124/365 First Day’s Of Carnival

124 First Day's Of Carnival

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/13, 8 sec, Raw

First Day’s Of Carnival

Just came back from city center after an AWESOME day! It has been great to meet some my friends and Sittard 365 fans yo yo! Walking around the city, I have seen some incredible costumes and a lot drunk people having fun! Can’t wait for the big day!!! Gotta catch up with some beers and enjoy this wonderful time. Sittard ROCKS!!!

It looked like a tornado swept through the city leaving it upside down. I wanted to capture that, so that we all have a great memory from this crazy day.

I hope you like this picture! Please if you do leave a comment and give it a thumbs up.

 

123/365 Bergerweg Sittard – On The Way Home

123 Bergerweg Sittard - On The Way Home

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/22, 13 sec, Raw

Bergerweg Sittard – On The Way Home

As I was coming back from Gamma, I thought It could be a good idea to stop before the traffic lights and take few exposures from there. It was getting dark pretty quickly and I could easily imagine how this picture will look like at the final. I love this kind of images with light trails stretching across the image. Blending few exposures you can get some amazing colors to pop up and really nail it to your likening. All these lights gives the image an artistic feel and it makes the image/city alive at night. It’s pretty easy to do, you just need a tripod and timer so that it’s rock solid when the camera takes the picture.

I set the camera for f/22 because there was still a lot of light. I had to close the aperture as much as I could to be able to take my shutter speed to 10 sec, 13 sec, or 15 sec exposure. I took few shots to make sure I’ve got in each one enough light trails to work with when blending those images in post. I took 12 images but selected only 3 images which I blend in Photoshop by using mask tool.

It came out really nice. I hope you like this image too, please if you do give it a thumbs up.

 

122/365 St. Peter’s Church With Rainbow

122 St. Peter's Church With Rainbow

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

St. Peter’s Church With Rainbow

This very unexpected shot with two rainbows came just at the right moment. I was in town whole day taking photos, playing with my camera, doing time lapse videos and just hanging around and enjoying the Sun shining. After three time lapse videos I decided to take a walk around Sittard wall. I came to Fort Sanderbout to the exact same spot as I took 99 picture. The sky was very interesting! I didn’t had time lapse from there yet, so I decided to make one. I set my camera for 5 seconds and let it go. It didn’t take long before huge dark clouds were pouring in. I kept shooting until I saw first signs of rain. I packed everything and quickly headed home. I saw a gap in a distance with clouds breaking out which usually does one very thing. When the Sun comes shining through this gaps and it’s still raining you get the most amazing rainbow ever. I saw the opportunity and I knew I needed to get higher of the ground. I quickly got to a third floor in Bergstraat flats from where I was waiting what’s gonna happen. It was worth every drop that made me soaked. I put my jacket over the camera and lens and kept shooting until the rainbow was gone..Who would ever thought that 2 rainbows will appear…To me a hell of rainbow and a great experience capturing it.

I hope you like this image too, please if you do, let me know and give it a thumbs up

 

121/365 Footbridge In Stadspark

121 Footbridge In Stadspark

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/9, 1/25 sec, Raw

Footbridge In Stadspark

For those who had a chance to enjoy today’s sunrise, good on ya! Great morning with the Sun shining and again painting the scene with it’s golden color. If you got up earlier, you could have seen almost pinkish color all over the sky. Beautiful start of the day! Amazing thing today was to hear birds singing and see some of the flowers growing again. You could tell that spring time is not far away. Also the sunrise is happening earlier now and the days are longer.

I got up early today and went to Stadspark for a walk. There is a newly built park for kids at the end of Mollenweg, so I thought I might check it out. I walked in and immediately saw a spot that would make a great photo. It was too early and the Sun wasn’t up yet, so I decided to wait a bit. I pulled up my Kindle and got into reading for a good hour. When the Sun finally raised from behind the trees I was ready to shoot. I took few exposures. I tried bracketing which suck in Sony NEX 6, but more less I’ve got what I wanted. This was by far one the most relaxing and refreshing morning I had in a long time. I’ve realized that it’s alright to concentrate on one spot at a time rather than try to be all over the place. Of course you can cover much more, but I didn’t care today and It felt amazing. Also I enjoyed to take the photographs in a totally different way.

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

 

120/365 Sittard City Center

120 Sittard City Center

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

Sittard City Center

Two days ago I went to town to take some nice photographs of the city center. You could see these beautiful forming clouds, going fast across the sky! Perfect for time lapse video! With time lapse you have an advantage.

1) You can choose from any frame and really find your favorite shot.

2) You can choose your shot and create a stunning video.

The best thing is to have 2 cameras, one that is doing time lapse and the second for creative work like long exposures and other things.

This time lapse took about 3 hours and gave me enough photos to create 20 seconds video clip. After 3 hours and my 32 gb card almost full, I went home with a good feeling…You can’t really tell from the picture how beautiful these clouds look in a video, it’s a pleasure to watch it.

I will be doing more of time lapse videos from Sittard as the project continues and then create one huge city promo.

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

 

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.

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

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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.

I hope you like this shot, please if you do, share it with your friends and give it a thumbs up. 🙂

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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…:)

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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.

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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.

I hope you like this image, please if you do share it with your friends and give it a thumbs up.

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