39/365 St Peter’s Church In Sittard At Sunrise

39 St Peter's Church In Sittard At Sunrise

Sony NEX 6, 55-210mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/125 sec, Raw

St Peter’s Church In Sittard At Sunrise

I said this before and would say it again that the most interesting time to take photographs is at sunrise and around sunset. When the golden hour (also known as magic hour) approaches something interesting happens. The sun is low in the sky, producing a soft, diffused light which is much more flattering than the harsh midday sun. You will end up with less contrast and the long shadows helps to pick up out details, adding depth and texture to your  images.  In other words making your pictures look better.

Here are couple of tips to shoot at dawn and dusk.

1) Use a tripod

2) Get up earlier to have more time to set up your camera

3) Shoot like crazy! Shoot more! Never stop shooting

4) Use graduated ND filters

5) Take torch with you

6) Take your time and enjoy!

Shooting during the golden hour is without a doubt the best thing you can do to improve your outdoor photography. At first this may be difficult for those who would rather stay in bed, but let me tell it’s worth to sacrifice. Give it a go and thank me later. You will see how this is going to improve your photography.

 

38/365 Onder De Linden Pub Playing Bruce Springsteen TONIGHT! Don’t Miss out!!!

38 Onder De Linden Pub In Sittard With The Finest Beer

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8, 8.0 sec, Raw

Onder De Linden Pub Playing Bruce Springsteen TONIGHT! Don’t Miss out!!!

If you like Bruce Springsteen this is a good time to grab some beer and have fun! Invite friends, take time off tomorrow, night is young!!! It starts at 21:00. Don’t miss out! It’s a FREE entry! And if that’s not enough, they have GUINNESS…LIFE IS GOOD!!!

 

37/365 Putstraat On Left / Markt On Right

37 Putstraat On Left  Markt On Right

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/9.0, 8.0 sec, Raw

Putstraat On Left / Markt On Right

Today I was invited to shoot pictures for Pizzeria Da Kiko as they will have an advertising campaign in tv. I was more than happy to take this opportunity to bring the best pictures possible. When I finished, me and my girlfriend headed home. As we were closer to the city center I saw this building with these beautiful lights changing colors going from light blue, red, green and purple. I thought this could be a nice shot so I set up my camera and experimented a bit.  I want it to achieve the stars effect from the lights around so I went higher with my aperture and I’ve chosen f/9.0 which turned out to be the right choice. I’ve also tried f/16 and f/14 but didn’t like it the result. The images were slightly more grainy in shadows and it didn’t look as sharp as I would expected.

It’s good to experiment as you never know what settings will turn right for you…Also what works for one picture doesn’t mean will work for the other one.

Anyway I hope you enjoy this picture, if you do please give it a thumbs up and share it on Facebook.

 

36/365 City Pigeons

City Pigeons

Canon 60D, Tamron 70-300mm
ISO 250, f/7.1, 1/400 sec, Raw

City Pigeons

I really love black and white images! There is something special about them. They have a pleasing effect on the eyes and they take away that distracting effect from all sorts of colors. Some say that black and white images are better. I think it’s about a certain situation and what you are shooting. The way how you feel and what style of the images you prefer. With black and white I always have this ”aha” moments where I realize that it’s a good time to slow down and take it easy. Make it simple, smooth and let the eyes float over the image rather than to make every detail visually strong.

How do you feel about black and white images? Really would love to hear your opinion. Also I hope you like this image and if you do please give it a thumbs up and share it online…

 

35/365 Bridge From Limbricht To Sittard

35 Bridge From Limbricht To Sittard

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/9.0, 20.0 sec, Raw

Bridge From Limbricht To Sittard

“Light is creation. Darkness is the space necessary to create.” ― Erica Jasmin Cartaya

As I was coming back from a bike ride I stopped here to see if I can take a nice shot of cars going by and the bridge. I locked my bike and walked around this place until I found this promising spot. I like how the road bends to the right and how all the lights of the cars give smooth and vivid feel to this image. It almost feels like it’s painted.

I hope you like this image too, please if you do share it on Facebook and give it a thumbs up.

 

34/365 Corporate Building – SABIC Sittard

34 Corporate Building - SABIC Sittard

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/14, 15.0 sec, Raw

Corporate Building – SABIC Sittard

SABIC, is one of the world’s top 6 petrochemical companies and is the largest non-oil company in the Middle East. SABIC is the world’s biggest producer of methanol, granular urea, mono-ethylene glycol, MTBE and engineering plastics, as well as number 3 global player in polyethylene and number 4 player…Read More…

Since I came here to Sittard I want it to take a picture of this building. I like the style of it and how it’s just standing there by it’s own. I was coming back from a short trip around Sittard and decided to stop there to have a look and choose an angle that would highlight the building well. I quickly set up my camera as I saw car coming from a distance. I took a shoot and really liked it. Then I was playing with different aperture, shutter speed and end up with 5 shots which I edited using Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS6.

I hope you like it, if you do please give it a thumbs up and share it on Facebook.

 

33/365 Sittard Railway Station Tunnel

Sittard Railway Station Tunnel

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8.0, 0.4 sec, Raw

Sittard Railway Station Tunnel

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

There could not be a better time now to pack the bags and go for a travel. Realize all the dreams that play in front of my eyes like a film in a cinema. Hot, humid countries catches my attention. Now It’s the time when I would bury my feet deep into sand and get grilled on the Sun. Explore the diverse differences of other cultures and societies. Hop in the train and not knowing where it is going to take me and enjoy life to the fullest. The world is curious, don’t you think?

 

32/365 The Moon (View From Kollenberg)

The Moon

Sony NEX 6, 55-210mm Sony lens
ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/400 sec, Raw

The Moon (View From Kollenberg)

”When the moon is not full, the stars shine more brightly.” – Unknown

I always want it to take pictures of the moon before and as much as I tried with my old lumix point and shoot camera I could never get it right. Now with my Sony NEX 6 and 55-210mm lens I want it to see what I can come up with.

On a longest focal length and a crop sensor like the Sony NEX 6, the Sony 55-210mm lens becomes 315mm which can cover a significant distance. I was impressed how well it performed without tripod and how sharp the lens is. I was shooting hand held so I had to increase the ISO which introduced some noise. First shot at 1/400 came out very good! I tried some other settings and kept shooting for another hour…

I hope you like this shot and will give a thumbs up…

 

31/365 St Peter’s Church Sittard In B&W

31 St Peter's Church Sittard In B&W

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/3.5, ”20 sec, Raw

St Peter’s Church Sittard In B&W

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.
– Matt Hardy

The number one reason why I think that the world looks better in black and white is the simplicity. The minimalist feel you get when you strip color away. Color can be a distraction. There are number of photos that simply look better in black and white. To me black and white images look more artistic and some of them have much stronger emotional effect than color ones. Another reason is that I love black and white. If you like it too, please consider sharing it and like it on Facebook.

If you like to master the art of black and white photography check this awesome article by  Andrew Gibson

 

30/365 Sittard Gracht Light Reflection

30 Sittard Gracht Light Reflection

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/9.0, ”20 sec, Raw

Sittard Gracht Light Reflection

“Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.”
— David Hume

I was walking around Gracht in Sittard almost everyday since I came here. I like the walk that goes along the wall. It’s beautiful and tonight I thought I will take my tripod with me and try to capture this beautiful light reflection of the water…I found the spot and tried 10 sec long exposure, then 15 and finally 20 sec, which I’m using right now. I think it came out nice. There are some things I would do a little different like change the height of my tripod to get a little lower. Well something to try next time.

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