Some BW on the car junkyard

During the filming of my new KelbyOne classes I also shot some film, I can’t show the models yet (sorry) but…. today some images I shot in between scenes.


Camera : Leica R
Film : Ilford 100
Scanner : Reflecta 5000
Software : Silverfast
Film developed at home in the kitchen


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Workshop results smoke and props and tips for smoke machines

Today some of the results from the workshop “smoke and props” with Esther.
This was the first time we used a totally new set painted by our intern Angela.


For the workshops we always try to come up with new ideas and sets and I this time we decided to go for the color red, which is found back in the set, the clothing and of course the props used in the set. As you can also see building a set doesn’t have to be difficult, it’s important that you create a certain “look/Atmosphere” and it will transport the viewer to that place, while in fact…. well it’s just in your studio (or home).


Smoke for me is often the magic ingredient, adding it always transforms a set from OK to wow, but that’s very personal.
This workshop did proof by the way why I always advise to have two smoke machines at hand…. one of them broke down and because we always have two we could continue the workshop and luckily for us our neighbor rents also smoke machines so we could actually continue with two, seeing the price of most smoke machines (below $100.00) I think you should never ever run the risk of having to stop or cancel a session due to equipment failure.


Now which smoke machine should you buy?
Get the once that are WATER based, don’t go for the OIL based ones.
The oil ones do start up quicker but they can “kill” your strobes.


Except the tinting and sharpening these shots are pretty much straight out of the camera. We used several strobes to light the scene and the model and the shutter was used to let in the ambient light from the chandelier and the lights on the branches.

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BTS during the KelbyOne filming

Today some images I shot during the filming of my new classes for KelbyOne.
These were shot with a Leica R series camera and a 50mm lens on Ilford 100 BW film scanned with a Reflecta MF5000 and Silverfast studio software.


Adam, Steve, Angela and Annewiek

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Goodbye Dio

There are days you love your work and days you would wish you could call in sick.
Dio has been with us for 21 years…. that’s older than our son is.
Of course old cats will have their issues with health when they get this old but to be honest he was pretty active but indeed getting old, and of course you prepare but we never expected it to go as fast as this.


A few days ago he stopped eating and we tried everything, now that had happened before so we thought he would be allright, but yesterday everything became worse and you could see he was getting sick, this was one hour before a seminar I had to teach, luckily in our own studio, those are the moments you realize that sometimes you don’t have a choice… the show must go on. “Inside my heart is breaking but my smile stays on” as Queen said.
This morning at 6:00AM we had to call the vet, there is a point where you have to take the choice, how hard it is that the love for an animal is more important that the need and the strong wish to keep him with you.
We buried Dio next to Joey in our back garden in a spot he always love to sit.
We will miss him dearly he has been with us for so long I can’t even think about him being not there…..

This shot I took not so long ago, and was actually labeled as my first cat shot online… I could not think it would be my last.

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