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Kings Day 2024 a street photography style overview

Kings Day 2024

It’s all Orange!

If you have been following the blog for some years you probably already know what’s coming.
Today’s it’s “Kings Day” in the Netherlands.
This means you will see the color Orange popping up everywhere and of course our Dutch flag (Red, White, Blue).

The color orange is directly linked to the Royal family,  which is named “van Oranje-Nassau” or “House of Orange”.


For street photography, Kings Day is one of the best days to experiment. But also when you are starting out and maybe a bit nervous to take pictures of people on the street, this is the perfect day. As you can see in the pictures everyone is in a real festive mood, and there are loads of activities.

During and around Kings Day there are several activities including concerts and festivals.
We always visit the flea markets. As you can see in the photos, the streets are jam-packed with people and there is a mix of kids sitting on the floor selling their toys (ok this sounds very sad, but it’s not :D), grownups selling their toys the stuff they don’t need anymore, homemade food or other products, and of course some commercial sellers.

The photos

This year I decided to not bring my normal camera but shoot everything with the iPhone 15 Pro max and edit everything on the Lightroom CC app on the iPad Pro. In essence, it’s mostly one of my presets 😀

I hope you get a nice overview of the flea markets during Kings Day in our area in the Netherlands this way.

Did you know I recorded 2 videos on street and travel photography?
One was shot during a trip in Scandinavia
The second video is filled with great locations in New York

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Some stories behind the faces

In the previous blog post you found some tips and tricks for street photography.
Today some of my favorite shots with a story attached.

Remember that these portraits are taken VERY quickly so are far from perfect.
Most of the times I take 2-3 shots and that’s it, you can take more time of course but for me part of the challenge is to nail it in a few shots max and let the subject go as quickly as possible, over time I will probably learn to take more time, because when looking back some of these could have been much better by taking maybe 1-2 minutes more. But hey, that’s what it’s all about (the learning process).

This shot I took during our trip over the Pacific Coast Highway.
I was actually shooting a VW with surfboard when the lifeguard approached me and asked me if I liked the car… well I did and we started to talk. Of course I asked him to pose for me for a quick portrait, and he did resulting in this image.

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Faces of Los Angeles

It’s no secret that I love shooting people.
Don’t get me wrong, I really mean photographing people of course.
In fashion photography it’s easy, you can ask the model to do certain poses over and over again (to a certain limit) so you can really get the shot you want. With celebrities it’s a bit more stressful because you don’t have that much time and the pressure on those shoots are always a bit higher than a normal fashion shot (although some can be really stressful).

Over the last few years I’ve developed another love for shooting people, namely on the street.
Now one could argue about how to call this, is it street photography?, Streetportraits?, Candids?
Whatever you call it it’s something I love to do. In this blog post some tips and tricks and a lot of images.

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