Classic look

Even after several rolls of film, composing with the medium format Yashica remains to be quite a challenge. I am not completely satisfied with the framing on this one, but I love the tonality of the Portra 400 film (converted to black and white) and the rendering of the Yashica lens. Great to capture a classic car with a classic camera :-)Volvo_Yashica_

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Best friends

I was kind of hasty of developing my roll of 120 Kodak Porta 400 film so what to photograph….? I quickly caught this scene of my daughter with one of our cats. I took a seat next to them, placed the Yashica on the table and pressed the shutter. Although my daughter is not that content with the unintended grumpy look on her face, we both like the way ‘Pluis’ stares through the window :-)

 

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Four legged

Not a particular nice or esthetic picture this time, but it makes me chuckle. Strolling around in my beloved Utrecht, I suddenly saw this man sitting on the lap of his girlfriend/wife (?). The blunt look on his face (as if this posture was common practice for them) and the legs of the woman sticking out between his, made me grap my camera. I had to use the technique explained by Zack Arias (fast forward to the 1 minute mark), but as you can see-click to enlarge-the man just started to look agitated. I would have been annoyed too….Four legged

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Non-selfie

I consider myself as a practitioner of the Buddhist philosophy. A key element in Buddhism is the concept of non-self or Anatta, expressed in a funny way in this cartoon, in the sense of not identifying with your sense of self which is a cause of suffering. An insight of the Buddha which is not always that easy to digest or the follow but very meaningful nevertheless.

 

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Old meets new(er)

IJmuiden has faced some fierce bombardments during W.O. II. The Germans had built around 15 bunkers in the dunes to withstand the bombardments, after the Dutch resistance  had been knocked done quite effortlessly. The bunkers have also withstand the decades of wear & tear and are accessible to the public. As a result of that, the bunkers are being played on by children and used as a canvas for graffiti artists. This gives birth to a great contrast between the gray, functional design of the bunkers and the playful nature of the children and the graffiti.Old meet new(er)

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Wet Plate

I truly love wet plate photography. Very labour intensive, but the results are amazing, stunning and magical. Having said that I don’t aspire to actually do wet plate photography myself. I requires patience, time and dedication I simply don’t have. So, the picture you see here is shot with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone. The results are surely not on par with the real thing, but sometimes quite pleasing like this one. This piece of art ‘Squares with two circles’ is made by Barbara Hepworth in ’63-’64. The shape of this piece  and the contrast of color and shapes inspired me to use the wet plate preset. If you are interested in real wet plate photography, make sure to check out the excellent work of this photographer.Kroller Muller

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You’ve got a friend

Nothing to add to what I’ve already said in this post :-)You've got a friend

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All by myself

Everybody needs a bit of ‘me-time’ once and awhile, don’t we? The scenery you see here is a great place to be; the woods surrounding the Kroller Muller Museum. Next to me, my beloved Yashica TLR.  When processing the picture I noticed the pockets of my pants stuffed with my keys and iPhone. Pants with pockets like that are very handy when traveling light but not so elegant I suppose. Well, not  that of an issue when you’re all alone in the woods….;-)
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Selfie-a mental disorder?

Browsing through some analog medium format pictures today and found this one.  Just recently I read about taking selfies being associated with narcissism and mental disorder. Being a) an avid photographer b) taking the hassle of analog and c) use the internet to fulfill my need for attention sums it all up then ;-)

 

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On the way up

This picture is taken at the Boymans Museum with the analog Yashica medium format camera.  As you might know, composing with this twin reflex camera is quite demanding as the image in the viewfinder is mirrored. Add to this that I was standing in a public space with the danger of someone walking straight into the composition. I know, one the tricks street photographers use, is waiting for this very thing to happen. They expect someone to complete the picture they have in their head, but that was not the outcome I was pursuing. I was simply struck by the play of all the lines and light on the stairs and tried to capture that. As I have stated before on this site, this museum in Rotterdam is one of my favorites because of its stunning architecture and collection. You can see it in all of its glory in this video. It is narrated in Dutch, but the images speak for themselves! You can see the stairs at the 7:50 mark.Vincent MvMK_Yashica (1 of 1)-2

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