I went out last Friday morning to assess my winter-reduced ability, and my new compulsion to bring my large format camera with me for taking boring but pleasing landscape photos.
Ability=reduced, ready for improvement.
Inconvenient, expensive, film based photography requiring a tripod=fun.
Against the wind, I went as far as I could, about 10k to a weird bridge implement that I wanted to photograph (quick digital photo):
It was sunny at that moment, so I stopped... also, by that distance I was exhausted!
I was sweating, breathing hard, swearing that someone must have tilted all the dutch roads to a terrible steep angle. And the wind! It was horrible! Look at the water in my digital photo- the ripples are from the wind, not tide or flow or anything.
For the next 30 minutes, I used 4 sheets of 4x5 film on a trio of swans foraging in a field behind the bridge. They were pretty, the sun was out, but mostly I was reluctant to get back on my bicycle. Eventually, I packed up and moved on.
After going a little further (to the path at the bottom of the hill to the sand dunes), the clouds completely covered the sky. I stopped to observe some beautiful horses...
On Saturday, it was sunny again so I cycled out to the horses, took their picture on film (which, by the way, is a great way to meet people. They all want to know what you are doing, then smile a lot when you explain, then regale you with memories of their last analog photography experiences... do we all miss film?)
I left the horses happily milling about the sunny meadow, and went on up the hill to the dunes. I wasn't nearly as tired as the day before, possibly because the wind wasn't nearly as strong.
I took a right and cycled about 6k to Katwijk. The light wasn't right for photography, but it was great for cycling. There were many, many happy cyclists (including Fiets met Friets), runners, hikers and dog walkers out on the paths.
On my way home near the Valkenburg Meer, I found a perfect knotwilg in a picturesque setting.
During my camera preparation, a curious horse appeared at the fence behind me.
He stayed in one spot and watched me the whole time.
Analog photography= great way to meet horses.