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Creatures of Moss
Again a 2:3 picture which I couldn’t bring myself to crop. I love the mystical atmosphere in this image. I really loved the experience of taking this picture even though I was soaking wet after about 15 minutes. I had my camera and lens wrapped with a microfibre cloth to protect it from the high humidity and a plastic resealable bag to put the camera in in between shots. I actually carry many of these bags with me. If one gets wet inside, I grab another. I have 3 liter bags that fit over my entire camera with telephoto lens. It just works really well
Birches In The Mist
One of my favourite images. It is not a special subject, it is not an epic location, the colours are not striking, but I like the subtlety of this image. Fog can change the most ordinary scene into something magical. You don’t have to travel far. You just need to rise early on days that hold the promise of a foggy sunrise. And this is what I love about photographing these more intimate landscapes. You can find them anywhere.
Happy World Photography Day!
Photography is my entire life, so I don’t really need a day to celebrate photography, I find bliss in it every single day. I have been living with a camera for about 40 years and it has almost become an extension of me. It made me appreciate my surroundings so much more.
Picture taken in August 2017 at Posbank
In Winnie The Pooh Heffalumps are elephant-like creatures. My favourite oak tree always reminds me of one.
Swipe to the left to see the original picture in 2:3 ratio which is wayyyy better than the 4:5. I wish Instagram would just accommodate 2:3 pictures
How I love oak trees...
I love the cooler mornings of late summer. The greens are a bit more muted, the atmosphere peaceful and quiet and chances on fog are improving. This picture was taken last week...Just a few minutes of fog, but it was utterly beautiful while it lasted
The Friendly Oak
Meet my BTF ( best tree friend). He has been the subject of several pictures and he just always looks good. This last Sunday, the light was spectacularly beautiful, even when it was very short lived and this gave me the chance to take this picture. He just looks like a super gentle and happy soul 😊
I was more determined to take pictures than my camera who suffered from a staggering 12 blackouts in 20 minutes. It is suffering from some kind of camera flu and I thoroughly dislike it because it means I have to get a new camera. Long gone are those days when you would buy a camera and have it in full working order for decades...
Just released! My ultimate digital forest photography workshop…in an eBook
I often notice how people have difficulty remembering everything that is explained in a workshop, especially in an editing workshop. There is so much to take in and this is even the case in video tutorials that can leave you in doubt which settings to use or where to find a specific tool. This is why I wrote this ebook, which covers my entire creative process from the initial thoughts before I set up my tripod, to the capture to the creative process in Lightroom and Photoshop. Find the link in my bio
* Three pictures
* From Capture to Photoshop
* The camera settings, the exif data, the composition, the point of view, the distractions
* My entire creative process explained in detail
* Step by Step detailed explanations illustrated by numerous clear screenshots
* Learn how to create my signature painterly look in 3 different ways
* Learn how to deal with a lack of depth in foggy pictures
* Find out how I fix high contrast situations
* Follow my workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop
Find the link in my bio
Here are the Before and After pictures as shown in my just released eBook. I am so very excited to share my entire creative process of these three images with you from the choices made before the capture to not 1, but 3 types of my signature painterly edits. Find the link in my bio
“When I looked at things for what they are I was fool enough to persist in my folly and found that each photograph was a mirror of my Self.” – Minor White
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes”
If you have recently got the new Lightroom 2019 update you might have noticed that there is now a Texture slider. 🌳
I decided to dive into the differences between Clarity and Texture in my new blog article and also show what a combination of these sliders might do.I chose one waterfall picture with a lot of smaller details and this winter picture with smaller and larger details, so I could better explain the difference between the two effects. 🌳
If you swipe through the pictures above, you can see the finished picture first, then the RAW file, then the RAW file with Clarity set to +50 and last the RAW file with Texture set to +50. As you can see Texture works in a different way.
I you would like to read the entire in depth article on the two effects and how these two combined could possibly lead to wonderful dreamy effects, head over to my blog. The link is in my bio
Last Days Of Fall
“Nothing gold can stay” ~Robert Frost
Last workshops of 2019 (Dutch spoken)
De laatste workshops van 2019 zijn open voor registratie. Ik bied 3 zeer verschillende bosfotografie workshops aan deze herfst.
De eerste vindt plaats in het Speulderbos, het beroemde vos van de dansende bomen. Deze workshop die op 30 oktober plaats zal vinden is gericht op het leren fotograferen van uitdagend bos waarin de nadruk niet alleen ligt op paden fotograferen, maar ook op het vinden van ongewonere composities. Ik maak geen geheim van hoe ik mijn eigen foto’s maak en zal me vol inzetten je te helpen foto’s te nemen war je blij mee bent.
De tweede workshop in Het Speulderbos is op dit moment al bijna vol. Het is een workshop gericht op diegenen die al een worksop bos fotografie gevolgd hebben en graag hun individuele visie willen leren omzetten in mooie foto’s. Het is een workshop voor 4 personen, maar met enorm veel aandacht voor je eigen unieke visie. Deze workshop richt zich niet op het leren van basis beginselen van bosfotografie, maar het vertalen van je impressie naar een heel eigen beeld. 🌳
De derde workshop vindt plaats in de Achterhoek in maar liefst twee bossen, waarvan één een typisch landgoed bos is met lange statige lanen die in de herfst zeer oud-Hollands aandoen. Het tweede bos is het Bergherbos, dat veel grotere uitdagingen biedt voor het vinden van composities. Het is een minder gestructureerd, maar erg interessant bos en de combinatie van deze twee bossen maakt dat je na deze workshop in allerlei soorten bossen zal kunnen fotograferen. 🌳
De link voor meer informatie staat in mijn bio
Foretellings of Winter
Whilst many of you are probably in summer vacation mode, my way to spend the summer is to write pieces that will not be published until the winter and so I find myself revisiting pictures of winter scenes that I captured earlier this year. I often think that the moments I manage to capture are also the moments I can recall better than most other moments. 🌳
Those moments appear to be the ones that I live most intentionally, with mindful attention for my surroundings and without the thoughts that usually occupy one’s mind. This is probably why I love photography so much, because connecting to just that moment and what I am seeing, brings me peace of mind and happiness.
Standing in a foggy forest just makes me happy. It is these kinds of little moments of bliss that combined lead to a happy life. And to find these moments, all that is needed to observe closely, to be willing to find bliss in even the most ordinary things.
🌳”Creature of habit”, May 2019🌳
As we encounter who we really are, find out what our truth is, what story we have to tell, we find the self we want to express. This is where originality stems from, from getting to know the unique individual that we are and let our creativity flow from that source.
Just like everything in life is fluid, not quite solid, so are photographic or artistic vision and style. As we change, as we experience more, we evolve and so does our art. I was reminded of this when I was trying to finally put together a photo album from a vacation in 2013. I looked at my pictures and even though they are not bad, I felt disconnected from them, because since that time I changed, life changed me, I changed me and so my vision and style changed as a result. This is the wonderful thing about the creative process, that there is no finish line. There is not comparison either as it is impossible to compare my pictures to someone else’s or even to those of myself, because I simply am not who I was then and I will never look at things in the exact same way as someone else. I love that art is subjective, personal and self-expressive and I love that I expressed who I was at the time and that I am now expressing another version of myself. I love that there is never an end goal, that I can keep evolving, deepening not just my knowledge and understanding, but also my connection to the subjects I am taking pictures of. I really love how art is not a race and that it is not a competition, that there is no one to defeat.
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