Monthly Archives: December 2013

approach & escape

Blurry photos… not taken through an airplane window but through the window of my train to Amsterdam. Just fooling around.

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black marble

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NASA, Black Marble, United States.

The only photos I’ll probably be taking today will be some blurry images through an airplane window. So I would like to present a photo that’s taken from a bit higher. I find these Black Marble photos that NASA released a few weeks back so fascinating. I found out about these photos on PetaPixel and I can keep staring at them endlessly.  Believe it or not, NASA has a Flickr account with many more photos to stare at.

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“denver” she said

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A photo from my trip to Paris in March. The idea of cycling the TransAmerica Trail in the summer was still premature back then, let alone the idea to go back to the States in the winter. Tomorrow I’m flying to Denver. No, I don’t believe in predestination.

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vertical landscapes

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Another Colorado roadscape from my TansAm journey. Cycling across the States meant going through these immense and gorgeous landscapes, so I came back home with quite a collection of landscape photos. I don’t have a lot of experience with landscape photography so this was a new challenge to me. Personally I think that it doesn’t take that much to take a fairly decent landscape photo. But taking great landscape pictures that stand out amongst the rest is true craftmanship. It requires experience, talent for ‘reading’ a landscape and most of all passion for it. Three things I’m lacking when it comes to landscape photography I’m afraid. Nevertheless that didn’t stop me from taking tons of landscape photos. A while into my trip I came to realize that I was shooting nearly all my landscapes vertically. Just because that’s how I photograph: probably about 80% of my photos are verticals. It’s not intentional, it just happens and I like to think that it’s becoming part of my style. But of course there’s this traditional distinction between vertical/portrait and horizontal/landscape photo formats. I’ve never been such a fan of categorising things, so here are ten more vertical landscapes:

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colorado roadscape

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Time for a colour photo. One of my few sunny pictures of Colorado. This one was taken just before cycling into Wyoming as the sky started to clear up after a rainy passage over the Rockies. There’s probably a ton of snow at this place right now. I don’t think I have fully realized yet how cold it will be in Estes Park compared to the early spring temperatures we’re having here in Belgium but I’m really looking forward to it. I won’t be cycling anyway. Actually I considered bringing my bicycle with me since Icelandair only charges 39€ for a packed bicyle. But the decison is made: it’s too cold, the bike is staying home. Of course I will regret this at some point.

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washed ashore ii

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Washed Ashore II, Oostende 2013.

Rule nr.1: always bring your camera. Check! Rule nr.2: always bring an extra battery. Check! Ah, eh, wait a moment, dammit! It’s still in my camera bag that I left in the hallway. A few minutes into our Christmas beach walk in Oostende my battery died. So I settled for a walk without photos. I thought I had learned my lesson after visiting the Glacier National Park with two dead batteries this summer. Apparently I haven’t. But then this image came into my eyes and there was no way that I was going to leave without a picture of it. So I got my battery out and gave it a magical shake. It revived just long enough to compose and take this photo. Of course I had to call it Washed Ashore II, there is no such thing as coincidence.

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washed ashore

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Just like the photo for my website header this picture was made at the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone during my cross-country bicycle trip this summer. As you can see not everyone was as interested in this natural wonder. As a matter of fact I myself took only about two pictures of the geyser eruption. It was much more fun to walk around photographing all those people visiting this tourist attraction. As a more street photography orientated person this environment finally provided for a bit of a change after many landscape photos.

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a new journey, a new blog

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Self-portrait with a friend in a Parisian bakery window. With this photo I officially launch my new blog. This summer I cycled across the United States. In six days I am flying back to the States for two months. I will be staying in Estes Park, Colorado and go on a road trip to California. My intention is to keep some sort of photo journal of this trip. I am thinking something along the lines of a daily photo post. But I don’t want to call it my 60-days-photo-project or however you call such a thing. Simply because there might be days without photos and I can perfectly live with that. We”ll see where this blog goes in the future.

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