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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!