Hi ya'all. Of course for the 30 k and all your extremely motivating comments and :+fav's. ! Andah, speaking about 30, here they are again: a collection of pretty images that didn't get the attention they deserve, so let's help these beautiful photos to get at least a 30 s
→ → → The under 30-club ← ← ←
Just 3 s.
:thumb54603010: Just 20 s.
Just 15 s.
Just 24 s
Just 8 s
Just 5 s
Just 12 s
:thumb60590942: Just 24 s
And if you can't find a reason to smile today, i've got one for you here, true Cute Overload: [link]:
I joined the Weird Habit Contest and I was happily surprised to have won the third price! I failed to read the rules carefully and joined the club after the contest had started, but the gave me the 3 month sub anyway. So although I might not totally deserve it I'm really happy with it. Tnx again ~Zun0 & #Cat-Lovers-Anon!
And to put it shortly: I can feature again!!!! Let's help these beautiful photos to get at least the 30 s they deserve....
Now to the point: I'm planning on byying a new (tele zoom) lens. And after a lot of doubting between the
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM (ø77mm) -------- > Too heavy, too big, too expensive
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM (ø77mm) -------- > Too heavy, too big, too expensive
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM (ø77mm) -------- > Lacks IS
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM (ø67mm) -------- > Lacks IS
The 70-300mm F/4.0-5.6 iS USM came out as a winner, since it's relatively cheap for what it is. No L quality, but really small & really light. I really prefer a small lens that goes where I go, in stead of a brilliant lens left home because it's so huge.
So, if I already decided, what's this journal for? Well....I have only one concern left...that there is no such thing as a free lunch and that the quality might not be good enough, that I won't manage to make crystal clear and sharp photos with it...
So if anyone has good or bad experiences with this lens I really love to hear.
It's in the middle of the night and I should be a sleep. But I'm thinking about Bokito now and I think he's worth at least some nocturnal thoughts.
This guy has become famous so I think it's not necessary to introduce him, but let me do so anyway: Bokito is a Silverback gorilla male that lives in Blijdorp Zoo. Up to now he was well known only among the (many) Blijdorp visitors. Last Friday he escaped from habitat and severely injured a 57 year old woman which gave him world fame.
His victim (who speaks again after several surgeries) claims she had this special bond with Bokito, he wanted her special attention. 'When I put my hand on the glass, he did the same, when I smiled at him, he smiled at me in return' But - as experts say (and we hopefully all know): When a gorilla raises his upper lip, he's not smiling, but threatening'. A gorilla never smiles.
Bokito escaped and he didn't choose a random victim out of aimless aggression. He seemed to have consciously picked this particular woman.
Although I won't claim that i can really understand the intentions of a wild animal I think there's only one conclusion possible: The friendship wasn't mutual. Instead: he was strongly offended by her behavior. She must have arisen his anger to a point that he did the impossible. He jumped over the ditch because it obviously was the only way to stop her, to let her know that her lack of respect towards him was far beyond the point of tolerance.
'nuff Said about the escape. I assume that a lot of people that visit a zoo do this because they truly love animals. But in the endless stream of visitors (1.500.000 a year) there are always people who are just there for their own sensation, not caring about an animal at all. And if the animal don't give them the excitement they payed for, they won't hesitate to create some excitement themselves. Which can be done by screaming, ticking or even slamming on the glass or try to throw stones at the animals.
I visited Blijdorp yesterday and with mixed emotions I decided to pay the gorillas a visit, although I use to avoid this rather depressive area. I felt really hypocrite, but being a human, too....I couldn't help myself and gave in to my curiosity. Bokito was lying on the floor, looking really bored and it was _so_ crowded. The gorillamothers, sitting with their back towards the glass, in an desperate attempt to find some privacy.
And this privacy that we all need so badly is nowhere to be found for them. Even outside, where they have at least the illusion of a territory, you see them walking around with bags over their had, as their only possibility to conclude themselves from the always noisy audience.
Bokito's escape made me even more than before think about animals in a zoo. Although zoos do a lot of good things, we can't deny that zoos are there for our fun. The wellbeing of the animal has definitely no priority. And the saddest thing is that Bokito's statement has had no result at all. On the contrary: he's famous now, which will probably lead to even more exposure. Today I read he now has fansites, a clothing brand and even a song. Yay, finally we have our own Knut. I bet Bokito must be so excited with his 5 minutes of fame.
To end this pointless rant: I feel so hypocrite. Complaining about the situation and doing nothing about it. But I just don't know what I could do. I could make my statement and stop visiting zoos, but I'm afraid this wouldn't make the tiniest difference. So I do the only thing that's in my power: I think about it and speak out. Hoping that other people think and speak about it, too. And that somewhere this will make a start in a change of thinking that will finally lead to the one day that we all realise that putting animals in cages for us is really inhumane and just shouldn't happen anymore. Let's hope that Bokito's escape wasn't totally in vain....
The 6 month dA subscription from `Photosbykev went to , because this planet, our nature is the most valuable we all have and every effort to make people more aware and more caring is worth to be supported.
The 3 month dA subscription donated by *ernieleo I gave to , because real wildlife is becoming more & more rare and I'd like to support a club that gives attention to the beauty of wild animals. In the future, I (as a wildlife photographer wannabe ) hope to be able to add some 'real' wildlife photos to this club instead of photos of captive animals and I hope others will do, too.
An 8.5 x 11 print processed by `krash went to , -as Krash said- 'Simply because she has always wanted some of my prints for a very long time and she was the only person to suggest someone other than herself. '
3. Last but not least: I've got another two subscribed weeks left, let's do the feature. Here are several beautiful, but heavily under appreciated nature photos:
I happened to have won the first contest, so to me the honor to be the first to give prizes away.
A 6 month dA subscription from `Photosbykev that they MUST donate to another dA member, Donating the subscription to a club is acceptable. They will also be featured in my journal for a week or more. A 3 month dA subscription donated by *ernieleo that they MUST donate to another dA member. An 8.5 x 11 print processed by `krash of any image in either of his galleries [link] or [link] (some mature content). The print MUST be donated to another dA member
I think I will find two persons or clubs to give the subscriptions to (suggestions with a solid motivation are welcome), but I have some trouble deciding who's really Krash-Art-Worthy, since he and his fans are in a different photography corner.
So my question is: Are you the biggest Krash-fan, or do you know someone who would die for a real Krash on the wall? Let me know and you might be lucky.....
www.microbia.nl=> short films => floris: The Order Electrus, 2005 "An engaged look into what an insect world based off industrial bugs would look like."
♠ Ŧŏŗ Şęŗįŏǔş
An Inconvenient Truth This movie, made by Al Gore, is very impressive, not to say shocking. For everybody who cares about nature (I think -and hope- I'm in the right corner here ), who likes to show their (future) children real flowers, animals & trees instead of referring to a photo gallery on DA. For everyone who wants to keep enjoying this beautiful planet a little longer: Just Go See It! *ends preaching*
"Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced." An Inconvenient Truth
It was so hard to leave her behind, to say goodbye to this overwhelming nature, the deep blue sees, the endless green, the white houses and ever blue sky, the quiet, the flowers, the cats, the always calm & kind people, the Adventure, the Surprise, the Paradise....... I wish I could have stayed there for some more years....
So back 'home' in the Netherlands, with a long grey Winter knocking on the door, the many many always hasty people with no time for a smile or a chat and the huge pressure of Thousands of Important Things that should have been done yesterday.....
But hey...this is where I live, at least for now ... This country surely has its good things, it's is where my family and friends live and autumn can be beautiful....So I'm gonna make the best of it and soon I'll share some beautiful memories (read: photos) with you....
In a few hours we'll be on vacation. See, sun, beaches...and maybe some good subjects for some beautiful photos. But for now I wanna thank you for the many many sweet compliments and s this first 1,5 month here and wish you all the best.