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    Posted: 28 June 2010 at 06:57
One of Us #42: darosa




Dyxum member darosa writes...





I was born in The Hague in 1951. I am married, no children (but a dog & a cat). I read English at Leiden University, and taught English for about 20 years. Today I live in Monster (short for monastery in case you wondered), close to the Hague and our house is a five-minutes walk from the dunes and the beach; and I'm still in education: I work for a big organization that teaches Dutch as a second language to immigrants. I supply information about our students to the management and (local) government. I have a hearing problem and because of that I work only parttime these days.



Ah, photography . . .My first camera was an Agfa Clack , a cheap, German medium format box camera of the fifties which produced surprisingly good pictures for such a simple camera. I used it for holidays only. In the mid seventies my wife bought me an Olympus Trip which was a big improvement but soon photography was becoming more and more important to me, and in 1979 I bought my first SLR: a Pentax MX.



I was very happy with the Pentax but when Minolta introduced the 7000 and 9000 I decided to jump ship and bought a 9000 in the mid eighties. I used the 9000 for 15 years, and I still have it, but in the nineties I became more and more disappointed in what the labs made of my photos and slides and I became interested in medium format which resulted in the purchase of a Mamiya 645 in 1995. I started developing my films and printing B&W MF negatives. I also started using Velvia in the Mamiya.



In 1996 we went to Iceland, my photographic soul country, for the first time, and I was extremely happy with my Mamiya gear (I used the 9000 as a backup system). It was heavy, yes, and I started the love-hate relationship with my tripod but I had found my photography: trying to capture the overwhelming, breathtaking landscape in a photographic composition that would enable me to re-experience and (hopefully) others to experience the sense of beauty and awe I had when taking that photo. With many photos I took during that trip I had what I can only describe as a religious experience (though I am not a religious person), and I found myself thinking: Thank you for letting me capture this.



In 1999 we went to Iceland again; and in 2000 we visited New Zealand We rented a camper and toured both islands for 5 weeks. A unique and wonderful experience, captured with the Mamiya and the Dynax 9 + (among others) the Minolta 400mm I had bought for the occasion. Heavy stuff, but when I see the MF Velvia slides projected on the 2 x 2 meters (7 square feet) screen or the penguin and albatross pics, it has all been worth it.



In 2002 I went to Iceland on a winter trip and though it was very impressive that trip is tainted for me because I had a sudden and serious loss of hearing. Though it recovered a bit when I was home again, my hearing was permanently damaged. Strangely enough, I had a similar experience when we visited Svalbard (Spitsbergen) in June 2008. Though the ENT specialist doesn't know why, the far North doesn't seem to agree with me. That makes me a bit sad because those regions are very close to my photographic heart.



The digital revolution had passed me by until I bought a Canon Powershot for my wife in 2006, our first digital camera. I was stunned. That camera has changed my life. Not because it was such a great camera but through it I discovered the enormous potential of digital photography. Digital photography for me is unlimited photography: I can (and do) take pictures all the time; I can (and do) manage the whole photographic process from capture to print and get every single pixel exactly as I want it; I can (and do) share my photos with the whole world (thank you Dyxum). The only limiting factor is time. A man has to work, sleep, see friends and family, ... Photography has always been in my blood, but in the analogue days was limited to holidays, trips and special occasions. Now it is part of my everyday life. There is no day without photography.

The A100 was my first DSLR. I bought it in March 2007 and that same month I discovered Dyxum and became a member of this unsurpassed community. I owe my growth in digital photography to Dyxum and am very grateful for that. That's why I am very honoured to have been invited to become One of Us.



Here are some photos (in a chronological order,only from 2007 onwards because I haven't got round to scanning my films; no time ....):



1. May 2007. Sunrise over Holy Isle (off Arran, a Scottish Island itself; we are fond of the British Isles (especially the coasts) and have visited them often)





2. Arran, West coast





3. Arran, East coast. The sheep is for mooring





4. August 2007. Wales, Pembrokeshire coast. We walked part of the coastal path. Beautifully coloured stones and rock.





5. June 2008. Spitsbergen (or Svalbard, but I prefer the Dutch name), Hornsund





6. Spitsbergen, Kittiwakes





7. Spitsbergen, Storfjorden





8. Spitsbergen, Bearded Seal





9. Spitsbergen, Tinayra glacier and eiders





10. March 2008. Monster, Solleveld nature reserve





11. July 2008. DPC winner 'Trail of the Butterfly' (on a windowsill of my house)





12. October 2008. Monster, Moonbirds





13. January 2009. 't Woudt, Winterscene (HDR)





14. April 2009. Monster beach, Hand. This was an entry for my 1st April Foolishness, a very stimulating experience.





15. May 2009. Monster pond, Mallard. Entry for May-pic-a-day.





16. June 2009. Crane fly (in my house; flies are beautiful)





17. August 2009. Monster garden, Grasshopper and cactus





18. August 2009. Monster, Greenhouse. The area where I live, Westland, is (in)famous for its greenhouses. Most people think they're ugly but I think they great for photography. This one is with the fisheye.





19. September 2009. Monster beach, Surfer in sunset





20. January 2010. Monster park, Alder catkins. Photographed with the Takumar 50/1.4. Last year I discovered the fascinating world of M42.





21. February 2010. Monster park, Trees in snow





22. March 2010. Noord-Beveland, Rainbow energy. A panorama of 5 pics.





23. May 2010. Dorset, Bradstock cliffs (with fisheye so a little bent horizon)





24. Dorset, Portland Bill Lighthouse





25. Dorset, Sea Barn Farm, a horse farm where we camped





It now strikes me that all but one of these photos where taken on sea or within 5 miles of the coast. I hope you like them.



Edited by darosa - 29 September 2012 at 13:42
 



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Amazing stuff and congratulations, well deserved
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@Darosa,

A fascinating read and some exceptional iamges here; as a relative 'newbie' still, I never cease to be amazed at the quality of images I have never seen before in these postings.

As I looked through your images I too was struck by how many featured water (coastlines, lakes etc.) and the use you make of the areas around them - especially in relation to textures and shape/form (love the two Spitsbergen images and the Arran one at the start of the thread for example); you also have a great affinity for Nature, as demonstrated so clearly not only by the Bearded Seal (beautiful image by the way!) but also by something as simple and, almost, overlooked as the Crane Fly which is a very simple yet striking image in it's own right.

It is a beautifully crafted series of images you have shared with us here and I can only image what the medium format ones must look like!

Thanks for sharing these with us - I for one have really enjoyed reading and looking through your photographic journey to date.

With kind regards, Neil.
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An impressive portfolio, and it's always to good to read these mini biographies.
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Wow I cant believe I havent seen one of your photos before, your gallery is excellent! Congrats.

PS: Hope you get some of that film scanned.

Edited by wolfy - 28 June 2010 at 10:37
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Darosa, well deserved to be part of the "OOU" Series!
Impressive portfolio pictures, a very good photographic eye!



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excellent i love it you are truly a dyxum one of us!!!!!
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Nice to see a dutchmen here. Well deserved - great shots .
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I truly enjoyed looking at your photos, I haven't seen most of them previously. It is very conclusive from your photos that you enjoy taking them. Congrats for the recognition.
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I keep looking at your photos again and again. Most I haven't seen when visiting dyxum. Absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing your photos and your story.

Edited by napo - 30 June 2010 at 15:00
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mpb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 June 2010 at 04:08
Congratulations. Wonderful images.

What i really enjoyed about your story is the passion for photography you are conveying, it is an inspiration.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ianb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 June 2010 at 05:11
Beautiful photos, every last one of them, thank you for sharing them, your inspiration, and your story.

Congratulations !

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Thankyou for your story,I always admire your photos,you capture the essence of the scene so well.This collection is amazing-all of them are really beautiful.
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Congratulations!
It was nice to read your story and you share an excellent set of pictures, thank you.
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