This photo of Xenia was made inside her kitchen. The lens was a Sigma 85/1.4 one, which gives nice bokeh. The kitchen was not terribly large, so I had to stand back as far as possible, but I like the 85mm a bit better than the 50mm (Canon 50/1.4).
I used only natural lighting. In a mostly white house this gives very nice soft lighting. The weather wasn’t too sunny, mostly clouds at the time of this shot really. In the Netherlands at this time of year the weather changes quickly all the time.
I photographed this singing robin while out walking in the surroundings of Bussum. I had some time to take several shots; the bird didn’t fly off until after a few minutes. It was the golden hour, the time when I go out cycling or running or walking. The sun color against the tree branch matches nicely with the bird’s color.
I normally don’t post nature shots here, but it might be a nice change sometimes. It seems to work well enough on my Instagram, so I thought I’d post this shot on my site as well.