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Open the fridge !
Open the fridge !

Date:  October 3rd 2015

Title:  Open the fridge !


My dear friend Tiger, a low angle shot re edit with silver efex 2.0

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Virtual reality
Virtual reality

Date:  October 2nd 2015

Title:  Virtual reality

 

Sick at home, so time to kill and fooling around with some new editing programms. Using Gimp I created this new Harbour of my hometown.

A reality that doen't realy exist explains the title...think about it.

 

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Sparks might fly
Sparks might fly

Date:  October 1st 2015

Title:   Sparks might fly


Just before start of summer I went on a phototrip with two colleagues. Theme was lightpainting. It took a while to find the right spot for this experiment, we found this spot near the old lock of the Reindersmeer in Well. A wooden kay floating in the water could double the effect of burning steel. Not completely without danger, but I'm very satisfied with the result.


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Les feuilles mortes
Les feuilles mortes

Date:  September 30th 2015

Title:   Les feuilles mortes


You might have noticed that I try to find a lyric or a phrase from a song in my pic titles. Sometimes the atmosphere in a picture reminds me of lines from a song. This picture, shot at the graveyard in Tegelen allmost a year ago reminded me of some lines in the folksong autumn leaves: 


The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold


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Pagan Princess
Pagan Princess

Date:  September 29th 2015

Title:   Pagan Princess


I'm experimenting with photo art. The picture I took is no longer end product, but ingrediënt of a project in which I combine several pics and several techniques done with several editing programs. This Pagan Princess, basic picture shot at Elfia 2015 and a wooden structure from shutterstock have been redone with Lightroom 5.6, Efex color pro 2.0, Efex HDR 2,0 and Picasa, cinematic and AVS. A timerobbing but very satisfying procedure.


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Homer has left the office
Homer has left the office

Date: September 28th 2015

Title: Homer has left the office


Plombières yesterday. Urbexlocation Gare du Montzen revisited

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la vache qui rit
la vache qui rit

Date:   September 27th 2015

Title:   la vache qui rit


Today I went to revisit Le Gare du Montzen for an Urbexshoot. Driving from Germany trough the Netherlands to Belgium I passed a meadow in Les Fourons that was on higher level then the road which gave the oppertunity to shoot this cow from allmost ground level. The simplicity of the composition, light and sky brings this one to another level.


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watching the day fade away
watching the day fade away

Date:  September 25th 2015

Title:  watching the day fade away.


Almost 10 years ago I shot this pic near the dutch seaside during a summer holiday with my daughter. I was using semi dslr in those days and lay for over an hour in the dunes of Cadzand to make this picture. the title is from a Jimmy Sommerville song. A fellow photographer posted a similar shot today and I went browsing my archive to find my own version. Strong after all these years.


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Nimuë
Nimuë

Date:  September 24th 2015

Title:   Nimuë

 

To busy to shoot today, so browsing my archive was the only option. Years ago I studied Gestalt psychology in Belgium and wrote my paper about archetypes within the arthurian legend. Somehow this midieval princess shot at the Elfia 2015 event reminded me of Merlins love Nimuë before she was injured and fled to Avalon. 3 years ago I visited the Glastonbury Tor on a full moon night, and Merlins cave in Tintangel.....so Nimuë it had to be !

 

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Castle of colors
Castle of colors

Date:   September 23rd 2015

Title:   Castle of colors


Today I went for a job appliance and I had to travel for nearly an hour with my car. As usual I have my DSLR with me. On my way back home I descided to do a quick shoot at a location I wanted to shoot for over a year ago. Somehow that appointment got cancelled. Wrong cam, Wrong lens, it was raining but somehow I managed to take this shot. This wonderfull architactual masterpiece created by Hundertwasser still amazes !! I think I've got the title right


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anybody home ?
anybody home ?

Date:   September 22nd 2015

Title:   Anybody home ?


Autumn makes me allways kinda bluesy, summers over, winter is yet to come, a sort of middle time. In the meanetime this season brings wonderfull shooting conditions, not only that nature gives you so many colors, but also the low light conditions gives pictures an extra dimension. So instead of fixing the fireplace I'll put on my coat and go for a shoot a lot !

 

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Road to happiness
Road to happiness

Date:   September 21st 2015

Title:    Road to happiness


Yesterday in my hometown there was a little festival opening the new cultural season. I set up my cam in a little spiritual centre, speaking to people that passed on the street, asking them to talk about their moment of happiness.

What a wonderfull experience !! The result of what we've made is visible on a website which you van visit by clicking the button below

 


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The red Boroness
The red Baroness

Date:   September 20th 2015

Title:    The red Baroness


Lots of lots of material I brought home from the kingdom of Elfia, the 2015 edition. So hard to choose. But I've choosen this one because of the composition, the lightconditions and the balance of colors. Today I will make portraits on the street: "and now for something completely different" (John Cleese would have said)


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Morgan la Faye
Morgan La Faye

Date:  September 19th 2015

Title:  Morgan La Faye   


Just came home from hours of shooting at the Elfia 2015 Castlegardens edition, loads of material to edit, no time yet but I just picked this one out to mark the spot "picture of the day". Little added saturation and Iris correction in Lightroom.



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last shift
last shift

Date:  September 17th 2015

Title:   Last shift


No time for shooting today so time to browse my large archive. I love to shoot industrial sites. Rust, iron, steel and low light conditions and I'll be busy for hours. Last summer I visited this former steelfactory in NRW Germany together with some collegues. As dutchman I'm jealous about how germans in NRW preserve their historic industrial heritage. The meltovens I shot closed down in 1991 and are now monuments of sheer beauty.


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Green Light district
Green Light district

Date:  September 16th 2015

Title:  Green Light Dristrict


Yesterdaynight I had a spare hour, and since night comes earlier I descided to do a blue hour shoot in a little village jest across the German border in NRW. Immidiatly my eye fell on the newly neon lighted busstops that realy stand out in this pittoresk village. How ugly do you want it ?? Minidisco's flooded with sharp green neonlight.



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Road to happiness
Road to happiness

Date:  September 14th 2015

Title:  Road to happiness

 

To break with the tradition, I post a screenshot rather than a picture. Upcomming is the opening of the cultural season in my hometown. I will take part as a photographer. Theme for this year is moments of happiness. For this day I've set up a website which you van visit by clicking the button bolow

 

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Shoeshine
Shoeshine

Date: September 13th 2015

Title:  Shoeshine


Today I visited a cultural market and on the side of the road I found this turkish shoe shine man. He was talking very loud and no-one could understand a word of what he was shouting. When he saw my camera het told me to wait with my picture and quickly lighted a sigaret and then stared into my lens waiting for me to finish my picture.

 

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Stalingrad
Stalingrad

Date: September 12th 2015

Title:  Stalingrad


Last summer I had an assignment to shoot the Santa Fé event and had to deliver the pictures in a 1940-ies style. Normaly I use Lr & Ps and the Nik plug ins, to do my editing. Today browsing my archive I found this picture of a LARP event in 2011. In those days I was using my Fujifilm S6500Fd semi DSLR. I remapped the picture today and added cross processing and little blackcoal style. This nearly 18 year old boy dressed up like a german soldier and his little sad look reminded me of one of the saddest battles during the second world war. A pascifist I was born, A pascifist I will be for the rest of my days.


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Trying to get the balance right
Trying to get the balance right

Date:   September 10th 2015

Title:    Trying to get the balance right


Sometimes scene's seem to be so normal that you would have walked by without noticing. If you used to look for lines, composition or symmetry You'll find the extraordinary in just simple scene's



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Citylights
Citylights

Date:  September 9th 2015

Title:  Citylights


With the season rapidly changing, I'm not that sad that summer is over, allthough we had some spectacular sundowns, marvelous sunny days, lushious green shoots, I'm allready looking foreward to the new challenges for the changing lightconditions. Darkness comes in earlier and gives great oppertunities for citylights give nice effects. So wintertime I'm ready !!



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Photographic Eye
Photographic Eye

Date:   September 8th 2015

Title:    Photographic Eye


Of course owning a good camera contributes to good photography. But nowadays loads of people own a good DSLR, shooting mostly in automode. Far more important then an expensive cam is to devellop your photographic eye. Be aware of what's going on around you. Be allert not only of what's going on but situations that will develop shortly after. Compose a picture, choose the right lens, ISO, shuttertime and apperature because you already see the result even before you take the picture.


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Midieval editing
Midieval editing

Date:  September 7th 2015

Title:  Midieval Editing


4 ways to edit a picture...oh how hard to make choices in life



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orange
orange

Date: September 6th 2015

Title: Orange


When I started with my first analog camera I soon found out that handeling a camera is just half of your job. Developing the picture was another very important part. Of course when digital cam became better and better and finaly when All de DSLR option came in reach de developping proces moved into my computer, Ps and Lr and all the plugg ins where hard to learn. This picture is an experiment to work with radial filters. 


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Castlegardens
Castlegardens

Date:   September 4th 2015

Title:    Castlegardens


Today an old colleague asked me to do a shoot while he was guiding a group visitors through the castlegardens in Arcen. He asked me not to be too close with my cam so I mounted my 200 mm and took different paths, which of course gave me the oppertunity also to take some shots for myself in dreamy spots. No this is not Polynesia this is in my hometown.



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The Warrior within yourself
The Warrior within yourself

Date:  September 2nd 2015

Title:   The Warrior within yourself


Yesterday, people gathered to say goodbye to Rik's peacefull warrior. I wanted to shoot the event and came up with the idea to take a picture while everybody took the same position as the warrior. So I asked everybody to take the same position. Useualy I shoot what is going on, this is the first time I compose the picture.

I didn't know how powerfull the image was but today on social media it goes viral compared to my other work that is.


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Last day of the peacefull warrior
Last day of the peacefull warrior

Date :  September 1st 2015

Title:    Last day of the peacefull warrior.


For the last one and a half year Rik van Rijswick's statue "The peacefull warrior" stood on the entrance of the Venlo Harbour. It was on a loan basis, now the cit council and the artist didn't reach an agreement about the selling price, so the peacefull warrior will leave Venlo tomorrow. Allthough many people like this image and tried to save the statue for the city by fund raising, they didn't succeed. To honour the warrior I place this 2 layar picture here today.


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A night at the opera
A night at the opera

Date: 31st August 2015

Title:  A night at the opera


Too busy to go on shoot today so I fooled around with an older pic and aged it in Silver Efex 2.0 en then added a layar



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Bird of prey
Bird of prey

Date:  30th August 2015

Title:   Bird of Prey


Shot yesterday at the birdshow:


They watch and they feed
They take what they need
They bite as you bleed
The birds of prey


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Bubble car
Bubble car

Date:  August 29th 2015

Title:   Bubble car


Today I shot a meeting of 230 little fiat 500 better know as the "cinquecento" I put on my wide angle lens and lay down in the grass to get a nice low angle shot. Somehow the vieuw must have been hilarious so the owner of this little fiat descided to shoot me aswell.


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Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters

Date:  28th August 2015

Title:   Muddy Waters


This afternoon I was shooting for a bigger series named: "steelworks which" I will publish on this site later. While talking to one of the constructionworkers my eye fell on the reflection in the mudpool. I had the patience to finish my conversation polightly but in the meantime crossing my fingers that the lightconditions would not change. Specs: D7100 at 70 mm F/8.0 at 1/1000 sec ISO: 200


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city lights
city lights

Date:   August 27th 2015

Title:    Citylights


A few weeks ago I tried to make my first night shots with my new dslr. For me the best way to get to know a new cam is the trial and error method. If I read the manual the info is not integrated so I have to go on a lot of shoots and make many mistakes to realy handle a dslr quickly, some4times something nice comes out like this picture of the citycentre of my hometown with the colorfull musichall and the lightbridge across the harbour.


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Space to breathe
Space to breathe

Date:  26th August 2015

Title:  Space to breathe 


Today I drove across the border with my motorcycle, which is not a big deal for I live only 2 miles from the German border. Since the borders dissapeared by the Schengen treaty, I often cross the border and am amazed by all the beauty that I discover. Today I visited Wachtendonk which is only 15 km from my hometown. The area around Wachtendonk is mainly agricultural. I saw the beautifull clouds in the sky as a the weather was changing rapidly. On my way home I took this shot with my DSLR. Specs: 18 mm, ISO 200, F 9.5 at 1/350 sec


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Amsterdam Pub
Amsterdam Pub

Date:  25th August 2015

Title:  Amsterdam Pub


The newest extension of the National Open Air museum at Arnhem is a street of the "Jordaan", a typical neighbourhood of Amsterdam. One of the buildings contains this typical sixties pub. I shot it with an fill in flash and turned it into High Dynamic Range.



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Yellow like Van Gogh
Yellow like Van Gogh

Date:  24th August 2015

Title:   Yellow like Van Gogh


Yesterday I visited the national open air museum in the Netherlands together with my daughter. It was a beautifull day, hot and very sunny weather and of course my DSLR at the side. Mainly focussing on composition and authenticity of my shots I think this one represents the atmosphere the best. I'll publish a series lateron on this site.


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Dead bird
Dead bird

Date:    23th August 2015

Title:     Deadbird


I shot this pic today at the Summerpark festival in Venlo, The girl you see in the pic just performed in a very demanding dance act, with afternoontemperature close to 30 degrees. This shot was taken just when the act was over, timing was crucial.



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the chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one they said
the chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one they said

Date :  20-08-2015

Title:    the chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one they said

 

The Pic of today was shot at the Elfia event a year ago. I allways atracted by the willingness to pose for photographers by these larp creatures. Allthough I even haven't got a clue what moves people to dress up for days it gives me wonderfull pictures. In 3 weeks the next event will take place in Arcen so by placing this pic we can taste a bit of what is coming soon

 

 

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Little Paris
Little Paris

Date:  August 18th 2015

Title:   Little Paris

 

Today I post an old picture. I took this shot during a walk through Maastricht in the Fall of 2012. On the south side of the city far away from the tourist crowded city centre you can find these forgotten spots of Maastricht that still breath out the late 19th or earrly 20th century atmosphere. I repost it Today because I entered this picture in a worldwide Black & White competition. Today I received a mail telling me that my Picture belongs to the top 10 worldwide which makes me very proud of course.

 

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On a dark dessert highway
On a dark dessert highway

Date :  August 17th 2015

Title  : On a dark desert highway


I've been playing arround with new editing programs and their possibilities.  In the small picture you see the original picture I shot at a local festival. I used Gimp to create a active pathway an scale it into another background that suits the object better. Normaly I don't like artificial editing to create a reality that in real life doesn't exist, but in this case I wanted to train my skills. Most of the times it fails 9 out of 10 times, however this time everything seemed to fall at its place, even the shadow is perfect


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Are you lonesome tonight ?
Are you lonesome tonight ?

Date :    August 16th 2015

Title :     Are you lonesome tonight ?


Usualy I'm not the type of photographer that is in front of the mainstage, shooting endlessly what's going during the gig. Today I was actually looking for scenes in the surroundings of the festival. But when Wild May West opened the festival I couldn't resist. Sometimes everything comes together in a picture, contrast, colors, composition, sharpness but mostly the expression of the artist.

When I saw the result of the shoot on my flatscreen I immidiatly descided to enter this picture in several competitions. So please keep your fingers crossed !


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Larp
Larp

Date :   August 15th 2015

Title :   LARP


As a photographer I'm allways on the hunt for unusual pictures. LARP (Live Action Role Playing) events seem to be perfect for this. After having Midieval knights, farmeres from the dark ages, soldiers from Napoleons Army, Witches, Angels, Trekkies, Gnomes and WO2 soldiers in front of my lens, today I'll visit a grease head festival. I heard an interview on the radio that more and more people where into Mindfullness, just to become aware of the Here and Now. Seems they lose ground to the larpers that love to live their sparetime as a roleplayer in a different aera. I've tried to understand the phenomena but I don't have a clue yet. Anyway it brings great shoot oppertunities.

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hot town, summer in the city
hot town, summer in the city

Date:   August 14th 2015

Title:   Hot town, summer in the city


Walking through my hometown this afternoon and experimenting with high shutterspeeds I took this picture in which you can see the weather changing. Everybody is longing for a good rain after weeks of dry weather an extreme high temperatures. Allthough the picture has the looks of an HDR it simply isn't



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It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all

Date:   August 13th 2015

Title:   It's a small world after all


This pictute was taken just before yesterdays picture. On tot of the castle looking down on the streets of Ghent. In Lightroom I did some radial editing which gives it the Tilt Shift effect and it appears as a miniture world,



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I'm just waiting on a friend
I'm just waiting on a friend

Date:  August 12th 2015

Title:  I'm just waiting on a friend


This summer I visited Castle Gravensteen in Ghent Belgium. On this very hot summerday everybody was looking for refreshment. This young Muslima was waiting for the bus to arrive. I shot her cooling down mayself for a moment in the shadow. The sandstone colors of the house and the mulsima makes that it has a northern african atmosphere.

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At the dimming of the day
At the dimming of the day

Date:    August 11th 2015

Title:    At the dimming of the day

 

August brings wonderfull sundowns, I shot this one on the banks of a nearby lake. I used a fill in flash with a little delay and a diffuser to lighten up the plants and trees in the front. No after editing was needed.

 

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All Americano Day
All americano day

Date:    August 10th  2015

Title:     Mellow Yellow

 

Being back after my holiday I'll try to pick up the "pic o/t day" tradition

Yesterday I visited the All American Day. When I wanted to leave I found my battery flat from my new D7100 so I took my D90 backup with my new Tamron 10/24, a combination I hadn't tried before. The small festival brought together a collection of american cars and motorcycles. My Eye fell on this sixties Ford Pickup. Shot on 16 mm with ISO 200, F10 at 1/400 sec. Added in Lightroom 5.6 I put a radial blur to the picture and the transformed it into High Dynamic Range with Nik's Efex 2.0. The owner of the car was delighted when I send him the picture. changing the background with a shutterstock picture, as you see here, gives it a surreal feel.