Street & Fashion & Flash

updated 13 June 2008

My street photography try outs will never become projects as Garry Winogrand’s or Eugene Smith’s. (See my previous post). My god, the size of their projects and devotion… truly amazing.

Article Nuts & Bolts – the digital journalist :
about W. Eugene Smith’s silver printing technique

It seems that I can’t dedicate myself to just one facet of photography, as there are so many fascinating dimensions and I’m constantly drawn from one subject to  another.

These 2 photo’s were made in the street, an alley, but are about fashion and glamour. I made them when I attended a masterclass lumedyne flash technique in Amsterdam.

The demonstration with portable flash gear and glamorous models made me think about the photographer that I met in March at a photo event : a fashion photographer. We talked about his work, photography in general and Robert Mapplethorpe. He kindly gave me his new photo book “HB photography” (NL). We discussed and agreed that I should assist him one day at a photo shoot, so I could learn about fashion photography (and photo retouch). After the Amsterdam demo I am keen to do so and to find out more about fashion photography. Although I’m a bit intimidated (handling complex gear+model+location/spot+shot), I would like to investigate more. It seems hard work a shoot in the street, on location, but I guess a fashion shoot in a studio is hard work too.



————————————————————————————— | Streets of Gothenburg on 30 April | Chalmers Cortège Committé(CCC)

Hasselblad mood

Updated, 15 July 2008

Nina – H3D | © 2008 judith den hollander

Okay, let me update you on the title and theme of my post.

On 7 April 2008 I had a great day in the studio of Hans van Ommeren (Hasselblad master 2001) where I attended a masterclass Hasselblad H3D.

It was quite an experience to hear, see and learn from the master, organisors and participants and to work with an amazing camera : state of the art 39 (!) megapixels.

I’m still digesting my very first experience with this camera and am studying my photo files. Not all photos are sharp, as I was shooting with camera hand held and not comfortable with the size and weight of the camera and portrait lens. But the images that are sharp, are razor sharp and of stunning quality. I’ve never seen such quality output before. And now I’m awkwardly aware of the “limitations” of my digital camera… | Read the story “flower power”, about the quality of images and a camera that changed a life.

I wonder if/when I will hold a H3D again. I would not mind testing it extensively, with and without tripod, indoors and outdoors…

Maybe I need to enter the Hasselblad competition one day as ten winners get :

“a framed diploma and the free use of a superb Hasselblad H3DII DSLR camera system for four months. During that time, they will be able to use the equipment as they wish, although they will also use it to capture images to be included in the production of a unique, high quality, photographic book”.

But then again, it seems one should only submit photos that are made with a similar quality camera (phase one)?

“…the 2009 contest to all established professional photographers using large and medium format cameras, regardless of brand”. (the latter is new, before only own brand was permitted)

Meanwhile I just continue shooting nordic landscapes with my own equipment, including Rolleiflex, as I love the square image format. Upcoming, a shoot in the north at end of this month. I’m in the Swedish mood.

Related reading : article by Ben Hattenbach about workflow and image quality. (BTW great Iceland and Alaska bears photos).

Nina - H3D
Nina – H3D | © 2008 judith den hollander

On 8 July Hasselblad sent out their newsletter announcing the H3DII-50!

Also they offered me the H3D-31 for a new low price. This is getting interesting. But, it needs to get more interesting for me, as other investments like new hardware, external hard disks etc. would also be necessary…

Hasselblad slashes its prices | BJP – 1 October 2008

But I do think a Hasselblad looks good on me. We go well together?

Thanks Josee for sharing!

Hands on excercise at masterclass photography with Koos Breukel

On 28 January I was 1 of 10 photographers that had an inspiring day with a Dutch master of portrait photography.

Koos Breukel photographed me and I photographed two fellow photographers, with my own digital camera.


© 2008 judith den hollander And now I need to learn all about properly converting a colour photo to B-W… and printing it on “baryte” paper… (The digital learning curve of an analog photographer is a true curve).

Disappointing news and disappointing communication

Yesterday I received disappointing news in a very disappointing communication : I had not been selected for Euroclasses on Documentary Photography.

Text in Dutch : “Je bent helaas niet geselecteerd om deel te nemen aan de Euroclasses on Documentary Photography 2007 van Noorderlicht. Het is ons niet gelukt de nodige extra gelden te vinden voor de serie Euroclasses, waardoor we hebben moeten besluiten slechts één van de masterclasses te laten doorgaan. De selectie was daarom extra streng en moeilijk. Ik dank je voor je interesse. Hou ons in de gaten, en probeer het bij een volgende Euroclass wellicht weer”.

My English translation : Sorry but you are not selected to take part in the Euroclasses on Documentary Photography of Noorderlicht. We were not able to find necessary extra funds for the Euroclasses serie, as a result of which we have had to decide to continue with only one masterclass. Hence  the selection was extra strict and difficult. I thank you for your interest. Check back with us, and try to register again for a future Euroclass.

I’ve asked Noorderlicht to inform me about the criteria for selection, to explain more. Being so vague in communication leaves one totally in the dark. Why the other candidates and not me? What was a key factor? I think that everybody wants to be properly informed : see some sort of motivation to be able to understand a decision.

On the day that I registered, I read on Noorderlicht’s website that 4 classes were scheduled and that early entries had a better chance of getting selected… A few weeks later Noorderlicht changed the number of classes from 4 into 2 . The information on Euroclasses is still on the site… Then they prolongued the registration date with one month. (Had I known this, I had allowed myself more time to write my presentation and motivation). By prolonging the date with a month, more people could register. Now they say there ‘s only 1 class for a few. I don’t understand this procedure/policy. And I wonder why it was not mentioned on the website that funding was still pending and the number of classes unguaranteed? (Had I known this, I might not have taken trouble to register and so on).

I’m also puzzled by the odd remark “check back with us and try again in the future”. Because the sequence of their classes is every four years. Next time I will not meet the criteria as it will be more than 4 years after my graduation, but only max 4 years are allowed…

Anyway, I say congratulations to the photographers that were selected. I hope the euro-master class will be a good and inspiring experience for you. Share some lessons with us.


9/10 – N.B. Noorderlicht replied on 8/10. Due to the constraints, they had selected students that had already experience with documentary photography. I said that :
– I could understand the reasoning, but the experience was not mentioned as a condition (I have no experience but am eager to start with documentary photography) ;
– I appreciated the explanation, but I will think twice before registering again in future, considering the above…