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.
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.
This one with Skye Nova was made a little later that evening, up on a walk-around area. The sky mixed well with the flash, although you do notice that the sky gets dark very quickly, and the flash output needs constant adjusting to be on par with the sky brightness.
Skye Nova is wearing a corset here, beautiful but making it hard to breathe. 🙂 Fortunately she lasted until the sun disappeared, after which we nearly got locked up inside the building. Luckily the guy who closed the door did another round before going home to sleep, and we managed to get out.
I don’t do outdoor shoots a lot, but steampunk requires a bit of scenery. This one was shot with Skye Nova (Laura) in de Burcht in Leiden. It was a warm evening which helped to prevent getting cold until the sun set.
This was taken with a single flash, set not too hard to mix in a bit of ambient (natural) light as well.
Yesterday I went biking along the heath, which is quite close to home. Of course this has to be done around the golden hour, to get soft directional sunlight. There were some deer, two very large mushrooms, very out of place in mid-Summer and these nice layers of clouds. They look like wings, but admittedly my fantasy is sometimes a bit enthusiastic. 😉
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.