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So not to confuse with HDR, because this hasn’t seen any HDR (and no, it’s not just about dragging the saturation slider to +100)  ;)
If you’re intending to over-do it, with pictures that are suitable, it’s actually quite fun…

Old industry building

D700, ISO200, 1/1000 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm, and some serious Photoshopping...

You’ve got something stuck….. (discretely pointing at teeth)

Smile... Or maybe better not...

D700, ISO200, 1/2000 sec @ f/2, Nikkor 50mm, on-camera flash (fill)

I know… I KNOW!!!
But I just can’t help it!

I also have one with him putting food all over his face, but I’ll spare you that one ;)

Note to self: take picture BEFORE dinner, or wipe face after dinner, because using Photoshop to clean the face is a serious pain in the behind!

Noa

D700, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm

I shouldn’t really confess what I did. It’s too ghastly for words…
I had a photoshoot the other day. Bright day, clear sky, save for a lot of dust and other crap, invisible to the eyes. So I noticed on a picture a little hair on the sensor and decided to blow it out with my “patented” Giottos Rocket-Air. Now… Let me give you some good advise: BIN THE THING! Don’t ever use a Rocket-Air (unless you’re in a vacuum, sterile, dust-free environment).
It made things 100x worse. I just blew in all the dust instead of blowing out the hair.

Dust

THANK YOU, Giottos Rocket-Air!

So what now? Nothing else on me to fix this little issue. And I seriously didn’t feel like cleaning THAT up in 300 pictures. But hey… I have a lens cloth. Nice and soft, and clean. And I have a very long finger, that reaches all the way to the (glass in front of the) sensor. Oh, you thought you’re blowing STRAIGHT on your sensor, did you? Nonono, the smart people at the camera manufacturer do put something protective over it. So I wiped the sensor like that. Couldn’t get quite in all the corners, but the result (and my post-processing time) all of a sudden was a lot more inviting ;) It still needs some additional cleaning, but that can be done back home with the proper tools.

Less dust

THANK YOU, finger and lens cloth

Don’t try this at home! Or at least… at your own risk. Don’t call me when you screw up the sensor ;)

Being a native Dutch, and a photographer, pictures of one thing you MUST have in your portfolio.
Coffeeshops! Marihuana! Red Light District!

Yeayeah… I know us Dutch people have a reputation to uphold, but I don’t do those things! Yeayeah… *LOL*

Of course I’m talking about tulips!
I started wide and then went all the way in close. Wondrous world out there!

Flowering tulips in a variety of colors in a summery garden

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 70-200mm

Flowering tulips in a variety of colors in a summery garden

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 70-200mm

Macro photograph of a flowering tulip in a summery garden

D700, ISO200, 1/750 sec @ f/3.8, Tamron 90mm macro

Macro photograph of a flowering tulip in a summery garden

D700, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/3.8, Tamron 90mm macro

Macro close-up of a flowering tulip

D700, ISO200, 1/1000 sec @ f/2, Nikkor 50mm, Kenko extension tubes 12mm + 20mm + 36mm

Macro close-up of a flowering tulip

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/3, Tamron 90mm macro, Kenko extension tubes 12mm + 20mm + 36mm

Last Friday night there was a big Classic American car tour in Helsinki. Lots of nice cars: old ones, newer ones, new ones, small ones, bigger ones, huge ones… Great photo opp! Usually the drivers/owners of the cars also dress up to match the era of their car. Unfortunately this time I didn’t see much of that, and there were so many cars and so many people crowded together that it was next to impossible to get pictures of the whole car without getting the background or foreground completely cluttered. So I stuck to the beauty of the cars. Even the simplest car can turn into something artsy if you know where to look :)

Classic American cars

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/3.3, Nikkor 50mm

Classic American cars

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/3.3, Nikkor 50mm

Classic American cars

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 50mm

Classic American cars

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm (and some serious cross-processing in Photoshop)

Classic American cars

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 50mm

Classic American cars

D700, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Classic American cars

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 50mm

Last Saturday we were invited at a friend’s place for lunch. Oh, and to take some pictures. She’s got two lovely Egyptian Maus. One silver spotted and one black smoke, absolutely gorgeous cats. And we got to play around a bit with them.

Mauno, the silver spotted one, was a bit more cooperative than Eppu, the black smoke one, but I think things turned out very nicely. (More about Mauno and Eppu here and here).

We started with the “boring” stuff. Please, sit still, and look up. Head slightly more to the left… No, that’s too much… A bit back… That’s good. Chin up a bit more… nonono, not that much… cat nip is a bit lower…

Eppu

D700, ISO800, 1/125 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm

Mauno

D700, ISO1600, 1/125 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

Eppu wasn’t too much in the mood of activity, so we did a couple of extra chin-ups with him

Eppu

D700, ISO400, 1/125 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm

But after that we got onto the funky stuff…

Mauno

D700, ISO400, 1/320 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm, 2x off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

Mauno

D700, ISO400, 1/320 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm, 2x off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

Eppu

D700, ISO400, 1/320 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm, 2x off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

The next one’s actually slowly starting to become my favorite. Not because it’s fantastic, but it’s so elegant. Mauno’s got style. Put him in a tail-coat and he can… well… Never mind :D
This picture does remind me very much of the fairy tale “The Master Cat” (Puss in Boots).

Mauno

D700, ISO400, 1/320 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm, 2x off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

And then, well… after an afternoon of jumping… Also Mauno had enough and called it a day.

Mauno out

D700, ISO400, 1/320 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm, 2x off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox