Monte Gordo, Portugal

Posted in Photo blog on March 27, 2008 by PerL

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Spent last week in the small town Monte Gordo in Portugal, very close to the spanish border.The beach is very long. Most of the time there were fairly strong winds, but many people stayed at the beach anyway.dsc_3893wxs400.jpgdsc_3605wx400.jpg

Close up.dsc_3925wxs400.jpg

There were fishing boats on the beach. A tractor pulled them in and out of the water.dsc_3620wxs400.jpg

A fisherman cleaning his net.dsc_3621wxs400.jpg

Dogs on guard.dsc_3588wxxs400.jpg

Monte Gordo is popular as a training camp, both for elite athletes and ordinary people who wants to stay fit.dsc_3689wxs400.jpg

We went to the little mountain village Odeleite to participate in an 11 km long mountain walk.dsc_3885wxs400.jpg

The walk was though in the terrain. In the valley oranges grew on trees, smelling wonderful.dsc_3790wx.jpgdsc_3727wx400.jpg

Finally our goal in sight.dsc_3836wx400.jpg

All images were done with a Nikon D300 DSLR with a 18-200VR zoom lens. I wrote a more detailed hands-on report about the lens here.

Larger images, and more, here.

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Welcome

Posted in Editorial on March 16, 2008 by Robin

Welcome to this website/blog. After 5+ years on DPReview and Pbase I will try to present images, equipment experiences, general thoughts and articles about photography in a more organized way here.

Often you give the same advice and comments over and over at the DPReview forums on lenses, cameras etc. So I thought it might be a good idea to save the information on special pages. One example is the page “Going on safari?”.

The “Tri-X”-article is more personal. It is just a draft and much more content will be added to it. Other articles I hope to add are personal tips about getting the best from compact “P&S” cameras, black & white with digital, camera nostalgia, etc. Lenses I probably will write about: Nikkor 18-55 II, 17-55 2.8, 85 1.8, 70-200 VR, TC-17, 55-200VR, Sigma 30 1.4, 150 2.8. And maybe also Nikkor 18-200VR and Tokina 12-24. Nikon D300 will get a lot of attention and maybe there will be a little about Nikon D40 (if it wont be discontinued soon).

Tomorrow I will travel to Portugal for a week and hope to come back with decent images and a user report about the D300/18-200 as a travel set. I will still post on DPReview and add images to my galleries at Pbase. So if you dont visit this site/blog anymore we might meet each other there:-)

Tigers and skiing

Posted in Photo blog on March 12, 2008 by PerL
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Finally experienced some snow and good winter weather when we went to Orsa, Dalarna, in Sweden for a short holiday.

I decided to leave my 70-200VR at home and brought my D300 with 17-55 2.8, 18-55 II, and 55-200VR. I also took a Nikon P5000 as a pocket cam.

The D300/17-55 combo felt too heavy to carry when skiing, so I ended up shooting almost exclusivly with the small plastic 18-55 and 55-200VR.

The conditions for country skiing was great – Orsa Grönklitt has some of the best tracks in the country.There are wolves and bears in the forrests, so we did look a bit after footprints in the snow…
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Some scenery:
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In the predator park they had added a pair of siberian tigers. Still not full grown their weight was already over 200 kilos. Really magnificent animals. It felt like a scene from Jurassic Park when the guide noticed that they were chewing on the wire from the electrical fence… There were more functional wires fortunatly.
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A lynx:
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More scenery:
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