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Maurizio Biancarelli - Hallerbos, Belgium II

May 20th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized, Western Europe

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April 21.
This morning the daybreak light was beautiful, the best since my arrival in Hallerbos. Misty and glorious, warm light in the forest.
I met several photographers to remind me how very popular Hallerbos is among Belgians. A photogenic, well known location is much photographed; this means more difficulties to get fresh images, but never mind, I like this challenge and want to work hard to get the best out of this Wild Wonders of Europe mission.
Well before sunrise I spotted two roe deer amidst trees and bushes, unfortunately too far away to get decent pictures. They were graceful while moving carefully, adding some magic to the woodland atmosphere.

Before dawn I concentrated on bluebells close ups with my macro lens.
Using a wide aperture I got interesting artistic shots showing the blue flowers against a blurred background; the contrast between cold and warm colours was really appealing. Sometimes I managed to get strange, interesting reflections in the background and played with flower silhouettes in the frame to improve the composition.

One hour or so after sunrise the fog concealed the sun completely on the sky and the overcast, soft light allowed me to work till late morning for landscapes and details. It is amazing to see how the blue colour of the bluebells is always changing depending on the light conditions: it can vary from pale to intense blue, from turquoise to violet. Some flowers can be completely white, but they are few and far between.

On April 22 the weather was stable, a misty daybreak followed by a clear sky during the day.
On April 23 the night was cold and the sky clear. No mist in the morning, and while going into the forest I realized the meadows along the way were frozen.

I went to the small river in the heart of the forest to have a look at the Allium ursinum, just to see if the plants were in bloom. Some of them began to flourish, their beautiful white flowers standing over the carpet of large green leaves. I took some pictures, but just a few, as the light was very soon too contrasting and I decided to come back when there was better light conditions: before dawn or maybe with overcast light. In the meantime I spent a long time photographing the numerous snails on the Allium leaves; they were in their hundreds and of any size from diminutive to bigger ones.

Today I was contacted for making an interview about me and my work here in Hallerbos by a Belgian editor and the Belgian Nature Conservancy Agency.
We agreed to meet in the forest, as they would like to take some pictures of me while working on site.
My time here is not finished yet, I want to wait and spend more time and try to get other appealing shots of this fantastic wild wonder of Belgium.

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  1. 11 Responses to “Maurizio Biancarelli - Hallerbos, Belgium II”

  2. By Andrzej on May 20, 2009

    Świetne zdjęcia , pozdrawiam :)

  3. By Bridget Wijnberg on May 21, 2009

    I love the dream-like quality of your photos Maurizio! And that delicate snail is just gorgeous! Thank you :)

  4. By Gergo Dioszegi on May 21, 2009

    I have to agree with Bridget! Great work!

  5. By Michael on May 25, 2009

    Wonderful pictures. I love the snail.

  6. By Staffan Widstrand on May 26, 2009

    Maurizio, you are such a poet!
    Right man in the right place!
    I lift my hat.


  7. By Tom Linster on May 26, 2009

    Hi Maurizio, It was nice to meet you there. I was curious how another photographer would look at the Hallerbos. You’re a poet.


  8. By Peter Lilja on May 27, 2009

    Nice pictures from a nice place. It´s a lot to discover in Europe!

    Good work Maurizio !!


  9. By Armando Maniciati on May 30, 2009

    Ciao Maurizio,
    e complimenti… sono tutte molto belle, ma la prima immagine della serie è davvero una poesia.

    Saluti e buon lavoro.


  10. By mac on Aug 8, 2009

    very nice, the little snail…
    but I love all the pictures you’ve shown here…
    good work!

  11. By Liang Jin on Oct 22, 2009

    Nice colours, but…

  12. By Frédéric Demeuse on Apr 4, 2012

    Ciao Maurizio,
    Really nice pictures of that small magical place that you’ve succeeded to transcend all the beauties and interests of that period.
    Real fresh shots and yes, the snail inbetween is a marvel!



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