Actually I was on my way to the Wood Anemones when I saw a Peacock which was flying around slowly at a pile of branches. I was not really interested in this Peacock as I have tried to photograph some butterflies earlier this week without any success. So I was just looking at this Peacock....but this ‘bastard’ stayed on one of the branches for a long time so I could not resist and started opening my photo backpack. Approaching the Peacock between the congestion of branches with the tripod was a patiently operation and of course he flew away by the time I wanted to make the first photo (that’s my fate as butterfly photographer).
My second attempt was successful. Not a dream photo but I’m glad that I photographed my first butterfly of 2012. After I had taken some photo’s I wanted an other composition but the Peacock did not.....he flew into the pile of branches, hiding from me. I took a few photo’s of him between the branches and packed my stuff.
By the time I was ready to leave I saw the Peacock again on a branch with open wings.....'bastard', I continued my way to the Wood Anemones!
Canon 7D; tripod; remote release; 180 mm, 1/60s at F8.0 and ISO100
Canon 7D; tripod; remote release; 180 mm, 1/25s at F9.0 and ISO100
Sorry, but I couldn’t resist to photograph them again. This one was sitting very low on the window and did not move at all. I looked for minutes after the spider and I was considering if and how I will manage to photograph him without tripod. I took a small cardboard box and put my tie under the camera for a little change in height. It worked perfect as long as the spider was sitting in the same position. I took a few photo’s when I noticed the green in the background and at that time the spider started moving around as he was missing the warmth of the sun. That was the end of this photo session.
Do you have any idea what caused the green colour in the background? One thing I can give away: it’s not the Northern light!
Canon 7D; small cardboard box; remote release; MP-E 65 mm (1,5x), 1/125s at F9.0 and ISO100
More recent photo’s of the Zebra jumpers can be found in my gallery Jumping Spiders (Portfolio -> Jumping Spiders).
A few days after I came out of hospital I was sitting outside, enjoying the warmth of the sun and the awakening of nature when I first saw them.....’my’ jumping spiders. Of course they are not mine but last autumn I almost photographed them daily that I feel a certain connection with them (Portfolio -> Jumping Spiders) .
A few days ago I saw two Zebra jumping spiders (Salticus scenicus) sitting on my window/door frame. I took the MP-E 65 mm and while I was busy to find one of the spiders in my viewfinder, I was wondering if this lens is a blessing or a curse. I messed around with my tripod (I could not find a solid position as I had to move very close to the frame) and every time when I had a decent and sharp composition, the spider moved a bit.....I was close giving it up as my physical condition is not very well yet....fortunately I did not and suddenly the spider was cooperative for a moment!
Canon 7D; tripod; remote release; MP-E 65 mm (2x), 1/125s at F9.0 and ISO500
If you have never seen that kind of spider before, please be aware that they measures only about 5 till 7 millimetres. To photograph them like this means that the distance between the spider and the lens is only a few centimetres and that not much light is available.
The spider (surely frightened) is looking up to me and it’s facial expression (especially the eyes) has an irresistible charm.....they are lovely......so I will not stop photographing them!
As I received some questions about my internet absence, I return here much earlier than I had planned. I was in hospital for an operation (although I tried to convince the surgeon that I would like to keep my organ, he had no mercy with me!) and I did not know how long recovery does take.
Fortunately I’m on my way back! In the meantime I met the first butterflies, a Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) and a Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) and I was also able to take some photos of flowering Violets (Viola odorata). Springtime definitely arrived in the Netherlands.
Canon 7D; beanbag; remote release; 180 mm, 1/125s at F3.5 and ISO100
Maybe you started wondering why this blog is titled ‘piano man’. Well, when I landed back on earth in hospital on the recovery department, the first thing I noticed was music ....... I heard Billy Joel’s song ‘Piano Man’. What a beautiful song to start with ....... I couldn’t move at all but my ears and brains enjoyed this song and I decided that this will be my song for 2012!
Canon 7D; beanbag; remote release; 180 mm, 1/30s at F5.0 and ISO100
Sing us a song, you're the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
And you've got us feelin' alright
Yeah, I feel alright and my intuition tells me that 2012 will be great with a lot of beautiful nature moments, study and business plans, short trips and journeys through Europe and meetings with new people ........ maybe the piano man!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.