Yoseikan competition

2009, Photography

Yesterday my son of eight had his first competition in Yoseikan stick fight. He never participated in a competition before, so he was understandably quite nervous. He already started Karate last year and was asked to join the Yoseikan training. He has autism and a Budo sport, like Yosaikan, helps him to feel confended, get faith in himself and gives structure and learns him to be respected and to respect others.
Yoseikan by Wouter Brandsma

Yoseikan by Wouter Brandsma

Yoseikan by Wouter Brandsma
He had three matches and won one the last one, and he was so proud. A wonderful achievement and a great boost for his confidence.
Yoseikan by Wouter Brandsma

Yoseikan by Wouter Brandsma

Yoseikan by Wouter Brandsma
The team of the Budo Academy Physical did a great job to give the competition a relaxed atmosphere and the kids and the audience had a great time.
Yoseikan by Wouter Brandsma
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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Finally

2009, Photography

Finally the weather turned nice today with beautiful skies and lots of sunshine. On my way home I was able to make quite a lot of photographs. In the meantime my book project is finally progressing too, and you can see my first selection here. Any suggestions are still welcome.

So for today a longer series of photographs enjoying the first breeze of spring.
Finally by Wouter Brandsma

Finally by Wouter Brandsma
Dani was here.
Finally by Wouter Brandsma

Finally by Wouter Brandsma

Finally by Wouter Brandsma
So was van de Haar. Marking his name in a fallen tree and that of his (former?) girlfriend.
Finally by Wouter Brandsma

Finally by Wouter Brandsma

Finally by Wouter Brandsma

Finally by Wouter Brandsma

Finally by Wouter Brandsma
A first teaser for another post soon on Sharedphotography.
Finally by Wouter Brandsma
I don’t know what this guy was doing, but he kept stretching his arms.
Finally by Wouter Brandsma

Finally by Wouter Brandsma

Finally by Wouter Brandsma
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Making choices

2009, Photography

Hoekelum by Wouter Brandsma
For long I found myself happy and challenged with smaller cameras. My style and my kind of photography really worked very well with these cameras (or at least I thought so). The compactness and the quality of the files was enough and workable. But, and this is a big but, it is not enough anymore. At times my current camera drove and still does drive me mad. I don’t like the image files, the lack of detail, the excessive blue noise, and the tougher post processing. I miss shallow depth of field and fast prime lenses.
Hoekelum by Wouter Brandsma
I would still prefer a small camera, but I don’t think there is no real option available. Oh yeah, what about the DP1? Yes, the prices are dropping and the image quality is superb. But I am still restricted to only one focal length. And a DP2 will set me back another 900 Euro. And that annoyes me when I still have some really good M42 lenses that cost almost nothing.
M42 lenses
Although I would love to have a rangefinder camera, I made up my mind and will choose a dSLR instead. So now I am checking for prices of used cameras and see what would work best for me and what camera would work best with my M42 lenses. I have a 35mm f2.8, 50mm f2.8, 58mm f2.0 and 135mm f2.8 at home. Maybe I look for an additional wide angle lens for landscapes (20mm or even wider) and a fast 28mm lens for general purposes. Although some cameras will have restrictions with the metering system, I reduced my selection to cameras like the Canon 20D, Fujifilm S3Pro, Nikon D70s, Pentax K10D or Sigma SD14 with a preference for the Canon or the Sigma (despite the 1.6 and 1.7 cropfactor). A refurbished or second hand Canon 5D is still too expensive for me although I would love to have a full frame camera. But we can’t have it all and the nice thing about these older lenses that they will work fine on both cropped and full frame sensors.
Hoekelum by Wouter Brandsma
I have no immediate intention to do so now, but this is what I am planning to do so for this year. I will of course keep my Ricoh besides me. I like to have a small camera in the bag.
Hoekelum by Wouter Brandsma
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Breakdown

2009, Photography

These photographs are of the most important factory in my hometown. Once the pride with more then 4,000 employees, it stopped its production line in the beginning of the 21st century. High production costs and loans here, and alternative cheap labor in East-Europe and Asia made their product, viscose, too expensive to sell.

Now they break down the factory. Within 10 years over 5,000 people will live here. Some of these buildings will remain standing as a remembrance of our industrial cultural heritage.
Enka

Enka

Enka
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma