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One from last summer. Great dark skies with heavy clouds. Time to head to one of my favorite local trees, since there is always a chance of good light during sunset and I love the look of a dark sky in my photos. The light created a wonderful contrast between the dark sky and the last light of the day.
While scouting for some autumn compositions, I noticed these very nice bends in the road. Never ignore a nice S-curve that can add to a photograph, leading the viewers eye into the scene. Although the scene could use some mist, I was happy it started to drizzle a bit, giving the photo a little misty touch. Because I used a reasonably long focal length I decided to use my focus shift shooting option on my camera and blend the images together in Photoshop to extend the depth of field and getting it all sharp from front to back. Works great!
What started as a gray and uninspiring morning, turned into a day with a beautiful sky and great orange and yellow colors in the field. I noticed this lone apple tree in this reedland during an early morning bike ride. I set up my tripod and grabbed my wide angle lens to get as much of the amazing sky in the shot as possible. After a little while, the sun broke through the clouds, casting a nice shadow of the tree on the ground and the reed.
Golden hour tree
Someday during golden hour, I hope to photograph this slanted lone tree when there is a nice clear blue sky, with just that one, pure white baby cloud in the background. Well, not this time, but I noticed this white cloud going in the right direction and it was just a matter of wait for that fluffy fellow to go in position. Because the sunlight came from the side, I used my polarizer filter to suppress glare, darken the sky and increase the contrast with the clouds. I'm happy with the result.
The answer to the question if this scene would be great in black and white was as clear as the cloudless blue sky. The early morning sunlight came from the right, giving me the opportunity to use a polarizer to darken the blue sky. I photographed this tree before and I really like the simplicity of the scene and the fact that there is one, and only one spot and one height to set up my tripod to take this photo without any distracting elements. Some day I hope to photograph this tree during a stormy day with dark clouds and maybe a rainbow as a bonus. 😎
Noticing this wonderful colored lane, taking a photo was a must. The dark branches in the upper part of the photo create depth and also nicely frame the image. People passing by were friendly enough to wait for 1/2 a second to not get in the shot, enabling me to take the photo. 😁
Autumn has arrived, but there's still lots of green in the woods. I spent quite some time this morning searching for signals of autumn, meaning yellow and orange colors, ideally contrasting with moody and dark surroundings. Eventually I found these little saplings between a few dark and massive beech trees.
All peace and quiet.....well.... there was the calming sound of the breakers.... this evening with some great orange sunset light. There were no clouds in the sky, thus very uninteresting, so I placed the horizon at the top of the photo. The receding tide made for nice, wet sand, thereby creating beautiful reflections.
I passed by this tree several times and it seems as if it has been struck by lightning. At least it gave me the opportunity to take this photograph, although it was a bit of a hassle to position my tripod in the right position. At first the sun was too yellow and too bright, but after a while it turned beautifully orange, revealing its spherical shape.
Getting up early is often rewarding. The amazing red sky appeared about fifteen minutes before sunrise. Standing on the bridge 'De Oversteek', I found this beautiful view over the Waal river and the bridge.
In order to prevent flooding in the near future, the Dutch government is changing the course of more than 30 rivers throughout the country. These measures taken along the rivers IJssel, Lek, Maas and Waal are known as 'Room for the river'. Room for the river Waal Nijmegen is one of these measures.
No sun, no clouds, no light, just rainy, windy and grey conditions this morning. I decided to go for a black and white image. I personally like the look of deciduous trees in winter, especially with these hazy conditions. Putting the trees in the lower part of the photo adds interest to the scene.
The weather was grey and uninspiring. But while taking some test shots, the sun suddenly hit the building for less than a minute, showing some interesting light and making the lodge stand out from the background. By using a long exposure, the ripples in the water are eliminated and therefore creating a nice reflection.
The building was designed by Dutch architect H.P. Berlage around 1915. A must see if you are in the neighborhood, including the interior!
Moulin de Moidrey
I was present at this location half an hour before sunrise. I knew the sun would appear just behind the mill and positioned my tripod accordingly. After some wait, the sky and clouds turned beautifully orange and I had the opportunity to take this photograph.
If you're in the neighborhood, it's worth visiting the windmill and even buy some local products like buckwheat, wheat and rye.
Le Mont Saint Michel
It's always nice to have the opportunity to photograph an iconic landmark, but quite challenging not to shoot the obvious. I waited until the sun had set and the sky would turn orange. The reddish cloud in the upper right corner and the posts of the fence on the left add a nice touch to the photograph.
A calm September evening just before sunset. I used a 10 stop neutral density filter ('Lee bigstopper') to increase the exposure time to get some motion in the sky. This makes the photograph more interesting and dynamic. And as a bonus: it looks as if the tree tries to mimic the clouds.