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.
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.
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.
50 mm f/1.4. 1/320, f/4, ISO 800
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).
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.
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.
100 mm f/2.8 L Macro. 1/125 s, f/3.2, ISO 1600
New year's diner was late this year, june 1st..
Some pictures during cooking.
100 mm f/2.8 L Macro. 1/250 s, f/2.8, ISO 800
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.