P N C O

Mostly photography, with the occasional philosophical contemplation

1: You – an ode to Nature

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Touched by the immensity of you. Even though i can hear the traffic in the distance, in here there is only you.
You whisper so softly in my ears. Your sweet melodies are composed of the finest tunes.
Blackbirds chatter as a Robin sets the stage for an impressive solo. The symphony is intriguing.
You just leave me speechless time after time. Just being here with you is enough.
In here everything can be. Everything i wanted to say has lost its importance.
Insects dance in the late sunlight, while the water calmly follows the stream.
In your green arms i can finally rest. Ever so gently, the night settles in.

 

New Project

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hello ladies and gentlemen,

it’s quite incredible to see so many people coming to this blog again and again.ย  Could not have imagined that 4 years ago when i started blogging ๐Ÿ™‚
But i also remember that there is this other hobby of mine, which i have not given too much attention lately: writing

As somebody said me a few days ago: just start with it, otherwise it won’t happen. And i know he’s right. So i like to give a bit of an outline of this new project for you guys but also for myself.

Long have i felt that words and images go perfectly together. Whether it’s a poem or a few lines of text, it really can create a connection with what meets the eye. So i want to engage in exactly this. It will be challenging for me, cause i know that i only write when i am truly inspired. But I’m sure that once i’ve started, everything will work out just fine.

I haven’t decided yet whether it will be a weekly or a daily thing, but i’m just going to start anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

Please feel free to leave any comment, thoughts, critics, feedback. And please enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Warm regards,
Pieter

ps. Day 1 is coming up!

Wallaman Falls

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All the way down to the basin of the Wallaman Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in Australia. The area is filled with beautiful pristine rain forests and has a great natural camping ground. Really enjoyed our time there back in 2010. And this one will certainly be featured in the photobook. I actually made the first selection for the book. So finally it’s underway ๐Ÿ˜€

Review of Saal Digital

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Through Henk Goossens Photography (Henk Goossens Photography) i got to know Saal Digital. It’s a German company who are now trying to enter the Dutch market for photography prints. They market themselves by giving bloggers the opportunity to test their material for free. As i saw the review by Henk months earlier, i didn’t expect it would still be possible to check it out myself.

But actually i was still able to do a test myself too! Below are my findings. First, lets start with the original photo i choose for the test.

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I choose this image because of the many colors and the quiet and serenity it portraits. Ideal for a good test.

The confirmation came in that i was selected for the test. After a few weeks of inaction of my side i even got a message asking me if i needed any help with my order! I didn’t need it, i was just being busy and not knowing which photo to select lol. But as you can see above here, i choose the sunset image. To order a photograph copy one needs to use the software which is pretty good and easy to use. At first i had to search and try a little, but as i got used to the interface the ordering went smoothly. Using a code which gives 50โ‚ฌ discount is always nice of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

The package was ordered and a few days later the package was delivered. It was a rather small box, but as i found out the photo was packed in a smart way. It fits exactly in the box and felt strong and the quality of the box was good. The photo came undamaged and the parts for hanging the photograph were also delivered with it in a separate space. Neatly done with no unnecessary space.

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The photograph was packaged and sealed with the back side up, protecting the acrylic glass from any scratches.

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The photo had an additional plastic layer on it, which saved it from any dust. Leaving it all clean and protected.

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I hadn’t seen any acrylic glass photographs before, so i was keen to give it a try. It actually looks very cool, and as one can see the corners really look nice. As if one is looking through water. The photograph is printed on the back and i couldn’t see any problems with that. Good quality and it feels like one piece.

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Here below you can see the final result, with the plastic protective layer removed. Really nice colors, soft and no strange color differences between this one and the original. The material itself looks cool, but i guess i’m more of a poster boy lol. But i’ll find a nice place for this photograph as the basic system for hanging this photograph were delivered as well.
My conclusion is that the quality of the print is good, colors look as they should and the material used is fine. It was nice to try this for free. I was already considering making a photo book with Saal Digital before i knew of this free review and seeing the end result proves that this is a good choice for digital printing. Though i did find that the normal price for this acrylic glass is a bit high.

You might want to check whether you can review a product for Saal Digital too. They really try to convince people to try their products. And why not? The quality is good:

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Laughing Matters

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Kookaburra

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Laughter reaches my ear as i’m unable to locate the source
A lovely eerie voice screeches my brain
Rattling with joy the sound pitch goes up
Then i realize i’m in the land of the Auzzies
Home of the ever cheerful laughing bird
Looking up i spot the joyful trickster
One more laughter and then he’s off
Leaving me in bewilderment
But now armed with a big wide smile

Resting in the Heart

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The heart klein

Resting in the Heart

Soft with a melodious fragrance
Sending out a symphony of colors
Lighthearted and care free
You dance the dance of light
Opening your heart to all
While you rest in nature’s lap

What are you looking at?

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Witte Vlek in het gras

My dear friend, what are you looking at?
You stare in the distance certain of your aim
As your glance penetrates the grass
Your ears pick up the sounds around us
What do your senses tell?
How wondrous to sit right beside you
And seeing a whole different world

As the camera points towards you
You let me know with a familiar meow
That it surely is a cats’ honor and duty
To look as if one is deeply involved
In a staring contest twenty-four-seven
And know that no one can beat you
If I promise i won’t mention the birds

 

World Full of Clouds

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Can’t resist posting another image by my parents and enhanced a bit by me. Last year there were these strangely shaped clouds. I only heard about them on the news, but my parents saw them and used the new camera to catch the phenomena on camera. The upper picture is upside down but i think it looks amazing. I’m no cloud-o-logic but these are pretty rare and wonderful strange clouds no doubt ๐Ÿ™‚

Below is the original image, if you don’t want to wreck your neck too much ๐Ÿ˜‰

have a lovely weekend all!
Blessing to you ๐Ÿ™‚

Pieter

 

Solar Disco

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Solar Disco at Zadar in Croatia

From Lonely Planet website:
Another wacky and wonderful creation by Nikola Baลกiฤ‡, this 22m-wide circle set into the pavement is filled with 300 multilayered glass plates that collect the sunโ€™s energy during the day. Together with the wave energy that makes the Sea Organ โ€™s sound, it produces a trippy light show from sunset to sunrise thatโ€™s meant to simulate the solar system. It also collects enough energy to power the entire harbour-front lighting system.