Normally I roll my eyes when people say things like, wow, summer really flew by fast and I can't believe it's already September. But this year, my head got left behind somewhere in May and I feel like summer hasn't even started yet. These past few months I've been busy with so many things, but hanging out on this website obviously wasn't one of them. Behind the scenes, though, I've been working on some new skills and new projects. And there was some travel and other fun things. Let's have a small update!
For months (even years?) of going back and forth between wanting to stay loyal to my trusty Canon 400D and lusting after all the new gadgets and fancy tricks of recently released cameras, I finally went for it and got a shiny new Canon 70d. And I'm so glad I did. It's not just that I clearly see an improvement in the pictures that I take, but I also rediscovered my passion for photography. It's really openend my eyes to new styles of photography and finding different ways to be creative.
Oh, and I went all overboard and got a macro lens (Canon 100mm 2.8F) as well. New obsession! Apart from taking about two thousand pictures of flowers, insects and cat noses I also used this lens for photographing some new projects. Here's a preview!
At the start of this year, I took a sewing course so I could finally find out of I liked sewing or not. I've always wanted to learn how to make my own bags, but somehow sewing machines and I never were the best of friends. Well, we're definitely on speaking terms now and getting more and more acquainted! More on that later.
Having a small garden and stuffing it with edibles really paid off this year. And there were fresh cookies!
Earlier this year we went to Istanbul for a couple of days. I'd never been there or to Turkey so I got to add a new country to my list! The city was lovely but I wouldn't recommend going there in March- it was freezing cold. And that means something, coming from a Dutchie.
Our own little island of Vlieland!
Even more travel: a few days of Copenhagen. Lovely weather and lovely city! The boat tour was great: just sitting in the sun, taking in the highlights and the regular city life.
Then there was this day when I photographed 60 dogs. Jup, 60. That was a challenge. More on that later as well!
And last but not least, last week we took a trip to the zoo. Artis, to be more exact, which is supposedly one of the best zoos in Europe. I haven't been to a zoo in years because I'm not that fond of locked up animals. However, I do see that zoos and other wildlife parks are contributing to widlife preservation. And it offered a nice chance to put some newly-learned photography skills into practice.