Diptic is a tool I use sparingly. When I look around on the interwebs it doesn't seem to be as popular as it once was. Diptic, a nifty little app that does only one thing, and that is making collages of pictures. Now there are many more apps that do the same and sometimes even more and better. But Diptic was one of the first and it's still my preferred tool for this job, because of its simplicity and style. With this blog I'll show you some of my favourite Diptic collages and the story behind them.
Being fully in vacation mode, relaxing in my backyard, enjoying a cold drink and soaking up sun rays, I was totally unaware I had received several messages from friend and fellow photographer Simon Sutcliffe. I read the text that said "Doing a photoshoot with model. Would like to try direct flash. Looking for wingman. Open to further suggestions. Let me know if you're interested". As the previous photoshoot was so much fun and using flash is something I'm trying to get more experience with, I was totally game. I packed my gear, charged the batteries and jumped on my bike and rode to the hotel where the photoshoot was going to take place.
After losing my wife at the end of last year (see blog post Eveline), I stopped writing blogs and put photography on hold for a while. After a certain period of time I started shooting again, not always with the same passion as before and sometimes even with some reluctance. But photography helped me to keep my mind busy with other more positive things. Slowly but surely I was shooting more and more and now I'm even thinking about doing some new photography related projects again. One of the projects that has already come on my way, is a photo shoot with (amateur) models. This was a first for me, as I normally shoot landscapes, my dog Nikki, company events and occasionally a headshot for work. With several colleagues I went to the old city centre of Amersfoort to shoot some pictures at sunset.
While others are hooked on the Pokémon Go app, I'm exited by its (hype wise) photography equivalent, the Prisma app. It is one of the most fun photography related apps I have used so far. So much fun, that I try to contain myself not turning every photo I made into a Prisma "artwork".
It happened one year ago, on Tuesday August 4th 2015; one of the saddest days of our lives. It was the day we lost one of our dearest family members, Sammy. He was 14 years old. He was part of our family from the beginning. He was living with my wife (Eveline) before I met her. He was a support to her when she became ill, bringing happiness in sometimes worrisome times. The three of us, and later four when Nikki arrived on the scene, had a great time together. Sammy was a very friendly dog. Not afraid of humans or dogs. Very social. He was also a bit clumsy and often made us laugh. When he was young he was the fasted dog in town. There is really so much to tell about Sammy, that it inspired my wife, who is a great writer, to write a book about him.