Netherlands

Three of the female athletes at the National Championship Fitness and Bodybuiling 2014


Nederlands (link)

About three weeks ago I posted photo’s of three of the male athletes that I photographed at the National Championship Fitness and Bodybuilding on November 2, 2014, the Netherlands.

Today, I finally catch up to give some of the female athletes their share of attention too – so here are three of the female athletes.

More photo’s made at this event you can see in my Demotix photo reportage .

 

Black female athlete who won three special distinction awards

Black female athlete who won three special distinction awards

 

Female athlete in the category 40+ Athletic posing on stage

Female athlete in the category 40+ Athletic posing on stage

 

Blonde female athlete during the free performance. A row of her competitors in the background.

Blonde female athlete during the free performance. A row of her competitors in the background.

 

Streets of Amsterdam in colour


Deze blog post in het Nederlands (link).

It’s Sunday Street day again, and for today, I picked 3 coloured street-photo’s.

 

‘Streets of Amsterdam’-series

No time for Rolex

No time for Rolex

No time for Rolex

 

‘Streets of Amsterdam’-series

Seem to agree

Seem to agree

Seem to agree

 

‘Streets of Amsterdam’-series

Leashed

Leashed

Leashed

Last summer street shots of the June series


Deze blog post in het Nederlands (link).

Well, summer is really over in Amsterdam. Actually, fall has taken over, and it’s beautiful outside. It’s time to get out there for both great autumn street and nature shots. But I’m still a little house-bound because of loads of organisational work to do, so I have to bind myself to my chair for a few days more.

No problem as for the photo blogging though, since I have a lot of great material left to process from the past months of photo shoots on the streets. So now let’s reminisce on a great summer with these last three street photo’s from the June series 😉 .

Starbucks morning coffee

Starbucks morning coffee

 

Los Angeles Team - duo street portrait

Los Angeles Team – duo street portrait

 

Sore feet

Sore feet

Noon break

International Photo Festival Leiden – an impression


Deze blog post in het Nederlands (link)

Last week I was in Leiden for the International Photo Festival. I wanted to make a photo story about it for Demotix. And if you were able to follow my blogs these past days, then you know already that this wasn’t the only thing I photographed… Indeed, after a very long day, I came home with over 800 photo’s and enough material to make not just one, but at least 4 photo stories! And I wasn’t bored for one moment!

My story about the Photo Festival for Demotix is life on Demotix in the meantime, and you can find it here: International Photo Festival Leiden with as theme ‘New Photographers’

Ten of my own favourites of this series, I’ve selected for this blog. Some of them are also on Demotix, in colour, but there are some others that didn’t fit into the Demotix series, and I’d like to show those here. I transmitted them all into a nice light sepia.

I think that this series gives a very nice impression of the Photo Festival, and my interpretation of it. So I’m really happy to show them to you here.

 

About the International Photo Festival Leiden

The second International Photo Festival Leiden takes place in the autumn of 2014, Oct 11 till Nov 8. It aims at providing a platform for young talented, professional photographers, by giving them a chance to expose themselves to a broader audience.

278 international photographers entered their work : more than 1100 unique images. A jury existing of experts from the photography and art world selected 20 talented new photographers. On different locations in Leiden, the open air exhibition leads visitors along 80 of their works.

 

Noon break

Noon break

Children'e play

Children’s play

 

Inside-outside, darkness and light

Inside-outside, darkness and light

 

Ready to climb

Ready to climb

 

Passing by

Passing by

 

Unloading flowers

Unloading flowers

Vulnerability

Vulnerability

Ultra right reflection

Ultra right reflection

Silent strength

Silent strength

Veiled women

Veiled women

Young Eglantine Rose on thorny bush


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Young Eglantine Rose on thorny bush

Young Eglantine Rose on thorny bush

Young, soft pink Eglantine rose with yellow stamens and tiny drops of dew on the petals, on an old and thorny bush… Photo made in North Holland Dunes Reserve, June 8, 2014.

The choice for this image to post today was inspired by a poem of georgetteann  : Grief – May this image bring some gentle comfort and hope to anyone who has lost a loved one recently or longer ago – and still silently cries at night about the loss…

Coot on it’s nest


Coot on it's nest 1 Coot on it's nest 2

It had been a long time that I didn’t visit the ReedCorner (de Riethoek) , a small nature area surrounded by the highly populated neighbourhoods of Amsterdam SouthEast (The Netherlands) – But on Easter Sunday, although the sun was hiding behind the clouds again, I thought it was time to have a walk… and I definitely wasn’t disappointed.

I enjoyed seeing and photographing several water birds, of which some were already nesting – and lots of little flowering herbs… the first messengers that spring truly is on its way! 🙂

This Eurasian Coot clearly is already breeding… soon we’ll be able to see her ugly but eccentric young scavenging the sides of our ditches and ponds, and mom will have her hands full keeping an eye on them… For now, she still can enjoy the quiet for a little while… 🙂

Did you already see any nesting birds in your neighbourhood?


Tiny beauty

Last Saturday, we had our monthly workday with the Bijlmerweide volunteers. For me an occasion to, afterwards, still pass by the three little experimental grasslands, where we are making an inventory of the wildflowers growing there. Although from a distance, the grasslands still look very ‘barren’, there were already quite some early spring flowers to be found… Only, one has to bend deep to find them 😉 – This little beauty, klimopereprijs (Veronica hederifolia), was found and photographed on grassland 1 – and also found on grassland 2 and 3. March 17, 2012