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Jan Jaap van den Hurk

The first camera I owned was a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 10, which I got as a present on a long ago birthday. I used to shoot grainy, sometimes blurry pictures on every major holiday we took and most of these ended up stuck in an album. When I started university and spent times in foreign climes, I wanted something bigger, something that would give me more control and more chance of getting pictures I'd actually be proud of, for I wasn't proud of those 110 film images any more.

I ended up with an SLR and took slides for the next twenty years. I started off with a couple of rolls of film per trip, but soon came back with a dozen or more per trip. I loved the light you get in slides, but they get dusty so quickly, you need to remodel the room every time you want to show them and people can't watch them at their own pace. There are still a fair number of cases filled with slides hiding in a closet, but the better part of them have been scanned and cleaned.

In 2002 I made the change to digital and bought a Coolpix 995. Definitely one of the more fun camera's to work with and superb for street photography and other candids, However the urge for more control grew and in 2005 I bought a shiny new DSLR.

I love to photograph the landscapes and architecture of the places I visit. Adding people to that mix often makes things feel more alive, so I keep an eye open for candids. On the other hand I like to go into the details and move things to a more abstract place. Lately I've been bitten by the HDR bug and am trying to figure out what shots work in HDR and which don't, and in what way I bring out the image I see in my mind, when I hit the shutter button.

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