Before GPS, sailors used a sextant to navigate the open seas. Even today, this tool is considered standard equipment for any vessel venturing out beyond the sight of land. All that is required to find yourself anywhere on earth is one of these, an accurate timepiece, and some knowledge of mathematics. Day or night, the sextant is a time-tested...
I've never been good with lights, as I've never practiced and managed to rely on natural light for an embarrassingly long time. And I realised I've always invested in good quality camera gear but had never done the same with lighting equipment, opting for cheap lights and modifiers. Fed up with poor results here are the first images I've taken...
Along the causeway to Cedar Key, Florida there is a small motel that has changed names many times over the years. On this date, it was called Low-Key Hideaway. There is a thatch-roof tiki hut with a liquor bar out back that overlooks the marshes of the area and one wall of this bar is made of empty bottles held in place by mortar and wood. I...
Captured during the worst time of the day, but the beach is somewhat forgiving at midday as the sand reflects a lot of light into the shadows. This only works for animals that can't squint. :)
To me, nothing says "beach bum" like a surfboard on top of an old VW Beetle. This pristine example was at a car show in Ocala, FL.
When I lived in Miami, I worked with Dailyn so often that I lost track of our sessions. She's beautiful, of course, but also very comfortable in front of a camera. I do miss my Miami models.
This was shot nearing sunset at low tide when the dead tree she's on is easily accessed from the beach. At high tide, the bulk of the tree is under...
Just an early morning study of the architecture under Miami's elevated commuter train service.
Another shot of Victoria at a local sinkhole in Ocala, FL. This was literally the first shot of the session and I was very happy with it. The rock she is on was covered with soft green moss and shaped just like a chaise lounge. She said it was very comfortable to lay there, even in the cool air.
I actually picked this beautiful piece up from a vintage garage sale in California while on vacation. Do you have any vintage or antique photo equipment?
A few years ago, I acquired a couple used street lamp bulbs that had been discarded after they burned out. They are huge and interesting, so I made a few somewhat abstract photos.
The first is actually an inverted image that was shot at an upward angle with the base of the lamp pointing toward the ceiling and my 24" softbox directly...
Naomi is one of the few professional models I've worked with. She suggested this abandoned building in the Orlando suburbs and we happened to arrive on one of the rainiest days in weeks. My camera took a beating that day, but the results were worth it. This is one of my favorites. I love the curvature of her back in this shot.
Two views of Ocala's Union Station.
The straight platform parallels a track that cuts through the downtown area of the city. The curved platform with the passing train crosses through the north side of town. The 20-second exposure blurred the train's movement and allowed me to use ƒ11 for the dimly-lit scene. Both were shot well after...
Every person has a story and motivation. In a street photo, I want your eye to grab the eyes of another and follow their storyline. Zoom in.
Model: Ewald Tienkamp
Photographer: Bram van Dal
Aperture: F / 1.6
Camera: Canon 5DmkIII
Lens: 85mm 1.4
When it comes to photography, creating peace is an important part, to eventually see what you photograph and can determine when you press the...
this is the first black and white photo I've taken and I am in love with it, but wondering if it's just beginner ego or if it's really a good photo.
it was shot on colour film then converted to B/W later on in Lightroom.
I met Julie for the first time when she was riding her motorcycle around South Beach with a group of other young women as part of a promotional campaign for who-knows-what. I snapped a few pictures of the group and they waved and smiled for the camera. Several months later, I saw her again and recognized her hair and bike. I introduced myself...
Model: John Geerts
Photographer: Bram van Dal
Iso: F / 1.6
Camera: Canon 5DmkIII
Brake lamp lighting is one of the most commonly used light fixtures used. The easiest way to get this relief is to stand on the dark side of the model.
Shot this in a town not far from my home this morning at sunrise. The dense fog usually provides some good opportunities and I haven't shot much of anything for a week, so I really wanted to get out and find something. I think I like the way the background tree frames this web, but wanted some more opinions. What say you?
I love shooting black and white, I feel that whoever is viewing it gets more of a story behind the image. I feel that we get a lot of our emotional response to a subject based on the color/tones in the photo. Removing those colors allow the viewer to explore the deeper meaning behind what the photographer is trying to tell you about the subject...
Hey everyone! I am new to Fstoppers and am hoping to network with all sorts of photographers. One of the most important aspects of photography (to me) is to learn so I always appreciate constructive criticism and feedback on my work.
What are your thoughts?