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Queens Day

Category: Personal

It is Queens Day today a national celebration of the Queens birthday. This day is in fact the birthday of the Queen mum who passed away a couple years ago but thirty years ago our current Queen decided to leave Queensday on the 30th of April. I have watched the day on television, it was raining but still everbody was out wearing something orange and cheering the Queen and all of her children on and at the end of the morning the sun started to shine giving this day that extra celebration.

In the light of last year when a dramatic attack on the royal family took place and 7 people got killed, it was good to see that they have separated the remembrance of the victims yesterday and continued with this national celebration on this day. When two cities welcomed the Queen and her family and had all sorts of fun and games and we even saw the Queen cutting a cake!

Happy Queensday

Gear: Back Button Focus

Category: Gear | Photography

When shooting I encountered on many occasion that after I had focused on my subject the shutter button would start focusing on my subject al over again. Very annoying especially when in low light and I would finally have my subject in focus and before shutter release. In my frequently discussed workshop of Mike Larson I first got introduced to back button focus. I had read about it in blogs but when I say how it worked I adjusted my Canon 350D immediately. I sometimes forgot to focus but in a very short time I began to see the difference in my photography. Much sharper and I would be able to react much faster to what was happening before my camera.

So what does back button focus do? The main idea behind back button focus is that instead of the shutter release performing the focusing of a subject this is now transferred to the * button on the back of your camera. Now focus and shutter release are separated.

When I bought the Canon 5DmkII I tried to adjust my setting but did not get it working properly opposed to my Canon 350D. That is until I came across the blog of Melissa Jill an Arizona based photographer who shared the proper settings for not only the Canon 5mkII but also the Canon 5D and Nikon camera's.

So here a brief explanation of how you can set up your Canon 5D MKII to set it to back button focus:
* Go to the menu and select the camera tab.

*  Go to C.FN IV: Operation/Others and set #1 to "3:AE lock/Metering + AF start" and

    set #2 to "1:Enable"

* Then turn your AF setting to AI Servo.

For a Canon 5D:
* Go to the menu and select custom function 4 and set it to setting 1. (setting 0 is default) 

* Then turn your AF setting to AI Servo.

For Nikon users you can also take a look on D-Town TV everything DSLR, where Matt Kloskowski shows in episode 31 how to set it up properly for your Nikon camera's.

Lisbon Portrait: Inge

Category: Photography | Portrait

Well here they are! A selection of this weekends portrait shoot with Inge and they turned out great. The fabulous light, the fabulous environment and not in the least the fabulous model.

And be honest there are worse backdrops than Lisbon. I can not get over this great city, the great sites, the fibes, the feel. When I was editing Inge's photographs I could feel it again. I hope it translates into this page, I hope these shots will show you what I mean. It almost looks like a decor sometimes but it is not.

Well here it goes. Enjoy!

True beauty! Love these.

Great backdrop and back light!

Even in the lobby we had great light

In the air tonight

Category: Personal

There is something about the sky after a beautiful day that fascinates me. As the sun sets that moment that defines dusk that gives the sky a flaming color, I love it. Makes me want to take a deep breath, take in the air thick with the smell of the sea. I love the sea the endlessnes of all that water. I can stare out to the sea and clear my mind. Lisbon is a city by the sea and has some great view of the sea.

No sky is ever the same and when we were in Lisbon and went for dinner near the Expo the sky and clouds painted a pretty picture. As you can see there was something in the air that night.

Portrait preview: Inge

Category: Photography | Portrait

We discussed taking portraits since Christmas brunch last year, but with busy schedules we did not seem to be able to set date. I know Inge for more than 8 years. She is Nurse Practitioner in a hospital and still has a lot of studying to do. Well being both in Lisbon this seemed the best location for this portrait session. Not only did the location invite to take photographs endlessly but we had so much fun that we kept on shooting one picture after another.

When Inge stepped in front of the camera she became an allround model. She was so easy to work with, a natural talent, had so much ideas on where she wanted to take her portaits. As we headed out in the morning and still had a lot of sun. With these trees with had giant natural filters giving us fabulous light. 

I am going to show a lot more of the shots that I made but here a preview. Don't you just love these? I do!

Go Car!

Category: Personal

While in Lisbon we really wanted to do some sightseeing but where to start? There are so many sights, statues, little streets, Castles, Monasteries. Just to much to see. Well during my last trip I saw these funny little carts that looked like mini cars. Because the streets are quite steep cycling is hardly an option but these Go Cars as they are called are a very good alternative.

You are allowed on the main road it can go up to 50 km/hr and it has GPS navigation. If you do not want to use the navigation you can decide your own route but if you want to follow the predefined route you can follow the GPS. We had a great time and were an attraction all on our own. Just near the end we had some tire problem but the people at Go Car came out right away with another Car and we could get back to the headquarters of Go Car.

We had a great time and the people at Go Car were nice enough to recommend a great lunching place near Go Car called Nectar. So all I can say is if you go to Lisbon go them out. Just like the pictures below.

The light of Lisbon

Category: Personal

When last week the first news appeared about the vulcano ash and the effect it had on air travel I was not that convinced that we could travel to Lisbon. Fortunately air travel resumed on Tuesday and within two days every thing was back to almost normal.

Well we had no problem at all today to travel. The airplane departed and arrived on time. I have been to Lisbon before but returning was an absolute pleasure. The town, the people, the temperature it was great but was amazed me again was the light in the city. Look at these photographs to see what I mean real pretty.

Nokia Camera

Category: Personal

I had a great evening out with two friends who I know way back when we started studing in Utrecht. We had dinner in a nice restaurant and catched up because we had not seen eachother for quite a while. I didn't bring my camera but in just about every phone these days you can find a camera. I hardly use mine on my Nokia phone. But as the girls were twittering about our dinner (I just had to capture that) I took a photo with my camera.

The resolution is very poor but then I remembered the title of Chase Jarvis book 'The Best Camera Is The One That's with You' and he is so right.

When a picture literally says more than a 1000 words

Category: Personal | Tools

I came across a great post this weekend that showed how you can be more creative with Photography in Photoshop. I found it on the site of Layers Magazine one of the magazine of the NAPP the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. I became a member in 2008 and am loving all that they do for photographers, designers and anyone who like to know more about the Adobe products. The have a magazine called Photoshop User Magazine, the have Photoshop User TV with almost weekly episode where they show tips, tricks and a whole lot more of what Photoshop can do. They host Photoshop World which I told you about a couple of weeks ago. They also host Layers TV for anything Adobe and D-town for photographer that all follow the same rules, showing you how to get the best out of your tools and gear. 

But anyway back to the picture and the 1000 words. I do not remember what I was checking out when I came across this post but it definitely got my attention. So I tried to convert a self portrait into a pictures that says more than a 1000 words. I really liked the result. If you want to know how it is done you can find it here

So what do you think? The original and the end result. I think it looks pretty cool.

Encore: Kanika and Peter

Category: Engagement

A small encore with the engagement pictures of Kanika and Peter, a slideshow with the highlight of their photographs. What a nice way to show photographs. Have fun watching.