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Wim van Velzen

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Iona
« on: January 12, 2013, 07:56:05 AM »

Iona is a small island next to Mull, Scotland. It is famous for its abbey and the rise of christianity in the early medieval times - the Celtic st. Columba.
We visited on a rather dull day; the abbey was partly in scaffolding and there were rather a lot of visitors. So just a few pics:


#1 St Oran's chapel and the abbey in the background


#2 entrance to St Oran's chapel


#3 St Oran's chapel


#4 view from Dun I

Here is the full portfolio: http://www.fotografiewimvanvelzen.nl/sco/iona.htm
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2013, 09:04:31 AM »

What a great place, Wim. I like the cross in the door.
Have you considered using gentle HDR to capture more structure in the skies?

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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2013, 01:47:11 AM »

Some very good work - thanks for sharing them!

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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2013, 11:07:52 AM »

Wim... every time you share your destinations I want to be you...foolish I know, but the affinity I feel for the places you seek out leaves me in envy. This time it was especially Mull for its anatomy and Iona for its architectural history. Ienjoy seeing what has drawn you...

each time it also makes me wonder if you ever came across a book authored by Dirk Vanden Hoorn...My copy appears to have taken a walk away from my small library, and your photography continually reminds me of the margins in your country...for the sense of place. If my memory serves Dirk combined drawings of old with realities of the present (which would have been c. 1980's). Do you investigate with your camera along the water at home, or is it no longer possible?

Always a pleasure to travel with you.
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That crucifix is vision to the outside through a back wall or door?
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2013, 01:09:44 PM »

What a great place, Wim. I like the cross in the door.
Have you considered using gentle HDR to capture more structure in the skies?

Thanks for your comment! I do occasionaly give hdr a try but am notbreally satisfied, like here: http://www.fotografiewimvanvelzen.nl/sco/glencoe201233.htm.

Is it appropiate you feel for the first or on the last picture or both?
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2013, 01:16:25 PM »

Wim... every time you share your destinations I want to be you...foolish I know, but the affinity I feel for the places you seek out leaves me in envy. This time it was especially Mull for its anatomy and Iona for its architectural history. Ienjoy seeing what has drawn you...

each time it also makes me wonder if you ever came across a book authored by Dirk Vanden Hoorn...My copy appears to have taken a walk away from my small library, and your photography continually reminds me of the margins in your country...for the sense of place. If my memory serves Dirk combined drawings of old with realities of the present (which would have been c. 1980's). Do you investigate with your camera along the water at home, or is it no longer possible?

Always a pleasure to travel with you.


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That crucifix is vision to the outside through a back wall or door?

Thanks for your comments Patricia! I will look into Dirk van den Hoorn - do you happen to have the actual title?
I have always been very interested in history and cultural differences; I also love being outdoors and get an understanding of the ecology of places.
In landscape photography it all comes together: every scene has several layers like geology, biology, history; colour, form, composition; emotional reponse and significance.
In that respect Scotland is a great country for this kind of photography.

The crucifix could be seen through the open chapel door. As the only metal object, it stands out in the dark chapel.
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2013, 03:23:00 PM »

Thanks for your comment! I do occasionaly give hdr a try but am notbreally satisfied, like here: http://www.fotografiewimvanvelzen.nl/sco/glencoe201233.htm.

Is it appropiate you feel for the first or on the last picture or both?

Both.
I like the Glencoe shot too. My suggestion for that one would be to darken the sky slightly.

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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2013, 05:27:22 PM »

Dirk van den Hoorn - do you happen to have the actual title?


Wim, The pair has been located! In the studio tucked safely in between the Steidl/ Berenice Abbott volumes 1 & 2. The original is the Jac P. Thijsse, Heet Naarder Meer, 1912. Dirk's companion piece, Behoud Het Naarder-Meer, 1980. (D.A.C. van den Hoorn and fotografie, Evert Boeve.)

Leafing through them now I see why your sense of place brought them to mind after all these years,... zijn unieke landschap...
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2013, 02:25:49 AM »

Thanks a lot! Jac Thijsse is the father of Dutch nature conservation. His books and photographs convinced a lot of people that the cultural landscapes of the Netherlands are beautiful in their own right and that they should be preserved.
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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2013, 09:53:52 PM »


The crucifix could be seen through the open chapel door. As the only metal object, it stands out in the dark chapel.

Celtic Cross.

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