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Dear visitor,

Welcome to my site. I’m a Dutch Innovation Manager who also loves photography and so tries to make a living doing the things I love. Feel free to browse my site and check my blog below for any interesting posts about Innovation and Photography (almost all in English). And if you might have any questions or just want to get in touch, feel free to send me a message.

And for the rest, all I can say is: Enjoy!

Beste bezoeker,

Van harte welkom op mijn website. Ik ben een Innovatie Manager die ook redelijk gek is van fotografie en die zijn geld verdiend met dingen die ik leuk vind (of althans, ik doe mijn best ervoor). Voel je vrij om in mijn site te duiken. Kijk bijvoorbeeld hieronder in mijn blog voor allerlei posts over Innovatie en Fotografie (weliswaar bijna allemaal in het Engels). Mocht je een vraag hebben of gewoon in contact met me willen komen, stuur me vooral een bericht.

En boven alles, Geniet!

Turning The Gymnastics Training Hall Into A Photostudio

Once a year I work together with the female top gymnastics team of DVO Dordrecht. During this shoot we shoot, amongst others, some shots they can use for their press releases as well as some free work for myself (and the gymnasts of course).

The last few years I only used my Elinchrom Quadra system to light the subjects, but this year I added a black background to the set to create some very special images. What kind of images? These:

Als de turnhal omgetoverd wordt tot fotostudio.. from ADV on Vimeo.

With kind thanks to my father/ADV Media Productions for shooting the video!

Foto’s NK Turnen Dordrecht

Attentie: De foto’s zijn niet langer meer online te bestellen. Mocht je graag nog wel een foto willen bestellen, neem dan even contact met mij op.

21 en 22 mei jl. hebben zo’n 300 turnsters zich van hun beste kant laten zien op het NK turnen in Dordrecht. In de landelijke finale van de 3e divisie schitterden ze, van jong tot oud. Op zaterdag tijdens de algemene finale, en op zondag tijdens de toestelfinales. En tussendoor op zondagmorgen nog de halve finale van de jeugd bij de 1e divisie.

Ik had de eer om dit alles vanaf de vloer te mogen fotograferen als officieel persfotograaf vanuit DVO Dordrecht. Een kans waar ik erg blij mee ben, maar na twee dagen merk ik dat mijn spieren een beetje moe zijn van het in moeilijke houdingen zitten. Desalniettemin ben ik tevreden met de foto’s, en ik hoop de turnsters, coaches en ouders ook.

Nogmaals dank en alle eer voor de organisatie, want zonder hen was het nooit zo goed verlopen! Over drie jaar weer doen?

Naval Innovation Environments

One of the things that can be very helpful for innovation is clustering companies that are in the same sector but are not direct competitors.

In the naval sector this is no different, and so I was pleasantly surprised when I visited the recreational harbor or Bruinisse last weekend. This large harbor (1.400 places) has a very good mix of companies. For example, they have a store for supplies, but also a boat sales company for both new and second-hand boats and two large halls were boats can be serviced indoors in a sheltered environment.

All together this creates a very fertile environment for innovation, where the companies can create new products and services together which they can immediately try on their customers which lay in the port.

It all looks quite new, and so at the moment I can’t find any news about innovations coming from there, but the environment has been shaped. And so it’s an interesting place to keep an eye out for any future boating related innovations.

And as a bonus, the parking lot has some very special stripes 🙂

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Strategy Redefinition of a Transportation Company

Over the past few years the Dutch train operator Nationale Spoorwegen (NS) was not performing as was expected from them.

For example, they ordered high-speed trains which fell apart during a snow storm, they have a shortage in trains (and seats) that led them to some ‘creative‘ solutions as they like to call them and they played an unfair game for a tender in the south of the Netherlands.

All together this led to part of the top management leaving the company and the need for a revised strategy. This week they presented this revised strategy and there are some interesting things (and some open doors) in it.

The revised strategy builds on three parts:

  • Better performance on the main lines (open door, there is still room for improvement and there will probably always be so they should always be striving for optimal performance)
  • Taking care of the stations (interesting, they want to improve the total journey by making the stations more attractive)
  • Contribute to a better door-to-door journey (interesting since they are cutting away almost all of the transport that is not related to the main lines)

This is quite a shift from the previous strategy, where it was mainly about being the biggest and being in control everywhere, either through their main name NS or through one of their subsidiaries such as Qbuzz or Abellio.

With the new strategy they adopt a more open strategy, focussing on co-operating with the other partners such as the network operator and the competitors instead of trying to do everything themselves.

Quite a bold move, since it also means that they are saying goodbye to certain parts of the company and so a large part of the staff. Not very surprising that not everybody is happy with this, including the work council.

Still, I think that it is a wise decision to step back and focus only on what they can do best and leaving other parts of public transport to other companies. Only by leaving it all to them the trust between them can grow, since it can be hard to work together and trust a party which is also bidding on a tender you’re involved in in another part of the country. The added trust can then be used to create the better door-to-door journey

So all together I think it is a wise move.

One final thing which is out of their zone of influence and which I believe is a bit weird is that their shareholder demands that 7% of the profit is paid to them each year as dividend. This is not so special for normal companies and maybe a bit low, but it’s different when you consider that the only shareholder is the Dutch State (in the form of the Ministry of Finance) and that they also see that the NS has a social function (so making sure that the Netherlands has an affordable public transportation system).

My personal opinion on this point is that I believe that the largest part of the profit could better be used by NS to reinvest in their company, for example by buying more trains or by not raising fares, instead of money flowing to the state which can them maybe invest it in the railroads. Or maybe not. Depends on where the money is needed according to the State.

I am specifically not saying here that there should be absolutely no dividend payments, but I personally think that a little less could also be fine, and that the NS should use most of their profits to improve their company.

Nevertheless I still think that the strategy is a wise move and I’m curious about what the future will bring for them, as
 the first changes are already happening.

Testing the Elinchrom Ringflash Eco

Although I had this one for over a month, I still didn’t have the time to test drive until last week (at least not for it’s intended purpose, as third off-camera light it had already been used).

The Elinchrom Ringflash Eco can be seen as an integral part of the Elinchrom Quadra/ELB system. It’s small, but still quite powerful at a relatively low weight (that is, for a ring flash, overall I still had to put it down every once in a while to rest my arms, but also my girlfriend was able to take shots with it without complaining about the weight).


And the results are what one might expect from it: The classical ring-light touch. I topped it off by putting two regular Quadra heads behind me for some kicker lights, and voila, it worked very well.


Just one small note. The quite large 24-120mm from Nikon can sometimes be a little bit too small for the ringflash. On the other hand, the effect of backfiring light created some very nice haze points due to some dirt on the lens, which is a nice artistic touch.


So far so good. I will not give a full in-depth review about the details. I’d just like to conclude by saying that it is a very competitive product at a reasonable price when you’re looking for a real ringflash (so not an extension of your on-camera flash).

First Large Scale Urban Smart Grid in the Netherlands

Decentral power producers such as solar panels & wind power have a positive impact on the environment. On the electricity grid, however, there impact is much less positive.

Since these sources are under the constant influence of the weather it is very hard to predict exactly how much they will produce at a certain moment in time. However, for a stable electricity grid you want to have the production and use in balance which is very hard this way.

One simple way to overcome this problem is by adding temporary storage facilities in the grid which can take up the power when there’s an excess and release it during periods of shortage.

At some points dedicated systems are built for this, but with the rise of Electric Vehicles an enormous amount of batteries are available for a large amount of time during the day (a car is used on average for 46 minutes per day according to this study). The only point is that you don’t want to have full batteries when you want to drive from home to work or vice versa, but for the rest of the day the car can be used for storage.

A couple of years ago a small pilot started in the city of Utrecht to test this concept. In the past year the first field trials were held with this concept of car batteries used for storage and now it has been decided to enlarge the project to the entire region where thousands of chargers will be transformed so they can be used for this concept.

Really cool to see that this new concept is now growing to a larger scale. Now if they would only switch to DC it would make it even better, but there should be something left to do in the coming years.

What To Do With Empty Department Stores?

For over a 100 years the V&D was a big brand in the Dutch store landscape. But last week it was officially euthanized after not making a profit for over 20 years and so the Dutch inner cities have a lot of extra empty space.

In total about 360.000 m2 of space was occupied by in total 62 different stores for which now a new use has to be found.

One of the options is that a new company starts its own department store. This was tried by Cool Investments, but they didn’t get the business case complete so this didn’t work out. Rumors are that Hudson’s Bay is trying to take over part of the stores to start some of their own formulas, but they will also only fill part of the stores and I think it is clear that a lot needs to be changed in order for a department store to be viable.

Luckily there are also some more creative people in this world. They see an empty building, and lots of options. A few of these:

  • In Deventer a group of people want the building to be remodeled into a large discotheque. Currently 1152 people like this idea on Facebook, but the potential is higher for Den Haag, were 3764 people like this same idea for the building in the Hague.
  • In the east of the country the people are hoping for a food market. Where Rotterdam has the Markthal, people in Zwolle, Hengelo and Enschede have some feelings for their own food market in the empty buildings.
  • Or restructure the entire building. Convert the top floor(s) to apartments and put a large series of small shops in the rest of the building. Not chosen as a option yet, but potentially attractive to counter the rise in empty shops in the smaller cities.
  • Some cities are even considering putting the public library in the empty building, such as the city of Oss.
  • There are even people suggesting to turn it into entertainment halls including casinos, cinema’s and even go-kart places, or to use it for temporary housing for refugees.

Creative ideas, but the most creative I’ve found must come out of my birth place.

Already at the beginning of the year the website iDordt presented the idea of taxi driver Herman. For this you have to know that the Dutch marihuana system is a bit weird, where you aren’t allow to grow more than 5 plants, but as a coffeeshop you may have 500g in store. But how they get is a very dark area, so this taxi driver had a plan to change it all.

The entire store in Dordrecht should be converted into a giant coffeeshop, where weed is grown on the top floor. For this, youngsters which have trouble finding a job could do some on-job training, and the problem of knowing where to get the stuff is also solved.

The rest of the building (the other 2 floors) should then be converted to large relax areas, and maybe so room to sell home grow kits.

You can think of it whatever you want, but the award for the most creative solution definitely goes to this idea.


Some Thoughts on the Elinchrom ELB-400

A few years ago I became the proud owner of an Elinchrom Quadra set. A remarkable piece of flash technology that combines the power of a studio flash with the size of a large strobist system.

Moving a few years forward in time, Elinchrom presented the Elinchrom ELB-400, an evolution of the Quadra. The idea and form are the same, but at some points it has seen some big improvements. And so I now added one of these boys to my system.

I will not go into full depth here and write a review highlighting all the differences between the new and the old system since plenty of these can be found online. I just want to share what I like about it. Cause I do like it, a lot.

The most obvious upgrade compared to the Quadra comes from the redesigned top panel, which allows you to easily adjust all your settings without having to go through all kinds of numbers in the menu. Right now it is just a very simple system where you can go up and down and click on what you like. So you can for example choose easily between one of the twelve different ready beeps. Maybe not the first thing that you’d like to change, but you will do it at some point because it is just so easy.

Furthermore it has a lot of internal upgrades which you won’t use often, and I’m also still finding out a lot of the system, but so far it has been wonderful to use.

And maybe the most important reason to buy a second system, you won’t have to run extra long cables to the second flash head with all risks associated, you can just put the second system there.

The only shoot so far in which I have put the system to a real test has been the gymnastics shoot, but I’ll try to shoot some more in the coming weeks to show here.

The header was shot using the combined system, but due to a failing skyport only the front set triggered. Still, the visual slave function does work very well on the system as I learned that day.

Cropped Facades

In my neighborhood a lot of new buildings are erected, and most of them are quite high. Since they all have a maximum height (depending on the ground quality here), there isn’t much competition on how high they can become.

On the other hand, the facades are the point to compete on, considering the wide variety that can be found there.

I’ve made it into a small project to capture these facades, thereby focussing only on the facades and cutting of all other things around it, such as the sky. These are just a few of these shots from this series.

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