Intense

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! :-)

 

 

NDSM

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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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Stairs

Some scenes immediately translate into black and white pictures, like this one. I took it on my walk to the Scheveningen boulevard.  Stairs

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Aware

As soon as you are aware of your surroundings, you start to perceive things you would have not noticed otherwise. When I walked across the boulevard of Scheveningen, I noticed this pattern in the sand. I immediately imaged it in black and white, although I had a color negative film, Porta 400, loaded in the OM-2.
Olympus OM2 + Portra 400 2015 (1 of 1)-9

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Walking between lines

Sometimes you feel like you have to keep walking between the lines society has laid down….At the end of the day, how important is the individual really?Runner (1 of 1)

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VSCO

I’ve used the film simulation of DxO Filmpack for a while now with great results. Especially the Rollei Retro simulation can really add some magic to your pictures. What has bothered me though is that this is a plugin for Lightroom rather than a preset. That means that you have to let make Lightroom make a TIFF file, export it to DxO Filmpack, do your thing and let it import it back into Lightroom. Not only is it cumbersome workflow wise, but you are not able to save the changes you have made in DxO Filmpack. Having nice results with the VSCO app on my iPhone, the Lightroom presets seemed quite interesting for that matter. So, when VSCO introduced a free version I immediately went for a test drive. This is one of the first results, made with the Kodak TRI-X simulation, with a fairly amount of grain added. I like it.

 

TEST VSCO KODAK TRI X (1 of 1)-3

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What’s going on

While photographing the volleyball game of my daughter (yes you 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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