For my compositions it is often better that I work with 1 fixed-focus lens than with a zoom lens or other, different lenses.
Of course there are a lot of things I cannot shoot with my single fixed-focus lens: because I cannot get near enough or because I don’t get enough into my frame. On the other side my single fixed-focus lens forces me to go creative and always look out for alternative, acceptable solutions which often leads to unexpected, interesting results. The photograph below is a typical example.
With a zoom- or telephoto lens I certainly would have tried to get the helicopters closer in the shot which would have led without any doubt to a most common shot, the kind of picture that most people would shoot.
With my 35mm I was forced to stay ‘far away’. So I had to look out for other format-filling elements: the tram lines and the traffic sign. The result is a remarkable and quite funny mix of air and ground elements. It resulted in a surprising photograph, a ‘keeper’, the ki ...
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Wonders usually happen at the end of the day at a time when you sure don’t expect them anymore. That was exactly the case on Thursday, the 7th of June 2012.
After a matt, grey day, just before dark, a late sun pierced for a very short while through the low, dark clouds and turned our street into a dramatic decor, with rainbow and all. Better than Hollywood.
Never say never but always have your camera with you.
Wonderen gebeuren meestal op het einde van de dag, als je ze zeker niet meer verwacht. Zoöok op donderdag 7 juni 2012.
Na een matte, grijze dag, net voor het invallen van de nacht, stak een late zon nog even priemend door de lage, dreigende wolken en toverde onze straat om in een dramatisch decor inclusief regenboog. Beter dan Hollywood.
Zeg nooit nooit, heb altijd uw camera bij de hand.
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REAL photos are easiest made if you have some captivating light, when you see a somewhat decent composition (which may be quite classic, not too far-fetched) and when you have an interesting subject and a little bit of camera technique. PATIENCE is probably the most difficult capacity a photographer needs: being able to wait till the moment is REALLY there to point the camera and shoot.
For this quite dramatic shot I only had to wait till a tremendous rainstorm rushed over the city. Only one simple, average click (with my cute, little compact camera) and a PC-conversion to B&W were needed. As simple as that.
ECHTE foto’s zijn het gemakkelijkst om te maken als je maar wat boeiend licht hebt, een enigszins correcte compositie ziet (die best klassiek mag zijn, niet ver gezocht) en een interessant onderwerp plus wat technische cameratechniek hebt. GEDULD is misschien nog de moeilijkste eigenschap die een fotograaf moet hebben: kunnen wachten tot het moment om de camera boven te halen WE ...
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Often I am surprised and amazed (or maybe I often just imagine myself) that the small, every-day things close to us resemble so much the very big things around us in space. The big things are unmeasurable and infinitely big and the small things are evenly unmeasurable and infinitely small but everything is relative: the distance between the planets and the stars is proportionally not bigger than the distance between the atom and the electrons that circle around it. And for me (I am just a naive observer with a little camera) there is a poignant resemblance between these structures, immensely big and immensely small. Just look at the asphalt of a parking area: the black asphalt is the unmeasurable, deep space, the chewing gum, the cigarette-ends and the pieces of paper are the planets and the stars, the painted markings the galaxy, or, somewhat closer, the condensation lines of a far airplane.
The parking space is a copy of our universe. What we see down here is a copy of what we are ...
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