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Endless stairs or how to make the best out of awkward situations

Endless stair by stst31415
Endless stair, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

If you are into photography you already know what will not work out. And maybe there are plenty of people who already told you, what would be the best practice.

For instance not shooting against the light, because the background washes out. The Light might get spooky or awkward and so on. So? If you never do it on purpose you will not learn how to master it and use it as an element in your picture.

Look at the picture. This is a rather short escalator. Using a 10mm wide angle lens the distance gets extended, the point of view from near the stairs enhances this effect even more. And then I start shooting against the light.

The real strange thing is that this shot does not look very different in color.

So you have to learn the rules in order to know why you should break them. Consider rules as a way to do things with a big sign tagged to them. Caution it says in big red letters… Ah red. I have to take a shot. But this is another story.

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the opposite points: zenith and nadir

If you are afraid of heights or have problems with looking down from elevated positions you have a problem: You miss one point in your photography. Nadir is a word people rarely use. Maybe because they do not know it. Why should they? Even if some people reach their zenith, nobody would boast with his travels to the nadir. Well, maybe if you are Orpheus…



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Faded memories of democracy

Faded memories of democracy by stst31415
Faded memories of democracy, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

Another one playing with older files. A favorite shot of mine is this one of the parliament. I used two of the great textures by Skeletalmess (from here: and blended in GIMP.

The same shot from earlier – not as faded but in HDR

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The power of the filter

Do you know what I think is most fun in black and white photography? It is one of the things which has great potential to get lost. It is filters.


Another one with a wide angle

This will take years by stst31415
This will take years, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

Wide angle lenses make crazy pictures. This is mostly due to the fact that the perspective is distorted.
An unusual point of view can make the picture even more interesting. So finally you add some vanishing points, pull out a bottle of purple and make a picture.

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The question of the perfect horizon

There is a point in every photographers path where you think about the perfect level. There are discussions going on if the horizon should be levelled all the time. I have my own opinion on this topic.

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You know it might be time to change the lens, if… (continued)

I wish I could say that I was sitting and updating the ideas for photography projects. But I just finished washing the dishes and because I had not made any shot today looked at the shots from yesterday.

I found the one picture I wanted to publish, which was initially the reason to change the lens again. I love the 50mm 1,8!

Two vanishing points

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You know it might be time to change the lens, if…

Don't run - we come in peace by stst31415
Don’t run – we come in peace, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

…you have the impression you reached a point where you do not learn new things with the lens you use at the moment.

Maybe there is also a time for changing the point of view. It does not really matter. I had the 50mm/1.8 on my camera for a longer time. I need a change.


Expect the unexpected

Stay seated by stst31415
Stay seated, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

The funny thing on photography is that it sometimes hits you in the eye. If you go to a museum you would not expect to look through a window and see a wreck of a seat.

Especially if the balcony is part of Hofburg.

Stay curious and expect the unexpected.

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Two acronyms in Photography you should know

People who look at my flickr stream mostly ask what these acronyms are because they are seen often in photography:

DOF: meaning “depth of field” and providing you either with sharpness in every detail or just a range, hence often called shallow DOF.

The fist

POV: meaning point of view and speaks for itself

Killing field

What are your favorites?