Notice: I started a separate photo site here: Focus Meus.
My first camera was a simple little thing, which gave half-sized negatives. I was about 12 years old, and took pictures of my brothers and sister, and anything I thought was worth a picture. My mother saw how much I liked it, and gave me an old Praktica mirror-reflex. I experimented with the macro rings and tele lens, and was hooked. I actually still use a Praktica, nothing automated, no batteries. Well, the flash does use batteries, of course. But I hardly use the flash anyway.
New digital camera
Until last week, I had never used a digital camera, so all the photos I took I have on paper only, meaning I have to scan whichever I would like to appear on this site. So far I've only done a few sets, some of which you will find below. Each section leads to a page with thumbnails, which in turn are linked to larger photos.
Last week I thought it was time to enter the digital era, and bought a Minolta DiMAGE Z1, so most pictures dated April 2004 and after, are taken with this really nice camera.
Prairie dogs, foxes, flamingos, sea horses and Nemo - they're all there.
Hellendoorn is a small town in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Close by are two "mountains" (Dutch mountains, so mere hills for people from countries that actually have mountains), the Lemelerberg and the Archemerberg. Both have lots of heather growing on them, and one flock of sheep is used to keep both areas nice and 'heathery'. Of course I took lots of pictures there, and I hope you like the ones I chose to show here.
My mother's rhododendron is in full bloom right now, and yesterday I took a bunch of close-ups of its delicate pink flowers.
Yesterday I took some pictures of poppy flowers on a piece of 'unused' ground in the middle of town. By holding the camera very low and pointing upwards, I managed to get rid of the urban surroundings, and have only the flowers in the pics.
Five new additions :-)
Two weeks of camping apparently result in 14 days worth of pictures, so I took out almost half the lot, leaving 'only' 104 impressions of our vacation...
Last Friday evening I left the kids with my mum and took the train to Antwerp, to visit my friend Heidi. Flowers in the park, cocktails at Gringo's Cantina, and a picnic on Sunday afternoon.
I took some pictures in a garden in Antwerp, and I'm quite happy with the results. I've just added them to the existing gallery
Rotterdam is the world's number one port, and I thought I might add a 'few' pictures of it to my site as a sort of tourist item for the visitors ;-)
After the Spido ride through the port we went up the Euromast and later enjoyed the sunshine in the nearby park.
Pictures were taken on July 16th.
On the 22th of May, Rachel invited me to go to a Thunder gig. It was only near the end of the show, that I found out how to set my camera to the appropriate sensitivity...
This section is different from the others, and will stand on itself. The pictures are larger (800x600) and displayed on a black background.
Last thursday was Tiago's last day in preschool. He wasn't feeling well at all, but liked the party anyway.
We went to visit my mother for a couple of days in the beginning of May.
Here's a couple of pictures I took with my new camera in the last couple of weeks.
Best time of the year to try out a new camera. :-)
The first day of the year 2004, it snowed here in Hoogvliet, so we went out to enjoy it.
Not many photographs of animals, but I did take a few of the kids :-)
In January 1994 I started working on a moshav in Israel. After three months of picking and sorting tomatoes, sweetpeppers and melons, I spent the money I earned on a four week trip to Egypt. Here are some of the pictures I took during these weeks.