Aug 8 2011

The Yellow Door in Tokaj

Some small details of a yellow door in Tokaj, Hungary.

Sep 16 2010

Byl jednou jeden zámek

Translation from Czech: Once upon a time there was a castle

Aug 23 2010

Radio Kootwijk

Radio Kootwijk is a radio facility built in 1918 in order to keep Holland in contact with its colony of the Dutch East Indies.  The housing facilties needed for its employees resulted in a small village sharing the same name.

Radio Kootwijk is situated at the Veluwe which was, at the time that the complex was built, an area with a low population density, making it ideal for such a radio facility. In order to improve the efficiency of the transmitter, a large area of the heather and forrest around the complex was flattened.

In 1923 the Dutch PTT (Post, Telegrafie en Telefonie) started a transoceanic telegraphy connection, using a longwave transmitter which was situated in Building A. This large concrete building, designed by Joris Luthman, was inspired by an Egyptian Sphynx, but it was later nicknamed “The Cathedral” (at the time, this caused some consternation with the rather religious locals).

In 1925 the longwave transmitter was replaced by a shortwave version and in 1928 a radio-telephonic connection was established between Holland and the Dutch East Indies. At the time a three minute phonecall would cost about 30 Dutch guilders (12-15 euros).

With the arrival of new communication techniques like satellites, Radio Kootwijk lost its of role wireless connection point and in 1980 the last transmission mast was blown up.

“The Cathedral”or Building A is now an official monument.

Aug 22 2010

Lege kerken

Jul 21 2010

Rotterdam ST

Jan 10 2010

Urban Mountains

Urban Mountains

Oct 1 2009

il poggio di casanova

Italian for: “Casanova’s Hill”

il poggio di Casanova

Jul 30 2009

Blue skies in the suburbs

Just a sunny and cloudless day in the suburbs

blue skies in the suburbs

Jul 15 2009

Holy Fish

I own a fisheye lens for about 5 years now and I absolutely love it.  It is small and neat and easy to carry with you.

Of course, this is not what makes a fisheye lens special…It’s this: normal rectalinear lenses disfigure curved lines. Fisheye lenses disfigure straight lines, but treat curved ones gently. Also, a fisheye has a viewing angle of at least 180 degrees, which is very useful in large and spacious buildings.

So, large buildings with lots of arches. That sounds a lot like a church, doesn’t it?  Indeed it does. It’s in these places where a fisheye lens feels like a fish in holy water.

Anyway…see for yourself.

St. Piedro, Roma