Sinterklaaspresent, the year after

Farmland in wintertime.

Last year I wrote about the Dutch custom of giving each other presents on December 5th, when we celebrate Sinterklaas (the saint (Saint Nicholas) after which Santa Claus was shaped). Last year I received half a 5DmkII, the camera where I’ve shot with almost a year now. This year I was my own Sinterklaas. Yesterday I bought the new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (yeah, I know, a whole mouth full). Today was the first day I could really practice. What a great lens! It’s really nice to have a zoom again, so I can use different focal lengths without having to switch lenses. The new IS is really stunning and quiet (important while filming) and the AF really fast.

We practiced a little in the Achterhoek, in the eastern part of the Netherlands. Winter has come early this year with snow and sub-zero temperatures already early in December. This resulted in a nice white landscape, with some trees standing and snow drifting. Not such a bad way to practice with a new lens…

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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