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Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 04-18-2022, 03:27 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Fries
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Sad to hear of Bob's passing. I enjoyed his presence here.
Forum: General Talk 01-04-2022, 04:31 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Fries
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Thank you for the work you are doing and also all the other health care workers on this forum. You probably know that even though anti-vaxxers and other related groups are often rather loud and aggressive the majority of people are doing the best they can and are grateful for those that are holding the line in hospitals, other care facilities and critical jobs.

This morning I received my booster jab with Moderna and I am rewarding my self with a glas of Glen Scotia 15 year old.🙂
Forum: General Talk 12-26-2021, 04:21 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Fries
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Impossible to do when the police is forced to use their firearm. During riots in Rotterdam the police even shot some rioters and in my neck of the woods (Leeuwarden) they had to draw their weapon too. That is so uncommon for our community that you cannot let it go unreported. So if there is a potential for real violence during what starts out as a demonstration you sometimes have to be there and prepare for that eventuality. But when a group of people starts to gather only to express some really crazy stuff we most likely ignore it depending on the size of the crowd. And even then we are careful about what we report and regularly focus on stuff like crowd size. We don't do our job when we function as a simple amplifier for the conspiracy theories that are sparking those protests. So you add context, you confront or resort to giving just a short, global summary of what the whole fuss is about.
Forum: General Talk 12-24-2021, 07:17 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Fries
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I am happy to report that the my colleagues at the broadcasting station in the north of the Netherlands are doing the best they can in reporting the on the current COVID situation and with very few exceptions the rest of the media are also doing the best they can. We don’t publish our COVID stories on Facebook anymore though because it attracts anti-vaccers like flies and they will do their utmost to distort the story and use it as a recruitment platform to get people to join their fight.

A few weeks ago we as reporters were asked to submit ideas and best practices about how to cover future violent protests safely. The amount of hostility directed towards journalists and authorities alike is staggering.

And yes we do put a lot of effort in reaching our public and while we do highlight stuff that peeks their interest most of the reporting that might trigger a emotional respons is on the burdens for business owners trying to survive the current lock down. But we also had a mayor on who was close too tears about his efforts to persuade his community with a below average vaccination rate to get vaccinated.

Personally I don’t do much reporting on Covid. Journalists are qualified as essential workers and are exempt from some of lock down rules and advices about travel and the amount of people that are allowed to gather. After a busy week with meeting some unmasked people in close quarters and using a busy ferry I told my dad that I would visit them this Christmas…outside! I’ll also do a rapid Covid test.

I can’t speak for the media in Canada and the US and most certainly not for Fox News but there are most certainly reliable voices out there amongst the more traditional media.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 11-17-2021, 02:12 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Fries
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I thought we journalist's were contenders too?😉
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-09-2021, 05:12 PM  
Landscape Arctic town and coast
Posted By Fries
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Glad to be of some service! It is good to be mindful though of the fact that I am only a regular visitor to the region. My knowledge and observations are not on the level of a good travel writer that will check extensively and find some more background information on the stuff that I share. It is all anecdotal and sometimes the anecdotes add up and sollidify to something approaching facts!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-09-2021, 08:50 AM  
Landscape Arctic town and coast
Posted By Fries
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Thanks Mike! Naming these sheep 'sea sheep' was in jest but irony doesn't alway's translate that well. Not only in Vardø but in more parts of Eastern Finnmark you see military installations to keep an eye out for what is happening near the Russian border. You can visit the border near Kirkenes. Some time ago I read on the Norwegian news that a sign had been put op to ask people, mostly men I pressume, not too pee towards the Russian border. I guess because it was considered slightly inpolite towards the Russian border guards...😉
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-08-2021, 04:00 PM  
Landscape Arctic town and coast
Posted By Fries
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No it doesn't! But it is not uncommon for sheep to get some feed from stuff that grows in the sea I have noticed along 'my' sea coast in the Netherlands.


They will float for some time but I hope they returned to land before a hight tide swept them away. Thanks Maurizio!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-08-2021, 02:58 PM  
Nature Researching the sea
Posted By Fries
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If you ever find yourself in the Dutch ‘Wadden area’ and have some time on your hand contact me! I’ll be glad to share some nice spots with you and if I can find the time show them personally too you.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-07-2021, 05:17 PM  
Landscape Arctic town and coast
Posted By Fries
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Some more from my trip to Northern Norway in september. The Varangerhalvøya is a peninsula that is not only above the arctic circle but it is also in the only part of the Norwegian landmass that is in the official arctic region. If I am not mistaken. I had a drive along the coast and these are pictures of stuff that stood out for me.

Cheers,

Remco

1. The town of Vardø. At the other side of the fjord you are in Russia. Thus the big radar installations and from what I have heard some Americans too. There is something special about the way this small town hugs the landscape.



2. Lots of rocky outcrops like this along the coast.


3. The fishing village of Hamningberg. When the Germans withdrew in the Second World war they almost burned every building in the province of Finnmark (and some in the norther parts of the province of Troms too). This village was spared that fate.


4. One part of the machinery that was used to get the fishing boats up to the shore. The decline of the fishing industry along this coast has had a major impact.


5. Along the road between Hamningberg and Vardø.


6. Sea sheep.


7. And I'll conclude with a handheld panorama of Vardø with the DA*300mm. A cruise- and freight ship from Hurtigruten is approaching the town in the right of the picture.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-07-2021, 04:51 PM  
Landscape Sunset at the lake
Posted By Fries
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Nice how the sunlights play's with the boat in the first picture and the last one is pure bliss. Watching the sun go down at such a place with a glas of wine at hand is something many of us would enjoy!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-07-2021, 02:11 PM  
Nature Researching the sea
Posted By Fries
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Thanks Norbert! As you probably know by now 'das Wattenmeer' has a special place in my heart.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-06-2021, 02:03 PM  
Nature Researching the sea
Posted By Fries
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Thank you Heinrich! Glad you liket it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-06-2021, 01:59 PM  
Landscape Northern Lights bonanza
Posted By Fries
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Thanks! We are in the same situation over here. A few day's back some guy's on a island to the north of were I am were able to see some northern lights with the naked eye. That was national news!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-05-2021, 05:54 AM  
K30 won't do macro closeup
Posted By Fries
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Like the others said it is not the camera that is at fault. For macro shots you need a lens with close focussing abilities like the DA35mm or the DFA100mm.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2021, 04:11 PM  
Landscape Autumn Sunset
Posted By Fries
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Really nice how the sun is touching the tree tops!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2021, 04:10 PM  
Abstract Agave Leaves - In Progression...
Posted By Fries
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There is a 'rhythm' in the way these leaves are shown. Nicely done!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2021, 04:08 PM  
Nature Researching the sea
Posted By Fries
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Thanks! I did trow away a few that weren't as good. Culling photo's is also an important skill!;)


Thanks for your appreciation Maurizio! The researchers and the institutions supporting their work were also really happy with the publicity. On social media there were some pretty critical reactions to about the work done here. But that comes with the territory. I cover the story as good as I can, leaving people with enough information to form an opinion.


Thanks Mike! Even on a national scale there aren't that much journalists specialized in reporting on nature and I do feel pressure to perform as best as I can. We currently have serious staff shortages and I have been called upon quite often to help out. And that does impact my ability to cover this stuff!


Thanks Angky! I am happy to that I am able to do this. Apart from the wonderful locations I am able to visit I am also learning a lot.

Cheers,

Remco
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2021, 03:30 PM  
Landscape Northern Lights bonanza
Posted By Fries
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It was one of most special things I witnessed in my life. I was very lucky that trip and chose after two day's hiking to pitch my tent here precisely because I anticipated making this shot from a small peninsula I identified beforehand on the map. And two day's later this happened...


I sold the picture above earlier this year to a Norwegian publisher for a small fee and it is used in a puzzle book...:)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-02-2021, 02:36 PM  
Nature Researching the sea
Posted By Fries
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I am a very lucky person that works hard to tell stories about nature and sometimes what that nature say's about us. Trough my contacts I was granted acces to researchers from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research doing some field work in the Waddensea. They are basically trying to find out which hard surfaces attract sea life and what kinds of sea life. Apart from the Sony camcorder provided by my employer; a regional, publicly funded broadcaster I also brought my K-1 with the DFA 100mm which I don't use that much.

Because we have a partnership with the biggest Dutch news broadcaster NOS sometimes when one of new stories is deemed important enough they use it on their national, online platforms. In this case they did so my Pentax photo's have gotten some national exposure: Kunstmatige riffen van perenbomen in de Waddenzee | NOS

And here are some of those photo's on a slightly bigger scale. I think you understand why I chose to take this lens with me this time.

Cheers,

Remco

1. Scientists are looking into a cage with some hard 'substrate'.


2. A shrimp.


3. A small sea ​​urchin.


4. Some sort of sea snail.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-02-2021, 02:07 PM  
Landscape Mosciano (part III)
Posted By Fries
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Maurizio, sometimes we become a little bit blind for the beauty in our own 'backyard' because it is what we see every day. With the beauty of your local surroundings and your talent you obviously don't have to worry about that. Outstanding series that I enjoyed very much!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-02-2021, 02:03 PM  
Landscape Chase Creek
Posted By Fries
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Very careful and well chosen composition with the one rock with the leaves in front. Beautiful!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-02-2021, 02:01 PM  
Landscape Northern Lights bonanza
Posted By Fries
Replies: 12
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Thanks Mike! The few times I have tried teaching people how I take my landscape photo's I alway's tell them that when you have fantastic light in the morning or evening you shouldn't take pictures of the sky but use the light to highlight what is special about the landscape you are in. With Northern Lights I really have trouble following up my own advice. Sometimes the light is covering so much of the sky that you end up photographing only the sky. The last photo is a good illustration of that happening.:lol:


Hi Angky! Thanks and I hope you get the chance to see them again. Luckily this was at the sea and the temperatures mostly are a bit more moderate than deeper inland. There is a bit of a debate over the Northern Lights producing sound. About five years ago I witnessed this:


And I had the distinct impression I could here something...


Dear Maurizio, thank you very much! You wouldn't be the first Italian the go to Northern Norway to see this. Some of your countrymen drive with their mobile homes al the way from Italy to the North Cape. I would not say my Northern Lights photography is perfect. There is room for improvement and thus a reason to try it again!:)


Allan, thanks! I hope you will reach that goal. It really is something special. Although it can be quite funny when you are the only one going outdoors to appreciate the show whilst the locals stay inside because for them it isn't that special at all.


Thanks Les! I tried my best.


Yes, and it almost seems impossible that some much light and movement is possible without sound.

Cheers,

Remco
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-31-2021, 12:49 PM  
Landscape Northern Lights bonanza
Posted By Fries
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I had a few nights on my trip in Northern Norway that the Northern Lights were quite active. I have encountered stronger Northern Lights. But it still was very nice to see it! This near the town if Mehamn in the province of Finnmark.

Cheers,

Remco

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5. Above my head.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-31-2021, 12:41 PM  
Architecture Point of view
Posted By Fries
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This angle works really well!
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