Showing posts from February, 2014

Snow and urban birding

We have finally got our yearly snow. Only 2cm and only for a few days, but suddenly everything feels fresher, lighter and easier.

The day before yesterday I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and went out hunting birds with my camera. I stayed out for several hours until the cold and a very tired left arm from holding the camera drove me back home. What I really need to learn and work on now is to be able to focus fast on the birds with the lens in manual mode. When the birds are sitting in a tree, the auto focus doesn't know if it should focus on branches or birds. And it doesn't work with me just saying: no,no,no, the BIRD, not that branch!
Well, maybe one day there will be a voice-active lens that would be able to focus on anything you want just by giving a command. Then you would be able to hear me walking around repeating 'bird', 'flower', 'leaf', 'bird' over and over again…

I have seen 3 new bird species the last month: Oriental…

New year, New possibilities!

Happy New Horse Year everybody!

It feels like it has been a whole month of celebrating, first our 'normal' new year and last week the Chinese new year. We have had many parties with a LOT of fireworks! Living in China sometimes has big advantages…

The last weeks I been busy playing and getting to know my new tool, a canon EF 100-400 lens. I thought it was about time that I would be able to take my own reference material for painting.  And it is a huge difference being out with a lens like this, I am able to come so much closer to my subject of the moment, birds.

I have already been able to get a few nice shots, and they will soon find their way onto my canvases!

I am also very happy to show you a page from March issue of the UK art magazine The Artist. They have chosen one of my art journal pages as their editor's choice of the month! How great is that?

Next is a picture from the book 'Incite - dreams realized', with the spread open on my page. I got the book from…