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Week two of my project 52 – Project 50MM. Up till now I don’t have any problem with making the photographs, but the difficulty lies with picking only one shot of each. We went away for a weekend and i brought my 50mm lens. So many opportunities and nice shots to choose from. I think I did well. Below the results

My daughter Nicki

My mother Betty

My wife Joan

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After I shot the first photo of Nickita, my daughter for my new project – Project 50mm. I realized that for me it would be even more challenging and also more interesting to not only shoot photo’s off Nicki for this project, but use the most important women in my live for this project. My daughter, my wife and my mother (not in this particular order).

It would also be interesting because not only they all have their own, very typical, facial expressions, but also due to the fact that that they span three generations. The one that preceded me, my own generation, and the one that will succeed me. My mother, my wife and my daughter. I have discussed and explaing my project to all of them and the three of them all agreed in helping me out.

So the project has started for real now and the first results can be found in the previous post.

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Have been thinking for a while now to start a new project. I do know that I am not the right guy for a 365 day challenge. I know for sure that I would annoy the hell out of my family if I would be walking around with my camera every single day for a whole year. And on top of that during workdays it would not be that interesting to document. So I looked on the inter-web and found some nice other challenges.

Project 52 / 50mm

There are projects based on subject, like your family, object in your life, or even more abstract things like doors you find beautiful. So many possibilities to choose from – so it will be hard to pick one. There are project based on list that people put together – not my kind of thing to do other peoples fantasies. And of course there are the projects I thought of my self way back but which never actually got of the ground.

So what to do?

After a few thoughts I came to the conclusion that I should do the best of all of them. So combine a time-frame, set duration, a subject, a specific technique, and make it a challenge. So I came up with Project 50mm. A variation on a Project 52 challenge. Every week, for 52 weeks (1 year), make a photo of my daughter (a family member), with my 50mm prime lens on my DSLR, and don’t dare to miss a single week. I actually got challenged on Facebook by one of my friends, to shoot one photo per day showing your life for 5 days. The problem was that I have so many series the show 5 days of my life that this would not be challenging enough.

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A wonderful day and some spare time. My 5 year old daughter and I decided that we wanted to go for a ride with the cabrio and shoot some trick photography shots while we were on the way.

She decided on her own what we had to shoot, she wanted to use the picture frame and the stool. So it would be a combination of floating and framed.

We had a wonderful day, and at the end we went to a nice restaurant and had a fancy dinner together. Once at home we picked the shots and I started to do the afterwork. See below for the results.

I love to see how she gets involved and start to use her own creativity.
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For the third time this school year we (Ramona and me) started with the Kids Crea workshops and also this time we did a workshop on trick photography. And for the third time we had wonderful results and a lot of enthusiastic reactions.

Again six kids from the two highest groups were selected to participate in our workshop. As we did before we started with the floatation pictures and  it is fun to see how some subjects keep coming back in every workshop. For the boys it is all about soccer and for the girls it all start with dancing but 9 out of 10 times end in something else.

For me it is not about the subject but it is all about the path to the end result. The way they explore their creativity. And what is a better way than to do this with trick photography.

Orsi, Merit, Perline, Rob, Martin and Kay had the first afternoon to come with an idea and they had to figure out how to do it. So we started with drawing the setup and discuss the ideas. Not all ideas were possible, and not all the kids had enough inspiration to come with a good idea straight away, but at the end of the afternoon they all were ready for the next week.

So next week we brought the folding stools and tripods and started shooting as usual. Not all shoots went as planned and not all results were as expected. but that wouldn’t matter because we would always have the next two weeks to come up with a better shot.

And so we did. For the second part of the workshops I introduced a new technique (next to the floatation and ‘fun with a frame” tricks we did the last two