It is late and rather dark in the evening. It’s just before sunset in July in Finland. I camp in Uusikaupunki. I am standing on a table with my tripod looking for the sunset.

I hear a voice saying: “good night” and that voice is scaring me shitless. A middle aged man carrying a kajak and two paddles is passing by.

“I like to travel at night for 2500 kilometers along the lakes of Finland”, he says. I am perplexed and can only stammer “have a good trip” or something like that.

In the meantime he has gone. Only leaving some waves behind him and his kajak.

Anyway I liked that place and the shot. I’ll never forget Uusikaupunki.


Canon 20D – 24/70 mm – F 2,8L USM – 32 mm – ISO 100 – F 22,0 – 0,7sec – Jul 2006



By |17 januari, 2020|Fotografie, Landschap, Natuur, Seizoenen|0 Comments


During a walk around one of the oldest harbours in Rotterdam I met one of the ships that are painted over and over again. I liked the colors immediately. In my opinion the picture asked for a square format because of the lines and that round element. The shadows are giving a harsh light during the midst of the day. I fell in love with the strong colors and the fact the skipper or the sailor was not looking for perfection. It’s more about “I did it my way”.

The hole in the body of the boat was not used anymore but in former days a rope came through to moor the boat. They thought about the color for the circle to be different or it went without saying.


Canon 20D – 24/70 mm – F 2,8L USM – 63 mm – ISO 100 – F 4,0 – 1/1000 sec – Jul 2006


By |16 januari, 2020|Fotografie, Straatfotografie|0 Comments


Did you ever spot a vintage car? They are unbelievable attractive. You can walk around it and make satisfying shots. Nowadays its a miracle you spot one. By the way, did you know Apple calls her computers ‘vintage’ after ten years of heavy duty? You’ll never hear this once you discover an old Citroën or Cadillac or something much older.

I saw this one in Paris. Just aside an old parking place. I cannot remember the exact place and street, but I still feel that pale worn out old bleu color of it. For this time I made a black and white image of it, because of the richness of blacks and whites in it.

I especially like the form of the lamp and the claxon according to the rubber hood of the motor. Did you recognize the electricity wire? It is unthinkable nowadays. Therefore I like vintage.


Canon 20D – 24/70 mm – F 2,8L USM – 70 mm – ISO 100 – F 5,6 – 1/125 sec – Jul 2006

By |15 januari, 2020|Fotografie, Straatfotografie|0 Comments


It’s past ten in the evening. I witnessed the sunset at the beach of Noordwijk at the North Sea. Two friends, sitting side by side, are watching and enjoying the rimpling of the water during a long time. The are talking and waiting for sunset. It’s June and  the water warmed up by the sun during the past weeks. I’m waiting and waiting for the sunset and for ‘the decisive moment’ they look to each other.

It happened at 22.03.29 hr in 2006 at June 30th exactly. Thanks to Lightroom I still can recover the exact moment of capturing. It took more than half an hour before the sun disappeared and the friends went home.

Sunset – one of the miracles of love and life.


Canon 20D  24/70 mm – f2,8 – 64 mm – ISO 100 – F 5,6 – 1/60 sec – jun 2006

By |14 januari, 2020|Fotografie, Landschap, LIGHT, Seizoenen|0 Comments


I like to walk, to wander with my camera. This time I have been near the visitors center of ‘De Biesbosch‘. It’s the land of low tide and flood, maze of creeks. You can sail past willow flood forests, canoeing through or wandering along winding creeks, finding rough paths and open meadows, looking for water birds and beavers.

I like to listen to the rippling of the water around me. Not any day the same as yesterday. I found this repetition of willows waiting for spring to come.

I love the reflections in the water.


Canon 20D  70/200 mm – f2,8 – 70mm – ISO 400 – F32 – 1/15 sec – mrt 2006

By |13 januari, 2020|Fotografie, Landschap, LIGHT, Natuur|0 Comments


“It’s winterfall”, Freddy Mercury sang. “Am I dreaming…..”. During a visit in Austria I had that same feeling in the early morning. It was cold outside and I made my morning walk before my cup of coffee somewhere in the neighbourhood of Innsbruck. I saw a little church down the hill and started walking through the fresh snow seeing some cabins and the new morning light.

The nature based snow-white and coming fruit of the alder makes a real contrast with the human shaped forms of the little town. I loved the foggy colors and my coffee tasted wonderful…..


Canon 20D  70/200 mm – f2,8 – 200mm – ISO 100 – F11 – 1/250 sec – feb 2006





By |11 januari, 2020|Fotografie, Landschap, LIGHT, Natuur|0 Comments


WACHTERS IN DE WIND heb ik ze genoemd. Ergens langs het strand in Noord-Holland kwam ik ze tegen. Stilte en beweging samen in één beeld. Een geweldige ervaring vond ik het. En nog steeds.

Zo’n beeld geeft veel stof tot overdenking en dat is wat je ook doet als je langs het strand loopt. Trouwens ook als je van plan bent ‘je hoofd leeg te maken’. Altijd gaat de golfslag met je mee en dat helpt bij alles wat je denkt of juist niet denkt. Water, we komen er vandaan en moeten er steeds weer naar toe.

En daar staan dan de wachters. Ze trotseren de golven, bij eb en bij vloed. Boeiend om naar te kijken. Altijd gaat het water er tussendoor. Alleen de zeepokken zijn er tegen bestand. Die klonteren zich vast aan de palen, wat er ook gebeurd. Wie heeft dat touwtje eigenlijk opgehangen……?

Fototechnisch nog best ingewikkeld. Je moet de zwarten ‘niet dicht laten lopen’ maar ‘doortekend’ laten. Die goeie Ansel Adams met zijn ‘zonesysteem’ moest eens weten……

Een overblijfsel uit mijn Hasselbladperiode… Wat een ‘goeie ouwe tijd’….. En maar pielen met dat rolletje van 12 en maar tobben in die donkere kamer…. Wat een gemak toch die digitale camera’s!


Canon 20D  24/70 mm – f2,8 – 46mm – ISO 100 – F5,6 – 1/125 sec – feb 2006



By |9 januari, 2020|Fotografie, Landschap, LIGHT, Natuur, Seizoenen|0 Comments


As my former teacher, Ine van den Broek (she died at 62 in 2009) , said: “Damned Hans, you need to go close” – I still hear those words at every shot with my camera.

It is a low sun evening at Denmark. I had to think of Van Gogh who painted corn during 1890. The fullness of the barley is overwhelming. Especially its large plumes. It is like new ones and it is glittering from all sides. Some months ago we liked the cold winter and now this is happening. The wonder is still there….

Since 7000 BC coming from Syria and Afghanistan and now growing from Finland to the Himalaya. A golden glow. Thanks to the RGB colors from my digital camera.

Nothing to compare…….

Canon 20D  24/70 mm – f2,8 – 64mm – ISO 200 – F4,0 – 1/180 sec – jul 2005


By |7 januari, 2020|Fotografie, Landschap, LIGHT, Natuur, Seizoenen|0 Comments


Ik loop ergens in Oslo, nabij het Vigelandpark. Plots ontdek ik een ‘kwaad’ fonteintje in een achterafstraat. Het staat er al lang zo te zien. Het ziet er verweerd uit. Iedereen loopt er ook aan voorbij. Gestaag komen de waterstralen naar beneden. Het is hartje zomer en ik ben zwaar ‘bewapend’ met mijn 70-200mm Canon EF f/2,8L IS IIUSM. Natuurlijk zoom ik helemaal in en natuurlijk kies ik de grootste opening. Ik sjouw dat spul niet voor niets mee. Met 1/180 sec op ISO 200 uit de hand voel ik mij best wel trots. Mooi scherp waar ik wilde. Als fotograaf ben je altijd ‘de baas’….



Canon 20D  – 70/200mm – f2,8 – 200mm – ISO 200 – F2,8 – 1/180 sec – jul 2005

By |4 januari, 2020|Fotografie, Landschap, LIGHT, Straatfotografie|0 Comments