Sinuous shadows

Those trees in Amsterdam, you’ve got to love them. At least I do. I came across this wonderfull shadow while having only my phone and had to make it. It was published earlier on Instagram and edited with Snapseed at the time. This edit was done in Silver Efex Pro 2 and it is exactly how I wanted it to look. Intense and also the full frame.

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Exif data:  Aperture: ƒ/2.2   Camera: iPhone 5s   ISO: 32   Shutter speed: 1/2700s   

Are You in for the updated Snapseed? You Should Be

A few weeks ago Google updated Snapseed the photo-editor for ios and android. I have always been using Snapseed on my phone to see if I could translate the image I shot into what I had in mind. Usually black and white. Snapseed is a very capable program. And now the new update has arrived. It took me a few edits to get to know the new layout and ways of working but in the end I am very happy with the update. It’s a real powerful progam with many nice features like selective adjustments and non-destructive editing that gives you the possibility to go back in time without losing information. You’ll find the history-button in the top menu next to the Save button. You can tell Snapseed and Silver Efex Pro are from the same family. Good stuff!

You can even go back into history and redo a certain step you took, selectively(!), with a brush tool. So if you did a vignette for example and you only want it on the top of the image, you do the vignette, go back with history, select the vignette step and touch the arrow, select the brush and brush in where you want to have the vignette. Genius! This goes for all setting steps you do!

When you save an edited image and even if you close Snapseed you can always continue editing. Just open your edited image and you will see that your history steps are still available so if you want you can always go back to your original image even after you saved it and closed the program…. How cool is that!

Latest update of Snapseed also brought back the Grunge filter and an option to save your edited image without the history in it called Export.

Here are some images taken with an Iphone 5S and edited ONLY with Snapseed. No other software was used afterwards except Photoshop to resize the images to the correct resolution for this website. Are you in for the updated Snapseed? You Should Be.

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Exif data:  Aperture: ƒ/2.2   Camera: iPhone 5s   ISO: 32   Shutter speed: 1/2053s   

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Exif data:  Aperture: ƒ/2.2   Camera: iPhone 5s   ISO: 32   Shutter speed: 1/1866s   

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Exif data:  Aperture: ƒ/2.2   Camera: iPhone 5s   ISO: 250   Shutter speed: 1/30s   

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Exif data:  Aperture: ƒ/2.2   Camera: iPhone 5s   ISO: 40   Shutter speed: 1/60s   

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Exif data:  Aperture: ƒ/2.2   Camera: iPhone 5s   ISO: 32   Shutter speed: 1/672s   

For more Snapseed edits please go to the Snapseed Projects page on this site. More to come.
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Which Sidewalk do you like best?

This image was shot September 28, 2011. I published it before on this blog. This is a new edit done in Silver Efex Pro 2. I tried to get close to the original edit (done in Photoshop) which I love, but made it a little bit more contrasty and a little rougher. I’d like to know: which one do you like best?

Sidewalk second edit

Exif data:  Aperture: ƒ/7.1   Camera: E-510   ISO: 100   Shutter speed: 1/125s   

Canon S95 still alive?

Here are two old pictures shot with the canon S95 in 2011. I did a new edit of both in Silver Efex Pro 2. Is the Canon S95 still alive? Ehm yes it is but at the moment it is not in use because now I shoot with the Ricoh GR and I like to only use one camera and one camera only. It has to become second nature and then there’s no more technical stuff getting in the way of shooting a good picture. Of course my phone also counts as quite a good compact that’s always there and I love it just as much. Well that’s a big fat lie! I love the Ricoh a lot more but you know what I mean.


Exif data:  Aperture: ƒ/3.2   Camera: Canon PowerShot S95   ISO: 80   Shutter speed: 1/250s   


Exif data:  Aperture: ƒ/4   Camera: Canon PowerShot S95   ISO: 80   Shutter speed: 1/800s