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november

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Abdullah

Last thursday I was walking around with my camera for some street photography when I met Abdullah, a refugee who has been living here for 2 months, who was enjoying the view on the IJssel. He asked if I could take a photo of him with his phone (..)

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HKLOS

Today almost everyone working in the 'Havenkwartier' (the harbor area that houses a lot of creative companies, artists etc. in Deventer) opened their doors to the public.

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Vandaag was HKLOS- oftewel, (bijna) alles en iedereen in het Havenkwartier had z'n deuren open. Een mix van open ateliers, de achtbaan ervaren middels een 3D-bril, muziek, wijn proeven van La Bottega in de Bella Macchina garage, een Space Cowboys barbecue, DAVO bier, snuffelen in de kringloopwinkel, de Lucy Cube van binnen bekijken, workshops volgen, informatie over zelf bouwen in het Havenkwartier opvragen, de smid aan het werk zien en de smalle trapjes van de Zwarte Silo beklimmen.
Voor de kinderen was er de beste (onbedoelde) zandbak ooit.  

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over there

I visited a friend in The Hague and decided I'd take the 14mm (21mm at 35mm or 'full frame') out for a street photography test drive. It's pretty wide and because of my usual architectural work I can't stomach the look of 'keystoned buildings', so I thought it was going to be a bit of a challenge for me, trying to keep both the actual street scene and the background in balance in my shots. It worked out well though. The building in the first shot isn't perfectly straight, but it's not making me seasick either- and of course, it's not the subject of the photo.

If I had shot the second one with a standard lens like a 50mm, I wouldn't have been able to show so much of the man's environment, which was what draw me in in the first place.

So for now I have to conclude, I actually like this 14mm for street shots.  Who would have thought?

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street photography - on rules and etiquette

straatfotografie over gedrag en wat er mag

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).