may 2013: Well, I did it again: I bought a new toy. A Nikon D7100 body.

I'm working on it and getting to know it. So far nothing but excitement and a large improvement on the D7K.

I gave my old faithful D80 away. Not a good decision but oh well. Live and learn. These cameras sort of become an extension of my hand after a while. Now I need to re-learn the tricks with the new baby but I love it already.

 

"If therapists didn’t charge you and were willing to chase sticks, they would be dogs."

(quoted Suzan Orlean)

 

November 2010: It's time to update my profile :))

After almost 3 years, I've become a flickr nut!

Oh boy, i'm hooked badly.

But then I've met lots of nice people and good friends with the same hobby and maybe more important: the same love for our furry children

A lot has happened in the 2 years on flickr. I noticed that i make more and more pictures of my beloved dogs. Maggie has passed and So did Thomas not too long ago. Now it's Juliette and Isaac, the new pup. And I'm getting older :(

With the "Thomas photo series" I started flickr and he became a hit ever since.

Then an abrupt vacuum: Thomas got cancer and I had to send him off across the` rainbow.

I was ready to quit flickr, honestly. There was no reason for me to be here, so I thought.

I needed to re-invent myself and heal after such a wound.

Then a good friend saw this coming and insisted on giving me a puppy. And here we go again!

It's too fast and too soon but I could not resist Isaacs begging blue eyes and him instantly bonding to me.

And besides that, How can you turn down a gift like that?

 

I don't promise any thing. The dogs are different, the time is different so don't go nuts and expect another Thomas story.

 

Truthfully, being on flickr is a great stimulant to make more and better photos all the time. I get lots of inspiration of my fellow flickr friends and for that matter just about any flickrrr.

All this photography is a great kickback from my work and it feeds back to that work in a sense too.

I've been looking for a while to improve my tools and re-think my photography. I was eyeing the new Nikon D7k and finally I couldn't resist it any more. So far, i'm learning how this new toy works and I love it.

The toys are now:

 

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000

(Nikon D80) sold.

Nikon F-401 (film) retired

lenses:( AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm f:35-5.6 G ED VR) sold

AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f :3.5-5.6G ED VRII

AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D

AF fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm 1:2.8 G ED

AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1:3.3-4.5

AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

 

speedlight: Nikon SB800

 

My cameras are not only to shoot puppies. I like to record everything I'm doing when I'm restoring or fixing stuff.

If you're interested, you can visit my more work related photo stream on Smugmug.

The link is: aiko-art.smugmug.com/

and you can find me on my website: www.vanhulsen.com

  

(Original profile)

See after all these years of making pictures with cheap camera's, I bought myself a little present: a Nikon D80 and now what i'm doing?: making photo's all the time and posting them on Flickr. After two weeks on, I realise, i'm hooked badly.

 

Then: what's the harm in it except i'm not working.

I love this place. people on flickr have all one thing in common: they love to make and look at photo's. There's a slight hint of competition here and I like that. It makes me want to make better pictures all the time.

Thank you all for having the same hobby. we'll have lots of fun together.

And.... I would appreciate you drop me an e mail and introduce yourself before you make me as a contact. That way we would avoid so called "name harvesting identities" Thanks so much and see you on Flickr.......

 

isaac and me

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I feel I have a great contact here. We both love Great Pyrenees Dogs. and I enjoy the comments he makes on my animals. It is a nice to have you as a contact. I think I can even say Friend. I love your dogs. Now come get a puppy hahaha

March 15, 2009

Virtually everyday, I wake up to new photos that bring an enormous smile to my face. These photos - and my smiles are thanks to Aiko! As somebody who has grown up - and recently lost - pyrenean mountain dogs, his portraits of his two incredible four legged friends paint a remarkable picture. Clearly a testament to … Read more

Virtually everyday, I wake up to new photos that bring an enormous smile to my face. These photos - and my smiles are thanks to Aiko! As somebody who has grown up - and recently lost - pyrenean mountain dogs, his portraits of his two incredible four legged friends paint a remarkable picture. Clearly a testament to great care, exuding love towards their master, Thomas and Juliette are some of the luckiest dogs around! I'm no photographer, but Aiko's dedication to his crafts are evident - he cares for his dogs as he does for his remarkable work, and it shows. His photographs reach straight into the soul, and always surprise. And quite aside from the clarity of the images, the dogs are either remarkably well obedient (which is saying an enormous amount for pyrenean mountain dogs) or Aiko has the patience of a saint. Either way, the result is down to Aiko's hard work, and inspires me to want to understand the lens. I just wished I lived a bit nearer (rather than the other side of the world!) and I'd be visiting his incredibly adorable dogs and having my furniture, roofing (and everything else he seems to do) restored by Aiko!

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February 20, 2010
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Aiko is my contact not for very long, but sometimes there is an extra 'click' that makes it special and extra enjoyable. Is it because of the fact that we are both Dutch and can share the same (a bit sarcastic) kind of humour? Is it because of the glimpse he shares from his fascinating work: restoring and making furni… Read more

Aiko is my contact not for very long, but sometimes there is an extra 'click' that makes it special and extra enjoyable. Is it because of the fact that we are both Dutch and can share the same (a bit sarcastic) kind of humour? Is it because of the glimpse he shares from his fascinating work: restoring and making furniture? Is it because of the photo's of his lovely surrounding or cute dogs? I have no idea, maybe it is all in one, but I am happy to have you as my contact, Aiko!

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June 6, 2008