203/365 Highway

 

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/9, 10 sec, Raw

Highway

Soon, I will be taking some pictures in Chemelot for one company here in Sittard. One evening, I went there to check the place out and storm some ideas for the shots. Looking at the complex from the highway was an experience by itself. It’s huge and it seems like there is no end to it. Almost like a small city. But anyway, I walked along the highway to get familiar with the place when I spotted these signs with Sittard on one of them…I thought this could be a good idea to point on Sittard this way.  Kind of like, if you are only passing by, you are simply missing a lot…

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194/365 Pool At Orbis

 

Sony NEX 6, Sigma 19mm f/2.8
ISO 100, f/10, 6 sec, Raw

Pool At Orbis

I just came back home after being taking pictures at the Hospital where I found this small pool. I also bought a new lens Sigma 19mm f/2.8 and I wanted to test it out. I think the lens is brilliant!!! So sharp and because it’s a prime lens, the images should much cleaner. Will see, still have to do more tests.

I hope you like this image. I really like the pool and the reflections…Please let me know what you think

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162/365 Sunset Panorama from De Landgraaf

 

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/125 sec, Raw

Sunset Panorama from De Landgraaf

Few days ago I was checking some new places while I was cycling around the border within Sittard-Geleen. I was looking for anything that would grab my attention. I wasn’t really planning to go into taking pictures, just cycling around and relaxing along the way. As I came from a turn onto De Landgraaf the surrounding trees and bushes cleared up and I was exposed to this beautiful scene. I immediately thought that this could be a great panorama.

I stopped, put my bicycle aside and I jumped right into it. I changed my lens to a wider angle and set up my tripod as my center point. To cover as much of the sky and the field I shot this panorama vertically, so you can image how many pictures I took before I reached the other side. In total 21 pictures…I wanted to make this panorama the largest from my collection. It’s nice 13368 x 4972px wide with 300dpi…Perfect for huge print…

With my camera set to f/7.1, I could have faster shutter. 1/125 is more than enough for any handheld situation. If fact the minimum is 1/50 so I was sure that all of my images will be sharp. I usually do 70% sky and 30% foreground in a situations like this, where most of the action is happening on the sky.

Without the panorama head which does a perfect job rotating your camera around the center point, I had to relay on my tripod. There is a reason why not to shoot panorama using 3 axes head or ball head. If you are using ball head for instance, you will be rotating your camera body around the center, not your lens. This creates a lot of distortion later in post as Photoshop or other software out there are looking for the center point to create the panorama around it.

I did this panorama with about 25% overlay following the horizon on the back of my LCD display.

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161/365 Geleen – The Sittard-Geleen Entrance Hospital

 

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/13, 10 sec, Raw

Geleen – The Sittard-Geleen Entrance Hospital

This morning I got up really early for the reason of going to Geleen. My plan was simply to get to the heart of Geleen to take some interesting pictures. If any of you have a idea what could be a good picture around the center, please let me know.

It was 5:15am and I was on my bike heading to Geleen…It was great feeling as the streets were completely empty. I felt pumped up and ready to get lost within the streets of Geleen.

The thing was that I didn’t make it all the way there. I stopped on few places along the way to take some pictures and have got into it so much that I before I knew it, the Sun was up and I abandoned the idea. But in between, I’ve got some interesting pictures around the Hospital and mainly around the border between Sittard and Geleen.

I’m sure that next time I will make it :). I’m not really familiar with Geleen so any idea will be much appreciated…

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129/365 Sittard-Geleen Hospital – Panorama

 

Sony NEX 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/18, 8 sec, Raw

Sittard-Geleen Hospital – Panorama

I took this panorama yesterday when I was going to Geleen. Usually when I’m stitching hand held pictures into a panorama, I found it more difficult than from a tripod. This time Photoshop have done a great job! As I’m editing these images I’m thinking to go to city center. I was curious about the carnival and I wanted to see what’s going on there. It was drizzling a bit, so I was hesitating. If I had a Pentax K3, K5, or any high end Canon camera I wouldn’t care about the weather because these cameras are weather sealed.

At the end I decided to go. When I came to city center I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t much going on. I expected a lot of people, music on the stage, people dancing, but instead it was more chilled out. I suppose people are saving their energy for tomorrow.

I took a lot of pictures from different angles at different settings, and I think I’ve tried almost every technique that I know to take a good shot…Some pictures came out very nice but nothing that will trigger my emotions to the point of sharing the picture with you. A lot of them will simply look better without people and mess on the ground.

So It was an easy choice to select a picture for tonight. I like the simplicity of this panorama and the perspective. The garage under the ground and the stone wall works well in this image.

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128/365 Cycling At Sunrise

 

Sony NEX 6, 55-210mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/14, 1/125 sec, Raw

Cycling At Sunrise

Today morning I got up 5:30, restless and ready to go out. It was still dark outside but the sky was clear. I grabbed something to eat and I was on my way. I headed down to Geleen. I wanted to see the area around Hospital and hopefully take some nice photo’s there. I locked my bike in front of the main entrance from where I took my first shot. It looked awesome with all the lights, nice and bright. Then I decided to walked back little bit until the bridge from where you you have a great view of the Hospital. Perfectly aligned with the road down bellow, I took few long exposure shots. Nice light trails all the way across the photo with the Hospital in the background.

By the time the Sun has raised I was waiting on the other side of the Hospital, facing the Sun with 55-210mm lens, zoomed all the way in. Few seconds after I set up my camera and tripod, I see this lady cycling in to the frame. I waited for the right timing and I took this shot. The picture was a bit brighter, but I knew that I can reduce the exposure in post processing. Then I took another two shots, one underexposed and one normally exposed to have all of the dynamic range covered.

Cycling back home, I was very exciting about this shot. You know the feeling when you just know that this is the picture that you came to the location for. It is a great feeling.

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