Shooting candid portraits at parties can be fun. Sometimes, the portrait turns out really nice, like this one.
The Canon 100 mm f/2.8L Macro is amazing for portraits. It was actually quite dark already, but the image stabilization on the lens saved the shot.
As this was shot at a private event I asked her permission for publication. Sybille, thanks for letting me publishing this picture!
100 mm f/2.8L Macro. 1/80s, f/3.2, ISO 1250
Well, not quite a candid street shot, just a portrait of my sister during a visit to Barcelona.
This was just after the manual focus on my 50 mm f/1.4 lens stopped working, but it still makes amazingly sharp pictures like this one.
50 mm f/1.4. 1/80s, f/4, ISO 800
The Little One Bar is the oldest bar in Eindhoven, and the smallest. The owner, Wil Lange, knows all about hospitality, whisky and cocktails.
50 mm f/1.4. 1/50s, f/1.4, ISO 3200
Carnaval in Maastricht mostly happens in the streets, with lots of small bands playing. There's the traditional type of band, the so-called "zaate herremenie" (drunk band) that uses mainly brass instruments. This was taken on tuesday of Carnaval 2013 in the stokstraot.
50 mm f/1.4. 1/125s, f/2, ISO 3200
This was a quite dark pub. Luckily iPhones are a great light source! This was taken in Café De Kram on Stratumseind in Eindhoven.
50 mm f/1.4. 1/50s, f/1.4, ISO 6400
The foamparty (schuimfeest) during the Sneekweek 2012 at Starteiland seemed a good place for pictures. Not many people bring their DSLR in. I now know why: the lens fogs within seconds. I had to take the lenshood off so I could clean the lens using a towel between every shot. Nobody threw foam at me because they thought I was an official (a Canon 5D MkII looks a bit out of place there). I only spent a few minutes making pictures and then brought the camera back to the boat.
These guys really wanted to pose (I couldn't refuse because I looked like an official). They probably got a discount on the Stangata underwear.
50 mm f/1.4. 1/50 s, f/2.2, ISO 3200
This was an experiment to see what you can do using a flash and long expusure. I prefocus manually. I hit the shutter and then the guy jumps into the picture. It's a 1 second exposure and the flash fires at the end of the exposure. By a miracle, he's in focus. We didn't try it a second time because this was sheer luck. (Thanks to Paul for the idea).
50 mm f/1.4. 1s, f/4, ISO 400. Second curtain flash.
Cars always amaze me. What a wonderful feat of engineering: 16 years old, completely frozen, but just turn the key and it runs. The sodium street lights add some effect.
100 mm f/2.8L Macro. 1/13s, f/4, ISO 3200
No flash and a 50 mm lens. That is the best for in a club. Now for some good models, just look around they will find you. This was shot at Taulerium, theme "Tauboys and Indians"
This is Geert enjoying too many beers at once:
50 mm f/1.4. 1/50s, f/1.4, ISO 2500
Eva with a Cowboy hat:
50 mm f/1.4. 1/50s, f1.4, ISO 2500
A crowd is always difficuilt, usually you only see the backs of people's heads. This was a lucky shot, has nice depth to it and tells a story:
50 mm f/1.4. 1/50s, f/1.4, ISO 2500
These were shot during a photography week at Préau in France. I spent a week looking for interesting patterns. One of the work titles of the series was "ordening" (arrangement) and Theo Niekus, the workshop leader, suggested I would use this as the title.
100 mm f/2.8L Macro, 1/500s, f/8, ISO 400
There's a lot to see in the forest. Why not just point your camera to the sky?
50 mm f/1.4, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 400
This one looks like an impressionist painting, but it is also still a tree.
100 mm f/2.8L Macro. 1/200s, f/9, ISO 400