If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know by now that one of the greatest challenges with this blog is having enough material to have a regular and somewhat steady ‘production’. Being an amateur photographer with other occupations and responsibilities as well, I am simply not able to blog as much as I want to. At this moment there a few Portra 400 medium format rolls to be developed, but that will take a few weeks I am afraid. Until that moment, or other photo opportunities, I take the freedom to dig up an old picture taken with an Iphone 4S. I think I have used the Hipstamatic app, but I am not sure. I like the lines and contrast of the picture, I hope you like it too and will hold on to Pixandthoughts! 🙂
I recently visited an exposition by Anri Sala in the GEM museum in The Hague. Sala is an Albian artist who has won the Vincent Award (named after Van Gogh and not me obviously….). His work of art contains video art combined with different performances of the Clash’s Should I stay or should I go and a drumkit that drums on its own. It did not particular got my attention, but this scene did. Although its was pitch dark, knowing my camera inside out I quickly grabbed it, set the aperture on the F2,0 and the shutter speed on 1/15 combined with a ISO of 320. By leaning against a wall and having a fairly steady grip, I managed to take this picture. I am quite content with it as it represents the atmosphere of the room perfectly.
As my daughter and I crossed Times Square, this man walked towards the tribune which is situated just there. The intense look on his face and the sign he was holding made me grab my camera and take this picture. After that, I watched him sort of fall into the bunch of people who sat on the tribune. A lot of thoughts crossed my mind and one was: what makes people having the urge to do these sort of things?
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.
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.
I recently purchased the Nokia Lumia 1020 phone. As an Apple ‘fanatic’ I’d never thought I would switch from the iPhone to a Windows device, but the steep price of the iPhone 6 and the excellent 41 MP camera of the Nokia made me do it. I never really cared about the amount of mega pixels and have always been focusing on quality of glass (hence the love for my Leica M8, which has only 10MP), but I have to say that having so much real estate with the picture resolution, it means that you have an awful lot of room to play with in terms of composition. This picture of one of our cats chilling on the lap of our my daughter, edited within the awesome Oggl app of Hipstamatic, is about one tenth of the original picture and still shows quite a lot of detail. That’s the beauty of photography; although I tend to state that is all about the photographer and not the equipment, new equipment opens new opportunities for creativity.
While I was enjoying a nice cup of coffee and cheesecake with my daughter at a lunch room in Amsterdam, something happened I just cannot suppress: I saw a composition I had to capture with my camera. I happened to be my Minolta X-700 loaded with the very contrasty Rollei Retro film. I captures the essence of being Dutch in the sense that the bike is still a very dominant way of transportation and the vibe at the lunch room. Luckily my daughter enjoys visiting Amsterdam as much as I do so more pictures taken in this awesome city to come 🙂
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 keep photographing classic cars…the lines but also the signs of aging and decay attract me in a big way. This is a detail of a VW Beetle or Käfer like the Germans call this wonderful machine.
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 🙂