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Coping with Limitations

“The best camera is the one that’s with you” – heard this a million times and it’s not untrue. Anyhow, I quite often wish I would have my “real” camera with me instead of the crappy Samsung Galaxy S (or at least a Nokia 1020 ;))

In this picture here I decided to take a small hike after coming out of a supermarket in France. I went up a hill and immediately regretted I hadn’t taken my NEX shopping. The sun was relatively low, therefore making it incredibly hard to take a shot that didn’t overexpose the sky or underexpose the landscape.

So I gave it a shot with the HDR app, but the result wasn’t quite good enough yet. In the end I decided that the best way to make up for the limitations of the camera in my mobile phone was taking away the colors. This allowed me to play a little more with contrast and brightness without producing completely unrealistic colors.

France in Black&White

I know, you can argue if I also had to put the frame, but what do you think in general – okay for a 3 year old smartphone camera?

The Hue of You

When I walked through the streets of a small town in France called Roussillon, I was immediately fascinated by the colors of the houses. While in Latin America one town is more colorful than the next one, sadly you don’t find much of that in Europe.

The Colors of Roussillon

This town was different, for one part because colors have always been an important aspect of this French town, as it is well know for the production of ochre.

The Colors of Roussillon

While many houses shared the color ochre as the basic color of their walls, all of them varied in hue as well as the color of the doors and window frames.

The Colors of Roussillon

Each house had it’s very own combination of colors, so much unlike the anonymity of a big city. In this town the houses possessed a character, just like the people living inside them.

The Colors of Roussillon

Naturally Saturated

Just a few days ago I visited the small French town of Roussillon. This city is famous for its large ochre fields. The colored mountains inspired the French scientist Jean-Étienne Astier to develop an industrial process for making ochre pigment. And when you get there, you can still feel this fascination.

Roussillon, Vaucluse

The red and yellow colored rocks are in a strange contrast to the green nature around them. Interestingly, the ocre is the reason for a flourishing fauna, allowing plants to grow there which you wouldn’t regularly find in the south of France.

Roussillon, Vaucluse

In the back of the pictures you can even see how the trees have been influenced by the ground they are standing on.

Roussillon, Vaucluse

Sometimes you feel like being on a different planet. Without any editing of the photos, they look almost unreal. Everything appears heavily saturated.

Roussillon, Vaucluse

It is really a beautiful place worth visiting. There is only one thing that might stop you from going: Just like in a Holi Festival your shoes won’t survive this adventure unharmed 😉

Roussillon, Vaucluse

Big Boys

While in the last years I have developed some grown up hobbies like photography, I have also held on to some hobbies which might by some considered childish, for example my love for computer games. On a flea market in Strasbourg I found a lucky guy who was never forced to get over his love for toy cars.

At the flea market

On flea markets you can find a lot of interesting people, among the sellers as well as among the buyers. There are always some, which obviously have no other choice in life but to sell/buy there. It is quite sad to see how people have to let go of things they love just because they need the money. Then you find others, who try to make pure crap into money and you have to wonder who in hell buys their trash. And of course, there are the fans of vintage. They buy stuff for the sole fact that it has been laying around for a while 😉

If you’ve never been at a flea market, give it a try. Even if you (like me) aren’t planning to buy something, it’s worth a look.

The Beginning

Everything has a beginning and this is mine: the HP PhotoSmart 318. Today most likely any smartphone camera would easily beat it, but back then in 2001 it was a revolution for me. With a resolution of 2 megapixels, no zoom and an memory for about 8 photos (until for quite some money I got a 128mb memory card), you had to deal with some limitations. On the other hand, at this time you were the cool guy with an lcd viewfinder while all people around you were with their noses on the camera.

Senanque

So, this specific photo here was taken on my summer vacation 2001 in France and shows the Sénanque Abbey. While I have to agree that it’s not really hard taking a good photo of this place (just google, you’ll find likely billions), it is still one of my very first steps in digital photography.