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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.

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 :-)

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!"

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.

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.

Experiment with stacking long exposure shots

It was a long time ago that I walked off in the evening to take some city shots. This photo was taken at the Wilhelminaplein in Rotterdam, close to my home. There is a pedestrian bridge that allows to get a more top-down view on the traffic. I climbed up the stairs and took multiple long exposure shots to increase traffic density in the end result.

After an hour or so I decided to return home as it was freezing cold. I almost dropped one of my lenses from the bridge because I could hardly move my fingers. It was a first time experiment and I didn't expect much ... but once home I was pretty pleased with the outcome. Soon I will try to create some similar shots and am now scouting locations around town. I'll keep you posted!

Like the photo? I have added this picture to my shop as well.