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Fotoproject Sittard 365

Sittard 365 - One Year Photography Project

Sittard 365 is een fotoproject van fotograaf Jama Jamon. De Tsjech studeerde in het Verenigd Koninkrijk en werkte daarna in Afrika met HIV geïnfecteerde kinderen. In 2008 reisde Jama Jamon door  Nieuw Zeeland en later naar de South Pacific Islands.  De liefde voor zijn vriendin bracht hem naar  Sittard-Geleen, waar hij nu leeft. Met het Sittard 365 fotografie project brengt Jama Jamon Sittard op een boeiende manier in beeld. De foto’s van Sittard 365 geven locaties en objecten een hele nieuwe lading en spanning.  Op sittard365.com verschijnt dagelijks een nieuwe foto.  

26/365 Last Rays Of The Sun (View From German Border)

A sunset is like seeing the edge of the earth burning with the last light of the day. The evening sky is pulling the fire under and as the fight continues the sun submits to tranquility. The colors are a deep purple and red that seem to represent the struggle of the light refusing to fade from the sky. It’s the the final stage of any period and by far my favorite time of the day!Hope you like this image.
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Copyright Jama Jamon 2013. www.sittard365.com

30/365 Sittard Gracht Light Reflection

“Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.”— David Hume

I was walking around Gracht in Sittard almost everyday since I came here. I like the walk that goes along the wall. It’s beautiful and tonight I thought I will take my tripod with me and try to capture this beautiful light reflection of the water…I found the spot and tried 10 sec long exposure, then 15 and finally 20 sec, which I’m using right now. I think it came out nice. There are some things I would do a little different like change the height of my tripod to get a little lower. Well something to try next time.
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Copyright Jama Jamon 2013. www.sittard365.com

34/365 Corporate Building – SABIC Sittard

SABIC, is one of the world’s top 6 petrochemical companies and is the largest non-oil company in the Middle East. SABIC is the world’s biggest producer of methanol, granular urea, mono-ethylene glycol, MTBE and engineering plastics, as well as number 3 global player in polyethylene and number 4 player.

Since I came here to Sittard I want it to take a picture of this building. I like the style of it and how it’s just standing there by it’s own. I was coming back from a short trip around Sittard and decided to stop there to have a look and choose an angle that would highlight the building well. I quickly set up my camera as I saw car coming from a distance. I took a shoot and really liked it. Then I was playing with different aperture, shutter speed and end up with 5 shots which I edited using Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS6.
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Copyright Jama Jamon 2013. www.sittard365.com

42/365 Golden Sunrise Over Steamy Lake

Another beautiful day today! I had some spare time in the morning so I grabbed my camera and rushed to this place. The sky was clear. Walking in conditions like this brings back good memories from back home almost 10 years ago. It felt like coming back from a party early in the morning, except full of energy and ready to face a new day! The air was incredibly fresh and cold and so breathing deeply in conditions like this can really wake you up and it’s exactly what I would recommend to anyone. Not to mention the exercise you get when you are walking. I love it!
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Copyright Jama Jamon 2013. www.sittard365.com

49/365 Sint Rosa Kapel Kollenberg Sittard

Amazing day today! It almost felt like one of those days in February where it get’s sunny and the day is nice and warm, like the beginning of a spring! In a day like this I go for a walk. I went to Kollenberg and thought of taking picture of the Rosa Kapel. Little did I know that the sun is going to shine through the branches of the trees, creating this beautiful sunset scene. I set the camera and closed the aperture to f/22 to get rid of as much of the chromatic aberration as possible and I tried couple of exposures. It came out nice! I like the sun shining from the side and giving just enough light on the Rosa Kapel side wall.

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Copyright Jama Jamon 2013. www.sittard365.com

81/365 Stadspark Lake Sittard At Sunset

"Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow." – Kurt Vonnegut

This quote has been with me since I started this project. It is simple to understand and it motivates me to stretch my vision, dreams and ideas. It reminds me that it doesn’t matter the outcome but the experience along the way. Knowing that, If I come up with a bad picture today, it doesn’t mean that I should pack the bags and get discouraged for tomorrow. It should be taken as a lesson. Keep trying, learning and exploring new ways until you nail it. This way you really grow! Practice makes perfect, period!

I’ve learned a lot since I started this project. There is this beautiful thing happening whenever you practice over and over. First, It becomes easier! Second, I can now picture the outcome! Doing it over and over it becomes your second nature! Whenever I’m shooting, I now know from 95% what I have to do to achieve the result I want. Something I wasn’t able to do a few moths ago, at least not as clearly as today. You start seeing all stages of the image capturing, processing even before you take the picture. You know exactly where you want the camera to be, what to capture and how it is going to look like when it’s finished. This is in fact very rewarding. It feels like you understand your craft. In my case, I went from beginners approach to leveling up with some of my hero’s in photography and now the whole process feels like I’m in the middle of a game, playing and having fun!!!
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Copyright Jama Jamon 2013. www.sittard365.com

91/365 Sittard Begijnenhofstraat

Today I went to the Begijnenhofstraat to take some photographs. I’ve got very excited when I was looking on the back of the screen. I had some great pictures from there and I couldn’t wait until I get home and play with some of them in Lightroom and Photoshop. I saw a poster online which had this old vintage kind of sepia look and I thought why not to try it for this picture. I think it’s a great effect and it looks perfect with this old part of Sittard.
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Copyright Jama Jamon 2013. www.sittard365.com
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