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I got lucky last weekend: one of the macro photographs I made turned out very well, if I may say so. For a larger version, go to Flickr by clicking on the image…


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The “family business” mentioned in yesterday’s post included some repositioning of plants in our garden – weekend with an extra holiday thrown in are good for those chores. While watering the newcomers, I spotted a few brightly coloured dragonflies on the wet plants. Pictures of both species can be found on my Flickr photostream. By the way, I call them “new” visitors to our garden, because I have often seen dragonflies in there before – but these last few were significantly smaller than earlier specimen. These red and blue dragonflies measured no more than 5cm at the most.

Clicking on the images will take to a larger version of the photos. Now if someone could tell me which species I saw (just leave a comment on the corresponding picture on Flickr, of here, of course)…

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Last Sunday, I covered almost 200 km on a good half day. Sunny but not too warm: the ideal weather for a ride and some photographs!

More and bigger photos can be found in my Flickr stream – just click to go there

I hope the photos convey some of the pleasure I had during this trip.

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The EPSRC writes: “An image of a single positively-charged strontium atom, held near motionless by electric fields, has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).”

‘Single Atom in an Ion Trap’ - a photo by David Nadlinger

‘Single Atom in an Ion Trap’, by David Nadlinger (University of Oxford)
The photo shows the atom held by the fields emanating
from the metal electrodes surrounding it.
The distance between the small needle tips is about two millimetres.

Just head over there, it’s a great image – even if you have to enlarge it quite a bit to see the strontium atom. Well done, David Nadlinger!

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A year ago, I thought my Samsung S7 was going to replace the Fujifilm X20 camera as my permanent companion. But if I have a bag with me, or when we go for a walk, or when I’m out with my bike, then the X20 trumps any smartphone – perhaps not in picture quality, but certainly in functionality. The flash, for example, is quite good. And the zoom is highly appreciated as well. In short, the X20 is used a lot. Unfortunately, that usage also leaves its mark on the camera.

Here’s proof of that usage: when returning from a motorcycle day trip, I noticed that the rubber thumb rest had disappeared, leaving a bare spot and a single screw head on the backside of the camera. Nothing disastrous, to be sure, but… Well, it got really annoying when my camera dealer told me that I was the second person in a few days time to report the issue, and that Fujifilm – at least here in Belgium – does not offer said thumb rest as a spare part! I find that a letdown for a camera company that prides itself on building sturdy and long-lasting cameras.

It took a bit of googling (sorry: actually, I’m using DuckDuckGo) to find out that we two Belgians weren’t the only victims. And with a lack of spares I had no choice but to follow the suggestion on the DPReview forum: use duct tape. Not that there are many alternatives, other than to replace the X20. But that would be silly, it’s still much too convenient and good a machine to carry about all day. On the other hand, you never know what Santa wil bring ;-)

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Over on ISO 1200 Magazine, Mattias Burling has published a nice comparison of the qualities of four cameras, in order to answer the question: “What if I could only pick one camera?“. The comparison is quite objective, so I urge you, just like one of the commentators, to watch the video all to the end.

Click to see the video on Youtube

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Ten days ago, I spotted a new visitor in our garden: a couple of long-tailed tits stopped by and sampled the peanuts. Wikipedia says that they are not exactly scarce, so I hope to see them more often.

A long-tailed tit feeding in our garden

A long-tailed tit feeding in our garden
(click for a larger version of the picture)

PS. In Dutch the long-tailed tit is called a “staartmees“.

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