Some old photos

Here are some photos from a time when I was around age 4 to 7 (or so) – which is now more than 50 years ago. Obviously these were *not* taken by me… 😉

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Brüder

Leutasch

Leutasch

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Ulla, Hildegard, Willi & Wolfgang

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Einschulung

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Nobuyuki Kobayashi

You should have about half an hour to watch Nobuyuki Kobayashi’s “Portrait of Nature – Myriads of Gods on Platinum Palladium Prints” on Vimeo – it’s so totally worth it. Or, “yübi”, as he calls it.

This guy’s work goes far beyond what I’ll ever be able to reach and achieve, photographically.

Oh, and it helps if you understand Japanese. But you don’t have to – the video has English subtitles.

Found via Film’s not dead.

So enlarge that on your monitor, lean back, and enjoy…

More shades of grey, and three portraits in one

I’m currently re-reading EGOR’s blog, which I can only recommend to each and every photographer out there. And doing so chronologically, I’m at the moment reading his three-part post about the Leica Monochrom, starting here.

Like Mike Johnston, he suggested something like a monochrome digital camera even before it was invented. And like both of them, I support the idea of it, but I’m with Mike in that the resulting real camera is about 20 times too expensive for me, regardless of what its current happy owners might say.

And because at the moment even a shiny new Olympus Pen-F or a surely very nice Fuji X-100T (which aren’t monochrome but which have nice emulations) are also way out of my budget (hey, we just bought some tickets to Malaysia a couple of days ago, and it was about time!), I’ll have to do with what I have. And sometimes, I really like the results, like in this collague:

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Perceptions (or: how we mostly see each other)

The two pictures on the left were taken with the camera you see in the other one, so it’s both my E-M10 and my E-PL5 which share the same sensors anyway. If you want to see how these cameras translate colours into shades of grey, here’s a photo of my ColorChecker which I took yesterday:

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And I took that one short before noon under a very overcast sky:

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As always, minimal to none post processing on these, tho I always use Olympus Viewer 3 and RawTherapee to make jpgs out of the raw orf files – OV3 does pretty much the same what you can do in-camera as well. And RT sometimes adds only some Exif data like a title, and some tags…

It’s the photographer, not the camera(s), so get out and take some photos.

Thanks for reading.

This is beautiful

This. Be sure to watch the video. What a talented group of people.

Makes me think hard about Mike’s OC/OL/OY project.

P.S.: This is good advice as well, like always on Mike’s pages. I’d answer that with the lenses I have. So for me it’s about

50% portraits, or more. Lenses for these: 45mm/1.8 and 50mm/2 (also a macro lens)
40% other, more general photography. Lens: 25mm/1.4, and
10% a bit more wide, with my 14mm/2.5 lens.

For a two lens kit, I could live with the 45 and the 20mm/1.7 which Mitchie has. Or with the 45mm and an Olympus 17mm/1.8 .

A single lens? The 25mm one, definitely. Or the 20mm or the 17mm if you’re more into a slightly wider view.

How to find this info about yourself? Try exiftool. If you run Linux, it’s in your repository, so for Debian for example, it’s just an

sudo apt-get install exiftool

away. And on how to use it, it’s

man exiftool

You can do the math like this.

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A “featured” image

Never tried this until now, so I decided to have a look at blog posts with a “featured” image.

The one you see here is one of myself, but it is not a “selfie”. It was taken by Mélanie Gomez in February, two days before my birthday. She used her Nikon D800 camera and one of my studio strobes (and grey background) to make this.

Merçi encore, chère Mélanie!

Of course I had to take some of her as well. Here’s one I took using my E-PL5 with the 45mm lens, also with studio strobes:

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Mélanie Gomez, February 2015

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This. And that.

This. And that. Pick three… (but if you really want to do so, it has to be today, the offer is time-limited).

Oh, special bonus points if you guess correctly which one (or more?) I would choose. My colleague Arno lost already 😉