Veluwe

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One of my favourite local areas for landscape photography is the Hulshorsterzand and Leuvenum forest in the Veluwe nature reserve. The diversity of the landscape makes sure you'll always see new interesting spots to shoot during the different seasons.

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Some proper winter images

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Although it was raining when I arrived at the heathland of the Renderklippen in the Veluwe it proved to be worth the short walk in the rain to get to some nice spots just before sunset.

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Foggy pine tree forest

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Pine trees in the Speulder- and Sprielderforest. Guaranteed to add some color during dull winter days.

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Winter is coming in the forest

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Winter is definitely coming in the Speulder and Sprielderforest in the Veluwe nature reserve.

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Sunrise over blossoming heather

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Blossoming heather in a heathland landscape, a subject best photographed during sunrise in my experience. So I got up early this week and hoped for some sunlight, a bit of clouds and mist on the ground. I was not disappointed when I arrived at the Veluwe Heathland just before sunrise.

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A little bit of winter

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We've seen a couple of wintry days over the last few weeks in The Netherlands. Here are a few landscapes of the IJssel river and Veluwe nature reserve in cold conditions.

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Blossoming Heather

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A warm summer evening at the Renderklippen in the Veluwe nature reserve with luscious blossoming Heather plants.


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Red Deer

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Summer’s come to and end. Autumn is about to kick off. Time for the rutting season for the Red Deer. The Stags are bellowing, while the hinds are quietly grazing in the Heather fields that are still blossoming.

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Star Trail, the making of

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A Star Trail shot of the stars rotating around the Pole Star in the North.

After some cloudy nights the sky finally opened up together so I headed out in the evening to try and make a star trail shot. I made one before at Schiermonnikoog, but I didn’t have my full frame camera and ultra wide angle at that time. Now I did, so I came fully prepared for the shot.

The pole star is approximately aligned with the Earth's axis of rotation so it serves as a rotating point for all the other stars when you set your camera to a long exposure. For a nice shot with stars in a circle you need to face North (if you’re above the Equator). Finding a spot that doesn’t suffer from too much light pollution is pretty hard here in The Netherlands, but I had some ideas on where to go.
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The day before I went to this location, a lonely tree on top of a sand dune in the small nature reserve called ‘De Haere’. The area is owned by the nature preservation organization ‘Geldersch Landschap’ and is not accessible after sunset. So after finding a location first thing I did was ask permission to enter the nature reserve in the evening.

Next step was to put some tea in a thermos flask and head out the door for a couple of hours. At the location I first made some high ISO test shots to choose a composition and see what the ambient light was doing. On the horizon you can clearly see the glow of the town of Elburg in the distance, so I decided to pick a shutter time of about ten minutes with an aperture of f/11 at ISO100.
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After setting up the camera with 16mm ultra wide angle lens on a tripod with a remote, I chose the bulb mode option and set up the timer on my phone. After the first press of the shutter release the long wait could start. In total I made 11 shots of 10 minute long exposures. During this time I saw 10.000 airplanes, one shooting star and a really clear meteorite.

At home I edited one of the 11 photos and synchronized the other 10 with the first one in Lightroom. I openend the 11 photos as layers in Photoshop and checked the image for unwanted spots. Unfortunately, the 10.000 airplanes left their trace.
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On each layer there were dots and stripes that were not stars but airplane lights and airplane trails. So I edited these out in each layer and then finally I could blend the images together in one layer using the ‘lighten’ option. After some fine tuning on color and contrast using Nik Color Efex Pro the final images was done.

The final image is for sale as royalty free stockphoto at Getty Images

A colorful sunset

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Dramatic sunsets. I love them. Especially in autumn and winter. Last friday, when driving home, I decided to take a little detour. I ended up at the ‘Renderklippen’, an area in the Veluwe nature reserve in The Netherlands with small hills covered in Heather plants. There was some mist coming from the ground, giving the landscape a mysterious atmosphere.

I used a Hitech ND grad filter to make sure the sky and lower parts of the landscape received an even exposure. When using these filters I always use a tripod because you end up with exposure times of around half a second during sunsets like these (iso 100). You could of course choose for a higher iso level, but in my experience mist and high iso levels are no friends.


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Autumn - random Veluwe pictures

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Some random autumn images from October landscapes in the Veluwe nature reserve. Although the leaves are still a bit green, the light has turned softer, which I prefer while doing landscape photography. Above is the Leuvenum Creek during a sunny early morning. I used a ND filter to smoothen the water surface in the creek and a tripod to compensate for the long exposure.

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Hulshorsterzand sunrise

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Path through Beech trees with mist in the Speulder and Sprielder forest.

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Fallen Beech tree in the Speulder and Sprielder forest.

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Beech trees with haze in the Speulder and Sprielder forest.

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Sunset over the plains in the Veluwe nature reserve near Apeldoorn.

Leuvenum Creek

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The Leuvenum Creek (Leuvenumse Beek of Hierdense Beek) is a small creek running through the Veluwe forest towards the Lake Veluwe. The creek has been canalized in the past to improve the flow of water for the paper industry, but nowadays the creek is flowing in a more natural way. For these pictures I used a ND filter and a polarizer to achieve long exposures for making the water surface smooth with some traces of motion (floating leaves).

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