A picture a day | What you see when you look up

Today it was still a holiday. So we went for a walk and some food to Heusden. Heusden is around the corner from where we live. It’s a lovely little town. It has also a little harbor. The weather was great and we had a great dinner. But the magic happened on the way back to the car.

First I spotted some ducks in the water. They were… actually, I have no clue what they were doing. They were diving or snorkeling or looking for sunken ships. I really don’t know. The only thing I could see was their butts pointing towards the sky. And because of that, I looked up. It was a sign. They wanted to make me look up the sky. But ducks don’t have a pointing finger. So they point with their butt. I guess.

The sky was awesome. Clouds, the sun, reflections all over the place… it was stunning.

You can see a lot when you look up. Sometimes with the help of some ducks. 🙂

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A picture a day | Dramatic clouds

It’s cloudy. And I like that. Not the rain or storm. Just the clouds. Blue skies are… just blue. But clouds make the sky alive.

There are these white fluffy cotton-candy-like clouds. White fluffy clouds in a blue sky make the world a… uh… a piece of candy. A sweet must have big blue marble.

And there are these dark grey threatening clouds. They make the world a thriller. The way I like it. Especially above open water these clouds makes you feel… tiny and vulnerable. And look at that boat. He’s flooring it to get out of there.

To be honest I helped the story a little bit with some dramatic spices and HDR flavour. I have a lot of fun with ‘cooking’ a picture like that. Photography is not just trying to replicate the world on a pixel-level precision-ness. (Is that a word?) Photography is also giving birth to stories. Uh.. that’s an awkward sentence you don’t wanna have a picture of.

Anyway… for me, it’s all about the creative process. Scouting the scenery, taking the picture and creating something with it. For tomorrow I’m thinking of something green!

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A picture a day | Social Photography

First things first… this is not a picture taken by me. Paul took it. It’s a great picture. And he didn’t just hit the shutter button. He first hit the social button.

We were taking pictures in Woudrichem. A small village nearby. Every building over there is a monument. They take great care of all these buildings. And so was this guy. While I was playing candid camera, Paul had another approach. He started a conversation. About buildings and masonry and the weather and so on. Just small talk. And the guy was enjoying it. He was on that scaffolding the whole day so he could use a break.

After that Paul asked if it was okay if he took some pictures. He didn’t mind at all. And so Paul turned the guy into a model.

So Paul learned me a lesson that day. Street photography is often Social Photography. 🙂

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A picture a day | From boring to exciting

I was in London a couple of weeks ago. It was an exciting trip. But the weather over there was boring. Of course, I had a camera with me. I took a picture of the river Thames but I had to spice it up. Making the picture as exciting as the whole trip.

The camera I had with me was the Fuji X100. Small, light and incredible. I wasn’t really on a sightseeing trip in London. I was there for some real business. I had a meeting for one and a half hour in the center of ‘business-doing’-London. Four out of five people on the street were wearing a suit. With tie.

My meeting was with Brinley. He has some real corporate mileage on him. So sure I was listening very carefully to him. People like Brinley know stuff. So I was very excited. Not nervous. Excited. We talked about strategy, ‘Strategy with Balls’ and digitizing businesses. It was a great meeting and I’m working on the follow-up right now.

Back on the streets again it was time to relax and enjoy London. It’s an awesome city. But with the really boring weather. So I cranked up the weather in the picture. For sure the people in the ferris wheel want to get out as soon as possible. 🙂

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A picture a day | Back into the field

Today it was the first day of my holiday. And that means I have time for things I really like. Well, there is always time but it’s a constant struggle with priorities. And when I have a holiday my priorities are different. Today one of those priorities was getting back into the field.

So I grabbed my D90, tripod, and carkeys and rushed out. I live nearby a beautiful piece of nature (Biesbosch) and there is always a bit of sky, field or pond to take a picture of. It was getting dark very quickly so I needed a lot of shutter speed but I brought my tripod. But where is the remote? Really, why do I have so much stuff in such a small bag? After putting the bag upside down three times I found it. The remote.

The picture is combined with three separate pictures with different exposures. I wanted the green of the grass and the blue of the sky. It’s called bracketing. I don’t know why. I didn’t use a bracket.

This picture is no price winner. But I actually like the result. Me, back into the field again! 🙂

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A picture a day | Walk it off

I stumbled over my own ‘A picture a day’-challenge and felt down. No biggie. You stand up, walk it off and continue. And that’s what I did. Paul and I went for a whole day of some serious street photography. To watch life closely.

Paul and I are different. First of all he’s freakin’ tall. He doesn’t need a drone. On the street Paul shoots with a Olympus OM-D 5 and I with a Fuji X100. He’s more of a portret kind of guy, I’m a typically ‘from the hip’-shooter. Paul is on autofocus, I’m in the zone. But we also share a lot. We share our insights, findings and opinions. A laugh, a few drinks and a good meal. By the way, check out Paul’s website.

First we went to Woudrichem. A lovely small town but with just a few streets. That’s bad for street photography. So we moved to Breda which is a proper city. Lots of streets and lots of people. We had an awesome time. We walked, talked and shoot a lot of people. Even a little rain didn’t bother us and actually added some flavour to the scenery.

I’m starting to love this kind of photography. It’s like you are zooming in on life around you. Every minute is a complete movie. There is so much going on. Normally we race through the day. We don’t stop, take a deep breath and connect with our surroundings that often. Street photography forces you to stop and connect. With life, each other and yourself.

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A picture a day | Shapes

A couple of days ago I posted something about photography and architecture. So I was wondering if I have more picture about the same theme. It surprises me how few there are. But I ran into this one.

You’re right! These are the stairs in >Rome>Vatican>Museum. Rome is awesome. These stairs also. Actually they are not really stairs. It’s more a spiralled walk-thing-y. And from above it’s a interesting shape. And that explains when I’m interested in photography in relation to architecture. For me it’s not about the buildings. It’s all about the shapes. On the other hand… maybe architecture is about shapes.

The second picture is another example. I took it in Rome also. I don’t know the building. I haven’t a picture of the building. I just took a picture of the ceiling. Because of the shapes.

Another one. The Eiffel Tower from underneath. Doesn’t look like the Eiffel Tower. It’s a shape. Well… that’s me. Travelling around the world, taking pictures of shapes.

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