60/365 Sittard City Center

60 Sittard City Center

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/16, 4 sec, Raw

Sittard City Center

Today I’ve got something cool. I’ve finished a short time lapse video from around Sittard and I wanted to show it to you on a day 60. One second of the footage is 30 pictures and on a good day I will shoot about 10-15 seconds, depending how interesting the scenery is. That makes about 300-350 pictures per one footage.

With the hyper lapse footage it is a completely different story. It takes way longer and sometimes even whole day to finish 5 seconds. It depends what the ground is made from and what are you trying to capture and how smooth you want the footage to be.

I hope you will enjoy this short video from around here. I hope you will like it. If you find this video interesting, please share it with your friends and give it a thumbs up so that I stay motivated and I keep them coming in a near future.

It’s all about having fun! DON’T FORGET TO WATCH IT IN FULL HD.

59/365 Inside The Ice Skating Arena

59 Inside The Ice Skating Arena

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8.0, 1.6 sec, Raw

Inside The Ice Skating Arena

I saw it last year too but only from outside. There is a small stage for musicians and in overall it looks cool from inside.  The fact that you can take ice skates and have fun in the middle of the city center is great. It surprised me that there wasn’t many people ice skating. I climbed on the stage expecting that the bouncer would kick me out but he wasn’t even looking and so I took couple of shots there.

Sometimes I think that shots like this shouldn’t take much of an effort but then I realize that there is more to it than what I’ve previously thought. Shooting inside the building brings many challenges. One that was making me crazy was the colorful lighting and the second, there was not enough light in places where I would appreciated the most.

I ended up taking this image completely flat and with multiple exposures. Shooting flat was better for the final touches in Lightroom and Photoshop. I could bring back those colors easily and exactly how I wanted.  Plus when you are shooting flat you have the world of ”sharpness” at your feet. You can sharpen the picture and decide what is going to be sharp and what not, rather than let the camera to decide for you. In overall it was great experience.

I hope you like it. Please if you do give it a thumbs up and share it online.

 

58/365 Candlelight Shopping Sittard

58 Candlelight Shopping Sittard

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/11, 5.0 sec, Raw

Candlelight Shopping Sittard

Going to city center was probably the best thing I could do today. Not only I’ve seen how it’s going here with Candlelight shopping and what it represents, but also I’ve met another fan of Sittard 365 photography project. She introduced me to some of her’s photographs which she took with her smartphone and showed me picture of a sunset that seriously was good! I was stunned with the quality but I also liked the composition. I wouldn’t be surprise if one day these little camera’s are going to be capable of creating high res shots. Imagine no more heavy equipment to carry around. Wouldn’t be that awesome?

Otherwise it was an amazing evening with all the candlelight’s, musicians and comedians making the evening special! The atmosphere was fantastic.

What interest me about this picture is the ”S” curve. It feels like I want to see what’s behind the corner. And then I enjoy the rest. I hope you like it too. Please if you do give it a thumbs up and share it with you friends so that your friends and friends of your friends can enjoy this picture too. Sharing is caring.

 

57/365 Sittard Chapel In Fog

57 Sittard Chapel In Fog

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

Sittard Chapel In Fog

I have found this picture which I took about a month ago. I’ve edited two days ago and I was wandering what is the this chapel called? I was looking for information, historic facts, pictures but I never found any information about this chapel. Does anyone know the name of this?

I took a shot of it today too just to compare which photo is going to do better and I liked this one. The fog makes the chapel to stand out more as the background is naturally fading out. I really like this shot for it’s simplicity. In my opinion pictures with less distraction or without busy backgrounds works better. I was going to blow the background anyway because the chapel is standing there by it’s own and I want it to highlight it as much as possible.

I hope that you like it too. Please if you do like it on Facebook and share it with your friends.

 

56/365 Sittard – St. Peter’s Church At Sunrise

56 Sittard - St. Peter's Church At Sunrise

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 400, f/8.0, 4.0 sec, Raw

Sittard – St. Peter’s Church At Sunrise

I knew it’s going to be another beautiful sunrise picture when I looked at outside of the window and saw clear sky with a bit of clouds. From my experience they usually turn purple and give exactly what I’m looking for in a picture. Best sunrises are with a bit of clouds, preferably spread all over the sky. They create magnificent scene when the Sun is slowly rising.

I walked towards to the city center where I had in mind to shoot some of the side streets but with a sunrise like this I never made it. I followed the canal which stretches along the wall and end up shooting there. I’ve also done some timelapse photography of the clouds and the sun rising.

For the first time since I’ve started this project, a women walked to me and said hi. She recognized me from the Sittard365.com. It was a pleasure to meet her and it gave me a good feeling that someone likes my pictures…:)

I hope you like this picture, if you do, please share it online and give it a thumbs up…It really helps to spread the message about this lovely city.

 

55/365 Wilhelminastraat Sittard At Sunrise

55 Wilhelminastraat Sittard At Sunrise

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/16, 1.6 sec, Raw

Wilhelminastraat Sittard At Sunrise

Today I woke up to a purple sky. It took me 5 minutes to dress up, grab my camera and before I know it I was standing on this traffic light taking pictures of sunrise. I’m still learning this sort of photography so don’t be surprise if my photography seems the same. I like to go for repetition so I can nail it as best as I can. It is always different, coz everyday is different but the technique is kind of same. And I believe that with repetition comes mastery and that applies to almost anything. In other words the more you do it the better you become. I love this kind of photography and I know that one day I will be really good at it.

I hope that you like this sort of photography too. Please if you do share it online, like it and give it a thumbs up.

 

54/365 Wentjer Druim Sittard

54 Wentjer Druim Sittard

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/20, 13 sec, Raw

Wentjer Druim Sittard

Sunday the opening of Wentjer Druim in city center. I couldn’t miss it! Streets filled up with lights shining, colors ranging from dark blue to light orange and purple. People shopping, getting ready for Christmas! It is amazing out there with all of the Christmas decoration. I immediately thought that It’s gonna be long exposure evening. I grabbed my camera and hit the streets. After wandering around, trying to figure it out what will work for me and what not, I ended up in city center. There were some photographers taking pictures of this gigantic spinning wheel so I thought why not to take a shot too.

This picture is made from 3 exposures, edited in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS6. I hope you like this image. Please if you do give a thumbs up and share it on Facebook.

 

53/365 Geleenbeek Sittard At Sunset

53 Geleenbeek Sittard At Sunset

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/16, 4.0 sec, Raw

Geleenbeek Sittard At Sunset

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”– Jo Walton

The sky turned pink! I didn’t want it to miss it! I was rushing not to miss it! When I came to this bridge the sky was on fire! I loved the reflection of the water and overall composition so I took a shot! I want it to make sure that the sky and the water will have it’s own exposure. By the third shot it all turned purple and I thought what a sunset! It kept going for almost 30 minutes. I was shooting and changing exposures until there was no light. It was spectacular! This kind of sunset you don’t see everyday.

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52/365 Ophoven Molen At Sunset

52 Ophoven Molen At Sunset

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/25, 1/8 sec, Raw

Ophoven Molen At Sunset

Today I headed down to Ophoven to photograph another cities icon. I bet that this place has been photographed many times. Since I’m in Sittard I’ve seen couple of photographers trying to photograph this mill and the surroundings. One of the photographers said to me that this is incredibly challenging place to photograph. The mill is surrounded by many trees, blocking the view and creating mess in a frame. I didn’t know what he’s up to until today when I had to figure it out how to clear my way through. I reckon in the summer it must be even more challenging.

I wanted to have a shot when the Sun is shining through,  reflecting the light of the water. On the bank of the stream you have brunches everywhere. I went all the way down to the stream and placed my tripod in the water. Then, I reached for the brunches above and pulled them away to clear the view and took a couple of exposures.

I really like this shot! I like how the Sun is shining on the Mill and on the top of the building. I also like how the Sun is coming through, at least the last bits. Combined from 4 exposures, it has become my favorite shot of the day.

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51/365 Kerkgebouwen – Leyenbroekerweg Sittard

51 Kerkgebouwen -  Leyenbroekerweg Sittard

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/16, ”30 sec, Raw

Kerkgebouwen – Leyenbroekerweg Sittard

Another beautiful day today and very successful when it comes to photography. As you already know, I love shooting sunrise and sunset. For me it’s all in the ”golden hour,” which is the time when the Sun is rising or goes down behind the horizon. These are the moments which I appreciate the most. At sunrise/sunset, you will find many things that can easily take you by surprise and give you energy you have not expected! Almost all of my photographs taken at this time are visually stronger and has a feeling that I’m looking for.

The same counts when you take photographs after the sunset. The atmosphere changes again and your pictures gain a totally different meaning! I think taking pictures in the night can be an experience by itself, exciting, scary, meaningful, creative and very peaceful!

I took this shot while I was going home. It was my last shot for the day and I decided to give it a name and present it to you as my picture 51.

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