After enjoying photography for just over a year, I decided to build a portfolio for my favourite images.

Photography Portfolio

About the selection

The website contains just a small selection of my photographs. When creating the selection I tried to only include the best, while also representing the different types of pictures I like to take.

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The photographs are organised in several categories. The most important categories are travel destinations I visited over the last year. Other categories are focused on food and portrait photography for example.

About the design

The design is kept minimalistic to keep the focus on the photographs. In addition, every page starts with a big image to catch the users eye. Galleries contain relatively big thumbnails, but a very selective amount of images to let the user keep a good overview.

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With the help of jQuery and imagelightbox.js, users can click on the images to enlarge them. The advantage of imagelightbox.js is that it comes with no design of it’s own, allowing you to design it from the ground up (and consistent with the website).

At the start of August 2014 I visited São Miguel. This island is part of the Azores, a group of volcanic islands located in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

Lagoa do Fogo

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Cha Gorreana

One of the few tea plantations in Europe.

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Ponta Delgada

The capital of the island, home to beautiful parks and a lot of different street art.

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See more of the Azores or check my Flickr-account for more pictures.

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The Vivitar 28mm is a lens which I managed to buy for just € 7,50. I was looking for a wide angle lens with a Canon FD mount, so I was very happy to come across something this cheap.

(Note: my experience with this lens is based on using it with a Canon 70D and 350D with a FD to EF adapter.)

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…as a lens?

It’s surpirsingly well built. Both focusing and changing the aperture feels smooth. In addition to that it’s small and light weight (even when using it in combination with an adapter).

Can I recommend this lens… as a lens? Not really, even for a price this low. The picture quality is just not good enough. It’s too soft if not used in ideal conditions. There is simply a big chance you already have a lens which performs better in every way.

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…as a curiosity?

However, I did find it very interesting to unpack the box, use the lens and read the manual it came with. It must have been at least 30 years old, yet in great condition. As someone who has only been interested in photography for about a year, it’s a great to learn more about it in this way.

Does Youtube need another unboxing video? Probably not, but I somehow found myself recording one despite that.
Besides the unboxing, it also includes a good look at the matching lens hood and quick comparison with the Canon FD equivalent. So here it is, my unboxing of the Canon EF 50mm F/1.4:

MarlySesink.nl is a personal portfolio containing the paintings, sculptures and monoprints made by Marly Sesink. I created a brand new design for the website and translated it to HTML5 and CSS3.

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The design is minimalistic and easy to navigate. For the galleries containing the art I used Image Lightbox. I found this to be a great jQuery-based solution since it works excellent, is easy to implement and doesn’t come with a pre-made (and usually unwanted) design.

The level Merville Battery for Traction Wars (a WW2-themed first person shooter being realized with CryEngine3) has been revealed today. This level is based on a battle which took place on D-Day, 6th june 1944. Which is exactly 70 years ago today.

Merville Battery features bunkers and French farms in the surrounding area.

About Traction Wars

Visit the official website of Traction Wars for the full update and more information about the game.

Every so often I find myself dealing with a project which contains existing HTML which I have to style without being able to edit it. While that is already less than ideal, finding inline CSS in that HTML can become a real problem. Luckily there are several tricks you can use in cases like that.

Overwrite inline style

Overwriting inline style is a trick I have known and been using for a while. See the example below, add [style] to the selector and use !important.

<body>
<h1>Lorem ipsum</h1>
<p style=”color: white;”>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.</p>
</body>

p[style] {
color: black !important;
}

In the example above, the text will be displayed black despite the inline style.

Overwrite based on inline style

The following trick is new to me, but I have found it to be very useful already. If you add [style] to a selector and then also add the inline style you want to target, you can overwrite CSS more specific. Again, don’t forget to add !important too.

<body>
<h1>Lorem ipsum</h1>
<p style=”color: white;”>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.</p>
</body>

p[style=”color: white;”] {
color: black !important;
}

In the example above, the CSS will overwrite the HTML element only when it has the inline style.

The latest update for Forgotten Hope 2 has been released this month. It contains two new maps: Omaha Beach and Gold Beach. I did some work on the latter (see previous post) and also provided the image for the loading screen of Omaha Beach.

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Gold Beach

The patch has been worked on for quite a while, so it’s great to see all the hard work of the developers finally being played.

Visit the official website for more information about this WW2-themed modification for Battlefield 2.