Flickr Upload: houdini

Better late than never, here is my Flickr posting from about three weeks ago. I saw this guy’s impressive vapor output when I was in town the other day. I’ve seen similar guys, but was somehow never able to come home with a shot that really illustrates the thickness and amount of vapor these e-cigarettes can generate. I had always imagined the shot to be like this one here where the guy would be partly hidden from view. It conveniently solves the problem of the right to a person’s image, which isn’t violated here the way it usually is in my photography. Neat! 😉

Flickr Upload: apple.store.geometry

Waiting in the Apple Store for the rain to let up I was able to capture this girl bending over the products with the interesting geometry of the Köbogen architecture in the out-of-focus background. I think the composition works nicely juxtaposing the soft, natural shape of the girl’s body and hair with the harder geometry in the backdrop and the table in front.

Flickr Upload: one.eye.and.a.lovesong

Here is a shot of a couple I managed to grab down by the river. Before spotting these two I had been taking several portraits of what I thought were interesting people always trying to incorporate the lines of the rails you see in this shot. My previous attempts weren’t as successful as I think this is. It appears that the girl’s making eye contact with the camera, thus capturing her attention for a split second away from the guy she’s with. I must say that this type of street portrait is very appealing to me ever since I saw a photo on Facebook in which a dad was carrying his son on his back. The photographer took a portrait of him in profile but the kid is looking straight into the camera all the while he’s resting his head against his dad’s neck. The eye contact is very intense while the contact between the two bodies was as well and I thought this  tension was where the picture’s power lay. I was hoping to achieve something like that here. I hope it’s at least somewhat successful.

Flickr Upload: symmetry.of.love

Here’s another shot that’s sat on my hard drive for pretty much exactly a year. A Flickr friend was wondering what the people in this shot were doing today. That’s exactly what I love about (street) photography. We capture a split second, make a connection that’s not really there necessarily and generally freeze an emotion in a moment that’s gone the next second. So yeah…the thought of what ever happened after this moment is very special to me and part of the appeal of the whole idea of photography. Besides, this scene just cracked me up! 😉

Flickr Upload: Speakerphone

Obviously, what drew me to this shot was the contrast. It was taken indoors in a shopping mall but the light and background made it possible to get the shot pretty much like you see here without the need of a lot of processing tricks. The way to talk on the phone like that in public has become evermore popular, at least I’ve been seeing it more and more recently. This guy was pretty interesting as well with his scar on the cheek, bracelet and baseball cap.

Flickr Upload: Gott.bleibt.God.stays

This image took me by surprise when I came home to look at what shots I had got from the day. I, of course, remembered taking it but it nevertheless felt somehow remote and even a bit as if it wasn’t one of mine. I must confess that I never even saw that poster on the pole in the first place, but which now, I feel,  is an integral part to the story. The shot gives me a decidedly disconcerting feeling. I think it makes you feel ill-at-ease somehow. It all has to do with that look on the kid’s face, of course. It’s not exactly a look of unhappiness, it’s just very detached and…lost in a way, while being so firmly “attached” to his (her?) mom’s (dad’s) body. And then there’s this whole idea of God who, according to the poster on the pole, remains? I just thought the whole shot was engaging like that and thought-provoking, which is definitely all one can ask of a photograph.

Flickr Upload: X

I encounter this way of standing cross-legged in younger females alot on the street. Imagine my excitement when I saw this girl doing it perfectly framed by the iPhone X advertisement. I was pretty far away but for me this is a situation I find myself in often and I guess it’s why so many of my street shots (and not only street portraits) are shot with the Olympus 45mm/f1.8. Having the pedestrians crossing from left-to-right and right-to-left between me and my subject then gave me the idea to try to use them as a framing element or, at the very least, have some additional dynamic interest in the shot in the form of a slightly motion-blurred person walking through the frame. So I took my position and framed up the composition and then just snapped away seeing whether my shutter speed would indeed give me enough motion blur. I ended up using 1/40s which is just slow enough to blur the passers-by while allowing for a perfectly sharp subject and no camera shake. What’s also a cool effect is the juxtaposition between movement in the pedestrians and stillness in the girl with her smartphone. It sort of conveys a moment of stillness and introspection in the rat race of today’s hectic life.

Flickr Upload: pretty.girl.with.hat

This is a candid portrait I took on the Karneval weekend in Düsseldorf’s Königsallee. It was a quick drive-by snapshot but every now and then I get lucky with the timing and expression of a subject. A hat almost always helps of course as does natural beauty of the sort on display here…so…what’s important in a candid portrait like this? Number one is subject selection and number two is timing. Shutter speed isn’t super critical for a portrait on the street but, of course, people won’t keep still for you so anything below 1/60s I would say is pushing your luck unnecessarily. Anything 1/125s and above should be perfect. The light was still good here so I came away with 1/250s at f2.2 and ISO 200.

Flickr Upload: the.lobby

In the wake of Photo Weekend Düsseldorf there were many bigger and smaller exhibitions in the city where great photography was on display. In the case of this shot, we feigned interest in the images exhibited on the various floors of Hotel InterContinental on the Königsallee, which afforded us access to the elevators so we could go all the way up to the tenth floor. That’s where I took this picture and several others with more or less interesting POVs. I wanted to take the opportunity to post some of the images here on the blog. Enjoy!