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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Axel & Phebe

Today I did a family photoshoot with Jody, Renske, Axel and Phebe.

For this shoot I had some compositions in mind, but those went straight out of the window once I started shooting these little bundles of energy.
Children are very hard to direct and I quickly realised  it’s better to just go with the flow. It turned out to be more of a reportage style of photoshoot, but I think it worked out pretty well.

I can see myself doing this more often.
It was a cool experience… I had a great time!

Thanks guys.

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Dolphins

“Are we going to watch the dolphins now?”
“Just a few more nights and then we’re going to watch them. ”

“Are we going to watch the dolphins now?”
“First just play a little bit with your brother.”

“Are we going to watch the dolphins now?”
So exited… Can’t blame her. They’re such gracious, beautiful animals…

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Using the Fuji X-E1 for “official” jobs

I’ve been experimenting with the different settings on my Fuji X-E1 a lot lately, to get the JPEGs to suite my own taste. However I’ve come to realize Fuji already have done an excellent job with their default settings. It’s actually the look I fell in love with in the first place. I only prefer to have the Shadow Tones set to -1, to make the images a little bit softer. I also shoot mainly with DR100.

I am also feeling more confident every day with this camera to use it not only for shooting private, but use it for actual assignments. I think the AF still a bit slow, but for certain types of jobs where it doesn’t matter, I prefer it over a DSLR. The look of the images is exactly what I’m looking for so I get to use the JPEGs straight out of camera, which saves me a lot of time post-processing the images.

Fuji already announced a firmware update, which will speed up the Auto Focus, so things will get even better in the near future! Can’t wait. Maybe soon I won’t be shooting with a DSLR at all, anymore. 🙂

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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.

Party over Here

Here is a nice idea for a treat for your kid’s first birthday to give as a present to the other kids in the daycare center.

Ingredients:

  • a nice illustration of your kid (drawn by your wife)
  • finger puppets (Ikea has got very cool ones)
  • 200 grams paper, to print the illustration on
  • a box of raisins per treat
  • double-sided tape
  • transparent wrapping paper
  • colourful ribbons
  • some stickers to write the kids names on

 

First you cut out the printed illustration.
Then tape the raisins box to the back of the illustration at its base, so it can stand stable.
Put a finger puppet over the hand of your illustrated kid.
Wrap it up as a nice present.
Finally stick the sticker on the back of the wrapping paper…

et, viola! 🙂

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The images above were shot in low light conditions with the Fujifilm X-E1 using a 28mm and 35mm lens. I just used the jpg files sooc. Some minor curve adjustments and sharpening (which I’m still not sure if it was necessary) were done afterwards in Photoshop.