Can it be done?

2009, Photography

Small sensor cameras have huge depth of field, even at the widest aperture. Many think these cameras aren’t suitable for portraits, but that those trigger me. Can it still be done? I think you can. Get close, use the macro mode, and use the light. Now, these photos won’t be so clean as with a larger sensor camera, but that is not what I want to achieve. And you don’t need RAW either. These photographs are just jpegs.
Waiting patiently by Wouter Brandsma
In the previous post I mentioned that I started using Photoshop again for my post processing. Why? Lightroom is a very capable application, but I miss the ability to do accurate masking. I miss the possibility to soften an image (I don’t like the negative clarity) or to change the blending mode. I like to use the unsharp mask filter in Photoshop to add local contrast. I can do this all much easier in Photoshop and I don’t need something like Nik Silver Efex Pro to get the same results.
Lindsay by Wouter Brandsma
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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Changes

2009, Photography

Some might already have noticed a shift in the subjects of my photography. Less landscape, less street, more personal matters. Why, maybe my landscape photographs where an escape for me. In fact, I believe it was an escape. But there is no reason to escape for me. The worries for my son are real and will always be there. Coping with the situation and learning to express myself is maybe more important for me, certainly now.

As a result I am trying new things to process my photographs. Deeper and darker shadows, less tonalities and subtleties. A bit harsher and rougher. For me Lightroom was not really suitable for that job so I returned to Photoshop, my previous workhorse and darkroom.

It all feels like a journey for me and I don’t try to think about where it will lead me in photography. Despite the burden and emotional difficulties I am proud of my kids and wife.
The Burden by Wouter Brandsma
9: 06 AM.
9:06 by Wouter Brandsma
A shadow tries to get out of my frame. And I loved the fact that fellow blogger, Cristian Sorega, was inspired by my shadow photographs.
Out of frame by Wouter Brandsma
My hand tries to capture the light, I try to capture my hand capturing light. A recent photograph from my friend James Tolbert jr inspired me to convert his photo to a B&W version. He posted about it on his blog. Thanks man!
Capture light by Wouter Brandsma
Lindsay, my daughter.
Our little girl by Wouter Brandsma
My family had great fun while my daughter hugged and tickled her bigger brother.
Family fun by Wouter Brandsma
Family fun and our dog claims his attention too.
My family by Wouter Brandsma
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Weekend entry

2009, Photography

This Eastern weekend entry is filled with photographs mostly taken at the resort where my son gets therapeutic horseback riding. My son is diagnozed with autism and ADHD. Structuring his life is our number one priority, but is also, to be realistic, a huge stress factor for our lives. And while he ride the horse Lancelot we were able to spent some good time with our little daugter. And get some time to relax.

Leaving work I saw this sign. An ought place though.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
Did I ever mention I like shadows?
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
Getting texture without adding texture.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
We arrived at the stable.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
While my son waited for his ride.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
It was pretty warm, but my daughter didn’t want to leave without her boots.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
Real life shadows, I just love shadows at bright sunny days.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
And more shadows from my son on the horse Lancelot.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
Being captivated by the light and the burst of the spring season.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
My son on the back of Lancelot, such a beautiful and comfortable horse.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
Finally my son was relaxed, tired, and wanted to go home.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
My daughter was intrigued by her own shadow, although unconsiously it reminded me of Eastern when I reviewed this photograph.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
We’re going home again.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Sunday

2009, Photography

Sunday saw beautiful weather at the wedding day of my parents.

My daughter, in the background, and her bigger niece played in the little garden house at my parents’place.
Sunday by Wouter Brandsma
In the active childplay my son withdrew himself with his DS.
Sunday by Wouter Brandsma
At the end of the evening we went to a nearby town to get some Chinese food.
Sunday by Wouter Brandsma
And took photographs while waiting for our food.
Sunday by Wouter Brandsma
And my day dreaming little niece in the garden house.
Sunday by Wouter Brandsma
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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
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