‘Marken - Anyone likes rain, cold and windy weather ?’
Rain, wind and cold were the ingedrients of my short spring break in the province of North-Holland.
According to meteorological statistics, the month of May in this region was still not the worst month.
However nobody in Belgium and the Netherlands remembers to have ever experienced a colder or wetter month of May.
The picture is taken in Marken, a peninsula in the Markermeer (Marker Lake) , the southern part of the Ijsselmeer (Ijssel Lake) . The former island is nowadays connected to the mainland by a causeway.
On the pic you see the lighthouse with the name ‘Paard van Marken’ (‘Horse of Marken’) . It’s a national heritage site of the Netherlands since 1970.
You can walk around the peninsula on the dikes that protect it. See second picture in the workshop.
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emka (100039) 2013-06-04 0:03
Hii Paul, This year we do not see much sun. When will the better weather come? And in many countries it is dramatic situation.
But even in these unfavourable conditions you managed to make very nice shot. Interesting lighthouse and nice eye catching red elements.
The distances in Belgium and Holland are so tine (for instance when compared with Australian standards, you can go in better weather again.
WArm regards from rainy Warsaw
Royaldevon (39766) 2013-06-04 0:36
Good Morning Paul,
Oh, we have had reason to grumble about the weather, this year! It has seriously affected holidays and photographic opportunities.
I must say, though, that despite the lack of good light, you have produced a fine, atmospheric shot.
The leads are strong, the lighthouse is strongly positioned, whilst the grey, surging tide and the grey sky create the mood. The touches of red, from the posts and the roof, link the shot nicely, with a bit of vivacity.
Have a lovely day,
Surprisingly, we are into our third day of lovely warm weather. Keep your fingers crossed!
lousat (92936) 2013-06-04 1:01
Hi Paul,yes i like this weather! I don't like the warm sun whit a lot of humidity tipical of Lombardy,whit a lot of mosquitos too..ehehe..this springtime is the best for me,and maybe a great opportunity to take magnificent perspectives like your under this beautiful cloudy sky..eheh..have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
amaryllis (37039) 2013-06-04 1:36
superbe présentation et profondeur d'image pour nous présenter ce phare avec un ciel plutôt chargé mais plein de contrastes; les couleurs sont sublimes
jhm (154576) 2013-06-04 3:14
U was al een heel eindje in Nederland, maar het resultaat is fantastisch.
Uw hoek keuze is perfect, dit zorgt voor excellent diepte en perspectief.
Het moet prachtig zijn wanneer het goed warm weer is om hier een wandeling te maken.
Mooi te zien aan uw tweede foto met het smal padje.
Maar de wolken aan de hemel misstaan hier zeker niet, heel mooie foto, mooi samengesteld.
dta (79124) 2013-06-04 3:16
Bonjour PAul ,
En Bretagne, le mois de mai n'a pas été très chaud , mais il a été sec , et je dois même arroser mes pommes de terre !
Très belle vue de ce phare , avec unn ciel superbe . LA lumière est assez faible , ce qui fair ressortir les quelques élémnents rouges .
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-06-04 4:00
in this case I would say the cloudy,dramatic sky is a big advantage.It contrasts here so nicely with the red roof of the lighthouse and creates also unique mood of the scene.
Magnificent image with strong,graphical effect!
Have a nice day
timecapturer (49288) 2013-06-04 4:58
strangely when I visited this place it was windy and rainy too, but this shot works because of it. Spring in northern Europe has been a big disappointment but you have made the most of it in this moody, enticing and striking image. Well done!
Sergiom (81847) 2013-06-04 5:20
Le regard suit naturellement le petit trottoir dans l'image en direction du phare qui dresse son toit rouge dans un ciel gris. L'image est d'une superbe profondeur, d'une grande netteté et est d'une belle texture.
cornejo (43563) 2013-06-04 5:30
Hi Paul, great pictures of this beautiful and interesting lighthouse of Marken beautiful villa, very well composed and captured this beautiful image with very good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings and best wishes from southern Spain.
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-06-04 6:44
Splendid shot of the light house.Very nice colors, light and composition. Very beautiful and pleasant-looking picture!Very well done.
Ecureuil (530) 2013-06-04 6:57
un cile bien contrasté comme je les aime, avec cependant une légère dominante bleue qui aurait tendance à l'électriser si je puis dire.
Le post processing booste avantageusement les contrastes ce qui imprime un peu de magie à cette scène maritime tranquille.
mesutilgim (95546) 2013-06-04 10:51
Wonderfull capture of this rainy scenery ! Also we here in İstanbul had a very long and rainy (as well as cold) spring. Besides the turmoils of last days which is really very sad.
TFS and best regard
robmal (2239) 2013-06-04 11:05
great landscape shot, fine composition with lighthouse,super colours and sharpness, well done.
m (0) 2013-06-04 12:20
the beautiful red roof acts instead of the sun here:) And I must say it looks great against that dark cloudy sky. Fine composition. It's just the kind of weather we have for the better part of the year so one month of dull skies and raining is certainly no shock to me. Still hate it though:))
Thanks and best wishes!
Romano46 (18472) 2013-06-04 13:24
davanti ad un simile spettacolo si resta ammirati.
Hai scovato un soggetto di una bellezza trascinante, interessante e ricco di colori e di suggestioni e lo hai riopreso nella migliore della maniere.
La giornata particolarmente nuvolosa ti ha aiutato nell'ottenere un effetto drammatico ed il risultato è stato eccellente.
Ottima la luminosità, la nitidezza e la brillantezza dei colori.
Un lavoro veramente eccellente. Bravissimo.
Ciao e buona serata
marabu61 (11061) 2013-06-05 6:38
We had ample reason to complain about the weather this year for sure. But I do actually like bad weather a lot if it comes in homeophatic doses.
Lovely light tower set clearly against the brooding sky and the pathway leads the eye nicely towards it.
have a good day
claudeD (39635) 2013-06-05 7:16
very fine composition for that interesting shot under weather conditions which arte not perfect.I like the atmosphere of your shot here very much.Very well done.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
abmdsudi (55176) 2013-06-05 7:56
Bad weather in fact is a great challenge to shoot, out of comfort zone to test the skill of a keen shutter bug. I love this capture in such condition which is down to your skill and not luck as depicted. Beautiful and skillfully photographed. Congrats, TFS.
Fis2 (99766) 2013-06-05 12:31
Curious place, interesting lighthouse.
I like frame and perspective.
jcpix (13930) 2013-06-05 21:18
It seems that often times the rain and inclement weather works in ones favor, helping to create a more dramatic mood and effect...and I would say this is a good example of just that! :) Certainly not the most enjoyable to work in, but it can net some great results. I really like how you've composed this shot, the off center path helps to give the entire image more dimension...amazing what a difference just a step or two in one direction can make! This arrangement also places the lighthouse in an solid position within the frame. Nicely done, thanks for sharing the stormy moment and this pleasant perspective. Have a great day ahead.
All the best,
Oceania (5202) 2013-06-06 7:45
All I can see is a gorgeous lighthouse under beautiful sky. I do not feel the harsh weather you described at all. Actually, I enjoy this picture very much.
ChrisJ (115569) 2013-06-06 10:09
Excellent use of diminishing linear perspective and vanishing point with good sharpness and the red rails at left and the lighthouse roof, contrasting well against the blue grey sea. I like the contrast between the rough waters at left and the sheltered sandy cove at right. Tfs!
danos (99271) 2013-06-06 11:53
nice the view of the lighthouse with the narrow alley to lead-in the eye on it.Its red roof tiles contrast perfect with the grey clouds on the sky making the image even more effective.
mcmtanyel (24015) 2013-06-06 14:28
I certainly don't! But I like what you did with them! Good POV, excellent use of leading lines. Good light management with saturated colors. Well done!
Gigidusud (21151) 2013-06-07 8:48
Effectivement cette année le printemps n'est pas terrible même dans le sud, mais cela permet de capturer de superbes ciel comme ici. Très belle perspective qui nous conduit vers le phare les couleurs ressortent parfaitement bien. J'aime beaucoup!
Cricri (120579) 2013-06-07 13:44
Bravo pour avoir affronter le vent et le froid pour nous présenter cette belle composition, le Phare centrée fonctionne bien ici, les couleurs sont bien rendue sous le ciel nuageux
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2013-06-08 4:32
well the weather was not perfect as you expect when you are in holidays but i have bad weather too (for our season standards) in Italy the same week only three good days on a week.
for the picture i like both view, interesting menacing sky and nice contrast of colors.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-06-08 6:21
I can imagine the rainstorm after your click.Very good composition and awesome lightning usage.Very good framework and so unique atmosphere.
All the best
macjake (69195) 2013-06-08 10:30
well, whenever you see a lighthouse, you have a pretty good idea that the weather won't be that great - with the ocean or sea often bringing in high winds and choppy seas.
but thats the allure right? think how boring it would be if the climate was picture perfect here....well, maybe that won't be too bad after all :)
Does someone live in that lighthouse? love the architecture and the clouds that stand behind it.
smart compo, it works well.
see you around
Didi (60588) 2013-06-09 1:07
Il est possible de faire de belles photos par mauvais temps à condition que le soleil arrive à passer à travers les nuages
Bonne perspective sur le phare
williewhistler (16398) 2013-06-09 1:28
Hello Paul ,the stormy,atmospheric sky is a perfect backdrop to the lighthouse.Lovely long lead in and super sharpness,a cracking capture.
All the best,
ikeharel (72955) 2013-06-09 1:38
Good morning Paul,
Hope by now the late May storm had left, yielding for summer's bright days.
Good DOF along the narrow dike, leading the way and eyes towards the light-tower. Red tone contrast well against grey sky's.
Enjoy a nice Sunday,
Urs (14082) 2013-06-10 4:41
Once again you cleverly used the deep grey sky to add dynamic power to the white lighthouse. Die pathway to the lighthouse adds another dimension to your shot. Well done
adramad (46532) 2013-06-10 11:59
Fascinating path to the sea on both sides and bottom the beautiful architecture of the lighthouse, a place of great beauty to that bad weather does not diminish any charm, if not the opposite, a spectacular sky and a nice color.
Good handling of brightness and optimal sharpness.
Very well done. I love their beautiful colors ..
I wish you a happy start to the week.
kordinator (20523) 2013-06-12 0:27
Impressive capture of part of the island on the the lake.
Excellent image quality with perfectly well done composition.
delpeoples (58616) 2013-06-12 4:35
The weather might not be great, but you've got a stunning photo out of it. I love the way the path guides the eye towards the lighthouse and the horizon. The red colours contrast beautifully with the grey tones and you did really well with the sky.
Nice work, have a lovely day
mjw364 (1342) 2013-06-13 4:16
Clear and sharp with great lines and moody sky that contrasts so well with the reds of the roof. Nicely composed.
bayno (18344) 2013-06-13 7:49
yes Paul...i am one of that ;) many times the sea is much more charming in winter ....lovely compo, nice tones and dept...best regards,
nikkitta (17066) 2013-06-13 14:15
Like a lot lighthouse , being one of my preferred book The lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
This pic has lot of interesting details to admire, like the way you lead the attention with the path and read poles, matching with the roof
Great work, not only blue sky are need
mkamionka (37843) 2013-06-14 6:05
I think some people are less sensitive to weather conditions. For me it is extremely important but other don't care at all. My sister likes bad weather.
It seems though like you did use the conditions very well, the sky is interesting and overall atmosphere well enhanced by the clouds and their unique color. Lovely lighthouse, the path nicely leads the eye towards it. Very attractive capture.
have a great weekend,
Indrasish (2939) 2013-06-17 0:49
Great shot here.. Lovely coludy weather.. Very well done.. Good composition.. Good sharpness and color too..
Nice perspective of this path..
Have a nice weekend..
jacquest (18927) 2013-06-17 14:49
Le regard suit le trottoir et ses lignes droites avec celles des pierres donnent beaucoup de profondeur. Le ciel chargé et plein de contrastes donne une atmosphère spéciale à la composition et à la luminosité. J'aime beaucoup.
fotka (4489) 2013-06-20 5:52
It is a beautiful lighthouse on the end of the pier. The walkway nicely leads sight to main object. The cloudy sky only added beauty to this shot. The photo has high quality of colors, light and sharpness.
Schnappilic (9692) 2013-06-23 2:00
Good composed picture with the lighthouse as a main subject and the footpath as a guide line. I like the whole atmosphere!
Angshu (56758) 2013-06-24 22:38
Dag dear Paul
You maybe surprised, but I had chanced to visit Marken in '94. I got better weather than this ;-)
Its a charming place and the lighthouse is a nice strong focal point with the path along the dike creating a strong perspective and lead-in. Well done!
magui (789) 2013-07-09 16:37
Je suis une passionnée par des phares. Cette superbe photo est très poètique et bien dramatique.
Les couleurs sont très nettes et ce vert des herbes entre les dales font un beau contraste avec le gris des pierres et des forts nuages.
Ce lieu magique nous donne envie de rêver.
jmdias (65119) 2013-10-06 14:40
nice framing using well the path in the foreground, leading our eyes to the lighthouse. nice details of this beautiful landscape. nice job under a hard weather.