macro lens vs extension tube vs lens reverse mount

Some years ago I bought a 105mm f/2.8 macro lens that I am using mainly for portrait work at weddings but I was never big in macro photography. This has changed, when we started with our little garden in front of our house with all sorts of little creatures such as hummingbird hawk moths, butterflies…

crow family members are awesome

Members of the family Corvidae (crow family) are not only one of the most intelligent birds but also animals. Many times I have been seeing crows sitting on the street, jumping to the field when I was driving by and jumping back to the street when I past with a good distance. At some point…

fire salamander are awesome

As a kid, I was obsessed with amphibians such as frogs or salamanders. Fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) usually were hiding under old rotten wooden logs in dry and dark areas. They only came out during rainy conditions. Their yellow color (as often in nature) signals to their enemies that they are toxic. Under stress, they…

lens and sensor cleaning

I take good care of my stuff but every now and then I need to clean my lenses and sometimes the sensor. I am shooting a wedding tomorrow and I discovered some nasty spots on my recent images. The only become visible when working quite a bit on the image so they are not dramatic.…

how to create low key images

Low key images are fun to take as one can play around quite a bit with light and shadow. What is low key Low key in photography pretty much means to create predominantly dark images. It is however not a new concept by any means but much older than photography. It has its origin in…

shutter count

I haven’t been writing for quite some time as I have been busy with projects. Things are calming down for a week or two so I am taking time to clean my equipment (my memory cards for sure have seen better days but they still work perfectly). While getting some dust out of my D750’s…

coots are awesome

I have never paid much attention to the coots as they are not very colorful nor rare nor special birds in any means. However, I have been observing a coot family for some time and started liking these little guys. I think the challenge with them is to take great pictures of a bird that…

dragonflies are awesome

Dragonflies are awesome. I spend a lot of time at rivers and lakes photographing birds – and many times dragonflies come and check on me. Like little helicopters hovering in front of me, saying hello and disappearing again. I love their variety, colors and behavior. A FEW SAMPLES I am not an expert in dragonfly…

body bilder

Gemeinsam durfte ich zusammen mit dem Künstlerkollektiv Nordschwarz (Lukas Baumberger und Levin Bräu) diesen Vulkan von einer Vernissage ausbrechen lassen. Die Rede ist von dem Abschluss des fünfmonatigen Projektes „BODY BILDER“, bei welchem 30 Menschen abgelichtet und mit verschiedenen Techniken malerisch umgesetzt worden sind. Nach 692 Kameraauslösungen und scheinbar unendlich vielen Pinselstrichen wurden die gemalten…

body bilder

Find here a summary of the project „Body Bilder“ where I have been involved

a few days in the french vosges

My wife, our two dogs Turbo and Peanut and I spent a few days in a beautiful place in the French Vosges. Besides spending time with the family I had some time exploring the area. A FEW SAMPLES I wasn’t that lucky with mammals – maybe not true, as we saw wild boar. But they…

backlight

Backlight is a very powerful thing in all kinds of photography (not only wildlife photography). Backlight photography means shooting directly into the light. This may sound a little weird and indeed it takes some time to practice. I remember when I took some backlight pictures at a wedding and a guest „reminded“ me that I…

a weekend with friends

Just a few fun shots. I love doing these low key shots whenever I get a chance as they are a lot of fun. Best (for me) works already when its darkish outside (you don’t need a pitch black background). I also like to do some fun stuff towards white background. I used the following…

a weekend birding in Okhla (Delhi)

I had the pleasure to spent a weekend in Delhi birding at Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Delhi, India. This is a good spot during migratory season as the sanctuary attracts flocks of birds – but unfortunately the migration is over and therefore the sanctuary does not attract so many different species. However, as always, I…

some ideas for dog photography

All you need is a dog All you need to get started with dog photography is a dog – and a camera of course. These wonderful animals are great for working on photography skills as dog photography covers many aspects of animal photography such as portraits / head shots, action shots with fast movement, playing…

some facts about diurnal birds of prey

Taxonomy Before we start some nerd alert on the difference between diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey (having said that, I am not a biologist nor a professional ornithologist, I just read a lot about birds – this article is based on best of my knowledge). Most diurnal (active during the day) birds of prey…

Black and Grey

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create a white background in lightroom

A simple and easy way to create a white background in Lightroom There is tons of ways on how to create a white background in your images. The below technique is simple and fast and best works on images with clear edges. It might not be the best solution when needing to cut out people…

traveling with heavy gear

Traveling with heavy gear or why carry on can be tricky Traveling with heavy (and expensive) gear can be very challenging as airlines are showing less and less goodwill when it comes to carry on luggage (which I understand). I would have no issue to pay an extra charge to take my lenses with me…

thoughts about depth of field

Thoughts about Depth of Field or why this is my favorite topic I have mentioned several times that the concept around Depth of Field (DoF) is for me one of the most important things in wildlife photography. When I started with (wildlife) photography, I always thought that shooting wide open with max aperture is the…

going through the archive – common tern

A few Common Tern shots from my archive I have screwed up a lot of shots in the past and I am sure I will miss some great photo opportunities also in the future. Therefore I constantly go through my archive, look at old pictures and ask myself what I could or should have done…

going through the archive – grey heron

A few Grey Heron shots from my archive I have screwed up a lot of shots in the past and I am sure I will miss some great photo opportunities also in the future. Therefore I constantly go through my archive, look at old pictures and ask myself what I could or should have done…

how everything has started

How everything has started or why I love black kites February 2011 – On a cold winter morning at lake Zurich. A man was feeding gulls and I started taking random pictures trying to capture them in flight. At home, going through the pictures, I started realizing that the birds likely are not all belonging…

Orkney

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Family – J, N & M

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Pregnant – K & S

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