A picture…

Polaroid - 1

Hey folks!

First let me say it feels a bit weird to be writing this blog. It’s been ages since I spent as much as a thought on my blog. Well that’s not totally true but you get the idea right?

Second I’d love to show you this picture I took of my brother and his family. This is (roughly) how it went down.

Simon Marijke en kids

At Christmas day we celebrated at our church and my sister in law had asked me if I could shoot a picture of them some time during our gathering.

Since I was taking pictures for our church’s site anyway I thought i’d combine the two and agreed.

During a break in the program she quickly winked me and off we went. “I’d like a white wall.” she said. We had several to choose from and ended up in a room where the elderly people were practicing a song. A little hectic and crowded which isn’t ideal when shooting. Let alone shooting little children.

To end all the fuss that arose I told my brother to go sit in the chair and he put my niece beside him. The sister in law leaned in with the little one and tried to make him look my way. I had checked my settings before, aimed, made some (hopefully) interesting noises to draw attention and shot a couple of pics.

They seemed content with what I got, so we quickly vanished from the room and went on with the celebration. All this went down in less than five minutes; the shortest shoot of my life.

After editing I was pretty happy with the result, as were they. What do you think? Would you have done it differently?

10|10 Circle October ‘Our back yard’


Hey, I’m back. Finally, after three(!) months. What happened? I got a full-time job. Yay for me of course because now there’s more stability in my days and income. That’s very nice. But it’s also pretty shocking how few time there’s left to do whatever you want.

Enough about that, about these pictures… A few months back I shot a roll of Ilford HP 5 which is a black and white film. These were taken in our back yard to experiment with this film. I found that black and white is a bit trickier to use than colour. This is best shown with this first picture. Lees verder

10|10 Circle June ‘Benjamin and Stephanie’


It’s the most wonderful time of the month. I’m talking about that time where I post ten of my pictures, then link through to the next person in our circle of happy photo taking and sharing. Unfortunately I missed last month due to ill planning from my side. But I’m happy to have my stuff in order for this round!

For this month I asked my brother and his girlfriend if I could shoot them. On beautiful Portra 400 by Kodak. As the name suggests, it’s made for portraits. Since I’ve never shot it before I was very curious as of how it would turn out. As you can see below it turned out pretty well and yes I’ve fell in love with this film. The look and feel of them are just amazing don’t you think? Lees verder

10|10 Circle April ‘Look at this photograph’

This month is about polaroids. I got some fresh packs in the mail and really wanted to see how it would turn out. Well, I’m excited I can tell you. It’s not that I shot the best pictures as in technically a good photo. But the look and feel and the fact that they make great memories, makes that I really love these shots. Now, these packs are quite expensive at twenty bucks for eight shots. So I decided to just shoot one pack instead of one and two shots of the second pack I bought.  Lees verder

10|10 Circle March 2015: A sunny afternoon


Recently, like … last Saturday, I joined a 10|10 circle with fellow Clever Cookie graduates. We post ten pics on the tenth of each month and then link up to one of the others in the circle. In this way you, the viewer/reader and us of course, can click through the circle en look at all of our pictures of that month. An inspiring and challenging thing to do but I’m so up for it. I really want to get into photography and develop some serious skills and routine. So that’s one thing I hope to get out of this circle.

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Holga is best cool. Ik denk dat ik dat wel zo kan stellen. Holga? Ja, een cameramerk uit China. Zij maakten van die goedkope plastic, lo-fi ‘speelgoed’camera’s in de jaren tachtig. Erg leuk ‘speelgoed’ kan ik je zeggen! Er zijn verschillende modellen en een aantal lenzen voor op een (D)SLR. The foto’s hierbeneden zijn met zo’n lens gemaakt. Deze heb ik op mijn Canon 400D gezet. Daarnaast heb ik een pinhole Holga. Zo gauw ik die foto’s heb zal ik die ook posten.

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Blogging in 2015: Kicking it off with a challenge

List of Books

Het is 2015. Al een paar dagen inmiddels dus hoog tijd voor een blog. Dit jaar is voor mij het jaar van groei. Groei als persoon en elke dag een klein beetje meer. Het jaar van kleine stapjes, want zo kom je vooruit. De weg naar het doel is namelijk minstens zo belangrijk als het bereiken van het doel. Maar daarover later meer. Ik wil het nu hebben over boeken.

Via Facebook kwam ik een leeslijst tegen met 50 categorieën. De bedoeling is voor elke categorie een boek uit te zoeken en deze uiteraard te lezen. Die lijst is een van de uitdagingen van 2015. En een stevige want een boek per week betekent dat ik flink door moet lezen. Lees verder