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Foggy Autumn Morning at the Drentsche Aa

Published October 28th, 2012

It was a cold morning and the water of the Drentsche Aa was relatively hot. This means fog above the the water and great circumstances for some lovely landscape pictures.

I wanted to go to this spot for a long time. I often walk with my wife and dogs at the National Park The Drentsche Aa and always pass this location. This spot fascinated me because you have a nice view on the winding stream of the Drentsche Aa with a solitary tree in the background.

I wanted to take this picture on a foggy morning with nice light and a some beautiful clouds in the sky.

According to the weather forecast this morning could be the morning with the right circumstances.

So I went to this location to try it for the first time in the circumstances I had in mind. No guarantees that it would "work", but I was eager to try this location.

When I arrived I knew I made the right choice. The only this that concerned me was the solitary tree. It almost disappeared against the trees in the back ground.

I viewed t ...

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The first cold Autumn morning in 2012

Published October 21st, 2012

This morning was the first cold Autumn morning of 2012. Yesterday at 4:49 PM the astronomical Autumn started official here in The Netherlands and Autumn showed directly his best side. Yesterday evening I noticed there was a lot of moist in the air. The half moon in the sky was veiled by the moisty air and I knew I had to go out early this morning because there was no wind which means a foggy morning.

I woke up at 6.00 AM and had to hurry to the location I had chosen for this morning. Sunrise was at 7.22 AM and I wanted to be there at least 45 minutes before sunrise. When I drove to the Onlanden I noticed the clouds were already turning red. Normally I have plenty of time to drink a cup of coffee and eat some breakfast, but not this time. It was playtime from the start and the day started very colorful.

When the sun rose above the horizon the clouds in the sky were very special. It looked like the sun was pushing out waves of light towards me. A very special sight. The V of the dark cl ...

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Sunset at Lake IJssel

Published August 12th, 2012

Yesterday I made a trip to Noord Holland to the windmills of Schermerhorn. I wanted to shoot some Dutch culture pictures just in the middle of the day for my stock agency.

At the end of the day I drove to the other side of the Lake IJssel and ended at the dam near Stavoren.

I didn't have dinner yet, so I ate the remaining currant buns for diner during my walk at the top of the dam where sheep were grazing.

Somehow I didn't watch my steps and ended up into the sheep droppings. When I crawled over the rocks I saw my trousers to my knees were totally under the sheep poo, so I had to wait for the sunset in a heavenly smell...

Landscape photography is a tough job...

Some technical stuff:

Canon EOS 5D - EF 17-40 F4 L at 17m. Lee ND 0.9 graduated filter, ISO 50, F16 and 0,8 sec.

Have fun out there!

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Zwarte Haan

Published July 30th, 2012

Yesterday evening I went out for another photo-trip. I wanted to go to a spot at the IJsselmeer. I didn’t exactly know which spot, but I would let the light lead my way.

On my way to the IJsselmeer I saw the clouds move from the south to the north. I assumed at sunset the clouds would be gone at the IJsselmeer. In the north I saw beautiful high clouds in the sky, which would turn red after the sun had set behind the horizon. I decided to change my plans and drive to Harlingen where is the port to the Isles Terschelling and Vlieland. On the south side of Harlingen is a small beach where I would try my luck. There is a big dam with the church of Harlingen and the town itself in the background.

When I arrived at this spot I saw the statue “De stenen man” (the stone man) was under construction, so this place was also not an option for good pictures (I should have done a better preparation…). I had to change my plans again.

I knew a place at the Wadden Sea which I had visited a long tim ...

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A summer evening at Wierum

Published July 29th, 2012

Recently I visited Wierum on a warm summer evening. Wierum always has a great attraction to me with the old Maria church from around the year 1200. This church is the typical landmark of Wierum. When you are at the Waddensea you can see it from a great distance.

This church used to be in the centre of the village, but due to lots of heavy floods the northern part of the village disappeared into the sea.

To prevent the sea flooding Wierum and a lot of other places in the north of the Netherlands a heavy dike is build at the seaside of the Waddensea. The church behind the dike is what fascinates me. I wanted to capture this in several ways.

The warm light was great that evening. This is what I like in summer. The summer evenings with warm light are very long. You have plenty of time to take the pictures you want in the beautiful way.

Wierum has around 500 inhabitants, but in the summer there are a lot more. Lots of tourists stay during their vacation in Wierum to enjoy the beauty of N ...

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Dark cumulus clouds above the harbour of Lauwersoog.

Port of Lauwersoog

Published July 27th, 2012

Another picture of last weeks session at the port of Lauwersoog (see my portfolio for the other photo). The last few days it was very crowded at the ferry to the isle Schiermonnikoog. With temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius and more everyone wants to visit one of the Dutch Wadden-Islands to enjoy a nice day in the sun.

Unfortunately the summer weather in the Netherlands will come to an end this weekend. Temperatures will drop 10 degrees and sun and rain will appear during the day.

This gives us landscape photographer the opportunity to shoot pictures like this.

I love a nice cloudy sky. Especially when the wind blows from the north-west. In this circumstances there are clear skies and white clouds. I call these circumstances the typical Dutch skies.

Hopefully we will get some of these skies the next weeks.

Some technical stuff:

I always shoot pictures like this with a ND graduated filter, because the sky is significantly lighter than the foreground.

I also always use a sturdy tripod ...

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The last for 2011...

Published December 31st, 2011

The weather during the Christmas holidays wasn’t very good. Grey skies and lots of rain. Only for today the forecast was better. Tomorrow there will be lots of rain again in The Netherlands. Winter has been quite wet until now.

During the day the weather and the light remained okay and I decided to go out to the Waddensea to take some pictures of the sunset at a good old spot near Ternaard with my friend Fokko van der Leest. I haven’t been there for a long time and wanted to go there to see if it was still the photogenic spot as it used to be. The light was gorgeous and the shapes in the mud-flats were as special as they used to be.

At sunset the light was great. A nice soft light shined over the mud-flats and created a very nice atmosphere. This was the last trip for 2011. I hope nature will also surprise us with this kind of conditions in 2012.

I wish everyone a happy and creative 2012 and hope you will enjoy photography even more than in 2011.



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Lights talking: What the Dutch Masters Can Teac...

Published June 18th, 2011

A great item describing what we can learn from the dutch masters from the 17th century. A must read!

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Between the rye fields

Published June 11th, 2011

Via Twitter, forester André Donker showed us a lovely picture of a beautiful ecological rye field with cornflowers in Ansen a small place in Drenthe. I as surprised by the beauty of the cornflowers and decided to go there that evening to take photos of the rye fields in the beautiful evening light.

After checking Google Earth I was sure there were enough opportunities to get back with lovely pictures. The only problem was the clear blue sky. A picture gets much more dramatic with a lovely clouded sky. This didn’t stop me from going out there, because my rule is: “When you doubt, don’t hesitate and go out there”.

When I arrived at the place I knew the light condition were going to be perfect that evening. A small country road between the rye fields made the situation even more beautiful.....

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