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Wallpaper by: Leon J

There are 10 desktop wallpapers listed below. The files are sorted by the date they were posted to the site, beginning with the most recent content.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Spring - Remixed by Leon_J
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Spring - Remixed

April 28th, 2010

Now here you go with a bit of a different "macro" photo. I got a lot of inspiration last week from old cross-processing techniques and went a bit crazy with my f/1.4 lens and different post-processing approaches. However, I really love this shot as a wallpaper. The bokeh is just amazing and there is still so much detail in the flower despite f/1.8. Hope you enjoy it!

Canon EOS 40D, Canon 50mm f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/500 sec., 50mm, f/1.8. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2 with finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Last daylight over Franschhoek\'s vineyards by Leon_J
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Last daylight over Franschhoek's vineyards

April 23rd, 2010

I was lucky to have this great view over the mountains of Franschhoek valley in Western Cape, South Africa. When the last sun rays gave the valley its warm colours I took this photo.

Canon EOS 40D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/200 sec., 17mm, f/9. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2 with finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Where is my Prey? by Leon_J
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Where is my Prey?

April 15th, 2010

I was very lucky to take this shot of a male leopard in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. I took a couple of shots, but I like this one most where he looks up, seeing some possible prey and you can see the killer-instinct in his face.

Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-200mm f/4, ISO 400, 1/250 sec., 173mm, f/13. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2, finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Sunset Avenue by Leon_J
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Sunset Avenue

April 14th, 2010

In 2009, I spent Christmas at the southern-most point of Africa: Cape Agulhas. I was eager to see another amazing sunset as I did so often being in Africa for a couple of months. However, there was a big layer of clouds covering the whole sky and I was pretty disappointed. That was when the idea for this shot struck me. There was this small strip just over the horizon where the Sun illuminated the clouds, restrained by the Atlantic ocean below and the thick layer of clouds above. I exposed for the sunlight and left everything else pitchblack to achieve this result.

Canon EOS 40D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, ISO 200, 1/800 second, 44mm, f/8. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2 with finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Black Beauty by Leon_J
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Black Beauty

March 21st, 2010

The African Black Oystercatcher is a resident breeder on the rocky coasts and islands of southern Africa. Sadly, there are currently less than 9,000 adult birds of this species, so it is highly endangered. However, it is easy to spot along the coasts of South Africa.

I was lucky to get so close to an adult couple and took quite a few shots of them in De Hoop Nature Reserve. This shot is my favourite. I simply love the contrast between the red of the bill and eye, the black of the plumage and the blue of the ocean.

Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-200mm f/4, ISO 100, 1/800 sec., 200mm, f/6.3. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2, finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Sunset with Elephants by Leon_J
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Sunset with Elephants

March 15th, 2010

The second camp in Etosha, Halali, is located next to the Moringa waterhole. I spent my second night in Etosha staying at this camp and watching the waterhole for most of the day. When the Sun began to sink behind the horizon I watched this matriarchal group of elephants drinking at the waterhole. While observing the animals we also had an amazing sunset with an orange so saturated - I never saw anything like it before.

Just after the elephants had gone we saw a small group of black rhino drinking and also had some hyena and a leopard later that night. This is a magical place!

Canon EOS 40D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/80 sec., 40mm, f/5.6. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2, finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Okaukuejo by Leon_J
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Okaukuejo

March 1st, 2010

Within the boundaries of Etosha Nationalpark in Northern Namibia there are three campsites. The biggest of them beeing "Okaukuejo", located at a big waterhole with the same name. I spent the first night of my recent visit last November sitting at the waterhole, watching different animals drink and interact. But not only the animals but also the scenery of the waterhole itself, changing colors during the sunset was amazing. That's when I took this picture of an elephant and a giraffe drinking right next to each other at the waterhole.

Canon EOS 40D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, ISO 800, 1.3 sec., 33mm, f/4. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2, finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Gazed upon by Angels in Their Flight by Leon_J
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Gazed upon by Angels in Their Flight

February 26th, 2010

I took this picture of the beautiful Victoria Falls on my recent visit in November 2009. The photo is taken from the Devil's cataract in direction of the Main Falls. The water at that time of the year is at it's lowest compared to the rest of the year. However the green vegetation around, the many thousands of litres of water storming down into the valley and the sound of twittering birds around you makes this a location worth visiting any time of the year.

Canon EOS 40D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/125 sec., 17mm, f/10. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2, finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Windy Dunes by Leon_J
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Windy Dunes

February 23rd, 2010

This photo tells the story behind my shot of the sunrise on top of Dune45 in the Namib, the world's oldest desert. The wind constantly blows the sand over the edge of the dune, giving it its unique shape and keeping it in place. The wind blows equally often and strong from West and East, making the dune itself immovable. I was thrilled by the thought of how many millions of grains of sand are blown over the edge of this and all the other dunes in the desert every second. This photo captures a few of them in flight.

Canon EOS 40D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/640 second, 43mm, f/3.5. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2. Finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Sunrise over the Namib's Dunes by Leon_J
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Sunrise over the Namib's Dunes

February 18th, 2010

I took this picture on my recent trip through Southern Africa. We went to climb up the famous Dune 45 close to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert at about half past five to see the sunrise from the dune. This picture is taken just before the Sun appeared over the horizon. The colours were amazing and the untouched dune before me was truly magical.

Canon EOS 40D with Tamron 17-50mm 2.8. RAW file developed in Adobe Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS4.