The problems I had with my equipment are almost solved. In November I slipped on a wet rock at Etive River. This resulted in a minor problem with my Canon 5DII body and a total loss of the 24-70mm and two of my most important LEE filters, a 0.6 hard grad and a 0.6 neutral density filter. For the 24-70mm I bought a replacement 16-35mm lens. The LEE filters and an adaptor ring are ordered but not currently in stock at my supplier. This could take some time before they are available.
To test the 16-35mm and pick up photography again after nearly two months, my colleague photographer Jan Vink and I planned a trip to the northern provinces of Holland, Friesland and Groningen, a two hours’ drive from where we live. On the border of these two provinces there is a National Park called Lauwersmeer. It’s a wetland area formerly open to the sea but now protected by a sea barrier and gradually turning from salt water to fresh water. The area is attracting a lot of birdlife which can be observed from a series of bird watch sheds.
The weather was grey and colorless and the photo opportunities were petty. We saw a lot of goose flying in the characteristic V-formation but all far away, out of reach of the 16-35mm anyway. So we tried our luck on the coast near Moddergat and in the harbor of Lauwersoog. Instead of landscapes we tried some details on the characteristic wooden fences on the wetlands and fishing nets and boats in the harbor. The best shot of the day was also the last shot I made that day. A line of fishing boats in the blue hour after sunset. A panoramic shot seemed the best option to me. The sky and the water are a bit too much empty spaces to my taste.