26/08/2012

As people may know, I own a Nikon D300s DSLR. And because I want to keep informed about everything that happens around Nikon, I am member of the NCN (“Nikon Club Nederland”). The NCN has every year a club day for its members. This year the club has its 25 year anniversary and for that reason this day was on a special location. They hired the complete Fortress Island…

The Fortress Island (or “Forteiland” as it is called in Dutch) is located in the mouth of the Noordzee Channel and is part of the old Defense Line of Amsterdam. The fortress was built around 1885 and was meant to defend the mount of the Noordzee Channel, which gives access to Amsterdam. During World War II the fortress was part of the “Atlantikwall”, which the explains the newer bunkers on the island.

It was a good organized day. There were interesting lectures.
One lecture was about photography in nature. This lecture was done by Marco de Pauw, who really knows how to entertain his public and yet gives a lot of useful information. His pictures are most beautiful. He gives workshops in “De Biesbos”. I hope to attend one day one of these workshops.
The other lecture was done by Joost van den Broek, a rewarded photographer who show a number of very interesting portraits and told so very good to know thing on how to make those pictures.

There were sessions on “Nikon Creative Lighting System”, which I skipped as it for now not interesting for me yet, but for those who own the right equipment it must have been very informative. But there was also a opportunity to try all kind of lenses, including some very nice and of course very expensive telelenses. Fun to play around with for once.

And there was a competition to make the best pictures that shows the atmosphere of the event. I did not attend, because I mainly wanted to make pictures of this unique location. And photographing people, especially people I don’t know, is not really my thing.

Although some rain and wind,the weather was not too bad. The temperature was nice. So there was not much to complain about that.

But most of all, an location as the Fortress Island is awesome to make very nice pictures! Big strong walls to protect the fortress…

Long tunnels, where I hardly can stand straight, leading all around the fortress…

The Western part of the island is reserved for breeding birds, so visitors are not allowed to go there…

Within the fortress you can find some great wall paintings…

I made many pictures yesterday. The Fortess Island is a great location to make pictures. Of course I will process more of the pictures that I made yesterday. Some I may place on my photo-page and other may end with the screen savers on my computers.

But it has to be said, it is great that the NCN made this wonderful day for us possible.


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It must have been way back in 1978 or 1979, when I bought a vinyl record called “In Search of Amelia Earhart” by band called Plainsong. I still can remember exactly where I bought that record. At that time I was still going to school in the town of Eibergen. And in the town there used to be a big electronics store called Somsen. There I bought this album…

Don’t ask my why I bought this album, I have no real idea. I had not much money to spend at that time and I had never heard of the band before. I think it must have been the title of the album that had triggered me… “In Search of Amelia Earhart”.

Amelia Earhart, the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean with a plane (1932). In 1937 she and her co-pilot disappeared during an attempt to fly around the world. I use the word “disappeared” because there still unanswered questions about what really happened. Stories go from that they were captured by the Japanese army and executed for being spies… to that the plane they used was not capable for such a journey.

Anyway, I always loved the music on this album. Even so much that I basically bought the album 3 times (on vinyl, through iTunes for my iPod and the CD). And still I listen regularly to it.

I just learned that exactly this month Plainsong will be on their “Farewell tour”. As they started in 1972, it means that they have been together for 40 years and that is really a long time.

Well, I have enjoyed their music for a very long time and I am pretty sure I will listen and enjoy it for another long time…


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