Light and shadows

2009, Photography

Light and shadows by Wouter Brandsma
For me photography is all about the search for light and shadows. How to capture it, to evoke it, to show it. For instance, in the woods I find framing hard, because of the clustering of all the trees and the absense of a clear focal point. Shadows of trees or branches on the other hand can form beautiful subjects. I find the shadow details in digital photography very difficult and I make the shadows much darker to loose much of those captured details.
Light and shadows by Wouter Brandsma
I still think it is hard to find the holy grail for me. Darker or brighter. Avoiding blown highlights, but not much mid grey either.
Light and shadows by Wouter Brandsma
So this is no musing about what application or tool to do the job for me. And I am not discussing any processing method either, although tips and insights are of course always welcome.
Light and shadows by Wouter Brandsma
It is more about what direction to go. I consiously compose in traditional 2:3 format since I am so familiair with it. I tried 4:3 and 1:1, but 2:3 is still what I like and how I see. I carefully frame everything I want within that format, although mostly unconsiously. I use shadows as lines to structure the composition, but I still like to keep it simple. That is why I keep coming back to the same places.
Light and shadows by Wouter Brandsma
Last weekend I saw the work of photographer John Marrocco that reminded me of my own work. He too focusses on simple subjects, form and factor. Not the event itself is the pinnacle of our photography, but the subject becomes the event. Events are not always there and you can’t always be in time for events, but subjects are everywhere.
Light and shadows by Wouter Brandsma
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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Some more scanning

2009, Photography

I did some more scanning of older slides and converted these in Lightroom. Still not the sharpest scans, but they look fine to me for the purpose on showing on my blog. The weather hasn’t been really helpfull either this week to go out and take photographs.

These slides were taken with my Ricoh GR1 on Fujifilm Sensia 100 and I actually used my digital camera to capture. They were made in 2000 in Norway when I traveled from Olso to Bergen for a week.

My intention was to do some extensive hiking in the Geilo area, just north of Hardangervidda.
Norway by Wouter Brandsma
During the winterseason it is a popular ski destination, but in June it is very quiet.
Norway by Wouter Brandsma
But the landscape is stunning with nicely curved mountains and beautiful lakes, like the Ustedalsfjorden.
Norway by Wouter Brandsma
After a couple of days I took the train to the city of Bergen on the west coast of Norway.
Norway by Wouter Brandsma
At the trainstation I already saw more people then I had seen in Geilo in four days.
Norway by Wouter Brandsma
Bergen is a fantastic city with a beautifully located harbour.
Norway by Wouter Brandsma
Some young sailors let there shoes been polished before leaving the town.
Norway by Wouter Brandsma
While a woman photographs a moose head in Bryggen, the old center of Bergen.
Norway by Wouter Brandsma
Unfortunately Bergen is just like the west coast of Canada. Most of the time it rains and when I visited the city it was no exception.
Norway by Wouter Brandsma
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

The start of spring

2009, Photography

Finally the first signs of spring appeared with beautiful skies and nice temperatures. While some spent their time in Miami, it gave me an opportunity to check out a local natural site. I not only took my Ricoh GX200 with me, but also the older Olympus C4000z. The first two photographs are taken with the Oly, the rest with the Ricoh.

This site along the river Rhine was part of a stone factory. There are still some buildings left behind.
Blauwe Kamer by Wouter Brandsma

Blauwe Kamer by Wouter Brandsma

Blauwe Kamer by Wouter Brandsma

Blauwe Kamer by Wouter Brandsma

Blauwe Kamer by Wouter Brandsma

Blauwe Kamer by Wouter Brandsma

Blauwe Kamer by Wouter Brandsma

Blauwe Kamer by Wouter Brandsma

Blauwe Kamer by Wouter Brandsma

Blauwe Kamer by Wouter Brandsma
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma