119/365 Wellness Sittard

119 Wellness Sittard

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/9, 1/160 sec, Raw

Wellness Sittard

I jumped on a bike and cycled to the Fortuna stadium. I started taking photos around the stadium, car park and then I moved inside. The weather was good! Still dark outside. I set my camera for a night shot of the stadium. I’ve chosen a spot in the corner and thought of taking panorama. My first try of vertical and horizontal panorama for the same photo. Unfortunately it didn’t work as I’ve planned when I looked at the back of my screen. Will have to go there again and take a different approach.

The Sun was slowly rising and I felt like it’s time to change the location. I went to see this new wellness center from where I had few ideas for a shot. I found some great angles to execute on. Especially I liked this one. The clouds were blown towards me, nicely spreading across the sky and the sun rays were hitting the side of the building like it meant to be this way all day long. I knew I’ve got an interesting angle. I took few exposures and blend them together in Photoshop.

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118/365 Sittard Sunrise – View From Eisenhowerstraat

118 Sittard Sunrise - View From Eisenhowestraat

Sony NEX 6, 55-210mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/10, 1/15 sec, Raw

Sittard Sunrise – View From Eisenhowerstraat

It feels so good to wake up fresh, happy and be grateful for every tiny detail that the life brings! And It is a pretty dam good feeling, knowing that I can brighten your day through my photography. Since I started this project you’ve been a huge inspiration and you’ve motivated me to get out of my comfort zone to make this happen. Big thanks for sharing, likening and commenting and spreading that positive vibe that every project needs to strive, evolve and grow!

Today I woke up early and headed down to Eisenhowerstraat for a sunrise. The timing was perfect, still dark outside and I saw from my window that it’s going to be nice sunrise. Also when I came to the first 12 store block of flats I was lucky enough that someone was there who opened the door for me. No waiting, yeahhhhh! I went to the top floor. I set my camera and waited for the sunrise. The view was impressive!!!

Finally the Sun started to fill the scene with rays of light. I stood there looking at it, almost forgot to capture the best moments. It was beautiful and hands down an incredible experience! I took multiple exposures. First one of the foreground and then the sky. At this point I was using 16-50mm Sony lens zoomed all the way to 50mm. I looked at some of  the pictures on the LCD display and I wasn’t too impressed. The foreground looked too small on that wide angle lens. Luckilly I had my 55-210mm! Wise decision to take it with me! The lens doesn’t struggle with the distortion as much as the 16-50mm.

I’m standing there, breathing deeply and loving what I see. It was beautiful experience. In about 2 months I will be able to take a shot from there with the Sun somewhere around the Rosa Toren which is going to be even better. I will composite the shot more to the right and include the St. Peters in the frame. Can’t wait for that.

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117/365 Sittard Panorama

117 Sittard Panorama

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

Sittard Panorama

Today in the morning when I saw the sky and how the clouds were spread across the sky I knew I was going for panorama image. I was thinking where shall I go to be above the ground. On Sunday it’s more difficult because most of the people are still sleeping and to get into any of the taller buildings around Sittard is almost impossible. So I stayed at Bergstraat and went to the same place as I was couple of days ago where I shot the epic sunrise (sunrise-from-bergstraat-part-2). This time I went for panorama to cover the whole sky. I took 9 images which later I stitched together in Photoshop.

It’s the largest panorama I ever put togetther. The size of the image is 10009 x 4673. Perfect for large prints.

I hope you like this image, please if you let me know your thoughts…:)


116/365 Rijksweg Noord At Sunrise

116 Rijksweg Noord At Sunrise

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/11, 1/60 sec, Raw

Rijksweg Noord At Sunrise

Few days ago when I was looking at the Buienradar for information about the weather, I was hoping for a clear blue sky. The forecast has been promising, so I set my alarm to get up 6 in the morning. I really wanted to go for a longer walk and cover few places. I packed my gear, tripod, lenses and headed towards Limbricht village. I ‘ve never walked there before but I knew I could get some nice sunrise shots from the open fields around. I walked almost to the petrol station where I took some nice long exposure shots and walked back.

It was clean, fresh and very beautiful morning. As I’m getting closer to the Rijksweg Noord the Sun was high enough for the rays to come through the gaps of the buildings. The road looked great, covered by thin fog in a distance. I’ve reached almost the same place where I already took a picture, but this time I wanted more. I went for vertical panorama for one reason. The scene looked great and I wanted to capture all details in an image.

This vertical panorama is combined from 4 images and stitched together in Photoshop. I hope you like it and I hope you share it and give it a thumbs up.


115/365 Putstraat From Above B&W

115 Putstraat From Above B&W

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/50 sec, Raw

Putstraat From Above B&W

Close to the train station there is a tall building, I believe it has 7 floors. Today 7 in the morning I went over there and tried my luck ringing on the bells. I thought I might be lucky and get someone to open the door for me and let me to take a picture from one the public balconies on the back side of the building. The view must be amazing from there. Finally, I managed to get hold of someone, but there was no way to convince this guy to open the door for me.

The sun was rising quickly, so I decided to abandon the idea and headed straight to town. I came to Putstraat and walked to the other side. I had in mind few ideas that could highlight the street, but after trying them out none of them gave me the feeling I was looking for. I wanted something a little different than other photographers would do, and so I thought it could be a great idea to capture the street from higher above.

In a distance, there were beautiful clouds forming too and I wanted to have them smoothly spread across the image. To achieve the result I’m showing you today I extended my tripod to the max length, set my camera to ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/50 sec and used 10 second timer. I reached as high as  I possibly could and let the camera to take a shot. For the clouds, I changed my shutter speed to 2.5” sec, closed the aperture all the way to f/22 and took a shot with my tripod fixed on the ground.

Happy with the result, I went home to process the images. I cut out the clouds out of the picture. I used radial blur filter, set the amount to 20, and changed the blur method from spin to zoom. Then I pointed the blur center almost all the way to the right and hit okay. I brought the clouds to the other picture, aligned properly and set it to overlay. Now all I had to do was to set the opacity of the layer to 70% and I was done.

I took the picture to lightroom where I applied couple of filters to enhance the picture a bit and then I send it to Photoshop again. In Photoshop I applied unsharp mask, curves and contrast and brightness. Then I noticed few bits and pieces that had to be cleaned out so I did that and the image was done.

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114/365 Silhouette Of St. Peter’s Church

114 Silhouette Of St. Peter's Church

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8, 1/200 sec, Raw

Silhouette Of St. Peter’s Church

Today in the morning it looked like nothing exciting is gonna happen. I kept looking out of the window for any little changes in clouds pattern and tried to predict what the existing clouds will do. It didn’t take long and I was on my way to the train station. I went on the last floor of the car park to have some nice view. At this point I still thought nothing is going to happen. The air was fresher with every breath I took and I felt good to be outside. In about half an hour later the situation was totally different. The whole scene turned into dark orange, almost red color.

I set the camera in time lapse mode and did 7 seconds interval. The reason for that was to let the camera taking pictures while I was enjoying this beautiful sunrise. One exposure, one shot every 7 seconds. I like to do that when the sky is changing quickly. I would set the camera to take a picture every 2 seconds and let it run until my memory card is full. This way I can cover 2 things at the same time. Beautiful photographs (plenty to choose from) and at least 20 second time lapse of the whole sunrise.

Right now I’m looking forward to get a second camera so when I’m busy with time lapse I can use the second one for other shooting. Or figure it out another angle and get two time lapse videos of the same subject. This would increase my productivity big time. If things are going to go as good as now I will get Olympus E-M1 with 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Lens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzBas3HvD-w. I’m impressed how rigid this camera is…

Anyway I hope you like this picture, please if you do let me know and give it a thumbs up.


113/365 Brandstraat – Long Exposure

113 Brandstraat - Long Exposure

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

Brandstraat – Long Exposure

7:45 and I’m walking towards city center. The sun is just about to come up from the horizon. I hurried up to not miss it. As I’m walking through the city center, heading towards the garden area opposite side of Putstraat I’m trying to figure it out what is going to be my first picture of the day. I spent whole morning shooting panoramas all over the city and I’ve got some great images.

Later that morning I came to this place and the building caught my attention as there was a bit of the Sun reflecting of the window. There were clouds coming in to the shot, so I grabbed my tripod and set my camera for a long exposure shot. As I’m playing with different settings I hear someone saying hi to me. It’s always a great feeling to meet people who appreciate my pictures and don’t hesitate to say hi. It caught me by surprise as I was dealing with my camera, but it was a lifting experience which I like to remember and It made me feel good.

In general it was a great day and I hope you like this image. Please if you do, let me know…



112/365 Dramatic Sky At The ABC Car Park

112 Dramatic Sky At The ABC Car Park

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/5, 1/125 sec, Raw

Dramatic Sky At The ABC Car Park

Since I started taking fine art and landscape photography seriously, I always wanted to learn how to make powerful black and white images that will stand out. I wanted to learn what’s the black and white workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop and how to use conversion techniques to maximize the impact of my images. I went through couple of courses that helped me to understand how to see colors, shadows, midtones and highlights and use them effectively to create black and white images.

I love taking dramatic skies and turn them into a powerful experience. I recall, there was an intense storm coming when I was coming back from Kollenberg. I saw the clouds quickly encroaching. As I’m walking into the town I thought the best way to capture it would be from above the ground. I came to the ABC car park and saw the dark looming clouds developing into a storm. I looked around, chosen a place to take a photograph, set my tripod and took couple of shoots. I couldn’t wait to come back home and start processing the images.

This one was my favorite of the day, I hope you like it too, please if you do, let me know, share it and give it a thumbs up.


111/365 Sittard Statue – Black And White

111 Sittard Statue - Black And White

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/5, 1/50 sec, Raw

Sittard Statue – Black And White

It’s interesting what you can capture in a weather like today. Probably not the strongest image of mine, but an experience by itself. You can really get some nice textures of gray colors when shooting in overcast weather. No harsh shadows! It’s actually better. Talking about B&W, I like simple photographs, where the author paid attention to minimalism of the scene and drown my eyes into one object only.

Simple doesn’t mean less! In my opinion, simple equals beautiful and less distracting for the brain. Your brain has to calculate millions of angles, shapes or the space that is all around us, so why not to give it a break.

I hope you like this image, please if you do give it a thumbs up.


110/365 Sunrise From Bergstraat – Part 2

110 Sunrise From Bergstraat - Part 2

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8, 1/250 sec, Raw

Sunrise From Bergstraat – Part 2

What can I say? I really thought this was the best sunrise I’ve seen so far in Sittard. I’m really happy that I kicked myself from the bed after I went to sleep at 3 in the morning. It was spectacular sunrise and so I thought I will do part 2.

I was stunned by how fast the whole scene was evolving and how rapidly the colors and clouds were changing. You could look away for a few seconds and the sky would have another feel. Also you could read from the clouds formation, shapes and characters. It reminded me when I was in Africa, looking at the night sky with my best friend and seeing faces of certain people as the clouds were developing. Similar feel, except this time you could see multiple characters at once. Brilliant morning!!!

I hope you like part 2, please if you do let me know and give it a thumbs up…


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