It seems a lot of us are motivated to be creative. Some of us grab a camera or type madly on a keyboard. Others feel compelled to fashion a “piece” under a patch of trees, using discarded lumber and twine. Personally, I wouldn't have driven nails into living trees nor left refuse lying on the forest floor. Still, it's a good example of the desire people have to express themselves.
Filtering by Tag: Diemen
These were taken during an intermission at yesterday's The Best of IDFA (international Documentary Film Festival) in Diemen.
This is an attempt to balance detail on the left (the church steeple) with color on the right. The gray sky is deliberately overexposed to emphasize the structure of the branches and to bring out the yellow color of the leaves.
After dinner, it's all to easy to take up permanent residence on the sofa. But occasionally I can be persuaded to put on my coat and shoes and to head out for a walk in the neighborhood. Often my efforts are rewarded with some very good light. Maybe the walk also appeases my guilty conscience somewhat after any overindulgence at the dinner table.
There's a real value in having a camera kit that's so compact that it doesn't make its presence felt. You can enjoy an evening out and forget that it's there. But when you feel inspired to take the occasional photo, it is there.
The compact NEX-5N would be ideally suited to this purpose if it weren't for the missing compact and bright “normal” prime lens (I'll define that as somewhere between 35 and 55mm full frame equivalent). There is a relatively compact and light NEX 30mm prime from Sigma but with a starting aperture of F2.8 it can hardly be classified as bright. Another option would be Voigtlander's compact 35mm F1.4 manual focus prime. That's certainly a bright lens but at 260g including the adapter it weighs as much as the NEX-5N. So, at the moment nothing can touch my Lumix 20mm F1.7 pancake, even when mounted in front of the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor. That only holds true in low light though.
Given what day it is today, I'm surprised that rumors of a revolutionary, “trans-spheric” F1.2 NEX pancake lens haven't surfaced.
I’ll be posting a regular series highlighting new architecture. As an architect, I have often combined my profession with a passion for photography. My understanding of the subject matter will hopefully give me an edge over other photographers who are less familiar architecture. But of course that’s true for any specialized area in photography. Other than capturing details of a building, an architectural photo should highlight the main idea or concept behind a building.
In the first of the series, I’ll feature the Berkendaal apartment complex for seniors. It’s located around the corner from where I live in the Amsterdam suburb of Diemen. The design is by the Döll Atelier voor Bouwkunst.
The building is conceived of as solid white block from which portions have been cut out. Unlike the solid concrete exterior, these cuts are transparent and reflective. The balconies, which are staggered from floor to floor, are the dominant visual element. They create diagonals across the otherwise rectangular facades, making the building appear more dynamic.
Sometimes things just happen: the top photo features both a gull and a jet executing a turn above the building.
I live on the periphery of Amsterdam. It doesn’t take me long to get into the city and in a few minutes I’m in the countryside. Not quite rural, the green areas outside Amsterdam are crisscrossed by infrastructure serving the city. Countless bridges and underpasses allow you to cross the highways, canals and railway lines.
I’m not sure why, but I’m drawn to these utilitarian, mostly concrete spaces. Often empty and austere, they set the stage for an invasion by everything from graffiti artists to the tracks made by passing vehicles. I get some pretty strange looks of people wondering why I'm taking pictures in these locations of all places. But that's part of the fun.