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Transcending love

Recently, I took my daughter for a walk through the Erasmus Park in Amsterdam. It was a lovely autumn day with beautiful light and colours. When your child grows older, self-consciousness grows too meaning that often your daughter or son does not want to be caught on camera that much any more. Luckily my daughter still has no issues with that and I think that is partly because she admires my skills of taking portraits of her but also the way I take pictures. Pictures that are worthwhile transcend something from the photographer to the person who is looking at it. This picture is a good example of that. I am full of love, admiration and awe for my daughter, and this picture is a reflection of that. Technically spoken one can say it is not in focus and the framing is (a bit) off. On the other hand the backlighting of her hair and the beautiful bokeh is great. I really like the atmosphere of the photograph. I added some grain and highlight colouring as well.
Transcending love

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.

 

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Winter-ouch!

The winter in the Netherlands has been very mild so far. So when we did experienced a little snow, many got out to enjoy the lovely weather it was accompanied by. In my case, I jumped on my bike to take some pictures. As I cycled along the meadows, I noticed the lines of the ditches disappearing into the distance so I decided to move my bicycle nearer to the meadow. After I had managed to get back on my feet, I realized that particular part of the street was quite slippery….Oh well, I managed to take this picture so why complain eh?
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New York

I recently visited New York along with my daughter. A wish of ours finally fulfilled. It has been a fantastic experience, in many ways. I took this picture on top of the Rockefeller Center, at the observation deck. I like the composition and to be honest; I got the idea when looking downwards to a woman taking a (seemingly) similar picture with her smart phone. I rarely use the 21 mm Voigtlander lens (about 28mm on the M8), but it is just right for this kind of pictures. New York_donderdag_Rollei Retro 80S_Yellow filter 29_sepia terra 10 (14 of 19)

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Play of lines and light

Not a particular interesting object this time, but I like the play of light and lines in this picture. Shot with the analog Minolta X-700 with Rollei Retro 400 analog film at the  Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.
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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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