Wim van Velzen photography


December the 30 th 2013
Last Spring we visited Wales for the first time. We camped near Betws-y-Coed and Snowdonia in the North-West. Here are the three portfolios:

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January the 2nd 2013
A very happy new year to you all!

This month I will at last post the photographs I have made last Summer. I started with 3 photos taken in England and a Scottish mainland portfolio: Glen Coe, Glen Etive and Rannoch Moor.
       Alston   Glen Coe, Glen Etive and Rannoch Moor

More to come: Mull and Iona; Sunart!

December the 23rd 2012
Summer 2012 we revisited the Isle of Mull and nearby Sunart on the Scottish mainland.


On this holiday trip we used the cute and tiny Pentax Q camera. Click on the image for loads of pictures and a few words.

November the 30th 2011
Summer 2011 we made a trip through the Engelish Lake District and Scottish Galloway to Irish Antrim and Donegal.

       Cumbria: Buttermere Cumbria: Borrowdale Galloway: the Machars peninsula

             Antrim: the Giant Antrim: White Park Bay Antrim: Kinbane and Murlough

Donegal: Slieve League and around Donegal: Rosbeg peninsula Donegal: the Rosses and Cruit Island Donegal: Inishowen and inland areas

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November the 8th 2010
Last Summer we visited beautiful Norway - a festival of Fjords, Fjells and Fossen.

around Lustrafjorden around Jostedalbreen some images from Buskerud and Aust-Agder
Dovrefjell and Rondane Jotunheimen and some Stave Churches Eidfjorden and Simadalen Hardangervidda and Vøringfossen Hjølmodalen

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January the 12th 2010
Luxembourg, East of Berdorf Luxembourg, West of Berdorf Luxembourg, Müllerthal
We spent the Christmas days in Luxembourg.
Snow and beautiful walks through the forest and limestone canyons of 'little Switzerland' near Berdorf.

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December the 16th 2009



Our visit to Orkney and its many islands was delightful.
Stromness Lots of things to see and do within a great natural setting
of many islands, prehistoric spots and endless coastlines.

Mainland: Brogar etc.

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December the 6th 2009
Duncansby Head Dunnet Head and Auckengill

On our way the islands of Orkney we stayed for a while in Caithness, the most northern part of the British mainland. Gorgeous stacs, a rough sea and splendid views over Orkney. And an unbelievable sunrise.

a glorious sunrise John o

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November the 29th 2009
Borders: Manor Valley Fife: Crail and around

Summer 2009 we visited northern Scotland with the islands of Orkney as our final destination. Here the photos of the areas we crossed to get there. Soon more to follow!

Easter Ross East Sutherland

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April the 27th 2009
Brittany: Cap Fréhel Brittany: city of Dinan

As promised two days ago - here are the Summer 2008 Brittany (Bretagne) portfolios!

Brittany: Huelgoat and le Fôret de Cranou Brittany: Monts d Brittany: the Crozon peninsula

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April the 25th 2009
Normandy: Calvados Normandy: Rouaan en Bayeux Normandy: le Mont-st-Michel
Summer 2008 we visited Normandy and Brittany. It took a while to present the photographs here, but here are the Norman ones - the Brittans will be there soon!

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June the 28th 2008
Argyll: Glen Feochan and Kilninver Argyll: around Loch Melfort Argyll: from Kilmartin to Inveraray
We visited not only the Slate Islands, but the adjacent mainland as well, roughly the triangle Oban - Kilmartin - Inverarary. We also made one longer trip, to Glen Coe and Glen Etive (you know, that one day that started fine with sunshine, but from around noon we just had rain and rain).

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I added some photographs to the Rannoch Moor and Glen Etive portfolios:

Glen Etive Rannoch Moor

June the 20th 2008
Argyll: Seil - the South-East Argyll: Seil - Dunmor
In April and May we stayed as an extended family, my parents and the four of us, on the Slate Islands, a group of small islands between mainland Argyll and the Isle of Mull.
Once famous for their slate industry, now they offer peace, quite and tremendous vistas. Not surprisingly we stayed most days nearby. Not surprisingly too a lot of the pictures in the portfolios are made from the same points - but the light constantly changes!

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Argyll: Seil - the  North Argyll: Seil - Ellenabeich Argyll: Easdale Argyll: Luing
Within a few days I´ll put some more portfolios online from Argyll´s mainland.

April the 2nd 2008
In April - June 2008 the Stichting Kunst en Erfgoed Rivierenland (the Art and Heritage of Riverland Foundation) organizes in 9 museums a 'Manifestatie' around the theme 'Waterrijk'- realm of water, or richness of water.
The Gorcums Museum participates with an exhibition of 9 artist around the theme 'riverland in images'.
6 photographs of mine are shown from the Riverland - from Maurik to Ameide.

November the 19th 2007
Eifel, Habscheid Eifel, windmolens Eifel overig

During the Autumn leaf we were a few days in the Eifel, quite near the place where Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg meet.
All photos shown here were shot during these three and a half days. Let no one doubt my diligence... (you decide about the success, of course).

Ardennen, België Ardennen, Luxembourg

November the 14th 2007
Fyn: Faaborg Fyn: Egebjerg Fyn: Broby and Svanninge Bakker

After our stay in Scotland in Spring, we decided to do something different with our one week leaf in August: go to Legoland and have a look at Denmark while there. We spend a couple of days in the Haderlev area, Jylland and some more near Faaborg on the lovely island of Fyn.
I´ll spare you the photos of Legoland - just the usual ´family in front of the whatever´ pictures. I do show you lots of rural landscapes.

Jylland, Ribe Jylland, Hejlsminde Jylland, around Haderslev The scenery is never spectacular, as e.g. in Scotland. But it is lovely at most times and for me as a photographer a challenge because good pictures were not that obvious. Quite rare for me, I did some street photography in Ribe and Faaborg as well. I hope you enjoy!

[ For the ones who want to know: the Faaborg and the Ribe portfolio were shot with a dSLR and the others with my Rollei and digital back ]

July the 15th 2007
Arisaig East Arisaig West Morar
The last days of April and the first of May we as a family stayed in a cottage near Borrodale House, a few miles from Arisaig.
A fine part of Scotland in Spring: beautiful subtle green leafs, many flowers and bright sunshine.

So I present you the pictures of a week with great weather for a family holiday, but with some challenges for photography! Especially on the isles of Eigg and Rum, which we could only visit around noon.
Nevertheless, a series I greatly enjoy looking at.
Eigg Rum Moidart Ardnamurchan

June the 24th 2007
Glen Coe Glen Etive Lochaber
After my February 2007 visit to the Glencoe area we headed for Scotland again the last days of April and the first ones of May. We spent a couple of days in the Fort William area.
I added a lot of pictures to the Etive, Glen Coe and Lochaber portfolios.

I expect to post the other portfolios, from our week in Arisaig, soon.

April the 9th 2007
Cairn Gorm
Last year I slowly adapted to the idea of having a entirely digital workflow. In October I purchased a digital back.
In a back to the future, new ways in my landscape photography I muse about digital landscape photography; in the second part I describe my first experiences in the field, during a trip to Scotland.

April the 6th 2007
Rannoch Moor and Glen Etive Glen Coe Lochaber Loch Lomond
February 2007 I visited Scotland again, for the first time working with a digital back instead of slides. So, no more squares, but rectangles and numerous panoramas!
The digital set-up worked like a charm, but more on that later. For now, enjoy the light and colours of a mild Scottish Winter.
Appin Lismore Moidart and Sunart Grampians

December the 8th 2006
Applecross Torridon and Gairloch Gruinard and Dundonell
Three new Scottish portfolios, all from Wester Ross: Applecross, Torridon and Gairloch and Gruinard and Dundonell. Many distant isles, panoramas ... and cows!

December the 4th 2006
Two new Scottish portfolios: Breadalbane, around Loch Tay and the Grampians.

November the 28th 2006
Two weeks ago I published the technical comments on last Summer's Scotland photography, now I put the tale of this trip on the web: "Mustn't grumble".
Enjoyable reading for those who love Scotland! (And for everyone who ever experienced tiresome holidays...)

November the 11th 2006
Now online: 'keeping the books', reviewing the results of a two weeks landscape shoot - 2006: did I reach my targets, did I have the appropriate gear and film, which lenses were used most etc etc.

October the 23rd
For more than a year some work of mine is used in the Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen - but on a place you'd rather not be...

From October the 17th till November the 27th four landscape photographs of mine are shown in the central hall of the same hospital - for everyone to see!

June the 14th and 16th 2006
5 new Dutch portfolios! With these series I finally put the photographs of my own surroundings on my site.
And there is room left for more images... Leersumse Veld Amerongse Bos rondom Renswoude rondom Langbroek

June the 10th 2006
Two new Dutch portfolios: Betuwe, a beautiful morning in May and central Drente, moors, meadows, farmhouses and canals.

April the 28th 2006
A series of wintery scenes is added to the Gelderse Vallei portfolio!

April the 15th 2006
A new Dutch portfolio:
South East Friesland
West Drente
North East Drente

Some more Dutch portfolios are soon to follow!

March the 22nd 2006
Because this site is growing in a steady pace, I added a sitemap to this site. I hope this helps you as a visitor to find your way around here!
I also added links to the portrait page, which I hope to construct within a few weeks. Please have a bit of patience!

March the 17th 2006

A lot of new photographs are added to the wedding portfolios black&white, registry office, groups, at home and party.
[ At this moment these portfolios can only be viewed on the Dutch pages - you are linked to those automatically ]

December the 13th 2005
After I got the DIPP qualification I finally managed to put the tale of this Summer's holidays on the web: "You must have a good marriage".
Enjoyable reading for those who love Scotland!

November the 14th 2005
Wim van Velzen gets the Dutch Institute of Professional Photography licentiateship. An international jury ... (read more and view all 10 judged photographs!)

Oktober the 4th 2005
Actually it was already finished weeks ago, but now online: 'keeping the books', an account of the Scotland 2005 trip: did I reach my targets, did I have the appropriate gear and film, which lenses were used most etc etc.

September the 28th 2005
I added the Skye and Lochalsh portfolios - all of the 2005 Scottish portfolios are done now!

Skye and Lochalsh

September the 2nd 2005
Both Harris portfolios are now on-line:
Harris: the West
Harris: the North and East

August the 19th 2005
Both Lewis portfolios are now on-line:
Lewis: Uig and Bernera
Lewis: the North and East

August the 17th 2005
In July we visited Scotland again. This is the first new portfolio: the Great Glen. The Lewis, Harris, Skye and Lochalsh portfolios are coming soon!
I also added a few new pictures to the Sutherland portfolio.

From now on all new images will be 600x600 instead of the 425x425 size.

November the 28th 2004
A new Dutch landscape portfolio: Sprielder and Speulder forest
A few images were added to the Along the river Lek: from Maurik to Ameide portfolio.

September 2004: a lengthy article about the basics of photographic technique. Metering the licht, exposing, colour temperature, focusing - and a couple of exemples from real life!

July 2004 we moved from Katwijk aan den Rijn to Veenendaal, in the middle of the country between Utrecht and Arnhem. Now I fully understand why moving ranks high on the list of stressful life events. Anyway, we succeeded and are now back on full speed, with even more space for photography.
From Veenendaal it will be even easier to work throughout the country as it was from Katwijk.

May the 7th 2004 I split the original rivers and polders portfolio in two, after adding a lot of recent work.

The two parts are: the Krimpenerwaard and the Lopikerwaard and from Maurik to Ameide.

May the firth 2004: the site is given a new design!

The information about wedding reportage and landscape & nature is divided into several smaller pages.
The solemn black background is changed into a stylish grey!

27 February 2004: 2 new Dutch landscape portfolios:

15 februari: 3 new landscape portfolios with December 2003 photographs

January the 28th 2004 I added an account of a winter trip to Scotland to the site.

I also wrote an article with general information on travelling in Scotland, based on my own experiences and preferences. How to travel, where to sleep and eat, public facilities (including the weather) and so forth.

December the 30th 2003: a novum! Some of Dirk Funhoff's pictures of Scottish Wildlife are added to this site.

This summer we happened to visit the same island: Lunga, one of the Treshnish Isles. I feel his pictures are a very good addition to the covering of Scotland's beauty on this site.

December the 3rd 2003 I added an introduction to medium format:

November the 15th 2003 a new article is added to the landscape photography series:

September the 22nd 2003 I added some new portfolios and added to many others.

August the 16th 2003 I published some losely related articles:

July the 10th the black&white and sepia wedding-portfolios are updated.

July the 10th 2003: release of a two articles:

April the 12th 2003: I added some new photos to the rivers & polders landscape portfolio.

April the 4th 2003: I made a new landscape portfolio Veluwe and Heuvelrug, Dutch areas of forest and heather.
I added some photos to the Gelderse Vallei portfolio as well.

March 2003 I added some articles about landscape and landscape photography.

March the 8th 2003 I made an update to my Rollei 6008 review. I also show my first serious landscape done with this camera.

Recently I bought a Rollei 6008 and some lenses to replace my Bronica EC system.
For those who are interested in the tools of photography I put my first experiences in an article: Rollei 6008, the adventures of an enthousiastic Bronica EC user.

Since November the 8 th contains a lot of information as well as photographs of Scotland and Ireland!

I added an article about the landscapes of these countries: created by man and nature.

At the bottom of the various landscape portfolios I put some personal impressions of the areas.

In order to present all information in a clear way, I made a page with the survey of articles on this site.

October the 26th parts of the wedding-portfolios are updated.

September the 17th 2002 7 new landscape portfolios were added to the site! 6 Irish portfolios and one from Wales. All there for you to enjoy!

And some of the best are published in 850x850!

June the 14th Wim van Velzen photography made a documentary on the celebration of the first lustrum of Collis, a renowned and innovating Dutch IT company.

A documentary for your company or event? Inquire information or quotation!

Edition 3/2002 of Camera Magazine, the leading Dutch photography magazine, has a feature of mine on Scotland. Camera Magazine is for sale in most Dutch book shops.
The article is now available on this site - and most photographs can be seen in 850x850 size as well!