Shooting: July 2008 Archives
I browse a lot of images on the web, and very often bump into photographers or individual images that fascinate me. But rarely do I find pictures that leave an impression like Peter Menzel's series "What the world eats". This is a very simple concept, which has been brilliantly executed by Menzel and has resulted in a large series of images, that not only illustrate the point extremely well, but also in all aspects are very well done. Great photography, human warmth, clear and bright signals and no judgment on the wealthy or false compassion for the poor.
Continue reading What the world eats.
Geotagging is a huge thing right now. The world is flooding with navigators and GPS-gadgets that can plot anything on a map down to a few feet of accuracy. A good friend of mine - and fellow Nikonian by the way - has a wristwatch that tracks his whereabouts. Every time he enters his home after having jogged or ridden his high tech bike, it downloads his route over a wireless connection and is able to plot it immediately on a map.
Tagging images has been an option in Nikon cameras for a while, and The Nikonians PhotoProShop is now able to deliver a GPS that talks to Nikon cameras. My kind mail-lady delivered such a gizmo this morning (and fed the dog biscuits as she always does), and it's currently charging in a USB-port on my laptop - the GPS, that is, not the dog... Continue reading Now I know where I was.
There's a lot of debate right now about the right to take pictures in public - especially in the UK - where it seems that authorities as well as the public has grown an irrational angst for people taking pictures.
Pedophilia, terror (and paparazzi for the few and famous) seems to be the main driving forces behind a row of incidents where photographers have been harassed in the streets, on playgrounds or in other public places for taking completely innocent pictures or videos.
Add to the the increasing protection of private property, registered brands and copyrighted material, and soon you won't be able to point your camera anywhere without a permission. Continue reading Ban photography!.
Sitting at the computer looking out the window earlier this evening I noticed one of the great advantages of the unstable summer weather we have right now: beautiful sunsets. The drifting clouds and broken cloud coverage mixed with the long, light evening and slow Scandinavian sunsets means long lasting and usually very nice sunsets.
As this evening. I quickly packed a tripod, the camera and the dog and drove a bit into the countryside to find a suitable location. While driving I could witness the sky going more and more colorful and bright, but once I reached a suitable place and set up, the best part was over.
On the other hand I had some nice colorful flowers in the foreground, a cloudy sky and the sun still playing.
I shot a bunch of bracketed series for HDR-work, strolled with the dog and returned home. These are the best frames from that small trip. All shot with the D200 and the Sigma 10-20mm at f18 and shutter speeds between 1 and 10 seconds or so.
And yes, I will return to HDR in one or several future "On Location" podcasts.
You may have heard the term, chimping. Chimping is what 9 out of 10 (if not 99 out of 100) photographers do when shooting digital. They check their images on the back of the camera to see what they just shot.
Many of us chimp immediately after each shot or after each series of shots. Others chimp in breaks in their shooting.
It seems that many hard core photographers disable the image review on the LCD completely. It can give faster shooting speeds, remove the distraction of the image popping up, and real pros need not look at each image. They're of course confident that what they just shot is perfect.
They may replay a single frame or two when they start shooting to make certain that they are not completely off track with exposure, and maybe look at their captures on the LCD when they're done. Some even seem sure enough of their merits that they just empty the card onto the computer and do the review in post processing once back home.
Well, I'm not confident enough to be that cool. I chimp! Vigorously! And I love it. And judging from the chimping I see around me when looking at other photographers, so do they. Continue reading Chimping... or not?.
I'm grounded these days. Not much moving about. I was unfortunate enough to fall over a network cable running across my living room door, and that cost me at least one strained toe and a swollen knee. Doctors orders: pain killers and rest.
Well, I'm resting. Not able to get around means fewer photo opportunities... or does it? I honestly don't think so. I can't stop taking pictures just because I'm confined within the four walls of my home with the occasional pop into the garden.
I armed my D40 with an old 50mm f1.8, and had some fun. Yes, that means focusing manually, which is actually great fun and reminds me of the old days. The focus ring is just ridiculously small on the 50mm, and I actually think I'll construct an attachment I can slide over it to get some more grip.
Apart from that it works like a charm, and the softness and bokeh you get at full open is amazing. I love B/W and routinely thought in B/W when I shot and converted the images in post. The result may not be great art, but a fun drill when you can't get around as you want to.
Right now the annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival is at its peak. There is music all over Copenhagen - and really good music too. No matter your taste in jazz you can find something, and should your favorite music not be in the jazz realm you would probably be able to find something to listen to anyway. And if you don't want to listen, you can just suck in the atmosphere, which is really nice and warm.
I wanted to shoot some concert shots, but haven't really had the time to pursue this. I also wanted to do some street shots during some of the afternoon outdorrs concerts, but haven't attended any, so all'n'all my Jazz Festival production is very limited.
Continue reading Shooting bottles.
OK, I know that the merits of Henri Cartier-Bresson have been mentioned more than often and that he has already been touted as a true master many, many times. But I cannot help reminding you of his brilliance, and encourage you to look at his vast portfolio for inspiration. If you haven't made the acquaintance already, you're in for a treat.
Cartier-Bresson has coined the term "the decisive moment", a photographic technique where you observe your scene and subjects and the way they move and interact and then press the shutter release in that exact split second where all elements meet in a higher synergy. Cartier-Bresson has demonstrated again and again that he mastered this method to perfection, showing it in many of his legacy photos.Many call him the father of modern photojournalism. I find his style of photography more like what many refer to as street photography nowadays. The fact that he used a very compact Leica and fast B/W film for almost all his images made it possible for him to shoot quickly and be on the move all the time. He traveled quite extensively during his life. Continue reading Cartier-Bresson.