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    Posted: 25 March 2024 at 20:11
One of Us #74: KoBra64


Dyxum member KoBra64 writes...

On logging in at the site a new message note popped up directing me to my mailbox to find the invitation to introduce myself to the 'One of Us'. A big surpise and honour so here is my photographic journey.

My first memory about photography was the simple camera my parents had with these square flash cubes, as far as I remember the flash cube could be used four times before disposal. At one point the camera was replaced bij a Polaroid, I was amazed, shoot and a couple of minutes later the picture appeared, magic.
My own interest in photography started in the mid 80's with acquiring a Praktica MTL3 and 2 Sigma zoom lenses, don't know which anymore but a short and a tele zoom, and loved to use it, mainly shots of familie and travelling, till it fell apart. Next was a Canon eos 1000F with a standard lens, the auto focus was a step forward but eventually I lost interest.

Which changed with the arrival of a Canon DIGITAL IXUS 430, a marvelous little pocketable toy but after my first trip to South Africa I realized that more could be had from a dslr. A Dutch consumer site stated that the Sony A200 kit with a tele zoom was the best buy at the moment so that was my introduction to the A-mount. A second trip to Southern Africa made me look for better lenses to discover Dyxum, a wealthy place of knowledge, great photo's and polite members. Besides learning a lot (micro adjusting the sensor of the A200) I inevitably got infected with GAS so got the A700 and after that the A850 and I tried a lot of lenses. My main camera's at the moment are The A7 and A9.

I also learned a lot from a photo course about portrait photography taught by a former journalist, the best birthday present ever. The course included framing, the use of available light, street photography, documentation of an event and was given at 8 evenings where you met other photographers and discussing results and share experiences.

My main interest in photography is nature and environment including street, love to roam around my home town. Going out shooting and see what happens is very relaxing to me, love that part more than postprocessing the shots, I'm kind of lazy at that. Anyway here are some shots to share, you might have seen some before.

A scene in the French Pyrenees shot with the Praktika.


Hiking in the Spanish Pyrenees, Canon de Anisclo, also with the Praktika.
We thought we were on a walking tour, but that turned out not to be the case. We arrived in a small hamlet at dusk and a friendly person took us to our car, a 45 minutes drive away. We love a bit of adventure :-)


One of my favourites from 2007 of my sons completely absorbed in their play and totally unaware of the female attention :-) Shot with Canon Ixus.


Girl playing with leaves in the street in Groningen. Taken with A200 and the beercan. The beercan was the first lens I bought after discovering Dyxum. Loved the colours it produced.


For a while I got into macro photography to discover a different world.


We all need support sometimes.


I think that this shot was the first to be chosen in the weekly exhibition. Still remember the thrill I got on opening the message!


Portrait of my youngest son


Proud to have won a Dyxum patch in a contest, with this shot.


Nature, we are very fond of travelling southern Africa by car to view the abundant wild life in the national parks. There are differences between them, some are lush, Kruger Park and some are very dry like Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Central Klahari in Botswana. It is so relaxing to start the morning game drive at dawn, relax a bit between 11 and 15 o'clock to take of for the late drive. We hope we are able to travel there for a long time.

Protected


Cape Buffalo strolling through mopani


Juvenile Bateleur


Sun is setteling in Central Kalahari.


Another favourite is Namibia with it's beautifull deserts, I love remote desolate areas. The landscape is magnificent. This shot was taken at a 4x4 track in the Palmwag concession, north west Namibia. A track that ends in the Hoanib river where we hoped to find desert elephants but didn't.


We drove from 9.30 till 18 o'clock and never saw other people. The track was quite difficult with some rock passings. During the day we more and more realized that if the car broke down we would have a problem as there is no phone network coverage so I drove very politely. The experience was something to remember. Like I said, we love a bit of adventure.
Camping in the middle of nowhere


Namib desert landscape


Another important event in my life was the pelgrimage to Santiago de Compostella in 2018. A very interesting spiritual trip and I will never forget the feeling of being totally free. it brought me a lot. I carried the A7, sel35/2.8 Zeiss and Jupiter 9 85 F2 with me for coverage.
The way


Portrait of a peregrino


The shells in the ceiling


And some other objects that I like to shoot.

Garden view


Relativy close to home the national park Lauwersmeer


A street shot


Dolomites Italy, a very photogenic area


Car detail


Statues


Trinity librairy experience Dublin


Last but not least my partner enjoying the winter sun

 



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Peter,
Congratulations on becoming part of the Dyxum "One of Us" collection, and very well deserved.
It's always interesting to read the photographic and life trajectories of its members.
The journey through your images and the accompanying biographical story are a tribute to your photographic growth and talents, and we all look forward to seeing lots more from you well into the future.
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Good to see your story here Peter, it is a long time ago since we met, hopefully we meet again some day. Thanks for this entertaining post
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 March 2024 at 11:49
Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Peter!

Even from your Praktika days, it was clear that you had an eye for composition that has served you well.

Cheers... Brian
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 March 2024 at 12:12
It's rewarding to read your story here, Peter! I admire your adventurous spirit which is so much reflected in your images from South Africa - always a treat!

Keep on to create and expand that diverse set of images (and experiences) that you share with us here on DYXUM! Take care and stay safe!
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An adventurous tale well supported by excellent images. Congratulations
 



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Ha Peter, what a surprise this must have been!

Nice to read about your travels and photographic journey. Keep on traveling!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 March 2024 at 19:56
Love the narrative. Another very nice example of variety is the spice of life - so many different subjects and approaches presented in an interesting way. Enjoyable getting to know you vicariously.    
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 March 2024 at 09:24
A nice read and a fine selection of photos (of course I miss Groningen photos I know/recognize ).
I find the landscape photos and the travel required to take them impressive.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote KoBra64 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 March 2024 at 20:35
Thank you all for the kind words, I really appreciate them.
It sure was a surprise and I hesitated and pondered about participation because I wasn't really sure if I could come up with an interesting read but realised that maybe that isn't the point. The point is that a forum exists because of the people sharing.

Domien, you are right. Simply forgot to include a shot of Groningen

Michele, would love to meet again, maybe at the next Dyxum meeting?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 4paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 March 2024 at 22:19
Wow, you did El Camino!, camped in Namibia, lost in the Pyrenees ... with your partner!, wow.

Thanks for sharing!
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