Last Saturday Jan and I decided to meet again for a small photo trip in the morning. We decided to try the former island Marken to see what winter had in mind for us. As often lately we had grey weather but this time we also had to deal with a strong wind of 6 bft. Combined with sub-zero temperatures this meant a harsh hike around Marken. The length of the hike is 9km so we clothed ourselves in multi layers and covered our heads with head wear. We parked our car in Marken town at 7:45hrs when first light emerged on the horizon. We set out on our walk and immediately noticed it would be hard. The strong head wind slowed our speed over the sea dike towards the lighthouse. By the time we reached our goal the sun was already above the horizon but was not visible because of the overcast sky. We started making photo's which was not easy due to the strong wind. Some of the shots I took were blurred. One shot made it through the selection. The foreground is frozen spray water that built 10cm diameter boulders, a weird thing to see. The waves crushed on the small beach in front of me. I tried to protect the equipment from spray water and managed to do so.
Back to the car we passed the small community of Rozenwerf, very idyllic but just not enough snow to take a picture. My fingers were numb anyway so could not use the camera in a reasonable way. The wind knocked us from our feet so we picked up our pace back to the car where we brew ourselves a nice cup of coffee. Definitely a location to come back to in better circumstances.
The image was taken with the 16-35mm f/2.8 lens at 35mm, Iso 100, f/11, 1 sec exposure one stop over exposed. A LEE 0.6 hard grade filter for the sky and processed in Lightroom 4 / Nik Viveza.