woensdag 11 mei 2016


Landscape pictures with a reflection will draw people's attention and keep it. Reflection in water or double images in a window: when did you look into the 'mirror' with your camera lately? 
Hollands landschap met reflectie van molens (Kinderdijk) in water
Dutch landscape by Gerhard Nel
Looking at something beautiful twice 
 By using a reflection of your subject you'll create an intriguing image. This beautiful Dutch landscape is twice as impressive because of the reflection in the water.

Apply extreme cropping and use the mirror image only. Use the image you see in a puddle. Look in a window and use the double image that makes a weird, but often fascinating picture. Also shiny surfaces like chrome hubcaps can create beautiful images.
Weerspiegeling in zee op het strand van Kuta
Hindu offering Kuta Beach, Bali Indonesia
Clouds visible in the water, how beautiful to capture this in one photo. All you have to do is bend over and zoom in, crop the sky and place the horizon line in the top of the photo to create a fascinating image.

If you're on holiday try to use this kind of photography next to the snap shots and selfies, to create a story with alternating images. When you travel you'll find many new compositions because of the new environment you're in. Try to experiment with reflection and mirror images, and most important of all: have fun while doing so!

If a photo doesn't work out: just delete it. Oh, the joys of digital photography ;)

Erasmus Brug Rotterdam, weerspiegeling in water #eyespriration
Weerspiegeling in chrome wieldop
Cityscape: a sort of selfie in a chrome hubcap

To find reflection 

• Landscape: we all know the beauty of landscape photos with reflection in water. 'Sandard' or not, these kind of photos always work out. The beauty of a landscape seen twice in one composition, yo can't go wrong. Try to place the horizon at the top of the image.

• Water: a true mirror of the sky. Taking a picture of a reflection in water only also works well. Try to place this photo upside down for a change. This will create an intriguing image for sure.

• Rain: a wet day? Use the puddles and rain drops. Make sure you use a camera that's not affraid of water and can handle a drop or two. Always try to avoid direct rain when possible. If you're with someone: make this person hold an umbrella to keep you and your camera dry while you'ra taking photos.

• Glass: a window or bottle will create a whole new world when you take photos through it. Alienation is fascinating always, but try to avoid vague photos unless you like to create an abstract image.

• Chrome: shiney surfaces always work well for photographers. Not just to take a different kind of selfie, but also to capture reflections of the world.

Try to challenge the viewer. Alternate images will make your story more exiting.

By using reflection and mirroring in your story, it will be much more fun to look at. Being a photographer shooting a wonderful and exiting image will make your day. Even on a rainy day, you'll feel the joy of capturing a beautiful image using the rain. When you find that treasure and are able to capture it... utter feeling of joy and pure happiness.

Find reflection by... reflection. It's also very mindful to look for reflections. The happy feeling you get, 'Yes! I got it' when you take a good photo is priceless, no Prozac necessary, nothing can beat this emotion. It's really worthwhile to learn how to see and find your Eyespiration.

But I'll tell you more about that in my next blog!
Foto door glas zorgt voor bijzondere vervreemd beeld
Cityscape: challenge the viewer with a see-through photo
Gebruik moderne architectuur voor mooie compositie
Use modern architecture to capture reflection 

vrijdag 29 april 2016

Prince albums for sale

Prince & The New Power Generation: Get off Single Remix + Horny Pony 
Taja Sevelle (Prince Protege): Love is contagious + Mama 16
Prince & The Revolution: Kiss + Love or Money (♥ or $)
Prince: Sign O the Times + La, la, la, he, he, hee

Maxi singles 12":
Prince & The Revolution: Purple Rain maxi single 12" vinyl B-side: God

Prince: America maxi single 12" (21:46) B-side: Girl
Prince: Poplife Fresh Dance Mix maxi single 12"  B-side: Hello Fresh Dance Mix
Prince: Mountains Extended version maxi single 12"B-side: Alexa de Paris, Ext. version
Prince: Anotherloverholenyohead Extended version maxi single 12"B-side: I wanna be your lover
Prince: Sign O the Times + La, la, la, he, he, hee 12" 
Prince U got the look (Long look) maxi single 12", B-side: Housequake + 7 minutes McQuake
Prince I would die 4 U (10:00 min Extended Version) maxi single 12", B-side: Another Lonely Christmas
Prince Paisley Park - She's Always in my Hair maxi single 12", B-side: Paisley park Remix.
Prince: Partyman Batman movie maxi single 12"
Prince: Let's Go Crazy + Extended Version maxi single 12" B-side: Erotic City maxi single 12"
Prince: I Wish U Heaven 1, 2 & 3 maxi single 12", B-side: Camille - Scarlet Pussy maxi single 12" 
Prince: Alphabet St. maxi single 12", B-side Alphabet St. 7:48 (long version)
Prince: Glam Slam maxi single 12", B-side: Escape
Sheila E. The Glamorous Life maxi single 12", B-sideThe Glamorous Life part II.
Sheila E. Sister Fate maxi single 12", B-side Save The People.
Dale: Simon Simon Extended Remix maxi single 12", B-side The Perfect Starnger + Simon Simon Dub


Prince & The Revolution: Around the world in a day vinyl album
Prince: vinyl album Controversy
Prince: vinyl album Lovesexy
Prince: bootleg A Better Place 2 Die vinyl 
Prince: bootleg Position 86 - Parade Tour Live in Londen Wembley vinyl
Madhouse: 8 vinyl album

CD Maxi single:
Glam Slam cd mini single Prince, no case incl. Escape + Glam Slam Remix
Prince (NPG) Sexy MF cd single + Strolling & Daddy Pop 
Prince (NPG) My Name is Prince cd single + Sexy Mutha & 2 Whom It May Concern
Prince Thieves in the Temple cd single Remix + Mix + Dub/Fade
Prince And The N.P.G. ‎– Gett Off cd single, with arrow cover
Prince Space (remix) maxi cd single, FLP case
Prince And The New Power Generation ‎– Cream Remixes cd single
Prince Purple Medley cd single The Hits Remixed
David Bowie: Fame 90
Wendy & Lisa cd single Strung Out
Wendy & Lisa cd single Rainbow Lake

You can bid via eBay, enjoy!

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Prince Tour Books for sale

donderdag 28 april 2016

The more I travel,
the less I want to go

New York City Mindfulness with my camera
Eyespiration, New York City - Times Square

Last night, I spent another lonely Christmas
Darlin', darlin', you should've been there
'Cuz, all the ones I dream about
You are the one that makes my love shout
You see, you are the only one I care for

Remember the time we swam naked
In your father's pool?
Boy, he was upset that night
But boy, was that ever cool

Remember that night we played pokeno for money
And you robbed me blind?
Remember how you used to scream so loud
'Cuz, you, you hated that number 9?

Hey, I saw your sister skatin' on the lake
This afternoon
Good heaven, how she's grown
She swoons the boy skaters, she's so tall
But of all your father's children
All your father's children, baby
You know, you are the finest of them all
You are brighter than the northern star

And I, last night, I spent another lonely Christmas
Darlin', darlin', you, you should've been there
You see, of all the ones I dream about
You are the one that makes my love shout
You see, you are the only one I care for, yeah

My mummy used to say, always trust your lover
But now, I guess that only applies to her
'Cuz, baby, you promised me
Baby, you promised me, you'd never leave
Then you died on the 25th day of December, oh, baby

Last night, oh, I spent another lonely, lonely Christmas
Darlin', baby, you, you should've been there, oh, oh
'Cuz all the ones I dream about
You are the one that makes my love shout
You see, you are the only one I care for, yeah

Your father said it was pneumonia
Your mother said it was stress
But the doctor said you were dead
And I, I say it's senseless

Every Christmas night for 7 years now
I drink banana daiquiris till I'm blind
As long as I can hear you smilin', baby

You won't hear my tears
Another lonely Christmas is mine
Yeah, mine, yeah
Another lonely Christmas is mine

Last night, yeah, I spent another lonely, lonely Christmas
Darlin', darlin', you should've been there, yeah
'Cuz all the ones I dream about
You are the one that makes my love shout
You see, you are the only one one care for

...I have always loved his lyrics, it's like poetry ♥ RIP my Prince, superfunkycalifragisexy you are!
Prince, 1987 pencil drawing by me

Prince: Another Lonely Christmas, B-side of I Would Die 4 U (12" vinyl Purple Rain album, for sale)

More lyrics via Metro Lyrics 

zondag 17 april 2016

Eyespiration at Art Breda show 2016

Today is de last day of the annual Artbreda show, a big show with fine art and antique. I made this set of Eyespiration photos during opening day 9 April 2016, using Miksang Contemplative Photography:
Blue, White & Red Floor Art

Kunst & Antiek Beurs Breda, 2016

Kunst & Antiek Beurs Breda 2016
Do you look?


Do you See

Miksang Moment

Miksang Moment in Art Show Breda 2016

Inspired by life my photography shows life as it is, subjects SEEN as they are. Struck by its beauty or remarkable appearance, in detail often, life is photographed by me. The plant in above picture makes the photo, the weird relation between its leafs and the paint curls of the piece of art. This is #eyespiration. Let life inspire you!
Miksang Moment - Rood, Wit, Blauw 2016
Red, White & Blue - 2016


Each year new groups of Miksang Contemplative Photography start at Artstudio23. In only 10 meetings you'll start to see life fresh, with pure eyes! You can sign up for the newsletter if you'd like to know more or join me in a workshop.

donderdag 7 april 2016

Mindful Moments at SMC Rotterdam

#ikzieikzie... wat jij niet ziet!
Social Media Week Rotterdam 2014 - Attending and Leading 3 'Mindfulness With Your Mobile' workshops
Everywhere I go I SEE. I try not to look at the world, but use the mindful state of ... emptiness and let the world come in without judging what I see. When you do so, you look at the world with a pure eye, 'Miksang' in Tibetan. This state of being to me is meditation with eyes open. Mindfulness with an empty mind.
During the coffee break I noticed this reflection and also the red flower:
Coffee break
Photography: Melanie E. Rijkers

Photographer: MelanieE. Rijkers Breda the Netherlands
A speaker preparing himself
Architecture Miksang Moment
 It was a dark, grey day, so what do you do? I looked out the window and saw grey skies, rain, no colour. But lack of colour also sooths the mind, makes you turn to yourself and I like grey too.

I used the raindrops on the window and when walking through the building I noticed a spectacular glass ceiling. Blessings from above!?
Fotograferen als het regent

Architecture Miksang Moment

Reflection of the Erasmus Bridge, Nhow terrace
Erasmus Brug

The restaurant turned out to be a place full of mindfulness. Reflection in the glasses is pure Miksang. Because of the bad weather I took my Mindfulness With Your Mobile group to the (empty) parking lot, also in the Nhow building. Meditation with our eyes open:
Parking Nhow - Emptiness

Parking - Nhow building
Escalator Reflection
It's really not that hard to see with a pure eye. Just try to show life as it is, SEE subjects as they are. Struck by its beauty or remarkable appearance, in detail often, life is a beautiful composition. The above photo I took of the escalator is very inspiring because of the extra layer creating a depth in the picture. Beauty is all around us:
To Be is to See
In stead of the left photo try to zoom in on the beauty of what you see. The right photo is taken from the exact same spot. The 'double' (two) ladders caught my eye when passing.


Nhow with Erasmus Bridge

zaterdag 19 maart 2016

My last analog wedding films sold

Fuji Reala, Fuji NPH Pro 400, Kodak BW400CN and Kodak Elite Chrome film
This week I've sold my last Fuji Reala and NPH films, and gave the student my last Kodak BW400CN as well. Together with Kodak Elite Chrome film, this typical set of films I used in the analog days of shooting a wedding.

My Last Analog Wedding
I don't even feel sad, though seeing the lot like in the photograph above, it brought back memories! This, or same set with one or two extra Fujicolor Press 800 films and maybe one extra BW400CN film, was my ultimate wedding kit. I've been taking wedding pictures for over 20 years now, and the analog days were the best, considering how clients loved their photos and paid well for a good wedding album, as hardly anyone had the guts to shoot a wedding in those days.

It was hard work! Carrying two cameras, lenses and flashes. Always having extra batteries and enough film with you. I still have my two Nikon F100 bodies, and one of the two SB28 DX flashes still works. My two 24-70 f2.8 Sigma lenses are written off, I can only use these lenses to teach our students where to find aperture on a lens etc. Same for the flash, this flash doesn't go well with the digital camera bodies and can even damage the camera.

Me with two cameras
My last analog wedding was the wedding of Annemiek and Wilfred, in 2007. This is me taking a selfie in the lamp of the wedding car. You couldn't take any decent photos with your phone, so often I used the last frame to take a photo like this, just to finish the roll of film.

Variety of Films
Having two cameras and wanting to shoot in- and outdoors, as well as B&W and crossed E6 film, I was always juggling which film to put in what camera at what time, as 36 exposures sometimes was too much. E.g. after a portrait shoot outdoors, using the Fuji Reala (100 asa) entering the church, you do need 400 asa (Fuji NPH) and sometimes there were quite some exposures left.

But shooting 100 iso film inside a church simply wasn't working, so you did need to change to 400 or sometimes even 800 iso. It was fun too, to try to get the most out of each film. I did like to vary in colour and B&W, so by picking your film wisely you created the best wedding series.

Using Black & White film added variety to an analog wedding serie

The E6 (slide) film was always cross processed so the colors would come out bright with big grain
Using one roll of slide film helped me to get some bright and over the top colours into the series. Fuji film, especially Reala, was the best and most neutral film with awsome skin tone and natural colours, but I always liked to add bright reds and blues to the posing portrait photos. I'll tell you more about how we got those colours without Photoshop in another blog later.

So in general I used 6 to 8 colour films, and 1 slide and 1 or 2 B&W films, meaning 360 exposures max. Clients would get an album with 80-100 printed pictures, and that was it. The book told the story of the day, with a roughly average of about 5-6 hours of photography per wedding shoot. Fuji Reala film is discontinued, as well is Elite Chrome and other Kodak film. It won't take long untill all professional films will be gone, leaving photographers with consumer films only.

Digital Era
Well, in these days clients don't mind I reck. When seeing all the photos of weddings shared on e.g. Facebook and other social media, all comments say "Beautiful photo!" etc. No matter what quality, as long as the bride's dress is visible in the photo people will like the it and say how beautiful the bride looks. Soon after the first digital cameras were good enough to shoot a wedding with, the lomo photography kicked in. That might have been the first sign that we don't care about getting the best quality (in film) anymore.

The poorer the quality, the more a lomo photographer likes it. The student who bought my films though, was really looking for the Reala film, as it's discontinued and she really love the specs of that particular film. The difference between Kodak and Fuji was really about bright colors versus natural colors, as both brands were excellent film producers. A lot of analog film will be gone soon, just being discontinued.

Fortunately we can still have a look at the photos and relive the moment of (one of) the most beautiful days on our life. Thank you Annemiek & Wilfred, the last analog wedding I did was awsome and I'll never forget the fun we all had!

donderdag 3 maart 2016

How to get blue sky in photos

Spain, beach © Artstudio23.com
When you are on holiday you want your photos to show the local beauty of the place you're staying at. But sometimes on a sunny day it seems you can't take a photo of the blue sky, the sky turns out pale, white.

How to take photos with blue sky:

- Position of the sun. The most important advice is to make sure to have the sun behind you when you take a photo. The more you are facing the sun, the paler the sky will be
- Contrast. Put e.g. a white or light colored object like a building in the front of the composition. Your camera will automaticly adjust the sky into a darker blue
- Morning or evening light. All colors are more intense at this time of day
- Polarizing filter. With using a polarization filter on a mirror-less or an dslr camera lens, the blue and other colors deepen
- Instagram. Photo editing apps and other retouching software will make colors come out better

If you turn your camera in the direction of the sun, you'll see a change of the colour of the sky. The more you turn towards the sun, the paler the sky. Buildings turn out sallow and grey. Especially in the middle of the day, when the sun's at her highest point, the light is very bright. Try to take photos early morning or later in the day, when the light is softer.
Barcelona, Spain - Parc Guell © Artstudio23.com
Blue sky: sun in my back, building in front creating more contrast
Barcelona, Spain - Parc Guell © Artstudio23.com
Blue sky: turning towards the sun the blue gets paler
Barcelona, Spain - Parc Guell © Artstudio23.com
Blue Sky: opposite of photo 1, the sky is pale, white and buildings grey and dark

We all want to take photos showing the best of our holiday. What's more beautiful than walking through a town and take photos of little, white houses against a dark blue sky? Blue sky is the ultimate holiday image, like a photo of the sea, feet in the sand or a selfie with a cocktail in our hand.

With your smartphone you can always adjust photos in an easy way. There are a lot of apps and even when posting a photo on Facebook or Twitter you can adjust the photo before posting with just one click. My favorite is Instagram. Ofcourse you can always use professional software afterwards, but wanting to retouch all 500 holiday pics might be a bit much.

Polarizing filter

With using a polarization filter on a mirror-less or an dslr camera lens, the blue and other colors deepen. Disadvantage: when bringing more than one lens, you'll need to buy more filters, as often lenses don't have the same diameter. Advantage: all colors look better, e.g. green is greener and especially a blue sky with white clouds will look dramaticly darker, a special effect coming out great with landscape pictures. Another advantage is the reflection in windows will dissapear when you use it, though I do like using this reflection in my photos. 


Using backlight lighting  © Artstudio23.com
Though sometimes using the sun in the back can create a beautiful photo. Backlight photos, photos taken towards the sun showing mostly shade of the subject, are fun too!

We love the dramatic sky in landscapes © Artstudio23.com
Clouds will enhance the dramatic appearance of blue sky over a landscape

Published in Dutch on Vakantieboulevard.nl 

#SWFC16 San Francisco Writers Conference 2016 Event Photography

San Francisco Writers Conference 2016
Together with Michel Switzar of DutchLines.nl I attended, photographed and lead the Writers Photo Walk at the SFWC in February 2016. As always the energy is vibrant and the speakers, agents, publishers and writers are fab!

Check out my photo series of Presidentsday weekend:

Mike Larsen

Opening 8 AM Friday 12 February 2016

Meeting a lot of new friend, writers, agents in one spot

Nina Amir's telling her success story

Ann Packer introduced and iterviewed by Victoria Zackheim

Meeting the fiction agents

Speak freely. Edit Thoroughly.

Keynote of writer T. Jefferson Parker

A few winners and runners up of the 2016 SFWC Writing Contest

Writers Photo Walk with Melanie E. Rijkers #ikzieikzie

Writers Photo Walk with Melanie E. Rijkers #ikzieikzie

Poetry in the boardroom with Dana Newman

Gala and networking night

Gala and networking night

Gala and networking night

Author Jane Friendman inspiring keynote

Ivy & Bean Author Annie Barrows inspiring the crowd

Scholarship winners 2016

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