Dog training nights in The Hague

Small, midsize and big dogs and their bosses all get together to be trained an hour a week to ensure well-behaving dogs. Your little puppy might be the sweetest thing but if not well educated it may rule the house before you know it. They learn to sit, lie down and walk right next to you. And you learn that no dog will be well-behaved if you are not as consistent as you can be with your pet friend. It was really nice to see how eager the dogs were to do as told, even if things didn’t always go right. And after a number of weeks, the dog (and of course its owner) receives a certificate and moves on to the next training. A bit of patience is required, because each dog takes its turn and receives a lot of individual attention. Until the next lesson, there is a lot of repeating the tricks you were taught.

Developing Your Eye II, Day Seven: “Glass”

Today’s challenge: Experimenting with glass can create multi-layered and unpredictable shots. Incorporate a form of glass — a window, a mirror, a wine glass, sunglasses, or something else — in today’s image.

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ISO 400, 18 mm, f/5,6, 1/60 sec

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ISO 200, 18 mm, f/5,6, 1/60 sec

The small building was first constructed as a garage for a big American car, owned by the first inhabitant of the penthouse on the top (fifth) floor of the Nirwana apartment building, constructed between 1926 and 1929. It then became a gas station and now it is a beauty salon.

Developing Your Eye II, Day Five: “Moment”

Think about the fleeting moments you experience each day — from a moment with your child to a commute through the subway among strangers. What moment will you share with us?

Today’s Tip: Movement is a great way to convey time and fleetingness. Play with motion and achieve varied results by turning your flash off. Or using a tripod to keep your camera steady. Or panning your camera across your scene while following a moving subject.

My daughter at the hairdresser’s today. ISO 1600, 28.9 mm, f/4.5, 1/30 sec.

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Developing Your Eye II, Day Two: “Mystery”

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Today, share an image that creates a sense of mystery. A lone mitten on the sidewalk. A trail leading off into the distance. A creaky door, left open. Intrigue us.

Here is some additional information about today’s photo: http://bunkersite.com/locations/holland/z-holland/denhaag/arend.php

ISO 400, 27 mm, f/5,6, 1/60 sec

Tour de La Haye

We have been back in The Hague for almost four months now. Time to show something. Thanks to a photo workshop organised by Ruud & Ruud we got to go inside chapels and churches that you would not know existed. It started with a historical overview of the neighbourhood we were about to visit and then off we went. If you would like to visit The Hague, you can find more information here: http://denhaag.com/en. This post features details of the Old Catholic Church of St Augustine in the Juffrouw Idastraat and the chapel in the Willibrordus house close by.