Twins! And 5.000 uploads and 70.000 sales at shutterstock!

It has been quiet for a long time, but with good reason. Since the birth of our twins in August I’ve been as busy as always, only now more in the diaper-changing category and not so much with photography…

So before we go back to business first a family portrait! With fltr; Mirte, Mary Kee, Vera Ann and me!

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But! There’s is photography news too!

When the family was asleep I’ve managed to increase my shutterstock portfolio up to 5,000 images! I believe I was already at 4985 3 months ago, but nevertheless the 5K has been reached! The lucky photo is one of the massive Montagne de Bueren staircase in Liege. It may not be the most amazing image that I have in my portfolio, but I can’t help it’s always raining in Belgium…

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The same week I also sold my 70,000th image on shutterstock! The jubileum sale is one of my new bestsellers. I sort of stole the idea from myself and recreated my own all time best selling shutterstock image. Same idea, but another time and place.

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So that’s it again for now! Thanks for reading and see you soon!


IAMSTERDAM Rainbow hyperlapse

Last week I noticed that the IAMSTERDAM sign had changed colors for the coming gaypride, so I had to take advantage of that! Made some pictures, but also a Timelapse and a Hyperlapse. The hyperlapses are especially fun for those watching the person who is making the hyperlapse, snailing inch by inch around its subject :p

So this hyperlapse consists out of 400 images taken with a 5 second interval over a distance of around 30 meters. Despite working with a tripod I still managed to get sore arms and shoulders from moving the camera every 5 seconds haha. In post stabilised by hand and afterwards with warp stabilizer. Enjoy!



And here is the ‘normal’ timelapse

Autumn is coming early this year!

Next series I’m posting here will be a colorful one. Not as if my other series aren’t colorful, but this year autumn is brought to you early, so be prepared for some vibrancy!

Actually, I’m so far behind with processing my images that it looks like summer already ended in the Netherlands, but the truth is that the fall of 2015 was a very beautiful one as I will show below 😉

Let’s start with a beautiful aerial view of the forest at the Kaapse toren. This tower is very easy to get to and provides an amazing 360 view of the surrounding landscape. This is a cropped 180 degree double exposure blended panorama where I blurred out the sky to make it a bit more smooth since there were lots of chemtrails 😉 I’ve tried to work with filters, but it was to windy at the top and the tower was swinging too much to get sharp results.

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Autumn had also arrived in the city, maybe a bit less visible, but there are still enough signs to give away the season with its colors. The following shot of the Rijksmuseum I’ve had in mind for a while and early in the morning is the only moment when traffic isn’t constantly in the frame. Unfortunately, one car still managed to squeeze in, but nevertheless I’m quite satisfied with this result.

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Next image is a 5 step HDR which I took from a couple of steps leading up to a canal house. Because of the massive dynamic range with the backlight and to avoid blown out highlights (which I really don’t like to say the least), I was forced to shoot from -4 to +4, so a 24-steps difference.

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Same place, same time, just a different approach and angle. This is a double exposure and for a change I’ve included people in the image to add even more dutch culture to it with the bicycles 😉 So another typical vibrant sunrise in autumn on the iconic Amsterdam canals!

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The next morning was also nice and quiet, like almost every morning, with beautiful sunrise colors and mirror reflections in the canals. So one more of the canals in autumn, this one featuring the 19th century church ‘De Duif’ (‘The Dove’) at the Prinsengracht canal. Truly a divine sunrise I would say 😉

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Last image of this blog is something different. It is taken the night before the image above, on my to work instead of on my way home, but when I saw the full moon peeking through the skyscrapers I had to take a quick photo. There wasn’t much space to take a step back, so I whipped out my 14mm and shot straight up. I think the perspective really adds to the dynamics so I didn’t correct it, hope you like it!

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Back to Amsterdam!

Back to business also! It’s been (and will be) busy, but I’ll try to keep posting some more of the series I’m working on.

Last blog I posted some cityscapes of Amsterdam, and I think this blog won’t be much different, except that I’m working more towards autumn.

So, as a wise man once said: ‘Enough talk!’ (Conan the Barbarian) and start showing some photos!

I guess it will be all be standard classic places, so let’s start with the Brouwersgracht. I live at 5 minutes of this place, and sometimes it doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves because it’s so close by, so here it is

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Next image was the reason for my venture; I was hunting for the rise of the full moon at the Muntplein. Unfortunately it was a bit hazy and of course the moon wasn’t exactly where I hoped it would be, so instead of telezoom I switched back to slight wide angle and this is the result. So no big full moon, but still a nice cityscape at the flowermarket.

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Last in this serie is another well known spot at the Keizersgracht. On my way home I had to stop here (again) and take some shots. This is actually a cropped panorama, because I wanted to include the streetlights.

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Hope you enjoyed my evening and see you next time!