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Continuation on my theme about the TE members I admire. To know what this is all about please read the introductory notes on the first post of the series.

Light is the heart of photography. Everybody knows that. 'The ability to see subtle changes in the light on a subject is a key to professional quality work and is part of what makes a photograph not a snap shot.' Back in the XVII century there was a guy named Rembrandt who also was aware of this. His purposeful use of light and shade to create atmosphere in his works took him beyond the conventional. He even used it not only to create drama, but also to compose the entire painting. Light was his salvation.

This brief prologue has only the purpose to introduce my next guest. I am always playing with him, saying that he is the reincarnation of the old Flemish masters. But the simple truth is that he really is… Here is a proof of that. And here. And here...

If the challenge of all good photography is the control of light, Henk is surely one of the best photographers this world has to offer. Other than that, he has an impressive ability to compose and frame the reality in a way that always enriches the photographed subject. His technical skills are tremendous and you will have to work hard to find a single imperfection in one of his pictures.

Having said that, the picture I present here is a thousand miles below his water surface but, in my heart, it’s the best I can do. Looking at the Historic Village of Sortelha bathed with the late afternoon light I couldn’t escape thinking of the Flemish Master…

So thanks my friend for being a constant source of perseverance and inspiration. It was because guys like you that I started to photograph landscapes in the last 6 months. Believe it or not, but before that never I pointed my SLR to wide natural scenery... I am counting on you to help me becoming a better photographer so please be hard on your critiquing. As usual. :)

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