Duxford Air Show – Meet The Fighters

The Imperial War Museum Duxford is home to a series of World War II airplanes. It is also renowned for their air shows staring their collection beautifully restored airplanes. You’ll see Spitfires or a Catalina and sometimes Sally B at other air shows. But you don’t often get to see them in 1 show. Going to the September show at Duxford therefore was a treat to me.

I am absolutely mesmerized by the beauty of the PBY Catalina. I’ve been waiting for a few years now to get a couple of nice photos of it. So I was happy to see it fly against a clear blue sky.

Consolidated PBY Catalina

Consolidated PBY Catalina

Consolidated PBY Catalina

Sally B is the only airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress in Europe. See is the star in the movie Memphis Belle and is based at the museum in Duxford. Her crew is doing an awesome job at keeping her in shape.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

And what would an air show in the UK be without those 2 very famous British-design warbirds? I had not seen an Avro Lancaster “Dambuster” fly for over 10 years I think. And I’m not sure if I have ever seen so many Spitfires take the air at the same time.

Avro Lancaster

Supermarine Spitfire

Flight of Supermarine Spitfires

My Favorite Camera Apps for iPhone (part 1)

I get plenty  of questions about my iPhone photos. Questions like “What app do you use to take your photos?” and “How do you edit your photos?” or “You must be using Photoshop to edit your photos, right?”. So, let me address these questions in a series of blog post.

Caveat: I am and always been an iPhone user. My tips & tricks and app recommendations apply to iOS devices only.

Anyway, let’s start at the beginning: my favorite apps for taking photos with my iPhone are Camera+ and Hipstamatic. I will talk about Camera+ now and I will cover Hipstamatic in a later blog post.

It’s also good to know that Adobe‘s latest release of Lightroom Mobile now includes a camera supports shooting in DNG on the iPhone. I will be looking into that in the next few weeks. It might be a good alternative to Camera+ if you are a Lightroom user like me.

Camera+ on iPhone 7I love Camera+ for its versatility. It obviously has an automatic mode as you might expect from any iPhone camera app. But you can also run it in full manual mode giving you control over shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation and focus point. The thing that sticks out for me is the possibility to independently choose a focus point and an area where to measure exposure form. Not many other camera apps for iPhone have that many manual controls.

I also like the fact that you can also control the flash to be always off and always on. I prefer not to use flash as it is very harsh light on an iPhone, so I keep my flash turned off most of the time. But when I need a bit of extra light, I prefer to have continuous light coming from my iPhone rather than harsh flash light.

I have the output of the app set to the highest possible quality. This gives me a little more room for editing afterwards. And I keep the zoom function of the camera disabled. I will explain why in a later blog post.

And with the option to choose from a wide format, square or the standard 4:3 aspect ratio, and timer functions, Camera+ is really my go-to-camera on the iPhone for stills. Camera+ is not a free app but it will be money well spent if you decide to buy this app.

It has plenty of build-in features for editing and sharing to social media. However I never use them. I save my photos directly to the iPhone’s camera roll and use other applications to edit and share.

RAF Red Arrows

I’ve been trying to get a good shot of the RAF Red Arrows synchro pair all summer long. But the weather has been poor at every air show I attended this summer and all my photos came out dull and grey. Until my visit to Duxford air show in September: great weather, lots of sunshine, blue skies and with the help of my friends, I finally got my photos of the Red Arrows I wanted.

RAF Red Arrows

RAF Red Arrows

Simply Shannety

Shannety in Lingerie

This girl does no longer need an introduction: she is my friend, she is my muse, she is awesome, she is simply Shannety.

Inside Tate Modern

Tate Modern in London

Tate Modern is one of our regular stops when my friends and I visit London. Their new wing—with an observation deck in the 10th floor—recently opened. I love the elevator hall on the ground floor. I can see myself doing a photo shoot there: great location for a beautiful model in shiny black latex…

Curvy Beauty Sara

I met Sara at a casting call for the Belgium Plus Size Fashion Weekend. After her casting interview, we started talking and it turns out she lives pretty much around the corner from me. So plans to do a little photo shoot were quickly forged. Nothing fancy, just a couple of hours in the studio but it turned out to be a lot of fun. So much so that I look forward to the next collaboration with Sara.

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Evelien in Latex

I’m always delighted when I have Evelien in my studio. She is a fantastic model: punctual, talented, pretty and funny. A real pro. And she is my favorite redhead too. When she came to the studio last month, I had 2 outfits laid out for her. We started of with the glorious Susanna Corseted Dress from House of Harlot.

Evelien in Latex by House of Harlot

And for our 2nd session, we used one of my favorite combo’s: the Larissa Latex Harness Dress in reversed latex from Pandora Deluxe, a bolero jacket from Meat, belt from Simon O. and the fabulous ballet heels from Kassiopeya.

Latex Outfit by Pandora Deluxe, Simon O & Meat

Latex Outfit by Pandora Deluxe, Simon O & Meat

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Shannety Once More

It’s a regular thing: my photo shoots with Shannety. Even though we can both be very busy at times and all sorts of other activities get in the way, eventually we will end up in the studio together for–what is always–a fun photo shoot.

Shannety

And sometimes we have serendipitous moments that turn out awesome portraits. Or was it a lucky shot maybe?

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St. Paul’s Cathedral in London

London's St. Paul's Cathedral Seen from Tate Modern

The Tate Modern in London recently opened a new wing which offers a great view of St. Paul’s Cathedral across the river from the museum. When the sun hits the majestic building just right on a cloudy day, it stands out from the rest of the city.

Sharon Rocks Her Curves

I have always had a soft spot for curvy girls. And when they are as beautiful as Sharon, I will gladly work with them in the studio any time. Sharon and I shot these photos over the summer. Who ever said curvy girls can’t be pretty, maybe should be reconsidering their opinion when they see these pictures.

Curvy Model Sharon

Curvy Model Sharon

Curvy Model Sharon