Follow up

2016, Photography

They say if photography is your passion, then go for it. If something is currently more important, then photograph that instead. Photography for me got really personal and when I wanted to go deep, the situation with my son after his stroke really blocked my photography. There was just simply too much to worry about. I needed the break. So I’m sorry for my almost two month hiatus. I actually thought this very blog was dead, over.

My son is gradually improving. Nearly two weeks ago he came back home after twelve weeks of intensive recovery in a rehabilitation hospital. And last week for the first time I felt an urge to photograph seriously again. So, I hope to be doing more regular updates on blog again too.

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All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Cyclista

2012, Photography

Cycling is more than the Tour de France, doping, and being the fastest. Cycling is passion, cycling is life. The racing scene is like life under a microscope. Success, friendship, betrayal, and heroism. Despite the doping the riders still have to suffer the pain and exhaustion.
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As an amateur rider it gives me the sense of speed and dedication. You always set goals to climb higher, ride faster, and further. The joy and thrill of chasing a group of cyclist on a long winding dike road and catching them is enlightening. And I remember many of the rides I made, like some of the finest moments I captured while photographing.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

week 15 | 2012

2012, Photography, Project

With gaining strength in my back and leg I can finally start living my other passion again, cycling. I just love cycling, either road cycling or mountain biking. The swooshing sound of narrow tires eating up kilometers of tarmac. Finding smooth lines with my single speed on single tracks in the forest. And best of all, I hope to combine both my passions into one.

On a second note, I have been using my Ricoh camera as my primary tool for a third week in row and finally I feel comfortable again with it. For me, it is just so much pleasurable to use in B&W. And the easy accessibility of this small camera makes it a joy to use, again.

This week I felt energetic, had fun, and was full of ideas. And I think it reflects in the below photographs.


And after long personal debating I have decided to share with you a black & white high contrast Lightroom preset. Post processing is absolutely a meaningful effort to make something special of your photographs, but the essence of your photography should be your personal intentions in my opinion. You can download an archive file here with actually two Lightroom presets. The Lightroom 3 version will work in both Lightroom 3 and version 4, while the Lightroom 4 version will only work in the latter. Both presets will nit give exactly the same results due to radical changes in the adjustment possibilities of Lightroom 4.

On a personal note I still prefer the Lightroom 3 preset. I hope you enjoy this preset.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

The passion is at risk

2010, Photography


I strongly apologize for keeping my posts at such a low rate. I currently find photography really hard. Last night a friend of my sent me a mail directing to an article on The Visual Science Lab by Kirk Tuck, “The passion is in the risk“. While he might be so right with his article I believe there is an even greater risk on the lure. And that is the risk of loosing your passion. Even when challenges might still be available, when you can’t free up your mind, or when your mood and expression possibilities are not in sync, your passion can be at risk.

This year just too much happened which kept me from photographing and admittedly I didn’t really miss it. I thought about starting drawing again, reading books, listening to music, and at least not picking up a camera. I haven’t been able to draw again and reading books didn’t happen either. I however stopped photography for a while and I slowly start to notice that I kind of miss it again.

I even started to think about new ideas too. A 365 project, shooting everyday the upcoming year. Portraits of – unknown – people. Even though I haven’t made up my mind yet it starts to give some new energy again (or at least I hope so).

This post is not really a warning, like the previous one, but more a reminder to make sure you take time to keep the passion alive.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma