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08 Feb
2016
Hong Kong In The 1950s Captured By A Teenager

Hong Kong In The 1950s Captured By A Teenager

Beautiful photos of Hong Kong in the 1950s. They were shot by Fan Ho when he was a teenager, and recently composited into the book Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Memoir. Design You Trust has an overview of the photos.


21 Aug
2014
Panoramas: two terraces

I just put two new 360/180 degree panoramas online, of places very well suited for an exquisite dinner.

Camping Slapić


Hotel Haus am Berg

Enjoy!


31 Jul
2013
Portretten in het park

21 juli werden bij de Noorderparkbar liefdesliedjes gedraaid door Döske en liefdesstoelen gepresenteerd door Marc. Een uitgelegen moment om wat intieme portretten te maken.

DöskeTaraTara

18 Jul
2013
Sterkste man van Zaanstad 2013

Afgelopen zaterdag waren we bij de Sterkste Man van Zaanstad, om onze vriend Vlad aan te moedigen en natuurlijk om foto's te maken. Het resultaat: Vlad is 1e geworden, en wij hebben deze foto's:

Vlad wins his first Sterkste Man competition!Vlad BudaFrank, truck pulling

Ga naar het overzicht van alle foto's.


31 Jan
2013
Lee-Ann & Jordan

Afgelopen oud & nieuw heb ik Jordan geholpen met het installeren van een foto-studio in z'n eigen kamer. Natuurlijk moesten we het uitproberen, en dit is het resultaat:

Lee-Ann

Klik voor nog een foto...


01 Nov
2012
Vlad Buda

Vlad #10

My friend Vlad trains at Raw Power Baarn. A few months ago I went to one of his training sessions, and I was very impressed by not only their strength of body but also of the mind. Vlad knows exactly what kind of signals his body sends, which pain he can push through, and when to stop.

Most of the photos I shot on Ilford Delta 3200. Back then I still used an old light meter that turned out to be very inaccurate in dark situations, so unfortunately the film was heavily underexposed. I'm quite happy with the result I got, though, it came out much better than I expected (after I did a lot of measurements and printed with the highest filtration for the most contrast).

More photos


08 Sep
2012
Vakantiefoto's

Dit jaar zijn we weer naar Kroatië gegaan, en hebben we een heel aantal 360/180-graden panorama's geschoten. Daarnaast ook een hoop zwart-wit foto's met mijn Hasselblad 500 C/M. Hier onder vind je er alvast twee, de rest moet ik nog afdrukken en scannen.

Drowned treesOld water wheel

28 Jul
2012
First photos with a Hasselblad

These are the first photos I've taken with my Hasselblad 500 C/M. I was actually planning of shooting in black & white mostly, but since I had some unused colour film in my fridge I thought it would be a good idea to practice with that. Turns out I really like the result! The colours are vivid, but still look natural, and the bokeh of the lens is simply terrific. I love this camera!

Kitteh

More photos


27 Jul
2012
Trying out T-Max 400

One of my favourite photographers, Stephan Vanfleteren, seems to shoot Kodak T-Max 400 film (the film is labeled Kodak 400TMY as you can see in some of his portraits). I wanted to give the film a try too, so I met up with my friend and willing subject Matthijs for a Sunday morning photoshoot in the park. Here is the first result.

Matthijs #4

Another photo and my preliminary verdict after the break


01 May
2012
Sheepies in Utrecht

The campus of Utrecht University has a small field with sheep, and today I got up close and personal. One of the big sheep was even tame enough to let me stroke and pat it!

Schaapjes op de Uithof

More photos after the break


03 Mar
2012
Café Theater Festival 2012

Kiki Schippers y Los Rubios - Springtij

Gisteren geschoten bij het Café Theater Festival in Utrecht. Ik liep de route Klinkt als... en zag de volgende voorstellingen. De links wijzen naar de eerste foto van de voorstelling, met de pijltjes "Next" en "Previous" boven de foto's ga je naar de volgende/vorige foto. De foto hier boven is van Kiki Schippers y Los Rubios.

  1. IK-Radio - De onzichtbare man

  2. Medea, Black Dahlia, Marilyn Monroe (a celebration of the in-between)

  3. Kiki Schippers y Los Rubios - Springtij

  4. De Blonde Jongens en Tim - Debjet BV

  5. Inge Wannet - Als de muren konden praten

Het was overal superdruk! Groot succes dus, want overal kwam ik enthousiaste mensen tegen. Fotografisch was het een flinke uitdaging om tussen alle mensen door te wurmen, de foto's te maken die ik wilde maken, en toch zo min mogelijk in de weg te zitten. Als je de kans hebt om te gaan kijken zou ik dat zeker doen, het is echt een unieke ervaring!

Een paar highlights...


05 Jan
2012
Joe McNally shows history of NG from 1992

One of my photographic heroes, Joe McNally, wrote a blog post looking back 20 years at National Geographic. He also has a video from back in 1992 about the process of National Geographic, from the photograph via editing, more editing, and then finally to print. It's very cool to look at, if not for the story then at least for the hair.

I find it striking how much Joe looks like what I feel is a typical NY photographer back in the days. I would see him shoot alongside Peter Parker any day.

Check the video after the break...


15 Nov
2011
Photoshoot with Janet

A week ago my friend Janet asked for a photographer on Facebook. The next day she stood in front of me, modeling outdoors in Amsterdam. I had packed all kind of gear - digital camera, flashes, light stands, umbrella, reflectors, analogue camera, the whole shebang. Only I had forgotten to bring any memory cards... so I left all the digital stuff in the bag, and only used my trusty Chinon CS with Kodak Tri-X 400 film.

I got the negatives developed and scanned, and here are the results!

Janet Duijn #15

More photos after the break


15 Nov
2011
Gursky world

“when you're looking with your eyes, it doesn’t mean you’re seeing.” – Andreas Gursky

The video below is a 23-minute documentary by Ben Lewis, about the German photographer Andreas Gursky. Lewis tries to find out what makes a Gursky a Gursky, and in the mean time learns about the man behind the photos.

Ben Lewis - Gursky World from TofuTasties on Vimeo.

Thanks to Stephen Schaub of The Figital Revolution for posting about this. Very inspiring!


09 Nov
2011
My own dark room

The resulting photos

This weekend I got a lot of dark room supplies from friends (thanks Ton & Q!). Monday I bought the necessary liquids, and yesterday I developed my very first photo. As soon as I saw the photo appear on the paper I fell in love with the process. Of course I wasn't satisfied with the first result, so immediately I started playing around with dodging and burning. It was was easier than I expected, and very satisfying!

Photos of my "dark room" after the break


31 Aug
2011
Summer in The Netherlands

Summer in The Netherlands

Here's this year's joke: summer. It's like last spring was confused and acted all summery, and summer, autumn and winter all think they're autumn.

Summer in The Netherlands

Still makes for good photos though ;-)


20 Aug
2011
Print Chuck

Panorama van Amsterdam Noord

Alex over at Print Chuck is using my FlickrAPI implementation on their website. He offered me a free print as a thank you note for writing the software! The print arrived yesterday, and it looks great. The paper is a thick cotton-based paper, which feels different from any other print I've had in my hands. It is super matte, just the way I like it!

Be sure to take a look at their website!


10 Aug
2011
360-panorama: Sint Bavo Church

Fokker, when he was 21 years old, flew a plane over Haarlem, around the Sint Bavo church. This photo was taken at the centre of that church. Take a look at the ceiling, it really is amazing! The photo is quite full of detail, so it won't show its potential while it's in this small window. Press the right-most button to see it in its full detail.

This photo is comprised of 80 individual photos, which were exposure blended and fused into this one (nearly) seamless shot.


07 Aug
2011
360-panorama: Fokker Spin

Fokker, when he was 21 years old, flew one of these planes over Haarlem, around the Sint Bavo church. Today it is exhibited in that very same church. Can you imagine never having seen a plane, and then this thing flying over your house? It must have been an amazing sight!

The photo is quite full of detail, so it won't show its potential while it's in this small window. Click the right-most button to see it in its full detail. And be sure to look up at the amazing ceiling too!

This photo is comprised of 83 individual photos, which were exposure blended and fused into this one seamless shot.


17 Jul
2011
Lighting course a success

Today I gave my first lighting course, Strobist-style. As I've never done such a thing like that before it was a little unstructured. However, we were able to cover a lot of ground, and everybody went home feeling they had learned a lot. My friend Marc Faasse was friendly enough to let us rent his studio for the day, in the atmospheric NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam.

It was amazing to see how my students picked up on the techniques. They really enjoyed how their photos would come out better and better after each photo. I think I'll do more of those courses in the future!

The students' results:

And here are some of my photos, modeled by Patric:

Patric 1

Originally this photo was 2:3 in "portrait" orientation, but I felt it suited a square cut much better. Speedlite 430EX at low camera right. Shutter at max sync speed to block out all available light.

More photos after the break


06 Jul
2011
Lee-Ann's birthday

My friend Lee-Ann had her birthday party last weekend; she got the mythical age of 10! Of course we celebrated until deep into the night (really! She's a monster, only got tired at 1:30!). We had a party tent, barbecue and a nice fire going, and to capture the atmosphere I took a 360° panorama.

Lee-Ann's birthday party

Here you can see both versions of the same photo - I made a "streetview" image as well as a miniature planet. The photo was made from 92 individual photos, HDR-merged and stitched with Hugin.

Drag your mouse to look up, down, left or right. Scroll to zoom. Double-click for full screen.

Image hosted by Flickr.


28 Jun
2011
Ilford Delta 3200

I fell in love with Fuji Neopan 1600 film, only to hear that it'll be taken out of production soon (or already has been). Fortunately I could stack up on some rolls, but they'll run out eventually. To find an alternative, I tried Ilford Delta 3200, which turned out to be quite nice too, although it's a little too sensitive for my taste.

Happy cat is happy

More photos after the break


15 Jun
2011
An early bird catches nice light

Some weeks ago I woke up early on a saturday morning. That's nothing like me, as I love to sleep in late. But still, I wanted to catch the light glimmering off one of Holland's largest canals and reflecting into the trees, and to get the right angle of the light I had to get there early.

This photo shows the relaxed atmosphere of the northern part of Amsterdam, while in the background there is the busy central train station. Be sure to check it out large.

De rust van Noord

A few hundred meters further north along the same canal I found this spot. Again the light reflected beautifully off the water. Everybody I met that morning was friendly, and there was a great atmosphere. I think this photo reflects that well.

Ochtendritje

04 Jun
2011
Fotofestival Naarden

Fotofestival Naarden was really awesome. The photos by Stefan Vanfleteren were amazing. He'll be an inspiration for my future portraits. His photos (amongst other great photographers) were on exhibition in the Grote Kerk (large church) in Naarden. The atmosphere in the town was super relaxed, everybody was enjoying all beautiful photos and the lovely weather. I shot a 360° panorama at the front entrance of the church. Have a look around:

Drag your mouse to look up, down, left or right. Scroll to zoom. Double-click for full screen.

Photo hosted by Flickr


16 May
2011
Awesome sheepies

Awesome Sheepies

We went shooting in one of the most beautiful and relaxing bits of the Dutch countryside. The photos didn't quite work out as I wanted to -- except for these two sheepies. They are teh awesome!


12 May
2011
360 panorama: a day at work

Drag your mouse to look up, down, left or right. Scroll to zoom. Double-click for full screen.

This is the center part of my office building. I took some photos there today (84 in total), and stiched them together with Hugin. Post processing with Bibble Pro and ImageMagick.

Photo hosted by Flickr.


11 May
2011
360 panorama, Amsterdam Noord

I've bought myself a Nodal Ninja 3 panorama head. Today I gave it a first test run, and it worked very well! That's my bike, by the way ;-)

Drag your mouse to look up, down, left or right. Scroll to zoom. Double-click for full screen.

Photo hosted by Flickr.

The details about how I created this photo are after the break.


24 Apr
2011
Analogue photography

Number 61

Ever since I got two old cameras for my birthday last year, I've been drawn more and more towards analogue photography. You know, the kind that involves negatives and chemical processing, and where you don't have to worry about getting dust on your sensor. There is a certain mistery in not knowing how the photo will turn out to be. There really is a thrill in cycling to the photo store and looking at the negatives on their light table. Also I seem to stay more "in the flow" while shooting, rather than breaking it by inspecting the LCD display. This worked very well for the shoot with Selina. And finally I just love the look of real black & white photos made with old optics!

There are downsides, of course. The major one is that it seems to be impossible to scan an entire negative without having one or two cat hairs on them...

More after the break.


28 Mar
2011
Photoshoot with Rianne

Rianne with bricks

Yesterday Rianne and I did a photoshoot right in the heart of Amsterdam. From the red light district we moved to the busiest shopping street, the Kalverstraat. To cool down a bit we finished the shoot at the nature reserve Het Twiske.

To the photos!


13 Mar
2011
Nu ook op Google Maps

Stüvel Fotografie staat nu ook als "place" op Google Maps, zowel in het Nederlands als in het Engels!

Stüvel Photography is now a "place" on Google Maps, both in Dutch as in English!


24 Nov
2010
New website

None

My old website has been online for april 2006. Since that time it has grown considerably. My focus also moved from software engineering to photography, and this new design makes that a lot clearer. Some of the webpages may not yet be available. Don't worry, most of it will be ported in the next few weeks. If you're missing something, let me know and I'll give it priority.

I've also put the photos online of a photoshoot with model Selina. This was the first time for me doing a model-shoot with my old Flexaret IV twin-lens reflex medium format camera. I must say I'm very pleased with the result! Having only 12 frames on a roll is a nice break from shooting with a 7 FPS digital SLR.


02 Nov
2010
Mijn foto's op Caro Emerald DVD

Caro Emerald in Hoogwoud

Caro Emerald komt met een platinum release van haar CD Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor, met daarbij "een overvolle dvd met extra video-, audio- en fotomateriaal". Jawel, ook mijn foto's! Helemaal te gek :)

Naast zo'n DVD hier in Nederland komt er ook een zelfde soort DVD uit in Polen, waar mijn foto's ook op gebruikt gaan worden!

Je kan de DVD al pre-orderen op bol.com


17 Oct
2010
Tentoonstelling in Noorderpark

Crisismonument

Speciaal voor Crisiskunst in het Noorderpark heb ik een foto gemaakt, die nu in de Noorderparkkamer hangt. Elke zondag zijn hier interessante dingen te beleven, gratis en toegankelijk voor iedereen.

Deze foto heb ik geschoten in Haarlem. Het is een monumentaal gebouw, en heeft daardoor een tragisch verhaal. Vanwege het label "monumentaal" wordt het niet afgebroken, maar het kost ook zo veel om op te knappen dat dat ook niet gebeurt. Voor mij was het een mooi beeld van het thema crisis.

De foto is gemaakt met een Meopta Flexaret IV, een middenformaat tweeogige spiegelreflexcamera uit de jaren '60, deze zomer gekocht in Praag, Tsjechië. De film was Kodak Tri-X 400, de afdruk is ruim 40x40 cm op mat papier.

Op zondag 7 november worden de foto’s geveild. De fotografen die hieraan meewerken zijn: Caro Bonink, Yvonne Witte, Annelore van Herwijnen, Liza de Rijk, Maaike Koning, Marc Faase, Diana Scherer en Sybren A. Stüvel.

Voor meer info zie Crisiskunst - Kunst met de grote C. en Crisiskunst 3

Een quootje over de crisiskunst:

Kunst in tijden van crisis gaat over ondernemerschap en creativiteit. Hoe maak je kunst zonder subsidie? Bedrijven worden gevraagd hun afvalproductie in te leveren om kunst van te maken, (straat)muzikanten worden uitgenodigd om in het park te musiceren, fotografen van Noord leggen de crisis op beeld vast en de foto’s worden geveild in het park. Crisiskunst organiseren we samen met Stichting Kunstenaars&CO. Kunstenaars krijgen de opdracht om gedurende zes weken een project te realiseren zonder subsidie, op z´n Berlijns.


15 Sep
2010
Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 fisheye te koop

Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 fisheye

Update: de lens is verkocht

Ik verkoop m'n Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 fisheye lens. Het is een mooie lens, maar ik heb helaas de centjes nodig. Compatible met bijna alle Canon camera's, zoals de 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D en 7D. Met een diafragma van f/2.8 is het ook een zeer lichtsterke fisheye lens.

De lens is in uitmuntende staat, en inclusief originele aankoopbon, garantiebewijs en verstevigde lenstas. De lens is scherp, heeft precieze auto-focus en geeft volle kleuren.

Ik vraag €550,- voor de lens - ruim €100,- onder de nieuwprijs. Voor deze prijs krijg je een lens die nagenoeg nieuw is, zonder gebruikssporen.

Ophalen kan in Amsterdam of op werktijden in Haarlem, bel of email even voor een afspraak. Verzenden kan ook, op kosten koper. Als je 'm koopt via Marktplaats.nl en betalen kan met PayPal heb je hier ook kopersbescherming op.


05 Sep
2010
Optreden Caro Emerald

Caro Emerald heeft zojuist opgetreden in Hoogwoud, en zij en haar band speelden heerlijk!

De set foto's op Flickr


20 Jul
2010
360 panorama: Amsterdam Central Station

This panorama shows something that I quite often see; the people here are waiting for the ferry to cross the IJ (the lake that separates the northern part of Amsterdam from the rest).

Look around by dragging, use your scroll wheel or page up/down keys to zoom. Double-click to view full-screen.

This photo is hosted by Flickr.

This time I used Hugin for remapping and aligning the photos, but I merged them by hand in The Gimp. It's quite an easy process, and it gives you much more control. I took the photos without a tripod or any other form of support, so not everything lined up perfectly, which is where the manual control came in handy.


28 Jun
2010
Sigma 4.5mm Fisheye - What's it like?

Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 fisheye

This lens is insane. It's the world's first circular fisheye lens for APS-C sized sensors, and the first fisheye lens that I own. Looking through the viewfinder for the first time was a strange sensation. The view was both very restricted due to the circularness of the lens, and very wide at the same time due to its 180 degree view all around. For those not intimate with fisheye lingo, "circular" means that it projects a circle on the sensor. Outside of the circle everything's black, inside the circle you have a 180 degree view from left to right, and top to bottom. So far the best us APS-C shooters could get was a "diagonal" fisheye, which means that you only get a 180 degree view from top left to bottom right. Horizontal and vertical would be less than 180 degrees.

Yellow Volkswagen van

From the first moment I saw the lens I knew that I just had to have it.... the only downside is the price tag. At €650,- it's not the cheapest of lenses, but it's not that insane compared to other fisheyes. Sigma isn't known for their good quality control. The shop I bought the lens at had three of them in their magazine, and the first two had uneven coating on the front element. The store personnel told me that it wouldn't show on photos, but nevertheless they let me inspect all three lenses, and one of them had perfectly even coating. For that price, I wanted to make sure I got the best one.

I used the lens on my Canon EOS 7D, so besides having a high resolution of 18 megapixels I could also give it a go with video. And boy is it fun! I don't have a professional setup where I can measure things like distortion or colour metrics. Instead I'll tell you about practical results I got with this lens, and how they look with my two eyes. The photos you see here are also processed a little bit. Unprocessed photos from a digital camera always look a bit flat and soft, so I don't think that presenting you with such photos would be a true demonstration of the capabilities of this lens.

The lens

Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 fisheye

The lens feels very sturdy. The build is solid, and with a metal mount it attaches firmly to the camera. At the rear there is a gelatine filter holder, and you even get a small metal plate you can use to cut the filters to size. I feel that this filter holder is of limited use, unless you want to insert ND filters. As the holder doesn't rotate you can't really use polarizers or graduate ND filters.

Going further towards the front of the lens, we meet the distance scale. It has three marks: 13.5cm, 20cm and infinity. Remember these distances are measured from the sensor; it can focus really, really close. The hypersonic motor (HSM/USM/whatever you want to call it) does its work quickly and silently. The focus ring is all the way at the front, and rotates smoothly. I would have liked it to be a bit further backward, though. My hands are quite big, and it's just too easy to get some digits into the frame. Every bit of finger that sticks out from the focus ring will get photographed, so be careful with that.

The front element bulges out of the lens, to be able to capture the 180 degree view. The lens cap comes with a metal ring so that it can fit around it. So, remember to remove the ring as well as the lens cap, or you won't get the full view.

The maximum aperture is f/2.8, which is a tad slow for a prime but quite good for a lens this wide. Combined with the short minimum focus distance you can even use it to blur the background. A little. The wide aperture is more useful for low-light shots; it also means that the viewfinder is bright, and that your autofocus has more light to work with.

The photos

The centre sharpness of this lens is amazing. Even at very close range - which is where you want to be with a lens like this - it is very sharp. Towards the edges it has some serious chromatic aberration and purple fringing in high-contrast areas. As it's my first and only fisheye lens I can't tell you whether this is more or less than others. I just know that it's very difficult to bend light and keep all the colours where they should be, and at the edges that light is bent a lot. The photo below has been corrected, the photo of the Volkswagen van up top hasn't been.

Close-up of Marit

The lens flare looks really nice, as it doesn't stick to the circular projection - it breaks the frame, so to speak. Of course if you don't like it you can always mask it during post processing. The flare shows that the aperture has six blades. I would have liked one more - I like odd flare streaks more than even ones. The aperture makes more noise that I would have expected; more than any other lens that I own. Now this isn't a lens you can use stealthily anyway, as you'll have to get right on top of the action or it'll get really, really small, so a bit more aperture noise isn't a practical issue.

The Panoramas

The wide view makes this lens very suitable for panorama shots. With only two photos you'll be able to capture the entire view around you. However, you won't be able to stitch them together very well; at the edges the quality goes down, and there wouldn't be much of an overlap anyway. So rather than using the minimum, I used six shots: north, east, south and west, and straight up and straight down. And since I was shooting a library with mostly black architecture and large windows with a bright sun outside, I tripled every shot at -2 EV, 0 EV and +2 EV to merge them later as HDR photos. The 7D with its 7 photos per second just whirred through those three shots per direction.

The panorama is hosted by Flickr. Double-click to view full-screen, drag to look around.

Before I started stitching the photos I loaded the RAW files into Bibble Pro 5.1 and removed most of the chromatic aberration (C/A). With a few clicks the C/A was as good as gone, and since I had a nice overlap between different shots the remaining C/A wouldn't pose any problems. The 18 RAW files were exported to 16-bit TIFFs (100 MB a pop) and then loaded into Hugin.

In Hugin I manually placed control points, about 5-7 per overlap, optimized the photo and let it do the stitching and HDR processing. Hugin is very good at producing realistic HDRs. Many HDR programs first create a photo with a huge dynamic range and then try to compress this range using tone mapping. This can easily produce those super-saturated, artificial looking photos. Hugin blends between "real" pixels, ignoring ones that are under or over-exposed, blurry, etc. and keeping the good looking ones. This process gives a much more natural result.

After exporting the photo in "equirectangular" projection, I loaded into the Flash application by pan0.net so that you can look around in it. The zenith (look straight up) isn't perfect yet, but I'm sure I can fix that if I spend enough time on it. Also know that I took those photos without any tripod or panorama head.

The videos

The lens is nearly perfect for video. The video below shows a view from my Renault Twingo. The music is by my band (I'm the drummer) The Soundabout, and the drive is from our practice studios to my home. Click on the cross-like thingy at the bottom of the video to view full screen.

A quick drive through Amsterdam from Sybren A. Stüvel on Vimeo.

So yes, it's good but just not quite perfect for video. It's more an issue with my 7D than the lens, to be honest. At those lovely modern and crispy 16:9 HD resolutions the camera crops a few pixels off the bottom of the circle - I would be much happier if we would have gotten a true 3:2 high-resolution video format, so that the entire frame could be captured. So Canon, if you're reading this, pretty please with sugar on top, add a 1920x1280 or 1620x1080 video format!

As I said, I drum in a band. My girlfriend sometimes records our performances on video, and will of course start using the Sigma fisheye lens for this. Keep an eye on our website!

The verdict

Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 fisheye

This lens is unique. The results are very pleasing, and most importantly: it's great fun. It's really different from anything else in my photo bag. The price is a bit steep, but given the quality and the fact that they won't sell that many of them, I think it's justified. If you want to easily shoot 360 panoramas, record edgy videos or otherwise use an incredibly wide field of view, this lens is for you.


This article was also published on Digital Photography School.


19 Apr
2010
Strobist meeting

Yesterday Ork and I went to a Strobist meeting in Breukelen, The Netherlands. We had a lot of fun, joining 18 photographers and 16 models, in an old abandoned industrial building. Fervently used by graffiti artists and as an illegal dumping site for tires it was quite a nice setting.

Browse through the set or sit back and enjoy the slideshow. I'll post more photos in the coming days.

Dirty Toilet Tamara wrecks the place A high throne

Most photos of the meeting can be found in the Dutch Strobist pool and all should be tagged too.


13 Apr
2010
Stop-motion: Drunkard

Hey folks,

I've made my first stop-motion animation! And it's also my first video on Flickr. Well, video - let's just call it a concatenation of frames. I've enjoyed making it, I hope you enjoy watching.

The video consists of 66 frames, shot with my Canon EOS 7D and Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens. The light comes from a gritted 430EX strobe, and the 1/250 shutter speed ensures the ambient light was invisible.


14 Mar
2010
Updated my portfolio

I've just updated my portfolio so I invite you all to take a look!


20 Feb
2010
Bloody Marit

Bloody Marit II

This photo was made in an old ship factory in Amsterdam Noord (the NDSM Wharf). We picked a suitable old and faded green wall as the background, set up the lights, and started shooting.

The key lights are two Canon Speedlite 430EX strobes. They were pointed up into tall U-shaped corrugated cardboard sheets that were lined with aluminium foil to form DIY strip lights; both strobes were set to 1/4 power. The fill light was provided by a Speedlite 580EX-II at 1/16 power through a shoot-through umbrella.

I shot with my Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM on a Canon EOS 7D. The 1.6x crop factor makes this a very nice portrait lens. The aperture was f/8 to get sufficiently deep depth of field and sharp results, and the shutter speed of 1/250 second ensured that no available light got onto the sensor.

Setup shot for Bloody Marit

Here is a wide shot that shows the setup. I used the 7D as the master, and I was surprised how well it worked. Because I used my 85mm f/1.8 I could move back a little (compared to my standard 17-55mm zoom), which made the slave strobes more into the "field of view" of the popup flash. The 430EX's "looked" at Marit instead of my camera, so I added some aluminium foil to bounce the master flash into their IR sensors.

Thank you for reading!


24 Dec
2009
Holiday Special: Sausage

Holiday Special: Sausage

What are you looking at? It's a sausage. Rookworst (a type of smoked sausage), to be exact, probably well known to every Dutch reader. It was hand-made by my parents' butcher and wrapped with some Christmas fluff, also by the butcher. He handed them out as Christmas presents!

Before we go on the the specifics of this shot, first a few acronyms:

CTO

Colour Temperature Orange, makes the light warmer.

CTB

Colour Temperature Blue, makes the light colder.

ND

Neutral density, makes the light darker.

The key light from high camera right is a 580EX-II, 1/2 CTO gel, double gobo'd so that it illuminates the sausage thingy and not the background, at 1/4th power. The fill light from camera left is a 430EX-II with a DIY white diffuser and a full CTB gel. The third light is a 430EX behind the sausage, at 1/128 power, with a red gel for the effect and a 2-stop ND gel to make it subtle enough - 1/128 power is as low as it goes, but that was still too bright.

I chose to work with CTO and CTB gels to add some contrasting colours. The gels are balanced, which means that where the warm and cold light meet they form white light again. This makes for some subtly coloured shadows, where only one light shines and the other is blocked. I chose 1/2 CTO and full CTB because it just looked better - with a full CTO the colours would become too orange.

Here you see an incremental buildup of the three lights (click for a larger version):

The making of Holiday Special: Sausage

20 Dec
2009
It's really winter

Jojo in the snow

Well waddayano, even with all the global warming we can get a few days' worth of real winter in The Netherlands. Clogged up public transportation, taking corners sideways with our car, and a beautiful white world.

Photos and slide show.


23 Aug
2009
Back from holiday

Church

We're back from a 2.5 week holiday in France, including Corsica. It's been our first time in Corsica, and we loved it! The winding roads, the awesome nature, friendly people, it's been wonderful. Our new car Bennie held up just great, and was comfortable both on the long stretches and the tiniest mountain road.

Photos on Flickr and as slideshow. More will come online soon.


21 Jul
2009
Lisanne in Het Twiske

Hiding sunset... in a blue bikini

Last Thursday I took the lovely Lisanne to a nature reserve and we shot some great pictures. Of two of the photos, Hiding sunset... in a blue bikini and Lisanne on the tree I wrote some notes on how we made the photos.

Check the entire set! [Slideshow]


24 May
2009
Bl3nder CD presentation

Bl3nder | CD-presentatie Leipe Shit Ouwe!

I was hired to cover the presentation of Bl3nder's first album "Leipe Shit Ouwe!". Their performance was energetic and powerful, and I think it shows in the photos.

Slideshow


13 May
2009
Urban Arching

Urban hunting

Last weekend we did a shot in an abandoned factory, then moved on to a park in Amsterdam near my house. It was such great fun!

You can browse through the set yourself, and there is also a slideshow if you don't want to click that much ;-)


06 Apr
2009
Been vampire hunting

Oriana on a bad day...

We've been vampire hunting. It turns out that once you get past the danger of being sucked dry you can actually make some nice photos! Just sit back and enjoy the slide show


18 Mar
2009
I'm "Featured Photographer" on Flickr

Foggy house at sunrise

I'm a "Featured Photographer" on Flickr, together with my girlfriend Marit. Check out the Flickr Places for De Gouwe, my hamlet of birth.


20 Nov
2008
Visit to Artis

Jaguar

Today we went to Artis again - the Amsterdam zoo. I just love shooting animals!


02 Oct
2008
DPS Photo walk in Amsterdam

Rain in Amsterdam

The weather is getting pretty bad in my home town, which means that it's a great time to shoot some very interesting night shots! So, who's up for a photo walk through Amsterdam?

Of course, we can start during the day, get some nice food in the city centre, and shoot some more after the sun has gone down.

Join the Digital Photography School forum and post a comment in the Photo walk in Amsterdam thread if you want to join in, and we'll see if we can pick a date.

Being Dutch isn't required!


30 Aug
2008
Bl3nder at Uitmarkt

Bl3nder | Cyril Directie

De Uitmarkt is the opening of the cultural season in Amsterdam. We went to see Bl3nder, and they totally rocked! It was the first time I saw Def P (the world's best rapper) live, and it was everything I hoped for :) Their drummer was absolutely amazing!

Of course, I've taken a few shots


30 Aug
2008
Back from summer holiday in France

Straw rolls in the French countryside

We're back from summer holiday. Actually, we've been back for about a week now, but I just finished captioning, editing and uploading all the photos. It's been a great trip, traveling through north, east and south of France. There are plenty of photos, and this time we tracked them using GPS, so you can find every shot on the map.


27 Jul
2008
Texel

shoes / schoenen

We went to the northern part of Texel to get some nice images. My father's "assignment" for us was to think of a scenario for a detective / crime film.

the photos


27 Jun
2008
Received 5-star rating at Popphoto Flash

Oosterboekelweg

PopPhoto Flash writes:

I really like this photo submitted by Sybren Stüvel. It looks like a still out of a horror movie. The bright light and black and white tone give it that eerie look. Symmetry works well in this case. I also, like the detail light up in the top of the threes. Great job!

Linzee Karasik Pop Photo

This photo gets five stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The rating is from one to five stars. Thanks PopPhoto!


26 Jun
2008
Brand / fire in Amsterdam Noord

Brand Klaprozenweg Amsterdam Noord

At this moment there is a tremendous fire in Amsterdam Noord, just a few meters from my home. People are being evacuated, although I seem to be safe right now. Let's hope the wind doesn't turn.

My photos were used at NOS Journaal, AT5, nu.nl, RTL Nieuws and RTV-NH.


24 Jun
2008
With Chess in London

Sime is ticklish

Chess is doing well. They brought us and our partners to London! Thanks Chess!

Of course, we made a few photos