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Forum: Pentax K-3 02-26-2021, 03:05 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Fries
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It perhaps is a testament to the longevity of linguistic roots that when we use languages or dialects with strong historic roots we are able to communicate with a broader set of people.🙂
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-25-2021, 04:11 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Fries
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I can read Norwegian pretty well; enough to have an understanding but to understand spoken Norwegian I really have to be in the country for a longer time and even then it never reaches that level of understanding. What does not help is that there are rather a lot of regional dialects.;)

The fact that we are rather quick to switch to English is the result of four things: 1. Dutch is a small language so in order to make our self understood outside our small country we are used to switch to English or German and French. Although English is by far the most popular choice when we choose a foreign language to learn. 2. Education! Our education system is not world class but good enough to enable us to learn a foreign language. 3. We are a trading nation and thus are dependent to a rather large extend on our ability to communicate with foreigners and have been for a long time. For example the village where I grew up we learned that we used to have special mooring rights for our ships trading eels at the Londen Tower Bridge that we earned because of our help with the big fire of 1666. It is very debatable if that is correct but it does illustrate my point to some extend. 4. We have been an independent nation for some time. Your fight for freedom has been fought a long time ago. We have had more power than we deserved trough having large colonies and the (slave) trade associated with that. This and our past policy to welcome foreigners prosecuted in their own country like jews from southern Europe or the Protestants from France ensured that our culture has been influenced from lots of sources. Because of that for a long time we had a rather relaxed feeling of national pride with football as a notable exception. Because of that we don't have a problem 'abandoning' our language in order to communicate. (Did you know that my province was the first to recognize the US:Frisia Leads the Way in Recognizing U.S. Independence - History Is Fun?)

In contrast Norway is a young nation with very old bones and expressing your culture and language is still a relative new thing. Norway is a very patriotic nation and even as a regular visitor there is considerable pressure on and appreciation for foreigners to learn the language. But I could be wrong.;) Sorry for the longwinded answer!




Yep, the Afrikaners are a bit like long lost cousins. We established a post in South Africa to supply our ships on their way to and from Indonesia:Dutch Cape Colony - Wikipedia
It has been a rather complicated relationship though...
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-24-2021, 11:50 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Fries
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That picture likely is from a recent incident near the Dutch town of Maastricht where a Boeing 747-400 had trouble with one of it's engines. A report in Dutch:
Vliegtuig verliest motoronderdelen bij Maastricht, vrouw en auto's geraakt | NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op NU.nl
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-22-2021, 12:55 PM  
Landscape A whole new world
Posted By Fries
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Thanks Todd! On the other side the sky turned pink. Somehow you never get those colors when it is not that cold.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2021, 04:49 PM  
Landscape A whole new world
Posted By Fries
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I feel your pain... Hang in there! As long as we as ordinary citizens keep our wits about us and the vaccination rate is rising we do stand a chance to end this as soon as possible.



Thanks Craig! I agree and remember when I was young and growing up near a big lake hearing loud bangs in the night when the ice shifted because the wind picked up. During the short, winter days we skated over the canals and lakes trough cities and villages. Everybody was on the ice it seemed. A good winter beats every hot summer in my book... Unfortunately that ratio between those has been rather unbalanced the last ten to fifteen years.;)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2021, 04:24 PM  
Landscape A whole new world
Posted By Fries
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Would love to!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2021, 04:11 PM  
Landscape A whole new world
Posted By Fries
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You guy's in the US know everything about the weather turning wintery. But in Europe we also had a cold spell with some snow. It has been years in my part of the Netherlands since we had something resembling a proper winter. And it is wonderful because the places I am most familiar with for my photography on and near the coast of the Waddensea were looking rather different. Without knowing that I already had some free time lined up and took advantage of that 'new' world. These are the best results of three day's of shooting.

Cheers,

Remco

1. Old wood sticking out of the snow


2. Fencing in the snow


3. From snow to sea ice


4. Light at the end


5. Islands end panorama. Made with three photo's with the K-3 and the DFA150-450mm.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2021, 03:50 PM  
Landscape Grand Canyon, South Rim. View of the Colorado River.
Posted By Fries
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Beautiful vista with a strong foreground and a fantastic depth to it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2021, 03:48 PM  
Landscape Dull Day Here
Posted By Fries
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Almost like the leaves are floating in the air. Very nicely done!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2021, 03:46 PM  
Nature Nyctale de Tengmalm / Boreal Owl [Aegolius funereus]
Posted By Fries
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Wonderful shot of a neat balancing act!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2021, 03:45 PM  
Abstract Reach for the skies
Posted By Fries
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Reaching for the sky. Nicely done!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2021, 03:44 PM  
Landscape The dunes near Schoorl, NL
Posted By Fries
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The second one is my favorite. Good composition with the trees gently down the slope making way for the open space.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2021, 03:42 PM  
Abstract ICM - Intentional Camera Movement
Posted By Fries
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Spooky! Especially the first one looks like a place something terrible is going te happen. In a good way!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-20-2021, 05:32 PM  
Nature A sperm whale beached itself and died; this is what happened (1)
Posted By Fries
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No I see the resemblance too! Good one.:lol: You probably won't expect there to be humor whilst a small army of people is cutting up a magnificent sea mammal but there was. One moment my cameraman was pulling me aside and pointed to a woman further away from the carcass cutting in something I did not recognize. "You know what that is", he asked with the beginnings of a smile on his face and I didn't know. "That's one of its testikels", he said and nodded in the general direction of that bloody business taking place with his smile widening. I didn't take a picture of it though...

The overall atmosphere was quite lighthearted. No doubt aided by the fact that lots of the researchers present on the second day hadn't have a chance to work together in such numbers for a long time due to Covid restrictions.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-19-2021, 04:31 PM  
Nature A sperm whale beached itself and died; this is what happened (1)
Posted By Fries
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Much appreciated Norbert! The first instance I had to report on a big whale beached was on the nearby island of Terschelling years ago. Then a reporter from the biggest newspaper of the region and a very experienced, talented and price winning press agency photographer were with me that day. When you work alongside such a photographer and other talents trough the years you learn to be humble about your own ability to tell a story trough photography and video. Another example was the beginning of the Covid situation for our small regional outfit. Beforehand I was a bit smug about my ability to produce good imaginary and thought I stood out in that way. With Covid all our reporters were freed from their normal work to cover this story which gave them the opportunity to tell stories of real consequence. And boy did they do that! The talent of my colleagues really stood out those first months. It was humbling in beautiful way.

The lesson I learned, was that much of good press photography is depended on having the opportunity to practice your craft in moments that capture the public imagination the most. Because of my seniority I just have more of those opportunities than my junior colleagues. Also because I have been given the opportunity to specialize in reporting on nature and landscape in my region. I am glad I was able to produce some good images this time and will work hard to get even better at it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-17-2021, 04:56 PM  
Nature sperm whale beached itself and died; this is what happened (2)
Posted By Fries
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It was the first time I've seen a whale being cut to pieces and the thickness of the blubber impressed me too. But they are creatures of the deep see and can tolerate really cold water so I guess that kind of explains it. They haven't found a 'smoking gun' for the beaching. The lead researcher posted this on Instragram:"The sperm whale stranded on Vlieland was examined on Saturday by the team from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of @utrechtuniversity with help of @naturalismuseum BDS Harlingen and @rijkswaterstaat. The work had to be done in one day, meaning a necropsy under time pressure. Veterinary pathologists and biologists collected as much data and samples as possible, which are further examined in the lab and under the microscope. In addition, the stomach was collected for dietary analyses of @wurmarine. Sperm whales have no chance in the shallow Southern North Sea. Once stranded, they usually die quickly. The cause of death is in most cases directly related to the stranding. Gravity plays an important role. Once stranded, the animals suffer under their own weight, and breathing is difficult when whales strand on their sides. It is therefore more interesting to ask why sperm whales swim into the North Sea at all: is it due to bad luck or are there underlying problems?"


Thanks! Everything I have posted the information about the research above. But she (the researcher) said it was a young not fully grown male and almost 14 meters long. And the scale of the fish and the whole operation also made it a rather costly to remove it. One of the guys in charge quoted me 40.000 euro's; about 48.000 dollars.


Thanks Michail! There are more and more people asking why these animals can't be disposed of in a more fitting way and there are initiatives to do just that. One of the problems is that the islands where they mostly end up are mostly dependent on tourism and they don't want a rotting carcass on their beaches. But there are alternatives! According to the law what you see here, is supposed to be the only way to deal with them at this moment. But a small whale endend up on a unpopulated small island a short time ago and as an exception it was left there. It currently is being monitored by researches. You can follow their work here (in Dutch): Walviskadaver op Rottumeroog. Het afbraakproces in beeld. Uitgebreid onderzoek naar het vergaan van een walvis. Het kadaver trekt dieren aan. - Basismonitoring Wadden The first photo of the day on top of this series is my favorite too.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-17-2021, 04:27 PM  
Nature A sperm whale beached itself and died; this is what happened (1)
Posted By Fries
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Thanks Les! They were working with sharp knives the second day and heavy equipment and were not keen of other persons too close to the action. Which I can understand! When I left my house that morning I only knew that the whale was beached on this island. It takes one and a half hour by ferry to get there and a half hour with a 4x4. I have reported on a similar incident years ago and the DFA150-40 looked like the right tool for the job. The FA31 is my go to lens with the K-1 for reporting. If I need a lighter set-up I take the K-3 with the DA21.


Michail, thank you! Yes, the last one was special. They had just towed the whale higher up the beach and the light on the end of the day was fantastic. I started out with photography because I wanted to document the wonderful landscapes of Northern Norway on my holiday's and continued with that genre. In that last photo I was able to tap into my experience with landscape photography I think.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-17-2021, 04:01 PM  
Nature My collection of Finches's family
Posted By Fries
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Super set of bird photography!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-13-2021, 03:56 PM  
Nature sperm whale beached itself and died; this is what happened (2)
Posted By Fries
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They can be rather smelly at this stage of decomposition...;) Journalism is fantastic because I feel privileged to witness some really extraordinary stuff and get paid. But it is hard work. Luckily this time I was sent here with a cameraman and back at work my colleagues were able to proces the raw footage with some help from me. The DFA150-450 with the K-1 is a winning combination in my book especially in these circumstances.


Thanks!




Thanks Susan! Besides these photo's I had about five live moments on the radio and two tv-reports to tell te story.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-13-2021, 03:22 PM  
Black & White Superstition Mountains Panorama
Posted By Fries
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Very well done with lovely tones.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-13-2021, 03:21 PM  
Black & White I like Budapest
Posted By Fries
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Lovely photo and you did good with this wide angle in combination with people. It can be very tricky using 15mm on people.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-12-2021, 05:29 PM  
Nature sperm whale beached itself and died; this is what happened (2)
Posted By Fries
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This is a continuation of this thread:A sperm whale beached itself and died; this is what happened (1) - PentaxForums.com. On the second day two teams of researchers complimented with people using heavy equipment tore the animal apart so it could be transported for destruction. Some parts have been kept for further research. Members who don't want to see this rather bloody business are advised not to scroll further down.

Cheers,

Remco

1. On the beginning of the second day we discovered the lower jaw of the animal containing ivory teeth had been cut off by the authorities the evening before to prevent poaching.


2. After the first cut the pressure inside the animal forced the innards to come out.


3. Pepijn Kamminga from the nation Nature centre Naturalis is taking a rest from the heavy and bloody work.


4. Heavy equipment is used.


5. Cutting deep...


6. Smaller parts are being prepared for research.


7. Much bigger parts get a different treatment.


After that we stopped filming and I stopped taking pictures. Chain saws where used and I am mindful of what is usable for public 'consumption' and what not. Most of the pictures above have been publicized. Not only by our own regional tv, and radiostation but also by the biggest national public broadcaster NOS.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-12-2021, 05:12 PM  
Nature A sperm whale beached itself and died; this is what happened (1)
Posted By Fries
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Thanks! The whale on its own in such a big landscape doesn't relate the size of it that well. And as a reporter the interaction between the people and the whale was where the news was. The new photo's will be rather bloody.


Simon, thanks for commenting!


Thanks Graham! Everything has a beginning and a end... Even for these magnificent animals. I have gotten lots of nice feedback about the last photo from my colleagues. I have reprocessed the photo's before showing them here. On the job I used one of my iPhones for that job.


Thanks Tony! I believe more whales than one have been beached on the English coast. Because of that experts warned that there was a possibility that more sperm whales could end up on the Dutch coast too. I was send to this beaching with that in mind. We do have a lock down too but there is no formal limit on travel inside the Netherlands but it is frowned upon when you travel for leisure for long distances. Journalists have some privileges as our work has been deemed essential. The situation the UK is in right now, is really though and serves as a warning for our country. I wish you and you're loved ones get trough this save and sound! I have not looked into wind turbines having an influence on the beaching of whales. But I know of broader concerns over the impact of them on sea life. Science will have to provide an answer as in the debate about the need for renewable energy sources misleading information is shared from time to time...


Thanks Todd! After I took that last photo and stood alongside this once magnificent sea mammal I felt a bid sad too.


Jer, thanks! It is the second time I have been to a stranded sperm whale. The first one died within minutes after I arrived. It was the first and only time I've worked 27 hours in one go without sleep...;)


Thanks Kevin! Most colleagues use their iPhones for photo's. I can't imagine going to something like this without something better with me. Most of the time I work without a camera man and have to bring a video camera with tripod which severely limits the amount of other gear I can take with me. When I took that last picture the last light of the day was excellent and in next to me locals were crouching down to take one last picture of the whale. I opted for a higher viewpoint to get the machinery into the frame together with the drag marks in the sand to complete the story. I cropped a little bit because on person was half in the frame of the picture.


Ha!:lol: One colleague found a famous video of the one time this was tried with disgusting but also comic consequences and was kind enough to send it to me. I think I already saw it somewhere in the 'infamous' satire thread about not buying a K-3...;)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-11-2021, 05:49 PM  
Nature A sperm whale beached itself and died; this is what happened (1)
Posted By Fries
Replies: 16
Views: 753
Sperm whales are not native to the North Sea. It is simply to shallow. But sometimes they loose their way and end up on a beach like this one; on the island of Vlieland. It does not happen that very often and according to the law they have to be disposed. A pilot program has been developed to transport whales like this to places where they can decompose naturally. But a decision about that has not been made yet and this whale was chopped up with some parts saved for further research by scientists. I attended with my camera man for the regional news and made some photo's. This is the first installment. More photo's will follow in a new post.

Cheers,

Remco

1. On the first day they tried to move the whale further up the beach


2.


3.


4.


5. And this is where this giant ended up on the end of the day.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-11-2021, 05:21 PM  
Landscape The natural beauty of an air force practice range
Posted By Fries
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Views: 575
Fitting quote Nath! And also a fitting time to comment on this kind of old post of mine. I have just returned from the same area to report on a sperm whale that beached itself and died. Photo's are forthcoming...;) Thank you!


Thanks! The Waddensea with it's coast and island really is a wonderful playground for photographers.
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