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Portrait I

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Finally, this is my first portrait here! It’s from last summer/autumn and shows my sister lying in a fern wood. I was suprised at how pleasant the tonality of the fern worked out when I saw the final picture. It was shot in a very thin forrest and apparently the tree tops above formed a soft, small spotlight on the ground. This made for a very three-dimensional, sculpting light! Kudos to my sister for the idea to pose there and then!

Brenizer I

Brenizer I

Today I had my first couple shooting (yey!) and I was early, so I visited the location before they got there. I took that time to take some shots which I wanted to try to stich together to a Brenizer. Fortunately, it turned out better than I thought!

Although the effect is very subtle, it is noticeable and I damn myself for not trying that again with the couple sitting on that bench! Well, anyway, no I know that it works. And I have to say, that look is exactly what I was/am always looking for. Background separation + wide-angle = King! Luckily it is also realizable with very few shots (I think this photo consists of 13 or 14 shots) and I urge you to try it out if you haven’t. There are many examples to be found on the Net where people stitch over 50 or 100 or even 200 shots but that’s really just madness and probably not very practicable when you’re in the middle of a shooting. Unless you can guarantee flawless outcome.

Wooden cliff

Wooden cliff

This one’s from the same morning as Holly, so a bit older as well. But I like its gradation very much, these little sparkling highlithgts coming out of the black depths. Ahh, if only the background was a bit blurrier and the point of sharpness tack on … I guess then this would be hanging in my room already in 40 x 60cm. That’s what I have to improve about my photography now: Rule out all these little flaws and technical blunders and make less higher quality photographs instead of more lower quality ones. And I think that’s every photographers aim whose still in the learning phase.

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And this one could have used slightly more space on the right side. Well, I’m working on it!

Down in the grass

Down in the grass

„What’s that looney doing down there in the grass?“ – That’s probably what all the people thougth who passed me by while I was crouched down at the roadside looking at plain grass. Unfortunately I didn’t have my tripod with me which would have a) made it more obvious what I had been doing down there and b) allowed me to compose this shot more carefully and try myself at focus-stacking. As the weather was rather on the dark side I already had to go up with the ISO and it wasn’t possible to close the aperture further for increased DOF. Well, I’ll try it again as soon as there is fresh, green grass. I hope it won’t take long anymore!

Lovely

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This one is right up my sleeve. One of the pictures where I loved the colours right from the start, hardly changed anything about it other than minor tonal value corrections. I think there is a slightly analog feel to it. Quick tip: Shoot from the hip from time to time. Makes your composition and perspective a bit more random and can turn out surprisinlgy beautiful as, in my humble opinion, is being shown by the above photograph.

When the police came…

When the police came...

I shot this from the roof top of one of the buildings where I worked last summer. There I was on the company site with my brother and two friends (one girl) and my brother came up with the idea of shooting some pictures up on the rooftop. Funnily enough there was an old ladder standing around so we used that to get to the ladder that was built onto to building’s side.

We all climbed on the roof and looked around, took some photos and so on (it was no good, I was a douche photography-wise, the weather was a douche weather-wise, everything was douche) – and some minutes later two police cars came up the road and, I think, eight policemen came out of it and directed us to come down.

Apparently, a resident had called them because they thought we were about to rob the place. Well, fair enough, we hadn’t thought of that … We didn’t do anything seriously illegal though (apart from climbing onto someone’s elses property) and the police didn’t press charges but simply led us off the place. At least I’ve learned.