Sonntag, 21. März 2010

Cool Holga Video

long gone, ursprünglich hochgeladen von topfloor

about the toy cam, how to modify and use it.

Have a look at it here . . .

Happy Shooting,

Samstag, 20. März 2010

Wim Wenders on Vimeo

winter walk, ursprünglich hochgeladen von topfloor

For the 2008 Photokina, Leica produced a short (less than 2 minutes) video, emphasizing the emotional qualities of photography.

You may want to have a look here (Vimeo):

Wim Wenders on Leica from leica camera on Vimeo.

Happy shooting, Carsten

Donnerstag, 18. März 2010

Changing the perspective

Path to the sky, ursprünglich hochgeladen von topfloor

This shot, taken by putting the camera down on the facade and the lens pointing upwards, is catching a perspective of a path / walkway with the sandstones.

Sometimes it works better than here, but I enjoy capturing scenes like this one.

Happy shooting!

Mittwoch, 17. März 2010

I am featured on Leica Shots . . .

M8 on stone, ursprünglich hochgeladen von topfloor

The guys from Leica Shots were kind enough to feature me and some pics on their site today . . .

You can find a new profile and one or a few portfolio pictures of photographrs that use Leica equipment on this website every day.

This is the Link for the todays feature . . .

Happy shooting,

fun of self service

Leopard, ursprünglich hochgeladen von topfloor

Part of the Vapiano restaurant chain concept is the self service. With a chip card, you go for food and drinks yourself and pay when you leave the restaurant. I enjoy this concept very much - fast when I have no time and peace when I just want to be left alone.

Here in Mannheim's Vapiano, my First Lady and me wanted to read for a few hours in the evening (after having driven 4 hours and worked for another 6), enjoying good italian red wine after Pasta. Having no waiter, asking every 10 minutes for orders was really enjoyable.

Have fun,

Dienstag, 9. März 2010

Las Vegas Street Photography on Vimeo

New York Shopping V, ursprünglich hochgeladen von topfloor

via Guido Steenkamps Blog I found the Leica Portal where this vimeo video is linked . . .

Las Vegas Street Photography by Pj Perez

Las Vegas Street Photography from Pj Perez on Vimeo.

not too long and unique. Have fun, Carsten

Montag, 8. März 2010

Let's play

traffic island, ursprünglich hochgeladen von topfloor

Crossing the street, I held the camera low and just clicked without looking through the mirror to catch the red and blue combo. No great pic, but one I like.

Sometimes it's time just to play :-)

Samstag, 6. März 2010

Another Example for low down silhoutte hunting

done in Kassel Fuldaaue (Orangerie), this time without HDR, just a single shot. Processed in Lightroom 2.6, shot with the M9 and the Super Elmar 18 mm f/3.8.

Happy shooting!

For the love of silhouettes

family affairs, originally uploaded by topfloor.

When I see a beautiful background, well lit, such as a nice sky on sunset (or sunrise) with clouds and a nice mood in it, I enjoy going low down and wait for people to walk through my pictures because they add the human element.

Here I was near the Lower Saxony town of Celle, enjoying some geocaching with a friend, and saw the blueish sky and the winter tree. The young family was friendly enough to walk through my picture ;-) .

Shot with M9 and the not so great 21 mm f/4 Voigtländer Color Skopar lens (sold after this shooting because of vignetting on the full frame M9 sensor).

Have fun,

Freitag, 5. März 2010

Black and White HDR

deep tracks, originally uploaded by topfloor.

Classic problem - classic solution: When the contrast range of a scene is too wide for the camera (here the white of the snow / clouds in the sky and the black of the forest are too far apart, I do a bracketing series of shots.
The three pics were then converted to a HDR, using the standard settings of Photomatix Pro. As I dislike the artificial colors of HDRs very much, I converted the HDR pic to black and white with my fav tool - Nik Silver Efex Pro.
This is an example, taken in the forest near Celle with a 21 mm lens on a full frame sensor.

Happy shooting,

Dienstag, 2. März 2010

David Solomons shooting Up West / London

This is a nice 5 minutes YouTube Video of David, doing Streetphotography in London.

David on Flickr

The video on YouTube

Have a nice day!

Andrea bloggt über ihre Sucherkamera-Erfahrungen

Andreaffm, laut ihrem Flickr-Profil eine Journalistin aus Frankfurt, berichtet auf ihrem Blog über ihren ersten Gehversuiche mit ihrer neuen Leica M9, außer den Erfahrungen mit der Retina ihres Vaters wohl ihre erste eigene Sucherkamera.

Sie tut dies so natürlich und manchmal auch selbestironisch, das man ihre Gefühle und Erfahrungen beim Umstieg von der Pentax DSLR mit 2.8er Zooms geradezu körperlich ;-) nachempfinden kann.

Hier könnt Ihr es nachlesen (auf Deutsch):
erster Tag:
zweiter Tag am Bahnhof:
dritter Tag bei Nacht:

Viel Spaß dabei.

Auch ein Kollege, der Stefan Wintermeyer, hat seine persönlichen Erfahrungswerte unter dem Titel 'Leica M9 – eine Liebesgeschichte' auf publiziert:

Auch dies vielleicht nicht immer ganz wörtlich bierernst zu nehmen, aber sehr authentisch und vergnüglich geschrieben.

Frohes knipsen,

P.S. Dieser Beitrag wurde nach Andreaffm's Kommentar berichtigt (nicht Canon, sondern Pentax DSLR ud Vater's Retina).