Saturday, April 29, 2017

Night Sky Traffic

12:02:00 AM

Die abstrakten Himmelsbilder des amerikanischen Landschaftsfotografen Steven Wayne wirken wie Photoshopkunst. Die geometrischen Linien, die die Bilder durchziehen, sind jedoch real. Flugzeuge kreuzten auf den Langzeitaufnahmen den Himmel und erschufen so einzigartige Muster.

Die Idee hinter der Serie „Night Sky Traffic“ entstand zufällig, als Steven die Lichter der fahrenden Autos auf einer Straße festhalten wollte. Während der vierminütigen Belichtung flog ein Flugzeug ins Bild und hinterließ ebenfalls eine helle Linie auf dem Himmel.

Langzeitaufnahme einer Straße

Acht Tage später saß ich in meinem Hinterhof und beobachtete, wie Flugzeuge über das Grundstück flogen. Ich musste wieder an dieses Bild mit den Lichtspuren denken, die durch den Himmel verliefen. Zuerst wünschte ich mir, dass mein Hinterhof eine wunderschöne Landschaft wäre, die ich fotografieren könnte.

Aber umso länger ich darüber nachdachte, desto klarer wurde mir, dass die Idee allein als ein abstraktes Bild sehr schön sein könnte. Ich nahm meine Ausrüstung und fing sofort an, zu fotografieren. Als ich die ersten Bilder sah, wusste ich, dass ich auf etwas gestoßen war.

In den darauffolgenden Wochen verbrachte Steven viel Zeit in seinem Hinterhof. Zunächst begann er damit, nur ein oder mit Glück auch zwei Flugzeuge auf ein Bild zu bannen. Nicht ganz glücklich über die Ergebnisse, experimentierte er weiter mit Doppelbelichtungen. Zunächst versuchte er, die Bilder in Photoshop zusammenzusetzen, doch funktionierte dies nur sehr bedingt. Mit viel Geduld entstanden die Doppelbelichtungen daraufhin in der Kamera selbst.

Lichter und Streifen am Himmel

Lichter und Linien am HimmelLinien am Nachthimmel

Linien am Nachthimmel

Auch wenn Steven der Landschaftsfotografie nicht komplett abschwören möchte, sieht er seine Zukunft vor allem in der abstrakten Fotografie.

Meine Ideen für abstrakte Fotografien kommen in der Regel direkt aus meiner Landschaftsfotografie. Ich sehe etwas und ich möchte es vereinfachen. Ich möchte sehen, wie es auf unterschiedliche Weise noch aussehen könnte und meine Neugier führt mich dazu, neue Wege zu finden, die Dinge zu fotografieren, die ich sehe.

Wir sind sehr gespannt auf seine nächste Inspiration und Serie. „Night Sky Traffic“ hat in diesem Monat auch den dritten Platz bei den Fine Art Photography Awards gewonnen. Mehr von Steven findet Ihr auch auf seiner Webseite.


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Friday, April 28, 2017

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Lensbaby Velvet 56 Review – A Fun, Creative Adventure

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Earlier this year, I wrote an article How do you know if you need a new lens?.

Seriously, I didn't need a new lens but I had been wanting to get my hands on the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm for some time. Well, I finally caved! I bit the bullet and purchased this ‘baby.'

One of my first subjects? A delicate, pink camellia in Savannah, Georgia.

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The Velvet 56mm initially caught my attention after seeing various flower photographs using the Velvet 56. The unique images from other Lensbaby lenses also piqued my interest. I explored Lensbaby's website to see the galleries of images produced with their other lenses.

In the end, I opted to go with the Velvet 56.

What is the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm lens?

The 56mm ƒ/1.6 is a versatile portrait and art lens known for velvety, soft and dreamy images at large apertures. As you step down, images become crisp and sharp. The pink camellia above was taken at a larger, bright aperture. The red camellia below shows the sharpness that emerges when stepping down a couple of f/stops.

For portraits, the soft glow adds a beautiful touch to the lovely young lady working in an artists' gallery. Minimal post processing on this image!

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I'll share my first images along with overall experiences using the Velvet 56. This also includes their customer service from the Portland, Oregon-based company. We'll highlight:
1) Lens build quality,
2) Versatility and image creation
3) Learning and ease of use.

1. Lens Quality & Overall Feel

The Velvet 56 build quality is solid. When I initially took it out of the box it felt sturdy in my hand. The Velvet 56 attaches to my Nikon 810 with a snug and tight, but not-too-tight connection.

The focus ring moves smoothly without feeling too loose or resistant. The aperture ring is also easy to use.

When the ring is rotated you can feel the gentle click when it's moved to a different f/stop. The aperture ring's placement is very close to where the lens attaches to the camera. I have slender fingers and do not have any issues maneuvering the ring.

The weight of the lens is 14.46 ounces (my Nikon 50mm 1.8G is 6.5 ounces) and features 9 blades. The Velvet 56 also has 1:2 macro capabilities. Every aspect of this lens is manual.

2. Lens Versatility and Image Creation

The Velvet 56mm produces smooth, ethereal and buttery imagery. When working with large apertures, there is vintage-like quality. Some images glow and have a dreamy flow. When stepped down, features are nice and sharp.

When working with larger scenes at big apertures, I've been able to create the spin blur effect that reminds me of images captured with a Petzval lens.

3. Learning & Ease of Use

The Velvet 56mm has been a departure from my normal photography. As a bird and wildlife photographer, I strive for sharp, crisp images of the bird and animals.

I've always had autofocus lenses and I shoot using Aperture Priority and in Manual depending on the situation. There is a learning curve beyond the manual aspects of the lens. That learning curve includes exploring another dimension of your own photography style.

Images – look and feel
I've had the lens for just a few shoots so far. Learning the look and feel of the images has been both enjoyable and a challenge. There are a few images that I feel look blurry (my husband who's my best critic will say “I don't get it”) versus artistic.

Then there are other images that are very interesting and artistic (my husband agrees with this too). This lens encourages me to get out of my comfort zone.

Getting Started
100% Manual Shooting
The Lensbaby Velvet 56 is a manual lens. To change your aperture setting, you rotate the aperture dial. To focus on a subject, you rotate the focus ring.

To adjust the shutter speed and ISO, you use your normal camera buttons and dials to make needed adjustments. When focusing on your subject, you use the center point of the lens and rotate the dial. The in-focus indicator in your viewfinder works as usual.

Setup & Use
When you first put your Lensbaby on your camera, it will not recognize your lens. The simple setup step requires you to go into the camera menu and select (Nikon menu). You will be asked to enter the focal length and maximum aperture.

When using the Lensbaby, you will need to shift to manual shooting mode and manual focusing on your camera. As there are subtle differences with Canon and others, the manual does provide straightforward instructions.

Lensbaby's Customer Service
I had a couple of user questions as it related to setup. The customer service of the company was outstanding. She was pleasant, responsive and I had my answers within a few minutes after the conversation. She took the initiative to confirm one of her responses with the technicians.

Post Processing
In post processing, you will not be able to review the settings used when photographing your subject. This is due to the all manual nature of the lens.

When processing your images, use this as an opportunity to continue exploring creative approaches. Turn your flower sideways or upside down.

Convert to black and white. Apply an artistic plug-in from Topaz, Google Nik Software or Photoshop's filter gallery.

Can't these effects be created in Photoshop?
The filter gallery and third party plugins are available to beautifully enhance images similar to that of Lensbaby. However, I have not been able to create Lensbaby's buttery brightness and glow that is produced in camera.

Would I recommend the Lensbaby Velvet 56?
I added this lens after I had the basic lenses. This included a wide angle lens, my zoom lenses, a telephoto lens and a macro lens. I still recommend investing in your basics first.


If you want to add that ‘little something extra' to your arsenal, I would definitely say yes! There are many creative uses including wedding, food, portrait, street and vintage architecture to name a few.

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How To Make Your Photos “Pop”

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Sometimes, after I’ve done a lot of work on an image in Photoshop, I find that the image still seems a little flat. When this happens, I frequently use a simple sharpening technique to help make an image “pop.”

If you want to attempt this yourself, you should first merge all of the layers in your image into a single layer above all the others. You can do this by selecting the very top layer and then hitting Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E (Cmd+Opt+Shift+E on a Mac). This new layer will allow you to mask out the sharpening effect in some parts of the image if necessary, or change the opacity to reduce the strength of the effect. It also allows you to delete the layer later if you decide you don’t like the effect.

Man Standing in Ice Cave

With the new, top layer selected, you can now use the Unsharp Mask filter, which can be accessed in Photoshop by going to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask.  The settings I normally use are:

  • Amount: 5%-30%
  • Radius: 40-100 pixels
  • Threshold: 0 levels

The higher you set the amount, the stronger the effect will be.  By using a large radius of 40 or more pixels, you will not be sharpening the fine details in the photo.  You’ll need to do this separately as part of your final sharpening.  Rather, you will increase the localized contrast in the image and make it “pop.”  This is somewhat similar to what the Clarity slider does in Lightroom, but I think this method produces more pleasing effects.  It can, however, create halos along high contrast edges in the image, such as the border between the foreground and sky. You should inspect the image carefully and mask out any halos.

Milkky Way over Overwater Bungalows

This technique can also cause some highlights to appear too bright or become blown out or some dark shadows to become too dark.  If this occurs, you can again use a paintbrush to mask out areas of the image where the effect is too strong. Alternatively, you can use luminosity masks to more precisely mask out specific image tones. If you’re not familiar with luminosity masks, you can read about them on Tony Kuyper’s website.

The overall effect is occasional fairly pronounced, as it is in the ice cave image above. More often than not, though, the effect will be more subtle, like it is in the image of the Milky Way. It will not make a bad photo good, but it can add a nice finishing touch to many of your images.

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28. April 2017

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

#instakwer #10

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Eine befreundete Fotografin dokumentierte letzte Woche in ihrer Instagramstory die kleinen Dinge, die sie über den Tag hin glücklich gemacht haben. Es waren ganz simple Sachen, in denen sie Schönheit gesehen hat: Blumen auf dem Markt, ein großer Parkplatz oder der Lichteinfall in der Küche. Diese kleine Story hat mich daran erinnert, wie oft ich diese alltäglichen Dinge nicht mehr sehe und dass ich viel öfter innehalten sollte, um sie neu zu entdecken.

Inspiriert von dieser Aktion habe ich dieses Mal auch in Euren Bildern nach zunächst unscheinbaren Motiven gesucht, die auf den zweiten Blick aber gerade in ihrer Einfachheit schön sind. Ich hoffe, Ihr seht das Ähnlich.

Instagram ist nicht nur ein Ort für Essen und Lifestyle, sondern man findet, wenn man aufmerksam ist, auch immer wieder diese kleinen Perlen. Vielleicht sind die Instagramstory und unser heutiger Artikel ja auch eine schöne Inspiration für Euch. Wir würden uns auf jeden Fall freuen, viel mehr dieser Art von Bildern auf Instagram entdecken zu dürfen.

Stahlstreben an einer WandFlechten auf Holz

links: © @__mister__white___, rechts: © @chromographics

Gelbe BalkoneEin Regenbogen spiegelt sich an einem Tisch

links: © @mollorange.berlin, rechts: © @viviennejoanna

Wollt Ihr auch Bilder einreichen? Dann taggt Eure Aufnahmen auf Instagram mit #instakwer und vielleicht seid Ihr schon beim nächsten Mal mit dabei.


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