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Marga Demmers

Carpe Diem, seize the day! After having worked hard for some 47 years, I opted for retirement in order to have more time for my hobbies. Now I can indulge in taking photos, playing the clarinet, reading, blogging, working in the garden and a long list of other things without stress or feeling guilty. I love it!

So finally I am trying to find my own voice in photography reading about it, looking at photos taken by professional and amateur photographers, visiting expositions and of course taking lots of photos.

And yes, I cannot help smiling when my eye catches something worthwhile registering with my camera and I succeed in taking the picture I want, right then and there or after editing. Happy moments!

Update 1 September 2017
After having experimented will different specializations for one year and a half it turns out that I love street photography. Women, men and children are so interesting to watch and therefore I tried my hand at capturing all kinds of people in all kinds of situations. It seems that I now am hooked!

The result is a new blog dedicated exclusively to street photos:Β The Photographer Roamed the Streets… You are very welcome to go and have a look. Comments will be appreciated.

Location: Dordrecht, Netherlands.
Photo: Elly Popa.

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    • Great to meet you, Helen, and thank you for following my blog. I have to admit that photography is a big part of my life now. It has changed the way I look at things and made me aware of details that I had never seen before. I feel grateful to be able to chase my interests and to share them with terrific people like you!

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  1. Yes, I like to take pictures on the street, although till now I have mostly been capturing objects. Since a week or two I try to photograph people, that’s a bit more complicated. But the weather will soon start to get better and then all kinds of events are taking place downtown, like festivals and jumble sales. I hope to use those opportunity to better my skills. Other favourite haunts are our garden, nearby parks and the national park we have more or less round the corner.

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  2. “…and I succeed in taking the picture I want, right then and there or after editing…” Couldn’t agree more Marga. Practice and finding out what your ‘special’ subject (landscapes, portraits etc) is makes photography enjoyable. And thank you for the follow.

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    • Thank you. During holidays I enjoyed taking snapshots and beautiful landscapes, now I have even more fun exploring all the possibilities of my camera and the world around me. Looking forward to more of your photos.

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  3. Yes, it is wonderful, not in the least because I am seeing so much more of all the things that surround me. Although I can spend hours capturing fascinating scenes in my hometown, I am already looking forward to me visit to Utrecht next week, another city with an historic centre. Hopefully I will be able to show you some pictures in the near future.

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  4. Hi Marga,

    Nice to see your photos. For me, it is always a challenge to see something new in a surrounding I know well. Your pictures of Dordrecht helped me to look at a new way to a so well known surrounding.
    On the other hand you showed me photos of places I only know from stories you and Ton told me. These stories become a bit more alive with your pictures.

    Thank you for doing this.

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    • Hi Peter,
      Thank you for your comment. I am glad you liked the photos. Putting well known places or objects in a different perspective is one of the things that I aim at. Sometimes I am surprised as well to find scenes that I had not seen before, like the bottle display in ‘Art and Dining’.
      Last week I was in Utrecht where I took a photo of a window of the Dom Church that will appear later this afternoon. Without my camera I would never have appreciated that view.
      See you soon and enjoy your stay in France!

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    • Thank you, Annette. I am glad my photos painted a smile on your face and hope to make many more with that effect. Shortly I will start a photography course to which I am eagerly looking forward as I hope to get new ideas there.

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    • Yes, you are right. And photography is all about seizing the moment. This not only goes for capturing people, but also capturing the right light. In Spain my favourite time of day was in the morning or later in the afternoon. I expect that in Portugal the midday sun is also rather harsh. Have a nice day!

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    • Thank you for your kind words, Steve. On your site I see that we share some other activities, like hiking and biking. I hope you keep enjoying them. (Sorry for my late reply, but I have been on a short holiday in the north of the country and just returned. We did some nice hiking and sight seeing there visiting old villages with many historic buildings. We had a nice time!)

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      • Hi Marga, Yes, I have a bicycle, a kayak and work shoes that I use for hiking and all are pretty well worn. In fact on one of my last hikes I broke the heels of my work shoes so now I will have to get some proper hiking boots. My Kayak has definitely been over plenty of rocks to give the underside lots of character scratches. This is the first year I have made hiking a priority over the other 2 so I can see things along the trails I have not see on my bike or from the water. The thing I really liked about traveling with a bicycle is that you can coast down hill. But when you are traveling with your own 2 feet you can get to places a bicycle can’t. Happy Moments Marga.

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      • My husband and I have done hiking as well as cycling holidays, but I prefer the hiking just like you. Apart from the fact that you see more things and look at them better, I find hiking more fun because you don’t have to watch the traffic and can talk at leisure. In other words, for me it is more relaxing. On the other hand, I go cycling frequently on my own for one or two hours in the ‘polders’ around my hometown. Especially in the evening during summer to watch the fading light that can be so beautiful.

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