Where the fairy tales begin. A park created for a child and later on it became amusement park.
During the spring holiday some friends and I decided to go to Efteling for a day. Efteling is a large family park located in the Netherlands not far from the German border. Although the park was originally created for young children with a fairy tale theme, Efteling has transformed over the years into an amusement park filled with a variety of old world nostalgia and new world thrills. The park is quite beautiful with lots of trees, flowers, ponds and a lake. This does makes strolling around the park more pleasant. I remember vaguely how the park was when I was little. But since I was still so small I wasn’t able to go on the thrill rides.
Efteling is divided into three sections – the park, the four-star Efteling Hotel, and an 18-hole golf course. The park itself is divided into four different sections – Travel Realm, Fairy Realm, Adventure Realm, and Alternative Realm. Efteling stays true to its fairy tale roots, with Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Fairy Tale Forest, and a haunted castle all on the park’s grounds. Het Sprookjes bos (Fairy Tale Forest) was my favorite stop at the amusement park when I was little, and still is now! For visitors looking for something a bit more thrilling than the Fairy Tale Forest, there’s Python, a double loop corkscrew steel roller coaster located in Adventure Realm. For each ride we had to wait about 15 – 20 minutes.
In the winter Efteling becomes “Winter Efteling,” where the park transforms into a winter wonderland of holiday themed activities and events. And last but not least the funny Efteling trash bins! I remembered that Efteling always separate their paper trash with others, because they have special sculpted trash bins that keep on saying “Papier hier” (meaning: Paper here). I’ve always found it exciting to put a piece of paper in the mouth of a baby or a sleeping fat fairy tale character.
Ever since light painting was invented, it inspired artists from all around the globe to magical creations that capture hidden movements and reinvent the world we live in. "Life is a fairy tale, stay wild little child!" is what they want to tell us. Bringing light to life became the next challenge for anyone rigged with a film camera and a creative mind.
Now, how can you take your analogue light paintings from the ordinary to the outstanding? After the carriage came the car, so we definitely need some spacy inventions to follow the old school light pen. So here it is, our new best friend: The Pixelstick!
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In April of this year I had the chance to test the Petzval Lens and to write a review on it for the German photography forum Kwerfeldein. The lens excited me from the very beginning, at the time it was introduced on Kickstarter. I was afraid that once I had tested the lens, I would want to have one of my own! Well, that’s what happened; a year later, I finally bought my very own Petzval lens.
Daniela Majic is a Canada-based portrait photographer who tells unique, dreamy, and fairy tale-like stories with her camera. She blends her love for fashion and craft-making in creating a theme that seems magical. Here's an interview with Majic along with a series of photographs from her latest work shot with the Petzval Art Lens, "Secret Garden," which wraps around a very intriguing concept.
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