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Entree building Het Loo, Apeldoorn – Modern architecture, abstract impression


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Entree building of Palace Het Loo, modern architecture by architect Koen van Velsen. The combination of windows, stairs, mirrors and reflections of the autumn landscape outside makes for a abstract impression . Photographed in Crown Domain ‘het Loo’, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, during a panel testing day with the Tamron 16-300 mm F3,5-6,3 DiII VC PZD zoom – organized by the Dutch photography Magazine ‘Focus’ .

 

Modern architecture and autumn forest abstract 01

Modern architecture and autumn forest abstract 01

 

Modern architecture and autumn forest abstract 02

Modern architecture and autumn forest abstract 02

 

Modern architecture and autumn forest abstract 03

Modern architecture and autumn forest abstract 03

16mm wide angle to 300 mm tele zoom … what does that look like?


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Yesterday I participated in a testing panel day, organized by the Dutch photography magazine “Focus”.  A group of 12 readers was invited to try out the new, award winning Tamron 16-300 mm F3,5-6,3 DiII VC PZD zoom lens.

16 mm wide angle to 300 mm zoom in one lens… what does that look like?

Well, we went to the Royal Palace “Het Loo” in Apeldoorn, where we could experiment with this awesome lens.

Here is what it looks like:

Royal Stables Palace 'Het Loo' - 16mm wide angle

Royal Stables Palace ‘Het Loo’ – 16mm wide angle

 

Mare and foal on the weather vane of the Royal stables - 300 mm tele

Mare and foal on the weather vane of the Royal stables – 300 mm tele

Such a reach, all within one lens, isn’t that amazing??!!

 

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

 

 

Eyes of a sleepy white wolf


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Eyes of a sleepy white wolf

Eyes of a sleepy white wolf

Photo made in Artis Amsterdam zoo,  October 28, 2014

Noon break

International Photo Festival Leiden – an impression


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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

Redbubble 15% Off Calendars and Cards


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As of today, Oct. 9, Redbubble is offering 15% off calendars, greeting cards, and postcards so you can stock up on holiday gifts for your families, friends, and fans with the promo code ARTIST15.

The sale ends on Monday, Oct. 13 at Midnight PDT. 

So if you would like to have a look at some of my Redbubble calendars, feathering some of my best work, this may be the right time to do so. Cards and postcards, you can find here: my Redbubble cards

Redbubble says: “Our Calendars are splendidly large, printed on 200gsm satin paper with a tough cover and extremely handy wire binding and hanger.” – and definitely, the quality of their A3 size calendars is high standard. More product information you can find here: Redbubble: About our calendars .

Underneath you will find the previews of the front- and back cover of each of my calendars, with a link to the calendar description on Redbubble. There you can see all pages of each calendar by clicking the left- and right arrows underneath the front cover image.

Enjoy the browsing, and don’t forget to include the discount code ARTIST15 when you check out!

Colourful SouthEast in black and white

Colourful SouthEast in black and white – by Steppeland

Streets of Amsterdam - by steppeland

Streets of Amsterdam – by steppeland

Zoo Animals - calendar by steppeland

Zoo Animals – by steppeland

The Reed Corner - calendar by Steppeland

The Reed Corner – by Steppeland

by steppeland

Nature all year round – by steppeland

Mysterious Mushrooms - by steppeland

Mysterious Mushrooms – by steppeland

Mood and Light by steppeland

Mood and Light by steppeland

Lets go see the monkeys - by steppeland

Lets go see the monkeys – by steppeland

Flowers all year round - by steppeland

Flowers all year round – by steppeland

365 collections by Lisa Congdon


Last week I followed a 3 days on-line course on CreativeLive : “Become a Working Artist” with Lisa Congdon.
It was a great course and you haven’t been able to follow it live, or to see a re-broadcast, it is possible to buy the course in 22 downloadable video segments.  I really recommend it for everyone who would like to make an income by making art. I surely learned a lot and will likely go back to my notes or rebroadcasts in the future.

 

A collection a day

 

During one of the sections of the course, Lisa told us about one of the projects she did a few years ago. It’s called ‘A collection a day’ , and that’s exactly what it is: during a whole year, every day, Lisa either photographed or drew a collection, and posted about it on her blog. I was so fascinated about that idea that I went over to take a look at it, and … it’s marvellous! The variation in the objects she collected and photographed is enormous, and the fact that she alternated the photo’s with her own drawings and illustrations of collections made the whole only more colourful and varied.
I LOVE collections too, and have been collecting small, ordinary things of all kinds all my life. The idea of putting them together and showing them to the world is so awesome. It gives the ordinary things that colour and beautify our lives another dimension, and ‘a larger impact’… And what a commitment to do this every day, 365 days, a whole year long! That’s something I would never manage to do. But I would like to do something more with my own little collections too, and Lisa’s project definitely brought me some great ideas!

 

Day 1: Vintage erasers by Lisa Congdon (*)

Day 331 : Plates by Lisa Congdon (*)

Lisa’s collections are now recently printed as a book, and I think it would be great to have something like that on your coffee table, and to browse through it once in a while. Something for my wish list for sure! So if you love collections too, and would like to have a look, head over to her blog, where you can see all her blogposts online, or to her website, where Lisa tells you about her project, and the way she went about it, and where you can order her book!

 

Signed Copy of A Collection a Day Book

Book: “A collection a day” by Lisa Congdon (*)

Thanks a lot, Lisa, for a great course, and for this great inspiration!
Lisa’s website: http://collectionaday.com/
(*) Photo’s by Lisa used with permission.
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Tell me about your collections!

Do you have some collections yourself, and did you ever photograph them or blog about them? If you did, do let me know, I would love to come and see yours!

 

Sunday Street Day


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It’s a few weeks now that I skipped posting my Sunday Street photo’s, because I had other things to do that had priority. But I don’t want to forget about it all together. So, although it’s Monday night already, here come my Sunday Street shots.

Till now, I picked two different photo’s for my English and Dutch blog, but as of today, I’ll pick two, and post them on both of my blogs. Here they come 🙂

 

‘Streets of Amsterdam’-series

So where for heaven’s sake am I

Amsterdam street photography - #SundayStreetDay

So where for heaven’s sake am I

‘Streets of Amsterdam’-series

Quench the thirsty

quench the thirsty

Quench the thirsty

the Bijlmermonument

Picking a topic to write about, and the Bijlmermonument


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Picking a topic and making a list

For me, it’s not so much a problem to think what to write about. Rather, to pick one of the many possibilities, and not trying to do them all at once. So as soon as I’ve done my two daily posts ( E and NL) , I will start making a list in Evernote with possible topics, so that I can keep track of all the ideas that come up. Or better, let me open Evernote right away, and jot ideas down as they pop into my head… 🙂

The Bijlmermonument

Yesterday October 4, it was the 22 anniversary remembrance day of the Bijlmer disaster, when an El Al plain crashed in two of the Bijlmer apartment buildings, and 43 people died, with many more injured and traumatized.

I couldn’t be there at the remembrance ceremony, but we’re living so close by the monument that we could hear the music in our living rooms, and I could see still some people around when I passed there later that evening.

22 years ago, and people still remember… This year, the ceremony had a special accent, in the light of the recent disaster with the MH17 in Ukraine, where 298 people died, among whom 196 Dutch. This recent disaster brought so many memories back for people in the Bijlmer, and they expressed their sympathy to the victims and their families and relatives now…

Advise from the Bijlmer to the family and relatives of MH17 victims: make sure there comes a monument, and often seek one another’s company and support – always remember! …

the Bijlmermonument

the Bijlmermonument, with the tree that saw everything, the remembrance wall and the mosaic tiles, photographed sept. 2012

Stepping up my game ?


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Yes, I so would like to be able to post a little bit more regularly – let us say…. ehmmm… daily??? OMG – Why is it so hard to commit to that? Only a few sentences and maybe a photo every now and then would be enough, right?

My big difficulty is that I would like to do regular blogs as well on my English as on my Dutch blog. So indeed, that’s double work.  And I’m aware that I am so unreliable when it comes to keeping up with my ‘daily’ resolutions… But why not giving it a try anyway? Shall I start today?… I DID!!

Full moon, photographed on sept. 8, 2014

Full moon, photographed on sept. 8, 2014