Autumn is coming early this year!

Next series I’m posting here will be a colorful one. Not as if my other series aren’t colorful, but this year autumn is brought to you early, so be prepared for some vibrancy!

Actually, I’m so far behind with processing my images that it looks like summer already ended in the Netherlands, but the truth is that the fall of 2015 was a very beautiful one as I will show below πŸ˜‰

Let’s start with a beautiful aerial view of the forest at the Kaapse toren. This tower is very easy to get to and provides an amazing 360 view of the surrounding landscape. This is a cropped 180 degree double exposure blended panorama where I blurred out the sky to make it a bit more smooth since there were lots of chemtrails πŸ˜‰ I’ve tried to work with filters, but it was to windy at the top and the tower was swinging too much to get sharp results.

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Autumn had also arrived in the city, maybe a bit less visible, but there are still enough signs to give away the season with its colors. The following shot of the Rijksmuseum I’ve had in mind for a while and early in the morning is the only moment when traffic isn’t constantly in the frame. Unfortunately, one car still managed to squeeze in, but nevertheless I’m quite satisfied with this result.

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Next image is a 5 step HDR which I took from a couple of steps leading up to a canal house. Because of the massive dynamic range with the backlight and to avoid blown out highlights (which I really don’t like to say the least), I was forced to shoot from -4 to +4, so a 24-steps difference.

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Same place, same time, just a different approach and angle. This is a double exposure and for a change I’ve included people in the image to add even more dutch culture to it with the bicycles πŸ˜‰ So another typical vibrant sunrise in autumn on the iconic Amsterdam canals!

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The next morning was also nice and quiet, like almost every morning, with beautiful sunrise colors and mirror reflections in the canals. So one more of the canals in autumn, this one featuring the 19th century church ‘De Duif’ (‘The Dove’) at the Prinsengracht canal. Truly a divine sunrise I would say πŸ˜‰

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Last image of this blog is something different. It is taken the night before the image above, on my to work instead of on my way home, but when I saw the full moon peeking through the skyscrapers I had to take a quick photo. There wasn’t much space to take a step back, so I whipped out my 14mm and shot straight up. I think the perspective really adds to the dynamics so I didn’t correct it, hope you like it!

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Back to Amsterdam!

Back to business also! It’s been (and will be) busy, but I’ll try to keep posting some more of the series I’m working on.

Last blog I posted some cityscapes of Amsterdam, and I think this blog won’t be much different, except that I’m working more towards autumn.

So, as a wise man once said: ‘Enough talk!’ (Conan the Barbarian) and start showing some photos!

I guess it will be all be standard classic places, so let’s start with the Brouwersgracht. I live at 5 minutes of this place, and sometimes it doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves because it’s so close by, so here it is

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Next image was the reason for my venture; I was hunting for the rise of the full moon at the Muntplein. Unfortunately it was a bit hazy and of course the moon wasn’t exactly where I hoped it would be, so instead of telezoom I switched back to slight wide angle and this is the result. So no big full moon, but still a nice cityscape at the flowermarket.

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Last in this serie is another well known spot at the Keizersgracht. On my way home I had to stop here (again) and take some shots. This is actually a cropped panorama, because I wanted to include the streetlights.

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Hope you enjoyed my evening and see you next time!

Shutterstock – “6 Top Photographers Offer Tips and Insights on Shooting Beautiful Waterfalls”

Nice short article on the Shutterstock blog about the insights of TOP photographers on shooting waterfalls and I don’t think I have to say who’s nr.1!

Very satisfactory, since they’ve already featured tennis partner (…and brother in law) Joost van Uffelen in their travel photography blog πŸ˜€

Click the image below to check it out!

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Zoom Portfolio-review!

Happy to announce that the new Zoom magazine is in stores now featuring a 2×2 page review of my recent Portfolio!

Some nice words about my latest work on the zoom.nl website by Marcel Scholing, comparing me with famous photographer Peter Lik and describing my work as ‘glamour landscape photography’ πŸ™‚

I won’t waste more time with text, just take a look at the article below!

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Snapcat Ria!

Off course you all know my world famous plus-sized model Obesicat Ria. After i.e. being at the Jimmy Fallon show (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX4-ezlkRAU) some time ago, she’s back!

Bigger and rounder, Obesicat has found a new level of fame by becoming….

A Snapchat filter model!Β 

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So try your best and become a supermodel for a moment!

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Nb; Credits for discovering this gem go to my other super(jealous)model Jim and the snapchat execution credits go to expert snapchatter dr Mirte Bosse

-edit- Update; breaking news! Studentmodel Rick claims to have discovered the Obesicat snapchat filter! And Jim responds; “I’m not jealous, just happy for her… She should retire”

 

Lomanstraat Amsterdam (and more!)

I think I’ll start a small album with some image from Amsterdam and later on from Leiden also (new blog).

As you all know by know I go through Amsterdam by bike in the early morning when I go home from work. One of the less known but very cool streets I stumbled onΒ in Amsterdam is the Lomanstreet in the South. Really awesome lane with big crossed Honey Locust trees (NL: Valse Christusdoornen (Gleditsia triacanthos)), which reminds me a little of a sort of urban dark hedges πŸ™‚

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Next are some more crooked trees, this time in the Vondelpark on the same morning. Summer is coming so start running! πŸ˜‰

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The following morning I went after one of the most photographed and iconic spots in Amsterdam; The houses in the water at the Damrak. When you visit Amsterdam it is about the first thing you see when you arrive and almost every tourist takes a photo on their way to the red light district or the coffeeshop… So did I, on my way home, early in the morning just before sunrise.

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I’m back! And after this serie of Amsterdam, I’m switching to my beautiful birthplace Leiden! I already wanted to take some more shots over there and so I did! Let’s start with a long exposure HDR project at one of the more iconic places at the Galgenwater. 4 images HDR varying from f11, 20sec, iso100 until f9, 83sec, iso400… I’m always struggling with this kind of shots, hope you like it!

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Next image is taken not far from and not long after the last; on the right behind the windmill to be exact. After sunset I of course wanted to capture the blue hour and I did so at the Morspoort with windmill the Put in view on the right this time. The rising full moon and mirror reflection completed the scene for me πŸ™‚

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Let’s add another one just before the (Easter)weekend! Still Leiden off course πŸ˜‰

This is an extreme wide angle of the cityhall of Leiden at the Breestraat, still the same day as the shots above. With limited space it was challenging to get it in one shot, but my Samyang 14mm surprises me every time with its ridiculous range. With shots this wide I correct the perspective only a little bit, because otherwise it looks really unnatural.

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I’m getting to the end of this blog and I’ve got one more subject I’d like to cover in this series. I’m staying in the surroundings of Leiden, Hoogmade actually, where I went to photograph some foggy morning landscapes the next morning. First image is the Kalkmolen (1685) with some slight back-light πŸ˜‰

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Since it is almost Kingsday in the Netherlands I’ll add another orange image. Orange cows in the mist! Just a fun view of some cows at the same place as the windmill in Hoogmade I added before. Have fun!

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