Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Al Maha, a jewel in the desert

Last week, we spend our wedding anniversary in Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai, UAE.
Al Maha is a sanctuary for man and beast alike, a nature reserve reviving the surprising desert life.
A photographers paradise!
Designed to reflect a bedouin encampment, Al Maha is full of contradictions. On one side it offers a great luxury with a personalized service, your own private pool, fine food and wine, a signature spa, while on the other hand it's a rare sanctuary in pristine, beauty, tranquillity and peace.
The main resort takes up less than two per cent of the wild expanse in which it is cradled. A total of 225 sqkm gated desert landscape. As part of the conservation initiative, endangered animals are being carefully reintroduced into the wild. A typical example is the beautiful Arabian Oryx which last century was almost extinct. Today, 200 Oryx's can be found in Al Maha while the worldwide population is estimated to be around 3000.
Only about 50km from our home in Dubai, Al Maha was surely a great escape from the busy city life.

For more Al Maha photos, please click on the photos above.
Al Maha Desert Resort website

Happy shooting,
Bjorn

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Old & new

Isn't it amazing how history keeps on repeating itself...?
Belgium and a lot of North-European countries, are known for its large number of windmills.
End of May 09, I shot a few photos of the "Sint Janshuis molen" in Brugge (Belgium).
Built in 1770, it converts wind energy into mechanical energy and was used to grind grain.
Even though a lot of the windmills haven't been used for years and years, we are now building new ones! Wind turbines... converting wind energy into electrical energy.
Don't take me wrong! I, unlike quite a few other people, like them! They even make great photo subjects.

More of my photos on heritage in Brugge here

More of my new wind turbines photos here:

Happy shooting,
Bjorn

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8 lens

Just came home with a brand new Nikkor 14-24 2.8 lens from Hong Kong.

Since my upgrade to the full frame (35mm) Nikon D700 camera body, I was missing an Ultra wide angle lens. On my cropped sensor D200, I used the very good third party Sigma 10-20mm lens which unfortunately doesn't work on a full frame camera.

Lens experts seem to be very happy with the new 14-24 2.8 Nikkor glass. Quite a few call it the best Wide angle lens ever! It doesn't come cheap at about 1900$ (USD), but is worth every cent.

On the way back to the hotel, I made a couple of shots and so far I'm very happy with it. At 14mm one has to be careful not to have his/her own feet in the picture, as shown on the image below...


A few more images from the HKG trip below:

More HKG photos available at http://www.bjornmoerman.com/gallery/6208011_XHp4N#559156400_QhNmH

Blog is online!

Welcome! 

The Bjorn Moerman PHOTOGRAPHY blog is online.

My website www.bjornmoerman.com has been online for one year now. When uploading new photos to the site, I sometimes wish I could write a small post on the shoot etc... The Björn Moerman PHOTOGRAPHY Blog is born!

I will try to blog as frequently as possible, aiming to do at least one weekly update.

Needless to say that this blog is a work in progress...


Happy shooting,
Bjorn