Category: Photography

Werk aan de muur

For a couple of years I have been selling some of my work using the website werkaandemuur.nl (Dutch). Besides Dutch they also have a website in French en German.

Please take a look at the materials on which you can order my work.

On my shop page you can find the work I am selling.
Since werkaandemuur isn’t selling to most other countries I have no English links. As I understand custom orders to other countries are a sometimes a possibility if you contact them.

A ringlight project

After reading a DIY tutorial on making a large lightring with lightbulbs and especially after seeing the results I knew I wanted to try this myself one day. It took some time to get around to it but last week when I was playing around with some led-stips I started thinking of this project again. So today on my day off I went to the hardware store and bought the necessary parts to make myself an awesome ringlight.

The design
I bought twelve lights, so I made a circle just big enough so all the lights would complete a circle. I added enough room to be able to be able to add a second row in the future.
ringlight design Then it was time to start sawing:
ringlight sawingWith all my fingers intact, I started placing the light sockets on the wood placing the wiring along the way:
ringlight placing socketsThe wiring I did parallel btw.

I connected a standard dimmer on the back and added a standard plug:
ringlight plug
Then came the moment suprise. I placed a lamp in the last light-socket in the chain to test the wiring.
ringlight test lampLuckily it all work fine, so time to finish placing the dimmer on the back:
ringlight dimmerI first thought to mount the ringlight on to a lightstand but figured this would not be very stable so I used an adjustable cloth rack on wheels that I wasn’t using anyway. This means a stable way to use the ringlight and an easy way to get it out of the way.
I mounted the top bar on the ringlight with tie-wraps after drilling three holes:
ringlight topbarand placed it back onto the cloth rack:
ringlight cloth rackThe finished ringlight (for now):
ringlight finishedA quick test with my girlfriend posing to see the results:
ringlight Veraand a 100% crop of her eyes with the reflection of the ringlight:
ringlight Vera eyesI can’t wait to really test this ringlight during a model-shoot.

To be continued…

Making of “Big black dress”

The following video is a timelapse of the editing I did on the Big black dress photo. The photo consists of a background (hdr) photo I took in the “De Rotterdam” building. I combined this with a studio photograph of model Nisa. To make the dress I had my sweet assistant Vera hold and move a large black sheet in the studio while I took the photo’s.
The result image:
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The making of video

Do you want to try such a project for yourself and you are interested in a bunch of hi-res images of the black sheets I used for this photograph then download them here. Non-commercial use only and a link back would be appreciated.
This file is a psd file for use in photoshop and contains different images each on its own layer. I have already made the images transparant, but that was a quick and dirty way, so you might want to finetune the masking here and there.

Lost at dawn

This week I published my latest work called “Lost at Dawn”. It is a composite I made from a background photo I took at the port of Scheveningen and studio shots of models Melissa, Nick and Vera.
As usual I published on my 500px page also. On 500px.com images that get a lot of likes will receive pulse points. The more pulse the populair the photo becomes. With this photo I saw the pulse skyrocket up to finally a 99.4 score which is a new personal best for me.
Of course I am very proud an thankful for all the attention this gave me. I received over 130 comments on the image and it got over 3100 views. This is of course great exposure for me and the models in the photo who have all worked on this on a TFP basis.

The background image is a HDR shot made out of three exposures:
Mid-exposure shot
background mid exposureHDR tonemapped:
WIP_kade

At first I visioned this composite with a female model in a black dress that would look out of place or lost after a long night of clubbing. During a couple of photoshoots I took photo’s of models for this composite but never really found the right one until model Melissa showed up with her pink dress. At that moment I knew I had to try her photo in this composite.
The visherman/robber with the knife is my girlfriend posing in a coat we bought for this composite and a kitchen knife. I took that photo last sunday when I was nearly done with the composite.
The other fisherman/robber is model Nick who had posed for me last year. I won a price with one of the shots from that shoot a while back. I never planned on a second robber in the image but when I tried it, it looked really nice so I left Nick in the composite.

The three models Melissa, Nick and Vera:
modelmelissa

modelnick modelveraCompositing was relatively easy. The biggest problem I encountered was turning the cloudy middle of the day photo of the background into a believable dawn photo.
The photo of Melissa was the only model photo I had to do some skin retouching on and the photo of model Vera needed some adjustment of the sleeve. I did that using the liquify filter and some heavy dodge and burning.
After placing the cut-outs in the scene I color-corrected all of them to fit the scene by adding a solid color adjustment layer on top of them with a brownish/orange color (sampled from the concrete of the docks) in the blend-mode color at an opacity of around 20%. This way the colors are more believable.
Melissa and Nick needed some shadows on the concrete and I used some hand-drawn fog around Nick for some extra atmosphere.

When all editing was done I used Nik color effex pro 4 for some extra tonal contrast and the image was done.

Final result:

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Retouching before / after picture

A recent retouch I did was the “Lady Mobster” image with model Patricia. Take a look at the before / after picture to closely see the difference with retouching. As often is the case with my work this image is not meant to be a photorealistic photo but an image which sets a mood and or tells a story. In my retouching I try to give the image a little bit of an painterly effect.

lady_mobster_before_after2
The complete end-result:
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