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Yet another 365/ daily project

Yes, really. I decided it was about time I started another one (it's been a while since the last one ended and I was able to ignore the part of my brain that says 'don't you remember how stressful these projects are?'). It will be my fourth daily project and my third daily photo project.

I won't go into detail this time, I think if you dig deep enough you'll find my blog posts on the subject and I wrote a bit about it on the blog I'll be using for the project as well.

So here it is: iphoneography.nl
If you're on tumblr, you can find and follow me there: valerie-ardini

 

..and of course, if we'll be meeting each other soon, you now know you'll be one of my subjects- so be prepared!

Radioprogramma Business Actueel

I attended a local- hence this rather short English and longer Dutch text- radio show hosting entrepeneurs last monday. They talked about the necessity of having a website nowadays (yes, you still need one, a facebook page won't do!) Pictures of the host(ess) and one of the guests.

Op maandag 20 januari presenteerde Miranda Apeldoorn van ZinVol haar eerste 'Business Actueel'; een programma op de Deventer Radio met en voor zelfstandige ondernemers. Miranda bespreekt hierin recente trends en ontwikkelingen op (zzp) ondernemersgebied. Edwin de Kuiper van STIJLAPART en Randy Gasper van The Content Guys praatten als eerste gasten over de stelling "Een website: heb je die eigenlijk nog nodig als ondernemer of kun je tegenwoordig juist weer zonder?"
Ik was aanwezig als (voornamelijk stil) publiek en maakte een paar foto's.

Miranda Apeldoorn - ZinVol

Randy Gasper - The Content Guys

De heren waren het over het algemeen behoorlijk eens; een website is nog steeds nodig en kan niet worden vervangen door social media. 

Gelukkig maar.

Gemist? De volgende uitzending is op 17 februari, tussen 12.00 en 13.00 uur.

(click to enlarge / fit screen)

X-E1 + 14mm

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When I bought the Fuji X100, I had finally found my all-round camera- a camera with 'analog' controls, beautiful output and not too much nonsense. The only downside-for me- was the fixed lens. Don't get me wrong, I love primes, and a 35mm lens is great. I'd rather go out and about with just one prime than with multiple primes (or a zoom lens). Keeps things simple. Still, I love a bit of wide-angle.

So, in comes the X-E1. Basically an X100 with the option to switch lenses. (if you're into the geek stuff you probably already know the other differences and what the X-Pro is etc. and if not you can always look it up, but I won't bore you with the exact details- I think this is one of those cameras too many people have written about already anyway, so I'll keep it simple and personal) 

I decided to wait a little- it's not like I don't have enough cameras to work with- so I could think it through and be sure this was what I 'needed'. Yes, those quote marks.. I mean, seriously, how much do I need another camera? Will it add anything? Will it help me, or will it just be another choice whenever I go out or when I start working on a project? Is it something I think I need just because it's such an amazing little gadget?

I decided I did 'need' this camera after all, because it would give me something I didn't have- but really wanted; a very nice wide angle prime lens (21mm) on a very good little camera; a camera I wouldn't mind lugging around all the time. Which, unfortunately, I can't say about my dslr. I never take it with me anymore. It's too heavy, it attracts too much (and the wrong kind of) attention and I don't love that dslr, I never really did. It's a tool, and whenever I have architecture/ interior jobs it's the right tool. For everything else it really doesn't suit me.

So I sold my 16-35mm, a lens I hardly ever used and kept around 'as a backup, just in case'. It turns out, when I had to bring in my shift lens for repairs I considered renting that same shift lens for a job I had, but I NEVER considered using the 16-35 for it. Then I bought the 14mm (=21mm) lens with the X-E1, and did a quick interior shot to see how well it really performed. I mean, you can read every review out there and conclude it has hardly any distortion and should be almost perfect, but seeing it for yourself is kind of a different thing. Besides, I'm a bit picky.

I cropped a tiny bit off the interior shot (up, left), but didn't do any perspective adjustments or straightening. Same goes for the second shot- I was trying to get a nice shot of the pump when my cat decided she had to see what was going on, so excuse the cat. Cropped off the top there.

I'm rather happy to be honest. It won't- ever- replace my shift lens, but the quality is amazing. I'm looking forward to using that 14mm a lot, everywhere- unlike the 16-35.

(The photos in the two previous blogs were both shot with the 14mm as well) 

noorderlicht

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A yearly tradition: visiting Noorderlicht, the Dutch photo exhibition in either Groningen or Friesland. This year the exhibition took place in the old Suikerfabriek (sugar factory) in Groningen, a beautiful place (but rather cold, so learn from my mistake and don't leave your coat in the car just because it's nice and warm outside). The exhibition on the first floor, 'To have and have not' had the most impressive works. For me, Kadir van Loohuizen, Christian Kryl, Francisco Reina, Xiaoxiao Xu, and Kennardphilipps stood out most.

 

stedelijk

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We visited the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) today. I was particularly impressed with Kudo Tetsumi's work ('Cultivation by Radio-activity in the Electronic Circuit'), Yayoi Kusama's boat sculpture ('Aggregation') and with the sound installation in this staircase- which you really need to go and experience for yourself, so I'm only showing you a picture of the staircase.

~I have to admit- I don't remember the name of the artist, if it was in fact stated anywhere. I found two different blogs attributing it to two different artists, so I decided not to add to the confusion as well.

stairs to..

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When Google acquired Nik Software (the makers of the Viveza and Silver Efex plugins) last year I was a bit sceptical. There have been many initiatives and startups that have died a premature death through take-overs by big companies, so I didn't feel entirely confident about Nik staying around. However, today Google reaffirmed their commitment to the software and announced a big price reduction for the entire collection. Lucky me: I didn't buy all the plugins but because I was an existing customer I was now able to download the rest for free.

This photo is from my 50 meters series- unpublished until now- and is edited with one of the nik plugins, in case you were wondering why I combined this text with this image..

street photography - on rules and etiquette

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I bought this book at SHOOT Amsterdam yesterday (€15 at photoq - it's in Dutch and the rules apply to The Netherlands specifically). I had read up on most of the subjects by now, but not all of them. It's a great little book, pocket sized; a must-have for the Dutch street photographer- or for street photographers visiting the Netherlands (assuming you'll be able to read a bit of Dutch).

portaal utrecht

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A selection of the photos I took from Portaal, a housing corporation in Utrecht.

A renovated building- transformed into a pleasant, light working environment with many flexible office spaces.