One day on my way home I stumbled upon a very rare kind of tree. Please take a moment and think about what you are seeing here. Is it really a tree? Could well be, but then it would barely be an interesting photo. So of course it’s not a tree. Any further ideas?
Winter’s coming, it’s getting dark early, the sun rises late, the temperatures are dropping. Doesn’t make it too easy to get out of bed in the morning. But what can you do?
At least, this time of the year – especially early in the morning – is quite pretty. Today I captured these photos close to my home.
The sun was low, shining its dark-red light on the street. Walking a little further the sun got behind a tree, illuminating the scene quite nicely.
As usual I had some trouble getting everything done the way I wanted with my old phone, but I think it turned out okay.
What do you think? Reminds you of fall/autumn in your own city?
“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.
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?
On a bike trip a while ago I came across a little lake. It was fascinating, the water was perfectly calm. The lake was surrounded by trees which effectively shielded it from any wind. You could not see any movement on the surface.
What fascinated me from a photographic point of view was the reflection on the water. It was like I was looking right into a mirror. Even more, the image in the water seemed much clearer than the bright sky on this summer day.
What I did afterwards was turning the image upside down, leaving the viewer (hopefully at least for a moment) puzzled what’s the reflection and what’s not.
Last week I saw this street artist in Stuttgart. Street artists are usually something that let’s me rest for a moment and take a closer look – or a photo. First I thought he was painting on the street, however I realized he was “just” painting on a large piece of paper.
It was a little hard to say if he was actually still working on that painting. From my point of view it seemed as if the painting was completely finished and the guy just repainting various parts over and over. Who knows?
How boring would a pedestrian area be without the little blurs of colors that street artists and musicians give them.
We all know the saying that the best camera is the one you have with you. In most cases, this means a smartphone camera. However, when you ask many photographers, they will keep telling you that mobile photography is crap. When you look a what’s trending on Instagram, they have a point. On the other hand, what I’ve seen people do with their DSLRs made me lose my faith too. A camera is a tool, in gifted hands it creates art, in less talented hands it creates … output. Just take a look at the Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera Series by DigitalRev TV.
When I look at mobile photography, I am always stunned what you can get out of a tiny sensor and a cheap lens. What makes all the difference is the software. Phone manufacturers are dealing with the physical limitations of their cameras by enhancing them with the right software. I am working with a Samsung Galaxy S, a phone that was produced in early 2010. Technology-wise, this thing is from the stone ages. However, I still manage to produce some presentable shots.
In this example, I used an HDR app to get some more details and afterwards added an Instagram filter. I know what some people think about vintage filters, but I believe that used properly they can actually improve a picture.
So, what do you think? Could this photo have turned out much better using a professional DSLR?
Lately I’ve been experimenting a lot with image editing on my smartphone. There are so many apps out there for taking photos and editing them, but in my opinion only a few of them are really useful. One of my latest photos is this one:
I didn’t take it in or anywhere close to a war zone, neither have I experienced (not counting Left4Dead) a zombie apocalypse – I just edited an average photo to give it a more interesting look.
But how exactly did I edit it? Let me tell you. Continue reading Aftermath