of performance from a filter costing over 250 Euros in 52mm size…

A stack of six exposures, 4 minutes each with another 4 minutes for the dark frame subtraction. 4m was the upper limit dictated by tracking precision that night (even 5m exposures were not skyfog limited). Had to throw away another four frames because of wind gusts. Shot at ISO 1600. The frames were converted in Capture One 10 (moved to C1 from DxO Optics Pro because I get much more details this way) and then processed in Photoshop.

All in all, I’m very satisfied with the result and looking forward for the next opportunity.

It’s All White in the Beginning

All glaciers start out as a spotless pure white blanket, gaining more – darker – colors as they proceed downhill. The result is a rich variation of forms, sprinkled with subtle blue tones, but these details may lay so far away that you need a long lens to extract them.

It's All White in the Beginning

It’s All White in the Beginning

This is why I always carry a 500mm telephoto, and consider it a great landscape lens. Actually landscape use was one of the deciding factors between the 500 and the 600.

Shot with the Canon EOS 5DS R and EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens. The new Mark II provides enough resolution to feed the hungry 5DS R sensor.

Yet Another Puffin Portrait

I can’t help it – I like to shoot puffin portraits. Over time you see so many different faces, different personalities, different, but untold stories. The image below is one of my all time favorites.

It was shot at Látrabjarg, and I was quite shocked how much the bird colony shrunk during the last decade. And again, lots of people everywhere. Interestingly, tourists tend to cluster in all the wrong places – I was completely alone with 5-6 birds for an hour or so. In ideal light, ideal angle, ideal background. But this place was not marked with a “Lay here to photograph the birds” sign…

Yet Another Puffin Portrait

Yet Another Puffin Portrait

Shot with the Canon 1D X Mark II and 500mm f/4L IS II lens plus the 2x III teleconverter. It’s amazing how clear this ISO 1600 image is – not to mention the lovely colors.