Lucerne with my Olympus 9-18 lens (mainly…)

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.

Let me know!


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The Reformed Church In Grindelwald

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.


Lumix G80 | Olympus 9-18mm F/4.0-5.6 | Lumix 12-60 mm F/3.5-5.6


‘Talking about a revolution’ (Sudan)

‘Talking about a revolution’ from Tracy Chapman is one of my favorite songs. When I am in the Netherlands I always stay near The  Malieveld in The Hague, a popular spot for demonstrations. Whenever I witness a demonstration there, I always have to think about this song.

This afternoon there was a demonstration against the violation of human rights in Sudan. I had a friendly chat with some of the demonstrators and did an improv photo shoot with some of them.



Equipment: Panasonic Lumix G7 | Panasonic 14-42 3.5-5.6


Vernissage and Book launch at Bildhalle Zurich!

March 28, 2019, I had the pleasure of attending a Vernissage at my favorite photo gallery in Zurich: Bildhalle. The occasion was the opening of an exhibition of the work of Willy Spiller and Fred Mayer and Willy Spiller. At the same occasion a book was launched with work from Willy Spiller, published by the Bildhalle. The book was launched with a great speech from literary critic Stefan Zweifel.

The exhibition will run until My 11, 2019. The address is BILDHALLE, Stauffacherquai 56, 8004 Zürich, +41 44 552 09 18. Highly recommended!


Big Heads Martin Schoeller Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam

I really enjoyed visiting the exposition Big Heads by German photographer Martin Schoeller in the Fotomuseum earlier this year. ‘Big Heads’ is a series of close-up portraits taken of (mostly) celebrities, taken with a wide angle lens from a short distance with a large format camera and a large aperture. The pictures only show the face of the subjects – even their necks are not visible.

Martin Schoeller explains this unusual perspective from the fact that, when he was an unknown photographer, he did not get much time and possibilities to influence the location or the clothing of his subjects. Cleverly, he decided to turn this weakness in a strength. Instead, the had to work fast and accept the location and clothing as a given.

Martin Schoeller explains the choice of celebrities as subjects due to this upbringing in post-war Germany where heroes and worshipping them, was not done due to the second world war. For this reason, he was surprised by the celebrity culture in the USA when he emigrated to this country.

Prior to establishing himself as an independent photographer, he worked as an assistant for Annie Leibovitch. He credits his technique to Bernd and Hilla Becher, who became famous for their work of identical industrial installations.

The Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam is located in Katendrecht, in the neighborhood of Hotel New York. the former terminal building of the HAL (Holland America Line). Here a number of emigrants left Europe for the US.

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All pictures were taken with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 (Mark I)


 

Walking from Amersfoort to Woudenberg

Another series of pictures I took during a walk in Holland. This time from Amersfoort to Woudenberg. I discovered my Olympus OMD EM10 (Mark I) in combination with my 17mm 1.8 Zuiko lens is becoming my favorite set-up for these occasions. Given the speed of my companions during these walks, I do not have time to switch lenses anyway…

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The Hague Central Station

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Amersfoort

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Amersfoort – ‘De Bollenburgh’ – Residence of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, who was born in this city and executed as a result of a conflict with Maurits van Oranje 

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‘Forever Autumn’ – One of the favorite songs of my youth

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Estate Den Treek

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Part of the Dutch Defense Line – ‘De Grebbelinie’. Another highlight in the Dutch military history.


All pictures taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 (Mark I) camera in combination with a Zuiko 17 mm 1.8 lens. Recorded in Raw; post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.


Demonstration for an Independent Scotland in the Hague

Yesterday morning I woke up with to the sound of bagpipes. I quickly took my camera and started looking for the source of the noise, … I mean music.

When I got to the corner of the Malieveld in the Hague, I met a number of incredibly nice people who were planning to hold a demonstration that day for an independent Scotland. Unfortunately I could not march with them, but I had the opportunity to take a couple of nice pictures. I hope they had a great day and wish them every success in pursuing their course!

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in RAW, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

Concert Son Mieux The Hague

Since 1989 the city of the Hague has a tradition to organize rock concerts on different stages in the city center on the night before Kings’s day (April 27). This year I took the opportunity to attend a concert of the Dutch band ‘Son Mieux’. I must admit I never heard about them, but it turned out to be a great gig. Their music is highly original, and I keep playing their songs Feels. and Easy on Spotify.

Unfortunately ,I was not the only one who liked their music: due to the massive crowd and the number of people in front of the stage, I could only take pictures from a single angle. This angle made it difficult to take good pictures from other band members than the singer and the base player.

However, I hope to have an opportunity to see (and hear!) them again sometime in the near future, and to be able to take more varied pictures then.

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in RAW, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

A visit to Artis, the Amsterdam Zoo

Recently I visited the Zoo in Amsterdam. I always have my camera with me, but find it difficult to take original pictures in the Zoo. This time I decided to use the Art Filters on my Olympus OMD-EM10 for some of my shots.

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in JPEG, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

Which Type of Jaguar is this?

I am not crazy about cars – but I love industrial design and am fond of ‘Best Of British’. Hence I immediately grabbed my gear when I saw this beautiful jaguar parked a couple of 100 yards from my house. I had a very nice chat with the owner. Unfortunately I did not ask him which model it was, because I could not find it on the Internet afterwards. Please leave a comment if you do!

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Pictures taken with a Nikon D750 camera and a Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 lens. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


Jazz in Cafe Black Zurich

On March 16, 2018, I attended a wonderful Jazz concert by Sonja Ott (Trumpet),  Jonas Labhart (Alt Saxophone),  Matthias Reinhard-DeRoo (Double Bass) and Berni Doessegger (Drums). The concert took place in Cafe Black. I am looking forward to the next gig of these wonderful musicians, as well a return to Cafe Black!

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Pictures taken with a Nikon D750 camera and a Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 lens. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

Wim Hazeu in book store Douwes

On Thursday evening February 23, 2018, I attended a lecture by Wim Hazeu on his recent biography of Dutch author and painter Lucebert. The evening was organized by the well-known book store Douwes in the Hague.

Since Lucebert was fond of Jazz music, Frans Friedrich, a great jazz musician, was invited to play before and in between the lecture. The combination between the inspiring lecture of Wim Hazeu and the sound of Frans Friedrich (who played a couple of tunes by Miles Davis – including ‘All blues’ – one of my favorites) turned out to be a great one.

Afterwards I discovered that the book store had a copy of the biography of Dutch author Simon Vestdijk,  also written by Wim Hazeu. I had been looking for this book for quite a while. Believing it was out of print, I was extremely glad to find it. I was very pleased that Wim Hazeu was kind enough to sign it for mee.

All in all I had a fantastic evening. Thanks boekhandel Douwes for organizing this event!

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The audience

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Trumpet player Frans Friedrich

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Daphne ter Bals of book store Douwes

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Author Wim Hazeu

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The hat & bag of author Wim Hazeu

 

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Wim Hazeu showing the pipe which once belonged to Lucebert