December 11th, 2013
Last weekend I went out to shoot at a bird-sanctuary near Zürich. Anette Mossbacher from BPN accompanied me.
Star of the afternoon was the Common Kingfisher. We sat in a hide, overlooking a part of the lake. Most of the lake was frozen and the kingfisher as mostly hovering around an open patch in the ice. Now and then the kingfisher would traverse other part of the lake and twice she positioned herself on a reed-stem in gorgeous afternoon light. Even with the 600mm lens with a 2x converter it was still quite a distance.
October 13th, 2013
Save the Rhino
John Varty, filmmaker and owner of Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, wrote an open letter to Cyril Ramaphosa, now Vice President of the ANC in South Africa. John basically wants these poachers, mainly form Mozambique, be treated as invaders.
The whole issue with Rhino horn is that the horn is made of keratin, the same material as our finger nails. If keratin has medicinal value (it hasn’t), biting your nails will have the same effect. Leave these animals alone !
Please join the efforts to stop this slaughter. As we speak, nearly 800 Rhino have been killed this year alone. Goto the link below and sign the petition. Avaaz has a good record of creating awareness on political levels with encouraging results.
Below is the actual letter that John Varty sent to the South African government:
Having recently personally purchased for R18 million a buffalo bull, I know you are someone who cares about our wildlife and heritage.
My problem is this, in September 2011, I implored the President, Jacob Zuma to treat the invasion of Mozambicans who are killing our rhino as an invasion of our country.
I feel the President, like President Ian Khama of Botswana, should be at the forefront of this rhino crisis.
As from my attached letter, you will see that the war is intensifying into the private game reserves. In desperation, I have written a letter to the Minister of Defense, but I have had no response.
I find the ANC Government aloof and non-communicative with its citizens.
Can you urge the Minister of Defense to commit troops to crush this poaching once and for all.
Could you as Vice President of ANC, take this crisis into your own hands and play the role that President Ian Khama is playing. This involves appearing on TV, motivating and inspiring us who are trying to combat the poaching. We desperately need leadership!
The fire that you displayed when you were leading the unions against the big mining companies during apartheid, is needed now!
Please reply to email@example.com
Cell number: 083 6511 600
Tread Lightly on the Earth
Co-owner of Londolozi Game Reserve
Founder of Tiger Canyons
This letter is copied to the following:
1) President of South Africa – Jacob Zuma – firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Min Defence and Military Veterans – Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula – email@example.com
3) Min Justice and Constitutional Development – Mr Jeff Radebe – Mediaenquiries@justice.gov.za
4) Min Police – Nathi Mthethwa – firstname.lastname@example.org
5) Min Tourism – Marthinus van Schalkwyk – email@example.com
6) Min Water and Environmental Affairs – Edna Molewa firstname.lastname@example.org
7) Premier Mpumalanga – Mr David Dabede Mabuza email@example.com
8) Premier Eastern Cape – Ms Noxolo Kiviet – firstname.lastname@example.org
9) Leader DA – Helen Zille email@example.com
10) Cyril Ramaphosa – vice president ANC – firstname.lastname@example.org
September 22nd, 2013
The last couple of weeks I have been playing with the Fractalius filter. See my first post Patience how I handled installing fractalius on my Mac.
I used different filter settings to get a variety of results and effects.
The slideshow below shows a selection of images from my regular galleries. Click on a thumbnail to view a larger version or press the ‘Play’ button to get a slideshow going.
September 8th, 2013
Recently I published my images from the Sagrada Familia here. The basilica itself is a piece of art. Further processing of the images might be unnecessary. However, when I ran some images through the Fractalius filter I was quite impressed that I thought it was worth to publish them too here. The first two below are images from the scale models.
The image below is made of the altar area, where in the ceiling the light from the Maria spire gets through.
And even the ceiling comes out nice.
And finally, the sculpture of Peter, mourning about betraying Jesus for the third time.
Look at the Fract Mills post to find out how to get and install Fractalius.
August 31st, 2013
|Ceiling of the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family
In June of this summer we visited Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, part of our visit to Spain. This visit has been on my wishlist for a long time, since I first visited the basilisk in 1987. I am not a regular museum or church visitor but I can tell you that visiting this church is an unbelievable experience. Revolutionary in all aspects. The elegance of the architecture, the design principles, the decorations and sculptures. It can only be experienced when you go there. Bear in mind that when you go, you cannot use a tripod or a flash: you are considered professional and that is in violation with ‘copyright’ rules. Funny. Also, make sure you book your entrance ticket online: you will avoid enormous queues. Below a few impressions of our visit.
Click on a thumbnail image to get a larger detailed version: click on the large image to return.