Sep 102009

I went to New York for a couple of days to meet some hedge fund managers. One morning before the meetings I stood up early to capture the daybreak and commute activity in the city. For that I had brought my camera equiped with the Canon EF 17-40mm L f/4 USM wide angle lens and the standard Canon EF 24-105mm L f/4 IS USM.

New York trip

The New York taxicab is probably one of the most well-known means of commuting. I’d tried to capture the taxi’s movement by using a relatively long exposure of 1/13 sec. with my 17-40mm f/4 wide angle lens.

Altogether a very succesful trip to New York.

Aug 192009

This August we went to Tuscany for a week, just to relax and to take some photographs of this beautiful landscape. The Tuscan land is characterized by grape fields, olive trees and cypress trees. The inclinations in the landscape complete the picure.

Tuscany tour

The first photograph shows some detail of one of the many grape field in Tuscany. I used my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM lens at a focal length of 200mm and an large aperture (f/2.8) to achieve a shallow depth of field, just around the few grapes.

Jun 272009

This evening we went to the polders north of Amsterdam to capture another sunset. As it it currently late June the sunset took place at 22:04. We set up our gear east of the Kinselmeer so we could see the sun disapear on the other side of this lake. Unfortunately, the sunset was not as beautiful as we had hoped. Furthermore, there were vast amounts of flies flying around our heads and cameras, there were literally millions of them. These flies did not sting, but they were annoying. If you look closely at the photograph, you can see the flies (the dots and stripes).

Sunset and flies

This photograph is shot approximately a quarter-hour before sunset. I used my Canon EF 17-40mm L f/4 USM wide angle lens with an exposure of 1/15 sec at f/8. I used this aperture to have a good focus in both foreground and background. Furthermore, I used a graduated warmth filter (Cokin 197), which works nicely for sunset photography. Off course, the tripod was used.

This is not my best sunset photograph, but it’s always nice the be in the polders and play with the camera.

May 102009

This weekend we camped with a couple of friends on a small island in the middle of the Veluwemeer (see here). We slept in tepees and it was a perfect weekend to relax. Naturally, I had brought my camera gear with me. On Sunday morning I stood up early and sneaked out of the tent around 5 a.m. It was an early Spring morning, a little cold, but the colours were marvelous.

Morning serenity

This photograph was shot at 5.41 a.m., just a couple of minutes before sunrise, probably one of the best times for landscape photography. I like the combination of the rocks on the foreground and the red sky and reflections in the water. I used a large depth of field for the focus on both the rocks and the background. Like for almost all of my landscape photography I use Aperture priority (Av) to control the depth of field. I also used a graduated filter to lighten the foreground. With these dark conditions the small aperture (f/16) resulted in an exposure of 2,5 sec. so my tripod had to be used.

Apr 252009

Tulip field in April

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For most tourists the Netherlands are known for their mills, wooden shoes and off course tulips. In April and May vast amounts of tulip fields start to blossom. As there are thousands of species growing, these fields have all kinds of beautiful colours. The most well known fields lie alongside the dunes in Zuid-Holland and the West-Friese polders.

Tulip field in April

This photograph is taken in a tulip field near the town of Purmerend. The tulips are nicely aligned and the fields have small aisles for seasonal workers to be able to cut the tulips.

For this photograph I have made some modifications with Photoshop. The day I took this photo the sky was heavily clouded and therefore I shot with ISO at 800 and the widest aperture at f/4.  I shot the photo with the Canon EF 17-40mm L f/4 USM wide angle lens at a focal length of 17mm.

I used photoshop to copy a more cheerful sky into the photo. After that I used Lightroom to adjust a little in the tone curve, brightness, contrast, clarity and saturation. Usually I’m not using photoshop to alter photographs this much, but this was a nice experiment and the result gives a better feeling of Spring.