Snapcat Ria!

Off course you all know my world famous plus-sized model Obesicat Ria. After i.e. being at the Jimmy Fallon show ( some time ago, she’s back!

Bigger and rounder, Obesicat has found a new level of fame by becoming….

A Snapchat filter model!Β 


So try your best and become a supermodel for a moment!


Nb; Credits for discovering this gem go to my other super(jealous)model Jim and the snapchat execution credits go to expert snapchatter dr Mirte Bosse

-edit- Update; breaking news! Studentmodel Rick claims to have discovered the Obesicat snapchat filter! And Jim responds; “I’m not jealous, just happy for her… She should retire”


Lomanstraat Amsterdam (and more!)

I think I’ll start a small album with some image from Amsterdam and later on from Leiden also (new blog).

As you all know by know I go through Amsterdam by bike in the early morning when I go home from work. One of the less known but very cool streets I stumbled onΒ in Amsterdam is the Lomanstreet in the South. Really awesome lane with big crossed Honey Locust trees (NL: Valse Christusdoornen (Gleditsia triacanthos)), which reminds me a little of a sort of urban dark hedges πŸ™‚

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Next are some more crooked trees, this time in the Vondelpark on the same morning. Summer is coming so start running! πŸ˜‰


The following morning I went after one of the most photographed and iconic spots in Amsterdam; The houses in the water at the Damrak. When you visit Amsterdam it is about the first thing you see when you arrive and almost every tourist takes a photo on their way to the red light district or the coffeeshop… So did I, on my way home, early in the morning just before sunrise.

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I’m back! And after this serie of Amsterdam, I’m switching to my beautiful birthplace Leiden! I already wanted to take some more shots over there and so I did! Let’s start with a long exposure HDR project at one of the more iconic places at the Galgenwater. 4 images HDR varying from f11, 20sec, iso100 until f9, 83sec, iso400… I’m always struggling with this kind of shots, hope you like it!

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Next image is taken not far from and not long after the last; on the right behind the windmill to be exact. After sunset I of course wanted to capture the blue hour and I did so at the Morspoort with windmill the Put in view on the right this time. The rising full moon and mirror reflection completed the scene for me πŸ™‚

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Let’s add another one just before the (Easter)weekend! Still Leiden off course πŸ˜‰

This is an extreme wide angle of the cityhall of Leiden at the Breestraat, still the same day as the shots above. With limited space it was challenging to get it in one shot, but my Samyang 14mm surprises me every time with its ridiculous range. With shots this wide I correct the perspective only a little bit, because otherwise it looks really unnatural.

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I’m getting to the end of this blog and I’ve got one more subject I’d like to cover in this series. I’m staying in the surroundings of Leiden, Hoogmade actually, where I went to photograph some foggy morning landscapes the next morning. First image is the Kalkmolen (1685) with some slight back-light πŸ˜‰

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Since it is almost Kingsday in the Netherlands I’ll add another orange image. Orange cows in the mist! Just a fun view of some cows at the same place as the windmill in Hoogmade I added before. Have fun!

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2 days in Antwerp!

A while ago we had the pleasure (work) to visit Antwerp again. Always great to just walk around (because it’s not too big) and drink some beers (just because).

One of the places we always (want to) visit is off course the Zoo, no explanation needed. At such places I need to be careful not to fill up my CF-card within an hour, so I focused my attention on the silverback Gorilla and tried to get some close-up shots. He was not amused, but I still got some pretty good shots through the poop-smeared window!


Not amused…


Gorilla hand (with the thumb in a funny angle)

Oh, and there was also a tiger who went for a swim. Like half of my shots were of this tiger, so I had no choice but to include 1 shot here!


Tiger in the water

Next stop has to be the ‘Grote Markt’ town square with the Brabo fountain, the golden houses, the beautiful city hall (not shown here) and in the background the Cathedral of our Lady. Last time we went there was a Christmas market going on, but this time the square was nice and empty, just the way I like it! Nb; The Brabo fountain has a yellow Tour de France jersey on, silly Belgians…


Golden houses in the blue hour


Brabo fountain and the Cathedral

Last, I visited the relative new MAS-building, a really cool museum in the harbor with the possibility to go to the roof (yes: free) and see over all over Antwerp. I planned a sunset timelapse, but forgot my intervalometer, so I was home early. But not before I took some cool photos of the view and the actual building itself (even from the inside)!


‘Loodsgebouw’, no idea what they do over there, but it looks nice


View from inside MAS

So that’s it for now, thanks for reading and looking at my (small) selection of Antwerp in 2 days! Hope you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Cheers!


Yesterday I received some postcards by mail!

Normally, that’s not so special, but this time it were all postcards made from my images which are going for sale πŸ™‚ So away with the old and make way for some new vibrant cards!

To order the cards (ie for business or personal use) you can contact Hamar (or me)! πŸ™‚



Amsterdam Blue hour moon!

Last year I was testing some sunset ideas with my filters (which wasn’t a big succes in my opinion, but you can judge for yourselfs, I will post an image below haha).


However, after sunset I had more succes in the blue hour with good conditions; no wind and clear skies. I even had a glimps ofΒ the (almost) full moon over the canals in Amsterdam



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Amsterdam Basilica of St. Nicholas

This one of the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Amsterdam was taken during a summer sunset in June when a thunderstorm was forecast. Unfortunately, there never was any lighting, but the view from the top of the Hilton is always amazing.



I also made a composite image of what should have been πŸ˜‰ Maybe more luck next time!


Vondelpark snow

Due to the lack of winter and snow, I have dug deep into the archives and found this image which I shot with my first camera ever, my Olympus e-510. Back in 2010 when winter was real and climate change not, I went out on a extremely snowy day (for dutch understandings). At that time I was still living at the Vondelpark where I shot this beautiful scene of a couple defying the conditions.