Concert Son Mieux The Hague

Since 1989 the city of the Hague has a tradition to organize rock concerts on different stages in the city center on the night before Kings’s day (April 27). This year I took the opportunity to attend a concert of the Dutch band ‘Son Mieux’. I must admit I never heard about them, but it turned out to be a great gig. Their music is highly original, and I keep playing their songs Feels. and Easy on Spotify.

Unfortunately ,I was not the only one who liked their music: due to the massive crowd and the number of people in front of the stage, I could only take pictures from a single angle. This angle made it difficult to take good pictures from other band members than the singer and the base player.

However, I hope to have an opportunity to see (and hear!) them again sometime in the near future, and to be able to take more varied pictures then.

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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.


 

StreetKidsDirect King’s Day Scheveningen

In Holland we celebrate King’s Day on the King’s birthday, each year on April 27. This entails a lot of festivities, and most famously, everyone is free to sell items on so-called ‘vrijmarkten’ (flea markets). Dutch people are always described as Merchants and Vicars, but on King’s Day, the first category clearly takes the lead! Even the few Dutch republicans tend to be become orange-clad royalists.

Since 2016, our family has been active on the Vrijmarkt in Scheveningen to raise money for StreetKidsDirect, an organisation which provides practical and essential support for street kids in Guatemala and Honduras. Today, we sold books, dvd’s, puzzles, pans, bags, cookies, a coffee machine, drones and a lot of other stuff. We are extremely grateful to all people who donated articles to us for sale!

All in all, we raised more than €250 in 3 hours time. We would like to thank our customers, a few of whom you can see in the pictures below.

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Our stand in Scheveningen, on the Leuvensestraat.

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Our dog Rakker, Friese Stabyhoun on the lookout for customers!

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Reviewing the specifications of the item…

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Taking the decision together…. for €2,50 the pan has a new owner!

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The lady on the right bought DVD James Herriot for her mother (on the left).

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This kind customer did not want to receive any change when hearing about StreetKidsDirect!

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This lady is an experienced puzzle enthusiast, who decided to take on Jackson Pollock.

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Childhood memories: This customer found a DVD of the Dutch (70’s) Television series ‘Hamelen’.

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Another satisfied customer!

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Mum, can I…

 

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‘It was a present from my mother’

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Michelle’s South African Coconut Nougat became a favorite!

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The incredibly brave lady in the wheelchair is photographer Karen Vlieger.  She only has a couple of weeks left to live and decided to go and enjoy every minute of it. You can find her story here. She had incredibly sweet and kind companions who are accompanying her every step of the way.

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‘I am always looking for thrillers’. ‘I think we can help you!.’

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South-African cookies, also baked by from Michelle, became a hot item!

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A designer bag donated by Tomoko, making this lady happy!

 


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 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.


 

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.