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Posts Tagged: october


Posts Tagged ‘october’

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Inside

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Land der Horizonte

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Into the Dawn

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Shine a Light

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Slight resemblance to Benedict Cumberbatch included for no extra charge…

Monday, October 13th, 2014

After the Rain

After the Rain

Country and vista both unreal and not,
out there yet forever ephemeral,
lost now except for a warped recollection
stored in my memory.
Sound of crows, scent of pine needles
the cold, wet cloth that makes your arms sluggish
your fingers unable to grasp the beauty of the moment.

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Restrictions – I

So, the thing is:

I am really glad we’re not limited to shooting photos onto film anymore. In fact I for myself and my photography really don’t get the whole “yay let’s go back to shooting the oldfashioned way, because it is so much harder and consequently artsier and superior and …”. I don’t. If that is how other people feel, then I am totally happy to let them feel that way and do it and I am not going to judge anyone for doing that* … but it does not hold any appeal for me. Not because I don’t understand about sometimes wanting things to be harder, as a challenge, but simply because I really don’t see sense in spending money on doing something with older, inferior equipment that I can also do with my newer, superior equipment – for free (well, now that I own it).

I do, in fact, have my old analog camera sitting in a box on the shelf, together with what remains of my (by now really old) stash of film rolls … I am told that one can do artsy things with them, but so far my motivation to actually do anything with them has been zero. It might lead to strange results, I know, but so far that has not enticed me enough to do anything about it. I might, some day, or I might not, but from where I am right now I can definitely say that, when it comes to photography, I have embraced the digital age – and am loooving it!

What I do understand is the need to sometimes put restrictions/obstructions on one’s artistic ‘space’, to challenge oneself by putting limits on the technological possibilities one has to work with. It is something I quite like doing, as well as seeing what restrictions other people place on themselves and what they then come up with (in the old analog days there were many natural limits – if you had put a b/w ISO 400 film into your camera, that was what you had to work with for the next 24 or 36 shots; if you only took one roll of film with you on holiday, you had 36 shots you could take, etc.).

Today, of course, these limitations are gone – you can alter the ISO as you see fit, a 64GB card will hold thousands of photographs, you can see photos (and delete photos you don’t like) the second after taking them … all of which is awesome and has definitely contributed to making me as fond of photographing things as I am right now (I used to like doing it in the ‘old days,’ too – I used up 12 rolls of film on our 1994 trip to the US, and still like some of the photos I took back then, but man, it was also totally a) expensive and b) restrictive and c) annoying).

 My craft has definitely benefited from being able to take 10 or 20 or even 100 different shots of the same object, varying angles/exposure/ISO/apperture … something that was FAR to expensive to really continuously practice back when having a 36 shot roll of film developed cost you more than 10DM. So whenever people get all nostalgic I, in a reflexive twitch, remember how much pocket money I invested into buying film and then having it developed and think “You people want to go back to this? Really? Well … have fun, but I’m going to keep lovin’ my sweet little thing of a digital camera”.

But, yes, restrictions: useful! Make you think! And work! And things hard! Are something I semi-regularly set myself.

For me, honing my craft is both about using all the possibilities my camera gives me, as well as sometimes putting restrictions on myself to really work with what I learned/keep a look out for specific things.

And putting restrictions on your craft is quite easy in the digital age, too.

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Restrictions – I:

  • – AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 lense
  • – Apperture MUST be set at 1.8
  • – 512 MB flash card (which gives me a grand total of 14 shots)
  • – all 14 photos must be taken
  • – all 14 photos must be posted
  • – no altering the physical environment (that is generally a restriction I put on myself)
  • – no editing (other than batch downsizing and watermarking)

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The other 13 photos are below the “Read the rest of this entry…” cut:
(taken on the walk to and from the grocery store)

(I am least happy with the pumpkin one, my favourite one is the one with the pine cones. What about you?)
(Any thoughts, questions, feelings, feedback, restrictions you want to give me/share?)

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Wildemann

Wildemann

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Rouen

Rouen

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

A lofty Perch

The crow’s perch is the head of the statue of Jeanne d’Arc in Rouen, France – what intrigued me is how the statue seems to look straight up at the crow. I waited a long time, but the crow never did look down … . :-).

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Lurchi, unser Salamander

Lurchi, unser Salamander

Lurchi was (is?) the name of a fire salamander in a comic book series that advertised Salamander Shoes when I was a kid. Whenever you went into one of their stores, you got the current issue – which meant one went there a lot more often than one needed shoes, really. Each and every comic book always started with the words “Lurchi, unser Salamander, und die Freunde miteinander” (Lurchi, our salamander, and his friends, together…).

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Follow the Water

Follow the Water

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The Sights, and Sounds, of Autumn

The Sights, and Sounds, of Autumn

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Must have been a good party

Must have been a good party

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Amidst the seed capsules

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

The Water Stars

the water starsI know it’s been a couple of days since I updated, but I basically came back from France and then drowned in work :-) – and thus am only now getting to look at the photos I took during my two weeks’ holiday. I’m … on day two. (Not a lot of time to look at photos … work work work :-))