Why I love the Landscape I’m living in
I live in The Netherlands at the outskirts of a very small village called Waterlandkerkje, in a part of the Province Zeeland, called Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. It’s rural and agricutural. We have no big cities, no sky scraper buildings, no big industries.
I thought it would be fun to show you what I like most in ‘my’ landscape and that are the natural lines in the landscape, the water and the sky and to make it even more interesting, I’ll show them in Black & White photos.
I just love B&W Photography very much. I think it’s even more exiting in some aspects than color photography.
Copyright text and photos, if not mentioned otherwise: Titia Geertman
Lined up Trees
Black & White Photography made Easy
An all in one guide for those who want to make black and white photos.
You can take the photo in color and transform it into a Black and White photo using Photoshop or any other program.
Mind you: not all photos are suitable to turn into Black & White.
Lines in Trees
The part of The Netherlands I live in used to look quite different in the old days. We submerged from the sea, litterally. High dikes were layed, they pumped out the water, vertilized the soil until they could grow crops. On those dykes they planted trees, who’s roots would keep the soil from washing out. You can read how this embankment works on Wikipedia. This is the reason that in my neck of the woods you still see an awful lot of high dikes bordered with trees, either with road on them, or grazing animals.
Lines in my Landscape
The Art of ploughing
How to turn a color photo into a black & white photo
Black & White in three steps
The above picture shows you the steps I took to transform a color photo into a black and white photo. Today that’s easy with digital photography, but mind you: not all color photos are suitable to be changed into black and white.
- The left photo is the original color photo, taken in the sheep fold of one of my colleaque breeders. I loved the colors and the light beams falling in through the upper window.
- I use Paint Shop Pro as my Photo Editing program and I just hit the ‘grey’ button in this program, showing the photo in the middle.
- I thought it came out rather flat in tone, so I added a little more contrast to spice it up a bit and that looks better. However if I had to make a choice between the three,
I think I still would go for the colored one in this case. However it all depends for what purpose you need the photo.
Lines in our Rivers and Creeks
One of the many ditches in my area
As I told above, ‘my’ land used to be more water than land, until they regained land from the sea. Besides that, at the West my land borders the North Sea.
In the old map (17th century) of my surroundings, you see two big streams of wich the upper one still exists, you see roads (double lined) and you see craggy black lines, which are old creeks of which most still exists.
If you look at the map where it says ‘My Home’ and then follow the road upwards, you would see the dike with trees below.
Last but not least there are also the transitory lines made by either the animals, or by nature itself.
Ever so often the beauty in the little things don’t/won’t get noticed, because in today’s time people are way too occupied by doing things in a hurry, getting somewhere in a hurry, that they forget to take a closer look around. Or they’ve never learned to really look at what’s close to them. That’s a shame, because they miss a lot of beauty that way.
I must confess that I don’t know much about the technical side of photography. I know there’s aperture and shutterspeed, but actually I never use it. My camera stands on automatic, so I’m more a point and shoot photographer. However my dad, who was an artist (painter), taught me a bit on how to make compositions and that’s what I do.
I started to make photos the day we got our first Kodak digital camera (costed a fortune) I think some 10/12 years ago. I found it fascinating to be able to snap away without having to think about the costs of developping photos, which so often turned out to be blurry.
I am a great admirer of the great photographers of the old days, like Ansel Adams, who really knew what they were doing in that dark room, developping their photos.
Ansel Adams is one of the best, if not the best, American photographer I’ve come across. He is famous for his black & white landscape photos which were mainly taken in the Yosemite National Park. The composition in his photos is just marvellous. He knows how to bring out the beauty of his subjects.
There’s no one who could ‘catch the light’ as Ansel Adams could. He gave the art of photography the capital A. He wrote a lot of books and many of his photos are printed on Calanders, which make beautiful gifts for any holiday celebration.
Amazon.com even has a special Ansel Adam’s page where you can finds lots of his work.
Again, thanks for visiting.