Work in progress

5. nov, 2015

Last Sunday was the first time in two years I saw my favorite band Tanzwut again. You have to know that this is a German band (from Berlin) and that they don't play that often in the Netherlands. Two years ago I went to Hidesheim to see them play on a Metal festival. The actual last time they visited the Netherlands was on December 28th, 2011.

Long story a bit shorter. Since they were playng in a club professional cameras and those with changeable lenses are not allowed. My camera is not professional but one of my lenses is. And although my camera can change lenses most of the time (like never) I can enter everywhere with a normal lens. And that was the beginning of a whole new experience.



So I went Old School with my 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6. This is the moment. The only time you can make some awesome photos of your favorite band. Yeah! Well, not really. The quality of this lens is a lot lower than my now most used telelens (50-200mm F/2.8-3.5).

Since I am not used to metal concerts in a small club with extreme lights or no lights and on top a singer... well, it is a miracle if he pauses for 5 seconds... Horrible photos as a result. I was very glad I had some Lightroom courses. With a little black and white magicthere suddenly appeared some nice work.

I was most happy with the experience of the larger range of a small lens. This was the very first time I made photos of an entire person and not only a head or a head and body. It is very much possible that I will make more from these photos from now on. And black & white photos as well. I am getting the hang of it and sometimes it is more strengthfll than a color photo.

From now on ging Old School from time to time is not boring. It helps you reflect on your skills and it will make you a better photographer!

For some more photos of Tanzwut go to the Concerts area!

28. jul, 2015

This year I will get the opportunity to volunteer at a festival in the Netherlands. It is a festival that I have visited for five years myself. And together with 35.000 people I will enjoy four days of music, food, dancing, laughing and singing.

But this year is different. Only two days away and this photographer is already in stress. Emptying memory cards and looking for batteries. Trying to find all my gear and some spare USB cards.

But beside the stress there is a greater feeling of joy. My work will be presented to a larger audience. And in the meanwhile I will learn from other photographers in the concert industry.

So, if you see a woman with a large camera running from one side to the other... Feel free to say "high".

I want to wish everyone four magnificent days at Castlefest!

31. jan, 2015

I started a new photography course all the way in Amsterdam. Yes, that one I should have started last Saturday! Well, even though there was snow again I was able to travel 2.5 hours from Groningen to Amsterdam by public transport without any problems or delay.

I can say I am rather excited because this course will teach me to make a serie or reportage. This instead of random photos. So I have 4 months to find me a subject and make a bunch of photos that will tell a story.

In the meanwhile we will work in a studio where we will make portrays. We will have a bit of Photoshop. And we learn how to make photos with a minimum or available of light. There is a nice excursion to a mill in Koog aan de Zaan or one in Westzaan.

It is a pity that I started this first lesson in a different group. I really like this one. Everyone has a different view of making photos but has also similar views. And I like the way of “hands on”. It means that you have to participate by handling and not by watching and talking.

So this serie. I really don’t know what to do. I had some spare time to visit Amsterdam. I mean, it is quite different than Groningen. It is interesting to see so many people from different countries in one place. So I watched. Every metro that went by. People going in and out of a tram. People walking through the snow or running to catch the last train.

I watched simple things. Litterbins, stones and lights. But what will you consider for a serie? I do have some ideas. But of course you are more than welcome to think about a subject!

Well, I was thinking about something surrealistic. Like a chair in the middle of some sheep. People facing a wall for no reason.

Or lost objects to see how many things are thrown away like bottles or plastic material. But on the other side lost objects like a stuffed animal without its owner. The loss of this animal. The sadness of someone who has lost the animal.

And the third idea was to form new objects from old packages. Cutting them open, folding them and making new things out of it.

Well, I am not certain of this so I will look around next couple of weeks. Try some things, hang photos on a wall and maybe I will find something brilliant.

25. jan, 2015

Yesterday would have been the first day of a new photography course. I have done a few last year: basic course, portret and reportage photography. But I wanted to learn more technical skills. So I started the next one.

I have done the first 2 in Groningen where I live and the third one in Zwolle. So I guess it is not that strange that the fourth course would start in Amsterdam. This is just because Groningen has no school for photography anymore. By starting the course in Amsterdam I am a second level photographer. They have 5 levels. So you have more of a development in skills.
That did not went very well. It had snowed for more than an hour. And even though I had 23 minutes more for my journey I left 30 minutes earlier. So I would have had 53 minutes spare time to end in Amsterdam. A journey that normally takes 68 minutes. But due to snow it would take 165 minutes. I would be too late for the course. But since the course is 3,5 hours that was ok.

At the railway station I saw already the blue blocks on the screen. "Delayed" "Delayed for 45 minutes" "Will not drive" "Will not drive any further than..." Yes, that is public transport in the Netherlands. When there is 1 cm of snow nothing will function anymore. Especially both companies NS and Railway. Pointing fingers at eachother of who is to blame.



In stead of going directly to Amsterdam I made a detour by going over Deventer. From there I could go to Amersfoort. And when I was there I could take a train or bus to Amsterdam. My journey did not went any further than Apeldoorn. Only 50 km from Zwolle. Already 1 hour of the journey behind me. The only option was to go back. There was no train entering or leaving the triangle Amersfoort, Utrecht, Amsterdam for the next couple of hours. So I have not seen a thing of Amsterdam.

A new course will start next Friday. So I will take one lesson at that course. Hopefully it will snow somewhere else!

Even though I had travelled 100 km in 2,5 hours for nothing it was lovely to see the snow everywhere and I had the opportunity to film my cat for the first time in the snow.

12. jan, 2015

It is lovely to make all sorts of photos but it is even better to show them to the world. I am that kind of photographer who loves to make work for others so that they can experience the feeling of an event or a concert. Especially when they were not able to visit or perhaps to convince them to come by the next time.

But I need place of my own. My own webpage so that I can build something that I want to show and not by placing simple albums on Facebook or loose photos by e-mail.

You are more than welcome to share your thoughts with me because photography is an ongoing proces. Creativity needs to be developed.

 

With love,
Ellen.