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Last few weeks I had the opportunity (thanks to Formatt Hitech) to test the Firecrest 100×100 filter holder on light leakage when shooting long exposures. According to Formatt Hitech the revolutionary top and bottom covers almost completely eliminate light leakage when shooting long exposures. Herewith a short evaluation of my tests.

Dutch Heritage – f 9 / 249 s / ISO 125 / 24 mm. 

Light leakage could occur when shooting (long exposure) photographs. Unwanted light that enters in due to different causes like the viewfinder, sides on the camera, tilt-shift lens or filter system (stacked filters). Light is much like water, if there is a gap it will find it’s way in somehow. For more information about light leakage in general, Joel Tjintjelaar wrote a post on his website

Tested the holder with(out) end caps and outer case, one Firecrest 100×100 16 stops ND filter, multiple angels, exposure times between four and seven minutes under various weather conditions.

When shooting without end caps and outer case (maximum sun and bright sky) there were traces of light visible caused by a small gap between the filter and the built in low-profile gasket ring. Also adjusting (tightening) the filter slots did not solve the issue completely in this case. The gasket ring should be completely covered by the filter to prevent any leakage with this barrier. Of course the holder is not intended for use without outer case and solid or vented end caps. Shooting without was to find out how the different barriers perform. Another copy of the holder did not have any traces of light visible because there was not a gap at all between the filter and the gasket. Probably there was an issue with the initial tested holder. As it was the holder used for the test, I want to mention the leakage issue.

 When using the interchangeable end caps (solid) and outer case there were no traces of light visible at all. However, when taking a close look, there are very small gaps due to the interchangeable end caps option. Despite of this there were no light traces visible with the two barriers of light protection. As the holder is designed to use with various filters and end caps the holder cannot completely eliminate light leakage.

In general, to completely eliminate light leakage there has to be no gaps at all between the filter(s) and the lens. When using an additional filter like a 150×100 grad, there even will be more to count with because of the leakage and reflections that could occur between filters. Using a gasket between the filters could create an extra barrier. Cover up (places where light can gets in) completely is the only way to achieve the best results.

Formatt Hitech developed (with the outer case and end caps) a filter holder that almost completely eliminates light leakage. They researched what their customers wanted and I think they did a good job! For more information visit their website

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Awarded three Honorable Mentions at the Neutral Density Photography Awards 2016. Category Landscape the entry “Val d’Orcia” and “Belvedere”, Category Architecture the entry “The Eye”.

jas0017rndawardsND Awards aims to promote photography and photographers. The idea is to create new opportunities to present most valuable work to the audiences all over the world. To build a place where photographers can show different points of view and thrive through competition. The judging panel will comprise highly acclaimed industry professionals, including: gallery owners, publishers, editors and renowned photographers.

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Silberturm (English: Silver Tower) on the right, formerly known as Dresdner-Bank-Hochhaus and Jürgen-Ponto-Hochhaus, is a 32-storey, 166.3 m (546 ft) skyscraper in the Bahnhofsviertel district of Frankfurt, Germany. It was the tallest building in Germany from 1978 until 1990. Until 2009 it was part of the headquarters of Dresdner Bank, one of Germany’s largest banks until its merger with Commerzbank in 2009. As of 2012 the main tenant is Deutsche Bahn.

Built by Bilfinger Berger, the Silberturm is located at Jürgen-Ponto-Platz. The square is named after Jürgen Ponto, the former CEO of Dresdner Bank who was murdered in 1977 by members of the Red Army Faction (RAF).

The story height of the standard floors is 4.2 m, with a floor area of 1,900 square meters. The highrise is founded on a 3400 m² reinforced concrete slab that is 4.0 m thick. In plan view, the tower consists of two large, rounded squares which are arranged with a longitudinal offset of several meters. In the resulting niches on each side, two elongated rounded rectangles are located, housing the lifts and emergency staircases. The theme of the rounded corners is repeated throughout the building, for example in the windows and pillars, and information signs on the inside.

source: Wikipedia®

On the left there is a structure about 3 m high with flowing water. Due to the perspective it looks like a much taller structure.

When creating this image i had in mind things like (see things in the right) perspective, leading lines (to a certain goal), focus (on what is important), balance (as a weight between things) and contrast (things are not always black and white, there is a lot in the middle).

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LOS ANGELES 2016/11/08 – Andre Struik of The Netherlands was presented with the 11th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Honorable Mention in the category of Architectural non-professional at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, November 5, 2016.


The live online gala was attended by over 10,500 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.

11th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from National Geographic, Washington DC; The Armory Show, New York; TBWA, Paris; Victoria Film Festival, Canada; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; Studio Hansa, London; Fratelli Alinari, Florence; Australian Centre for Photography; Young & Rubicam, Lima; and Anthem Worldwide/Marque Branding, Sydney who honored Spider Fellows with 627 coveted title awards in 31 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,556 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Andre Struik ‘s “The Eye,” an exceptional image entered in the Architectural category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Honorable Mention.” Jury member Paola Anselmi, interdisciplinary curator and arts writer in Australia added, “As always it was a real treat to be part of the program. Congratulations to all involved and to all the remarkable photographers who gift us new insights into the world and ourselves.” “A truly amazing set of entries, so many deserving winners,” added Marcel Wijnen, Creative Director at Anthem Worldwide.

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.

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Architectural Frankfurt!

Image taken at the Trade fair grounds area in Frankfurt, Germany.

The MesseTurm on the left is a 63-storey, 257 m skyscraper. The renowned architect Helmut Jahn masterly combined traditional design and decorative elements.

The MesseTurm itself is a modern interpretation of American Art Déco high-rise buildings. Its architectural structure resembles an antique column with a prominent base, slender tower and a distinctive peak in the shape of a pyramid at the top. By this MesseTurm is granted with timeless elegance on an international level. The buildings illuminated three storey high pyramid is a beacon for Frankfurt.

The red colored façade is a tribute to the traditional construction material used over centuries in Frankfurt – the sandstone from the river Main. All major buildings – as well as Frankfurt’s landmark the MesseTurm – feature this material.


The building on the right called Kastor is part of The unequal twin towers and were named after the Dioscuri in Greek mythology, Castor and Pollux. Kastor measures 95 meters over 22 floors and offers 28,800 m2 (310,000 sq ft) of office space. Kastor and Pollux are separated by a small park with a light sculpture by the Swiss artist Christian Herdeg, about 70 meters apart on the square of the unit.

The towers are located at Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage, between the Messeturm and the Tower 185. The towers were constructed between 1994 and 1997. Before that the site had been the headquarters of Deutsche Bahn.

It was designed by New York architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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