New York

New York was quite different than I anticipated. I expected a very crowdy city that gives a claustrophobic feel because of the high buildings. I found that it gives a very spacious feeling, I guess it is due to the grid plan, which allows you to look out into the distance and not seeing a building. I found this fascinating so I made a series of pictures with this theme.

This was the very first picture I took when I was in New York. I noticed the shop that could be Seinfeld's soup nazi in the lower left corner only when I got home.

New York street shot

50 mm f/1.4. 1/4000 s, f/4, ISO 400

I really liked the magical sunset. This one is taken against the sun.

New York street sunset

50 mm f/1.4. 1/640, f/4, ISO 400

And here's the sunset with the sun from the back. Again magical light.

New York Sunset with Taxis

50 mm f/1.4. 1/320, f/4, ISO 800

Speedy Tuesday Lunch

Last Tuesday my friend Robert-Jan Broer from Fratellowatches organized a lunch for fans of the Omega Speedmaster watch. The people from Omega took good care of us and brought in some unique watches. I made a few pictures of course. These watches are not mine unfortunately.

All pictures were made handheld, without flash, using available light.

The lunch was quite stylish, with some watches of the Omega museum in Bienne under the bulbs on the table. There even was an astronaut (or at least the suit).

Speedy Tuesday Lunch

100 mm f/2.8 L Macro. 1/125 s, f/2.8, ISO 1600


This nice Speedmaster Moonphase has steel blue hands and markers. It was sitting in a box with black velvet together with some other watches, and the light was from a window.
Speedmaster Moonphase

100 mm f/2.8 L Macro. 1/125 s, f/3.2, ISO 800


This is a regular Speedmaster Professional on leather strap, on the wrist of an attendee.
Speedmaster Professional on the wrist

100 mm f/2.8 L Macro. 1/125 s, f/3.2, ISO 1600


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A Candid Portrait

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

100 mm f/2.8L Macro. 1/80s, f/3.2, ISO 1250

Street shot in Barcelona

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.

Street shot in Barcelona

50 mm f/1.4. 1/80s, f/4, ISO 800

Foam Party

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.

Guys with Stangata underwear at Foam Party, Sneekweek 2012, Schuimfeest Starteiland.

50 mm f/1.4. 1/50 s, f/2.2, ISO 3200

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Guitar Man

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.

50 mm f/1.4. 1s, f/4, ISO 400. Second curtain flash.