Autumn on De Duivelsberg, the devil’s mountain. A forest area near Nijmegen, that made me incredibly happy as a landscape photographer when I saw it a couple of years ago after a very long time. I now live on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, but I lived in Nijmegen for ten years, until the beginning of 2005. During that time I visited De Duivelsberg many times, but was never looking that good then. Now I have found wonderful trees, good for photography with the right conditions for beautiful autumn colors and diffused light.
Nature reserve De Duivelsberg is located between Nijmegen, Beek-Ubbergen, Berg en Dal and the German border. It is characterized by significant height differences. High hills alternate with deeply cut valleys, intersected with winding forest paths and interspersed with meadows and fields. The forest is natural and varied, but it’s the stately beeches and tall oaks that draw a lot of attention here in the fall. Sweet chestnuts are a reminder of the fact that the Romans have been here. It is here on the lateral moraine at the Heerlijkheid Beek that the Romans had one of their northernmost settlements. A lookout post where the trade routes could be closely monitored.
All in all, the forest provides a great variety of animals and plants. There are several rare animal species such as great crested newt, alpine newt, slowworm, badger and pine marten. In autumn, mushrooms shoot up everywhere, in all colors and shapes.
The name Duivelsberg may have come from the time when people dug in the Ooijpolder and people had to cross the mountain. Because of the height difference, the mountain was cursed. That “devil’s mountain”.
You will be welcomed with coffee, tea and cake at a parking lot at the bottom of the Duivelsberg from 7.45 am. After a short introduction we get to work. The highest point is pancake restaurant De Duivelsberg. The workshop ends around 1:00 PM. The pancake restaurant will then be open.
What will you learn?
This is a one hundred percent practical workshop. We are going to photograph. During the workshop I will give you tips and instructions and help you with settings such as aperture, shutter speed, autofocus, white balance, as well as with position, perspective and composition. You will learn about exposure, depth of field, backlight, rule of thirds and much more.
Of course we are going to take beautiful photos, but the aim is to provide you with tools to take better photos. When your technical skills improve you will have more control over your photo equipment.
This workshop is intended for beginning as well as more advanced photographers. Because of the small group, I can give you a lot of attention.
Coffee, tea and cake before the start of the workshop.
I would like to inform you as well as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to email me, and I send you more information.