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Stellaria - "Where Light meets the Ordinary"

About this blog

So, this is the place on the web where I will give an account of my daily life. Will it be interesting? I don't know. But at least I know I will post the things which interest me.

Two times Dandelions

nature photographyPosted by Rense Apr 24, 2011 23:10:01
Dandelions. Very common, very ordinary, I guess. But they are beautiful. Strange, it's not easy to see the beauty in ordinary things.... Therefore, I just wanted to show you two different views on this common weed...

April 24th - Dispersal

April 23rd - Connectivity

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Gulf of Gaeta with the Yashica-D

nature photographyPosted by Rense Apr 23, 2011 10:20:12
Two weeks ago, I attended a meeting of the European Vegetation Survey in Rome. The mid-term excursion went to the Gulf of Gaeta, south of Italy's capital. There I made some photos with my Yashica-D....


Old Pine

Euphorbia arborea

Pine Trees

Mediteranean Dreams

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Pasque Flower

nature photographyPosted by Rense Apr 15, 2011 21:37:30
Once a wild flower in the Netherlands, now extinct....

April 15th - Pulsatilla vulgaris

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Painting in Blue and Green

nature photographyPosted by Rense Apr 12, 2011 20:46:34
I committed myself to use the Industar-61 L/Z 50mm F2.8 for the whole month of April at least for one photo a day. It's the so-called 'Single in...." challenge at, with a dedicated group at flickr too. Well, I love this lens. It's an oldie from the Former Soviet Union, with a close focus capability and a weird star-shaped aperture. Seek the internet, and you will find lots of info.

One of the things I discovered the first part of this month is, that the lens is quite capable of taking very decent flower close-ups at or nearby open aperture. The bokeh is most of the time very soft and creamy, but when the background is near, it's swirly, or painterly. An example is this shot of Muscari I made today. If you can lay your hands on this lens you should consider it seriously!

Painting in Blue and Green

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nature photographyPosted by Rense Nov 07, 2010 17:08:08
This one was made with the SMC Pentax-A 135mm F2.8, legacy glass built between 1985 and 1989. Although it is said to be not too sharp, my copy performs very well, even wide open. 135mm is not a length that I use very often. Why? I don't know, to be honest. I have quite some lenses of this particular length, and every time I use them I am very pleasantly pleased. But after some time I seem to forget the length, in favour of 50mm or shorter... This photo was made in the floodplain of the river Rhine, near Randwijk. PP is quite heavy, but I myself like the outcome...

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Landscape Blurs

nature photographyPosted by Rense Jun 25, 2010 16:32:56
In one of my earlier posts, I've shown you some woodland blurs. These impressionistic shots were made by panning the camera vertically with slow shutter speeds. I wanted to try this with a completely other subject, but most landscapes seem to have not enough colour to get decent and attractive results. Yesterday, I attended an excursion to South-Limburg, and more specific to a field reserve near Wahlwiller. Our National Forestry Agengy has a beautifully developed grain field, with lots of flowers, on a slope of the hills near this small village. This looked like a very good opportunity to try some other type of landscape blur.

This is one the shots I took yesterday. The reds are poppies, the blues are cornflowers, and the bright yellow stripes are Greater Yellow Rattles (Rhinanthus alectorolophus). I think this exposure looks like a Monet painting.....

Shot with the Super-Multi-Coated-Macro-Takumar 50mm F4, at f/22, ISO100, and 1/15". Postprocessing in LightRoom 2: added vibrance, reduced clarity, slightly reduces highlights, and increased lights. 550

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Pointless Pose

nature photographyPosted by Rense May 28, 2010 17:18:06
We have very small nymphs of the grasshopper Leptophyes punctatissima in our garden. They make typical holes in the leaves of our Mentha plants, but I leave them, because I think they - the nymphs that is - are very beautiful. They are small: they measure about 2-3 mm right now, without their antennas. The latter are several times longer than their bodies, so, to get them on a photo completely is a compositional challenge. I think I managed though.....

Again with the Panagor 90mm F2.8 PMC auto macro, with flash tube....


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Propylea quatordecimpunctata

nature photographyPosted by Rense May 17, 2010 15:08:18
It's mating season, at least in our garden. We have at least five species of Ladybugs in our backyard, from which I found two mating this morning. This one, the Fourteen dotted ladybug (Propylea quatordecimpunctata), is easily recognised by the more or less square dots on the shields.


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Sunset Caught

nature photographyPosted by Rense Apr 30, 2010 22:45:13
On my way back home from a family visit, my eye was drawn to the parachute balls of the dandelions in the road verges. They are everywhere right now, but these were special because of the sunset, which gave them a great orange glow. Tried to catch it in some shots, from which this is the best. Treated with the Orton Effect...


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Yellow dung fly

nature photographyPosted by Rense Apr 14, 2010 14:12:05
One of the more common flies in our part of the world is the yellow dung fly, Scatophaga stercoraria. Despite it's name, this fly is not eating dung, but nectar. In spring, many of these flies can be found on early flowering Prunus spinosa and relatives. This is the place where the yellow dung fly mates, to ensure a next year with dung flies. The eggs are laid in cow dung, hence the name of this insect.

On the Prunus in our backyard, a dung fly was enjoying the sun this morning. A male, which is yellowish, where females are more green. I shot it with the Vivitar 55/2.8 + flash tube.


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