Nature Photography

Lane and gate in autumn woods near Bussum

Autumn landscapes in the woods near Bussum


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Even on a dreary autumn day, the woods in autumn have a wonderful mood and atmosphere. Photo’s made in the Westerheide near Bussum, part of the Goois Nature Reserve, the Netherlands

Lane in autumn woods near Bussum

Lane in autumn woods near Bussum

Lane and gate in autumn woods near Bussum

Lane and gate in autumn woods near Bussum

Reaching out along the autumn lane

Reaching out along the autumn lane

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Lackey host at the Spirit of Winter fair

Spirit of Winter fair at the gardens of Palace het Loo


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Spirit of Winter decoration - detail

Spirit of Winter decoration – detail

 

Lackey host at the Spirit of Winter fair

Lackey host at the Spirit of Winter fair

 

Colourful hydrangea flowers

Colourful hydrangea flowers

Equine embrace

And then there were the horses…


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Two horse, a white and a brown one, in one of the meadows of the Royal Crown Domain ‘Het Loo’ – I experimented further with the Tamron 16-300 mm F3,5-6,3 DiII VC PZD zoom – from tele to wide angle, from very high to shallow depth of field… I’m quite happy with the result of this little series!

Two horses in a meadow, on an autumn day

Two horses in a meadow, on an autumn day

 

Equine embrace

Equine embrace

Grazing white horse - close-up

Grazing white horse – close-up

Coming closer

Coming closer

 

Close eye contact

Close eye contact

Bright green fairy benches

Testing panel day and… I finally got my fungi images!


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The testing panel day was great – I’ll tell about it more in the coming blogs…

For now, just let me show off some of the fungi shots I made today, using the Tamron 16-300 mm F3,5-6,3 DiII VC PZD zoom 🙂

Little mushrooms in backlight

Little mushrooms in back light

Common stinkhorn

Common stinkhorn

Bright green fairy benches

Bright green fairy benches

On a grey morning in autumn...

Trees on the Heath on a grey autumn morning


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Today I went for the second time this week to Bussum. I already went a first time on last Sunday morning early, in the hope to catch the first light of sunrise. Sadly, there wasn’t any visible sunrise then – instead, it rained from the moment I left home, and never stopped raining till I came back four hours later, soaking wet! I hiked for about three hours, exploring the Westerheide, a part of the Goois Nature Reserve where I had never been before. But I didn’t even take my rented camera out of my bag, since I didn’t want to take the risk to damage it.

So this morning, I wanted to try my luck again. I know the Goois Nature reserve is at it’s best during Autumn season – especially since the area has a great variety of fungi. And I wanted to photograph at dawn the part of the heath were I saw those marvellous trees day before yesterday… But again, it was very clouded today, so no sign of a sunrise whatsoever. But at least it didn’t rain. So I did manage to make some great pics of the trees I had seen during my scouting of last Sunday. However, half way through the morning, I must have messed up something with the settings of the camera – I don’t know exactly what I did, but at a certain moment the shutter got a delay of about 12” , and I couldn’t find how to set it back to normal. That’s what can happen when you try out a new camera LOL. So well, that was it, time to go back home anyway… I hope the mushrooms will still be there next time I go… with my own camera then! And the trees, hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 😀

Lonely oak on the Heath.

Lonely oak on the heath.

They can see each other, but they'll never meet...

They can see each other, but they’ll never meet…

On a grey morning in autumn...

On a grey morning in autumn…

Strangely shaped mushroom 1

Strangely shaped mushroom on cut tree trunk


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On the many cut tree trunks in the forest, there were a variety of mushrooms and fungi. This one in particular had a very strange, fascinating shape…

Strangely shaped mushroom 1

Strangely shaped mushroom 1

Strangely shaped mushroom 2

Strangely shaped mushroom 2

Strangely shaped mushroom - detail

Strangely shaped mushroom – detail

These photo’s were made in the W.H. Vliegenbos (W.H. Vliegenforest) in Amsterdam North, during the first test-photoshoot with the rented Canon EOS 7D camera
See my previous blog posts A new 6-day photography adventure and “The W.H. Vliegenforest, oldest city forest of Amsterdam – with a touch of Paris”

Arches of the Parisian markethalls at the entrance of the WH Vliegenbos

The W.H. Vliegenforest, oldest city forest of Amsterdam – with a touch of Paris


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The W.H. Vliegenbos (W.H. Vliegenforest) in Amsterdam North is the oldest city forest of the city council of Amsterdam. It was created between 1910 and 1918 on the initiative of the socialist councillor W.H.Vliegen, who wanted a forest close to Amsterdam for the workers to be able to go for a walk and enjoy nature.

While the forest has some park-like elements, with an asphalted path and some benches and nice water features, for the largest part (about 15 ha) it is forest, existing of dry and wet Ash-Elms woods. Next to ash trees and elms it also has many poplars and maples, a great variation in structure, and a large diversity of trees, bushes and undergrowth . The remarkable high number of Elms in this forest is due to the very strict policies the city of Amsterdam observes with regard to the Elms disease. Because of this, the W.H. Vliegenbos is the largest still existing Elms-rich forest of the Netherlands, and maybe even of Western Europe.

At the entrance of the Vliegenforest, some large cast-iron arches draw the attention. These arches originate from the old Parisian Market halls, that were demolished in 1971. The Amsterdam artist Peter Diem purchased some of those arches, and donated them to the city council. They were restored and now serve as a remarkable entrance to this city forest.

– All these photo’s were made during the first test-photoshoot with the rented Canon EOS 7D camera (see my previous blog post) –

Source: Nl.Wikipedia, Dichtbij.nl , Knbv.nl , En.Wikipedia ,

Arches of the Parisian markethalls at the entrance of the WH Vliegenbos

Arches of the Parisian fish market halls at the entrance of the WH Vliegenbos, Amsterdam North

Detail of the Parisian arches, donated by the Amsterdam artist Peter Diem

Detail of the Parisian arches, donated by the Amsterdam artist Peter Diem

Some wet benches along the path in the autumn park-like forest

Some wood logs turned into benches along the path in the autumn park-like forest.

Nice water features reflect the colours of fall

Nice water features reflect the colours of fall

Spreading it's fall branches gently...

A new 6-day photography adventure


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Today is the first day of a new 6-day photography adventure…

Coming Wednesday, November 19, I’ll participate in a test panel of the Focus magazine, a Dutch photography magazine. They have invited a group of 12 of their readers for a 1 day meeting to test the brand new EISA Award winning zoom lens : the Tamron 16-300 mm F3,5-6,3 Di II VC PZD .

I applied to participate as soon as I read the invitation in the magazine, about two weeks ago, and was very excited to receive an email that I was selected as a possible participant. However, soon enough I would discover that I would not be able to participate with my own familiar Pentax K10 D camera. This new Tamron lens is only compatible with Canon, Nikon and Sony APS-C DSLR camera’s… Bummer!! So what to do?

For a moment, I thought of giving up on the idea of participating, but then I remembered that some time ago, for another reason, I had explored a little on the possibilities of renting a strong telelens for a few days, since I don’t have the budget to buy one. So, if it is possible to rent a lens, then probably it’s possible to rent a camera as well?

So I picked up the research again, and found a few companies in Amsterdam, that are renting out camera’s and other equipment. After long negotiation and emailing back and forth, the first company didn’t work out for me, and again, I almost gave up on the idea. But luckily, I decided to still contact the second company on my list, and there, all obstacles seemed to have disappeared as snow for the sun, and without any complications. And for a much more reasonable price too!! I could order a Canon EOS 7D camera complete with a 18-135mm zoom lens and hire it for a period of 5 days. This would give me the opportunity and time ahead to test and get used to the camera first, before participating in the testing of the new Tamron zoom lens.

So, to make a long story short, this morning I went to pick up the Canon EOS 7D and have been spending a few hours for a hike in the Vliegenbos (VliegenWoods) in Amsterdam North to start trying it out right away. How exciting!! This camera definitely is a higher class camera than my Pentax K10 D, and it’s such a challenge to figure out how it works, and how to get the settings right. And although there is still quite some studying to be done, some of the pics today turned out to be quite nice, so I hope it will only get better in the few coming days, as I continue to get more familiar with the camera.

So here you go for the first few pics made with the Canon EOS 7D. In a following post later on, I’ll tell a little more about the location, the Vliegenbos in Amsterdam North (Netherlands) – For now, enjoy my first autumn images made this year!

 

Autumn tree in the Vliegenbos in Amsterdam North

Autumn tree in the Vliegenbos in Amsterdam North

Spreading it's fall branches gently...

Spreading it’s fall branches gently…

Colourful beech leaves in fall colours

Colourful beech leaves in fall colours

 

 

Morning Fountain Tale


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Early morning in Leiden, the Netherlands. A fountain on the Beestenmarkt. Low sunlight, and some pigeons. With a little fantasy, one doesn’t need much to make a fairytale 🙂 . Feel free to add your own version of the conversation 😉 .

Beestenmarkt in Leiden, the Netherlands


Fountain in morning light. Beestenmarkt in Leiden, the Netherlands

A few pigeons meet to take their morning shower

A few pigeons meet to take their morning shower

Good morning, how are you today?

Good morning, how are you today?

Pigeon in backlight near a city fountain

Looks like it’s going to be a fine day, don’t you think so?

Sparkling fountain water.

Aaaah, that’s nice and fresh!

Fall = mushrooms time


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Fall is really the ideal time to make pics of mushrooms in all colours and shapes. This year, I haven’t had much occasion yet to go out into the woods, but last year I did. So, in the hope of having an occasion soon to go for a hike with my camera to make some new fall images, here are a few of the mushrooms I made in Nature reserve the Osbroek in Aalst, Belgium – October 4, 2013

 

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