16 Aug 2023

Kruger National Park 08-08-2023 (part 1)

Sightings from day two:


Kruger National Park 08-08-2023 (sunrise)

 ...and so day two of our Kruger National Park adventure got under way in spectacular fashion.

Kruger National Park 07-08-2023 (sunset)

 Who can resist an African sunset? Not this guy! I moved around a bit and took several.

Sunsets with a telephoto lens are fantastic for zooming in and picking out details in a landscape as well as filling the sensor with those great sunset colours.

Kruger National Park 07-08-2023 (part 2)

 More from day one:

15 Aug 2023

Kruger National Park 07-08-2023 (part 1)

My wife and I just returned from a trip to the Kruger National Park and over the next few days I will be posting some of the photographs I took while there. I took along my D850 as well as a 24-120mm and a 70-300mm, however most of these pics were taken with the 70-300mm. I mainly used aperture priority with f8 most (but not all) of the time & auto iso between 64 and 4000 with a minimum shutter speed of 1/500th of a second. I just adjusted as needed when the light started to fade in the evenings. This setup made for easy and quick shooting in fast changing scenes and I think the results are sufficiently good to make me very happy.

I highly recommend the Kruger National Park in South Africa not only for it's great facilities and service, but also for the abundance of game in a pristine natural African landscape.

Here then are the first five from day one:

13 Jul 2023

Visit to Mölle 1

Visited a small town called Mölle today, a harbour town that provides plenty of photographic opportunities. On previous visits I took the more conventional tourist pics of the harbour and surrounds but this time I was a little more interested in details, colour, texture, etc. 

Took my D850 with the awesome 50mm f1.8 G "nifty fifty" attached. I also had a polarizing filter screwed on the front to get rid of reflections and boost colour, especially in the sky.

I'll split the pics over a couple of posts.

3 Jun 2023

Snapseed Photo Editing App

My go-to photo editor on phone and iPad is the wonderful and surprisingly adept Snapseed app which is available for free on android and Apple devices. If you have not tried it out then give it a whirl and see for yourself what the fuss is all about.

I took a portrait of the plastic model head earlier today and then converted it to jpg via RawTherapee on Linux, transferred it to my Apple phone, played around a bit with Snapseed and then transferred them back to the computer and resized in the free GIMP photo editor.

 I have posted a random selection of various versions of the portrait below for you to peruse. 

Personally I am impressed by the quality of the output from Snapseed and also that it is so wonderfully versatile & handy to use to get some interesting looks. It isn't for everyone, but it's free and it just works.

The original portrait photograph

Six examples of the Snapseed treatment: