Let me introduce myself!

in #winter11 months ago

My name is Harmen Piekema (1982), I was born in a little village in the Netherlands called Koudum. A small Frisian village surrounded by fields, lakes and forests. Here, my love for nature was sparked.


As a kid, my father taught me the tricks of (then still analog) photography. My parents took me and my sisters to nature a lot. We always went on family hikes in the local forests. And we went on camping holidays in different countries of Europe. This helped me develop my love for nature and the outdoors.


Back in those days, I got introduced into the world of rock climbing (yes I know... the Netherlands is as flat as a pancake). And this sparked my love for the mountains even more. After more than 18 years, I am still a rock climber and this often helps me to reach places that are only accessible by climbing. This type of adventure, helps me to connect with the landscape, which in turn helps me to become a better photographer, and maybe even a better person!

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Despite my love for nature though, I initially started as a studio and fashion photographer. But a few years ago, I followed my heart and the raw beauty of nature won over “polished” studio models. When our studio had been taken down, to make place for apartments, I decided it was time to move to my first big love: Being in nature!


I am inspired by the beauty of our planet. This beauty motivates me and helps me to create the images I love. With these images, I want to show how important it is to cherish this beauty and above all, to protect it!! Our planet is so beautiful, lets protect her with everything we got!

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I am an official ambassador for NiSi Filters Benelux and f-stop. I'm also a member of Nature First; The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography. I love to travel, hike, climb and of course photography. I will be writing a lot more about myself, my adventures and life in this blog.


You can find more of my work on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harmenpiekema/ and on my website: https://harmenpiekemaphotography.com/ If you like what I am doing, please give me a follow! Your support means a lot!


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Welcome to Hive, @harmenpiekema! Excellent photos!!Thanks for your beautiful post-presentation

Thanks very much!! Glad you like it!

Welcome Harmen! Your pictures are really awesome. I bet they don't do the real view any justice at all. I need to get out hiking again...

Thanks a lot mate! I always try to do the real view as much justice as possible, but nothing beats standing there in real life!

And yes, you should! Being in nature gives you energy, peace of mind and inspiration!

Hey Harmen!! Great to see you make your self introduction post thanks for doing it. I'm really in awe of your images, your second image one is just stupidly insane!!!!! But am loving it.

And apologies if I'm being a bit pedantic, as mentioned in my previous comment, if you can add your Hive link to one of your many social media accounts to confirm ownership, that would be great. Just tag me when you're done and I'll see to it that its updated in the databases that folks keep here. That will prevent other people from stealing your content and monetising it on Hive. Really appreciate you doing that. Thanks!!!

And once again, welcome to Hive, look forward to seeing you around, in either the haveyoubeenhere community, or one of the other many communities on Hive like photography, nature, or even cooking and needlework if that's to your liking 😆.

Thanks a lot for you replay! The story of that second image is even a bit more crazy. It is a panoramic image but I had forgotten my remote, so I had to use a ten second timer, run toward the edge, get on the rock and slow down before actually reaching the edge :-D :-D

If added my Peakd profile to Instagram.com/harmenpiekema. I hope that that is ok!

Shot! That's even more crazy than the actual photo itself. 10 second isn't a long, especially when when you're running towards the cliff edge!!

Thanks for adding your profile to your IG account

Nope... not really :-D But it felt quite safe because the edge is solid rock and no snow!

You're welcome! I am sure I am going to enjoy using Hive a lot!

Welcome to Hive. Always nice to see another talented photographer joining the platform. I am sure you have a lot of amazing images to share with us. Feel free to share your work in the Photography Lovers Community here:


Thanks a lot for your comment and compliment! I will place them in the community for sure!

Welkom Harmen! Altijd fijn om wat meer Nederlanders te zien hier op Hive. Het kan een beetje overweldigend zijn in het begin, maar met je mooie foto's kom je vast heel ver hier!

Dankjewel!! Leuk om te lezen dat je mijn beelden mooi vind! Ik zal mijn best doen!

Glad we've found you, looking forward for your next pictures!

Thanks very much! That is nice to hear!

Awesome photography Harmen! And welcome here "fellow dutchie".

Thanks for the great compliment!! Ah leuk, nog een Nederlander!

Yup, nog een Nederlander. Alleen niet uit het prachtige Friese deel van ons land, maar uit het Brabantse land.

Dat is ook een mooie omgeving! Ik woon nu al bijna 20 jaar in de stad Groningen, maar kom natuurlijk nog regelmatig in Friesland.

Brabant is zeker ook mooi. Heel anders als Friesland. Ik kan mezelf niet voorstellen om in een stad te wonen, dus ik denk dat ik blij voor jou ben dat je veel reist ... lol.

Welcome to this community! I wish you Great time here! ... You have wonderful pics!!!

Thanks very much! That is a nice compliment! I will try my best to post fun and beautiful content!

Hey Harmen! Ik zie je profiel nu net pas, eerder toevallig, maar toch welkom op Hive! En ik kijk met plezier uit naar je mooie werk!

Dankjewel voor het compliment! Beter laat dan niet toch!

Dat denk ik er ook van ;-)