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.
Had a great time with my photo friends on June 16th. But what I did not know…….. While I was out taken pictures with my friends, a lot of other friends where preparing the biggest surprise 50 party for my birthday. So when I came home they all surprised me big time! Thanks to all of my friends, I felt really special.
In April 2018 we visited Sofia. It was a short weekend break with our Photoclub Trefshot. Sofia is a city with a big variety of very new building but also very old desolated buildings. In the centre of the town most buildings are well maintained, but further away the sidewalks are very dangerous. No tile or brick is in place. The Alexander Nevski Cathedral made a big impression, especially at night. The blue night colours are working very well with the yellowish lighted cathedral. Read more →
I went to the Isle of Skye with travel agent Nordic Vision in March 2018. Late march should be the perfect time for dramatic cloud scenery’s and beautiful Scottish landscapes. Well it wasn’t the excellent landscapes, it where the harsh light conditions for three days en the clear blue skies that made it hard to make pictures. We had to make the best of it, and we did! Later in the week the clouds came and we could make beautiful pictures. Wilco Dragt was our leading photographer. You can find his website on www.wilcodragt.nl
I went to Cinque Terre on a photo trip with the Fotoreisspecialist from the Netherlands. I flew on May 21st to Pisa for a 6-day trip. Leader of the pack was Albert Dros. He is a devoted photographer with a lot of passion for photography. We had a great time despite the harsh light during the day. The sunsets and sunrises where awesome. I had a blast! Albert taught me more on composition and how to put foreground in a landscape photo. You can find his website on www.albertdros.com.
In september 2017 I visited Snæfellsnes. The journey started in Amsterdam. We flew September 23 – 2017 to Reykjavik and went on adventure in Snæfellsness in the western part of Iceland.
Snæfellsness is known as “Iceland in Miniature”, because many national sights can be found in this area. The Snæfellsjökull volcano, regarded as one of the symbols of Iceland, is one of these sights that can ben found there. With its height of 1446 m, it is the highest mountain on the peninsula and has a glacier at its peak. We saw waterfalls, the amazing Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), lava fields, andmany more of the beautiful mountainscapes. This peninsula of Iceland is a true GEM OF THE WEST. The Milk Photo Book I made can be found here: GEM OF THE WEST by Richard Paas. An Adobe Spark page can be seen by clicking the picture below.
We visited Prague and Hannover in april 2017 with some friends of Photo Club Trefshot Groningen. We had a great time and visited Prague for three days. On our way back we visited Hannover.
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Gisteravond won Richard de eerste prijs tijdens de nieuwjaarsbijeenkomst van Fotoclub Trefshot te Groningen met zijn foto “Woman with Lantern”. Hij mocht de Sjoerd Landstra wisselbokaal opnieuw mee naar huis nemen. “Super blij, omdat ik hem vorig jaar ook al mocht winnen” zegt hij.
Bijzonder dankbaar voor de modellen Roelof (man met beer) en Mireille (vrouw met lantaarn, pffff wat een bikkel). Ook Deniece bedankt voor het warm houden van Mireille tijdens de superkoude avondshoot.
Ik zag soms prachtige foto’s voorbij komen van Burg Eltz. Deze burcht ligt in het plaatsje Wierschem in Duitsland vlakbij Koblenz. Ik ben samen met mijn zoon Ruben er naar toe geweest. We hebben de burcht op drie verschillende tijden bezocht om mooi licht te vangen. Het was een heerlijk tijd. Hier een korte impressie van onze Road Trip to Burg Eltz.