September 1, 2017

Returning to India

This summer I had the opportunity again to visit India for a couple of days. Before flying home after a busy working-schedule, I had some hours by myself to walk around the streets of Pune. It's funny how the hotel personnel always tries prevent you from doing so.

Aga Khan Palace in Pune (India) - SMC Pentax DA 20-40mm F2.8-4
The picture above was taken at the Aga Khan Palace in Pune. It was constructed in 1892 and it is easily one of the few remaining historic buildings you can find around town. The Aga Khan is considered a monument of national importance as Ghandi and his wife were interned in the palace for 2 years. Tucked away in a corner of the gardens I bumped into a column that holding Ghandi's ashes. Such a historic place and hardly any tourist to be found.

January 14, 2017

Strokes of light

This peculiar location - Poortgebouw - is literally next to my house and allows for great photographs. You're looking at a road that tunnels through an old building with a bridge right after it. Sounds complicated? Then check out the buildings' wiki page here

I just bought a new lens for my camera and was going for a stroll to take some test shots. As happens very often during summer, the bridge started to open up and blocked all traffic. This girl showed up and she stopped exactly on the transition between shadow and daylight. Perfect!

Poortgebouw in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - SMC Pentax DA 20-40mm F2.8-4
What I like about this shot is the strong framing, the structures under the bridge and of course the light that caresses her blonde hair and leather jacket.

August 14, 2016

The 80s FIAT commercial

A FIAT commercial from the 80s? Not really, this photo was taken during my last trip to Italy. Since I have not taken any photo in the last 3 months, I decided to pull this one out of the archives.

Even though the subject is nothing out of the ordinary, the photo just works very well for me. The sun was setting which resulted in some nice and long shadows. The clouds are dramatic and of-course the scenery is fantastic.

Fiat Panda in Abruzzo (Italy) - SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.4
This image was composed by merging multiple images by using the merging technique described in this tutorial. First I took all the required shots to fill the scenery, so basically the same image without the car. Then I waited for an interesting vehicle to pass by. Of course I hoped for some dazzling Ferrari, Lamborghini or some classic Italian car ... but I had to please myself with this Fiat Panda :-)

June 3, 2016

World Pentax Day 2016

Let me first get something out of the way; photography is not about what gear you use but about the significance of the end result: a photo. Among photographers a discussion often ends up in comparing who shoots with what brand and some bragging about the incredible lenses you have in your bag. I try to not get dragged into these useless discussions but often I find myself being guilty as well ...

In any case, I shoot Pentax and am very happy with the brand. Often I visit the Pentax Forum, a great resource of information backed by a very active and supporting community. Once a year the website organises the World Pentax Day:
"During each event, Pentax users have the opportunity to go out and shoot, and then upload their favourite photos to a special collective event gallery. Thus, together, we paint a snapshot of the world through the "eyes" of Pentax cameras!"
Binnenhaven in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - SMC Pentax-A 100mm F2.8

May 25, 2016

Exploring Abruzzo

Currently me and my wife are enjoying some days off in Abruzzo, Italy. It is one of Europe's most green and untouched areas. Really worth a visit! Just like last time I am cruising around out by bicycle with some camera gear in my backpack. A true win-win: I get to compensate for all the great Italian food while getting a true and intense impression of the landscapes.

Civitella del Tronto (Abruzzo, Italy) - SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.4
Recently I have been experimenting with merging images into high resolution panoramas of my hometown Rotterdam. Now I am applying this same technique here in the Abruzzo. It is a bit more tricky without tripod but after some attempts it worked out fine.