I have done a lot, a mean really a lot of portraits and reportages the last couple of months. A couple of photo’s are featured on this blog and my portfolio site. It gives me so much joy to make the photography dance with my subjects and my Leica. Having said that, after so many photo shoots I have reached the point being ‘in need’ for a break out from that. So, when I met somebody at an event and talked with him about the amazing building of Radio Kootwijk (see my former post), he suggested to visit Radio Kootwijk together. That was my call. I keep being mesmerised by this building (see the first picture below) and its surroundings. I simply love the design, the industrial design, which is both beautiful and practical, and the energy! 3 photo’s this time 🙂
I love the Rotterdam Central Station. As I was walking back from the Kunsthal where I had met the famous photographer Peter Lindbergh and had Anton Corbijn sitting right behind me, I saw this segment of the station bathing in the evening light. I had the image pictured in my mind instantly. I made sure to use the f8 aperture in order to have the best performance of the Summilux lens (not that this lens really needed this).This picture has gained quite some praise on my Instagram account, I hope you like it too.
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.
Radio Kootwijk is a mesmerizing, mystic place but its centerpiece is a building with a very down to earth purpose when it was build in 1923: to have a radio connection with Java, which was a Dutch colony at that time. Designed by Julius Luthmann in the style of the Amsterdam School of Architecture and with added art from artist Hendrik van den Einde, it has an eery and fascinating presence. It has been used in the film Mindhunters and for a good reason; both the interior and exterior leaves you in awe. It is still in use, not for its initial purpose of making a connection between the east and west, but for various events. You can visit the building on your own, but being attended with a guide. During the guided tour I tried to soak up all the amazing details but also to snap some pictures like this one. I surely come back to this amazing place.
I caught these boy’s running as I was taking a stroll on the boulevard of Scheveningen. This boulevard designed by Manuel de Solá Morales Rubió, is a great piece of architecture, see this other picture I took that evening. I like the joyful rhythm of the running boys and the mood as well in this particular picture. I hope you do too.