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A very warm welcome on Raym`s Photosite, nature and hdr photography. I don`t know if you share my passion for photography but i hope to make you enthusiastic with my pictures and my website. It must have been 2004 when i bought my first digital camera. It was a very simple camera by the way, but it made me very enthusiastic. Not much later i bought a slightly better camera and soon i was trying to save money for my first digital reflex camera. On my website you can see my preference fot nature and hdr photography. I like to share the things i learned over the years. Take a look at my website, and if you have any comments or questions, let me know. You can always use the Mailform.
10 tips for better pictures
  • Shoot your pictures in raw. This gives you much more possibillities afterwards. With your pictures in raw you make good pictures better. (not bad pictures good)!
  • Use a tripod when possible. This gives you much sharper pictures. It makes it worth carrying around your heavy tripod!
  • Use a cable release or a remote control when you can. If you don`t have that, try the timer option on your camera. Now you don`t have the movement what pressing your camera button gives.
  • Use your live view when this is possible and focus manually with it. Put your lens on manual focus, zoom in with the liveview and focus with it. This had also the advantage that your mirror doesn`t move.
  • Shoot your pictures in Adobe rgb and not in S-rgb. Adobe has a much larger colorspace what gives you much more options during post-processing. When you`re done post processing, then you convert it back to srgb.
  • Use the lowest iso when this is possible, like iso 100, so you don`t have noise. On the other hand, when you need a faster shutter speed use a higher iso, like when you are photographing moving objects! Think good what you need in what situation.
  • Use the right whitebalans. When you are taking pictures in the evening of buildings, then also set your camera then to tungsten. I only use "Automatic", "Sunny", "Tungsten" or set my own colour temperature (Kelvin)
  • If you don`t want color casts, use a grey card or something else what you can buy on the market.
  • Before you go somewhere check where the sun is, whats the weather gonna be like, know where and when you can find the animal which you want to take pictures of.
  • Calibrate your lenses. You can do it yourself, or go to a camera store. This way, you know for sure that you don`t have front or back focus.

The pictures on Raym`s Photosite are taken with the following equipment:
  • Camera: Canon 5DMark2 and Canon 7D.
  • Canon 17-40mm L F4 Wideangle lens.
  • Canon 24-105mm L F4 IS USM.
  • Canon 100mm F2.8 Macro lens.
  • Canon 70-200mm F2,8 L USM telelens.
  • Canon 50MM F1.4 (portrait)lens.
  • Canon 2x Extender (type2)
As you can see i primarely use canon lenses. For my telelens pictures i use the Canon L-series, which has a very good quality. If you would like to know my experience with the lenses that i use, take a look at my equipment page. If you have money to buy camera equipment, invest enough money in your lenses and buy a somewhat cheaper body if necessary.

My favorite subject is taking pictures of nature and hdr photography. Many of my landscapes are hdr pictures. I also like to experiment with long shutterspeeds (30 seconds or longer) with a 10-stops ND filter. For more information about the hdr pictures, check that page please, you will find all the information you need there.

Many of my pictures are also available as wallpaper which you can use as background for your computer. This site offers wallpapers of 1024x768 pixels, but also widescreen wallpapers of 1200x800 pixels and wallpapers of 1920x1080 pixels. All the wallpapers are photographed by me and i regularly add new wallpapers. The wallpapers are for personal use on your computer only. For any other use, please contact Raym`s photosite first. There is copyright on all pictures and wallpapers, please respect that!

how to take pictures of Fireworks
When it is December, perhaps you are going to light some fireworks, or maybe even take pictures of it. But how do you take pictures of fireworks? Making fireworks pictures is not that hard at all. You will need a tripod and a remote control to take pictures of fireworks Put your camera on "bulb". Some cameras have a seperate bulb setting, other camera require that you put the camera on manual and turn the wheel till it`s on bulb. Then the Iso and aperture to choose, you gave 2 choises: iso 100: and an aperture between F8-F11 or Iso 200 and an aperture between F16-F20. Put your lens on manual and focus there where you expect the fireworks. You best use your liveview to do this. Now press your remote control until you think you captures the fireworks correctly, and then release it. If the fireworks is very bright you might want an exposure between 1-2 seconds, is it less bright you want a shutterspeed between 2 and 4 seconds. You might want to practice this a few times so check your screen how the picture turned out. Now you are ready to mkake some exciting fireworks pictures. When you capture fireworks, it is not a bad idea to capture a part of the landscape as well. You can also try to capture various fireworks in one image by using something dark en put it in front of your lens between

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