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New on 500px : Fields of Joy – Leegkerk, The Netherlands by basmeelker by basmeelker

It’s 04:00 am. Time to get ready for an early morning landscape shoot. I’m not alone this time. Ron, a lifetime friend and fellow landscape shooter is joining me today. As we set of at 04:30 am, we can already see the early morning start will pay off. A dense ground fog is hanging over the fields as we drive northeast. I’ve got a location in mind, which under these conditions could be just the right place. We’ve got 45 minutes before sunrise and it’s just a 20 minute drive away. But as soon as we drive into the countryside east of Groningen city, the ground fog is nowhere to be seen. That’s a problem. Because it’s all we have to play with. The sky is cloudless and this time of year, as soon as the sun tips over the horizon, it’s a big and bright ball that ruins everything. After a quick assessment of the situation, we decide to turn back to where we started. With a bit of luck, the ground fog is still there and our efforts will not have been in vain. But as always, time is running out. Just as we arrive in the fields west of Groningen city, the sun says hello and a new day has started. It’s in these situations that you realize how important it is to have as many potential ’landscape-ready and approved’ locations in your landscape arsenal as possible. As the sun gains height, we quickly drive to a location where we can use the fog and back lighting for some scenic shots.

As we get out of the car and grab our gear, the sun is already bright enough to shoot handheld with a long focal length. I quickly mount my 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II, set the aperture on f/7.1 (don’t ask me why..), the iso on 200 and start exposing. With shutter speeds in access of 1/800 sec., it’s more than enough to forget about setting up the tripod. Speed and making the most out of this quickly changing situation is all that matters now. As I look next to me, Ron is shooting just as franticly. With the light evolving and the sheep constantly changing position, we need to be as flexible as possible. It looks chaotic but big smiles tell it all. We have a ball. And best of all, we’ve eventually ended up less then a mile from my home. So a fresh cup of coffee and breakfast is almost within our reach. Have a great weekend!

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New on 500px : Bloodsky – Wadden sea, The Netherlands by basmeelker by basmeelker

It’s seven o’clock in the evening and it’s still warm and humid. I had planned to go on a sunset shoot this evening, but it looks like that nothing is going to happen. But as the evening progresses, I get restless. Conditions are changing constantly and I know there’s a large amount of Sahara sand in the atmosphere, which could cause some spectacular colors at sunset. Eight o’clock, still at home. Nothing happens. Should I go or should I stay? Another look at the satellite images, but it’s hard to see what will happen. 8.15pm: up to the second floor to get a better look at what is happening at the horizon. Our bedroom window faces north and although our neighbors’ houses are blocking the view a bit, I can still get a good look at what is happening. Now I’m getting agitated. There’s a small opening to the northwest at the horizon and it looks like it’s just enough to let the light through. 8.30pm: time to decide, it’s now or never.

It’s a go. I grab my gear. There’s not much time. I get in car and drive north, to the Lauwersmeer National Park and The Wadden Sea. With the wind blowing from the south, chances are that when the sun sets, there’s just enough room left for the light to get through. It’s a half hour drive to get to the right location and as I’m getting closer, things are looking up. With only a few miles to go, the sky and the clouds are already showing some color. I need to step on it. A few minutes later I park my car, put on my Wellingtons. At this time, I realize how silly I must look, wearing a dark shirt, bright blue shorts and big green Wellingtons. I don’t care. I’m here now and running to get to the right spot. As I get to my spot, sweating and heavy breathing, I realize there’s a problem. It’s low tide and I need to get down a steep dyke. Normally no problem, but the retreating water has made it a slippery slope. I decide to set up my gear on top of the dyke before heading down. Now the sky is really starting to fire up. I need to hurry. With my tripod mounted camera in one hand I carefully start to make my way down on my hand(s) and feet, literally sliding down the last meter. I’ve made it. Nothing got broken, until now.

As I set up my tripod, a part of my left hand between my thumb and my index finger gets stuck between my tripod. As I fold out my tripod, it acts like a pincer, snapping right through my skin. Massive bleeding is the result. I asses the situation. No stitches are needed for now. It looks worse than it is, but man, does it bleed. I need a cloth. I have one. But wait, it’s in my camera bag at the top of the dyke..$%#^&. This isn’t funny anymore. To make things worse I also forgot to take out my cable release. Keep calm. There’s no way I’m going up that slippery slope again. Not without some decent images. I’ve already messed it up so far. I need to focus now. Take a deep breath and get to work. As the sun sets, nature puts on a spectacular show. As thunderclouds roll in from the south, the opening at the horizon is still there. Deep reds, pinks and yellows paint the sky, reflection of the water. Keep breathing, count to 10, and check focus. Luckily, I was smart enough to grab a ND9 graduated grey filter before heading down. I need it to keep back the sky and hold back the colors. Otherwise I would have completely over-saturated with these long exposures, even in-camera. My routine kicks in, making several exposures as the light changes. At 9.30pm colors are at its peak. What a sight. As colors retreat and I’m calming down, I realize I have to start thinking about how to get back up the dyke. With a camera and lens covered in blood, I eventually make it back up in once piece. It is definitely an evening to remember.

Bloodsky – The Wadden sea, The Netherlands – Canon EOS 5D Mark III + Canon TS-E 17mm f4 L at iso 100, f/13, 2 second exposure, Lee ND9 hard grad, tripod and no cable release…more images on http://www.basmeelker.nl

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New on 500px : Windmills of Kinderdijk by edwinkremer by edwinkremer

The historic windmill complex of Kinderdijk is the only place in the world with so many gorgeous windmills so close together in an authentic polder landscape. This unique character was rewarded with an entry on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997.

This morning some fog was forecasted, so I decided to wake up at 4.15am and made sure to be here well before sunrise, hours before the first busses with tourist would arrive. The fog however decided to go elsewhere, but still a great sunrise. I used a Lee ND0.9 Hard Grad filter to correct the exposure for the sky.

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New on 500px : Podere Belvedere, San Quirico d’Orcia by edwinkremer by edwinkremer

An iconic farmhouse that perfectly represents the Tuscan idyll, situated in the Val d’Orcia, just outside San Quirico d’Orcia, one of the most beautiful and charming medieval towns of the Val d’Orcia, located to the south of Siena.

Visiting this place was like a dream come true. Sure, it is the most photographed house in Italy, but frankly, I couldn’t care less. This morning’s light show presented by Mother Earth was simply mind blowing and a great relief after the steady rain of the evening before. I used a Lee ND0.9 Hard Grad filter to correct the exposure for the sky and the hills in the far distance.

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