Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Marry Xmas - Feliz Navidad

To all of you a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2009

Os deseo una feliz navidad y prosperos 2009


Monday, December 8, 2008

Elinchrom Skyports 4sale

I decided to also put my Elinchrom Skyports up 4 sale in order to move on to the Pocket Wizards: I have 1 transmitter and 2 universal receivers, they are only 6 months old and haven´t been used much, so you´ll find them in mint condition.
They´ll fire any type of flash (I used them with Nikon SB-800, Multiblitz mono heads, Metz, Canon) New price incl IVA (VAT) was € 299 I sell em for € 220 in box with

Sunday, December 7, 2008

AF-S NIKKOR 12-24mm 1:4G ED DX up 4sale

I am putting up my 12-24mm up for sale since I really don´t use it anymore. It is not usefull with the full frame D700. For any other Nikon camera (DX) it is a great lens in very good condition. I ask € 650. Please contact me if you are interested at
I include some photos, TNX

Monday, November 24, 2008

DIY Striplights and Foodshots

I shot a food-assignment for a really nice restaurant here on the Costa del Sol, Tiki Tano. Their German Top-Chef prepared some dishes for us to photograph (not to eat unfortunately, bugger).
I started by setting up my 'big' multiblitz monohead (600 w/s) but I found it actually too big/much light and since we had to move around to different locations in the restaurant. I decided on the minimalist strobist approach, which I came to love over the last year. Meaning: I set up a sb-800 in the back, camera-right, 1/2 cto (to warm up a bit), shot through 1/4 spun (sort of a loosely knitted type diffusing material), set at 1/16th power. They other sb-800 was covered with a DIY striplight. I made the striplight (softbox that brings out a thin strip of light) myself out of a half umbrellabox (so I got 2 striplights), made a hole in the back for my sb-800 to fit in and made a large opening opposite. Covered the inside with alu foil and filled it loosely with some spun to spread the light more and closed the opening with 3 layers of tracingpaper, voila striplight as invented by Bert Stephani of Confessions of a Photographer (It really works Bert). The striplight was also on 1/16th power. Both flashes were triggered by Elinchrome Skyports. I attached the set up sketch as well...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dutch spoken blog

I put a new article in Dutch on this blog:

I will translate it into english soon


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Miss Bellydance Marbella 2008

I did a job in a nigthclub in marbella last week. "Miss Bellydance Marbella 2008", commisioned by the talented Anandi. It started a 1 a.m. till 4 a.m. I shot in the worst possible light conditions; dark-wood environment, black stage and vari-lights as keylights. The first time I shot bellydance I shot it in a theater with 2 strobes on either side of the stage. NO GO with flashes this time, apparently they got off wrong on their choreography due to the flashes. This time was a lot better they shot 5 beams from the vari-lights aimed at the feet of the dancers (otherwise they get off wrong in their choreography) so basically you could not see shit. Tremendous differences in contrast.....oooofff ugly stuff. I was happy to use my D700. Put it on automatic iso-exposure (lens on 2.8 and the cam looks for the best iso on 1/100th sec). All in all not the best and fun job, but I think I managed to squeeze out a few good ones....
btw, no shots of bellies in the blog (I find bellydance bellies not very attractive)

Friday, October 31, 2008

Dry Martina

Being on the road lately for a travelguide, got me a legit reason to go party-while-shooting or shoot-while-partying (luv those assignments), which I fully did of course. Being a sucker for (live) jazz music, its one thing I truly miss down here in Spain. I grew up with the annual North Sea Jazz Festival in my native city. Anyway after getting comfortable (aka a few beers) I went into this nice bar in oldtown Marbella, while just having a blast portraing people this spanish trio on stage started to play. Simple setup: vocals, amplified acoustic guitar and a some good old Kansas City style jazz filled the room. That girl could sing and tha boys could play!! 2 sets of absolute fun. Could not help myself photographing them.....

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Just came back from the first part of a trip through west andalucia for a dutch travelguide...just loaded the pics in the computer and had to do an edit on one of them, I think it works out really nice! Shot in Bologna and post-edited in lightroom and a bit in photoshop

I post more later, bit busy on the moment
Take it easy

Monday, September 29, 2008


We went on assignment for the Spanish wedding magazine Bodanova for their Spa article. The model never showed up so my assistant became also the model after the initial setups. All the shots were fired with elinchrome skyport radio triggers

A sb-800 strobe with grid was atached to a bar right opposite the model just above the water, another sb800 next to the camera for ambient light and the third strobe behind the glass wall creating a big hotspot Nikon D700 f2,8/28-70mm. 1/40 f2.8 iso 640

one strobe behind the models (hey that includes me) and the 2nd one for abient light at the other side of the glass wall, Nikon D700 f2,8/80-200mm, 1/40 f2.8 iso 640

in the far right up corner a sb800 for the wall and some ambient, 2nd sb800 with grid for the models face. Camera left a 3rd one for ambient, Nikon D700 f2,8/80-200mm, 1/60 f2.8 iso 400

A sb800 low aimed at her legs and a second one on the right for ambient, the sunlight backlit everything for separation and ilumination of the water, Nikon D700 f2,8/80-200mm 1/60 f2.8 iso400

just one sb-800 pointed up at the ceiling for ambient non-directional light
Just with my really old f1.8/50mm out of hand, 1/40 f1.8 iso 400

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Feria de Mijas - procession

The annual Fair of Mijas was held from the 7th Sept. till the 11th lots of food, drinks and party, with some great names on stage every night (lack of time to photograph this year) and of course the Holy Procession of the Virgen of the Rock (Virgin de la Pena). The local newspaper called me to register the 5 hour procession on holy Monday. So put on my walking shoes to be ready for the very slow long walk to hopefully create some nice pictures to run in the paper. The trouble is that all these procession have been done for ages and its hard to find a new angle..... D700 with F2.8/28-70mm & f2,5/105mm

Friday, September 12, 2008

family weekend pics

We went to visit my wife Judiths sister Teresa at a beach about an hour away from here. Her family in law owns a house there practically on the beach. So good fun swimming, scuba diving, BBQ and a few beers and most of all having fun with my brother in law Manolo by picturing stuff ...

All shot with my D700 and a 1.8/50mm and two sb/800 strobes