Dr. Strangelove…

Today at work we had a last cigarette break, when I saw two girls coming from the opposite office building. Before they headed to the bus stop, each of them took a very slim camera device (almost looked like phones!), and held it at arms length, carefully framing for the bank buildings in the background.

They seemed to be very happy with what they’ve got, so I thought I had to try that technique myself. And so, while joining my colleagues upstairs in the lift, I tried what I just saw:

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Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hold the Camera Correctly

Wow – that worked! I even look almost as good as Wallace!

I was so happy with my newly found technique that I wanted to apply it as soon as I got home again, so I tried to take Zuleikha’s portrait. But strangely, this time the outcome wasn’t what I really expected:

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Hmmm – that doesn’t look like my daughter…

I shook my head in disbelief, and said: “Seems like I can never again take your portrait!”. But fortunately our daughter is much smarter than me, and she suggested to simply stand behind her, and to try again. So this is what I did:

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Aaahh – THAT’s how it works!

Wow, cool! Sure, as a photographer you have to respect and to stand behind your models in any way you can, so I’m glad this worked out so well. Will keep this in mind for future portrait sessions!

And what did we learn from this? Well, maybe that we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously? Have some fun, and make your people laugh…

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Two photographers, two cameras

I’ve dropped my Agfa colour slide film for development at the local drugstore today, and Zuleikha and me played around with some digital cameras a bit. I took this of her:

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Zuleikha, taking my picture. Mörfelden-Walldorf, 2016

And she’s aiming Mitchie’s Olympus E-PL5 camera with my Zuiko Digital 50mm/2 macro lens at me. Here’s one of those she took:

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Me, with camera. Mörfelden Walldorf, 2016. Photographer: Zuleikha

But her “Photo of the day” is a different one. Won’t show it here; you’ll have to read Zuleikha’s blog to see it (and please comment there in case you like it).

Now I’ll load Agfa APX100 black & white film into my OM-2.

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Cameramen

It all began when my colleague Arno asked me about a camera. And this time his question was about a real camera, a Sony A6000.

Well, I told him, that one is at least as good as mine – its autofocus should be way faster especially on moving subjects, the sensor is APS-C, so a bit bigger, dynamic range could be better, whatever – you know the drill. No built in image stabilization was the only contra argument I could memorize without comparing actual spec sheets. Oh, and – how many – 20 Megapixels? Anyhow, more than enough of these as well. The fact that it’s not too expensive – in the same ballpark like an E-M10 or -Mark2 – was an additional plus. Everybody’s darling, I told him, and that he should get one if he saw a good offer.

A week went by, then another one, and finally I asked if he bought it, and he said no. He still wanted to make financial plans for this year together with his CFO 😉

In the end I decided to lend him my Olympus E-PL5 together with its kit zoom and the VF-2 electronic viewfinder. That would still leave the E-M10 in my bag, so I could live with that for a while.

Well, it never actually happened. He was about to take the camera – which he put into a bag first – into his car after having a smoke together with me, but he forgot to take his car keys, so we stood outside, smoking, bag with camera in his hand.

“See?”, he asked, adding “I guess I would never take that camera with me, it’s just too big, you cannot put it into a pocket, so it would probably stay at home all of the time”.

Ok I thought, thinking about alternatives. If my camera was out of the game, then so was the A6000 he had asked about, and I recommended a Sony RX-100 instead.

“Ask Basti”, I said, “he has one. First generation, they should be quite affordable by now”. Short internet check when we were up again – yep, slightly above 300€, fits. And Basti offered to bring his camera as well, so Arno could have a look before making a decision.

And that is what happened today. “Perfect”, was Arno’s comment, “that is the camera I want”. And so during our lunch break we took some photos:

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Cameraman (my colleague Arno, trying Basti’s – or Nadine’s? – camera on me)

He really seemed to like that thing. While I took one photo of him, he took three of me (and several more):

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Don’t directly compare these with the one I took. The Sony pictures are out of camera, while I “developed” mine from the Olympus raw file (.orf). Plus I had the 45mm/1.8 M.Zuiko lens on my camera – the Sony has a very good Zeiss zoom, but it can’t be opened that wide – and it’s of course way shorter to fit the 1″ sensor inside that camera.

Still, pretty good detail as far as I can tell – and these should have detail, 20 Megapixels of them. More than enough, like I told him.

Always glad if I can help. And thanks to Nadine and Basti who helped as well.

Thanks for reading.

Impressions from bowling

Today (Tuesday) Zuleikha invited some of her friends to her birthday party. She wanted to go bowling again, so this is what the kids did. I took some photos, most of which I cannot show without getting allowance for that first, so here are only two:

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Impressionen vom Bowling

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Impressionen vom Bowling

As you can probably see, the hosts dimmed the lights and switched on disco lights, and the kids were absolutely delighted about that, but for photography that was of course a challenge. I used the brightest lens I had (Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/1.4) wide open and the camera at ISO 1600, and still I’ve got a lot of movement blur. But that often adds to the vibe, because the kids were moving simultaneously and most of their time, so in lots of photos I have exactly one detail (face, hand, ball etc.) sharp.

Just uploaded a few of them into my dropbox for the other parents, and of course for the kids as well.

We all think we’ve had a great time, and hopefully all of Zuleikha’s guests enjoyed it also. Should anyone of you read this, then thanks again for coming; it was a pleasure to have you around.

Thanks for reading.

The force awakens

We’re back from Cologne on Zuleikha’s birthday. I took some photos which are only interesting to our relatives plus one portrait of someone who still has to approve it for public display, otherwise I can’t show that as well.

But I still got a portrait of a robot called “BB-8“:

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BB-8

Cute little thing which can be controlled by a smartphone app, or which can explore the area autonomously. I’ve heard it can do some other things, but haven’t really dug deeper into it until now, since for a toy it’s pretty expensive.

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Pictures from paradise

My colleague Arno and his wife are on Ko Samui, and our colleague Nabil is on Phuket. Some ten days ago, Arno sent a picture which he took with his phone, writing that he doesn’t really want to come back…

Reminded me of our last time in Malaysia, which is five years ago already. Well, paradise, yes, maybe. For us. But first and foremost, it’s hot. You’re sweating without doing much:

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Zuleikha, Malaysia 2010

So after noon, you sometimes just sit around, feeding keropok to the cats:

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The kids – here are some of our relatives – play and pose, but even under the trees in some other kampung further North, it’s hot – and at night, you’ll get eaten up by mosquitoes:

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Finally, here are two portraits I made during that holiday (I’ve shown them before). The first one is of Comel who is now married and has a baby boy herself:

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Comel, July 2010

And the second one is of her brother, who sadly isn’t amongst us anymore:

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Mohammed Haniff, July 2010

So is Malaysia, or is Thailand paradise? Like I wrote above: Well, paradise, yes, maybe. For us. But that is only because first these people – relatives or not – will do everything they can to make it paradise for you, and second we’re ignoring most of their problems.

Have to go back there soon…

Blog news

WordPress 4.4 “Clifford” is out, and together with it came the Twenty Sixteen theme which I’m using here. I changed the almost black border to a white one, everything else is standard until now.

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Zuleikha changed her layout, too as you can see above. And Mitchie is also working on an old/new page, see below…

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Click on the screenshots to visit their pages.

Thanks for reading.

P.S.: still playing around with that theme… so be prepared for further changes 🙂