Sunday, 24 August 2014

Strabrechtse Heide

For the month of August I decided to do some serious landscape photography and especially to keep an eye on the local moorland “Strabrechtse Heide”. I admit the summer period is not ideal for nature photography. First of all, you have to set the alarm clock at an unreasonable idiot time (I am not a morning person). Secondly, the quality of light is often not as good as in winter times. The sun rises quickly to a high elevation. But on the other hand, since I have been a teacher I have plenty of time in the summer holiday and often the warm weather causes thunderstorms at the end of the day. So the plan was to focus on heavy weather and the flowering heath. Here is a small selection of the results.
  • Photo 1 – August 3rd: I saw this monstrous shower coming. Thanks to mobile technology with a rain radar app. I was just on time on the right spot to photograph this shelf cloud.
  • Photo 2 – August 5th: A traditional heath-with-fog wide-angle shot.
  • Photo 3 – August 17th: This place on the Strabrechtse Heide was new for me. When I first visited the spot a week earlier I immediately sensed its potential. I wanted flowering heath on the sand with heavy clouds full of rain above it. I took me a couple of return visits before I encountered the right circumstances.
The latter photo was also selected by the Roots nature magazine on their Facebook account as one of best flowering heath photos of this year.

* Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17-40mm/f4 @ 17mm; ISO-50, f16, 1.6s; ND2 hard gradient filter; tripod.
* Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17-40mm/f4 @ 17mm; ISO-50, f16, 0.5s; ND2 hard gradient + ND3 hard gradient filter; tripod.
* Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17-40mm/f4 @ 20mm; ISO-50, f18, 2s; +0.7 stop; flash, ND3 hard gradient filter; tripod.


Lasse said...

Excellent pics ! Realy Worth all the effort to get out of bed ;-)))

advanduren said...

Hele mooie landschapsplaten Gerard, vooral de laatste is schitterend, terecht genomineerd door Roots. Van mij is ook een foto genomineerd voor de maandopdracht (heide), was foto van de week.


Gerrit said...

Meer dan prachtige landschappen. Jammer dat het zo'n kleine selectie is en dan ook nog op vrij klein formaat. Ik zou er best meer van willen zien. Dit is puur genieten!


Jowan said...

Klasse Gerard. Die donderwolken heb ik helaas helemaal gemist maar wat heb jij er een prachtshot van gemaakt.