Up close and personal Portraits

This week started off great! Three wonderful photo shoots with three wonderful ladies; Sophie, Leonie and Jacqueline.

After my trip to the United States of America I’ll be continuing on this path. I’ll be more focused on photographing portraits headshot-style. Who doesn’t need a good online presence, right? And a good portrait photo will always help with that!

I shot this with my Nikon D800, tethered to my iMac. And wow, does that make things better. Being able to review the photos instantly with the model is so much more efficient than selecting the best photos on my own. It saves time and even better, we can change things on the spot. Small adjustments to once appearance does so much to make a better photograph. A little squint of the eye (Peter Hurley style), adjusting the shoulders a bit or noticing that rouge hair during the shoot.



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Is Product Photography for Me?

Last week I played around with some bottles I had lying around. I was wondering how I could create a nice picture of these glass objects. Glass is always a difficult when they enter my viewfinder. Or at least a factor of annoyance.  They reveal everything. I had to learn this the hard way. Seeing yourself in a reflection of a window or some designer vase can be fun, a little easter egg, but mostly it’s a pain in the ass. Trying to Photoshop yourself out takes time. Time you can’t always afford.

So as a non-product photographer I wanted to learn how to deal with it head on. By using a glass object as the subject of the photo shoot.  It was really interesting to shoot these bottles (and drink them too ;)). Every tiny detail mattered. From the placement of the strobes, the white boards I used and the cleanliness of the glass (had to Photoshop out a big fat fingerprint, ugh).

I’m pretty happy with the results. Although it was a time-consuming process. But a pretty fun one to do. I learned something new. And maybe I can take it to the next level someday.






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Urban Solitude (Expo)


A while back the work of Job Jonathan Schlingemann was featured on PforPhoto. It was part of his project called “Urban Solitude”. A project in which Schlingemann photographed the financial diacritics of large cities, like Dubai and New York. Fascinated by the contrasting features of the architecture and human nature. A truly wonderful series that remind me of the works of Gregory Crewdson or the paintings by Edward Hopper.

His project “Urban Solitude” will be shown in an exhibition from the 29th till the 31st of May. At the Kunstruimte KUUB – Pieterstraat 3 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Open from 13:00 till 18:00.

(PforPhoto articles: “A Slice of Day” and “The Contrast of Being“)


Below more information in Dutch:

Urban Solitude

Expositie fotografische werken van Job Jonathan Schlingemann
Strakke lijnen en vormen bepalen de straatbeelden van Job Jonathan Schlingemann. Een enkele mens lijkt verloren te gaan tussen de anonieme gebouwen van beton en glas.
De esthetisch beelden geven het vervreemdende effect weer van de mens tegen een achtergrond van financiële districten van grote steden als Dubai of New York. Met een bijna surrealistisch lijnenspel van licht en schaduw vertellen de beelden een verhaal dat tegelijkertijd verlorenheid en onbegrensdheid uitdrukt.
Schlingemann: “De moderne architectuur en abstracte horizon van grote steden zijn zowaar door mensen gecreëerd, maar lijken lijnrecht tegenover elke menselijke emotie te staan. En toch kan deze ogenschijnlijke kille omgeving grote emoties opwekken: of het angst, eenzaamheid, kracht of bewondering is of alles tegelijk, het contrast tussen de massieve gebouwen en de kwetsbaarheid van de mens vind ik iets buitengewoons. Dit bijna poëtische contrast leg ik vast met een serene beeldtaal.”
Het project Urban Solitude is over een periode van 2 jaar vastgelegd in Dubai, de Verenigde Staten en Nederland. 
29 tot en met 31 mei 2015
Kunstruimte KUUB – Pieterstraat 3, Utrecht
Open van 13:00 tot 18:00 uur
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Watch this beautifully filmed music video by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney. Shot by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. This fantastic photographic duo are well-known in the photography industry. And now they have created this amazing video. It’s like they used a classic hasselblad. That iconic square format. And all in black and white. As if each frame could be a strong portrait image in it self. A perfect blend of photographic mastery, moving images and music.



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Touching Street Encounters


The key to good street photography is a very keen eye for those special moments that happen all the time around us. Henri Cartier-Bresson had it, Robert Doisneau had it and more recently Matt Stuart has it. The work of these photographers make us smile and giggle at touching moments in the ordinary streets of Europe. And now we can add China to this list. Self thought photographer Tao Liu Has took up the camera while working as a water meter reader.

His work as a water meter reader, as wonderful as it  is to say, the job really was dull and boring. He made use of his daily strolls trough the streets of Hefei in the Anhui Province. And in-between the reading of water meters he photographed the streets. In a fun and joyful manner. He really has a keen eye for those brief moments, that when we realize what we have witnessed it has already gone. Luckily there is Tao Lui Has. Check out his profile on Flickr to find more wonders of the streets of Hefei.

Tao Lui Has’ Flickr account: www.flickr.com/photos/58083590@N05/

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Tao Lui Has’ Flickr account: www.flickr.com/photos/58083590@N05/

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