Last Saturday I had the opportunity to participate in a photowalk organized by Amazing Views in Zurich in cooperation with Fujifilm. The idea was to do some streetphotography in Oerlikon (a part of Zurich).
That proved to be a great idea. I was very pleased with some of the pictures I could take. I hope you like them as well!
Lucerne is one of the most beautiful Swiss cities I know. The only problem –it is overexposed. The famous Kapellbrücke must have been photographed more than a hundred million times, the slightly less famous Watertower bridge and the Jesuit church probably millions of times.
The light conditions were sub-optimal due to the time of year and timing of my visit (grey skies). However, fortunately, I had my Olympus 9-18 mm f/4.0-5.6 wide angle lens with me during the shoot, and could use Adobe Lightroom for postprocessing.
I love the Olympus 9-18 lens when I travel to cities. 9 mm enables me to capture almost everything that is interesting from an architecture point of view, 18 mm is the bare minimum for a portrait. I remember one trip to London where I almost never took this lens off the body, despite the fact that I have multiple other lenses at my disposal. Obviously, I had my Lumix 20 mm f/1.7 lens with me as well. You know, the lens I have a love – hate (colours, depth of field, sharpness versus slooooooow and awful aesthetics) relationship with. With this lens I took the first two pictures of the series below.
During the shoot I became slightly worried about the fact that the autofocus of my GX80 camera occasionally stopped working, and only started again if I took the lens off the body, and put it back again… It happened only a couple of times when I switched lenses, and only after I successfully used the lens after taking a couple of shots. I would hate to have this camera bring in for repairs. I love using it for street photography and already hear a ‘… we could not recreate the issue’ from Panasonic.
Anyway, I hope my pictures of the beautiful city of Lucerne add some value to all the pictures that are already out there.
Being born and raised in the Hague, Scheveningen always had a special place in my heart. Due to the fact that my brother was confined to a wheelchair, we often went for a walk to the pier heads of the Scheveningen harbour.
Nowadays, I still like to walk there to get some fresh air and to clear my head. I love to come here with my camera on a clear day during the golden hour, because the colour schemes are so magnificent.
All pictures taken with a Panasonic Lumix GX80 camera and the Lumix 20 mm 1.7 lens. Despite the fact that this lens focuses XXL slow focus in low light conditions, it is incredibly sharp, fast and the versatile.
Grindelwald is small town in the Swiss Alps, surrounded by a number of famous mountains: the Wetterhorn, the Mönch, the Jungfrau, and of course the most (in)famous one of all: the Eiger.
In the village a beautiful small idyllic church is located. A number of graves in the church yard behind the church are from mountaineers who died during climbing expeditions.
We also visited the church on Sunday to attend a baptism service led by Pfarrer Klaus-Dieter Hägele. Not only did he preach about the cornerstone of our lives (Isaiah 28:16), he also gave a demonstration by stapling one stone on top of another. Andreas Menzi accompanied the service on organ and piano. One of the pieces he played is an old time favorite of mine from the great American songbook: ‘Love is here to stay’ by George & Ira Gershwin.
This morning I attended the Christmas services of the Ekklesia Leiden (Holland). A liberal church community in the university town of Leiden which gathers every week at the Hooglandse Kerk. A beautiful building stemming back from the 14th century.
A 2013 review in the newspaper Trouw already noted that ‘…apart from ‘Our Father’, the score of Huub Oosterhuis songs was 100 percent’. This morning, apart from ‘Our father’, only 4 out of the 6 songs from were from this author; a decrease to 67%…
The ‘participant pastor’ Christiane van den Berg -Seiffert meditated on Matthew 2: 1-12 (from the translation of Naarden), the story about the magi. She noted that they must have had patience (to watch the skies night after night), and did not know exactely what they were looking for and where (hence they visited king Herod first). She concluded by pointing at the mystery of X-mas: People longing for God (symbolized by the shepherds and the Magi,) and God longing for people.
On December 14 I had a wonderful trip to Basel to attend the book signing at Orell Füssli by my dear friend Johannes Czwalina and his fellow author Dan Shambicco. I am looking forward to reading their book ‘Draussen spielt ein Leben’ at Christmas.
It was also a nice opportunity to stroll through Basel whilst taking pictures with my LumixGX80, in combination with my latest acquisition: a Lumix 20mm 1.7 pancake lens. Everything that has been written about this well-known lens turned out to be true. It is extremely sharp, compact, performs very well in low light…but the autofocus is extremely slow compared to all other MFT lenses I have.
On my way back in the train I managed to successfully upload the pictures from my camera directly to Facebook on my smartphone, without editing them in Lightroom first. I have high hopes of shortening my workflow in the future!
A couple of weeks ago I made a couple of publicity pictures for Kai Bischoff and Gordon Schultz to promote their upcoming Christmas concerts. It was a pleasure to work with them, and I am looking forward to hearing their music!
Two weeks ago I was on my way back from a photoshoot, when I saw a steam train at the Central Station Zurich. It turned out to be a train from the DVZO, om operation run by a group of enthusiasts in their spare time.
After taking a couple of pictures of the train and the volunteers, I met a couple of other (cool looking) people I did some improve shooting with. All in all a great end of a busy shooting day!
Last Friday I had a great photoshoot in Zurich (CH) with actor and improv theatre maker Andrei Bratu from Improteca! I was impressed with his body language and Andrei’s ability to change his facial expressions. I was also impressed with all his work for ASK, All Special Kids.
One of my favourite restaurants is La Cucina della Marianna in Griante at Lake Como (Italy). The kitchen is run by ‘Ty’. Ty runs a ‘non-democratic kitchen’. This means customers cannot choose a menu, they need to eat whatever Ty has decided to prepare. My wife and I even took his concept one step further by the way: we now also let Ty decide on the wine.
When I asked if I could take his picture, Ty advised me to use a wide-angle lens to ensure the camera could deal with his proportions. I had to make do with my brand new Olympus Zuiko 25 mm 1.8 though.
What is interesting to know is that Ty feels as much at home behind, as in front of the camera. Besides being a great cook, he is also a serious photographer and has a some impressive analogue (Rollei 6×6 and Nikon F gear). You can admire his pictures on the walls of his restaurant and he also published a book with them.
I had a lot of fun doing a photoshoot with Friederike Sommer two weeks ago! Friederike is a Coach, Mentor, Leadership & Team Developer (http://www.friederikesommer.com/). We took a number formal, as well as informal pictures. We also planned to take some shots outside, but the rain was horrendous. How happy I was that I had my Tamron 35 1.8 lens with me – the only lens I have for my Nikon D750 which claims to be weatherproof!
Yesterday I bumped into Peruvian painter Harold C. Cueva Vasquez on the streets of Winterthur. We had had a lovely chat, and he invited me to take some pictures of him in his atelier in ‘Haus zum Bilder’ (www.inzwischen.ch) as well.
You can visit his exposition in Kulturort Uferzone, Theiligerstrasse 59, 8484 Theilingen (www.ufer-zone.ch) until June 16, 2019. On June 2, 2019, he will paint there live!