Those who follow me on facebook know that I've been to Linxe in France to follow a workshop given by the all so talented Barb Uil. A master workshop with just only 4 other participants. It has been absolutely wonderful and Barb has managed to get me more focussed on what it is that I want with my photography.
It was just before father's day 2005 I made the switch to a Digital SLR. I was so disappointed with the bad quality of film development. When I swtiched to my DSLR I was so happy. Colours were so bright, no shutterlag like the small compact digitals, instant gratification of seeing all your images immediatly. Being able to redo the picture if somebody has their eyes closed. According to my Flickr account I've taken over 100.000 pictures over the last 7 digital years. That is more than a 1000 pictures on avarage per month. What can I say, I just love taking pictures.
But lately I've been drawn to old fashioned rangefinders and back to film. I love the feel of film. I realise that I've missed it. The feel the look. I also feel that as a professional photographer, you need to give that extra something to your pictures. Unfortunatly it is a lot more costly. So I've decided that after the Summer I'll have to adjust my pricelist accordingly.
So this is a special offer, your last chance to hire me as a photographer with my present prices. If you book a session before the end of July you will get my old prices. After the Summer prices will be somewhat adjusted. :)
Ever since I was little I dreamt of being able to go to Venice, ever since I first heard about it. It had such a wonderful magic aura about it all. Ever since we moved to Italy a few years back, I've been so lucky that this year is the second time I went to see it and magic it remains. I'm a bit late posting my pictures, but this magic I cannot withold.
Many years ago I made a switch to digital as so many people do. The math I did was that since I developed so many rolls of film it would take about 2 years before I had earned my then Nikon D70 back. I don't know how long I had that camera before I sold it and upgraded to a D300, which I only had for 6 months and regretted having bought as soon after the D700 came out. I love the D700. The high ISO, quick sharp images, what else would one want. Well of course when I go looking at pictures on the internet the ones that allure me the most are those made with film. Of course that look can be achieved by photoshop, but I'm probably too lazy and the instant "I've got that effect" when using real film is very appealing :) But then life goes so fast with three kids, so film is not a great option for me. All the more since my film camera is a fully manual camera, the Nikon FM2 (Yes I'm very much a Nikon girl) But to develop a roll of film now and then is a great joy. The only thing to master now is how to keep the scanner dustfree...
I love it when it snows. I always hope there won't be too little snow and when it gets too much of course that can turn into a hassle but what we've had the last few days has been perfect. Also the temperature is such that apart from the roads that have been cleared, it stays a picture perfect white scenery whereever you go. It means lots of walking and enjoying for me.
Ah well, that was over a year ago that I had the intention to start more regular postings on my blog, but as life sometimes just happens without good intentions being executed more than a year can easily pass. Again I have the same intention, but only the future will be able to tell whether it will happen :)
I went to London for a few days. First reason was to visit a dear friend and I also had in mind to do the Leica M9 experience workshop given in the Leica Mayfair store. It was no problem getting a spot there. More about that another time. It wasn't until a few days before I left I finally found the time to see what else there was I could do in London and it turned out there is a big Hockney exhibition in the Royal Academy of Arts. The RAA is my most favorite exhibition space and Hockney is one of my favorite artists, so it was easy to decide I wanted to see that. However although the exhibition just started the weekend I was trying to find out how to get tickets, it turned out all tickets in presale had already been sold, so my only chance was to go to the RAA and hope to get tickets on the day itself. I arrived there 9:30am and doors open at 10am. There was already a queue. According to the guard outside it would take approximatly half an hour to get in from that point.
As I was waiting one of the two ladies in front of me put on a plactic cap. This is something I've only seen people and although I don't like using cliches, but really I've only seen old ladies use these type of plastic caps.