Brussels 2017 ft. Mr. Oizo’s Flat Beat

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I’m sold on stars, stripes, squares and dots

Shot with Canon S95, 22.5 mm, 1/60 sec, f/4.9 ISO 400, -0.33 eV, RAW, Lightroom 5, TrueGrain (2012, Cap d’Agde, France)

Walking by the seaside

Walking by the seasideThe old ‘kit’ lens still performing well. Shot with Nikon D5100 AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR | Camera settings: 35 mm, f/5, ISO 200, 1/2000 sec, 0.00 eV | RAW processed with Lightroom 5, Silver Efex Pro 2 and TrueGrain (2016, Egmond aan Zee)

Seaside Walk

I’m trying to reinvent my photography. I mounted the Nikon kit lens on my D5100. I like the lens because it is light and easy to zoom. I shoot in RAW. To keep as close as possible to the analog photography of the past, I only worked on the light aspect of the ‘flat’ RAW. Contrast, Shadows, etc. But I did not use any sharpening or any noise reduction. I used the RAW (or DNG, ‘Digital NeGative’) as if it was an analog negative. In analog photography you can not ‘sharpen’ the print. And I guess you can not perform ‘noise/grain reduction’. So, no sharpening, no noise reduction. The noise of the sensor is retained and works a bit like the grain of film. I know noise and grain a somewhat different, but if you let the noise just be, and refrain from sharpening the picture, you get a nice soft image, which does resemble the analog film feel. Shot with Nikon D5100 AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR | Camera settings: 55 mm, f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/4000 sec, 0.00 eV | RAW processed with Lightroom 5 and DxO FilmPack 5 (2016, Egmond aan Zee)

Ceci n’est pas une diapo

Fake SlideWell, it’s not a slide, because I faked the effect with aid of DxO. But if it had been a slide the title still would be correct according to René Magritte, because a real slide you would be able to hold in your hand, whereas this slide is only an image on your screen … :)

Shot with Nikon D60 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 35 mm f/1.8G | Camera settings: 35 mm, 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600, -0.67 eV | RAW processed with Lightroom 5, DxO FilmPack 5 and Silver Efex Pro 2 (2016)

Emma shot with Sigma DP2

Emma shot with Sigma DP2I have bought a second hand Sigma DP2. Price 100 euro. It arrived today and this evening I made this first test shot. The Sigma’s DP1 and DP2 are not the best camera’s for good low light indoor shots. Nevertheless this picture came out well. 1/8 sec, handheld … not bad:) Shot with Sigma DP2 | Camera settings: 41 mm (fixed), 1/8 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 0.00 eV | RAW processed with Lightroom 5, Silver Efex Pro 2 and TrueGrain (2016)

The reason I bought a good camera phone …

Family shot… is because I wanted to be able to make shots like this one. My mother was visiting us. She is ill. So good, pleasant shot opportunity are scarce. My wife, kids and our dog Charlie were sitting around my mother. The sunlight fell perfectly through the window. I needed to capture that moment. No time to get hold of the big Nikons, or other cameras in the house. No, no time to loose. So I took my Lumia 930, and made the shot. It came out perfect. I’m really impressed. Don’t argue over the last pixel detail. The shot itself is perfect. The composition and the smiles. And the quality is way above average. It is a true keeper. Shot with Lumia 930. DNG processed with Lightroom 5 (2016)