Getting ready for 2020

Almost December

Time flies when you’re having fun they say. And did I have fun this year!
Beautiful summer for lots of macro pictures, some awesome air shows and a great vacation in Croatia. Now its time for Getting ready for 2020.

After a lot of aviation pictures in October and November, I’ll be back with a series of “everything pictures”, in December.
Although there is much more to show of the subject but No planes this time.

Getting ready for 2020
Silver tree
Getting ready for 2020

What does that mean?
Well, I don’t know. Because I live day by day I just watch and see what I’ll find on my path.
It will be an interesting year, just like last year, that I know.
New opportunities, challenges, you name it.

Nature is getting ready as well.
Although there is still a lot of food available, I see a lot of collar parakeets getting in the neighbourhoods to find some extras. We have real apple thieves over here!



Writing this post on November 2nd, I’ll make some preparations for the birds too. Getting some extra food in the tree is done every year during the colder months.

Apple thief

Even the snails are getting ready, feeding on whatever they can, before they crawl in a hiding for the real cold.
Real winter has not been seen for years over here but you never know, right?

I need to be careful in the garden has these little friends are everywhere. I hate to step on them.

Looking over the edge
What’s next?

The next couple of weeks I’ll try to find out what there is to do regarding events etc.
As said, the Sanicole Airshow is on the list for 2020.

In an earlier post I mentioned, I was thinking about doing some experiments with self-made tools to get some creative photo’s.
I also mentioned my FX-35mm F2 R WR lens for B&W but in the meantime, I have my Fuji X30 back, which I used for B&W before.

I’m using the X3o again, having it close by all day long.

Digitalizing my analogue pictures is still ready to start, although my parents had me made some from there collection ūüėČ

Anything else?

I still need to upload some new photo’s to the albums and portfolio. I hope to do this in the next couple of weeks.
Maybe I’ll change the concept of that entirely and make something completely different.
Yeah, that’s also getting ready for 202o

You can also follow me on social media as I have already and will post pictures on a daily base.

In case something new comes up I’ll let you know with an update post.

Have a good one!!

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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 ūüôā

.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.

Follow me on social media or keep an eye on my portfolio

Enjoy!!

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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 Р3 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.

Enjoy!!

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Exciting coffee including Jumping spiders

Exciting coffee

Did you ever have an exciting coffee? Well, I did today!

In my previous post, I told you something about a spider right?
Read this down below!

Preparing the coffee

Sometimes you have the feeling you need another cup of coffee even though you already had quite a lot of it.
I have a lot of these moments so, my cup already close to the coffee machine indeed, it was time again.

Because picking up my cup, I think,¬† something moved fast away from me… Such as through the air! In all honesty,¬†It scared me for a moment.
Having a quick look and I was on my way to grab the Fuji-X30 camera. (good macro function)

Jumping spider, Exciting coffee
Jumping spider

A jumping spider

The little jumping away thing was a jumping spider.

First of all, I see these spiders a lot around the house and on the balcony.
In bad weather, they hide in small silk litters in crevices and cracks, where they also spend the winter. Let’s say, we have a lot of these¬†hidings around the house
Jumping spiders are day-active animals and prefer to stay in warm, sunny places. They stalk their prey on the ground, on walls or in bushes. When an unlucky prey comes within reach, it will be jumped.

A side note is that not all of the jumping spiders are carnivores but some spiders live partly on nectar.

Spider vs camera

I tried to make a photo of this little friend.
It attacked the camera by jumping against the lens and on top of the camera. Because this little one was a courageous spider definitely.

The jump

Hydraulically stretching of the hind legs makes them able to jump as they do. Jumping they catch prey and escape enemies.
Before the spider makes a jump, it first strands a security thread, in case it gets out of the course. A prey normally has little chance because the jump is usually very well calculated.

Have to say that my camera did not make any chance!!

Jumping spider, Jumping spider
Jumping spider

Finally the coffee

As a result of all of this, it was indeed an exciting coffee.
Especially because I was able to capture this beautiful creature with the camera.

A highly¬†respected photographer whose work I know always adds the following text with his photos, “You have got to love nature and its creations.”

Nothing is truer than that.

Keep an eye on my portfolio

The little creature in this post can be found in the “Insects” gallery

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Summertime, new photo’s and a start with artistic photos

Summertime!!

It is Summertime, it’s hot outside so I’m staying in, doing some preparing photos for the site for the next couple of weeks.
Although living close to the river, a lot of interesting activities happen too.

Lucky Bastard, Summertime, artistic photos, wildlife, black and white
Lucky Bastard

Last month I posted only black and white photo’s. I thought it was fun to do. Still, have a lot of photos who might like nice in black & white.

To find my way more into Photoshop I recently started an online course which covers loads of ways to do more with black & white and making artistic photos.

When you like the idea to do the same please have look¬†at “My Photo¬†Artistic¬†Life
I already learned a lot more in the last 3 weeks.

Artistic Photos

I think that will be my next project for the next couple of months.
Using your photos in a more artistic way or just combining them in some other way. So, as I found out, it made me keep more photos instead of deleting them.

Yes, needed to check and recheck the photos to find out which ones I wanted to keep for sure, and maybe use them for my new project.

Last month I showed already two or three of them in my black and white series. Also in my post where I told you about my visit to Scheveningen, there is one altered picture.
These were my first ones, let’s say tryouts. Fun to make them. I would like to make more.

What’s next?

In the month of July, I’ll post a gathering¬†of older and new photos.
There will be birds, landscapes, black and white, and mammals.
Mostly the usual, wildlife.

Enjoying the summer, Summertime, artistic photos, wildlife, black and white
Enjoying the summer

My portfolio has been updated some so you’re welcome to have a look at my portfolio

I’ll make some changes in my portfolio and albums in the next couple of weeks. (Yes, still working on it)

Keep an eye on it and check in now and then.

Enjoy!!

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Scheveningen boulevard is under construction

The Scheveningen boulevard is under construction

I went to Scheveningen boulevard, yesterday, to enjoy the beautiful weather at the beach and terraces.
After parking the car close at Scheveningen harbor while walking towards the boulevard and the Scheveningen beach, I noticed a largely fenced building site, north of the Scheveningen boulevard.

Legal Graffiti

On some parts of the fence, paintings were made. While other parts were still blank. In addition, names were written down on the blank parts so in a few weeks the look will be different.

The two funny guys, on the photo down, told that local graffiti artists have been invited to do their artwork on this fence.

Funny guys, Scheveningen boulevard being rebuilt, graffiti artists, Scheveningen beach
Funny guys

Yet, the assigned graffiti artists still need to paint large areas. On the other hand, there were already some nice paintings done.

Colorful movement, Scheveningen boulevard being rebuilt, graffiti artists, Scheveningen beach
Colorful movement

Steady progress

On this beautiful day, two artists were working on their part of the fence though. The artists were working concentrated, surrounded by all their gear.

Busy spraying, Scheveningen boulevard, graffiti artists, Scheveningen beach
Busy spraying

Busy spraying, Scheveningen boulevard, graffiti artists, Scheveningen beach
Busy spraying

Anyway, I had a beautiful day.
Beside the fence getting shape slowly, it was nice to relax on one of the terraces and walk on Scheveningen boulevard.

I have to go back soon and check the progress of the artwork.
And walking at the Scheveningen beach or boulevard, on a beautiful day, is always fun anyway.

Chilling, Scheveningen boulevard, graffiti artists, Scheveningen beach
Chilling

Beach activity, Scheveningen boulevard, graffiti artists, Scheveningen beach
Beach activity

What’s next?

Preparing the Albums, where I told you about, is a bit more work than expected. Actually, I need to prepare a better plan to do so.  Just keep an eye on my portfolio and Albums

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Alles heeft een reden

“In Memoriam”

Alles heeft een reden.
3 weken geleden, gedurende mijn bezoek aan Frisian Flag 2018, wandelde ik op straat, mij realiserende dat ik  kan gaan waar ik wil, hier in gewoon in Nederland en ik bezocht de rustplaats van een oude vriend.
Ook stond ik stil bij gedenkstenen van een paar, voor mij, onbekenden. Deze kwam ik  tegen op straat als Stolpersteine. (Een project van de Duitse kunstenaar Gunter Demnig).

Deze bezoekjes raakten me heel diep.

Alles heeft een reden
Alles heeft een reden – Everything has a reason

 

Vandaag is het 4 mei, Nationale dodenherdenking.

De Tweede wereld oorlog en alles wat er aan ellende na kwam wordt herdacht.
Mensen op de vlucht, mensen die zijn omgebracht, mensen die hun leven hebben gegeven om vrede en veiligheid te bewerkstelligen en te behouden.

Vandaag zijn er nog steeds mensen op de vlucht en velen verliezen hierbij het leven ook vechten er nog altijd  mensen, soms ver van huis, voor vrede en veiligheid.

Hoe dubbel is het om te herdenken terwijl alle ellende door blijft gaan.

‚ÄúAlles heeft een reden‚ÄĚ

Dave, oude vriend, jij vocht ver van huis voor vrede en veiligheid.
‚ÄúAlles heeft een reden‚ÄĚ zijn de woorden die je steeds tegen me zegt als ik je een bezoekje breng.

Na al die jaren blijft mijn vraag: Waarom en waarom jij?

Respect vriend.

Always

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Up and running

Up and running.

There we are then.
Finally, a website site where my photos will be shown to everyone who likes to see them is up and running.
This is just the beginning. Need still to sort out a lot.

I started photography again in 2016, after a more than 25 year of silence.
The passion of photography did never vanish though.
Of course, I have taken photo’s the last 25 years but never in the way I liked to do.

So, as said, in June 2016, I bought a new camera with a nice kit lens.
I experimented in all kind of ways. But I got really the hang of it again after taking photos of wildlife.

Inspiration

I got inspired to do wildlife photography by some good friends.
One of them is hosting the site “Lensgeheimen
Amazing photo’s of all kind animals can be seen¬†here too.

Up, up and running, Little white Egret
Little white Egret

 

 

 

 

 

The technical part

And then I had loads of photos. Sharing on Facebook or Instagram.
But the drive to make an own site was still huge.
Another friend, which I met due to my interest in the military aviation photography, helped me with getting this website in shape. ShiftyNL-Photography is getting a shape.

Thank you, HP for helping me out with the technical part of this project.

What’s next?

Keep an eye out on this site because more will follow soon ūüėČ

Click here for my Portfolio

Have fun!!

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