29/365 Autumn Trees In Stadspark Sittard

29 Autumn Trees In Stadspark Sittard

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8, 1/80, Raw

Autumn Trees In Stadspark Sittard

I think October and November are the best months of the year. I’m glad for every day when there is sunshine and blue skies. These two tall, beautiful trees now give way to the most vibrant of colors. When the Sun came through early in the morning, rich reds, bright yellows and robust orange colors gave these trees it’s magical moment. They glided there  nicely while I was capturing their beauty for forever.

 

28/365 The Basilica In Sittard During Sunset

28 De Basiliek In Sittard During Sunset

Canon 60D, Tamron 70-300mm lens,
ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/25, Raw

The Basilica In Sittard During Sunset

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under.”
– C. JoyBell C.

I believe that in every day there is a great potential to capture a good picture. Whatever the weather is, or the time. I think it can be done in every corner of the world no matter how good or how boring the place is. Even if you think that there is nothing to photograph I can come up with 100 ideas to take pictures of. And still if you ask me about photography I have no idea. I just happened to be in a right place at the right time taking pictures.

Enjoy this lovely shot of the Basilica in Sittard shot during sunset. Please if you like this picture give it a thumbs up and share it online.

 

27/365 City Roof Worker Bergstraat Sittard

City Roof Worker Bergstraat Sittard

Sony NEX 6, 55-210mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/60 sec, Raw

City Roof Worker Bergstraat Sittard

I’m making my lunch today when I saw this guy walking all over the roof. I grabbed my Sony NEX 6 with Sony 55-210mm lens and went all the way to 210 focal length and took this shot. The shot wasn’t spectacular on the back of my LCD screen in fact I want it to get rid of it.

I fired up Lightroom 5 and started processing this image to see what can I do with it to make it look better. I went through the classic setting like – opening the shadows, decreasing highlights, increasing whites, bumping up blacks, saturation, and then I desaturated this image.

After the basics I thought I could take it further and get into the details. I used adjustment brush and to soften the background. (To soften the background you can simply choose preset from the effects ”soften skin”) Then I made a new brush and used sharpness preset. I set the flow and density of the brush to 100% and brushed all over the worker.

At this point, it looked promising and I thought I could make it even better by cleaning the image and give it to it the final look. I send it to Photoshop CS6 where I applied ”imagenomic noiseware plugin” to get rid of some of the noise. After that I have used ”unsharp mask” to increase overall sharpness of the image. For the final touches I used curves, contrast and brightness effect to make it look the way I want it.

If you like this image, please give it a thumbs up. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

26/365 Last Rays Of The Sun (View From German Border)

26 Last Rays Of The Sun (View From German Border)

Sony NEX 6, 55-210mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/250 sec, Raw

Last Rays Of The Sun (View From German Border)

A sunset is like seeing the edge of the earth burning with the last light of the day. The evening sky is pulling the fire under and as the fight continues the sun submits to tranquility. The colors are a deep purple and red that seem to represent the struggle of the light refusing to fade from the sky. It’s the the final stage of any period and by far my favorite time of the day!

Hope you like this image. If you do please share it on facebook, give it a thumbs up and keep in touch. If you have any questions, please let me know it’s my please to answer them.

 

25/365 President Kennedysingel Road In Fog

President Kennedysingel Street In Fog

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8, 5.0 sec, Raw

President Kennedysingel Road In Fog

Fog fascinates me and really stirs my imagination. When you look at an object in a heavy fog It’s no longer harsh on edges and the whole scene becomes soft. You get this amazing shadows and stunning optical effects. It’s beautiful! You should never give up on sightseeing in fog! In fact you should explore this silent beauty of a secret world. In a really heavy fog it feels like being a part of fairy tale. My first time shooting in fog…Hope you like it…If you do please give it a thumbs up.

 

24/265 Agnetenwal around Sittard

24 Agnetenwal around Sittard
Sony NEX6, 16-50mm Sony lens,
ISO 100, f/8, 1/125 sec, Raw

Agnetenwal around Sittard

People who are only familiar with modern warfare probably can’t imagine that back in the 16th century all you needed to keep out the enemy was an earthen defensive wall. Over 500 years later this primitive fortification is still nearly…Read More.

I heard a lot about the agnetenwal in Sittard. If fact I walked around it many times. The question was how am I going to capture this magnificent piece of history. I waited for the Sun to make it look better and to give me some contrast, shadows and some beautiful colors. I hope you like this shot. If you do please share it on Facebook, like it, bookmark it…

 

23/365 Lakeside Trees Reflected Of The Water

23 Lakeside Trees Reflected Of The Water

Sony NEX6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO100, f/8, 1/100 sec, Raw

Lakeside Trees Reflected Of The Water

It was the perfect day for an Autumn walk. the Sun was shining as I made my way up to Visvijver in Sittard. Such a beautiful place! As I walked on the golden brown carpet of leaves, I could feel the first bite of late cold Autumn. The spot on time to let the mind float away and enjoy a calm, spiritual, fulfilling Autumn moment.

I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Autumn quotes:

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
― Albert Camus

“Autumn’s the mellow time.”
― William Allingham

“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.”
― Joe L. Wheeler

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
― Jim Bishop

“You can’t hide your true colours as you approach the autumn of your life.”
― Unknown

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
― George Eliot

“Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils.”
― Cyril Connolly

I hope you liked these quotes and the picture please like it on facebook, share it, bookmark it. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

 

22/365 Sunrise over Sittard

22 Sunrise over Sittard

Sony NEX6, 55-210mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8, 1/4000 sec, Raw

Sunrise over Sittard

”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover”. –Mark Twain

These moments when you get up in the morning and you know that the sky is going to be blue and the day sunny. It’s these moments when you feel great and pleased to be alive! All seems to be perfect and you feel like you can climb the Everest. Days like this are special and we all wish that we could experience them more often.

This was an epic sunrise and I wish for more like this. I took this shot on my Sony NEX 6 with at the 210 focal length. I hope you like it. If you do please share it on Facebook, like it, bookmark it.

 

21/365 Chilling Out – Gruizenstraat Sittard

Chilling Out In Guizenstraat

Sony NEX 6, 55-210mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/80, Raw

Chilling Out In Gruizenstraat Sittard

It’s interesting how many these little statues you can see around Sittard. Some are visible some seems to be hidden. This one got my attention for it’s simplicity and peaceful meaning. It can be seen on Gruizenstraat very close to Hema. See the map

 

20/365 Graffiti Wall Close To Putstraat

Graffiti Wall Close To Putstraat
Sony NEX 6, 16-55mm, Sony lens
ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/200, Raw

Graffiti Wall Close To Putstraat

There are a few Graffiti Walls on the left side (if you coming from center) of Putstraat that look amazing. It’s behind the buildings that stretches alongside of the street. You can perfectly see them if you turn left to pullestraat. It felt like an playground for photographers with some demolished houses. The area looks abandoned. Such a good place to take pictures at sunrise. Hope you like this shot. Please share it on facebook, like it, bookmar it. If you have any questions shoot me a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

 

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