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26. Yorkshire, England, 1989.

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26. "Lines in landscapes nr.1"
During our holidays there will be 1 new photograph every week on Sundays. All photographs are according to the theme: "Lines in landscapes"

25. Lake District, England, 1996.

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25. "Trees nr. 3"
With backlight dramatic effects can be achieved. I measured the light coming from the grass left bottom of the centre. With pictures like this, and also the previous one, you have to take care that there is no direct sunlight falling on the lens, because that will result in a completely wrong exposure and a picture without contrast. You could use your free hand to shade the lens. Or put the camera on a tripod and try to get a shadow on the lens, but be sure you stay out of the picture.

24. Ireland, 1988.

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24. "Trees nr. 2"
The skimming light makes beautiful shadows. For a picture like this you have to be in exactly the right place at the right time. A few minutes earlier or later and it would have been a boring picture.

23. Buoys, Dutch island of Terschelling, 1989.

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23. This picture almost completely consists of round and triangular forms. If you project an imaginary line through the tops of the buoys you can see another curved line. Although the sun is very bright, see the shadows on the two yellow buoys bottom left, those harsh shadows are filled in again by yellow reflected light. The yellow buoys make the sky look even bluer. I chose a low viewpoint to get a nice contrast with the red rings against the blue sky. Notice the change in intensity in the blue sky. The colour is getting more intense in the direction of the zenith. In an airplane high in the sky the zenith looks almost black, the real "colour" of the vacuous universe. (Click on May in ARCHIVES for picture nr. 4)

22. Irish shop in Dublin, 1988.

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22. "Green with Red nr. 3"
Another picture in the series strong colours. Red and green again used next to each other. The yellow accent of the icecream cone forms a nice contrast with the blue of the facade.

21. Street in Morocco, 1980.

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21. This photograph too is built up from rectangles. Although the sun was shining brightly, in this street you only see soft, almost shadowless light. Most of the sunlight is reflected from the bluish white wall around the corner on the right. You can tell by the shadows in the doorpanels of the blue door on the right where the light is coming from. Pay attention to the power supply in the top right corner, or maybe it is an Internet connection ;-)

20. Portuguese door.

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20. This time a picture taken by my daughter Marianne. This picture, unlike the previous one, is almost completely built up of rectangles. The door, the boards of the door, the piece of metal on the door, the doorstep and even the cobble-stones. The first thing that strikes you are the strong shadows. It does not disturb the picture, it emphasizes the fact that the door is in a different plane from the wall. The shadow of the doorstep forms a nice triangle, and the wall too forms a shadow-triangle on the doorstep, this line continues in the slanting woodstrip on the door. With some simple geometry you can calculate the height of the sun with the help of the shadows. The texture of the door is beautiful, The wood was red in a distant past. The colour of the moisture spots in the wall echoes in the rust of the metal. The cat is in exactly the right position and catches the eye because of the round forms between all the straight lines. Its colour looks like the door.

19. Part of a ship, Ireland, 1988.

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19. "Green with Red nr. 2"
A picture with repeating elements, the curved shapes are returning in different places in the photograph. Red and green enhancing each other. Because of the skimming light, the texture of the surfaces is highlighted.

18. Rape seed field in Ireland, 1988.

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18. Fortunately it rains a lot in Ireland ;-) so you can enjoy the sunshine even more. Here too the colours yellow and blue enhance each other. This picture is divided into 3 areas: The blue gate, the yellow field and the blue sky. Because of the gate in the foreground there is more depth in the picture. The focus is on the foreground. In picture nr. 7 there are also 3 areas, but there the focus is in the middle area.

17. Halo around the sun, Iceland, 1999.

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17. "Sun nr. 4"
This phenomenon is called halo. To improve the colours, this picture was very much underexposed. The following text is by courtesy of Erwin Kroll (Dutch tv weatherman): "The rainbow as well as the halo are caused by breaking and reflecting of light, but in the case of rainbows it happens inside falling drops, with halo's it is caused by ice crystals of which clouds are consisting. In case of the rainbow it is returning light, with the halo it is translucent light, according to the laws of physics something completely different, but both phenomena are very beautiful to see. I think that halo phenomena are just as frequent as rainbows, unfortunately we spend more time staring at the ground than looking at the sky"

16. Irish beach, summer 1990.

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16. "Stone nr. 1"
Blue and yellow also enhance each other.

15. Window of an abandoned house on the Irish westcoast, 1990.

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15. "Green with Red nr 1"
Certain colour combinations enhance each other, like red and green.

14. Sequence of the solar eclipse.

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14. "Sun nr. 3"
Usually I try to tell you how to take good pictures. This picture is to show you where it can go wrong. I meant to take a photograph like nr. 1 (Archives May) Because I was standing in the wrong place at first, I had to drive about 1 km further on. Then I was in a real hurry, I used the wrong lens and I used intervals that were too short. Because of the wrong lens, I had to enlarge the picture very much, which is not good for the quality. With the right telelens and 3 minute intervals it would have been a lot better. So, good preparation is half the job.

13, Solar eclipse, Loosdrecht, the Netherlands, 2003

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13. "Sun nr. 2"
The moon moves between the sun and the earth. In this picture the eclipse is almost over. The last opportunity without an ND-filter, f.22 and 1/1000. In this picture you look straight into the light source, the maximum amount of light. The branches on the right do not reflect light, they only block it. The contrast in this picture is maximal. A picture on your screen can never be brighter than the screen, but because of the high contrast it looks like the sun is really shining.

12. Waterplants, Ireland.

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12. "Water nr. 1"
Water is colourless. (Except when something is dissolved in it, minerals for instance) Water reflects the light that falls on it. It's blue when the sky is blue and grey when the sky is grey. When there are waves, it's reflecting under different angles, that way different shades can be seen. In this picture you can see the transformed reflections of the blue sky and the white clouds. Because there's never 100% reflection, the colour in the water is darker. (see picture nr. 11)


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11. "Dauwtrappen" literally means: "stepping on the dew" It's a very old custom in our country. A walk on certain holidays, the walk starts before sunrise. In this case through an area that's normally closed to the public.

10. Multicoloured pipes, Vreeland, The Netherlands.

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10. When the out of many colours composed white sunlight falls on an object, some colours are absorbed by the surface (for instance the paint coating) The colours that are not absorbed are reflected, these reflected colours we call the colour of an object. The wet beach in the previous photograph looks blue, because the blue sky is reflected in it.
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