Another year has passed - Enter my Time Machine ...

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RoelHendrickx
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Another year has passed - Enter my Time Machine ...
Sep 3, 2012

I think it was in 2003 that I started the yearly tradition of shooting a quick garden- side portrait of my two kids on the first day of school.

The subjects' enthusiasm has varied a lot over the years, but at least they still do it.

Do you want to travel back in time with me (all shots with Oly cameras, but not all SLRs) ?

I can't think of many better ways to record the rapid passing of time.
It's like an extremely slow time lapse...

Photos of ourselves would be depressing, I believe.

Question : does anyone else do something similar and is willing to share?
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In reply to RoelHendrickx, Sep 3, 2012

Wow well done.

I have got to a stage in my life that I hide from cameras except the one in my hand. Maybe they tell the truth and I can't handle it.

Well Maybe its not to late.

Thanks for showing these.

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In reply to CollBaxter, Sep 3, 2012

That a great series, what I like is the subtle turn back in time with each successive image. Gradually growing younger with each image.
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Looks like you got some great kids there. Thanks for sharing! Maybe I can time-laps some gear or cars, no kids though.

Any new projects coming up? I'm going to Bruges (Belgium) on Friday for a well-deserved short break until Tuesday. Any ideas for best places/hours/gear? Thanks!
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In reply to RoelHendrickx, Sep 3, 2012

That's a really nice series and project. Wish my dad had done this, I'd really enjoy seeing me and my brothers together through time.

There will come a time when your kids will cherish these photos.

BTW, your daughter looks alike Jodie Foster.

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In reply to RoelHendrickx, Sep 3, 2012

My congratulations to you, Roel.

Your kids have grown just a little bit. In a few years, they will thank their father for those memories. Maybe they'll do the same with their children in a near future.

A very good idea.

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In reply to RoelHendrickx, Sep 4, 2012

Wow - that is a great idea and a great series.

No matter how much they may come to dislike it now, I'm sure they will thank you for it once they are as old as all of us.

One thing I noticed is you may have bought a lot of new glass for your cameras but I'm not sure that you have bought new glasses for your son

It must also be hard to have such a famous daughter - that is Jodie Foster isn't it?

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AussieAndo wrote:

Wow - that is a great idea and a great series.

No matter how much they may come to dislike it now, I'm sure they will thank you for it once they are as old as all of us.

It's not so much "dislike" as "I don't feel like posing right now".

One thing I noticed is you may have bought a lot of new glass for your cameras but I'm not sure that you have bought new glasses for your son

He has changed glasses regularly (not very careful with them), but he seems to like his look and thus he always keeps going for similar if not the exact same model. Pretty conservative, huh?

It must also be hard to have such a famous daughter - that is Jodie Foster isn't it?

We had her cloned.

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Bobusa wrote:

Looks like you got some great kids there. Thanks for sharing! Maybe I can time-laps some gear or cars, no kids though.

Any new projects coming up? I'm going to Bruges (Belgium) on Friday for a well-deserved short break until Tuesday. Any ideas for best places/hours/gear? Thanks!

I don't know about any gear shops in Bruges.
As for which gear to bring : just what you are comfortable with.

Bruges is a medieval town (spoiled partly by modern stuff): you can use wide angle there, but also telephoto in order to isolate details.
Sights to see? It's not that big : you can do everything.

Certainly don't forget the area of the Beguinage and the "Lake of Love" (Minnewater en Begijnhof).
If you are into old masters, there is a great museum (Gruuthuuse).
If you are into beer, there are a few breweries with bar.

Something that looks like a tourist trap but really is worthwhile, is taking a boat ride to look at the sights from another angle.

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In reply to RoelHendrickx, Sep 4, 2012

Just brilliant. That's EXACTLY why I got in photography in the first place - time travel. We've all seen B&W pictures of our dads and grandads as they got older. And lets not forget our own annual school photos.

I do a similar thing with a friend of mine from my University days. We call it the "One year on" photos. We started in june 1990 - and we are still going. We don't always take the picture in June - we do it whenever we can meet up - provided we do it at some point during the year. We take the same picture, on the same bridge over the M11 motorways in South Woodford, London. This year (in November) will be our 23rd photo. We went digital in 2005. It would take me some time to scan in the older photos and organise all our 23 pictures. Maybe some day.

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In reply to RoelHendrickx, Sep 4, 2012

I feel older just looking at the series. Time travel indeed. Nice images of attractive siblings throught the years. The closest I could come would be Christmas morning shots, but they are not together. This is an idea I should have had many years ago. Time to start a new tradition. Looks like you may have to also since it will not be much longer before it won't be their first day of school, just an early September shot.
Thanks for sharing.

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In reply to RoelHendrickx, Sep 4, 2012

I wish I had done that! I took tons of pictures of my kids, but none like that. What a great way to track the changes--and boy, they do change! I used to say they seemed to disappear, and were replaced.....

Thanks for sharing these. Your children are beautiful.

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In reply to RoelHendrickx, Sep 4, 2012

I always thought my wife's snapshots would long out live my "artsy" shots - simply because they are family. Looks like you have found a good way around that

Touching in a very family way.

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Great images, Roel, fantastic idea. We've only been doing it for the past five or so years, but I hope to continue in the future.

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That is way too cool, Roel. Is really neat to see the progression, or regression, given the posting order. Have never done anything like this, but at the house I grew up in, we kept track of height for all the kids. It is still in my father's house, after 48 years. I led the race up until about 8 or so years ago when one of my nephews passed me by.
I hope your children appreciate what you have going here.
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Brad Ross wrote:

That a great series, what I like is the subtle turn back in time with each successive image. Gradually growing younger with each image.

Did you ever read "Time's Arrow" by Martin Amis?

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You should be very proud of them. They are really growing up nicely.
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RoelHendrickx wrote:

Bobusa wrote:

Looks like you got some great kids there. Thanks for sharing! Maybe I can time-laps some gear or cars, no kids though.

Any new projects coming up? I'm going to Bruges (Belgium) on Friday for a well-deserved short break until Tuesday. Any ideas for best places/hours/gear? Thanks!

I don't know about any gear shops in Bruges.
As for which gear to bring : just what you are comfortable with.

Bruges is a medieval town (spoiled partly by modern stuff): you can use wide angle there, but also telephoto in order to isolate details.
Sights to see? It's not that big : you can do everything.

Certainly don't forget the area of the Beguinage and the "Lake of Love" (Minnewater en Begijnhof).
If you are into old masters, there is a great museum (Gruuthuuse).
If you are into beer, there are a few breweries with bar.

Something that looks like a tourist trap but really is worthwhile, is taking a boat ride to look at the sights from another angle.

Thanks for that. Really appreciate the tips. Should be fun next weekend and the weather forecast looks great! One of my goals is to phothograph either early (blue hour) or late (golden hour) for best lighting. I'll try to share some images when I return.
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In reply to RoelHendrickx, Sep 4, 2012

Hi:

I am such a big fan of taking family pictures and these are outstanding. Pictures that make your buttons pop off, because they are what being a parent is all about.

You and your wife must be very proud.

Congratulations.

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Good series of shots. So interesting to watch them grow frame by frame.

Our family took a group shot of everyone at a certain spot on Wasaga Beach at the end of every summer holiday together. But now the kids have jobs, school, cooler things to do, and we've passed on it the last couple seasons. Seeing your photos makes me think we should start it up again.

Cheers,

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