A 360-degree panoramic view over Rotterdam, taken from the northern pylon of the Willemsbrug. Rottedam South and centre can been seen clearly. The Erasmusbrug is in the far back with the Oude Haven almost in the middle.
People regularly ask me if there is anything to see under water in the Netherlands. When scuba-diving comes up in a discussion in my home country it is rarely understood that bad visibility doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see. On the contrary, below the waterline the world is teeming with life and I think this photo shows that perfectly. So, if you’re willing to battle the often poor viz you’ll be in for a surprise!
Gemaal Dreischor (Zeeland, The Netherlands)
August 17th 2011. Canon EOS5D + 15mm f2.8 (UK-Germany housing). 400ISO, f11, 1/40sec. Viz: 1-4 meters.
From my album: diving the Netherlands.
This is what you get for setting your kids on a couch: total fun mayhem! Definitely one of my favorite photos of 2010! Thanks for Tine for organizing the party and all the parents for allowing me to showcase this photo..
Photo is one of a series of 5 shots taken with my Canon 1DmkIII and my 70-200 f2.8. To counter the bright light in the back I had set the camera at 1 stop overexposure while keeping at an Av setting of f5.6. With an ISO of 400 this led to a shuttertime of 1/400. Converted to B&W in Photoshop with the black deepened a little bit with the levels tool.
While shooting the snowboard and skitest for the Dutch “Wintersport Magazine” I was using the same skilift over and over again and felt it was really great for doing some shot from above as it came over the skislopes really low at a specific part.
All what was needed was a bit of good timing and a bit of good luck. With one test run (and some walkie-talkies) we managed to get speed perfectly right and while the skiers went underneath me I just had to lean out of the chairlift adn shoot a ton of pictures.
The end result came out incredibly good and I totally fell in love with this shot: it really embellishes the way you feel when on the slopes with friends. The shadows give it a really nice touch too and the spraying snow from the skies couldn’t have been more perfect, this is wintersports!
The image has been cropped slightly and was pulled a bit brighter with the curves tool. Just minor adjustments to a photo that hardly needed any work. It was shot with a manual setting at 1/1600th at f6.3 with 100ISO. 15mm fisheye lens on a Canon 1D MkIII (1.3 magnification factor).
Bad Hofgastein, Austria.
As I’m planning a new trip to my favorite Middle-eastern country, Oman, hopefully in April I thought it would be nice to pick one shot from my previous trip in 2008. It belongs to my “Faces of Oman” series for which I photographed ordinary Omani people during a 6 day mad dash around the country for the largest commercial Newspaper (Telegraaf) and Magazine (Veronica Magazine) in the Netherlands.
The photo featured here was taken at the famous Nizwa Fortress, in the Northern part of the country. After having had a tour of the fortress I sat down while some of us went to get some sodas and icecream from the local vendor. As I sat and enjoyed the view over the tower I noticed these two guys taking a peek though one of the tower windows. I realized I just had seconds to capture this image while having to lens-change as well from my 16-35mm to 70-200mm. I figured I just had to try and switched lenses faster than I ever had. I knew the camera was still on semi-automatic (Av 5.6 with -1/3 stop of underexposure) so I just had to point and shoot. Seconds after taking four photos, the guys were off leaving me behind very happy!
The photo is about a 70-80% crop of the original, leaving out a window that was to be seen on the left side of the picture. In photoshop I compensated the color, saturation and levels to adjust for the slightly too warm (red) original.
I took this photo about a year ago while on a trip to Curacao (Dutch Caribbean). It’s a photo of my sister in law doing a refresher scuba course after not having dived for about ten years.
I really wanted to capture the “learning” atmosphere as well as the holiday setting with blue sky and something exotic. The swimming pool of our diving hotel (Habitat, I recommend it if you like to be in the nature part of the island) turned out to be perfect.
Took quite a few clicks to get a good half-shot with all elements in it. The parasol just gives it a nice touch.
Taken with my 5D and a 15mm fisheye, at f10 and 1/200 sec. There was more than enough light to work without flashes and set ISO at 100.
Shot with my 50mm (the cheap-ass one from Canon f1.8) at f2 and an exposure bias of 1 full stop in order to keep the dark bits as they should be. I took the quick, lazy option of shooting Av because I didn’t want to risk losing the moment. After setting things up quickly it was just a matter of focussing properly (not always easy with this lens: it is rather poorly built, but so is the 5 times more expensive f1.4), getting the right frame and start clicking away!
Afterwards it turned out there was no need for hurry, Luc loves smiling and took plenty of time to pose for the camera. Out of 30 shots this one came out nicest.
While en route from the mainland to Vlieland, one of the northern Dutch islands in the Wadden Sea the sun suddenly broke through on a very dull and grayish day. I quickly rushed onto the viewing deck from the ferry and just as we were approaching the island I saw this vessel (the PI 66 a Lemsteraak) in the distance and figured it would line up nicely with the sandy beaches in less than a minute.
I quickly changed lenses from my 16-35 to my 100-400 (EF), manually setting it at f9 and 1/250th of a second to get a nice amount of depth of field for the ship and the background. After that it was just a matter of waiting a bunch of seconds for the line-up to be perfect, the shot was pretty straight forward from there on, the result couldn’t be more Dutch!
Photo is part o a bike trip to two of the smaller Northern Dutch Islands: Schiermonnikoog & Vlieland. Report is for the 2011 Bike Special that comes with the largest travel magazine in the Netherlands: ANWB REIZEN Magazine.
A JR Railways service man watches over a departing subway train from the Ueno station in Tokyo. I was a bit lucky in getting this particular image becasue I noticed the whole setup really moments before the train departed (I just missed it actually, which is not a problem because in Tokyo there usually is another one within minutes).
I had already to set my camera to -2/3 exposure while shooting some images in the station and started clicking away immediately when I saw the train departing. Out of 5 shots this one came out perfect. Shot at f2.8 at -2/3 of a stop which resulted in a 1/20 sec exposure. Exactly right to get the man frozen and the departing train blurry.
Afterwards I showed the image to the man but he was not very amused, I guess taking pictures slightly sneakily is not really appreciated but sometimes there is no other way. Other that that he didn’t complain or get angry so I have this cool photo as a result.
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