First outings with WCC

The first outing with the Waterford Camera Club

After moving to Waterford, I joined the Waterford Camera Club. A group of wonderful, talented and inspirational people. I will try to join the group outings as much as possible to share my passion of photography. During the first outing we explored the city for some night photography and some light trails.

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Sea of opportunities

Sea of opportunities

Here we are, settled in Waterford and having a great time with all the beautiful people here. As we visited Waterford so many times the last 18 years, it feels like home. After saying goodbye to photoclub VeluweOOm in the Netherlands, I was happy to join the Waterford Camera Club (WCC) where I received a very warm welcome. A great club with wonderful and very talented people.

In my last post I mentioned how great is was to have those beautiful woods on your doorstep in the Netherlands. The situation here is much different as Ireland is one of the EU countries with the least amount of woods. In return we get stunning coastlines and breathtaking landscapes, it really opens up a sea of new opportunities for me. During the first 2 months I visited the coast a couple of times and I would like to share some of the images with you. Hope you like them. Enjoy.

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Autumn of change

Autumn of change

During every autumn nature changes. The trees will display the most beautiful colours before they release their leaves to get ready for the winter. For myself this was also an autumn of change by leaving the Netherlands and move to Ireland. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in life together with Jacqui. There are so many things that I’m looking forward to but obviously there are things that I’ll definitely miss. Along drop, Dutch cheese and other things, I will miss the woods on our doorstep. Every autumn it was a feast to have a walk through these woods and this autumn I felt somewhat emotional because I know I will miss this unique area. So please find my last series of pictures of the forest in the Dieren area. Hope you like them.

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Côte d’Opale

Côte d’Opale

 

For our annual trip, I went with the Schoorl group to a coastline in the North of France. This stretch of coast is known as Côte d’Opale, named after this gemstone. It is a very divers coast with cliffs and wide beaches, scattered with bunkers build during the Second World War. It is really a gem for many photo enthousiasts.

Our group with Petra, Niels, Stephan, Jan, Arjan, Carla, Frederik and myself was completed with Ed, who is constantly in our heart and mind.

Like the coast, the weather was also very divers: rain, storm, wind, sun and a gentle autumn breeze.

A highlight was our visit to Ambleteuse. There was a severe storm and an ideal opportunity to witness Fort Mahon at high tide with high waves. A challenge to make a picture during this force of nature. It could have been a very expensive holiday when we were surprised by a high wave, but miraculously, the only thing that stayed dry was our equipment. Please find here a footage of this wave.

Below you can find a series in chronological order.

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Escalles

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Sketches of China

Sketches of China

During a business trip to China last month, I was able to find some spare time to visit some highlights like The Forbidden City, Olympic village and the Great Wall. I was impressed with it all, specially the kindness and hospitality of the people, the food, the crazyness of the traffic, architecture and how advanced their life is. Thank you very much Zhiyong and girlfriend Snow in showing me around in Beijing and Tianjin, Allen for picking me up at the airport and Victor for introducing me in real Chinese food, so much appreciated.

Please find some impressions of some short getaways during the business trip.

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