A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
Here comes the eighteenth mystery location post of this year….
Number 17 was a bit more difficult, although some very discerning viewers did identify the ship and location. Sometimes the weather and sea can look so nice that we don’t realize how far north we are!
This week’s view comes from one of my hikes, something that I don’t appear to have enough time for (there are always more hikes that we want to do!!). No, I didn’t make it up the mountain that day, but might some day, as it should provide some rather wonderful views!
Where are we in this photo?
This is a bit more difficult, but I think you can do it!
Welcome to the 176th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! My apologies for being a tad late with this edition; it’s good that I love my job, as it can demand a bit much of my time once in a while!
You really put on a wonderful display of what Fall means to you! Your creative posts ranged from those that made me laugh out loud to those that made me just sit back and appreciate the great colors of the season! There were amazing waterfalls, places where you don’t want to fall, and a fall guy! Thank you for all the thoughtful and wonderful work that you put into all of your posts!
Please tell one another what you like about all these great posts!!
Here’s a waterfall that I enjoyed this past weekend…
This waterfall is in Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, CT; even though the amount of water flowing on this Sunday was not spectacular, the scenery still stands out, as the water flows across the rock formations.
Please enjoy the following blog posts:
This week’s theme of Fall is started off by Sarah with a gorgeous bit of color in her post in By Sarah!
Debbie showcases one of Iceland’s beautiful waterfalls in her post in Travel with Intent; Irarfoss is stunning!
Shelley is trying to fall back into the work rhythm in her post in Quaint Revival; I’m not sure that it’s working, as relaxation beckons!
Jackie takes a number of interesting approaches to the theme in her post in Junk Boat Travels; I’d watch for coconuts!
I can see why the Ryans like visiting Sheffield Park Gardens in a gorgeous post in RyanPhotography; that’s a stunning photo!
The approach to our theme is a bit playful in another awesome post in theOnlyD800intheHameau; those cataracts are a truly minor fall!
Na’ama goes in the opposite direction in her post in Na’ama Yehuda: the aspiration is not to fall, which I can understand!
Xenia and her wonderful whippets take us into the changing season on the Highlands in her post in Whippetwisdom; such an amazing locale!
That water certainly looks inviting in Chateaux des Fleurs, or do you prefer to lounge among the colorful leaves?
It looks like the harvest is complete and the colors are brightening in Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery‘s post; beautiful photo!
Vibrant colors feature large in a great photo in Granny Shot It, as the autumnal look is amazing!
Ann-Christine finds another wonderful location for her post in To See A World in a Grain of Sand…; the mountain, Kirkjufell, and the Kirkjufellfossar provide a spectacular view!
Mike’s image in his blog, Photography OCD, really gives you the sense of the Fall season, where colorful maize features.
Donna features a gorgeous array of photos that give us a great sense of Autumn in her post in Wind Kisses; Arizona looks amazing!
Jase might have fallen for a rather amazing dress in Proscenium; it also looks very suitable to dress up for fall!
This week we get another wonderful post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, as we visit Dawki and the India and Bangladesh border; gorgeous area!
Sirisha shares a wonderful set of images in her blog queennandini; I’m very curious about what might be falling from the helicopter…
This week’s post in the lovely blog Travel with Tech takes us to the gorgeous cities of Prague and Bratislava; the photos are amazing!
Viveka brings us a fantastic set of photos in MyGuiltyPleasures, which play on our theme in various ways; there’s also some wisdom in her post!
Woolly has captured some amazing waterfalls in his post in Woolly Muses; every post of his causes me to add more destinations to my bucket list!!
Sandy expresses my feelings about the Fall season perfectly in her post in Out of My Write Mind; and those colors match the poem to a tee!
Maria focuses on one of the things that we see in the Fall in her post in Kamerapromenader, as the birds are leaving the colder regions to head for warmth…
Elizabatz explores a number of features of the Fall season in her blog Elizabatz Gallery with a wonderful set of images.
Carol showcases some gorgeous photos in her post in Light Words; they really give that autumnal feeling.
In another wonderful post in the blog Kanlaon, we get a sense of what Autumn brings in the Philippines.
Anne is a self-professed HorseAddict, where she posts a gorgeous image of what it is to ride during this season!
The photo in Land of Images made me laugh out loud, and it might just be the most creative take on our theme!
One can always tell a photographer who loves this season, as we can clearly see in A Day in the Life; those photos are just gorgeous!
Tatiana shares several posts with us; first in Travelways we get to see Kakabeka Falls, which look fantastic! A second post in GiftSmart gives us a sense of evening rush hour at the bus stop. Tatiana finishes with another post in GiftSmart that shares lovely images of fall foliage!
Robert shares some gorgeous Fall images from Hamburg in his post in Photo Roberts Blog; I simply love the creative approach that Robert takes in these images, as each of them speaks!
David shares an array of amazing photos of fall color in his post in David M’s Photoblog; those colors are just stunning!
Welcome to week 177 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! I’m still wrapping up the round up and will finish it on Tuesday night, as work is getting in the way…
As you created a wonderful week of Fall-themed contributions, I couldn’t help but wonder where I might direct you next… This week, my inspiration came from one of the images that I captured over the weekend, while visiting my good friend, George, who is an amazing photographer! We often go wandering to see what catches our eye (and lens). From the image in this post, I got the idea to use the theme of Focus, which, to my surprise, didn’t come up as a tag that I used before!
The challenge for you is to take focus into your preferred direction. There are many ways that you can take this: in focus, out of focus, a look of focus on someone’s face, you name it! Let your creative minds wander happily and keep your focus on the theme!
Here’s the image that led to this theme…
During our wanderings in the Devil’s Hopyard, a lovely park in East Haddam, CT, we came across this lovely little bridge. While George was capturing it from one vantage point, I looked at it through this wonderful tree and thought that it might be interesting to shorten the depth of field and produce this image.
The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:
Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!
Focus on your mission and have fun with the theme!! And on a side note, while writing this post, I was listening to Focus.
Iceland is a place filled with wonders of geology, as it sits at the intersection of several tectonic plates; its volcanic landscape and mixture of fire and ice make for stunning landscape photography.
One of the side effects of this location is the level of geothermal activity that provides energy for much of the country. From famous bathing areas, such as the Blue Lagoon in southern Iceland to this stunning blue lake in the north…
There are geothermal baths in the Myvatn Geothermal Region, but these are not them (as a matter of fact, just off-camera there is a sign warning of the extreme heat in this lake). In the distance, you can see the pipe crossing the landscape and see where the heat is collected for use by residents.
The stunning blue color of the lake is the result of silica deposits, which forms a soft blue mud and provides this stunning hue.
I will post more images from this area, as I continue processing them.
As this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge is on the theme of Fall, I thought it might be fitting to visit a waterfall. While going through some of my travel photos, I came across one of these from the amazing country of Iceland.
It took a bit of a clamber to get down to the level, from where I wanted to shoot this amazing set of falls that thunder down a semi-circular ledge; the view was very much worth it…
This amazing sight is Goðafoss waterfall, which name translates to Waterfall of the Gods. This sight and sound of this much water flowing over the edge and past one’s feet is truly impressive. This is one of those locations, where I’d love to spend a number of days to get its beauty with various light qualities; the 30 or so minutes that I was there were just too short to do it justice.