This week we were joined by my good friends Hans van der Boom and Denise Gielen from the Netherlands. Denise began the evening by showing us some of her macro, wildlife and drone photography, including some stunningly beautiful kingfisher images and cleverly framed drone shots of colourful tulip fields. Some of Denise’s wildlife shots were taken in Oostvaardersplassen, a park in Flevoland made from reclaimed land, and Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, a national park and nature reserve on the west coast. Hans enjoys travel photography and showed us a selection of photographs he had taken on travels throughout the world. Hans finished his introduction with some cleverly-constructed indoor studio shots.
The Hans and Denise took us on a photographic tour of the Netherlands, showing us less visited places where we can experience Dutch scenery without being swamped by tourists. Amsterdam is crowded with visitors each year, but Hans showed us the following less crowded towns which are similar to Amsterdam. Click the links for more information:
- Bruge: Now part of Belgium, the town used to be part of the Netherlands and is still very Dutch in appearance.
- Hertogenbosch: Hans recommends the bus tour around one of the oldest medieval cities in the Netherlands.
- Delft: A lovely town famous for its blue and white pottery.
- Haarlem: A medieval city close to Amsterdam.
- Giethoorn: A town within a national park full of beautiful canals, landscapes and cottages.
When tourists visit the Netherlands they also want to see windmills, and Hans and Denise showed us some of the more photogenic windmill sites. For example:
But the Netherlands has more impressive structures than just windmills. Hans showed us the impressive architecture within the city of Rotterdam, and Denise showed us beautiful long exposure shots of the Ketelbrug in Flevoland and Hans his dramatic image of the Zeeland Bridge, the longest bridge in the Netherlands. You can also see some of the most iconic structures in the world in miniature in the Madurodam model village.
Of course, a visit to the Netherlands would not be complete without a visit to the impressively colourful tulip fields. The most famous of the tulip displays can be seen between March and May every year at the Keukenhof Gardens near Lisse. An even bigger and rarer event is the Floriade exhibition, which is coming to Amsterdam in 2022.
After Hans and Denise had finished, Mike Clark showed them some of his impressive underwater shots. Denise’s husband Niels photographs farming machinery for Agrifoto, an agricultural photography site, so Steven Beard finished with a selection of photographs from the Royal Highland Show.
Thank you very much to Hans and Denise for entertaining us, showing that with Zoom we can reach out to other clubs and photographers around the world.