Fotogroep Waalre 8-Jun-11

2011-Rotterdam-024 (100 ISO, 135mm, f/7.1, 1/400)

This composition is essentially about diagonal lines in modern architecture.

The Toren op Zuid (aka KPN Gebouw) by Renzo Piano has a façade with an overhang of 6°. The single external pole is for the required extra support. The foreground on the left is part of the nearby Erasmus Bridge.

2011-Rotterdam-015. Click to view larger (100 ISO, 70mm, f/10, 1/400)

Nearby there is a new high-rise residential building (“New Orleans”) and cranes for the next high-rise project (“De Stad Rotterdam”). Some viewers complained about the distracting cloud “coming out of” the building. The Dutch Photography Museum is incidentally housed somewhere below the green loft on the right.

Overview of Wilhelminaplein in Rotterdam showing the relationship between both previous images.

Competition results

The results of my (and our) photos in the yearly exhibition of Fotogroup Waalre can be found here. The text is in Dutch, but there are enough photos to look at.

My “Power Lines” photo reached the top 10% in a national photo competition. Info (also in Dutch) here. Three submissions from our photo club reached the top 10% and the photographers received a fancy certificate. These results are better than the year before.

Fotogroep Waalre 9-jun-10

Photos shown at my local photography club on June 9th 2010 (these photos are © Peter van den Hamer).

All these photos were taken in the Eifel (the part on the German side of the border), but on multiple weekends. The Eifel is about 135 km drive from here, so when I go there I tend to walk quite a bit just to “justify” the long drive.


ISO 100, 105mm, f/5, 1/200 s

Many people can’t stand abstract photos where they cannot guess what they are seeing. Guesses mentioned at the photo club were: fabric, a nature macro, and a large man-made structure. If you have the need to know, see here.

The associated histogram is also worth a look: firstly this color (!) photo is almost black-and-white. Secondly, it is surprisingly smooth – almost Guassian. I deliberately didn’t stretch the histogram as the original was simply gray, and I didn’t need to turn the photo into a graphical design of some sort.

histogram of 2010_Eifel_66

ISO 400, 70mm, f/4, 1/60 s

In this case, people were fine with only kind-of-knowing what it was and what caused those stains. For more context, see here.


ISO 100, 70mm, f/4, 1/60 s

Although the hills in the distance look foggy, this was actually quite warn and this was actually nearby rain driven by a gusty wind. I didn’t really manage to visualize that. Even after some contrast tweaking, it still looks like fog to me when the movement is missing. I doubt there is a way to show that in a “still” without a really high-resolution print: motion blur would just increase the confusion.


ISO 100, 70mm, f/4, 1/100 s

My photo club theme is currently “special lighting conditions”. Maybe not a highly original photo, but here you go… Special Lighting Conditions!

The first, third and fourth pictures are within walking distance of Vogelsang – a large, eery former boarding school in the middle of a forest. It was built to turn young boys into bright and able Nazi’s. After World War II, Vogelsang served as barracks for the British and Belgian armies. Worth visiting.

Fotogroep Waalre 26-May-10

Photos shown at my local photography club on May 26th 2010 (these photos are © Peter van den Hamer). All these photos were taken in Belgium during the club’s yearly photography weekend trip. In this case this was to Leuven “and surroundings” although many of these surroundings were quite a drive from Leuven.


ISO 100, 150 mm, f/4, 1/125 s

Headlamp of a classic Renault car with water inside (at the beer brewery in Hoegaarden).


ISO 200, 135 mm, f/4.5, 1/200 s

Flowers in the window in Leuven. Someone at the photo club remarked that this was a very feminine picture. Ah well.


ISO 100, 200 mm, f/4, 1/200 s

Two old men passing each other on the market in Leuven, Belgium.


ISO 100, 200 mm, f/4, 1/200 s

Tragically they didn’t even greet or look at each other. I am afraid they pass each other daily on their standard walk.


ISO 500, 105 mm, f/4, 1/125 s

In an abandoned coal mine in Beringen, Belgium. We had a guide take us through the old buildings. The below-ground part of the mine was sealed off with concrete when the mine was close in 1988.

Fotogroep Waalre 14-Apr-10

Photos shown at my local photography club on April 14th 2010 (these photos are © Peter van den Hamer).


ISO 100, 70 mm, f/14, 1/800 s

Power cables spanning the Nile. The picture was taken in the late afternoon.

2010_Egypt_0758 (uncorrected)

This is a rendering of the original raw file after only dust removal (f/14), exposure correction of +1 stop and setting the color temperature to 5500 Kelvin.


ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 s

Riverscape of Kom Ombo, Egypt. The famous Double Temple of Kom Ombo is visible on the right. It attracts the cruise boots that bring the tourists. There are about 15 of them in the picture (of the entire Nile fleet of about 200 such boats). The smoke stacks are from a factory that processes the sugar cane that is grown along the banks of the Nile.


ISO 100, 189 mm, f/4.5, 1/250 s

A quiet village along the Nile.

2010_Egypt_0183 (100% crop)

A 100% crop of the same image.


ISO 200, 105 mm, f/7.1, 1/320 s

Parked buses that brought tourists from Aswan to the temple of Ramses II in Abu Simbel. The three hour drive through the desert is done in convoy for security reasons. The drive starts before dawn to avoid the midday heat – so the photo was taken 7:30 in the morning.