Il est un optimiste
- - 17.05.2008 | 1 comments | #link | rss
Does a picture tell the truth? What do you think of that lion on the pictures below?

Male Lion looking agresively

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- - 17.05.2008 | 0 comments | #link | rss
When you look at the pictures you have taken... You see that the subject is in focus, the colours are good, there is slight blur due to motion that give a little something to the picture... but you have to live with the fact that you just missed the perfect shot... by holding the camera in portrait instead of landscape for example...

On the other hand, I still like the picture. This out of frame gives it a special character.

Baby Lion at Tschukudu

Here some more shots taken of that little baby lion at the Tshukudu private game lodge in South Africa.
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- - 21.01.2008 | 1 comments | #link | rss
My last try to get a picture of the moon was not really rewarding.

It looked like this:

The Moon

Today, I took my new 100-400 lens with an extender 2x, this gives you a total of 800mm on the lens. But, on the Canon EOS 40d you end up with 1280mm due to a 1.6x FOV

Anyway enough of the technical part, the result looks like this:

The Moon with a 800mm lens

And as would sing Katie Melua; Blame it on the moon !

ps: the picture was not taken with a tripod!
- - 16.01.2008 | 1 comments | #link | rss
I have been using for a while my Canon EOS 20d and have to say that it is a great camera.
But like most things in electronics, very quickly you will find that you beloved companion will be outdated.

I'm planning a trip to South Africa mid of this year. The trip will start with some cage diving to see the great white and a safari. I just had to get some new lenses to capture the moments.

So I went for some shopping... I got sort of carried away and left the shop with:

• Canon EOS 40d
• Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
• Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens
• Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens
• Canon Extender EF 2x II

Guess that now I have to take some pictures...
- - 07.10.2007 | 1 comments | #link | rss
Well the car got sold... have to get used to drive a Passat now. Only positive consequence... It consumes way less gas!

I decided to sell my car, so if you are intersted leave me a message.

Few words, first hand car, bought it brand new on the 12th of Jully 2005. It has today 33'000 km. Service was done a few weeks ago.

It is a 2.0 L engine with 177kw (240 PS) and is lots of fun to drive, roof up or down.

And a few pictures from my car:

Honda S2000

Honda S2000

Honda S2000

Honda S2000
- - 01.09.2007 | 0 comments | #link | rss
The Japanese who travel aboard really miss Japanese food. I think anyone after while miss the local dishes, but having spent two weeks in Japan I didn't really miss anything. They have a great choice, and the quality is amazing.

And the best, you can eat 24/7 : )

If you are hungry, do not continue reading this article and don't look at the pictures.

Edamame, great as appetizer instead of peanuts. Very enjoyable with a cold Japanese beer.

Nippon - Japan - Edamame - Food

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- - 26.08.2007 | 2 comments | #link | rss
I came back around a week ago from Japan, it was the first time I went there. And I can only say, hope this was not the last!

It really was a great experience, and I think that I made some nice pictures as well.

So enjoy the first two pictures, more to come:

Nippon - Japan - Flag - Tokyo

Beautiful temple in Japan - Tokyo
- - 08.04.2007 | 2 comments | #link | rss
Happy Easter 2007 - Chocolate bunny

In case you wonder... I don't think that he will survive the day, I'm feeling like having some chocolate.

Anyway, Happy Easter to you all!
- - 31.12.2006 | 6 comments | #link | rss
Happy 2007 - Writing with Candles

Happy 2007 - Writing with Candles - zooming effect - long exposure

Wasn't sure which one was better... so I posted both of them.
- - 31.12.2006 | 0 comments | #link | rss
It has been the first times that I could really get close, and finally get a good shot.

Maldives - Turtle - E.T.
- - 31.12.2006 | 0 comments | #link | rss
I really like the colours on this pictures, it looks like the one you would find as a background for your desktop.

Maldives - Schooling Bannerfish - Heniochus diphereutes
- - 31.12.2006 | 0 comments | #link | rss
Stroll on the beach, no one around. Only our two footprints left on the soft and white sand.

Maldives - Footprints in the sand
- - 30.12.2006 | 0 comments | #link | rss
Little Eared Blenny hiding... He does look a bit simple minded ; )

Fish - Eared Blenny - Cirripects auritus
- - 04.11.2006 | 1 comments | #link | rss
Little crab walking on the soft white sand...

Little crab on white sand

It also reminds me that it has been a while since I had some nice sea food. Not that you could have eaten that little fellow. He was about the size of a finger nail.
- - 24.10.2006 | 0 comments | #link | rss
Taking pictures with long exposures... sometime you have to visualise what the result will be. Since in these cases what you see on the camera and what you see with your eyes is pretty different.

Whitetip reef shark

Whitetip reef shark
- - 24.10.2006 | 1 comments | #link | rss
Definitely one of the most beautiful flowers on the world...

Whitetip reef shark
- - 22.10.2006 | 3 comments | #link | rss
One of the few pictures I got from a shark... not easy to get good ones as every time the visibility was very bad. And they get scared by divers, they won't stay nicely close to you to get a few shots.

Whitetip reef shark
- - 22.10.2006 | 0 comments | #link | rss
When you look at the picture you understand why this fish is called Oritental Sweetlips : )

Oriental Sweetlips

On the other hand, I would not try to kiss him...
- - 22.10.2006 | 3 comments | #link | rss
Sometimes you have great dives by simply sitting on the ground at around 20M and watch the mantas passing by.

It is impressive to see them swim by as close as 2 meters. You have to consider that the biggest specimens reach over 6 meters. So it is by no mean small.

Giant Manta - Maldives

Giant Manta - Maldives
- - 16.10.2006 | 5 comments | #link | rss
I have to admit it is hard to be back in Switzerland when you have spent almost two full weeks on the Maldives.

I made some very nice pictures, but I'll need to process them first.

But to start with, a usual postcard picture. It should give you an idea what kind of place it was.

Olhuveli beach - Maldives - Paradise
- - 30.09.2006 | 0 comments | #link | rss
Right now I'm sitting in the Airport of Doha, nice view from the windows, lots of desert and sometimes a plan is passing by. The airport is clean an spacious and depending on where you are sitting, free wifi access.

At this point I would like to thank the travel agency who forgot to mention that I have my diving equipment with me. As a diver you are allowed to have some extra luggage, but it has to be mentioned on the ticket. Believe me that at 70 CHF per extra kilo it can make a difference in the price of you holiday.

Then in the order idiocy, my carry on luggage was also too heavy. 10kg instead of the allowed 7, easy fix here. Take the camera with the heaviest lens around the neck and there you go I just got rid of 2.5 kg and was allowed to proceed. Of course the first thing I did when I left the check-in... put the camera back in the bag.

Well can't wait to carry on my journey to Male and do some diving.
- - 03.07.2006 | 4 comments | #link | rss
no way !

There are many places I whish to discover, to re-visit...

Hong Kong is one of them...

7 Eleven, Dog, Hongkong

- - 24.06.2006 | 4 comments | #link | rss
keeps your doctor away!

Red apple

- - 19.04.2006 | 3 comments | #link | rss
I know that the terrorist attack in 2001 in New York was a sock for the world. But it is impressive and worrying how much it has affected the life of the people in New York.

New York Subway - Metro - United States - 1st Avenue - Houston Street

We took the subway, like most of the time as it gets you easy round the place. And suddenly there was a bang followed by the light that turned off for around 1 second. The train stopped and the light where shimmering for very few seconds. And the train moved on to the next station.

The thing that surprised me is how many people started crying and got extremely anxious and scarred. I had about the same thing in the Hong Kong subway and there almost no one was nervous about the situation.

I really feel like the United States citizens are living with a huge amount of fear all the time.

- - 19.04.2006 | 5 comments | #link | rss
I guess you can't go to New York and not see any squirrels unless you avoid all the parks.

They are know to have been used to the human contact... well let's say they know that many people like to feed them and that we, humans, are a good source for easy food.

Squirrel - New York - United States - Park - Central Park

- - 19.04.2006 | 0 comments | #link | rss
A picture from Ground Zero in New York. The place where the Twin Towers have been standing.

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- - 06.04.2006 | 2 comments | #link | rss
Some nice pictures of Anemone fishes, the first two pictures are Orange Anemone fishes (Amphiprion sandaracinos).

Damselfish - Orange Anemone fish - Amphiprion sandarcinos

Damselfish - Orange Anemonefish - Amphiprion sandarcinos

This one is, from what I could find out a False Clown anemone fish (Amphiprion ocellaris), so it is not the one from the movie Nemo.

But I have to be honest that I have some doubts, it could well be a Clown fish (Amphiprion Percula) I have in the picture, it is damn hard to tell the difference.

And most pictures you get on the internet might well be wrongly named...

Damselfish - False Clown anemone fish - Amphiprion ocellaris

- - 05.04.2006 | 1 comments | #link | rss
North Sulavesi in March is still a very rainy place to be, as we had during our transfer day from the Tasik Ria resort close to Manado to the Lembeh Strait Resort.

The picture here shows that not only the sewer system is not the best in the world around this place but also that the rain is quit heavy.

Rain on the Indonesian road - North Sulavesi

On the other hand, the temperature is always nice and the rain usually shouldn't last too long as you can see:

Sun and Clouds - Lembeh Strait Resort

- - 05.04.2006 | 0 comments | #link | rss
Sometimes you take pictures of stuff that doesn't really look interesting. And sometimes it will never be because you are not able to capture it in an great way.

Like this mask we had in our bungalow at the Lembeh Strait Resort. It was only with the light next to the bed and all the other light turned of that I suddenly wanted to take a picture of it.

Indonesian Mask - Shadow and light

I guess the result it not too bad, but maybe I should have gotten the tripod to make the picture a bit sharper as I had to crank the ISO up to 1600, open the aperture full at 2.8, and a low shutter speed to 1/15th.

But on the other hand, I wanted to go to bed at that time and not spend another 20 minutes for a photo ;)

- - 02.04.2006 | 22 comments | #link | rss
Lorena Bobbitt, known for cutting of the penis of her husband back in 1993 in the US... This is where the fellow here got his name:

Eunice aphroditois aka. Bobbit Worm

Commonly know as Bobbit Worm, the reason why he got this lovely name is due to the fact that the female worm attacks the male penis and feeds it to her young after mating...

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