Welcome to my PhotoBlog. Here you will find pictures and stories about my photography adventures.
In the gallery below you’ll see the pictures I used for the composition. The gate is one of the remainders of the towns defense structures here in Bergen op Zoom in the south west of the Netherlands, and was also used as a prison for some time. It was also the gateway to the old harbor. The model used in this picture is Angela Dekens and I took the picture at the Frank Doorhof Studio last week during a workshop.
My goal was to make a scene where Angela is walking the streets in the dark. maybe Napoleon’s army is nearing the city and she is the daughter of the Marquis. Oh well just let your imagination do the rest.
So there was a lot to do to make this work. This is just a brief description though. First I had to get rid of all the things that I didn’t want in the picture like signposts etc.Before I got Angela in the scene I first used curves to get the picture to turn darker and make it night. Than added the lights by using white paint on a new layer with different opacity’s to make the light fall off. Gave that a gaussian blur and played with the opacity of the layer to make it look realistic.
Than I did some skin softening on Angela and used the quick selection tool and refine edge tools to make the selection and put it on a mask. Sometimes Photoshop makes incredible selections with these tools but for some reason I had some extra work to do to make it perfect.
Than the exciting moment of putting the pictures together. Some tweaks here and there, making the light in the lantern, and finally add a layer filled with an orange color. Blend that in with soft light blending mode to make it one and blending the colors together.
Ok in time it took about 3 to 4 hours to make everything perfect. Some trial and error and trying a lot of different techniques. To really finish the picture i used Nik Software Color efex pro to make a nice vignette around the picture. I just love how it turned out. Hope everybody likes it. I might do a video on this in the near future. I must say I learned a lot from the guys of Kelbytraining.com and my teacher and motivator Frank Doorhof where I do workshops and learn and get motivated by this awesome photographer.
A few weeks ago I went to the north of Finland to do some landscape, macro and wildlife photography together with nature Photographer Johan van der Wielen. One day we spend in a professional photographer hide out to do bear watching. I will do another post on the landscaping pictures another time. These bears live in a twelve km wide area along the whole Russian border where no humans or hunters are allowed without a permit. Here these animals live reasonable protected. We spend about 5 to 6 hours in the hide out. I had a single person hide out with possibility to look out at three sides. Normally one can wait for hours without anything happening, but we were very lucky. It started with Wolverines, which were simply to far away for me to get in the picture, but I think some of the others managed to get some pictures. Shortly after that mother bear and three cubs appeared on the seen. To my big surprise there was also a lone wolf that appeared twice. Awesome, the wolf looked incredible…simply beautiful and rare to see. That afternoon and evening also another mother with two cubs and one very big male bear appeared on the scene. At the end of the day my hide out was surrounded by 5 bears, it was way too dark to make pictures, but I decided to put the camera away and just enjoy all that was happening. The guides got us out of the cabins by making lots of noise that scared the bears of. What a magnificent experience this was. I shot these pictures with the Nikon D7000 because my D300s stopped working one day before my holiday . I must say I am impressed with the performance of the Nikon D7000. The lens I used is a Sigma 300mm F2.8 with a 1.4 converter. Some pictures I shot at very high iso because of the dark circumstances, so there is some noise in the pictures, which more or less turned the pictures into paintings. I love them. Hope you all enjoy them too!
Hey everyone! Some great news I got to share.
Just got word that the above picture, Mother Lynx in the Bavarian Forest, won third prize in a Chasing the Light Photo competition! Click here to have a look at their website!
This means my pictures will be seen by photo editors and Art directors. This is really great news.
In a few weeks time I will travel to Finland to hopefully capture some beautiful brown bear pictures. I can’t wait