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merry christmass, happy 2014!

2013 was a hectic year, I hope yours was great! I still have quite a few photos and thoughts I wanted to post on this blog but I haven't gotten to doing that yet. Soon, hopefully. In the meantime I wish you merry christmas and a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. See you on the other side.

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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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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.

BUHA

Shot the exterior and interior of BUHA in Doetinchem, an old building renovated into a beautiful and sustainable office building.

You can clearly see the 'floating' structure of the two floors in the office cafeteria.

The last (realized) project by Ivan Ezerman. We will miss you. 

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rondeel 'goud in handen'

For the exhibition 'Goud in handen' ('goud' means 'gold', 'handen' means 'hands') at Architecture Centre Rondeel (Deventer) I made a small series of photos of historic buildings with renovated shop exteriors.

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