Mirror?

I haven’t done much this weekend – in fact it almost didn’t feel like a weekend at all, since I was busy with the server again (and still am). But in between I could at least take another photo of our cat. Not sure what she saw there – herself, or some potential prey through her own dark silhouette?

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Mirror?, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

Cropped it into a 3:2 aspect ration like from Kleinbildfilm, and used midtoning and also a HP5+ film simulation from RawTherapee.

As always, thanks for viewing.

First snow

What a surprise. When I left home this morning, everything looked pretty normal. But when I arrived at work (only 18.5km one way), we had first snow. And this is how that looked like (quick out-of-camera pictures without any post processing):

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First snow at work, Frankfurt 2019
First snow
First snow at work, Frankfurt 2019

That latter one was hand-held at about 1/5th of a second (first one taken with the camera on a table tripod).

As always, thanks for viewing. And now have a nice Santa Friday 🙂

Tuna the cat, from November 30th, 2019

My proclaimed “month of the kit zoom” will end today, and I haven’t taken many photos this month. So when I saw our cat on that towel beside my computer desk (in our living room), I thought let’s take a picture…

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Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

So – that’s my kit zoom at 17mm again, a bit like 35mm on film (tho the format is 4:3 instead of 3:2).

This evening I’ll go and play the bass somewhere, but I don’t know if anyone will take photos of that using my camera – let’s see.

And as always, thanks for reading, and for viewing.

New desktop background

I just set this as my background at home:

Background picture on my 1920×1200 monitor

It’s this photo which I took myself in 2018 in Paris, with the standard lens (25mm/1.4) on my Olympus E-M10 camera. Looks black & white but isn’t. The topic is Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre as seen from Musée d’Orsay.

As always, thanks for viewing, and for reading.

Tuna the cat, on November 18th, 2019

Tuna the cat from today – short before she got about 3/4 of a chicken leg…

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Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

I took this with the help of one of studio strobes, “bounced” into the corner above my computer desk. So I had 1/160th of a second at f/5.6, and with ISO200 (the camera’s native base ISO). The lens was at 17mm again like in my last photo. Oh, and this time no post processing at all – straight out of camera .orf to .tif to .jpg. Added only meta information to it (like a title, and some key words).

As always, thanks for viewing.

Piano practice on a dull Sunday mid November

I haven’t taken many photographs this month yet (which for me is the month of the kit zoom if you remember that), so when Zuleikha started to play her piano I asked whether I could take a photo of it, switched on a light, and took this in black & white with a simulated orange filter at ISO 6400 with around 1/13th of a second:

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Piano practice on a dull Sunday mid November, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

My lens was set to 17mm, a focal length which I don’t have except with this zoom lens. Ideal for indoor portraits which also show some context, like the piano in this case.

As always, thanks for reading.

Mark Wallace shows how to make a Gobo

Here’s a nice and quick way how you can make interesting portraits of your friends and/or family (and I’d have everything shown except that I use Olympus cameras, not a Leica (but I have a Leica lens 🙂 )):

Use a Gobo to Shape Light for Portraits: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace

BAM! A very good explanation and demo, what Mark explains here in 10 minutes took me a bit longer… 🙂

And now try it on your own friends and family. Have fun! 🙂

Another “selfie” with the kit zoom

Took this one a few minutes ago:

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Self portrait, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

This was with the kit zoom at ~26mm and at f/5.6 using a studio strobe. Processed with Olympus Workspace, Silver Efex, and RawTherapee. Heavily cropped from 4:3 to 2:3, then to 1:1, still big enough for screens and for the web (over 2000pixels wide).

As always, thanks for viewing, and for reading.

Daily cat portrait

One of many photos of our cat, this time taken for my ‘month of the kit zoom’ series, with a focal length of 17mm at f/4. Out of camera jpg with no post processing whatsoever applied. ‘Muted’ camera profile.

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Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

Still my favourite model by far – she doesn’t pose, and nothing is in vain… 🙂

As always, thanks for viewing.

Self portrait with bass

Olympus cameras have a cool feature which is WiFi – so you can not only put photos taken with your camera to your smartphone for fast distribution, you can also use that smartphone as a remote control (and display) for your camera. Which means that you can get shots without seeing through the viewfinder or on the rear display, and without being able to reach the shutter. Cool; this opens all sorts of possibilities (like for wildlife/birds for instance).

I just used that feature a few minutes ago to take a ‘selfie’ 😉

Cropped it to a 3:2 aspect ratio, and adjusted the curves just a bit. It’s not 100% sharp because I was only lit by my monitor, had the camera on f/4 at ISO200, so the resulting exposure time was 2 seconds…

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Self portrait with bass, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

You see me with my bass in front of my computer, and with Puccini’s ‘O mio babbino caro’ on the sheet in front of me. And yes, I’m learning to play that, so it’s no fake.

As always, thanks for viewing, and for reading.