32 nature photographers for 365 days a year. That’s the concept of the Nature Photo Blog and I’m most likely one of its biggest fans. It’s almost become a ritual by now: Every morning when I start my laptop or switch on my smartphone, the first thing I do is to take a look at the Nature Photo Blog or on the Facebook page of the photographers’ community.
Wonderful nature photos from 32 different perspectives, taken in 32 different ways and corners of the world, that’s exactly what I like. The best thing for me is that this often inspires me for completely new ideas and opportunities about how I can approach a subject and how similar subjects can differ from each other in the end.
Winning the biggest photography competition in the world, this mainly means one thing: international fame, recognition and an incredible stage for one’s works. When you count among the ten photographers who are finally awarded with one of ten Sony World Photography category prizes, you know that you’ve successfully beaten thousands of other photographers worldwide. 227,595 photos were submitted this year and one of the lucky winners is 32-year-old photographer Frederik Buyckx from Belgium.
The experience that transforms an astronaut’s perspective of our planet Earth and mankind’s purpose and place upon it is referred to as the overview effect. The term was first used by Frank White in 1987. Astronauts, who were lucky enough to make this incredible experience, mentioned a shift of perspective related to our planet Earth and the importance of the actions of human-beings. They spoke about the emergence of a profound understanding of how valuable life and our planet really are and they mentioned a deep sense of connection and a newly discovered responsibility towards Earth and everything it offers.
As you can certainly remember, the SIGMA Art 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens has been tested twice already under different conditions. Here comes the third practical test. First I tested the lens during a visit in the zoo, another time during a walk at night as I was searching for the colorful shining city lights I wanted to capture on my camera’s sensor.
Now I wanted to find out more about the image quality of the lens while shooting in the daylight in the early afternoon under a cloudy sky in a room with big windows. Moreover, in this article I will describe many advantages but also some minor drawbacks of the lens from my point of view and experience.
For a couple of years now I’ve been living in the city. And it’s always a great surprise for me when from one day to another spring expels winter. A day earlier everything was still completely gray – the houses, the streets, the sky, and the clothes of the people who rush to make their errands in order to get back into their warm and cozy apartments again. And on the next morning the sun is shining, wearing your winter coat another day isn’t an option any longer and like a fairytale colorful flourishing bushes and trees shine through the window, encouraging us even more to take your jeans jacket and sun glasses out of your closet.
After my last photo walks and reviews led me through the streets of Marrakech, this week it was time again to take a tour through the local forests. Winter is about to fade away and the sun comes back for a few hours as the sunbeams warm our skin again. The last snow is about to melt and every now and then you can see little green leaves and grasses sprout.
today I’d like to show you some more impressions of my days in Marrakech. After the Djemaa al Fna, where you’re about to get 1000 different impressions ranging from snake charmers to mobile shops and unique odors, and the souqs, a showcase of interesting handcrafts, there’s of course a lot more to see.
Another of my true highlights was the Jardin Majorelle or the Blue Garden. It was created by French painter Jacques Majorelle in 1923. Today the artist and his art have largely been forgotten, however, his garden belongs to one of the places in town that’s worth to be visited. Another interesting detail about this magical park is the fact that it was purchased in 1947 by famous fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his boyfriend and business partner, Pierre Bergé.
For some weeks I’ve been searching for winter desperately, for some snow on the trees, for some icicles hanging down the rooftops, for children walking through the winter landscape wearing snowshoes or trailing their toboggans. All I’ve found so far was sad sceneries, barren meadows and anything else but a winter fairytale atmosphere.
As I fell into my bed exhausted yesterday evening and dared to glimpse out of the window before closing my eyes, the image was totally different from this morning. During the night snow finally surprised us for the first time this winter. I was happy like a little child the way I always get happy when everything is white.
Driving home for Christmas“. Every year I listen to this song on the radio in December, I’m really looking forward to Christmas, the season of the year where I can go home to my family and find plenty of time for everyone without being stressed. Besides the sparkling Christmas tree, the sweet smell of cookies, frankincense and cinnamon and the funny, long and simply beautiful afternoons in my parents’ living room I also enjoy the silence of nature while being home. So in the past few days I went for some longer walks in the forest and through the town with the Christmas decorations.
However, as probably most of you, I kept looking in vain for the snow in the fields and on the trees.