The life of a photographer isn't always nice places and great photos. You'll have to get up early (5am), after a short night(5u) in a cold tent, to be...
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The life of a photographer isn't always nice places and great photos. You'll have to get up early (5am), after a short night(5u) in a cold tent, to be just in time for the sunrise at the Posbank in the Netherlands. You'll also have to take that extra step to get a different shot then the other 25 or so photographers present. For this shot I climbed an old oak to get the perfect framing.
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kerrylynncordier PRO+
sakevanpelt Jul 05
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Tpearson1233 Jul 09
i love the photo first question did you edit it? and statement wish it would have focusted more on background amd blurred for ground
sakevanpelt Jul 10
Thanks! As you can read in 'behind the lens' I did some editing.
love it nice how you have taken it looking though some tree branches
sakevanpelt Jul 18
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monikasigrist Aug 09
Breathtaking mood and view 💜💜💜
sakevanpelt Aug 09

Behind The Lens

The photo was taken at National Park Posbank in the Netherlands.
It was early morning and we had to get up after a short night sleep, but it was worth it! People are only allowed in the park just after sunrise, so we rushed to the spot I had chosen to capture the sunrise after the clock hit around 6:30.
Sunrises are alway magical, especially when there is a little bit of fog hanging in the lower parts of a landscape. The orange/yellow glow of the sunrise works perfectly with the purple heather.
I used my old faithful Sony A77II with a Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 lens. Using a tripod was no use since I climbed up into an old oak tree. I was able to get a firm grip with my feet so I could rest my arms on the branches to hold the camera steady.
National Park Posbank has a special place in my heart, it's one of the most beautiful locations in the Netherlands and it's great photographing here! For this photo I decided I had to do something different. There were at least 25 other photographers and I wanted to do something that would stand out from the rest. To do that I climbed an old oak tree and I used it's branches to get a nice frame and a great sense of depth. I once read: "You have to put a great foreground into a great background". So that's what I tried to do.
I performed post-processing in Lightroom. Upped the purples and warm colours, but tried to keep it as natural as possible while building the image I had in mind. I also did some local light intensity adjustments to get more attention to the landscape so the foreground would not be a distraction.
In my camera bag
Normally my bag contains this: Camera: Sony A77II Lens1: Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 SSM Lens2: Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART Lens3: Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 ART Lens4: Minolta 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 Remote: Simple wired shutter release Tripod: Velbon Sherpa 5370D Filters: Genustech 77mm Eclipse ND Fader + various size adapters to fit it to every lens I have.
Prepare! Scout your location, check where the sun will come up and when, think of possible viewpoints, find out when the location is the most beautiful, and check if there are specific rules for your location. I already knew this spot because I've been here before many times. I used the Photographer's Ephemeris to check where and when the sun would come up at my location, therefore we booked a place to stay at around 30 minutes drive from the location. Since I knew the location I had some shots in mind, but in the end I did something completely different! You have to be able to improvise if you want to do something special. The heather at this location only blooms for 1 or 2 weeks, and is dependant on rain and temperature. Just keep you eye on (social)media to know when it exactly starts. This location has a rule that states that visitors may only enter after sunrise so the animals can have some rest, fines are about 150 euro's so that's no joke... And as always, know your equipment so you can quickly adapt to the lighting situation.

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