The evenings are getting a bit longer, so it’s a good time to start walking a bit more. Especially when it’s not raining and 9 degrees outside!
I’ve got my set complete! New Michelin tires on the bike, a new shirt, I upgraded my helmet to the Giro Synthe (not the MIPS edition), got some new sunglasses and new shoes: the NorthWave Sonic 2 Plus. With the Garmin Edge 820 keeping score and track, I’m looking forward to a very interesting new season!
And of course on the back of my shirt my avatar: the bearded espresso sipping hipster ;)
As for the photos… I’m a bit bummed that I shot them in 1/15th, but running to and fro on cycling shoes, grabbing and parking the bike and keeping in time with shutter-release I forgot to reset them to 1/250th in the end :( Better luck next time.
Last weekend all of Groningen was flooded with bands, reporters and audience from all over Europe for the festival that starts the new concert-year: Eurosonic/Noorderslag. I was not there! I started the 2017 concert-year a week later with The Mastersons and Anthony D’Amato in Vera.
It’s full on winter in the Netherlands and we have had a few days of frost now. And yes: I do know that there are a lot of places in the world where will be far, far colder, but at a mere -6 degrees for a few days the Netherlands turn into a fairytale like scene with beautiful white trees…
With a fresh pack of snow and a clear sky it was a great afternoon to get outside and walk for an afternoon. And walk I did, over 20km in all.
Ending 2015 in Barcelona with Monica was a great way to celebrate the beginning of of a new year and so why not repeat it? Luckily Monica agreed, so for the last few days of 2016 and the first four of 2017 I was in Barcelona again.
As the year draws to an end I’ve been thinking over the many activities over the past year. New experiences, great moments, a few lesser moments and oh so many photos.
I had a lovely walk in Drenthe this afternoon. A bit over 20km in just over three and a half hours. Unfortunately it was mostly completely cloudy, but on the other hand it wasn’t cold nor did it rain. So all in all a very nice walk.
I learned about Bauer (not to be confused with the in the Netherlands slightly more known Frans or the American Baauer) in 2006 when they released the album ‘The Bauer Melody of 2006’, an absolutely gorgeous album recorded with the Metropole Orchestra. The fourth album of the band and for a long time… the last. Until this year that is. Ten years after that release and shortly before my vacation to Guatemala I suddenly saw a new Bauer album ‘Eyes Fully Open.
And then it turned out that the band would visit Vera in Groningen. A change I could not pass on, because you never know… maybe I’ll have to wait another ten years for another chance.
It’s been a month since I really did some photography (not really counting the few photos I took of the World Press Photo exposition). Coming back sick from vacation, dark nights and working in daytime and editing a huge amount of vacation-photos didn’t make me reach out to my camera immediately. However after a month I figured it was about time again. Also it was high time for a bit of hiking again!
There is a song by Manu Chao called ‘Me gustas tu‘ that -Monica once told me- is used by many people to learn words in Spanish. One of the lines in this song is ‘Me gusta Guatemala, me gustas tu’, and I’d get a change to experience that for myself this year. Monica visits her family every year and when deciding on our vacation plans for this year, we came to the conclusion that it would be a great idea to visit Guatemala together. I’d get to meet Monica’s family and friends in Guatemala and see the beauty of Monica’s country. However when it’s summer in Europe, Guatemala has it’s rain season. So we had to wait a while and on October 23 I finally started on an incredible journey…
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 :)