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Touch of color

Touch of color

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Robert van der Sanden

Free Member, Hooge Mierde

Touch of color


In this second picture of my small series of impressionistic photographs I like to give a different look on the traditional Dutch tulip arrangements so often photographed by so many people.

I turned an old lenscap and some aluminum foil into a pinhole plate, with 5 holes in a straight line, and placed the cap on my camera body with the holes in a vertical direction. The overlapping images create the impressionistic effect.

Some people who came by as I took this picture were kind enough to alert me that I forgot to mount my lens. No problem, I can do without...

Canon F1n, 40mm @ F90, 1sec. exposure on Kodak Portra 160VC

Comments 9

  • Tilman Stück 12/05/2007 10:42

    Great colours and interesting structures you create with your special technique. Fits very well to this one.
  • Inez Correia Marques 19/09/2006 11:47

    Very good. Thanks for explaining how you did this.
    i'm going to do some experiments as well . u have opened my eyes for something else. thanks for the inspiration
  • Robert van der Sanden 10/06/2006 17:27

    Hi Timm,
    sure, pinhole is a very primitive way of photography. With chemicals mixed in raw egg white and spread onto glass plates to create negatives.
    Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.
    Funny you like 'Impressions' more. To be honest I feel the same way. It's indeed hard to find the right subjects for this sort of technique. The effect doesn't always have that little extra that 'Impressions' has. But I always have the plate in my bag in case I run into something.
    Thanks again,
  • Timm Pieper 10/06/2006 16:46

    These pinhole experiments are great. Sounds like a really "historical" technique to me, isn't it the way they made pictures in the beginning, with a hole in a plate? It's a great idea to use it the way you did!

    Personally I like "Impressions" more than "Touch of colors". Somehow it seems more "rich" to me, with the texture on the trees, and the more sepia-like effect. But perhaps it is just because of my taste being more towards shapes than colours - as you might see on my pictures :-).

    My feeling about this photo here is that there is one part with just colours, and one part with just shapes. But I guess, it may be difficult in general to find an appropriate motive with the perfect shape-texture-color combination for this technique.

    Also, the light sky is distracting my eye from the dark shapes again, it might be more interesting to crop it without the sky.

    Don't get me wrong, just some thoughts that came to my mind :-)

    Best regards, Timm
  • Robert van der Sanden 31/05/2006 0:01

    That tree shot was taken in winter. It's springtime now so I thought a bit of color wouldn't hurt :-)
    This is the sort of flower thing I had in mind for this pinhole trick, like I wrote to the previous picture. The tulips had such nice primary colors. I included the trees again to get some "recognizable" shapes in the composition. Otherwise I was affraid it would be just color blobs.
    I'm glad you like it. Pinhole photography isn't a very common practice here.
  • Kay Wölfle 30/05/2006 23:27

    The clear colours of yellow, red and blue make it even more interesting than Your first one!
    Greetings Kay
  • Hassan Kashef 19/05/2006 8:45

    Very nice, I like the effect.
  • JVision 18/05/2006 20:51

    I like this artistic style. Well done Robert.
  • Cees Kuijs 18/05/2006 20:28

    Very artistic, Robert. Nice work.
    Greetings, Cees