Lofoten revisited

2 years after my first fantastic workshop on the Lofoten islands, i had the chance to return to this magical area. This time as a tour leader for a walking holiday. Although the focus was very different this time, it did give me an opportunity to make some pictures from very unusual and unique viewpoints.

The full series is still coming but these are 2 images who both got a pulse of more than 90 on 500px.

 

Kvalvika beach Sorvagen


Italia Verde

These pictures were my contribution to the latest spring Exposition of Dafofi with “Green” as the main theme. My series is called “Italia Verde”.


Perito Moreno Glacier

I consider this photo to be one of the best pictures i made during our last trip through Latin America

The Perito Moreno glacier is one of the most impressive sights in Patagonia. We’ve spent several hours on the site, but only in the very beginning and for a very short time was the light so magical as in this picture.

 

Perito Moreno


Tomorrowland bridge

During a nice walk in The Schorre, i was able to make this image with these rather dramatic clouds

Tomorrowland bridge


My new travel kit, or how i became a Fuji Fan

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I love travelling for as long as i can remember. Over the past 10 years i have also become more and more involved with photography. Everybody knows these two hobbies go very well together, so for the last years i’ve been happily carrying around a full blown photography backpack around as carry-on luggage and as daypack for all our hikes my wife and i love to make.

For our newest adventure however (a month to South America, including the multiday W-trek in patagonia), a backpack consisting solely of photographic material was not an option.

So i set out to investigate what my options were.

My current setup was a Canon 60D with  10-20, 17-70, 70-300, 100-400 and 105 macro lenses.

My requirements for this trip was a maximum of 2 lenses, and preferrably a smaller body (and lenses). It had to fit in a bag that i could either put away in my regular backpack or attach on the side of it. Another requirement was a wide angle lens. I love shooting with my 10-20, i also love long exposures, so the wide angle lens would preferrably have to have a filter thread.

First I looked into one of these superzooms like a 18-200 or even 16-300 for my canon, but the quality of the images i saw with these lenses was certainly below what i wanted so i quickly dismissed that.  

For a while I was very serious about buying a micro 4/3 camera with a decent allround zoom, and a wide angle lens. I was certainly covered in the size department. It was considerably smaller, the lenses, especially the panasonic 7-14 W/A was incredible, but it was expensive and didn’t have a filter thread. I was still thinking about this as a second system, one i would use while travelling, while using my canon at home and on more photographic centered outings.

Then I got the opportunity to test a Fujifilm X-T10. It immediately felt familiar and very intuitive to use. Ok, admittingly, I’ve been using a Fuji X10 compact as my second camera for several years now, and most of the manual controls and menu’s were roughly the same.

I did some more research, and that’s when I started thinking that a Fuji setup might just be able to replace my canon altogether. So after some sleepless nights and heaps of research, I went out and bought an X-T1 with a 18-135 4-5.6 WR. Apart from the fuji system in general I like that this combo is rain proof and pretty rugged. The 18-135 also has one of the best image stabilizing systems around, and that’s a big plus for me.

I still needed my wide angle lens. Fuji has a very good 10-24 F4, which i heard great things about, but it was another 1000 €. Luckily i was able to buy it second hand in perfect condition, so my new camera kit was almost complete. The only thing missing now was a small and light tripod for my landscape and long exposures. My carbon Sirui tripod was by normal standards already light and compact, but i still didn’t see myself carrying it on a multiday trekking, so i found the even more compact Sirui T-005X. It weighs only 1kg including ballhead and micro arcaswiss plate, and folds up to an incredible 30 cms. It’s not holding a 100-400, but for my fuji with the 10-24 it was perfect.

A last addition was the XF27 2.8 pancake lens, which I also found second hand, but in brand new condition. I know, I’m on 3 lenses now, but the pancake barely qualifies as a lens and it makes such a small street combo, I decided to leave my X10 compact at home.

 

I own the Fuji for a couple of months now, i’ve done some fun shoots close to home and on some short trips, and i haven’t touched my Canon since. I like the results a lot and i’ve never had so much fun photographing. The big South America trip is a few days away now, and i’m very excited to put my new Fuji gear to the big test.

 


Devon & Cornwall

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In September ’15 i was in Devon & Cornwall as a tour leader, for the third time. During previous visits i was already captivated by the snenic beauty of the regions. Despite the tour leading being a full time job, i did try to make some nice landscape pictures.

 


Antwerp Central Station


Casole d’Elsa – Tuscany

Last spring, my wife and i returned to one of our favourite holiday regions : Tuscany in Italy

Our first stay was within the walls of the picturesque walled village of Casole d’Elsa. The garden of our B&B had magnificent views over the surrounding valleys.
This was a great opportunity for some landscape photos.

This series is another great example that landscape pictures don’t have to be taken with a wide angle lens. All the images are made with my 100-400 mm tele lens.
Although the fog was a big factor in the beauty of these images, sometimes it was a bit much, so i made good use of the new feature in lightroom to selectively remove some of the fog.

 


Antwerp museum for modern arts

Room with a view

Recently our photography group got permission to photograph in the Antwerp museum for modern arts. Because we couldn’t photograph any artworks, it was more of an exercise in lines and shapes, and also some experimenting in black and white. Quite a challenge for a landscape photographer, but it was fun.