A month ago I went to see Xenia and we did a small shoot in a park nearby her place. It’s nice to have a combination of light and varying trees nearby with which to play around.
Also, an 85mm lens makes distant lights so nice and soft.
A few days ago the summer was still going strong here in the Netherlands. Just about the last warm day, Marion and I went to the beach to catch some last pictures. Right now, the weather is shifting, rain now & then but also some warm sun still.
The rainy and darker parts of the day are good to get back at some photoshopping. I often find that color pictures work better with Marion, but I liked this in black & white slightly better.
Here is a shot I took with Maaike in the Blauwe Kamer, near Rhenen. Always a nice place to walk around, inbetween semi-wild cows and horses. It was in the evening, the sun not that low yet. Lots of large high yellow flowers around.
I still love backlight images, it’s great for hair like this.
I shot with Marion a week ago, over the course of a few hours in a park. Later we got back to the car, which was standing underneath a bridge with beautifully painted walls. We took some more photographs with the colorful backgrounds.
The camera was the Canon 6D mark I and the lens was the Canon 24-70 L (mark I as well). I mostly shoot wide open for the bokeh to be soft, so f/2.8 in this case.
Postprocessing was done using Radlab Pro Retouch: Skin Foundation, Hair Blonde Shine. Some dodge & burn on the cheeks, sharpening the eyes a little bit (and making them slightly lighter). Then a tiny bit of Nik Analog Efex Pro 2 for the vignette and slight structure enhancement. Plus one of the awesome IWLTBAP (I Would Like To Be A Pony, no really) color grading schemes. This color grade was Aspen.
It may sound like much processing, but the effect all-in-all is rather subtle compared to what I started with. Just to give it more punch, more focus on the eyes and face.
A picture not from a shoot this time; this was taken on me and my girlfriend’s recent holiday to Italy. We went to the south of Napels (Cilento) and drove around to various places like Amalfi, Pompeii and even crossed Italy to end up near Polignano a Mare.
There was a lot of opportunity to take pictures; this one is actually one of my favorites, since it is a nice backlight image.
Here is a picture from the shoot with Xenia the other day. We were actually at the same time walking her dog, which was pretty funny, and at times a bit cumbersome because, well, a dog needs attention. 🙂
Most of the pictures didn’t include Printie, as is the dog’s name, but this one did, and in fact I like the combination here. It’s something different from the usual pictures, so why not? Besides, yesterday was World Animal Day so it would have been appropriate, if only I had posted this one day earlier. 😉
This one is from a few days ago with Xenia. It was taken as the sun was setting, right next to a bicycle lane, so we had to make a bit of room every couple of shots. 🙂
Next to that, we were walking her dog at the same time, so it was a bit of messing around, trying to get some nice shots while juggling with all the other plates at the same time. But it was fun doing so! And a wonderfully almost non-Dutch warm evening.