Xpozer Pro Photographer

As of today I am a Xpozer Pro Photographer.  As a Xpozer pro photographer I can offer my photo’s as  Xpozer prints, or provide the service to print your photo’s on Xpozer.

Xpozer

My photo’s on Xpozer (or other materials) can be bought through the purchase / buy button, this will open up a pop-up menu. In that menu’s drop-down menu U can select the printing material and size for the desired print. If U would like a size that’s not listed in the drop-down menu, please contact me.

If U would like Your photo on Xpozer:

  • Contact me to receive all details for a Xpozer print
  • Richard Guijt Photography reviews the photo and adjusts the format if needed
  • Richard Guijt Photography will edit the photo (if desired) to improve colour balance, contrast, sharpness and noise.
  • The Xpozer print will usually be processed between 3 – 5 working days.
  • Exclusive Xpozer pro photographer formats
  • Tag free Xpozer prints. (Xpozer pro photographer only)
  • Easy payment through Paypal or direct bank transfer.
  • Discount with future orders

More information and prices of Xpozer can be found here…

Golden shot

On Saturday 17th of Jan. I acquired the location of a bird specie I had not photographed before. Without hesitation I grabbed my gear and headed towards the area where they were seen. After about 15 minutes walking from the entrance of the reserve I reached the start of the canal where they were swimming before.

It didn’t take me long to spot a couple of Common merganser / Grote zaagbek (Mergus merganser) foraging and preening. They were however in a impossible location to photography so I just watched them do their thing. After a while they suddenly took air and flew down the canal. I followed them in the direction they flew away and after about 5 minutes I found them, but this time there were even more, two males and 3 females. I slowly moved in closer to the waters edge and got myself into a good position with a decent background of reed casting a golden reflection on the water. Now it was just a waiting game, which would hopefully result in them swimming into my direction and into the good light.

The ducks slowly came closer and closer, but I was also noticed by a birder. Who in his turn decided to come closer as well, resulting in me getting a few photo’s before the group op ducks took off in the opposite direction. Leaving me with two photo’s and a …. feeling, I tried to find them again upstream,. Sadly I could not locate them again.

Reptiles

I have added a Reptiles gallery to my website, here I will post photo’s of all kinds of reptiles available for stock downloads and/or personal use.

The Reptiles gallery can be found here and includes this moment:

  • Lizards (Iguanas)
  • Snakes
  • Vipers

More photo’s and subcategory’s will be added later, when I have photographed and selected more images that meet my high quality standards.

Photographing Ruddy

Sunday the 4th of Jan 2015 was a typical winter day. It started out with a grey sky and rain. I decided to have a loot at the beach, since I knew the tide was low, to hopefully photograph Sanderling (Calidris alba) and/or Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres).

When I arrived at the beach at 9.00 the sun started to break through the clouds, creating nice golden light, so I headed to the spot where I had last seen the Ruddy turnstone. I was in luck, since they were still here. I counted a total of 13 Ruddy turnstone.

During the 2,5 – 3 hours that I stayed photographing the Ruddy turnstones the weather changed several times from sunny to clouded to rainy to then go back to sunny. In the time frames that the light was good I managed to grab a few shots that were worth of keeping.

For more photos  visit the Ruddy turnstone / Steenloper (Arenaria interpres) image gallery.

Moving to FX territory

For quit some time I was looking into purchasing a Nikon FX camera, to be used next to my DX camera. This would give me more flexibility for different types of shooting. All the lenses that I had collected over the years were already with the addition of a FX camera in mind, so there shouldn’t be a problem in that department. I was in doubt between two camera’s, the D810 vs D750.

About 1 week ago there was a Nikon Experience day at my local camerashop, so I decided to visit the shop and try both camera’s. The opportunity to hold and shoot with both camera’s could provide me extra information that could make me lean more towards either of the camera’s.

It was a cloudy day and it even started to rain whilst I was testing the camera’s. To be honest it was perfect weather to try the camera, since I’m always shooting outdoors and U never know what kind of weather U get. The harsher the conditions the better U can test the camera.

I have to say, both camera’s are really nice camera’s with nice functionality and features. Both provided sharp images (D810 seemed sharper with its 36 MP and lack of AA-filter) but the D750 wasn’t a let down either, both also turned out to be great in color and contrast. One drawback of the D810’s huge amount of MP is that it shows everything, U really need to have perfect technique since it will show every flaw, making it a bit less useful to take on a walk.

After testing both camera’s I decided to buy the D750, because I think its more manageable in the field and has a better FPS for when its needed. I have been playing with it for a week now and I have to say, I love it.

  • AF is quick
  • Great sharpness, color and contrast
  • Handles noise with ease (can use up to 3200 easily)
  • Light weight (Great for walks and traveling)

Here are a few photo’s I took with it in the past week, overtime more will come. But for now I’m happily testing it with all kinds of weather and subjects.

White-crowned wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga)

Last Monday while I was at work, my phone started buzzing each few minutes, so I decided to check what all the “fuzz” was about. When I looked at my phone I saw reports of a White-crowned wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga) and it was located in the area where I live. The White-crowned wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga) is a inhabitant of Northern Africa and can normally be found in the the deserts.

It has been the first time that this bird has been reported in The Netherlands, so I was anxious to go there. But… I still had about 1 hour to work.After work I quickly jumped on my bike, went home, grabbed my camera and jumped in the car to drive to the location where it had been reported. Once at location it wasn’t hard to spot the bird, since there were at least 100 other birders / photographers present. I quickly started to make a few photo’s, but since it was so crowded and the bird was on the roof of the buildings, the photo’s were all registrations.

White-crowned wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga)

After talking to some of the people living in the area, the bird had been there for a few days already, so it wasn’t likely to leave all the sudden. With this knowledge in mind I decided to leave it with the photo’s I had to go back another day later that week, with hopefully less people around.

Later that evening discussions had started on the internet whether the bird was wild or an escape, although there aren’t any  evident signs of an escape yet.

On Thursday morning 8.00 I went back to look for the White-crowned wheatear and it didn’t take me long to find it, this time he was on the roof of a shed. Much lower then before so I was able to make some decent photo’s but the background wasn’t great, either bricks or windows. Whist photographing the bird  he would occasionally fly up and land on a nearby roof to then land on an other spot as well. I kept following his movement closely and followed him when he flew out of sight.

White-crowned wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga)

After a while he made a short stop on a field of grass to forage, then he flew up onto a brick wall. I (and a few other photographers that had joined the scene) slowly moved in closer to be able to get a good photo. I was able to get two shot out, then he flew away and landed on top of the roof again. This time I decided to wait at the field of grass for his return. At this point more photographers joined in and we all had a nice chat whilst waiting. After about 2 hours the bird came back to forage at the field of grass again. This time I had taken position at the same wall he was on before and was able to chose a yellow / green background from bushes. I was in luck, the bird decided to land on the wall right in front of me at a distance of about 4-5 meter. I made several photo’s of different poses and slight variations in background, due to the bird was very active. After about a minute or two the bird flew to the roofs again and I decided to grab my gear and go home. I had made the photo’s I wanted and the chance to improve these images weren’t very likely, especially since is was getting more crowded.

All in all I’m very happy with the opportunities and photo’s I got from this rare bird in the Netherlands. Up until now it is still unclear if the bird was a escape or wild specimen.

More photo’s can be seen in the White-crowned wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga) gallery.

Herons

I have updated my image collection with a Heron section.

Herons:

Herons are long-legged freshwater and coastal birds in the family Ardeidae, with 64 recognized species (some are called “egrets” or “bitterns” instead of “heron”).

Description:

Herons are medium to large sized birds with long legs and necks. They exhibit very little sexual dimorphism in size. The smallest species is usually considered the little bittern, which can measure under 30 cm in length. The largest species of heron is the Goliath heron, which stand up to 152 cm tall. The necks are able to kink in an S-shape, due to the modified shape of the sixth vertebrae. The neck is able to retract and extend, and is retracted during flight, unlike most other long-necked birds. The neck is longer in the day herons than the night herons and bitterns. The legs are long and strong and in almost every species are unfeathered from the lower part of the tibia. In flight the legs and feet are held backward. The feet of herons have long thin toes, with three forward pointing ones and one going backward.

The bill is generally long and harpoon like. It can vary from extremely fine, as in the agami heron, to thick as in the grey heron. The most atypical bill is owned by the boat-billed heron, which has a broad thick bill. The bill, as well as other bare parts of the body, is usually yellow, black or brown coloured, although this colour can vary during the breeding season. The wings are broad and long, exhibiting 10–11 primaries feathers (the boat-billed heron has only nine), 15–20 secondaries and 12 rectrices (10 in the bitterns). The feathers of the herons are soft and the plumage is usually blue, black, brown, grey or white, and can often be strikingly complex. Amongst the day herons there is little sexual dimorphism in plumage. Many species also have different colour morphs, the Pacific reef heron have both dark and light colour morphs, and the percentage of each morph varies geographically (white morphs only occur in areas with coral beaches).

Habitat:

Herons are a widespread family and exist on all continents except Antarctica. They are present in most habitats except the coldest extremes of the Arctic, extremely high mountains and the driest deserts. Almost all species are associated with water, they are essentially non-swimming waterbirds that feed on the margins of lakes, rivers, swamps, ponds and the sea. They are predominantly found in lowland areas, although some species live in alpine areas, and the majority of species occur in the tropics.

Behaviour:

Herons and bitterns are carnivorous, there diet includes a wide variety of aquatic animals, including fish, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic insects. Individual species may be generalists or specialise in certain prey types, like the yellow-crowned night heron, which specialises in crustaceans, particularly crabs. Many species will also opportunistically take larger prey, including birds and bird eggs, rodents, and more rarely carrion.

The most common hunting technique is for the bird to sit motionless on the edge of or standing in shallow water and wait until prey comes within range. Birds may either do this from an upright posture, giving them a wider field of view for seeing prey, or from a crouched position, which is more cryptic and means the bill is closer to the prey. When they have spotted a prey the head is moved from side to side, so that the heron can calculate the position of the prey in the water and compensate for refraction, then the bill is used to spear the prey.

In addition to sitting and waiting, herons may feed more actively. They may walk slowly snatching prey when it is observed. Other active feeding behaviours include foot stirring and probing, where the feet are used to flush out hidden prey. The wings may be used to frighten prey (or possibly attract it to shade) or to reduce glare; the most extreme example of this is exhibited by the black heron, which forms a full canopy with its wings over its body. Some species of heron, such as the little egret and grey heron, have been documented using bait in order to lure prey to within striking distance.

Three species, the black-headed heron, whistling heron and especially the cattle egret are less tied to watery environments and may feed far away from water. Cattle egrets improve their foraging success by following large grazing animals, catching insects flushed by their movement. One study found that the success rate of prey capture increased 3.6 times over solitary foraging.

Textual source: Wikipedia

The Heron collection can be found here and has the following sections:

I hope to photograph more species in the future, which then will be added to the heron collection.

Roots Photo competition 2014

February this year I had entered the Roots magazine photo competition of 2014. I send two pictures to each of the following categories: Birds, Landscapes and Insects. When the closing date expired the waiting game started. Half August I got a e-mail from Roots that I was selected as one of the winners. The photo, prize and category were still a mystery and would be revealed on 20 September.

Yesterday was finally the day. All winners were asked to meet up at Hortus Amsterdam. Upon arrival there was some coffee and tea. Whilst waiting for all winning contestants to arive we were chatting amongst each other and watching each others photo’s,  which were displayed on the walls. After seeing the photo’s on the walls I knew my photo was selected for the landscape category.

At 11.30 the event kicked off with a welcome speach of the Roots director, followed by a lecture given by Edwin Giesbers. He gave a lecture about two trips he made to Costa Rica and about his continues evolvement and search for new angles in photography. His lecture lasted for about 30 minutes, after that is was time for lunch.

After the lunch the main event started and everyone was anxious to see where his / her photo ended in the competition. First came the youth category, next came landscapes…..

For me the tension raised as I knew I would be in this category (unless I was selected for grand prize winner), the second place got revealed  and….  second place went to Ingeborg Deppe for het photo called Ijsselmeer. Next up was first place for landscape this time my photo was revealed. I was called forward to collect my prize and tell something about the photo. With first place in the landscape categorie I won a travel cheque worth of 250 euro from birdingbreaks, I also got flowers and a photo print of my photo.

10629686_718425488205681_4500592940056195912_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This proces happened for all categories and ended with the grand prize winner. Details, jury verdict and photo’s of all the winning photo’s can be viewed in Roots magazine of october.

foto-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the prizes were given away we had a closing word and said everyone goodbye. It has been a nice experience for me and I have met new people and got some new photo idea’s as well. I would like to thank Roots and Birdingbreaks for making this event possible and hopefully till next year.

Kingfisher image collection update

I have updated my Kingfisher collection with two new species.

Collared Kingfisher / Witkraagijsvogel (Todiramphus chloris):

The Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) is a medium-sized kingfisher belonging to the family Halcyonidae, the tree kingfishers. It is also known as the White-collared Kingfisher or Mangrove Kingfisher. It has a wide range extending from the Red Sea across southern Asia and Australasia to Polynesia. It is a very variable species with about 50 subspecies.

It is 22 to 29 cm  long and weighs 51 to 90 g . It varies from blue to green above while the underparts can be white or buff. There is a white collar around the neck, giving the birds its name. Some races have a white or buff stripe over the eye while others have a white spot between the eye and bill. There may be a black stripe through the eye. The large bill is black with a pale yellow base to the lower mandible.

Females tend to be greener than the males. Immature birds are duller than the adults with dark scaly markings on the neck and breast.

Source:  Wikipedia

 

Ringed kingfisher / Amerikaanse reuzenijsvogel (Megaceryle torquata):

The ringed kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata) is a large, conspicuous and noisy kingfisher, commonly found along the lower Rio Grande valley in southeastern Texas in the United States through Central America to Tierra del Fuego in South America.

The breeding habitat is areas near large bodies of water, usually in heavily wooded areas where it finds a perch to hunt from. It is mostly a sedentary species, remaining in territories all year long.

It is 40–41 cm long, with deep blue or blueish-gray plumage with white markings, a shaggy crest and a broad white collar around the neck. Its most distinguishing characteristic is the entire rufous belly, which also covers the entire breast of the male. Females are more colourful than the male (i.e., reverse sexual dimorphism) and have a blueish-gray breast and a narrow white stripe separating the breast from the belly.

These birds nest in a horizontal tunnel made in a river bank or sand bank. The female lays 3 to 6 eggs. Both parents excavate the tunnel, incubate the eggs and feed the young.

It is often seen perched prominently on trees, posts, or other suitable “watch points” close to water before plunging in head first after its fish prey. They also eat insects and small amphibians.

Their voice is a loud, penetrating rattle given on the wing and when perched.

Source: Wikipedia

Both collections can be viewed here…