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Showing posts from June, 2014

The man with his lunch box

Last Sunday I went for a stroll in the city, the best way to get your mind clear after a busy week. I am lucky to live in Rotterdam , a very photo-friendly place: modern architecture, multicultural, lots of people in the streets and the city hosts the biggest port of Europe. I recommend visiting the city, and so does the NY Times . There's always something to spot with you camera. After walking around a bit, I stumbled upon this guy. As you can see from the shadows, he was facing the sun directly. I guess he decided to enjoy the weather and didn't mind to position himself like a Rastafari in the middle of the street. Honestly, it was tough to get this shot. As a photographer you constantly scan the space around you, trying to notice everything that's going on. I felt he was more aware of my presence than I was of his. I bet he even knew what was going on behind him. Unfortunately I needed to get closer to him as I was shooting with a wide-angle lens ( this beauty ).

Power of black and white

As you will notice over time, most of my shots are converted to black-and-white. Some critics state that a photo should be as unprocessed as possible, a raw documentation of reality. But as noble as that sounds, I don't give a shit. I don't work for a news paper and I prefer to make images that I like. And I like black and white photos with strong contrast. Furthermore, I think each and every photo is biased anyway. The photographer's view is always subjective. This picture was featured as 'photo of the week' by the Dutch magazine Digifoto Pro , click here to read the article . They stated that black and white in combination with strong lines has always been a strong combination. I can only recon that. I remember going to the supermarket and bringing my camera along because of the low sun. As you can see, this resulted in lovely shadows. Below another shot that I took on the same location, a lucky shot from the hip. To not clutter these articles with in

Starting a blog again

Hi there, my name is Vincent and I am an amateur photographer from The Netherlands. With this blog I will share a selection of my photos, just as my vision on the subject. As most amateurs I have a 500px account, recently opened a 1X account and have been experimenting with Pixoto . Somehow I never ended up creating a Flickr account. It just never appealed to me. While skimming through some photo books I concluded that a picture is nice, but a picture with a story is much nicer . With this first post I will not go into great lengths to introduce myself. I guess it's better to just keep posting regularly to create  something like a 'blog portfolio'. Let's start with a shot that boosted my enthusiasm for photography. I bought a Pentax K-5 in 2011 ( a great camera that I've never replaced). Me and some colleagues - like  Camiel  - decided to take our cameras out after work. Time to explore the city! The following shot was almost taken accidental. We entered the tu