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.


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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.





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Out of control


Do you ever feel things get out of your control and are forced to change? I do. It doesn’t have to be a negative thing as is it can put things in a new perspective and be a start of something new. Just focus on what’s in front of you, accept the change and carry on with the gift called life.Control

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Make Up

I am back after a little hiatus due to my vacation :-). I have enjoyed a holiday which had its ups and downs…enjoying the lovely island Ibiza with your daughter and being lucky being joined by your girlfriend and her daughter as they were visiting Ibiza as well, but also loosing you wallet along with your new iPhone 6 and suffering from heavy delays from our flights. I will spare you all the details and the hassle we had to go through, but it resulted in a very let’s say ‘dynamic’ holiday spend on Ibiza. I took this picture of my lovely daughter in our hotel room as she was putting up make up.  A moment of retrospection on myself as the father of an up growing child and my daughter of turning into a beautiful woman. Shot with the awesome Olympus OM-2n paired with the 50 mm F. Zuiko lens and Kodak Portra 125, converted to black and white, with a touch of toning and vignetting.Make Up

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The man pictured on this photograph is Ty Taylor of the band Vintage Trouble . They are supporting ACDC on their tour right now and visited Rotterdam on their own where they performed at the Metropolis Festival. I was totally blown away by their performance but managed to take some pictures though. They are not only excellent musicians but great performers as well, making them an awesome subject for my photography. They all expressed so much intensity that it transferred to the audience. I was jumping and moving around to get rid of all the excess energy I got from their presence and performance. Music is such a beautiful thing!
Vintage Trouble@Metropolis Festival Rotterdam July 5 2015_VincentVanKleef (25 of 37)

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Tony Bennett

This very weekend I visited the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, along with my girlfriend, her sister and daughter. One of the acts was the famous crooner Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga. The venue was jam-packed as there were a lot of ‘little monsters’ as Lady Gaga likes to call her fans, but sure enough Tony has his fair share of fans as well. At 88 years (!) old he needs to use the autocue and does not manage to sing perfect pitched anymore, but he still got ‘it’ for sure. What strikes me most besides the seemingly odd combination with Lady Gaga and her impressive voice, is the joy Tony expresses and the fact that at his very advanced age he still is able to do what he does best: singing and entertaining the audience. Truly an inspiration and proof that age is just a number.Tony Bennett

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The Amsterdam NDSM shipyard

I recently visited the Amsterdam NDSM shipyard. The NDSM shipyard has been one of the largest shipyards in Amsterdam, and is now developing itself into a creative city at the north bank of the IJ river. Where  events such as Over het IJ Festival, Valtifest, Amsterdam Water Festival and NDSM Vrijhaven are hosted today as well as monumental art in public space. It is immensely photogenic and in one afternoon I have shot pictures like this one, this onethis one and this one. I took the picture featured in this post in one of the halls. I like the rhythm and the butter smooth bokeh of the awesome Summilux lens. More pictures to come! :-)




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Poliana Vieira

I recently visited an event in which my girlfriend had an important role organizing it. One of the artists performing was Poliana Vieira. I got this singer on my radar some time ago and she turned out to be an acquaintance of my girlfriend, which gave me the opportunity to meet her in person. Very talented and a great performer. Surely I got the M9 with me to register all wonderful things happening that evening,  including this performance. You should definitely check her out. Watch her perform herePoliana Vieira

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Beauty of vintage cars

As you can see in former posts like this and this one, I have a weak spot for all that’s vintage and cars in general. So when I stumble across a vintage car and I have one of my camera’s with me, I make sure I take a picture. Most of the time pictures like this one, a vintage BMW 5-series parked along one of many canals in Amsterdam. Shot at wide aperture with the Summilux. I like the way this lens renders the in and out of focus area’s so much, it makes me shoot a lot wide open.BMW 5 serie_Kodak Tri-X (1 of 1)

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