Last week me and the fam spend our Autumn holidays at Landal Miggelenberg. A perfect opportunity for us to calm down from the recent hectic times and for me to get some good photos from one of The Netherlands best part for forest photography, De Veluwe.
Despite the lack of very good landscape photography weather, the autumnal forest scenes always guarantee there’s something interesting to shoot. Landal Miggelenberg is located next to Hoenderloo, which is roughly situated in the centre of the Veluwe area. A great place to get to the good spots fast! I was pretty excited because I borrowed a drone (DJI Phantom 4 advanced) from my work and I was hoping for some decent aerial images. I was quite lucky on the frist day. The sky was overcasted throughout the biggest part of the day, but it cleared up just in time before sunset. Reason enough to give the drone a chance.
I was quite satisfied with the results from the first day, which took away most of the pressure. Besides photography, I needed to spend some quality time with the fam. So we went to visit a nearby family theme park the next day and went for a walk in the woods to look for bugs and wildlife trails. Very relaxing! On Wednesday, I was quite excited because of the promising cloud action in the afternoon. This could mean an epic sunset! Should I go for the crazy drone shot? Or maybe play it safe and just find a good location for a traditional ground shot? Either way, I needed to find an open space in order to accentuate the sky. I decided to head for Radio Kootwijk. At first, I was preparing to fly the drone until a ranger from staatsbosbeheer said it wasn’t allowed to fly a drone. Oh well, plan B. I quickly grabbed my gear together and started looking for a composition. The sky was absolutely lit.
On day four, weather conditions were predicted good; high humidity and no wind. Hopefully fog in the morning! As I rised early, I was slighty dissapointed because the predicted circumstances didn’t turn out to be that good. Still, I was photographing during my favorite season in some of the best forests The Netherlands has to offer. Could be worse I suppose.