Stories Behind My Photos

In this serie of blog posts I will write about the photos from my portfolio. About the choices that I had to make, why I even made that photo, but also why I edited the photo in a certain way. By writing about this I hope to learn more about my own photos, so I can improve myself even further. And I hope that you can learn something too!

Shooting with the Leica Sofort in Berg & Bos

The Leica Sofort is the first instant camera made by Leica. It uses Fujifilm Instax Mini film, which are creditcard sized instant photos. They develop in roughly 5 minutes. The colors are pretty accurate and the photos have a nice contrast. I decided to go to Berg & Bos, a nature reserve at the edge of my hometown Apeldoorn, so I could make photos of the first autumn colors of the year. These photos were taken on September 27, 2017.

Golden Tree – 2017
Golden Tree - 2017
Golden Tree – 2017

When I walked beside the pond in Berg & Bos I noticed this tree. The leaves already started to turn yellow, showing the start of the autumn. When I saw how the sunlight was shining on the trees I knew I had to make a photo. I formed a rough composition in my head and looked for a place to make this photo. I chose this spot, underneath another tree, so that the branch would be in the top left corner of the photo. Without that detail the photo wouldn’t have worked. And lets not forget the lovely colors. They fit perfectly to give this photo a sort of “end of summer” mood.

Bright Fountain – 2017
Bright Fountain - 2017
Bright Fountain – 2017

The pond in Berg & Bos has a nice fountain besides a small island. And every few minutes it turns on. I was sitting on a bench when I noticed how the sun was shining through the fountain, giving it a bright glow. So I searched for a spot with the sun in front of me so it would shine through the fountain. I decided that I didn’t want the sun directly in the frame because Instax film has the tendency to show a black dot in bright light sources (this is called solarization), but the sun still showed up in the photo through the branches. I don’t find it a distraction in this instance. One of the things I absolutely love in this photo is the contrast. The silhouettes of the trees make the fountain even more pronounced, which is exactly as I wanted it.

Both photos are part of the Nature Scenery album