Ghosts at the door & Pancakes galore

I wanted to test the ND filters, just got a new Hoya 10-stop filter and decided to immediately go for a hard test: double stacking. Added the 10 stop and 3 stop filters together and went from there…

In 30 seconds there is a lot of movement, most is unseen, however if people are on the same spot long enough, you get a glimpse of them.

As I was near the Pannenkoekenschip, a restaurant serving pancakes, I did a shot there too


For the vacation that is up ahead I’m traveling with a slightly different set this time. The main thing is one ‘all-purpose-lens’ that will prevent lens-swapping.

It’s taken quite some time to fit this bag together as I’ll be on a trip far far away and I do not want to miss any great shots. However bringing all of my prime lenses will simply distract too much from enjoying the vacation. That said… there is only so much I can do without (at least, that is what I told myself) so some items simply are necessary.

I will be taking a backpack this time instead of a messenger bag because I’ll mainly use the 18-135mm lens and won’t need to swap lenses. The backpack will hold most of the other items as far as I need them with me.

Of course the X-Pro2 will come along. And I will use the 18-135 lens as my main lens. It means that I will loose some of the shallow depth shots, but on the other hands I won’t miss shots swapping lenses. The 14mm is an extra for some specific shots if I run into the opportunity.

The X100 is my backup and might be helpful if the X-Pro2 and the big lens are ‘just too much’ or for some low light photos (the 23mm 2.0 lens is hard to beat).

I’ll also bring two Hoya ND filters and a polariser for the 18-135mm. I hope to have some time and a few beautiful locations for a bit of artistic photography. Further I’ll bring my small Fujifilm flash as I’ve missed enough photos simply because I forgot to bring the flash.

For stable shots I have a mini Manfrotto tripod and a normal one from Mefoto, both very well to carry around.

And of course there my iPhone for the ‘on hand shots’. The iPad is handy for some reading in the resting times here and there, but also as a mini photo-editor and posting some photos when we happen upon a bit of WiFi.

I’ll bring lots of Sandisk cards and batteries and a battery pack to keep the devices going and going and going. In the ‘Visible Dust’ pouch there is a little maintenance kit and the lower left item is a 3000 lumen flashlight.

Now give me 10 to 15 minutes to throw some clothes together in a suitcase and I’m done 🙂

Otis Gibbs and Matt Harlan & Rachel Jones

Visited De Spieghel in Groningen last night. They have some terrific concerts there every now and then and when I say that Otis Gibbs was going to perform there, that seemed a great reason to visit the location again.

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An Pierlé in Vera

Looking to add some variation to the concerts I visit I browsed the Vera agenda a little while ago and stumbled on a name that intrigued me. The added video featuring a photo of a girl on a skippybal behind a piano sounded good so I added An Pierlé to my agenda.

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And I just can’t seem to stop

This was most likely the last time this year I’d be able to go out on such a long ride after work: 84km in nearly 3 hours. However once the sun is gone the cold gets serious and with sweaty clothing that’s not much fun. Also I was racing against the sunset today. I learned my lesson last year and have a good set of lights with me, cycling in daytime is far far better.

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The ride goes on

It might seem a bit like an addiction, or that I’m a bit nuts… both are probably right. But hey… as long as we have good weather and there’s some light to go out cycling after work… why not? So after yesterday’s 120km ride, I took it a bit easy tonight and stayed just onder 60km. The views were gorgeous again.

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