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Sharing my stories, passion and knowledge, but even more so, my experiences with photography in my blog section is something I needed to do. It is not easy, but love -not expected- to write more and share my experiences.

Italian Dolomites Part 1 - Passo di Giau & Lago di Croda

Let me start with saying, I love the mountains! Especially the Dolomites. I first visited the Dolomites in the 2000s for skiing or in my case snowboarding and I was amazed by the rolling hills and the raw mountain peaks. The colours especially, the grey and pink massive monolith rocks with razor-sharp edges and the patterns within the mountains. Since then, I have been there more than once. This spiked my interest to be there in late summer of autumn for hiking and photography. This is my blog, in parts, of that adventure!

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Mountains - The Swiss Alps with the Fujifilm X-T3

This summer holiday was all about experiencing camping and visiting different places. We travelled to France, went to Switzerland and ended up in Germany - Black Forest. The one that stood out, was Switzerland! We were situated in La Fouly, right at the Mount Blanc Trail - more here. Where the Mont Blanc Massif stands tall! We stayed at the local camping grounds and explored this beautiful area.

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I'm so nice, I bought it twice - The X100F meets graffiti

So I have a confession to make, I’m stupid and nice! In this particular case all of the above apply to me. I bought the X100F last year as an allround, easy to carry and excellent image quality camera. The one that you always have in your hand or at least near you. After the summer and winter started, I got the feeling the X100F just sat on the shelf, not doing anything. In my mind, that was a waist and lusting for more bokeh shots, I convinced myself that I needed the 23mmF1.4. So I traded in the X100F for the 23mmF1.4 and the X-T3 and some spare cash, obviously.

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Almost ready to leave the nest - Zaans Rietveld

Just before summer holidays on a nice evening in June I did a short tour around our local birding area. We have a few, but this one is the closest. You can find all sorts of birds, but mainly you’ll find waterbirds. Lately some even have spotted a long-eared owl and a sparrow hawk. More commonly you’ll find besides the waterbirds, goose, seagulls and kestrels, with sometimes a buzzerd.

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Bird Portrait Photography - A concept in the works

I have this idea, for a while now, it started with the photos on the desktop of the Microsoft surface line. Remember, the animals - owl photographed. To me it was as the birds where portrayed as a humans, a portrait almost. This intrigued me enormous and wanted to try this for myself. So I thought let’s try to capture birds in portraits like humans, i.e. bird portrait photography.

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Leuvenumse bos - Forest hike with the X-T3 and 50-140

I’ve been looking into different hiking trails in the forest area the Veluwe this time around, to capture wildlife and nature. A more forest type of photography. This was the first outing with the Fujinon 50-140F2.8 and the photos weren’t the primary goal, just a nice walk and getting to know the 50-140 and how it behaves.

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Birding with the Fujifilm X-T3 and the Fujinon 100-400

After coming back from Vancouver and Vancouver island, photos will come later, I needed to test my few months old X-T3 against my former X-T2 for bird photography. So with a nice sun, wind and overall Dutch skies I went to the Groene Jonker and the Waver. See earlier blog posts on both areas here in the Netherlands.

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Sunrise at Marken

The former island of Marken situated in the Gouwzee was connect to the main land in 1957 by a dyke. This means that visiting the island is obviously much easier now. Marken is famous for its monumental wooden houses, fishing heretic and the traditional costumes the residents wear.

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Drone footage - Early autumn in the dunes

Finally, finally I got to do some video editing, I keep postponing it. The video is some drone footage (DJI Mavic Air) from last autumn when I was in the dunes. Remember this post from a while ago? Early autumn in the dunes - it was a wonderful Indian summer evening, golden hour and epic light. I got some cool shots back then.

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