Busy little Bee playing with horse shoes

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So I’ve been a busy little bee the past week and spent four full days – read 15-17h a day – with just snapping and editing photos. Even though loving doing so it can get really stressful till you’re actually done with that final photo. Especially since people seem to believe all we do is fill up our memory cards to empty the photos on to a computer and then upload them. Trust me, there is a lot more to photography than just snapping and getting them online.

In between uploading I have also played around with my casting moulds and let’s just put it like this. Not everything is going according to plan.

Like this morning I was going to just add on a tiny piece of bronze tint into one batch. But guess what? The lid of the bronze tint came off and placed ALL of the tint into my batch. Instead of just pouring it out I left the whole batch in a bigger mould and we’ll see what may come out of it.

Horse shoes.

Also I’m in the middle of cleaning out some horse shoes. As a horse person you’d think I would not be surprised in how dirty those things really are. But seems I blocked out that particular part of horse business. Either way to get the rust out the easiest way seem to be good old fashioned cleaning vinegar.

badminton hose trialsThe photo of me being a fashion fool at work – why wouldn’t I be -and losing big time in a very much unofficial horse shoe throwing event at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials the other year is taken by the ever so fun and talented @ph1lcole

You really should check her out on Instagram for some amazing shots of nature and animals. And for me I have a busy little bee weekend coming up playing with cameras and horses. LOVE IT!

The featured image is shot by me somewhere in Scotland in 2015.

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Finally getting started with some crafty stuff

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Yesterday I spent most of the day to clean up our workshop to get access to the overcrowded desktop. And late yesterday evening I did my first trial on an art project I’ve been thinking off for a while. To be honest it would have been so much better to wait till like today to get started. But being patient is a virtue I don’t possess.

Either way after partly screwing up the whole thing I now pretend I wouldn’t have succeeded on my very first try anyway. Which makes it so much easier to put down on the you live you learn expense account.

spray paintToday I’ve started on another crafty thing which I’ve been thinking of doing for years! Since I’m missing a crucial part of the project which have turned out insanely hard to find I decided to try out a slightly altered road regarding execution. But I do believe it can be kind of cool.

First step was to paint this shallow wooden box – still drying in the picture. Which i did using the Vintage Chalky Spray Tropical Ocean from Panduro which I found in a store downtown in Rotterdam. So far so good. Being crafty feels good 😀

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Some days you just cannot win

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Had the perfect day lined out for me. Take care of customer orders and then have some me time to head out an pick up some art stuff I ordered during the weekend. But when I came downstairs I learnt we had zero electricity, Actually it took quite some time before I figured that one out.

So without coffee and no shower and a pile of orders I could not handle I hit the road for my pick up mission. A mission to which I’d added on “wash the bat mobile”. First five kilometers took some 25min due to a traffic accident.

Picking up a canvas at the printers ran really smooth but then the car washing place was closed. Which lead me on the war path to the plant shop next door. Where I picked up some really cute plants for the terrace. After picking up my art stuff I went home to find no parking even close to the house and had to drag all my dirt, plants and pots and so on in five turns from the car.

But I did manage to plant the new plants and replant the living plants from last year and clean up the terrace again. Then out to pick up hubby for a meeting. What should have been a 45min drive now took 1.5h. And somewhere by McDonalds my blood sugar levels were like zero point zero.

My friend C could totally tell the world what happens if anything goes wrong at this point. Many years ago I almost ripped the head (well maybe I was a bit more verbal) of an employee at McDonalds when being in a similar situation. Today I just sent the husband to the counter and sat down. And on the table next to me sat an elderly couple playing games on their iPads. Which is such an amazing thing I can’t stop smiling about it 😀

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Photography 101 – Full frame vs. Crop

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Lots of people out there seem to live and die by the conviction there’s nothing else but full frame. Personally I beg to differ on this one. Cause it all comes down to what you’re shooting. If your bread and butter is landscape, fashion or astro photography I would not think anything different than full frame really is the way to go.

But if you’re just like me are focusing on sports of the kind where you’re more than often find yourself quite a distance away from your object a fast moving crop camera could be more than genius. Cause with a crop camera you’ll get closer to the action using the same set of lenses as the one shooting with a full frame camera.

This is also one of the reasons I tend to use the Canon 7D II which has a 1.6 crop factor and shoots 10fps to almost anything equestrian sport. However, the exception to the rule is when I head indoors. For indoor photography the Canon 5D IV is my favourite weapon of choice. Mostly because I can use a high number of ISO and not worry about it.

To sum things up. In my book there’s no wrong or right on this one. In all the selection process of a camera house comes down to be true to yourself and what you’re actually planning to shoot. And last but not least your finances.

I shot this photo at the European Championships in eventing 2017. It’s made with a Canon 7D II and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. A combination that really is my go to combination and works perfectly fine in my line of work,

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Lesson learnt on seascape photography

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bruinvis vanderbroms photographyToday I went to the beach. Inspired by a news article I read yesterday I thought “YAY, I wanna do that”. So I dressed for the occasion, packed a Canon 5D IV grabbed a Canon 100-400mm and of I went for some serious photography. And what a bust.

The things I thought I was gonna find were not there. Or they were and myself was in the complete wrong spot. Even though the signage talking of seals and a certain species of porpoise told me I indeed was on the right track,

Worst of all was the beach wasn’t even there. Actually it was, But the water line wasn’t. Cause the water line was to be found like half way to Felixstowe UK or similar. So I walked and I walked. Snapped a little bit here and a little bit there. But in all I could just sum this excursion up in four words – know your sport, stupid! For sure i didn’t.

You live, you learn!

But as the very much inexperienced seascape photographer I am I’ve learnt my first hard lesson. Next time I head out for this kind of photography I’ll know better. And next time I for sure will take time to check out and dig into simple things like how this whole thing with the tide actually works. I did grow up in a part of the world where the tide is pretty much non existent. So please don’t be too hard on me on this 😉

In the end of the day I consider my little beach venture to be a good thing, All thanks for the fresh air, the calories burnt and this group of birds suddenly flying in front of my lens in this amazing soft pattern. I just love planet earth and it’s amazing creatures. Unfortunately us humans is not really one of them. But let’s talk about that another time.

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Creepy photography

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I have a huge pet peeve for a specific photo genre that for me feels more creepy than anything else. And when I say creepy I mean horror movie creepy. Like Alfred Hitchcock creepy. Or like Jack Nicholson’s character in the horror classic of all horror classics – The Shining..

You’d think maybe I’m talking about war photography but I’m not. How scary photos from any kind of war zone may be. Those kind of photos do come along with a journalistic purpose and obligation in a more than often very messed up world.

No the genre in I’m talking about is baby photography. Not babies that are a couple of months old and cute and funny – if you happen to like babies. But the new born’s. It freaks the hell out of me. I rarely, if  ever actually, came across a studio shot of a newborn child actually looking alive. How freaky is that?

Ghost © Stock
Ghost © Stock

And the other day one of those scary ass “dead baby” shots flew through my Instagram flow and I’m like “but why”. HOW come neither the photographers nor the parents see that the babies look like staged dead people?

How hard can it be to make them look alive? I shot my fair share of portraits over the years and it doesn’t matter if it’s a horse, person, cat or cow. Everybody and anybody have angles that can come out looking terrible or just plain amazing.

The trick is to find which these angles are and capture them at its best. If you shoot horses in action you make them look alive. Footballers, brides and grooms they all look alive when the pros take the shots.

So how come the photographers in the genre of new born’s cannot make babies look alive?

 

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No water, no bubbles – life on the terrace

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Note to self: fill up the bottle with water before attaching it to the SodaStream! Some days – mostly Mondays – I really do feel like an idiot. Not sure why these things always seem to happen on Mondays but I guess maybe that’s how things are supposed to be.

But never mind the stupidity of yours truly and let’s focus on the amazing weather outside. I believe I said it before but I really love this time of year when everything springs back to life. And on our terrace the plants that survived the winter are starting to grow again.

Interesting enough the strawberry plant that completely died – or so I thought – two winters ago have come back to life. For sure that is something to look forward to. At least if I can get some insects to find the flowers when that day come and make sure to pollinate them.

Also I look forward to follow the Instagram flow of @micaelbindefeld during spring and summer. This high end “party planner” of a man have the most AMAZING garden which he normally also shares lot of great photos from. Highly recommended to follow.

Now back to the sunshine and plants on the terrace 😎

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