Directed by inspiration, driven by time

2013, Photography
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Waiting for the glow

I haven’t been posting for a while. It all remains busy. And cold. I mean, there are no signs of spring here. It is however mostly busy. Hard to free my mind. My little Ricoh gives me more and more headaches. The autofocus is bogus. There are worse things to worry about.

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Watch your steps

I love to learn new things, but at a certain point you come to terms with that. Stuff you learned and experienced settle in. It forms your vision. It takes time though. Just don’t rush it. It took me over 10 years to get even close to what I wanted at some point.

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Directed by my inspiration

Read a piece a couple of weeks ago about finding images and making them. It kind of made the distinction that making images was of a higher class than finding images. I think that even when you find images you still make it work.

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Traveling silhouettes

Briefly back to my camera. It might well be my last Ricoh. I need something more reliable so I don’t have to worry about gear.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

New post/firmware Ricoh GRDIII

2010, Photography


It took my a while (I know), but I learned quite a lot about my photography in the last weeks. I needed some time to evaluate it, to better understand what I want, and how I might want to achieve this.

In the meantime Ricoh announced a new firmware update for their Ricoh GR Digital 3 which can be found here. They included two new scene modes, high-contrast B&W and Cross Process. Both are actually pretty cool and I like them a lot. See the examples above and below. These were only resized and slightly sharpened. Other new feature is the manual focus magnified ratio. Default was 2x, but you can now also select 4x. The remaining features is a delete option for the key custom settings and my settings.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Exploring

2010, Photography


As a photographer determined to explore, to learn, I realize that sharing my photography and musings makes me vulnerable sometimes. Even though I hit some bumps while blogging about photography I still very much love the entire experience. Met great people, read fantastic blogs and saw wonderful photography around me. Exploration is in my opinion the key to the excitement and joy.

Even though I photograph mostly B&W it doesn’t mean my vision, perspective, and feelings are B&W too. I am open for anything. In fact I want to give color photography a new chance (used to shoot slides for more than a decade). I want to write more about these deliberate decision makings. I like it to be definitive when I take the photograph and not deal with it later in my post processing.

Even though I don’t like the over emphasize on gear on the web I will not stay away from it either. Not only in oh and ah (new is often not better), but write more on how gear can influence your photography. In fact, I am at the point of acquiring a new camera. More about that soon. And of course Photokina will start next week, so a lot of new stuff will be introduced too, but is it always up to our expectations?

But most importantly the photographs and the moment excite me and I want to write more about that. Tutorials on post processing can be found anywhere. The same for more technical related stuff on exposures and compositions. These sure helps to take better photographs, but there is always more than meets the eye.

I am also looking for chances of collaboration with other photographers, working together on projects. Last year we tried sharedphotography, but time was not on our side. I still believe in collaboration and hope to explore more that more.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Near the waterfront

2010, Photography


I can sit some more and that enables me to have a good look in my library of photographs. There are still many things I am considering and thinking off. For instance some writing on my B&W workflow, bringing color in my photography, and different gear. But most importantly getting ideas for future projects. I am trying to find some work for an upcoming exhibition by the photography club. Sharing critics with some friends (or at least trying to find the time to do so). Just learning and coping with the current situation.

Usually I don’t go through many of my photographs. I mostly seem to be most pleased with the photographs I took rather recently. Now I took some time to actually look back some three years and sometimes I find photographs that I thought didn’t work then, but do work now for me. You learn, you move on, find what works and what doesn’t, and move on again.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Learning to fly

2010, Photography

For me photography is all about seeing, learning, understanding, choosing, but most importantly about feeling. We often want to see to understand, instead of trying to understand what we see. Of course it is fantastic to be imaginative, but isn’t it even greater to leave some of that imagination to the viewer?

Last night at the photography club I was reminded of my friend’s words to be more loose in my photography and not to confirm myself. Basically frame purposely and than almost intentionally give the camera a twist to the left or the right. I showed some of my photographs and the external speaker congratulated me on my style. It was a boost for my current state of photographic uncertainty and helped me to see everything much brighter again.
Forest dreaming Connection
The club gathering was very interesting. From the member’s work 10 photographs were selected to participate in a national photography competition. Two photographs which I submitted were selected too, but since I just joined the club the national photography association wasn’t able to speed up my membership. As a result my photographs had to be withdrawn today. It was however absolutely no disappointment. The reminding words of last night and the very good atmosphere of the club gave me a very good feeling.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma