Some catching up!

So! It’s been like half a year ago since I last posted anything. I’ve been way too busy with all kind of other things like having twins etc…

In this blog I’m going to fast forward a bit to catch up to where I’m at the moment with my images and also showcase some of my work what I find in the streets 😉

First I’m excited to have my Baobab Alley photo chosen to be featured in the Oxfam Novib 2019 merchandise (cards, calendars, agenda etc)

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Further, I’m always seeing my images everywhere in the streets, sometimes even as weird as a grilled ham and cheese sandwich on the beach in Spain or a brochure for help after suicide…

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Last week I saw the same image at Schiphol airport (where a lot of my work can be spotted), used by a mayor cheese company

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And a while ago I also saw this one, used by a hotel at Schiphol as backwall

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Fun stuff, but now let’s move on and show some work I’ve been doing the last months. Let’s start where I ended (Autumn is coming early this year!) and add one more autumn view I really like. A wide angle (14mm) macro image of some fungi on a tree on the ground. Weird looks from some hikers in the woods, but I think it was worth some wet and dirty clothes.

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Next some shots from Leiden, my birthplace, so I better share a few beautiful images of the city. No story’s, just images (probably the way you like it ;))

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We have also visited Eindhoven at GLOW (totally random, I know haha);

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And of course some more Amsterdam shots, this time with a spooky atmosphere in the fog and also a couple with one of the most amazing sunsets at the Damrak and Red light district;

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And last… even more Amsterdam (of course…)! These images are shot during the Light Festival with all kind of art projects in the canals, but I mostly prefer the canals without art 🙂

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Thanks and Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

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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