Love Sundays

2009, Photography

After all the buzz of last night and today back to what I like most, photographs. Last Sunday we went for a stroll through a nearby forest. Lovely weather, gorgeous colors (sorry no colors though in this post, again!), shooting mostly wide open and playing. I planned to past this last night, but it is never too late in my opinion.
Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

Love Sundays by Wouter Brandsma

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Holidays are pitfalls

2009, Photography

Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
We, us photographers, probably all know that feeling that we want to take our beloved photography with us on a holiday. We want to come back with photographs different from the mainstream. We either take too much equipments with us, much to the annoince of the family members. We take too many photographs of the same subjects that others don’t understand, or are not interested in. We look too hard for stories, we try too hard to be different.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
We look forward to take great photographs, we prepare ourselves extensively to see what can be photographed and what is compelling. But you know, it never works that way. Your partner wants to have a break too, she or he actually wants to enjoy the holiday. The kids needs attention, and quite a lot as they are entitled to.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
This weekend we, our family, spent a great time in a pony park. That means that we were off the entire day with a pony and kids, and walked around the park.  It is a paradise for kids and a photographers nightmare. So I tried to focus on my creativity in between the limited time.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
I had both my Ricoh GX200 and the Sigma DP1 with me. While the DP1 gives beautiful photographs with some depth, it wasn’t the easiest camera to use. You need to think more, the autofocus is too slow, and zone-focusing not always that easy in ever changing situations.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
The GX200 with the smaller sensor gives great depth of field. And in combination with the snap mode it becomes a really fast camera. The combination of both cameras proved sufficient for the holiday. When the time is available I would get the DP1, and otherwise I took the GX200.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
The cameras were small enough to be hardly noticed. They were small enough to reach for the kids or the pony when ever needed. And the cameras were small enough to not look like a photographer too.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
While I didn’t want to get away with just snap shooting for the sake of the family album, I didn’t want to be too much in the photography mood either. I wanted to participate in the enthusiasm of my kids and wife. I wanted to be there for them.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
And we had a great weekend. The kids were pony riding the entire weekend. My son went to bingo nights, met Zorro, and we even played “midget golf” (mini-golf for the political correct – thanks Nathalie).
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
My wife even had some time for herself.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
Picking up the pony at the beginning of the morning was good fun and the ponies loved the attention from the kids.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
My daughter felt so familiar with the ponies, she could use them as sofas too. And great photo opportunities for her dad too.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
While my daughter and I were following a lesson my wife had some time to relax and photograph too with her cellular phone.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
And I had the opportunity to do some little horse back riding myself, much to the enjoyment of the kids.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
So, be realistic. Of course it is great to come back from a holiday with great photographs. But enjoy the family life too, and let your family have fun too. There remain so many opportunities to photograph outside the holiday.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
When you are part of the kid’s excitement the photography will come too.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
And a final photograph of my young daughter with pony Jul, our loyal companion for the weekend.
Holiday photograhy by Wouter Brandsma
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma