Rick Du Boisson [RickDB]

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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!


Single Photos
USA, Boston
USA, Florida
Chichester Cathedral, England
Beverley Minster, England
Germany, Koln
Czech Republic, Prague
USA, California
USA, New York
Architectural England
Spain, Barcelona
Italy - Venice, Milan
Austria, Vienna
Tierra del Fuego


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)
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
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
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!
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.....
Lone Rider at Olustee
Wedding Cake
Supermoon over Skopelos
Reflections in Haas Haus
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
Red Fox and the Stolen Fish
'Gator and Eastern Amberwings
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...
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. (4 shot pano)
Iceberg with a hole
Gentoo penguin on snow slope
Sunset, Danco Island
Icebergs, Paradise Bay
Fantastic iceberg
Sculpted Tabular Iceberg
Blue grotto
Devil's Jaw