Koen Vereeken

Diamond Head

by on Dec.16, 2012, under Blogroll, Generic, Photography, Trips

Once we arrived on top of the rim of this crater, we were soaked in sweat. The view was beautiful: Waikiki at the shore, Honolulu on the right.

The light intensity on this spot was so high, it burned your eyes if you didn’t wear sunglasses. I’ve had to apply some photoshop magic to decrease exposure.

View on Diamond Head

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Bryant Park

by on Dec.08, 2012, under Blogroll, Citytrip, Photography, Trips

This small park near the NY Public Library was a nice place to relax. Surrounded by skyscrapers and noisy engines, you can sit back and enjoy a book or drink. All though it was a bit cloudy that day, we really enjoyed it.

Bryant Park

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Beach sunset at the North Shore, Oahu

by on Dec.04, 2012, under Blogroll, Photography, Trips

We’ve spent some time searching for this place, all though it was not difficult to find (Kamehameha Highway is not a little avenue!) .. If I remember correctly it is located in Haleiwa, Oahu at the North Shore.
The sunset was incredible, waves were amazing.. it was a nice evening!

Beach sunset at the North Sore, Oahu

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The High Line – NY

by on Dec.01, 2012, under Blogroll, Citytrip, Photography, Trips

On our day trip to SoHo we walked on the High Line, a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.
The photo below says it all.. finding a parking spot is a nightmare (and expensive) ..

Taken at The High Line

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Sea Turtles

by on Nov.27, 2012, under Generic

We’ve spotted these cute turtles all across the islands of Hawai’i.

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle taking a nap..

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Hilo Scenic Drive

by on Nov.25, 2012, under Blogroll, Photography

Leaving Hilo Hawai’i northbound will lead you to a scenic drive across Onomea Bay. It was amazing. Here’s a photo taken from a bridge.

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New York Skyline

by on Nov.24, 2012, under Blogroll, Photography

A photo of the New York Skyline (incl. Freedom Tower) taken on the Staten Island Ferry.

New York Skyline

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Tilt Shift Try-out

by on Nov.20, 2012, under Blogroll, Generic, Photography

Through googling I discovered a cool technique to convert photos like in a miniature scene, where people look like little plastic dolls. It’s called the tilt-shift technique. Tilt shift lenses are very expensive, but there’s a way to accomplish the same result with a little Photoshop magic. Here are my first two try-outs.

Garden of Versailles - Tilt Shifted

Tilt-shift try-out
 

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Light Festival Ghent

by on Jan.29, 2011, under Fun, Generic, Photography

Ghent invested a lot in their lighting infrastructure over the past years. Now they want to celebrate by giving a unique atmosphere to the visitors of the light festival. Me and my girlfriend decided to spend some time walking around and enjoying the lights. We hadn’t expect it to be that cold, so it was rather limited to a short walk from ‘t Gravensteen, through the Korenmarkt, Volderstraat, Kouter, and finally the Belfort Cathedral. The Korenmarkt was in my opinion the “the icing on the cake”. Here are two pictures I took (I forgot my tripod).

Light Festival Ghent

Light Festival Ghent

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Murcia – Visiting my mother

by on Dec.12, 2010, under Citytrip, Generic, Photography, Trips

While I’m getting bored in my hotel room in Amsterdam, I might as well write a post about my latest travel experience. On this trip I’ve visited my mother, who was staying in Murcia (Spain).

The first day I’ve visited my boss and his wife, who was coincidentally also staying in the neighborhood. They prepared dinner for me and I had a pleasant staying! The next day my mother and I visited a hidden mountain lake near Alhama de Murcia. You can only see it when you go off-road, drive for about 10-15 minutes on an unpaved road, and suddenly.. it appears! During the trip, we got stuck in the mud and had to call a friend to pull us out of it. I’m not going into details here!

Look at me! Look at me! 
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Next day, my mother took me to the abandoned silver mines near El Portus, in the south of the Murcia region. The Spanish authorities had it closed – not so long ago – because they couldn’t make it work-safe. Nevertheless, these silver mines are still publicly accessible and, if you really want, you’re able to jump into a mine shaft right away (I remember, we threw a stone into the shaft and heard it hit the ground after about ~15-20 seconds, crazy stuff). I like these abandoned places, it’s nice trying to imagine how things went when there was still activity. At the last silver-mine, a road headed to a bay full of squatter huts. They belong to fishermen and locals. It’s actually very cosy, the place is loaded with seats, little tables and barbecues. They are very hospitable, you can even eat some fresh fish with them.

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We also visited Cartagena. It’s a city that lives of student activity and tourists, but I don’t get excited of it. There’s not that much you can visit. We walked on the ancient rampart of the city and passed the port. You shouldn’t stay longer than half a day here.

Also a highlight on this trip was Calblanque, a very large nature reserve. It’s a place not that dry and arid as usual in the South of Spain, lots of palm trees, rocks and small lakes, all due to the custom irrigation canals. It was also really quiet, you could walk for hours without noticing someone.

Calblanque

Calblanque

I liked it very much. I remember stepping on a dead little snake, but I assume/hope it was already dead before I stepped on it.

Calblanque

Playa Flamenca is a small maritime city with a Flemish bakery, so obviously  we had to visit it. We ordered a rice cake and a Blonde Leffe (yes here in Belgium you normally don’t order beer at the bakery, whatever).

On the last day of my trip, we went to the capital of the region, also named Murcia. It is very similar with Barcelona, but then in the South. Lots of little streets, students, small and big shops, bands and acts playing on every corner, great atmosphere! Too bad I didn’t have time to visit it again. Something for next year maybe.

When someone tells me he went on vacation to Spain, I always see the same image crossing my mind: sea, lots of tourists, very dry nature and paella. My mother managed to give me a very nice one-week tour of Murcia. This trip was a blast, and honestly I didn’t expect a single thing of it. A life lesson that counts..

You can view all pictures of this trip here: Flickr.

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