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Fotography


Fotography is one of my interest that I try to follow in my free time. I am generally very broadly interested, but there are of course some things I do and others that I don't. I work mainly with natural light (mostly because I can't get the flashes and lamps to work for me), and prefer to modify my scenes rather than my photos (don't have a photoshop on my computer, all editing is done with gimp,…  (read more)

Bonn underground

17 Mar 2013 307
A pedestrial tunnel under the railway

Misty Stones in the River Rhine

29 Oct 2012 348
Taken for Active Assignment Weekly: Water as Fluid What it took: ---------------------- I always wanted to take some long times exposures of flowing water so the assignment was my excuse to slip out of home when the kids were asleep and take some photos. It was a cold night with a constant soft drizzle from above which made the equipment and me wet in no time and made the stones rather slippery. Add some fierce gushes of wind to the picture. Many pictures turned out blurry, probably because the tripod was shaking in the breeze. I decided to go with what I got and not try for a better photo when my hands went from numb to stinging and the risk of dropping the camera into the river seemed higher than the chanceof getting another good photo. The blue lines above are lights of a ship passing by. This river is like a water-highway with a lot of traffic and actually a considerable current. Not many waves, though. So I waited for ships to pass by for waves to achieve this misty look and atmosphere. This is a 30sec exposure at ISO 100, brightened up a little in pp. ****Edit**** There are no blue lines anymore because I cropped again. Thanks for the suggestions! The original version can be found in my photostream, I included it in a comment below.

Rhein bei Nacht

29 Oct 2012 358
Finally decided how I want to pp the pictures that I took the other night, and think I like this one best.

night at the river 025

29 Oct 2012 283
cropped, otherwise sooc Can't quite decide which one of them I like best.

Invisible Rope Walkers, Big and Small

10 Sep 2012 470
Taken for Active Assignment Weekly: Sep 3 - Sep 10: Big & Small I would like you to photograph something big along with something small. Keep the subjects similar, although they do not at all have to be identical. For example, don't show a big car and a small dog as they are not similar at all. But a large car, with a small hot wheels would work much better. What it took: The hardest thing was to find time to do this. I then tried different angles, different trousers, hung differently, and tried different lenses (Canon, Tamron, Lensbaby, Pinhole). I ended up with my standard lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. In the end this is pretty much sooc. Adjusted tones and brightness in raw conversion and turned it around.

big and small feet

10 Sep 2012 1 560
Taken for Active Assignment Weekly: Sep 3 - Sep 10: Big & Small I would like you to photograph something big along with something small. Keep the subjects similar, although they do not at all have to be identical. For example, don't show a big car and a small dog as they are not similar at all. But a large car, with a small hot wheels would work much better. What it took: Making time for taking pics is the hardest part at the moment. I quickly tried to snap a couple of photos this morning. The idea still hung around from the monthly assignment when I had my little girl's feet in the pic. This time it is little boy together with hubby. Little girl was in there too, but too much in motion. I was fighting motion blur anyway and the blur won the fight once again. Still I am quite satisfied with the overall feel, I guess. Other than a crop and B/W conversion with a channel mixer setting this is sooc.

blume 001

16 Aug 2012 1 374
Taken for AAW, Monthly Assignment for August 2012: Flowers A little daisy presented between my little girl's toes. What it took: Not much, this is sooc other than a crop, no preparations. The main difficulty was to hold her in a position that made her hold her leg still for long enough to shoot any pic with the flower in one piece. Focus is not as sharp as I wanted it to be, but I didn't have a chance to try again because she was getting too impatient.

Vodka 04

30 Jun 2012 2 2 357
Initially taken for Flickr Group Active Assignment Weekly: Minimalism/KISS What it took: This was done in a lightbox, with my raw-converter doing some magic on the color curve. The image is not really B&W, just turned out there are no colors in here.

Rain

29 Jun 2012 262
Taken for Flickr Group Active Assignment Weekly: Minimalism/KISS What it took: More than I like to admit: I had the idea to make a photo of a raindrop right when I read the assignment. Today it was raining, so I thought my chance had come. However, the wind blew in an unfortunate direction, and the few photos I made showed how dirty the window was more than any raindrops. So I cleaned the window first, added water then, and re-shot. I had something different in mind, wanted to do a few fat drops rather than this spray. But the water just wouldn't want to "rain" like I wanted it to. Turned to black and white in conversion from raw. Not as if the original had many colors - but I thought a reduced color space would be in tune with the assignment.

Hummus to Be

05 May 2012 337
Taken for Flickr Group Active Assignment Weekly for April 30-May 7: Before Cooking Now that I am "Focused on Food" I would like to see what all of you use to prepare "Your" favorite meal. Is it strawberries, prime Kobe beef or is it that colorful cardboard box containing a Weight-Watcher's meal..??. The thrust here is to show the ingredient(s) of the meal "BEFORE" it is prepared and/or cooked. Restriction: NOT in Black and White..I want to see those delicious colors. Dare: Consume it and tell us why it is your favorite... ---------------- What it took: ---------------- I struggled with lighting this time. I generally prefer natural light, and set this up directly under the kitchen window. Wanted a small aperture for a sufficiently large depth of field. It was so dark all day, however, that I also had to bring in a studio light (reflecting from ceiling in an angle) and as this still didn't suffice I also mounted a flash (bounced from ceiling too). Adjusted several things while converting from Raw to JPG: still upped the light a little, adjusted linearity of gamma correction, and color temperature. Here's the recipe: Let 125g chick peas sit in water over night. On next day cook chick peas in fresh water for about an hour until they are soft. Meanwhile chop an onion. Drain the water, and add a tablespoon of oil, a teaspoon of cumin, a bit of cayenne, and onions to chickpeas. Roast until onion are clear. A short while before finishing add a table spoon of sesame. (That is my secret ingredient - not tahini, roasted sesame!) Put into a high, narrow bowl, add 2-3 cloves of garlic and 125ml olive oil and mix / blend until smooth, add water if desired. Why I like it? Couldn't say, I guess I like the faint taste of nuts of the chick peas. And I very much like sesame. Also I like that I can use this as some kind of base on my bread to which I add more pastes and cheeses.

Kalaha in evening sun

30 Apr 2012 314
Taken for the Flickr Group Active Assignment Weekly: "April 23-30: Games & Toys This week I want you to take a shot of one or more games/toys. It may be a single object, a composition of many or some people that are playing but must be a proper game/toy. Dare: Go for an old style game/toy. " -------------------------------- What it took: -------------------------------- There are a lot of board and card games in this house. This is one of the oldest in origin that I could find. With this kind if board you could play a lot of slightly different games, called "bean games" because they were mostly played with beans. But really you could take anything that is of a comfortable size for your hands. Actually you don't really need such a board but could just form it in sand or the like. I find it hard to explain it in a few words but I'll try. In the beginning there are 4 beans in each of the depressions. Each player "owns" the six depressions in from of him and the beans therein. A move consists in emptying one of your depressions completely and put the beans to the adjacent depressions one into each in clockwise direction. When the last bean falls into a depression that only has one or two enemy beans, they are captured. - There are more detailed rules but that is the essential move. The player with most captured beans wins. Our game came with a selection of semiprecious stones but since it was originally played with beans I made some shots with black beans, and black-eyes beans, as well as with these peas. In advance I assumed than the contrast of the board with the black beans would be best but it turned out that the peas looked most natural. I laid them out and started to play against myself to reach a less symmetric situation for the photo that is still realistic. Natural light of the sun at sunset through a window. I don't remember what adjustments exactly I made on this shot since I edited a couple of pictures. In any case it can't have been much change. Maybe I adjusted the gamma a little; but could also be straight out of camera.

Shopping Cart

04 Apr 2012 1 1 461
Foto originally taken for Flickr Group Active Assignment Weekly: April 2-9: Out of Place: Find the scene with an out of place subject. ------------------------------------ What it took: Took a walk at the river Rhine. Wanted to climb down into the riverbed (water level is low at the moment) which I cannot do pushing a pram. So in the few minutes I had between putting the kids to bed and the sun going down, I left hubby with babies and almost ran down to the river. Shot fotos of a couple of things, like rope and other flotsome that looked nice and weathered but wouldn't do for the assignment. - And then I spotted the shopping cart and knew that this was it for me for this week. Whether it got washed up there and someone erected it, or if someone transported it there - it must have cost some muscle: the riverbed is deep down and the bank rather steep there, I had to climb some steep stairs and then walk over heavy stones to get there. There are other views of it in my photostream if you are interested, one showing more ambient landscape and one of the cart from close. The fair in the background is on the other side of the river on the "schäl sick" (ie the wrong side) as it is called in regional dialect. Adjusted curves in GIMP

Haunted

31 Mar 2012 286
Long time exposure. Me myself in the picture with a candle

Haunted

31 Mar 2012 235
Long time exposure. Me myself in the picture with a candle

Haunted

31 Mar 2012 267
Long time exposure. Me myself in the picture with a candle

Haunted

31 Mar 2012 224
Long time exposure. Me myself in the picture with a candle in a green glass

Haunted Library Diptych 2

31 Mar 2012 3 1 358
The picture was taken for the Flickr group active assignment weekly. This assignment was: Like Night & Day (Diptych): Your assignment is to take a photo of something (or someone) during the day, and then take a photo of that something or someone at night. (Both photos must be taken in the same location.) Then, bring both of the photos together to present an interesting diptych. There are many ways to do this, as seen below. Restriction: No more than two photos in your final image, and the photos must be taken of the same thing(s) in the same location or of the same person in that location. Doesn’t have to be the same exact spot, but please give us a sense that you are showing us both the day and night side of something similar. If it’s a person, he/she doesn’t have to pose the same. Also, you may not make one or both of the photos "look" like a night or day photo with photoshop; one must be taken during the day and one at night. Dare: There are so many ways to be creative here. So I dare you to be creative! What it took: --------------------- The first idea that came to mind for the assignment was to show and use that the light and thus the atmosphere of a scene is different at day and night. But then that seemed a little obvious approach to me, and I wanted to add something more. After racking my brain for a couple of days the fact that at night I can shoot long time exposures came to mind and thus the idea of creating a ghost. Took a couple of shots with different lights. Had to experiment how long to stay in a place to get a good effect. I considered these for entering but in the end they didn't make it.

Haunted Library Diptych 1

31 Mar 2012 2 302
At daytime an innocent library a nighttime shot showed that it is actually haunted! --------------------------------------- Picture Taken for the group active assignment weekly This assignment was: Like Night & Day (Diptych) Your assignment is to take a photo of something (or someone) during the day, and then take a photo of that something or someone at night. (Both photos must be taken in the same location.) Then, bring both of the photos together to present an interesting diptych. There are many ways to do this, as seen below. Restriction: No more than two photos in your final image, and the photos must be taken of the same thing(s) in the same location or of the same person in that location. Dare: There are so many ways to be creative here. So I dare you to be creative! What it took: --------------------- The first idea that came to mind for the assignment was to show and use that the light and thus the atmosphere of a scene is different at day and night. But then that seemed a little obvious approach to me, and I wanted to add something more. After racking my brain for a couple of days the fact that at night I can shoot long time exposures came to mind and thus the idea of creating a ghost. Took a couple of shots with different lights. Had to experiment how long to stay in a place to get a good effect. From the diptychs I created this one made it into the group pool If you are interested: There is a set in my photostream with other ghost images here . The exif data attached to the diptych is that of the daytime picture. The nighttime picture was shot at an ISO speed of 100 and an exposure of 30 seconds. I am holding a candle in my hand which was the major light source. Very little other light came from a lantern at the street and some light from the corridor outside the room.

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