Ingnoring the Obvious?

To make a long story short, no! But this doesn’t mean that you should stop reading 😊. This year was my fourth time I visited the Posbank during the heather season. The conditions in the first year were perfect with mist and beautiful skies. A year later I was already thinking on what I could do differently, so I decided to create a time-lapse. In 2016, I timed perfectly wrong and visited the area without any mist. So what would I do this year. Would I go for the obvious landscapes or try something different? When Dave Zuuring (see his blog here: http://nldazuu.com/heidekoorts/) texted me if I would join him to scout the area again I did not hesitate and grabbed my gear. This evening we scouted the area, first at the Posbank lookout and then the “obvious” Zijpenberg. The sky was amazing and soon we decided that this tree will be the subject of this year.

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The predictions for the next morning were promising so I decided to go and when I saw the dewdrops on my car my heartrate increased instantly… mist??? Soon I arrived at the first lookout and YES.. mist!! I decided to make a first overview picture and then zoom into the landscape before going to the spotted tree.

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Unfortunately, while I was busy I felt the wind and saw the mist disappearing from the area where the spotted tree was located. So, I followed the mist and light until I reached another great spot. Here the sun would appear nicely for a sunburst, while I was enjoying the deer, coffee and atmosphere.

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Via WhatsApp, I discussed with Dave the weather forecast for the next day and we gave it a go. Unfortunately, there was too much wind and the mist was absent. But even without it this place remains amazing. The golden light of the morning sun gave the hills of the Posbank a nice atmosphere.

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Sometimes the weather forecast is completely wrong and based on that you make the decision not to go. But then you drive to work and the first thing you see when leaving the village is… MIST?! #@%$#%^… Probably you know how I felt that moment. When arriving at work it appears that I was not the only one as Peter Bijsterveld (see his blog: http://www.peterbijsterveldphotography.com/landscapes/the-posbank-clique/) decided (last minute) not to go. Luckily mist was predicted for the next day so the three of us would visit the Posbank for one more time. And man, what a morning! I already woke up at 3.30 hrs. and my excitement kept me awake the whole time before I decided to get out of bed (4.40hrs). At 5.00 hrs. we met each other at the parking spot and walked to the spotted tree. Of course, we stopped now and then and enjoyed what nature had to offer and took some nice pictures (again of the dead tree :-)), but the goal was (for me) the tree. The mist was exactly thick enough to isolate the tree in a way as I wanted. My excitement reached boiling point when the light of the morning sun was also strong enough to enlighten parts of the landscape and if you are ready and see the results on the back of your camera, then yes!!

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After that the mist became too thick, but now some tree tops pierced through it in a way you normally see in the real mountains. So in the end I did not get only the obvious, but also something different.

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I end my visit to the Posbank during the heather season by taking a long exposure shot of the famous dead tree! See you next year (and in autumn… and winter.. and… )

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First photo-trip of 2016

It has been a while since I used my camera, but last week the conditions were good and I finally got time to go out again. First I went to De Oversteek, which is a relatively new bridge over the Waal to create a second connection between the north of the Netherlands and Nijmegen. I already knew from which side I wanted to photograph the bridge (Lent). Once on site I decided to go for the reflections during blue hour as the water level of the Waal was pretty high. As the sun went down and the blue hour started, the bridge became beautifully lit. As always I use my WA lens (tokina 12-28mm) but I was not satisfied by the fact that you could see the Electrabel, but also the stars from the lights were a bit disappointing. Then I realized I had 2 new primes and put them on… wow… what a difference! After finding a different composition I was also able to leave Electrabel out. My first successful photo (with 50mm prime) of 2016 was made :-).

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I was immediately infected again with the “virus” and made 2 more shots, which I had in my mind. First the long approach that leads to De Oversteek and finally a panorama of the small bridge in Lent which is directed towards the Saint Steven’s church in Nijmegen (both with the 35mm prime).

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Finally, one of my pictures won the second price in the photocontest #mooiRheden! The year of 2016 started of pretty good and motivated and inspired me even more to make it the best photographic year!

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Autumn!

One of the best periods of the year just ended, Autumn! This year the colors were amazing, or was I just more aware of it? Well last year I was too late to enjoy it all so this year I wanted to be in time. I already knew where to go: Posbank, Parkbos Voorstonden and Speulderbos. So the last few weeks I carefully looked at all the trees when driving to work and went on some trips to the Posbank. Here I already found some nice mushrooms. But I also enjoyed an amazing sunrise with beautiful colored trees on the Posbank. Finally I was also able to make the panorama to finish my 4 season Posbank project (https://sandergreftephotos.com/2015/11/02/4-seasons-at-the-posbank/). A good way to start!

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Last weekend my children were at their grandparents and my wife had other plans, so I had a full day for a fieldtrip. First stop was Beekhuizenseweg near Velp/Rozendaal. Here I found a small pond and stream where I experimented with long exposure times. I also learned not only to search for mushrooms but also to look up once in a while :-).. it was a promising start of the day.

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Next stop was Parkbos Voorstonden. Here, the colors were just amazing and I was not the only one enjoying it. While taking pictures and eating lunch, I also talked too other photographers and exchanged ideas and experiences. In the mean time I found a nice mushroom with some kind of fungi dreads with small white and black bolls on it (I don’t know the name). Of course once you are busy you totally forget about time and knew that I did not have time to go to Speulderbos. So I just went to Empese and Tondense Heide to find new spots for a sunrise and then went back home to watch the Rugby finals. Completely satisfied with all the results, the day ended perfectly with the All Blacks winning the finals!

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