Photographer's Note


Running water is always a challenge for a photographer. There are three ways to tame the moving water.
1. A slow shutter speed that makes the water flow like a long smooth ribbon. This is often used to achieve a romantic atmosphere.
2. An average shutter speed that produces an image that more or less corresponds to the observation with the naked eye.
3. A very short shutter speed at which the water flow is stopped and a crystalline structure is created.

My personal preference is for the third option where the amount of light determines the minimum shutter speed.

”The next fountain in the project "Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018, European Capital of Culture".
can be found in Bolsward .
The town is founded on three artificial dwelling mounds, the first of which was built some time before Christ. During the Middle Ages, Bolsward was a trade centre and port city connected to the North Sea via the Middle Sea. This connection was lost when the Middle Sea was reclaimed to form arable land. After this, a canal was dug to the Zuiderzee. The town is first mentioned in AD 725.
Bolsward was granted city rights by Philip the Good in 1455. Bolsward was made a member of the Hanseatic league in 1422.”

THE BAT of the Belgian sculptor Johan Creten

“BOLSWARD Bats are intriguing, useful animals, crucial to the ecological system for their insect hunting. In Asian culture, the bat symbolises wealth, happiness and the blessings of old age. For us he symbolises both dark forces and a positive, saving force - think of Batman, or the facades of great cathedrals where, in the form of gargoyles, bats keep the demons at bay. This image fits beautifully with the burnt Broerekerk. The staircase up the bat’s back invites the visitor to symbolically overcome the bat. And, in so doing... to transcend him/herself. (website

The statue is made of bronze, 3,3 m high, 2,4 m wide
The inspiration: the façade of the Broerekerk, a church mainly destroyed by fire
Location: The Broereplein square, in front of the Broerekerk

■ Picture 1: ◄ Shutter Speed 1/12800 sec. ►

■ Picture 2: ◄ The Bat in front of the Broerekerk►

■ Picture 3: ◄ The Backside of the Bat ►

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5378 W: 324 N: 9960] (39142)
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