The year has almost come to an end. To round up the year I’ve decided to go to the small town of Hindeloopen on the shore of Lake IJsselmeer. It’s a cold afternoon and the wind is blowing hard from the southwest. The sun is shining but it’s not very pleasant outside. And it shows. The streets are empty. This is my favorite time of year to visite this region. It’s quiet, empty and dark. It’s like the land regains it’s true character when it’s cold, windy and the streets are empty. I’ve decided on a few compositions for some cityscapes this time. I’ve got plenty of images of lake IJsselmeer but Hindeloopen as a city remained an empty spot in my image archive. Until now.
Cityscapes like these are the natural habitat of tilt and shift lenses. Being able to shift up and down to keep vertical lines vertical is great. I’ve been using the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L tilt and shift lens for some months now and it’s fair to say that it has become my number one choice for wide angle shots. Especially since Lee came out with the 17mm TS-E adapter ring for use with it’s 100mmm filter system. Anyway, I’ve enjoyed walking around in Hindeloopen, exposing as the light slowly faded in the west. It was a great way to end a great year. Tomorrow I’ll be enjoying all the Dutch traditions that come with new years eve. And then it’s off into 2014. A new year and hopefully a lot of new and exciting photo opportunities. Have a great new years eve everybody and a fantastic 2014!