A nice evening photowalk to the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam with my friend and photographer @tmsvdw. The Westergasfabriek is a former gasworks factory, built in 1883. . The building in this photo, a huge gas holder unit, was built in 1902. The factory was closed in 1967 and it serves as a cultural venue since 1992, with numerous bars, restaurants, galeries and tv studio’s. . We see the reflection in a huge circular pond that was created in the foundation of a similar gas holder unit. It was demolished when the factory was closed. The polluted terrain had to be cleaned up and is now a nice park with walkways along the water. . Make sure you visit this area when you’re in Amsterdam!
Nice weather for a product review! 😅 When I was scouting for good locations, the floodgates of heaven opened and I was soaked within minutes. Except for the contents of my Explore 40 backpack from @shimodadesign! You can read the entire product review on my blog, just click the link in my bio. . The typical Dutch windmills you see here in Schermerhorn 🇳🇱 were built in 1636, after they had served some time in other villages. They were responsible for the water management in this ‘polder’ area. The windmills now serve as a museum which attract thousands of visitors each year. . The reason I got soaked is simple. My @fjallravenofficial outdoor clothes are awesome, but you need to wax them to get fully waterproof. I had been lazy… 😊
We look back on our life as a thing of broken pieces, because our mistakes and failures are always the first to strike us, and outweigh in our imagination what we have accomplished and attained. - Goethe-
I’m blessed that I have been given the opportunity to test the new Explore 40 Adventure Camera Bag from @shimodadesign. Here you see it at golden hour at the top of some dunes of Heemskerk, The Netherlands. I have owned several camera backpacks over the years, but now the Explore 40 is my new favourite companion! Today, Shimoda Designs launched their Kickstarter campaign: you can be one of the first to back their project and go for the exclusive and limited Early Bird deals while they’re still available! Just click the link in my bio and watch the product intro videos on Kickstarter. I will soon post my personal experiences with this amazing new adventure camera bag on my website, so stay tuned!
Horseshoe Bend in 🇫🇷 France! A stunning view on Cirque de la Madeleine from the Belvédère des Templiers - or The Templars Balcony - I think it’s one of the most beautiful places in France! . The Ardèche river meanders across the landscape in the beautiful Gorges de l’Ardèche, also known as the European Grand Canyon. You can drive a fantastic scenic route (D290) for almost 40 kilometers from Saint Martin d’Ardèche to Vallon Pont d’Arc (or vice-versa of course ). It has numerous lookouts that literally will take your breath away. In this region, there are many more of these gorges or canyons and in the near future I intend to spend of lot of time there photographing!
Last light on Mont Ventoux in the distance and a view on the village of Séguret, Vaucluse, 🇫🇷 France. We stayed at the beautiful vineyards of Domaine de la Girardière in Rasteau (for free!) with our little campervan. We did some wine tasting with the friendly owners Bernard and Louis Girard and we bought a selection of their fine wine. During our picnic dinner in the middle of their fantastic vineyard a beautiful golden and blue hour complimented a perfect evening at this welcoming, beautiful and tasty place! . From our viewpoint, the sun had already set but the very last rays still lit up Mont Ventoux (1.912m), which was unusually clear in view. I had set up my tripod in advance and locked in a long exposure of 30 seconds at F22, 210 mm and ISO 200.
The sky is an infinite movie to me. I never get tired of looking at what’s happening up there. - k.d. lang - and me, too 😏 - . Stunning sunset skies at low tide. Location: Oosterschelde, Zeeland, 🇳🇱 The Netherlands
View from the top of the dome of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, 🇫🇷 France. We are overlooking the magnificent gardens, sculpted in the 17th Century by André Le Nôtre, gardener of the King. With whom would you like to stand on top of this château? Tag them! . Wishlist: 360˙ camera to record the view all around 😜 . More info on vaux-le-vicomte.com and melun-tourisme.fr . Model: @marloesbloedjes . @thedscvrr !
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, due to moving to my love in Heemskerk. Time for a trip! So join me and behold this fantastic 17th century Château Vaux-le-Vicomte in Maincy, 🇫🇷 France, seen from the Mirror Pond! It’s the largest private estate (50 Ha / 1.200 acres!) listed as a Historic Monument in France. It’s located about 50 minutes South of Paris, easy to find and much, much more quiet to visit in Summer than Versailles. . Majestically laid out along a 4 kilometer axis, the château of Vaux-le-Vicomte surges from a series of planes like a theatre set. The outbuildings in its forecourt guide the eye past tall gates (an innovation for the period) to the façade, as if at the center of a “mise-en-scène.” The gardens can be spotted on either side, arranged in vast terraces that follow the natural slope of the land. . The founding French Formal Garden and inspiration of Versailles. André Le Nôtre, gardener of the King, created at Vaux-le-Vicomte the seminal expression of the Jardin à la Française, the French aesthetic of formal gardens that swept Europe in the 17th century. The strong lines and nobility of the garden design, its changing vistas and hidden charms, and the symphony of fountains, all combine with theatrical majesty to make Vaux-le-Vicomte a masterpiece of the French Formal Garden. . Nicolas Fouquet commissioned the most important artists of his time: an architect, Louis Le Vau, a painter, Charles Le Brun, and a landscape gardener, André Le Notre, to execute jointly the entire project. The result of this fraternal union was a work of unparalleled harmony and beauty. Louis XIV would hire the same team to build the Château de Versailles. . We loved our visit and we will certainly come back again! . Info from: vaux-le-vicomte.com and melun-tourisme.fr . HAPPY WEEKEND! . @thedscvrr !