Those little things that make these gardens special…
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There isn’t better time to go to the gardens than after the rain… I took my macro lens so that I could bring you closer to the scene…
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When was the last time you’ve visited any of the secret gardens in Sittard? If you haven’t for a while then now it’s the time because soon some of them according to the plan of the city hall should get destroyed by the end of the October.
If we don’t do anything about it, then the only time you’ll enjoy these gardens will be from the photos like the one above.
And I’m not even exaggerating…
I wish I was, but I’m not…
This is for real!
If we don’t do anything about it right now, then we can literally say goodbye to these Sittard gardens.
The funny thing is that there isn’t even a solid explanation why it should be taken down.
Right now there are hundreds of flowers feeding over 125 000 bees.
There are local birds about to loose their home.
These gardens hold big population of insects necessary for birds to survive…
Then, you have the historic value of these gardens originating from the second half of the 17th century.
…and way more.
This is just a fraction of the reasons why these gardens should not be destroyed.
If you want to get involved and save these gardens, then click the link below and sign up for the petition.
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All the best…
This morning I woke and Sittard looked grey.
It was raining like crazy.
What do you suppose to do in such conditions.
Well… there is still a lot you can do.
I went to Stadspark and saw huge paddles everywhere. It seemed like half of the park was under the water.
You could see people struggling to go from one side to the other with dry foot.
There was a girl taking her shoes off and walking across it.
The point is that no matter the weather, you can always come up with ideas for interesting photos.
Like the one I’m sharing with you today… I was standing in the paddle taking photos of people walking by.
Just recently I watched one of the video from Frans Lanting course and he talked about it as well.
Actually what he said was that many professional photographers prefer to shoot in overcast conditions.
Because the light is more settled. The atmosphere is more interesting and it’s just different.
There are of course many reasons why, but I won’t go into the details because that’s what Frans teaches in his “The Art Of Seeing” course he did for CreativeLive.
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It’s mind blowing how little things can change the course of the final photo.
Here it is…
All the best…
Sometimes, no matter what you do, it’s difficult to take exciting photograph. That’s the fact.
You can’t pretend that every time you go out shooting it’s easy.
It’s hard, even when the conditions are perfect.
You still need to know your camera. Know about light and have a descent understanding about compositions.
And the better you know it, the better chance you have to shoot beautiful images.
Watch this quick video to learn more about the fundamentals in photography.
It might surprise you how little you know…
Learn something everyday my friend.
Be the best, forget the rest.
P.S. This photo is from Stadspark in Sittard.
I must have been to this park at least 200 times but every time I go something new happens and I have to take a photo.
This time I liked the composition. And the colors as well.
Let me tell you a story.
When I was in New Zealand, one of my birthday present was a set of DVD’s from BBC nature series which had a short behind the scene section with photographers talking about the techniques they used to shoot certain elements of the documentary film.
For me that was more interesting than the actual documentary. I was blown away by the gear some of the videographers and photographers used for the job.
Since then… I dreamed about big lenses and camera gear for wildlife photography.
Back then I didn’t have my 70-300mm lens and Canon camera. I was shooting with Nikon D90 which was just an entry level camera but great for beginners like me.
I then moved to Sittard and settled down for couple of years and found satisfaction in shooting sunrise and sunset photographs.
I’m more landscape photographer but when I was on my morning walk in Stadspark and I saw this Heron sitting on the bank of the pond I had to grab my 70-300mm lens and take the photo.
And was glad for everything I’ve learned from Tom Mangelsen when I watched the BBC series.
For those of you who don’t know, Tom Mangelsen is a professional nature/wildlife photographer who travelled throughout the natural world for around 40 years. He’s been featured on National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Newsweek, Life and others.
(By the way he’s got an amazing course on CreativeLive called “The Art Of Wildlife Photography” Which is just wonderful to watch.)
Even I’m not into wildlife as much as I was before, maybe because I now live in Netherlands, I think for anyone who is passionate about it, must watch this course.
The videos are well shot, well organized and the way Tom teaches is easily digestible even by the beginners…
If it sounds like you might be interested, then follow the link below.
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All the best…
P.S. If you want to learn how to capture wildlife in their natural environment no matter if you’re a beginner or not, then this is going to be the best course you’ll ever get your hands on… I promise you that.
Because it’s packed with knowledge that Tom gathered for over 40 years.
Here it is…
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.”
– Kurt Cobain
This message hit the nail on it’s head.
When taking photos, be yourself!
Do whatever you want and enjoy the journey.
Photography may take you to places you had no idea they existed.
Be the best, forget the rest…
P.S. If you want to learn how to shoot better landscapes and understand natural light, then check Frans Lanting and his “The Art Of Seeing” course.
Frans Lanting has been around for over 30 years, working for National Geographic and taught thousands of students.
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Are you a photographer who likes to shoot early in the morning?
If so, then you are going like what Frans Lanting said in his lesson…
This little secret helped me substantially to take better photos and I think if you’re into sunrise photography you must know this…
In fact, it will change the way you shoot.
Be the best, forget the rest.
P.S. The photo above is taken in Sittard very close to German border.
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward” – Amelia Earhart
Found this message few days ago and thought you might like it as well.
It addresses the biggest problem that holds people back… and that is FEAR…
After talking to so many photographers, I think the biggest fear they have or used to have is this…
“I’m afraid people won’t like my work”
Can you relate to that?
In fact, when I started with photography I was afraid to share my photos. I thought people wouldn’t like it.
But then, I got rid of the fear and things started to change.
I found this video quite helpful…
It got me thinking about fear differently…
Here it is…