Archive for the ‘Portrait Photography’ Category

Where is the menu?

14/05/2014

In an alleyway, just off Dam Square in Amsterdam, you will find Van Kerkwijk Cafe Restaurant. It is a great place to eat if you are looking for some delicious food and a nice and friendly atmosphere.

Van Kerkwijk

Sisters Myra and Rhya will take good care of you with their hospitality, and have done so for the past 16 years. They have many returning customers, a few of them were there when I visited.

Van Kerkwijk

You do not need to be put off by the fact that there is no menu, because there is! Myra will present the scrumptious options at your table and does not mind repeating them!

Van Kerkwijk
The building came with its very own guardian angel. Outside at first, it is now sitting snuggly near the window.

Van Kerkwijk

I enjoy combining current and historical images in my work, so I could not resist asking Myra (left) and Rhya to pose with their lovely photo of some years ago. Many thanks to them for saying yes and for a great experience!

Sanctuary continued

23/03/2014

A few more images from the Asylum/Sanctuary assignment.

Sanctuary 2
Practicing narrow (or shallow) depth of field with an aperture of F5.

Sanctuary 2
Another one where I practiced narrow (shallow) depth of field. There were low light conditions, and my focal length was 135mm and F5.6 was the maximum aperture my lens would allow.

Sanctuary 2
In this image I like the framing and the soft colours. All in all it was a very good assignment to start us off with and to allow us to practice some techniques. Photos were taken with a Canon EOS D550, with an 18-135mm lens F3.5-F5.6. The lens suited me fine, except in low light situations with a long focal length where it would not go below F5.6.

Sanctuary

07/03/2014

In the first year of the Bachelor’s degree we had an assignment called Asylum/Sanctuary. We had to choose one or the other, and then find a place which represented our choice, so we could practice our newly learnt technical skills. I chose Sanctuary and went to a Tibetan Buddhist Centre, which is described as a “peaceful and beautiful oasis in the city”. It was indeed very peaceful and quiet with lots of native pukeko’s walking around the grounds. 

Pukeko
This is one of the Pukeko’s and for this one and the next photo
I practiced “panning”. It did not quite work, because both subjects have blurry feet, but it was a good start.

Robes

Prayer Wheel

For this last image of the prayer wheel I practiced showing movement, whereby the subject is blurry and the background stays in focus. My settings were 1/6, F3.5 and ISO 100 and I did not have a tripod with me, which would have been better with such a slow shutter speed.
I could have easily used a higher ISO setting, so that I could have used a smaller aperture to get the background more in focus.

Still, I enjoy looking back at these images and that’s why I am posting them!

 

San Francisco Flowers

17/11/2013

SanFranciscoFlowers

“If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair” 

I was immediately reminded of this line when I walked into a shop in San Francisco recently. Written in 1967 by John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas, and still going strong!

 

Wynyard Quarter Exhibition

02/08/2013

Entering and participating in the Waterfront Auckland Photography competition has resulted in a chance to exhibit my work alongside two other participants: Ruth Ames and Sonya Roussina. The Wynyard Quarter is a fast developing area on the Auckland Waterfront and with my interest in documentary photography and combining the present with the past, this is a perfect area for a project. With the help of a very kind man’s historical photographs I created a book called: A Second Wind. It features images of the steam tug “William C. Daldy” (The Daldy in short). The Daldy retired in 1977 after 41 years of service as one of the last coal fired tugs in the world. Now The Daldy operates as a working museum, see The Daldy for more information. Apart from documentary images, we also entered a few standalone images.

The official opening is today and the show is on until 19 August 2013. It was an interesting process setting it all up in a container! For more info please click on: Waterfront News. More images to follow soon.

Wynyard Quarter

Sandringham Spring Festival 2012

27/11/2012

The Sandringham Spring Festival is an annual event held at the Sandringham Village in Auckland. It is a great community event with lots of people, music, dance, food, and goods on offer at the many stalls. This year the Sandringham Community Centre created a Family Fun Zone where children were entertained with face painting, a bouncy castle, crafts and playground. It was a fun day and I thoroughly enjoyed photographing the event.



 






Eden Park Fan Cam

28/08/2012




Here are some images I took for Eden Park at the Bledisloe Cup game last Saturday, All Blacks versus Wallabies (Australia). The All Blacks beat Australia 22-0 retaining the Bledisloe Cup for a 10th successive season. It was a great event! To see more of my images, go to the Eden Park Fan Cam page.

Bubbles

04/05/2012


Today I learnt that you can actually do continuous shooting with the digital medium format camera! All you need is a motordrive which sits on the bottom of the camera and operates on batteries.

Here are some images that I promised yesterday, taken with a Mamiya RZ67 with digital back Hasselblad Ixpress96.


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