Look at that #2

The Rembrandt Plein is one of the tourist hot spots of Amsterdam. Many tourists take pictures with the Rembrandt statues and enjoy the food and drinks that are widely available. My eye caught this little fella…..he was fascinated by the performance of a group of street artists and jumped several times ‘on stage’. A wonderful sight which just had to be captured. Look at that

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Look at that

Through my girlfriend’s professional network, I recently was asked to document a charity event. This event was held in a youth hostel where vintage clothes, books and all sort of used stuff were being collected and passed on to other people. There were also services being offered like hair dressing, learning guitar and massage. A wonderful initiative which not only helps people in need but also brings people together (hence the name ‘Blend’ Market). I saw this girl, emerged in looking at the picture she was holding. Her bright pink sweater and orange butterfly tiara made this an even lovelier scene. As I post only black and white pictures at this blog, you have to use your imagination here😉. I noticed the man, probably her father, behind her but caught his admiring look only when I was processing the image.
Look at that

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Innocent

Just look at her eyes. Full of wonder. What does he want from me? What is that thing he is holding? I took this picture while volunteering at a charity event I was participating in (taking photographs that is). Look at that smooth bokeh of the wonderful Summilux lens *sigh*:-)Lovely

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Timeless

As my subscribers know, I like to combine my passions and that means photography and live music. A good friend of mine and a former band member plays in a Beatles tribute band. I have captured multiple performance of them so I have become kind of the band’s household photographer. I even played along at one of their performances and that was awesome. At a recent gig, they played in a small venue. I sat behind this boy who not only recognised the music from the times his father played the songs in the car, but also was enjoying himself immense. It is quite fascinating that after 50 odd years the music of the Beatles is still relevant and appealing to the youngest generation. Truly timeless musical art!Timeless

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Appreciate what’s important

With all the focus (no pun intended) on high ISO performance these days, one might be inclined to forget about the other things that make you shoot great pictures. I don’t want to go into a rant, because that is unnecessary anyway. I understand that the aspect of high ISO capabilities can be crucial for being able to take that shot that you otherwise could not have taken. But…..working with both the Leica M8 and Leica M9 but also shooting analog, I have learned to appreciate the limitations of my equipment and to adjust my technique whenever it is what helps me to take that shot. Furthermore, it supports narrowing down my photography to the style and subjects that really resonate with me. Last but not least, it lets me appreciate the unique qualities of the gear I use even more. Naturally, this applies to shooting analog. Although not known for the high ISO performance, the Leica’s CCD sensor designed by Kodak (!) creates a truly unique look. Combined with lenses of Leica or Zeiss the results can be stunning. I don’t want to call this picture stunning, but I like it though. Shot in a very dim-lit room, at ISO 800 and wide open with the wonderful 50mm Summilux lens.Sound

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From here to you

My girlfriend and I live in different cities and because I am the one with a car, it is mostly me visiting her. Because of the insanely high parking rates in Amsterdam, I am forced to park my car in a nearby area where the rates a little more-let’s say-friendly. The stroll from this area has become a routine for me and the photographer in me watches the lines and shapes passing me by. I cross the A10 ring road from under and it is here where I took this picture. I expected a cyclist to pass across the canal so I waited for the right moment. Shot with the (amazingly capable) LG G4 smartphone and edited in Snapseed.

 

the sweet memory

your smell in my clothes

your voice in my head

going home but not

away from you’

 

From here to you

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Yearning for analog

Shooting analog actually reflects the state in which I am at my best: calm, at ease and observing the world around me. I have written multiple times (e.g. here, here and here) my love for shooting film, so I won’t go on that route again….but let me tell you; I am going to shoot with the Yashica tomorrow and boy I am looking forward to it. Please have a little patience, just a few weeks, for the results to come😉
Yearning for ananlog (1 of 1)

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Back to Berlin with the M8

After visiting Berlin in 2011 with my daughter, I recently revisited the city of Berlin with my girlfriend. I had decided to take the M8 with me, paired with the Zeiss ZM Biogon 28mm. Foremost for the very reason of wanting to get out of my comfort zone and to spark creative ideas. Shooting with the M8 and the Zeiss meant an other shooting approach for that the M8 performs different at higher ISO. Furthermore, the Zeiss has a maximum aperture of F2,8 instead of F2,0 of the Summicron (which I have traded in). As this is a lovely combo, the results have been great but it also meant that I needed to be a bit inventive to make a shot like this. Shot at ISO 320, manually set on 1/15 and F2,8, I managed to take this picture of the Brandenburger Tor. Handheld, but I had to lean against a post. I have used this technique here too.

Berlin

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Meeting your hero

They say that meeting your hero can be a disappointment , but it surely was not the case when I recently met Joe Satriani. As expressed already in this post, this guitarist means a lot to me. This time I had decided to opt for the ‘VIP package’ which includes meeting Joe….Although the security of the site was quite nervous and we had to line up for Joe, his assistant and Joe himself were very relaxed and easy-going. I practice the insights from Buddhism in which concepts as ego and equanimity are very prominent but surely that went all overboard! After shaking hands and thanking Joe for his music, art and the place his music takes in my heart, I asked Joe to sign my M9, just as Corbijn has signed my M8, which he happily did. The concert was awesome and as you can see, Joe played 1-2 feet away from me. After the encore he give me a big smile, pointed at me and made a ‘thank you’ gesture. To my big surprise, he decided to place this other picture on his site. Not as a photograph but as ‘art’.This picture is actually the result of the M9 not handling the burst of light of the stage lights. I was shooting at a fixed shutter speed and wide open which resulted in a totally over blown picture. I liked the results however and decided to send the picture to his webmaster. As the title of his latest album is ‘Shockwave Supernova’ the response of Joe was: Vincent van Kleef sent us this “shocking” photo he snagged while at the Heerlen show a couple of weeks ago. Joe shreds his way into a Supernova!!

 

Definitely one of my highlights in 2015:-).M8-M9_Corbijn_SatrianiSatriani

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Stillness and still in motion

With this amazing film still buzzing in my mind, I took a stroll back to my car. Late at night, my beloved Utrecht was still in full motion with people enjoying themselves but the city on its own was in full motion too. The lights, sounds and smells made me get into a meditative state. As I was walking through the streets and along the canals, I set my Leica on ISO 800 and the shutter speed on 1/30 sec.. This way I could be fully engaged with the process of capturing what I saw and felt. I did not worry whether the pictures would come out good and that proved to be a very good thing. I like the atmosphere of this picture, I hope you like it too.

 

 

 

Stillness

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