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Nikon 1

   Six Word Saturday:


Trying out my new Nikon 1

This camera is compact, light, and with my two lenses (10-30 & 30-110), perfect for what I want to capture. You can click on an image to see the enlargement.

Finally I can reach out and ‘touch’ far away animals, people and places.

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I am such a happy camper 😀


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Home Away From Home

Spring in Portugal! Last week the V-man and I caught a plane to the south. To the sun and warmth. Well, skip the last part, for it was around 16 Celsius. Skip the first part too by the way, for there were plenty of clouds, rain and thunderstorms. On the other hand, it immediately gets warm whenever the sun burns her way through that gray, oppressive blanket. And clouds are really photogenic!

During this short Portuguese holiday, we stayed in the wooden cabin that you can see in the third picture. Three years ago, we helped building this oasis of peace for dear friends of ours. And it has become a home away from home.

All of these pictures are taken with my iPhone, a pro-active device that fucked up helped me tremendously by switching on the option ‘Burst’. I have no conscious memory of ordering it to do that, but the result is that the photos are small: 640×480. I still like them though, especially after playing with a few modifying options. Of my own choosing this time 😉

These are pictures of our walk along the Atlantic Ocean near Cidade on Sunday, April 29th. I will post more during the next weeks.

Thank you so very much, M&M, for letting us stay once again *hugs*

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Photo Play

Six Word Saturday


Pushing buttons. Changing images. Enhanced beauty.

Photos @ Marion

Not a single photo you see in the magazines is completely original! All are altered – some a bit, others a lot more – by programs like Photoshop.

This is what a friend said to me last week. I stared at her and shook my head. I told her she was ruining my trust in mankind, that there must be pure photos too! Mirror images, like the ones I see each morning before after the morning grooming! But no. My friend is an experienced photographer and she recognizes the techniques that are used to touch up the magazine photos.

Intrigued, I started to explore the possibilities of my iPhone through the Instagram (profile: Doldriest) and Camera+ app. Using those, I started to play with shades, lights, flash, crops and special effects. And here are the results. In the third photo I was trying to focus/zoom on the the ice on the glass (which didn’t work obviously). What I got was the reflection of the yard.

Did I make these photos? Yes! Did I know exactly what I was doing? No, but I just played around and stopped when the images were to my liking. What do you think, are they any good? Tips?


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Winter Photos

Dry snow and crispy air. This combination lured us from the house into the wild. Into the wildish 😉 My camera screamed, refusing to be left behind. Unfortunately the sun was hiding behind the clouds, I would have loved a bit of blue between the white and brown, but my camera, famished as it was, ate everything anyway.

  1. The road ahead was clear.
  2. Moss and leaves, playfully connected.
  3. Trees, lifting their arms in unison.
  4. This looked more like a cemetery than a forest.
  5. Dutch feet.
  6. Though temperatures are below -15 C, this brook was still not frozen over.
  7. Then a dog came running past.
  8. My Dad will drool upon seeing this: he’s not a wood eater but loves to fire up his hearth.
  9. The lumber, closer up.
  10. The absolute highlight of the walk. I wanted to jump up too but kept calm and asked them if I could shoot photos in stead.
  11. Now I’m drooling: not as a horse eater but as horse lover.
  12. Trees towering over Vman.
  13. Once inscribed in small letters, now grown into a bigger font.
  14. A Dryad 😉
  15. My eyes saw the head of a giraffe in the bark of this tree… please tell me you see it too?