Spring has had a slow start this year. Four consecutive months have been too cold and still some nights have ground frost. This is not uncommon by the way but during the day the sun is in competition with the cold winds from the North Sea and losing it for now. But this week spring did finally burst in colors. The forests trees are showing their fresh green leaves and the birds are playing concert in a further quiet forest. The early sun is filtered by the leaves turning the forest in a wonderful light festival.
At the end of the week I’m attending a workshop lead by Wilco Dragt in the Haller Forest in Belgium. This forest is famous for its blue bell carpets. For this reason I’ve rented a 100mm f/2.8 L IS macro and a 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM tele zoom lens. One good lesson I’ve learned already is that the tele zoom is better used in a forest than the 16-35mm I have. A tele zoom does make a forest more compact than a wide angle lens. Another lesson is that macro photography does need a lot of practice. It is not easy to make a stunning picture. Focusing and diaphragm choice is of great importance with little space between a good photo and rubbish.