Picture of the Day - October 19, 2009
Early morning skaters at Kinderdijk, Holland
|Photo courtesy of
Jeroen van Daal.
(Click on the photo for a larger view)
As a youngster I enjoyed reading about faraway places and different
cultures, and some of my favorite books introduced me to the rich
history and traditions of Holland. Back then I was quite intrigued
by the windmills that dotted the Dutch countryside and how kids of
all ages could skate on a plethora of frozen waterways during the
winter. I guess that's what drew me to today's picture.
Photographer Jeroen van Daal captured this beautiful image of a
group of ice skaters zipping past a number of windmills, creating a
photograph that depicts both of my most vivid childhood "visions" of
life in Holland. What a great picture!
Here is Mr. van Daal's story behind the image:
"This photo was taken on a perfect day at Kinderdijk, one of the
Here are the camera and settings used:
main touristic areas of the Netherlands. On an early morning the
first skaters were spotted on the ice. Just at the time they
by, at 9:11AM, the sun emerged from behind the clouds.
I had the
shot and composition already prepared and quickly
acted when they
skated under the bridge where I stood. By using
an ultra-wide angle
lens, I was able to also capture the magnificent
--Jeroen van Daal
Camera: Canon EOS 30D
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Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Focal length: 10mm
Shutter speed: 1/80 second
Name: Brenda Norton
Town: Wichita Falls, TX
I've seen scenes just like this while visiting Holland. OUTSTANDING
JOB on this photograph Mr. van Daal!
Town: Spokane, WA
Excellent photo Mr. van Daal!! Your photo takes my mind back many
years ago to when I was a kid and the movie, "Hans Brinker and the
Silver Skates" was played for a church social. It was a really good
movie as I remember and I have not thought about it for years.
Pretty interesting what just a single photograph will bring to mind.
Thanks for the memories and the great photo!
Name: Ed Morrison
Town: Dunwoody, GA
Wonderful image, both for its beauty and the history it represents.
Name: Phyllis Helton
Town: Bristol, VA
I also have always been taken with Holland. Great photo.
Town: Gatlinburg, TN
Mr. van Daal, your preparation coincided with a perfect moment here.
This is a stunning capture, and by now Iím sure you realize it
strikes a real chord with those of us whose primary familiarity with
your lovely country is through itís iconic windmills and folklore.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful image with us.
Town: Buffalo, NY
Jeroen van Daal captured an amazing image here. Seems as though you
could see on to forever across this countryside. The colors are
amazing and the action so real. A great photo that makes me want to
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