Haff Reimach, Luxembourg

posted on 2nd of february, 2016

When we hear the name of this tiny country what comes to our mind is basically the different ministries of the EU and the image of a rather wealthy orderly country. I found out however that there is a spot for wildlife photographers, quite unknown among the huge offer in nature reserves we can find in other european countries like Spain, France and specially the eastern and baltic countries which are now strongly emerging as a destination for nature photographers. This place is called Haff Reimach and as many other wetlands it was formerly a gravel pit which was later on closed and skillfuly transformed into a nature reserve.
In 2013 I visited the reserve twice and managed to get some decent shots, eight of those were bought all together.
Thank you very much dear buyer!



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Posted by Articture on February 12, 2016
Awesome shots Joan! Congrats for the sales and thanks for telling us about this place!
Posted by Physi28 on February 05, 2016
thank you very much to all of you for your kind comments!
Posted by Mariea39 on February 04, 2016
Luxembourg is such a beautiful place - and your photos are lovely

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In front of our nose

posted on 3rd of february, 2016

When I began uploading my first photos at Dreamstime (that was in 2010) I was not yet understanding what makes an image capable of being sold. My idea was to shoot as many different animal species as possible and the more rare and unknown the better.
I confused DT with a scientific magazine.
With time I realized that buyers are most often not biologists or wildlife experts ( much as there are exceptions because I have sold pics where the search aimed clearly for a specific species, but this is not the norm).
What makes the picture of let's say a bird, attractive and aesthetically appealing are often subtle details. Of course the background is basic but also the attitude of the bird, does he look attentive and alert or sleepy and therefore boring?
Does he face the camera?...

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Posted by Salvacubells on February 07, 2016
Very nice pictures. Thanks for the tips to take pictures of birds.
Posted by Paparazzofamily on February 06, 2016
The charming little birds!
I like it!
Posted by Mlkjayantha on February 04, 2016
im new photogr

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The tiniest and endemic too!

posted on 3rd of february, 2016

In 2014 I had the opportunity to visit again the Island of Cuba which is a very attractive destination for wildlife photographers. Besides of the beautiful beaches, excellent rum and friendly cubans the island boasts with quite a number of endemic birds.

Among all of the exotic bird species, Hummingbirds seem to be the bestsellers by far! Among my popular images are the ones of Hummingbirds from Peru and those one from Cuba followed the rule.

The Bee Hummingbird is a very special guy: it is not only the tiniest bird of the world but also endemic to Cuba! The following three pictures are just a few of many I made in the backyard of the garden of a humble adorable cuban family and they have been sold again and again, two days ago the last time.



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Posted by Paparazzofamily on February 06, 2016
The charming little birds!

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Most adorable woolly guys

posted on 3rd of february, 2016

In 2012 I made my second visit to Peru, this time to the Peruvian amazon which is simply amazing! The seasonal flooding of the amazon that year had been by far much stronger than the average and even the huts of the indians which are built high up on stilts were partially under water.

The whole photographic work was made from canoes of different shape and size and the advantage was that some species were easier to see and photograph the normally like the following series of images of Woolly Monkeys which are among the most adorable of South-american primates, specially the babies!






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Posted by Shutterspeed800 on February 06, 2016
Very cute! How amazing you have had that experience! Someday maybe I'll get that far south.
Posted by Paparazzofamily on February 06, 2016
Amazing images!
Posted by Physi28 on February 04, 2016
thank you very much!

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Under the aeroplanes

posted on 3rd of february, 2016

Many people don't know that around Barcelona international airport of El Prat we find one of the finest nature reserves in Catalonia, the Llobregat delta nature reserve. Facing the sea on the left side the aeroplanes constantly land and from the right side they take off with ear-deafening noise. The birds don't care at all!

Several hides offer good opportunities to take pictures of the common mediterranean birds and during winter some rare migrants may be seen.
After a visit to the "take-off part" of the nature reserve I managed to get some pictures which were recently accepted.








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Posted by Physi28 on February 06, 2016
Thank you so much Paparazzofamily, I wish it was true but I am just a basic Photographer.
Posted by Paparazzofamily on February 06, 2016
Your photos are worthy of publication in National Geographic!
Posted by Mariayunira on February 06, 2016
Wow, amazing captures

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Branch or bird?

posted on 4th of february, 2016

When I made the photo I was not sure it would be of any use, for DT that is.
Later on, when I checked it in the computer I liked the effect which the bizarre branch had on the whole image, after erasing some disturbing elements I thought it was ready for upload. I was wondering who was the main subject, the Goldfinch or the Branch?

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Our European

posted on 5th of february, 2016

When you travel to exotic far-away countries for wildlife photography the countless number of species which are unknown to you are just overwhelming. Not just the species itself but in many cases even the family is a mystery because it simply doesn't exist in Europe. The local guides know that and enjoy proudly the situation trying to surprise you with as many first-seen jewels as possible.

As in the case of the Great White Egret in the picture it happens sometimes however that the bird is either a migrant, well-known to us westerners or a species with such a huge range in it's distribution that it is found both in the old and the new world.

This Egret was shot in Peru and it was not "exotic" at all to me, it was more like disappointing as it "should not be there"!
Fortunately I made the...

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Posted by Hellen8 on February 06, 2016
Beautiful image ! Congrats to sale :-)
Posted by Physi28 on February 06, 2016
Thank you very much everybody!
Posted by Paparazzofamily on February 06, 2016
Like NG photo!

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Birds of Sierra Aitana

posted on 7th of february, 2016

In Spain the most well-known birding and wildlife photography areas are usually considered to be Extremadura, Castilla y Leon and even Catalonia. Lately I found out that the Pais Valencia has also a lot to offer and not only at the wetlands of the Albufera near to the capital Valencia but also in the highlands and mountains of the interior of the province of Alicante.
Thanks to the services of Bird Watching Spain and it's manager Pau Lucio, I visited the hides at Sierra Aitana which proved to be of high interest and allowed me to add two new species to my portfolio, namely the Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) and the Ring Ouzel



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Posted by Rettart on February 08, 2016
Super! good eye!
Posted by Khannazim812 on February 08, 2016
milk carton packaging
Posted by Picstudio on February 07, 2016
Just love your birdies. Awsum pics.

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With a mobile phone?

posted on 8th of february, 2016

2014 was not a year I would remember as to be called a good one much as in all the difficult situations we can find a positive learning process as it happened to our friend Bart Dierickx. You may read his recent post. A serious health problem (for the time being I am ok) kept me concerned enough to contemplate life as from day to day and eventually my work at DT was equally affected. I decided to sell all my gear and just shoot with my mobile phone as what I understand as a sign of psychological intimidation. Fortunately I didn't accomplish with my first decision but did so with the second. During half a year all the pics I made came out of my Nokia Lumia 1020, of course...

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Posted by Jimmytst on February 10, 2016
Good Nature picture. Yes, a dedicated smartphone camera can do wonders. It is indeed handy and easy to carry around everywhere you go, as it is in my own experience as well.

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Those tough pigs

posted on 8th of february, 2016

Today I made a sale of a Warthog which is one of the funniest (the piglets) and toughest (mother with piglets) african animals you can imagine.
This pic is by far not any of the better Warthog photos I made during several trips to Kenya but sometimes the buyer choses those images and he is supposed to know better what he wants and why he takes that decision. (I wish there was more communication between contributors and buyers)

It is not the first time that I sell a picture which in my opinion is really not impressive at all while others which I am slightly proud of remain unsold till our DT staff has to send you that well known message of "Dear Joan, This is an automated notification. Your portfolio includes images that have been online for more than 4..." all of us who have been around for more...

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Posted by FabioConcetta on February 10, 2016
It seems to wait and smile! Beautiful shot!
Posted by Physi28 on February 09, 2016
Thank you everybody!
Posted by Articture on February 09, 2016
Absolutely agree with you (about more communication between contributors and buyers)... Though I'm still a beginner, I usually feel the same about many of my works)
Great Warthog!!! I love his smile!!!)))

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Wild Mouflons at Sierra Maiola

posted on 9th of february, 2016

As I commented in my former post Birds of Sierra Aitana, the Pais Valencia or Autonomous Community of Valencia in the Spanish Levante has a surprising offer for wildlife photographers, both in organised trips and in photo hides as it is the case in this article. A little bit more in the interior of the province Alicante, in the mountain range of Sierra Maiola, the Fundación Victoria Laporta offers several hides for birds and also two for wild Mouflons, a species which was introduced in the nineties and which is thriving up to the point that it has to be controlled to avoid an excess of population and the consequent negative effects on the flora and fauna of the nature area....

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Posted by Paparazzofamily on February 11, 2016
Lovely photos!
Posted by Hel080808 on February 10, 2016
Great photos!
Posted by Photomall on February 10, 2016

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Malachite Jewel

posted on 10th of february, 2016

In 2011 I made a trip to the Gambia and this relatively little west-african country, much as it can't boast with the "Big Five" of the east-african national parks, is however a paradise for birdwatchers and photographers.

A quite safe place surrounded by the much bigger Senegal, it offers easy birding and photography thanks also to the well organised guide service it has.
From the point of view of a Dreamstime contributor though I can't say that the work I made in The Gambia has been rather fruitful.

I have newer fully understood why my images from Kenya sell so well while the ones from The Gambia doesn't seem to be be appreciated by the buyers, it could be related with the importance of Kenya from a touristic point of view.
Today there was a sale of a beautiful bird, the Malachite Kingfisher....

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Posted by Physi28 on February 12, 2016
Thank you indeed Deming9120
Posted by Deming9120 on February 12, 2016
This is an amazing shot!!!
Amazing portfolio too, keep up the great work!!!
Posted by Paparazzofamily on February 11, 2016
Incredible colors!

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The super-sellers

posted on 10th of february, 2016

If you ask me I can only say that among all bird species, Hummingbirds are the best sellers by far. It may be because to begin with, they are most of them beautiful elegant creatures with an amazing style of flight (but this can't be seen on a pic, isn't it?) and among the tiniest birds of the world like the Cuban endemic Bee-Hummingbird. See my post The tiniest and endemic too.

It could also have something to do with the fact that nearly all of the Hummingbird species can be found in tropical countries which are always top on the wish-list for buyers.
This photo of a Golden-tailed Sapphire (Chrysuronia oenone) in flight from Peru got a sale today, a good one, 13 credits..


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Posted by Picstudio on February 11, 2016
Your humming bird pics are just amazing.
Posted by Paparazzofamily on February 11, 2016
Thank you, definitely try when the opportunity will be.
Posted by Physi28 on February 11, 2016
Yes I am sure that would be amazing, do far I have not been rather interested in making videos.

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Back to Barcelona

posted on 11th of february, 2016

As we live in a little village around one hour from Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, my wife and I like to go there specially on Saturdays when there is even more life and activities than during weekdays.
Barcelona is a melting pot for many different ethnic groups, languages and cultures and you get newer bored as you walk down the Ramblas and enter into the narrow streets at the left where the Old Quarter, the Barri Gotic begins and one shop lines up with another selling sometimes amazing "only that" goods like sandals or fans.

The Mercat de la Boqueria is probably the most famous market and for sure also the most interesting in the city and some days ago I made some pictures there which meantime are at Dreamstime.
Last week however, we decided visit the area beyond the Barri Gotic and...

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Posted by Paparazzofamily on February 12, 2016
Lovely city!
Posted by Wxh6763 on February 12, 2016
I like Barcelona!

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Again that monkey!

posted on 12th of february, 2016

Last February 4th and after making a bunch of sales all of them showing Woolly Monkeys from Peru I wrote a post about that issue. Today one of the pics I showed on the post was sold again, coincidence or a result of posting at Dreamstime?
It will probably be impossible to know ever but lately I have started an initiative consisting in writing a longer or shorter post about any of my pics which is accepted or sold. I want to see if there is any consequence on a medium term. If there is any of course I will report back!


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Posted by Seawatch1 on February 12, 2016
Either way, nice shot.

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What a disastrous day!

posted on 12th of february, 2016

Those of us contributors, specially the ones who are specialised in wildlife photography, know what it means to have a really bad day.
Two weeks ago I had decided to spend a visit to the Llobregat Nature Park very near to Barcelona International Airport of El Prat. I had forgotten about opening times and when I arrived there (after getting stuck in the typical traffic jam of the south belt of Barcelona during one and a half hour) the main gate was closed! sorry, Mondays except on holidays we are closed..

After two days I went back, the gate was open, the weather was fine, not too many people around.. and yes, those were the only positive conditions of that day because the most important part, that is the birds, were not there!

Because of mysterious, unknown reasons the feathered guys...

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Posted by Physi28 on February 12, 2016
Thanks very much for your positive and encouraging comment!
Posted by Travelphotos2 on February 12, 2016
The point is...U still made a disappointing moment into a great one! Way to turn things around with your positive attitude! U may have not gotten want U wanted, expected or wanted to achieve. However, U may have made another wild horse lover's dream come true by wanting to purchase that horse photo from you. Not many people have the chance to encounter or experience a moment with true wild horses, just domesticated one's. So if U haven't posted it, please do!

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