Montag, 31. August 2009

Trace of the Autostadt

Mercedes SL (1), originally uploaded by topfloor.

Did some bokeh - hunting shots at f/1.0 from Wolfsburgs Autostadt.

Btw., I discovered a cool site for german photoblogs - foto-radar. Give it a try, you might like it.

Happy shooting!

Sonntag, 30. August 2009


Skybridge, originally uploaded by topfloor.

This week, some of my shots were included in the top notch selection of All Day I dream about Photography

Freitag, 21. August 2009

Fast Forward - mini project

Fast Forward, originally uploaded by topfloor.

Photowalking usually stands for walking the streets of a city, snapping photos of subjects of your interest. This can be people, architecture, deails and wide shots.

On my second day in Brighton I choose to do a more focused photowalk by giving myself a mini project to follow . . .

Shooting low down with shallow depth of field and the focus pane very close to the camera, having the main subject clearly out of focus (blurred).

To do this I choose a 50 mm effective focal length with f/1.4 maximum aperture, using a 3-stop ND filter to be able to shoot wide open in the sunlight. Putting down the camera on the ground was easy. Usually I shot a focus stack (shooting burts while turning the focussing wheel on my lens) so I could later choose the best picture at the computer (the camera I used was a rangefinder, not a DSLR, so DoF preview was not an option).

This is one of my first shots. What I found out is that sometimes f/1.4 was resulting in a too thin layer of sharpness so I sometimes had to stop down the lens a little bit (f/1.8 or f/2.0).

Have fun if you try this out for yourself.

Bend for fetish - cool Phototechnique

Bend for fetish, originally uploaded by topfloor.

On a recent trip to Brighton / UK I could observe this photographer (Lomokev) shooting shoes and legs.

He choose a very low point of view by plaing the camera on the ground, using a right angle viewfinder to compose and focus the subject. Equipment he used was a

Canon 5 D
with a 50 mm f/1.4 Canon lens
and a Canon Angle Viewfinder C.

The results of this technique can be seen here . . .

and here with other subjects . . .

Hope you enjoy plaing with this technique; of course a angle viewfinder is only an option and not a must.

Happy shooting!