This lake "de Vogelmeer (translate: Birdlake)" is
located in the dunes between IJmuiden and Bloemendaal
(also nearby Haarlem).
The lake is man-made and you can visit the best by
bike, than you park your bike and walk arround the lake
A lots of Birds (and species of Birds) keep their
holidays here :-)(lying in the sand, or they are fishing):
hence the name het Vogelmeer.
Other animals like Rabbits, Foxes, Wild Horses and
the Scottish Highlander (Highland Cow) visit also
the lake. The results of the last one can be seen
on this old dead tree, they use it as a scratching
When people will visit is lake: it's about 50-60
minutes by bike from IJmuiden, or Haarlem and
30 minutes by bike from Bloemendaal. It's forbitten
for cars and other motorized vehicles.
I tried to make not a typical picture from the
Netherlands, I hope I've succeeded?
I found the warm lower Sunlight on the background
even that importent as the forground: the results
after scratching. I use the open spaces in the
middle to create an extra layer and calmness.
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 17-40mm L4
Velbon Sherpa 750R
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tars (882) 2013-05-02 0:38
mooie foto van het Vogelmeer. Zeer scherpe voorgrond die zo te zien af en toe onder water komt en bij het terugtrekken restjes achterlaat.
De achtergrond in het zonlicht, geeft een tropisch gevoel, zou evengoed in Afrika kunnen liggen ;-).
Zeer goed shot, Robert, goede samenstelling, diepte, scherp en zachte kleuren. Wat wil je nog meer.
Prettige donderdag verder
pajaran (49602) 2013-05-02 0:44
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o jezeru sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na panj i jezero ...
Dobar snimak, kontrast, perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good text on the lake with the given data ...
Nice view of the stump of the lake ...
Good picture, contrast, perspective, beautiful colors.
Good composition, nicely shown.
Have a great and successful day, all the best.
papagolf21 (83986) 2013-05-02 0:51
Encore une bien belle image proposée à travers cette composition. Il émane une douceur toute particulière fort appréciée.
Très bonne journée.
krzychu30 (15348) 2013-05-02 1:13
I think you couldn´t choose better time to capture this scene.The sunlight and th eway it affects the whole composition is magnificent.It also gives so nice contrast to kept in quite "cold"color scheme foreground.
And in the end the composition itself-I like your vertical frame and the close FG with the partial view of the shoreline and this protruding bough.
Have a good day
williewhistler (13111) 2013-05-02 1:59
Hello Robert, you have made good use of the broken tree stump in a well composed photograph having all the key elements in the right place,the lighting is conducive to the overall ambiance of the tranquil scene.
fabbs99 (16147) 2013-05-02 2:16
Impressive shot of the lake.Full of colors and looks complete in the vertical frame.Good sharpness and clarity also present.Very well done.TFS.
jhm (136638) 2013-05-02 4:04
Zoals gewoonlijk van u krijgen we een gecontroleerde foto.
Het licht dat u gebruikt is zo voelbaar en ook genietbaar.
Teven het onderwerp is mooi, nochtans niet zo spectaculair maar daarom juist is deze foto zo mooi.
Ik voel mij gelukkig op deze plaats moet fantastisch zijn om daar foto's te nemen.
Pracht werk Robert, bedankt voor het delen met ons.
Groetjes uit Vlaanderen,
Romano46 (16584) 2013-05-02 5:14
la natura si trasfigura dietro al tuo obiettivo e appare con aspetti insoliti.
La foto di oggi non fa eccezione.
Sempre bella - come le altre - valorizzata da colori da sogno ed un taglio verticale ben appropriato.
Ciao e buona giornata
Sergiom (56491) 2013-05-02 5:41
J'aime beaucoup ce cadrage vertical et la longue exposition qui donne une texture très belle à la surface de l'eau et qui accentue les couleurs rouges sur la rive opposée.
timecapturer (46443) 2013-05-02 5:53
a fascinating title and image that is simple yet beautiful. All the hallmarks of your style and expertise are here and the result another wonderfully attractive and creative piece or artistry. Love it!
Regards - Brian.
Bluejeans (64247) 2013-05-02 5:56
Bonita esta tua foto vertical junto a este lago , bom primeiro plano com esta velha árvore seca , gostei dos tons de laranja de fundo , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ourania (28278) 2013-05-02 6:09
I like very much the layout of your composition in a vertical frame and how foreground and background are detached, connected, different and interesting. The scratching pole and the perspective balance the distance superbly. The rough textures on this shore stand out strikingly against the overall smoothness. Lighting and colours cover an impressive range of tones and are wonderful. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Kielia (23013) 2013-05-02 9:00
you are presenting an incredibly tranquil scenery here.
I agree, this impression isn’t typical for your region – but you have captured a fantastic mood. The light and the colors are really wonderful. The composition is excellent! My compliments also for the notes!
SnapRJW (30002) 2013-05-02 9:41
Hello Robert - The typical flat Dutch landscape is indicative of your location but what you have presented here is a simple but beautiful landscape and not typically Dutch! The light is gorgeous across the trees and sliver of land, to me they look like Scots Pines, could that be so? It would work with the Highland Cattle! A strong Fg and not a choice many would make I suspect.... a dead tree stump? But here it adds the perfect FG interest and a nice contrast in both colour and texture to the distant view. As always a clean and well managed shot. Warm regards Rosemary
PS Hope things are positive on the work front
abmdsudi (41152) 2013-05-02 11:26
Another catchy and gentle shot in glorious warm tones, clarity and the promising atmosphere, complemented by lots of interests all round. The graduated tones on the smooth water is wonderful enhancing the strength of this shot no doubt. Indeed you have turned this serene spot into a great picture. Seeing this is a great joy!
manrezaei (1837) 2013-05-02 12:21
Actually your title conveys well what I feel looking at your stunning photo. Fabulous view and excelelnt composition from you. The image was also fine post-processed.
Kugart (1778) 2013-05-02 12:50
Great composition using the old tree in the foreground then the lovely cool blue lake leading towards what looks like a sun baked landscape in the background.Great light management,
lousat (73853) 2013-05-02 14:55
Hi Bob,no need to read the name under the pic,your style is unmistakable and this another top quality pic made by your genius,spetacular moment,atmosphere and quality,another big standing ovation for you..ehehe...have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
daddo (23104) 2013-05-02 16:31
Hi Robert. a surprising scene for me, not the sort I associate with the windmills, canals and generally tamed landscape.Wonderful light and colours, particularly the stunning ochers of the trees against the pale blue of the water.Best regards. Klaudio.
Miguel82 (21702) 2013-05-02 17:13
So beautiful picture Robert,
Excellent presentation, exposition and contrast
Good inspiration and pov
npecanhuk (62474) 2013-05-02 19:48
Such a beautiful and pleasant-looking picture!
It's simple, the elements are quite ordinary, but it's so attractive!
Vertical format, chosen pov, composition, colors and light are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
dkmurphys (47628) 2013-05-03 3:42
Wonderful colors and a relaxing mood in your capture. I like it a lot, perfect work!
Cricri (102973) 2013-05-03 11:40
Bon choix du format verticale, j'aime l'avant plan, les couleurs froides et chaude, la douceur des reflets et de la lumière, très jolie
jjcordier (74476) 2013-05-03 23:04
Encore une de ces magnifiques photos dont tu as le secret et dont on reconnait l'auteur immédiatement. Superbe!
mesutilgim (81320) 2013-05-03 23:33
Oldies are Goodies ! Very succesfull capture, with it's pov, light, compo and layout. The portrait format was a perfect choice. Amazing balanced elements and colors.
TFS and have a nice weekend
ahmetgedikli (25448) 2013-05-03 23:38
Superb scenery... The colors, sharpness and light are wonderful. Nice work!
Have a good weekend.
ikeharel (54087) 2013-05-04 1:17
Good morning Robert,
Great contrast between the blue dominating tone in FG, against the golden/red light upon the far side bank.
Fine shot from POV chosen.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
danos (84301) 2013-05-04 1:26
Good morning Robert,
very nice the created sunset mood,with the foreground dead trunk of the tree as its pieses on the beach make the image even more effective.I like the excellent light and colour management as the beauty of the image.
Have a good weekend,Danos
jcpix (12508) 2013-05-04 15:39
An oldie but a goodie! :) My first impression was that the location was somewhere in Africa!? I don't know if it's because of the deep orange/red landscape on the horizon, which is common with sunset pictures of the Serengeti, but this really stood out in my minds eye as just that. Anyway, the colors throughout this picture are amazingly rich, and the composition has wonderful layers of elements. I would have to think that this is another kind of setting that most people would pass by and never think to photograph, but you've taken and transformed it into a very pleasing image yet again. Kudos for having the eye and talent to bring it all together! Hope you're having a nice weekend.
rychem (20795) 2013-05-05 11:25
What I like is this fantastic warm light of setting sun, splendid photo with excellent composition
Sonata11 (33201) 2013-05-05 20:11
beautiful composition of gorgeous nature view. Fantastic management of light, colors, sharpness, clarity, perfect POV and DOF as well great. Love it this beautiful picture.
All the best,
adramad (36261) 2013-05-06 13:04
Wow .... a marvel of composition that has your stamp of good taste and good work.
I love this POV, which in Vertical composition allows us to see the old trunk, with wonderful textures and details, decorating much the composition, perfect background with these red earth.
A beautiful and bright day, it gives a wonderful range of beautiful colors.
A perfect sharpness, well managed with this lighting.
I wish you a good day.
All the best.
Waylim (25172) 2013-05-07 16:05
I could use the scratching pole in my house sometimes :)
Beautiful photo as always. I love the warm color and light in this one. Though I like the scratching pole, but I think here it is kind of distracting to the composition of the more peacerful with wide open space. The tree demand too much attention to in comparison to the rest of the image. The qualit of the photo is perfect as always. I'm sure you have taken one without the tree trunk.
UlfE (14641) 2013-05-10 9:48
Vogelmeer sounds like I place I would enjoy. Your photo is very original with the decayed birchtree in the foreground and taken from a POV that seems to be a bit higher than the shoreline. You make superb use of the lighting as usual. The colours are really beautiful. TFS and have a nice weekend!
korbee (6617) 2013-05-11 12:56
Een prachtige plek,en ik vind dit persoonlijk 1 van de mooiste en rustigste duingebieden,ik kom hier ook vaak,want ik woon niet zo ver weg,het is fijn als je zon gebied hebt waar je de stilte en de vogeltjes nog kan horen...
Ooit was ik hier met mn vrouw toen we net getrouwd waren,en.....nee dat vertel ik je niet ;=]
Gigidusud (14001) 2013-05-15 13:35
Splendid composition on the lake with nice contrast colors and great texture. Love it as usual!
mkamionka (29732) 2013-05-16 3:06
I am not sure how typical it is for the Netherlands but it is surely a beautiful photo.
Excellent composition as usual with the fantastic foreground and nice stretch of the land across the lake. Lovely colors too.
I have the impression that you are able to show places much more beautiful than they really are, but that it the fun part of taking photos, isn't it?
bayno (18342) 2013-05-17 10:58
Ciao Robert a paradise for a bird watcher... but also for nice compo like this wonderful edit and light, perfect framing and razor sharp, really nice one!!!
kordinator (14831) 2013-07-12 0:49
Fantastic landscape in vertical format.
As usual nice sharp details excellent colored with vivid colors.