AH-64D Apache helicopter

AH-64D Apache

During the visit to the Redskins 301sq, at the Gilze Rijen air force base, home of the Dutch AH-64D Apache helicopters, there was a very pleasant surprise at the end of the day.
A real demo flight of an AH-64D Apache.

Model helicopter

One of the employees did spend hours and hours of building a model of the AH-64D Apache helicopter.
The result is amazing. Honestly…..
Have a look at the two pictures down below.

AH-64D Apache helicopter
AH-64D Apache
AH-64D Apache helicopter
AH-64D Apache
Gilze Rijen air force base

Visiting the Gilze Rijen air force base is party time for me.
Last few years I did visit the air force base Gilze Rijen quite often. Last year, during the APROC 2018, was one of them.

I just love the AH-64D Apache. The sound, the machine itself, just everything. During these visits, I’m able to see the  AH-64D Apache helicopter closeby and it makes me happy.
When I have the opportunity again I will not say no to another visit.

What’s next?

I have some nice events coming up which, some of them, I already mentioned them in a previous post.

  • Next week Thursday I’ll visit the air force base Volkel.
  • 24th of August there is the Airshow Wings of Freedom. Tickets have been ordered for me and my girlfriend Sylvia.
  • In September I’ll visit the Sanicole Airshow. Tickets have been ordered for me and my girlfriend Sylvia.
  • In October, this year, I’ll have another amazing workshop shoot with Claudio Picolli. I’m really looking forward to that one as well.
Anything else?

I’ll try to post any activities as soon as possible.
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Street Photography in Rotterdam

Street Photography in Rotterdam

In my post last year about Black and White in June, I asked myself how it would be when doing street photography in the big city Rotterdam.
Eventually, it took me a while before I dared to dive into this kind of photography.

Red, Street Photography in Rotterdam
Red
Workshop

Taking pictures on the street is definitely something unusual.
Therefore I submitted to a workshop on street photography.
After some searching on the internet, I found a workshop, organized by Fokko Muller.
Thereafter, I entered the big city Rotterdam.
It appeared a scary thing to do, actually.

During this workshop, I had to do various exercises.
Each exercise had a different approach on how to take pictures.
Preferably ignored by the people who were my victims.

The results

In the end, I was absolutely happy with the results and street photography was less scary than expected.
When you approach the people in some way, they don’t even bother that you’re taking pictures. This also depends on how you aim the camera towards people.
The one-third rule helps a lot because you’re not aiming directly towards the people.

Together, Street Photography in Rotterdam
Together
Album

Thus, I’ll upload the album of this session somewhere in the next couple of weeks. I’ll not post all of them though. Just the good ones ( in my opinion)

What’s next?

I have some nice events coming up which, some of them, I already mentioned in a previous post.

  • Next week I’ll drive up north to the 2019 Frisian Flag
  • In October, this year, I’ll have another amazing workshop shoot with Claudio Picolli. I’m really looking forward to that one as well.
  • 2 more flight shows are scheduled to visit.
  • Spring is here, therefore I’ll get my macro gear more frequently. With my new Fuji XT3 combined with some macro tubes and analogue lens (Super Takamura 55mm), I enjoy myself a lot.If you like to find out what gear I use, in my post of 2018-04-09, I told something about the equipment. Something has changed though.
Anything else?

I’ll try to post any activities as soon as possible.
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Frisian Flag 2019

Frisian Flag

Frisian Flag 2019 is coming up and therefore it is time again to prepare the hearing protection and the camera !!

Exactly like in 2018, another major exercise is being organized at the Leeuwarden Airbase.
Speaking about this, have a look at my album page for pictures of this last year major event.

Leeuwarden Air Base

Leeuwarden Airbase is hosting the major Frisian Flag 2019 international exercise. Actually from Monday, April 1 through Friday till April 12, if you like to visit the Airbase.
Accordingly, 50 (hunting) aircraft, approximately, train extensive and complex international missions from the air base.

Additionally to the F-16s of the Dutch Air Force, the coalition partners Germany, France, Great Britain, Poland, Switzerland are participating.
By the way, the United States of America is also participating in Frisian Flag 2019

Frisian Flag 2019, F16
Frisian Flag 2019
Aircraft coming to Leeuwarden Air Base
GermanyEF-2000 Eurofighter (8x)
FranceM-2000D Dassault Mirage (4x)
UKCobham DA-20 (1x)
The NetherlandsF-16 Fighting Falcon (16x)
PolandF-16 Fighting Falcon (8x)
USF-16 Fighting Falcon (8x)
SwitzerlandF-18 Hornet (4x)

Do you want even more information about the Frisian Flag 2019, then check the site of our Ministry of Defence over here (Dutch version) The link of this specific happening will be removed after a few weeks when it is finished?

You can have a look at LVNNL site as well.

Anything else?

When there are any other activities I’ll post it here as soon as possible. On the mainpage, you’ll find an event calendar. Here I’ll give relevant updates.

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2019, New road ahead

Wow, was 2018 a busy year!

Finally 2019, New-road ahead and lots of new things to do.

Now, 6 -7 weeks after moving in my new home everything is slowly getting its place again.
I’m used to having a lot more space, therefore, I have to be creative with the available space.
My house is a lovely place though. I even have a real garden with quite some little-feathered friends 🙂

.First visitor
First visitor

 

Last year I went to several events, visited an old friend, started a new job and moved to my new home.
Regrettably, I was not able to keep the updates going.
Too busy and too much going on to get everything arranged for the move to my new home.

My Photography

My photography never stopped.
Luckily, I still have loads of unposted pictures, therefore, posting every day will not be a problem. Follow me on my social media accounts to find out what has been posted.

2019, New-road ahead, lots of new things to happen!
New events

With regard to planes and helicopters, the next visits of airforce bases are already planned.

January 9, we had the Farewell Sea-King at the Airforce base Koksijde
The three of us left early so we had some time for a coffee, halfway the trip. Certainly, we arrived on schedule. This event started at 12.30 and we left (earlier) at 18.30. (We had an evening shoot as well!!)

I tell you, it was a very cold day I can tell. We were standing in the open field, just beside the runway. N-W wind straight in our faces, with a few hail and rain shower.

See some of my pictures down below

Farewell Seaking event, 2019
Farewell Seaking event, 2019
Farewell Seaking event, 2019
Startup, Farewell Seaking event, 2019
Farewell Seaking event, 2019
Hover, Farewell Seaking event, 2019

In April the Frisian Flag 2019 will be organized again.

June, 14 and 15th on the Airforce base Volkel, the Dutch airforce will organize the “Luchtmacht Dagen 2019”

September 13 – 15th, International Sanicole Airshow will organize an amazing show again.

Anything else?

I don’t know yet however I’ll find enough subject to take pictures from.

Furthermore, what I didn’t mention yet, is that I have new gear!!
However, I’ll tell you more about it soon. he pictures from Koksijde were made with this beast of a machine.

2019, New-road ahead, lots of new things to happen.

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APROC 2018 Album

APROC 2018 Album!
Boeing CH-47 Chinook, APROC 2018 Album
Boeing CH-47 Chinook

The APROC 2018 Album is live.

In the post, of 2018/06/09, I mentioned that 2018 was the year that the Royal Netherlands Air Force hosted the exercise APROC 2018.

I needed quite some time to get the pictures sorted out and accordingly published on my site. Finally, it’s here. However, there are more photos which I’ll add later

A military show or exercise like the APROC is a little different than an airshow like the Airshow by LeaseWeb Texel.
This was the real hardcore stuff.

What’s next?

I had another shoot with lovely puppies last week. I’ll post an album of these little creatures soon accordingly.

With regard to planes and helicopters, the next journey is already planned.  The Belgian Air Force Day. Next Saturday I’ll be heading for Belgium.

Keep an eye on my portfolio

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Airshow by Leaseweb Texel

Leaseweb Texel Airshow

It’s summer holiday. 6 weeks of time where kids don’t have to do anything… Well, just having a holiday. That’s all.
But it’s also time to do things which have never done before. What about an Airshow?

Besides all the birdy friends, dogs, puppies and anything else, I’m a great aviation fan and try to visit airbases as much as possible.
Someday my 8-year old son mentioned, after showing him some pictures of recent airbase visits, he wished he was there with me.
What a chance he had on his first day together with his dad, during this holiday. An airshow was planned on August 4th, just an hour and a half away!!

Trusty Rusty, Airshow
Trusty Rusty

Did you ever hear the sound of a P51 Mustang? (turn up your sound)

The preparations

The event tickets, the overnight stay and the boat crossing were arranged easily.
Airshows can be very noisy, so some ear protection was required for the little guy as well.

After the show, the plan was to visit my parents up north so Yaz was with us as well. But having Yaz with us all day, would not be a good idea so we arranged a nice place to stay, close to the airport.

Airbus A400M, Airshow
Airbus A400M
The show

After a good night sleep, eventually, we went to the airport and o dear……
Shops!!! However, it required some pushing not to by them all empty.
Quickly to the airstrip and wait for the show to start.

I mean, it was great to see all the shows. Unfortunately, some show had to quit early or didn’t start all due to (weather) circumstances. But did we see some good stuff!

Truck Top Landing, Airshow
Truck Top Landing
KDC 10 with F-16 support, Airshow
KDC 10 with F-16 support
MIL MI-24, Airshow
MIL MI-24
What’s next?

In short, with regard to an airshow, the next one is already planned.  The Belgian Air Force Day.
A real air force base is very exciting of course and therefore the little guy is looking forward to it already.

Happy little guy, Airshow
Happy little guy. Everything worth it

Keep an eye on my portfolio

This series will follow soon in an album.

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Puppy Shoot Aussie’s – Border Collies

Puppy Shoot

During a walk with Yaz, a few weeks ago, I met the owner of two beautiful dogs.
One full breed Australian shepherd dog and a mix of an Australian ShepherdBorder Collie.
More important for me was that I found out that the mixed breed was pregnant!
Dad is a full breed Border Collie…  O dear, what a beautiful mix will that be.
After that walk, I’d meet the owner a few times more and we agreed on a Puppy Shoot. (something different than a common sandpiper, right?)

Big yawn, Puppy Shoot
Big Yawn

And what an amazing opportunity I had this week. One shoot when they are three weeks old and after this one, one shoot will follow when these little monsters will be 6-7 weeks.

Taking it easy

Indeed, this was my very first time I would do a shoot with little puppies.
I did visit them 2 times prior to the shoot just to get acquainted with the puppies, the mother dog, and the location. This first-time, the shoot is just at home.

Mom and her youngsters, , Puppy Shoot
Mom and her youngsters
O Dear

Did you ever see a bunch of 10, blue-eyed puppies crawling around?
As a matter of fact, some of the 3 weeks old youngsters were even challenging each other, showing their teeth which aren’t even there yet.

It was difficult but so much fun to do. They were moving around all the time. It was almost if they knew some idiot was taking pictures of them. But after an hour or so I had them all captured and to tell the truth, I’m looking forward to the next shoot. I mean when they are +6 weeks old.
In short, that will be a challenge for sure.

Aussie_Border Collie Pup, Puppy Shoot
Aussie_Border Collie Pup
What’s next?

Keep an eye on my portfolio

These beautiful monsters can be found in the “Dog” gallery.

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Common Sandpiper, wonderful bird with a beautiful sound

The Common Sandpiper

As I’m living close to a river, every day there is something to find, see or hear. In my previous post about “Thunder is coming” you might have noticed the river.

One of the “something” is the Actitis hypoleucos…, the common sandpiper.

Common Sandpiper or Actitis hypoleucosCommon Sandpiper

The common sandpiper breeds across most of temperate and subtropical Europe and Asia and migrates to Africa, southern Asia, and Australia in winter. In the Netherlands, this little bird is on the red list which means that this bird is about to disappear. (or already disappeared from the Netherlands) It seems that in the Netherlands only a 10 – 30 pairs stay to build a nest.

Sometimes I hear the sound of this small bird when I take Yaz out for her daily walks.
The sound, during sunset or sunrise, is for me absolutely wonderful.

When I see them, they’re flying in small flocks, low over the water surface.

Most of the time I have the camera ready but these little creatures are quick and so small and therefore difficult to find on the rocks or to follow when I have them in sight.

Common Sandpiper or Actitis hypoleucos
Common Sandpiper
Finally

Last Tuesday I took Yaz for a walk, camera ready. Suddenly I heard that beautiful sound again and I saw 2 of these little creatures flying, away from me, down the river shoreline!!
One of the common sandpipers landed not far away from where I was, so… Finally, it’s time to do some photographic hunting.

Common Sandpiper or Actitis hypoleucos
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper or Actitis hypoleucos
Common Sandpiper
Amazing Yaz

O, I had Yaz with me, right? She listens very well but what to expect from a 3 years old Flat-coated retriever. Indeed, she has carrots in her ears most of the time.
O yes, she will listen after she has done her thing. Whatever that is…

This time I ordered her to stay on her spot and lay down.
Accordingly, I sneaked closer and closer, taking photos when I could.
When I was looking, where Yaz supposed to be, about 30 yards away back… Guess what. She was still there where she ordered her to stay! I only saw a small part of her head and fluffy ears.

When I signalled her to come over to me there wasn’t any dirt filling the sky.
Normally she is a little canon. Now, she approached very carefully, staying low, until she reached me.
Just a hand signal and she stayed.

Eventually, she did amazingly well.

What’s next?

Keep an eye on my portfolio

This beautiful bird can be found in the “Wildlife_Birds” gallery.

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Thunder is coming, time for an experiment

Thunder is coming

Yesterday evening, dark clouds were floating in from the south-east.
I was checking the weather-app all the time to find out what it would bring this evening.

A few weeks of warm weather, no rain, made me run outdoors almost every day and visit my friends in the cool forest. Long, extremely, warm days eventually made me wish for something, which I like a lot. Watching the sky and checking apps it just had to be. Thunder is coming.

Thunderstorm, Thunder
Thunderstorm
Experiment

Photographing thunderstorms or lightning is something I never did before.
So,  for me, it was time to do an experiment. In the room upstairs I had a good view on the arriving thunderstorm.

As soon as it started raining and the lightning was getting more intense, I grabbed my tripod and my camera with the AF-P Nikkor 18-55, F 3.5-5.6G lens.
Trying to get a good focus somewhere in the sky… Shutter speed set at 10″

Experiment, Thunderstorm, Thunder
Experiment

During the set up I missed a few good ones… Shame.

But the view without the lighting was nice already!

Rainy window, Thunder
Rainy window
New setting for me

I never used the interval shooting option on the camera so I had to figure out how that setting worked. I read about it in the manual but there was no time to read that part again.
After fiddling with the camera menu I was ready to go.
Again, missed some good lightning shots.
First two times, I used the interval setting 125×1 with a shutter speed set on 10″
The third run was on 375×1 with the same shutter speed. That would take an hour to finish.

The results

As a result, I have been experimenting a total of  2 – 3 hours.
You need to take time for this, right?

After finishing up and when I was laying in my bed I really needed to see the results. Of course.
In total, I had over 600 pictures of this thunder experiment.
How many with a lightning ray?

Just 12.

But there were also some other interesting photos as well.
The river de Lek,  in front of my house, is always busy with all kind of ships.
I mean Cargoships just keep on moving. Also when normal people, who have nothing to do with shipping,  are sleeping…

I’m not normal I guess. On the other hand, it gave some nice photos which I need to sort out first.

Lightning, Thunder
Lightning
Lightning, Thunder
Lightning

I need more of these moments, eventually…
Instead the room upstairs, a different setting next time. Maybe somewhere in the fields??

What’s next?

Eventually, new photos will be added on a regular base.
furthermore, for any new experiments or experiences, I’ll make post updates.

Keep an eye on my portfolio

Regarding these beautiful lightning rays in this post.
They can be found in the “Landscape_Skyline_Street” gallery.

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Meeting in the forest after a long time

The meeting

After a long time, it was today I’d planned a meeting with some friends in a small forest close by. I neede a break after being attacked at home when making a coffee
Not sure they were at home though…

Entering the forest, with my dog Yaz, was a sort of homecoming.
For Yaz too as she was on top speed in record time, down the track in front of us. Well, in this case, it assured my friends did know I was there.

Long-tailed tit, meeting
Long-tailed tit
Forest and meadows

Wow! It’s an amazing day with a lot of sunshine with beautiful flowers and little creatures. In the background noisy birds… My friends.

Beauty, meeting ,Flowers
Beauty

In the meantime, while I was shooting pictures, Yaz was transforming into a wet mud monster.
As usual, she didn’t realize she had to get back home again… In my car.
Well, we’re just on our way so, that being the case, there was time to dry.

Common Brimstone, meeting ,Flowers, Gonepteryx rhamni
Common Brimstone
My friends
Long-tailed tit, meeting
Long-tailed tit

And there they were.
The Long-tailed tit, Eurasian blackcap, and the Short-toed  Treecreeper.

Eurasian blackcap, meeting
Eurasian blackcap

It was a good meeting.
I heard and saw many other birds who were busy.
Either way, I have not been able to find them, so, I have to go back soon.

Short-toed Treecreeper, meeting
Short-toed Treecreeper

The sunlight was quite hard and made it difficult today. Nevertheless, I was able to shoot some nice photos anyway.

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The beautiful creatures in this post can be found in the “Insects, Flowers and  Wildlife_Birds” gallery.

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