Well the weather predictions usually are right as long as they predict “bad” weather. Which means we’ve finally had some rain. I woke up late on this last day of my week off, and we didn’t go out – except me when having a smoke on the veranda. I took this photo with the camera set to black & white, and cropped it into a 16:10 format so it can fill my screen:
Got my image taken last Tuesday by another fellow photographer. His name is Sebastian Schön (you can write German Umlauts using the original vocal followed by an ‘e’ if you don’t have that on your keyboard, so in this case, ‘Sebastian Schoen’ would be ok as well).
He has an impressive collection of portraits and made some book already, and you can also see some of his work at a big local magazine called “Stern” (=star). He was published in their Stern View Spotlight No. 81, from page 29. See more photos from Sebastian there.
He made this photo of me using his Nikon D800 with what looked like a Nikkor 85mm/1.8G lens – didn’t look that close.
Thanks Sebastian – cannot wait to see more of your great portraits!
Had the camera on -0.3EV when I took this, but it had to be corrected to +0.5EV during post. Even at ISO 800, this push of +0.8 steps still gave a nice result. The camera was set to black & white without a simulated filter, and using RawTherapee I toned the image a bit with pushing the lights of the ‘b’ curve in LAB mode to +18 – in my opinion that fits the ‘old fashioned’ look of a b&w image taken with a 40mm-equivalent lens:
Tuna the cat, sleeping on Zuleikha’s bed, April 2014
Wow. A week off isn’t much – these days are going much too fast. It’s Thursday already, and today we even didn’t leave the house, tho it was warmer outside than in.
I played around with the “kit zoom” of my Olympus E-PL5 camera, taking about the equivalent of a roll of film (about 35 shots or so). Some I can’t show, but here are two from today:
Zuleikha, April 2014
Long way down
Both taken with ISO 800 and the lens as wide open as the focal length allowed. These lenses have the best price-/performance-ratio you can get, and for a photographer who’s just beginning, they’re possibly the best way to get into it all. Very convenient, and more than good enough, especially for a walk-around lens during daytime. I don’t use mine that often, since I prefer my fixed focal length lenses with 14, 25, and 45mm, but this one almost covers the range of these three. Just get one of these if you plan to buy a camera. It might be everything you really need.
It’s Wednesday morning already, and I’m still awake. Which isn’t unusual when I have a week off like now, but because yesterday during daytime I didn’t take a single photo (instead several of me were taken – which I don’t have yet), I decided to leave the flat way after dinner for a short walk around town.
I did take some photos, but looking at this night’s sky was what amazed me the most. So here are two photos from around the old and new protestant churches – I did take one from the first place already some time ago, but still:
The sky above 1/2
The sky above 2/2
Both taken with the Panasonic Lumix 14mm/2.5 lens on my Olympus E-PL5 camera. Slightly auto-cropped due to rotation correction. I had to manually focus the lens for the second one, because it was much darker in reality than what you see here. But with magnification in the electronic viewfinder that still worked quite well, even if that “Live View” appeared to be a bit noisy – yes, it was that dark.
Easter was quiet & easy this year, at least for us. We had thought about visiting my dad, but he didn’t feel too well and asked us to rather come another time. So yesterday we were invited for a barbecue in the garden of some friends, where I took these two:
Tic tac toe
And today we’ve followed a tip of one of our neighbours and went to Gernsheim, which is some 20km south of Gross-Gerau in the direction of Mannheim. Here are three photos from this short trip:
River Rhine at Gernsheim
Not the bridge of Avignon – we can do the same…
Ferry over the Rhine, in Gernsheim
The two photos from yesterday were taken with the Olympus 45mm/1.8 lens, the three from today with the PanaLeica 25mm/1.4 and a polarizer.
Of course these can’t compete with what Thomas shows. But since I had less than an hour for that lunch break, and tho the first one isn’t “critically” sharp (it’s hand-held with 1/13 of a second with an equivalent of 300mm at ISO 5000), it’s a beginning. Should do this more often, like Mitchie (my wife) also does.
Inspirational article, and if you like flower and nature photography, he’s well worth a look.
The weather forecast is: April weather, and most of Germany has it already as we’re told in the news. So today I decided to make use of the sunlight we were still having around here, and to take a walk. I took a camera and a lens, or to be a bit more specific, my E-PL5 “Pen” type camera with its 14-42mm “kit zoom” lens. And all of the following photos were taken at 17mm: