July 20, 2011

Vintage Reunion Antwerp

Last saturday I made a visit to the Antwerp Vintage reunion of Custom Hot Rods, choppers, Aircooled VW's and Oldtimers. This is a nice event and really worth a visit. You can see all kind of cars mostly from the 50's and 60's. There was also a Live Band playing the right kind of music and the people were so very Retro and macho like in Grease ;-)

This event is once a year and for the first time I was there to take some photos of this event and it's cars hehe.
I used my newest Nikon D5000 camera to capture all theze beauties with the alround Nikon 18-200mm VR lens. This camera has one huge advantage.....I can flip the LCD screen with Live view to take some low angle shots of the cars without looking through the viewfinder hehe, how fun was that! it's also a lightweight camera ;-)

Well, this event had also a retro market with lots of vendors. pitty of the heavy rain...I kind of miss summer now.

Here are some shots of the event....you can view more at my website : www.damona-art.com/new-photos 

















July 06, 2011

No more Plastic fantastic



Well that was it, I just had my Holga 120 camera for about 2 weeks and it's already dead!! 

Luckely I didn't buy the Instant back (that would have costed me 100 euro extra) the shutter is stuck and I tried everything to unlock it. I have shot 22 photos with it, so i guess i have to take the film out and see if there is anything on it......it would be a shame if it was empty after all the effort I did ;-)

The more I try to shoot with film, the more it fails for me. I think it's a sign from heaven not to go into film again and stay digital :p
I have had about 5 cameras in the last 4 months and not 1 is working. so I give up. At least Polaroid is working for me now. That will be the only thing for me to do that is really vintage and which gives me a nice feeling when I have it with me.
My goodness, I grew up with polaroid, so that means I'm vintage too :p

So I was thinking.....why not buy a second DSLR body, a cheaper one and see what quality in photos that gives me in my shoots. Many people think that they have to buy expensive material for shooting high quality photos, but I think that's not really the case. the lens you use is more important. Ofcourse a Nikon D3s will not be the same as a Nikon D40x! don't get me wrong.

But photography is all about the skills and knowledge. So my secondhand camera will be a Nikon D5000 which I will use besides my Nikon D300 and ofcourse as a back up camera. Some years ago I started with a Canon 400D and it already gave me some amazing results, so I expect the same from Nikon.
I think eventually that it will be cheaper for me to just buy a new digital body instead of buying cams that don't work with me + I have to let develop the films too then.
Analog comes from another age and i don't know if it is still so fun to use it these days. it's getting really expensive when there is no dark room around. But yes Polaroid has also became expensive......but still, the results appear in about 10 minutes and i don't have to wait till the film is full and ofcourse the 'bzzzz' sounds really nice with the Pola ;-)

I'm looking forward to get to know my new cam. I want to create a band with it, cause that's a very important issue to have some atmosphere in the photos.....get to know your cam and try out all of the buttons, try to be friends with it and start trusting it.

Owkay, I will not get too emotional now hehe. it's just the fact that I am a bit dissapointed in film cameras and especially the plastic toy cameras (which the name says it). I swear with Polaroid that has a more solid feeling and I'm getting the hands on it every week. You can see al the photos at the "Alternate Mondays" page here at my blog.


July 04, 2011

Beach Pinup

Well hi you all ;-)

Last week it was time to do the Beach pinup shoot with the lovely Death Bird

We emailed some time before the shoot about the details and how we would arrange the whole shoot. so we decided to look for a nice private beach the day of the shoot itself. Ofcourse we had to make sure we didn't get to the nude beach at Bredene 'lol'. Never thought it was going to be that hot...the weather I mean.
I had quite a lot of stuff with me, so I used my shopping trolly to put all my things in it, but very hard to move over the sand though.
I've seached for a lot of props, like the radio, headphones, umbrella, picknick stuff etc.....ofcourse styling credits all go to Deathbird.

Once we got there, it wasn't that warm and there were still some clouds and a bit of wind which made it comfortable.
But after an hour of shooting the sun was really burning.
Time passed like a torpedo and at 5.30pm we quitted the shoot cause of sunburned skin.
Normally there would have been 2 outfits, but we lost control over the time too much where we realized that 'especially' I was to hot inside and was not feeling well anymore. It was very exhausting! but no worries, there are enough good photos left with the bikini.

In 2 weeks I have another shoot with deathbird and that will ROCK on wheels!
I won't give you any more hints right now :D


Here are the results from last sunday







 




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