A while ago I went to the Amsterdamse Bos to photograph an Harpist. It was one of the most amazing assignments that I had! Not only Victoria Davies is an excelent player but also an super-lovely person. See here facebook page here.
It was one quiet early-autumn afternoon in Amsterdam. It has reained before, so the trees and grass were vivid (and moist). When we got in the forest, there was a lovely sunshine. All perfect for a great session.
When we got into the location chosen by her and she unpacked the harp, I knew that it would be one-in-a-life experience. I've never seen a harp in person before. It's an absolutely amazing instrument. People stopped walking and were waiting for her to play.
And then she started. It was like being in another dimension. All the scenery, the music, the sun coming through the leaves. I felt I was in a happy-end of a fairy tale. I had to photograph her but, honestly, all I wanted was to hear that music...

As the summer is kicking in and the weather is getting warm, the lavender bushes are flowering up. Everywhere here in Haarlem and surroundings, you can find a bunch of gorgeous lavender bushes (they are never alone! ๐Ÿ˜€ )
For the sake of another hay fever crises, I went out for some photos. And totally worth it. Have you seen a lavender flower? They have tiny faces!
You can see the results below, while I rest in bed with my allergy medicines...

A long time ago, I've decided to adventure in the world of writing and photographing (or was the other way around?). But the universe had other plans instead: I got a new job, had a baby, moved a few times: house, city, country - you name it.
During this time, the photos were pilling up and getting hidden from the world. The writing dream was left at a side. After the last move, the urge of writing became more intense. But I still didn't know about what to write and how to combine my two passions. I didn't want another travel or local blog - I don't travel that much and there's plenty of good local blogs here in Netherlands.
One day, I was there, trying to convince my son to sleep, and in the middle of a nursery song, all became clear. I should write about what I like most: photography. Many of my friends asks me how to photograph this or that, how to use the camera, to control the light, then why not write about that?
This is how Fotaria by Dani was born. Here, along with the tips, how to's and behind the scenes, you are going to see a lot of products, macros and abstract photography. Landscapes, nature and people will have their place too. And, of course, my favorite, flowers in all shapes, colors and perfums. From the tiniest detail to the whole tree.

And as a taste, I've added a closeup shot of a lavender flower. The current blooming flower in the Netherlands. Camera settings: Canon 6D, ISO 125, 85mm, f/3.2, 1/320 sec

Hope you enjoy it!

Fotaria by Dani

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