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: kniebrücke.sunset

I was able to capture this beautiful sunset after a long day of shooting street photography in the city. I didn’t have my tripod with me and also my cable release for my Fuji X-T20 got left at home. That meant I had to make concessions in terms of composition. To my surprise I was lucky in that the composition still works very well with the foreground elements and the silhouette of the bridge. Not having a cable release meant I couldn’t do a longer exposure than 30 seconds which is what the Fuji allows as slowest shutter speed outside bulb mode. For bulb mode you have to have the cable release as you have to keep the shutter button depressed for as long as you ant your shot to be exposed.

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: 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: 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!

Flickr Upload: lines.legs.and.heels

The story around this shot is actually somewhat unusual. I had scouted this location with the stripes on the ground like I always do and was thinking about possible angles and POVs always considering how people usually walk there. when I saw this lady and her high heels out of the corner of my eye. I’m not normally one to quickly respond to a situation and possible opportunity on the street. This was the exception. I put myself into position as fast as I could and just barely got her legs and heels into the frame without a real opportunity to frame a meaningful composition or even think about the placement of anything. I thought the shot wasn’t probably working out so I spent at least another 45 minutes in this location shooting dozens more pictures with various legs and shoes in different strides. It wasn’t until I was looking through my images back home on the computer that I realized I could have ended that shoot right after that first photo because it was clearly the winner out of all the shots I took there. But hey…what are you gonna do? It’s like they say, hindsight has 20/20!