The one taking the pictures

Hello my name is Laila. I’m a twentysomething biologist/ecologist with a camera. An old one, but it still works so why replace it? I have been taking pictures since I was sixteen (with the same camera). While other photographers focus on the beauty of the human world; I like to take a closer look at the world that many people overlook, the microcosmos. Where a single plant can be the castle of a single beetle that defends it at any cost. A world full of colour, shapes and unique creatures. My focus are the small beings, be it insects, spiders, flowers or frogs.

It probably will not surprise anyone who has taken a look at my pictures that I like ladybugs. A lot. It is not some weird obsession or a belief that all pictures should contain ladybugs, but there simply are not many other insects that are so well-fitted to macro photography as ladybugs. In a world of brown and green they are red. That is good for spotting in nature and on photographs. There are many other advantages, but I won’t bore you with that here. For those who not share my preference for ladybugs, I try to post a picture of something else occasionally ;).

I like the visual arts a lot. As I have always been fond of drawing, some drawings might pop up one day too.  Maybe something else as well, I don’t know. I find it interesting that those three media follow roughly the same rules when it comes to composition, light and colour. My own pictures usually follow the 1/3 rule of composition. It is fascinating to see people break it with great success.  I don’t have artists that inspire me as such, but I do look around to see what other people are doing or have done (in the case of long dead painters). So, leave a comment or a like and I will look at your stuff too!

19 Responses to The one taking the pictures

  1. Out of interest what equipment do you use? Came over to say many thanks for the follow that I found splattered on my own wee corner of the web. Greatly appreciated and great to meet you. Be interested to know where you are based (come on a country at least – England is my guess). Best wishes with all your studies and happy, happy blogging. MM 🍀

    • Laila says:

      Hi Mick,
      Thanks for stopping by! I use a Nikon D70s. For the macro pictures I use an older model Tamron 90mm f/2.8. Landscapes and other stuff are made with either a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 or a (horrible) Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5.
      I’m not from England or the UK for that matter. I am Dutch and live in the Holland part of The Netherlands.

      • Well your English is better than mine Laila! Just looked up Holland and now I understand the geography a bit better – It is a bit perplexing that in the UK and Ireland the term Holland is normally used to refer to the whole of the country of the Netherlands. Another thing learnt today.
        Thanks for the education,
        MM 🍀

  2. Thom Hickey says:

    Pleased to have found your fascinating blog. Looking forward to further visits. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.

  3. Beautiful photos. I love the intricacies of nature and you portray the wonderfully.

  4. S.I.R. says:

    I want to click like on all of your posts but my hand would die, so I just let you know through this comment that I love ALL of your photos! So cute, artistic, and a certain kind of calming atmosphere. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your photography!

  5. Allison says:

    Whoa! That frog picture is gorgeous! I prefer taking pictures of nature and close-ups to people too. And your ladybug pictures are great!

  6. Ines says:

    Lovely blog and photos 🙂

  7. natalyadrian says:

    You are an excellent photographer. Best wishes, Nataly

  8. brenda says:

    As I was wandering about blogworld, I came across yours…your gallery of images are amazing.

  9. Nice blog! Your pictures are awesome! My blog:

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