What’s the fun of guided photo trips. Photography is a journey for life. There is always something new to learn or improve. For me photography is always fun. One of the things I picked up is going on photo trips. I joined my first photo trip in may 2013. It was a short trip to London with Madelon Dielen Fotografie. On this trip I heard about the P, M and A dial on my camera. My main goal on this trip was to learn about these settings and understand what they did. I also learned what shooting in RAW meant. Furthermore while my first photo trip was a city trip, most other photo trips are for landscape photographers.
First of all what is the fun of these photo trips? I can hear you think “every photographer on the same location with the same pictures or that’s easy making nice pictures or ……….”. So what’s the fun of guided photo trips!
Our Arctic Light Adventure in Iceland started January 1st 2020. We flew with a group of seven people to Iceland to explore the northern part of Iceland in wintertime. Would we be able to see the Northern Light? How will the weather conditions turn out in wintertime?
In October 2019 I went on an adventure with a group of photographers to see the Colors of Autumn Bulgaria. Starling Tours organized this adventure as the travel agent. Our tour guide was Yves Adams who did an amazing job. He was always there to lend a hand, teaching us something, making us laugh and inspiring us every day. We were lucky to have two drivers. Emil and his wife Sevdalina, who were very kind people. Emil himself is a photographer as well. So we had two photographers who taught us.
In July 2019 I went on an adventure in the northern part of Norway. Varanger is a peninsula with amazing landscapes. Nordic Vision was again my travelagent. Jan en Mart Smit (father and son) were the tour guides. The weather conditions where to good. A lot of sun en clear blue skies. So during daytime it was an adventure to find some spots to take nice pictures. During that time of the day we did some location spotting and photograph structures. (And that’s way out of my comfort zone.)
In our hallway we have some family portraits of our kids. But the portraits were taken some years ago. Time for some new ones! But we would also like to hang the portraits of their partners. The previous portraits were color portraits. This time I would like to do some black and whites. So the challenge is take seven portraits, each with the same look and feel. This is how I did it.
Portraits with same look
First of all the seven new portraits should have the same look. I chose square format, f-stop 2.8 and a small light at the left side of the neck. So sharp eyes with fading sharpness to the back of the heads. I have a lens that goes to f-stop 1.2 (85mm canon), so the sharpness at 2.8 should be great.
In November 2018 I went on a photo trip to Wales with tour guide Wilco Dragt of Nordic Vision. I did not know what to expect of Wales. Was it like Scotland or Ireland?
Our destination was on the isle of Anglesey just above the national park Snowdonia. We stayed in a place called Menai Bridge in Hotel Anglesey Arms. Read on to see my Spark page and the video I made of this adventure.
Saturday October 13th I was with Henk Dikkema in Eelde (The Netherlands) to shoot some toadstools (mushrooms?). I discovered the Octopus stinkhorn (or Devil’s Fingers). Henk often writes stories which are published in the local newspaper. He mentioned my name, because while he was shooting a plain and simple porcelain fungus I found this beauty. But not being a biologist I did not know what it was. What I saw smelled awful but was beautiful! When he saw me quit looking trough the camera he became nosy and asked me what are you doing? When he saw what I was photographing he became very enthousiast. He told me he would buy me a cup of coffee at the next meeting of our photo club. Read more →
Early July 2018 we did a photoshoot with Marlou and Brigitta in a grain field in Eext (The Netherlands). We scouted a perfect field with a nice possibility of a beautiful sunset. Fun it was! When my wife saw the images, she also would like to be a model. Then my oldest daughter saw the pictures and we had to plan another night for shooting. What started as one evening ended with three evenings with lots of fun.