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Mostly photography, with the occasional philosophical contemplation

Lake Dreams – can you help me out?

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Last year i entered this photo into a local photo contest and to my surprise this photo was one of the three winners. And a few days ago i received a message that the organization behind that contest had entered my photo in yet another contest. So i thanked them and suggested they should share the photo on social media, since the most votes get awarded.

So i thought it would be fun to get some international votes for the photograph too ๐Ÿ™‚
I would be very glad if you are willing to vote for this photo in the contest, let’s see if i have a chance. You may have to search for my photo, should be on the first page, but not sure as other entries might be added. You should click on ‘STEM’ (which is Dutch for VOTE)
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ps. If you don’t want a newsletter, don’t forget to tick off the newsletter when you cast your vote. Or perhaps you want to learn some Dutch, then it’s ok ๐Ÿ˜›

And in the mean time, enjoy the scenery just as the Germans on the photo and me behind the lens did ๐Ÿ™‚

Autumn

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As the leaves fall, colors change in the forest
The trees will soon be empty of foliage
Quietly nature awaits the cold times ahead
Stillness fills the air like a grand orchestra

Marina Cape Helius

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A few images from last weekend while in Hellevloetsluis. A beautiful marina with calm water created the perfect opportunity for some nice sunset shots. And a special for you: the lighthouse is a bonus ๐Ÿ˜‰

The harbor of Hellevloetsluis

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Visited the town of Hellevloetsluis for a weekend off with my former roommates from college time. And as i knew we were going to be close to the sea, the camera went along. Here are a few shots from the two sunsets weยดve seen during the weekend.

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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