Sweets and Insects, a bar in Amsterdam (1 min read)

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Sweets and Insects

Last Monday I went to Amsterdam to photograph for my assignments for school. On our way to the zoo I saw this shop with a huge text on the window that said ‘Insectbar’. It’s a new shop that just opened the day before called Sweets and Insects (click here for the website). I’ve never tried Insects before but surprisingly enough I wasn’t that scared to try it, I didn’t even think twice, I just grabbed it and ate it.

I tried the little yellow buffalo worms first and then a little grashopper, I even bought one to take home lol. The texture is actually like chips, it’s crunchy and the real flavour comes from the herbs and not really the insect itself. I tried the grasshopper with BBQ and one with garlic.

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Update: Weekend Maastricht & Mechelen photos (Netherlands)

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Weekend Maastricht & Mechelen photos.

Below are some of the photos of our recent weekend trip with the fotoacademie (photo academy). In our assignments all of our photos had to be in black and white. Of course I like to edit in color too, although I have to say that I’m starting to like to preview my photos in black and white, this way you can really see what the light does in your photo. If you preview your photo in color (on  your camera) it’s harder to see what light there is because of the many colors that is distracting you. In black and white you have either blacks or whites to look at and it’s easier to judge the light this way (my opinion).

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A weekend in Maastricht and Mechelen (4 min. read+video)

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A weekend in Maastricht and Mechelen

2 weeks ago I had a weekend in Maastricht and Mechelen. This trip was a school trip. Yup, a school trip. It feels rather weird to go on school trips again especially now that our class age range is 18 to 58 (8 people). Since I started studying photography at the Fotoacademie in Amsterdam it has been quite busy and the school assignments keep on coming like rockets. I still am overwhelmed at the speed the school is teaching. It’s hard to combine it with a fulltime job so I do most things during the weekend, no day-offZzz.

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Saal Digital NL review

Saal Digital NL

Saal Digital review.

Nederlands (Dutch) scroll down for the english version

In deze review heb ik het over een fotoboek dat gemaakt is door Saal Digital. Deze mocht ik testen naar aanleiding van mijn aanmelding hiervoor. Het eerste gedeelte is over het boek zelf. Het tweede gedeelte is over de software.

Deel 1.

Ik heb op een Zondag mijn boek besteld. Donderdag is mijn boek binnen gekomen van 19x19cm. Dit is naar mijn mening een uitstekende levertijd, niks om over te klagen. De eerste indruk is dat het een super mooi boek is.

De voorkant is met een glans/lamineer laag zoals ik dat ook bij mijn andere boeken heb. De binnenpagina’s zijn op een soort stevig Ice White/Pearl papier geprint en deze heb ik mat gelaten (dus geen glans laag erover) zodat ik het kan vergelijken met mijn andere boeken. De foto’s zien er scherp uit. Dit papier heeft een soort structuur erin waardoor de foto in het zonlicht wat korrelig lijkt, dit komt door de structuur van het papier! Dit heb ik ook met mijn andere boeken! Dit is dus geen minpunt maar dit is meer mijn kijk op de print aangezien ik zelf bij een grafisch bedrijf werk, dus ik zal er misschien met andere ogen naar kijken (misschien kijk ik wel iets te precies).

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Ice cold hometown (1 min read)

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A photo I made this morning in my ice cold hometown.

The temperature has been going up and down in the last few weeks with sometimes a difference of more than 10 degrees celsius. Last night it was -4 and so the small rivers/ditches have a thin layer of ice. Of course at 8am in the morning this looks incredible, everything is covered in a white layer of cold air and ice.

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On my way to work

I myself am not a person that loves the cold. I get depressed easily, don’t feel like doing anything beside drinking tea with milk or hot chocolate. I’m more a sun kind off guy. Sun gives me energy and makes me want to do so much activities. I’ve also noticed that the lifestyle is completely different from each other. I guess you could say that people do more when the sun shines. I notice in my hometown (and probably a lot more places) that people here live inside their homes. Always between 4 walls, we live our lives as individuals mostly.

When it’s summer everyone is happy, going outside, never sitting inside their houses, socialising on streets, parks etc. it feels like life is so much more when the sun is out, don’t you agree?

*Tell me, are you a winter or a summer person? do you think that the weather all throughout the world is changing? do you see difference in temperature compared to years ago?

It’s chilly billy here and I need to pour myself another cup of tea, Cheers!

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