Getting back to work today after having had a wonderful holiday with some beach time?
Well, here is an opportunity to extend that beach time while being back at work, the August 2011 wallpaper!
Four months ago I let you choose the April 2011 wallpaper among various alternatives. The above photo came up as #2 in that list and so I decided to make it the August 2011 wallpaper. The photo was taken on the Dutch west coast near Schoorl. Hope you enjoy it!
Click on the image above to get the small version (1280x853px).
Click here if you want to get the large version (1920x1200px).
If you would like the wallpaper in another size just drop me a note.
Since I am spending some time in the province of Noord-Holland (in the Netherlands) I have the opportunity to visit the coastline on a regular basis when the weather situation allows for some sunset photography. Besides that I love to photograph sunsets I simply also enjoy just watching the sun disappear in the sea creating a wonderful mixture of colors in the sky.
The attached photos are all long-exposure images from resp. 13, 20 and 30 seconds. I have used GND (Graduated Neutral Density) filters to capture more detail in the foreground by blocking excessive light from the sky and exposing both fore- and background optimally. The images were taken near the city of Schoorl at Camperduin.
Although the colors are warm in the photos it was a cold experience taking them. All three photos were taken in the past few weeks and as it is still early in the year the temperatures were only around 5 degrees (C) with a strong sea wind making it feel like freezing. My fingers were all cramped when I left the scene.
I am considering choosing one of the photos for the free April 2011 calender wallpaper, but I am hesitant which one to pick. Which would you like to see as the April 2011 calender wallpaper? Please comment!
Windmill near Volendam, Noord-Holland
Due to family reasons I am currently spending some time away from home and back in my country of birth, the Netherlands.
Although I have visited the Netherlands the past years frequently I never spent much time to seriously photograph it. Actually, some Dutch cows are currently the only gallery in my portfolio from the country I lived in for more than 30 years (you can view them here).
Now that I have lived abroad for many years it seems that I view my previous home with different eyes. While I was living there it would not have had my preference to go out and shoot some images in stormy and cloudy weather, but it was different two weeks ago.
There was a heavy storm with very strong winds and regular rainfall a few weekends ago. Flights from Schiphol airport were delayed or even canceled and traffic on the roads was seriously effected. These were the conditions I went out with my camera (I did not even bother to take my tripod with me) and shot the attached photos.
“Towards the end” at the coastline of Petten, Noord-Holland