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zondag 15 januari 2017

Spring-tide on Friday the 13th...




Hearing the weather forecast for the 13th of January 2017, the storm Dieter is on it's way and the worst spring-tide of the last 50 years will happen, I decide to take the day off and head for the Belgian Coast to witness and photograph this storm. Coastal towns are preparing themselves with seawalls and sandbags to limit the damages that will be caused by the seawater. The Governor of West-Vlaanderen himself urges the population not to come to the seaside and there will be an interdiction to be on the sea-dike and beaches.
On the last moment the wind changed direction and thus preventing the waves to hit the coastal line straight on. The spectacular spring-tide did not happen on Friday the 13th but I stayed there and still took some nice pictures of a stormy day on the seaside...
Gear I used this time was the Fujifilm X-E1 and the Fujinon XF 18-55mm.

Ostend is ready ...



Television crews are taking in their positions ...





And then the wind turned ...






Strong wind but not what was expected ...




And everybody left the place ...


Now I know what these ugly things have for use ... shelters against the wind


Some final views ...




zaterdag 7 januari 2017

Only the décor remains, former Belgian military camp in NRW part 2 : Camp H


The second place I visited was another former Belgian military camp, also known in the Urbex community as Camp H. Build in 1946 (?) and left behind in the early '90s there is not much left than decay and rubble.
As usual Fujifilm X-E1, the XF14mm, a tripod and for some pictures ( cellblock and theatre ) an offcamera flash ( Nikon SB700).














vrijdag 6 januari 2017

Only the décor remains, former Belgian military camp in NRW part 1


To end 2016 I finally visited 2 former Belgian military camps in NRW (Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany).
This camp was in use from 1948 till 1995 and is sadly totally trashed. A part of the camp has already been reconversed for some firms but a great part still remains abandoned ...
Shot with the Fujifilm X-E1, the XF14mm and a Nikon SB700.












woensdag 28 december 2016

Only the décor remains, Manheim ...




After Borschemich and Immerath the third place I visited was Manhein. This village has to go since Tagebau Hambach has to expand. Here I was struck by the fact that a lot of the houses are rather recent and not just a bunch of old and worn out houses.

There are still villagers that have not moved yet and a group of refugees has been relocated in some of the empty houses. The refugees I saw lingering around, in pairs, were mostly men aged around 20-30 years. Of the 30 I saw on the streets only two were women. Something to reflect on...

Anyhow, I'm used to derelict places that are worn out, but walking around streets with "abandoned" recent houses gave me a strange feeling. You will see what I mean when looking at the pictures.
Even the Bundesautobahn 4 has to be partially "umgesiedelt" ...

As for the gear used, only the Fuji X-E1 and the XF14mm, as usual.