What’s going on

While photographing the volleyball game of my daughter (yes can photograph sports with a manual RF!), I caught this little girl at the game, peeking through the glass . Her curiosity and facial expression moved me, so I quickly shot this picture. At an aperture of F 1.4, shooting these kind of pictures makes a good exercise in manual focusing as well. What's going on

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Symmetry

Walking through Rotterdam and making regularly use of its subway system, I noticed this passage. It is has perfect symmetry. I like the play and complexity of the lines. You see a lot of very sharp photographs nowadays, but to my eyes not always in a nice way. The Summilux lens shows an amazing sharpness combined with a beautiful rendering which results in very pleasing pictures (at least in my opinion). The M9 takes some time to adjust to, but I am loving it already :-).

 

Symmetry

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Let me show you how it works

I have taken a big leap (in a technically but foremost financial way) by purchasing a Leica M9. I am now shooting full frame with means that being used to shoot within the 35-50 mm frame, I had to buy a 35 or 50 mm lens as well and trade in the 28 mm Summicron in able to afford the 50 mm. I have chosen the 50 mm Summilux, considered a ‘perfect’ and classic lens with the most beautiful bokeh of all Leica lenses. Well, all fine and dandy, I simply love the look of this lens. Did I just say love? I mean adore. The quality of this lens is just stunning….I also considered buying the 50 mm Summicron, but being spoiled by a man who creates the most beautiful pictures, often with this combo, Peter ‘Prosophos’, I picked the Summilux. Please check his website out and be amazed by his wonderful pictures.

With this new combo, I experience a new learning curve after being so used to the M8. So, a lot of test driving needs to be done. I took this picture this very afternoon in the park of two boys playing with a water gun. Oh, by the way…I still have the M8. How can I possibly ever part with this camera?

 

Let me show you

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Radio Kootwijk-again

 

 

 

This building and area around Apeldoorn keeps me being fascinated. Unfortunately the owner of the building, although keeping it in good shape with several restoration projects, has decided to put some banners at the front of building. Hope they removed the banners when I am back at this magical place. Shot with the analog, medium format Yashica Mat 124G.Radio Kootwijk (1 of 1)

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Bruised and battered

Still going strong, my beloved Leica M8.  Presented to the world in 2006, it is considered ancient by now but this camera still manages to amaze me with the pictures it produces and the way it fits my hand as well as my style of photography. Signed by Anton Corbijn, bruised, battered and full of quirks. Hated by those who seek low light performance but loved by the ones who appreciate the look of the Kodak sensor and how to use the camera. It is funny how emotional connected you can get to an object as it has gone through the same experiences as you. It has seen the same things that triggered me to grab my camera and take that shot. That’s the beauty of photography too.Bruised and battered

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Everything can be art

I recently visited the S.M.A.K. museum in Gent, Belgium. If you have plans to visit Gent, this museum is certainly worth checking out. As I was walking from exhibition room to exhibition room, I had my Yashica Medium Format in my hand. I noticed the lines of the white walls,  the floor and this chair. As I am familiar with conceptual art, I doubted for an instant whether this chair was part of a piece of art….. Anyway, I decided to open up the flip of the camera and take this shot. I like the chair by the way :-)SMAK Gent (1 of 1)

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Father and son

An analog, medium format TLR camera can be a great tool for street photography as Vivian Maier and many others have shown us. This picture is shot with the Yashica Mat 124 G  and Kodak Portra 400 converted to black and white. Walk in the park (1 of 1)

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Standing tall

I took this picture a while back with  the Yashica medium format, at the Oostvaardersplassen. You see me standing at a beautiful, serene place in the Dutch polder where the nature is let alone in the sense that it is not being cultivated and nature management is kept minimal. On this picture you see the result of a fiery natural fire that destroyed the majority of trees. By letting nature off the hook, they hope it will harmonizes itself while standing tall. Oostvaardersplassen_Standing Tall (1 of 1)

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I love you so much dear

Walking past the Kunsthal Museum when the dusk had already set in, I noticed this wonderful scene of a mother giving her son a hug and a kiss. Life’s most beautiful and precious things are often the smallest.I love you su much dear

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Old meets new

Armed with the Yashica medium format, I saw these boys being emerged in their play with a smart phone. I noticed that the younger boy had to stretch his body to see what the other boy was doing. The other boy, I’d guess his older brother, did not seem to matter in the slightest way that his younger brother had to do go to such great pains and kept on being busy with his phone. This sight and the composition prompted me to take the camera out of my bag and snap this picture.Old meets new

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