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Slate & leaves

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 by

This slate rock wall has been slowly sliding down over the years, with the loose slates mixing in with the old leaves and broken branches near the side of the road. Kautenbach, Germany, spring 2009.

Technical details

Shot on Velvia 100, with Canon 30 and Canon 17-40mm. Tripod was down to ground level and composed using an Angle Finder B.

Why I like it

The nice play of the black slate, the remaining red autumn leaves and the fresh green spring shoots. I also love this kind of wide-angle trickery, the rock wall in the read is in fact just four or five feet away from the front of the picture.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 by

Another subject I like to photograph is flowers1. Catching the intricate detail and the magnificent colours on Velvia is a very relaxing experience in my opinion, and a good way to waste a day when on holiday in spring.

Please note that I am not a biologist, and have no clue whatsoever what kind of flower this is, nor do I really care2.

Technical details

Shot on Velvia 100, with Canon 30 and Olympus 50mm 1.8 on Panagor Macro converter3.

Interesting tidbit: Camera was upside down beneath my tripod to take this one4. That’s why a good tripod matters, it gets you into corners that would be impossible without.

Why I like it

Nothing special, just came out the way I envisioned it.

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  1. As another weblogger likes to call it: Flower pr0n! []
  2. As the Bard wrote: Would a rose, by any other name, (or its own name for that matter) smell any less sweet? []
  3. Spending a day on holiday with this (borrowed) combination led me to buying the Canon 50mm macro and LSC. []
  4. This is actually the first photo on this site shot with a tripod. I finally did justice to the name! []


Friday, June 19th, 2009 by

One of my favourite subjects is swimming. It’s also one of the subjects I’m, at the risk of sounding conceited, actually quite good at, probably by virtue of having practised the sport myself for the better part of my life.

One thing that never gets old is the look of the water-droplets frozen in time, always different, like a small rain of diamonds1.

Technical details

Canon 400D with 135mm lens. F2.8, 1/3200 at ISO 100. Fill flash at -2 FEC.

Why I like it

How the water forms a nearly cartoonish `swish’ to illustrate the motion of the arm, while the rest of the picture is dead-still

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  1. Poetic enough? []

A photo

Thursday, June 18th, 2009 by

As this site is about photography, I’ll post a picture now and then. Most of these will be mine, but if I feel like it, I’ll post pictures by other people as well (with their permission of course).

This picture is a good example why I always carry a camera nowadays. My lab opened 5 minutes late when I wanted to drop off some film before work. To pass the time, I shot some snaps of the fountain across the street. This was among them.

Technical details

Shot on Provia 400X with my Miranda MS2 and Pentax 50mm f1.7. Note that this is just a quick scan, and my scan-fu isn’t brilliant to begin with.

Why I like it1

The colours mostly (as I said, not the best scan unfortunately), the way the tree acts as a natural GND filter, becoming nearly translucent in the process, the way the exposure is just right on the fountain (no droplets, no white haze). It just comes together.

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  1. if you should care []