24 70 lens


Tatra Chamois

This is a Kamzik we spotted when hiking to Zbojnicka chata (hut) in the Tatra mountains.

These beautiful animals are critically endangered and not often seen. For more information see Wikipedia

The walk started from Hrebienok and took us up the Studena Dolina valley, climbing steadily up a series of nick points and following a babbling clear stream through pine forest and clearings.

Chains helped us negotiate a couple of rocky outcrops and there were several scrambles across large rockfalls, though it was never vertiginous.

As we crossed the stream for the final time we had a breather, and it was there that we saw a small herd of Kamzik just up the valley. The approached us cautiously and wouldn’t get too close, but I managed to get several good shots on the D800 with the 24-70 zoom lens. They came out well.

From the stream it was 30 minutes to the chata where we had lunch: it was very quiet compared to the huts we visited and we enjoyed the Slovakian tea as usual. I left an RFU whistle there - fell out of my bag on the terrace.

The hike back to Hrebienok was uneventful, though both our feet hurt after a week’s walking on hard granite.

3 Essential Ways for Photographers to Get Inspired

Photography by Dane Papercrane

Written by Dane Papercrane

Have you ever had photographer’s block?  It’s like writer’s block.  When you cannot seem to figure out what to do for your next project.  It is when you rack your brain and find no inspiration.  Here are some tips for overcoming your creative dry spell.

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These photos were all taken within twenty-four hours of each other.  

You may or may not have noticed a slight lull with Forgotten Iowa here lately and this is precisely why.  It’s been impossible to gauge what crazy weather pattern we’re going to be experiencing at any given moment.  The entire month of March has been like this in our portion of Iowa.  If it’s not tornado-inducing thunderstorms, then it’s blizzards.  If not a blizzard, then it’s completely beautiful for three or four hours and all the birds come out at once.

It’s been incredibly difficult to plan around such extreme weather patterns, so we’ve just been wading it out until the seasons decide which one they want to be for a while.


Art Writer’s Wednesday 13 - Tumblr Artist

Nydia Lilian | on Tumblr (b.1985, Mexico) - I saw people running (2012)

Nydia Lilian is a 28-year-old photographer & graphic designer from Monterrey, Mexico. One of her greatest passions is traveling, being the perfect combination between her craft and meeting and documenting new places. She was the typical daydreamer, traveling inside her vivid imagination and with a strong inner world. Now, all this is projected in her professional work, creating new, fantastic alternate dimensions. Her biggest challenge in recent years has been finding mysterious insight into images with a minimalist treatment. Working purely in black and white, she concentrates her energies in capturing light. Leslie Seuffert interviewed Nydia Lilian for Artchipel Art Writer’s Wednesday #13.

Leslie Seuffert for Artchipel: How did you get into photography? Do you come from a family of photographers?
NL: I started with digital photography when I was 13, mostly taking self-portraits and silly photographs. I got my first reflex camera for a photography course in 2006 and began taking things more seriously. My dad had a 1970’s Pentax that he gave me as a gift when I was student, but for he looks at this as merely a hobby.

LS:  Can you tell us about your educational background?
NL: I graduated from The Graphic Design and Publicity CEDIM in 2008, I took a Minimal Photography course in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2010, and Creative Composition Photography in Canada in 2011.

LS: How would you describe your creative process?
NL: I currently am using a Nikon D800 with a 24-70 sigma lens, 70-200 sigma and 50mm Nikon. For me, the digital edition process is very important, to apply the black and white color settings for example. I often use the Dodge and Burn technique to enhance some important sections of the composition.

LS: What are you trying to convey through your photography?
NL: I suppose I’m trying to share my innermost thoughts. I am a very visual person and always feel the need to express my thoughts through the drawing or the photography. I also like to challenge the viewer and make them wonder when the digital manipulation starts and where it ends. I particularly am drawn to black and white photography because I see it as an alternate way of viewing the world.

LS: Do you have a favorite piece? Why?
NL: The “I saw people running” series. I attempted to capture what the end of the world would look like from a chaotic perspective.

LS: What has been your biggest achievement to date?
NL: I think that my best achievement so far is to have the liberty to mix together my personal and commercial work. For example, I’m currently on the process of selling some photo licenses of my personal work for a mayor brand in the USA, which is pretty exciting.

LS: How do you use Tumblr to help you as an artist? 
NL: In 2009 I joined Tumblr, uploaded works of my favorites artists and my personal artwork. Shortly, I realized that Tumblr paid much more attention to artists than I had thought. I want to take the opportunity to thank you Leslie Seuffert. As a former Artists on Tumblr Tag Editor, you have helped greatly to find an audience for my work.

LS: Where do you see yourself in a year?
NL: Hopefully, traveling.

Nydia Lilian’s work has been published in several renowned art sites such as Empty Kingdom, The Creators Project and Flavorwire to name a few. She can be found with updated posts on her Website, Behance, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

[more Nydia LilianArt Writer’s Wednesday with leslieseuffert]

Art Assignment : Off

1. Turn off a screen
2. Take a photo of only the screen
3. Make sure to think about color, pattern and form. Do not include any humans in the frame.

I took a lot of pictures of my phone, laptop, ipod and even camera’s screens (i was trying extra special hard on my first art assignment) but i liked this one in particular because the depth of field is so low that the ipad and surrounding grass is completely distorted and practically unrecognizable in contrast to the leaves of the trees above. 

taken in central park with my dad’s d800, sigma 24-70 lens f 2.8 1/500