A visit to Artis, the Amsterdam Zoo

Recently I visited the Zoo in Amsterdam. I always have my camera with me, but find it difficult to take original pictures in the Zoo. This time I decided to use the Art Filters on my Olympus OMD-EM10 for some of my shots.

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in JPEG, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

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Which Type of Jaguar is this?

I am not crazy about cars – but I love industrial design and am fond of ‘Best Of British’. Hence I immediately grabbed my gear when I saw this beautiful jaguar parked a couple of 100 yards from my house. I had a very nice chat with the owner. Unfortunately I did not ask him which model it was, because I could not find it on the Internet afterwards. Please leave a comment if you do!

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Pictures taken with a Nikon D750 camera and a Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 lens. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


Jazz in Cafe Black Zurich

On March 16, 2018, I attended a wonderful Jazz concert by Sonja Ott (Trumpet),  Jonas Labhart (Alt Saxophone),  Matthias Reinhard-DeRoo (Double Bass) and Berni Doessegger (Drums). The concert took place in Cafe Black. I am looking forward to the next gig of these wonderful musicians, as well a return to Cafe Black!

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Pictures taken with a Nikon D750 camera and a Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 lens. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

Wim Hazeu in book store Douwes

On Thursday evening February 23, 2018, I attended a lecture by Wim Hazeu on his recent biography of Dutch author and painter Lucebert. The evening was organized by the well-known book store Douwes in the Hague.

Since Lucebert was fond of Jazz music, Frans Friedrich, a great jazz musician, was invited to play before and in between the lecture. The combination between the inspiring lecture of Wim Hazeu and the sound of Frans Friedrich (who played a couple of tunes by Miles Davis – including ‘All blues’ – one of my favorites) turned out to be a great one.

Afterwards I discovered that the book store had a copy of the biography of Dutch author Simon Vestdijk,  also written by Wim Hazeu. I had been looking for this book for quite a while. Believing it was out of print, I was extremely glad to find it. I was very pleased that Wim Hazeu was kind enough to sign it for mee.

All in all I had a fantastic evening. Thanks boekhandel Douwes for organizing this event!

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The audience

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Trumpet player Frans Friedrich

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Daphne ter Bals of book store Douwes

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Author Wim Hazeu

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The hat & bag of author Wim Hazeu

 

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Wim Hazeu showing the pipe which once belonged to Lucebert

Walking the Westerbork path

Last Saturday I walked a part of the Westerbork path in Holland with a couple of friends. Westerbork is the name of a Transit Camp in the Netherlands from where Jews were transported to Germany in World War II. The path totals 342 km and follows the railway line from Amsterdam to Camp Westerbork. More information (in Dutch) can be found here.

We followed the route Weesp – Muiden – Muidenberg – Naardermeer – Bussum.

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A great start of the walk with a wonderful cappucino

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Description of the path

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Waitresses in a local (real) coffeeshop in Weesp

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Weesp

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Farm

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Willow

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Fully fuctional bench

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Memphis inspired?

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Rowing

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Industrial society and its consequences

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Bridge

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Lock in Muiden

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Muiderslot Castle

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Muiderslot Castle

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Muiderslot Castle

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Pampus – An island were ships lay in wait until the tide allowed them to sail into Amsterdam

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These shoes are made for walking

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Jewish Cemetry Muiderberg

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Independent Republic Hakkelaarsbrug

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Naardermeer

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Naardermeer

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Railway Station Bussum – Designed by the famous Dutch architect Dudok


Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 17 1.8 mm lens. Recorded in RAW, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

Cool Steve

Last week I was shooting a video for ASK, which stands for ‘All Special Kids’. It is a charity organization that does excellent work. ASK provides resources for parents, schools and specialists, in order to help them to support children with learning differences and special educational needs in Switzerland.

Whilst working on the video I had the opportunity to take take a couple of pictures of Steve, the great guy who was leading the camp.

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Cool Steve

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens. Recorded in RAW, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

Improv photoshoot of three friends in the Hague

When I was taking pictures in the centre of the Hague, I got talking to a guy about the Olympus OMD EM10 (mark I) camera I was using. He had two friends with him and together we decided to do an improv photoshoot.

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in JPEG, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

A photo shoot with René Bom, the night mayor of The Hague

Today I had the pleasure to meet René Bom. René is colourful person AKA the ‘night mayor’ of The Hague and AKA ‘de Haagse Bom’ (the bomb of the Hague). Being born and raised in the Hague, I was honoured to meet this dignitary and to do a photo shoot with him.

A couple of interesting details about René’s outfit for readers who did not have the privilege to  be born the Hague:

  • Green is one of the prominent colours of the escutcheon of the city of the Hague (the other is yellow)
  • The stork in the letter O on René’s shirt refers to the stork in the escutcheon of the city of the Hague – the same stork can be seen on one of the rings René is wearing
  • The number 070 on René’s shirt refers to the telephone digits identifying the city of the Hague
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René Bom – Night mayor of the Hague (http://www.dehaagsebom.com)

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René Bom – Night mayor of the Hague (http://www.dehaagsebom.com)


Pictures taken with Nikon D750 and Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 lens. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.