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Long exposure in Aruba: Arashi

Arashi beach is the most Northern beach in Aruba. I took my nephews to bodyboard there and I took the opportunity to take some long exposure photos. I am using welding glass which I have explained here on how to use. I was standing in the sand with my tripod and I lost a couple of photos because when a big wave comes in it shifts the sand and moves my tripod and then my image is blurry.

Don’t forget these were all taken during a very bright sunny tropical day.

 

 

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Twenty-five seconds . You can still make out the 5 birds that are chilling on the rocks.

 

 

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Eighteen seconds

 

 

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Twenty-seven seconds. My favorite of this set.

 

 

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Thirty seconds

 

 

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Twenty-five seconds

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Random in the lowlands

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Night time exposure in Amsterdam with a view on the Old Church  (oude kerk) during dusk.

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Daytime long exposure (one minute plus) of the grachten of Amsterdam. People, boats, anything moving disappeared and turned the water nice and smooth.

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Long Exposure at Scheveningen. Not really sure why I left it in color, its tinted and doesn’t really add much to the image. Also the water didn’t smooth out as nicely as I expected. Should have close the aperture more and gone for at least a 4 minute exposure.

 

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Long exposure at the Dam with a view of the Palace. Lots of tourists around and street performers who all slowly turn blurry and invisible.

 

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Minimalistic sunset over Scheveningen Pier which is for sale for 1 euro. (the pier not the photo).

 

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GIF taken at Kinderdijk, one of the major tourist attraction where you can visit windmills.

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Long exposure in Aruba

I joined a friend some time ago to Mangel Halto, an spot in Aruba where surprisingly I had never been before. Surprisingly because Aruba is not that big and I’ve lived there for a long time. I brought along my welding glass contraption and took some daytime long exposure photo’s. All of the photo’s were at least 60 seconds of exposure.

 

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Cinemagraphs NYC

Last week I was visiting New York City and this gave me the opportunity to create some cinemagraphs. These were taken all over the city whenever we encountered anything interesting.

Cinemagraphs are really interesting because it makes you look at something differently. I don’t just want a strong static composition, but I have to consider the dynamic element and if it will actually add something to the image. The following are far from perfect but a start to a very interesting experiment.

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How to make your own Lonely Planet Cover

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I’ve mainly used lonely planet when traveling. I like their maps, their hostel reviews and strangely enough their lack of pictures allowing me to form my own vision of my destination in my head before being confronted with reality.

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To create your own Lonely Planet cover select an image that speaks to you and has reasonably vibrant colors. It probably won’t represent the whole country since countries and cities are more complex than to be able captured in one photograph. Make sure it is visually pleasing and says something about the place.

Look for an image with the right balance of positive and negative space. And the negative space should be in the top part of the image to fit the title.

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I found that the Lucida Sans font available in your basic Windows font collection is the nearest to the official Lonely Planet one. And the Lonely Planet blue logo can be found on Google image search, make sure to pick the highest quality one.

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You can use any image editing software to put these three elements (title, logo and your image) together and Voilà; Your own Lonely Planet Cover. If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

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Aruba: Island among the Clouds

A timelapse video I shot in Aruba. I visited various location around the island always waiting for the perfect day with lots of clouds. I love the surreal vision of clouds rushing by. Please watch it in HD for a better experience. The song was by Moby licensed through mobygratis.com

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