Special lenses (1)

Statistics claim, that in 2014 every day 1.8 Billion pictures have been uploaded to social media platforms as Facebook and Instagram. Among all these photos we will find many good compositions with vivid colours, beautiful portrait shots in black & white, stunning action shots and many other shots taken with the right camera at the right time with a tasteful post processing.
One quality that might help to make a picture stand out nowadays ironically is imperfection. Using old lenses on modern digital cameras may give your photos the desired character. But besides of this, using lenses that have been build long before I was born, on my digital camera, is just fun for me!

Jupiter 8

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Whattoshoot?

Barely two hours of time and the light is not too fine. So what … and where to shoot?
When I went out, I did not have a clue where to go and what I wanted to take some photos of. So I just took the car and drove around aimlessly.
After a while I crossed a river.  Water and reflections are often a good subject for a photo, so I decided, it may be worthwhile to follow the stream for a while.

The River

After a while I saw a little bridge and stopped because I was curious about it and wanted to see what’s under it. Some big stones with moss on it got my attention. But shooting photos of … Read the rest

Musicians

Due to being a hobby musician for many years, I had a weird feeling, when I went to a session without my guitar but with a camera and some lenses. As I mostly shoot manual lenses it’s not easy to bring the always moving musicians into focus, but at the same time you get a lot of very cool portraits because people concentrate on their instrument instead of staring at the camera.

Session-time

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Another nice experience I got, when I was asked to take some pictures of a band during a recording session.
The main problem with shooting musicians: somehow they are always playing in dark rooms. Shooting without a flash, you have to struggle with the problem of getting … Read the rest

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Decisions – every day we have to make them, and as a photographer we are even faced with some more. What photos do we publish? Which photos should we delete and when should we at least save them and check them later if they are worthwhile of taking some more space on your hard drive.
With some of the photos we took, we were lucky (“The GOOD”). We had the right camera (or at least one camera) with the right lens, an excellent subject and made the correct settings. However, with most of them something went wrong.

“The GOOD”
it did not need any post processing, may be regarded as a nice subject and create an emotion.

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