Niels <3 Christianne

My good cousin Niels and his beautiful bride Christianne wanted to have a small tranquil wedding…
Of course we couldn’t let this pass by quietly and my aunt organised a big surprise lunch for the whole family to celebrate this memorable day together with them.
See below the pictures of this lovely lunch.

Niels and Christianne: Congratulations and we wish you all the love in the world…

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Firmware update Fuji X-E1 v1.04 and Fuji XF 35mm

Great to see Fujifilm is still updating the performance of their current line of the X-Series, even though they already have announced the X100S.

… I just updated the firmware of the X-E1 and 35mm lens, and although I haven’t had the time to really test it extensively, but it indeed locks on very well now. In my experience it locks on also faster than before.

I did read on someones blog AF has become slower, but for me it feels the opposite. I think it feels that way, because it locks on more often. This update makes the camera really feel like an improved version!

It’s the first time I updated the firmware and I have to say, Fujifilm has explained the process very well on their website. Just read carefully through it (and watch the movie if it will make you feel more confident). Don’t be afraid to run the update. It is very simple and you will have a more accurate, and more enjoyable camera to use, than before…

Now, all we need is some nice light and a subject to test it on! 😉
Good luck, and happy shooting.

Koken met Krullen

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My good friend Arvid has decided to start his own business in exclusive catering. He has cooked us some delicious meals in the past already, so me and my wife really believe he can do this.

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Since my wife is a graphic designer, she proposed to create his visual identity, including a website. After some discussions they decided some pictures would be necessary to illustrate his catering skills on the website. This is where I come into “the picture”!

No experience whatsoever on food photography, but up for a challenge, I started to search the internet for food photography. After some research I felt secure enough to make an appointment and go for it.

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For this assignment I set up a small studio at home. Just on our dining table in the kitchen. I read multiple times that food bathed in backlit natural sunlight, would look the most tasty! So I set up the kitchen table against our kitchen window, with some white foam board to reflect the light in the front.

But just to be on the save side I also already installed a softbox in case the sun would not appear (even though forcasts were good). 1 Pm. Ding dong…What do you know! the Chef has arrived, but he forgot to bring the sun!!! Good preparations are key with studio photography. I just rotated the table so that the softbox would become my “natural” backlight. With some of my daughters baby cloths to dim it a bit more, and give it an even more natural colour. I used a 100mm, f1.8 prime on a Canon 350D.

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The session took all afternoon, but it was definitely worth the experience. I really enjoyed this type of photography and would love to do it again some day soon! But the nicest thing about food photography is eating the food after the session 🙂

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Be sure to check out my portofolio page and his website for the final result.

 

Ilvy in the Studio

Just before Christmas last year, my cousin asked me if I could take some photos of her daughter. Me, having in mind to set up this website already for a while, and trying to scrape bits and pieces together to collect some content to fill this website, eagerly said YES!

However, I had never shot children before in a studio environment. This would be my very first… Reading up a little on the internet I decided to use 1 softbox and 1 umbrella and one reflector to get the lighting right. Only problem with children is, they don’t usually stay in the spotlight for a very long time and like to run around the place rather than look at you, when you tell them to.

It was quite a challenge. But just as with Street Photography, with Kids Photography you shouldn’t be shy! Funny faces and making weird sounds to (try to) get the shots you want, are mandatory with children. But I think all and all it turned out pretty well in the end!

… Well, at least Ilvy was very happy! 😉

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