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Bas Meelker

Echo of the night - Terhorsterzand, The Netherlands

It's 05:30 in the morning and I'm enjoying the taste of my first coffee. It's another dawn patrol and I need to hurry. There are hardly any clouds so it will be a speedy sunrise this morning. And I still have a forty minute drive ahead of me. It's a heathland landscape this morning, fog is forecasted and I've decided to give it a try. It has to be said, I'm not the world's biggest fan of heathland landscapes. I find them rather dull and messy for most of the year and it's only in late august when the heather starts to bloom that the colors start to become really interesting. But when everything does come together, it can be a special place indeed. This morning was one of those moments. I've been doing this for quite some time now, but It still gets the adrenaline pumping when the light is right and you know you are at the right time at the right place. Colors are great and I just had to do a big panorama this time. In situations like this, I often opt for my 70-200 to get the most out of the foggy conditions. I take a last look at the scenery, screw on a Lee 0.9 ND hard grad, expose for the brightest part of the image and do a 10-image vertical panorama. Just in time to catch the first rays of sunlight kissing the landscape in front of me. After exposing three panoramas, the sun becomes to harsh and my filter condenses. It's over for today. And the day is just starting. Now, where's my coffee?

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10-image vertical panorama, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L, Lee ND0.9 soft grade, Gitzo tripod, cable release. F8, 1/50 sec., iso 100 at 135mm.

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