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Welcome to SCIP.be, the website of software developer, passionate world traveller and travel & nature photographer Stefan Cruysberghs.

On this website I show my most beautiful images. As a travel photographer I cover multiple genres but I am particularly intrigued by beautiful and desolate landscapes and seascapes, nature and wildlife, colorful people and authentic tribes.

This website also contains a lot of my own articles about software development (.NET, Delphi, Web, Mobile, Cloud, ...) and in addition you can download several older components and freeware applications.

Below you will find the most recent additions.

AA Traveller magazine
Publication In the June issue of the South African AA Traveler magazine one of my photos was published. For the cover photo of the 'hiking heaven's edge' article, they used my picture of a sunset in the Simien Mountains. The article tells about the breathtaking and unique landscapes in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia and the rare gelada baboons that live there.
Exhibition Lens op de Mens
Photo contest During the summer of 2017 the Cultural Centre of Palethe organizes the first edition of a two-yearly international photo festival ‘Lens op de mens’ (Spotlight on people) in Overpelt (Belgium). More than 250 professional and keen amateur photographers from around the world entered their photos. I also entered the contest with one photo of an eagle hunter in the Altay Mounains in Mongolia. This photo was selected to be shown in the exhibition. You can visit this exhibition in the streets of Overpelt-Centre starting from Sunday 18 June until the end of August 2017.
Azores
Photos Photos of our trip to São Miguel, the main island of the Azores, in September 2016. We stayed there one week. The Azores is an archipelago composed of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean about 1300 km west of Portugal. We explored the picturesque villages, the rugged cliffs, the lighthouses and the 3 volcanos Sete Cidades, Fogo and Furnas with our rental car, we did short walks in the countryside and went for a day at sea to spot dolphins. Especially at sunset we went out to make good photos.
First price Joker photo contest
Photo contest The Belgian travel agency Joker organizes a photo contest every year. A lot of beautiful travel photos were submitted at the end of 2016. A public prize was awarded and the jury selected 7 of the most stunning photos. I received the first price with my photograph of a chameleon catching an insect in Madagascar.
Sint-Pieters-Rode
Photos Photos from last year 2016 of the castle of Horst and the nearby chapel in Sint-Pieters-Rode (Holsbeek). The photos were taken in different seasons at day time but also at night. The castle of Horst was built in the mid-14th century and is still quite authentic. The small chapel of Saint Joseph is located in a field under an old lime tree nearby the castle. It has been built in the beginning of the 19th century.
WWF - Book World Nature
Publication In December the newest book of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been released. 'World Nature' shows the very best nature photos by 2016. The WWF organizes an annual photo competition together with Frans Lanting, one of the most famous nature photographers in the world. More than ten thousand (11,500 this year) photos were judged and the 170 best ones were selected. Also one of my photos has been selected. On page 42-43, the image of a giant chameleon catching a bug can be found.
Autumn in the Ardennes
Photos Autumn pictures of the beautiful region around Malmedy in the Belgian Ardennes with the wonderful valley of the Hoëgne, the waterfall of Bayehon, the castle of Reinhardstein and the waterfalls of the Ninglispo.
Woodpeckers
Photos In the Benelux (Belgium/Netherlands/Luxemburg) live five species of woodpeckers. They are beautiful fascinating birds but they are also quite shy and cautious. The great spotted woodpecker is the least shy and is quite common. The green woodpecker can be seen in gardens. The last months I was able to make some good photos of three species (great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker and black woodpecker) in moste cases from a hide.
Oostvaardersplassen
Photos The Oostvaardersplassen in Flevoland is the largest national park in the Netherlands. It is a large wetland with reed plains, rough grassland and ponds that attracts thousands of birds. 25 years ago they introduced some deer, Heck cattle and Konik horses and this park is a very good example of rewilding. Now there live about 1100 wild horses, almost 3300 red deer, 40 Heck cattle, around 50 roe deers and a healthy population of red foxes.
New version TscExcelExport
Component A new version of the TscExcelExport component. This Delphi VCL component is an advanced, powerful but easy to use component which enables you to export all records of a dataset from Delphi to Microsoft Excel. Version 4.28 offers support for Embarcadero Delphi 10 Seattle, Delphi 10.1 Berlin and Office 2016.
Customized tasks in VSTS builds
Article The Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) have a totally new way of creating build definitions. There are many available tasks right out of the box. In this article I will cover some techniques how to customize the build process. I will show you how to implement PowerShell scripts and work with environment variables and arguments, how to load custom C# .NET assemblies and how to create extensions and upload them to VSTS.
India south
Photos Photos of our journey through south India. We began our a journey with a houseboat trip on the tropical backwaters of Kerala. Afterwards we went to the Western Ghats mountains with beautiful and rolling tea plantations and the 'hill stations'. We spotted the endangered and rare lion-tailed macaque monkeys and around 120 species of birds. We also went three days on safari in Kabini and we saw lots of monkeys, deer, elephants, crocodiles, flying foxes and a tigress. Then we visited the palaces in Mysore and the beautifully refined temples in Halebidu en Belur. We also visited the wonderful site of Hampi with beautiful temples and palaces. We ended our trip on the beach in Goa at the Indian Ocean.
Publications funny sifaka photos
Publication Publication of my photos of a funny sifaka at the website of online edition of The Daily Mail and The Telegraph (UK). The Daily Mail Online has over 11 million visitors daily. We encountered a very curious and funny sifaka in southern Madagasar. He posed for my camera in a variety of incredible and hilarious poses.
Winter in Sint-Pieters-Rode
Photos Photos of the nearby castle and chapel of Horst during the winter. The castle of Horst was built in the mid-14th century and is still quite authentic. The small chapel of Saint Joseph is located in a field under an old linden tree nearby the castle. It has been built in the beginning of the 19th century.
Madagascar
Photos Photos of our journey through the fascinating Madagascar. Very special on the ‘Red Island’ are the unique endemic animals such as lemurs, sifakas, chameleons, geckos, lizards, frogs, birds, ... Moreover there are varied landscapes such as dense rainforests, dry forests, savanna, huge baobab trees, tropical beaches with palm trees, rice terraces, unique rock formations and canyons ... The country has many colorful people and everywhere you can still see traditional ox carts, old cycle and pulled rickshaws, dugout canoes, ...
Kingfishers
Photos Kingfishers are one of the most beautiful species of birds in my country Belgium. This bird is a fish-eater with a bright blue orange plumage of about 16cm long. I already spend a lot of hours sitting in my camouflage hide near a pond, but often I didn’t capture any good shots. Recently, however, it was a great day and a young female kingfisher has been fishing for many hours. She catched fishes, insects and a lot of frogs and tadpoles and eat them all. I was able to shoot a lot of beautiful photos.
Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad
Publication On October 2nd the Belgian newspaper 'Het Nieuwsblad' published a nice article in the paper and digital edition about my seven photos that have been published in the block calendar of National Geographic 2016.
Belgian newspaper dS
Publication On October 1st the Belgian newspaper 'De Standaard' published a great article about my photography and journeys and the seven pictures that have been published in the block calendar of National Geographic.
Rutting season in Hoge Veluwe
Photos Every year the rutting season of the red deers starts at the end of September. We went one day to the beautiful Hoge Veluwe National Park in the Netherlands. The park is home to almost 200 red deers. During the rutting season the males, known as stags, leave their male herds and will search for females. At that time male red deers will have impressive antlers and they will grow a short neck mane. They start belling and fighting with other males to impress the hinds.
Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen
Photos The Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen is a beautiful nature reserve in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands. It is a dune area with lots of water channels. It has the largest population of fallow deers in the Netherlands. There also foxes, roe deers and many birds. We also visted the neighboring Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. We were not able to spot the wisents (European bison) but we saw a nice herd of Highland cattle.
Sint-Pieters-Rode
Photos The castle and the chapel of Horst are photogenic landmarks near my new home. So in recent months I went out to photograph them several times, mostly in the evening and at night or when there were special weather conditions. I tried to create some unique photos of these monuments that differ from the images that already have been captured by many other people.
Belgian newspaper BvL
Publication On September 5th the Belgian newspaper 'Het Belang van Limburg' published a very nice article (in Dutch) about my photography and the publication of my seven pictures in the calendar of National Geographic. The newspaper has more than 100,000 readers.
National Geographic calendar
Publication The beautiful National Geographic block calendar 2016 has been released and available for sale. This time they collected the most beautiful images from amateur photographers. I am very delighted that 7 of my photos are included. And even more, they published a mini-interview with me and used two of my photos in a promotional article for it.
Zambia
Photos Photos of wonderful trip to Zambia. We made a unique and adventurous canoe trip on the Zambezi River. We often had to slalom between groups of hippos and we saw a lot of birds. We camped on the riverbanks under an impressive starry sky. Then we went 5 days on safari in South Luangwa, one of the most beautiful national parks in Southern Africa. Besides lots of elephants, antelopes, zebras, giraffes, ... there is also a high concentration of predators like leopards, hyenas, wild dogs and lions.
Digital Photographer magazine
Publication My photo of a flying hummingbird has been published on the cover of the Digital Photographer Magazine, a popular magazine for enthusiastic to semi-pro shooters in the UK. The magazine is also distributed in many other countries. I photographed this flying male green violetear in the cloud forest in Costa Rica.
Ethiopian Airlines magazine
Publication Publication of several photos in Selamta, the Ethiopian Airlines flight magazine. My pictures illustrate a fascinating article about the wonderful Hudad lodge in the mountains near the town of Lalibela in Ethiopia
Award in photocontest
Photo contest This photo of a Mursi woman in southern Ethiopia was awared with the 3th place in category 'Travel' in international photo contest in the Netherlands. 5 of my photos have been published in the catalogue of this photographic salon
The Daily Mail - Tiger attack
Publication Publication of my article with accompanying photos of a tiger attack in India at the website of online edition of The Daily Mail (UK). The Daily Mail Online has over 11 million visitors daily. I shot these unique wildlife photos of a tiger at Tadoba national park in central India.
Mongolia
Photos Photos of my journey through Mongolia. We spotted wild Przewalski horses, visited ancient Buddhist monasteries, met many nomads with their herds and drove to the Gobi desert with vast steppe plains, high sand dunes, beautiful cliffs, ... Then we flew to the Altai Mountains with beautiful snowcapped mountains and prehistoric petroglyphs. We also met the wonderful Kazakh eagle hunters and their ancient traditions and attended the fascinating Golden Eagle Festival.
Azure Management Libraries
Article This article contains a lot of C# .NET examples how to use the Microsoft Azure Management Libraries to automate, deploy, and test cloud infrastructure easily. It includes examples for creating and deleting Azure clouds services, SQL databases, storage, websites, services bus, configuring websites, starting and stopping virtual machines, …