Autumn atmosphere Ice on the IJmeer
Jan 102009

This Saturday my brother and I visited Kinderdijk, the Dutch village famous for its mills. We had arrived before dawn, to be able to capture the most beautiful lights and colours. During the holiday season Holland was captured by a nice severe frost. After twelve year, we finally had ice again! These were all terrific ingredients for nice photography work. Standing on the ice, we were able to capture this moment just before sunset.

Winter in Kinderdijk

This photograph is presumably one of the best photo’s I have ever made. It’s one of the pictures I’ve printed on canvas and it currently hangs in our living room. The photo is shot using my tripod standing on the ice. I used a quite long focal length for a landscape photo at 115mm using the marvellous Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM lens, to capture a better part of the beautiful red/orange colour. I used a graduated filter to lighten the snow on the foreground a bit. Furthermore an exposure of 0,6 sec at f/11 was used.

Winter in Kinderdijk

Winter in Kinderdijk

Winter in Kinderdijk

Winter in Kinderdijk

Winter in Kinderdijk

Winter in Kinderdijk

The mills of Kinderdijk in combination with the influence of Winter with ice and frost gave the conditions for a perfect photography session. After two hours of pressing the shutter we tied on our skates and enjoyed the Winter at its best: on the ice.

Winter in Kinderdijk

I love the Winter.

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