A while back I got a message via Facebook from a classmate from the past (primary school). She told me she had seen my photos of a squirrel I shot while we were away for a week to Drenthe and was wondering if she could use these as a mother’s day present for her mother.

How could I say no? So I didn’t and a few day later I received another message with a photo in it of her mother holding a canvas with my squirrel photos on it. She told me she could not choose so she used all four of them. Which gave a great result as you can see on the photo of her mom.

For me it was a great compliment that she asked if she could use the photos and I am more than happy with the result and the fact that it brought joy to her mother!

Below you find three of the four shots. More in the gallery
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Week 48, the end is near. And we all feel that it should not take much longer. I love the fact that all girls have supported me so far. So just four more weeks ladies and then we are done. This week I chose to go for a light setting and even used (a fill-in) flash where possible. Which reminds me that I am not doing that enough. You’ve got to love these challenges in the way they keep reminding you of your abilities and shortcomings. But for me it is still fun to do and I will make sure we will finish the whole year.




The gallery with the other photos can be found here


Photo Challenge, Project 50mm, week 45, just 7 more weeks and I finished a whole year. The first time ever I did a project (photo challenge) that would run for a year. And I have to admit it is hard. I was thinking last week about doing another year with my new 85mm but first of all, I know for sure my mom and my wife will say no to another year posing every single week. My daughter wouldn’t mind, because she is not used to a life without a camera.

This weeks shots, first Nicki while eating her salad, then Joan my wife while behind her laptop, figuring something out about my moms diet. And last but not least, my mom, trying to figure out her diet ;-). So for this weeks photo challenge, only shots without direct eye contact. And it seems to work. At least for me, normally I always try to capture the look, because I think this gives a photo more personality, but while looking at the photos below I now realize that this is not mandatory.




The gallery with the other photos can be found here


My mother’s 75th anniversary. Those who know our situation will realize how happy we are the we have reached this day. So we celebrated with the four of us at one of our favorite restaurants. To be honest I was not really focussing on shoot Project 50mm. So it is not a coherent triplet but I am happy with the final result. So without further ado….




The gallery with the other photos can be found here


The Brenizer method or also known as the Bokeh Panorama, is a photographic technique developed by wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer. I found out about this method a while ago and loved it from the moment I saw the first examples.

When I tell people about this, the first question I always get is: “But what is the Brenizer method”?

Basically it comes down to the following. You make a panorama photo shot with a lens longer than average and with a very shallow depth of field (DOF). For example I love to use the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM. You basically can use any lens above 50mm with a wide aperture. Once you stitched the images your final result will be a photo with an almost impossible DOF and a very wide angle view.

The example shown here was shot with a 85mm lens and an aperture of f/1.8. I shot 32 photos. I used a “Brenizer calculator” to calculate the final ‘artificial’ exif, which was 23mm with an aperture of f/0.48. It was my commissioned Brenizer shoot ever and regardless the sloppy composition, the disturbing wall on the right, the fact I had to clone out an red/white chain from behind the girls, I am pretty happy with the end result.

So how do you do it?: Here my brief Brenizer method turorial.

  1. Make a test shot and check your light (speed and aperture), focus, and white balance.
  2. Make sure you set your focus to manual, your shutters speed to manual, and choose (manually) a wide aperture. (and if you are familiar with it, also manually set your white balance or at least make sure you shoot in RAW. So you can synchronize the white balance in a RAW editor for all your shots)
  3. Once you are satisfied start

We have finished a new round of crea kids workshops at my daughters school and also this time it was a huge success. Again we had four friday afternoons to create two trick photos for each kid. We did it a bit different this time and we started with floating food instead of people. Which was actually a lot of fun and give a lot of new options to play with. Of course there is a huge difference if you are letting food hover or a person so also for me and Ramona it was a nice challenge to get everything as planned.

The last two sessions we used to make shots with the picture frames we used during the earlier workshops. The group did really put in some effort to get good results and that was very nice to experience and showed in the end results.

I am still using the same principle as we did when I started with these workshops. First think and try to create in your head (explore your creativity) and secondly start creating (put your thoughts into something tangible). And it still works like a charm. It is so much fun to see how most of them struggle in the beginning trying to grasp the idea and technique. But once the get it, it is so nice to see how their minds start to spin and how the ideas keep on coming. In other words, another successful series of workshops.

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Photo challenge Project 50mm is still going strong, but the end is near. Nine weeks to go and then the grand finale. A full year is a very long time but for me it still works as expected and I still try to better my photography with my 50mm prime lens. I have to admit it is getting a bigger challenge every week and especially now I have bought a new prime lens (85mm) which resides in my camera bag and make my fingers itch to start working with. But for now this weeks shots. Enjoy!




The gallery with the other photos can be found here


The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM my new prime lens which I had my eye on for a while. I doubted for a while if I would save a whole lot more money to buy the f/1.2 version but that didn’t fit in my budget. It all started with me reading about the Brenizer effect (more on that later). I read that for this it would be wise to use a prime with a low aperture and a bit longer focal length than usual. So I ended up with the EF 85mm f/1.8 and after some first tests I gotta say – I am loving it. What a beautiful lens it is. Nice bokeh, great sharpness and high focus speed.

I was able to buy it secondhand from our local camera shop, and it is only three months old, so still in perfect condition. I consider myself lucky.

Here are some specs:

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 85mm 1:1.8
  • Lens Construction 9 elements in 7 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View 28° 30′
  • Focus Adjustment Rear focusing system with USM
  • Closest Focusing Distance 0.85m / 2.8 ft
  • Filter Size 58mm
  • Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 3.0″ x 2.8″, 15.0 oz. / 75.0 x 71.5mm, 425g

So I am ahead of many new adventures with this new piece of glass and I can’t wait to test it to it’s full extend.


My first communion shoot. Today Larissa and Cassandra had their holy communion and their mother asked me to shoot some nice memories. So I did, it was a first for me and didn’t know what to expect. So not all my images shall be the standard communion shoot photos but I am more than pleased with the final result. On top of all I also tried the Brenizer effect on a few shots and that really amazed me how that ended up.

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On the gallery page you will find the other images


Today I received an email telling me I managed to get the 4th photo published on 1x.com. Who would have imagined that. Again it is a photo from my bearded series, but this time it was a shot from the second session. I am still waiting if they also accept another photo which I shot of Nickita. I would be nice to see a photo on that website which does not show my face for once.

I am still working on many other ideas,, but I know for sure that I am going to stick to my new way of processing. Not only because I love it but also due to the fact others seem to like it.

Below the photo that was accepted by the curators.

Follow this link to go to my profile on 1x.com

UPDATE: 10th of April 2015
This photo is today on the ‘popular’ flow on the home page. How cool is that.