22/365 Sunrise over Sittard

22 Sunrise over Sittard

Sony NEX6, 55-210mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8, 1/4000 sec, Raw

Sunrise over Sittard

”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover”. –Mark Twain

These moments when you get up in the morning and you know that the sky is going to be blue and the day sunny. It’s these moments when you feel great and pleased to be alive! All seems to be perfect and you feel like you can climb the Everest. Days like this are special and we all wish that we could experience them more often.

This was an epic sunrise and I wish for more like this. I took this shot on my Sony NEX 6 with at the 210 focal length. I hope you like it. If you do please share it on Facebook, like it, bookmark it.


21/365 Chilling Out – Gruizenstraat Sittard

Chilling Out In Guizenstraat

Sony NEX 6, 55-210mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/80, Raw

Chilling Out In Gruizenstraat Sittard

It’s interesting how many these little statues you can see around Sittard. Some are visible some seems to be hidden. This one got my attention for it’s simplicity and peaceful meaning. It can be seen on Gruizenstraat very close to Hema. See the map


20/365 Graffiti Wall Close To Putstraat

Graffiti Wall Close To Putstraat
Sony NEX 6, 16-55mm, Sony lens
ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/200, Raw

Graffiti Wall Close To Putstraat

There are a few Graffiti Walls on the left side (if you coming from center) of Putstraat that look amazing. It’s behind the buildings that stretches alongside of the street. You can perfectly see them if you turn left to pullestraat. It felt like an playground for photographers with some demolished houses. The area looks abandoned. Such a good place to take pictures at sunrise. Hope you like this shot. Please share it on facebook, like it, bookmar it. If you have any questions shoot me a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.


19/365 Urban Enterprise Sittard

Urban Enterprise
Sony NEX 6, 16-55mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8, 25” sec, Raw

Urban Enterprise Sittard

What an amazing Sunday! I had a plan. I want it to walk on the edge of Sittard to shoot some landscape photos. The Sun and the clouds were creating amazing shapes, colors were vivid and the whole sky looked very dramatic. I’m rushing, taking giant steps to get there. Back at home I’ve seen a shortcut on the map and it looked like it is going to cut my way by half. Yeah right! Not only I’ve missed the sunset but I’ve got kicked out from a private property by one of the security who was about a half of my size. First I thought some kid also got lost and can’t find the way but then he got closer shouting something in Dutch language. After a couple of ”ja” ”ja” he was gone and I took 3 different exposures from this crazy place. What a fun today!!!


18/365 Basilica of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Sittard)

18 Basilica of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/16, 8.0 sec, Raw

Basilica of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Sittard)

Basilica, which is Greek for royal, is a special honorary title the pope gives to large or exceptional churches. Worldwide 1,478 different Catholic churches are allowed to carry this title, including 22 houses of worship in the Netherlands. Holland’s very first, and still one of its most attractive, neo-Gothic buildings can be found in the heart of Sittard. The relatively…Read More

When I came back to Europe from New Zealand I thought of many things I wanna see and take a picture of. My thoughts were all over the place. I was sad and excited in the same time! I thought of a new adventure, starting new life, possibly settle down for a while. The last thing I had in mind was to go to the church. After 2 years of passing this Basilica of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart here in Sittard I’ve decided to go inside to have a look. I’m not a religious or anything like that. To me anything related to the God, Allah (or whatever you wanna call it) its just a huge waste of time, nothing else! I went in from a simple curiosity and I’m happy I did. The structure is AMAZING! All the finest details, strong textures, colors, etc. I was carried away and spend there almost 2 hours shooting with my Sony NEX 6 trying different exposures and having fun.

For this shot I took 6 exposures ranging from -3 all the way +3 and then combine these photos in lightroom and photoshop. I think this shot came out nice. I hope you like it…If you do please share it on facebook, like it, bookmark it. If you have any questions and would like to know more details, please contact me here: jamavisual@hotmail.com or catch me on Facebook or google plus.


17/365 The Best Pizza In Town – Pizzeria Da Kiko

The Best Pizza In Town - Pizzeria Da Kiko
Sony NEX 6, 16-55mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/18, 6.0 sec, Raw

The Best Pizza In Town – Pizzeria Da Kiko

Do you like a good tasting pizza? Pizza that is literally melting in your mouth, with fresh home made sauce, thin style crust and the finest flavors? Then you should come to visit this great place. Abdullah (owner, chef) makes sure that everything is beyond your exceptions. I’ve tried pizza’s from other places in town but this one was better than any other. You can tell when passion has been put into food. Other than his great pizza’s he does delicious pasta’s, dürüm and grilled foods. My favorite is pasta carbonara.

If you are around give it a try.

Quick tip: I highly recommend to go there around 7-8 o’clock to avoid waiting time and enjoy peaceful eating experience. Or you can call this number and have your food delivered right to your door. 046-4513900

Da Kiko
Paardestraat 18

The Best Pizza In Town - Pizzeria Da Kiko2
Sony NEX 6, 16-55mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/13, 6.0 sec, Raw



16/365 Shopping On Paradijsstraat Sittard

Shopping On Paradijsstraat Sittard
Canon 60D, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
ISO 250, f/22, 1.3 sec, Raw

Shopping On Paradijsstraat Sittard

I have been walking through Paradijsstraat in Sittard many times but I have never thought to actually go there with my camera and see if can come up with some nice shot. I’ve always liked this glassy thingy hanging inside the shop behind the window. It does create great effect with all these lights. I took a shot. I was impressed with the lights and how the shot turn out that I had to come back to do a Hyperlapse. Video coming soon.

If you have any questions, please contact me here jamavisual@hotmail.com…Also If you like this picture share it on facebook, bookmark it, like it etc.


15/365 Light Trails From Oktoberfest (Sittard)

Light Trails From Oktoberfest (Sittard)
Canon 60D, Tokina 11-16mm
ISO 100, f/16, 8” sec, Raw

Light Trails From Oktoberfest (Sittard)

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. To the locals, it is not called Oktoberfest, but “die Wies’n”, after the colloquial name of the…Read More.

When the Octoberfest started here in Sittard I thought this could be an excellent opportunity to shoot more light trails. I packed all my gear and went down there to see what will strike my imagination. I thought it could be good idea to shoot time lapse videos from moving roller coasters and other attractions. It came out wonderfull! Video coming soon!

There is something about long exposure shoots! They give completely different character to photographs. I hope you like this shot. If you have any questions and would like to know more contact me here: jamavisual@hotmail.com


14/365 Light Trails At Police Station Sittard

Light Trails At Police Station Sittard
Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/10, 15”, Raw

Light Trails At Police Station Sittard

I love light trails and how awesome it is to capture all sorts of lighting effects by playing with aperture and shutter speed. It’s at late evening or at night when you can get some amazing effects shooting at longer exposures. All you need is a camera capable of shooting in manual or shutter priority mode, tripod, remote cable release and lens hood to help you block lens flare from ambient lights.

Find some good spot! You need a lot of light moving, it could be light created by cars or I like to shoot at Amusement parks where you have colorful lights flickering all over the place and moving roller coasters.

Shooting light trails its all about experimenting and finding the right setting. It comes down to three things:

1) Location

2) Timing

3) Composition

I think the best time to shoot light trails is right after sunset. This way you will also get ambient light in the sky which can add atmosphere and drama to your shots. Experimenting is the key.

1) Set your camera to manual or shutter priority mode

2) Get your f-stop at around f/13 and higher. Shooting at f/16 and higher can create this beautiful light stars coming from street lights.

3) Set your ISO to 100.

4) Use manual focus. Cameras have tendencies to focus in and out in low light conditions. Last thing you want is to get your camera to focus all over the place before you hit the shutter release.

5) Try 5 second shutter speed at first and see what you like. I usually start with 5 sec. and end up at 30 sec just to see what works for me. You can also experiment with bulb mode. This mode lets you open your shutter speed for as long as you wish and therefore you can create some stunning light trails. Also take multiple exposures.

Quick tip: If you have Raw format in your camera I highly recommend you shoot RAW!!! This is going to give you a lot of room later in post processing work. Nothing is more frustrating than fixed white balance and some weird color artifacts in your shot.

When I was learning about long exposure photography I was hoping to find simple instructions that could give me basic idea from where to start. So I hope this introduction to long exposure photography was helpful. If you have any questions I will be more than happy to hear them and I will do my best to answer them. Please share it on Facebook, Bookmark it, like it.

Now go and have fun! All you gotta do is to get out there and shoot, experiment, shoot, experiment and shoot.


13/365 Anton Pieter Joseph Mols – Sittard Netherlands

Anton Pieter Joseph Mols

Sony NEX 6, 16-35mm Sony lens
ISO 200, f/4.0, 1/320, Raw

Anton Pieter Joseph Mols – Sittard Netherlands

You could write a whole book on the life of Anton Pieter Joseph Mols (1874 – 1955). This remarkable man from Sittard may well have been the most famous tramp in town. Artist Gene Eggen immortalised Zefke Mols, as the Limburger was generally known, in a fabulous statue on the Limbrichterstraat. The mentally challenged man from Sittard never hurt a fly and gained regional fame because of his coat decorated with dozens of medals, his hat and his full, grey beard. Few people, however…Read More

For his whole biography click here


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