For the first time, I'm already longing a little bit for the next winter season and a lake full of birds.
I've got used to visit the lake area when the weather forecast indicated a chance of a 'red' sunrise. As spring was 'entering' gently, day by day the groups of hibernating birds became smaller and now the lake is almost 'empty'.
Fifteen minutes after sunrise a small group of Canada Geese landed on the water. I was disappointed as the red warm reflections on the water were transformed into hard light. As soon as I saw their breath in the golden light, I immediately had to think of one of my first LP's with a golden cover and I heard Ian Gillan singing 'Smoke on the water, and fire in the sky'!
For me it's time to say goodbye to the lake area (also known as the Landschotse Heide) for some weeks; for sure I will be back soon when the beeches are green and/or the first dragonflies will have emerged.
Suddenly they are there, the harbingers of spring, the first flowers, crocuses and snowdrops. Last Sunday the weather was perfect, the day started and ended with a fireball in the sky which I 'catched' twice. The second time together with snowdrops and later on Facebook I learned that I was not the only one who like to photograph snowdrops; they are hot at the moment!
Until now the EOS 7D MKII and I are not bound by friendship yet; we have had some differences in the field. During the first usage on Saturday morning I cursed my new camera.
On the 7D, I could check with one hand/button the sharpness in liveview; now I need both hands as the function moved to an other button and place on the camera. The waterlevel, which I needed badly that morning was 'lost'......like my internet connection at home so it costs me four days, two routers and an other camera manual to find some settings. Until today I'm still missing the exposure level indicator on the lcd panel as soon as I change the ISO speed from auto into an other setting. If there is anybody who can give me a clue.......please!
The sunrise last Saturday was breathtaking! The Bewick's Swans were gone; instead a group of Greyleg Geese and Mute Swans were resting on the ice but as soon as they noticed me they became nervous and while I was busy to find the correct button in the dark to see anything sharp in liveview, they left the lake.
On Sunday morning I returned and the light of the moon and stars guided me the way. A few minutes after arrival the first clouds came and within minutes the moon and stars were 'gone'. Next to a lot of Greyleg Geese again a group of Mute Swans were on the lake. Unfortunately they are all resting on the most unfavourable place in the lake as a lot of bushes growing in the front and it is too wet and too deep for approaching them. I need a mound near the path without building something.....anybody an idea?
It’s time to say goodbye to my friend the EOS 7D.
5 seasons the 7D was my kind of best friend. He survived two heavy attacks and still did not leave me (these kind of friends are rare). In the Dordogne I abused him during a walk and damaged the big wheel and in the Ardeche he almost felt 2 metres on a tiled floor. The 7D survived!
But last Monday, out of the blue, one of the connection points collapsed and after cleaning the points a few times with different methods, I had to admit that after 5 years and 194.820 clicks it’s time to say goodbye. On Friday I will pick up my new friend, the 7D MKII.
This is the last photo I made Tuesday evening when the red moon rised. I did not mount the lens completely; it’s far from ideal but it worked to catch the red moon!
Well, just go around tonight
and enjoy this beautiful life
There's a red moon on the rise
Although I visited the swan area a few times this week, the photos I made do not come close to the ones of last week. One early white morning it was very quiet and I could not find one single swan....for a while I was thinking that they were migrated. When I visited the area just before sunset, I found out that the swans are very frightened of dogs and while I was hiding under a tree I saw group by group leaving the lake everytime a dog was running near the shore.
But, next to the swans I have an other activity....photographing with 'old' lenses. Twenty years ago the shop windows were full with these kind of occasions. Now, it is a hype and to 'catch' some lenses is almost impossible due the high crazy prices. Recently, I bought one lens of the DDR manufacturer Meyer Optik from Jena. Meyer would be amazed finding out that their 'Trioplan 2.8/100mm' reached a price of 600 Euro....and often it has a bad condition. What a hype can do!
So obiously, I bought an other lens of Meyer under 100 Euro and I'm impressed by the softness, sharpness, depth of field and bokeh of this lens.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.