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2005-10-08
415. Ireland, August 2005.



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415. Finavarra on Galway Bay.
The phone was still in working order.
Ireland is modernising in a very quick pace, will this phone booth still be there in a few years? I hope so, because this kind of thing really contributes to the Irish atmosphere.
copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://www.martaverissimo.net/



2005-10-06
414. Ireland, August 2005.



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414. A bit later on the same spot as the previous picture. When the sky is partly clouded the light will change almost every second.
copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://home.wanadoo.nl/ajkeizer/kunstenaars.htm





2005-10-04
4103 Ireland, August 2005.



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413. The Connor pass on Dingle peninsula.
Evident is the colourchange from foreground to background. Painters usually paint the background bluer than the foreground to create depth.
copyright: Henk Bakker)

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http://www.doest-photography.com/



2005-10-02
412. Ireland, August 2005.



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412. Beach in Ireland.
This is the photograph as it should be seen.
Look at picture nr. 400, 4012 and 402 for the explanation. (Archives)
copyright: Henk Bakker)

Guestlink:
http://www.artincontext.org/image/default.aspx?Disc_ID=4


2005-10-01
411. Ireland, August 2005.



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411. Beach in Ireland.
Look at picture nr. 400, 401 and 402 for the explanation. (Archives, September 2005)
copyright: Henk Bakker)


2005-09-30
410. Ireland, August 2005.



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410. Beach in Ireland.
copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://www.koldobadillo.com/english/indexenglish.html




2005-09-28
409. Ireland, August 2005.



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409. Beach in Ireland.
When the sun is low in the sky the shadows are more beautiful, also the texture of the sand becomes more plastic.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://www.paulneevel.com/





2005-09-26
408. Ireland, August 2005.



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408. Beach in Ireland.
Half an hour before I took this picture the beach was totally uninteresting for photography, because there was no sun. Photography outside is usually a matter of waiting for the right light.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://www.studio-sandor.com/


2005-09-24
407. Ireland, August 2005.



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407. One of the many ruins on the west coast of Ireland. This is the castle of the 2 previous pictures.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://www.sculpture.org.uk/artists/AndyGoldsworthy







2005-09-22
406. Ireland, August 2005.



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406. Stone is stronger than ivy, still a few thousand years from now there won't be much left of this castle, but the ivy will probably still grow on top of the rubble.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Just bought the book "Ireland" by Frank Delaney. The history of Ireland from the beginning of our planet till now. Told by a mysterious timeless storyteller as a kind of eyewitness account.
http://www.frankdelaney.com
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Guestlink:
http://www.animalu.com/pics/photos.htm





2005-09-20
405. Ireland, August 2005.



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405. This ivy on the wall of the ruin of a castle almost looks the same as the stone, especially because everything is overgrown by lichens.
Maybe the Celts were inspired by the beautiful intertwining shapes of the ivy.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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http://markreep.net/



2005-09-18
404. Ireland, August 2005.



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404. Beach patterns.
Not only clouds and buttermilk make nice patterns.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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http://bellsouthpwp.net/t/e/tejuca/



2005-09-16
403. Ireland, August 2005.



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403. Curious clouds.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
The clouds make me think of the patterns you see in a glass of buttermilk after you have finished it.
I think there is more to be seen in buttermilk than in tea-leaves ;-)
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Guestlink:
http://look-thing.my-expressions.com/


2005-09-14
402. Ireland, summer 1988.



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402. Solution to ENIGMAPHOTO-2.
Photograph nr. 400 was posted upside-down. What you see are grooves in the mud of the river Shannon. The Shannon is a tidal river, everytime at low tide these meandering grooves will appear in the mud of the edges of the river.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
More optical illusions:
http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/



2005-09-14
401. Ireland, summer 1988.



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This is the Enigmaphoto turned 90 degrees.
Tilt your head to the left and you see the picture as it should be seen.
Tilt your head to the right and your brain makes ridges of the grooves.


2005-09-12
400. Ireland, summer 1988.



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400. ENIGMAPHOTO-2
What do you see in this photograph? The solution will be posted on Wednesday September 14.
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Enigmaphoto-1 was nr. 345, archives may 2005.
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Guestlink:
http://www.himalayagallery.co.jp/


2005-09-11
399. Ireland, August 2005.



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399. Usually I'm not so much interested in creating a true image of reality. With this picture the exposure was intentionally measured from the clouds. That creates the atmosphere that you can still find in the west of Ireland. This picture was taken from the same position as the previous one. With a different lens and a different exposure you can create a totally different mood.

During my holidays in Ireland I read "Mccarthy's Bar" by Pete Mccarthy. This is the best book about modern Ireland I've read so far. A must.


2005-09-10
398. Ireland, August 2005.



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398. One of the many deserted ruins in the west of Ireland.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)






2005-09-08
397. Ireland, August 2005.



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397. Detail of boat.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://www.artistsincanada.com/veerman





2005-09-06
396. Ireland, July 2005.



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396. Derreen Gardens, Kerry.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://www.wrightworld.com/







2005-09-04
395. Ireland, July 2005.



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395. Courtmacsherry Bay nr. 3.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
"Race between witch on broomstick and troll"
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Guestlink:
http://www.joexuereb.com/



2005-09-02
394. Ireland, July 2005.



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394. Derreen Gardens, Kerry.
Leaf with backlight.
It looks like a satellite picture of the south west of Ireland. On http://www.earth.google.com you can view beautiful satellite pictures of every spot on earth.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)




2005-08-31
393. Ireland, July 2005.



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393. Courtmacsherry Bay nr. 2.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://www.iliyazhelev.com


2005-08-29
392. Ireland, July 2005.



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392. Courtmacsherry Bay nr. 1.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://www.anne-oestergaard.dk/


2005-08-27
391. Ireland, August 2005.



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391. Connemara. (Photograph made by Keiko)
(copyright: Keiko Bakker- Kojima)
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Guestlink:
http://www.artfulsiren.com/





2005-08-25
390. Ireland, July 2005.



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390. A completely different view of the same landscape as the previous photograph.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://www.fcmx.net/vec/



2005-08-23
389. Ireland, July 2005.



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389. Barley field in the south of Ireland.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)





2005-08-14
387. Ireland, summer 1990.



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387. Water plants.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://paintbyaj.com/


2005-08-07
386. Ireland, summer 1990.



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386. Bark of a birch tree.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://www3.sympatico.ca/jeffphoto/




2004-12-18
275. Ireland, 1988.



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*********TACKY*********
MY ENTRY FOR PHOTO FRIDAY
http://www.photofriday.com/

275. "Drink yourself to death at Nagles' bar"
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Every other day there will be a new photograph. In December on even days.
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Guestlink:
The site of Marie-Lise Laviolette:
http://www.mllaviolette.34sp.com





2004-09-09
225. Ireland, 1990.



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225. The solution to the problem in picture nr. 224. The shadows in the previous picture are parallel in reality. Itís the working of perspective, exaggerated by the use of a wide angle lens. In picture 223 they look almost parallel. The verges of the road are also parallel but still it looks like the road is getting narrower. The trees are also roughly the same size. In today's photograph we see the same phenomenon. The rays seem to diverge but in reality they are parallel. The hole in the clouds is much further away than the point where the rays meet the earth.
The next joke illustrates the whole problem in one sentence:
As the stoker said to the engine driver: "STOP the train, the tracks are getting narrower"
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Guestlink:
Etchings by Wim van der Meij:
http://www.wimvandermeij.nl/


2004-08-08
210. Ireland, spring 1988.



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210. "Lines in landscapes nr. 15"
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://sensitivelight.com



2004-08-01
209. Ireland, spring 1990.



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209. "Lines in landscapes nr. 14"
(copyright: Henk bakker)


2004-06-24
196. Ireland, 1990.



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196. "Green nr. 11"
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
A trench caused by the excavation of peat.
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Guestlink:
The paintings of Xue Yanqun:
http://www.xueyanqun.com



2004-06-22
195. Ireland, 1990.



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195. "Green nr. 10"
The strange forms at the top of the picture were caused by the excavation of peat.
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
The site of the Dutch painter Jan Groenhart:
http://home.compaqnet.nl/~groe2532/


2004-06-20
194. Ireland, spring 1988.



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194. "Green nr. 9"
(copyright: Henk Bakker)
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Guestlink:
http://www.syellens.com/


2004-06-04
186. Ireland, 1990.



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186. "Green nr. 1"
Today the start of a new series with the topic the colour green.
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http://www.artpassions.net/




2004-06-02
185. Ireland, 1990.



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185. "Rust and Rubbish nr. 17"
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The illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley:
http://beardsley.artpassions.net/



2004-05-31
184. Ireland, 1988.



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MY ENTRY FOR PHOTO FRIDAY IS PHOTO NR. 182.
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184. "Rust and Rubbish nr. 16"
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The portraits of the French photographer Olivier Roller:
http://www.olivierroller.com/



2004-05-29
183. Ireland, 1988.



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183. "Rust and Rubbish nr. 15"


2004-05-27
182. Ireland, 1990.



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ABANDONED
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182. "Rust and Rubbish nr. 14"
"Home sweet home"
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Link to the latest edition of ZenZien:
http://www.zenzien.zoefzoek.com/zenzien.php?lang=uk
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The site of the Dutch painter Hans Parlevliet:
http://www.hansparlevliet.nl/



2004-05-25
181. Ireland, 1980.



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181. "Rust and Rubbish nr. 13"
You can find lots of deserted houses on Ireland's westcoast. Usually you can just walk inside. Often sheep find a place to sleep at night in one of the rooms.
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Excellent panoramic landscape photography by the Australian photographer Gary Chapman:
http://www.panoramasplus.com.au



2004-05-23
180. Ireland, 1980.



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180. "Rust and Rubbish nr. 12"
The curved line of the tank and the pipe are mirrored in the line of rusty spots.
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"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are"
Anais Nin.
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Link to the site of the Dutch photographer Hans Hordijk, I especially like his unconventional portraits. I like the design of the site too, just to the point:
http://www.uitvergroot.nl/





2004-05-11
174. Ireland, 1990.



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174. "Rust and Rubbish nr. 6"


2004-05-01
169. Ireland, summer 1998.



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169. "Sand nr. 10"
This picture was taken at the same location as picture nr. 16. In that picture the water looks blue because the sky reflects in it. In today's picture it looks yellowish brown because I took it from a different angle. Follow this link to picture 16 in ARCHIVES June 2003:
http://zenzien.zoefzoek.com/fotos/k90-128-3-f.jpg
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Everything about photography in Japan:
http://photojpn.org/index.html



2004-04-29
168. Ireland, summer 1998.



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168. "Sand nr. 9"
A beautifully eroded stone surface. At low tide there are neat little piles of sand left behind in the holes.
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A nice surprise was the site of the Dutch photographer Huib Limberg:
http://www.huiblimberg.com/
More of his work on this site:
http://www.exto.org/gallery/page/id/483.html






2004-04-23
165. Ireland, spring 1988.



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165. "Sand nr. 6"
The quick flow causes small underwater dunes:
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Photography by Stijn de Blieck:
http://stijndeblieck.exto.nl/
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The possibilities with sand:
http://www.pbase.com/zippie/sandsculptures_zeebrugge_belgium


2004-04-11
159. Ireland, summer 1990.



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159. "Stone nr. 27"
If you can't find a tree, you use a stone.
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Picture of the day:
http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/view?id=925992
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Site of the photographer Els van der Monde:
http://www.elteha.nl/kunst3-5.html


2004-04-03
155. Ireland, spring 1988.



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155. "Stone nr. 23"
The picture was taken straight down. The waving line is the height of the water.
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Weblog about photography (partly in English)
http://jan_edward.blogspot.com/


2004-03-28
152. Ireland, spring 1988.



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152. "Stone nr. 20"
A deserted castle in the Cork area in southern Ireland.


2004-03-26
151. Ireland, spring 1988.



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151. "Stone nr. 19"
This beautiful round boulder broke away from a larger rock and had a very irregular form then. It has been ground for ages by the force of water and sand. This is really Zen.


2004-03-24
150. Ireland, spring 1988.



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150. "Stone nr. 18"
One of the many deserted houses in the west of Ireland.


2004-03-22
149. Ireland, spring 1988.



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149. "Stone nr. 17"




2004-03-16
146. Ireland, summer 1990.



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146. "Stone nr. 14"
Because of the constant stream of water coming down these rocks a lot of different kinds of moss started growing here.




2004-03-14
145. Ireland, summer 1990.



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145. "Stone nr. 13"
On this pinkish stone there were lots of lichens growing. Every colony conquered its own territory. It resulted in clearly defined boundaries. It looks like a map of a non-existent continent.
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This is the site of the world-famous Dutch photographer the late Ed van der Elsken:
http://www.edvanderelsken.nl/


2004-03-12
144. Japan, summer 1991.



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144. "Stone nr. 12"
Stones on the beach and an iron bar corroded by the salt seawater.
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The series "People" is postponed for a while. Most of the pictures are scans from slides, and the quality is not good enough. So first a new series about stone. More pictures with this theme in ARCHIVES under the nrs. 16, 46, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 71, 111, 114 and 119.
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From the photographs of the dutch photographer Bruno van den Elshout it is evident that he has contact with the people he photographs, he has an open eye for the world around him:
http://www.photologix.nl/





2004-02-19
133. Ireland, summer 1990.



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133. "Trees nr. 29"
For this picture I measured the light reflected off the grass. The trees became black silhouettes and the sky is over-exposed. That adds to the mystic atmosphere that you can still find in the Irish woods. You expect to meet a leprachaun any time. Some Irish still believe in them.


2004-02-17
132. Ireland, summer 1990.



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132. "Trees nr. 28"
Another wind-swept tree. One thing that strikes me in Ireland is the many shades of green. It rains very often, but when the sun comes out the full scale of colours is displayed.
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The work of Simon Deighton makes me very cheerful:
http://www.simondeighton.com



2004-02-15
131. Ireland, summer 1990.



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131. "Trees nr. 27"
A good composition is according to me the most important part of photography. Unfortunately there are not many photography sites that deal with this matter. Usually it's all about the latest technical gadgets. With the new digital techniques it's becoming even more technical. Ultimately photography is no more than the eye of the photographer.
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On this site you can learn more about composition:
http://www.fotografiewimvanvelzen.nl/publication02.htm



2004-02-01
124. Ireland, summer 1990.



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124. "Trees nr. 20" "The Twins"
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On this site you can find the art of Anna Demovidova:
http://www.annademovidova.com
More interesting art on:
http://raster.art.pl/schad/


2004-01-26
121. Donegal, Ireland, summer 1990.



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121. "Trees nr. 17" "The Triplets"
This is the flat peat landscape of Donegal. A small tree adjusted itself to the strong wind from the west. The colourful plastic bags in the background contain peat. The Irish on the westcoast still use a lot of peat for heating their houses. You can smell the distinct odour of the smoke everywhere. There still is a peat-fired power station in Ireland. An Irishman said to me once:
"Peat, lots of smoke but no heat"


2003-12-09
97. Irish westcoast, summer 1989.



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97. "Sun nr. 10"
With Ireland I have a love-hate relationship. With bad weather it is really bad, rain, fog and a cold wind. Still Ireland has a very mild climate. With good weather it becomes the most beautiful country in Europe. I always have the feeling that Ireland is the real Hobbit country, if one would meet Frodo and company on the westcoast one wouldn't be surprised.


2003-11-12
83. Ireland, 1988.



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83. "Water nr. 5"
The door to New Zealand.


2003-11-06
78. Ireland, 1990.



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78. "Water nr. 4"
The sky did not reflect in the water here, that's why the water looks black here. In picture nr. 12 the water looks blue because of the blue sky.


2003-10-16
67. Connemara, Ireland, 1990.



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67. "Boats nr. 7" and "Sun nr. 5"
A nice example of how misleading a photograph can be. This evening scene looks very peaceful. A fishing boat sailing into the sunset. It looks like the end scene of a B-film. In reality I almost got eaten by the midges, small insects that swarm with millions around your head. The crew of the boat was very glad to go out to sea, because the insects wouldn't bother them as much there.


2003-06-25
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.


2003-06-21
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.


2003-06-15
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.


2003-06-14
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.


2003-06-11
16. Irish beach, summer 1990.



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


2003-06-07
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.


2003-06-04
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)


2003-05-28
8. Ireland, 1988



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8. This picture too was taken during an overcast sky.
This is what I mean by ZenZien, ZenMiru.
An ugly old drinking trough overgrown with moss can be very beautiful.