Rick Du Boisson [RickDB]

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BIOGRAPHY
My interest in photography really began when, as a 10 year old, I visited an uncle who was a keen photogrpaher and had a fully equipped darkroom in his garden shed. I'll never forget my amazement when he demonstrated the process of developing a contact print - it was pure magic made all the more fantastic by the red glow of the safe light. The family camera was a Kodak of some sort that took 120 film - the quality of the pics didn't quite match those from mu uncle's Rolleiflex TLR So I saved my pennies and bought a 35 mm Halina Paulette Electric with built in light meter and a 45mm f/2.8 lens I had a lot of fun with that camera and learned the basic principles of photogrpahy but I soon needed lusted after an SLR. The then new Pentax Spotmatic was too expensive so I settled for a cheap because it was obsolete Praktina FX with 58mm f/2.0 Zeiss Biotar lens. The Praktina FX was one of the first system camera with interchangable pentaprism and viewing screens, available motor drive and even long film back. I never did find any lenses for it but with the removable lens I could now take macro pictures - my extension tube was a cardboard tube, blackened on the inside with a smokey candle, all held together with retort stand and clamps Eventually I traded that for my first new SLR, a Fujica ST701 - I added a Flektagon 25mm f/4 W/A lens and a superb CZ Sonnar 180mm f/2.8 lens only to have the lot stolen. With the insurance payout I switched to a Canon A-1 and have been with Canon ever since. Unfortunately photography had to take second place to the more important task of education and career and my camera only came out of the closet for family and holiday snaps. My first digital camera was a Sony Mavica that recorded on to 3.5" floppy discs - image quality was very poor compared to 35mm film and I soon gave it up. Next came a Canon Powershot S30 - somewhat to my surprise this 3.2mp camera was capable of taking excellent pictures, and then I discovered Photoshop Elements 2 ...after that it got real expensive Canon 20D, 40D, 5D2, Gitzo, flash, Canon zoom lenses, L-glass, Elements 3,5, CS2, CS3, CS4, faster computer, backup drives, monitor calibrator, Epson printer and endless ink cartridges.... Now photography is a favourite hobby and thanks to all the great resources on PN my work is much improved says me - but its the quest for that perfect shot that is such fun. Thanks to all my PN friends and contributors, your pictures and comments have been a great inspiration

GALLERIES

India

Single Photos

Aviation

China

Antarctica

USA, Boston

France

Holland

USA, Florida

Chichester Cathedral, England

Beverley Minster, England

Germany, Koln

Czech Republic, Prague

USA, California

USA, New York

Architectural England

Spain, Barcelona

Turkey

Italy - Venice, Milan

Namibia

Wales

Galapagos

Peru

Ecuador

Birds

Greece

Austria, Vienna

Svalbard

Tanzania

Japan

Tierra del Fuego

Norway

PHOTOS

Doorway, City Palace, Udaipur.

Quintessential rural India

Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) from City Palace, Udaipur

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai

Female sunbird, Jaipur

Camel trader, Pushkar Fair

Cattle trader, Pushkar Fair

Arriving at Cedar Key, Florida (CDK)

Sun-n-Fun fly-in, Lakeland, FL. T28s

Sea Fury

Outside Crawford market, Mumbai

Pushkar fair

Dull, misty, drizzly day in Nanjing

Barque Europa off Cuverville Island, Antarctica

Trinity church, Boston (1, HDR)

Trinity Church, Boston (5, HDR)

Trinity church, Boston (3, HDR)

Trinity church, Boston (2, HDR)

13th Century Sainte Chapelle, Paris.

Old and new in harmony, Boston

Deserted chhatris lining Ghat ki Guni Road, Jaipur

Chandler playing the Maharaja's wife!

Main stairwell of Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai

Gateway of India

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai

Ornate fountain keeping its head above the dirt.

Pack ice in the Gerlache Strait, Antarctica

Grounds of Oberoi Rajvilas Hotel, Jaipur

Akbar's mausoleum, Sikandra

Skipping school to beg...

De Krijtberg (Franciscus Xaveriuskerk), Amsterdam, HDR

Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds, Jaipur (The Pink City)

City Palace, Jaipur

Peacock doorway, City Palace, Jaipur

Detail of Peacock doorway, City Palace, Jaipur

Moti Mahal, City Palace, Udaipur

Mehrangarh, Jodhpur

Brother and sister, Ajmer

Sadhu at Pushkar Mela

De Krijtberg (Franciscus Xaveriuskerk), Amsterdam (HDR)

Ghandi Museum, Mani Bhavan, where Ghandi lived sporadically 1917-1934

Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai

Mehrangarh, Jodhpur

Potter's daughter, small-holding on the outskirts of Jodhpur

Sadhu, Pushkar

Sunset tower, Jaipur

Jumping in the tank, Fatehpur Sikri

Marble staircase, Taj Mahal

Preparing for the breakfast rush, Varanasi

Morning meeting by the Ganges, Varanasi

Flower sellers, before school, Varanasi

Roadside vegetable stand, Aravali Hills

Young goat-hearder, Nagda

Mehrangarh, Jodhpur

Phool Mahal, Palace of flowers, fantastic gold filigree ceiling! Mehrangarh, Jodhpur (HDR)

The thrill of driving in India!

Hanuman, Monkey God, Pushkar

Clock tower, University of Mumbai

Clock tower, University of Mumbai

Overlooking Mor Chowk (Peacock Coutyard), City Palace, Udaipur

Jodhpur, the blue city

Potter at work, Jodhpur

Pots for sale

Making cow dung fuel, small-holding, outside Jodhpur

Sugar cane vendor, Pushkar

Taj Mahal from Oberoi Amarvilas lounge. (HDR)

Duomo, Milano, the third largest church in the World, 1386... (HDR)

Spiral stairs on rooftop terrace of Milano's Duomo

American Bar, Amsterdam (HDR)

Jain temple at Ranakpur, dating from 1439

1,444 intricately carved marble pillers, no two alike.

Jain Chaumukha Temple at Ranakpur

Spiral stairs, Mehrangarh

"Beatus qui intelligit superegenum & pauperem" (Alms house)

FOAM museum (Fotographiemuseum Amsterdam)...definitely worth a visit.

Museum Amstelkring, Our Lord in the Attic, 1663.

Doorway, Anno 1624!

Lake retreat, Lake Pichola

Mirrored ceiling, Amber Fort, Jaipur

Temple ceiling, Ranakpur

Devigarh Resort, 17th Century fort

North side aisle, Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

Notre Dame

Up amongst the flying butresses

A hint of Gothic...

La Madonnina, guilded sculpture by Giuseppe Bini, 1774

Just one of 3,500 statues that decorate the Duomo

Oude Kirk

Oude Kirk

Museum van Loon (HDR)

Lunch is served...Museum van Loon (HDR)

The one that got away!

First TS shot, "From the bottom of the pool.."

Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine, oldest parish in USA, founded 1565

Cloisters, Flagler College

Cloisters, Lightner Museum

Cloisters II, Lightner Museum

HDR panorama, Lightner pool

Flagler College, St. Augustine

Break in the clouds for start of lunar eclipse

Tea shop I: Out with the old...

Tea shop II: In with the new...

Old town snack bar

Small novelty shop, old town

Checkers in the afternoon sun, old town

The inexorable march of progress...

Overwhelming odds

A word from the wise...

Chinese take out

Shopping for supper

Grocery store

Old town market

Set the controls for the heart of the sun...

Misericord Row

Basilique St-Nazaire, Carcassonne (HDR Panorama)

Mirepoix cathedral, France, 1317-1867 (HDR)

Delicate stained-glass window nestles amongst massive stone pillars, Basilique St-Nazaire

Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, England (HDR)

Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, England (#1, HDR)

Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, England (#2, HDR)

Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, England (#4, HDR)

Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, England (#5, HDR)

Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, England (#6, HDR)

Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, England (#7, HDR)

Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, England (#8, HDR)

Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, England (#9, HDR)

Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, England (#11, HDR)

Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, England (#11, HDR)

Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, England (#3, HDR)

Cathedral Saint-Maurice de Mirepoix

Solitary church high in the Pyrenees

Hermitage de Galamus

Mirepoix Cathedral, III

Rose window, North end of transept, Basilique St-Nazaire, Carcassonne

One of the finest examples of perpendicular style in England

Ambulatory between NE and NW transepts, Beverley Minster

West window, Beverley Minster, England

SW transept window, Beverley Minster

Ambulatory betwen NE and NW transepts, Beverley Minster

SE transept, Beverley Minster

From Chior towards NE transept, Beverley Minster,

Choir, Beverley Minster

Windows in south side aisle, Beverley Minster

North side aisle, Beverley Minster

Ceiling above nave, Beverley Minster

Chior screen and organ from nave, Beverley Minster

South side aisle, Beverley Minster

Portrait of Beverley Minster

Nave towards SW transept, Beverley Minster

Safe Harbour, Antarctica

Atlantic surf pounds the imaginatively named "Caribbean Tug" after losing its propeller and running aground off Puerto Plata.

There's Mum and Dad...

Baptistery, W end of S side aisle, Beverley Minster

Choir screen, Beverley Minster

Clipper Adventurer enters Lamaire Channel, Antarctica

Entrance to Kodak Alley, Antarctica

Nestar's Metropolis

Bomb catching Buddah, Fengguo Temple

Furling the sails on USS Constitution

Nave, St. Ignatius (Xujaihui) Cathedral, Shanghai

Transept, St. Ignatius (Xujaihui) Cathedral, Shanghai

Nave, St. Ignatius (Xujiahui) Cathedral, Shanghai (HDR)

Unusual bamboo motif in stained-glass windows, St. Ignatius (Xujaihui) Cathedral, Shangahi (HDR)

Twin 164' spires of St. Ignatius (Xujiahui) Cathedral, Shanghai, built in 1906.

Hazy morning in downtown Fuxin

Romanesque style nave of "Our Lady of China" Basilica, She Shan (HDR)

Casillero del Diablo (Cellar of the Devil)

Untitled

Koln Cathedral

Just a wood pile in the early morning sun

Koln Cathedral, 5 shot panorama - view enlarged!

NW Corner of N side aisle, Koln Cathedral

St. Maria Himmelfahrt Church, Koln

Girder Grid

Friedrich III. von Hohenzollern

N. side aisle, St. Maria Himmelfahrt Church.

South Trancept, Koln Cathedral

Snake bite survivor

Weddell seal

Towards the Pole...

Blue icebergs, Hidden Bay, Antarctica

200 ' ice cliffs in the Lemaire Channel, Antarctica

Barque Europa off Cuverville Island

Proud Gentoo penguin parents

Icy Antarctic Memorial, Peterman Is.

Southern most colony of Gentoo penguins, Petermann Island

West entrance St. Vitus' Cathedral, Prague (11 shot panorama)

St. Vitus' Cathedral

Beautiful sculpture of St. Ludmila in St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

Church of St. Nicholas, Staromestke Namesti, Prague

Thun Chapel, St. Vitus Cathedral

Church of St. Nicholas, Little Quarter, Prague

Clock watchers

Church of St. Nicholas, Little Quarter, Prage

Belfry at Church of St. Nicholas, Lesser Town, Prague

Chapel of St. Catherine, Church of St. Nicholas, Prague

Gothic style stairs, St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

Detail of sculpture by Ferdinand Brokof, 1714, Charles Bridge

Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

Side chapel, St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

Teetering on the brink....

Lovely Lyla...

Blue-gray gnatcatcher.

Lunar Power

The North portal of Our Lady before Tyn Church in Prague, constructed in the last quarter of the 15th century by the Parler lodge of architecture. Notice the superb relief tympanum depicting the Flagellation, Coronation with Crown of Thorns, and crucifixion.

The North portal of Our Lady before Tyn Church in Prague, constructed in the last quarter of the 15th century by the Parler architect lodge.

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Grace Chapel

Early 16th Century Flemish altarpiece, Grace Chapel

Alcatraz

Architectural Yin Yang

Late afternoon on Mt. Tamalpais

Sandhill Crane over Paynes Prairie

St. Patrick's Cathedral, NY

St. Patrick's Cathedral, NY

Apse, St. Patrick's Cathedral, NY

Raj anachronism

Aeroshell T-6s at Sun 'n Fun, 2009

The Red Knight

Siesta Flying Boat...

Sadhu, Thar Desert, Rajasthan

North ambulatory, York Minster

Lancaster Cathedral

St. Mary's, Beverley, from Westwood Common

Falcon swoops in on its quarry.

Parish church of St. James, Gawsworth

Lancaster Cathedral, West entrance.

Gaudi's iconic Casa Batllo, Barcelona, at dusk.

Barcelona Cathedral

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Spiral and arches in Casa Batllo

House of Bones

Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, 15th century rose window "Coronation of the Virgin"

Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

Belly of the Dragon

New Old South Church, Boston

On the road to Jodhpur...

Park Guell

The King of Peyrepertuse Castle

Medusa reflection

Cast iron church

Blue Mosque at dawn

14th Century Mosaic, Chora Monastery

Blue Mosque in the late afternoon sun

Library of Celsus, Ephesus, AD 114-117

Yeni Cami (I), Istanbul

Yeni Cami (II), Istanbul

Minbar in Yeni Cami (III), Istanbul

Yeni Cami (IV), Istanbul

Yeni Cami (V), Istanbul

Carnival costume in pink and green

Misty Minster

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

Lady in Scarlet

Untitled

Carnival costume in Black and White

Paddling puss

Soul mates Katja and Hunter

Ropin' in the Swamp, 2010

Ropin' in the Swamp

Ropin' in the Swamp, 2010

Ropin' in the Swamp, 2010

Notre Dame de Lourdes side chapel, Mirepoix

Gorges de Galamus

Nativity Facade, Sagrada Familia

Planet Carnivale

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Hastings Pier

Aggressive leopard bares impressive teeth

Dune paraglider

Coming or going?

Oasis - glossy starling finds leaking tap.

Himba girl

Pair of Lilac-breasted Rollers

Milky way, as seen from planet Earth

Run Bambi, run!

Bushmen hunter

Desert oasis for two Glossy Starlings

Family portrait (2 shot pano)

Himba children

Lilac-breaster Roller brings breakfast beetle for his mate

Sand dune, Sossusvlei

Sand dune, Sossusvlei

Paraglider over sand dune

White tree, Darmaland

Zebra carcass

Naukluftberge mountains catch the sunset

Red Dragonfly

Sand dune with multiple s-curves

Cheetah mum and two kittens

Young male lion with a stare that says "I'm top of the food chain here!"

Moringa Tree, Darmaland

Himba family walking through long grass

Red-billed Hornbill

Namib desert at sunset

Black Rhino visits waterhole at dusk

Himba mother and child

Young Himba girl

Vast dunes of Namib desert (8 shot pano)

Trinity Church, Boston, HDR reprocessed CS5

Mud caked elephant rests, Etosha

Sun baked Deadvlei pan

Old Chevy truck abandoned in the desert

...Bird on the Wire... Swallow-tailed bee-eater

Dead trees of Deadvlei, Namibia

Stalking Leopard... I wonder what its after?

Quiver tree forest at sunset

Cheetah making turn at speed

Red-eyed Bulbul

Himba Mother and Daughter

Black-backed Jackal trots by Elephant

Centipede for breakfast

Sunset visit to the water hole

Predator hunting in the long grass

Himba girl in the grass

Lunar Eclipse, from Florida at 2:55am

Lunar Eclipse over Milky Way

Approaching Lunar Eclipse

Red-shouldered hawk

Young Himba girl

...prey, take your last shot!

Dunescape

Underneath the lamplight

Dark Angel

Dune flightseeing

Gaudi's Casa Mila

Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

Lockheed XFV-1

Wild Tulips

Bandsman, 11th NC troops

Fiery dunes

Taj Mahal at dawn

Villelongue d'Aude - I

Printemps en Languedoc

Lunar eclipse over Beverley Minster

Nature's ice sculpture

Villelongue d'Aude snowscape

Wintery dusk in Languedoc

Petit Train Jaune in the Pyrenees

The Water House, Crai Reservoir

Sunflower sunset

Sunflowers, a la van Gogh

Mantis religiosa - European Mantis

Desert Goat

Heurhyd Falls

Lourdes in pink & blue

Surface tension supports wasp on pond surface as it drinks

Plunge-diving brown pelican

Vermilion flycatcher

Lava heron with crab breakfast

Sanderling, Espanola Is.

Blue-footed Booby diving for fish

Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus)

Young Peruvian girl with lamb

Juvenile Marine Iguana

Curious and fearless mocking bird

Dawn light shines on Kicker Rock ("León Dormido") off San Cristobal Is.

Dream weaver...

Frigate bird cruising off Santa Cruz Is.

Mocking bird trying to snag a snack from gull.

Mocking bird in flight

La Basilica, Quito

La Basilica interior, Quito

La Basilica, West facade, Quito

Yellow Warbler (f)

...one for Ruud...

Mocking bird with audience of land iguanas

Blue-footed Booby plunge-diving for fish

Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomé Island

Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis)

Dusk at Ollantaytambo

Wayna Picchu

Llama in the high Andes

Wayna Picchu, B&W

Machu Picchu

Nazca Booby soars over blowhole

Galapagos Hawk

Red-billed Tropic Bird

Marine Iguana

The Dome, Brighton

North Gate, Brighton

Royal Pavillion, Brighton, tower

Brighton Eye

Beverley Minster, mouse eye view of nave

The Watchman's Hut, Machu Picchu

Galapagos Hawk

Land Iguana munching prickly pear

Still life with beetle

Beacon Mill, Rottingdean

Fruit barrrow

Flaming Foliage

Yellow Geiger, San Cristobel

Foix Castle

Other worldly.....

Bluebells

Lone Rider at Olustee

Wedding Cake

Uncamouflaged...

Supermoon over Skopelos

Reflections in Haas Haus

Karlskirche

Donner Fountain, Vienna

Svalbard landscape

Polar Bear on ice in Arctic Ocean

Polar bear at 12 o'clock...

Polar bear emerges from icy water.

Polar bear on Arctic ice-flow

Black Guillemot

Herd of Walrus

Svalbard reindeer

Glacier landscape, Svalbard

Waterfall on Spitzbergen

Sailing by a Svalbard glacier

Alkhornet, Svalbard

Calving Glacier, Lilliehookbreen

Derelict boat, Skansbukta (HDR)

Svalbard reindeer mimicking a springbock

Douglas Skyraider flies along side a McDonnell Douglas F/A 18 Hornet.

Arctic skua

Barque Europa off Couverville Island

Wasp spider (Argiope bruennichi)

Supermoon rises over Skopelos

Misty hills over Quito

Machu Picchu

Heurhyd Falls

Polar bear in his shrinking world of ice

Alone at Machu Picchu

Montsegur Castle

View from Montsegur Castle

Doorway into Montsegur Castle

Tiny (1/2") mushroom

Black swallowtail and Brown skipper on buttonbush flower

Sea Lion colony, Gardner Bay Beach

Sally lightfoot crab

Black kite, Ngorongoro

Baobob tree, Tarangire

Leopard just hanging out

Southern Ground Hornbill

Young Leopard with kill

White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus)

Cheetah Island in a sea of grass

Pair of Little bee-eaters (Merops pusillus)

Lion and two cubs

Water buffalo with oxpecker

Volcano - between a rock and a holy place

Sunrise from summit Mt. Nemrut

Pair of giraffes grazing among acacias

B-17 Flight deck

Snow Monkeys in Jigokudani Park

Great egret showing off

Tricolored Heron

Star Wars snow sculpture

Common Loon

Common Loon

Barred owlet

Black-eared kite

Migraine

Red Fox and the Stolen Fish

'Gator and Eastern Amberwings

Sailing

Desdemona

Desdemona

Adelie Penguin

Breaching Humpback

Iceberg ahead!

Gentoo penguin colony on Cuverville Island

Paradise Bay, Antarctica

Gentoo Penguin on a Whale Vertebrae

Adelie penguins

Chinstrap penguins

Brown skua cracks open a penguin egg

Blue-eyed shag on huge blue iceberg

Ice cave in tabular iceberg

RV Ushuaia and iceberg

Iceberg and RV Ushuaia

Penguins passing by at sunset

Tabular Icebergs

Spectacular iceberg

Icebreaker patrol ship

Dusk at Dallman Bay

Tip of the iceberg, and below

Penguin colony beside rocks painted with lichen, Half Moon Island, Antarctica

Neptune's Bellows and Window at sunset

Aircraft Hangar in an active volcano

Whaler's Bay, Deception Island #2

Whaler's Bay, Deception Island #1

Half Moon Island, Antarctica

Anhinga takes off...

Guanaco

Waterfall

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tabular Icebergs, Antarctic Sound

Underwater iceberg, Paradise Bay

Old Tabular Icebergs, Andvord Bay

Leopard seal and penguin

Seven Sisters, Fief Mountains, Wiencke Is.

Iceberg with a hole

Gentoo penguin on snow slope

Sunset, Danco Island

Icebergs, Paradise Bay

Iceberg

Fantastic iceberg

Sculpted Tabular Iceberg

Desdemona

Desdemona

Desdemona

Blue grotto

Devil's Teeth, Tungeneset Coast, Senja, Norway

Sandvikholmen Islet, Senja