[PitsLamp-short] Portrait I.

It’s been a while, in the last 6 months lots of stuff happened in work, social and personal life. All of which stopped me from updating, all excuses I know, so here is a recent photo to make it up.

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Earlier this year, I got to test a sony A7 camera and I kinda fell in love with it. So after a busy summer, I purchased one and I also got some adaptors to use the vast collection of old lenses I have laying around. I tested this out in my studio last night and did a short portrait session with I.

Pitsmobiel

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Those that have met me during the last 5 year have probably seen the “Pitsmobiel”. It was a black Citroën Berlingo, as it was a lease for 5 year, the lease ended yesterday. I already received my new “Pitsmobiel” a Ford Focus last saturday, so I decided to do a little photoshoot.

I asked my intern/assistant Ilja to stay till dark and with some more help, we created this photo with only 5 speedlights and a long exposure.

Paris in the rain

Paris

View from Montmartre in Paris

Tourist view

Tourists watching the view in the rain in Paris

Metro

Metro de Paris

[snapshot] 22˚ halo around the moon

22˚ halo around the moon in Aalst

Last night while I was experimenting with long exposures on film, I noticed a halo around the moon. I thought this to be a fairly unique phenomena so I rushed to get my digital camera.

It turned out to be a 22˚ halo around the moon, something that occurs more regularly, but I did never notice it before. You can read more about it on wikipedia

Anyway as I took the photos, I thought I’d share them with you.

22˚ halo around the moon in Aalst

Concentration and emotions

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During my job today for Lotto at Super prestige cyclocross in Gavere I had the chance to photograph some of the cyclists. I love the difference in concentration and emotions, I managed to capture on such a short time.

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[Packshots] Nespresso Kazaar and Dharkan

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As you probably know by now, my girlfriend Sara receives a lot of review products for her blog. As she has a photographer around, she hands of the photography to me. If I have the time, I do like to play around a bit with techniques I haven’t used before. Especially if the subject is new tastes from Nespresso, mainly because I live on coffee.

Although I’m not a big fan of most Nespresso tastes, but the new, previously limited, kazaar and dharkan tastes I do love. Nespresso has a great brand and always uses great photography. Every time I do a shoot with Nespresso capsules, I try to interpret the brand and the tastes as I see it. On the Nespresso intensity scale, Kazaar and Dharkan, are respectively 12 and 11 and so they are of the scale. I tried to show this in the photos.

Next to the above, I also wanted to use fluids moved by the vibrations of music from a speaker. This made for the perfect combination to play around. So free afternoon, my inspiration, 1 song on repeat and a huge amount of coffee, resulted in the following images.

Hit me with your comments. Also if anybody from Nespresso reads this, you can book me if you like these.

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[Client] Pepsi and Beyoncé nail art

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Half may the pop artist Beyoncé was supposed to give 2 shows in Antwerp. For this event, the people of Pepsi launched a short campaign to promote Pepsi and their link to Beyoncé. They asked Rebecca Lal, champion of Belgium in nail art to create a tutorial for painting the swirl of Pepsi on your own nails.

That’s how I ended up in a very unfamiliar place on morning in April, to shoot the illustrative photos for the tutorial. The result is the flyer you see above.

It was a fun assignment to do and definitely a challenge to photograph.

[PitsLamp-short] Saturday packshots

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Every now and then, my girlfriend Sara asks me to take photos of the products she receives to review for her blog. Today I got my gear out and started experimenting with some new techniques for packshots.

This time it were packshots for cosmetic products including the brands Caudalie and Sleek MakeUP. Enjoy the results here, these shots are almost straight out of camera, I just made some small adjustments with the iPad.

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Film noir: Detective

Yesterday I was shooting with I. for a upcoming project with the large format camera. We had some time left after the shoot and decided to do some fun stuff. Here are the results, enjoy.

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Nespresso packshots

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Sara, my girlfriend, regularly gets products to test and review for her blog. Off course as a photographer, I can’t resist the urge to use them to test out new techniques or ideas. So it happens that yesterday afternoon, I was standing in the living room, shooting Nespresso packshots with hot chocolate, milk and coffee.

Don’t forget, you can still subscribe for the workshops film photography and darkroom.

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