My photography hobby started in the late 70’s when I bought my first camera. This was a Chinon SLR with a 50mm lens. I joined the photography group at my high school where I mainly made B/W pictures. The school had a darkroom where I developed the films and printed the pictures. In my last year at the school I contributed many pictures to the yearbook for the graduates.

Snellius Scholengemeenschap, Amstelveen, 1979

My beautiful picture

Snellius Scholengemeenschap, Amstelveen, 1979

After using the Chinon for 3 years I bought myself an Olympus OM-10, again with a 50mm lens. With this camera I made a lot of pictures of family, vacations and weddings (by request) but never really went out to explore and develop my own interests and style. A pity, but the costs for films, developing them and printing the pictures were a too heavy strain on my student budget. After my graduation from university I started to work and my photography moved to the background. Only the occasional family and vacation pictures using my Olympus OM-10 and later my new Canon EOS 650.

In the end of 2009 I started thinking serious about photography again. I decided to buy the Canon EOS 500D with the basic kit lens EFS 18-55mm. With this camera I started exploring the world of photography again and I found out that I still enjoyed it. I started experimenting with the camera and all of its features. I also started to read books and magazines to improve my understanding of all the technical aspects of digital photography and also to learn from other photographers. In May 2010 I was at a conference in Las Vegas after which I took a short vacation to explore Las Vegas (the Strip mainly) and Death Valley. Of course I had my 500D with me.

I took hundreds of pictures experimenting with all sorts of techniques and compositions. This experience made me decide to take my photography up to a next level. I enrolled in the Base Course of the Fotovakschool in Amsterdam. A 7-day course spread over 3 months where the main purpose was to have the students learn to take a good picture not by luck but by skills and understanding. The course had several assignments that explored different photography techniques and skills.

In 2011 I made a photo trip of two weeks together with a good friend of mine. We visited the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley and Las Vegas. Again the 500D went with me but now with a new set of lenses, the main one being the Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS. I took the opportunity to experiment with filters for photographing sunrises and sunsets. I used ND filters and gradual ND filters from Cokin.

I think this last photo trip showed me that landscape photography is what I enjoy most. This is also where I would like to do much more with. But this doesn’t mean that I stay away from other areas of photography. To explore that more I decided to enroll in the 2 year Professional course at the Fotovakschool. This course focusses on making a living as a photographer. The modules and assignments focus on that. It is great fun to do.

In 2011 I also bought a new camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. That is really a great camera. When in 2013 I did the series of the short track ice-skater I experienced one of the main drawbacks of the 5D Mark II which is the autofocus with fast moving objects. I needed to switch back to manual focus to get some real good shots of the ice-skater while going full speed through the corners. This made me decide to replace the Mark II with the 5D Mark III. That really makes a difference.

I now finished the professional course and interestingly I found that I feel very comfortable with event photography. My graduation project was about the trikers.

 GvG 2013 diploma vakfotografie (Small)

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