Amsterdam

While I was enjoying a nice cup of coffee and cheesecake with my daughter at a lunch room in Amsterdam, something happened I just cannot suppress: I saw a composition I had to capture with my camera. I happened to be my Minolta X-700 loaded with the very contrasty Rollei Retro film. I captures the essence of being Dutch in the sense that the bike is still a very dominant way of transportation and the vibe at the lunch room. Luckily my daughter enjoys visiting Amsterdam as much as I do so more pictures taken in this awesome city to come :-)Street

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Radio Kootwijk

Radio Kootwijk is a mesmerizing, mystic place but its centerpiece is a building with a very down to earth purpose when it was build in 1923: to have a radio connection with Java, which was a Dutch colony at that time. Designed by Julius Luthmann in the style of the Amsterdam School of Architecture and with added art from artist Hendrik van den Einde, it has an eery and fascinating presence. It has been used in the film Mindhunters and for a good reason; both the interior and exterior leaves you in awe. It is still in use, not for its initial purpose of making a connection between the east and west, but for various events. You can visit the building on your own, but being attended with a guide. During the guided tour I tried to soak up all the amazing details but also to snap some pictures like this one. I surely come back to this amazing place.

Radio Kootwijk

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Käfer

I keep photographing classic cars…the lines but also the signs of aging and decay attract me in a big way. This is a detail of a VW Beetle or Käfer like the Germans call this wonderful machine.Kever

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Looking for

I’ve been to Brussels lately (see my former post) and after we enjoyed the view we rushed into the elevator building a couple of feet away. As we were waiting for the rain to go away, I decided to look for photo opportunities. Looking down I saw this composition of lines and depth of field. The picture also works in color but as this is a site dedicated to my black and white photography, I leave you with this one :-)Brussel_Rollei Retro_100_Grain TriEx400_sepia terra 5 (1 of 1)

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Ceci c’est un jeune loupe!

Just before hiding for the rain for a hour, my daughter and I enjoyed the view at the Place Poelaert in Brussels. Right away she noticed this writing on the balcony, snapped it with her iPhone and edited it with VSCO cam in just a few seconds. I was stunned by her photographer’s eye and virtuosity….yup I am a very proud dad indeed! She generously let me recreate her composition with my Leica :-)

 

Ceci c'est ne pas

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All by herself

I caught this little girl drawing at an art festival in Delft. Great to see a child being totally immersed  in its creative process. The festival itself was situated in a former factory for glue and gelatin which was a great site to photograph, see the pictures in the set on my Flickr account.

 

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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.

 

non selfie

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