Ronno Tramper Photography

27 june 2009, More from Vlieland

Italy's Dolomite mountains and the Wadden Sea along the coasts of Germany and the Netherlands were among several sites added to UNESCO's world heritage list on friday. The Island of Vlieland, that I visited last week, is one of the so called Wadden Islands of the Netherlands. The area in between the north coast of the mainland and the Islands is a very large estuary. At low tide the sea retreates almost completely and the entire Wadden Sea area becomes a very rich feeding ground for many birds, especially waders, geese and ducks. It is also a very important wintering habitat for many species. As a tribute to the area I will show you some more images on this page. If you still haven't seen enough, personally I cannot get enough of the Wadden Sea, then there are a few more (17 actually) here.

Common Eiders in the surf, Somateria mollissima, north beach Vlieland
Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 4-5.6/80-400 VR at 340mm, f8, resting on the ground, VR on

honeysuckle, Lonicera spp., dunes of Vlieland
Nikon D300, AFS Nikkor 3.5-5.6/16-85 VR at 16mm, f11, handheld, VR on

24 june 2009, Oystercatchers on the Island of Vlieland

The Island of Vlieland is one of the islands in an area called the Wadden Sea. It's an estuary with a very rich birdlife. There are many, many birds (and many species) but especially at low tide the birds are spread over such a vast space that it is very hard to photograph them. Anyway, sometimes it's a good idea to just sit down and enjoy the emptiness, the ever changing skies and the sounds of the birds. Fortunately this pair of oystercatchers was not very shy. In addition I made quite a few landscapes that I am reasonably happy with. I will show you some soon.

Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 4-5.6/80-400 VR at 310mm, f8, tripod

15 june 2009

I will be off to the Island of Vlieland for the next eight days or so. My next entry will be around 23 June. Hopefully I will be able to show you some nice images of the island then. I haven't been there for quite a while.

15 june 2009, deceptive behaviour

Blackbirds are breeding in my garden. This mother is desperately trying to convince me that she is wounded. She's hoping to lead my attention away from the nest and her young that are in it.

Blackbird (female)
Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 4-5.6/80-400 VR at 400mm, f11, 1/160 sec. handheld with VR on

9 june 2009, when the evening falls

I climbed the hill on the opposite side of the road passing the castle twice. The second time it was ten o'clock in the evening. Move your mouse over the image and see why I went up the hill late in the evening. Click the image to go to my Scotland gallery.

Eilean Donan Castle, Kintail, Scotland
Nikon F3, Nikkor AF 3.5-4.5/28-105mm

7 june 2009, patterns and abstracts

I have added new images to my patterns gallery on this site. Also, I uploaded larger images. Making images like this is fun.

Nikon D100, AF Nikkor 4-5.6/80-400 VR at 270mm, f11, tripod

Thousands of small lenses
Nikon D2X, Sigma AF 3.5/180mm Apo Macro at f9, tripod

6 june 2009, Schoorl Beach

I have been scanning quite a few slides this week. I intend to update my gallery section with newer digital images and better and larger scans. This is a scan from a slide that dates back to 1992. I used a Nikon FE and a Nikkor f3.5/28mm Ai converted to Ais. As for the colors and the quality of the image. I cannot really say if it has deteriorated in the past 17 years. But the scan shows that you can store slides for at least 17 years without unacceptable deterioration.

Schoorl Beach
Nikon FE, Nikkor 3.5/28mm Ai(s), tripod

1 june 2009, Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

The Broad-bodied chaser was on a perch in the water about a meter away from the lens. This is simply trial and error. Sometimes they stay and often they fly away. The image was cropped from 4300 pixels to about 3000 pixels. The hatching dragonfly below that is a four spotted chaser. It has emerged from the now empty "skin" still clinging to the grass stem a little lower in the image. That one was easy. It won't fly away until it has fully dried and pumped up its wings. The trick is to find one. Your best bet is to go to a place where there are many of them before ten o'clock in the morning.

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa
Nikon D300, Sigma AF 3.5/180mm Apo Macro at f5.6, tripod

Four spotted Chaser hatching, Libellula quadrimaculata
Nikon D300, Sigma AF 3.5/180mm Apo Macro at f8, tripod