Being born and raised in the Hague, Scheveningen always had a special place in my heart. Due to the fact that my brother was confined to a wheelchair, we often went for a walk to the pier heads of the Scheveningen harbour.
Nowadays, I still like to walk there to get some fresh air and to clear my head. I love to come here with my camera on a clear day during the golden hour, because the colour schemes are so magnificent.
All pictures taken with a Panasonic Lumix GX80 camera and the Lumix 20 mm 1.7 lens. Despite the fact that this lens focuses XXL slow focus in low light conditions, it is incredibly sharp, fast and the versatile.
Grindelwald is small town in the Swiss Alps, surrounded by a number of famous mountains: the Wetterhorn, the Mönch, the Jungfrau, and of course the most (in)famous one of all: the Eiger.
In the village a beautiful small idyllic church is located. A number of graves in the church yard behind the church are from mountaineers who died during climbing expeditions.
We also visited the church on Sunday to attend a baptism service led by Pfarrer Klaus-Dieter Hägele. Not only did he preach about the cornerstone of our lives (Isaiah 28:16), he also gave a demonstration by stapling one stone on top of another. Andreas Menzi accompanied the service on organ and piano. One of the pieces he played is an old time favorite of mine from the great American songbook: ‘Love is here to stay’ by George & Ira Gershwin.
This morning I attended the Christmas services of the Ekklesia Leiden (Holland). A liberal church community in the university town of Leiden which gathers every week at the Hooglandse Kerk. A beautiful building stemming back from the 14th century.
A 2013 review in the newspaper Trouw already noted that ‘…apart from ‘Our Father’, the score of Huub Oosterhuis songs was 100 percent’. This morning, apart from ‘Our father’, only 4 out of the 6 songs from were from this author; a decrease to 67%…
The ‘participant pastor’ Christiane van den Berg -Seiffert meditated on Matthew 2: 1-12 (from the translation of Naarden), the story about the magi. She noted that they must have had patience (to watch the skies night after night), and did not know exactely what they were looking for and where (hence they visited king Herod first). She concluded by pointing at the mystery of X-mas: People longing for God (symbolized by the shepherds and the Magi,) and God longing for people.
On December 14 I had a wonderful trip to Basel to attend the book signing at Orell Füssli by my dear friend Johannes Czwalina and his fellow author Dan Shambicco. I am looking forward to reading their book ‘Draussen spielt ein Leben’ at Christmas.
It was also a nice opportunity to stroll through Basel whilst taking pictures with my LumixGX80, in combination with my latest acquisition: a Lumix 20mm 1.7 pancake lens. Everything that has been written about this well-known lens turned out to be true. It is extremely sharp, compact, performs very well in low light…but the autofocus is extremely slow compared to all other MFT lenses I have.
On my way back in the train I managed to successfully upload the pictures from my camera directly to Facebook on my smartphone, without editing them in Lightroom first. I have high hopes of shortening my workflow in the future!
A couple of weeks ago I made a couple of publicity pictures for Kai Bischoff and Gordon Schultz to promote their upcoming Christmas concerts. It was a pleasure to work with them, and I am looking forward to hearing their music!