Monthly Archives: October 2008

On the 12th of June 2008 our daughter Nickita (Nicki) Isadora Carina Pisa was born. For me this is one of the best things that happen in my life. So I do hope you can imagine that Nicki is one of my new favourite subjects. Nicki is a little lady that has a mesmerizing smile and is more then willing to show this. I started a new gallery with only pictures of Nicki (as you can imagine). Not all images are of high standard, due to the fact that a father is always blinded by the beauty of his own childeren. I will try to only place the most beautful and interesting images. For a more photo’s you can check the blog www.pisajunior.com (only available in Dutch)

With digital photography a complete new world was opened for me. And many new techniques were brought to my attention. I always have tried to use new techniques, even in the analogue era. But with digital I can almost say that there are too many to keep up-to-date. So I try to lick one up once in a while And these try-outs you will find in the experimental gallery. You will find several subject here, and especially for this gallery all comments are welcome. I’m still trying to learn. So to enjoy my try-outs on HDR, fake tilts, Photoshop edit, and in the future many more. Just click on the thumbnail to enter the gallery.

If you are looking for a good tutorial on High Dynamic Range images (HDRi), I would like to recommend the following HDR tuorial by vanilladays.com. Or you can use this as a starting point. Enjoy!

I went back last weekend to make an other HDR panorama from the Corus Steel area. I took a bit more time, but the image is still not what I wanted. There was too much shadow in the front (sun was still too low) and someone placed a big barge in front of the scenery. So I think I need to go back once more (later during the day and hoping that they removed the barge. Click on the image to see the large version.

Exactly 1 month ago my father passed away. This happened during night-time. After we left the hospital it was 6 a.m. It was still dark outside (the sun just started to rise.) We drove by some farmland that was crowded with horses. My father has been busy with horses his whole life. So of coarse this scenery reminded us of my father. It was a foggy morning and there was a full moon, so plenty of light o see the horses in the fog. Both my wife and me loved the view. Last night I decided to go back and bring my camera. I got up really early so I would be there before sunrise. This morning also was a foggy morning. When I arrived there were a few horses but the were grazing on the other end of the field so it was almost impossible to photograph them. It was new moon so I also missed the additional light. And as I could have expected, it was not the same scenery as the one in my memories. But I made the 90 minutes trip and it was a beautiful morning. I brought my gear so why not take a picture. And I did. Actually is shot several that I think are worth showing you. But lesson learned is that it is almost impossible to photograph these kind of emotions or memories if you wait too long, during time they evolve in your mind and you will loose track. The first picture is actually a HDRi.

I read several tutorial about how to make ‘fake tilt’ photographs or ‘fake scale model’ photographs. And I decided it was time to try for myself. Also due to the fact that I still want to experiment with scale model photography and combine these with ‘fake scale models’ (looks like an interesting subject to play with). So here are my first ‘fake scale model’ shoots. The whole idea is that you create an image that shows the viewer a scenery that looks like a scale model but is in fact a real scenery. Just imagine that you combine these images with ‘real’ scale model photographs…. This will give you numerous options to play around with. You can mix reality with fiction and the other way around. The pictures seen here were taken at the entrance of Corus Steel IJmuiden and I think I’m getting the hang of it. All it comes down to is taking the right picture (high viewpoint, scenery that fits model world, and awareness of disturbing objects in your scenery) and then a lot of tweaking and toying in Photoshop. How-to’s can be found at several sites on the internet (google on; ‘tutorial fake tilt’) I am thinking about writing my own how to, but more about that later.

Way too many ideas and no time, there are so many cool projects that I want to start, but it looks impossible to find the time to actually get started. HDR combined with stacking photographs Alright, I still need the perfect HDR shot but I also want to combine this with stacking. Basically what it comes down to is that you shoot on a busy location for an HDR photo and with stacking you eliminate all moving object. Scale model photography Use H0 scale models (used for the model trains sceneries) to created your own set-up and situation. Too many ideas in my head, but the main idea is that it needs to be humorous situations. Or situations that are impossible in a real world. Fake scale model photography Okay this is the opposite of the above. And actually this is pretty cool. You take a real life photo and make it look like if you shot a photo of scale models. So you let a real photo look like a fake situation. This all is done via several manipulations with Photoshop or a similar tool. Planet shaped 360 degree photography. When you shoot a panorama photo that covers 360 degrees horizontal and 180 degrees vertical you will be able manipulate this in Photoshop and give a planet shape. (Google on: ‘360 degrees photography planet’, and you will find several examples) Macro photography (Insects) This is pretty straight forward, close-up photography of insects. I am still chasing that perfect macro shot. Funny thing is that I have this idea in my head of shooting ants. But the shitty thing is that we do not have ants in our garden. And I refuse to use and methods that hurt or harm animals (like putting them in the fridge or freezer) So […]