Foggy morning in the Onlanden

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It is an early morning in the beginning of September. I’m driving towards work and see that there is some ground mist hanging over the fields. I was already hoping for those sircumstances, so I brought my camera with me. I stopped the car near one of the bridges over the creeks of the Onlanden. Unfortunately, the mist was to far away to make any impression on the picture, but I liked the overall feeling of this image.

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I stepped into the car again and drove towards the next bridge. Here, I scared some Eurasian Coots when I walked on the bridge. They immediately took off in this typisch style, running over the water. So funny to watch. Unfortunately I needed to get to work but there were still so many things to photograph.

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Sunset over the Turquoise Lake

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This artificial lake, which is located near the border of Drenthe and Friesland, is made by sand exploitation from the earth surface. There are some spots in the earth crust, such as this one in Drenthe, were the sand rich layer reaches the surface. And there is were you can find the companies who collect the sand with large sucking machines, wash it and sell it for multiple purposes.

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The distinct turquoise colour of the lake is caused by sediments drifting in the water and often reflect the colour of the skies above.

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For me, it was a location which was on my wish list for a while. The only thing I had to do was to wait for the right circumstances. The results are almost giving you the idea that these photos were taken on a tropical island.

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Blooming Heater on Fochterloerveen

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I went out last Sunday to take pictures of the blooming heather. Now is the time of year to go out and watch the heather blooming everywhere in all kinds of purple shades. I drove off to the Fochterloerveen, which is a beautiful Moore with lots of heather and characteristic turf pits.

Heide1Nikon D700 & Samyang 14mm: ISO 200, 2.5sec @ f22
 

It was windy (remains of hurricane Bertha) and a thunder storm just past by. With the sun setting in the West, The storm moving to the East and clouds rushing by overhead it was a wonderful and photogenic evening. While taking pictures, I heart some Cranes (Grus Grus in Latin) settling for the night. Nice to hear that those birds are doing well in the Fochterloerveen, since it recently was turned in to a Crane reserve. Now, with autumn approaching, the birds (~22-25) are gathering up on the Fochertloerveen and will finally migrate to the south again.

Heide3Nikon D700 & Samyang 14mm: ISO 200, 2.5sec. @ f22
 
 
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 Nikon D700 & Samyang 14mm: ISO 400, 1/15sec. @ f13
 
 
 

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Last shots from the beach

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The title of this post says it all and means that for me holidays are over. We spend a nice two weeks with perfect weather on the island of Texel, camping in a tent. Together with some nice trips to the beach and lots of relaxing, I also visited several locations on the island with a co-photographer Patrick de Graaf. This resulted in some stunning shots and lots of unforgettable moments. Our last trip was to the beach to capture some beach cabins during the golden hour. Below you can find some nice examples from this trip which shows the beautiful scene we were witnessing.

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Furthermore, I wanted to capture some serene beach scape after sunset, in the so called blue hour. Together with the rising moon, this resulted in the images below.

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When tides are low

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Again a beautiful sunset on the beach of Texel. It was a warm day which ended with cloud formation and even a local thunderstorm. After the storm past by, sun came back again and puts the sand on the beach in a golden glow and put the storm in a nice contrast against the clearing skies.

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Whit the sun setting further and further, some beautiful structures became visible on the beach due to retracting waters of the sea (low tide). Together with the glow in the sky, this resulted in some exceptional shots.

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Off course, I couldn’t resist to take a selffie on the beach with this beautiful light.

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I stayed on the beach until midnight to take some long exposures from the pier, which submerged from the retracting sea. Again, a beautiful sun setter from the island of Texel.

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When sun meets water

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The island of Texel is well known for it’s sandy beaches and the most beautiful sun setters. Yesterday it was a perfect day with lots of sun. Not the most perfect conditions for a landscape photographer. Luckily, at the end of the day some high altitude clouds moved in from the South. In the end, these continuous thickening clouds blocked the sun completely leaving the landscape in a sober setting of light. Luckily, there was a small strip of clear sky just above the horizon. Quickly made an appointment with photographer Patrick de Graaf and we drove off to the Slufter.

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When we arrived, we still needed to walk for about 1.5km before we reached our location. Since this location is constantly changing due to the strong flowing water of the Slufter caused by the tide, we didn’t know what to expect.

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Luckily for us, the location and conditions turned out to be just perfect. Whe were overwhelmed by the beautiful sunset and colors and enjoyed this moment until long after the sun had set behind the horizon.

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Ultra wide in the Onlanden

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Yesterday, I received my new photographic toy: the Samyang 14mm ultra wide angle lens. A lens that already have earned a lot of props by many landscape photographer, and because of it’s price and good overall performance a very attractive lens to buy. Therefore, it was on my wish list for a while.

So this weekend I bought it together with a Samyang filter holder and filters (soft grad and 4 stops gray filter). With my new lens mounted on my trusty Nikon D700 I went to the Onlanden. Because this location is practically in my backyard and conditions didn’t looked promising, I stayed close to home to do some testing with this manual focus lens, not expecting any wonders.

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When driving to the location, I already noticed a promising clear spot in the cloud deck near were the sun was about to set. I was right in time to capture a stunning sunset on this beautiful serene location. Hope you like it. At least I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of handling of this lens and the image quality it delivers. It matches my Nikkor 24-70mm only much more Field Of View.

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Midsummernight at Hoek van Bant

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Yesterday it was the astronomical start of the summer in the Netherlands. This means that the sun reaches it’s highest position in the Northern hemisphere. The sun was setting just a few minutes after the clock of ten. In combination with the predicted low tide at around twelve ‘o clock it gave some perfect opportunities for a landscape photographer to capture some stunning sunsetters.
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A colleague of mine, which also is an admirable landscape photographer, had come up with the same idea and arrived just minutes before me on the parking lot. After a short chat about the weather and conditions we split up on top of the dike. I went to the left were a row of wooden poles, placed in the mudflats, use to temper the tidal flow of seawater.
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When the sun set further and further, light became more beautiful and reflected in a stunning way on the mudflats of the Waddensea. To keep exposure times as low as possible I used a Lee 0.9ND soft grad filter in combination with a Stealth Gear 4 stops gray filter. The last filter caused a red colorcast on the photo’s, but in this case I liked the effect giving rise to the feeling and atmosphere of the setting sun.
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In the end, I cleared my mind, filled my memory card and ended this photo shoot again with a little chat with my colleague, who also just finished his shooting. For his photo’s please check www.rijko.ebens.org
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