Feb 24, 2010

Shoreline Collection

Since I grew up on an island, it is impossible to me to live far away from the coast. I love the seashore and the white noise of waves on the beach. It is the best place for peace seekers. Based on my roots and on my actual moment I´m working on a shoreline collection in black and white.

With black and white photography, you need high contrast. In both photos the white lines lead our eyes in ways they do not in a color picture.

The tonal contrast is an essential element in the first photo. Note the delimitation between the dark water and the white sand. We still can see a greyish line in the vertical center, exactly where the waves are breaking, what adds balance to the composition.The converging lines in the second photo are so powerful, leading the eye from the foreground to the horizon. I got exactly the what I expected: very dynamic compositions.

Both images are listed in my Etsy shop.

Feb 22, 2010

A Fairy Tale Experience

Last weekend I've been out looking for any kind of element that would give me a dreamy feeling. The initial idea was to shoot some morning hazy scenes. After driving around for a while and observing Dutch buildings, I decided to combine the dreamy with historic, let me say: nostalgic dreams.

The final destination was the Muiderslot castle, located in Muiden, a village nearby Amsterdam. I've never been there before and I was amazed with the majesty of the castle. That place smells history and I like that. I felt like I could be in some sort of fairy tale and I fully expected a prince to come wandering around from the other side to say hello.

Feb 19, 2010

Choose Your Path

Last spring I traveled the Romantic Road in Germany and saw many beautiful sights. This road went through a bunch of little medieval towns and my buddy, the camera, worked overtime there. I highly recommend this trip!
Today I processed one of the photos as a black and white and I would like to share the result with you. I have listed this image in my etsy shop.

Feb 15, 2010

Peacock and Chicken

Walking through a nearby park, I got kind of discouraged. Gray sky, dead trees all around and nature in deep sleep! No appealing subjects whatsoever, until I witnessed a scene of a peacock trying to chase away a chicken by shaking his impressive plumage. The chicken was not even slightly touched and just kept on searching around for food. It became my quest to take a shot of that scene, but unfortunately they just turned around heading away, resulting in a nice view of the peacock's rear end.

Waiting with my fingers freezing, finally I got lucky enough and the peacock turned around showing me his more elegant side. I had my bright new 50mm f1.4 lens ready and shot the image. This lens is superb, wonderful in low-light days and awesome depth of field!

Besides cropping the image into a pleasing composition and adding a layer with the viewfinder of a vintage duaflex camera, I hardly had to correct the image in my digital lab. I hope you enjoy the result!

Feb 14, 2010


Just wanted to share with you a wonderful video found on YouTube with some of the masterpieces of amazing old school photographers.

Feb 1, 2010

Plans for the coming future

I‘ve quit my daily job last december. I have had some pity comments from people ‘If it makes you happy, then I’m happy.’ Well, some paths are not for everyone. But the truth is, I am happy. This is what I wanted: to be my own boss. I have a plan going into this. I’ve been applying for freelance jobs AND at the same time I’ve started up a fine art photography shop on Etsy.

Working from home is going to bring on some challenges but really I am going to get to sell art. I’m not sure how much better it can get but I’m sure much fun is going to happen.